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Cartography is a skill in which the player can explore the map of Melvor, uncovering hidden areas and secrets throughout their journey.

Skill Overview

The world map of Melvor consists of a grid of 944 hexagonal map tiles (called Hexes). The map layout is the same for all players and all players start on the same Hex (15, 16). The primary action for Cartography is Surveying map tiles in order to discover them. When first uncovering the map, each tile will have a level between 1 and 5 that will determine how many times it must be surveyed in order to be fully discovered. Once the map has been fully discovered once, the max level for all tiles will be increased to 5.

Hex Level Total Surveys Difference
1 24 24
2 108 84
3 264 156
4 504 240
5 864 360

Once a Hex has been fully discovered, the player may travel there. Some Hexes contain Points of Interest which will be revealed upon traveling to the tile. Visiting a Point of Interest will always provide a blurb of text explaining a bit about the location, and some Points of Interest will reward the player with resources upon the first visit.

The base interval for a Survey action is 5 seconds. It can be reduced through various boosts.

Undiscovered Hexes

These icons will appear on undiscovered Hexes if there is something to discover underneath.

Icon Description
! icon
Denotes an Archaeology Dig Site exists underneath.
? icon
Denotes a Point of Interest underneath.
A cat
If "Toggle Cat" is enabled in Settings, then this icon will denote a hidden Archaeology Dig Site. It will display only when you locate a required Dig Site item in Archaeology (One example being the Torn Chart).

Types of "Points of Interest"

These are the types of "Points of Interest" that can be discovered underneath a Hex.

Icon Description
Dig Site
An Archaeology Dig Site.
Standard Point of Interest
A standard "Point of Interest" which will some times provide Item rewards.
Provides powerful permanent modifiers. Requires you to be located on the Hex to become active.
Active point of interest
Used when traveling to significantly reduce GP cost to get to a location. These are automatically used when traveling.

Creating Maps

In addition to surveying, Cartography is used to create the Dig Site Maps used in Archaeology. Creating a map has three steps:

First, the player can convert any type of Logs into Paper. Higher tier logs will produce more paper. Turning logs into paper has a base interval of 5 seconds, which can be reduced by bonuses that affect non-combat skill intervals and can also be affected by chance to double items or chance to preserve resources.

Second, the player can select a dig site and create a map in one of the map slots for that dig site. If they already have a map for the selected slot, map creation actions will instead make progress on upgrading the map towards the next tier. Creating maps costs paper and has a base interval of 5 seconds, which is affected by the same interval reduction bonuses as creating paper as well as by the chance to preserve resources.

Third, the player can refine the selected map until the maximum number of refines is reached. At each step the player will be given a choice of three options to pick from which will permanently upgrade that map. Each refinement costs more than the previous one.

Upgrade Dig Site Map

Tier Upgrades Needed Total Cost Time1
Poor 0 N/A N/A
Fine 1920 1,920 Paper 2h, 40m
Excellent 3840 5,760 Paper 5h, 20m
Perfect 5760 11,520 Paper 8h

1Based on default action time of 5 seconds.

Dig Site Map Refinement

Each Dig Site Map tier unlocks new refinements which can be purchased. Refinements exclusively affect the Dig Site Map it is applied on.

Tier Cost Refinements (Choose One)
Poor Refinement 1
Coins.svg 1,000
-5 Tiny Artefact Value
-5 Small Artefact Value
-5 Medium Artefact Value
-5 Large Artefact Value
Fine Refinement 2
Coins.svg 50,000
+3% Chance to Double Items in Archaeology
+3% chance to preserve dig site map excavation actions
+3% Archaeology Skill XP
+3% Archaeology Mastery XP
Excellent Refinement 3
Coins.svg 500,000
-5 Tiny Artefact Value
-5 Small Artefact Value
-5 Medium Artefact Value
-5 Large Artefact Value
Perfect Refinement 4
Coins.svg 5,000,000
+2,500 Dig Site Map excavation actions
-10% Archaeology Interval
Refinement 5
Coins.svg 5,000,000
+5% Chance to Double Items in Archaeology
+5% chance to preserve dig site map excavation actions
+4% Archaeology Skill XP
+4% Archaeology Mastery XP
Refinement 6
Coins.svg 5,000,000
+1 minimum Items found in Archaeology
x2 Consumable Items received from Archaeology
+15% Archaeology Skill XP when location a Common Artefact


The Cartography Skillcape can be purchased from the store for Coins.svg 1,000,000 after the player reaches Cartography Level 99.

