Nex

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Nex
Nex.png
Released5 January 2022 (Update)
MembersYes
Combat level1,001
Size3x3
ExamineEven the gods fear her.
Combat info
XP bonus+152.5%
Max hit33 Magic
60 Ranged
30 Melee
50 Smoke Bullet special
50 Shadow Smash special
80 Blood Sacrifice special
60 Containment special
75 Ice Prison special
AggressiveYes
PoisonousYes (8)
Attack styleMagic, Ranged, Melee
Attack speedMonster attack speed 4.png
Combat icon.png Combat stats
Hitpoints icon.pngAttack icon.pngStrength icon.pngDefence icon.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
3,400315200260230350
Attack icon.png Aggressive stats
Monster attack bonusMonster strength bonusMagic icon.pngMonster magic strength bonusRanged icon.pngMonster ranged strength bonus
+200+20+100+22+150+5
Defence icon.png Defensive stats
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
+40+140+60+300+190
Immunities
PoisonImmune
VenomImmune
CannonsImmune
ThrallsNot immune
Advanced data
Monster ID11278,11279,11280,11281,11282

Nex is one of Zaros' most powerful followers. She is imprisoned in the Ancient Prison, sealed away beneath the God Wars Dungeon. An immensely powerful entity and one of Zaros's most powerful weapons of war, Nex is a nihil from Freneskae and possesses physical traits of the icyene, demons, aviantese and vampyres.

Nex's Ancient Prison is locked behind the frozen door in the southern part of the God Wars Dungeon, and can only be opened by assembling the frozen key, whose pieces are dropped during The Frozen Door miniquest, by the generals and bodyguards of each of the warring factions in the dungeon: General Graardor, K'ril Tsutsaroth, Commander Zilyana, and Kree'arra. This in turn requires a base level of 70 Hitpoints, Ranged, Strength, and Agility in order to reach Nex. Up to 60 players can fight Nex per encounter.

History[edit | edit source]

Imprisonment[edit | edit source]

Following the Betrayal of Zaros in the Second Age, a group of Zarosians were working to secure the area around the Mahjarrat ritual site (found south-east of Weiss today) to gain the upper hand.[1] The leader of these Zarosians was Nex. Gaining power whenever she battled, Nex was considered unstoppable.[2]

Around the beginning of the Third Age, the forces of Saradomin, realising the threat Nex posed, eventually planned and successfully lured Nex, alongside her army, into a large icy cavern.[3] Here, they enchanted them into a frozen sleep, albeit with massive casualties.[4] Afterwards, the Saradominist forces built the Temple of Lost Ancients around it, known today as the God Wars Dungeon.[5]

Many years after that event, a flock of aviantese were ambushed by an army of demons while transporting a newly created Godsword through the Trollheim mountains. Because of their small numbers, they were forced to retreat into the Temple of Lost Ancients. Eventually, reinforcements arrived from each side and the battle grew. Thus the battle of the godsword began.[6]

Escape and re-imprisonment[edit | edit source]

Much later, Saradominist priests, one of them being Ashuelot Reis, were approached by one of their own. The priest, knowing that his fellow priests grew weary from the endless wars, revealed to them that he had secretly converted to Guthixian teachings.[7] Encouraging his fellow priests to join him, they abandoned the cause of Saradomin and became followers of Guthix.[8]

The Zarosian army, sealed in the Ancient Prison.

Their new leader, the former Saradomin priest, taught them the druidic ways, including an ancient ritual that had the power to awaken Guthix himself, who they believed can end the God Wars.[9] However, after the priests and their leader performed the ritual, it was discovered that the ritual actually woke Nex rather than Guthix, and that it also destroyed the enchantments that sealed the Ancient Prison, releasing Nex and her army in the process.[10] Their leader, who had tricked the priests into freeing Nex, was revealed to be Sliske, a Zarosian Mahjarrat.[11]

Due to the length of her enchanted sleep, Nex was not at full strength. Despite this, she quickly laid waste to vast numbers from all sides. Rapidly gaining power, the four factions fighting for the Godsword temporarily formed an alliance and managed to drive Nex and her forces back into their prison, but the magical protections that contained them could not be fully restored.[12]

Fight overview[edit | edit source]

A group of players fighting Nex.

Nex spawns in her chamber shortly after a player or team of players pass through the ancient barrier within the Ancient Prison. The fight consists of five distinct phases based on the Ancient Magicks: with Nex using smoke, shadow, blood, and ice magic, before entering an empowered final state.

