Barbarian Assault

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Barbarian Assault
Barbarian Assault gameplay.png
Released 4 January 2007 (Update)
Type Minigame
Members Yes
Location Barbarian Outpost
Participants 5
Skills Combat
Requirements None
Reward currency Honour points
Tutorial Yes
Music Assault and Battery, Pirates of Penance
Barbarian Assault logo.jpg

Barbarian Assault is a safe team-based Combat minigame located at the Barbarian Outpost. A team of five players must work together to battle 10 waves of Penance, before finally defeating the Penance Queen herself.

There are no requirements for this minigame, although a player with a higher combat level will generally perform better. This minigame does not provide any experience in any role, so combat or skill pures don't have to worry about gaining experience in the wrong skill by playing this minigame.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Captain Cain

The Barbarian Assault minigame is a battleground established by the Barbarians to fight against Penance creatures. Players can optionally complete the tutorial by talking to Captain Cain in order to get a basic understanding of how the minigame is played.

Players must form a team of five players in order to play. Completion of each wave will reward each player with Honour points specific to the role they chose. Honour points can be used to redeem a variety of combat-based equipment, notably the fighter torso. Players can also gamble Honour points for a chance to receive the rare dragon chainbody or the pet penance queen.

Players can check the Honour points they have earned by talking to Commander Connad or by checking the blackboard.

Ultimate Ironman: Runes and arrows are not allowed inside the instance, a looting bag will also deny entrance. Additionally, you cannot bring a rune pouch, even if it is empty.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

The Barbarian Assault arena can be found in an outdoor underground area, at the Barbarian Outpost just north of Baxtorian Falls. There are several methods by which players can get here:

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Barbarian Assault is a safe minigame except for Hardcore Group Ironman players. A safe death will not cause the loss of any items upon death. As combat is the minigame's main component, high Defence and Hitpoints levels provide an advantage.

If a teammate is killed, the entire group must restart the wave.

Basics[edit | edit source]

Details information regarding creating a team, brief role descriptions, and Penance monsters that will be faced.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Overview of basic gameplay technique. Includes information on the gameplay interface, battlefield layout and how to complete player roles.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

Contains information pertaining to more advanced, specific, and efficient gameplay techniques.

Wave breakdown[edit | edit source]

This breaks down every wave and tells you the amount of monsters in the wave.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Contains all the rewards available from the Barbarian Assault minigame, at the cost of Honour points.

Personalities[edit | edit source]

Music unlocked[edit | edit source]

Name Unlock details Music track
Legion Unlocked at the Barbarian Outpost
Cain's Tutorial Unlocked during the tutorial
Assault and Battery Unlocked while playing the minigame
Pirates of Penance Unlocked when the Penance Queen appears

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
2 March 2022

Various cross symbols within the minigame have been changed to an asterisk to comply with Article 53 of the 1949 Geneva Convention I as well as Section 6 of the United Kingdom's Geneva Conventions Act 1957.

27 January 2021

Informatively, the Barbarian Assault Defender Machine will no longer give out a hammer.[1]

20 January 2021

The defender machine giving a hammer was reverted with a hotfix shortly after release, due to internal miscommunication after community feedback.[2]

20 January 2021
(update | poll)
  • Machines are now more streamlined, and players can click out of the process.
  • Player can now 'call' whilst interacting with the machine.
  • Repairing traps is now quicker.
  • Penance kill counters are now updated more predictably during waves.
  • Eggs have been remodelled so that they are colourblind friendly.
  • Fake XP drops have been added.
  • Flashing calls have been added to let players know when a call is changing.
  • The defender machine now gives the defender a hammer.
22 August 2019

Gambles are now referred to as "Lucky dips" when playing on Old School RuneScape Mobile.

30 May 2019
(update | poll)

The Barbarian Assault role icons are now put in the jaw slot (a back-end slot system where facial hair is placed), allowing players to wear capes within games.

25 October 2018

Players are now able to skip the Barbarian Assault tutorial.

2 August 2018

The wording displayed when trying to buy a medium gamble at Barbarian Assault without the correct requirements has been changed.

19 July 2018
(update | poll)

The bank deposit box has been added back.

5 April 2018

The lure cave in Barbarian Assault no longer has an option to click; that information is now given by Examining it.

22 March 2018

Collectors in Barbarian Assault will now have their horn put in their inventory before their bag, rather than the other way around.

8 March 2018

Various supplies inside Barbarian Assault can now be destroyed by shift+clicking them.

22 February 2018

A hotfix was applied to prevent players from stalling their entry into a wave. This accidentally repeatedly kicked out all players from Barbarian Assault, so a second hotfix was deployed to fix the issues caused from the first hotfix.[3]

25 January 2018
(update | poll)
  • Ranged weapons that do not use arrows have been disabled.
  • New arrows for exclusive use in the minigame have been introduced.
  • Wrath runes have been added to the Attacker dispenser.
  • The amount of runes a player is given has been from increased from 50 to 1000
  • The "Take runes" and "Take arrows" options on the dispenser have been reversed; "Take arrows" is now the left click option.
31 August 2017

The chance to obtain elite clue scrolls has been decreased to 1/15.

