|Desert Treasure (#77)|
|Released||18 April 2005 (Update)|
|Quest series||The Return of Zaros, Mahjarrat|
|Lead developer(s)||James B|
Desert Treasure is a quest surrounding the Mahjarrat Azzanadra's escape from his pyramid prison in the Kharidian Desert. This quest is known for rewarding players with the powerful Ancient Magicks spellbook.
- 1 Details
- 2 Introduction
- 3 Walkthrough
- 4 Blood diamond
- 5 Ice diamond
- 6 Smoke diamond
- 7 Shadow diamond
- 8 Jaldraocht pyramid
- 9 Rewards
- 10 Required for Completing
- 11 Trivia
- 12 References
Details[edit | edit source]
|Start point||Speak to the archaeologist at the Bedabin Camp.|
|Description||Rumours abound throughout Varrock and Al-Kharid that an archaeologist has discovered clues to a hoard of treasure hidden deep in the desert, south of Al-Kharid. Anybody prepared to offer him assistance in his treasure hunting could well find themselves benefitting from a very large reward indeed...|
|Official length||Very long|
|Enemies to defeat|
Introduction[edit | edit source]
Desert Treasure is one of RuneScape's most well-known and popular quests, and is commonly completed by player killers for its reward of the Ice Barrage spell. Due to the difficulty of the quest's bosses, players are highly advised to read through each section before facing them, in order to properly understand the fight. Each boss has unique fight mechanics that heavily favour certain combat styles, including immunity to specific spells. Pures wishing to avoid gaining Hitpoints experience should note that each boss may be defeated with the help of a cannon, but should be prepared to use 500 or more cannonballs due to the high amount of combat throughout the quest.
At any point in the quest, if you're carrying one or more of the diamonds, you may be attacked by a level 95 Stranger who appears next to you and carries a poisoned dragon dagger. This is random and does not happen to everyone, but to be safe, carry a teleport and antipoison when moving the diamonds, and have some prayer points remaining until you finish the quest. Players can simply flee from him when he appears if they do not wish to fight him, and simply banking the diamonds will prevent him from appearing further, although he can appear the second you get a diamond.
Walkthrough[edit | edit source]
Enchanting the mirrors[edit | edit source]
Items required: Two shantay passes (or other methods of entering the desert), 650 coins, blood rune, ashes*, bones*, charcoal*, 6 molten glass*, 12 magic logs*, 6 steel bars* (items marked with a * may be noted).
Recommended: Desert gear (several waterskins, desert clothing), coins for magic carpet rides (bring a ring of charos for discounted rides), teleportation methods to the Exam Centre (digsite pendant, Varrock teleport) and Al-Kharid (ring of dueling).
- Travel through the Shantay Pass south of Al-Kharid, and then travel west via flying carpet or running until you reach the Bedabin Camp. Fairy ring code BIQ, near the Kalphite Lair, will also bring you northeast of the camp. Once there, talk to the archaeologist near the small water pool, and he'll give you some etchings to bring to Terry Balando, the archaeological expert, at the Digsite Exam Centre.
- Travel to the Digsite east of Varrock, and talk to the expert in the Exam Centre. He'll take the etchings; talk to him again to gain the translation to take back to the archaeologist.
- Go back to the archaeologist in the desert. When talking to the archaeologist, choose the Don't read book option, then talk to him again and agree to help.
- Go south to the Bandit Camp (before entering the camp, remove any equipment that depicts Saradomin or Zamorak imagery; otherwise, the bandits will be aggressive. Note that the Toxic staff of the dead counts as Zamorakian). Talk to the bartender and buy a drink for 650 coins, and find out about the four Diamonds of Azzanadra. You must complete this step before talking to Eblis, or the option to talk with him about the diamonds won't appear.
- Talk to Eblis in the same camp (directly east of the bar past the general store). Ask him of the four diamonds, and he'll tell you that he needs various items to create some scrying glasses.
- If you did not bring them with you, go back to the bank and withdraw or collect necessary items, then return to Eblis and use the items on Eblis to hand them over. It's recommended that you note the bones when doing this to avoid accidentally burying them.
- Eblis will disappear, reappearing a little to the southeast on top of a hill, shown as a grey circle on the minimap, surrounded by six mirrors.
