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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[UK]3rd floor[US]. 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.

History[edit | edit source]

The Grotesque Guardians, as well as the gargoyles, were created by the Bandosian general Snaarldor during the God Wars. Creating an incantation circle with stakes made of Bandos' metal (the same metal used in Bandos armour), along with a large hunk of tourmaline, Snaarldor performed the ritual at high noon, instructing his soldiers to strike the bell once the tourmaline core began to sink into the floor.

When the bell was struck, a surge of black energy pulsed from the bell, causing the statues on the rooftop, as well as the lower floors, to come to life. Snaarldor proceeded to command the Grotesque Guardians to fight against the forces of Armadyl, Saradomin and Zamorak. However, with the tower's magic being of Zamorakian origin, they proceeded to attack Snaarldor instead, eventually falling from the rooftop.

Exchanging strikes mid-air, Snaarldor managed to break one of Dusk's wings, but fell to the ground, while the Guardians returned to the top of the tower. After getting up from the fall, Snaarldor called for his soldiers to retreat.

Today, the Grotesque Guardians remain on the rooftop, in which its entrance is locked and must be opened with a brittle key.

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, including unique items but not tertiary items. The drop rates in the drop table below reflect the chance of getting an item for every roll on the standard loot table, which means the effective drop rate is approximately double the listed numbers per kill.

Drop rates estimated based on 35,446 kills from the Old School RuneScape Wiki drop log project, unless otherwise cited.

The average Grotesque Guardians kill is worth 59,546 coins.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Granite dust.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Granite dust with rarity Always in quantity 50-100Granite dust50–100AlwaysNot sold2,400-4,800

Unique[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Granite maul.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Granite maul with rarity 1/250 in quantity 1Granite maul11/25050,94530,000
Granite gloves.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Granite gloves with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Granite gloves11/500[1]252,49720,400
Granite ring.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Granite ring with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Granite ring11/500[1]41,1799,000
Granite hammer.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Granite hammer with rarity 1/750 in quantity 1Granite hammer11/750[1]1,032,16038,400
Black tourmaline core.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Black tourmaline core with rarity 1/1,000 in quantity 1Black tourmaline core11/1,000[1]4,491,77124,900

Weapons and armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Rune pickaxe.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Rune pickaxe with rarity 6/137 in quantity 1Rune pickaxe16/13718,70119,200
Rune full helm.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Rune full helm with rarity 5/137 in quantity 1Rune full helm15/13720,55021,120
Rune platelegs.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Rune platelegs with rarity 5/137 in quantity 1Rune platelegs15/13737,74938,400
Rune 2h sword.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 4/137 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword14/13737,82638,400
Rune battleaxe.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Rune battleaxe with rarity 3/137 in quantity 1Rune battleaxe13/13724,46224,960
Dragon longsword.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Dragon longsword with rarity 1/137 in quantity 1Dragon longsword11/13759,17660,000
Adamant boots.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Adamant boots with rarity 1/137 in quantity 1Adamant boots11/1371,0011,152
Dragon med helm.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Dragon med helm with rarity 1/137 in quantity 1Dragon med helm11/13758,96560,000

