Wise Old Man

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NormalPoorDragon Slayer II
Wise Old Man
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Released6 June 2005 (Update)
Also calledDeesus[1]
Combat level144
LocationDraynor Village
ShopQuest point cape
Quest Swan Song
Dragon Slayer II
Recipe For Disaster
Garden of Tranquillity
ExamineA venerable and rich sage.
Advanced data
NPC ID2108,,2112,2113,4306,4307,8052,8407,8409
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Dionysius, also known as the Wise Old Man is a legendary and very powerful Saradominist wizard and former adventurer, currently residing in Draynor Village. Under his judicious alias, Dionysius, he is infamous for the Draynor Bank Robbery. He wears light brown robes, a regular blue cape, partyhat & specs, and wields a short staff.

When asked, he will tell you about all the adventures he had throughout Gielinor. He can also look into your bank to remove any junk, or unneeded quest items. Lastly, he can also assign various tasks on member worlds and give small rewards in return if the player asks him, "Is there anything I can do for you?"

He also attended the 2018 Birthday event, where he could be seen with several other iconic Old School RuneScape NPCs.

Players can purchase the Quest point cape and the Quest point hood from him for 99,000 coins, once they have completed all quests in the game, which is a total of 291 Quest points. A reason why he sells the Skillcape can reflect on how the flashbacks of his adventures that he shows to the player are very similar to cutscenes that the player has encountered before, but with the quest's respective NPCs.

When the dialogue option is clicked to check for junk he will request your bank pin number to access the "Wise Old Man's Recycling Centre". Doing so will bring up unusable or otherwise worthless items most likely from completed quests in which you can remove from your bank all at once. Some may find it very helpful to clean up some space without having to find out whether it has to be used in future quests.

History[edit | edit source]

Early History[edit | edit source]

In his youth, Dionysius (then called the Wise Young Man) was a hero who roamed RuneScape to help those in need. One of these heroic feats was assisting the Keldagrim Black Guard in driving out a group of rogue ice trolls led by Mother who attempted to storm the city. Mother's group would eventually settle in Weiss, vowing revenge on their sworn enemy.

Some of his travels in his youth included the Kalphite Lair, where he fought the Kalphite Queen; Sophanem, where he vaporised a Drunken Dwarf with Saradomin Strike; battling Dad in the arena; killing an ogre shaman; and battling The Shaikahan.

Getting Older[edit | edit source]

As he grew older, Dionysius began to feel bitter that he had not been "adequately" rewarded. By this time, he had taken residence in a small house in Draynor Village.

His most notorious act was the robbing of the local bank, killing several people in the process. One can watch the robbery's recording by speaking to the guard outside the bank - free for the first view, and a fee of 50 coins afterwards. One of these unfortunate victims, a 'player' named Elfinlocks, dropped a blue partyhat, which the Wise Old Man claimed for himself due to its rarity and visual appeal.

He plays a small role in freeing Sir Amik Varze from the Culinaromancer, where he provides the player with a Book on chickens to help them locate the Evil Chicken.

The Ring of Charos[edit | edit source]

The adventurer, tasked by Ellamaria to grow a garden for her husband, was unsure of where to start as she demanded that the seeds be gathered through persuasion. They visited Dionysius, who was surprised that she had sent them on an errand and gave them a short story about her past. Upon learning that they possessed Charos' ring, he told them about Charos' powers. He agreed to reactivate the ring, but only if they could prove that they had a knack for diplomacy. Once the adventurer passed his test, he enchanted the ring and sent them off.

Swan Song[edit | edit source]

The Wise Old Man hit by a powerful water spell.

Herman Caranos would encounter an adventurer, who helped them repel a sea troll raid just as they were conversing. Unsure that they could handle the threat alone, he tasked them with bringing Dionysius to the Piscatoris Fishing Colony. The adventurer visited Dionysius and he was surprised that people still remembered his good deeds, deciding that it would be his final adventure. Upon arriving and repelling the trolls, Dionysius tasked the adventurer with finding an army after the colony's leader, Arnold Lydspor, sent most of the colonists away for their own safety. He told them to seek out Wizard Frumscone and to use his zombies, but Frumscone was unable to fulfil the request because everyone would keep asking him for zombies if he helped them.