The Superior Cartography Skillcape can be purchased from the store for Coins.svg 10,000,000 after the player reaches Cartography Level 120.

Skillcape Name Requirements Effect
Cartography Skillcape Cartography Skillcape Cartography Level 99 +10% Chance to Preserve Resources in Cartography
-20% Cartography Dig Site Map upgrade interval
-10% dig site map refinement cost
Superior Cartography Skillcape Superior Cartography Skillcape Cartography Level 120 +20% Chance to Preserve Resources in Cartography
-50% Cartography Dig Site Map upgrade interval
-30% Cartography survey interval
-20% dig site map refinement cost


Skye is unlocked at random by performing any Cartography action.
Hex is unlocked by surveying the entire map to the initial maximum Hex level.
Carthulu is unlocked after 944 Hexes have been Mastered (Reach Level 5 on every Hex. The option to do this for Level 2 Hexes is unlocked after you survey the entire map for the first time).

Pet Name Effect
Skye Skye -5% Cartography travel costs
Hex Hex +3% Global Mastery XP
Carthulu Carthulu Doubles the effects of all positive Active Modifiers from Point of Interests in Cartography

Shop Upgrades

The shop contains several upgrades that can be purchased to provide permanent boosts to Cartography. These fall into two categories:

Ship Upgrades

Ship upgrades require a specific Cartography level in addition to various items in order to purchase.


Enhancements require the player to discover specific points of interest first, at which point they can be purchased by spending the required amount of GP.