- Note: Those looking to save time don't need to look into the mirrors to continue the quest, but looking into them will show locations related to the diamonds and enhance the quest experience.
- Talking to Eblis reveals that due to the finicky nature of magic, the mirrors aren't perfect, and only show where the diamonds have been at one point in time. Two of the mirrors show other locations, the Bedabin Camp, and the Jaldraocht Pyramid itself, which you need to acquire the diamonds from the other locations first in order to enter. You may attempt these diamonds in any order. Ultimate ironmen can deposit each diamond into the pyramid as they acquire them so as not to hold on to them and risk attacks by the stranger.
- Bug warning: From this point forward, the Stranger can sometimes appear next to you and attack you even after the quest is complete, without any diamonds in your inventory. It is unknown how long after the quest is completed that this bug will occur.
Blood diamond[edit | edit source]
Travel to Canifis (fairy ring code cks), and talk to Malak in the pub (after a short cutscene), telling him that you're looking for a diamond. He'll agree to give you the diamond if you kill Dessous, and give you a list of items that you need to kill him successfully. Once you've agreed, ask him how to kill Dessous.
- Note: Make sure to ask Malak how to kill Dessous before you go to Ruantun, or he won't make the silver pot for you
- Note: You'll need to go to Entrana to bless your silver pot, which cannot be accessed with combat equipment; wait to get your armour/weapons out of the bank until after returning.
- Travel to Draynor (if you need, you can pick up some garlic from the cupboard upstairs in Morgan's house while you're here). Take your silver bar, and go down the trapdoor just east of the bank by the jailhouse to enter Draynor Sewers. Head north and talk to Ruantun, and he'll make you a silver pot.
- Take the pot to Entrana (make sure you have no weapons/armour on you; there's a deposit box at the ship that can be used to bank before embarking). Once you arrive, head to the church, and use the silver pot on the High Priest to get it blessed.
- Note: If you forgot to bless your pots, the High Priest will still bless it when it is full of blood – although he will be slightly shocked!
- Go back to Canifis, and talk to Malak again. He'll fill the pot with blood – your blood! This will damage you for 5 Hitpoints.
- Add the garlic powder to the pot along with some spice to prepare for the battle.
The examine for the pot should read: A blessed silver pot filled with blood, garlic and spices. If the examine does not say this and you attempt to kill Dessous, he will regenerate to full Hitpoints, and you will need to refill the pot.
Note: If you plan on using the Shades of Mort'ton minigame teleport and then using the Hollows boat bring 10gp for the boat ride.
- Dessous teleports to you if you use prayer, making it difficult to safespot him. If you make him teleport more than three times, he'll say he's bored and will leave, causing you to have to start the fight again with a new pot.
- Dessous has two attacks, a melee attack that can hit up to 19, and a combination range and magic attack that always hits double 5's. Because of this, it's strongly recommended to use protect from melee, reducing his max hit to 10 at any given time.
- Despite his teleport, it's possible to attack him through the fence using range, magic or a halberd. Simply run behind the fence when he appears and attack. If you have access to Prayer, this method is pointless, as he'll teleport next to you at random times, but this can nonetheless be used to avoid melee combat by running around the other side of the fence after he teleports and repeating. Safespotting with prayers allows you to avoid his strong melee for the majority of the time, and use Protect from Magic instead; keeping protection prayers disabled should prevent him from teleporting entirely, although he will still occasionally teleport randomly.
- He uses all three attack styles, so be prepared. Eat food as necessary, and never let your health drop below 16, as his double 5's will sometimes lag, stacking up to 15 altogether.
- For those using melee, utilise a stabbing weapon to take advantage of his low stab defence. It would be wise to bring a combat potion.
- Dessous may be weak to air spells, but he is also weak to magic in general, and his weakness to air spells does not increase their max hit. For this reason, you can kill him a lot faster with Iban Blast than Wind Wave or Wind Blast, as Iban Blast has a higher max hit and is very accurate anyway.
- Using the fence method to mage him will drastically reduce his damage-per-second if done correctly, but will also take much longer; if possible, standing next to him with protect from melee on and eating when necessary shouldn't take more than one prayer pot and a few pieces of food.
