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Araxxor is an enormous araxyte spider who lives in the Araxyte hive, a cave beneath the Haunted Woods, just south of Port Phasmatys. He can be fought alone or with a friend, although he is considerably stronger if fought with a friend. His drops include components for three level 90 two-handed weapons, one for each combat style, along with a pet, with multiple skins to be unlocked for the pet through achievements.

One can influence the flow of the battle oneself; the deepest part of the Araxyte hive can be reached via three potential paths, and in order to defeat him the player must lure Araxxor along one of these paths and onto the platform at the end of the hive. The player must choose from one of the available paths at the beginning of the fight by burning one of the giant webs near the entrance of the hive and waiting one minute until the chosen path becomes available. The player's choice of path will affect Araxxor's combat mechanics throughout the rest of the fight. Only two of the three paths are available on any given day.

If the minion path is currently closed, the next closed path will be the acid path. If the acid path is currently closed, the next closed path will be the darkness path. Finally, if the darkness path is currently closed, the next closed path will be the minion path.

When there are two people fighting instead of one, Araxxor's attacks are doubled, and the higher of the two base rage values is used. This includes minion spawns and its strength in general.

Despite possessing a "Nothing" weakness, Araxxor's forms are actually susceptible to a specific form of combat accordingly based on the primary combat style he uses.[1] Players who use an instance or carry an araxyte pheromone to a non-instanced encounter will cause Araxxor to spawn in the combat style he is weakest to against the player's current combat style based on their main-hand weapon.

Araxxor does not count as a spider for Slayer assignments.

Obtaining all unique drops will unlock the title, [Name] the Araxyte.

Current rotation[edit | edit source]

Current Rotation on 26 November 2022 (wrong?)
Path 1 (Minions)Path 2 (Acid)Path 3 (Darkness)
Days until next rotation: 3
I died in the dark, covered in spiders.
Show/hide future rotations
Future Rotations
Start DateEnd DatePath 1 (Minions)Path 2 (Acid)Path 3 (Darkness)
29 November 20222 December 2022OpenOpenClosed
3 December 20226 December 2022ClosedOpenOpen
7 December 202210 December 2022OpenClosedOpen
11 December 202214 December 2022OpenOpenClosed
15 December 202218 December 2022ClosedOpenOpen
19 December 202222 December 2022OpenClosedOpen

Starting a fight[edit | edit source]

Araxyte lair

Araxxor is located in a cavern south-east of Port Phasmatys called the Araxyte lair. Although it is not needed, having 92 Agility will allow the player to use a wall shortcut to skip the majority of the path to the cavern if leaving from the gates. However, after killing Araxxi once, the easiest method to reach the lair is to teleport from a War's Retreat portal or from an attuned boss portal.

Only one person or duo can enter the base world instance at a time. If the fight is already occupied, you will not be able to enter and will have to pay the 200,000 coin instance fee in order to fight Araxxor on the same world. Using an instance or holding araxyte pheromone in your inventory guarantees Araxxor in the preferred combat style, which is determined by what weapons you are wielding in your main hand when you entered the arena. If you have no weapon in your main hand slot, Araxxor will choose a random attack style, regardless of whatever equipment is in the off-hand slot. This can be dangerous, as the player's accuracy will drop if he spawns in a form equal to or strong against yours.

Fight overview[edit | edit source]

Araxxor has three paths that can be taken; however, only two paths will be open in a given rotation. The chosen path determines the order of the mechanics Araxxor uses, though during the third phase of the fight, Araxxor will use a variation of the other unblocked path's mechanics.

Araxxor comes in one of three combat styles; he will always be able to use a melee attack if his target is adjacent to him. This means his magic and ranged forms can use melee as well. His melee form uses melee exclusively, but has a longer attack range of up to 3 squares and also applies a constant typeless bleed effect that hits up to the mid hundreds.

Araxxor's lair

Araxxor's first phase starts in a large room. There are two available tunnels blocked by giant webs, and the player must pick a tunnel, and light the web in front of it. The web takes a minute to burn down, and the player must fight Araxxor until the web has been burned down. Once a web has been set alight, the chosen path is locked and the player cannot change their mind or burn the other web during this fight.

Moving beyond the burnt web will automatically start phase 2 regardless of how much health Araxxor has left from phase 1 and his health will replenish back to 100,000 life points (except the darkness path). The condition to proceed to phase 3 from phase 2 varies depending on the path chosen - for the minions path, phase 3 can be initiated simply by running to the end of the ledge, acid path by climbing down the ramp once Araxxor has degraded it enough, and darkness path after Araxxor has destroyed the wall completely.

