Fairytale I - Growing Pains

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A Fairy Tale I - Growing Pains is a quest following Lost City set in Zanaris, the fairies' world and Gielinor's moon. The quest is focused on the Fairy Queen's encounter with a dangerous tanglefoot and her replacement, the Fairy Godfather.

Details[edit | edit source]

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Beginning the quest[edit | edit source]

The start point.
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Talk to Martin the Master Gardener.

Note: Do not pickpocket Martin during the quest, or you won't be able to talk to him for 15 minutes of in-game time.

He's walking around the pig pen north-west of the bank in Draynor Village. You can teleport to Draynor Village using an Amulet of Glory. He'll mention that his roses haven't been doing as well as they used to, and he suspects something's wrong. He wants you to ask the other members of G.A.G. (Group of Advanced Gardeners) if they're having the same problems he's having.

Gathering information[edit | edit source]

Items needed: 5 coins (if you don't have secateurs already), Falador, Lumbridge and Varrock teleport (tablets)
Items recommended: Combat Bracelet, dramen staff. (If you plan on using a canoe, bring an axe.
The locations for the nearest 5 G.A.G. members.

You can choose any of the gardeners near the farming patches (allotments, hops, trees or fruit trees, anywhere you could pay a farmer to watch your crops) around RuneScape. Ask if they are a member of the Group of Advanced Gardeners. The easiest ones to reach are:

(If you use Heskel, Elstan, or Frizzy, you can pick up the spade in the Estate Agent's home behind the door when you pass it if you use the Falador teleport (tablet).)

You need to talk to five of them.

  1. Frizzy Skernip, next to the bar in Port Sarim, just south of the Falador cabbage patch
  2. Elstan, at the allotment patch just south-east of Falador (You can purchase farming related items, such as secateurs for 5 coins, from Sarah in the large house south-west of Elstan. Speaking with her also completes an easy task in the Falador achievement diary.)
  3. Heskel, at the tree patch in Falador Park
  4. Dreven, at the bush patch near the Champions' Guild (Teleport with the Chronicle or use a canoe, or teleport there with a combat bracelet.)
  5. Vasquen, north-east of Lumbridge Castle
  6. Fayeth, just west of the Lumbridge Castle
  7. Treznor, inside Varrock Palace grounds
  8. Alain, at the tree patch in Taverley
  9. Taria, just west of the house portal in Rimmington
Note: Ayesha, the G.A.G. member that tends to cacti in Al Kharid, and Marisi, the G.A.G. member that tends to the Hosidius patches do not count toward your five person count during this quest.

All of them say the same thing. They've been having trouble with poor crops. They all have different explanations of what's wrong, though. However, the last person you ask will have a more interesting explanation. They will suggest maybe the fairies have something to do with it. While it does seem to be a bit fantastical, that would only be if it weren't for the fact that you know a few of them.

Go back to Draynor, and talk to Martin again. After telling him about the different ideas, get your Dramen staff and head south-east to Zanaris.

To enter Zanaris, equip your Dramen staff and open the door on the unmarked house in the centre of Lumbridge Swamp.

Note: If you have not gotten a spade yet, do not wield your dramen staff, and take one from inside the shed before teleporting into Zanaris.

Trouble in Zanaris[edit | edit source]

Items needed: A Dramen staff.
Fairy Nuff's room just north of the bank.
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Head to the Fairy Queen's throne room. It's just south of where you enter the city, in the room with the Slayer master, Chaeldar. However, something's wrong. The queen herself is missing. Instead, someone called the "Fairy Godfather" is here. He'll tell you that the queen has fallen to some sort of illness. She's under the care of Fairy Nuff.

To find the queen, head west and go to the room to the north of the bank. Talk to Fairy Nuff, and she'll tell you the details of the queen's illness and give you a list to take to a wizard named Zandar Horfyre.

Investigating the illness[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Symptoms list, a spade (can be found inside Draynor Manor)
Items recommended: Falador teleport (tablet) and a charged amulet of glory

Go to Falador and head west, or to save time use a Skills Necklace teleport to the Crafting Guild and travel north-west to the Dark Wizards' Tower. Be aware that you will need to walk past several level 11-23 dark wizards that can be aggressive. Head up to the top floor and talk to Zandar. He'll take the symptom list and then suggest you talk to Malignius Mortifer.

He can be found east of the Crafting Guild and directly south of Falador, along with a few elemental wizards. Talk to him, and he'll tell you he could probably help, but he wants something from you first. He wants a Draynor skull from a grave near Draynor Manor. Go to the manor and around to the back (north side, inside the fencing). Dig up the grave there. If you need a spade, there is one that respawns in the manor.

