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OSRS Shield of Arrav Guide

osrs Shield of Arrav guide

In the world of Old School RuneScape (OSRS), the quest “Shield of Arrav” is a classic quest that immerses players in the lore-rich city of Varrock. This quest involves teamwork, puzzles, and a little bit of sleuthing. This guide will walk you through every step of the quest, ensuring you complete it successfully.


The “Shield of Arrav” quest revolves around two rival gangs in Varrock, the Phoenix Gang and the Black Arm Gang, and their ongoing feud. To complete this quest, you’ll need to join one of these gangs, infiltrate the other, and retrieve the fabled Shield of Arrav.


Before embarking on this quest, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Skills: There are no specific skill requirements for this quest, making it accessible to all players.
  • Items: You’ll need some basic items like coins, a weapon, and food for combat, as well as lockpicks for certain portions of the quest.
  • Recommended: It’s advisable to have completed the “Romeo & Juliet” quest as it’s a prerequisite for the Black Arm Gang path.

Getting Started

  1. Speak to Reldo: Start by talking to Reldo, the Varrock librarian, located in Varrock Castle. He will tell you about the Shield of Arrav and the gangs involved.
  2. Join a Gang:
    • Phoenix Gang: If you want to join the Phoenix Gang, speak to Straven in the hideout beneath the Blue Moon Inn in Varrock.
    • Black Arm Gang: To join the Black Arm Gang, find Katrine in the hideout behind the pub in southern Varrock.

Gang Activities

Once you’ve joined a gang, you’ll need to perform a series of tasks for them.

Phoenix Gang

  1. Weapons Rack: Obtain a crossbow from the weapons rack in the Phoenix Gang’s hideout.
  2. Shield of Arrav Book: Retrieve the Shield of Arrav book from the library in Varrock Palace.

Black Arm Gang

  1. Artifact: Steal the Black Arm Gang’s weapon store certificate from a Phoenix Gang member in the Phoenix Gang’s hideout.
  2. Weapons Rack: Obtain a candlestick from the Weapons Rack in the Black Arm Gang’s hideout.

Team Up

  1. Find a Partner: To complete the quest, you’ll need a partner from the opposite gang. You can find partners on the official OSRS forums or in-game chat.
  2. Combine Certificates: If you’re in the Black Arm Gang, give your partner the candlestick and combine your certificates in the Black Arm Gang hideout. If you’re in the Phoenix Gang, combine them in the Phoenix Gang hideout.

Retrieve the Shield

  1. Retrieve the Shield: With the combined certificates, head to the hideout indicated by your partner and retrieve the Shield of Arrav.


Completing the “Shield of Arrav” quest will reward you with:

  • 1 Quest Point
  • Access to the Heroes’ Guild (if you haven’t already)
  • The ability to purchase and wield the Phoenix crossbow
  • Experience in various skills, depending on which gang you joined


The “Shield of Arrav” quest in OSRS is a unique experience that encourages collaboration and immerses you in the city of Varrock’s rich lore. By following this guide, you’ll successfully navigate the challenges presented by the rival gangs and claim the coveted Shield of Arrav for your gang. Good luck on your adventure!