A threat area is a major region of the game that shares common game mechanics such a Bank tab, GE Tax, and Skull mechanics. While separate threat areas have their own GE Tax, all 3 Grand Exchanges are interconnected.
There are three threat areas:
- Low threat area - Guards, Attack Combat Level Limit.
- Medium threat area - Mostly Bank Guards, few Guards in Ardougne and Yanille.
- High threat area - No Guards at all.
Despite being in low threat area, Al Kharid does not have Guards anywhere except the bank, due to it originally being a medium threat area that was later changed to a low threat area in an update.
- Prior to 2 November 2015, each threat area had its own individual grand exchanges database.