- Note for low HP pures: A Dwarf multicannon can be used to kill Dessous, but is fairly inaccurate against him. High healing food is recommended. Tick eating can be used to survive with low HP, but the double 5s make this difficult to do, so keeping HP above 10 is a must. For low HP pures, it's recommended to use foods that boost HP above your current level such as Guthix rests (requires One Small Favour) and Saradomin brews. At 10 HP, a brew will boost your HP by 3; you can eat a slice of pineapple pizza and then drink a brew in the same tick, restoring/boosting your HP to 13 after every hit Dessous makes. Be sure to set up the cannon before opening the coffin, and bring at least 50 cannonballs. Since you won't be using prayer, the magic/ranged combo will always hit you for a 10, so ignore the defence bonus, and focus on bringing gear that gives you the highest accuracy bonus in the attack style your equipped weapon currently is using (see Dwarf multicannon#Accuracy for how cannon accuracy is calculated). Turn OFF auto retaliate, and then use the fence safespotting method. Be wary of his teleports, as his melee attacks can kill you in one hit. Be sure to click the other side of the fence immediately after using the pot on the coffin, otherwise you won't be able to trap him on it.
- Note: If your chatbox says Dessous has gotten bored and left when his health has been fully depleted, it means you have defeated him, so don't worry. However, if Dessous disappears before his health has been depleted, or you die or exit the fight early, you will have to make another pot of blood with the spices and garlic and fight him again.
- Return to Malak in Canifis to claim the Blood diamond, and deposit it in the bank as quickly as possible to avoid being attacked by the Stranger.
Ice diamond[edit | edit source]
- Cake or chocolate cake - only needed on the first trip
- Spiked boots (made by bringing Dunstan a pair of climbing boots and an iron bar, do this prior to starting this section) - only needed on the last trip
- Trollheim Teleport (requires Eadgar's Ruse and 61 Magic) or climbing boots
- Several super restore potions (preferred) or restore potions (the cold in this area quickly drains your stats)
- Equipment and supplies to kill 5 Ice trolls
- Equipment and supplies to kill Kamil: if using magic, runes for fire spells and be on the standard spellbook
It is helpful to bank (and restore drained stats at Ferox Enclave) between killing the ice trolls and killing Kamil. For most players, different equipment will be useful for each part.
This section deals with Kamil, one of the harder bosses of the quest. Protect from Melee proves extremely valuable, as the path to Kamil is filled with multiple level 100+ creatures who can hit in the 20s in multicombat. Players are recommended to read this entire section through before attempting to complete it, and are strongly encouraged to restock after each section.
Troll child[edit | edit source]
- Make your way to Trollheim, either by following the path used in Troll Stronghold or using the Trollheim Teleport spell (requires completion of Eadgar's Ruse and at least 61 Magic), and then make your way towards the western path to the Troll child. If following the path from Burthorpe, you will need to pass the thrower trolls; Protect from Ranged will negate their damage entirely, but those without prayer can follow other players and allow them to tank the hits to avoid taking damage. If you are running past the thrower trolls, DO NOT enter the path with a boulder in the way; this leads to the God Wars Dungeon. Continue past it until you see the path that leads to the Troll child standing by an ice gate; this is the entrance to the Ice Path. It should start to snow as you approach the gate (the stat-reducing effects only occur once you pass through the Ice Gate).
- Upon talking to the Troll child he'll cry, and won't speak to you. Use the cake on the Troll child to give it to him, and then speak to him again to learn that his parents are frozen further up the path. Afterwards, interact with the Ice Gate, listen to the Troll child's reason for the gate being frozen, and then interact with the Ice Gate once more to squeeze-through it.
Ice trolls[edit | edit source]
- Note: While on the Ice Path, your stats will be drained every few seconds, your run energy will instantly be reduced to 0, and you will take 1 damage every time the cold hits. All of your Special attack energy will be drained as well, so those planning to use specials attacks on weapons such as Excalibur to raise stats should do so before entering. Restore potions will recover drained stats, and Super restore potions will do the same, as well as restore Prayer points. For those who don't mind taking multiple trips, a free but slightly longer way of restoring stats is to use a ring of dueling or minigames teleport to teleport to Ferox Enclave, then enter and leave the Free-for-all portal, as this will restore all stats and fully recover prayer on exiting.