In order for the fight to progress, Nex's hitpoints need to be reduced to a threshold, after which the mage who empowers her magic must be killed, which will then lead to the next phase.

Bodyguards[edit | edit source]

Drops[edit | edit source]

In order to obtain drops from Nex, the player must deal a set amount of minimum damage. Getting a drop from Nex is considered a kill in the log. Nex drops a large lump of items upon death, which is determined by team size, and the share players receive from it is based on the player's total damage to Nex, her minions, and any reavers during the encounter. Two common drops are guaranteed after each kill.

The MVP has a 10% drop increase for common drops and increased chance of obtaining unique loot.

Drop rates estimated based on 158,203 kills from the Drop Rate Project, unless otherwise cited.

100%[edit | edit source]

Big bones are only dropped for the MVP, the player who dealt the most damage to Nex.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Big bones.png: Nex drops Big bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Big bones1Always2100

Uniques[edit | edit source]

There is an effective 1 in 43 chance of rolling the unique drop table per kill.[13] It is possible to receive multiple unique drops per kill with multiple players, which is calculated based on the number of players and their individual contributions towards the kill.[14] Below lists the effective drop rates, which are for each kill, rather than for each player.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Ancient hilt.png: Nex drops Ancient hilt with rarity 1/516 in quantity 1Ancient hilt11/51638,884,846300,000
Nihil horn.png: Nex drops Nihil horn with rarity 1/258 in quantity 1Nihil horn11/258270,150,45590,000
Torva full helm (damaged).png: Nex drops Torva full helm (damaged) with rarity 1/258 in quantity 1Torva full helm (damaged)11/258168,122,388120,000
Torva platebody (damaged).png: Nex drops Torva platebody (damaged) with rarity 1/258 in quantity 1Torva platebody (damaged)11/258367,771,294360,000
Torva platelegs (damaged).png: Nex drops Torva platelegs (damaged) with rarity 1/258 in quantity 1Torva platelegs (damaged)11/258319,884,398240,000
Zaryte vambraces.png: Nex drops Zaryte vambraces with rarity 1/172 in quantity 1Zaryte vambraces11/172173,211,653120,000

Runes & ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Air rune.png: Nex drops Air rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 123-1365Air rune123–1,365Uncommon615–6,825246–2,730
Fire rune.png: Nex drops Fire rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 210-1655Fire rune210–1,655Uncommon1,260–9,930420–3,310
Blood rune.png: Nex drops Blood rune with rarity Common in quantity 84-325Blood rune84–325Common18,396–71,17520,160–78,000
Death rune.png: Nex drops Death rune with rarity Common in quantity 85-170Death rune85–170Common14,195–28,3909,180–18,360
Water rune.png: Nex drops Water rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 193-1599Water rune193–1,599Uncommon965–7,995386–3,198
Soul rune.png: Nex drops Soul rune with rarity Common in quantity 86-227Soul rune86–227Common16,168–42,67615,480–40,860
Dragon bolts (unf).png: Nex drops Dragon bolts (unf) with rarity Common in quantity 12-90Dragon bolts (unf)12–90Common20,124–150,9301,008–7,560
Onyx bolts (e).png: Nex drops Onyx bolts (e) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 11-29Onyx bolts (e)11–29Uncommon95,777–252,50399,000–261,000
Cannonball.png: Nex drops Cannonball with rarity Common in quantity 42-298Cannonball42–298Common7,014–49,766126–894

Resources[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Air orb.png: Nex drops Air orb with rarity Common in quantity 6-20 (noted)Air orb6–20 (noted)Common8,226–27,4201,080–3,600
Coal.png: Nex drops Coal with rarity Uncommon in quantity 23-95 (noted)Coal23–95 (noted)Uncommon3,818–15,770621–2,565
Runite ore.png: Nex drops Runite ore with rarity Uncommon in quantity 2-28 (noted)Runite ore2–28 (noted)Uncommon22,404–313,6563,840–53,760
Uncut ruby.png: Nex drops Uncut ruby with rarity Common in quantity 3-26 (noted)Uncut ruby3–26 (noted)Common3,438–29,796180–1,560
Uncut diamond.png: Nex drops Uncut diamond with rarity Common in quantity 3-17 (noted)Uncut diamond3–17 (noted)Common9,114–51,646360–2,040
Wine of zamorak.png: Nex drops Wine of zamorak with rarity Common in quantity 4-14 (noted)Wine of zamorak4–14 (noted)Common3,916–13,7060

