Theatre of Blood

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The Theatre of Blood is a large arena located beneath the castle of Ver Sinhaza. It is used by the ruling vampyres to host blood sports. Here, the citizens of Meiyerditch are encouraged to go to the theatre and fight against the various experiments and abominations contained within, with the promise of freedom from the blood tithes and the right to leave Morytania should they succeed. The reward is revealed to be a ruse as the vampyres are unwilling to let go of their primary food source.

While the theatre is only open to citizens of Meiyerditch, this rule is rarely enforced. The vampyres are more entertained by outsiders than the citizens themselves, seeing as these are better prepared compared to the civilians who are inexperienced and poorly equipped.

Bosses[edit | edit source]

A group of players battle against Sotetseg, a dark beast corrupted through Haemalchemy and experiments in the Shadow Realm.
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The jingle that plays once a boss has been defeated.

The Theatre of Blood is a linear raid. Thus, there is no randomization involved, and the bosses will always be encountered in this order.

  1. The Maiden of Sugadinti (level-940)
  2. Pestilent Bloat (level-870)
  3. Nylocas Vasilias (level-800)
  4. Sotetseg (level-995)
  5. Xarpus (level-960)
  6. Verzik Vitur (level-1040, final boss)

Despite some of the bosses being spiders, vampyres and dark beasts, they will not count towards a Slayer task when killed inside the Theatre; thus, the slayer helmet and black mask bonuses have no effect.

The bosses will also have their hitpoints scaled depending on the team size. With a team of three or fewer players the bosses will have 75% of their original hitpoints, with four players the bosses will have 87.5% of their original hitpoints and a team of five players will leave the bosses' hitpoints unchanged.

Death within the Theatre[edit | edit source]

If players die within the theatre, they are placed outside the fighting area, and can only proceed if other team members succeed in completing the current challenge. If the entire team is killed, players will lose all unprotected items; these can later be reclaimed from a storage chest (similar to Torfinn's item storage) for a cost of 100,000 coins. Untradeable items that are normally kept on death will be placed in the item reclamation chest upon complete team death in the theatre.

If players die a second time without reclaiming the items in the chest, they will be permanently lost, unless the death occurs within a minigame deemed safe, such as Pest Control.

Dying in the Theatre of Blood is a dangerous death - Hardcore Ironmen who die within the theatre will lose their Hardcore status, regardless of whether the team successfully completes the challenges or not. Any disconnection or logout during a fight is treated as a death, and will likewise result in loss of Hardcore status. Should a player logout when not in an encounter, such as in the hallways of the theatre, the player's death will be treated as a safe death. Upon logging back in to an unsafe death, the game will attempt to reunite the player with their party and, if successful, will place the player in purgatory. If unsuccessful, the player will be treated with a full death and will have to pay the item reclamation fee to retrieve any items lost.

All normal forms of teleportation within the Theatre are blocked; however, the Mysterious Stranger outside sells Verzik's crystal shards for 75,000 coins each, and is the only item players can use to teleport away from the Theatre safely.

Spectating[edit | edit source]

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Players can spectate other teams in the Theatre of Blood by attempting to enter the theatre, or by speaking to Abigaila, a Morytanian refugee who can be found upstairs in the Lumbridge General Store or near the spirit tree north-east of the Grand Exchange.

Players can either choose to spectate a specific player's team by typing in a team member's or a spectator's name, or choose to spectate the most recently formed party. Spectators must be on the same world as the party member or spectator they wish to spectate. Spectators must also be on the Friends List of the party member or spectator, should the party member or spectator have Private Chat set to "Friends Only."

In order to spectate, players cannot bring any items with them, excluding the oculus orb, and they must not be poisoned or diseased.

As of an update on 21 June 2018, players can right-click the ledges to view the fight in a better perspective. Players can rotate the camera clock-wise or counter-clockwise via the chatbox.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Verzik Vitur's treasure vault.

Upon defeating Verzik Vitur, a trapdoor will open under her throne, leading to her treasure vault.

There are five large chests, with each player being able to loot one chest. An arrow will point to which chest is for that player to search.

A monumental chest, with the arrow denoting the player's chest.

If a unique reward is obtained, a purple aura will emit from the chest, much like how the ray of light turns purple for the player who obtains a unique reward in the Chambers of Xeric. If no unique reward is found, players obtain up to three different common rewards instead depending on their performance.

Players can also search the Grand bookshelves in the treasure vault to find six books:

  1. Serafina's diary.pngSerafina's Diary
  2. The butcher.pngThe Butcher
  3. Arachnids of vampyrium.pngArachnids of Vampyrium
  4. The shadow realm.pngThe Shadow Realm
  5. The wild hunt.pngThe Wild Hunt
  6. Verzik vitur - patient record.pngVerzik Vitur - Patient Record

Loot table[edit | edit source]

Drop rates estimated based on 65,505 Theatre of Blood completions from the Old School RuneScape Wiki drop log project, unless otherwise cited.