- It should also be noted that if not in combat (such as right after entering the ice cave, or hiding behind the boulder after passing the wolves), it's possible to stall the cold effect by activating a prayer that you don't have unlocked yet, and leaving the dialogue box open. This can be good for those who need to reread a section before proceeding.
- Once past the Ice Gate, you have to kill five trolls (the trolls have different combat levels; any of these will count towards the five). Note that the trolls can hit up to 21, so those with low Hitpoints or without Protect from Melee should avoid getting in melee distance. Cannons work here, but are inaccurate against the trolls, so be sure to bring enough cannonballs (it can take up to several hundred, especially since they retreat when safespotted). The five trolls do not have to be killed in the same session (you are free to kill one or more, leave to restock, and return to kill more as-needed). Once you have killed five trolls at the gate, the cave at the back should open, allowing you to enter and proceed to Kamil.
- Note for Pures: low hitpoints pures may find reaching the cave difficult, as there are dozens of trolls in the area, and it's single combat; one way around this is to enter a PvP world and remove your weapon and attack a friend, keeping them in combat with you and as such avoiding being attacked by the trolls. If using this method, do NOT eat until you've made it to the cave, as the delay from combat while eating will cause the trolls to attack you. If you forget how many trolls you've killed, you can check your progress by examining the cave. It is recommended you go back to the bank and restock your supplies before returning.
Kamil[edit | edit source]
- With the cave now open, you must now follow the Ice Path until you reach Kamil. Note that this path contains multiple wolves capable of hitting 10s in multicombat, so protect from melee is a must; however, as with the thrower trolls, following a friend through this area allows pures to avoid taking damage by having their friends tank the hits.
- From the cave, continue along the path until you reach the wolves. Continue walking and the path will open up and turn to the left; continue along the path until you find a rock, marking the area where you will find Kamil. You'll get a message saying "You can feel an evil presence nearby..." when you enter the area.
- It's now time to fight Kamil. He uses two attacks, a strong melee attack capable of hitting up to 23, and a magic attack similar to Dessous' combination attack which always hits 5. Due to lag it's possible for these to stack to 10, so it's recommended to keep hp at 12 or above at all times. Unless blocked by the rock, he also consistently freezes you with this attack by using a spell resembling Ice Barrage, especially if outside of melee range. When frozen, you're unable to move or attack for several seconds. Because of this, it is recommended that mages cast directly from the spellbook instead of Autocasting.
- Melee combat is not recommended, although it's still possible to use. Protect from Melee is a must for this method unless you have very high defence, otherwise you'll be eating faster than you can damage him.
- Mages are required to use Fire spells, as no other spells will work; Trident of the seas constantly splashes, and Iban Blast and Flames of Zamorak will only hit 0s. Due to the constant stat drain, while it's possible to continuously restore your stats with potions, it's much easier to use a fire spell significantly below your level; Fire Bolt is recommended as it's still very accurate, and can be continuously cast without needing to restore for quite a while. Utilising the chaos gauntlets will increase the spell's maximum hit.
- Ranged is not recommended, but those wishing to use Ranged will find the toxic blowpipe accurate against him. A cannon can also be used; those wishing to cannon completely should ensure that it's set up two squares north of the rock, allowing them to safely hide from Kamil, but restock it when it runs out of cannonballs. Since the cannon's position will cause it to attack the wolves as well, be sure to bring enough (100+) cannonballs to kill him.
Troll parents[edit | edit source]
- Once he is dead, you need to follow a very hard-to-see path to the troll parents. Travel west, then north a little, then east following the path as it loops around until you reach the edge of an ice ledge surrounded by ice formations. If you check the world map (or the map above), you can see the path you need to take.
- Put on your spiked boots and right click the front of the ledge, then select "use ledge" to climb up. A long ice path will appear, which you must follow to reach the parents. You might fall and take damage as you walk; using super restore potions to restore your Agility level will help here. Follow the ice path all the way to the top, then pass through the ice gate. A path will appear after the ice gate as you walk. Continue until you see the troll's parents encased in ice; attack the cases (they have 10 Hitpoints each and are easier to melt with Magic) to free them. It's highly advised to bring an extra super restore or two to manage the ice path and to break the parents free from the ice; otherwise, it's very hard to break. After freeing the troll parents, they will take you back outside the gate and give you the Ice diamond.
