Zalcano

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Zalcano is a demon imprisoned beneath Prifddinas that is fought using skilling rather than conventional combat. Being immune to traditional combat damage, players must use their Mining, Smithing and Runecraft skills to create imbued tephra capable of destroying her stone armour. Once her armour has been destroyed, they must damage her by mining her with a pickaxe.

Zalcano's prison can be accessed from Prifddinas' Trahaearn district via a teleport platform just west of the south-eastern bank. As Prifddinas requires completion of Song of the Elves to access, Zalcano requires a minimum of 70 Mining and Smithing to be fought, though higher levels in Mining, Smithing and Runecraft will be advantageous, as well as higher Hitpoints to withstand her various attacks.

History[edit | edit source]

Zalcano is a demon and Skotizo's sister, who both held the rank of general in Zamorak's armies. During the God Wars, when Zamorak personally sent Skotizo and his squad to recover an artefact in the Karamjan Temple, Skotizo eagerly took the mission only to betray his squad and took the artefact for himself, escaping to a certain continent far west. Zamorak held Zalcano personally responsible for her brother's treachery, and cursed her to slowly turn to stone, which would only be lifted if she brought her brother back to him.

Believing that Skotizo had fled to the elven lands of Tirannwn, Zalcano made her way there. The elves initially believed she was the first of many demons to attack their city, but to their surprise, she was the only one and roamed the forests as if she was looking for something. Amlodd mystics soon learned a curse was slowly turning her to stone, and this prompted the Trahaearn Clan to capture her for study. The Ithell and Trahaearn Clans worked together to create a prison in the volcanic caverns to keep her in the city, and successfully captured her, albeit with many casualties.

Zalcano, imprisoned beneath the crystal city.

Following her capture, the curse accelerated, with an elf believing it to be the result of Zamorak already knowing she had failed her mission. With the help of Amlodd magic and Meilyr potions, the elves learned why she came to Tirannwn.

Though she had appeared to have slowly descended into madness, the elves dared not to release her as they had lost many of their brethren luring her inside and did not want her power to grow unchecked. The aforementioned elf returned many years later to personally see the demon they were studying, and was surprised when she talked, simply muttering the name "Skotizo".

Today, she remains in Prifddinas, and the Trahaearn elves who study her often require aid in keeping her in check.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

While the player is inside the prison, Zalcano has six different attacks that the player must watch out for as they attempt to take on the stone demon. Each of the attacks are performed at random intervals throughout the fight.

  • Zalcano will stomp on the ground, causing boulders to fall from the ceiling. These are easily avoided by stepping at least one tile away. Boulders can be easily spotted by watching out for the falling pebbles/dirt, which will be followed by the falling boulder. It is also easy to know which tile they are falling onto by the location of their shadow on the ground. Players who are hit by these can take 40+ damage.
Throwing imbued tephra while standing under a blue demonic symbol will increase the player's accuracy and damage.
A player mines Zalcano after breaking her stone armour.
  • Zalcano will summon blue and orange demonic symbols. If a player is standing on a blue demonic symbol when attacking Zalcano with imbued tephra, it will increase the players accuracy and damage significantly. The orange demonic symbols, however, should be avoided, These will damage the player as well as reduce their run energy if they pass through it or stand in it. Damage is dealt constantly if a player stands within it and can result in a quick death if they are not paying attention.
  • Zalcano will summon a golem in the southern part of the prison. If the golem reaches her, it will restore her armour's health based on the health of the Golem. If the Golem is at full health, it will restore 50 hitpoints towards her armour. It is possible for a player to hurt the golem with the imbued tephra. The golem will also drop 16-24 imbued tephra when killed.
  • Zalcano will fire a red ball of energy at the current glowing red rock formation to deactivate it, changing its location. If a player is standing near the rock formation when this happens, they will take 24+ damage. These can be avoided by walking away from the rock.
  • After Zalcano has fallen and players have caused her damage, she will rise again. If any players are standing next to her while this occurs, she will create a shockwave push them back, causing the player small amounts of damage. All tephra are destroyed as well.
  • Zalcano will randomly hit all players within the prison with a barrage of small pebbles. These are not avoidable, but players will only take a few hitpoints worth of damage.

