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.


  • "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)



Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Bones Bones 1 Always 83


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Black d'hide body Black d'hide body 1 Common 7,401
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,864
Rune sword Rune sword 1 Uncommon 12,135
Rune mace Rune mace 1 Uncommon 8,148
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,890


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Water rune Water rune 100; 200 Common 500–1,000
Mud rune Mud rune 40 Common 10,640
Rune knife Rune knife 25 Uncommon 8,150
Dragon arrow 5 Dragon arrow 60 Uncommon 33,000


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Plain pizza Plain pizza 1 Common 600
Anchovy pizza Anchovy pizza 2 Common 1,472
Prayer potion(3) Prayer potion(3) 1 Common 7,554
Shark Shark 2 Uncommon 1,922
Potato with cheese Potato with cheese 3 Uncommon 1,191


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Crystal key Crystal key 1 Uncommon 21,856
Runite limbs Runite limbs 1 Uncommon 9,389
White berries White berries 10 (noted) Uncommon 3,820
Cannonball Cannonball 80 Uncommon 13,840
Black dragonhide Black dragonhide 8 (noted) Uncommon 23,960
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 4 (noted) Uncommon 1,800
Gold ore Gold ore 10 (noted) Uncommon 2,030
Onyx bolt tips 5 Onyx bolt tips 6 Rare 49,452
Long bone Long bone 1 Rare Not sold
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare Not sold


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 10,242
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Rare 11,024
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 429
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Rare 12,417
Rare drop table talisman Unknown talisman
(please specify)
1 Very rare Error
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Very rare 15,075
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,864
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,472
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 691
Law rune Law rune 45 Very rare 8,280
Death rune Death rune 45 Very rare 9,180
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,800
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 3,192
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,260
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,512
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,820
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 8,000
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,279
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,067
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 58,890
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,941
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,554
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,107
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,618
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Very rare 870


  • 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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