The average Theatre of Blood deathless 4-player completion is worth 1,955,281.79.

All non-stackable items obtained are in the form of bank notes, unless it is a unique reward. If the player obtains a unique reward, it will replace all common rewards. If not, the common reward table is rolled three times, possibly granting the same reward multiple times.

To calculate the expected loot based on a player's specific scenario, please refer to the rewards calculator.

Pre-roll[edit | edit source]

Without any deaths, there is a 1/9.1 chance of a unique reward across the team; dying will decrease this chance. The displayed drop chances below assume no deaths, in a four person team. The drop rate is the same regardless of the number of players completing the raid. The item is allocated to one player, depending on deaths and damage dealt to each boss. The MVP is the most likely to receive the item.[1]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Cabbage.png: Theatre of Blood drops Cabbage with rarity Always in quantity 1Cabbage1Always[r 1]440
Message (Theatre of Blood).png: Theatre of Blood drops Message (Theatre of Blood) with rarity Always in quantity 1Message (Theatre of Blood)1Always[r 1]Not sold0
Avernic defender hilt.png: Theatre of Blood drops Avernic defender hilt with rarity 0.25 × 1/21.6125 in quantity 1Avernic defender hilt10.25 × 1/21.612569,652,5091,500,000
Ghrazi rapier.png: Theatre of Blood drops Ghrazi rapier with rarity 0.25 × 1/86.45 in quantity 1Ghrazi rapier10.25 × 1/86.45176,239,2343,000,000
Sanguinesti staff (uncharged).png: Theatre of Blood drops Sanguinesti staff (uncharged) with rarity 0.25 × 1/86.45 in quantity 1Sanguinesti staff (uncharged)10.25 × 1/86.45125,207,0203,000,000
Justiciar faceguard.png: Theatre of Blood drops Justiciar faceguard with rarity 0.25 × 1/86.45 in quantity 1Justiciar faceguard10.25 × 1/86.4534,638,9711,200,000
Justiciar chestguard.png: Theatre of Blood drops Justiciar chestguard with rarity 0.25 × 1/86.45 in quantity 1Justiciar chestguard10.25 × 1/86.4516,047,1933,600,000
Justiciar legguards.png: Theatre of Blood drops Justiciar legguards with rarity 0.25 × 1/86.45 in quantity 1Justiciar legguards10.25 × 1/86.4517,174,9942,700,000
Scythe of vitur (uncharged).png: Theatre of Blood drops Scythe of vitur (uncharged) with rarity 0.25 × 1/172.9 in quantity 1Scythe of vitur (uncharged)10.25 × 1/172.9790,492,8792,400,000
  1. 1.0 1.1 Only obtained if a player ends the raid with 0 individual contribution points.