- If you are completely out of food when you reach the final ice path, you can use Redemption (requires 49 Prayer) to stay alive. Since you only take 1 or 2 damage at a time, this prayer will keep you alive without risk of dying, should you run out of food. However, note that this prayer will drain all your remaining prayer points when its effects are triggered, so it is advised to only use do this if you have several doses of super restores or prayer potions.
- After returning to safety, use the Clan Wars portal to restore all depleted stats without having to drink expensive (super) restore potions. Use option three on the Ring of Dueling to teleport to Clan Wars then run west to the Free-for-all portal.
Smoke diamond[edit | edit source]
Items required: Shantay pass (along with anything else you may need for the desert), a tinderbox, a mask (facemask, slayer helmet, gas mask), at least 8 doses of Energy potion or 2 doses of stamina potion, ice gloves or water spell runes (staves won't work without ice gloves), prayer potions, a weapon (only if wearing ice gloves; your weapon will be unequipped if you don't have them), armour (resistant to Magic or with Prayer bonus), food, an emergency teleport.
- Fareed is considered one of the easier bosses in the quest, but should still not be underestimated. His main attack is a melee hit that can do up to 40 damage, or 36 with ice gloves. Protect from Melee essentially renders him harmless, although he may sometimes use a magic attack; as such, those with low Hitpoints or who do not have 43 Prayer should ensure they are not in melee range. Fareed will also remove the weapon of those not wearing ice gloves to their inventory, making melee impossible for those without them, although even with the gloves, melee is not advised due to his high defence to it. Mages can bypass the weapon removal by simply casting from their spellbook. Fareed can also easily be trapped behind another player, allowing him to be safespotted; binding spells are also very effective at maintaining distance, although caution should be taken to not run too far away from him, as he will leave the fight if you walk too far out of range. Magic is recommended, as Fareed is very weak to water spells, and mages should note that any other spell type will not work against him, including God spells and the trident of the seas and swamp. Rangers will find ice arrows from the Temple of Ikov quest very effective, although as before, usage of a bow requires Ice gloves. Cannons also work in the dungeon.
- Take all of the items listed above and travel to the Smoke Dungeon. While in the dungeon, it's necessary to use a facemask or equivalent headgear, otherwise the player will be hit for 20 damage every 12 seconds. While this won't kill the player (it will never damage them below 1 hitpoint), it's highly advised to use protection in the dungeon to avoid this effect, as you're able to be one-hit at any time without it. The dungeon entrance is marked on the world map; hug the cliffs on the west side of Pollnivneach, and head south to find it. Climb down the well. If it stops you with a warning about the air inside, just try to climb down again.
- Enter the well. In each of the four corners of this dungeon, there are torches that you need to light using your tinderbox. The torches will burn out if you take too long; if you walk, the first lamp will burn out by the time you reach the chest, and as such it's recommended that you use energy potions to maintain run energy, starting with the northeastern torch as it's the furthest from the chest. You can light all torches in less than two minutes with 1 or 2 doses of a stamina potion. When all four are lit, go to the centre of the dungeon and open the burnt chest to obtain the Warm key. If you die with this key, you do not need to relight the torches, simply return to the chest to reclaim the key.
- Once you have the key, there's no need to run any more. Make your way to the east part of the dungeon, and use the key on the gate to face Fareed.
- As stated above, those in melee range will find Protect from Melee extremely important, as his Melee attacks can hit up to 40 without ice gloves. While he rarely casts it, those who find his magic attack difficult to manage should note that Magic-resistant armour such as studded leather or Dragonhide will almost completely block it out.
- Pures without access to protection prayers should bring runes for the Snare spell, luring Fareed around the large room and casting water spells while he's bound. Players can cast two or three offensive spells while Fareed is still ensnared, but should cast snare again immediately after Fareed moves again so as to not get hit. Note that Fareed is immune to snares for a few seconds after he breaks free, so keeping a few squares distance while waiting to recast is important. The snares seem to bind Fareed even if the spell splashes, but this might be a bug.
