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Released21 June 2006 (Update)
Combat level41
LocationDorgesh-Kaan, Lumbridge
QuestDeath to the Dorgeshuun,
Another Slice of H.A.M.,
Land of the Goblins
ExamineAn eager cave goblin on her first trip to the surface.
Advanced data
NPC ID2318,4322,4323,4324,4506,4508,4510,4511,5140,5147,5148,5155,5159,5184
Zanik chathead.png
Zanik HAM chathead.png

Zanik is a cave goblin who is called up to explore the surface during the Death to the Dorgeshuun quest. Being the first of her kind to view the surface above, she's a curious and eager sort. Her preferred weapon is the Dorgeshuun crossbow.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Death to the Dorgeshuun[edit | edit source]

Zanik is tasked to be the first cave goblin to visit Lumbridge as well as defend the Dorgeshuun city from a H.A.M. plot. She nearly loses her life while infiltrating the H.A.M. Hideout, but the player later revives her with the Tears of Guthix.

Another Slice of H.A.M.[edit | edit source]

In Another Slice of H.A.M., Zanik accompanies the player again. She meets the tribe of Goblin Village and is later captured by Sigmund, tied to a railway track. She is nearly run over, but the player saves her in time.

Land of the Goblins[edit | edit source]

In the first part of Land of the Goblins when you're escorting Grubfoot to Zanik she is found at the same level as the entrance from the mines, to the very north-west.

Near the end of the quest, she is sucked into the Strange box and her whereabouts are unknown.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

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Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

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Appearance until 20 March 2007 H.A.M. appearance until
20 March 2007

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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Zanik's Theme
  • The word Zanik has various meanings in different languages.
    • In Dutch her name means nag (with the infinitive being zaniken).
    • In Polish it means atrophy and/or disappearance.
    • In Czech it means death, destruction and/or extinction. Arguably more fitting translations than the former, although it is not clear if this was intended by Mod John A.[1]
  • Mod John A stated in a Q&A on 23 July 2010 what the inspiration behind Zanik was:
    • "One was the character Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica (the new version, where Starbuck is a girl)."
    • "Another is the song 'Us' by Regina Spektor--that's always how I've imagined Zanik's voice to sound, even though obviously you never hear it in-game."
    • "There are lots and lots of other things that inspired the character, though, and a lot of the creative process is subconscious so I don't even know myself."
  • If you talk to the cook while you are taking Zanik on tour of Lumbridge he will say it's Duke's birthday, like on the start of Cook's assistant quest.
  • Zanik has her own theme song, and while it was previously unlisted in Old School RuneScape, it was added to the music player on 9 February 2022 with the release of Land of the Goblins.
  • Both quests that she stars in lists her Combat level as 41.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod John A. "Gods ~ their Races and Species." 13 August 2013. RuneScape Lore Discussion Forums.