Common rewards[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Vial of blood.png: Theatre of Blood drops Vial of blood with rarity 3 × 2/30 in quantity 50-60 (noted)Vial of blood50–60 (noted)3 × 2/30220,600-264,7203,000-3,600
Death rune.png: Theatre of Blood drops Death rune with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 500-600Death rune500–6003 × 1/30106,000-127,20054,000-64,800
Blood rune.png: Theatre of Blood drops Blood rune with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 500-600Blood rune500–6003 × 1/30185,500-222,600120,000-144,000
Swamp tar.png: Theatre of Blood drops Swamp tar with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 500-600Swamp tar500–6003 × 1/307,000-8,4000
Coal.png: Theatre of Blood drops Coal with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 500-600 (noted)Coal500–600 (noted)3 × 1/3081,000-97,20013,500-16,200
Gold ore.png: Theatre of Blood drops Gold ore with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 300-360 (noted)Gold ore300–360 (noted)3 × 1/3063,600-76,32027,000-32,400
Molten glass.png: Theatre of Blood drops Molten glass with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 200-240 (noted)Molten glass200–240 (noted)3 × 1/3027,600-33,120200-240
Adamantite ore.png: Theatre of Blood drops Adamantite ore with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 130-156 (noted)Adamantite ore130–156 (noted)3 × 1/30141,700-170,04031,200-37,440
Runite ore.png: Theatre of Blood drops Runite ore with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 60-72 (noted)Runite ore60–72 (noted)3 × 1/30677,520-813,024115,200-138,240
Wine of zamorak.png: Theatre of Blood drops Wine of zamorak with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 50-60 (noted)Wine of zamorak50–60 (noted)3 × 1/3091,400-109,6800
Potato cactus.png: Theatre of Blood drops Potato cactus with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 50-60 (noted)Potato cactus50–60 (noted)3 × 1/3038,800-46,5600
Grimy cadantine.png: Theatre of Blood drops Grimy cadantine with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 50-60 (noted)Grimy cadantine50–60 (noted)3 × 1/3078,050-93,660650-780
Grimy avantoe.png: Theatre of Blood drops Grimy avantoe with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 40-48 (noted)Grimy avantoe40–48 (noted)3 × 1/3073,680-88,416400-480
Grimy toadflax.png: Theatre of Blood drops Grimy toadflax with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 37-44 (noted)Grimy toadflax37–44 (noted)3 × 1/3063,492-75,504407-484
Grimy kwuarm.png: Theatre of Blood drops Grimy kwuarm with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 36-43 (noted)Grimy kwuarm36–43 (noted)3 × 1/3046,152-55,126432-516
Grimy irit leaf.png: Theatre of Blood drops Grimy irit leaf with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 34-40 (noted)Grimy irit leaf34–40 (noted)3 × 1/3029,614-34,840340-400
Grimy ranarr weed.png: Theatre of Blood drops Grimy ranarr weed with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 30-36 (noted)Grimy ranarr weed30–36 (noted)3 × 1/30254,730-305,676540-648
Grimy snapdragon.png: Theatre of Blood drops Grimy snapdragon with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 27-32 (noted)Grimy snapdragon27–32 (noted)3 × 1/30262,413-311,008324-384
Grimy lantadyme.png: Theatre of Blood drops Grimy lantadyme with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 26-31 (noted)Grimy lantadyme26–31 (noted)3 × 1/3038,532-45,942338-403
Grimy dwarf weed.png: Theatre of Blood drops Grimy dwarf weed with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 24-28 (noted)Grimy dwarf weed24–28 (noted)3 × 1/3011,136-12,992336-392
Grimy torstol.png: Theatre of Blood drops Grimy torstol with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 20-24 (noted)Grimy torstol20–24 (noted)3 × 1/30164,520-197,424300-360
Battlestaff.png: Theatre of Blood drops Battlestaff with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 15-18 (noted)Battlestaff15–18 (noted)3 × 1/30123,330-147,99663,000-75,600
Mahogany seed.png: Theatre of Blood drops Mahogany seed with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 8-12Mahogany seed8–123 × 1/3026,376-39,564224-336
Rune battleaxe.png: Theatre of Blood drops Rune battleaxe with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 4 (noted)Rune battleaxe(noted)3 × 1/3098,05699,840
Rune platebody.png: Theatre of Blood drops Rune platebody with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 4 (noted)Rune platebody(noted)3 × 1/30154,040156,000
Rune chainbody.png: Theatre of Blood drops Rune chainbody with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 4 (noted)Rune chainbody(noted)3 × 1/30118,056120,000
Palm tree seed.png: Theatre of Blood drops Palm tree seed with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 3Palm tree seed33 × 1/30132,591456
Yew seed.png: Theatre of Blood drops Yew seed with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 3Yew seed33 × 1/30225,330255
Magic seed.png: Theatre of Blood drops Magic seed with rarity 3 × 1/30 in quantity 3Magic seed33 × 1/30370,791759

Tertiary rewards[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Clue scroll (elite).png: Theatre of Blood drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 3/25 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)13/25[r 1]Not sold12
Lil' zik.png: Theatre of Blood drops Lil' zik with rarity 1/650 in quantity 1Lil' zik11/650[r 2]Not soldN/A
  1. Drop rate scales down based on the individual's performance during the raid.
  2. Drop rate scales down based on the player's performance during the raid.

Rewards calculator[edit | edit source]

MVP Bonus Points
Most Damage on Points
Maiden 2
Bloat 2
Nycolas Boss 1
Sotetseg 1
Xarpus 2
Verzik (phase 1) 2
Verzik (phase 2) 2
Verzik (phase 3) 2


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Performance & records[edit | edit source]

Performance Details[edit | edit source]

Performance Details for a performance within the Theatre of Blood.

Upon entering the treasure vault, players may read the strategy table by the grand bookshelves to view the overall performance of the team, while spectators can read the war table to view it.

Here, players may view the death counts of each team member, the total deaths in the performance, as well as the time spent in each wave.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) is listed on the top of the interface, and is determined based on the performance of the individual player, such as damage dealt and the number of deaths.

The challenge time (the time spent fighting the bosses) and the overall time, which includes the time spent between waves, can be seen on the bottom of the interface.

Scoreboard[edit | edit source]

The Theatre of Blood scoreboard found next to the entrance of the theatre.

Next to the entrance to the Theatre of Blood is a scoreboard, which displays personal and global statistics for the Theatre of Blood, such as number of attempts, number of completions, number of deaths, and completion times.

Theatre of Blood records[edit | edit source]

An official records page existed, which showed all-time global records, such as most completions by an individual and total Hardcore Ironman deaths within the theatre, as well as fastest completion times for each boss and the raid as a whole. The page has since been decommissioned.

