God Wars Dungeon

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The God Wars Dungeon (often abbreviated as GWD), originally known as the Temple of Lost Ancients[1], is a dangerous dungeon where armies of various gods, left over from the God Wars, fight one another to the death. Its release was announced in the Behind the Scenes of August 2007.

Navigating towards the dungeon requires having defeated Dad in the Troll Stronghold quest. Reaching the dungeon itself requires level 60 in Strength or Agility (boostable) to navigate the boulder that blocks the path to the dungeon. Exploring the inside of the dungeon requires level 15 Agility regardless of Strength level.

The main level of the God Wars Dungeon contains four different armies. The foot-soldiers of each army are dedicated to one of four major gods involved in the God WarsArmadyl, Bandos, Saradomin, or Zamorak. A deeper level, the Ancient Prison, contains a fifth army, that of Zaros. Combatants of each god on the main level are highly aggressive to any entity not aligned with their side. Wearing a single item devoted to a god renders his followers completely tolerant unless provoked. Zaros' followers are not as easily calmed; the only way to make them tolerant is with the Shard of Zaros, an item obtained from completing Fate of the Gods. The Shard of Zaros also causes the followers of all of the armies to become non-aggressive.

The four primary bosses fought in this dungeon are Commander Zilyana, K'ril Tsutsaroth, Kree'arra, General Graardor who drop tier-70 armour and weapons, and Nex who is best known for dropping tier-80 Torva, Pernix and Virtus armour. This dungeon was followed up by The Heart of Gielinor, often called GWD2.

Dungeon info[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Monsters fighting for their God
An ancient, thawed temple

The God Wars Dungeon is an enormous cavern complex that lies north of Trollheim. It contains an ancient temple which seems to be one of the last remaining battlefields of the god wars. The last active gods of the God Wars—Saradomin, Armadyl, Bandos and Zamorak—are fighting each other inside this dungeon.

At the beginning of the God Wars, an extremely powerful Zarosian general known as Nex was imprisoned inside an icy cave by a group of Saradominists. Afterwards, the Saradominists built a temple around the cave and named it the Temple of Lost Ancients.

Years later, Zamorak had gathered an army so powerful it seemed nothing could stop him from achieving victory over the other gods in this war. In response, Saradomin forged a triumvirate of gods between himself, Bandos, and Armadyl in order to discuss their battle plans. The gods reached a conclusion and forged the godsword, a weapon supposedly powerful enough to slay a god. An army was formed, and the Armadylean aviansie were given the task of delivering the godsword so that Zamorak could be destroyed once and for all.

Misfortune befell the army, and it was quickly overpowered by the vast Zamorakian forces led by K'ril Tsutsaroth. An ambush was launched on the aviansie delivering the godsword in an attempt to seize the sword. The aviansie fought off the Zamorakians long enough to retreat into the ancient temple in the mountains. There, they continued the fight for the godsword.

The God Wars rage on beneath this ancient temple

Both Saradomin and Bandos sent their forces to lend the aviansie aid, sending their best generals knowing the risk if Zamorak obtained the godsword. Armadyl sent Kree'arra with additional aviansie reinforcements. Saradomin sent Commander Zilyana with a small band of Saradominist knights and priests, who also recruited peasants from the countryside during their trek to the cavern. Bandos sent General Graardor along with numerous goblins from the Rekeshuun tribe, ogres, jogres, orks and cyclopes.

Despite the three gods' alliance, tensions quickly flared between the factions and General Graardor attempted to break Kree'arra's defences. The attack was unsuccessful, resulting in Zilyana and Kree'arra fighting against Graardor and K'ril. Eventually, Kree'arra decided to betray Zilyana, who anticipated his attack thanks to an an amulet gifted by Saradomin. This action now resulted in a battle royale for the godsword, with each faction designing their own hilt. The godsword was also shattered to pieces during the fighting, and was collected by all factions in an attempt to create the blade first before the others could.

At some unknown point during the battle, Saradominist priests and priestesses, most notably Ashuelot Reis, were approached by a stranger who spoke of Guthix and how he was capable of ending the God Wars. Ashuelot and the other priests were persuaded to turn against Saradomin and become followers of Guthix. They were instructed to perform a ritual that would allegedly awaken Guthix; however, it was actually Nex whom they would awaken. The stranger, later found out to be Sliske, killed the priests and priestesses after the ritual, having no use for them after reawakening his god's general. Ashuelot, proficient in Guthixian rituals, transformed herself into a nature spirit to keep her spirit alive so that she may pass her story to any adventurer willing to listen.

