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Desert Treasure I (#77)
Desert Treasure I.png
Released 18 April 2005 (Update)
Also called DT, DT1
Members Yes
Quest series Mahjarrat, #6
Official difficulty Master
Lead developer(s) James B

Desert Treasure I is a quest surrounding the Mahjarrat Azzanadra's escape from his pyramid prison in the Kharidian Desert. The quest is known for rewarding players with the powerful Ancient Magicks spellbook.

Details[edit | edit source]

Start pointMinimap icon Speak to the archaeologist at the Bedabin Camp. Show on map
Official difficultyMaster
DescriptionRumours 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 lengthLong
Items required
Enemies to defeat
  • Dessous (level 139)
  • 5 ice trolls (level 120-124)
  • Kamil (level 154)
  • Fareed (level 167)
  • Damis (2 forms, levels 103 and 174)
  • You will also need to tank hits by many high level enemies throughout most parts of the quest.
Ironman concerns
  • Ultimate ironman chat badge.png The player briefly visits Entrana.
  • Player will need to obtain Magic logs; see the "enchanting the mirrors" section for more information

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Desert Treasure is one of RuneScape's most well-known 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 starting the fights in order to properly understand them, as 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 all of the bosses 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. See the "notes for pures" section under each boss for more information.

Before starting, note that 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, and simply banking the diamonds will prevent him from appearing further, although he can strike after only one to two minutes upon receiving certain diamonds. Ultimate ironmen can deposit each diamond into the pyramid as they acquire them so as not to risk attack.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

The Kharidian Desert – Desert Treasure starts in Bedabin Camp.

Enchanting the mirrors[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Two Shantay passes (or another method of entering the Kharidian Desert), 650 coins, blood rune, ashes, bones, charcoal, 6 molten glass (noted works), 12 magic logs (noted works), 6 steel bars (noted works)
Items recommended: Waterskins, desert clothing, coins for magic carpet rides (bring a ring of charos (a) for discounted rides), teleportation methods to the Exam Centre (digsite pendant, Varrock teleport) and Al-Kharid (ring of dueling, amulet of glory).

Travel through the Shantay Pass south of Al-Kharid, and then west via flying carpet or by running to the Bedabin Camp. Fairy ring code BIQ, near the Kalphite Lair, is north-east of the camp. 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.

Go to the Digsite, east of Varrock, and talk to the expert in the Exam Centre, who will take the etchings. Talk to him again to receive 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. 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. Talk to the bartender and buy a drink for 650 coins. Talk to him again to find out about the four Diamonds of Azzanadra. This step must be completed before talking to Eblis otherwise the option to talk with him about the diamonds won't appear.

Talk to Eblis in a nearby building to the east, past the general store. Ask him about the diamonds, and he'll tell you that he needs various items to create some scrying glasses:

Item GE Price Notes and ironman concerns
Magic logs x 12 11,628 There are many ways to obtain magic logs:
Molten glass x 6 486 Can be made at 1 Crafting
Steel bar x 6 2,454 Requires 30 Smithing , or dropped by various monsters
Ashes x 1 174 Can be obtained from any fire
Blood rune x 1 198 4 spawn in the Wilderness
Bonesx 1 55 See all bone spawn locations here
Charcoalx 1 436 See all charcoal spawn locations here
Total: 15,431 It's possible for level three ironmen to obtain all items
The mirrors, made by Eblis.

Wearing a Zamorak item when giving Eblis the items will cause Eblis to not create the scrying glasses!

Bring Eblis the items required. Make sure to use the bones on him instead of burying them, noting them will avoid this.

After giving him the items, Eblis will have travelled south-east on top of a hill (shown as a grey circle on the minimap), surrounded by six mirrors. Looking into them will show locations related to the diamonds, though it is not required.

Talk to Eblis again and he'll explain that his spell only makes the mirrors reveal where the diamonds have been at one point in time. Two of the mirrors show other locations entirely; the Bedabin Camp, which you visited, and the Ancient Pyramid itself, which you need to acquire the diamonds in order to enter.

Diamonds can be acquired in any order. The order below is sorted from easiest to hardest.

