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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 83

Weapons/Armour

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Black d'hide body Black d'hide body 1 Common 7,452
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,760
Rune sword Rune sword 1 Uncommon 12,122
Rune mace Rune mace 1 Uncommon 8,238
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,828

Runes/Ammunition

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Water rune Water rune 100; 200 Common 500–1,000
Mud rune Mud rune 40 Common 10,400
Rune knife Rune knife 25 Uncommon 8,850
Dragon arrow 5 Dragon arrow 60 Uncommon 34,140

Food/Potions

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Plain pizza Plain pizza 1 Common 845
Anchovy pizza Anchovy pizza 2 Common 1,998
Prayer potion(3) Prayer potion(3) 1 Common 10,159
Shark Shark 2 Uncommon 2,438
Potato with cheese Potato with cheese 3 Uncommon 1,503

Others

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Crystal key Crystal key 1 Uncommon 20,158
Runite limbs Runite limbs 1 Uncommon 9,420
White berries White berries 10 (noted) Uncommon 3,190
Cannonball Cannonball 80 Uncommon 15,360
Black dragonhide Black dragonhide 8 (noted) Uncommon 25,256
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 4 (noted) Uncommon 2,048
Gold ore Gold ore 10 (noted) Uncommon 1,900
Onyx bolt tips 5 Onyx bolt tips 6 Rare 49,428
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%) 95–2,185
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 also has access to the rare drop table.

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000 Coins 3,000 Common Not sold
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Common 9,855
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Common 9,529
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Common 572
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Common 445
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 676
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,312
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 1,233
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Uncommon 4,950
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Uncommon 3,024
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Uncommon 615
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Uncommon 900
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,522
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Uncommon 19,162
Law rune Law rune 45 Uncommon 9,180
Death rune Death rune 45 Uncommon 10,935
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,467
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,760
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Uncommon 22,532
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Uncommon 6,800
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Uncommon 12,022
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Rare 2,733
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,828
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,095
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Rare 11,966
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Rare 65,573
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Rare 37,805


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 in 1982 film Blade Runner.

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