Pyramid Plunder Guide
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The northern-most temple in Sophanem is home to the Pyramid Plunder minigame. In this game you use your thieving skills to search Sarcophagi, Urns, and Chests to claim rewards. You will have five minutes to search as many places as you can and collect treasure. The temple is full of trinkets that can be traded for cash, and occasionally the Sarcophagi or Golden Chests will contain a golden Pharaoh's Sceptre. See the rewards section for more details.
Requirements & Equipment
The only requirements to play Pyramid Plunder are:
Very little equipment is actually necessary to play Pyramid Plunder as it is not particularly dangerous to most players who have access to it. The primary focus is on curing poison and keeping yourself alive which mid to high level players can do with the use of the Enhanced excalibur and an Anti-poison totem. For players who do not have access to these, Bunyips and antipoison potions can be used (preferably those that provide immunity for a short while).
Armour is not required, however some players choose to wear armour to provide some protection from Mummies and Scarabs. Due to its lightness, Dragonhide armour is a fairly popular choice but heavy armour can be worn by those with a good Agility level.
*The capes are fairly interchangeable, most players will not need the weight reduction from the Hunter capes however there is little evidence that the Ardougne cloak works in Pyramid Plunder. An alternate option is to wear a cape with a high prayer bonus.
As mentioned the Jalsavrah pyramid where the Pyramid Plunder minigame takes place is located within the city of Sophanem at the southern most point of the Kharidian Desert. Unless one has a Pharaoh's sceptre or a Sceptre of the Gods it is not quick to get to and there are few means of getting there.
When you enter Sophanem you will see a temple directly south of the gate. This temple has an entrance, leading to a small chamber, on each side. The Guardian Mummy, who starts the minigame, will only be in one of the four chambers, so you need to move from one entrance to another until you find him standing in the chamber. Occasionally when opening a door, you will get hit by a hand and take some damage, the Mummy is in that chamber. Once you find the Mummy speak to him or right click him to play the minigame. The Mummy will remain in his chamber for approximately 15 minutes at which point he will randomly move to another one.
Upon starting the minigame you will find yourself in a chamber with Urns, a Golden Chest, and one Sarcophagus. Near the entrance to each room is a spear trap that must be disabled before you can access the urns. If you fail to disable it you will suffer some damage. Once you are past the speartrap you can use your thieving level to loot Urns, Sarcophagi, and the Golden Chest.
The Urns will give only trinkets, while the Sarcophagus and Golden Chest on each level will give either trinkets or the Pharaoh's Sceptre. Once you have finished in a room, attempt to open each of the four doors until you find the one that moves you to the next room. If someone is in the same room as you and finds the door to the next room, it will be the same door for you. After your five minutes are up you will be transported back to the outside of the Pyramid along with any trinkets or items you obtained.
It is worth noting that if another player enters the pyramid while you are in it the doors will reset. This means you may end up having to try all the doors in the room you are in again (you will not gain additional experience for this).
In total there are 8 rooms to plunder, each requiring you to be 10 thieving levels higher than the previous room required. The final room, which requires 91 thieving to enter, is home to the Engraved Sarcophagus which is the only way to obtain the Sceptre of the Gods.
While playing the Pyramid Plunder minigame you will get thieving experience for avoiding traps and opening chests. You will get more experience if you don't use a lockpick or snake charm, but they can make plundering easier. There are three different ways to loot the urns, with different speed, safety and thieving experience points:
If you open a sarcophagus, you get some strength experience from pushing the heavy lid off.
Note: Opening the Engraved Sarcophagus in the 8th room grants you 275 Runecrafting experience.
For players with over 91 thieving, Pyramid Plunder is one of the best ways of training the skill with xp rates of around 240k experience per hour possible. For lower levels there are better methods of training, however many do find plundering enjoyable regardless. There are two popular methods for Pyramid Plunder, both are identical up until the penultimate room you have access to.
The aim is to get to your penultimate room as quickly as possible so just head straight for the doors when you get into a room (you can open the Golden Chests if you want, however this is not recommended for players with a high thieving level). Once you reach your second to last room, there are two options:
Option 1: This is the better of the two options as it offers more experience and is most often quicker, however you do stand to take more damage from snakes. The idea is to search around half of the urns in the room before proceeding to your final room. As there are an odd number of urns in all but one of the rooms it is better to try and search 7 urns, although if pushed for time 6 is ok. Once the urns have been searched, open the golden chest and head to the final room.
Option 2: This method sacrifices speed and experience for safety. Rather than searching half the urns, check all the urns in the room for snakes and open the golden chest before heading to the final room. For higher levelled thieves this tends to leave very little time for the last room, particularly if you have had bad luck with doors so it is not recommended.
