Runescape Barrows Guide

This is a guide to the Runescape minigame: the Barrows!

This is a simple but detailed guide to what is quite possibly the most dangerous minigame in all of runescape, scaperune, or otherwise.

NOTE: this is NOT a safe minigame. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR ITEMS IF YOU DIE.

Items needed: teleport runes, food, prayer potions (recommended), spade

Step 1: getting there

There are 2 main ways to get to the barrows:

1: go the long way through the swamps of Mort Myre, in danger of spoiled food from ghasts.

2: go through the shortcut from “In Search of Myreque” quest.

Once there, you should choose one of the brothers’ crypts and use your spade on the mound of earth.

Green: Verac the Defiled
Red: Dharok the Wretched
Yellow: Guthan the Infested
Purple: Torag the Corrupted
Orange; Karil the Tainted
Blue: Ahrim the Blighted

Step 2: the brothers

There are six powerful brothers in the Barrows. Inside the tombs your prayer will be drained at a constant rate, so if you use it keep an eye on it.

Melee: green, red, yellow, purple
Range: orange
Mage: Blue

1: Verac the Defiled

Verac has the ability to occasionally ignore prayer and armor.

The strategy I use to defeat Verac is fire blast mage attack with protect from melee, also bringing food for when he hits through. He can hit 12+ so bring lobsters at the least. Also, if you use prayer, keep an eye on it.

2: Dharock the Wretched

Dharok has the ability to hit higher the lower his health is.

I use the same strategy as I do with Verac, except I don’t need food unless my prayer runs out.

3: Guthan the Infested

Guthan has the ability to occasionally gain health from his opponent.

I use the same strategy.

4: Torag the Corrupted

Torag has a chance to drain his opponent’s energy by 20% each time, however not gaining it himself.

I use the same strategy.

5: Karil the Tainted

Karil has the ability to lower his opponent’s agility by 20%.

I use melee to defeat Karil, using protect from range and watching my prayer.

6: Ahrim the Blighted

Ahrim has the chance to, when he attacks with any spell, lower his opponent’s strength.

I use melee to defeat Ahrim, using protect from magic.

Step 3: the crypt

In one if the tombs there will be a tunnel instead of a brother. If you want to reap your reward, you must descend.

Once in the crypt, you will need to make it into the center room, however you will be faced with crypt monsters that appear each time you pass through a door. There is also a chance that the brother who should have been in his tomb will appear. But before you get into the center room, there is a puzzle door. Solve the puzzle quickly and enter. If the brother has not appeared, once you open the chest he will challenge you. Kill him and search the chest. After doing so, you can either teleport or run out of the crypt, taking damage from falling rocks on the way.

Step 4: the rewards

The Barrows is very dangerous, but the rewards can be very great. You can receive mind, chaos, death, and blood runes, coins, and the brothers’ equipment! There are four pieces to each set, and if you possess the entire set, you get the ability of the brother the set belonged to. You can also get bolt racks for Karil’s crossbow.

The requirements for each set are as follows:

Verac’s helm, brassard, and plateskirt: 70 defense
Verac’s flail: 70 attack
Set: 70 attack, 70 defense

Dharok’s helm, platebody, and platelegs: 70 defense
Dharok’s greataxe: 70 attack, 70 strength
Set: 70 attack, 70 defense, 70 strength

Guthan’s helm, platebody, and chainskirt: 70 defense
Guthan’s warspear: 70 attack
Set: 70 attack, 70 defense

Torag’s helm, platebody, and platelegs: 70 defense
Torag’s hammers: 70 attack, 70 strength
Set: 70 attack, 70 defense, 70 strength

Karil’s coif, leathertop, and leatherskirt: 70 defense, 70 range
Karil’s crossbow: 70 range
Set: 70 defense, 70 range

Ahrim’s hood, robetop, and robeskirt: 70 defense, 70 magic
Ahrim’s staff: 70 attack, 70 magic
Set: 70 attack, 70 defense, 70 magic

Note: all weapons are two-handed, shields cannot be used

Also note: the weapons degrade from use, and will need to be repaired with a repair bench in your house or taking them to Bob in the Lumbridge axe shop, Nurmof the pickaxe salesman in the dwarven mines, Tindel Merchant in Port Khazard, and the smith on the Void Knight Island. Repairing the equipment is quite expensive, however.

