Barbarian Training is a set of expansions to Firemaking, Herblore, Fishing, and Smithing. This activity also provides access to the Ancient Cavern and the numerous monsters within, such as the Mithril dragon.
Otto Godblessed, a barbarian interested in the cultural history of his people, will offer to teach eligible players about Barbarian skills if a player speaks to him in his grotto, on top of Baxtorian Falls. Otto will begin training the player after he or she responds with, "You think so?". Players can get there quickly by using the Games necklace teleport to the Barbarian Outpost and running south. Alternatively, players can also use the Barbarian Assault minigame teleport, or run up directly from East Ardougne and climb the cliff side of the waterfall to the plateau.
When you begin, you will receive a long book titled "Barbarian Skills", which can be used to look back on what Otto has instructed you to do throughout the tasks. Later on, if you ask about the Ancient Cavern under the lake, he will give a note book that is blank at first. You add to the note book as you find ancient pages in the dungeon usually collected by searching skeletons on the cave floor. Be careful, though, as when you search them sometimes a Skeleton (level 132) will attack you.
- 35 Firemaking
- 11 Crafting
- 48 Fishing (55 to finish bare-handed fishing) (boostable)
- 15 Agility
- 15 Strength
- 4 Herblore
- 2 metal bars (of a level you can smith - if you bring mithril or runite, also bring maple or magic logs, respectively)
- Oak logs (you can get some oak logs north of Otto's house, down a hill)
- 2 logs (there are logs around Otto's house)
- Some fishing bait or feathers
- A normal attack potion (2 doses)
- Roe (obtained during Barbarian Fishing)
- Any bow (Twisted, Dark, Crystal and Ogre bows do not work)
- A knife
- An axe
- A games necklace to teleport to the Barbarian Outpost
- Armour, weapons and food for fighting Mithril dragons to obtain chewed bones.
- Tools - a tinderbox and any Woodcutting axe
- Teleport to Camelot for Catherby Beach or transport to the Fishing Guild
Firstly, speak to Otto and ask about the barbarian Firemaking skills; he will tell you to take a bow and use it with oaken (oak) logs as a way of lighting them without a tinderbox. You can use any type of bow except ogre, dark bows, crystal bows, and the signed oak bow. Although lighting logs with a bow is fancier, it gives the same experience as lighting them with a tinderbox and is more click-intensive. After lighting your first logs, speak to Otto again to be able to continue.
|Logs||Firemaking level needed||Experience gained|
- Tell him that your mind is ready for Firemaking wisdom.
- Seek more answers, and ask him, "What follows this?"
WARNING: High level dragons will use a magic based attack on you immediately after descending the steps in the dungeon. Don't bring in anything you are not willing to lose!
When rummaging through barbarian skeletons found on the ground or killing the various barbarians within the cavern, you may find mangled bones. The only way to get chewed bones, however, is to kill Mithril dragons. Both chewed and mangled bones, in conjunction with any type of log, can be used on the burnt spaces (pyre sites), found scattered around the lake near Otto's house, to make a pyre ship. Burning a pyre ship will grant the player an experience bonus of up to 300%, depending on the logs used, the next time they bury bones.
Spirits released from chewed bones are benevolent and will give you some items, including a slim chance for a dragon full helm, while spirits released from mangled bones are aggressive Ferocious barbarian spirits. Please note that if you use mangled bones to make a pyre ship, you will be unable to make another pyre ship until you kill the spirit. If you attempt to make another one while a barbarian spirit is around, the sacrifice will be declined.
Note: Completing the Barbarian skills book requires burning chewed bones. Otherwise, the final paragraph of the section on crafting pyre ships will be missing, and page 21 of the book will be blank even if the rest of the training has been completed. You will also need to speak to Otto again after burning the bones.
|Logs||Firemaking/Crafting level required||Crafting experience gained||Firemaking experience gained||Number of bones with enhanced XP rewards|
Otto will give the player information about Barbarian Fishing. To start this section of the training, the player must have a Fishing level of at least 48, an Agility level of 15, and a Strength level of at least 15.
There are two types of activities that fall under Barbarian Fishing: heavy rod fishing and bare hand fishing.
Heavy Rod Fishing
Speak to Otto and then ask about fishing rod methods. He will tell you that barbarians use stronger fishing rods to catch leaping fish in the lake nearby. Search under his bed and collect a heavy barbarian rod; make sure to also have fishing bait or feathers on you. Use the fishing spots around the lake and hook a leaping fish. The Cooking experience refers to the amount of experience received from successfully gutting the fish with a knife and obtaining roe or caviar as well as a good chance of obtaining fishing offcuts, which can be used as bait for this fishing method. Roe and caviar can also be used as bait if there are no feathers, offcuts, or fishing bait in the player's inventory.