Despite their aggression towards each other, the four other generals, aware that none of them could accomplish the task alone, formed an alliance to remove Nex from the battle. They succeeded, and Nex was once again trapped behind the frozen door. With the major threat out of the picture, the four generals resumed their battle amongst one another.

As the massive battle raged on, Guthix awoke from his slumber. The God of Balance joined the fray - not for the godsword, but because the battle threatened the very balance of the world. Guthixian forces served as diversions, in order to prolong the battle long enough for Aeternam the World Guardian to cast a powerful freezing spell on the temple, imprisoning the combatants within for thousands of years, effectively ending the war. Present day, the dungeon contains many creatures that are now extinct elsewhere on Gielinor.

Thousands of years later, in the Fifth Age, tectonic activity in Gielinor thawed out the ancient temple and each of the armies within. The now-thawed out combatants of the war are completely unbeknownst to the intervention of Guthix. Unaware that the war was long over, they continued their fight for the godsword.

Not long after the dungeon was active once again, it was discovered by a dwarf, who related the unearthing of this cavern to the Temple Knights of Asgarnia. Fearing the resurfacing of an ancient evil, a contingent of the Knights' best men was dispatched to the dungeon for reconnaissance. Despite being frozen for thousands of years, the might of the ancient combatants had not diminished. All but one of the knights were swiftly slaughtered; Sir Gerry lies dying at this cave's mouth.

Near the end of the Fifth Age, when Guthix's resting place was found, the generals of the four factions - Kree'arra, Zilyana, K'ril and Graardor personally arrived to kill the god so that they could bring their gods back. Nex was freed by the Mahjarrat Sliske, who went with the Zarosian Mahjarrat. The adventurer, who had intended to assist Orlando Smith in exploring the place, was recruited by the Guthixians to defend Guthix. Though largely successful, Guthix was eventually killed by Sliske and the gods returned to Gielinor.

Though the generals eventually knew that thousands of years had passed, they nonetheless continued to fight for the godsword. They would occasionally leave the fighting to their subordinates when they had to deal with important tasks however, such as Graardor having to temporarily leave his forces to get revenge on the Dorgeshuun for causing Bandos' death.

Sometime after these events, Zaros visited Nex and empowered her with the four ancient elements that he had intended to give her but could not due to Zamorak's betrayal.

Due to the discovery of the cavern and numerous adventurers entering, they were able to make the godsword for themselves. The four main generals, seeing this, eventually left the dungeon with their followers.[2]

Getting there[edit | edit source]

The route to the God Wars Dungeon from Burthorpe (requires completion of Troll Stronghold)

Unlocking[edit | edit source]

  • Ensure you have either 60 Strength or 60 Agility
  • Complete the Death Plateau quest
  • Complete the Troll Stronghold quest till the part where you defeat Dad
  • Teleport to Burthorpe
  • Equip Climbing boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Climbing bootsClimbing boots (obtain them from Freda if you don't have them)
  • Follow the route on the map to the right to get to the dungeon
  • At the very end of the route, speak to the Dying Knight and complete the conversation in order to enter
  • Enter the Hole near the knight

Teleports[edit | edit source]

Entrance[edit | edit source]

Entrance Zone[edit | edit source]

The Dying Knight

Push the boulder (requires level 60 Strength - this can be boosted) or use the agility shortcut (requires level 60 Agility) which is sliding past the same rock instead of lifting it.

Once past the boulder or through the shortcut, an icy, cold area before the dungeon entrance is reached. This area will periodically drain the player's stats, run energy, adrenaline/special attack, prayer points, summoning points and health. If it drains the player's Agility or Strength level so that neither is above level 60, they will be prevented from going back through the boulder.

Walk north to find the dungeon entrance. There are several aggressive level 95 ice wolves near the entrance that attack with melee.

Make sure all god-related protection items are equipped. A mistake will most likely lead to a swift death.

The Dying Knight[edit | edit source]

Players can talk to the dying knight south-west of the dungeon entrance and receive the knight's notes. The knight asks the player to bring the notes to Sir Tiffy Cashien in Falador Park. Players can enter the dungeon without bringing the notes to Sir Tiffy. Players don't even need the notes to enter, just speak to the knight before entering the first time.

