Barrows/Strategies

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This page shows various strategies which may help you in the Barrows minigame.

A player killing the last Barrows brother before opening the rewards 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 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]

Recommendations[edit | edit source]

Quest recommendations[edit | edit source]

Skill recommendations[edit | edit source]

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 this section for a quick summary on how to take on this challenge. For more strategy tips, visit the sections below.

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.

  • Ahrim's mound is located in the centre
  • Dharok's mound is located northeast
  • Guthan's mound is located southeast
  • Karil's mound is located south
  • Torag's mound is located southwest
  • Verac's mound is located northwest

Killing the Barrows brothers[edit | edit source]

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

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

While underground anywhere in the Barrows area, the brothers' faces will occasionally appear on-screen, draining a considerable amount of Prayer points every 18 seconds. The amount of prayer drained begins at eight prayer points, and increases by one for each brother killed, for a maximum of fourteen once all six brothers are killed. Since the area prayer drain is so significant you ought to take several steps to speed up your kills and minimise the time you spend underground in order to save on prayer potions and thus maximise profits.

Using combat boosting prayers such as Mystic Might will only increase your damage output when your magic attack is too low to consistently hit the brothers as it only increases magical accuracy and not damage. Praying Eagle Eye or Rigour against Ahrim when using ranged will always speed up kills, as well as praying Chivalry, Piety, or Incredible Reflexes and Ultimate strength when using Melee against Karil. The idea is that using combat boosting prayers will drain less prayer points than the area effect. Using protection prayers also means you don't have to spend time consuming food and can instead damage your opponent, further reducing area prayer drain. Try to drink your prayer potions and eat your food while above ground.

Players should use protection prayers to negate all damage from these NPCs, except Verac who can hit through protection prayers.

Navigating the tunnels[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 any remaining Barrows brother will spawn and attack the player. With the Strange old lockpick, players can ignore the random path and head straight into the middle room, making trips faster at the cost of a charge when passing through a locked door.

Gathering rewards potential[edit | edit source]

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

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]

Solutions to the four types of pattern puzzles.

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 the 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.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Ancestral hat.png
Imbued god capes.gif
Occult necklace.png
Rada's blessing 4.png
Sanguinesti staff.png
Ancestral robe top.png
Ancestral robe bottom.png
Tormented bracelet.png
Primordial boots.png
Berserker ring (i).png
Toxic blowpipe.pngElite void top.pngAva's assembler.pngNecklace of anguish.png
Void ranger helm.pngElite void robe.pngVoid knight gloves.png
Dragon claws.pngInfernal cape.pngAmulet of torture.png
Serpentine helm.pngFerocious gloves.pngBandos chestplate.png
Spade.pngCoins 100.pngMind rune.png
Super combat potion(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).pngRanging potion(4).pngRanging potion(4).png
Teleport to house (tablet).pngBarrows teleport (tablet).pngImbued heart.pngRune pouch.png

Recommended equipment for High-end gear, less switches
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadAncestral hat.pngAncestral hatN/A
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklaceN/A
BackImbued god capes.gifImbued god capeN/A
BodyAncestral robe top.pngAncestral robe topN/A
LegsAncestral robe bottom.pngAncestral robe bottomN/A
WeaponTrident of the swamp.pngTrident of the swampTrident of the seas.pngTrident of the seas
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 2 or 3
GlovesTormented bracelet.pngTormented braceletN/A
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsBlessed boots.gifBlessed boots
RingArchers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i)N/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Toxic blowpipe.pngElite void top.pngAva's assembler.pngSalve amulet(ei).png
Void ranger helm.pngElite void robe.pngVoid knight gloves.png
Spade.pngCoins 100.pngMind rune.png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngRanging potion(4).pngRanging potion(4).png
Teleport to house (tablet).pngBarrows teleport (tablet).pngImbued heart.pngRune pouch.png
  • If you don't have Ancestral, then don't bother bringing any replacement magic robes. Just wear the void equipment.
  • If you don't have an imbued god cape, then don't bring any replacement. Just wear the Ava's device.
  • Blowpipe Ahrim. Mage the other brothers.
  • Use the salve amulet(ei) while killing skeletons for reward potential.
  • You could optionally bring an abyssal whip to kill monsters for reward potential, to save on cost of runes and Zulrah's scales.
  • Use the rune pouch to store any chaos, death and blood runes in.
  • Teleport to house tablets could be replaced by a Construction cape or max cape.
  • Barrows teleport tablets could be replaced with the barrows teleport in the Portal Nexus

