Deranged archaeologist

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Not to be confused with Crazy archaeologist.
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The deranged archaeologist is a demi-boss located on Fossil Island, at the southern end of the Tar Swamp. An axe is required to chop a swamp vine in order to reach him. Directly before the area is a spine that will occasionally hit passing players for 10 damage and apply poison.

He's nearly identical to the Crazy archaeologist in terms of combat and attack - he throws books as a ranged attack, and punches and kicks players who stand in melee range. His special attack is similar but hits much harder (up to 56 damage per direct hit[1]), and he shouts "Learn to Read!" when he uses it.

The deranged archaeologist can be killed in lieu of the Crazy archaeologist for boss slayer tasks.

A player damaged by the deranged archaeologist's special attack.

Location[edit | edit source]

Location Levels Members Spawns Map
Fossil Island – South end of the Tar Swamp276Member icon.png1Maplink

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Round and round and round and round!"
  • "The plants! They're alive!"
  • "They came from the ground! They came from the ground!!!"
  • "Learn to Read!" (Special attack)
  • "The doors won't stay closed forever!"
  • "They're cheering! Why are they cheering?"
  • "Time is running out! She will rise again!"
  • "No hiding!"
  • "Oh!" (death)

Drops[edit | edit source]

Drop rates estimated based on 22,802 kills from the Drop Rate Project, unless otherwise cited.

The average Deranged archaeologist kill is worth 10,310.83.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Bones.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Bones1Always1050

Weapons and armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Black d'hide body.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Black d'hide body with rarity 6/128 in quantity 1Black d'hide body16/1287,3008,088
Rune 2h sword.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword13/12837,83038,400
Rune sword.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Rune sword with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Rune sword14/12812,08312,480

Runes and ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Water rune.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Water rune with rarity 6/128 in quantity 100Water rune1006/128500200
Mud rune.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Mud rune with rarity 6/128 in quantity 40Mud rune406/1286,000480
Rune knife.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Rune knife with rarity 6/128 in quantity 25Rune knife256/1286,6002,500
Dragon arrow.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Dragon arrow with rarity 1/128 in quantity 60Dragon arrow601/12837,14028,800
Cannonball.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Cannonball with rarity 4/128 in quantity 80Cannonball804/12811,600240

Seeds[edit | edit source]

There is a 1/128 chance of rolling the tree-herb seed drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Ranarr seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Ranarr seed with rarity 1/1,066.7 in quantity 1Ranarr seed11/1,066.738,63830
Snapdragon seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Snapdragon seed with rarity 1/1,142.9 in quantity 1Snapdragon seed11/1,142.953,09836
Torstol seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Torstol seed with rarity 1/1,454.5 in quantity 1Torstol seed11/1,454.549,33542
Watermelon seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Watermelon seed with rarity 1/1,600 in quantity 15Watermelon seed151/1,600210495
Willow seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Willow seed with rarity 1/1,600 in quantity 1Willow seed11/1,6008239
Mahogany seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Mahogany seed with rarity 1/1,777.8 in quantity 1Mahogany seed11/1,777.81,20328
Maple seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Maple seed with rarity 1/1,777.8 in quantity 1Maple seed11/1,777.818,62028
Teak seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Teak seed with rarity 1/1,777.8 in quantity 1Teak seed11/1,777.85328
Yew seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Yew seed with rarity 1/1,777.8 in quantity 1Yew seed11/1,777.849,36285
Papaya tree seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Papaya tree seed with rarity 1/2,285.7 in quantity 1Papaya tree seed11/2,285.753369
Magic seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Magic seed with rarity 1/2,666.7 in quantity 1Magic seed11/2,666.7112,235253
Palm tree seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Palm tree seed with rarity 1/3,200 in quantity 1Palm tree seed11/3,20023,256152
Spirit seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Spirit seed with rarity 1/4,000 in quantity 1Spirit seed11/4,000Not sold0
Dragonfruit tree seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Dragonfruit tree seed with rarity 1/5,333.3 in quantity 1Dragonfruit tree seed11/5,333.3196,402258
Celastrus seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Celastrus seed with rarity 1/8,000 in quantity 1Celastrus seed11/8,00091,863324
Redwood tree seed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Redwood tree seed with rarity 1/8,000 in quantity 1Redwood tree seed11/8,00031,036390

Materials[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Grimy dwarf weed.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Grimy dwarf weed with rarity 8/128 in quantity 4 (noted)Grimy dwarf weed(noted)8/1281,79256
White berries.png: Deranged archaeologist drops White berries with rarity 7/128 in quantity 10 (noted)White berries10 (noted)7/1281,48060
Runite limbs.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Runite limbs with rarity 5/128 in quantity 1Runite limbs15/128[2]9,2369,600
Black dragonhide.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Black dragonhide with rarity 6/128 in quantity 8 (noted)Black dragonhide(noted)6/12823,608720
Gold ore.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Gold ore with rarity 6/128 in quantity 10 (noted)Gold ore10 (noted)6/1281,670900
Uncut diamond.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Uncut diamond with rarity 5/128 in quantity 5 (noted)Uncut diamond(noted)5/12813,135600
Onyx bolt tips.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Onyx bolt tips with rarity 6/128 in quantity 6Onyx bolt tips66/12850,5263,600

Consumables[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Anchovy pizza.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Anchovy pizza with rarity 4/128 in quantity 2Anchovy pizza24/1281,28872
Prayer potion(3).png: Deranged archaeologist drops Prayer potion(3) with rarity 8/128 in quantity 1Prayer potion(3)18/1287,42391
Potato with cheese.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Potato with cheese with rarity 8/128 in quantity 3Potato with cheese38/1281,18812
Shark.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Shark with rarity 8/128 in quantity 2Shark28/1281,672204