If the notes are brought to Sir Tiffy, he takes them whether they have been read or not.

After grabbing the notes from the dying knight, he succumbs to his fatal wounds. If the notes were not brought to Sir Tiffy (by destroying it), another set of notes can be obtained from his corpse.

Items[edit | edit source]

Overload (4).pngAntipoison++ (4).pngSuper restore (4).pngSuper restore (4).png
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Recommended items[edit | edit source]

God-related protection[edit | edit source]

Area Protection required
Armadyl Bandos Saradomin Zamorak
Main dungeon
Armadyl's corner Yes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Bandos' corner Yes check.svg Yes check.svg X mark.svg Yes check.svg
Saradomin's corner Yes check.svg X mark.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Zamorak's corner X mark.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Armadyl's Eyrie Yes check.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Yes check.svg
Bandos' Stronghold X mark.svg Yes check.svg X mark.svg Yes check.svg
Saradomin's Encampment X mark.svg X mark.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Zamorak's Fortress X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Yes check.svg

All monsters in the dungeon are aggressive to any player unless they have equipped at least one item that is devoted to their god; the exception is the followers of Zaros in the Ancient Prison. Aggression remains for a monster until the battle is over, whether this be one of the combatants dying or leaving the area. As such, unequipping and reequipping a piece of equipment causes monsters in the vicinity to become aggressive but not tolerant.

Only one item devoted to a god is required to pacify all of his soldiers, and having items devoted to a different god or gods does not cancel out the effect of any other piece of equipment. Certain items aligned to Zaros - Pernix, Torva, and Virtus armours and the shard of Zaros - will grant tolerance from all main dungeon monsters, and the shard of Zaros also negates aggression in the Ancient Prison. For players without any Zarosian equipment, four items are required for full tolerance in the main dungeon, for example, an Armadyl pendant, ancient mace, Zamorak platelegs, and Saradomin cloak.

There are no followers of the god diagonally across from that section in the vicinity in the main dungeon; the one exception to this is followers of Zamorak, who are dispersed everywhere within the dungeon. Within the god encampments, only protection for that god's followers and protection for Zamorak's followers are required. Each encampment only contains combatants of that god and a small, diffuse number of Zamorakians, except Zamorak's Fortress, which only contains Zamorakian followers.

Dungeon areas[edit | edit source]

Main dungeon[edit | edit source]

  • When a player first enters the dungeon, they arrive near a rope where a massive battle is being fought against all four gods. The god's armies are Bandos, Zamorak, Saradomin, and Armadyl. Moving out of the tile near the rope results in any nearby monsters attacking, if a respective god item is not equipped.
  • Music: Armageddon

Aggressive monsters[edit | edit source]

All monsters found in the dungeon are aggressive towards the player if they do not have any god-related protection on. However, here is an outlook on some of the monsters that always fight other monsters, which may be advantageous:

God camps[edit | edit source]

At the edges of the main dungeon are camps belonging to the followers of each god. Each camp contains more powerful followers, along with the unique spiritual monsters (although the Saradomin spiritual npcs are also found just outside of the camp). Saradomin's Encampment, Bandos' Stronghold, and Armadyl's Eyrie also contain various Zamorakians which fight the inhabitants in the base. Gaining entry to these camps requires players to have certain levels and sometimes use of some equipment.

Summoned familiars can enter all four camps, although sometimes they may need to be called after the player enters.

Within each camp are doors to the chambers of the general for that faction. Each chamber contains the general, with a Combat level of 500+, along with three level 102 bodyguards and a prayer altar.

The list of god camps are:

Boss chambers[edit | edit source]

Each boss chamber is preceded by a lobby. Entering the lobby requires killing 40 or more of that factions followers, unless the player has an active Totem of Intimidation or kills saved in a soulstone.

Entering the boss chamber itself deducts 40 kills from a player's killcount for that faction. Leaving the god wars dungeon completely resets all killcounts to zero. Boss chambers may be instanced for private sessions.

When players enter a boss monster's room, they can return to the chamber lobby by selecting the right-click option "teleport" on the altar - exit via the door they entered through is not allowed. Players who die in the boss chamber require another 40 kills to enter. Players should take only items they can afford to reclaim from Death.

  • Gravestones of players who die in a non-instanced chamber are in the chamber.
  • Gravestones of players who die in an instanced chamber are in the boss lobby, which can make them difficult to bless.

