Barrows is a members only, combat-based minigame in which you do battle against six powerful brother spirits (seven if you have completed the Ritual of the Mahjarrat quest) for a chance to receive a piece of their armour. It can be played by adventurers of all levels and is not only quite enjoyable for many people but also profitable. As such, this guide will cater to all kinds of players.
Note: You cannot use Summoning familiars or the Dwarf multicannon during the Barrows minigame.
Below is a list of requirements to play the Barrows minigame as well as some suggested requirements. Note that it is not necessary to bring a spade to enter the tombs of the brothers.Required Quests
Barrows can be attempted with levels below these, however you may find it difficult to do multiple trips without banking or even one trip without banking.
Although the Barrows are accessible on foot, the route is seldom used due to its length and the presence of ghasts throughout the swamp. A number of faster alternatives exist for those who have completed the suggested quests. These are shown on the following map.
The Barrows Brothers
Upon arrival at the Barrows you will notice there are six mounds which are home to the six (or seven) Barrows Brothers. In order to access the tombs under the mounds where the brothers reside you can use the spades provided at each mound to dig while standing atop the mound of the Brother you wish to fight. You should be aware that when you enter a brother's tomb, your prayer will start to drain at a speed dependent on the number of brothers you have killed.
Below are profiles of all seven of the brothers you can fight, including the special effect their armour set has and a very basic information for them. For more detailed information on how to fight them, see the tactics section.
Click on the name of the Barrows Brother whose profile you want to view:
Ahrim the Blighted | Dharok the Wretched | Guthan the Infested | Karil the Tainted
Torag the Corrupted | Verac the Defiled
Akrisae the Doomed
Akrisae the Doomed is the seventh Barrows Brother and is only available to players who have completed the Ritual of the Mahjarrat quest. Rather than having his own tomb, Akrisae shares one with Verac.
Every time a Barrows run is started, a random brother's coffin will be chosen as the entrance to the underground tunnels. Instead of having the brother appear to fight you, you will be given the option to descend into these tunnels. It is here that the chest containing your rewards is located. Your goal will be to make your way to the centre room without the aid of a minimap while having your prayer be drained by the previously defeated brothers. Note that as long as you do not open the chest inside, you may enter and exit the tunnels freely without resetting your progress.
Opening doors will cause random monsters to spawn. These may either be a crypt rat (level 43), a bloodworm (level 52), a skeleton (level 77), or the Barrows Brother whose crypt you are currently in. Once defeated, the brother will not appear again. All the creatures that may be found in the tunnels are listed below.
Three of the four doors leading to the centre room will be locked, while the remaining one will be a puzzle door. The puzzle must be solved in order to proceed to the chest room. Answering the puzzle incorrectly will reset which of the doors are locked. The answers to the puzzles are provided below:
If you did not already defeat him, the crypt's corresponding brother will appear when you attempt to open the chest. Once he is defeated, you may claim your prize. To leave, you may teleport or make your way back to the ladder. More detailed information on the rewards can be found in the rewards section.
Barrows can be played by players of all levels and as a result there are many acceptable set-ups that can be used. For this section, set-ups have been split up into low level, mid level and high level. You can of course use any of the set-ups if you have the equipment for it, but you may find them less effective (particularly if you're a high level player).
Note: Players who have access to Akrisae the Doomed should bring at least two combat styles with them unless they are using the Salamander method.
These methods are the safest ways to kill the Brothers which is ideal for low levelled players or players new to the minigame, however some higher levelled players continue to use these methods due to their ease.
Barrows is an easy minigame to pick up so after a few runs you will probably be confident enough to move to more aggressive set-ups, assuming you have the levels.
With experience and high levels a Barrows run can be very fast. With good gear, soul split, overloads and special restore potions it is possible to stay at Barrows for over an hour.
The order in which you tackle the Brothers can have a significant effect on your trip, the wrong choice could slow you down considerably, or even permanently if you die. The most efficient means of doing Barrows is to start at either Dharok and work your way round clockwise or Verac and go anti-clockwise. If you find yourself struggling with a particular brother's attacks, you may want to tweak your kill order so you deal with him while you have prayer or consider drinking an extra dose of Prayer potion. Players using Void armour, may wish to use Soul split against Ahrim and Akrisae to maintain their health.
Tunnel Brother: If your tunnel brother is either Karil, Dharok or Ahrim it is a good idea to have at least one dose of Prayer potion on you as they could bring a fairly swift end to your trip (particularly Karil). Anyone else you should be able to tank with relative ease. If you have some special attack available then unleash Korasi's sword's special on your tunnel brother, if not stick with Slayer dart unless it's Ahrim, in which case using melee will probably be your best option.
Tunnel Brother: If your unlucky, your tunnel brother will be Karil and you will have to pray against him. For any of the melee brothers you can just freeze them in place and attack them from a safe distance. Ahrim should not pose too many problems, but you may want to carry a dose of Prayer potion just incase.
