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This article is about the main God Wars Dungeon. For the God Wars Dungeon that is located in the Wilderness, see Wilderness God Wars Dungeon.
Location on World Map
Ice Plateau
Ice Path God Wars Dungeon Forgotten Cemetery

The God Wars Dungeon (or "GWD") is a dungeon where armies of various gods fight, left over from the God Wars.

The Dungeon was first released on 28 August 2007, 18 days after the 10 August 2007 archive of RuneScape that Old School is based on. Its quick return to the live game was enabled by the fact that most of its assets had already been made at the time of the archive and it thus took minimal development time to recreate. One of the first major content releases following the February 2013 server launch, it passed Old School Feature Poll #9 on 9 September 2013 with over 24,860 votes for the return, at an approval of 89%. GWD was then implemented on 17 October for Old School RuneScape servers.

To get slayer assignments related to God Wars Dungeon such as boss tasks, players must complete the Death Plateau quest.[1]

How to get there[edit | edit source]

The blue route denotes coming from Burthorpe. The red route is taken from the Trollheim Teleport. Green indicates the use of Protect from Range, and cyan is where Protect from Melee should be activated.

God Wars Dungeon is located north of Trollheim. Accessing it requires partial completion of Troll Stronghold, either 60 Strength or 60 Agility, as well as a rope the first time. Without 61 Magic and the completion of Eadgar's Ruse (to be able to use the Trollheim Teleport), climbing boots are also required. Before entering, make sure you have some items aligned to the gods equipped, as otherwise all the followers of those gods will be aggressive, which can quickly kill any player.

  • If you have completed Eadgar's Ruse and have level 61 Magic, you may use the Trollheim Teleport (or the equivalent teleport tablet) to land on top of the mountain east of the Troll Stronghold. From there, make your way down to the base of the mountain and go north. There are Agility shortcuts from level 41 to 47 along the mountain that can be used to shorten the walk. If Making Friends with My Arm has been completed, a stony basalt can also be used as it teleports you to the Troll Stronghold, but this is a longer run.
  • If you cannot use the Trollheim Teleport, teleport to Burthorpe (with a games necklace, for example). This route requires climbing boots, and a stamina potion or some super energies will make the trip faster. From there, follow the blue route either up past the wounded soldier and past Death Plateau, making sure to Protect from Range, or go south-west at the fork to Tenzing's house. Make your way north and follow the route through to where Dad is: either you will have to fight him, or he won't be there, depending on how far along the Troll Stronghold quest you are. From there, enter the cave to the north and follow the map route up to the north.

Go to the northern side of the mountain, where there are thrower trolls whose attacks are very accurate, so turning on Protect from Missiles is recommended when close to them. Go to the small alcove in the north, go past the boulder or crack in the wall, and run north to the entrance, which is the large hole in the ground. This area's chill effect drains your stats by 1 every few seconds, and will also drain all of your run and special energy (this effect can be completely negated if you have lit the fire pit found south-west of the dungeon entrance, which requires completion of Making Friends with My Arm). There are high-level ice wolves here, so using Protect from Melee is helpful. If it is your first time entering the dungeon, use a rope on the hole, and climb down.

The entrance to the God Wars Dungeon.

Note: The Agility shortcuts (climb the rocky stoneholds) north-east of the entrance as well as to the east of Trollheim are one-way routes into level 22 and 31 Wilderness. Players cannot use the shortcut from the Wilderness to get to the GWD area.

The dying knight[edit | edit source]

...When the Temple Knights discovered rumours of the ruined temple, they immediately feared the return of some ancient evil and sent a contingent of their strongest warriors to investigate. The knight that lies dying amidst the crumbling masonry is all that remains of that doomed expedition...
  • West of the dungeon entrance, talk to the Dying knight and receive the Knight's notes. The knight asks you to bring the notes to Sir Tiffy Cashien in Falador Park. You can enter the dungeon without bringing the notes to Sir Tiffy. You don't even need the notes to enter—just speak to the knight before entering the first time. (If you bring the notes to Sir Tiffy, he will take them whether you have read them or not.)
  • After you grab the notes from the dying knight, he will succumb to his fatal wounds. If you did not bring the notes to Sir Tiffy (by destroying it), you can obtain another set of notes from his corpse.