The Generals reside at the end of their bases. In order to access them, players must kill 40 of their god's followers first (e.g. killing 40 Bandosian followers to access General Graardor) before they can enter. A soulstone can bypass some of the kill count if it has charges stored, which is obtained by killing the generals themselves. If they don't have the killcount and try to enter, the door does not open for them. Upon getting the killcount, players enter a small "lobby", where players are safe from monster attacks (a bank is provided in Nex's "lobby", and also has a hidden panel at the southern end of the room to access a harder encounter). The second obstacle (door or barrier) asks the player if they would like to enter the room or create/join an instance. Normal and hard mode encounters can be created, apart from Nex's.

The generals and their bodyguards DO count towards the killcount.

If a player is wearing an item corresponding to that god, they receive a +10 Prayer boost for each item (e.g. A player with level 99 Prayer wearing Bandos tassets, Boots, Chestplate, an Ancient mace, Bandos coif, Bandos vambraces, Book of war, receives 1060 Prayer after praying at the Bandos altar).

Archaeology resources[edit | edit source]

Throughout the dungeon are several material caches for players to obtain materials for Archaeology:

Map[edit | edit source]

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Commander Zilyana[edit | edit source]

Commander Zilyana

Commander Zilyana is the general of Saradomin, and one of the four low-level bosses of the dungeon. Commander Zilyana is a female Icyene. She is the fastest attacking general, as she attacks every other game tick. Her magic attack targets all players in the room, much like Graardor's ranged attack.

Camp entrance[edit | edit source]

Saradomin's Encampment.

Agility boosters cannot be used to enter the encampment. Familiars can be brought into the Encampment, but may need to be called at the bottom in order to access its inventory. A few minions of Zamorak (werewolves, vampyres, an icefiend, and one gorak) are in the encampment, fighting the minions of Saradomin. Bandos and Armadyl minions do not appear in the encampment.

The main area of the Encampment was increased in size along with the addition of the Zaros section of the God Wars Dungeon, providing many more monsters to fight in the Encampment.

Saradomin symbol.png
Saradominist followers
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Kree'arra[edit | edit source]

Armadyl's Eyrie.

Kree'arra is the general of Armadyl, and one of the four low-level bosses of the dungeon. Kree'arra cannot be attacked with any Melee attacks, and is the most durable of the four original generals. Unlike the other generals who focus on one target, Kree'arra does not; with the exception of his melee attacks, his magic and ranged attacks target everyone in the room. Kree'arra can also attack with melee, but only does so when he is generally not under attack. It is the strongest of his three attacks, though his ranged attack hits just as hard.

Camp entrance[edit | edit source]

The gap that needs to be crossed.

None of the Aviansie within the camp can be attacked with Melee. There are a few Zamorak followers roaming the eyrie (goraks, bloodvelds, werewolves, spiritual rangers), so it is a good idea to keep a Zamorak item equipped (the Zamorak's Book of Chaos is a good choice for rangers). The Armadyl and Zamorak minions rarely fight one another. No Saradomin or Bandos minions appear in the Eyrie.

Armadyl symbol.png
Armadylean followers
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General Graardor[edit | edit source]

Bandos' Stronghold.
General Graardor

General Graardor is the general of Bandos, and one of the four low-level bosses of the dungeon. General Graardor is very large, brutal, and heavily armoured. Though he is the least durable of the four original generals, Graardor is still not to be underestimated, as he has the strongest auto-attacks, dealing up to 2,500 damage with melee and 1,500 with ranged, the latter of which hits all players in the room. Therefore, Protect from Melee is recommended for players who have his attention.

Camp entrance[edit | edit source]

A player banging on the door in Bandos' Stronghold using a hammer.

The gong on the big door must be hit with a hammer to enter the camp. A hammer stored on a tool belt will work. The player automatically enters the Stronghold when the gong is hit.

To leave, simply walk up next to the door and it opens, or click on the door ('Bang on big door'). The door does not always open. If this happens, walk about 3-4 squares into the Stronghold and try again. Simply staying next to the door and repeatedly clicking it does not cause it to open.

A few minions of Zamorak (a Bloodveld, Hellhound, Imp, Werewolf and a few Vampyres) are found lingering in the Stronghold. Only the Werewolf, Vampyre and Hellhound fight the followers of Bandos.

