Careful, There Are Snakes

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Careful, There Are Snakes is an achievement that requires the player to loot 20 urns inside of Pyramid Plunder in a row in a single game without disturbing a single snake.

The Trahaearn exoskeleton set awarded at the end of Plague's End provides a 25% chance to avoid being bitten when looting urns. However, this only negates the damage/poison and does not count as a success, so achievement progress is still reset.

Urns revealed by the sceptre of the gods will not add to the urn count, but if players are bitten by a snake from these urns, their progress will be reset.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

Both strategies require the snake charm and take advantage of the fact that checking in bulk and then charming and searching individually is faster than doing the same for each urn individually. If either strategy is followed closely, time shouldn't be a significant concern for a successful run or an early second attempt.

If only trying to complete the achievement, restart the minigame (or plunder normally) if either scenario occurs, as the time remaining will likely be insufficient to complete the achievement:

  • The player is bitten with less than 2/3 of the time left.
  • After entering the next room, the number of urns is insufficient to complete the achievement and there is less than 1/2 of the time left.

High Level Strategy[edit | edit source]

With the Master Camoflage Outfit and 99 Thieving using Crystal Mask, Light Form and Abyssal Lurker scrolls, you can guarantee success in the first few rooms.

Aggressive[edit | edit source]

The benefit to this strategy is that if the player is bitten by a snake in step 1 or 2, playing the remainder of the attempt using the passive strategy should still allow enough time to complete the achievement.

  1. Search and build a streak of a few (3 or 4 at most) urns before using the snake charm.
  2. Check all remaining urns in the room before charming any.
  3. Charm and then Search each checked urn.
  4. Move onto the next room.
  5. Check only the number of urns necessary to complete the achievement.
  6. Charm and then search each checked urn individually.

Passive[edit | edit source]

The benefit to this strategy is that if the player is bitten by a snake while attempting to check for snakes in the first room, their streak isn't reset. However, it takes more time.

  1. Check all urns in the room before charming any, ignoring urns where snakes are found.
  2. Charm and then Search each checked urn.
  3. Move onto the next room.
  4. Check only the number of urns necessary to complete the achievement.
  5. Charm and then search each checked urn individually.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 8 January 2018 (Update):
    • Non-milestone progress and progress reset messages have been filtered for the 'Careful, There Are Snakes' achievement.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The achievement's listed requirement in-game is a Thieving level of 21. However, the player needs a Thieving level of at least 31 to complete the achievement, as there are fewer than 20 urns per room.