Smoke diamond[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Shantay passes, waterskins, a tinderbox, a mask, at least 8 doses of Energy potion or 2 doses of stamina potion, ice gloves or water spell runes (staves do not work without ice gloves), prayer potions, a weapon (only if wearing ice gloves; otherwise your weapon will be unequipped), armour (Magic-defence armour or armour with Prayer bonus), food, and an emergency teleport.
The Smoke Dungeon is located west of Pollnivneach.

Fareed is relatively easy, using melee almost exclusively. Keep the following in mind during this section:

  • The torches in the dungeon require 50 Firemaking to light.
  • A facemask, slayer helmet, or a gas mask must be worn at all times while in the dungeon or 20 damage will be dealt every 12 seconds. This is not lethal, but various monsters will attack and deal damage, being able to instantly kill you at 1 Hitpoints.

With gate responsibility[edit | edit source]

A map of the dungeon.

Take all of the items listed above and travel to the Smoke Dungeon. 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. In each of the four corners of the dungeon, there are torches that you need to light using your tinderbox. The torches will burn out if you take too long. By only walking, the first lamp will burn out by the time you reach the burnt chest, so it is recommended to use energy potions or stamina potions to maintain run energy and start with the north-eastern torch, the farthest from the chest. Enemies are most non-aggressive so you can save run energy and prayer until you're on the eastern side. While all four are lit, go to the centre of the dungeon and open the burnt chest to obtain the warm key. If the key is lost before being used to unlock the gate, it can be reobtained from the chest without needing to relight the torches.

Facing Fareed[edit | edit source]

Make your way to the east part of the dungeon and use the key on the gate to face Fareed.

If you leave the fight before killing Fareed, you will NOT need to get the Warm Key again.

The torch the player needs to light.

The fight[edit | edit source]

A player fighting Fareed.
  • Fareed's main melee attack can do up to 40 damage or 36 when you have ice gloves equipped. Protect from Melee negates all of his damage. With low Hitpoints or for those without 43 Prayer, keep him out of melee range.
  • He also has a Magic attack that can only be cast in melee distance, which is uncommon, so Magic defence is recommended.
  • He has much higher melee defence compared to Magic or Ranged defence.
  • For Ranged, normal arrows will work or the crystal bow will damage him. With Magic, only water spells will damage him.
  • Without ice gloves equipped, if Fareed is attacked with any weapon, it will be unequipped. It is not possible to melee him without them. Staves and bows will also be removed without ice gloves, however manually casting spells with runes can be used to avoid needing ice gloves.
  • Fareed can be trapped and safespotted behind another player.
  • Bind, snare, or entangle can be used to stop him from moving, though moving too far out of range will cause him to despawn.
  • The dwarf multicannon works in the dungeon.

Upon defeating Fareed, the Smoke diamond will appear in your inventory. If lost, it will reappear in the chamber on the ground when the player walks through the gate. Fareed does not have to be fought again.

Shadow diamond[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Shantay passes, waterskins, 20—50+ lockpicks, noted lockpicks and 5 coins per to exchange at Tiles
Items recommended: Teleportation method to Rasolo (skills necklace to teleport to the Fishing Guild or Barbarian Assault grouping teleport), teleport method to Al Kharid (amulet of glory or ring of dueling), multiple antipoison, super restore if using melee, food. Additional noted supplies may be preferable.

Damis only uses melee but can be easily safespotted. This section is one of the longest, so to avoid multiple trips and ensure success, read carefully:

  • Rasolo must be spoken to before the chest can be pick-locked.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Damis is not particularly weak to earth spells.

Giving a ring[edit | edit source]

Talking to Rasolo in the location shown by the mirror.

Travel west of the Fishing Guild to the entrance of the Tourist Information Centre, near a fenced area. Talk to Rasolo, and he'll offer to give you a ring of visibility in return for a gilded cross.

The chest the player needs to open.

Bring food, lockpicks and antipoison to the Bandit Camp. Alternatively, both lockpicks and antipoisons may be pickpocketed from the Bandits in the vicinity. In the most southern tent in Bandit Camp is a secure chest, requiring 53 Thieving to open. Use lockpicks on it until all 3 locks bypassed, and the chest is opened. Search it for the gilded cross and 150 Thieving experience. The locks are reset and lockpicks are broken upon failing. Each attempt will deal 2—3 damage with a chance to apply poison if not protected. If the cross is lost, search the chest again, it does not need to be re-lockpicked.