Bandos symbol.png
Bandosian followers
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K'ril Tsutsaroth[edit | edit source]

Zamorak's Fortress.
K'ril Tsutsaroth

K'ril Tsutsaroth is the general of Zamorak, and one of the four low-level bosses of the dungeon. K'ril Tsutsaroth's magic attacks tend to hit less than his melee attacks. Though he is the weakest in terms of auto-attacks, he can also inflict minor poison and is the only original general who possesses an ability. At random intervals throughout the fight (but at least 20 seconds into one), he will smash the player and deal up to 5,500 soft typeless damage and reduce their prayer points by half. The damage is split if players are near the targeted player, but the prayer drain still applies to them.

He may also be killed as part of a greater demon slayer task.

Camp entrance[edit | edit source]

The icy water that needs to be crossed.

When entering the camp, the player's Prayer points are immediately drained to 0 upon entering. The lighting is dimmed and cannot be magnified by any light sources. Attempting to light the area with a light source produces the message: The darkness in this area is caused by a nearby source of extreme evil. Your puny light source isn't nearly powerful enough to alleviate the darkness. The fortress is the only one of the four gods' camps that contains only the minions of its god. No minions of Saradomin, Armadyl, or Bandos spawn here.

Zamorak symbol.png
Zamorakian followers
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Ancient Prison[edit | edit source]

Entrance[edit | edit source]

The Ancient Prison.
The frozen door at the southern part of the dungeon that leads to the Ancient Prison.

It is in the southern part of the Dungeon, just east of the entrance to Armadyl's Eyrie, is a door with the symbols of the four gods. The door is the entrance to the Zaros stronghold, known as the Ancient Prison. The player must have a charged Frozen key in inventory to open the door. The key must be assembled from four key fragments, one being held by each of the four armies on the main level of the dungeon. The players must enter the encampments of Armadyl, Bandos, Saradomin and Zamorak and slay the monsters there to obtain the pieces of the key. All monsters in the appropriate encampment can drop a key fragment.

After passing through the door, the player is in a small, monsterless room with a pit leading to a lower level.

Entering the Frozen Door.

After climbing down the pit, the player is in another small, monsterless room. The larger room contains dangerous Zarosians, mainly Ancient warriors, Ancient rangers, Ancient mages and Blood reavers. They are always aggressive to anyone who enters the room, unless the player has equipped the Shard of Zaros.

At the end of the room lies a second monsterless room where the spirit Ashuelot Reis can be found. She can access the player's bank for them. In order to access this room, players must obtain 40 Zarosian kill count or use a set of ancient ceremonial robes, which bypasses the requirement. The north part of this room is considered to be a "bank" area to restore health, while the south part is a standard area to allow players to light fires.

The requirements to access both the Ancient Prison and the bank area can be permanently bypassed by giving Ashuelot Reis 10 million coins, a set of Ancient ceremonial robes, and a frozen key.

Nex[edit | edit source]


Nex is an immensely powerful being, and one of Zaros' most powerful weapons of war, and a very high level bossing activity with rewards including the Virtus armour, Pernix armour and Torva armour. She is a member of the Nihil race, a race created by Zaros, which possesses physical traits of the Icyene, demons, aviansie and vampyres, being graceful, yet cruel and vicious. Although Zaros initially considered the race to be a failure, referring to them as Nihil, Nex grew much larger and more powerful in size than the other Nihil, so Zaros took her under his control. She is one of Zaros' most powerful generals, along with Azzanadra and formerly Zamorak.

Nex: Angel of Death[edit | edit source]

Nex: Angel of Death

Nex: Angel of Death is one of the highest level combat activities in the game, and contains many valuable rewards including the Praesul codex.png: RS3 Inventory image of Praesul codexPraesul codex. In this fight, Nex has been empowered by Zaros' gifts to her - four large crystals which contain a massive supply of shadow, smoke, blood and ice energy. Her praesuls have also become empowered by these crystals, growing in size and strength.

Zarosian followers[edit | edit source]

Rewards[edit | edit source]

The most valuable of the items found as drops in the dungeon include the various pieces of the Godsword and other equipment such as Bandos armour, Armadyl armour, the Robes of subjugation, Torva armour, Pernix armour, Virtus armour, the Zaryte bow, the Praesul codex, the Wand of the praesul, and the Imperium core. Apart from the Zaryte bow, all other drops can only be obtained in the dungeon, making it truly unique.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Updates[edit | edit source]

The God Wars Dungeon has received several updates since its first release.

