General Graardor/Strategies

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This is a guide to killing General Graardor with Melee and Ranged. It will take you through the basics of attacking and tanking, as well as provide a few examples of what equipment to bring.

Note that Melee is the most straightforward combat style to use since it suffers no penalties from tank armour. Ranged setups can also deal significant damage, but are less feasible for tanks.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

General Strategy[edit | edit source]

Graardor attacks with melee and ranged. His combat stats consist of 280 Attack, 350 Strength, 250 Defence, 80 Magic and 350 Ranged. Both his melee and ranged attacks possess accuracy and strength bonuses, with an additional 120 Attack bonus and 43 Strength bonus for melee, and 100 Ranged bonus with 40 Ranged strength bonus.

His melee attack consists of punching his target, which can deal up to 60 damage; he has a 2/3 chance of using a melee attack. His ranged attack consists of him slamming the ground, emitting a shockwave that hits all players in the arena, dealing up to 35 damage with a minimum of 15 if it hits; he has a 1/3 chance of using a ranged attack. His ranged attack is unique - it is classified as a standard ranged attack, even though it splashes when the attack fails to hit.

Graardor has three bodyguards - Sergeants Grimspike, Steelwill and Strongstack, who use Ranged, Magic and Melee and deal up to 21, 16 and 15 damage respectively.

After Graardor is dead, the goblin sergeants will all focus on a single player, typically the one who landed the killing blow on Graardor. For this reason, Steelwill should be killed immediately, allowing the targeted player to switch to Protect from Ranged once he is dead, as to block Grimspike's attacks.

In group encounters, it is courtesy to leave Strongstack alive for the tank to heal off him with Guthan's set. If the tank is low on health, Grimspike may also be left for the tank to heal off of. Should the goblins focus on the tank after Graardor dies however, then it may be necessary to kill Grimspike.

In solo encounters, the player should kill Steelwill as usual and lure Strongstack onto Grimspike and cast Blood Barrage on the two goblins, as it heals faster than Guthan's set does. Water runes may be brought along (if not using a kodai wand) for Ice Barrage if necessary, so the player doesn't have to flick as much between melee and ranged.

Graardor and his bodyguards drop bones, so players should bring bones to peaches tabs and collect all the bones before converting them into peaches. Peaches heal for 8 health, so the player can restore 32 health after each encounter with Graardor and his minions.

Tank[edit | edit source]

Compared to K'ril Tsutsaroth, tanking Graardor is slightly more difficult in solo encounters.

The player must optimize both magic and ranged defence (as trying to tank Graardor's melee attacks means certain death), preventing the use of justiciar armour, as taking the set would result in Steelwill hitting frequently and causing unnecessary damage in solo encounters. As a result of increasing their magic defence, their ranged defence will suffer, causing Graardor's ranged attacks and Grimspike to hit more often.

In group encounters, this is less of a worry as the sergeants tend to focus on whoever successfully struck Graardor.

When using a weapon with an attack speed of 4 (2.4 seconds), attack Graardor twice before moving under him. Graardor has an attack speed of 6 (3.6 seconds), so this reduces the frequency of his attacks and saves food in the long run. The player may also flick attacks from Steelwill and Grimspike if they're attacking on different ticks while under Graardor.

A more experienced version is to simply flick the attacks from Graardor and his minions. This requires all Grimspike, Steelwill and Graardor to attack on different ticks, but this also saves a considerable amount of food when performed properly, as Graardor's ranged attacks will be the only cause of damage inflicted.

Magic Tanking[edit | edit source]

Due to Graardor's reduced Magic level as a result of the twisted bow, magic is another viable method to fight Graardor. Although Graardor has a magic defence bonus of 298, his Magic level of 80 still makes it relatively easy to hit him with high magic accuracy. When Graardor is moving, freeze him with Ice Barrage - this will keep him bound for 20 seconds, before switching to a toxic trident or sanguinesti staff. The tanking player should use Protect from Missiles, as they will be out of Graardor's attack range. Although overall defence is lower, it is still relatively high to protect against Strongstack's attacks.

When Graardor breaks free of his bind, do not freeze him immediately, as all targets struck by an ice spell have a short immunity from another bind. Wait at least 2 seconds before doing so. If Graardor gets too close, switch to Protect from Melee until he is safely out of range.

Attacker[edit | edit source]

A group of players fighting General Graardor and his bodyguards.

Only ever attack General Graardor once the tank has attacked; otherwise, Graardor will focus on you. Extra care should be taken by players using Ranged, as it is easier to attack the boss first by accident.

Once Graardor is dead, kill the minions, beginning with Sergeant Steelwill. Stand against the western wall while waiting for General Graardor to respawn, as this gives the tank more time to draw his attention.

Ideally, melee attackers should use Karil's leathertop, a black d'hide body, or Void Knight equipment instead of regular melee armour in order to mitigate Steelwill's attacks, as the sergeants shift aggression based on whoever damaged Graardor recently.

