In 2002 RuneScape Classic grew tremendously, and started to gain popularity.
- 4 January - Servers 5 and 6 online.
- 27 February - RuneScape membership was released along with the new skill Herblaw and 5 new quests: Druidic Ritual, Lost City, Witch's House, Heroes' Quest and Merlin's Crystal.
- 18 March - Latest RuneScape News.
- 21 March - 2 New RuneScape Servers online. 8 Worlds, 10,000 capacity.
- 25 March - Fletching skill was released.
- 26 March - Stringing bows xp was increased. Woodcutting trees xp was increased.
- 9 April - Family Crest quest was released.
- 30 April - Thieving skill was released.
- 10 May - Latest RuneScape News.
- 28 May - Latest RuneScape News:
- 29 May - 2000 RuneScape accounts were stat-wiped for macroing/autoing or using third-party RuneScape clients.
- 10 July - Some bugs fixed
- 12 July - More ways to get membership!
- 19 July - RuneScape database on a faster server.
- 20 July - Customer Support database online
- 23 July - 3 new members quests, The Holy Grail, Tree Gnome Village, and Fight Arena, were added.
- 26 July - The Highscore tables show the top 100,000
- 15 August - 2 new members quests, Hazeel Cult and Sheep Herder, were added.
- 26 August - In the pipeline...
- 27 August - The Plague City quest is added, along with the Ardougne teleport spell.
- 9 September - The quest Sea Slug was added.
- 19 September - Graphics Previews
- 24 September - Tutorial Island, the Waterfall Quest, and the King Black Dragon were added.
- 23 October - Several new updates, including:
- The combat system was changed so that Monsters that were far weaker than the player would no longer auto attack.
- The Halloween Masks were dropped on 30 October.
- 13 November - Fatigue system was released.
- Wilderness monsters made aggressive regardless of level.
- 25 November - The mining and fishing systems were changed.
- 12 December - The Agility skill was added, along with the quest Grand tree.
- 25 December - the 2002 Christmas event started, with the introduction of Santa Hats.
9 More skills were maxed out for the first time this year:
- Firemaking - Cowchicken
- Fishing - Tks
- Attack - Zonghui
- Strength - Ladykilljoy
- Hits - Zonghui
- Defense - Zonghui
- Thieving - Swedemike
- Mining - Joe Bill64
- Ranged - Snake Slava