On 20 December 2010, when an 'Open' option was quietly added to the Frozen door. Players who tried to open the door would hear rumbling and an unknown voice talking to them to terrorise them, later revealed to be Nex. It was just a teaser and the door could not be opened.

  • Mortals, only death awaits you here
  • Release me and know despair
  • Face me and know despair
  • All those who oppose us will perish
  • Give me the power of shadow
  • My revenge will be great
  • Face me and you will suffer
  • You cannot imprison me forever

On 10 January 2011, the frozen door was opened to reveal the Ancient Prison and Nex and her army. The update allowed players who acquired a frozen key to enter the prison, fight their way through and defeat Nex and her minions. Notable is the release of a bank in the dungeon (albeit unconventional to reach), the then-strongest monster Nex and many new items, most notably Torva, Pernix and Virtus armour, the Zaryte bow and Ancient Ceremonial robes. Several smaller updates were released involving the Ancient Prison.

On 5 September 2012, the dungeon received a full graphical update of nearly everything within it (vampyres, Zilyana and K'ril were unaffected, for example, due to having been updated recently), including the generals and their bodyguards and armies, almost all weapons and equipment found in the dungeon, as well as a number of technical changes and a new assortment of audio and music for the dungeon. New drops were also added to make full sets of equipment, along with lore books explaining the generals' pasts.

On 30 April 2013, an update introduced instanced God War boss rooms, similar to the Kalphite King's instance mechanics. God Wars Generals, excluding Nex, were allowed to be instanced, which meant for stronger generals and minions (except for Nex, who was unaffected). Instanced rooms cost 200,000-250,000 coins per hour. There is also a "hard" version of them, which involves much stronger generals and minions, their special abilities from The World Wakes, and as a result in "Hard" mode rewards are generally more plentiful along with a special drop called a Soulstone. Also, there is a "lobby" between the main God's room and the General's room. Before this update, a player who died in the general's room would end up having a grave in the boss room, which would make it highly likely that they would lose their items before they could grab them. If a player dies in an instance shard room (not the regular), their grave ends up in the "lobby" so they can reclaim their items somewhat more safely.

In October 2013, the Warpriest armour became available as rare drops from Zamorakian and Saradominist followers. The rarity of the drop depends whether or not the player already purchased the armour during the Battle of Lumbridge.

In January 2014, more Warpriest armour became available as rare drops from Bandosian and Armadylean followers, along with three new abilities; Sacrifice, Devotion and Transfigure, which were only dropped by Kree'arra and General Graardor.

With the release of Fate of the Gods, the shard of Zaros, an item obtained upon completion of the quest, makes all common enemies tolerant towards the player, including the Zarosian faction. This does not apply to the generals and their bodyguards for obvious reasons.

The ninja fixes of 11 August 2014 included an update to allow players who made an instance to select the spawn timers for the duration of the instance, similar to the Kalphite King. This allows players to have an increased kill rate of bosses without having to wait or crash others.

On 30 January 2017, a harder encounter with Nex was added, designed to be a high-level boss fight similar to that of Vorago.

