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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 buried 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 indwell 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]

Location on World Map
Castle Drakan
Mort'ton Barrows Meiyerditch
Burgh de Rott

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.

Exploring the Barrows[edit | edit source]

These are the six Barrows brothers' graveyards as well as each brother's combat discipline.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

In this minigame, players want to take on the Barrows brothers, in order to find valuable treasures. Read all tabs in this section for a quick summary on how to take on this challenge. For a more in depth strategy, visit the stategy guide.

Entering the crypts[edit | edit source]

The above-ground portion of Barrows consists of six burial mounds inside a stone fence. Digging with a spade on top of these mounds will land the player inside a crypt belonging to one of the brothers.

Barrows brother Attack style
Ahrim the Blighted.png Ahrim the Blighted Magic icon.png
Dharok the Wretched.png Dharok the Wretched Attack icon.png
Guthan the Infested.png Guthan the Infested Attack icon.png
Karil the Tainted.png Karil the Tainted Ranged icon.png
Torag the Corrupted.png Torag the Corrupted Attack icon.png
Verac the Defiled.png Verac the Defiled Attack icon.png

Killing the Barrows brothers[edit | edit source]

Searching the sarcophagi within the crypts will spawn one of the Barrows brothers' wights. Kill these NPCs to become elegible of finding Barrows equipment in the rewards chest. Use the staircases to exit the crypts.

Players can use protection prayers to negate all damage from these NPCs. Check the table beneath for the protection prayer against each brother. While underground anywhere in the Barrows area, the brothers' faces will occasionally appear on-screen, draining a considerable amount of Prayer points.

This is Dharok the Wretched's sarcophagus.

Navigating the tunnels beneath the crypts[edit | edit source]

Searching the sarcophagus within one of the crypts leads to a passage to the Barrows tunnels beneath the crypts, which contains the Barrows rewards chest. The crypt giving access to these tunnels is chosen at random each time.

These tunnels can be navigated by passing through the doors. However, not all of the doors in these tunnels can be opened, thus players should try to find their way through the doors leading to the middle room with the rewards chest.

Upon opening any of the doors in these tunnels, a skeleton, bloodworm, crypt rats or unkilled Barrows brother will spawn and attack the player.

Monster name Combat level
Crypt rat.png Crypt rat 43
Bloodworm.png Bloodworm 52
Crypt spider.png Crypt spider 56
Giant crypt rat.png Giant crypt rat 76
Skeleton (Barrows).png Skeleton 77
Giant crypt spider.png Giant crypt spider 79

Gathering rewards potential[edit | edit source]

The chance of finding pieces of Barrows armour or weapons is determined by the number of brothers the player has killed before opening the chest. The nature and amount of other rewards, mainly consisting of runes, is determined by the player's reward potential. Generally, a higher reward potential will reward the player with more costly runes, in higher quantities.

Players can gather reward potential by killing the Barrows brothers and the monsters inside the crypts. The reward potential gathered is equal to the combat level of the monster that was slain, capped for a total of 1,000. For every Barrows brother that was slain, the player will receive an extra 2 points on their rewards potential, capping the maximum reward potential at 1,012.

These monsters located in the tunnels are listed in the table on the right.

Solutions to the four types of pattern puzzles.

Entering the rewards chest's room[edit | edit source]

The door that leads to the central room will be locked with a simple pattern puzzle, which can be one of four types and must be solved in order to pass through. The solutions to all types of door puzzles are shown here. Keep in mind that the answers shown here are always given but may not be in the same order each time.

If you get the puzzle wrong, the doors and rooms within the tunnels will shift around, meaning that the exit ladder will be in a different room and the doors that can be opened will be in a different arrangement. This means the player has to continue exploring the tunnels until they once again find the door that leads to the central room.

This is the chest, in the middle room of the tunnels, containing the player's rewards.

Opening the rewards chest[edit | edit source]

Upon opening the chest, the brother whose crypt the player entered will appear and start attacking thee player, if he did not already appear while travelling through the tunnels. It is not required to kill the Barrows brother in order to loot the chest. However, keep in mind that the chance of getting Barrows equipment from the chest increases as more brothers are killed, and players will not be able to receive equipment belonging to brothers they did not kill.

Once the chest is open, click it again to loot it. An interface will appear showing the rewards, which will go into the player's inventory (or be dropped on the ground, if the inventory is full) once the window is closed.

At this point, the minigame is complete, and the player can escape the tunnels or teleport out to start again.

Once the chest is looted, the tunnels will shake and start to collapse, causing occasional damage to the player, and the arrangement of the doors and rooms will shift, meaning the room you entered in may not be the same as the room that now contains the ladder you must take to leave. Moreover, as you attempt to escape the tunnels after looting the chest, each door you open is guaranteed to summon one of the brothers whom you did not kill on that run.

Once the player leaves the tunnels after looting the chest, the Barrows will be reset: brothers will once again be in their crypts, and the location of the tunnels within the crypts and its layout of doors is re-randomised. You can then go to bank or heal, or go right back into the crypts for another attempt. Note that your progress is saved if you log out or leave the area before looting the chest.

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 Otto's Grotto, which players can visit to restore their prayer points.

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

Requirements[edit | edit source]

Strategies[edit | edit source]

Main article: Barrows/Strategies

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Chest (Barrows)

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

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
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 is the only way to drop a 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.

References[edit | edit source]