Witch's House

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Witch's House (#20)
Witch's House.png
Released 27 February 2002 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest series None
Official difficulty Intermediate
Lead developer(s) Paul Gower

Details[edit | edit source]

Start pointMinimap icon Talk to the boy near the gate entrance of Taverley. Show on map
Official difficultyIntermediate
DescriptionA young boy who lives in Taverley has kicked his ball into the garden of a scary old lady. He asks you to get it back for him. This proves more difficult than it first sounds.
Official lengthVery Short
  • The ability to defeat 4 monsters from level 19 to 53 without a break.
Items required
  • Cheese (You may wish to bring several in case you mess up)
  • Leather gloves (obtainable during the quest)
Enemies to defeat

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Getting started[edit | edit source]

The start point of the quest.
Talking to the boy.

Go to Taverley and talk to the boy near the eastern entrance to Taverley along the hedges. He says that he kicked his ball over the hedge into the garden and the witch living in the house put it in her shed. The boy wants you to get it back for him. Tell him you'll see what you can do.

Breaking in[edit | edit source]

The location of the key.

Go west then north around the hedge to the front door of the house - it is locked. Look-under the pot north of the door to find a door key and enter the house. Read the entire diary on the table.

Getting to the garden[edit | edit source]

Go down the ladder in the northern room to enter the basement. If you don't already have leather gloves, search the boxes for a pair, however it may take many attempts to find them. Equip your gloves, go through the gate, and search the cupboard for the magnet (be sure to finish the dialogue). Go back up the ladder and into the southern room with the door that leads to garden. Note: Be quick, the mouse will go away after some time, you will lose your cheese and have to get another one. Drop your cheese, suddenly a mouse will come out; use the magnet on the mouse and it will unlock the door. Enter the door into the garden.

The following gloves must be used to open the gate and to avoid taking damage:

Bunny paws inventory image Bunny paws
Clue hunter gloves inventory image Clue hunter gloves
Cormorant's glove inventory image Cormorant's glove
Expert mining gloves inventory image Expert mining gloves
Fremennik gloves inventory image Fremennik gloves
Ghostly gloves inventory image Ghostly gloves
Gloves of silence inventory image Gloves of silence
Grey gloves inventory image Grey gloves
Ham gloves inventory image Ham gloves
Holy wraps inventory image Holy wraps
Mining gloves inventory image Mining gloves
Mourner gloves inventory image Mourner gloves
Ornate gloves inventory image Ornate gloves
Penance gloves inventory image Penance gloves
Purple gloves inventory image Purple gloves
Red gloves inventory image Red gloves
Rock-shell gloves inventory image Rock-shell gloves
Skeletal gloves inventory image Skeletal gloves
Smiths gloves (i) inventory image Smiths gloves (i)
Snow imp costume gloves inventory image Snow imp costume gloves
Spined gloves inventory image Spined gloves
Spookier gloves inventory image Spookier gloves
Superior mining gloves inventory image Superior mining gloves
Teal gloves inventory image Teal gloves
White gloves inventory image White gloves
Void knight gloves inventory image Void knight gloves
Yellow gloves inventory image Yellow gloves

Getting past the witch[edit | edit source]

Once in the garden, you will see the witch walking back and forth in the middle. Make your way around the garden, you cannot walk through the garden, use the bushes as cover until you reach the fountain. If the witch catches you, she will teleport you out of the garden and you will have to repeat most of the previous steps. Search the fountain to obtain a key.

Witch's experiment[edit | edit source]

Go to the shed and use the key on the door. Do not attempt to take the ball otherwise the Witch's experiment will lower your stats. Attack the Witch's experiment. Each time you kill the experiment's current form it changes to a stronger form. You have to kill the experiment four times before it is defeated - the first stage is a Skavid (level 19), then a spider (level 30), then a bear (level 42), and finally a wolf (level 53). If you flee during the battle you will have to start over.

Fighting the Witch's experiment.

For anyone who only wants to use ring of recoil: They have 21, 31, 41, and 51 hitpoints respectively for a total of 144. Four rings of recoil are required, more are recommended, as they break after reflecting 40 damage. Each forms max hit increases by 1, the Skavid has a max hit of 2, the wolf has a max hit of 5. Bring lots of food depending on your hitpoints level and purple sweets. If you don't want to tank as much, bring a bone dagger (p++) or super poisoned iron knives and attack until they are poisoned then hide behind the table with the ball on it.

Note that you cannot use a Dwarf multicannon here.

The first and second forms can be safespotted with Magic or flinched with Melee by going into the north-east corner, waiting for the experiment to move south of you, run past it towards the south, then walk on top of it. After this, walk west 1 tile so you are position diagonally from the Witch's experiement, then you're free to attack.

The third and fourth can also be safespotted by walking to the south of the shed between the sacks and the crate with the ball on it all the way to the wall and using Ranged or Magic attacks to kill the last two forms.

Once you have killed the Witch's experiment, take the ball and leave. Do not let the witch see you or she will teleport you outside and you will lose the ball (if this happens, the doors will remain unlocked and the experiment will not respawn, allowing you to try again without repeating earlier steps). You may teleport out of the area to avoid going past the witch again while still retaining the ball. Return to the boy and give him the ball.

Quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Witch's House reward scroll.png

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Completion of Witch's House is required for the following:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

This article on a quest has an associated dialogue page.
Click here for a transcript of possible conversations encountered throughout the quest.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Attempting to break-in before and after the quest, but before Grim Tales causes the player to say, It would be rude to break into this house.
  • If the player gets caught by the witch, her spell uses the same animation as curse.
  • As the diary has daily entries until the "9th of Pentember", it's possible that the events of the quest take place on either the 9th or 10th of Pentember.