Records[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included—see here for how to help out!
  • patch 6 September 2021 (Update):
    • The requirements to reach, pass and enter the God Wars Dungeon are now described in greater detail across multiple icons for God Wars Dungeon bosses.
  • patch 13 January 2020 (Update):
    • It's no longer possible to get multiple scrolls from the dying knight at the entrance to God Wars Dungeon.
  • patch 11 November 2019 (Update):
    • Replaced some items dropped by creatures within the Godwars Dungeon with salvage.
  • ninja 26 March 2018 (Update):
    • Praying at a God Wars altar will now display the exact time remaining until you can do so again.
  • patch 13 February 2017 (Update):
    • The Stone of Jas buff now works inside God Wars Dungeon instances.
  • patch 6 February 2017 (Update):
    • God tokens from World Event 2 will now count as the appropriate god faction when in the God Wars dungeon.
  • patch 9 January 2017 (Update):
    • The chance of receiving a warpriest armour piece in the God Wars Dungeon is now decided on an NPC's death rather than on each drop.
  • patch 31 May 2016 (Update):
    • Re-prevented cannons from being placed in the God Wars dungeon
  • patch 7 September 2015 (Update):
    • Capitalised the titles of the God Wars Dungeon lore drops and fixed an examine typo on "The Glory of General Graardor".
  • patch 20 July 2015 (Update):
    • Players can no longer safely walk Nex up and down her prison room.
  • patch 8 June 2015 (Update):
    • The broken bridge jump in the God Wars dungeon will now correctly check for level 70 Constitution.
  • patch 11 May 2015 (Update):
    • Players can no longer become trapped inside of the rocky walls within Saradomin's Encampment at the God Wars Dungeon.
  • ninja 5 May 2015 (Update):
    • Players will no longer receive a warning when teleporting to the God Wars dungeon while wielding Nex armour or a Shard of Zaros.
  • patch 2 March 2015 (Update):
    • A creature in the God Wars Dungeon has been moved to prevent drops appearing on top of a pillar.
  • patch 5 January 2015 (Update):
    • Players will no longer be teleported to Lumbridge if they log out in the God Wars Dungeon under certain circumstances.
  • patch 29 September 2014 (Update):
    • The drop rate of the world event 2 abilities from bosses in the God Wars Dungeon has been doubled, and the ability to gain these abilities whilst in a LootShare group has been added.
  • ninja 11 August 2014 (Update):
    • Players can now select the respawn rate of instanced God Wars Dungeon bosses.
  • patch 22 July 2014 (Update):
    • Killing NPCs with LootShare enabled in the God Wars Dungeon will no longer award 2 to the kill count.
  • ninja 9 June 2014 (Update):
    • The altars in the God Wars Dungeon will now give the player an estimated time before they can next use them.
  • patch 14 April 2014 (Update):
    • The boulder blocking the entrance to the God Wars Dungeon is no longer missing its Strength and Agility requirements.
  • patch 6 November 2013 (Update):
    • Some camera-related issues in the God Wars Dungeon have been fixed.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • Players are no longer attacked by God Wars Dungeon minions if they are wearing an item obtained from The Battle of Lumbridge.
  • patch 9 July 2013 (Update):
    • Players in the God Wars Dungeon waiting rooms have been stopped from taking damage from boss attacks.
  • patch 11 June 2013 (Update):
    • The God Wars ranged bodyguards now stay at ranged distance consistently.
  • hotfix 4 June 2013 (Update):
    • Hard-mode God Wars bosses now correctly use the hard-mode drop table when players are using Lootshare.
    • Flight Kilisa and Flockleader Geerin now increase the Armadyl kill count in the God Wars Dungeon once again.
  • patch 24 March 2014 (Update):
    • Enemies in the God Wars Dungeon no longer stay at 0 lifepoints without dying when they drop warpriest armour.
  • patch 12 March 2013 (Update):
    • The snow at the God Wars underground entrance no longer covers items when they are dropped.
  • patch 14 January 2013 (Update):
    • The door to the Ancient Prison can now be opened after 40 Zarosian kills instead of 41.
    • Corrected the kill counter in Ancient Prison area of God Wars to give only one count for each kill.
  • patch 11 December 2012 (Update):
    • The Armadyl coif now counts as an Armadyl item in the God Wars dungeon.
  • patch 9 October 2012 (Update):
    • Lootshare now works in all areas of the Armadyl God Wars boss room.
  • patch 19 September 2012 (Update):
    • Players will no longer be automatically attacked when they have entered the God Wars Dungeon until they take their first step.
  • patch 14 August 2012 (Update):
    • Teleporting out of the God Wars Dungeon without killing anything no longer tells the player about their kills being cleared.
  • patch 13 December 2011 (Update):
    • Blocking has been added on a waterfall in the God Wars dungeon.
  • patch 28 November 2011 (Update):
    • The water around the God Wars area has been frozen over.
  • patch 6 October 2010 (Update):
    • God Wars Dungeon walls now better match their surroundings due to changes to the area's lighting.
  • patch 10 August 2010 (Update):
    • Optimised some of the more combat intensive NPCs to reduce overall server load. This affects the God Wars Dungeon NPCs, creatures in the Dagannoth area and various other NPCs.
  • patch 19 July 2010 (Update):
    • Removed some legacy code from the God Wars Dungeon.
  • patch 24 June 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed the water colour of the top of the God Wars Dungeon’s hot spring eruptions.
