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Menaphos, also known as the Golden City, is a city located far south in the Kharidian Desert. It became an accessible in-game area on 5 June 2017. Accessing the city requires partial completion of The Jack of Spades quest, which is started in Al Kharid by speaking to Emir Ali Mirza in the Al Kharid palace. To access all of its available content, the quests Icthlarin's Little Helper, Dealing with Scabaras, Missing My Mummy, Do No Evil, and Spirits of the Elid have to be completed, and levels 88 Slayer, 73 Hunter, 72 Fishing, and 50 Agility, Construction, Crafting, Divination, Dungeoneering, Prayer, Runecrafting, and Thieving have to be achieved.

The city was released alongside four accompanying quests, The Jack of Spades, Crocodile Tears, Our Man in the North, and 'Phite Club. More lore is revealed throughout City Quests, where Menaphos citizens ask the player to assist them.

A reputation system gives rewards for each of the four sectors of the city. A faction can be selected by clicking the progress icons that appear while in Menaphos.

The Golden Gates of Menaphos

Getting there[edit | edit source]

  • The Menaphos lodestone teleports players directly to the centre of the city.
  • If the Menaphos lodestone hasn't been unlocked yet, players can teleport to the Bandit Camp lodestone, then run south.
  • The magic carpet system can be used to travel to the gates of Menaphos.
  • The Camulet can teleport players to Enakhra's Temple, which is underground just north of Menaphos.
  • Players can also travel to Sophanem first. Any forms of transportation that originate within Sophanem require completion of Icthlarin's Little Helper.
    • A bridge connects Sophanem and Menaphos, but it is inaccessible from the Sophanem side if the player hasn't completed the quest 'Phite Club.
    • Exit Sophanem from the north gate, run north and cross the River Elid, run south, and enter Menaphos through its north gate.
    • Alternatively, after exiting Sophanem, take the magic carpet to Pollnivneach, then take another carpet trip to Menaphos.

Imperial district[edit | edit source]

Port district[edit | edit source]

Between districts[edit | edit source]

Quick travel interface prior to 3 July 2017

Travel between the four districts of Menaphos can be simplified by using a right-click interface on the entrance of the Shifting Tombs found in each district.

Prior to an update on 3 July 2017, a right click would give the option of "Quick travel Shifting tombs". Five options were available including entering the Shifting Tombs and quick travel to the entrance of each district's Shifting Tombs entrance.

Features[edit | edit source]

Menaphos reputation status showing Tier 1 in Menaphos Overall, Imperial district, Port district, Merchant district, and Worker district.

Menaphos is a mid-level hub city like Prifddinas, with skilling methods offering higher rewards coming at a greater risk. The city is made up of four main areas, each being roughly the size of Port Sarim, arranged around a pyramid and plaza.

Skilling in the city introduces several new skilling resources, including:

Menaphos is plagued by Amascut, who is controlling the city's leader, The Pharaoh, and causing destruction while searching for her father, Tumeken. In the process, the Tombs of Menaphos have been revealed, and can be explored by playing Shifting Tombs, a minigame where the player can explore to try and complete objectives. A large amount of experience will be gained for completing the objectives, and far less will be awarded if the player does not.

The Menaphos journal lists some tasks that can be completed for the library.

Completing most content in Menaphos unlocks the Sandy [Name] title. For the requirements see Sandy.

Merchant district icon.png Merchant district[edit | edit source]

Merchant district.

The Merchant district is located in the north-east area of Menaphos, accessed through the main doors to the city. There are the city doors to the north, the Worker district to the west, and the main plaza and Lodestone to the south. Its Faction leader is Grand Vizier Ehsan (Merchant). It features:

Imperial district icon.png Imperial district[edit | edit source]

Imperial district.

The Imperial district is located in the western area of Menaphos, accessed by stairs on the western side of the main plaza. Its faction leader is Commander Akhomet (Imperial). It features:

  • Zahra requests twelve bundles of acadia logs for the frame, then asks the player to mine the sandstone boulder and construct the frame, earning Mining and Construction experience, respectively.

Port district icon.png Port district[edit | edit source]

Port district.

The Port district is located in the southern area of Menaphos, accessed by stairs on the southern side of the main plaza. Its faction leader is 'Admiral' Wadud (Ports). It features:

Worker district icon.png Worker district[edit | edit source]

Worker district.

