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The giant mole (Talpidae wysonian) is a female mole found in the Falador Mole Lair, just under Falador Park. The giant mole's origin and creation are described as "a slight accident involving a bottle of Malignius-Mortifer's-Super-Ultra-Flora-Growth-Potion."

To get into its lair you have to crawl down the plant roots in the west of Falador Park, and create an instance or join an existing one. You have the option to fight the mole in hard mode, in which she will use her special attacks more frequently.

If a player is killed by the giant mole, their gravestone will appear outside her lair in Falador Park.

Obtaining all unique drops will unlock the [Name] of the Underground title.

The Fight[edit | edit source]

Main article: Giant Mole/Strategies

The mole is level 230 and has no weakness. Despite displaying a "None" weakness, magic is most effective in taking her down. She spawns in the north-central chamber of her lair, and will stay there until attacked. She only fights with standard melee attacks.

After her life points reach around 70,000, she will dig into the ground and retreat into a random room of her lair (as long as she hasn't previously gone there). In each room, she will have different abilities. Puffs of dirt will head in the direction of the room she went to, making them a good way to tell which room she's going to.

In each chamber of her lair she has different mechanics, which are:

  • In the north-western chamber, she will periodically summon moles to aid her, which, in addition to attacking players, boost her damage reduction while present (and strength in hard mode). They are easy to defeat, only having 100 life points. If not attacked, they will die once the mole leaves or summons new ones.
  • In the north-eastern chamber, she will occasionally become enraged, and will gain the ability to rapidly attack you with greater damage, but also loses her immunity to stun. Stunning her will pacify her, in addition to lowering her defence.
  • In the south-eastern chamber, she will stun players and cause the ceiling to collapse. Players will have to use Freedom or Anticipation and move out of the way before it hits them.
  • In the south-western chamber, she will sometimes dig into the ground and emerge at another spot in the room, causing rocks that damage players to appear around the spot she emerges.

In any phase, if she is unable to reach a player that is attacking her (safe-spotting or being too far from her), she will summon jagged rocks around them that damage the player, similar to those she summons during the digging phase.

Finally, after all previous phases have been completed she will return to the central chamber, and can use all of the previously mentioned abilities. After being killed, her drops will be distributed among all players who participated in the kill, with those who deal more damage receiving more drops. She will respawn quickly.

Hard mode[edit | edit source]

The giant mole can be fought in hard mode, in which it has a number of changes to make it more difficult, although the fight is largely the same, with a key change being that her specials are more frequent and enhanced.

Like in normal mode, the Giant mole's minions boost her damage reduction while they are present. In hard mode, they now have the added bonus of increasing her strength. In addition, her ceiling collapse attack encases the player, after which she will swipe at them if they are not freed by other players (Freedom does not work) for massive melee damage, in addition to the falling rocks from above.

In the final phase, the mole often tends to use two abilities at once (e.g. ceiling collapse and dig), causing a massive amount of damage on her target very quickly.

Finally, when killed, she has improved drops, including a drop exclusive to hard mode, the untradeable ultra-growth potion, which can advance the growth of tree patches by two stages.

Drops[edit | edit source]

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You have defeated the giant mole.

After fighting the mole, it is decided if a rare unique item will be dropped, and what that item is, before attributing it to a player. The odds of any rare item dropping at all are 1/10. After it is determined that a rare item will drop, which specific item is to be dropped is determined using a 52-slot table. This rare item is then distributed to one of the top three players, or to the single player if fighting the mole solo.[1] All of the mole's special drops (clingy moles, numbing roots, dragon 2h swords, and ultra-growth potions) are tertiary drops. Whenever someone receives a special drop from the mole, it will be announced in the message box.

The drop mechanics for the mole function differently in a group than when fought solo. Namely, the player to deal the most damage will always receive big bones and a mole claw; the three players to deal the most damage will receive three mole skins, distributed equally (if the group is two players, there is a random chance for either player to receive two, and the other will receive one), all players who have completed the elite Falador achievement set will receive a mole nose, and players doing the Fur 'n' Seek wishlist will sometimes receive long, sharp claws. Finally, if a rare item is dropped, the remaining drops will be distributed among the players who didn't receive it. 