Recommended equipment for High level
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadAncestral hat.pngAncestral hatHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotN/AN/A
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklaceN/AN/AN/A
BackImbued god capes.gifImbued god capeN/AN/AN/A
BodyKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertopBlack d'hide body.pngBlack d'hide bodyN/AN/A
LegsKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirtBlack d'hide chaps.pngBlack d'hide chapsN/AN/A
WeaponTrident of the swamp.pngTrident of the swampTrident of the seas.pngTrident of the seasN/AN/A
ShieldArcane spirit shield.pngArcane spirit shieldMage's book.pngMage's bookBook of darkness.pngBook of darknessUnholy book.pngUnholy book
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 2 or 3N/AN/A
GlovesTormented bracelet.pngTormented braceletBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesN/AN/A
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsBlessed boots.gifBlessed bootsN/AN/A
RingBerserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i)N/AN/AN/A
Special attackDragon claws.pngDragon clawsN/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Abyssal whip.pngAmulet of torture.pngToxic blowpipe.pngAva's assembler.png
Dragon defender.pngNecklace of anguish.png
Prayer potion(4).pngSuper attack(4).pngSuper strength(4).pngShark.png
Prayer potion(4).pngRestore potion(4).pngStamina potion(4).pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Ring of dueling.pngSpade.pngBarrows teleport (tablet).png
  • Use the dragon claws special attacks against Ahrim, and finish the kill with ranged. Mage the other brothers.
  • Use the abyssal whip to kill monsters in the tunnels for reward potential.
  • Use the dueling ring to teleport to Ferox Enclave after each run, to bank and use the portal to restore your stats.
  • If you have a restoration pool or higher in your player-owned house, then swap the ring of dueling for teleport to house tablets. If you also have the Barrows teleport unlocked in the Portal Nexus then you can leave the Barrows Teleport

Recommended equipment for Medium level
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotBerserker helm.pngBerserker helmN/A
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklaceAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyN/A
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerAva's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorAva's attractor.pngAva's attractor
BodyDharok's platebody.pngDharok's platebody / Torag's platebody.pngTorag's platebodyN/AN/A
LegsVerac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirtDharok's platelegs.pngDharok's platelegs / Torag's platelegs.pngTorag's platelegsDragon platelegs.pngDragon platelegs
WeaponTrident of the swamp.pngTrident of the swampTrident of the seas.pngTrident of the seasIban's staff.pngIban's staff
ShieldBook of darkness.pngBook of darknessUnholy book.pngUnholy bookN/A
Ammo/SpellRune arrow 5.pngRune arrowN/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesN/A
BootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsN/AN/A
RingRing of dueling.pngRing of dueling(8)N/AN/A
Special attackDragon dagger.pngDragon daggerN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Abyssal whip.pngRed d'hide body.pngMagic shortbow (i).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Dragon defender.pngRed d'hide chaps.pngPrayer potion(4).png
Dragon dagger.pngSuper attack(4).pngSuper strength(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngRestore potion(4).pngStamina potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.png
Death rune.pngFire rune.pngSpade.pngBarrows teleport (tablet).png

Recommended equipment for Low level
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotBerserker helm.pngBerserker helmN/AN/AN/A
NeckAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyN/AN/AN/AN/A
BackAva's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorAva's attractor.pngAva's attractorN/AN/AN/A
BodyDragon chainbody.pngDragon chainbodyRune platebody.pngRune platebodyN/AN/AN/A
LegsDragon platelegs.pngDragon platelegs / Dragon plateskirt.pngDragon plateskirtN/AN/AN/AN/A
WeaponIban's staff.pngIban's staffSlayer's staff.pngSlayer's staffN/AN/AN/A
ShieldBook of balance.pngGod bookBroodoo shield (green).pngBroodoo shieldN/AN/AN/A
Ammo/SpellRune arrow 5.pngRune arrowN/AN/AN/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesAdamant gloves.pngAdamant glovesMithril gloves.pngMithril glovesCombat bracelet.pngCombat bracelet
BootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsN/AN/AN/AN/A
RingRing of dueling.pngRing of dueling(8)N/AN/AN/AN/A
Special attackDragon dagger.pngDragon daggerN/AN/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Dragon scimitar.pngBlue d'hide body.pngMagic shortbow (i).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Rune kiteshield.pngBlue d'hide chaps.pngPrayer potion(4).png
Dragon dagger.pngSuper attack(4).pngSuper strength(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngRestore potion(4).pngStamina potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Death rune.pngFire rune.pngSpade.pngBarrows teleport (tablet).png
  • Use the dragon dagger special attacks against Ahrim, and finish the kill with ranged. Mage the other brothers.
  • Consider bringing a vestment cloak for extra prayer bonus when not ranging.
  • Use the dragon scimitar to kill monsters in the tunnels for reward potential.
  • Use the dueling ring to teleport to Ferox Enclave after each run, to bank and use the portal to restore your stats.

