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The deranged archaeologist is a demi-boss located on Fossil Island, at the southern end of the Tar Swamp. An axe is required to reach him.

He's exactly the same as the Crazy archaeologist in terms of combat and attack - he throws books as a ranged attack, and punches and kicks nearby players. As his special attack, it's fairly the same, except he yells "Learn to Read!", and that the orange books deal much more damage.

If he is fighting a player, but cannot attack them (either due to safespotting or he cannot "see" them), it will prompt him to yell "No hiding!", causing the player to take heavy damage.
Fighting Deranged archaeologist

A player damaged by the deranged archaeologist's special attack.

Quotes

  • "Round and round and round and round!"
  • "The plants! They're alive!"
  • "They came from the ground! They came from the ground!!!"
  • "Learn to Read!"
  • "The doors won't stay closed forever!"
  • "They're cheering! Why are they cheering?"
  • "Time is running out! She will rise again!"
  • "No hiding!"
  • "Oh!" (death)

Drops

100%

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Bones Bones 1 Always 48

Weapons/Armour

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Black d'hide body Black d'hide body 1 Common 7,292
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,786
Rune sword Rune sword 1 Uncommon 12,169
Rune mace Rune mace 1 Uncommon 8,234
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,120

Runes/Ammunition

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Water rune Water rune 100; 200 Common 500–1,000
Mud rune Mud rune 40 Common 9,880
Rune knife Rune knife 25 Uncommon 7,050
Dragon arrow 5 Dragon arrow 60 Uncommon 31,080

Food/Potions

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Plain pizza Plain pizza 1 Common 471
Anchovy pizza Anchovy pizza 2 Common 1,244
Prayer potion(3) Prayer potion(3) 1 Common 7,835
Shark Shark 2 Uncommon 1,582
Potato with cheese Potato with cheese 3 Uncommon 966

Others

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Crystal key Crystal key 1 Uncommon 20,793
Runite limbs Runite limbs 1 Uncommon 9,339
White berries White berries 10 (noted) Uncommon 3,100
Cannonball Cannonball 80 Uncommon 12,480
Black dragonhide Black dragonhide 8 (noted) Uncommon 23,352
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 4 (noted) Uncommon 2,404
Gold ore Gold ore 10 (noted) Uncommon 2,800
Onyx bolt tips 5 Onyx bolt tips 6 Rare 48,570
Long bone Long bone 1 Rare Not sold
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare Not sold

Fossils

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Numulite 25 Numulite 5–115 Common (108/175=62%) 100–2,300
Unidentified small fossil Unidentified small fossil 1 Uncommon (6/175=3.4%) Not sold
Unidentified medium fossil Unidentified medium fossil 1 Uncommon (3/175=1.7%) Not sold
Unidentified large fossil Unidentified large fossil 1 Uncommon (12/875=1.37%) Not sold
Unidentified rare fossil Unidentified rare fossil 1 Rare (3/875=0.34%) Not sold

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster has access to the standard rare drop table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000 Coins 3,000 Rare Not sold
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Rare 10,422
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Rare 9,630
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 517
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Rare 12,330
Rare drop table talisman Unknown talisman
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1 Very rare Error
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Very rare 16,147
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,786
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,527
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 684
Law rune Law rune 45 Very rare 8,100
Death rune Death rune 45 Very rare 9,360
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,800
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 2,982
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,480
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,575
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,652
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 6,100
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,381
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,092
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 59,120
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,899
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,380
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,954
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,869
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Very rare 885

Trivia

  • Upon release, the Deranged Archaeologist dropped uncharged amulet of glories at an uncommon rate. As the amulet of glory is one of the most coveted ironman items (which had high requirements - either 83 Hunter to catch dragon implings, or 80 Crafting to create), this caused player complaints about making it far too easy to obtain. This was changed and now he drops crystal keys instead.
  • Upon release, the Deranged Archaeologist could be safespotted. To counter this, Jagex added an attack (indicated by him shouting No hiding!), allowing him to damage players if he cannot attack them.
  • The examine text is a reference to the "Tears in Rain" monologue from the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner.

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