Zantareous was an F2P skiller (level 3 combat, non-member) from 2005 to 2010, and today is a member account that trains all skills. He is notable for being the 5th F2P skiller to achieve 99 Crafting (after Miner I, Leet Skillzz, Lvl3 Skater, and Fury Angel6 respectively) and holding rank 3 overall F2P skiller before his retirement from the F2P skilling scene.
The Beginning (2004-2010)
The player began RuneScape Classic on Thursday, July 15, 2004 under the account Wreckerxxx, when introduced to the game by a neighbor. Later in 2004—with the looming shutdown of RuneScape Classic to free players and many of the players having already moved over—he created a new account on RuneScape 2 named Soccaplaya47, which he played on until 2006. From 2006 onward, he considered Zantareous his main account (a skiller he had created the previous year) while he divided his focus amongst several accounts (rarely focusing on just one). On his website, he had this to say about Zantareous' history:
Zantareous was created in the summer of 2005 with the original intent of being a Magic pure. I liked to make new accounts and try out different play styles whenever I got bored of playing on my main (Soccaplaya47). I began woodcutting because I needed money to buy runes, and Yews seemed like the best way to make money at the time. While still woodcutting to save up money, I decided to drop my goal of being a Magic pure - the cost of runes needed to PK seemed unmanageable from woodcutting alone, and I didn't have much experience PKing despite making several combat pures, overall the pursuit didn't seem worth it. However, I decided to continue woodcutting with a new goal of being a pure Woodcutter/Firemaker. I played on-and-off between different accounts for a few months after that, during which my main received a ban, and then I began to focus on Zantareous - eventually expanding to be a full-fledged skiller. I was a highly-ranked F2P skiller until the latter half of 2010 when I retired from the F2P skilling scene. The rest is history.
Zantareous retired from being an F2P skiller in late 2010 by using a two week membership trial that was being offered at the time. Several of his F2P clanmates had decided to get P2P using the trial, and he saw it as a good opportunity to act on his desire to quit the game (his hope being that by stripping himself of his rank that he wouldn't feel the need to work towards anything else). His plan didn't completely work as planned and he continued to play during the trial, now as a P2P skiller, but after the trial expired he lowered his playtime.
Zantareous came back and played for a couple months in the summer of 2011 with the goal to finish up some of his 99s. After his membership expired, he decided to gain combat levels in F2P - another attempt at "ruining" his account to try forcing himself to quit. This was more successful, and the player went on hiatus from RuneScape for the remainder of 2011 through 2012 as an attempt to focus on his first year of college (however, he did occasionally high alch on I Tad I while doing homework because it required little focus - eventually getting 99 Magic in the process).
During this period he rarely logged on unless he was merchanting.
For much of 2013 he logged on very sporadically - specifically only on I Tad I, and only for world events and some holiday events. He tried sticking to his goal of quitting the game but found that he did much better in school when he played (due to so many years of incorporating the game into his daily schedule). From 2013 through 2014 he increased his playtime and played almost entirely on I Tad I, for a while considering the possiblity of trying to max the F2P account.
In preparation for Ironman mode that would be released in that month, and due to waning interest, he retired I Tad I in October of 2014 after achieving his revised goal of all F2P skills at level 70 or above. He also retired his accounts Tad The Monk (a Prayer pure), Y E Wsername (a Defence/Woodcutting/Firemaking pure), and all other remaining accounts after finishing their small goals that month. With the release of Ironman mode in RuneScape, he created an account named Iron Zant (an F2P Hardcore Ironman skiller) and played solely on that account until January 2015.
From January 2015 to the present he has been playing on Zantareous again (in members), and plans to slowly work on maxing Iron Zant over the next few years. In the summer of 2015 he completed his RuneScape Classic goal of all skills above level 10 (along with some level 20s and level 40 Woodcutting), and in January 2016 completed his Old School RuneScape goal of all skills above level 40 (along with some level 60s). In 2016 he decided that he would begin working on maxing Zantareous as well.