Tiles will un-note any additional supplies you may want to bring for 5 coins each.

Defeating Damis[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Gilded cross
Items recommended: Combat equipment, prayer potions, runes to cast spells such as Entangle, stamina potions, and an emergency teleport.
1. Entrance east of Baxtorian Falls with ring of visibility G – Giant skeletons (level 80)
2. Damis S – Shadow hounds (level 63)

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. Climb down the ladder, then head east as far as you can, then north as far as you can. Head east again, and go south as far as possible at the first option. Go east again. After this, take the next turn north, then go east, and you will reach Damis' cave. Beware that the area where Damis is encountered 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.

Damis will appear after being in the final area for some time. He will not spawn if the player has been in the area long enough that nothing is aggressive. If he still doesn't appear, hopping worlds or running out of and back into the area will help. If you teleport out after defeating him without picking up the diamond, it will remain on the ground and you can come back to pick it up, without having to fight him again.

The fight[edit | edit source]

A player fights Damis.
  • Damis has two forms, the first is level 103 and only attacks with Melee. The second is level 174 and rapidly drains Prayer when attacking you, 5% + 1 of your current Prayer points every tick, (about 4-5 per second). The second form is significantly harder, as it can hit up to 28 and has an attack speed of 3.
  • Those relying on prayer should always be aware that Damis' second form only drains Prayer when he is within a few tiles of you.
  • The most common way of defeating Damis is with magic. It's also possible to use Melee or Ranged but his Magic defence is low, compared to a high Melee defence.
  • Damis is not particularly weak to earth spells;[1] so any spell will suffice. You can use a trident of the seas for both forms.
  • Unless safespotting, 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 need to ensure you have enough prayer potions to account for his prayer drain. Make sure to watch your prayer points so that you don't run out.
  • Without Protect from Melee, prepare to take large amounts of damage very quickly. To simply tank Damis without using prayer potions, it is recommended to have level 65 to 70 melee stats at minimum, a divine super combat potion, and a full inventory of high-healing food (karambwan or better). Poisoning Damis is also helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 distance.
    A player uses a giant rat to Safespot Damis.

Notes for pures[edit | edit source]

  • If you plan to use the Safespot, lure his first form there, as otherwise, his second form will just disappear into the shadows.
  • The safespot is easy to set up: as soon as Damis spawns, head to the safespot, using the torches to your advantage.
  • Due to the dungeon being multicombat, you can use other creatures such as the giant rat and the bat found in the south-west corner of the arena from which you entered as blockers. To do so, simply position yourself behind the animal and attack it with a weak attack or spell, then attack Damis with Magic. Consider bringing a fun weapon such as flowers to draw the creatures' attention without killing it.
  • You can also poison Damis, and then use the safespotting method to let the poison lower his health; he rarely despawns.
  • Cannons can be set up in this area. For those without access to prayer, the south-eastern-most area of the dungeon is just wide enough to fit a cannon, but narrow enough to trap Damis while setting it up.
  • A player is not required to kill Damis, but doing so will allow you to complete the quest.

Note: 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.

Once you have defeated Damis in his second form, he will drop the shadow diamond on the ground. Pick up the shadow diamond, then run back out the way you came in or teleport out.

Blood diamond[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Garlic powder (created by using your pestle and mortar with garlic), silver bar, spice.
Items recommended: Good food (swordfish or better), 1-2 prayer potions, druid pouches, and a Draynor teleport method.

Dessous is a fairly straightforward boss, but due to his location, forgetting steps can cost a lot of time. Keep the following in mind:

  • The pot cannot be made ahead of time, you need to get instructions from Malak first.
  • Save gearing up until after you get the silver pot, as you'll need to go to Entrana to get it blessed, and combat items aren't allowed on the island.
  • If you plan on using the Shades of Mort'ton minigame teleport and The Hollows boat, make sure to bring 10 coins for the ride.

Sweetening the pot[edit | edit source]

Malak notices your presence whilst collecting blood tithes.

