Ernest the Chicken

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Ernest the Chicken is a quest available to all players. It was one of the first quests developed, and the first quest released after RuneScape's initial launch. Players must discover what has happened to the missing Ernest, who went into Draynor Manor to ask for directions and never returned.

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Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Starting out[edit | edit source]

Talk to Veronica standing just outside the courtyard of the Draynor Manor. She wants you to find her fiancé, Ernest, who had gone to the manor an hour ago for help and has not come back yet.

Enter the manor and climb up the staircase in the centre room. Next climb up the spiral stairs immediately west to find Professor Oddenstein. He will explain that Ernest was turned into a chicken when he was helping on an experiment with his 'pouletmorph' machine. However, to change him back, the professor needs parts that were stolen and hidden by the poltergeists in the manor.

You will need to help him find a pressure gauge, a rubber tube, and an oil can, in any order you wish.

Pressure gauge[edit | edit source]

To get the pressure gauge, you will need some fish food and poison. The fish food is in a blue box; the box can be found on the 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US] in the room directly south of the spiral staircase used to reach Professor Oddenstein. To get the poison, go back down stairs and go to the small northwestern room on the ground floor[UK]1st floor[US] just south of the cooking range.

Once you have obtained both items, use the poison with the fish food to create some poisoned fish food. Go to the south-east room and grab a spade (which is needed to get the rubber tube) located to the west (left) of the exit inside the door; if you don't have one already. To get out of the building look for the small door in the room by the spade, go south west and look for the fountain on the southwest corner of the manor grounds. Use the poisoned fish food with the fountain to kill the piranhas, and search the fountain to get the gauge.

Rubber tube[edit | edit source]

The rubber tube and the skeleton.

Look for the compost on the west side of the grounds. The compost heap is found north from the Belladonna (Cave nightshade patch), just before a small patch of cabbages. Use a spade (one can be found in the southeast room on the ground floor, or if you are a member, there is a tool leprechaun right next to the compost heap if you have one stored there) on the compost, and you will get a key. Go back into the manor through the front entrance, and use the key with the door containing the room with the skeleton, and take the rubber tube. The room is right behind the stairs. When you do so, the skeleton will attack you; you can choose to kill the skeleton or simply dodge its attacks and leave the room.

Oil can[edit | edit source]

Go to the westernmost room on the ground floor. Search the bookcase on the left (west) side on the wall, to gain access to a secret room. Look for a ladder that leads downwards, and climb down into the basement. There will be doors and levers around you. Follow the steps given below to obtain the oil can.

Note: It is not possible to use Telekinetic Grab to pick up the oil can.
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  1. Pull Levers A and B down.
  2. Enter Door 1.
  3. Pull Lever D down; leave C up.
  4. Enter Doors 2 and 3.
  5. Pull Levers A and B up.
  6. Enter Doors 3, 4 and 5.
  7. Pull Levers E and F down.
  8. Enter Doors 6 and 7.
  9. Pull Lever C down.
  10. Enter Doors 7 and 6.
  11. Pull Lever E up.
  12. Enter Doors 6, 8 and 3.
Note: The levers can be reset by leaving the room and returning.

Finally, go through Door 9. Grab the oil can and leave the basement. Pull the lever on the east wall to exit the secret room.

Go to the top floor and talk to Professor Oddenstein. Give him the items, and he will fix his machine, which will turn Ernest back into a human.

Congratulations, quest complete!

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Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Required for completing[edit | edit source]