- Once he is dead, the Smoke diamond will appear in your inventory. If the diamond is lost, it will reappear in the chamber on the ground; the player will not have to fight Fareed again.
Shadow diamond[edit | edit source]
Ring of visibility[edit | edit source]
Items required: Shantay pass (along with anything else you may need for the desert), lockpicks (You will need a lot of them. Likely 20 or more; some players have required well over 50. It's recommended to bring noted lockpicks and coins (costs 5 gp per exchanged note) to exchange bank notes for items at the general store nearby by talking to Tiles).
Recommended: Teleportation method to Rasolo (skills necklace to teleport to the Fishing Guild is the quickest; Barbarian Assault minigame teleport is another option), teleport method to Al-Kharid (amulet of glory; ring of dueling), 1+ antipoison, food (may be preferable to note some extra supplies along with noted lockpicks).
- Travel west of the Fishing Guild to where there are several moss giants. Just to the north-west of there, is a fenced area and an NPC called Rasolo walking around this area. Talk to him, and he'll offer you a ring of visibility if you give him a gilded cross.
- Take some food, antipoison, and lockpicks. As mentioned above, these items can be noted; if you bring notes then also bring coins to exchange the notes for items with Tiles at the Bandit Camp general store. Lockpicks can be bought from Martin Thwait's Lost and Found (if you have 50 Agility and 50 Thieving). If your thieving level is sufficiently high then you can also easily obtain lockpicks and antipoisons by pickpocketing the nearby bandits.
- Go to the Bandit Camp. In the most southern tent in Bandit Camp is a secure chest (requires 53 Thieving). Use your lockpicks on it until you manage to open it and get a gilded cross—this is usually easier said than done. There are three locks which you must get through, all of which reset themselves if any attempt should fail, and each failure will use up a lockpick and will deal damage. There is also a chance you may be poisoned, so be sure to bring an antipoison potion and a few pieces of food.
- Once you successfully open the chest, you will receive the gilded cross and 150 Thieving experience.
Shadow Dungeon[edit | edit source]
Items required: Gilded cross obtained during the previous part.
Recommended: Combat equipment, prayer potions, runes to cast spells such as Entangle, stamina potions, dragon dagger(p++) for its special attack, and an emergency teleport. (Note: Contrary to a misconception, Damis is not particularly weak to earth spells.)
- Return to Rasolo and exchange the gilded cross for the ring of visibility.
- Equip the ring and a ladder will appear to the east of Rasolo in the fenced area.
- Note: If you plan to use the Safespot, lure his first form there. Otherwise, his second form will just disappear into the shadows. If you leave after defeating his first form, you do not have to fight it again! When you return, you will only have to defeat his second form.
- When you climb down the ladder, head east as far as you can, then north as far as you can. Head east, and go south as far as possible at the first option. Go east again. You will see a little cave to the south as you go past. If you run into this, you can recharge Hitpoints and Run energy without using vital supplies. After this, take the next turn north, then go east, and you will reach Damis' cave. Beware that the entire dungeon is a multi-combat area, filled with giant skeletons and shadow hounds. They all use melee, so activating Protect from Melee will negate all damage. Run around a bit in the final area, and he'll appear. You must have the ring of visibility equipped or he will not appear. Keep the ring equipped for the entire fight.
- Attack and kill Damis' first form. This form is level 103 and only attacks with Melee, and is fairly easy to beat.
- Once defeated, he'll then change to his second form, which is level 174 and rapidly drains Prayer (at a rate of 4-5 points per second). This form is significantly harder.
- Players who wish to complete the Kandarin Diary are advised to kill a Shadow Hound while in the dungeon, as it is a hard task.
- Those relying on prayer should always be aware that Damis only appears to drain Prayer when he is within a few tiles of you.
The fight[edit | edit source]
The most common way of defeating Damis is with magic. Damis is not particularly weak to earth spells, as confirmed by Mod Ash; any spell will suffice. If maging, be sure to bring Runes, a one-click teleport such as the Ectophial, as many prayer potions (4) as possible, and a few sharks or better food. You will rely heavily on Protect from Melee, as without it activated, you'll be tanking 2-4 giant skeletons and shadow hounds while trying to kill Damis, all of whom attack accurately with Melee.