Consumables[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Shark.png: Nex drops Shark with rarity Common in quantity 3Shark3Common[d 1]2,211306
Prayer potion(4).png: Nex drops Prayer potion(4) with rarity Common in quantity 1Prayer potion(4)1Common[d 1]9,166114
Saradomin brew(4).png: Nex drops Saradomin brew(4) with rarity Common in quantity 2Saradomin brew(4)2Common[d 2]16,504240
Super restore(4).png: Nex drops Super restore(4) with rarity Common in quantity 1Super restore(4)1Common[d 2]10,715180
  1. ^ 1.0 1.1 Sharks and Prayer potions are dropped together
  2. ^ 2.0 2.1 Saradomin brews and Super restores are dropped together

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Blood essence.png: Nex drops Blood essence with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1-2Blood essence1–2Uncommon61,139–122,27860,000–120,000
Coins_10000.png: Nex drops Coins with rarity Uncommon in quantity 8539-26748Coins8,539–26,748Uncommon8,539–26,7488,539–26,748
Rune sword.png: Nex drops Rune sword with rarity Rare in quantity 1Rune sword1Rare11,84912,480
Ecumenical key shard.png: Nex drops Ecumenical key shard with rarity Common in quantity 6-39Ecumenical key shard6–39CommonNot sold4,320–28,080
Nihil shard.png: Nex drops Nihil shard with rarity Common in quantity 1-20Nihil shard1–20Common4,951–99,020300–6,000

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Clue scroll (elite).png: Nex drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/48 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)11/48[15]Not sold12
Nexling.png: Nex drops Nexling with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Nexling11/500[16][17]Not soldN/A

Combat Achievements[edit | edit source]

NameDescriptionTypeTier
Nex SurvivorsKill Nex without anyone dying.RestrictionElite
Nex VeteranKill Nex once.Kill CountElite
Shadows Move...Kill Nex without anyone being hit by the Shadow Smash attack.MechanicalMaster
Nex TrioKill Nex with three or less players at the start of the fight.RestrictionMaster
Nex MasterKill Nex 25 times.Kill CountMaster
A siphon will solve thisKill Nex without letting her heal from her Blood Siphon special attack.MechanicalMaster
There is no escape!Kill Nex without anyone being hit by the Smoke Dash special attack.MechanicalMaster
Contain this!Kill Nex without anyone taking damage from any Ice special attack.MechanicalMaster
Nex DuoKill Nex with two or less players at the start of the fight.RestrictionGrandmaster
Perfect NexKill Nex whilst completing the requirements for "There is no escape", "Shadows move", "A siphon will solve this", and "Contain this!"PerfectionGrandmaster
I should see a doctorKill Nex whilst a player is coughing.RestrictionGrandmaster

Historical[edit | edit source]

As a piece of content brought into Old School RuneScape via backporting, Nex was originally released in RuneScape on 10 January, 2011. However, the Nex of Old School RuneScape has several differences which aim to address the issues with Nex's RuneScape counterpart and better adapt her for Old School RuneScape.

  • Originally, players obtained four pieces of a frozen key (dropped by NPCs of each faction inside their strongholds). In Old School RuneScape, players must complete a miniquest, The Frozen Door, to open the frozen door, requiring completion of Desert Treasure and killing each of the God Wars generals or their bodyguards. The key is also a one-off use that grants permanent access to the Ancient Prison without having to bring and/or repair the key.
  • In RuneScape, the killcount to reach Nex's chamber could be skipped by wearing ancient ceremonial robes; however, as ecumenical keys exist in Old School, the robes do not have the ability to skip killcount, though it gives the stats of monk robes rather than being purely cosmetic.
  • New rewards were proposed rather than copying Nex's drop table as it was in 2011.
  • The mechanics of the boss fight received some modifications and balancing tweaks to fit Old School RuneScape, though the fight is still largely similar to how it was in 2011.
  • Voice acting is not present for the fight.
  • Nex's combat stats were modified:[18]
Combat stats
Hipoints Attack Strength Defence Magic Ranged
2012 3,000 315 260 260 350 350
2021 3,400 315 200 260 230 350
Aggressive stats
Attack Strength Magic Magic Damage Ranged Ranged Strength
2012 +200 +0 +90 +0 +180 +0
2021 +200 +20 +100 +22 +150 +5
Defensive stats
Stab Slash Crush Magic Ranged
2012 +140 +140 +140 +600 +160
2021 +40 +140 +60 +300 +190

Pre-release teaser[edit | edit source]

On 20 October 2021, a teaser to Nex and the Ancient Prison was quietly added, much like the original teaser released on 20 December 2010 in RuneScape; the frozen doors by the entrance to Armadyl's Eyrie were given an open option, and attempting to open the doors results in a chatbox message stating "You try to open the door, but it doesn't seem to budge."

