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This page shows various strategies which may help you to kill the Link to Barrows brothers Barrows brothers.

This is the six Barrows brothers' graveyard as well as each brother's combat discipline.

Getting there

1.) Red is the longest and most tedious route.
2.) Sky blue is the moderate route if no additional quests are completed aside from In Aid of the Myreque. Those who have access to fairy rings can also use this route.
3.) Green is the penultimate shortest route and makes use of the Myreque shortcut.
4.) Dark blue is the shortest route making use of Morytania legs 3, 4, or Mort'ton teleports.

The most direct route to Link to Barrows Barrows is the Item image of %7B%7B%3ABarrows+teleport%7D%7D, File:Barrows teleport.png Barrows teleport tablet or the level 83 Link to Barrows Teleport Barrows Teleport spell in the Link to Arceuus spellbook Arceuus spellbook.

Alternatively, players could choose to teleport to Mort'ton and run north-east to Barrows. After completing the Link to Shades of Mort'ton Shades of Mort'ton Link to Quests quest a teleport to Mort'ton via the Link to Minigame Group Finder Minigame Group Finder becomes unlocked. It is possible to teleport there via a Item image of %7B%7B%3AMort%27ton+teleport%7D%7D, File:Mort'ton teleport.png Mort'ton teleport scroll, but they are more expensive and less convenient than Item image of %7B%7B%3ABarrows+teleport%7D%7D, File:Barrows teleport.png Barrows teleport tablets.

Item image of %7B%7B%3AMorytania+legs+3%7D%7D, File:Morytania legs 3.png Morytania legs 3 or Item image of %7B%7B%3AMorytania+legs+4%7D%7D, File:Morytania legs 4.png 4 grant unlimited Link to Burgh de Rott Burgh de Rott teleports, which is very useful for banking and getting to Barrows. Paired with a Item image of %7B%7B%3ACrafting+cape%7D%7D, File:Crafting cape.png Crafting cape, this is by far one of the best ways to do Barrows trips.

An alternative way is by use of the Link to Myreque Hideout#The Myreque Shortcut Myreque tunnel, unlocked during and after Link to In Search of the Myreque In Search of the Myreque and then using the Link to Swamp Boaty Swamp Boat to travel to Link to Mort'ton Mor'ton at which point you will travel east to reach the Barrows mounds.

It is extremely useful to have level 50 Skill icon of Construction, File:Construction icon.png Construction for the ability to build a Link to Kharyrll Kharyrll (or Link to Canifis Canifis) portal and an altar in your Link to player-owned house player-owned house. This allows Link to Teleport to House Teleport to House tabs to be used after looting each chest, which will allow you to quickly recharge your Skill icon of Prayer, File:Prayer icon.png Prayer and bank in Canifis (not to mention returning to Barrows).

If In Search of the Myreque has not been completed to the point in which you gain use of the swamp boat[1], then the only way to get to Barrows from Canifis by running through the swamp, which is not recommended as it takes a long time and much of your Link to food food will be rotted by Ghast.png ghasts.

If Burntmeat chathead.png Making Friends with My Arm has been completed, a Link to Fire pit#Fire of Dehumidification Fire of Dehumidification can be built in the Link to Fire pit Fire pit in the swamp to negate the effect of the ghasts.

Recommended requirements

Required quests

Suggested quests

Suggested skills (to survive underground)


The general idea for Barrows is that you should equip the best equipment you have at your disposal for your level. As a low-mid level player (i.e. with stats just around the required levels), your best bet is to wear defensive melee armour, with as much mage bonus as you can in your other slots. Because the Link to Barrows brothers Barrows brothers have such low Skill icon of Magic, File:Magic icon.png Magic Defence, it does not matter whether you wear Bronze full helm chathead.png Melee or Link to Armour/Magic armour Magic gear if you plan to attack them with Magic. However, without at least some bonus, your hits will suffer.

Below is a general guide for armour, but generally you really cannot go wrong with going with your best set-up.

Warning: Don't forget that when bringing your best items, that you can die. This minigame is not a safe death.