In hard mode, rare unique drops are more common, some items are dropped in larger quantities, and only one item is dropped at a time.[clarification needed]

100% drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Big bones.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Big bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Big bonesF2P icon.png1Always[d 1]2970
Mole claw.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Mole claw with rarity Always in quantity 1Mole claw (m)P2P icon.png1Always[d 1]3,873360
Mole skin.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Mole skin with rarity Always in quantity 3Mole skinF2P icon.png3Always[d 2]15,246720
Mole nose.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Mole nose with rarity Always in quantity 1Mole nose (m)P2P icon.png1Always[d 3][d 4]3,2310
  1. ^ a b In a group, is received by the player that dealt the most damage
  2. ^ In a group, is distributed amongst the three players that dealt the most damage
  3. ^ Only with Falador shield 4 unlocked (does not have to be equipped)
  4. ^ In a group, is received by all eligible players that participated in the kill

Charms[edit | edit source]

No charmGold charm.pngGreen charm.pngCrimson charm.pngBlue charm.png
69–73%8–10%10–13%6–7%2–3%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 1,929 kills.
2 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main drops[edit | edit source]

Normal mode[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Grimy irit.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Grimy irit with rarity Common in quantity 3,6 (noted)Grimy irit (m)P2P icon.png3; 6 (noted)Common12,240-24,4800
Coins_10000.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Coins with rarity Uncommon in quantity 13207 - 23500CoinsF2P icon.png13,207–23,500Uncommon13,207-23,50013,207-23,500
Yew logs.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Yew logs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 15-30-40 (noted)Yew logsF2P icon.png15–30 (noted)Uncommon2,535-5,0701,440-2,880
Red dragonhide.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Red dragonhide with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1-3 (noted)Red dragonhideF2P icon.png1–3 (noted)Uncommon2,443-7,32936-108
Iron stone spirit.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Iron stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 40Iron stone spiritF2P icon.png40Uncommon2,200Not alchemisable
Coal stone spirit.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Coal stone spirit with rarity Unknown in quantity 40Coal stone spiritF2P icon.png40Unknown1,040Not alchemisable
Adamantite stone spirit.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Adamantite stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 2-4Adamantite stone spiritF2P icon.png2–4Uncommon108-216Not alchemisable
Pure essence.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Pure essence with rarity Uncommon in quantity 300,600 (noted)Pure essenceF2P icon.png300; 600 (noted)Uncommon8,100-16,200600-1,200
Nature rune.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Nature rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 40-60Nature runeF2P icon.png40–60Uncommon18,120-27,1802,960-4,440
Blood rune.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Blood rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 60Blood rune (m)P2P icon.png60Uncommon40,5006,600
Grimy ranarr.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Grimy ranarr with rarity Uncommon in quantity 3,6 (noted)Grimy ranarr (m)P2P icon.png3; 6 (noted)Uncommon5,322-10,6440
Mystic cloth.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Mystic cloth with rarity Unknown in quantity 2-3 (noted)Mystic clothF2P icon.png2–3 (noted)Unknown10,090-15,1354,800-7,200

Hard mode[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Coins_10000.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Coins with rarity Common in quantity 17435 - 31000CoinsF2P icon.png17,435–31,000Common17,435-31,00017,435-31,000
Yew logs.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Yew logs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 40 (noted)Yew logsF2P icon.png40 (noted)Uncommon6,7603,840
Iron stone spirit.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Iron stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 55, 60Iron stone spiritF2P icon.png55; 60Uncommon3,025-3,300Not alchemisable
Coal stone spirit.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Coal stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 60Coal stone spiritF2P icon.png60Uncommon1,560Not alchemisable
Adamantite stone spirit.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Adamantite stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 6Adamantite stone spiritF2P icon.png6Uncommon324Not alchemisable
Red dragonhide.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Red dragonhide with rarity Uncommon in quantity 6 (noted)Red dragonhideF2P icon.png(noted)Uncommon14,658216
Pure essence.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Pure essence with rarity Uncommon in quantity 900 (noted)Pure essenceF2P icon.png900 (noted)Uncommon24,3001,800
Blood rune.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Blood rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 90Blood rune (m)P2P icon.png90Uncommon60,7509,900
Grimy irit.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Grimy irit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 9 (noted)Grimy irit (m)P2P icon.png(noted)Uncommon36,7200
Grimy ranarr.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Grimy ranarr with rarity Uncommon in quantity 9 (noted)Grimy ranarr (m)P2P icon.png(noted)Uncommon15,9660
Mystic cloth.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Mystic cloth with rarity Rare in quantity 3 (noted)Mystic clothF2P icon.png(noted)Rare15,1357,200