- 99 Crafting - June 27, 2009 - Rank ~6,000 Overall and 5 F2P Skiller
- 99 Cooking - July 06, 2009 - Rank ~77,000
- 99 Firemaking - January 02, 2010 - Rank ~40,000
- 99 Woodcutting - August 21, 2010 - Rank ~95,100
- 99 Fletching - July 4, 2011 - Rank ~130,000
- 99 Fishing - July 22, 2011 - Rank ~72,370
- (I Tad I: 99 Magic - June 4, 2012)
- Red H'ween Mask - purchased June 8, 2012 for 105M GP
- 99 Farming - July 5, 2015 - Rank ~58,627
- 99 Smithing - August 14, 2015 - Rank ~69,806
- 99 Prayer - July 24, 2015 - Rank unknown
- 99 Herblore - September 27, 2015 - Rank unknown
- 99 Summoning - February 26, 2016 - Rank ~102,850
- 99 Construction - February 27, 2016 - Rank ~67,750
- 99 Hunter - February 29, 2016 - Rank ~68,460
- 99 Agility - February 29, 2016 - Rank ~67,390
- 99 Mining - March 28, 2016 - Rank ~93,265
- 99 Divination - April 6, 2016 - Rank ~55,976
- 99 Dungeoneering - April 9, 2016 - Rank ~98,433
- 99 Runecrafting - April 28, 2016 - Rank ~76,496
- 99 Thieving - May 20, 2016 - Rank ~81,933
- 99 Ranged - July 23, 2016 - Rank ~184,028
- 99 Slayer - August 12, 2016 - Rank ~110,833
- 99 Dungeoneering (Iron Zant) - January 9, 2017 - Rank ~102,697 Overall, ~164 Skiller, ~1,023 Ironman, ~256 Hardcore Ironman, ~7 Ironman Skiller, ~5 Hardcore Ironman Skiller, ~254 F2P, ~44 F2P Skiller, ~7 F2P Ironman, ~5 F2P Hardcore Ironman, 2 F2P Ironman Skiller, 2 F2P Hardcore Ironman Skiller
- 99 Fishing (Iron Zant) - January 28, 2017 - Rank ~125,007 Overall, ~209 Skiller, ~993 Ironman, ~253 Hardcore Ironman, ~10 Ironman Skiller, ~7 Hardcore Ironman Skiller, ~329 F2P, ~41 F2P Skiller, ~14 F2P Ironman, ~9 F2P Hardcore Ironman, 2 F2P Ironman Skiller, 2 F2P Hardcore Ironman Skiller
- 99 Cooking (Iron Zant) - January 28, 2017 - Rank ~192,632 Overall, ~254 Skiller, ~953 Ironman, ~241 Hardcore Ironman, ~11 Ironman Skiller, ~8 Hardcore Ironman Skiller, ~392 F2P, ~48 F2P Skiller, ~20 F2P Ironman, ~12 F2P Hardcore Ironman, 3 F2P Ironman Skiller, 3 F2P Hardcore Ironman Skiller
Zantareous has been a member of these clans:
- Guild of Elite Skillers (GES)
- Free 2 Skill (F2S)
- Nexus (Nx)
- The Total F2P Skillers (TFS - Zantareous, I Tad I, Iron Zant)
- Fe (Iron Zant)
- F2P Ironfriends (Iron Zant)
- Ad Mortem
The player created and played on over 100 other accounts. Some of them were very specific pures or experiments, while others were simply for their name. Below is a list of the more notable accounts:
- Wreckerxxx: First account.
- Soccaplaya47: Second account, main from 2004 to 2006.
- Socca Slaya: First attempt at a PKer, became a main for a very brief amount of time after Soccaplaya47's ban before moving on to Zantareous.
- I Was Lvl 1: F2P PKer. Notable stats: 1 Defence, 40 Attack, 72 Strength, 70 Ranged, 70 Magic.
- I Was Lvl__1: Defence pure. Notable stats: 40 Defence.
- I Am______Me: Magic Pure.
- Tad The Monk: Prayer pure (likely one of the first accounts with a full Zombie outfit from the Gravedigger random event). Notable stats: 43 Prayer.
- I Tad I: From his website (now removed): "A combat pure that I created in 2006 while I was still an F2P skiller on Zantareous. He was initially created so I could take breaks from skilling and try some combat. However, by 2011 I began playing on the account more and more because it was so easy to AFK-train combat skills while doing homework, watching videos, and browsing the web. I achieved 99 Magic in 2012 largely due to AFK-alching while doing homework, and then semi-retired the account. Since then I've trained all of my skills above 70, making it more of a full-fledged F2P account rather than a combat pure."
- Y E Wsername: 10 HP Defence pure, Woodcutting/Firemaking pure. Notable stats: 10 Constitution, 50 Defence, 80 Woodcutting, 80 Firemaking.
- Iron Zant: Hardcore Ironman skiller.