Back to the Freezer

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Back to the Freezer is the fourth quest in the Penguin quest series.

Official description[edit | edit source]

The penguins are back for another slippery tale of subterfuge and ramshackle science that'll leave you questioning the very fabric of reality…as well as the good taste of its puns.

Rewards include hearty chunks of XP to ward off the polar chill, as well as improvements to the XP rewards from Penguin Hide & Seek and the Circus.

And with that, you're on your own. Can you circumvent the latest flashpoint in Gielinor's coldest war? There's only one way to find out..

Overview[edit | edit source]

The mission[edit | edit source]

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Meeting with Skot and Mundsen in Rellekka

To start the quest, speak to Chuck in his enclosure at the south side of the Ardougne Zoo. He asks you to meet with two PBJ agents, Skot and Mundsen, who have reported increased penguin activity on the Iceberg. He provides you with a passphrase consisting of three parts: "The weather on the holiday location is weather option and the fish option are to die for." The phrase varies by player and will be noted in your quest journal.

Travel to Rellekka and talk to Skot and Mundsen, who are north of the marketplace. After you provide the correct passphrase, Skot and Mundsen tell you that Pescaling Pax is plotting to permanently lower the temperature of Gielinor.

A short cutscene takes place on the iceberg, where the penguins launch a flying telephone booth. When they land in the desert, the landscape becomes covered in snow before the cutscene ends.

Investigating the T.A.R.D.I.S.[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Protection from the desert heat
Talking to Croc and Dundee near the crash site

Skot and Mundsen asks you to travel to the crash site south-west of Pollnivneach to investigate, stating that they are too "busy" to do so themselves. You can get there by breaking a Pollnivneach tablet, taking a magic carpet from the Shantay Pass to South Pollnivneach, using the Bandit Camp Lodestone and running east or teleporting to Sumona with a ring of slaying or slayer cape.

Speak with Dundee just north-east of the T.A.R.D.I.S. and ask him about the penguins. He didn't see anything, but he provides you with a crocspeak amulet which allows you to speak with the crocodile near Dundee's camp.

Equip the amulet and speak with Croc, who asks you to help with the temperature in the area, stating that he doesn't like the cold. After talking with Croc, you discover Croc used to be an inhabitant of the Ardougne Zoo and is familiar with Chuck, though he didn't believe his penguin stories until now.

Investigate the T.A.R.D.I.S. to the south-west of Dundee's camp. You find a sign that reads "Terraforming Arctic Refrigeration Dispersing Ice Spreader" before deciding you should tell Chuck what they have found.

The secret-secret agent[edit | edit source]

Getting into the clockwork suit

Bring Chuck up to speed with your findings. He suggests you find the PBJ agent that has infiltrated the "extreme penguin cell"; the problem is the agent's identity is so secret that even Chuck doesn't know his name. However, he does provide a clue: "The only thing I do know about him, is that his favorite food is sardines." If you don't have a clockwork suit with you, Chuck will give you one.

Travel back to the T.A.R.D.I.S. and upon speaking with a named penguin, your clockwork penguin suit is automatically put on (your cape, main hand and off-hand slots must all be empty). Speak with Emperor Wing, Gordon, Hugh, and Elon to gather clues towards figuring out who the agent is. After talking to all four penguins, a new option appears to ask if the penguin is a spy.

Speak to the secret agent, Gordon, and ask him if he is a spy. He tells you his plan to sabotage the penguins, and directs you towards his locker in a secret bunker on the Iceberg.

The secret bunker[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Ice cooler
A map of the secret bunker in the present

If you log out of the game while in the secret bunker, your character will appear just outside of the entrance manhole when you log back in. All of the items collected in the bunker will remain in your inventory.

Travel to the iceberg via the small boat north of the Fremennik lodestone and use the G.P.S. you received from Gordon to locate the secret bunker. After some interference, you discover a mysterious hatch leading to the secret bunker. Change into your disguise by talking with Jim to the east. Return to the hatch, type the CHIP and FIN code (1234), and enter the bunker.

Follow the hallway south and then west to the center, and enter the doors to the main research facility. Enter the locker room directly west, and search Gordon's locker to find the de-lore-ing device parts list and the incomplete device. Search the following areas to find the items needed to complete the device:

Item Description Location
Hat (Back to the Freezer).png: Inventory image of Hat (Back to the Freezer) Hat Something to cap it all off Hide and Seek staging area (north-east)
Flax (Back to the Freezer).png: Inventory image of Flax (Back to the Freezer) Flax Something to bind the pieces together 'Some like it' - Cold Storage (south-west)
Hammer (Back to the Freezer).png: Inventory image of Hammer (Back to the Freezer) Hammer Something Thor-ific
Ice cubes.png: Inventory image of Ice cubes Ice cubes Something to keep the device cool Chill-out room (north-west)
The Penguin Book of Gielinor.png: Inventory image of The Penguin Book of Gielinor The Penguin Book of Gielinor The knowledge to bring it all together

Use the items on each other to create a flax cap-ice-i-tor, and then use this "capacitor" on the incomplete de-lore-ing device to complete it.