You should aim to get to your final room with about 2 minutes to go. Once you have arrived in your final room, check all the urns for snakes before searching them for trinkets and open the golden chest. If you have time you can open the sarcophagus, however if other players are around this tends to be frowned upon as it can unleash an aggressive Mummy.
Players, particularly those with a low thieving level, may find themselves finishing their final room with a lot of time left. If this happens consistently you may want to consider opening more urns in your penultimate room to boost your experience.
Using the Pharaoh's Sceptre or Sceptre of the Gods to teleport to the Guardian Mummy after each run is advised. To ensure you are able to recharge your sceptre it is a good idea to keep hold of any gold trinkets you get while plundering in your inventory as fewer gold trinkets are required to recharge your sceptre.
Below is a list of all trinkets that you can collect in the minigame as well as how much Simon Templeton will pay for them. Just take the trinkets (he will accept them in note form) to Simon, who is near the Agility Pyramid, and he will pay you the price listed. Although Simon will offer you 100 gp for the Sceptre, it is worth much more than that. Most of the items can be sold on the Grand Exchange.
*Note that this item is only obtainable while wearing a Ring of Wealth.
The Pharaoh's Sceptre
The Pharaoh's Sceptre is obtained from either the Sarcophagus or the Golden Chest. It is a random chance, but the likelihood increases as you make it to higher levels of the Pyramid. The Sceptre has combat bonuses and teleportation bonuses. Below is a chart with all bonuses that the Sceptre provides.
In addition to the attack bonuses, you can use the Sceptre to teleport to:
The Sceptre, like an enchanted Glory Amulet, only has a certain number of charges before it must be recharged. The Sceptre can hold three charges. Once you have used the three charges go and see the Guardian Mummy with 24 combs or pottery trinkets, 12 stone trinkets, 6 gold trinkets, or 1 jewelled golden statuette to recharge your Sceptre.
The Sceptre of the Gods
Exceptionally skilled thieves who manage to make it into the final room in Pyramid Plunder will find an Engraved Sarcophagus tucked into the walls. You will be able to rob this sarcophagus with a Runecrafting level of 75, earning 275 Runecrafting XP in the process, and with enough luck, you might find the Sceptre of the Gods. Like the Pharaoh's Sceptre, the Sceptre of the Gods offers combat and teleportation bonuses, listed below.
The Sceptre of the Gods functions like the Pharaoh's Sceptre, except that it can hold up to 10 teleportation charges instead of 3. Like the Pharaoh's Sceptre, it will need recharging after its charges have been expended. The Guardian Mummy will graciously recharge your Sceptre of the Gods for you if you return him some of the trinkets you stole, offering a full recharge in a manner similar to that of the Pharaoh's Sceptre. You may use a Jewelled diamond statuette with the Sceptre of the Gods to recharge it yourself without having to speak to the mummy. Otherwise, he will accept items in the combinations of either a Jewelled golden statuette and 4 regular gold artifacts, 10 regular Gold Artefacts, or 20 Stone Artefacts.
In addition, wielding the Sceptre of the Gods whilst in Pyramid Plunder will reveal four more urns, two in each of the last two rooms. When looting these urns, the odds of finding better loot are increased.
Finally, while wielding the Sceptre of the Gods, your chances of finding the extremely rare Black Ibis gear will be increased.
Black Ibis Clothing
The garb of a shadowy secret society, Black Ibis clothing can be found hidden in the urns of the Pyramid. Whilst searching the urns or the sarcophagi in the Pyramid, you will have a small chance of finding this equipment. If you have been lucky enough to find a Sceptre of the Gods, wielding this while searching the urns or sarcophagi will increase your chances of finding Black Ibis clothing.
The chances of finding Black Ibis gear is the same throughout the pyramid so if experience is not important to you, you can just search all the urns in the first few rooms. Even with the Sceptre of the Gods, Black Ibis clothing is very rare so do not be disheartened if it takes a while to find a piece. When you find a piece of Black Ibis clothing you will get a message and it will be placed on the floor.
When worn while practising thieving, Black Ibis clothing will provide a bonus to your thieving XP, based on which pieces of it you are wearing. Additionally, wearing the full set will give you an additional XP boost. This bonus will stack with other thieving XP boosts. However, this boost will not function in Pyramid Plunder or while Blackjacking. Black Ibis clothing offers no equipment bonuses, and cannot be traded. The thieving XP boosts it offers are listed below.
Original Guide by: abomb67
Revised Guide by: BloodAngel
Thanks to: abomb67, Baffler, Dogfever, Esper_Jones, Guyx5000, Idunedain, Koddo, mchainmail, Misplacedme, mypapillons, Oldstyle, Omnitec, Paw_Claw, pokemama, soult_tar, thingummywut, SportsGuy, Sy_Accursed, Vhellcat, Vulxai, Warriormonkx
Last updated by: Warriormonkx
Last updated: 26-Nov-2013
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