Heart of Gielinor

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The Heart of Gielinor, also known as The Heart or God Wars Dungeon 2 (often abbreviated as GWD2), is the second God Wars Dungeon. Its release was preceded by revelation of its lore in the Tales of the God Wars miniquest and a community event, Heart of Gielinor: Encampment. It is located in the Kharidian Desert, just to the west of Nardah in an area called The Heart. It includes followers of Sliske and the three Freneskaen gods, Seren, Zamorak, and Zaros, who each have their own general and section in the dungeon, fighting for control over the source of the Anima Mundi.

The Heart of Gielinor is a mid-to-high combat area. As with the original God Wars Dungeon, the player must obtain killcount to access each general's chambers, obtained by killing a certain number of soldiers of the respective faction. The only exception to this is Telos, who does not need any killcount (though the player needs to kill the generals of the other factions first).

A newspost published prior to RuneFest 2014 contained the first hints that a new God Wars Dungeon might be possible. During RuneFest 2015, information about the release of the Heart of Gielinor was revealed.[1] It was mentioned that 2016 would include another God Wars Dungeon reflecting the Sixth Age conflict. Concept art showed Airut, followers of Tuska, and elven followers of Seren as well as designs for new godswords, although Tuska's faction was eventually scrapped, being replaced with a Freneskae theme instead.

The four primary bosses fought in this dungeon are Vindicta, Helwyr, Gregorovic and the Twin Furies who drop components for tier-80 to 85 armour and tier 85 weapons, and Telos who is best known for dropping tier-92 weapons.

Dungeon info[edit | edit source]

Getting there[edit | edit source]

The location of The Heart.

History[edit | edit source]

The Heart of Gielinor is where the Gielinor's anima flows through and pumped somewhere else. Created by the TokHaar, the Heart of Gielinor is also where Gielinor's Elder Halls reside in. As a failsafe, the Elder Gods also created Telos to serve as the Heart's warden.

Both Telos and the Heart would remain untouched for thousands of years, until Year 4 of the Sixth Age, when the abundant source of anima was discovered by Zamorak, Zaros, Seren and Sliske. Each entity sent their own forces to claim the Heart in their name, engaging in a vicious battle for several years. Eventually, the Zamorakians and Zarosians withdrew, while Sliske's army collapsed with his death. Helwyr and his elves remained to guard the Heart from everyone deemed a threat to Seren's plans.

Areas of the Heart[edit | edit source]

Entrance[edit | edit source]

The entrance area of The Heart.

The representatives for each faction can be found in the entrance area of The Heart. These are:

Players can check their reputation with each faction at each of the representatives, as well as reclaim any reputation rewards.

Feng, the Bounty Master is also found in the entrance area. Players can be assigned one bounty a day in a faction to earn reputation. Each bounty requires 100 kills in the assigned faction, with killing the faction's General counting as 25 kills.

Players cannot use their Ingression fragments to summon their monsters at the entrance; this is because the four factions have made a truce in this area as they did not want to be "savages" and wanted to recruit mercenaries at their side.

Soothsayer Sybil is also found in the entrance area, standing next to the entrance to Telos, the Warden's lair. Players can collect loot from her, as well as reset Telos's enrage.

Main dungeon[edit | edit source]

There are no requirements to enter the main area of The Heart. The main area of the dungeon sees followers of the four factions fighting to take control of nodes. Groups from each faction roam the dungeon looking for nodes being controlled by other factions and attempt to take them over. In order for a group to capture a node they must be out of combat for 10 seconds, having defeated any opposing group members present. After the node is captured, the majority of the group will move out to the next node, while the remaining members will stay behind to defend the node.

Upon capturing a node, NPCs of that faction will spawn in the nearby vicinity, serving as a preliminary guard against future incursions, although they're generally ignored by deployed faction enemies.

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Players can kill NPCs in this area to earn killcount, which is required to fight the dungeon's generals. The Heart features a kill count multiplier, starting at 100% (1 killcount per kill), up to 300% (3 killcount per kill). A 400% multiplier (4 killcount per kill) can be obtained by wearing the Shard of Mah, a post-quest reward from the Children of Mah quest. Upon killing a faction member, the bar will turn full and decrease over time. Killing faction members adds 10% to the multiplier and prolongs the bar. If the bar is completely depleted, the player is brought back to 100% (1x multiplier) regardless of their current multiplier. Killcount is also saved, so even if the player leaves the dungeon, their killcounts will still be there when they return. The maximum killcount for each faction is 200.

