|Released||18 April 2005 (Update)|
|Examine||Very mysterious looking...|
|Not immune to poison||Not immune to venom|
The moment at which the stranger appears depends on when you first receive each diamond; the game will wait 5 to 10 minutes after the player receives a diamond and then will consider spawning him. However, the 5-10 mins is based on farming ticks. It is possible to for the stranger to spawn in zero time from receiving a diamond. If the game chooses not to on that occasion, he will not spawn at all for that diamond at any point in the future. He will not appear if; you're in a place where he shouldn't appear such as the boss area of the quest, you don't have any diamonds in your inventory, or you have killed him. He can appear right after a diamond is obtained, which can be dangerous as the player may be depleted of supplies. The more diamonds the player has, the greater the chance for him to appear.
Notably, the stranger is capable of using the dragon dagger's special attack repeatedly, and more often than a player can. He may potentially land two special attacks in successive ticks - players unable to use Protect from Melee or have low-level armour should avoid him at all costs. He does not seem to be limited to a special attack bar like a player is, and his attack speed varies throughout the fight.
He has an unusual mechanic, where he will follow the player closest to him. This may also happen while he is in combat with the target player. However, he cannot be attacked by players not doing the Desert Treasure quest. Attempting to do so will yield a message, stating: "He has no interest in fighting you." Casting any form of magic on him will lead to a similar message to appear, which says: "He's not after you...".
When he appears, he says "You are not worthy holding that Diamond of Blood/Ice/Shadow/Smoke!"
If the player kills him, a chat window will pop up with them asking themselves "I wonder what that was all about?"
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- During a Reddit AMA, the original developer for Desert Treasure claimed that the stranger was meant to foreshadow future things that he never got around to exploring. He subsequently claimed the stranger was actually an assassin sent by Sir Tiffy to prevent the release of Azzanadra, but whether or not he was serious is unknown. Sir Tiffy was not added to the game until over two months after Desert Treasure's release. 
References[edit | edit source]
- Mod Ash. Could the stranger appear more than once if he is not killed (with diamonds in inventory)?. Twitter. 14 Jan 2020. “When you first receive each diamond, the game waits 5-10 mins and then considers spawning him. If it chooses not to on that occasion, it will not retry for that diamond: - You're in a place where he shouldn't appear, e.g. the boss areas of the quest - No diamond. - You killed him”*
- Mod James. I used to work on RS, Ask Me Selected Things?. Reddit. 2 May 2016. (Archived from the original on October 6 2018.) “This falls squarely into the "foreshadowing future stuff I never got round to" category XD He's a Temple Knight assassin dispatched personally by Sir Tiffy to prevent Azzanadras release - what WHAT???”*