Items[edit | edit source]

Recommended items[edit | edit source]

Additional items[edit | edit source]

The following items are needed to enter a particular god's lair.

God-related protection[edit | edit source]

All monsters in the dungeon are aggressive to any player unless they have equipped at least one item that is devoted to their god. Aggression remains for a monster until the battle is over whether this be one of the combatants dying or leaving the area. As such, unequipping and re-equipping a piece of equipment will cause monsters in your vicinity to become aggressive but not re-tolerant.

Only one item devoted to a god is required to soothe all of their soldiers and having items devoted to a different god or gods will not cancel out the effect of any other piece of equipment. Appropriately, full tolerance from all monsters in the main dungeon only normally requires four (4) total pieces of equipment: one (1) attuned to each god. For example, equipping an Armadyl pendant, Ancient mace, Zamorak platelegs, and Saradomin cloak will render every combatant unaggressive.

When considering what protection is required to bring, it should be noted that in the main dungeon, there will be no followers of the god diagonally across from that section in the vicinity; the one exception to this is followers of Zamorak, who are dispersed everywhere within the dungeon. Within the god encampments, only protection for that god's followers and protection for Zamorak's followers are required. Each encampment only contains combatants of that god and a small, diffuse number of Zamorakians, except Zamorak's Fortress, which only contains Zamorakian followers.

God equipment[edit | edit source]

Area Protection required
Armadyl Bandos Saradomin Zamorak
Main dungeon
Armadyl's corner Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bandos' corner Yes Yes No Yes
Saradomin's corner Yes No Yes Yes
Zamorak's corner No Yes Yes Yes
Armadyl's Eyrie Yes No No Yes
Bandos' Stronghold No Yes No Yes
Saradomin's Encampment No No Yes Yes
Zamorak's Fortress No No No Yes

Remember that wielding respective equipment in the dungeon will make monsters following a respective god unaggressive. Without them, players will be subject to attack by that group of followers.

Slot Saradomin Zamorak Bandos Armadyl
Head Saradomin coif, Saradomin mitre, Saradomin full helm, Saradomin halo, Saradomin max hood, Justiciar faceguard, Saradomin-painted heraldic helmets Zamorak coif, Zamorak mitre, Zamorak full helm, Zamorak halo, Zamorak max hood, Zamorak-painted heradlic helmets Bandos full helm, Bandos coif, Bandos mitre, Bandos halo Armadyl helmet, Armadyl coif, Armadyl full helm, Armadyl mitre, Armadyl halo
Cape Saradomin cape, Saradomin cloak, Saradomin max cape Zamorak cape, Zamorak cloak, Zamorak max cape Bandos cloak Armadyl cloak
Neck Holy symbol, Saradomin stole Unholy symbol, Zamorak stole Bandos stole Armadyl pendant, Armadyl stole
Ammunition Holy blessing Unholy blessing War blessing Honourable blessing
Weapon Saradomin godsword, Saradomin sword, Staff of light, Saradomin's blessed sword, Saradomin staff, Saradomin crozier, Saradomin mjolnir Zamorak godsword, Zamorakian spear, Zamorakian hasta, Zamorak staff, Zamorak crozier, Zamorak mjolnir, Staff of the dead, Staff of light, Staff of balance, Toxic staff of the dead, Dragon hunter lance, Thammaron's sceptre, Viggora's chainmace Ancient mace, Bandos godsword, Bandos crozier Armadyl godsword, Armadyl crossbow, Armadyl crozier, Craw's bow
Body Saradomin robe top, Saradomin d'hide, Monk's robe top, Saradomin platebody, Justiciar chestguard Zamorak robe top, Zamorak monk top, Zamorak d'hide, Zamorak platebody Bandos chestplate, Bandos platebody, Bandos d'hide, Bandos robe top Armadyl chestplate, Armadyl platebody, Armadyl d'hide, Armadyl robe top
Shield Holy book

