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Details

Start point Quest point icon Martin the Master Gardener in Draynor Village.
Official difficulty Experienced
Description Recently, farmers around RuneScape have been noticing some trouble with their farming patches. They just don't seem to have the same yields as before. What could be the source of this malady?
Length Long
Requirements
Items required

Recommended:

Enemies to defeat Tanglefoot (level 111) *Note that Tanglefoot can be defeated with level 1 farming*

Walkthrough

Beginning the quest

Items required: None.

Martin the Master Gardener chathead
Martin the Master Gardener location

The start point.

Talk to Chat head image of Martin the Master Gardener, File:Martin the Master Gardener chathead.pngMartin the Master Gardener.

Warning: Pick-pocketing Martin will prevent the player from being able to continue the quest for 15 minutes.

He's walking around the pig pen north-west of the Link to bankbank in Link to Draynor VillageDraynor Village. He'll mention that his roses haven't been doing as well as they used to, and he suspects something's wrong. He wants you to ask the other members of G.A.G. (Group of Advanced Gardeners) if they're having the same problems he's having.

Gathering information

Items required: 5 coins (if you don't have secateurs already), Falador, Lumbridge and Varrock teleports (optional but recommended), dramen staff. (If you plan on using a canoe, bring an axe.)

Fairytale I - Growing Pains - GAG member locations

The locations for the nearest 5 G.A.G. members.

You can choose any of the gardeners near the Link to Farming#Patchesfarming patches (Link to Allotmentallotments, hops, trees or fruit trees, anywhere you could pay a farmer to watch your crops) around Link to Old School RuneScapeRuneScape. You need to talk to five of them. Ask if they are a member of the Group of Advanced Gardeners. The easiest ones to reach are:

(If you use Chat head image of Heskel, File:Heskel chathead.pngHeskel, Chat head image of Elstan, File:Elstan chathead.pngElstan, or Chat head image of Frizzy Skernip, File:Frizzy Skernip chathead.pngFrizzy, you can pick up the Item image of spade, File:spade.pngspade in the Chat head image of Estate agent, File:Estate agent chathead.pngEstate Agent's home behind the door when you pass it if you use the Item image of Falador teleport, File:Falador teleport.pngFalador teleport.)

  1. Chat head image of Heskel, File:Heskel chathead.pngHeskel, at the Link to tree patchtree patch in Link to Falador ParkFalador Park
  2. Chat head image of Elstan, File:Elstan chathead.pngElstan, at the Link to Farming/Patch locations#Allotment/Flower/Herb patchesallotment patch just south-east of Link to FaladorFalador (You can purchase farming related items, such as secateurs for 5 Coins 1coins, from Sarah in the large house south-west of Elstan.)
  3. Chat head image of Frizzy Skernip, File:Frizzy Skernip chathead.pngFrizzy Skernip, next to the bar in Link to Port SarimPort Sarim, just south of the Link to FaladorFalador cabbage patch
  4. Chat head image of Dreven, File:Dreven chathead.pngDreven, at the Link to Farming/Patch locations#Bush_patchesbush patch near the Link to Champions' GuildChampions' Guild (Teleport with the Item image of Chronicle, File:Chronicle.pngChronicle or use a Link to canoecanoe, or teleport there with a Item image of combat bracelet, File:combat bracelet.pngcombat bracelet.)
  5. Chat head image of Fayeth, File:Fayeth chathead.pngFayeth, just west of the Link to Lumbridge CastleLumbridge Castle
Note: Chat head image of Ayesha, File:Ayesha chathead.pngAyesha, the G.A.G. member that tends to cacti in Link to Al KharidAl Kharid, does not count toward your five person count during this quest.

All of them say the same thing. They've been having trouble with poor crops. They all have different explanations of what's wrong, though. However, the last person you ask will have a more interesting explanation. He or she will suggest maybe the fairies have something to do with it. While it does seem to be a bit fantastical, that would only be if it weren't for the fact that you know a few of them.

Go back to Link to Draynor VillageDraynor, and talk to Chat head image of Martin the Master Gardener, File:Martin the Master Gardener chathead.pngMartin again. After telling him about the different ideas, get your Item image of Dramen staff, File:Dramen staff.pngDramen staff and head south-east to Link to ZanarisZanaris.

Note: If you have not gotten a spade yet, do not wield your dramen staff, and take one from inside the shed before teleporting into Link to ZanarisZanaris.

Trouble in Zanaris

Items required: A Dramen staff or Lunar staff.