Tunnel Brother: Karil is the only brother you will have to pray against, assuming you're freezing the brothers, depending on your confidence and freezing ability you may need to pray against Dharok when he's near death too. As in the tombs, freeze the brothers and side-step them to avoid taking damage. Ahrim could cause you problems so if you're worried about him, just carry an extra dose of Prayer potion.
Tunnel Brother: Karil is once again the only brother who could cause you problems here, but you should not need any prayer. Take down your tunnel brother with Korasi's sword's special attack and your melee weapon should the special attacks fail to kill him. If Dharok is your tunnel brother, keep a watchful eye on your health. You may want to hurt him with your melee weapon before you attack him with Korasi's sword to help ensure he dies
Tunnel Brother: Once again Karil is the threat, even more so with the lack of defence Void armour provides. With a full special attack bar, Korasi's sword's special attack should be able to kill (or near enough) any of the brothers so you should not have too much difficulty there.
These set-ups are just suggestions and by no means definitive as skill levels can have quite a significant effect on fighting the brothers. It is therefore a good idea to experiment with orders and set-ups to find out which works best for you. With the right set-up, strategy and high skill levels it is possible to do a trip in under 5 minutes.
Prayer is one of the most important tools in Barrows as without it, you will probably struggle to survive for more than a couple of trips. The obvious way to restore prayer is through prayer potions because they're convenient, however after completing the Branches of Darkmeyer quest a much better way of restoring prayer becomes available. For this method you will require the following:
The idea here is that after opening the chest, you teleport to either the Monastery south of Ardougne using the cloak or teleport to your house if you have an altar there. Once you have recharged your prayer you can use the medallion to teleport you directly back to Barrows. The medallion permits 10 teleports from outside of Morytania and it can be recharged just south of the Burgh de Rott bank, which it can teleport you too.
Safe-spotting the Brothers
The use of Ancient Magicks to freeze the melee Barrows Brothers is a good way to cut down on prayer usage and it makes it considerably safer for lower levels too. If you are using magic to attack the brothers then safe-spotting using ice spells is easy, however if you are using the Salamander method then it's slightly more risky as it is a close range weapon.
The number of attacks you can get in before the brother is able to move again depends on the spell used:
Obviously, where the number of attacks is not a whole number you should round it down for safety, therefore the Ice Rush spell is not really worth using. Ice Barrage is also not worth using due to its high cost, instead you would be better off drinking a dose of prayer potion.
The exception to this method of safe-spotting is Dharok as during the short time he is un-frozen he can hit you hard. The safest way to freeze Dharok is to run around the other side of his sarcophagus and freeze him from there. It is therefore a good idea to count how many attacks you have landed so you know when to run for cover. When you cast your spell, your character will run back round the sarcophagus, but the spell will hit Dharok before he gets to you. Beware of your ice spells splashing; using the in-game XP tracker is a good way to see if they have hit or not.
Using the Barrows Amulet
The Barrows Amulet is a possible reward from the Barrows Chest, and can be used on a brother's sarcophagus to skip having to defeat their spirit. Once used, the amulet shatters, and the brother's name is added to the slain list. You may skip a maximum of three brothers per run through of the minigame. Thirty untradeable amulets are received upon completion of the Missing, Presumed Death quest.
The main target for people playing the Barrows minigame is an item of Barrows armour from the chest at the end. The likelihood of receiving a piece of Barrows armour from the chest is affected by how many of the brothers you kill before you loot the chest. It is worth noting for those that have access to Akrisae that your chance of receiving a piece of Barrows armour is not increased beyond killing the sixth brother, therefore you may want to skip the brother whose armour pieces are worth the least.
Contrary to popular belief, your kill count in the tunnels has no effect on your chances of getting a piece of Barrows armour. Instead it effects the runes and bolt racks you get from the chest, the higher the kill count the higher your chances are of getting better rune drops and more bolt racks. That being said, many players do not bother with kill count as the rewards do not usually warrant the time spent killing monsters.
You can obtain any of the following items from the rewards chest:
Some items are only available once you have obtained a certain kill count, these are as follows:
Barrows Armour Basics
Barrows armour is some of the best armour for its price currently available in game, however unlike more conventional armours it does degrade after 15 hours of combat. Once it has degraded to 0 you will receive an in-game message and it will lose all its stats and you will no longer be able to equip it unless already doing so. In order to repair it you can visit one of the following four NPCs who will charge a small fee for each item:
Alternatively, you can repair them in your own home using an armour stand but there is still a charge for this. The cost of repairing your armour depends on your smithing level, the higher you are the cheaper it is.
At level 100 Smithing (using the Smithing skill cape), the cost of repairing your armour is half the price of repairing it at level 1 Smithing.
Good luck and happy hunting!
Original Guide by: Deadman Andy & chenw
Revised Guide by: BloodAngel
Special thanks to: Quyneax, Warriormonkx
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Last updated on: 2-Dec-2014
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