Recommended equipment for Minimum low level
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadRune full helm.pngRune full helmN/A
NeckAmulet of glory(4).pngAmulet of glory(4)N/A
BackAva's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorAva's attractor.pngAva's attractor
BodyRune platebody.pngRune platebodyN/A
LegsRune platelegs.pngRune platelegsN/A
WeaponIban's staff.pngIban's staffSlayer's staff.pngSlayer's staff
ShieldBook of balance.pngGod bookBroodoo shield (green).pngBroodoo shield
GlovesCombat bracelet.pngCombat braceletN/A
BootsMystic boots.pngMystic bootsN/A
RingRing of dueling.pngRing of dueling(8)N/A
Special attackDragon dagger.pngDragon daggerN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Dragon scimitar.pngSuper attack(4).pngSuper strength(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Rune kiteshield.pngStamina potion(4).pngRestore potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Dragon dagger.pngShark.pngShark.pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.png
Death rune.pngFire rune.pngSpade.pngBarrows teleport (tablet).png
  • Use the dragon dagger special attacks against Ahrim, and finish the kill with the dragon scimitar. Mage the other brothers.
  • This set-up doesn't feature range equipment. If you have a high Ranged stat, then consider bringing a ranged weapon and equipment to kill Ahrim with.
  • Consider bringing a vestment cloak for extra prayer bonus when not ranging.
  • Use the dragon scimitar to kill monsters in the tunnels for reward potential.
  • Use the dueling ring to teleport to Ferox Enclave after each run, to bank and use the portal to restore your stats.

Tips and tricks[edit | edit source]

Optimising the average value of the rewards[edit | edit source]

  • First of all, make sure to kill all six brothers since the number of loot rolls and the chance of Barrows equipment increases for every brother killed.
  • Completion of the Achievement Diaries icon.png Morytania Hard Diary will increase the amount of awarded runes by 50% from every chest opened at Barrows.
  • Capping the Reward Potential at 880 points (shows as 86.8% in game) will maximise the amount of awarded runes, while ruling out the possibility of receiving bolt racks, half keys and dragon med helms. This will improve the average value of the rewards. This can be done by killing:
    • 6 brothers, 1 giant crypt spider, 1 skeleton, and 1 crypt spider (880 points).
    • 6 brothers, 1 giant crypt spider, 1 skeleton, and 1 bloodworm (876 points).
    • 6 brothers, 2 skeletons and 1 crypt spider (878 points).
    • 6 brothers, 2 skeletons and 1 bloodworm (874 points).
    • 6 brothers, 3 bloodworms and 1 crypt spider (880 points).
    • 6 brothers and 4 bloodworms (876 points).

Safespotting[edit | edit source]