Fairy Godfather chathead
Fairytale I - Growing Pains - Fairy Nuff's grotto

Fairy Nuff's room just north of the bank.

Head to the Chat head image of Fairy Queen, File:Fairy Queen chathead.pngFairy Queen's chamber. It's just south of where you enter the city, in the room with the Turael chatheadSlayer master, Chat head image of Chaeldar, File:Chaeldar chathead.pngChaeldar. However, something's wrong. The queen herself is missing. Instead, someone called the "Chat head image of Fairy Godfather, File:Fairy Godfather chathead.pngFairy Godfather" is here. He'll tell you that the queen has fallen to some sort of illness. She's under the care of Chat head image of Fairy Nuff, File:Fairy Nuff chathead.pngFairy Nuff.

To find the queen, head west and go to the room to the north of the bank. Talk to Chat head image of Fairy Nuff, File:Fairy Nuff chathead.pngFairy Nuff, and she'll tell you the details of the queen's illness and give you a list to take to a wizard named Chat head image of Zandar Horfyre, File:Zandar Horfyre chathead.pngZandar Horfyre.

Investigating the illness

Items required: Symptoms list, a spade (can be found inside Draynor Manor), Falador teleport, and a charged amulet of glory (both optional but recommended).

Zandar Horfyre location

Zandar's location.

Malignius Mortifer location

Malignius's location.

To save time, it is recommended to go to Link to Draynor ManorDraynor Manor, and get the Item image of Draynor skull, File:Draynor skull.pngskull first by digging the grave behind the manor, if you're walking from Zanaris.

Go to Link to FaladorFalador, or use a Skills Necklace to teleport to the Crafting Guild to save time, and from there, travel west to the Link to Dark Wizards' TowerDark Wizards' Tower. Be aware that you will need to walk past several level 11-23 dark wizards that can be aggressive. Head up to the top floor and talk to Chat head image of Zandar Horfyre, File:Zandar Horfyre chathead.pngZandar. He'll take the symptom list and then suggest you talk to Chat head image of Malignius Mortifer, File:Malignius Mortifer chathead.pngMalignius Mortifer.

Fairytale I - Growing Pains - Grave robbing

The grave where you will find the skull

He can be found east of the Link to Crafting GuildCrafting Guild and directly south of Falador, along with a few elemental wizards. Talk to him, and he'll tell you he could probably help, but he wants something from you first. He wants a Item image of Draynor skull, File:Draynor skull.pngDraynor skull from a grave near Draynor Manor. Go to the manor and around to the back (north side, inside the fencing). Dig up the grave there. If you need a Item image of spade, File:spade.pngspade, there is one that respawns in the manor.

Blessed secateurs

Items required: 3 assigned items (possible items listed below), secateurs, an amulet of ghostspeak and the Ectophial (optional, but saves a lot of time).

Once you have the Item image of Draynor skull, File:Draynor skull.pngskull, go back to Chat head image of Malignius Mortifer, File:Malignius Mortifer chathead.pngMalignius, and give it to him. He'll tell you that the queen's problem has to do with a creature called a TanglefootTanglefoot. In order to kill it, you need to enchant a pair of Item image of secateurs, File:secateurs.pngsecateurs. To do this, Malignius will tell you to get three of the following items (he can ask for any combination of these):

Note: Be sure to read your quest description to ensure you pick the correct combination before leaving.
Fairytale I - Growing Pains - Enchanting the secateurs

The Nature Spirit enchants the secateurs using the spell Phasma Phasmatis Natura.

When you finally have the items you need, grab your Item image of Ghostspeak amulet, File:Ghostspeak amulet.pngAmulet of Ghostspeak and Item image of secateurs, File:secateurs.pngsecateurs and go to the Link to Mort Myre SwampMort Myre Swamp (you can use the Link to Kharyrll TeleportKharyrll Teleport, your Item image of Ectophial, File:Ectophial.pngEctophial and then go west, the Item image of Salve graveyard teleport, File:Salve graveyard teleport.pngSalve graveyard teleport, or the Link to Shades of Mort'tonShades of Mort'ton Link to Minigame Group Finderminigame teleport), and talk to the Chat head image of Nature Spirit, File:Nature Spirit chathead.pngNature Spirit. He'll bless your secateurs, at which point they'll take on a green glow.