,[p 1] Saradomin kiteshield, Saradomin-painted heraldic kiteshields, Saradomin d'hide shield

Unholy book

,[p 1] Zamorak kiteshield, Zamorak-painted heraldic kiteshields, Zamorak d'hide shield

Book of war

,[p 1] Bandos kiteshield, Bandos d'hide shield

Book of law

,[p 1] Armadyl kiteshield, Armadyl d'hide shield

Legs Saradomin robe legs, Saradomin chaps, Monk's robe, Saradomin platelegs, Saradomin plateskirt, Justiciar legguards Zamorak robe legs, Zamorak monk bottom, Zamorak chaps, Zamorak platelegs, Zamorak plateskirt Bandos tassets, Bandos platelegs, Bandos chaps, Bandos plateskirt, Bandos robe legs Armadyl chainskirt, Armadyl platelegs, Armadyl chaps, Armadyl plateskirt, Armadyl robe legs
Hands Holy wraps, Saradomin bracers Zamorak bracers Bandos bracers Armadyl bracers
Feet Saradomin d'hide boots, Holy sandals, Devout boots Zamorak d'hide boots Bandos d'hide boots, Bandos boots, Guardian boots Armadyl d'hide boots
Ring None None None None

Teleport trick[edit | edit source]

Note: The player must have access to the Trollheim Teleport or Trollheim tablets.

Players can reach Trollheim without losing additional inventory slots for teleports. This requires using two scrolls of redirection on two teleport to house tablets, creating two trollheim teleport tablets. Once players use the first tablet, they can revert the second one back into a teleport to house tablet, thus negating the need to perform the drop trick.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Does not require a completed book of 4 pages.
  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 24 March 2016. Mod Ash: "You do need Death Plateau for GWD tasks."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 In the long run, 2-5 Prayer potions or 6-8 Super restores if using a 2:1 Saradomin brew-Super restore combo is strongly advised in which 12-16 brews should accompany the said amount of restores.
  3. Food, preferably sharks, can be subbed for Saradomin brews and vice versa.
  4. Super sets are not required, but they are recommended for faster kills.

Dungeon inhabitants[edit | edit source]


Armadyl[edit | edit source]

Bandos[edit | edit source]

Saradomin[edit | edit source]

Zamorak[edit | edit source]

Generals and bodyguards[edit | edit source]

Armadyl's general[edit | edit source]

Main article: Kree'arra
A group of players fighting Kree'arra, the graceful avatar of Armadyl.

Kree'arra cannot be attacked with any Melee attacks. He attacks with melee only when he is not under attack. His Ranged and Magic attacks hit all players in his chamber with a whirlwind attack that knocks players back and freezes them. His maximum hit is 71 with Ranged, 26 with Melee and 25 with Magic.

Bandos' general[edit | edit source]

Main article: General Graardor
A group of players fighting General Graardor, a huge Bandosian war chief.

General Graardor is very large, brutal, and heavily armoured. Although he does not have a weapon, he still hits very hard and should not be underestimated. He uses Melee and Ranged attacks. His Melee attack can hit up to 60, whilst his Ranged attack has a max hit of 35 (and can hit everyone in the room). Therefore, Protect from Melee is recommended for tanks, whilst the rest Protect from Ranged.

Saradomin's commander[edit | edit source]

Main article: Commander Zilyana
A group of players fighting Zilyana, commander of Saradomin's forces.

Commander Zilyana is a female Icyene. She is described in the Game Guide as "delivering divine justice with a sharpened tip". Her max hit with Melee is 31 and Magic is 31; lower than the other bosses, albeit being very accurate, and are of the same speed as throwing knives.