Zandar's location.
Malignius's location.
The grave where you will find the skull

Blessed secateurs[edit | edit source]

Items needed: 3 assigned items (possible items listed below), secateurs, an amulet of ghostspeak.
Items recommended: The Ectophial

Once you have the skull, go back to Malignius, and give it to him. He'll tell you that the queen's problem has to do with a creature called a Tanglefoot. In order to kill it, you need to enchant a pair of secateurs. To do this, Malignius will tell you to take a pair of secateurs and three additional items to the Nature Grotto. The items are randomly chosen from the below list. While most of the items are tradeable, ironman accounts will need to obtain the items from their normal sources.

Note: Be sure to read your quest description to ensure you pick the correct combination before leaving.
Also: If you are bringing food items that can be rotten, either bring a druid pouch, or bring multiple of the item if traveling through the swamp.
Item How to obtain Notes GE Price
Babydragon bones.png Babydragon bones Dropped by baby dragons 498
Blue dragon scale.png Blue dragon scale Spawns in Taverley Dungeon and Corsair Cove Dungeon Bring antifire protection from nearby blue dragons 638
Charcoal.png Charcoal Various general stores, notably Jiminua's Jungle Store. (for 67, or 58 with Karamja gloves 1 or better) 152
Avantoe.png Clean avantoe The grimy herb can be dropped by a variety of monsters, or grown from an avantoe seed (with Farming 50 ), then cleaned (with Herblore 48 .[1]), cleaned avantoe can be gained from Sorceress's Garden 1,613
Irit leaf.png Clean irit leaf The grimy herb can be dropped by a variety of monsters, or grown from an irit seed (with Farming 44 ), then cleaned (with Herblore 40 .[1]), cleaned irit leaf can be gained from Sorceress's Garden 797
Snapdragon.png Clean snapdragon The grimy herb can be dropped by a variety of monsters, or grown from a snapdragon seed (with Farming 62 ), then cleaned (with Herblore 59 [1]); snapdragon is also a reward from the Brimhaven Agility Arena. 8,589
Volencia moss.png Clean volencia moss The grimy herb can be gathered from rocks at Karamja Jungle Mine, then cleaned Requires partial completion of Jungle Potion to obtain Untradeable
Crushed gem.png Crushed gem Fail to cut an opal, jade, or red topaz These gems can be obtained from pickpocketing H.A.M. members (Thieving 15 ), or mined from gem rocks (with Mining 40 and completion of Shilo Village) Untradeable
Edible seaweed.png Edible seaweed Spawns on Fossil Island and Mos Le'Harmless, or dropped by a variety of monsters Bring a druid pouch when taking this item through Mort Myre to the Nature Grotto, as ghasts can turn this into rotten food. 23
Fat snail.png Fat snail Dropped by bruise blamish snails and blood blamish snails 1,477
Grapes.png Grapes Spawn in Cooks' Guild (with Cooking 32 ) 25
Jangerberries.png Jangerberries Free spawn on an ogre island near Yanille, or grown from jangerberry seeds (with Farming 48 ) Bring a druid pouch when taking this item through Mort Myre to the Nature Grotto, as ghasts can turn this into rotten food. 186
Jogre bones.png Jogre bones Dropped by jogres 970
King worm.png King worm Free spawns in north-west Gnome Stronghold and in Taverley Bring a druid pouch when taking this item through Mort Myre to the Nature Grotto, as ghasts can turn this into rotten food. 309
Lime.png Lime Buy from Funch's Fine Groceries or Grand Tree Groceries (for 2) 48
Mort myre fungus.png Mort myre fungus Use the "Bloom" option of a silver sickle (b) in Mort Myre Take care not to accidentally add this to a druid pouch 347
Mort myre pear.png Mort myre pear 1,037
Mort myre stem.png Mort myre stem 352
Nature talisman.png Nature talisman Dropped by a variety of monsters, including monsters with access to the rare drop table A more reliable way to obtain the talisman is to kill abyssal leeches in the Abyss 945
Oyster.png Oyster (unopened) Dropped by a variety of monsters, or caught using a big fishing net, or through panning at the Digsite Make sure not to open the oyster 43
Potato cactus.png Potato cactus Grown from potato cactus seeds (with Farming 64 ), or collected from spawns in the Kalphite Lair Beware of monsters in the Kalphite Lair 549
Proboscis.png Proboscis Dropped by mosquitoes encountered during Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup Completion of Jungle Potion is required to access Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup 163
Raw cave eel.png Raw cave eel Caught in the Lumbridge Swamp Caves (with Fishing 38 ) Bring a light source for the caves 390
Red spiders' eggs.png Red spiders' eggs Various spawns 540
Red vine worm.png Red vine worm Dug up in McGrubor's Wood Bring a spade, and watch for the aggressive guard dogs Untradeable
Raw slimy eel.png Raw slimy eel Caught in Mort Myre and Lumbridge Swamp Caves (with Fishing 28 ) Bring a light source if fishing in Lumbridge Swamp Caves 324
Snape grass.png Snape grass Grown from snape grass seeds (with Farming 61 ), or collected from various spawns 312
Supercompost.png Supercompost See main article A quick way for ironman accounts to obtain supercompost is to buy 15 pineapples from a Trader Crewmember and place them into a compost bin. 350
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond Randomly obtained whilst mining, particularly from gem rocks; also dropped by various monsters, including from the rare drop table; may also be randomly obtained from opening caskets or bags full of gems, or by completing certain random events The Misthalin Mystery and Troll Romance quests provide uncut rubies and uncut diamonds as rewards. 2,682
Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby 1,171
White berries.png White berries Grown from whiteberry seeds (with Farming 59 ); or dropped by a variety of monsters; or obtained from various dangerous spawns 156
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Players without the Herblore level to clean this herb can pay Zahur in Nardah 200 coins per herb to clean them.

