Desert Phoenix

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The Desert Phoenix is a bird found flying along the west bank of the River Elid in the Kharidian Desert, north of the bridge to the Dominion Tower in the area where the river flows through a small gorge. It can be plucked with 25 Thieving to obtain a phoenix feather, granting 26 Thieving experience. The feathers are a component in super antifire potions; these should not be confused with the phoenix quill, a tertiary component for phoenix familiars and reborn phoenix pouches. Phoenix feathers are untradeable, but can be stored in a Beast of Burden. Like other pickpocketing NPCs, the desert phoenix will damage and stun the player if the player is caught.

During The Golem quest, players must steal one of its feathers and use it with black mushroom ink to create a phoenix quill pen. Before completing the quest, it is only possible to collect one phoenix feather at a time. After completion of the elite Desert achievements, players retrieve two feathers at once when plucking the phoenix. The desert amulet 4 does not need to be equipped in order to retrieve more than one feather.

The baseline auto-pickpocketing effect works on the Desert Phoenix, however, pickpocketing will be stopped when the player is caught. Thieving boosts will increase your success rate while gathering feathers and skillcape perk of the thieving cape will note them. If you have low Thieving and/or Constitution levels you may need to bring food to heal damage dealt by unsuccessful Thieving attempts. Protection from the desert heat is also needed in the area where the desert phoenix is located, unless you have completed the Crocodile Tears quest.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

Pickpocketing[edit | edit source]

Thieving level25Thieving XP26 XPStun time / damage6s /  ? + 3% of current life points
Phoenix feather.png: RS3 Desert Phoenix drops Phoenix feather with rarity Always in quantity 1,2Phoenix feather1; 2[d 1]Always1–2High Level Alchemy icon.png1–2
  1. ^ After completion of the elite Desert achievements.

Graphical updates[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 26 May 2020 (Update):
    • The Desert Phoenix can now be continuously auto-pickpocketed as a reward for completing the Hard Desert Achievements.
  • patch 3 January 2013 (Update):
    • Players failing a pickpocket of the Desert Phoenix now take more damage.
  • patch 7 November 2011 (Update):
    • The desert phoenix from The Golem has found a new home west of the Dominion Tower.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The examine text of the desert phoenix is a reference to the examine text of a chicken: Yep, definitely a chicken.