All Points of Interest

Name Type X Y Requirements Discovery Rewards Active Effect
The Corner of Disappointment The Corner of Disappointment Other 0 0
Crevice of Riches Crevice of Riches Other 0 11 Cartography Level 35
Discover The Pirate's Treasure Trails
GP 5,000,000
SC 100,000
4,000 Emerald
Ancient Market Ancient Market Dig Site 0 14 Cartography Level 5
Find Torn Chart
The Ominous Port The Ominous Port Port 1 3 Cartography Level 80 GP 2,000,000
Ruined Silver City Ruined Silver City Other 1 15 Cartography Level 5
Find Melantis Clue 3
Discover Mysterious Island
1 Melantis Clue 4
The Western Lighthouse The Western Lighthouse Other 1 18 Cartography Level 5
Ritual Site Ritual Site Dig Site 2 2 Cartography Level 80
The Beacon Port The Beacon Port Port 2 19
The Swirling Abyss The Swirling Abyss Other 2 27 Cartography Level 90
Melantis Melantis Dig Site 2 28 Cartography Level 90
Find Melantis Clue 4
Discover Ruined Silver City
The Abandoned Temple The Abandoned Temple Other 3 2 Cartography Level 80
The Calm before the Storm The Calm before the Storm Other 3 9
The Wanderer's Gift The Wanderer's Gift Other 3 17 Cartography Level 10 1 Gold Topaz Ring
The Hunt for the Gilded Golbins The Hunt for the Gilded Golbins Other 3 20
Terran Dungeon Ruins Terran Dungeon Ruins Active 4 2 Cartography Level 80 -0.1s Mining Interval
-0.1s Woodcutting Interval
+10% Chance to gain +1 additional resource in Mining. Cannot be doubled
+10% Chance to gain +1 additional resource in Woodcutting. Cannot be doubled
The Treacherous North The Treacherous North Other 4 9
The Whispering Port The Whispering Port Port 4 10 GP 1,000,000
The Pink Kraken The Pink Kraken Other 4 16
Shrouded Horizon Shrouded Horizon Other 4 26
The Jagged Labyrinth The Jagged Labyrinth Other 5 7
The Monolith The Monolith Other 5 10 Cartography Level 35
The Ill-Fated Vessel The Ill-Fated Vessel Other 5 23 Cartography Level 20 1,000 Mahogany Logs
1,000 Steel Bar
Cathedral Cathedral Dig Site 6 3 Cartography Level 90
The Cursed Island The Cursed Island Other 6 5
Monuments Monuments Dig Site 6 11 Cartography Level 35
Sandy Shores Sandy Shores Other 6 19 Cartography Level 10
The Vibrant Coral Gardens The Vibrant Coral Gardens Other 6 22
The Friendly Fisherman The Friendly Fisherman Other 6 27 50 Manta Ray
The Ancient Wreckage The Ancient Wreckage Other 7 7
The Mystic Ruins The Mystic Ruins Other 7 10 Cartography Level 35 10,000 Rune Essence
Miolite Caves Miolite Caves Other 7 12 Cartography Level 35
The Runed Battlefield The Runed Battlefield Other 7 15 Cartography Level 10 1,000 Mind Rune
1,000 Chaos Rune
1,000 Death Rune
Giant Dungeon Giant Dungeon Other 7 17 Cartography Level 10
Seashade Village Seashade Village Other 7 20 Cartography Level 10
Coral Wreckage Coral Wreckage Dig Site 7 22 Cartography Level 50
The Tranquil Open Waters The Tranquil Open Waters Other 7 25
Shrouded Badlands Shrouded Badlands Other 8 10 Cartography Level 65
The Shadow Lurkers The Shadow Lurkers Other 8 14 Cartography Level 10
The Academia Arcanum The Academia Arcanum Active 8 15 Cartography Level 10 +5% Magic Max Hit
+10% Magic Evasion
+6% Rune Preservation
+10% Magic Accuracy Bonus
The River Crossroads The River Crossroads Other 8 19
The Coral Bounty The Coral Bounty Other 8 22 GP 10,000
100 Topaz
100 Sapphire
100 Ruby
50 Treasure Chest
Unhallowed Wasteland Unhallowed Wasteland Active 9 1 Cartography Level 90 SC 1,500,000 -100% Chance To Double Loot in Combat
-100% GP From Monsters
-0.25s Monster Respawn Timer
Shipwreck Cove Shipwreck Cove Dig Site 9 3 Find Ancient Wall Chart
Mysterious Island Mysterious Island Other 9 11 Cartography Level 50
Find Melantis Clue 2
Discover Pyramid
1 Melantis Clue 3
The Cavern of Riches The Cavern of Riches Other 9 13 Cartography Level 10
Discover The Pirate's Treasure Trails
GP 5,000,000
1 Elite Amulet of Strength
1 Elite Amulet of Ranged
1 Elite Amulet of Magic
Wet Forest Wet Forest Other 9 16 Cartography Level 10
Forest of Goo Forest of Goo Other 9 17 500 Goo
The Snow Covered Pier The Snow Covered Pier Port 9 25 Cartography Level 35 GP 1,000,000
Watchtower Watchtower Dig Site 10 2 Cartography Level 90
Find Island Chart
