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Barrows minigame.png
Released 9 May 2005 (Update)
Type Minigame
Members Yes
Location East of Burgh de Rott
Participants 1
Skills Combat
Reward currency N/A
Tutorial No
Music Dangerous Way, Dance of the Undead
Barrows logo.jpg

The Barrows minigame is an area-based combat minigame released on 9 May 2005. The minigame is named after the six burial mounds in which the Barrows brothers were entombed after their deaths during the Third Age.

During this minigame, players attempt to rob valuable items from the Barrows brothers' crypts. However, due to an ancient spell, the brothers' wights continued to dwell in the barrows, protecting these treasures.

Barrows is a popular minigame due to the potential of receiving valuable rewards, including the unique Barrows equipment. The objective is to defeat the six Barrows brothers and open the rewards chest.

History[edit | edit source]

The Barrows brothers were ancient warriors of Saradomin who established a reputation of near invincibility while fighting in the God Wars.

They launched a massive attack, known as the Morytania Campaign, to liberate Morytania from the clutches of Lord Lowerniel Vergidiyad Drakan and his vampyres. As the brothers departed, a mysterious stranger granted them superhuman power to battle Drakan's forces, by supplying them with the weapons and armour now known as the Barrows equipment. It succeeded, for the brothers, who were in the front line, seemed invincible. They had not anticipated, however, that the stranger had ulterior motives for helping them.

As the brothers and their accompanying army progressed further into enemy territory in Morytania, the stranger followed them until the brothers became weakened. The brothers were grievously wounded in battle near the Great Vyrewall, and thus the army set up camp just west of Meiyerditch. Soon, the brothers died of their infected wounds simultaneously in the army's camp. The army quickly decided to retreat from Morytania, realising they could never succeed without their former leaders' prowess, but as a reflection of the brothers' bravery, they vowed to honour their martyred heroes as a final act before retreating.

The army spent six days and nights holding off the attacking vampyres to construct burial mounds, the Barrows, to honour the fallen brothers.

As the army began its return, the stranger slowly started walking towards the brothers, now dead and interred in their barrows. Arms outstretched atop the central mound, the stranger chanted in some foul, ancient language, casting his old magic. A vulgar purple light formed in front of him, fell to the earth, and bled into each of the barrows.

Not many of the original army made it back on the journey home, but tales were told of how each night an unnatural glow could be seen on the horizon where they had buried the brothers. Even today there are stories told about those mounds of earth, and of the sights and sounds that have been witnessed nearby.

A crumbling tome, obtained by searching the hut near the mounds or by talking to the Strange Old Man found digging the crypts, provides a detailed account of how the brothers came to be buried.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

1. (Red) Using the Barrows Teleport (tab) is the quickest route.
2. (Blue, Green and Orange) Using the Mort'ton minigame teleport, Mort'ton teleport scroll and Morytania legs 3 & 4 are good alternatives to players who don't have access to the Barrows teleport.
3. (Pink and Light blue) Travelling using the Swamp Boaty is a valid method for ironmen who don't have access to abovementioned options.
4. (Yellow) Using the BIP fairy ring is the longest of the routes, but takes the player close to the Nature Grotto, which players can visit to restore their prayer points.

There are several different methods for travelling to Barrows. The best options, ordered from fast to slow, are:

Requirements[edit | edit source]

Guide and strategies[edit | edit source]

Rewards[edit | edit source]

The table below lists the possible rewards of the Barrows minigame. For more information about reward mechanics and rarities, visit the rewards chest's page.

Image Name
Ahrim's hood Ahrim's robetop Ahrim's robeskirt Ahrim's staff Ahrim the Blighted's equipment
Dharok's helm Dharok's platebody Dharok's platelegs Dharok's greataxe Dharok the Wretched's equipment
Guthan's helm Guthan's platebody Guthan's chainskirt Guthan's warspear Guthan the Infested's equipment
Karil's coif Karil's leathertop Karil's leatherskirt Karil's crossbow Karil the Tainted's equipment
Torag's helm Torag's platebody Torag's platelegs Torag's hammers Torag the Corrupted's equipment
Verac's helm Verac's brassard Verac's plateskirt Verac's flail Verac the Defiled's equipment
Coins Mind rune Chaos rune Death rune Blood rune Bolt rack Loop half of key Tooth half of key Dragon med helm Other items

Combat Achievements[edit | edit source]

Defence? What Defence?Kill any Barrows Brother using only magical damage.RestrictionEasy
Barrows NoviceOpen the Barrows chest 10 times.Kill CountEasy
Can't Touch MeKill Dharok, Verac, Torag and Guthan without letting them attack you with melee.MechanicalMedium
Barrows ChampionOpen the Barrows chest 25 times.Kill CountMedium
Pray for SuccessKill all six Barrows Brothers and loot the Barrows chest without taking any damage from any of the brothers.PerfectionMedium
Just Like ThatKill Karil using only damage dealt by special attacks.RestrictionHard
Faithless Crypt RunKill all six Barrows Brothers and loot the Barrows chest without ever having more than 0 prayer points.RestrictionHard

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Music unlocked[edit | edit source]

Name Unlock details Music track
Dance of the Undead Unlocked in the Barrows area.
Dangerous Way Unlocked in the crypts and tunnels.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
3 August 2022

Camera effects found after looting the Barrows' chest can now be toggled in the Settings menu.

3 September 2015
(update | poll)
  • A check list now appears that will show which of the Barrows brothers you have killed.
  • Added a reward interface that will appear when opening the Barrows loot chest.
    • Monsters will not attack for a few seconds after this appears.
30 July 2015

Doing Barrows in fixed screen mode no longer causes your hitsplats and overhead chat to appear distorted.

16 July 2015

The message stating that you have received more runes from the Barrows as result of the hard tier of the Morytania achievement diary will now only appear once.

9 January 2014
(update | poll)

Two spade spawns have been added to the building by the entrance to the Barrows.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There is currently a glitch where if Guthan is slain and he heals simultaneously, a message will appear in the player's chatbox stating "We'll finish this later...".
  • Prior to an update, there was no indicator telling you what brothers the player had slain, and there was no looting interface upon searching the chest for rewards.
    • Upon release, there was also no spade spawn in the nearby shack. This was added in Content Poll #14.
  • Despite the fact that the brothers appear to be ghosts, the Crumble Undead spell cannot be used on them.
  • If your inventory is full when you loot the chest and you get a Barrows item, it will be dropped on the ground but will be in 100% condition. This and Falador Party Room drop parties are the only ways to drop Barrows weapons, chest pieces and leg pieces on the ground without them degrading. Barrows helms can also be dropped by using them on a hat stand.