The Worker district is located in the north-west area of Menaphos, accessed by stairs on the western side of the Merchant District. Its faction leader is Batal (Worker). It features:

Main Plaza[edit | edit source]

The Main Plaza is in the centre of the city, with the Merchant district to the north, Imperial district to the west, and Port district to the south. There is no associated faction to this area. It features:

Quests[edit | edit source]

The following quests may be started in Menaphos:

Distractions and Diversions[edit | edit source]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Part of Menaphos claimed by the sea.

The Second Age saw a rise in power of the Menaphites, a group of humans that had settled in the Kharidian Desert during the dawn of humanity. The Menaphites played large roles in the construction and management of numerous settlements within the desert, including Sophanem, Ullek and Uzer.

The God Wars that scarred Gielinor during the Third Age brought great battle to the Kharidian Desert. Uzer was destroyed by the Elder-Demon Thammaron and Ullek fell shortly afterwards to Balfrug Kreeyath. To worsen matters, exiled followers of the fallen god Zaros were forced into the desert, where they wreaked havoc amongst the local populace. The only surviving cities were Menaphos and Sophanem, which were, at the time, little more than small Menaphite camps. The refugees from the destroyed settlements fled to Menaphos and Sophanem, where they contributed to the cities' prosperity. By the Fourth Age, the twin cities were amongst the largest in the world.

Senliten was the first known ruler of Menaphos, and later on, her son Osmumten ruled. However, the Pharaoh's ancestors soon assassinated him, and began their illegitimate rule. By the Fifth Age, the Pharaoh was the ruler of Menaphos. He wished to undo the sins of his mother, the previous Pharaoh, but soon became corrupted by Amascut to do her bidding.

Menaphos held a large deal of political power within the Kharidian Desert, being the only city with any real strength; the only other settlements were small towns and camps such as Nardah and Pollnivneach. Menaphos went to war with Al Kharid for some time, but little is known of this.

After the end of the Menaphos - Al Kharid war, it was believed that Menaphos would open its gates to the rest of Gielinor. This, however, was not the case, due to the many plagues set upon Sophanem by Amascut. To prevent the spread of the plague, Menaphos closed its gates immediately. Many of the citizens of Sophanem were trapped inside, and any attempts by the Sophanites to negotiate with Menaphos were met with violence.

The city's closure was met with a great deal of resistance from the city's slaves, who rioted when they discovered that the slaves in Sophanem were no longer working because of the plagues. The riots were stamped out by the city's guards quickly.

Reports show that the city is cutting off ocean-based trade in the Southern Sea, suggesting that the city is attempting to become more independent.

Menaphos has made attempts to put one of their own leaders on the throne of Al Kharid under the guise of offering stability to the city while the Emir and Prince Ali are absent, including assassinating the Emir and kidnapping the prince. These attempts have failed, however. Amascut has revealed herself to be influential in these events, and it is unknown to what extent the pharaoh of Menaphos is aware of her involvement. Sometime later, the Pharaoh was overthrown and killed by Osman, Al Kharid's former spymaster and the true heir to the throne. Even though Osman stated that he would try to bring the city back to its rightful place, he has apparently done nothing, as stated by the menaphite beggars.

Due to the lack of combat and supposed fears of corruption, the Menaphite Guard have seen a large number of their soldiers desert. Several soldiers have turned into banditry, while a larger group led by a captain sailed to the Eastern Lands to escape the corruption beneath Menaphos and ended up working with the Acolytes of Seiryu due to their similar ideals.

Pre-release[edit | edit source]

Just before Menaphos was released, Jagex launched pre-release material:

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Concept Art[edit | edit source]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Models[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 22 November 2021 (Update):
    • Menaphos City Quests have new cooldown times based on your reputation tier:
      • By default, the cooldown is now 15-20 minutes,
      • At tier 2 it's between 10-15 minutes.
      • At tier 4 it's between 5-10 minutes.
      • At tier 6 it's between 0-5 minutes.
      • At tier 8 there is no longer a cooldown.
    • An infobox now appears informing the player when a new City Quest is available.
  • patch 14 October 2019 (Update):
    • When completing a Menaphos city task for killing a specific creature, killing any creature that is not part of the current task will no longer produce the message "you have killed enough [Creature killed] for [person]"
  • ninja 11 June 2018 (Update):
    • Removed the Menaphos gift box login as the week bonus is now over.
    • Logging into certain item restricted areas will no longer cause the Menaphos birthday gift box to be lost.
  • patch 4 June 2018 (Update):
    • A Menaphos gift box is awarded on login to players who have completed Jack of Spades to celebrate Menaphos' 1st birthday.
    • Soul obelisks and Scarabs now spawn at double the rate, until July 4th.
    • The water fountain in Menaphos leading to the soul altar now correctly displays a water source icon
  • patch 26 February 2018 (Update):.
    • Existing and future White Wolf Mountain scan clues have now been replaced with Menaphos scan clues. These have a range of 30 paces.
  • patch 15 January 2018 (Update):
    • The deposit box in the Menaphos bank will no longer prevent a player from trying to travel to another booth.
  • ninja 25 September 2017 (Update):
    • An additional clay rock has been added to the Menaphos dig site to help with Menaphos pottery oven runs.
  • patch 3 July 2017 (Update):
    • A number of spelling and grammar errors in the Menaphos content have been fixed.
    • Some patches of grass have been removed from Menaphos.
  • patch 19 June 2017 (Update):
    • Menaphos district houses containing cats now unlock at tier 5 reputation.
    • Players can no longer enter Menaphos district houses without the correct reputation tier.
    • Pets received in Menaphos will now function correctly on free-to-play worlds.
  • patch 12 June 2017 (Update):
    • Missing blocking has been added to the pillars and gates southeast of the Menaphos lodestone.
    • A buff icon has been added, which displays when you are receiving the 5% XP boost in the city of Menaphos and the Sophanem Slayer Dungeon.
    • Your favourited faction in Menaphos is now reflected in the small overlay interface.
    • Water icon is now visible again on the minimap for Imperial District.
    • Tweaks have been made to ensure that concentrated sandstone in Menaphos always has at least one deposit open.
    • The reputation gained whilst on and off task in the Sophanem slayer dungeon has been increased.
    • The reputation received when completing a city quest has been increased.
      • Retroactively, for any city quests you have completed prior to this update you will be given the reputation reward for them when logging in.
    • Certain NPCs and Locs will no longer disappear after completion of the 'Our Man in the North' quest.
    • A Quest Journal typo for The Jack of Spades quest has been fixed.
    • Danlozep now gives directions to the correct location when on a city quest.
    • Added missing blocking to plant pots in Menaphos.
    • Players will now correctly be sent back to Menaphos when exiting the Ports portal, if they had previously entered from there.
    • After using the Menaphos lodestone, the right-click previous destination now displays Menaphos.
    • Players can now use the tackleboxes to store and teleport the raw beltfish, raw catfish and the raw desert sole.
    • Joining a friend in Menaphos via the Friends List (if you're eligible) should now correctly teleport you to the Menaphos lodestone.
    • The Scorpion pet will now spawn in accessible locations.
  • patch 21 September 2011 (Update):
    • The gate of Menaphos, is no longer labelled as the gate of Sophanem.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Menaphos is an anagram of Sophanem, being spelt nearly backwards except for the ph being swapped for ease of pronunciation.
  • It is probably based on the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis. It could also be based on Alexandria, an Egyptian port which also contained a grand library.
  • Due to an update on 26 September 2012 the full city of Menaphos was filled in on the World Map.
  • After an update on 9 August 2011, one was able to open the northern gate to Menaphos, however, one could only move one game square into the city. This has since been patched.
  • Players (including ironmen) received 5% extra experience for all experience gained in the city until 5 August 2017. This boost also worked in Sophanem's surface areas and the banking area, and in Sophanem Slayer Dungeon.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Duke Horacio references a non-existent book called The Menaphosian Candidate during the Cryptic Clue Fest II.
  2. ^ Mod Shauny. "Menaphos Trailer & Site." 24 April 2017. RuneScape News.
  3. ^ Jagex. "Menaphos Quiz & Competitions." 27 April 2017. RuneScape News.
  4. ^ Mod Matthe. "For the Librarian Competition." 31 March 2017. (Archived from the original on 27 December 2019.) Events and Competitions Forums.