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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.

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]

Guide and 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 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]