An attacker should bring runes for High Level Alchemy due to the frequent drops of rune equipment.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Goblins are an easy target for Bandos killcount, and also have a chance to drop a hammer.
  • Walking under Graardor can buy a tank some time to eat food without taking unnecessary damage. It can be also done at certain intervals to make Graardor "miss" an attack.
  • Experienced players can "tick eat"; tick eating is healing on a critical level of health right before taking damage, essentially surviving a hit that would have normally killed the player.
  • Bones to Peaches can help extend trips; each kill rotation yields 32 Hitpoints worth of bones.
  • The minions will drop chilli potatoes and sharks. If there is an excess of food, continually pick up and drop food again to prevent it from disappearing.
  • Guthan's equipment may be used to heal on the melee and ranged minions if desired. Cooperate with your team to maximise healing opportunities. Bring less brews and more restores if you choose this method of healing. Guthan's armour also doubles as good primary equipment for tanks.
  • If you are assigned General Graardor as your slayer task, use your Slayer helmet variant of choice so as to take advantage of its accuracy and damage boost.
  • An Amulet of blood fury is generally ideal for tank setups as it emphasizes healing, defensive and prayer bonuses.
  • When bringing a dragon warhammer, you do not need a hammer to bang the door.
  • During the fight, the bodyguards will target the most recent player who attacked Graardor. Because of this, weapons with a slower attack speed will result in the player being targeted less often in a team. This can be useful in a team where some players have significantly lower defences.

Suggested skills[edit | edit source]

  • Hitpoints 80+ (90+ Tank)
  • Attack 80+
  • Strength 70+ (Required, 80+ Recommended)
  • Defence 70+ (90+ Tank)
  • Ranged 80+
  • Magic 70+ (75+ Recommended)
  • Prayer 44+ (Eagle Eye, 70+ Piety)

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Recommended equipment for Solo (Melee)
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadJusticiar faceguard.pngJusticiar faceguardSerpentine helm.pngSerpentine helmNeitiznot faceguard.pngNeitiznot faceguardGuthan's helm.pngGuthan's helm / Verac's helm.pngVerac's helmHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznot
NeckAmulet of blood fury.pngAmulet of blood furyAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of torture.pngAmulet of tortureAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/A
BackInfernal cape.pngInfernal capeFire cape.pngFire capeMax cape.pngMax capeDefence cape.pngDefence capeObsidian cape.pngObsidian cape
BodyJusticiar chestguard.pngJusticiar chestguardZamorak d'hide body.pngZamorak d'hide body (if not flicking)Karil's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertop (if not flicking)Bandos chestplate.pngBandos chestplateGuthan's platebody.pngGuthan's platebody
LegsJusticiar legguards.pngJusticiar legguardsBandos tassets.pngBandos tassetsVerac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirtGuthan's chainskirt.pngGuthan's chainskirtN/A
WeaponGhrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapierAbyssal tentacle.pngAbyssal tentacleZamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hastaAbyssal whip.pngAbyssal whipGuthan's warspear.pngGuthan's warspear
ShieldElysian spirit shield.pngElysian spirit shieldDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldCrystal shield.pngCrystal shieldSpectral spirit shield.pngSpectral spirit shieldToktz-ket-xil.pngToktz-ket-xil
Ammo/SpellWar blessing.pngWar blessingUnholy blessing.pngUnholy blessingN/AN/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesFerocious gloves.pngFerocious glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen braceletN/AN/A
BootsGuardian boots.pngGuardian bootsPrimordial boots.pngPrimordial bootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsBandos boots.pngBandos bootsN/A
RingRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Berserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i)Ring of the gods (i).pngRing of the gods (i)Ring of life.pngRing of lifeN/A
Special attackDragon warhammer.pngDragon warhammer (greater defence reduction, less accurate)Bandos godsword.pngBandos godsword (lesser defence reduction, more accurate)N/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Dragon warhammer.pngAvernic defender.pngHammer.pngSuper combat potion(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.png
Anglerfish.pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.png
Anglerfish.pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.png
Anglerfish.pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.png
Anglerfish.pngAnglerfish.pngBones to peaches (tablet).pngTeleport to house (tablet).png

Recommended equipment for Solo (Magic)
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (on task)Ancestral hat.pngAncestral hat3rd age mage hat.png3rd age mage hatAhrim's hood.pngAhrim's hoodN/A
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklaceN/AN/AN/AN/A
BackImbued zamorak cape.pngImbued zamorak capeZamorak cape.pngZamorak capeN/AN/AN/A
BodyAncestral robe top.pngAncestral robe topAhrim's robetop.pngAhrim's robetopN/AN/AN/A
LegsAncestral robe bottom.pngAncestral robe bottomAhrim's robeskirt.pngAhrim's robeskirtN/AN/AN/A
WeaponSanguinesti staff.pngSanguinesti staffTrident of the swamp.pngTrident of the swampN/AN/AN/A
ShieldArcane spirit shield.pngArcane spirit shieldAncient wyvern shield.pngAncient wyvern shieldMage's book.pngMage's bookMalediction ward.pngMalediction wardBook of darkness.pngBook of darkness
Ammo/SpellWar blessing.pngWar blessingN/AN/AN/AN/A
GlovesTormented bracelet.pngTormented braceletBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesN/AN/AN/A
BootsEternal boots.pngEternal bootsInfinity boots.pngInfinity bootsN/AN/AN/A
RingSeers ring (i).pngSeers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringN/AN/AN/A
Special attackZamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hasta (for minions)N/AN/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Kodai wand.pngImbued heart.pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngAnglerfish.png
Anglerfish.pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Zamorakian hasta.pngRune pouch.pngBones to peaches (tablet).pngTeleport to house (tablet).png
Soul rune.png4000Blood rune.png16000Death rune.png16000