Corruption Shot and Corruption Blast are very helpful in racking up killcount rapidly, as they can damage large crowds of enemies (without causing any retaliation other than the main target) and they will grant killcount and drops even if other monsters finish them off, requiring little player input.

Killing enemy faction members can also give ingression fragments, which can be used to summon reinforcements and gain reputation. The monsters present in The Heart are Slayer monsters and killing them will count towards relevant Slayer tasks.[2] The monsters in the dungeon have normal Slayer level requirements but higher combat levels.

Aggression mechanics are different compared to the God Wars Dungeon. Monsters are still aggressive to players without the required item (that being a god insignia from the generals' representatives, or the Shard of Mah), although one enemy will attack the player, rather than all nearby enemies attempting to do so. [3]

Like those in the original God Wars Dungeon, monsters in the Heart will immediately focus their aggressor even if they were already in combat. Monsters spawned by players and the faction's portal are capable of running, and all monsters are very persistent in chasing them.

Minions involved in the dungeon include wights, skeletons and necromancers as followers of Sliske; some of the monsters from the God Wars Dungeon, the Kinshra and chaos dwarves as followers of Zamorak; blood reavers, ancient mages, ancient rangers and ancient warriors as followers of Zaros; and elven warriors, wolves and automatons as followers of Seren.

To enter a general's chamber, the player requires level 80 in the respective skill (boostable) and 40 killcount for that faction - this can be reduced to 20 once the respective faction's "50% kill count reduction" reputation perk is unlocked.

On death, gravestones appear outside the boss room and therefore do not require killcount to access. Players should be able to easily reclaim items from their gravestones should they use the Bandit Camp lodestone and run back.

Zamorak's Rampart[edit | edit source]

Zamorak's Rampart
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Zamorak's Rampart is located in the north-west of the dungeon and has a boostable requirement of level 80 Ranged to enter. The Twin Furies, Nymora and Avaryss, are located here, and the Song of the Furies music track is unlocked upon entering the boss instance.

The portal in Zamorak's Rampart occasionally sends out armies of Zamorakians, including:

Furthermore, butcher demons can be spawned by players with ingression fragments.

Zaros's Bastion[edit | edit source]

Zaros's Bastion
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Zaros's Bastion is located in the south-west of the dungeon and has a boostable requirement of level 80 Attack to enter. Vindicta and Gorvek are located here, and the Dragon Rider music track is unlocked upon entering the boss instance.

The portal in Zaros's Bastion occasionally sends out armies of Zarosians, including:

While Nechryaels and Abyssal demons are part of Zaros' faction, they do not spawn from the portal; instead, they spawn around friendly Zarosian nodes.

Furthermore, Mighty Blood reavers can be spawned by players with ingression fragments.

Seren's Encampment[edit | edit source]

Seren's Encampment
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Seren's Encampment is located in the south-east of the Heart and has a boostable requirement of level 80 Magic to enter. Helwyr is located here, and the Helwyr's Hymn music track is unlocked upon entering the boss instance.

The portal in Seren's Encampment occasionally sends out armies of Serenists, including:

Furthermore, automaton champions can be spawned by players with ingression fragments.

Sliske's Necropolis[edit | edit source]

Sliske's Necropolis
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Sliske's Necropolis is located in the north-east of the Heart and requires level 80 Prayer to enter. Gregorovic is located here, and the Gregorovic music track is unlocked upon entering the boss instance.

The portal in Sliske's Necropolis occasionally sends out armies of Sliskeans, including:

Furthermore, shadow demons can be spawned by players with ingression fragments.

Centre of the Heart[edit | edit source]

The deepest parts of the Heart can be accessed in the middle of the main dungeon. A door blocks access to the centre of the Heart, which can only be opened with an ancient sigil. The sigil was broken into four parts, with each faction's generals claiming them, so they must be killed in order to reconnect the key.

Once the sigil is created, it can be placed on the door to permanently access the centre of the Heart. This is where Telos, the Warden is located.

Generals[edit | edit source]

The generals may only be killed in instanced fights. 40 killcount (20 with the reduced killcount perk) is needed to access the boss rooms and is taken upon starting an instance. Players can continually come and go into the instance even if they run out of needed killcount until it expires. The original four bosses have a "challenge" mode; a Hard Mode version of the boss, which can only be tackled alone. The fight with Telos does not offer a "challenge" mode fight. The "challenge" mode modifies the drop rate for the unique drops to be , where is the drop rate in the normal mode, and is the unlocked drop increase's number of percentage units.[4]

The Boss portal in the Max Guild offers fast access to the bosses.