Players will also get damaged if they stand under Zalcano when she has fallen. Damage rate is much less than an orange symbol, dealing around 3-4 damage per tick, and the danger persists until Zalcano begins to rise again.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Players who contribute a certain amount towards taking down Zalcano (in which players must hit Zalcano with imbued tephra as well as mining her to be eligible[1]) will receive a drop on Zalcano's drop table, with the items received being based on the player's Mining, Smithing and Runecraft level, and the amount received being based on the player's contributions.

Everybody above a certain threshold of contributing will also have a chance of receiving the unique drops, which are the crystal tool seed, the Zalcano shard and Smolcano; this chance scales based on the player's contributions as well. Drop rates scale based on your contribution in the fight, looking both at how much damage you dealt to Zalcano's armour and how much damage you dealt to her health.[2]

The MVP, the player who deals the most damage to Zalcano, will also receive an additional roll on a lesser drop table.

Drop rates below with two rates are the maximum and minimum possible rates from contribution.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Ashes.png: Zalcano drops Ashes with rarity Always in quantity 1Ashes1Always331
Crystal shard.png: Zalcano drops Crystal shard with rarity Always in quantity 1-3Crystal shard1–3AlwaysNot soldN/A

Materials[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Iron bar.png: Zalcano drops Iron bar with rarity Varies in quantity 10-300 (noted)Iron bar10–300 (noted)Varies1,020-30,600160-4,800
Steel bar.png: Zalcano drops Steel bar with rarity Varies in quantity 10-500 (noted)Steel bar10–500 (noted)Varies3,770-188,500600-30,000
Mithril bar.png: Zalcano drops Mithril bar with rarity Varies in quantity 20-412 (noted)Mithril bar20–412 (noted)Varies12,740-262,4443,600-74,160
Adamantite bar.png: Zalcano drops Adamantite bar with rarity Varies in quantity 5-130 (noted)Adamantite bar5–130 (noted)Varies9,695-252,0701,920-49,920
Runite bar.png: Zalcano drops Runite bar with rarity Varies in quantity 1-38 (noted)Runite bar1–38 (noted)Varies12,346-469,1483,000-114,000
Iron ore.png: Zalcano drops Iron ore with rarity Varies in quantity 100-400 (noted)Iron ore100–400 (noted)Varies7,000-28,0001,000-4,000
Silver ore.png: Zalcano drops Silver ore with rarity Varies in quantity 50-250 (noted)Silver ore50–250 (noted)Varies2,700-13,5002,250-11,250
Coal.png: Zalcano drops Coal with rarity Varies in quantity 100-819 (noted)Coal100–819 (noted)Varies14,200-116,2982,700-22,113
Gold ore.png: Zalcano drops Gold ore with rarity Varies in quantity 10-709 (noted)Gold ore10–709 (noted)Varies2,390-169,451900-63,810
Mithril ore.png: Zalcano drops Mithril ore with rarity Varies in quantity 10-1017 (noted)Mithril ore10–1,017 (noted)Varies1,180-120,006970-98,649
Adamantite ore.png: Zalcano drops Adamantite ore with rarity Varies in quantity 10-265 (noted)Adamantite ore10–265 (noted)Varies10,330-273,7452,400-63,600
Runite ore.png: Zalcano drops Runite ore with rarity Varies in quantity 1-37 (noted)Runite ore1–37 (noted)Varies11,130-411,8101,920-71,040
Onyx bolt tips.png: Zalcano drops Onyx bolt tips with rarity Varies in quantity 5-100Onyx bolt tips5–100Varies40,085-801,7003,000-60,000