    • Resolved some clipping with the tops of the God Wars Dungeon.
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed a piece of code in the God Wars Dungeon where a stat-reducing attack didn't reduce the correct amount.
  • patch 8 July 2009 (Update):
    • Orcs in the God Wars Dungeon are now orks.
  • patch 22 June 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed some render issues with the lighting in the God Wars Dungeon, and on the scenery found there.
  • patch 16 June 2009 (Update):
    • Better checks added to ensure players will get Slayer experience from various creatures in the God Wars Dungeon.
  • patch 9 June 2009 (Update):
    • Changed the God Wars lake area to match other water areas in high detail.
    • Commander Zilyana’s area in the God Wars Dungeon has had a bit of a cave-in, and is now slightly smaller as a result.
  • patch 27 May 2009 (Update):
    • Some of the creatures in the God Wars Dungeon will no longer allow 'AFK' training.
  • patch 12 May 2009 (Update):
    • Spiritual warriors in the God Wars Dungeon were using a punching animation even though they obviously have a weapon equipped.
    • Updated some wall models in K’ril Tsutsaroth’s room, as a small section didn't fit in with the surroundings.
  • patch 17 March 2009 (Update):
    • The god familiars (Zamorak hawk, etc) will now provide the same protection as god-related items while in God Wars.
  • patch 25 February 2009 (Update):
    • Some rocks around the entrance to the God Wars Dungeon no longer look like they're floating.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When standing in the southern edge of the lowest part of Saradomin's Encampment, an underwater area could once be seen to the south with dead bodies floating around using an orb of oculus. This was confirmed to be a place where players would swim through the lake on the way to Zamorak's Fortress, but was eventually scrapped. The area was replaced by the Ancient Prison and is no longer visible.
  • In Bandos' part of the main dungeon north-west of the entrance, there used to be a frozen ork that appears to be shoulder-tackling a frozen man. The word "noob" could be seen on the floor just below the man. The man is at default player appearance as commonly used by macro-ers. This is no longer there due to a graphical update.
  • When RuneScape HD was released, the God Wars Dungeon was featured on the login screen.
  • Though the battle is between four factions, Saradominists, Armadyleans, and Bandosians will not attack each other.
  • Prior to the God Wars Dungeon graphical update, players who wanted to enter Armadyl's Eyrie required a crossbow and mithril grapple. Players who wanted to enter Saradomin's Encampment for the first time also had to bring two ropes.
  • Prior to the aforementioned update above, the dungeon consisted of three levels, due to Saradomin's Encampment requiring ropes to get to the next level.
  • In an area of the dungeon, there used to be a frozen man stabbing an aviansie with a spear. This is no longer there due to a graphical update.
  • Near the exit, there used to be four frozen orks piling a demon that looked similar to Tstanon Karlak before his graphical update. This is no longer there due to the aforementioned update.
  • During multiple updates, the bodyguards of the original generals became slightly glitched, generating the following problems:
    • The ranged-based bodyguards Sergeant Grimspike, Wingman Skree, Zakl'n Gritch, and Bree, upon their respective general being hit, went into melee range of the player to attack rather than staying at a distance. (fixed)
    • Bodyguards do not respond to their respective general being hit; rather, they only engage the player if they get close enough regardless of the general being attacked or not. (not fixed)
  • Before the Evolution of Combat, every general (excluding Nex) had differing combat levels and equal life points. With the release of the Evolution of Combat, every general was updated to have the same combat level and differing life points. With the release of Legacy Mode, each general retained their life points while their combat levels were reverted to what they were pre-EOC.
  • Along with the release of Legacy Mode, an update to slightly buff the God Wars generals accidentally made them much stronger than intended. This led to players with even the best gear, weapons, and potions being unable to get more than a few kills at a time. This was fixed within a couple days.
  • Familiars once could not enter Zamorak's camp and had to be dismissed. This was changed on 8 July 2009.
  • On 15 December 2010, a life point boosting armour named Torva was leaked. The Behind the scenes of January 2011 revealed that there would be life point boosting armour, dropped by the new Zaros boss monster, Nex, and would be named Torva armour, along with Virtus armour and Pernix armour.
  • In the RuneScape based strategy game "Armies of Gielinor", the God Wars Dungeon is one of the levels which can be played in the Guthix campaign. In this level players have the control over Guthix's army and must defeat the Saradominist, Armadylian, Bandosian and Zamorakian armies.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Commander Zilyana, "Zilyana's Notes", RuneScape. "The aviansie are foolish cravens. Just the merest sniff of K'ril and they've retreated into the Temple of Lost Ancients."
  2. ^ Commander Zilyana, "Nodon Front", RuneScape. "After adventurers claimed the godsword, it no longer seemed relevant. We pulled out, as did the other forces."