Zamorak's general[edit | edit source]

Main article: K'ril Tsutsaroth
A group of players fighting K'ril Tsutsaroth, a servant of the god Zamorak.

His Magic attacks are relatively weak compared to his Melee attacks. His magical attacks hit a maximum of 30, but are commonly used. His Melee attacks, however, can hit up to 49 (41 even with Protect from Melee). He can drain Prayer and can sometimes hit through protection prayers. K'ril Tsutsaroth can also inflict poison damage which starts at 16, so it is advisable to bring protection against poison.

God chambers[edit | edit source]

  • At the edges of the main dungeon are special chambers belonging to each god, serving as a sort of "base" for each god's followers. Each chamber contains many minions of the chamber's god. Some Zamorak minions also appear in each of the other three chambers, where they usually fight the inhabitants of those chambers. This means a Zamorak item should be equipped in every god chamber, but Armadyl, Bandos, and Saradomin items only need to be equipped in their respective gods' chambers. This allows the player to swap out items like the Armadyl pendant for more powerful items.
  • Gaining entry to these chambers requires the players to have certain levels and sometimes use of equipment. Level requirements cannot be boosted.
  • At the end of each chamber are the most powerful generals of each god, with Combat levels from 580 to 650. There are also three bodyguards and an altar for the player to use. This altar can only be used once every 10 minutes and only while the player isn't in combat.
  • The Ecumenical key, obtained in the Wilderness God Wars Dungeon, allows players to skip killcount.
    • Spare keys are useful in the event of death.
  • If no players are in the general's chambers and the boss has been slightly damaged, it will despawn after a short period of time, before respawning again at the normal spawn rate.

Armadyl's Eyrie[edit | edit source]

A player grappling to Armadyl's Eyrie.

None of the Aviansie within the chamber can be attacked with Melee. There are a few Zamorak followers roaming the Eyrie (goraks, bloodvelds, werewolves, spiritual rangers), so it is a good idea to keep a Zamorak item equipped (the unholy book or Zamorak vambraces is a good choice for rangers). The Armadyl and Zamorak minions rarely fight one another. No Saradomin or Bandos minions appear in the Eyrie.

Bandos' Stronghold[edit | edit source]

The big door, the entrance to Bandos' Stronghold.

The gong on the big door must be hit with a hammer to enter the chamber. The player will automatically enter the Stronghold when the gong is hit.

To leave, simply walk up next to the door and it will open, or click on the door ('Bang on big door'). The door does not always open. If this happens, walk about 3-4 squares into the Stronghold and try again. (Simply staying next to the door and repeatedly clicking it does not cause it to open.)

A few minions of Zamorak (a bloodveld, hellhound, imp, werewolf and a few vampires) are found lingering in the Stronghold. Only the werewolf, vampire and hellhound fight the followers of Bandos. The imp is rarely, if ever, attacked.

Saradomin's Encampment[edit | edit source]

The first rock in which a rope is required.

A few minions of Zamorak (werewolves, vampires, an icefiend, and one gorak) are in the encampment, fighting the minions of Saradomin. Bandos and Armadyl minions do not appear in the Encampment.

Zamorak's Fortress[edit | edit source]

The broken ice bridge.
  • Location: North-east
  • Requires: at least 70 Hitpoints to cross the river (You will not take any damage - cannot be boosted)
    • Note: The only way to leave the Fortress without teleports or dying is to cross the river again. You also must have at least 70 Hitpoints to do this to survive the icy water.
  • General: K'ril Tsutsaroth
  • Music: Zamorak Zoo

The player's prayer points are immediately drained to 0 upon entering. In addition to that, the lighting is dimmed and cannot be magnified by light sources, though it remains fairly easy to see. The light darkens as the player walks towards the boss chamber. This darkness can be dispersed by consuming Saradomin's light, a drop from Commander Zilyana.

