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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]

  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]

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69–73%8–10%10–13%6–7%2–3%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 1,929 kills.
2 items are dropped at a time.
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Main drops[edit | edit source]

Normal mode[edit | edit source]

Hard mode[edit | edit source]

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Normal mode, P2P world P2P icon.png[edit | edit source]

  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 F2P icon.png[edit | edit source]

  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 P2P icon.png[edit | edit source]

  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 F2P icon.png[edit | edit source]

  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.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 8 June 2020 (Update):
    • Giant Mole minions now despawn on boss death.
  • 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 24 March 2014 (Update):
    • Players can no longer attack the Giant Mole from the far side of the agility shortcuts of the chamber it is currently in.
    • The Giant Mole will now correctly advance the fight when a familiar deals the most damage to it.
  • patch 17 February 2014 (Update):
    • The giant mole can now be harmed by familiars.
    • Ultra-growth potions now drop from the giant mole correctly when in a LootShare group.
    • The trail left by the giant mole when it digs now always indicates the direction it is heading in.
  • patch 4 February 2014 (Update):
    • The Elite Tasks reward listing for Falador now states the amended rewards, following the Giant Mole rework.
    • The butterfly that is part of the Guthix's Blessing ability now will follow players through shortcuts in the Giant Mole lair. As a result, the healing effect is no longer cut short.
  • 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]"