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Crystal key.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Crystal key with rarity 7/128 in quantity 1Crystal key17/128[3]20,84790
Long bone.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Long bone with rarity 2/128 in quantity 1Long bone12/128Not sold3

Rare drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 6/128 chance of rolling the rare drop table. There is also a 6/128 chance of rolling the gem drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
This does not exist.NothingN/A1/31.35; Never[d 1]N/AN/A
Coins_1000.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Coins with rarity 1/130.03 in quantity 3000Coins3,0001/130.033,0003,000
Loop half of key.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Loop half of key with rarity 1/129.07 in quantity 1Loop half of key11/129.07; 1/122.58[d 2]9,90560
Tooth half of key.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Tooth half of key with rarity 1/129.07 in quantity 1Tooth half of key11/129.07; 1/122.58[d 2]10,36660
Uncut sapphire.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 1/73.8 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire11/73.8; 1/37.48[d 2]38415
Runite bar.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Runite bar with rarity 1/546.13 in quantity 1Runite bar11/546.1312,4423,000
Nature rune.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Nature rune with rarity 1/910.22 in quantity 67Nature rune671/910.2211,1227,236
Rune 2h sword.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 1/910.22 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword11/910.2237,83038,400
Rune battleaxe.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Rune battleaxe with rarity 1/910.22 in quantity 1Rune battleaxe11/910.2224,47724,960
Uncut emerald.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Uncut emerald with rarity 1/147.6 in quantity 1Uncut emerald11/147.6; 1/74.95[d 2]56330
Law rune.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Law rune with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 45Law rune451/1,365.335,2206,480
Death rune.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Death rune with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 45Death rune451/1,365.338,7754,860
Steel arrow.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Steel arrow with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 150Steel arrow1501/1,365.331,3501,050
Rune arrow.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Rune arrow with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 42Rune arrow421/1,365.331,68010,080
Adamant javelin.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Adamant javelin with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 20Adamant javelin201/1,365.331,4201,920
Rune sq shield.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Rune sq shield with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 1Rune sq shield11/1,365.3322,37223,040
Dragonstone.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Dragonstone with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 1Dragonstone11/1,365.3311,6976,000
Silver ore.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Silver ore with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 100 (noted)Silver ore100 (noted)1/1,365.333,6004,500
Uncut ruby.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Uncut ruby with rarity 1/295.21 in quantity 1Uncut ruby11/295.21; 1/149.91[d 2]1,14360
Rune kiteshield.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Rune kiteshield with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Rune kiteshield11/2,730.6732,09232,640
Dragon med helm.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Dragon med helm with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Dragon med helm11/2,730.6758,80560,000
Rune spear.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Rune spear with rarity 1/2,704.26 in quantity 1Rune spear11/2,704.26; 1/296.35[d 2][d 3]11,91012,480
Shield left half.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Shield left half with rarity 1/5,408.52 in quantity 1Shield left half11/5,408.52; 1/592.7[d 2][d 3]65,40566,000
Nature talisman.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Nature talisman with rarity 1/787.22 in quantity 1Nature talisman11/787.22; 1/399.76[d 2]9092
Dragon spear.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Dragon spear with rarity 1/7,211.35 in quantity 1Dragon spear11/7,211.35; 1/790.26[d 2][d 3]37,25737,440
Uncut diamond.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Uncut diamond with rarity 1/1,180.83 in quantity 1Uncut diamond11/1,180.83; 1/599.64[d 2]2,627120
Rune javelin.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Rune javelin with rarity 1/2,361.66 in quantity 5Rune javelin51/2,361.66; 1/1,199.28[d 2]8651,200
  1. The "nothing" drop is removed while wearing a ring of wealth.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 The drop rate is increased while wearing a ring of wealth due to the "nothing" drop being removed.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Slightly reduced chance of dropping if Legends' Quest has not been completed.

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Numulite.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Numulite with rarity 108/175 in quantity 5-32Numulite5–32108/17595–608150–960
Unidentified small fossil.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Unidentified small fossil with rarity 6/175 in quantity 1Unidentified small fossil16/175Not sold60
Unidentified medium fossil.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Unidentified medium fossil with rarity 3/175 in quantity 1Unidentified medium fossil13/175Not sold120
Unidentified large fossil.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Unidentified large fossil with rarity 12/175 in quantity 1Unidentified large fossil112/175Not sold180
Unidentified rare fossil.png: Deranged archaeologist drops Unidentified rare fossil with rarity 3/875 in quantity 1Unidentified rare fossil13/875Not sold750
Clue scroll (elite).png: Deranged archaeologist drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/200 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)11/200[4]Not sold12

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Upon release, the Deranged Archaeologist dropped uncharged amulet of glories at an uncommon rate. As the amulet of glory is one of the most coveted ironman items (which had high requirements - either 83 Hunter to catch dragon implings, or 80 Crafting to create), this caused player complaints about making it far too easy to obtain. This was changed and now he drops crystal keys instead.
  • Upon release, the Deranged Archaeologist could be safespotted. His "No hiding!" attack was soon added to counter this.
  • The examine text is a reference to the "Tears in Rain" monologue from the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 18 April 2021. (Archived from the original on 18 April 2021.) Mod Ash: "56, I believe."
  2. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 16 February 2020. (Archived from the original on 16 February 2020.) Mod Ash: "5/128"
  3. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 9 March 2019. (Archived from the original on 25 March 2019.) Mod Ash: "7/128"
  4. Jagex. Mod Tide's Twitter account. 24 May 2019. (Archived from the original on 24 May 2019.) Mod Tide: "I know its been a while since the clue expansion but here is the information on clue scroll drop rates and loot chances! If anything changes I will keep you posted."