Recommended equipment for Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Ancestral hat.png Ancestral hat[2] / Serpentine helm.png Serpentine helm Barrows helmet (Verac's, Torag's, Guthan's etc.) Dragon full helm.png Dragon full helm Helm of neitiznot.png Helm of neitiznot / Obsidian helmet.png Obsidian helmet N/A
Neck Occult necklace.png Occult necklace Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory Amulet of power.png Amulet of power Amulet of strength.png Amulet of strength
Back God capes.gif Imbued god capes[2] / Infernal cape.png Infernal cape Fire cape.png Fire cape Max cape.png Max cape / Trimmed skillcape / Obsidian cape.png Obsidian cape Ardougne cloak 4.png Ardougne cloak / God capes.gif Imbued god capes N/A
Body Ancestral robe top.png Ancestral robe top[2] / Barrows platebodies (Dharok's, Torag's etc.) Dragon platebody.png Dragon platebody Bandos chestplate.png Bandos chestplate Fighter torso.png Fighter torso / Granite body.png Granite body N/A
Legs Ancestral robe bottom.png Ancestral robe bottom[2] / Barrows platelegs (Dharok's, Torag's etc.) Verac's plateskirt.png Verac's plateskirt / Guthan's chainskirt.png Guthan's chainskirt Bandos tassets.png Bandos tassets Dragon platelegs.png Dragon platelegs / Dragon plateskirt.png Dragon plateskirt Rune platelegs.png Rune platelegs
Shield Arcane spirit shield.png Arcane spirit shield / Godbook[3] /Tome of fire.png Tome of fireCite error: Invalid <ref> tag;

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Dragonfire shield.png Dragonfire shield Crystal shield.png Crystal shield / Blessed spirit shield.png Blessed spirit shield Toktz-ket-xil.png Toktz-ket-xil Other magic books
Gloves Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Tormented bracelet.png Tormented bracelet[2] Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves Combat bracelet.png Combat bracelet / Penance gloves.png Penance gloves N/A
Feet Primordial boots.png Primordial boots / Guardian boots.png Guardian boots Bandos boots.png Bandos boots Dragon boots.png Dragon boots Granite boots.png Granite boots / Eternal boots.png Eternal boots / Infinity boots.png Infinity boots / Pegasian boots.png Pegasian boots / Ranger boots.png Ranger boots N/A
Ring Ring of the gods (i).png Ring of the gods (i) / Archers ring (i).png Archers ring (i) Ring of the gods.png Ring of the gods / Archers ring.png Archers ring Ring of suffering (i).png Ring of suffering (i) Seers ring (i).png Seers ring (i) Ring of dueling.png Ring of duelingCite error: Invalid <ref> tag;

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  1. In Search of the Myreque is only needed to use the Swamp Boaty at Mort'ton. The Swamp boaty travelling to Mort'ton is accessible without completing the quest.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Give magic strength (max hit), very low defences, a mix is advised.
  3. Only useful for prayer bonus, contrary to popular belief Book of darkness does NOT increase damage, Barrows brothers have 0 magic defence, magic attack bonus does nothing (same goes for seers ring).

Recommended weapons

Item (most effective > least effective)
Style 1 2 3
Magic icon.png For Dharok, Verac, Guthan, Torag, & Karil Trident of the swamp.png Trident of the swamp / Trident of the seas.png Trident of the seas / Staff of the dead.png Staff of the dead[1] / Smoke battlestaff.png Smoke battlestaff[1] Slayer's staff (e).png Slayer's staff (e) (with Slayer helmet.png Slayer helmet bonuses & Magic Dart only when on a slayer task Iban's staff.png Iban's staff, Fire bolt with the Tome of fire.png Tome of fire and Chaos gauntlets.png Chaos gauntlets equipped, regular Slayer's staff.png Slayer's staff, Elemental staff
Ranged icon.png For Ahrim Toxic blowpipe.png Toxic blowpipe Armadyl crossbow.png Armadyl crossbow Magic shortbow (i).png Magic shortbow (i), Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow, the fastest range weapon you have
Attack icon.png / Ranged icon.png For the Minions / Killcount Toxic blowpipe.png Toxic blowpipe [2] / Abyssal tentacle.png Abyssal tentacle Abyssal whip.png Abyssal whip Dragon scimitar.png Dragon scimitar, Staff of the dead.png Staff of the dead, the best melee weapon you have
  1. 1.0 1.1 Only when using tome of fire + fire elemental spell.
  2. Only with Salve amulet(ei) for fastest kc (skeletons only!) / salve amulet(e) for melee.