Travel to Canifis (fairy ring code cks), and talk to Malak in the pub. Tell him that you're looking for a diamond. He'll agree to give you it if you kill Dessous and gives you a list of items that you'll need to kill him successfully. Make sure to ask Malak how to kill Dessous before you go to Ruantun or he won't make the silver pot for you. Travel to Draynor, there is garlic in the cupboard upstairs in Morgan's house if you need it. Bring your silver bar down the trapdoor, west of Morgan's house, to enter Draynor Sewers. In the sewers, go east, then north and talk to Ruantun. Ask him to make you a silver pot.

Take the pot to Entrana (making sure you have no weapons/armour on you; there's a deposit box at the ship that can be used to bank before embarking), and head to the church, then use the silver pot on the High Priest to get it blessed. Go back to Canifis, and talk to Malak again, and he'll fill the pot with your blood (this will damage you for 5 Hitpoints, but cannot kill you). Finally, add the garlic powder to the pot along with some spice to prepare for the battle. The High Priest will still bless a silver pot filled with blood, though he will be slightly shocked, if the instructions are done out of order

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.

Reaching Dessous in the Morytania Graveyard.

Dealing with Dessous[edit | edit source]

Once the pot is prepared, gear up and go to the Graveyard - see Dessous's page for routes there. Once you arrive, pour the blood on the tomb and Dessous will appear.

The fight[edit | edit source]

  • Dessous is a tier 1 vampyre, meaning that silver weaponry is not required to damage him, though they do gain a 10% damage bonus. The Ivandis flail and blisterwood flail give greater bonuses, but Dessous's weakness to stab means a stab weapon such as a dragon sword is a better option if using melee.
  • Efaritay's aid will give regular weapons a 10% damage bonus against Dessous.
  • He also has low Magic defence, so the highest max hit spell you can cast will make it possible to kill him quickly.
  • Dessous sometimes teleports to you if you use prayer. He may occasionally still do so randomly however. He will not teleport if you are within melee range.
  • 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.
    • If the chatbox says Dessous has gotten bored and left when his health has been fully depleted, it means you have defeated him.
  • Dying or leaving the fight earlier will require a new pot to be filled and used on the tomb.
  • Dessous has two attacks: a melee attack that is rapid and accurate (hits up to 19), and a combination range and magic attack that always hits double 5's (totaling to 10). Because of this, it's strongly recommended to use protect from melee, reducing his max hit to 10 at any given time.
  • Never let your health drop below 16, as his double 5's will sometimes lag, stacking up to 15 altogether.
  • He cannot be safespotted through the fence, but it can be used to effectively flinch him.
  • The silver pot is correctly prepared if the Magic and Ranged combo attack only hits a maximum of two 5's and he switches between that attack and melee.
Dessous comes out of the grave.

Notes for pures[edit | edit source]

  • A Dwarf multicannon can be used to kill Dessous, although it will be fairly inaccurate against him. Be sure to set up the cannon before opening the coffin, and bring at least 75 cannonballs.
  • 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.

Once Dessous is dead, 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.

Note: If the player wishes to keep the pot or other variants (including copies), the player should drop them before speaking with Malak or reclaiming a lost diamond from him.

Ice diamond[edit | edit source]

Items needed: A sweet (cake, chocolate cake (partial cakes work), or chocolate bar), Spiked boots (made by bringing Dunstan a pair of climbing boots and an iron bar), Trollheim Teleport (requires Eadgar's Ruse and 61 Magic) or climbing boots, several super restore (preferred), menaphite remedy or restore potions (the cold in this area quickly drains your stats), equipment and supplies to kill 5 Ice trolls, and equipment and supplies to kill Kamil (if using magic, runes for fire spells and be on the standard spellbook).
Items recommended: Several prayer potions, good food (lobsters or better), and an emergency one-click teleport that doesn't have a Magic requirement, such as the Ectophial or a magic tablet
After reaching Trollheim, the Ice Path is due north-west.

Kamil is the next boss and arguably the hardest boss of the quest. Due to the many factors that come into play during this fight, it's highly recommended to thoroughly read this section before continuing.

  • Protect from Melee is highly recommended otherwise the ice trolls and ice wolves on the way to Kamil will deal a lot of damage. The trolls are in single combat, while the wolves are in multicombat.
  • It is recommended to restock and restore stats after each step because everything will be heavily drained.
  • While not in combat, mainly 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.

