Location on World Map
[[Shantay Pass]]
[[Desert Mining Camp]] Pollnivneach [[Nardah]]
[[Agility Pyramid]]

Pollnivneach is the largest city in the Kharidian Desert, most likely because it is by the River Elid. The city is near the western bank of the River Elid, in the middle of the Kharidian Desert. It can be reached by walking or by riding a Magic carpet, as well as by several other means. In the city, players no longer require water to avoid damage from the heat of the Kharidian Desert, and water is readily available in the city to refill Waterskins, for free at wells and for a small cost at the general store.

Pollnivneach was re-popularized after the release of the quest Smoking Kills, as a major slayer master was placed in the city.

Pollnivneach features extensively in The Feud quest and is also very important for the Smoking Kills quest and the Rogue Trader activity. It has a general store shop, a kebab shop and other points of interest. It is also notable that every person in the city, excluding the Menaphite thugs, the Bandits and Slayer Master Sumona, is named "Ali", as is at least one animal (Ali Cat).

Pollnivneach has a reputation for being crime infested and violent. The Menaphite and Bandit gangs are the source of the conflict which engulfs Pollnivneach. The Bandits control the northern half of the city, while the Menaphites control the southern half. Both gangs are constantly engaged in a turf war and hold much influence and power over the entire city, including the mayor. The gang rivalry may be a bad influence on the city's children, as the Street Urchin, for example, can be quite willing to aid and abet strangers in stealing, pickpocketing and mugging throughout the city.


  • Players can walk to Pollnivneach from Shantay Pass. Go south/south-east from the pass.
  • If players have their house portal in Pollnivneach, they can use the House Teleport spell to reach their house and then exit through the portal. If the Love Story quest has been completed, players can use a Pollnivneach tablet (made from a chipped House Teleport tablet) to teleport to the Pollnivneach house portal, even if their house is located elsewhere.
  • Slayer rings teleport to the house of slayer master Sumona. (They do not teleport to the Desert Slayer Dungeon as some players believe. To reach the dungeon, go south a block from Sumona's house and climb down the well. A Facemask or other protection from the dungeon's smoke is required for the player to avoid taking damage.)
  • There are some Fairy rings somewhat near Pollnivneach. Ring DLQ is in the desert hunting area near Nardah; from there either use the Nardah carpet or walk north-west to the upper river bridge, cross it and then walk south-west to the city. Ring BIQ is near the entrance to the Kalphite Lair; from there use the Shantay Pass carpet or walk east/south-east to the city.
  • The Eagle transport system flies to a cave near the Uzer Hunter area. From there, either walk south-east to Uzer and use the carpet, or walk south-west to the upper river bridge, cross it and walk south-west to Pollnivneach.
  • There are some other ways to reach the city, such as going to Dorgesh-Kaan, using the shortcut in the dungeon beneath the agility course there to reach the Kalphite Lair and from there having the same choices as for using Fairy Ring code BIQ.
  • Taverley Home Teleport, then go to Ruth Savage in the adjacent pub, The Pick and Lute. Right-click on her and click "Get-Recommendation," then click "See more" to open up her list of tasks. By choosing "Right From Under His Beard," you can teleport to a point in the north of Pollnivneach.
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The wonderful view of a Pollnivneach mayor's house.


Pollnivneach hosts many monsters. Some of these monsters are human while some, outside of the city, are not.


  • Menaphites came to Pollnivneach some time ago and have been trouble there ever since. They are in constant battle with the Bandits and add to the city's crime rate. As monsters, they are not aggressive towards players. Menaphites populate the southern part of the city. All have a combat level of 55, except one at level 75, so they can be dangerous to lower-levelled players who attack them.
  • Bandits were hired to rid the city of the Menaphites but turned out to be no better than the Menaphites. The city tried to get rid of them, but they refused to leave and are now in constant battle with the Menaphites. As monsters, they are not aggressive towards players. Bandits populate the northern side of city. They may be fairly dangerous to lower levelled players. They have combat levels 41 and 56, with the exception of one level 70, so they can be dangerous to lower-levelled players who attack them.