Notes & general strategy

  • Kiting is a method used to safe spot the melee brothers in the room with their sarcophagus. This method can be used to kill the melee brothers without the use of food or prayer. It is recommended for low to med level Ironmen who would otherwise use a lot of resources. In order to kite properly, the player must have their run turned off. This is due to the player moving two tiles per tick. Verac and Torag are the only brothers where kiting is possible on the north, south, east, and west sides of the sarcophagus. This method can only be done with a magic spell, therefore, the trident of the sea will not work. Link to Iban Blast Iban's Blast, Link to Magic Dart Slayer dart, or fire bolt with Item image of %7B%7B%3AChaos+gauntlets%7D%7D, File:Chaos gauntlets.png Chaos gauntlets and Item image of %7B%7B%3ATome+of+fire%7D%7D, File:Tome of fire.png Tome of fire are recommended for this method. Since the player will be running a lot, stamina potions and/or full Graceful hood chathead.png Graceful outfit are highly recommended.
    • The player must first spawn the melee brother. Run can be turned on at this point. For any melee brother besides Verac and Torag, the player must run on either the north side or south side of the sarcophagus to block the brother on the other side.
    • With run turned off, the player must use the magic spell on the brother. Autocast will not work. As soon as the experience drop shows, the player must use the control key to run, and lure the brother onto the other side of the sarcophagus. Holding the control key before clicking to move will turn the player's run on for the duration of the movement. This is the only way this method can work.
    • The player will first have to run the distance of the sarcophagus on the north or south side before clicking over to the other side, or else the player will path directly through the melee brother. This is not the case for Verac or Torag since the east and west sides will work to block them.
    • For Verac and Torag, all four sides of the sarcophagus can be used to effectively kite, as stated, the other melee brothers are only safe spotable on the north and south side. Due to their pathing mechanics.
    • It is recommended not to kite Dharok, since one false move can result in being one hit. It's recommended for the player to kill Dharok before any other brother, so they can use the prayer that they already have when arriving to Barrows.
    • With practice and done properly, this can be used to avoid all damage from the melee brothers, besides their initial hit when spawning the brother.
  • The Black salamander.png black salamander is a good versatile weapon to use against all the brothers, and its ammunition (Item image of %7B%7B%3Aharralander+tar%7D%7D, File:harralander tar.png harralander tar) is extremely cheap. Pairing it with full Link to Verac the Defiled's equipment Verac's is a great alternative.
  • You should always use Rune arrow 1.png rune arrows for Ahrim the Blighted.png Ahrim. It can be worthwhile to bring a Ranging potion(1).png ranging potion, as he has high Skill icon of Ranged, File:Ranged icon.png Ranged Skill icon of Defence, File:Defence icon.png Defence despite being weak to ranged attacks.
  • Imbuing the Item image of %7B%7B%3Amagic+shortbow%7D%7D, File:magic shortbow.png magic shortbow with a Link to Bounty Hunter Bounty Hunter Scroll will give you a second Link to Special attacks special.
  • Half keys and Item image of %7B%7B%3Adragon+med+helm%7D%7D, File:dragon med helm.png dragon med helms are bonus loot added to the chest, and can be affected by the Item image of %7B%7B%3Aring+of+wealth%7D%7D, File:ring of wealth.png ring of wealth.
  • Once you can use a 15-second hold (Link to Entangle Entangle, Link to Ice Blitz Ice Blitz, or Link to Ice Barrage Ice Barrage) you can hold the 4 Link to Melee Melee brothers to not take damage while you attack. This is a cheap way to save supplies.
  • A Stamina potion(1).png Stamina potion can be used to make the run through the tunnels simpler.
  • Completing the Link to Morytania Diary#Hard Morytania Hard Diary will grant you 50% more runes when looting from the chest.
  • The maximum damage by each brother:
  • Link to Bones to Peaches Bones to Peaches tablets are an excellent way to extend Barrows trips. Just fill empty spaces with Item image of %7B%7B%3Abones%7D%7D, File:bones.png bones while gathering kill count, and convert as needed.
  • There are limited safespots in the tunnels, however, if you know how to exploit them, you can effectively safespot any melee brother you may have in there and/or hide to eat if you are not using prayer. With enough skill, prayer potions are not even necessary, even if you get Dharok the Wretched.png Dharok in the tunnels.
    • Like all NPCs, the Barrows brothers will attempt to move in a straight line towards the player, however they will move east/west first before moving north/south. This opens up many opportunities to safespot melee brothers on corners of debris that can be shot through.
    • Debris on the floor that resemble bricks cannot be shot through, nor can the standing torches in the chest room, nor the chest itself. The bricks cannot be shot through as they are the same objects (merely recoloured) as the piles of bricks in the brothers' individual crypts.
    • The brothers will not get stuck on other NPCs or players.
    • Of all the long corridors, it is only not possible to find a safespot for a melee brother if you are entering the northern corridor from the northwest room. The nearest safespot here is too far and will cause the brother to disappear. All of the other long corridors and the four 'corner' rooms can be utilised effectively.
    • Any other debris on the floor that cannot be walked through can be shot through, including skeletons, boulders, rocks, and the ladder, even in other rooms than the room where you came down when it is invisible to you. It can be difficult to tell which squares can be walked on with some of the piles of boulders in some rooms.
    • The ladder and ladder squares can be shot through. You will only see the ladder in the room that you came down on; however, the square containing the other possible ladder locations can still be used as a safespot. This may lead to some potentially hilarious and very useful safespot opportunities where brothers appear to be frozen.
  • Link to Ice Blitz Ice Blitz runes are roughly equal in cost to Link to Entangle Entangle, binding for the same 15 seconds, but hitting up to 26.
  • When killing Verac the Defiled.png Verac, because his set allows him to hit through Link to protection prayers protection prayers, most players who kill him usually use Link to Entangle Entangle or Link to Ice Barrage Ice Barrage once he spawns to bind him for a decent amount of time. This will save food should he be lucky enough for his set effect to activate.
    • Link to Snare Snare allows for 3 attacks before Verac starts moving again.
    • Link to Entangle Entangle/Link to Ice Blitz Ice Blitz allows for 5 attacks before Verac starts moving again.
    • Link to Ice Barrage Ice Barrage allows for 6 attacks before Verac starts moving again.
  • A full set of Link to Guthan the Infested's equipment Guthan's is helpful at the tunnels to restore lost health from encounters with the Brothers and gaining killcount. This will require 70 Skill icon of Attack, File:Attack icon.png Attack and Skill icon of Defence, File:Defence icon.png Defence in order to use, however.