The Pirate's Treasure Trails The Pirate's Treasure Trails Other 10 6 Cartography Level 35
The Eye-Conic Cave The Eye-Conic Cave Other 10 18 1 Barrier Gem
69 Eyeball
The Fisherman's Bounty The Fisherman's Bounty Active 10 27 500 Raw Swordfish +20% chance to gain GP equal to base fish sale price while Fishing
-3% Fishing Interval
+10% chance to gain 1 cooked version of a fish when Fishing
Northern Cove Northern Cove Other 11 1 Cartography Level 90
The Bustling Port The Bustling Port Port 11 8 Cartography Level 65
High Lands High Lands Other 11 9 Cartography Level 65
Spider Forest Spider Forest Active 11 13 Cartography Level 10 +0.2s Attack Interval
+50% chance to ignore Slow effects
A Harvest Haven Farm A Harvest Haven Farm Other 11 16
The Sunset Fishing Point The Sunset Fishing Point Other 11 22 50 Raw Salmon
The Penguin Bay The Penguin Bay Other 11 25 Cartography Level 35
The Molten Peak The Molten Peak Active 12 11 Cartography Level 65 +10% chance to ignore Frostburn
+10% chance to ignore burn
+5% Chance to apply Burn to Enemy in Combat
The Southern Lighthouse The Southern Lighthouse Other 12 18
The Beginning Port The Beginning Port Port 12 19 GP 10,000
100 Normal Logs
100 Bronze Bar
A Sadge Kraken A Sadge Kraken Other 12 21
The Engraved Riches The Engraved Riches Other 13 2 Cartography Level 80
Discover The Pirate's Treasure Trails
GP 5,000,000
50,000 Summoning Shard (Red)
50,000 Summoning Shard (Green)
50,000 Summoning Shard (Blue)
50,000 Summoning Shard (Silver)
50,000 Summoning Shard (Gold)
50,000 Summoning Shard (Black)
Sacrificial Site Sacrificial Site Dig Site 13 12 Cartography Level 10
Find Cult Flyer
The Restless Sanctum The Restless Sanctum Other 13 14 Cartography Level 10
Farmer's Market Farmer's Market Other 13 16
Old Village Old Village Dig Site 13 17
The Glacial Expanse The Glacial Expanse Other 13 25 Cartography Level 35
Golbin Village Golbin Village Other 14 15
A New Start A New Start Other 14 17 GP 250
50 Shrimp
1 Bronze Dagger
The Watchful Ship The Watchful Ship Other 14 20
The Fake Port The Fake Port Other 15 3
Bazaar Bazaar Dig Site 15 11 Cartography Level 65
Find City Chart
The Frosty Haven The Frosty Haven Other 15 25 Cartography Level 80
Toxic Swamps Toxic Swamps Other 16 8 Cartography Level 50 500 Lethal Toxins Potion IV
Pyramid Pyramid Other 16 13 Cartography Level 35
Find Melantis Clue 1
1 Melantis Clue 2
Aeris Dungeon Ruins Aeris Dungeon Ruins Active 17 2 Cartography Level 80 -0.1s Crafting Interval
-0.1s Fletching Interval
+10% Chance to gain +1 additional resource in Crafting. Cannot be doubled
+10% Chance to gain +1 additional resource in Fletching. Cannot be doubled
The Misty Port The Misty Port Port 17 6 GP 1,500,000
The Shimmering Oasis The Shimmering Oasis Active 17 14 Cartography Level 35 GP 100,000
20 Amulet of Glory
20 Amulet of Accuracy
-50% Auto Eat Efficiency
+2% Auto Eat Threshold
Holy Isles Holy Isles Other 17 17 Cartography Level 10 2,000 Holy Dust
100 Medium Urn (Enchanted)
The New Horizon The New Horizon Other 17 20
Glacia City Ruins Glacia City Ruins Dig Site 17 25 Cartography Level 80
The Secret Glacial Hoard The Secret Glacial Hoard Active 17 28 Cartography Level 80 GP 2,000,000
2,500 Diamond
2,500 Sapphire
2,500 Topaz
2,500 Ruby
2,500 Emerald
-0.1s Herblore Interval
-0.1s Runecrafting Interval
+10% Chance to gain +1 additional resource in Herblore. Cannot be doubled
+10% Chance to gain +1 additional resource in Runecrafting. Cannot be doubled
The Flowery Fields The Flowery Fields Other 18 14 Cartography Level 35 2,000 Wildflower
The Shimmering Sands Outpost The Shimmering Sands Outpost Other 18 15 Cartography Level 35
A Secluded Hut A Secluded Hut Other 18 17 Cartography Level 10
The Moonlit Pier The Moonlit Pier Other 19 8 Cartography Level 35
Perilous Peaks Perilous Peaks Active 19 9 Cartography Level 80 2,000 Dragon Bones +20% Flat Slayer Area Effect Negation
-40% Slayer Coins
The Perilous Ascent The Perilous Ascent Other 19 10 Cartography Level 80
The River Rest The River Rest Other 19 14 Cartography Level 35
The Frostbite Bluff The Frostbite Bluff Other 19 25 Cartography Level 80
Castle Ruins Castle Ruins Dig Site 20 3 Cartography Level 80