Note: The Ghastghasts in the Link to Mort Myre SwampMort Myre Swamp might turn the food you carry (including anything that you can eat - Jangerberries, etc.) into rotten food, so having a Item image of druid pouch, File:druid pouch.pngdruid pouch AND a blessed sickle with you is basically a must if some, or all, of your required items are food items. If a Mort Myre Pear or Stem was one of the 3 items you needed to collect, remember not to Fill your druid pouch with them in your inventory or they will be consumed into the pouch and you'll have to gather more. Use the sickle to bloom, fill the pouch with mort myre fungus (3), then grab your items from the bank and head down the western side of the swamp.

Killing the Tanglefoot

Fairytale I - Growing Pains - Fighting Tanglefoot

Attacking the Tanglefoot.

Items required: Dramen staff, magic secateurs, food, and armour.

WARNING: If you die during the fight, all your items will be lost!

Head back to Link to ZanarisZanaris. Grab your Link to armourarmour and Link to foodfood, and make sure to bring your Item image of magic secateurs, File:magic secateurs.pngmagic secateurs. From the fairy ring, travel south-west, below the Puro-Puro field, to the mysterious ruins of the Link to Cosmic altarCosmic altar. (You can take one of two shortcuts if your Agility iconAgility is 66 or 46.) At one side of the room is a gap through the wall you can climb through. The "Gatekeeper" there should let you through.

Inside the tunnel are a couple of Baby tanglefootBaby tanglefoots, and at the end of the tunnel will be a level-111 TanglefootTanglefoot - wield your magic secateurs to kill it. If you have the Link to Protect from MeleeProtect from Melee prayer, it is recommended to use it.

Note: The TanglefootTanglefoot can be a tough fight due to the restriction of using only magic secateurs; however, by employing a Link to Flinchinghit-and-run strategy, you can avoid getting hit, as the enemy seems to avoid certain parts of the cave. A Item image of ring of recoil, File:ring of recoil.pngring of recoil can be used to speed up the fight, however the killing blow must come from the secateurs. The Tanglefoot has a maximum hit of 11. With full Link to Rune equipment#Armourrune, 50 Attack iconAttack and 50 Strength iconStrength, this boss can be easily defeated with a full inventory of decent food, no prayer, and 1 Farming iconFarming. If you have Protect from Melee, you won't need any food. However, if you do die during the fight, the area is instanced, so you will lose your items! Once you have defeated the Tanglefoot, make sure to grab the Queen's secateurs before leaving the tunnel.
Note: The second row of tiles north after the big mushroom in the big room where Tanglefoot is situated, is the row that resets its aggro, which you use for the Hit and run strategy.
Important note for low level players: Even with magic secateurs equipped due to the formula that calculates the damage you deal against Tanglefoot, if your combined Strength level, Farming level and equipment strength is too low, you will not be able to damage the Tanglefoot and will keep hitting 0s (this is not you missing; this is your damage dealt being less than 0.5 and as a result rounded down to 0). It is recommended that your Strength and Farming levels add up to at least 30+ and to use easy to obtain Strength-boosting equipment such as an Item image of Amulet of strength, File:Amulet of strength.pngAmulet of strength, Item image of Climbing boots, File:Climbing boots.pngClimbing boots, etc.

Once you have defeated the Tanglefoot, and have the Queen's secateurs in your inventory, head back to the Chat head image of Fairy Godfather, File:Fairy Godfather chathead.pngFairy Godfather, and speak with him once again.

Congratulations! Quest completed!

Rewards

Fairytale I - Growing Pains reward scroll

Required for completing

Completion of Fairytale I - Growing Pains is required for the following:

Trivia

  • Upon clicking "Examine" on the Item image of Draynor skull, File:Draynor skull.pngDraynor skull, the pun "I shouldn't joke, this is a grave matter." appears in the chatbox.
  • If completing this quest at level 1 Farming, the experience reward is enough to get you to level 17.
  • "Fairy Nuff", when read out loud, can be heard as "Fair enough".
  • You cannot kill Tanglefoot with Item image of Ring of recoil, File:Ring of recoil.pngrings of recoil.
  • You must have a Strength level greater than 6 to kill Tanglefoot, no matter your Farming level.
  • Fairy Nuff put the Queen in the "Tempus fugit" state, which will make the time slow down for the Queen. "Tempus fugit" is latin, and can be translated to "Time flies".
  • The "Fairy Godfather" speaks in an Italian accent, as a reference to "The Godfather".
  • The Fairy Godfather's bodyguard is called Fat Rocco which is most likely a crossed reference to Peter 'Fat Pete' Clemenza and Rocco Lampone – caporegimes from "The Godfather".
  • Before handing the Symptoms List to Zandar Horfyre, he gets mad at the player for attacking his fellow Dark Wizards, even while having never done so or set foot into his tower beforehand.