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  1. zerorez
    Posted November 27, 2007 at 7:38 am

    does it degrade only whilst being attacked or does it degrade by simply wearing it?

  2. meonlyme
    Posted March 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    if i kill the brother before entering crypt and now cant solve the problem because im being attacked…what i dO?

  3. sezo15
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 8:32 am

    verac is the best of all barrows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. tdb
    Posted March 29, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    i got g spear!!!!!!!!!!

  5. kano
    Posted May 2, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    it desinagrates when u atk pplz

  6. kano
    Posted May 2, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    i got 2 g spears in 61 trips lol nice drops and gratz on the g spear

  7. a person
    Posted June 11, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    how do i repair my verac brassard?

  8. akon mk
    Posted June 22, 2008 at 6:42 am

    how can i have good stuf in barrow

  9. grant161718 add me
    Posted July 3, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    its a fun game but the dh is haed to kill. but with mage slayer drat is good becaues you can have rune and hit 12s!!!!!

  10. a person go to bob
    Posted July 3, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    hey kids play runescape it fun good:)or :(

  11. lol
    Posted August 19, 2008 at 12:25 pm


  12. Some1 Random
    Posted September 11, 2008 at 4:55 am

    I hav gone 93 times and still havnt gotten a G Spear… -.-

  13. anonymous
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 6:58 am

    I got full dharok in 6 trips!!!

  14. by Oct 15, 2008
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm


  15. no need to know my name...-.-
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 2:02 am

    u know how dh axe also degrades, can i fix it in my house if i have a repair bench? and when it much does the str bonus increase by?and wht barrows weapon works good on its own?and is it hard to kill the bros if u have 74 str.71 att, and 71 def? im lv 88 cb and with summoning i am cb lv 94 btw can u use familier?

  16. Hi Hum Diddly
    Posted November 29, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    lol my first trip i only got 1068gp!

  17. Barrows Kid
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    btw ive also done over 5k chests so i kno wat im talking about

  18. Guthan's soul
    Posted December 14, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I get full Guthan when i complete minigame 3 times

  19. Guthan's soul
    Posted December 14, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Guthan and Dharok and Verac rules the RS!!

  20. teseract
    Posted April 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    hey kids, first of all learn to spell. Secondly, OMG!!! I got this in ten trips! is bragging. And third, 12s are for losers. I hit 40’s and play far less than any of you probably do. Get a life people

  21. I defy I
    Posted May 8, 2009 at 9:45 am

    iv been doing barrows much longer that all of u. i am not playing Runescape anymore so i can tell you my secret-this only works if the brother is your chest, first you get 16 kc then go through the two doors leading to the chest, kill the monster that attks you as soon as u get out of the door. so your kc is then 17, pot up pray if you need to and click on the chest. the brother will attk you move any from the chest and kill the brother. move to the front of the chest and get you loot

  22. a person
    Posted May 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm


  23. The same person
    Posted May 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I know this sounds really newby but im having problems with ahrim. when i fight him he like instantly drains all my str so i can only hit 1s. any tips?

  24. Posted August 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm
    Best Barrows guide out yet
    Look at my tips for fighting ahrim!

  25. -.-
    Posted November 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Use a restore potion, idiot

  26. vernonp
    Posted May 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    in order to get good stuff out of the chest you have to kill all the brothers u can before entering the barrow. then upon entering kill only the npc’s that apear after u open a door. When u get to the right door get the puzzle wrong and find the next door (get this one right) once you get into the tomb, turn yourrun off and kill all the npc’s in the room. Once this is done open the chest. I found this way is almost full proof, you will get something good 60-70% of the time… happy hunting. vernonp

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