Option 1: Extended trips

Option 2: Efficient, frequent banking and prayer restoration

This set-up enables much cheaper and somewhat faster runs, assuming the player has high enough overall defence and experience with the Barrows to tank brothers other than Dharok the Wretched.png Dharok as may be necessary.

  • Item image of %7B%7B%3ASpade%7D%7D, File:Spade.png Spade or a free inventory space, though bringing one will save significant time
  • Item image of %7B%7B%3ABarrows+teleport%7D%7D, File:Barrows teleport.png Barrows tablets
  • Item image of %7B%7B%3AArdougne+cloak+1%7D%7D, File:Ardougne cloak 1.png Ardougne cloak for free teleports very close to an altar, useful for saving some time over going to Link to Clan Wars Clan Wars when only prayer restoration is necessary
  • Item image of %7B%7B%3ARing+of+dueling%7D%7D, File:Ring of dueling.png Dueling ring for teleports to Clan Wars or for fast banking at Link to Castle Wars Castle Wars. Clan Wars has a bank (slightly further than the one at Castle Wars) and a Free-for-All portal that can be used to restore all drained attributes: stats (Agility being important), run energy, health, prayer, and special attack energy.
  • One Prayer potion(1).png Prayer potion and/or a Item image of %7B%7B%3AFalador+shield+2%7D%7D, File:Falador shield 2.png Falador shield, in case Dharok is in the tunnels
  • Choice of appropriate weaponry, armour, and food

Navigating through the tunnels

It's Barrows from the crypt!

The tunnels should not prove to be a great challenge to any experienced player. They are a series of 9 rooms, connected by passageways. At the center of the tunnels, there is the room containing the rewards chest (in this chest there will always be a brother, just in case a player doesn't encounter any of them before that point). This room is only reachable by one of the 4 doors connecting to it, and which door this is changes every time a player leaves the crypts. The aforementioned door is a locked one, requiring the player to solve a multiple choice puzzle to unlock the door.

Note: When opening any door in the tunnels, a monster will always pop out and attack the player. The monster can be a Bloodworm.png bloodworm, Crypt rat.png crypt rat, Skeleton.png skeleton or any surviving Barrows brothers. It is advised to keep health at least 50+ in case a brother appears upon opening a door, or the player may die from the unexpected attack.

CAUTION: If you get the puzzle wrong, the crypt formation will shift, requiring you to go around the tunnels another time to one of the other 4 doors. Also, remember as long as there is one brother left, there is always the possibility that, upon entering one of the crypt rooms, he will attack, even if the chest has been looted.

Once you go down the ladder, check your surroundings to figure out which corner your ladder is in. Remember this room, to return up the ladder for multiple chest runs if you can attempt it.

By tilting the camera, and looking at the interior tunnel rooms, you can scan ahead to see which door will contain your puzzle and route to the center room. Only the middle path with the Open Door option will have your puzzle. The other 3 will only have Examine Door as an option. In a corner room, you can see 2 of your 4 potential internal rooms.

Puzzle solutions

Here are the solutions to the puzzles.