Fairytale I - Growing Pains

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This quest has a quick guide found here.
It briefly summarises the steps needed to complete the quest.

A Fairy Tale I - Growing Pains is a quest following Lost City set in Zanaris, the fairies' world and Gielinor's moon. The quest is focused on the Fairy Queen's encounter with a dangerous tanglefoot and her replacement, the Fairy Godfather.

Details[edit | edit source]

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Beginning the quest[edit | edit source]

The start point.
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Note: Do not pickpocket Martin the Master Gardener during the quest, or you won't be able to talk to him for 15 minutes of in-game time.

Talk to Martin the Master Gardener, near the marketplace in Draynor Village, to commence the quest. The fastest teleport to the village is with the amulet of glory. Martin will mention that his roses haven't been doing as well as they used to, and he suspects something's wrong. He wants you to ask several other members of G.A.G. (Group of Advanced Gardeners) if they're having the same problems as him.

Gathering information[edit | edit source]

Items recommended: Fast travel methods to farm patches around Asgarnia and Misthalin.
The locations of the Advanced Gardeners.

You'll have to speak with any five members of the Group of Advanced Gardeners. These are the gardeners that tend farming patches around RuneScape. Some of the easiest to reach are;

  1. Frizzy, south of the Falador cabbage patch
  2. Elstan, just north of Frizzy (if you have no Secateurs yet, you can buy them for 5 coins from Sarah nearby)
  3. Heskel, at the tree patch in Falador Park
  4. Dreven, at the bush patch near the Champions' Guild
  5. Vasquen, north-east of Lumbridge Castle
  6. Fayeth, just west of the Lumbridge Castle
  7. Treznor, inside the Varrock Palace grounds
  8. Alain, at the tree patch in Taverley, east of the house portal
  9. Taria, just west of the house portal in Rimmington
Note: Ayesha in Al Kharid and Marisi in Hosidius do not count for this quest.

All of them will say that since recently they have troubles with their crops. They all suspect a different reason for it, though. However, the last gardener you ask will have more interesting explanation, suggesting the fairies might have something to do with it. Speak to Martin again, to whom you suggest the last gardener might have the most accurate reasoning.

Travel to the fairy city of Zanaris. You'll have to enter the city via the shack in the middle of the Lumbridge Swamp, while having a Dramen staff equipped, similar to how you entered the city during the Lost City quest.

Trouble in Zanaris[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Dramen staff.
Fairy Nuff's room just north of the bank.
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Head to the Fairy Queen's throne room, just south of where you enter the city. However, you will find that the "Fairy Godfather" has replaced the queen. He'll tell you that the queen has fallen to some sort of illness, and that she's under the care of Fairy Nuff. Speak with this fairy in the northwest of the city. She'll give you details about the queen's illness and give you a symptoms list to take to a wizard named Zandar Horfyre, in the Dark Wizards' Tower.

Investigating the illness[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Spade and the symptoms list
Items recommended: Falador teleport and a skills necklace

Travel to Falador and head west to reach the Dark Wizards' Tower. Climb up to the top floor and talk to Zandar, who will take the symptom list and then suggest talking to Malignius Mortifer. This necromancer can be found on the crossroads south of Falador. You can fast travel to him with a skills necklace (to the Crafting Guild).

He'll tell you he could probably help, but wants something from you first. He wants a skull from a grave in the Draynor Manor backyard. Head to the back of the manor and dig up the grave there. In case you have no spade, there is one inside the manor.

Zandar's location.
Malignius' location.
The grave where you will find the skull

Blessed secateurs[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Three assigned items from the list below, secateurs and the amulet of ghostspeak
Items recommended: Mort'ton teleport

Once you have the skull, go back to Malignius and give it to him. He'll tell you that the queen's illness has to do with an evil creature called the Tanglefoot. You'll have to kill it with a pair of enchanted secateurs, as nothing else can damage it. To obtain these, Malignius will tell you to take a pair of secateurs and three randomised items to the Nature Grotto. These three items are chosen from the list below.

Note that these items follow a certain pattern. You'll always need to collect three items that follow each other in the list below (e.g. 4-5-6, 12-13-14). For example, the Mort myre pear (#2) will only be combined with the White berries (#1) and the Mort myre stem (#3) (1-2-3), or the Mort myre stem (#3) and the Mort myre fungus (#4) (2-3-4).