Any leftover health which was not depleted from Araxxor during phases 1 and 2 will be carried over to phase 3 - Araxxor will regenerate health in phase 3 equivalent to how much was leftover from phases 1 and 2 when he's damaged during phase 3. As Araxxor's attack speed is increased in phase 3 and he also has access to the two open paths' special attacks, it is highly advisable to damage Araxxor as much as possible before initiating phase 3.

Araxxor, like Vorago, cannot be defeated until all of the phases have been finished and the requirements met.

Araxxor cannot be killed by the player, and drops no items upon death. If his life points are reduced to 0 before the third phase of the fight, he will be instantly healed for 5,000 life points by spiders on the ceiling of the hive. Once his life points are reduced to 0 on the third phase, he will retreat to a platform at the rear of the hive and be killed by a blow from his mate; Araxxi. She will then attack the player and start the final phase of the fight.

When Araxxi is killed, Araxxor will start with 20% additional enrage, with a base enrage cap of 300%.

If a player dies, their grave will appear in the graveyard which can be reached by right-clicking the Araxyte cave entrance.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Drops[edit | edit source]

Araxxor himself does not reward any drops. Instead, they come from the corpse of Araxxi, the spider that kills Araxxor in the final phase of the fight. The average Araxxor (via Araxxi corpse) kill is worth 461,327 coins. The corpse functions similarly to the Queen Black Dragon's reward chest; items may be discarded, placed in the inventory, or sent directly to the player's bank. They may also be gambled for an additional chance of unlocking an Araxyte pet. The corpse will always contain at least one unique drop, and at least 2 additional drops. Its drops include the components required to create level 90 two-handed Noxious weaponry, and a pet with unlockable skins. Araxxi is also the only monster to drop Overload flasks. For a full list of rewards, see Araxxi's page.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Updates[edit | edit source]

  • Due to player complaints on parts of the Araxxor fight, Jagex changed the following:
    • If players take the middle path and are teleported to Araxxor when he does his cleave attack, they will no longer get transferred to an invalid tile.
    • Araxxor will no longer spawn an acidic spider underneath him.
    • The acidic spider that destroys graves no longer appears in the graveyard.
  • On 12 January 2015, Araxxor received the following updates:
    • Once he appears in the arena, players cannot log out for a period of time, prompting the message "Araxxor demands your attention." After phase 1 has been completed, players can log out as normal if out of combat. However, the time it takes to leave combat is doubled for paths 1 and 2; path 3 still remains the same as usual. After phase 2 is over, the time it takes to leave combat is reverted to normal.
    • When Araxxi is killed, Araxxor will start with 20% additional enrage rather than 15%. The base enrage cap was also doubled from 150% to 300%.
  • On 3 August 2015, Araxxor and Araxxi received a prominent health bar to allow players to check on their health, due to player complaints about the original health bar disappearing if they moved too far from him (which was necessary in the top and middle paths).