Time travelling[edit | edit source]

An odd place
An even odder place
Not-robots mining

Operate the completed De-lore-ing device and you will travel to an isolated island inhabited by monkeys. Operating the device again informs you that the device requires calibration. Grab the monkey wrench on the ground and use it on the device to tighten the nuts and operate the device again.
"As you tighten the nuts with the monkey wrench something moves into plaice. Perhaps it'll work properly this time."

Malfunctioning again, the device teleports you to a fenced-in area in "Fin-inor" where Ping and Pong are caged. Grab the penguin bongos and cowbells and use them on the device to "fin-tune" it.
"Something happens with the De-lore-ing device as you hit the bongos. It probably could've done with some fin-tuning but that'll do."

Operating the device again teleports you to a cabbage field with the Gower brothers. The device has now stopped working entirely, but picking a cabbage and using it on the device will prime it and will once again be operable.
"You rub the cabbage on the De-lore-ing device. That seems to have primed it ready for use."

You now arrive at the Mining Guild with men mining coal and mithril rocks. The device is now crashed and requires something to get it restarted. The men with rune pickaxes are bots, so talk to the man with a dragon pickaxe. The man suggests to "give it a kick" and gives you a pair of worthless old boots. Use the boots on the device to "re-boot" it, and it is now functional and finally transports you to the secret bunker in the past upon being operated one last time.
"You use the boot to give the De-lore-ing device a kick. Oh look, the device is re-booting now."

The past secret bunker[edit | edit source]

Again, if the player logs out of the game while in the bunker, upon logging-in, the player's progress will be saved and your character will appear outside of the bunker in front of the Mysterious Hatch.

A map of the secret bunker in the past

Talk to Gordon in the laboratory to the south-west, who refers you to Elon in the central room (with the T.A.R.D.I.S.). Speak to Elon and he asks you to collect items from around the base. Search the following areas to complete Elon's list:

Item Location Notes
Lemon sole rune.png: Inventory image of Lemon sole rune 1985 lemon sole runes 'Area 51' (west) Gather 2000 Pure S-now from the pile of snow, clean the Mysterious Ice Block with the lemon found in crate next to it, then investigate it to create the lemon sole runes.
Killerwatt energy.png: Inventory image of Killerwatt energy 121 killerwatt energy Prison (east) Talk to Buzz the killerwatt to obtain 21 killerwatt energy. The remaining 100 must be obtained by killing 10 killerwatts in the killerwatt plane, entered through the top floor of Draynor Manor. The Killerwatt Plane features constant flashes of light, and is the reason for the epilepsy warning at the beginning of this guide.
'fishvention' rod.png: Inventory image of 'fishvention' rod 'fishvention' rod N/A Use the cog from a crate in 'Some like it' - Cold Storage (south-west) on the fishing rod in the War room (south) to create the 'fishvention' rod..
Ice box.png: Inventory image of Ice box Ice box N/A Use an ice cooler on the ice maker in the Chill-out room (north-west) to create the ice box.
Cool-ant.png: Inventory image of Cool-ant Cool-ant N/A Use the coolant holder from a crate in 'Some like it' - Cold Storage (south-west) on the ice maker in the Chill-out room (north-west) to create the cool-ant.

The puzzle[edit | edit source]

Items needed: 50 of each: bright, flickering, gleaming, and sparkling energy

After you bring Elon the required items, he asks you to find a way to charge the T.A.R.D.I.S. Use 50 of each Bright, Flickering, Gleaming and Sparkling energy on the energy container to the north-west corner of the room, then charge the batteries by solving the puzzle at the Battery Control Station.

An example of the randomly-generated Battery Control Station puzzle.

The puzzle works the same way as the board game Mastermind, in which you must figure out the order of the pegs (in this case the pegs are the energy types). Select which energy types you would like to place in each of the 4 slots, and try to solve. To the right of your selection, you be given either nothing, a number of grey squares, a number of white squares, or any combination of these.

  • A white square means you have a peg of the right colour in the wrong spot.
  • A grey square means you have a peg of the right colour in the right spot.
  • If neither of these is present it means you have no pegs of the right colour.
  • The squares location is always to the far left, this does not indicate which peg it is referring to.

By trying different combinations and observing the outcome of the grey/white squares, you must figure out which colour pegs belong in which spots, thus solving the puzzle. Each row is a separate guess at the four-energy sequence (Meaning there are 10 guesses per attempt). Resetting the puzzle will change the correct sequence.

By setting each of the slots to the same colour, the number of grey squares shows how many of that colour is in the solution. Doing this for three colours gives the number of each colour needed. The number of the fourth colour pegs is the remaining number of pegs not identified by the first three. This can use up to three turns, but then only determining the order remains.

A tip to make the puzzle easier is to reset and test each colour until the solution only has 2 colours in it. Then there are a lot fewer combinations that you need to test.

Return to the present[edit | edit source]

After solving the puzzle, the T.A.R.D.I.S. is completed. Talk to Elon (current room), Gordon (laboratory to the south-west) and Hugh (chill-out room to the north-west) and then go back to the main research facility to inform Emperor Wing. Shortly afterwards, the cool-ant starts to leak around the facility. You may now pilot the T.A.R.D.I.S. and escape.