Warning: Food items can be rotten by ghasts. Either bring a druid pouch, or bring multiple of the required item if traveling through the swamp.
# Item How to obtain Notes GE Price
1 White berries.png White berries Grown from whiteberry seeds (with Farming 59 ); or dropped by a variety of monsters; or obtained from various dangerous spawns 150
2 Mort myre pear.png Mort myre pear Use the "Bloom" option of a silver sickle (b) in Mort Myre Take care not to accidentally add this to a druid pouch 1,121
3 Mort myre stem.png Mort myre stem 370
4 Mort myre fungus.png Mort myre fungus 394
5 Nature talisman.png Nature talisman Dropped by a variety of monsters, including monsters with access to the rare drop table A more reliable way to obtain the talisman is to kill abyssal leeches in the Abyss 1,027
6 Avantoe.png Clean avantoe The grimy herb can be dropped by a variety of monsters, or grown from an avantoe seed (with Farming 50 ), then cleaned (with Herblore 48 [1]), cleaned avantoe can be gained from Sorceress's Garden Ironmen: If you have the grimy variant without the herblore level to clean it, you can take it to Zahur to have it cleaned. 1,695
7 Irit leaf.png Clean irit leaf The grimy herb can be dropped by a variety of monsters, or grown from an irit seed (with Farming 44 ), then cleaned (with Herblore 40 [1]), cleaned irit leaf can be gained from Sorceress's Garden Ironmen: If you have the grimy variant without the herblore level to clean it, you can take it to Zahur to have it cleaned. 714
8 Blue dragon scale.png Blue dragon scale Spawns in Taverley Dungeon, Corsair Cove Dungeon, and Isle of Souls Dungeon Bring antifire protection from nearby blue dragons 746
9 Proboscis.png Proboscis Dropped by mosquitoes encountered during Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup Completion of Jungle Potion is required to access Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup 161
10 Jangerberries.png Jangerberries Free spawn on an ogre island near Yanille, or grown from jangerberry seeds (with Farming 48 ) Bring a druid pouch when taking this item through Mort Myre to the Nature Grotto, as ghasts can turn this into rotten food. 233
11 Potato cactus.png Potato cactus Grown from potato cactus seeds (with Farming 64 ), or collected from spawns in the Kalphite Lair Beware of monsters in the Kalphite Lair 541
12 Crushed gem.png Crushed gem Fail to cut an opal, jade, or red topaz These gems can be obtained from pickpocketing H.A.M. members (Thieving 15 ), or mined from gem rocks (with Mining 40 and completion of Shilo Village) Untradeable
13 Snapdragon.png Clean snapdragon The grimy herb can be dropped by a variety of monsters, or grown from a snapdragon seed (with Farming 62 ), then cleaned (with Herblore 59 [1]); snapdragon is also a reward from the Brimhaven Agility Arena. Ironmen: If you have the grimy variant without the herblore level to clean it, you can take it to Zahur to have it cleaned. 7,814
14 Supercompost.png Supercompost See main article A quick way for ironman accounts to obtain supercompost is to buy 15 pineapples from a Trader Crewmember and place them into a compost bin. 341
15 Volencia moss.png Clean volencia moss The grimy herb can be gathered from rocks at Karamja Jungle Mine, then cleaned Requires partial completion of Jungle Potion to obtain Untradeable
16 Babydragon bones.png Babydragon bones Dropped by baby dragons 374
17 Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond Randomly obtained whilst mining, particularly from gem rocks; also dropped by various monsters, including from the rare drop table; may also be randomly obtained from opening caskets or bags full of gems, or by completing certain random events The Troll Romance quest provides an uncut diamond as a reward. 2,748
18 Raw cave eel.png Raw cave eel Caught in the Lumbridge Swamp Caves (with Fishing 38 ) Bring a light source for the caves 396
19 Edible seaweed.png Edible seaweed Spawns on Fossil Island and Mos Le'Harmless, or dropped by a variety of monsters Bring a druid pouch when taking this item through Mort Myre to the Nature Grotto, as ghasts can turn this into rotten food. 24
20 Oyster.png Oyster (unopened) Dropped by a variety of monsters, or caught using a big fishing net, or through panning at the Digsite Make sure not to open the oyster 69
21 Charcoal.png Charcoal Various general stores, notably Jiminua's Jungle Store. (for 67, or 58 with Karamja gloves 1 or better) 256
22 Red vine worm.png Red vine worm Dug up in McGrubor's Wood Bring a spade, and watch for the aggressive guard dogs Untradeable
23 Fat snail.png Fat snail Dropped by bruise blamish snails and blood blamish snails 1,398
24 Red spiders' eggs.png Red spiders' eggs Various spawns 675
25 Raw slimy eel.png Raw slimy eel Caught in Mort Myre and Lumbridge Swamp Caves (with Fishing 28 ) Bring a light source if fishing in Lumbridge Swamp Caves 297
26 Grapes.png Grapes Spawn in Cooks' Guild (with Cooking 32 ) 23
27 Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby Randomly obtained whilst mining, particularly from gem rocks; also dropped by various monsters, including from the rare drop table; may also be randomly obtained from opening caskets or bags full of gems, or by completing certain random events The Misthalin Mystery and Troll Romance quests provide uncut rubies as rewards. 1,206
28 Jogre bones.png Jogre bones Dropped by jogres 979
29 King worm.png King worm Free spawns in north-west Gnome Stronghold and in Taverley Bring a druid pouch when taking this item through Mort Myre to the Nature Grotto, as ghasts can turn this into rotten food. 472
30 Snape grass.png Snape grass Grown from snape grass seeds (with Farming 61 ), or collected from various spawns 275
31 Lime.png Lime Buy from Funch's Fine Groceries or Grand Tree Groceries (for 2) 45
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Players without the Herblore level to clean this herb can pay Zahur in Nardah 200 coins per herb to clean them.
The Nature Spirit enchants the secateurs using the spell Phasma Phasmatis Natura.

