Grotesque Guardians

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A player fights the Grotesque Guardians.

The Grotesque Guardians are a pair of gargoyles, Dusk and Dawn, found on the Slayer Tower's rooftop, whose entrance is found on the 2nd floor[?]. In order to access the roof, players must obtain a brittle key from gargoyles while assigned them for a Slayer task.

Similar to other Slayer bosses, such as Cerberus and the Abyssal Sire, the Grotesque Guardians can only be killed while the player is assigned gargoyles or the Guardians themselves as a slayer task.

The fight is instanced, with a maximum of eight instances per world. If there are no instances available, a message in the chatbox will state The roof of the slayer tower is currently full. If the player dies during the fight, lost items will be placed in a magical chest near the roof entrance. Before players can reclaim their items, they must pay 50,000 coins. Note that if players die a second time anywhere without reclaiming the items the chest is holding for the player, they will be permanently lost, unless the death occurs within a safe minigame, such as the Nightmare Zone.

The fight[edit | edit source]

Like gargoyles, players must bring a rock hammer, rock thrownhammer, or granite hammer to finish them off.

To initiate the fight, players must ring the Cloister Bell in the north side of the roof. This will trigger a cutscene in which the Guardians will awaken, and the fight will begin. If players have killed the Guardians more than five times, the Cloister Bell will have a "Quick-start" option, which will skip the cutscene and start the fight directly. Attempting to ring the bell again before the fight is over will yield the message Concentrate on your fight! in the chatbox. In the beginning of the fight, players must attack Dawn with Ranged attacks (as she cannot be harmed with Melee and is resistant to Magic), as Dusk cannot be harmed during this phase of the fight. Once her health has reached half, both will perform a lightning special attack that has an AoE of 3x3, rapidly dealing up to 5-10 damage per tick. After doing so, she will fly away, and players must attack Dusk. During this phase of the fight, Dusk's wings may glow, and will perform an explosive attack. If players do not run away from him when he does so, the player will be dealt 30+ damage and be knocked back. In addition, debris may fall around the roof, which can deal up to 22 damage and stun players for a brief period of time. Once his health has reached half, Dusk will perform the lightning special attack once more with Dawn.

After returning, Dawn will send out two or three energy spheres that will grow larger over time. Players must absorb these spheres, taking 2 damage if absorbed immediately, and can deal up to 10 or 20 damage if players absorb them later. If players ignore them entirely, each sphere will heal Dawn for 90 Hitpoints.

After defeating Dawn, Dusk will absorb her essence, and initiate the final phase of the fight. Here, he is stronger, can use melee and ranged attacks, and may drag players to a prison of purple flames. Players must escape the prison (by clicking anywhere outside it), or they will be dealt 60+ damage, which heals Dusk.

Drops[edit | edit source]

In addition to the 100% drop of granite dust, the player will also have two rolls on the Grotesque Guardians' drop table. Drops are listed by rarity per kill.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Granite dust.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Granite dust with rarity Always in quantity 50-100 Granite dust 50–100 Always Not sold

Armour/Weapons[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune pickaxe.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Rune pickaxe with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune pickaxe 1 Uncommon 18,874
Rune full helm.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Rune full helm with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,699
Rune battleaxe.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Rune battleaxe with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,574
Rune platelegs.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Rune platelegs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune platelegs 1 Uncommon 37,946
Rune 2h sword.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Rune 2h sword with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,966
Dragon longsword.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Dragon longsword with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Dragon longsword 1 Rare 59,374
Adamant boots.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Adamant boots with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Adamant boots 1 Rare 1,313
Granite maul.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Granite maul with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Granite maul 1 Rare 30,667
Granite gloves.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Granite gloves with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Granite gloves 1 Rare (~1/250)[1] 437,806
Granite ring.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Granite ring with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Granite ring 1 Rare (~1/250)[1] 51,415
Granite hammer.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Granite hammer with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Granite hammer 1 Rare (~1/375)[1] 1,467,016
Dragon med helm.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Dragon med helm with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,906