A view of one of the rival's headquarters.


  • Desert snakes can be found in the desert near the city. Being only combat level 5, not poisonous and not aggressive, they are not a threat to anyone except the most careless of low-level players. Desert heat can be much more of threat outside the city.
  • Crocodiles inhabit the river bank south of the city. They are aggressive and, at combat level 63, can be dangerous to lower-level players. Desert heat is also a threat in this area, and players need to carry a water source if they wish to avoid meeting an unpleasant end.

A Tour of the City

North-western Region


One of the many alleyways.

Northern Region

Western Hill

Central Region


A refreshing bar.

Southern Region


  • A smoking well, which is the entrance to the Smoke Dungeon is west of the southern part of the city, just around the spur of a hill. The well is in the desert, where water is required to avoid damage from the Desert heat. A Facemask or other protection is also required in the dungeon, to avoid taking damage from the smoke there.
  • A Summoning Obelisk is south of the city, in a cave across the River Elid. Go south of the city, cross the river at the bridge, and go east to reach the cave. This is a major obelisk, where players can make Pouches and Scrolls as well as recharging Summoning points. There is no Summoning shop at this obelisk. When just recharging summoning points, the small obelisk by north-western Pollnivneach is much closer to the city and thus is likely more convenient.

Lack of some facilities

Pollnivneach is an interesting, useful city, but it lacks some important facilities, which makes it difficult for players to use the city as a base of operations.

  • No Bank, so players cannot store or retrieve their items. One solution to this problem is to use the magic carpets to fly between Pollnivneach and Nardah, using the bank there. Players short of money, may find the carpet fees prohibitive. If so, killing Goats in the desert outside Nardah and selling their Desert goat horn drops on the Grand Exchange can be useful. The quickest banking solution involves using Rings of duelling to teleport to the bank chest at Castle Wars (or a suitable home teleport) and then using Teleport to House to return to Pollnivneach. However, this is available only to members who have a Construction level of 20 or more, so that they can locate their house at the Pollnivneach portal. Alternatively players with the ability to create summoning rings can TP direct to Sumona.
  • No Altar, so players cannot recharge their Prayer points. While players could rely on Prayer potions, this can be expensive for some. After completing the Spirits of the Elid quest, players can use the magic carpets to fly between Pollnivneach and Nardah, using the Statuette in Nardah to recharge prayer points (the statuette also briefly boosts players' life points to above their maximum). The quickest praying solution involves teleporting to place with a neaby altar and then teleporting back to Pollnivneach using Teleport to House, as above. Lumbridge and Lumbridge Home teleports arrive near an altar. A Ring of duelling teleport to the Duel Arena is moderately close to the altar there. The quickest would likely be to an altar in a Chapel at a Player-owned house (level 45 Construction is required to build a chapel).


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The kebab shop sign.

  • When Pollnivneach was first added to the game, the sign on the kebab shop consisted of several Arabic letters. For reasons of political correctness,Template:Cn Jagex later replaced this with a picture of a camel's head spitting fire.
  • It is possible to run from Shantay Pass to Pollnivneach without taking a single drink of water.
  • There is a safe in Pollnivneach that relates to The Feud quest.
  • Almost everybody in Pollnivneach is named Ali.
  • There is a minor glitch that occasionally happens when players travelling via the Magic Rugs from Shantay Pass arrive at Pollnivneach, during the landing animation it will show an overview of the top of one of the buildings towards the middle of the city.
  • The word Pollnivneach may have been derived from the Russian word "половина" (pol-lo-vee-na) which means "half" as it is in the middle of the desert, thus halving it.
  • It's also possible that the word Pollnivneach is a trivia of "Peach 'n Ollive".
  • All of the residents wear Turbans (excluding Sumona, the Menaphite thugs and Ali Cat).
  • One of the only places safe from the heat is within this city.

The bedroom with the safe (behind the picture).

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