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 16 August 2021 (Update):
    • Teleport restrictions have been removed from the boss encounters for Araxxor and Araxxi.
  • ninja 12 July 2021 (Update):
    • Phase number and enrage percentage are now displayed under the bosses' health bar for both Araxxor and Araxxi.
  • patch 11 January 2021 (Update):
    • Various bosses around RuneScape have taken their Santa Hats off for another year.
  • patch 3 August 2020 (Update):
    • Buffs/debuffs will no longer overlap the directional arrows during the Araxxor boss fight on RuneScape Mobile.
  • patch 10 February 2020 (Update):
    • Bottom path has been reworked:
      • Wall health reduced by 50% - a successful dodge instantly destroys the wall, while a partial dodge deals 50% damage.
      • Time it takes for Araxxor to charge decreased slightly.
      • Time it takes between charge attacks (should the first one be partially dodged) decreased.
  • patch 2 December 2019 (Update):
    • The Eat Food ability now works during the Araxxor's cocoon special attack.
  • patch 7 October 2019 (Update):
    • The Araxxor enrage reset now behaves correctly if you log in after losing membership.
  • patch 22 July 2019 (Update):
    • The bleed received for camping at the top of path 2 whilst Araxxor is on phase 3 is now correctly cleared when transitioning to phase 3.
  • patch 1 July 2019 (Update):
    • Repositioned the Araxxor darkness path dodge buttons back to their old location for the desktop client.
  • patch 1 April 2019 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to use bladed dive to avoid Araxxor's charge attack on the darkness path.
  • patch 26 November 2018 (Update):
    • Removed blocking that prevented Araxxor from moving between phase 2 and 3, whilst on path 3.
  • patch 19 November 2018 (Update):
    • Added some blocking to the rocks in the Araxxor cave at the end of path 3.
  • patch 1 October 2018 (Update):
    • Araxxor's special attack count will reset to zero once you start phase 3.
    • Spiders spawns on path 1 of Araxxor will now spawn faster when on phase 2. This now works the same as it does whilst Araxxor is on phase 3 and still has spiders to spawn.
  • hotfix 12 December 2017 (Update):
    • A trigger was cleared that was stopping players from moving during path three of Araxxor when the darkness is cleared.
  • hotfix 23 October 2017 (Update):
    • Teleporting to Araxxor via the 'Inside hive' option on the boss portal now allows players to enter a fight if they had already completed a fight.
  • patch 11 September 2017 (Update):
    • The bleed and darkness effect from the shadows on path 3 of Araxxor will now clear at the end of phase 2.
    • Araxxor's spiders' spawn speed has been increased.
  • ninja 21 August 2017 (Update):
    • Araxxor's % for Wall Health, Burn and Acidity level will now always display on the progress bar.
  • hotfix 15 May 2017 (Update):
    • The damage from Mutated Dazing Shot's puncture effect is no longer reflected by Araxxor's web shield.
  • patch 12 December 2016 (Update):
    • Araxxor's web shield now correctly reflects damage after using an instakill dart.
    • A fix has been put in place as an attempt to fix Araxxor's delayed animation on path 3 when charging at the player.
  • patch 5 December 2016 (Update):
    • Araxxor's web shield effect no longer carries over to Araxxi when switching phase.
  • ninja 3 October 2016 (Update):
    • The current enrage for Araxxor and highest & current enrage for Telos have been added to the “Beasts” interface in their appropriate tab.
  • patch 18 July 2016 (Update):
    • Araxxor's attacks are now delayed while playing the descent animation upon entering phase 3 from the middle path.
    • Araxxor no longer continues to reflect damage for a short period of time after the web shield is removed.
  • patch 8 February 2016 (Update):
    • A safespot with Araxxor when path 1 is closed has been fixed.
  • patch 9 November 2015 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to stall the darkness damage in the path 3 Araxxor fight.
  • patch 2 November 2015 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to set a player's Araxxor partner to someone already in an existing fight.
  • patch 19 October 2015 (Update):
    • Players may no longer safely hide in the corner of Araxxor's Lair to wait for Araxxor to spawn.
  • patch 10 August 2015 (Update):
    • Using Sacrifice on Araxxor during Web Shield will no longer graphically remove the web.
  • ninja 3 August 2015 (Update):
    • Araxxor and Araxxi now have a health bar, similar to the Beastmaster Durzag and Yakamaru fights.
  • patch 19 January 2015 (Update):
    • The following changes have been made to Araxxor:
      • Spider leg drops will now broadcast to your friends list.
      • The araxyte pheromone drop rate has been increased.
      • The preferred Araxxor style in instances or with a pheromone is now guaranteed to spawn based on the weapon in your right-hand.
  • patch 12 January 2015 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to obtain a permanent overload bonus from Araxxor.
  • patch 15 September 2014 (Update):
    • The ramp in path 2 of Araxxor will no longer delete itself if an acid spider spawn puddle lands on a specific area.
  • patch 26 August 2014 (Update):
    • Any remaining spiders in the Araxxor boss fight will no longer get stuck in the phase 3 area during the Araxxi fight.
    • Players will no longer be moved to a blocked tile when entering the Araxxor fight which was causing them to not be visible to the boss when it spawns.
    • An Araxxor preset name has been added to the bank preset system.
  • patch 18 August 2014 (Update):
    • Acidic spiders will no longer spawn underneath Araxxor.
    • Damage from Araxxor’s cocoon move will no longer hit the player when moving into phase 4.
    • Spiders that attack the graves within the Araxyte graveyard have been told off and sent home.
    • When being cleaved on the acid ramp in tunnel 2, you will no longer get moved onto an invalid tile.
    • The cocooned body outside the cave will now tell you what tunnels are open.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • As a teaser on and before release, Jagex Moderators changed their player model to the same as Araxxor and infected other players into spider minions by using its cleave attack in places such as the Grand Exchange.
  • Hoobs was the first player to achieve a solo Araxxor kill, which was broadcasted worldwide. Game announcement.png News: Hoobs has scored the first solo Araxxor boss kill!
  • Araxxor's magic form is unusual in the fact that his magic affinity is lower than his melee affinity, even though melee fares poorly against magical enemies. His other forms weaknesses' correspond accordingly to the combat triangle.
  • Prior to an update on 16 August 2021, players could not teleport out of the hive by any means once the fight has begun and the waiting time to log out was extended. Attempting to teleport out displayed the message A magical force prevents your teleport!. Despite this, it was possible to leave during the fight by running as far as possible away from Araxxor when he begins healing using his web, and attempting to log out repeatedly assuming no spider minions are currently attacking the player.
  • Araxxor's carcass serves as the woodcutting node for the Croesus boss encounter.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Chris L's Twitter account. 14 December 2014. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Chris L: "Yes he does - in line with combat triangle. So Ranged is best fought with Melee for example."