Oct 18, 2021
The Barrows is one of the most iconic challenges in Old School Runescape. Added way back in 2005, the Barrows and the new gear it brought to the game changed everything. The Barrows introduced new best in slot armour and weapons for every style of combat in the game, most of which are still sought-after items to this day.
The Barrows can be found to the east of Mort’ton. Originally the route to Barrows was a very long and tedious trail from Canifis, through the Mort Myre swamp – however other quicker methods have since been introduced to the game which shortens the travel time considerably. The Arceuus Spellbook features a Barrows Teleport spell, unlocked at 83 magic which is the fastest route. Players that do not meet the requirements to use the spell can use Barrows Teleport tablets, which can be bought at the Grand Exchange.
There are no requirements for Barrows other than needing access to the swamp area in Morytania, which requires the Priest in Peril quest to be completed and the Nature Spirit quest to be started.
While the Barrows can be completed with very low stats, the recommended minimum stats are as follows:
50 Magic with 55 Slayer for Slayer Dart or 50 Magic with 50 Attack and completion of Underground Pass for Iban’s Staff.
61 Ranged for a Rune Crossbow or 75 Ranged for a Toxic Blowpipe.
60 Attack for a Dragon Scimitar or 70 Attack for an Abyssal Whip.
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You will primarily be using Magic attacks against all Barrows Brothers except Ahrim. Interestingly, due to their incredibly low Magic Defence you do not need to wear Magic Gear in order to successfully hit them with your spells. For this reason, you only need your Magic Staff. The only reason to take any other Magic Gear is to boost your Magic Damage stat, which will increase your max hit with your spells.
If you are going to try and budget barrows you can do it with a swamp lizard which can hit quite well against most of the brothers.
Searching the sarcophagus within one of the crypts leads to a passage to the Barrows tunnels beneath the crypts, which contains the Barrows rewards chest. The crypt giving access to these tunnels is chosen at random each time.
These tunnels can be navigated by passing through the doors. However, not all of the doors in these tunnels can be opened, thus players should try to find their way through the doors leading to the middle room with the rewards chest.
Upon opening any of the doors in these tunnels, a skeleton, bloodworm, crypt rats or unkilled Barrows brother will spawn and attack the player.
Barrows Brothers Locations
Ahrim's mound is located in the center
Dharok's mound is located northeast
Guthan's mound is located southeast
Karil's mound is located south
Torag's mound is located southwest
Verac's mound is located northwest
The Barrows Brothers
Ahrim the Blighted – Ahrim uses Magic, is weak to Ranged and his special ability will drain your stats.
Dharok the Wretched – Dharok uses Melee, is weak to Magic and his special ability grants him higher strength as his hit points come closer too 0.
Guthan the Infested – Guthan uses Melee, is weak to Magic and his special ability has a chance to heal his own health on a successful attack.
Karil the Tainted – Karil uses Ranged, is weak to Melee and his special ability has a chance to reduce your agility level.
Torag the Corrupted – Torag uses Melee, is weak to Magic and his special ability has a chance to reduce your run energy.
Verac the Defiled – Verac uses Melee, is weak to Magic and his special ability has a chance of ignoring a players Protection prayers.
The most notable drops you can get are Ahrims Robe Top and Bottom aswell as Karils Leather Top. They are worth between 1.6m and 2m
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Protection prayers are quite useful while doing barrows as it will fully negate the damage given by them (except Verac who hits through prayer)
Use Protect from Missles for Karil
Use Protect from Mage for Ahrims
Use Protect from Melee for the others
According to the formula released by Mod Kieren on his Twitter, the chances of getting at least one piece of Barrows equipment is 1/17.42 if you kill all six brothers.
Having the hard moritanyia diaries done will give you 50% more runes in the chests compared to normal getting you alot more profit from each chest.
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