Party Hats are 'pivotal' to the RuneScape economy, and new hats are being given out for the first time in 20 years

RuneScape player 120King says they started cooking sailfish at 6:40 am on Monday. Four hours and “roughly” 4,000 cooked sailfish later, they acquired one of eight shards needed to earn a Golden Party Hat, a piece of gear which grants its wearer zero stat benefits. They have until January 3 to acquire the other seven shards they need to get a hat that does nothing, but may someday make them RuneScape rich.

The last time Party Hats were up for grabs was 20 years ago. Those originals, which also grant wearers absolutely nothing, are now worth over 2.1 billion gold, making them RuneScape’s most valuable items.