Feeding the trolls[edit | edit source]

Make your way to Trollheim, and then take the north-western path to the Troll child. If following the path from Burthorpe, You will need a pair of Climbing Boots as well as Spiked Boots. you will need to pass the thrower trolls, Protect from Ranged will negate their damage entirely, otherwise food or another player to tank is required. Do not enter the path with a boulder in the way; that leads to the God Wars Dungeon. Continue and enter the next path, which leads to the Troll child and the entrance to the Ice Path. It should start to snow as you approach the gate (note that the stat-reducing effects only occur once you pass through the Ice Gate, making this a safe area to wait).

Upon talking to the Troll child, he'll cry, and won't speak to you. Use a cake or other sweet on him and then speak to him again to learn that his parents are frozen further up the path. Attempt to enter the Ice Gate, the Troll child will explain why it is frozen. Enter the Ice Gate once more to squeeze through it.

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 special attack boosts should be done before entering. Restore potions will recover drained stats, and Super restore potions will do the same, as well as restore Prayer points. Otherwise multiple trips can be taken by using a ring of dueling to teleport to Ferox Enclave and drink from one of the pools of refreshment to restore all stats.

Once past the Ice Gate, you have to kill five ice trolls, regardless of their level. However, it is worth noting that the ice trolls with higher levels have lower defensive stats in exchange for higher offensive stats, making them easier to kill if using Protect from Melee. They can can hit up to 25, so use Protect from Melee or safespot them with Ranged or Magic to be more safe. The dwarf multicannon works here, but can be inaccurate against the trolls, so be sure to bring several hundred cannonballs. They retreat when safespotted. The five trolls do not have to be killed in succession, you can leave and return without losing progress. After killing five trolls at the gate, the cave will have thawed open, allowing you to enter and proceed to Kamil.

If you forget how many trolls you've killed, you can check your progress by examining the cave or by counting the number of chatbox messages that are: "A chunk of ice falls away from the cave entrance...", if you haven't logged out, as killing a troll causes that message to appear until you've killed five. It is recommended you go back to the bank and restock your supplies before returning.

Killing Kamil[edit | edit source]

Another player can block Kamil, acting as a Safespot for the attacker.

Enter the cave and follow the Ice Path until you reach Kamil. This path contains multiple ice wolves capable of hitting 16s in multicombat, so protect from melee or a lot of food is a must. Another account can also be used to tank damage as well. Continue walking and the path will open up and turn to the left, walk 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.

The fight[edit | edit source]

  • Kamil 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.
  • When using Magic, only fire spells can damage Kamil. Due to the temporary skill drain it is recommended to use a spell significantly below your base Magic level. Even though stats can be restored, it is much more reliable. Fire Bolt is a good option, along with chaos gauntlets. Also note, Iban Blast will not work against Kamil as it is not a fire spell.
    • Avoid autocast if using Magic, due to the freeze manually casting spells will be faster and more reliable.
  • Melee combat is not recommended. Protect from Melee is a highly recommended, otherwise you will deal very little damage due to constant eating.
  • Ranged is not recommended, however a fast, strong weapon like the toxic blowpipe will be accurate against him.

Notes for pures[edit | edit source]

  • A dwarf multicannon can also be used against Kamil, it should be 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.
  • 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.

The parent trap[edit | edit source]

Thawing the ice troll child's parents.

Once Kamil is defeated, you need to free the troll parents. Follow the path west, then north, then east 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 Use the ice ledge to climb up. You will be on a long spiraling ice path which you must follow all the way up to reach the parents. You may slip and fall, taking some damage as you walk. Using super restores to restore your Agility level will help here. At the top, pass through the ice gate and walk along the path until you see two ice blocks containing the troll parents. Attack the ice blocks, which have 10 Hitpoints each. They can be smashed or attacked, however with low stats it may be difficult to deal damage accurately, so the super restore from Kamil should be used.

If you have 49 Prayer, Redemption can be used to heal with all of your remaining Prayer points to stay alive after running out of food as a last resort. It will sustain you if you have more prayer potions or super restores.

After freeing the troll parents, they will take you back outside the gate and give you the ice diamond.

The Ancient Pyramid[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Shantay passes, waterskins, blood diamond, ice diamond, smoke diamond, shadow diamond, coins for magic carpet rides (bring a ring of charos (a) for discounted rides)
Items recommended: Weight-reducing equipment such as graceful clothing, prayer boosting equipment, 2+ prayer potions, 1 super antipoison (or some strange fruit), several energy potions or 1 stamina potion, food (summer pies recommended), and an emergency teleport, 80,000 coins if buying Ancient Staff.