Following a cutscene, the T.A.R.D.I.S. crashes in the desert because of the player's lack of knowledge on how to pilot it: the very fact that you went back in time to prevent the crash caused it to happen, closing the time loop and starting another cycle. Return to Chuck in the Ardougne Zoo to report the case. You express concern that despite Gordon sabotaging the machine in the past, the T.A.R.D.I.S. has landed and could cause the desert to freeze.

Chuck informs you, however, that the T.A.R.D.I.S. machine had already been sabotaged and was harmless when it landed, and so its cooling power is under control. Begrudgingly, you accept the outcome and Chuck rewards you.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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  • 1 quest point
  • 1 antique lamp (found during the quest)
  • 25,000 Divination experience
  • 25,000 Runecrafting experience
  • 15,000 Slayer experience
  • 15,000 Agility experience
  • 10,000 Invention experience (if you have completed the Invention tutorial. Otherwise it can be claimed from Chuck after you have completed the Invention tutorial).
  • An additional penguin to find in Penguin Hide and Seek
  • Experience in Penguin Hide and Seek and Balthazar Beauregard's Big Top Bonanza now scale with level
    • Penguin Hide and Seek experience is now 40 experience per level per point (up from 25 per level per point - a 60% increase at all levels)
    • Big Top Bonanza experience is 1.5 times as much compared to before
  • 2 Treasure Hunter keys and 2 Hearts of Ice
Music unlocked

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Back to the Freezer is not currently required for any quests or miniquests.

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 6 March 2017 (Update):
    • A spelling error with Gordon's chat has been fixed.
    • A small issue with the 'battery control panel' puzzle during 'Back to the Freezer' has been fixed.
    • The correct message is now given when searching Gordon's locker with a full inventory.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The head banner for the quest
The Gowers and one million cabbages
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"Men" commenting on their work.
  • The quest summary that appears in the player's Event Log in Runemetrics says "I travelled back in time in an attempt to thwart another of the Penguins nefarious schemes and stopped Gielinor being terraformed and sent back to the ice age."
  • The quest makes references to franchises containing time travel, such as Doctor Who, the Back to the Future series, Bill & Ted and Star Trek.
    • Ping & Pong, when imprisoned in the Pillory in the future, quote Bill & Ted.
    • The 121 killerwatt energy is a reference to Back to the Future's Doc Brown needing 1.21 gigawatts (121 kilowatts) to power the DeLorean.
    • The De-lore-ing device is itself a reference to the DeLorean in the Back to the Future series. Both of which are references to the view that time travel "breaks" lore.
    • The name Back to the Freezer is a pun on Back to the Future.
  • The penguins describe the going-away party, saying "There was black ice, vanilla ice, cyan ice, and yellow snow." These are all references to non-edible forms of ice.
  • Rummaging Wing's locker during the Secret Bunker portion of the quest reveals has a book titled "Flying for Beginners" which is a reference to the flash game series, Learn to Fly.
  • Ping's dialogue "And that's when we bit the head off a fish on stage!" is a reference to several incidents involving Ozzy Osbourne biting off the heads of a bat and two doves on stage. Furthermore, Pong says that the audience was offended due to it being a national holiday called 'Darkness' (Ozzy Osbourne is referred to as the 'Prince of Darkness').
  • The examine text for the door in the version of the mining guild visited during the quest is "Hold the door." This is a reference to a scene from Game of Thrones.
  • The mining guild in the quest references bots being used for mining, as the player with the dragon pickaxe (who unlike the others, is not a bot) notes that they all look alike, as well as gnome balls being used to prevent the bots from skilling.
  • The PBJ's secret agent mentions inventing a device during his 'Twiblick All-day Passion Projects' time, which allows the penguins time to work on their own passionate projects, a reference to the "Thursday, All-Day, Personal Projects" in which Jagex employees are able to spend every other Thursday working on a project they feel passionately about, from which this quest came initially.
  • When reporting to Emperor Wing before boarding the T.A.R.D.I.S., he asks "Can you fly this T.A.R.D.I.S., and land it?" to which the player responds "Surely you can't be serious!" and Emperor Wing says "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley." This is a reference to the film Airplane!.
  • The Divination puzzle goes up to eleven, a reference to the 1984 film This is Spinal Tap.
  • The room where the lemon sole runes is referred to as 'Area 5.1', a reference to the United States Air Force facility Area 51.
  • When you talk to Filip in the War room inside the secret bunker, he asks you to sell him his pen to demonstrate his skills as a salesman. This is a reference to the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street.
  • While using the G.P.S. to locate the secret bunker, the player eventually receives the following in their filtered game messages: "You scrabble in the snow. All you find is an old coloured hat that disintegrates as you touch it." This is a reference to Partyhats, which are among the most valuable items in the game. Bummer!
  • While time travelling, the player uses various random items to "fix" the De-lore-ing device, each time producing a pun. Note that a plaice is a type of fish.
  • There's a bug when you get into the clockwork suit that makes you invisible and won't be able to move, like in Lumbridge during Cold War. Use an emote to fix it.