Find Navigation Chart
Ancient Forge Ancient Forge Dig Site 20 12 Cartography Level 80
Find Shipment Chart
Quarry Quarry Dig Site 20 13 Cartography Level 35
The Eastern Deceitful Woods The Eastern Deceitful Woods Other 20 18 Cartography Level 20
The Frost Drift Port The Frost Drift Port Port 20 26 Cartography Level 80 GP 2,000,000
The Golbin's Stash The Golbin's Stash Other 21 8 Cartography Level 35 GP 2,000
20 Diamond
10 Topaz
Secret Mines Secret Mines Dig Site 21 15 Cartography Level 35
Discover The Abandoned Vein Mine
Castle of Kings Castle of Kings Other 21 16 Cartography Level 20 1 Knight's Cape
1 (G) Mithril Platebody
The Shadowed Port The Shadowed Port Port 21 20 Cartography Level 20 GP 100,000
The Lone Huntress The Lone Huntress Other 22 5
Dragon Valley Dragon Valley Other 22 13 Cartography Level 35
The Abandoned Vein Mine The Abandoned Vein Mine Other 22 15 Cartography Level 35
Discover Old Mine
5,000 Mithril Ore
5,000 Adamantite Ore
5,000 Runite Ore
5,000 Dragonite Ore
Mucky Cave Mucky Cave Other 22 18 Cartography Level 35
The Flickering Fire Camp The Flickering Fire Camp Other 22 20 Cartography Level 35
Fisherman's Enclave Fisherman's Enclave Other 22 22 Cartography Level 20
Lost Temple Lost Temple Dig Site 23 8 Cartography Level 35
Find Old Temple Chart
The Capital City Crossroads The Capital City Crossroads Other 23 10 Cartography Level 35 GP 1,000,000
Old Mine Old Mine Other 23 14 Cartography Level 35
Shallow Shores Shallow Shores Other 23 23 Discover Fisherman's Enclave 2,000 Raw Shrimp
1,000 Raw Crab
500 Raw Lobster
The Sea Noodle The Sea Noodle Other 23 25
The Capital City's Square The Capital City's Square Other 24 10 Cartography Level 35 GP 1,000,000
The Capital City's Knights The Capital City's Knights Other 24 11 Cartography Level 35 GP 1,000,000
The Cityscape Bridge The Cityscape Bridge Other 24 12 Cartography Level 35
Stoneworkers Stoneworkers Dig Site 24 14 Cartography Level 35
Willowshire Willowshire Other 25 7 Cartography Level 35
The Capital City's Alleyways The Capital City's Alleyways Other 25 10 Cartography Level 35 GP 1,000,000
Prat's Bridge Prat's Bridge Other 25 13 Cartography Level 35
Bandit Hideout Bandit Hideout Active 25 17 Cartography Level 35 +10% Ranged Accuracy Bonus
+10% Ranged Evasion
+10% Ranged Strength Bonus from Equipment
-0.1s Thieving Interval
+25 Stealth while Thieving
Dark Waters Dark Waters Active 25 26 Cartography Level 90 SC 1,000,000 +10% Global Accuracy
+10% Global Evasion
-20% Flat Slayer Area Effect Negation
+5% Max Hit
+25% Slayer Coins
The Friendly Port The Friendly Port Port 26 8 Cartography Level 35 GP 1,000,000
Roots of Riches Roots of Riches Other 27 6 Cartography Level 35
Discover The Pirate's Treasure Trails
GP 5,000,000
4,000 Diamond
5,000 Ruby
1,000 Gold Diamond Necklace
Capital City Lighthouse Capital City Lighthouse Other 27 13 Cartography Level 35
The Port of Nations The Port of Nations Port 27 14 Cartography Level 35 GP 1,000,000
Rosedale Rosedale Other 27 18 Cartography Level 20
The Bustling Passage The Bustling Passage Other 28 17
The Vibrant Port The Vibrant Port Port 28 21 GP 100,000
The Pushy Sailor The Pushy Sailor Other 29 9
Ragnar Dungeon Ruins Ragnar Dungeon Ruins Active 29 12 Cartography Level 80 -0.1s Cooking Interval
-0.1s Firemaking Interval
-0.1s Smithing Interval
+10% Chance to gain +1 additional resource in Cooking. Cannot be doubled
+10% Chance to gain +1 additional resource in Firemaking. Cannot be doubled
+10% Chance to gain +1 additional resource in Smithing. Cannot be doubled
The Outer Regions The Outer Regions Other 30 17 Cartography Level 90
The Edge of Darkness The Edge of Darkness Other 31 0 Cartography Level 100 SC 2,000,000
The Sand-Covered Treasure The Sand-Covered Treasure Other 31 17 Cartography Level 90 GP 1,000,000
500 Diamond
1,000 Damage Reduction Potion IV
The Multicultural Port The Multicultural Port Port 31 18 Cartography Level 90 GP 5,000,000

Skill Boosts

This table lists most sources of Cartography-specific modifier boosts. For a list of boosts that apply to all skills, see the Skill Boosts page. This list does not contain boosts provided from Mastery rewards.