Deep beneath the dark and mysterious lands of Morytania lies a series of crypts that house the restless spirits of the Barrows Brothers. These formidable foes are some of the most iconic and challenging bosses in Old School RuneScape (OSRS). To conquer these crypts and reap the rewards within, adventurers must be well-prepared and knowledgeable. In this guide, we will delve into the lore and mechanics of the Barrows Brothers, and equip you with the strategies required to emerge victorious.
The Barrows Brothers: A Dark Tale
The Barrows Brothers, consisting of Ahrim, Dharok, Guthan, Karil, Torag, and Verac, were once mighty warriors of the Third Age. However, they fell victim to the dark influence of the powerful Mahjarrat, Sliske. Now, they roam their crypts as undead entities, guarding the treasures that lie within.
Preparation: Gear and Inventory
Before venturing into the Barrows crypts, ensure you have appropriate gear and inventory. Gear wise, high-level armor and weapons are recommended. Consider using prayer-boosting gear, such as Proselyte or Initiate, and powerful weapons like the Trident of the Swamp. A good mix of protection prayers and food is essential to endure the battles ahead. Additionally, bring a spade to dig up the rewards and a teleport method to escape the area after completing the crypts.
Navigating the Crypts
The Barrows crypts are accessible via a series of mounds scattered across Morytania. Once inside, your goal is to defeat each of the six brothers and then open their sarcophagi to access the reward chest. The order in which you tackle the brothers is up to you, but a suggested path is starting with Dharok, followed by Karil, Verac, Guthan, Torag, and finally Ahrim. Each brother has his own combat style, weaknesses, and abilities, making them formidable foes.
Ahrim the Blighted
Ahrim uses powerful magic attacks and can reduce your stats. Protect from Magic prayer is crucial. Melee or Ranged combat is recommended against him.
Dharok the Wretched
Dharok’s strength increases as his health decreases, making him incredibly dangerous at low health. Protect from Melee is advised. Pray-flicking can be helpful to minimize damage.
Guthan the Infested
Guthan can heal himself during combat, making battles against him longer. Protect from Melee is recommended, and it’s important to deal damage quickly to avoid prolonged fights.
Karil the Tainted
Karil uses Ranged attacks and moves quickly. Protect from Missiles prayer is vital. Ranged or Magic combat is effective against him.
Torag the Corrupted
Torag can greatly reduce your run energy. Protect from Melee is recommended. Keep your distance and use Ranged or Magic attacks.
Verac the Defiled
Verac’s attacks have a chance to ignore your armor, making him a formidable opponent. Protect from Melee is essential. Prayer is crucial to avoid damage.
Claiming Your Rewards
After defeating all six brothers, dig up the rewards using your spade. The Barrows reward chest will contain various items, including Barrows armor pieces, Bolt Racks, and various runes. The rewards are random, but as you complete more runs, you’ll have a better chance of obtaining the highly sought-after Barrows armor sets.