Runes[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Pure essence.png: Zalcano drops Pure essence with rarity Varies in quantity 1000-3000 (noted)Pure essence1,000–3,000 (noted)Varies2,000-6,0002,000-6,000
Lava rune.png: Zalcano drops Lava rune with rarity Varies in quantity 271-496Lava rune271–496Varies1,084-1,9843,252-5,952
Cosmic rune.png: Zalcano drops Cosmic rune with rarity Varies in quantity 100-787Cosmic rune100–787Varies15,200-119,6243,000-23,610
Chaos rune.png: Zalcano drops Chaos rune with rarity Varies in quantity 163-1352Chaos rune163–1,352Varies11,410-94,6408,802-73,008
Nature rune.png: Zalcano drops Nature rune with rarity Varies in quantity 75-752Nature rune75–752Varies17,475-175,2168,100-81,216
Law rune.png: Zalcano drops Law rune with rarity Varies in quantity 77-729Law rune77–729Varies12,859-121,74311,088-104,976
Death rune.png: Zalcano drops Death rune with rarity Varies in quantity 56-1149Death rune56–1,149Varies11,928-244,7376,048-124,092
Blood rune.png: Zalcano drops Blood rune with rarity Varies in quantity 152-442Blood rune152–442Varies44,840-130,39036,480-106,080
Soul rune.png: Zalcano drops Soul rune with rarity Varies in quantity 50-349Soul rune50–349Varies7,250-50,6059,000-62,820

Gems[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Uncut sapphire.png: Zalcano drops Uncut sapphire with rarity Varies in quantity 18-22 (noted)Uncut sapphire18–22 (noted)Varies8,460-10,340270-330
Uncut emerald.png: Zalcano drops Uncut emerald with rarity Varies in quantity 15-20 (noted)Uncut emerald15–20 (noted)Varies10,275-13,700450-600
Uncut ruby.png: Zalcano drops Uncut ruby with rarity Varies in quantity 13-16 (noted)Uncut ruby13–16 (noted)Varies16,640-20,480780-960
Uncut diamond.png: Zalcano drops Uncut diamond with rarity Varies in quantity 8-13 (noted)Uncut diamond8–13 (noted)Varies22,408-36,413960-1,560
Uncut dragonstone.png: Zalcano drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity Varies in quantity 1-8 (noted)Uncut dragonstone1–8 (noted)Varies12,954-103,632600-4,800
Uncut onyx.png: Zalcano drops Uncut onyx with rarity 1/1,850 in quantity 1Uncut onyx11/1,8501/1,0002,075,329120,000

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Crystal tool seed.png: Zalcano drops Crystal tool seed with rarity 1/925 in quantity 1Crystal tool seed11/9251/5002,094,252300,000
Zalcano shard.png: Zalcano drops Zalcano shard with rarity 1/925 in quantity 1Zalcano shard11/9251/50029,430960
Smolcano.png: Zalcano drops Smolcano with rarity 1/2,775 in quantity 1Smolcano11/2,7751/1,500[d 1]Not soldN/A
  1. If the player has dealt more damage, they have a higher chance to receive Smolcano, but there is a cap. Once the player has dealt a certain amount of damage they’re at the maximum reward potential.[3]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
8 August 2019
(update)
  • Zalcano's symbols now take slightly longer before dealing damage.
  • The damage taken when standing beneath Zalcano after she's been knocked down has been reduced.
  • The quick-pass option on Zalcano's prison barrier has been removed, as it served a limited purpose.
  • The falling rocks during the Zalcano encounter now deal damage when hitting the floor rather than the player to be consistent with other similar mechanics.
  • Zalcano now takes a consistent amount of time to destroy the glowing rock.
  • Zalcano's death animation has been extended to prevent her from reappearing for a brief moment.
  • The drops from the Golem will now only be given to the player who deals the most damage.
1 August 2019
(update)
  • Players who contribute a fair amount now receive a drop on Zalcano's better loot table, with the quantities of items being received scaling based on individual contribution.
  • Everybody above a certain threshold of contributing will have a chance of receiving any of the unique drops, including the pet, with the chance scaling based on individual contribution.
  • The MVP still receives Zalcano's additional drop, but from a "lesser" drop table

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ed's Twitter account. 2 Aug 2019. (Archived from the original on 2 Aug 2019.) Mod Ed: "Both [throwing tephra and mining Zalcano] are needed to get a drop."
  2. Jagex. Mod Lenny's Twitter account. 25 October 2019. Mod Lenny: "Drop rates scale based on your contribution in the fight, looking both at how much damage you dealt to Zalcano's armour and how much damage you dealt to her health."
  3. Jagex. Mod Ed's Twitter account. 2 Aug 2019. (Archived from the original on 2 Aug 2019.) Mod Ed: "The more damage you do, the better your chance of a pet roll. MVP gets an additional drop but not a better chance of a pet."