Return to Eblis at the six mirrors in the desert with all four diamonds in your inventory. Speak with him, then go to the Ancient Pyramid south-east of Eblis (marked "Pyramid" on the world map). Place each diamond in its respective obelisk on the corners around the base of the pyramid. Each obelisk's tip and centre have a colour related to the specific diamond that needs to be placed there. Diamonds will only fit in the correct obelisk and cannot be removed afterwards.

The pillar absorbs the gem.

When all four obelisks are activated, the pyramid will no longer be blocked, and can be entered from the top.

Note: To keep duplicate diamonds after the quest, drop the duplicates before putting the last diamond into the pyramid's last unpowered obelisk. After this is done, the quest can be safely completed without the diamonds being automatically removed from one's inventory or bank.

Tomb raider[edit | edit source]

Desert heat is not a problem while inside the pyramid, but most of the interior is dangerous. Level 92 scarab swarms occasionally erupt out of the floor while level 103 and 96 mummies roaming about and spontaneously popping out of sarcophagi. All monsters use Melee only, though scarab swarms can poison.

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. Bring weight-reducing clothing and plenty of super energy potions or stamina potions to maintain run energy or restore it quicker if it depletes. 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; keep clicking to your goal as this will reduce the chances of getting caught by traps. 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 leading to the altar can only be used after the quest has been completed.

Diagram of the pyramid's exterior

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.

Level 1 of the Ancient Pyramid

Level 2[edit | edit source]

This level is the second smallest in area, with a few more mummies roaming about. This room might have a few traps.

Level 2 of the Ancient Pyramid

Level 3[edit | edit source]

This level is fairly large in area, with a significant number of mummies. There is a vast amount of traps.

Level 3 of the Ancient Pyramid

Level 4[edit | edit source]

This level is quite large in area, with 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.

Level 4 of the Ancient Pyramid
Easy tip to remember which way to start running after each level: north, east, south, west.

Azzanadra[edit | edit source]

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It is possible for a scarab swarm to spawn inside the altar room, but this only happens if it was spawning 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, or spawn him by using the altar. He has lost track of time and believes that the God Wars are still going on. He goes on to talk about ancient unknown civilizations like Paddewwa, Lassar and Annakarl. He is also surprised to see that he cannot hear Zaros in his mind anymore.

After talking, Azzanadra, finally comes to peace with the reality, rewarding the adventurer with the Ancient Magicks of Zaros for their efforts.

Congratulations! Quest complete!

At quest completion, you will be switched to the Ancient Magicks spellbook. Make sure you change back to the standard spellbook before you leave, if you 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: Teleport to Paddewwa to complete a Varrock hard diary task.

Note: Praying at the altar twice after completing the quest will complete a hard task in the Desert area.

Note: After exiting the pyramid, and at any point after the quest, you can speak with Eblis to obtain both an ancient staff (for 80,000 gp) and an endless supply of ancient signets (for free).

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Completion of Desert Treasure I is required for the following:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

This article on a quest has an associated dialogue page.
Click here for a transcript of possible conversations encountered throughout the quest.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
11 January 2023

The quest's name was changed from "Desert Treasure" to "Desert Treasure I".

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 I, such as Azzanadra's unusual Anubis-like model were salvaged from a cancelled quest a terminated Jagex intern was working on.[3][4]
    • In an early draft of this cancelled quest, a boss was to be encountered in the Bandit Camp which had the ability to one-hit any player.[5]
  • The name Eblis is derived from the Arabic word Iblīs "إبليس", which is the name of the major Satan (Devil, Shaitan or Setan) شيطان in Islam.
  • You can be followed by another player's stranger even if you have not begun the quest, although the reasons for grabbing its attention are unknown.

References[edit | edit source]

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  3. ^ MrNyarlathotep. [Reminiscing On] Runescape, 2003-2007. NeoGAF. 20 June 2015. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017.
  4. ^ Mod Shauny. "In the Games Industry - An interview with Mod Ash!" (in 1h28m23s). YouTube video. 19 February 2020.
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