With Protect from Melee, Damis is not much more difficult than any other monster, although you'll be using more potions. Use Magic spells, and kill him quickly, making sure to watch your prayer points so that you don't run out. It's also possible to use Melee or Ranged, but he is weak to Magic and has an incredibly high Melee defence. If maging, you can use a trident of the seas for both forms.
As mentioned above, Damis' prayer draining attack seems to only apply when within a few tiles of him, so bringing a stamina potion and kiting him around the arena will help reduce the burden of using prayer potions. Casting Snare/Entangle on Damis and re-casting once he moves can help keep him from ever coming within Melee, and as such prayer-draining distance.
Note for pures: it's possible and in fact fairly easy to safespot Damis. Once he spawns, either head north to the area marked in blue on the map above and use the torches to your advantage. You can also exit out the way you came, and go south, then head towards east, and from there, you should see a giant rat. Position yourself behind the rat, and you can attack it with a weak attack or spell, and Damis can be attacked with Magic without you being harmed. This also works with the small bat found in the southwest corner of the arena from which you entered. Consider bringing a fun weapon such as flowers to draw its attention without killing it. You can also poison Damis with Melee weapons such as the dragon dagger(p++), and then use this safespotting method to let the poison lower his health.
Cannons can be set up in this area. Note that for those without access to prayer, the southeastern-most area of the dungeon is just wide enough to fit a cannon, but narrow enough to trap Damis while setting it up.
Once you have defeated Damis in his second form, he will drop the shadow diamond on the ground. He will not die and his health will regenerate back up to full, but it is not necessary to fight him again. Pick up the shadow diamond, then run back out the way you came in or teleport out.
Jaldraocht pyramid[edit | edit source]
Recommended: Weight-reducing equipment (such as graceful clothing), prayer point and potion boosting equipment (such as holy wrench), 2+ prayer potions, 1 super antipoison (or some strange fruit), several energy potions or 1 stamina potion, food (summer pies are ideal as they have negligible weight, heal 11 health and 10% run energy per bite, and boost Agility by 5 levels), emergency teleport.
Pyramid[edit | edit source]
Return to Eblis at the six mirrors in the desert. Be sure to have the four diamonds in your inventory. Go to the Pyramid southeast of Eblis (marked "Pyramid" on the world map), and place one diamond in each of the four obelisks at the outside corners of the pyramid. Each obelisk takes a specific diamond. You should be able to determine the diamond from the appearance of the obelisk, but trial-and-error placement also works. It is not possible to put a diamond into the wrong obelisk; it is also not possible to take a diamond back out of the obelisk.
When all four obelisks are activated, the pyramid will open and can be entered from the top.
Tomb raider[edit | edit source]
Desert heat is not a factor inside the pyramid, but almost all of the interior is dangerous, with level 124 scarab swarms occasionally boiling out of the floor, and level 110 mummies roaming about and spontaneously popping out of sarcophagi. All monsters use only Melee, though the scarab swarms can also poison. The scarab swarms, spontaneous mummies, and traps cannot be detected in advance. The room containing the altar on Level 4, however, is safe.
Every time a scarab swarm appears or a mummy pops out of a sarcophagus, you will stop moving, and will not be able to move until the animation has finished. It is possible to avoid a scarab swarm entirely by making sure it is behind a mummy. There are also randomly activated traps that will send you back to the entrance of the pyramid. By bringing weight-reducing clothing and plenty of super energy potions or stamina potions, you can greatly reduce the chance of running into one of these traps. If you get caught by a trap, you will be taken outside to the south side of the pyramid but with no damage done. Do not click directly to the ladder but keep clicking to your goal as this will reduce the chances of getting caught by traps. Just walk north and re-enter the pyramid to start over. It is useful to use a strange fruit while inside the pyramid due to the fact that it recovers 30% run energy and cures any kind of poison you may have gotten while inside the pyramid.
The levels in the pyramid are numbered in the order the player encounters them in the quest. The purple line marks the route.
Outside[edit | edit source]
Enter the pyramid from its top. (The southern entrance, which leads to the altar, can only be used after the quest has been completed.)
Level 1[edit | edit source]
Run from the entrance ladder to the Level 2 ladder. This level is the smallest in the area, with the fewest mummies. If possible, flick your prayer and save your run energy.