After attempting to open the doors, a Strange Voice will speak in the chatbox, speaking one of six phrases. However, unlike the original teaser in 2010, there is no voice acting present.

  • "All those who oppose us will perish..."
  • "Face me and know despair..."
  • "Give me the power of shadow..."
  • "Mortals, only death awaits you here..."
  • "My revenge will be great..."
  • "You cannot imprison me forever..."

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
20 July 2022
(update)

The player who dealt the most damage to Nex is now broadcast at the end of the encounter.

13 April 2022
(update)

Nex will now consistently spawn a Blood Reaver when fought with two players.

30 March 2022
(update)

The chance of Nex rolling the unique drop table was reverted to 1/43.[19]

23 February 2022
(update)

Combat Achievements were added for Nex.

19 January — 26 January 2022
Hotfix
  • An issue with players being able to unintentionally receive two unique drops from Nex has been fixed.
  • An issue preventing players from receiving any unique drops has been fixed.
19 January 2022
(update)

Players can now cast Monster Examine on Nex.

12 January 2022
(update)
  • Nex has received some changes in the final phase of the fight:
    • Soul Split healing has been combined into one hitsplat during her final phase.
    • Melee attacks are now used more frequently, providing that Nex's target is within melee distance.
    • Behaviour in regards to changing targets has been made more predictable.
  • Nex's loot table has been re-adjusted. Mainly, the chance of Nex rolling the unique drop table was decreased from 1/43 to 1/53.
  • Nex can now be selected when setting up activities for clan events.
  • An issue has been fixed in which players did not receive loot when joining instances at the same moment the fight began.
11 January 2022
(update)
Hotfix

Nex will now flip to another part of the chamber if she doesn't attack for a period of time, even if she's in the centre of the chamber.[20]

7 January 2022
(update)
Hotfix

Players who have completed the hard Combat Achievements can now have friends join their private instance when fighting Nex.

6 January 2022
(update)
Hotfix
  • A warning has been added to the safe room before the main area of the prison to inform players that they have items that have not yet been reclaimed after death.
  • Supply drop quantities have been decreased in encounters with higher amounts of players.
  • The maximum number of players allowed in an encounter has been reduced from 80 to 60.
  • Nex's standard attacks will now hit more players.
  • The order of special attacks performed by Nex in each phase are now randomised.
  • Nex will now activate Soul Split upon beginning the final phase of the fight.
5 January 2022
(update)
Hotfix
  • An issue with Nex being immune to damage after certain phases has been fixed.
  • All items awarded to a player from Nex (aside from her bones) will now drop at the players' feet.
  • Wearing either a Gas mask, Facemask or Slayer helmet will now reduce duration of the cough effect as part of her smoke mechanic slightly.[21]
5 January 2022
(update | poll)

Nex and the Ancient Prison are now fully accessible.

