Mysterious Old Man

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NormalUnderwater
Mysterious Old Man
Mysterious Old Man.png
Released29 March 2004 (Update)
MembersNo
RaceHuman
LocationAnywhere
GenderMale
ExamineA very strange old man.
Map
Advanced data
NPC ID6742,6750,6752,6753
Mysterious Old Man chathead.png
Mysterious Old Man (underwater) chathead.png

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. The man obtained these boxes from a village in the Eastern Lands.[1]

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Drop rates estimated based on 5,819 rewards from the Drop Rate Project, unless otherwise cited.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_25.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Coins with rarity 10/150 in quantity 80Coins8010/1508080
Coins_100.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Coins with rarity 10/150 in quantity 160Coins16010/150160160
Coins_100.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Coins with rarity 6/150 in quantity 240Coins2406/150240240
Coins_250.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Coins with rarity 10/150 in quantity 320Coins32010/150320320
Coins_250.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Coins with rarity 10/150 in quantity 480Coins48010/150480480
Coins_250.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Coins with rarity 10/150 in quantity 640Coins64010/150640640
Kebab.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Kebab with rarity 16/150 in quantity 1Kebab116/150451
Spinach roll.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Spinach roll with rarity 14/150 in quantity 1Spinach roll114/1501410
Uncut sapphire.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 32/150 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire132/15036715
Uncut emerald.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Uncut emerald with rarity 16/150 in quantity 1Uncut emerald116/15054630
Uncut ruby.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Uncut ruby with rarity 8/150 in quantity 1Uncut ruby18/1501,16660
Uncut diamond.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Uncut diamond with rarity 2/150 in quantity 1Uncut diamond12/1502,855120
Cosmic talisman.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Cosmic talisman with rarity 4/150 in quantity 1Cosmic talisman14/150[2]2312
Tooth half of key.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Tooth half of key with rarity 1/150 in quantity 1Tooth half of key11/15010,40360
Loop half of key.png: Mysterious Old Man drops Loop half of key with rarity 1/150 in quantity 1Loop half of key11/1509,28260

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

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Click here for a transcript of possible conversations with this NPC.

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.[3] On the second occasion, the group ignored the Mysterious Old Man, resulting in them being teleported away.[4]
  • If the Mysterious Old Man spawns underwater, he will be wearing diving gear.
  • If the Mysterious Old Man spawns underwater, members can also receive a singular item akin to how he works for free-to-play players.
  • 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. Postbag 1 - "Transcript:Poultry, Dragons and Zombies", Letter 9, by Mysterious Old Man. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ 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."
  4. ^ 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..."