When you finally have the items you need, grab your amulet of ghostspeak and secateurs and travel to the Nature Spirit in the Mort Myre Swamp. He'll bless your secateurs, which will then glow green and turn into the magic secateurs.

Killing the Tanglefoot[edit | edit source]

Attacking the Tanglefoot.
Items needed: Dramen staff and the magic secateurs
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This fight takes place in an instanced area.
On death, all unprotected items will be moved to a grave outside the instance. Any items left on the ground will be lost.

Head back to Zanaris with your magic secateurs. From the entrance to the city, travel south-west, past the agility shortcuts, to the mysterious ruins of the Cosmic altar. There is a gap on the west side of the room that you can climb through. The Gatekeeper there will let you pass. Inside the tunnel are a couple of baby tanglefoots (level 45). Proceed to the end of the tunnel to stumble upon the level 111 Tanglefoot.

This creature is unique in that it can only be damaged with the magic secateurs. Furthermore, the maximum damage you can do on the Tanglefoot depends on both your Strength and Farming levels.

Protect from Melee is highly recommended for the fight. The Tanglefoot can be flinched.

Once you have defeated the Tanglefoot, make sure to grab the Queen's secateurs it drops, before leaving the tunnel. Head back to the Fairy Godfather, and speak with him to finish the quest.

Congratulations! Quest completed!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Fairytale I - Growing Pains is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
26 November 2015
(update)

Typo correction: A double space in the Fairytale I quest.

15 May -
6 June 2006

The quest was renamed from "A Fairy Tale Pt. 1" to "Fairytale I - Growing Pains".

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If completing this quest at level 1 Farming, the experience reward is enough to get you to level 17.
  • Fairy Nuff put the Queen in the "Tempus fugit" state, which will make the time slow down for the Queen. "Tempus fugit" is Latin, and can be translated to "Time flies".
  • Before handing the Symptoms List to Zandar Horfyre, he gets mad at the player for attacking his fellow Dark Wizards, even while having never done so or set foot into his tower beforehand.
  • Martin the Master Gardener will also recognise the player as a pickpocket, even if the player has never picked his (or anyone else's) pocket.
  • Martin the Master Gardener will not let the player start Fairytale II - Cure a Queen directly after completion, upon speaking with him he says that he needs to plant some crops and wait for them to grow before he rewards the player, and will then scold the player for impatience in the dialogue following, instructing the player to come back later.
  • Fairytale I - Growing Pains was released exactly 4 years after Lost City.
  • Upon hearing the fifth theory, which pertains to fairies, the player character becomes incredulous to the idea that fairies are not only causing the problem, but also that they even exist, despite the fact that completing Lost City is a prerequisite to even begin this quest.