  • There are limited safespots available in the tunnels, however, when known how to exploit them, any melee brother can be effectively safespotted.
    • The ladder and ladder squares can be shot through. You will only see the ladder in the room you came down in, however, the square containing the other possible ladder locations can still be used as a safespot. This may lead to some potentially hilarious and very useful safespot opportunities where brothers appear to be frozen.
    • Like all NPCs, the Barrows brothers will attempt to move in a straight line towards the player, however they will move east/west first before moving north/south, opening up opportunities to trap them behind an obstacle. This opens up many opportunities to safespot melee brothers behind parts of debris that can be shot through.
    • Debris on the floor that resemble bricks (that have fallen out of the walls) cannot be shot through, nor can the standing torches in the chest room, nor the chest itself. The bricks cannot be shot through as they are the same objects (merely recoloured) as the piles of bricks in the brothers' individual crypts.
    • Any other debris on the floor that cannot be walked through can be shot through, including skeletons, boulders, rocks, and the ladder, even in other rooms than the room where you came down when it is invisible to you.
    • Of all the long corridors, it is only not possible to find a safespot for a melee brother if you are entering the northern corridor from the northwest room. The nearest safespot here is too far and will cause the brother to disappear. All of the other long corridors and the four 'corner' rooms can be utilised effectively.
    • The brothers will not get stuck on other NPCs or players.
  • Kiting is a method used to safespot the melee brothers in the room with their sarcophagus. This method can be used to kill the melee brothers without the use of food or protection prayers. This method is especially useful for low to med level Ironmen who would otherwise use a lot of resources. In order to kite properly, the player must have their run turned off. This is due to the player moving two tiles per tick. Verac and Torag are the only brothers where kiting is possible on the north, south, east, and west sides of the sarcophagus. This method can only be done with a magic spell, therefore, the trident of the sea will not work. Iban's Blast, Slayer dart, or fire bolt with Chaos gauntlets and Tome of fire are recommended for this method. Since the player will be running a lot, stamina potions and/or full Graceful outfit are highly recommended.
    • The player must first spawn the melee brother. Run can be turned on at this point. For any melee brother besides Verac and Torag, the player must run on either the north side or south side of the sarcophagus to block the brother on the other side.
    • With run turned off, the player must use the magic spell on the brother. Autocast will not work. As soon as the experience drop shows, the player must use the control key to run, and lure the brother onto the other side of the sarcophagus. Holding the control key before clicking to move will turn the player's run on for the duration of the movement. This is the only way this method can work.
    • The player will first have to run the distance of the sarcophagus on the north or south side before clicking over to the other side, or else the player will path directly through the melee brother. This is not the case for Verac or Torag since the east and west sides will work to block them.
    • For Verac and Torag, all four sides of the sarcophagus can be used to effectively kite, as stated, the other melee brothers are only safespottable on the north and south side. Due to their pathing mechanics.
    • It is recommended not to kite Dharok, since one false move can result in being one hit. It's recommended for the player to kill Dharok before any other brother, so they can use the prayer that they already have when arriving to Barrows.
    • With practice and done properly, this can be used to avoid all damage from the melee brothers, except for their initial hit when spawning the brother from his sarcophagus.
  • Certains magic spells (Entangle, Ice Blitz, or Ice Barrage) can bind an NPC to his map square for an extended period of time. These spells could be used to safespot melee brothers by binding them so that they cannot reach you.
    • Snare allows for 3 attacks before Verac starts moving again.
    • Entangle/Ice Blitz allows for 5 attacks before Verac starts moving again.
    • Ice Barrage allows for 6 attacks before Verac starts moving again.

Rotation[edit | edit source]

  • Dharok, Karil, Verac and Ahrim have high accuracy bonuses and max hits, with Dharok being the most dangerous to fight without protection prayer. Verac can hit through prayer with 25% probability, so praying only provides partial protection, but it's useful to be able to use offensive prayers against him. Guthan and Torag on the other hand will often deal less damage to players with high defence levels, with Guthan being somewhat harder to kill without protection prayer. If you are not able to reliably kill every brother before your prayer runs out, it could be worth saving Verac, Guthan and Torag until last and just tank their hits if your Defence level is high enough, to save on prayer restore potions.
  • Therefore, a safe order to kill them may be: Dharok → Ahrim → Karil → Verac → Guthan → Torag.
  • A relatively safe order that requires less running is: Dharok → Guthan → Karil → Ahrim → Verac → Torag.
  • When using a toxic blowpipe on Ahrim, consider killing Verac before Ahrim, and then heal back some hitpoints using the blowpipe's special attack, since Verac can hit through the player's protection prayers.

Other[edit | edit source]

  • When struggling with having enough food during the trips, Bones to Peaches tablets are a possibility to restore extra hitpoints. Just fill empty spaces with bones while gathering kill count, and convert as needed.
  • The black salamander can be used to kill the brothers as a cheap hybrid weapon, and provides a cheaper, although less powerful, alternative to the trident and blowpipe.

References[edit | edit source]