31 August 2017
(update | poll)

Elite clue scrolls can now be obtained from high level gambles at a rate of 1/10.

17 August 2017

The toxic blowpipe will now deal 0 damage when used in the minigame due to an unintended exploit which allowed players to use non-bow ranged weapons while equipping the type of arrow requested.
In addition, the Looting bag is no longer able to be brought into the waiting room.

4 May 2017

Runes obtained from uncharging various powered staves while in the minigame will no longer be confiscated.

27 April 2017

Field rations can no longer be taken into the minigame.

29 September 2016
(update | poll)

Players can now sell penance equipment back to Commander Connad for 80% of its original cost.

1 September 2016

The egg conversion machine has been reverted back to converting eggs to a consistent colour.

18 August 2016
(update | poll)
  • The amount of Penance Queen kills that can be stored has been increased from 15 to 40.
  • The ladder found in the waiting rooms now has a quick-start option should players prefer to start instantly rather than wait one minute to automatically start the wave.
  • The long delay when using the item dispensers has been removed.
  • The rewards window can now be closed by using the escape key.
  • The rewards shop has been smoothed and no longer has a black background.
  • The egg conversion device now converts eggs into another randomly rather than to a specific colour.
  • An issue where Penance healers would stop taking poison damage has been fixed.
  • An issue where the attack style selection was not working correctly has been fixed.
  • Points will no longer be lost when leaving the rewards window open after a game.
  • Poisoning penance creatures with green eggs will no longer reduce poison severity.
11 August 2016
  • The value of eggs has been adjusted so that they would appear at the top of stacks of items.
  • Various items can no longer be taken into Barbarian Assault.
10 March 2016

Penance creatures are now immune to venom.

24 September 2015
(update | poll)
  • The number of points players can store has been increased from 500 to 5,000 per role.
  • Players can now store up to 15 Penance Queen kills rather than one.
  • The amount of high level gambles done are now tracked.
6 August 2015

Barbarian Assault has now been re-enabled following resolution of the infinite-point bug.

5 August 2015

Barbarian Assault has been disabled following publication of a bug allowing a player to achieve 500 points in a role after a single wave.

23 July 2015

Levelling up in the Defender role now actually partially increases the lure range of the Penance Runners.

2 July 2015
(update | poll)

The doors at the entrance of Barbarian Assault are now permanently open.

21 May 2015

The games necklace now lists the teleport destination as "Barbarian Outpost" instead of "Barbarian Assault".

30 April 2015
(update | poll)

The bank deposit box has been replaced with a bank chest.

5 March 2015
(update | poll)

You now receive 10% more reward points from Barbarian Assault if you have completed the Kandarin Hard Diary.

13 November 2014

Ironmen can now be invited to join a team.

11 September 2014
(update | poll)

It is now possible to reset the player's current wave to 1 by right-clicking the wave 1 barrier in the waiting room.

4 September 2014
(update | poll)

It is now possible to purchase additional pieces of penance armour.

14 August 2014
(update | poll)
  • The rewards from the Barbarian Assault gambles have been significantly improved.
  • The Penance Pet can now be received from a high level gamble.
8 May 2014

Items that can damage oneself, such as dwarven rock cakes, can no longer be taken into the minigame.

16 January 2014
(update | poll)
  • The egg launcher can now be used during combat.
  • The top-right UI now displays white text when the call changes.
16 May 2013

Players can no longer bring cape-slot items into the waiting room, since they cannot be worn anyway.

13 March 2013

The minigame is now accessible using gamecode imported from RuneScape.

22 February 2013

Old School RuneScape servers are officially launched, with the Barbarian Assault minigame temporarily disabled.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Players are unable to trade while in a game. If they were to try to start one, they'll see the message "The barbarians didn't put you down here to trade." instead of the usual "Sending trade offer..."
  • On the release of Old School RuneScape, there was a glitch with Barbarian Assault. This was fixed by importing code from RuneScape: as a result, during the tutorial, Commander Connad would refer to the Constitution ability book.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ JagexHusky. Shades of Mort'ton Rework. Reddit. 27 January 2021. (Archived from the original on 27 January 2021.) JagexHusky: "I believe when the minigame proposals blog went out some time ago we originally pitched that we'd give a hammer out for the defender. However, there was backlash from the BA community saying that actually makes them get one food less and they'd rather get the hammer themselves after laying some food so we said we wouldn't give them a hammer. Unfortunately our in-house job didn't get corrected with that information so the dev who worked on it added the hammer to the machine anyway, this was quickly hotfixed last week once we realised the mistake but the blog today is just providing that information to everyone else."
  2. ^ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 20 January 2021. (Archived from the original on 21 January 2021.) Mod Ash: "I'm told the dev wasn't briefed on the change to the blog, and is now removing the hammer again. The spawned hammer on the ground should remain available."
  3. ^ Mod Ayiza. Barb assault is currently bugged. Reddit. 22 February 2018. (Archived from the original on 21 January 2021.) Mod Ayiza: "We recently deployed a hotfix meaning this should no longer happen. If that's not the case please report it in-game using the Report bug feature (right-click the report icon)"