Crazy archaeologist/Strategies

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A player fights Bellock, the crazy archaeologist.

The Crazy archaeologist is a relatively simple boss, but a simple mistake can cause some damage to you with his area of effect attack.

The most effective way is to use Magic while protecting from ranged and avoiding his area of effect attack. His area of effect attack casts 3 books into the air that slowly land and hit a 3x3 area. This area is centred around where the books land. It is preceded by the Crazy archaeologist yelling "Rain of knowledge!".

It is recommended to bring low value gear such as Monk robes for Prayer bonus as even with the Crazy Archaeologist's somewhat high Magic defence, his Magic level is negligible, and thus is weak to Magic and your own Magic accuracy matters little. This is because Magic defence is calculated primarily based on one's Magic level.[1]

While you can melee him, his defensive stats are very high and you cannot protect from all of his damage as you can with mage.

Suggested skills[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

The setup primarily consists of only taking 3 or 4 expensive items as this boss is located in the Wilderness with the possibility of player killers appearing. Although the Crazy archaeologist is within the teleport range in the Wilderness (up to level 30 Wilderness), you may get teleblocked. Untradeable items such as god capes are lost upon death above level 20 Wilderness. The Crazy archeologist usually wanders around between level 22 and 25 of the wilderness, so be careful.

Recommended equipment for Magic
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) [2]Mitre.gifMitreHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotMystic hat.pngMystic hatXerician hat.pngXerician hat
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklaceAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of magic.pngAmulet of magicAmulet of power.pngAmulet of power
BackImbued god capes.gifImbued god capesGod capes.gifGod capesArdougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 3.pngArdougne cloak 3Ardougne cloak 2.pngArdougne cloak 2
BodyMonk's robe top.pngMonk's robe topMystic robe top.pngMystic robe topXerician top.pngXerician topZamorak monk top.pngZamorak monk topN/A
LegsMonk's robe.pngMonk's robeMystic robe bottom.pngMystic robe bottomXerician robe.pngXerician robeZamorak monk bottom.pngZamorak monk bottomN/A
WeaponSanguinesti staff.pngSanguinesti staffTrident of the swamp.pngTrident of the swampTrident of the seas.pngTrident of the seasThammaron's sceptre.pngThammaron's sceptreIban's staff (u).pngIban's staff (u)
ShieldBook of darkness.pngBook of darknessUnholy book.pngUnholy bookTome of fire.pngTome of fireBroodoo shield (blue).pngBroodoo shield (blue)Book of balance.pngBook of balance
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2N/AN/AN/A
GlovesTormented bracelet.pngTormented braceletBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesDragon gloves.pngDragon glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesN/A
BootsWhite boots.pngWhite bootsMystic boots.pngMystic bootsGhostly boots.pngGhostly bootsSplitbark boots.pngSplitbark bootsMoonclan boots.pngMoonclan boots
RingExplorer's ring 4.pngExplorer's ringBeacon ring.pngBeacon ringRing of wealth (i).pngRing of wealth (i)N/AN/A
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Stamina potion(4).pngFire rune.png500Death rune.png100Lobster.png
Lobster.pngLobster.pngLooting bag.pngRoyal seed pod.png

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 25 August 2015. (Archived from the original on 26 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "NPCs' magic defence is calculated off their Magic level, not their Defence level, and his is negligible."
  2. Only if on task