The heron is a skilling pet that can be obtained while training Fishing. The chances of getting it are dependent on the player’s Fishing level, and the time it takes to gather a resource.
When a player receives the pet, it will automatically try to appear as their follower. At the same time, a red message in the chatbox will state You have a funny feeling like you’re being followed.
When fishing, the pet is prioritised over the resource gathered. For example, if there is one last inventory space while fishing, and the player already has a pet following them, the pet will appear in the inventory instead, while the fish will drop to the ground. When this occurs, the message in the chatbox will instead state You feel something weird sneaking into your backpack.
On death, if a player loses their pet (as a follower or in your inventory) it will wander around for 30 seconds before disappearing completely.
Players can pay a one-time fee of 500,000 coins to Probita in East Ardougne to have this pet insured. Should the pet be lost while insured, it can be reclaimed for 1,000,000 coins.
Shown below are the base chances of receiving a heron1.
A player’s actual chances of receiving it is 1 in B – (Lvl * 25), where B is the base chance and Lvl is the player’s Fishing level. The only exceptions are the Fishing Trawler and minnows, which are always a flat 1/5,0002 and 1/977,7783 respectively, regardless of level.
The fastest method on average to receive the heron is through 2-tick fishing, specifically tuna and swordfish. If not using tick manipulation, karambwans are the fastest alternative.