16 December 2021
(update)

Nex was added to the game, but could not be reached or fought.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The login screen upon the release of Nex.
  • "Nex" translates to "murder" or "death" in Latin.
  • After Nex's release, the main menu was changed to an artistic depiction of the Frozen Door. The flames of the pillars depict the symbol of Zaros instead of runes. In addition, The Ancient Prison is played.
  • Upon release, players could not cast Monster Examine on Nex. If players attempted to do so, a message appeared in the game chat stating "You can't find out their stats". This was confirmed by Mod Kieren to be intentional in order to add an element of mystery to bosses on release,[22] and the spell was re-enabled in the game update two weeks later.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "Although their god was gone, many Zarosians fought to keep his empire alive."
  2. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "She [Nex] was Zaros' most powerful weapon, and she led a great army to try and restore his empire. Not that she needed an army of course. Nex alone was powerful enough to hold back hundreds of lesser beings."
  3. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "The forces of Saradomin knew that Nex needed to be dealt with. They were able to lure her into these caverns."
  4. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "After great effort and sacrifice, they managed to place Nex and her followers into a frozen, enchanted sleep."
  5. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "Once Nex was no longer an immediate threat, they built the Temple of Lost Ancients around her. Most of the temple has since fallen to ruin, but you can still see some of the remains."
  6. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "Later in the war, a great battle broke out in the Temple of Lost Ancients. I was a Saradominist soldier at the time, and I was among those who fought for him in that battle."
  7. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "...many of us had grown tired of war. One of our priests discovered this. He came to us and revealed that he felt the same way, and that he had secretly converted to Guthix."
  8. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "He encouraged us to join him. We abandoned the cause of Saradomin and became followers of Guthix."
  9. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "Our new leader taught us the ways of the druids, including an ancient ritual that had the power to awaken Guthix himself. We believed this ritual to be the only way to end the war."
  10. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "When our leader led us to perform the ritual, it was not Guthix we woke, but Nex and her forces. The ritual also destroyed the protective enchantments on their prison."
  11. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "I never saw him [the priest] again. He never gave us his true name, but as Nex was freed, she spoke to him... I heard little of what they said, but I did hear what she called him. Sliske."
  12. ^ Ashuelot Reis, Old School RuneScape. "Nex posed such a danger, that the four armies temorarily joined forces to drive her back into the prison. They resealed it, but were unable to fix the enchantments we destroyed."
  13. ^ Jagex. "Nex Drop Table Changes & Monster Examine". 13 January 2022. (Archived from the original.) Old School RuneScape News. "After rolling 1/[43 (as of 30 March 2022)] for the unique table, the chances for a specific item are:
    • Torva armour: 2/12 for each piece
    • Nihil horn: 2/12
    • Zaryte vambraces: 3/12
    • Ancient hilt: 1/12"
  14. ^ Jagex. Mod Arcane's Twitter account. 23 June 2022. (Archived from the original on 22 July 2022.) Mod Arcane: "[Could you clarify a bit on how Nex unique drops work? Wiki says it's 1/43, but is that per kill for everyone or per kill per person? Seems like it's per kill for everyone, but then how are double drops possible?] It is 1/43 divided by contribution If two players had 50% contribution then the boss would effectively have two 1/86 rolls. ...Additionally the MVP bonus is a 10% bonus to one player after that, so in reality it's a little more common than 1/43 per boss kill."
  15. ^ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 10 August 2022. (Archived from the original on 10 August 2022.) Mod Ash: "1/48"
  16. ^ Jagex. "Nex Drop Table Changes & Monster Examine". 13 January 2022. (Archived from the original.) Old School RuneScape News. "Nexling is based on 1/500, rolled independently from the Unique Table listed above."
  17. ^ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 19 July 2022. (Archived from the original on 15 September 2022.) Mod Ash: "No, multiple people can get the roll on each kill, with their individual chance affected by their contribution. Looks like it's roughly that, with a little bonus chance if you were the MvP."
  18. ^ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 24 September 2021. (Archived from the original on 29 March 2022.) Mod Ash: "[Would you be able to share her original stats?] I don't know the details of what's planned there, but in ~2012 she had: Attack 315, Strength 260, Defence 260, 30k lifepoints (call it 3k Hitpoints), 350 Ranged, 350 Magic. Accuracy: +200 melee, +90 magic, +180 ranged. Defence: +140 stab/crush/slash, +600 magic, +160 ranged."
  19. ^ Jagex. "Guardians of the Rift Improvements". 30 March 2022. (Archived from the original.) Old School RuneScape News. "Now that the dust has settled and meta's have been established, we'd like to revert her unique drop rates back to their original rate of 1/43 instead of the current 1/53 to better reflects the kills/hr we had intended during our internal testing."
  20. ^ Jagex. Old School RuneScape's Twitter account. 11 January 2022. (Archived from the original on 11 January 2022.) Old School RuneScape: "We've just deployed a hotfix that allows Nex to flip if she doesn't attack for a period of time, even if she's in the centre of the room."
  21. ^ Jagex. Old School RuneScape's Twitter account. 5 January 2022. (Archived from the original on 5 January 2022.) Old School RuneScape: "To help improve the overall Nex encounter whilst player activity levels are high, we've made a small tweak. When wearing either a Gas mask, Facemask or Slayer helm, the duration of the cough effect as part of her smoke mechanic will be reduced slightly."
  22. ^ Mod Kieren. Nex: The Fifth General - Weekly Game Update (January 5th 2022). Reddit. 17 December 2015. (Archived from the original on 5 January 2022.) Mod Kieren: "Just to confirm this [disabling Monster Examine for Nex] is intentional, we were discussing it only in last week about adding this mystery back. If popular it may be something we do with future bosses too."