Music unlocked[edit | edit source]

Players are not required to participate in the raid to unlock all of the music, and may spectate one to do so.

Name Unlock details Music track
Welcome to the Theatre Unlocked at Ver Sinhaza
The Maiden's Sorrow Unlocked in The Maiden of Sugadinti's arena
The Maiden's Anger Unlocked during the fight with The Maiden of Sugadinti
Welcome to my Nightmare Unlocked in the Pestilent Bloat's arena
The Nightmare Continues Unlocked during the fight with the Pestilent Bloat
Dance of the Nylocas Unlocked in the Nylocas' nest
Arachnids of Vampyrium Unlocked during the fight in the Nylocas' nest
The Dark Beast Sotetseg Unlocked in Sotetseg's arena
Power of the Shadow Realm Unlocked during the fight with Sotetseg
Predator Xarpus Unlocked in Xarpus' arena
Last King of the Yarasa Unlocked during the fight with Xarpus
It's not over 'til... Unlocked upon entering Verzik Vitur's throne room
The Fat Lady Sings Unlocked during the battle with Verzik Vitur
The Curtain Closes Unlocked upon the entering Verzik Vitur's treasure vault

Pre-release gallery[edit | edit source]

Work-in-progress[edit | edit source]

Models[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
12 March 2020
(update)
If players are attempting to start a Theatre of Blood wave, but some of their party members are still in the previous wave's arena, the warning screen that appears will now make this more explicit.
2 May 2019
(update)
  • The Pestilent bloat within the Theatre of Blood should now fall down in the correct position.
  • One of the Nylocas walking toward the centre of the arena will no longer incorrectly change into a smaller Nylocas.
  • Verzik should now correctly move at the correct times during attack animations, to prevent her from appearing in the wrong location.
  • Xarpus' exhumed phase has been made shorter and scaled better for smaller team sizes. To keep it balanced, each absorption is now more powerful.
  • Odd pathing in Verzik's third phase caused by occasionally appearing to target a dead player has been fixed.
6 September 2018
(update)
Elite clue drop rate was changed, as it was previously 1/750.
21 June 2018
(update)
  • Bosses' Hitpoints now scale to four and three player teams.
  • Resource chests now use a point system instead of giving random supplies.
  • The Nylocas encounter was shortened by removing some earlier waves as they made the encounter needlessly long. The boss of the encounter was also buffed by making damage dealt with the incorrect style reflect and heal 100% instead of 50%, as well as increasing its Hitpoints and damage dealt.
  • Other minor tweaks were made regarding balance and QoL.
23 February 2017
(update)
Elite clue scrolls were added to the loot table.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Theatre of Blood was first mentioned in game in the book The Tale of Serafina, found in the Myths' Guild Library.
  • The names for many of the monsters in the raid mostly come from Eastern and Southeastern European words:
Name Original word Meaning
Ver Sinhaza Vér Színháza Hungarian for "Blood Theater"
The Maiden of Sugadinti Sugadinti Lithuanian for "ruin" (verb)
Nylocas Nyolcas Hungarian for "eight"
Nylocas Athanatos ἀθάνατος
(transliterated as "athánatos")
Greek for "undying" or "immortal"
Nylocas Hagios ἅγιος
(transliterated as "ágios")
Greek for "holy" or "saintlike"
Nylocas Ischyros ἰσχυρός
(transliterated as "ischyrós")
Greek for "strong" or "mighty"
Nylocas Matomenos ματωμένος
(transliterated as "matoménos")
Greek for "bloody" or "bleeding"
Nylocas Toxobolos τοξοβόλος
(transliterated as "toxovólos")
Greek for "archery"
Nylocas Vasilias βασιλιάς
(transliterated as "vasiliás")
Greek for "king"
Sotetseg Sötétség Hungarian for "darkness"
Yarasa
(the name of Xarpus's race)
Yarasa Turkish for "bat"
Verzik Vitur Vérzik Hungarian for "bleeding"
  • The release date for the Theatre of Blood was silently announced in an update on 3 May 2018 via a leaflet just north of the Ectofuntus, which displayed the following message when read:
The leaflet found north of the Ectofuntus.
Lady Verzik cordially invites you to the Theatre of Blood!
The greatest collection of powerful beasts are here for your entertainment.

Tickets available from June 7th!

  • The date was then changed to "Pentember 15th" after a player complaint of the leaflet not using the canonical in-game calendar.
  • Upon the release of the Theatre of Blood, there was a bug which would cause players to drop the item in the top right corner of their inventory on the floor upon death, if they were in possession of Dawnbringer. This bug was hotfixed within one hour of discovery.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 30 June 2019. (Archived from the original on 3 January 2020.)