Note: To use the barbarian rod, you do NOT have to retrieve mangled or chewed bones from the Ancient Cavern, or therefore burn a pyre during the Firemaking section of the training; you only must have lit a fire with the bow method.
Tip: Find a world with people power-fishing (drops will not appear immediately after hopping), collect some fish, and cut them using a knife to get some bait. Rapidly using the knife on the bottom-right fish in the inventory will gut all fish of that type very quickly, and is faster than manually dropping them if not using Mousekeys. However, order to keep fishing relatively uninterrupted, the number of fish offcuts in the inventory must be at most equal to the number of empty inventory spaces after all the fish have been gutted.
|Fish||Image||Fishing level required||Strength/Agility levels required||Fishing experience gained||Strength/Agility experience gained||Cooking experience gained from cutting|
Speak to Otto Godblessed about the barbarian Fishing methods; he will talk to you about catching fish with your arms instead of a harpoon. Level 55 Fishing is required to do this part of the training. To fish bare-handed, you do NOT have to retrieve mangled or chewed bones from the Ancient Cavern, or thereoff burn a pyre during the Firemaking section of the training; you only must have lit a fire with the bow method.
Go to an area where you can harpoon swordfish, tuna or sharks; the Fishing Guild and Catherby are good choices. Click on the harpoon spot as you would normally, but without a harpoon equipped or in your inventory, and you will catch a fish using your fingers as bait!
Fishing barehanded is just as fast as fishing normally with a harpoon, but it provides small amounts of bonus Strength experience (see the table below); however, it takes a significantly higher level to fish this way.
|Fish||Image||Fishing level required||Strength level required||
Fishing experience gained
Strength experience gained
NOTE: You must bring 2 sets of bars and 2 logs to complete the smithing portion, not just 1.
To begin Barbarian Smithing, the player must have finished Barbarian Fishing. They must also have completed the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest and have level 5 Smithing. To create and wield a hasta, you do NOT have to retrieve mangled or chewed bones from the Ancient Cavern, or thereoff burn a pyre during the Firemaking section of the training; you only must have lit a fire with the bow method.
- Wielding a Zamorakian hasta requires completion of barbarian hasta making.
The first part of Barbarian Smithing a player will learn is about how to make spears. You will need a hammer, a metal bar and some corresponding logs, and use them on the barbarian anvil near Otto's house. Once you've made the spear, talk to Otto again, and he will tell you about hastae.
A table of the spears and hastae that you can make, as well as the logs and bars needed is found below:
|Spears & Hasta||Wood required||level required||experience gained|
|Steel hasta||Willow logs||35||75|
|Mithril hasta||Maple logs||55||100|
|Adamant hasta||Yew logs||75||125|
|Rune hasta||Magic logs||90||150|
- ↑ Otto can convert your Zamorakian hasta back into a spear, free of charge.
- ↑ You only need to pay Otto 300,000 coins in order to convert a Zamorakian spear into a Zamorakian hasta.
Before learning this section, the player needs at least level 4 Herblore. Seek more answers, and select the first option. Talk to Otto to learn about the barbarian potion making after you completed Barbarian Smithing. You will be asked to make an Attack mix from a Attack potion (2 doses).
Add the roe you obtained during barbarian fishing to the normal 2-dose attack potion and hand it back to Otto. Your training is now completed.
After finishing this training stage, many other potions can be enhanced by adding roe or caviar to a 2 dose variant of the potions. The Barbarian Herblore skill, through the creation of 'mixes', allows ordinary potions to not only heal 3-6 Hitpoints but also to provide the regular benefits of that potion, though each potion mix can have at most two doses.
First, the player must have a two dose vial of a particular potion. To make 2 two dose potions from a four dose potion, the player can just use the four dose potion on an empty vial or have certain NPC's do it for you. The player must then add either some roe or caviar to the two dose potion, which will create a mix. Note that roe cannot be used in mixes higher levelled than the Stat restore mix; any higher level mix requires caviar. When the mix is consumed it will not only grant the regular benefits but it will also heal 3 hitpoints (restore mix and lower) or 6 hitpoints (Energy mix and higher). Mixes therefore count as food and drinking them will interrupt combat in the same way as eating food does.
Left-clicking will not work for Barbarian Herblore, and each mix must be created manually. The best way to avoid accidentally consuming the fish eggs is to position them in the bottom row of the inventory so that one can select the "use" option right after right-clicking without moving the cursor.