Frumscone told the adventurer to look for Malignius Mortifer, who made them the army that the Colony needed. With the army ready, Dionysius and the adventurer battled the sea trolls. A Sea Troll General soon appeared, who Dionysius disposed of easily. However, a Sea Troll Queen then attacked him, dealing 254 damage but did not lower his health in the slightest. Despite the "weak" hit, Dionysius claimed to be too wounded and the adventurer was forced to battle the Sea Troll Queen alone, eventually killing it. He teleports back to his house afterwards, with the adventurer disappointed that they did not get his partyhat.

Saving the World[edit | edit source]

Dionysius and Brundt fighting a red dragon.

Dionysius would later be recruited by Aeonisig Raispher after learning of a new draconic threat by the Dragonkin Zorgoth and his creation Galvek. Dionysius would participate in the battle, fighting alongside Brundt the Chieftain against a red dragon, which the adventurer assisted in killing.

Along with the other heroes, Dionysius would assist the adventurer in taking out a mithril, adamant and rune dragon. He and the others would later protect them from two brutal black dragons. When the adventurer slew Galvek, he congratulated them for their heroic feat.

A Strange Quest[edit | edit source]

The Wise Old Man pretending to be dead.

Dionysius makes a small appearance in Making Friends with My Arm, where Odd Mushroom tells the adventurer why the trolls of Weiss hate him. The adventurer recruits him to create a ploy to trick Mother into allowing My Arm to marry Snowflake. He initially declines as he is not a family mediator, but accepts when the adventurer reminds him that they owe him one for saving him from the Sea Troll Queen. He tells them to create a coffin and a reduced cadava potion, which he drinks and is soon placed in the coffin.

My Arm presents him to Mother, who is suspicious because the two lack battle wounds. The ploy fails when Dionysius starts snoring, then passes gas, enraging Mother and sends him, the adventurer, My Arm, Snowflake and Odd Mushroom into jail. Dionysius assists the adventurer against Don't Know What and Mother, partying with them after Mother is killed by the adventurer.

Treasure Trails[edit | edit source]

Wise Old Man is the solution to the hard anagram clue: Slide Woman. His challenge answer is 28.

Note that if the Swan Song quest is in progress, the Wise Old Man will not be able to help with a Treasure Trail until the quest is completed.

Tasks[edit | edit source]

The Wise Old Man can assign various tasks on member worlds and give small rewards in return.

Stock[edit | edit source]

sold at
Quest point cape.pngQuest point capeCoins 10000.png 99,000
Quest point cape (t).pngQuest point cape (t)Coins 10000.png 99,000

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

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Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
23 August 2005

The NPC's examine was changed from "A venerable sage." to "A venerable and rich sage."

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

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6 June 2005 –
23 August 2005
23 August 2005 –

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Wise Old Man contacts the player upon purchasing a max cape, congratulating them on their achievement.
  • If you choose the option "three gods?" after you complete Curse of the Empty Lord and Desert Treasure, the Old Man will get angry with you.
  • He asks for "arrowheads", rather than the synonymous arrowtips, which is what they are called in RuneScape.
  • He refers to bronze swords as "bronze shortswords". This is what they were called before an update and also in RuneScape Classic.
  • It was commonly believed that a blue partyhat would be the final reward from the seemingly never-ending tasks, as the tasks got longer.
  • The Wise Old Man will not accept bank notes, asking what use they would be to him. This is likely connected to the security footage, in which the Wise Old Man breaks into the Draynor bank.
  • He gives runes as a reward, despite claiming to be low on runes.
  • He is revealed to have a combat level of 144 during Dragon Slayer II. He also wears an Ancient wyvern shield during the quest.
  • Previously, the Wise Old Man would only check free-to-play quest items in the player's bank. As of an update on 11 October 2018, he now checks for all members quest items as well.
  • During the quest Cold War, it is hinted that the Wise Old Man once saved the life of Larry. Larry was trapped by a sudden avalanche, only to be rescued by a "passing old man" who shrunk him down, and later taught Larry this shrinking spell. The player states that he "Seems like a pretty wise old man."
  • A variant of the Wise Old Man could be seen in the Eastern Lands during the 2014 April Fools event.
  • The Wise Old Man's house used to feature a door on the northern side, which was removed in an update to the village around 2006.
  • His alias 'Dionysius' refers to Greek mythology's god of ecstasy, Dionysus.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Herman's book, Old School RuneScape. "One tribe, now disbanded, used to tell of a strange mystical warrior named 'Deesus'- surely a corruption of 'Dionysius'-who helped defend their camp from the monsters that roam the northern lands."