Resources[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coal.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Coal with rarity Uncommon in quantity 183-250 (noted) Coal 183–250 (noted) Uncommon 29,097–39,750
Gold ore.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Gold ore with rarity Uncommon in quantity 40-50 (noted) Gold ore 40–50 (noted) Uncommon 14,360–17,950
Runite ore.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Runite ore with rarity Uncommon in quantity 3-6 (noted) Runite ore 3–6 (noted) Uncommon 34,038–68,076
Gold bar.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Gold bar with rarity Uncommon in quantity 35-50 (noted) Gold bar 35–50 (noted) Uncommon 3,185–4,550
Mithril bar.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Mithril bar with rarity Uncommon in quantity 35-45 (noted) Mithril bar 35–45 (noted) Uncommon 23,765–30,555
Adamantite bar.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Adamantite bar with rarity Uncommon in quantity 25-58 (noted) Adamantite bar 25–58 (noted) Uncommon 51,825–120,234
Runite bar.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Runite bar with rarity Uncommon in quantity 3-9 (noted) Runite bar 3–9 (noted) Uncommon 37,398–112,194

Runes/Ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Chaos rune.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Chaos rune with rarity Common in quantity 100-150 Chaos rune 100–150 Common 9,900–14,850
Death rune.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Death rune with rarity Common in quantity 61-100 Death rune 61–100 Common 13,359–21,900
Dragon dart tip.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Dragon dart tip with rarity Uncommon in quantity 15-25 Dragon dart tip 15–25 Uncommon 48,135–80,225
Diamond bolt tips.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Diamond bolt tips with rarity Uncommon in quantity 100-149 Diamond bolt tips 100–149 Uncommon 18,400–27,416
Dragonstone bolt tips.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Dragonstone bolt tips with rarity Uncommon in quantity 19-40 Dragonstone bolt tips 19–40 Uncommon 4,541–9,560
Onyx bolt tips.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Onyx bolt tips with rarity Rare in quantity 5-10 Onyx bolt tips 5–10 Rare 42,010–84,020
Dragon arrowtips.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Dragon arrowtips with rarity Rare in quantity 50-150 Dragon arrowtips 50–150 Rare 46,400–139,200

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 10000.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Coins with rarity Common in quantity 10003-25000 Coins 10,003–25,000 Common Not sold
Mushroom potato.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Mushroom potato with rarity Common in quantity 4-10 Mushroom potato 4–10 Common 3,092–7,730
Super combat potion(2).png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Super combat potion(2) with rarity Common in quantity 1 Super combat potion(2) 1 Common [2] 4,770
Ranging potion(2).png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Ranging potion(2) with rarity Common in quantity 1 Ranging potion(2) 1 Common [2] 794
Magic potion(2).png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Magic potion(2) with rarity Common in quantity 1 Magic potion(2) 1 Common [2] 64
Saradomin brew(4).png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Saradomin brew(4) with rarity Common in quantity 2 Saradomin brew(4) 2 Common 5,604
Prayer potion(4).png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Prayer potion(4) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1-2 Prayer potion(4) 1–2 Uncommon 8,972–17,944
Crystal key.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Crystal key with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Crystal key 1 Uncommon 22,651
Brimstone key.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Brimstone key with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Brimstone key 1 Uncommon (1/54.4)[3] Not sold
Clue scroll (elite).png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Clue scroll (elite) with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/230) Not sold
Black tourmaline core.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Black tourmaline core with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Black tourmaline core 1 Very rare (~1/500)[1] 5,586,500
Noon.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Noon with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Noon 1 Very rare (1/3,000)[4] Not sold
Jar of stone.png: Grotesque Guardians can drop the item Jar of stone with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Jar of stone 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 1,954,253
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 These are the rates for two rolls; for the individual rolls, see Mod Ash's tweet.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 These three potions are always dropped together.
  3. Only dropped if killed on a slayer assignment given by Konar quo Maten.
  4. The player will always receive Noon, but they can use the "Metamorphosis" option while being followed to switch between Noon and Midnight.

Concept art[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

A piece of artwork depicting the Grotesque Guardians.
  • Upon release, the Grotesque Guardians could be assigned as a boss task even if players have not yet unlocked the roof entrance with the brittle key. This was hot-fixed within a few hours of the boss's release, allowing players to cancel the task for free.
  • Upon release, Dusk and Dawn had 600 hitpoints each. This was reduced to 450 in an update on 12 July 2018 after passing the Revenant Cave Rewards: Revisited & Content Changes Poll.
  • Originally players used a portal to access the Guardians. This was changed into a staircase in an update to make it thematically appropriate.
  • On their death, the examine text for Dusk or Dawn will be "The crack of Dusk." or "The crack of Dawn." respectively.