Mysterious Old Man

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The Mysterious Old Man is a man who can teleport you to the Maze and Mime random event, or just hands out items in a similar way to Rick Turpentine to Free-to-play players. In the Maze random event you must complete the labyrinth as quickly as possible (for better rewards), and in the Mime random event you need to copy the movements of the mime artist.

A player interacting with the Mysterious Old Man.

Before the Optional Randoms update, would also occasionally give the player a strange box instead of teleporting them off to the Maze or the Mime, unless their inventory was full. The strange box presented the player with a puzzle asking them which shape contains which number or which number is in which shape. The rewards from this random could be very generous, as you could get a half key from the Mysterious prize box.

1 Gem (cut or uncut, up to diamond)

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_1.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Coins with rarity Common in quantity unknownCoinsUnknownCommon11
Kebab.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Kebab with rarity Common in quantity 1Kebab1Common441
Spinach roll.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Spinach roll with rarity Common in quantity 1Spinach roll1Common1010
Uncut sapphire.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Uncut sapphire with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut sapphire1Common37715
Sapphire.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Sapphire with rarity Common in quantity 1Sapphire1Common317150
Uncut emerald.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Uncut emerald with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Uncut emerald1Uncommon57530
Emerald.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Emerald with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Emerald1Uncommon477300
Uncut ruby.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Uncut ruby with rarity Rare in quantity 1Uncut ruby1Rare1,17660
Ruby.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Ruby with rarity Rare in quantity 1Ruby1Rare909600
Uncut diamond.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Uncut diamond with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Uncut diamond1Very rare2,810120
Diamond.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Diamond with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Diamond1Very rare1,8461,200
Cosmic talisman.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Cosmic talisman with rarity 2/75 in quantity 1Cosmic talisman12/755632
Tooth half of key.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Tooth half of key with rarity Unknown in quantity 1Tooth half of key1Unknown10,43660
Loop half of key.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Loop half of key with rarity Unknown in quantity 1Loop half of key1Unknown10,10860

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
29 March 2004
(update)

The NPC was permanently added with the launch of RuneScape 2.

2 February 2004
(update)

The NPC was added to the RuneScape 2 Beta.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Mysterious Old Man appeared before the Bandits of the Golden Claw on two occasions. During the first he appeared before the group, who were not sure how he got into the cave system, only leaving after Davey spoke to him.[2] On the second occasion, the group ignored the Mysterious Old Man, resulting in them being teleported away.[3]
  • If the Mysterious Old Man spawns underwater, he will be wearing diving gear.
  • The Mysterious Old Man can be found upstairs in a house in eastern Falador, saying he is trying to solve a puzzle-cube and that he is retired.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 16 October 2020. (Archived from the original on 18 October 2020.) Mod Ash: "2/75. Same for Mysterious Old Man, by the way."
  2. Arthur Artimus, "Feathered journal", Old School RuneScape. "A mysterious old man turned up today. Not sure how he got in. Kept pestering us until eventually Davey spoke to him, at which point he offloaded a load of spinach rolls onto us then left."
  3. Arthur Artimus, "Feathered journal", Old School RuneScape. "That mysterious old man has turned up again. We don't have time for this, quite frankly, so we're just going to ignore him, after all what could be possibl..."