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Bellock, the crazed archaeologist is an insane individual and demi-boss who resides in the ruins south of The Forgotten Cemetery. He uses Ranged and Melee attacks and can perform a special attack where he throws explosive books that explode in a 3x3 area.

Bellock is one of the three Wilderness bosses that drop one of three shards of the Malediction ward and Odium ward.

Despite his high Magic Defence, he has a negligible Magic level, and thus has a weakness to Magic. This is because magic resistance is calculated primarily based on one's Magic level[1].

Killing Bellock is a popular way for Ironmen to obtain a Rune crossbow without having to train Fletching.


It is recommended to use Magic armour with the Trident of the seas while praying range and avoiding his special attack of explosive books as soon as he says, "Rain of knowledge!" The best way to avoid it is by keeping a considerable distance, and running towards him until you are two squares away from it (this way, you will avoid Melee damage), and repeating the same steps over and over, you will minimize the chance of receiving damage.

Another strategy is to use high Ranged Defence armour (like Torag's armour and Obsidian shield) with a Zamorakian hasta or Abyssal whip along side with the Protect from Melee prayer.

The fastest way to get there is by using the spell Dareeyak Teleport from the Ancient Magicks spellbook with 78 Magic or a Dareeyak teleport tablet. Alternatively a burning amulet can be used to teleport to bandit camp and run to the ruins.


One quote is said every time Bellock attacks the player.

  • "I'm Bellock - respect me!"
  • "Get off my site!"
  • "No-one messes with Bellock's dig!"
  • "These ruins are mine!"
  • "Taste my knowledge!"
  • "You belong in a museum!"
  • "Rain of knowledge!" - when using special attack
  • "Ow!" - upon death


100% Drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Bones.png Bones 1 Always 89


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Amulet of power.png Amulet of power 1 Common 2,126
Red d'hide body.png Red d'hide body 1 Uncommon 5,932
Rune knife.png Rune knife 10 Uncommon 3,130
Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow 2 Uncommon (5/128) 20,136


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Mud rune.png Mud rune 5–30 Uncommon 1,215–7,290
Dragon arrow.png Dragon arrow 75 Rare 41,925


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy dwarf weed.png Grimy dwarf weed 4 (noted) Common 1,792


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Shark.png Shark 1 Common 921
Anchovy pizza.png Anchovy pizza 8 (noted) Common 5,936
Potato with cheese.png Potato with cheese 3 Common 1,200
Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4) 1 Common 10,056


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000.png Coins 522–4,000 Common Not sold
Silver ore.png Silver ore 40 (noted) Common 2,800
Rusty sword.png Rusty sword 1 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire.png Uncut sapphire 4 (noted) Common [A 1] 1,820
Uncut emerald.png Uncut emerald 6 (noted) Common [A 1] 4,074
Cannonball.png Cannonball 150 Uncommon 25,800
Muddy key.png Muddy key 1 Uncommon 3,307
Red dragonhide.png Red dragonhide 10 (noted) Uncommon 22,410
White berries.png White berries 10 (noted) Uncommon 4,580
Onyx bolt tips.png Onyx bolt tips 12 Uncommon 98,652
Looting bag.png Looting bag 1 Uncommon (1/30) Not sold
Slayer's enchantment.png Slayer's enchantment 1 Uncommon (1/30)[A 2] 1,661
Mysterious emblem.png Mysterious emblem 1 Uncommon (1/42.5)[A 3] 68,122
Long bone.png Long bone 1 Rare Not sold
Clue scroll (hard).png Clue scroll (hard) 1 Rare (1/128)[A 4] Not sold
Fedora.png Fedora 1 Rare (1/128) 2,677
Odium shard 2.png Odium shard 2 1 Rare (1/256)[A 5] 1,340,014
Malediction shard 2.png Malediction shard 2 1 Rare (1/256)[A 5] 2,290,550
  1. 1.0 1.1 Uncut sapphire drops with uncut emeralds
  2. Only dropped while on a slayer assignment given by Krystilia.
  3. Only dropped while on a slayer assignment given by Krystilia, unless the kill was done on the official Bounty Hunter world. Killing the Crazy archaeologist on the Bounty Hunter also increases the drop rate from 1/42.5 to 1/5.
  4. 1/64 if a Ring of wealth (i) is worn.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The drop rate is 1/256 for a specific shard, or 1/128 for any shard.

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster has access to the standard rare drop table.

Show/hide rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000.png Coins 3,000 Rare Not sold
Loop half of key.png Loop half of key 1 Rare 10,307
Tooth half of key.png Tooth half of key 1 Rare 10,840
Uncut sapphire.png Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 455
Runite bar.png Runite bar 1 Rare 12,368
Nature talisman.png Nature talisman 1 Very rare 744
Nature rune.png Nature rune 67 Very rare 14,539
Rune 2h sword.png Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,758
Rune battleaxe.png Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,487
Uncut emerald.png Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 679
Law rune.png Law rune 45 Very rare 7,470
Death rune.png Death rune 45 Very rare 9,135
Steel arrow.png Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,800
Rune arrow.png Rune arrow 42 Very rare 2,940
Adamant javelin.png Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,220
Rune sq shield.png Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,459
Dragonstone.png Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,932
Silver ore.png Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 7,000
Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,249
Rune kiteshield.png Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,015
Dragon med helm.png Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 58,488
Rune spear.png Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,933
Shield left half.png Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,697
Dragon spear.png Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,226
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,627
Rune javelin.png Rune javelin 5 Very rare 875



  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. August 25 2015. Mod Ash: "NPCs' magic defence is calculated off their Magic level, not their Defence level, and his is negligible."