Level 2[edit | edit source]
Run from the Level 2 ladder to the Level 3 ladder. This level is the second smallest in area, with a few more mummies roaming about. This room might have a few traps. Be sure to look out for them.
Level 3[edit | edit source]
Run from the Level 3 ladder to the Level 4 ladder. This level is fairly large in area, presenting more of a challenge to players traversing it. A significant number of mummies are roaming about, and there is a vast amount of traps.
Level 4[edit | edit source]
Run from the Level 3 ladder to the altar room. This level is quite large in area, with a lot of mummies roaming about everywhere except the altar room. The altar room is separated by a door—do not rely on the minimap to run outside.
- Easy tip to remember which way to start running after each level: North, East, South, West.
Azzanadra[edit | edit source]
It is possible for a scarab swarm to boil up inside the altar room, but this only happens if it was boiling up as you were entering the room. If this is the case, trap it between the door and an obstacle that is just in front of the door. Speak to Azzanadra, who has lost track of time and believes that the God Wars are still going on. He goes on to talk about some ancient unknown civilizations like Paddewwa, Lassar and Annakarl. He is also surprised to see that he cannot hear Zaros in his mind anymore.
Azzanadra, finally coming to peace with the reality, rewards the adventurer with the Ancient Magicks of Zaros, for their efforts. (If Azzanadra is not present, use the altar and he should appear.)
Congratulations! Quest complete!
Note: At quest completion, you will be switched to the Ancient Magicks spellbook. Make sure you change back to the standard spellbook before you leave (assuming you'd prefer to be on it) by praying at the altar. You can return here at any time (via the back entrance of the pyramid) to swap between the two.
Note: Praying at the altar twice after completing the quest will complete a hard task in the Desert area.
Rewards[edit | edit source]
- 3 Quest points
- 20,000 Magic experience
- The ability to use Ancient Magicks: At any time, you can pray at the altar and change between the standard and Ancient Magicks spellbooks. After traversing the pyramid for the first time, you may enter via the back-door of the pyramid to gain a short cut to the altar. Be warned that changing spellbooks will drain your prayer to 0.
- Ring of visibility: If you ever lose it, you can obtain another one from Rasolo.
- Access to the Curse of the Empty Lord miniquest (only requires the ring of visibility)
- Access to ancient staff: You can also buy one from Eblis for 80,000 coins. If you lose the staff, you will have to kill mummies inside the pyramid, or buy it from other players. It can also be obtained as a rare drop from the Chaos Fanatic, as a rare drop from the Thermonuclear smoke devil or as an uncommon drop from Vet'ion.
- Access to the Smoke Dungeon, which can be used for various Slayer tasks.
- Ability to talk to Eblis to obtain an ancient signet
Required for Completing[edit | edit source]
Completion of Desert Treasure is required for the following:
- Recipe for Disaster – Defeating the Culinaromancer
- Curse of the Empty Lord (miniquest) Only partial completion of Desert Treasure required.
- Hard tier of the Varrock Diary and Morytania Diary
- Elite tiers of the Ardougne, Wilderness, and Desert Diary
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- If a player talks to the Archaeologist after the quest, he will tell a story very similar to 'Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark'.
- When taking the etchings to the archaeological expert he names the archaeologist 'Asgarnia Smith', another nod to the Indiana Jones films, using the name format [Area name][Common Surname]
- When talking to the ice trolls after reuniting them with their child, they use "he" to refer to you even if your character is female.
- According to Mod Ash and former Jagex developer Mod James, many of the assets involved in Desert Treasure, such as Azzandra's unusual Anubis-like model were salvaged from a cancelled quest a terminated Jagex intern was working on. 
- You can be followed by another player's stranger even if you have not begun the quest, the reasons for grabbing its attention are unknown.
References[edit | edit source]
- Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 13 August 2018. (Archived from the original on 28 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "The ice & fire warriors have effects. So do mummies in the pyramid. That's all I could find."
- MrNyarlathotep. [Reminiscing On] Runescape, 2003-2007. NeoGAF. 20 June 2015. (Archived from the original on 2017-08-11.)*
- Mod Shauny. "In the Games Industry - An interview with Mod Ash!." (1h28m23s), YouTube video. 19 February 2020.