|Release date||9 May 2005 (Update)|
|Location||East of Burgh de Rott|
|Music unlocked||Dangerous Way|
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|
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.
Exploring the Barrows[edit | edit source]
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|
|Dharok the Wretched|
|Guthan the Infested|
|Karil the Tainted|
|Torag the Corrupted|
|Verac the Defiled|
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.
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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.
|Monster name||Combat level|
|Giant crypt rat||76|
|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.
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.
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]
There are several different methods for travelling to Barrows. The best options, ordened from fast to slow, are:
- Casting Barrows Teleport in the Arceuus spellbook, which requires 83 Magic and at least 60% Arceuus favour, or using a Barrows teleport tablet will teleport the player right next to the entrance.
- Using the Morytania legs 3 or 4 to Burgh de Rott and running north through Mort'ton towards Barrows.
- Using the Mort'ton teleport scroll and then running east to Barrows.
- Using the Minigame Group Finder to teleport to Shades of Mort'ton. This requires completion of the Shades of Mort'ton. This method is free and takes up no inventory or equipment spaces, though there is a 20-minute cooldown between uses.
- Kharyrll Teleport (requires completion of Desert Treasure) to Canifis, use the Myreque Hideout shortcut south of the pub and run south to cross the rope bridge. Continue running south untill reaching Swamp Boaty and use the travel option to travel to Mort'ton. Run east from here.
- Using the fairy ring code BKR and running southeast untill reaching Swamp Boaty and use the travel option to travel to Mort'ton. Run east from here.
- At 50 Agility, players can use the fairy ring code bip, go east, and south, following the path through Mort'ton.
Requirements[edit | edit source]
- Completion of Priest in Peril is required to enter Morytania.
- Partial completion of Nature Spirit is required to enter Morytania swamp, and thus to visit the Barrows.
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.
|Ahrim the Blighted's equipment|
|Dharok the Wretched's equipment|
|Guthan the Infested's equipment|
|Karil the Tainted's equipment|
|Torag the Corrupted's equipment|
|Verac the Defiled's equipment|
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]
|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]