If the player's destination is the Fortress, players who are going there for Spiritual warrior or Spiritual mage task should save their Super restore potion (only if they have an equal Slayer level to the monster) before entering. This is usually not needed though as you will recover the lost level fast. As with Super restore potions, Prayer potions should be saved until the player crosses the icy bridge.

The Fortress is the only one of the four gods' chambers that contains only the minions of its god. No minions of Saradomin, Armadyl, or Bandos spawn here.

Historical[edit | edit source]

The first original version of GWD was released on 28 August 2007, less than a month after the source code of Old School RuneScape (10 August 2007). On the first official release, Jagex encountered many issues with bugs that arose in the following weeks (28 August 2007) after launch. These issues were fixed before the God Wars Dungeon was implemented into Old School RuneScape.

These fixes included the following:

Server load - Inefficient combat code running on certain monsters caused the servers to struggle.

Safe spotting in boss rooms - Angled walls and doorways were edited to a rectangular form without angled corners which could be used to safe-spot bosses in relative safety.

Commander Zilyana's angled room before being edited.

Monster settings - Monsters are now able to walk through one another and players without causing them to be stuck. Certain monsters AI flaws were corrected (some monsters used weaponry and combat styles without code to specify how they would do this).

Excessive adamant bar drops - Originally, Aviantese had a chance of over a 19.5% drop rate of Adamantite bars in bank-note form. The developers did not want bots re-appearing in Old School RuneScape, so to avoid aviansie bots, they only promised to release the GWD if the adamant bars the aviansies dropped were not noted. This has been remedied by having them drop the bars in noted form only when the hard Fremennik Diary has been completed. In addition, aviansies in the Wilderness God Wars Dungeon drop noted bars as well, but players can attack aviansie hunters there.

Minor general bugs

  • Slayer experience is awarded if another monster deals the killing blow (assuming the player deals damage).
  • A section of the Wilderness near the GWD entrance had incorrect map blocking causing players to be stuck.
  • The familiar check at the GWD entrance was removed due to it not working correctly.
  • Killcount is more reliable (resetting to 0 after re-entering).
  • The snow overlay didn't always vanish correctly on leaving the area.

Changes that passed the feature poll include:

  • The four bosses and their bodyguards broadcast messages to all players in their rooms to state what items have been dropped, and to whom.
  • The boss room doors are entrances only, and the altars have a 'Teleport' option to let you exit.
  • When the four bosses drop stacks of herbs, they now do so in banknote form.
  • A new magic weapon similar in behaviour to the Staff of light is dropped by K'ril Tsutsaroth.

Music[edit | edit source]

The following music tracks are unlocked in the God Wars Dungeon:

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
3 April 2014
Killing Bloodveld within GWD now applies the correct killcount.
30 January 2014
(update | poll)
Altars within the God Wars Dungeon now tell you how long before you may use them.
17 December 2013
Some of the bodyguards in the God Wars Dungeon have been adjusted to help them reach players hiding at the sides of their rooms.
7 November 2013
Leaving the God Wars Dungeon will now reset the players kill-counts.
24 October 2013
Monsters in the God Wars dungeon that previously dropped medium-level clues have been upgraded to drop hard clues.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Along with the Ourania Altar, the God Wars Dungeon is one a small handful of new updates that recreated content from the original RuneScape 2 using archived assets.
  • There is a mysterious frozen door located south of the rope and slightly east of the entrance to Armadyl's Eyrie. It is used as an entrance to the Ancient Prison in RuneScape 3, but has no use in Old School RuneScape and cannot be opened by any means.
  • On release, generals did not despawn if no players were in their chambers. This was added with an update on 29 March 2018 to accommodate for Ironman players.
  • An underwater section of the dungeon in Zamorak's Fortress was originally planned, but scrapped later on in development. Parts of the area can be seen from the entrance to Commander Zilyana's room via the use of an oculus orb.