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Normal mode, P2P world[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Long, sharp claws.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Long, sharp claws with rarity Common in quantity 1Long, sharp claws (m)P2P icon.png1Common[d 1]0High Level Alchemy icon.png0
Numbing root.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Numbing root with rarity 46/520 in quantity 3-6Numbing rootF2P icon.png3–646/520[d 2][1]57,117-114,23418-36
Clingy mole.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Clingy mole with rarity 5/520 in quantity 1Clingy moleF2P icon.png15/520[d 2][1]9,897300
Dragon 2h sword.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Dragon 2h sword with rarity 1/520 in quantity 1Dragon 2h sword (m)P2P icon.png11/520[d 2][1]139,863132,000
Sealed clue scroll (hard).png: RS3 Giant mole drops Sealed clue scroll (hard) with rarity 10/1280 in quantity 1Sealed clue scroll (hard) (m)P2P icon.png110/1280Not soldNot alchemisable
Sealed clue scroll (elite).png: RS3 Giant mole drops Sealed clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/1280 in quantity 1Sealed clue scroll (elite) (m)P2P icon.png11/1280[d 3]Not soldNot alchemisable
Long bone.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Long bone with rarity 1/400 in quantity 1Long bone (m)P2P icon.png11/4003High Level Alchemy icon.png3
Curved bone.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Curved bone with rarity 1/5000 in quantity 1Curved bone (m)P2P icon.png11/50004High Level Alchemy icon.png4
Starved ancient effigy.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Starved ancient effigy with rarity Rare in quantity 1Starved ancient effigy (m)P2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Rotten fang.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Rotten fang with rarity 1/2500 in quantity 1Rotten fangF2P icon.png11/2500[d 4][2]Not soldNot alchemisable
  1. ^ Only during Fur 'n' Seek
  2. ^ a b c There is a 1/10 chance to roll onto the mole's rare uniques table. The rates listed are the overall rate for each specific item, including the 1/10 chance to receive any rare unique item at all. The drop rates of rare items depends on if players are on free-to-play worlds and if fighting in hard mode.
  3. ^ This drop only attempts to roll should you fail to roll a hard clue, should you get this item, there's a 1% chance it'll be upgraded to a sealed clue scroll (master).
  4. ^ Base drop rate of 1/2,500, with a threshold of 500. Maximum rate is 1/250, reached at 5000 kills.

Normal mode, F2P world[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Numbing root.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Numbing root with rarity 47/520 in quantity 2-6Numbing rootF2P icon.png2–647/520[d 1][1]38,078-114,23412-36
Clingy mole.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Clingy mole with rarity 5/520 in quantity 1Clingy moleF2P icon.png15/520[d 1][1]9,897300
Rotten fang.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Rotten fang with rarity 1/2500 in quantity 1Rotten fangF2P icon.png11/2500[d 2][2]Not soldNot alchemisable
  1. ^ a b There is a 1/10 chance to roll onto the mole's rare uniques table. The rates listed are the overall rate for each specific item, including the 1/10 chance to receive any rare unique item at all. The drop rates of rare items depends on if players are on free-to-play worlds and if fighting in hard mode.
  2. ^ Base drop rate of 1/2,500, with a threshold of 500. Maximum rate is 1/250, reached at 5000 kills.

Hard mode, P2P world[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Long, sharp claws.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Long, sharp claws with rarity Common in quantity 1Long, sharp claws (m)P2P icon.png1Common[d 1]0High Level Alchemy icon.png0
Ultra-growth potion (1).png: RS3 Giant mole drops Ultra-growth potion (1) with rarity 30/520 in quantity 1Ultra-growth potion (1) (m)P2P icon.png130/520[d 2][1]Not soldNot alchemisable
Numbing root.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Numbing root with rarity 10/520 in quantity 8-12Numbing rootF2P icon.png8–1210/520[d 2][1]152,312-228,46848-72
Clingy mole.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Clingy mole with rarity 10/520 in quantity 1Clingy moleF2P icon.png110/520[d 2][1]9,897300
Dragon 2h sword.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Dragon 2h sword with rarity 2/520 in quantity 1Dragon 2h sword (m)P2P icon.png12/520[d 2][1]139,863132,000
Sealed clue scroll (hard).png: RS3 Giant mole drops Sealed clue scroll (hard) with rarity 10/1280 in quantity 1Sealed clue scroll (hard) (m)P2P icon.png110/1280Not soldNot alchemisable
Sealed clue scroll (elite).png: RS3 Giant mole drops Sealed clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/1280 in quantity 1Sealed clue scroll (elite) (m)P2P icon.png11/1280[d 3]Not soldNot alchemisable
Long bone.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Long bone with rarity 1/400 in quantity 1Long bone (m)P2P icon.png11/4003High Level Alchemy icon.png3
Curved bone.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Curved bone with rarity 1/5000 in quantity 1Curved bone (m)P2P icon.png11/50004High Level Alchemy icon.png4
Starved ancient effigy.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Starved ancient effigy with rarity Rare in quantity 1Starved ancient effigy (m)P2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Rotten fang.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Rotten fang with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Rotten fangF2P icon.png11/500[d 4][2]Not soldNot alchemisable
  1. ^ Only during Fur 'n' Seek
  2. ^ a b c d There is a 1/10 chance to roll onto the mole's rare uniques table. The rates listed are the overall rate for each specific item, including the 1/10 chance to receive any rare unique item at all. The drop rates of rare items depends on if players are on free-to-play worlds and if fighting in hard mode.
  3. ^ This drop only attempts to roll should you fail to roll a hard clue, should you get this item, there's a 1% chance it'll be upgraded to a sealed clue scroll (master).
  4. ^ Base drop rate of 1/500, with a threshold of 500. Maximum rate is 1/50, reached at 5000 kills.

