Bal'lak the Pummeller

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Bal'lak the Pummeller is one of the Kal'Gerion generals summoned to this realm by Bilrach and is a boss of Daemonheim guarding floors 33 through 35, requiring a Dungeoneering level of 65 to encounter and fight.

The fight[edit | edit source]

Bal'lak uses melee and magic. He also has a special attack that will damage everyone around him in melee range two times in one attack, whilst also briefly disabling their protection prayers. Bal'lak has very high life points and low defence for his level, but his defence rises over time causing him to take significantly less damage.

Bal'lak's defence level is shown at the top part of the screen as an orange bar, which begins to fill at a steady rate when players are in the boss room. If it fills completely, damaging him will become impossible. As Bal'lak is attacked he will split rifts in the ground and cause bubbling pools of noxious fumes to appear on the floor. Each pool causes rapid damage to players standing in the 3x3 square surrounding it, similar to the effects of poison. Bal'lak should be lured near one of these pools to weaken his defence, with each being able to reduce up to 30% of his defence bar. However, it drains players' defence as well

The defence bar determines how much your accuracy is reduced, as you will still deal damage if you land a successful hit on Bal'lak. Occasionally, multiple puddles are found clustered together. If the player can successfully lure Bal'lak over the cluster of puddles, his defence will be reduced at a relatively faster rate.

While protection prayers and deflection curses are frequently disabled by this boss, he cannot deactivate any other prayers and curses.

Standing under him for too long will often result in 300 life points of damage.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The ideal strategy for higher level players is to ignore the pools and just attack him. The boss should be dead before its defence becomes an issue.

Bal'lak will often target an individual player and attack them for most of the fight. A strategy for teams is to agree before entering that whichever player Bal'lak targets has the responsibility of leading him towards these pools. By this method a good team can stop his defence ever rising past 30% and will find he dies rather quickly.

A safer but slower strategy is to continually attack him (without worrying about his defence bar) and then use Gatestone Teleport if his defence bar rises close to maximum. Waiting outside of the room reduces the bar, allowing players to enter the boss room again and continue the offensive. All party members must leave the boss room for the bar to reset.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Novite warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Novite warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Novite warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand novite warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand novite warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand novite warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Bathus warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Bathus warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Bathus warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand bathus warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand bathus warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand bathus warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Marmaros warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Marmaros warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Marmaros warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand marmaros warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand marmaros warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand marmaros warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Kratonite warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Kratonite warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Kratonite warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand kratonite warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand kratonite warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand kratonite warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Fractite warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Fractite warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Fractite warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand fractite warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand fractite warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand fractite warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Zephyrium warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Zephyrium warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Zephyrium warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand zephyrium warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand zephyrium warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand zephyrium warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Argonite warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Argonite warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Argonite warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand argonite warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand argonite warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand argonite warhammerF2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Katagon warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Katagon warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Katagon warhammer (m)P2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand katagon warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand katagon warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand katagon warhammer (m)P2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Gorgonite warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Gorgonite warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Gorgonite warhammer (m)P2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand gorgonite warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand gorgonite warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand gorgonite warhammer (m)P2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Promethium warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Promethium warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Promethium warhammer (m)P2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand promethium warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand promethium warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand promethium warhammer (m)P2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Primal warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Primal warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Primal warhammer (m)P2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Off-hand primal warhammer.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Off-hand primal warhammer with rarity Random in quantity 1Off-hand primal warhammer (m)P2P icon.png1RandomNot soldNot alchemisable
Kal'gerion notes (part 1).png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Kal'gerion notes (part 3) with rarity Common in quantity 1Kal'gerion notes (part 3)F2P icon.png1CommonNot soldNot alchemisable
Mysterious chronicle.png: RS3 Bal'lak the Pummeller drops Mysterious chronicle with rarity Common in quantity 1Mysterious chronicleF2P icon.png1CommonNot soldNot alchemisable

Quotes[edit | edit source]

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Rrrraargh!
When using his special attack

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 14 February 2012 (Update):
    • Bal'lak's poison pools should cause less lag and appear in the correct place more consistently.
  • patch 31 January 2012 (Update):
    • Bal'Lak the Pummeller no longer spawns portals over the exit ladder, removing the ladder.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • He held the title of the boss monster with the highest Dungeoneering level requirement until 19 August 2010, when Yk'Lagor the Thunderous took over, who in turn has since been superseded by Kal'Ger the Warmonger. However, Bal'lak is still the boss monster with the highest Dungeoneering level requirement in F2P.
  • The Smuggler says that Bal'lak's weapons "split rifts in the ground, causing noxious fumes to rise from the level below."
  • Yk'Lagor the Thunderous and Bal'lak seem to have a personal grudge against each other, as Yk'Lagor states in the Postbag from the Hedge that Bal'lak's name is pronounced "Nuck-kul-head"[1]- that is, the insult "knucklehead".
  • Luring the Pummeller onto his rifts is a Daemonheim Task.
  • Bal'lak the Pummeller's multi-target magic attack resembles Iban Blast.
  • Bal'lak received an audio update on 18 October, 2010, applying an audio voice to his special attack.
  • Players originally received experience for hits on Bal'lak that had been blocked by his defence bar. As a result, seeing the XP counter increase did not necessarily mean a damaging hit was guaranteed. This was a glitch that was indirectly fixed by the Evolution of Combat update.
  • The portals may be examined, reading "Strange energies are flowing out of the portal."
  • Bal'lak's name could be derived from the Mayan god Buluk, the god of war, violence, sudden death, and human sacrifice. Buluk was often seen as a fire spitting demon.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Postbag 44 - "Transcript:Postbag from the Heim.", Letter 1, by Yk'Lagor. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.