From fighting the generals players can obtain tradeable rewards as well as seals which players are able to hand in for reputation with any of the rival factions. Killing the generals is a regular completionist cape requirement, as they are a possible Soul Reaper assignment. There are 7 boss pets that can be obtained from The Heart of Gielinor; obtaining these is a requirement for the Insane Final Boss title.

Drops from the generals are boss-themed weapons and armour. Players can obtain dormant armour pieces as drops and activate these using crests which are also dropped by generals. This creates level 80 non-degradable, tradeable armour that can be augmented. Players can upgrade the level 80 armour into a level 85 version by using tradeable essence which is dropped by the bosses. The level 85 armour will degrade back into the level 80 version after use unless it is repaired using more essence. The level 85 armour is untradeable and is augmentable.[5] The items used to make both the level 80 and 85 armour are tradeable. The weapons are level 85, however they give level 90 equivalent accuracy bonuses and have level 80 damage bonuses. The weapons are dropped by the generals in a ready to use form. The Anima Core and Refined Anima Core armour sets are for four different armour types: Ranged, Magic, Melee, and Hybrid. Both the armour sets and weapons are themed around each of the four generals.

Telos' drops are different from those of the other generals; rather than dropping a ready to use weapon, Telos drops inactive weapons, which are charged by obtaining three orbs (pure, volcanic and corrupted), which are also obtained from killing Telos. In addition, he does not drop any armour. These weapons are tier 92 and are the currently the best two-handed weapons outside of Daemonheim.

The leaders of each of the factions have past rivalries with at least one of the other faction leaders. The lore behind their conflicts is revealed in the Tales of the God Wars miniquest.

Gregorovic[edit | edit source]


Gregorovic used to be an ill man, driven to committing violent acts to try and save himself. He bargained with Sliske to help him overcome his disease, but at the cost of becoming Sliske's toy. Now he must sustain his dark form by killing and consuming powerful beings. The Sliske's Parody armour set and shadow glaive and off-hand shadow glaive weapons are themed around Gregorovic and obtainable as drops.

Twin Furies[edit | edit source]

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The Twin Furies, consisting of Avaryss, the Unceasing and Nymora, the Vengeful, are two powerful demonesses who hunt down and destroy targets that defy Zamorak. They had a third sister who was murdered by Gregorovic at one point, and while they wish to take revenge upon him, they have been ordered by Zamorak to hunt down Vindicta, the last dragon rider faithful to Zaros. Their drops include the Crest of Zamorak and their blades, which accommodate Nymora's main hand and Avaryss's off-hand slots, both of which are stabbing weapons.

Vindicta[edit | edit source]


A living symbol of defiance against Zamorak, Vindicta is an Ilujanka hatched from the egg taken from Morvannon, a dragon rider who defied Zamorak and was hunted down by the Twin Furies. Now into adulthood and trained in combat by Gorvek, who raised her, she seeks to destroy the Twin Furies for their slaughter of her race. The Anima Core of Zaros armour set and Dragon Rider lance weapon are themed around Vindicta and obtainable as drops.

Helwyr[edit | edit source]


The leader of the Cywir Clan, Helwyr is a shape-shifting elf who was devastated when Seren shattered herself and the World Gate was lost, preventing his return home. He seeks vengeance against Gregorovic for killing troops under his command to experiment on. Helwyr drops the Crest of Seren, a main-hand wand, the Wand of the Cywir Elders, and an off-hand orb, the Orb of the Cywir elders.

Telos, the Warden[edit | edit source]

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Telos, the Warden is a construct born from the Anima Mundi, created as a failsafe by the Elder Gods as a last effort to protect the Heart. Like Vorago, another anima construct, Telos is unaligned with the gods. With the battle raging on above the Heart, the generals of the four factions have unknowingly awakened Telos from his slumber. He takes a more aggressive approach with the "invaders"; it seems that he cannot be reasoned with, as he plans to exterminate all life on Gielinor to protect the Heart.

Telos drops the Reprisal ability codex and components for the Staff of Sliske, the Seren godbow and the Zaros godsword.