Hard mode, F2P world[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Numbing root.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Numbing root with rarity 47/520 in quantity 8-12Numbing rootF2P icon.png8–1247/520[d 1][1]Not soldNot alchemisable
Clingy mole.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Clingy mole with rarity 5/520 in quantity 2Clingy moleF2P icon.png25/520[d 1][1]19,794600
Rotten fang.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Rotten fang with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Rotten fangF2P icon.png11/500[d 2][2]Not soldNot alchemisable
  1. ^ a b There is a 1/10 chance to roll onto the mole's rare uniques table. The rates listed are the overall rate for each specific item, including the 1/10 chance to receive any rare unique item at all. The drop rates of rare items depends on if players are on free-to-play worlds and if fighting in hard mode.
  2. ^ Base drop rate of 1/500, with a threshold of 500. Maximum rate is 1/50, reached at 5000 kills.

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Key token.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Key token with rarity Rare in quantity 1Key tokenF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Mimic kill token.png: RS3 Giant mole drops Mimic kill token with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Mimic kill token (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare7,385Not alchemisable

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 2 March 2020 (Update):.
    • Fixed a minor exploit when fighting the Hardcore Giant Mole.
  • patch 14 October 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue causing Giant Mole killcount to be incorrect.
  • ninja 3 April 2018 (Update):
    • King Black Dragon and Giant Mole now have boss health bars during their encounters. The Giant Mole health bar will display after its tutorial is completed.
  • hotfix 9 October 2017 (Update):
    • The Giant mole now drops a minimum of three mystic cloth (to potentially be shared between three players).
  • ninja 9 October 2017 (Update):
    • The boss pet for Giant Mole can now drop in free worlds.
  • patch 8 August 2016 (Update):
    • Loot from the Giant Mole is now correctly distributed while Group Lootshare is active.
  • patch 18 April 2016 (Update):
    • The museum curators have received complaints and, as such, have updated their display of the Giant Mole.
  • patch 30 March 2015 (Update):
    • The Giant Mole once again remembers how to punish those who seek comfort in tight spaces.
  • patch 16 March 2015 (Update):
    • Mini-moles in the Giant Mole encounter are now more aggressive.
  • patch 17 November 2014 (Update):
    • You can no longer select a group size of 50 for the Giant Mole.
  • patch 20 December 2011 (Update):
    • The Giant Mole now drops loot if it is killed whilst players are digging.
  • patch 8 February 2010 (Update):
    • The mud thrown at you when the giant mole retreats now properly scales to cover your window.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Giant Mole received a graphical and mechanical update on 27 January 2014. The same update also reduced the cavern size by half. Details about the mole before her update can be found here.
  • Sometimes, a glitch can occur where the giant mole may stay in one room for two phases rather than constantly moving around as her life points deplete. This only occurs when she first tunnels away to the first cavern.
  • The giant mole was made available to free-to-play players on 29 February 2016. The same update also removed the shortcut areas in the cavern into gaps wide enough for players to run through.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this boss was 2,775 kills for normal mode and 2,670 for hard mode.[3]
    • This had increased to 5,000 for normal mode and 5,130 for hard mode by 13 December 2018.[4]
  • The giant mole's scientific name, Talpidae wysonian, is a reference to the real life Talpidae family of moles.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Mod Shauny. Dev Blog: Revealing Drop Rates. 3 November 2017. (Archived from the original on 3 November 2017.)
  2. ^ a b c d Mod Ryan. "Boss pets - Drop rates!." 9 January 2015. Ninja Team Forums.
  3. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. Reddit. 2 February 2018. (Archived from the original on 25 January 2019.) Mod Shauny: "Here are the top 10 kills for each Boss in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"
  4. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 20 Boss Killers by Monster (Data: 13th December 2018). Reddit. 8 January 2019. (Archived from the original on 28 February 2020.) Mod Shauny: "[link to a spreadsheet]"