Creature Creation

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The location of each creature's Altar of Life within the dungeon

Creature Creation is found in the basement of the Tower of Life. After the Tower of Life quest, players can enter the trapdoor on the ground floor of the tower to enter the basement. The Builder's costume is not required to enter the tower once the quest has been completed.

Creature Creation allows players to make unique monsters, which can be attacked for their drops. Some of the monsters drop multiples of items that are otherwise hard to get or expensive to purchase, such as Unicorn horns, which are used to make Unicorn horn dust for Herblore. Players who have completed tiers of the Ardougne diary will receive these drops in noted form.

Some of the monsters are dangerous, so bringing food may be advised. Players needing food while creating creatures can pickpocket the workers outside the tower to obtain triangle sandwiches. 'Black-eye', 'Gummy', 'The Guns', and 'No fingers' can be pickpocketed, but not Bonafido.

There are six Altars of Life:

Altar Creature (level) Ingredients Always drops May drop
North-east Newtroost (19) 1 Eye of newt

1 Chicken feather

4-12 Eyes of newt


Rune satchel
Tea flask
North-west Unicow (25) 1 Cowhide

1 Unicorn horn

2-4 Unicorn horns


Green satchel

Tea flask

South-east Spidine (42) 1 Red spiders' eggs

1 Raw sardine

3-6 Red spiders' eggs


Red satchel
Tea flask
South-west Swordchick (46) 1 Raw swordfish

1 Raw chicken

11-40 Feathers


2-12 Raw chickens
Black satchel
Tea flask
East Jubster (87) 1 Raw jubbly bird

1 Raw lobster

3-7 Raw jubbly birds


Gold satchel
Tea flask
West Frogeel (103) 1 Raw cave eel

1 Giant frog legs

5-12 Raw cave eels


Plain satchel
Tea flask
An Altar of Life.
The Homunculus in his dungeon.

Players use several items to create the monsters:

Placing one each of the two items at the correct altar primes the altar, and activating the altar creates the mixed creature. All but one of the monsters in turn drop one of their ingredients in quantity (at least two) on each kill. Unicows for example drop unicorn horns. The monsters occasionally also drop various types of satchels (black, gold, green, plain, red, rune), which can be held in the shield slot and each can hold one triangle sandwich, one cake, and one banana, and tea flasks, which can hold the contents of up to five cups of tea.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • For fast banking, either use Fairy ring code DJP to get to the Tower of Life and bank in Zanaris or walk from the Ardougne Teleport location and use a jewellery-based teleport to a bank. Fairy rings are the quickest method, but their use requires partial completion of the Fairytale II - Cure a Queen quest.
  • When playing the activity to get the 'ingredient drops', bring one of the ingredient that is always dropped and several of the other ingredient. This allows the altar to be used multiple times in one trip. For efficiency, the goal is to fill inventory as much as practical with the desired item. Use trial and error to determine how many of the always-consumed ingredient to bring. (This method does not work with swordchicks, since there is a chance it will not drop raw chickens.)
  • For more efficiency and convenience, before leaving the activity, prime the altar with both ingredients without activating the altar. The items will still be present when the player returns, allowing the altar to be activated, no matter how long a time the player is away. This method is particularly recommended for forgetful players who might forget to take the 'single' item (for example, the player brought a load of cow hides but not one unicorn horn).
  • The spidine, which requires red spider eggs and raw sardines, is useful as it drops red spider eggs in larger numbers (3-5). The fishing store in Witchaven has raw sardines in stock. There could be other fishing stores with supplies of raw sardines (e.g. Catherby, Jatizso). One raw sardine will yield about 3.5 red spider's eggs on average. It takes around 8 raw sardines to collect a full load of red spider eggs.
  • The unicow is perhaps the fastest method in the game to obtain unicorn horns in quantity without spending money. Kill some cows close to a bank and bank the cow hides (or buy cowhides). There is a cow pen just north of the Ardougne market outside the city walls. Each cowhide creates one unicow, which drops 2 to 4 unicorn horns. However, you will need one of the horns to make the next unicow, so bring lots of cow hides to get a full inventory of unicorn horns. It typically takes 10-13 cow hides to get a full inventory of unicorn horns.
  • The different levels of the Ardougne Diary cause some of the drops from the creatures to be noted. This may mean that you are unable to re-use drops to summon the creatures again. However, the Ardougne south bank is not too far away.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Homunculus of alchemy were created by combining parts of different animals to create a hybrid.
  • A Homunculus was viewed as a possible by-product of Alchemy in the days when it was believed to be true. They were human-like in manner and appearance but lacked a soul.