Reputation[edit | edit source]

Reputation can be gained from using ingression fragments, dropped by enemy faction members; handing in an enemy general's seal, obtained from killing a general; and by completing bounty assignments to kill the player's choice of enemy faction members for Feng, the Bounty Master. Once maximum reputation is obtained, the enemy generals will no longer drop seals.

Reputation cannot be lost once earned and is separate for each faction. Reputation can be checked at each factions representative, located in the entrance area of The Heart.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 5 October 2020 (Update):
    • It's no longer possible to walk through the walls by Vindicta in the Heart of Gielinor.
  • patch 8 June 2020 (Update):
    • NPCs in The Heart of Gielinor will no longer be able to attack through the entrances of the boss waiting areas.
  • patch 24 February 2020 (Update):
    • Faction seals in God Wars Dungeon 2 will no longer drop from bosses if you have reached the max reputation for a faction.
  • patch 17 February 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed a bug that made enemies in GWD2 impossible to kill.
  • patch 9 December 2019 (Update):
    • Invasion NPCs the player has engaged with in The Heart of Gielinor no longer award XP & loot etc after the player has disengaged, preventing situations like closing bank interfaces long after leaving the dungeon.
  • patch 14 October 2019 (Update):
    • Made some invisible spawn controller NPCs in The Heart dungeon even more invisible.
    • Gregorovic's Memory cutscene at The Heart of Gielinor is no longer cut short if you have a familiar summoned.
  • patch 3 April 2018 (Update):
    • Removed a duplicate 'the' from the Heart scan clue text.
  • patch 8 May 2017 (Update):.
    • The God Wars 2 kill count interface position on the minigame HUD has been fixed.
  • patch 6 March 2017 (Update):
    • God Wars Dungeon 2 and Telos boss tactics have now been added on the Beasts tab.
  • patch 3 October 2016 (Update):
    • Fixed the behaviour of Telos and the Heart of Gielinor bosses to no longer punish players unnecessarily.
  • patch 12 December 2016 (Update):
    • An issue with The Heart's instance message.
  • patch 12 September 2016 (Update):
    • Fixed an incorrect capitalisation in the name of the Seren archer NPC inside The Heart of Gielinor.
  • patch 1 August 2016 (Update):
    • Prices for broken versions of items acquired within The Heart of Gielinor have been corrected.
  • patch 11 July 2016 (Update):
    • Adjusted the repair costs of various weapons gained from The Heart of Gielinor to remain consistent with other degradable weapons.
  • patch 27 June 2016 (Update):
    • The control point pillars with The Heart of Gielinor now correctly display their visual effect in NXT.
  • patch 16 May 2016 (Update):
    • The correct message is now displayed when checking time-remaining on an expired Heart of Gielinor bossing instance.
  • patch 9 May 2016 (Update):
    • The kill count multiplier is now cleared when leaving The Heart.
    • The maximum player size in The Heart instances is now remembered correctly when re-joining or creating a new instance.
  • patch 25 April 2016 (Update):
    • Added some extra blocking to the walls in the Sliske encampment in The Heart.
  • patch 18 April 2016 (Update):
    • Challenge mode against The Heart's bosses now has a greater effect on the rare drop bonus rate.
    • Fixed an issue where certain feedback messages were being displayed in the wrong parts of The Heart when attempting to summon reinforcements from the Ingression fragments.
    • Simplified the rock fall sounds in The Twin Furies boss room.
    • Corrected a typo when handing in Seal of the Cywir.
    • Anima core helm of Seren now has a chathead animation.
    • A dwarf no longer spawns on blocked tiles within The Heart.
    • Added some blocking to an area near Sliske's necropolis in The Heart to prevent players walking into scenery.
  • patch 11 April 2016 (Update):
    • The kill count multiplier is now cleared when logging out or leaving The Heart.
    • All bridges now appear on the world map in The Heart.
    • Added extra blocking to some scenery outside of Zamorak's ramparts in The Heart.
    • Wolves within The Heart & during the Helwyr encounter now have spawn animations.
    • The 'Cataclysm' music track now plays correctly when logging in at The Heart with the login screen music muted.
  • patch 4 April 2016 (Update):
    • Helwyr's Cywir Alphas now continue to spawn correctly in Challenge Mode instances.
    • The Twin Furies now always begin their rotation with the wall slice attack.
    • Boss pets from God Wars 2 now have a loot beam.
    • The Dormant Anima Core drops have been removed from the world broadcast.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]