Food and potions[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Mushroom potato.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Mushroom potato with rarity 10/137 in quantity 4-6Mushroom potato4–610/1374,544-6,816108-162
Saradomin brew(4).png: Grotesque Guardians drops Saradomin brew(4) with rarity 8/137 in quantity 2Saradomin brew(4)28/1379,642240
Magic potion(2).png: Grotesque Guardians drops Magic potion(2) with rarity 6/137 in quantity 1Magic potion(2)16/137[d 1]47120
Ranging potion(2).png: Grotesque Guardians drops Ranging potion(2) with rarity 6/137 in quantity 1Ranging potion(2)16/137[d 1]363129
Super combat potion(2).png: Grotesque Guardians drops Super combat potion(2) with rarity 6/137 in quantity 1Super combat potion(2)16/137[d 1]4,89854
Prayer potion(4).png: Grotesque Guardians drops Prayer potion(4) with rarity 4/137 in quantity 1-2Prayer potion(4)1–24/13710,052-20,104114-228
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 These three potions are always dropped together.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Gold ore.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Gold ore with rarity 7/137 in quantity 40-50 (noted)Gold ore40–50 (noted)7/1378,480-10,6003,600-4,500
Adamantite bar.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Adamantite bar with rarity 6/137 in quantity 25-40 (noted)Adamantite bar25–40 (noted)6/13748,200-77,1209,600-15,360
Coal.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Coal with rarity 6/137 in quantity 180-250 (noted)Coal180–250 (noted)6/13724,120-33,5004,860-6,750
Gold bar.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Gold bar with rarity 6/137 in quantity 38-50 (noted)Gold bar38–50 (noted)6/1372,660-3,5006,840-9,000
Mithril bar.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Mithril bar with rarity 6/137 in quantity 35-45 (noted)Mithril bar35–45 (noted)6/13720,860-26,8206,300-8,100
Runite ore.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Runite ore with rarity 4/137 in quantity 3-6 (noted)Runite ore3–6 (noted)4/13732,571-65,1425,760-11,520
Runite bar.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Runite bar with rarity 3/137 in quantity 3-5 (noted)Runite bar3–5 (noted)3/13736,990-61,6509,000-15,000

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_10000.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Coins with rarity 10/137 in quantity 10000-20000Coins10,000–20,00010/13710,000-20,00010,000-20,000
Chaos rune.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Chaos rune with rarity 8/137 in quantity 100-150Chaos rune100–1508/1376,400-9,6005,400-8,100
Coins_10000.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Coins with rarity 5/137 in quantity 25000Coins25,0005/13725,00025,000
Crystal key.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Crystal key with rarity 5/137 in quantity 1Crystal key15/13720,51990
Death rune.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Death rune with rarity 5/137 in quantity 60-100Death rune60–1005/13711,640-19,4006,480-10,800
Dragon dart tip.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Dragon dart tip with rarity 4/137 in quantity 15-25Dragon dart tip15–254/13742,150-70,2502,250-3,750
Diamond bolt tips.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Diamond bolt tips with rarity 3/137 in quantity 100-150Diamond bolt tips100–1503/13717,500-26,2507,900-11,850
Dragonstone bolt tips.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Dragonstone bolt tips with rarity 2/137 in quantity 20-40Dragonstone bolt tips20–402/1373,960-7,9208,000-16,000
Onyx bolt tips.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Onyx bolt tips with rarity 2/137 in quantity 5-10Onyx bolt tips5–102/13739,325-78,6503,000-6,000
Dragon arrowtips.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Dragon arrowtips with rarity 1/137 in quantity 50-150Dragon arrowtips50–1501/13733,450-100,35015,000-45,000

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Brimstone key.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Brimstone key with rarity 1/54.5 in quantity 1Brimstone key11/54.5[d 1]Not soldN/A
Clue scroll (elite).png: Grotesque Guardians drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/230 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)11/230[2]Not sold12
Noon.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Noon with rarity 1/3,000 in quantity 1Noon11/3,000[d 2][3]Not soldN/A
Jar of stone.png: Grotesque Guardians drops Jar of stone with rarity 1/5,000 in quantity 1Jar of stone11/5,000[1]2,413,1230
  1. Brimstone keys are only dropped if killed on a slayer assignment given by Konar quo Maten.
  2. 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.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 11 Jan 2018. (Archived from the original on 30 Mar 2019.) Mod Ash: "You get 2 rolls on the loot list, each with 1 / 1k for the core, 1/750 for the hammer, 1/500 for the ring and 1/500 for the gloves. You get a single roll of 1 / 5k for the jar."
  2. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 11 Jan 2018. (Archived from the original on 30 Mar 2019.) Mod Ash: "1 / 230"
  3. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 23 Jan 2018. (Archived from the original on 30 Mar 2019.) Mod Ash: "[So 1 roll of 1/3k for pet?] Yup."