Players asked to deliver a Volencia moss must have progressed far enough into Jungle Potion in order to proceed with the quest after acquiring a copy of the herb in their inventory.

The Nature Spirit enchants the secateurs using the spell Phasma Phasmatis Natura.

When you finally have the items you need, grab your Amulet of Ghostspeak and secateurs and go to the Mort Myre Swamp (you can use the Kharyrll Teleport, your Ectophial and then go west, the Salve graveyard teleport (tablet), or the Shades of Mort'ton minigame teleport), and talk to the Nature Spirit. He'll bless your secateurs, at which point they'll take on a green glow.

Killing the Tanglefoot[edit | edit source]

Attacking the Tanglefoot.
Items needed: Dramen staff, magic secateurs, food, and armour.

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This fight takes place in an instanced area.
On death, all unprotected items will be moved to a grave outside the instance. Any items left on the ground will be lost.

Head back to Zanaris. Grab your armour and food, and make sure to bring your magic secateurs. From the fairy ring, travel south-west, south of the Puro-Puro field, to the mysterious ruins of the Cosmic altar. (You can take one or two shortcuts if your Agility is 46 or 66 respectively.) At one side of the room is a gap through the wall you can climb through. The "Gatekeeper" there should let you through.

Inside the tunnel are a couple of Baby tanglefoots, and at the end of the tunnel will be a level-111 Tanglefoot - wield your magic secateurs to kill it. If you have the Protect from Melee prayer, it is recommended to use it.

It's also possible to flinch Tanglefoot using the mushrooms in his chamber.

Note: The Tanglefoot can be a tough fight due to the restriction of using only magic secateurs; however, by employing a hit-and-run strategy, you can avoid getting hit, as the enemy seems to avoid certain parts of the cave. A ring of recoil can be used to speed up the fight, the killing blow does not need to come from the secateurs as long as at least 1 damage is dealt from the secateurs. The Tanglefoot has a maximum hit of 11. With full rune armour, 50 Attack and 50 Strength, this boss can be easily defeated with a full inventory of decent food, no prayer, and 1 Farming. If you have Protect from Melee, you won't need any food. Once you have defeated the Tanglefoot, make sure to grab the Queen's secateurs before leaving the tunnel.
Flinching Tanglefoot using the mushrooms.
Note: The second row of tiles north after the big mushroom in the big room where Tanglefoot is situated, is the row that resets its aggro, which you use for the Hit and run strategy.
Important note for low level players: Even with magic secateurs equipped due to the formula that calculates the damage you deal against Tanglefoot, if your combined Strength level, Farming level and equipment strength is too low, you will not be able to damage the Tanglefoot and will keep hitting 0s (this is not you missing; this is your damage dealt being less than 0.5 and as a result rounded down to 0). It is recommended that your Strength and Farming levels add up to at least 30+ and to use easy to obtain Strength-boosting equipment such as an Amulet of strength, Climbing boots, etc.

Once you have defeated the Tanglefoot (some Baby tanglefeet level 45 might start to attack you), and have the Queen's secateurs in your inventory, head back to the Fairy Godfather, and speak with him once again.

Congratulations! Quest completed!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Fairytale I - Growing Pains is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
26 November 2015

Typo correction: A double space in the Fairytale I quest.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If completing this quest at level 1 Farming, the experience reward is enough to get you to level 17.
  • Fairy Nuff put the Queen in the "Tempus fugit" state, which will make the time slow down for the Queen. "Tempus fugit" is Latin, and can be translated to "Time flies".
  • Before handing the Symptoms List to Zandar Horfyre, he gets mad at the player for attacking his fellow Dark Wizards, even while having never done so or set foot into his tower beforehand.
  • Martin the Master Gardener will also recognise the player as a pickpocket, even if the player has never picked his (or anyone else's) pocket.
  • Martin the Master Gardener will not let the player start Fairytale II - Cure a Queen directly after completion, upon speaking with him he says that he needs to plant some crops and wait for them to grow before he rewards the player, and will then scold the player for impatience in the dialogue following, instructing the player to come back later.
  • Fairytale I - Growing Pains was released exactly 4 years after Lost City.
  • Upon hearing the fifth theory, which pertains to fairies, the player character becomes incredulous to the idea that fairies are not only causing the problem, but also that they even exist, despite the fact that completing Lost City is a prerequisite to even begin this quest.