Killing General Graardor

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Killing General Graardor
RequirementsKilling General Graardor.png

70 Strength
138 Combat recommended (99 Attack, Defence, Strength, Constitution)
96 Summoning, Herblore recommended
92/95 Prayer recommended


Partial completion of Troll Stronghold
The Temple at Senntisten recommended


Omni soulstone.png: RS3 Inventory image of Omni soulstoneOmni soulstone or Totem of Intimidation.png: RS3 Inventory image of Totem of IntimidationTotem of Intimidation
Luck of the Dwarves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Luck of the DwarvesLuck of the Dwarves (Slightly increases chance of getting unique drops, not including pet. HSR chance)

ProfitExperience gained

240,000 Combat experience
79,000 Constitution experience

Inputs (747,483)Outputs (3,215,072.45)
2 × Overload flask (6).png Overload flask (6) (443,506)
5 × Rocktail.png Rocktail (23,640)
1 × Pack yak pouch.png Pack yak pouch (4,059)
100 × Winter Storage scroll.png Winter Storage scroll (29,300)
200,000 × Coins 10000.png Coins (200,000) Instance fee
0.2 × Bandos helmet.png Bandos helmet (61,332.2)
0.2 × Bandos chestplate.png Bandos chestplate (902,077.8)
0.2 × Bandos tassets.png Bandos tassets (479,466.2)
0.2 × Bandos gloves.png Bandos gloves (115,741)
0.2 × Bandos boots.png Bandos boots (72,487.6)
0.2 × Bandos warshield.png Bandos warshield (23,713)
0.15 × Bandos hilt.png Bandos hilt (56,914.65)
15 × Grimy snapdragon.png Grimy snapdragon (26,190)
100 × Magic logs.png Magic logs (41,300)
1,000 × Coal stone spirit.png Coal stone spirit (18,000)
90 × Limpwurt root.png Limpwurt root (420,300)
450,000 × Coins 10000.png Coins (450,000) High Level Alchemy

The profit rate assumes 75 kills per hour running 1 hour trips with fast respawn rate. Your actual profit may be higher or lower depending on your speed.

The Bandos armour dropped by General Graardor and his minions is some of the most popular armour amongst mid-high level players because of its good defensive bonuses, its damage bonus, and the fact that it does not degrade. In addition to the armour, Graardor can drop the Bandos hilt, and he and his minions can drop the shards to the godsword blade. Beyond his unique drops, Graardor drops a number of rune items and materials.

Like the other bosses in the dungeon, reaching Graardor requires slaying 40 Bandosian minions. This can take up to 5 minutes by killing goblins, hobgoblins, and jogres just outside the door to the inner stronghold. For short trips, getting the required killcount will cut significantly into the profit per hour. Lasting as long as possible in the boss room will reduce the percentage of time spent killing foot soldiers. Once you have obtained your killcount, you can enter the boss room. There is an intermediate room which is safe from all combat before the boss room itself. Low levelled players should use the main rooms so they can find their perfect respawn ratio as they will take significantly longer to defeat him. High levelled and well-equipped players should use the instance instead; although costing 200,000 an hour (150,000 with the instance reduction perk from Soul Reaper) an hour, at fastest spawn rate, Graardor will respawn 25 seconds after dying and will drastically increase kill and profit rates.

Magic or melee should be used; Graardor has a lower affinity towards ranged attacks, thus increasing his ranged defence.

Combat with General Graardor is fairly straight forward. He has high combat stats, but there is nothing particularly special about his technique. He has two attacks: a powerful melee attack and a ranged attack. His melee attack is fairly inaccurate with high level armour, and any damage can be offset by using soul split; however, a series of good hits by Graardor can be devastating, so it is always good to have high healing food as a security measure. His ranged attack will hit everyone in the room, but deals much less damage than his melee attacks. Overloads are a must, without them, Graardor's attacks will be significantly more accurate, potentially dealing large amounts of damage. Turmoil is highly recommended, and should be used if it is available. General Graardor's bodyguards each attack with a different side of the combat triangle: Sergeant Steelwill uses magic; Grimspike ranged; and Strongstack melee. Grimspike and Strongstack's attack will usually not be a problem. Steelwill poses a small threat as his attacks will hit fairly accurately through melee armour; however, he usually does not do enough damage to worry about. If you so choose, you can stand on the northern wall of the boss room before Graardor respawns. This way, Steelwill will not spot you for some time (perhaps even the entire fight), allowing you to avoid damage from him while he is wandering around.

Graardor himself can be taken down very easily; despite his high damage outputs, he has the lowest health out of all the generals at 40,000 life points. High levelled weapons such as dual drygores can easily kill him within 15-20 seconds. This kill speed can be increased even further with damage-boosting abilities such as Berserk, but players using Berserk should be extremely careful as Graardor's punches can become extremely damaging, dealing up to 4500 damage and potentially killing the player. If using magic, Sunshine will increase the player's damage as well as deal a small amount of area of effect damage.

Once Graardor has died, kill the minions. It is recommended to kill Steelwill first, as he does the most damage. Kill Strongstack and Grimspike in any order afterwards. If your overload has worn off immediately after the fight with Graardor, kill the minions unboosted. After the fight, collect your drops and activate regenerate to heal any lost life points. If necessary, cast Guthix's Blessing. Activate elite Enhanced Excalibur instead if you own it. Make use of any food dropped by the minions. They can drop 2 sharks or 3 chilli potatoes. They also drop Kebabs occasionally, which can come with any other drop the minions give. Avoid drinking overloads and prayer renewals until the moment the boss has respawned.

Bandos armour from General Graardor is estimated to be around 1/330 for a given drop, giving around 1/55 for any drop at all. 2 of the 6 armour drops are priced well above 1 million coins, the only duds being his other drops (boots, helm, gloves and warshield). The bandos hilt is estimated to be around a 1/400 drop rate. Shards are estimated to be 1/512 for any given shard, giving around a 1/170 drop rate for any shard. General Graardor's 3 bodyguards also have the potential to drop pieces of bandos armour and shards of the godsword blade. They do not drop the hilt. Their drop rates for items are also significantly lower. General Graardor's bones should be banked with your pack yak scroll special or noted using magic notepaper. Rune items can be high-alchemised either with an explorer's ring 4 or the spell (if you brought runes) or sent to your bank as well. Godsword shards can be alchemised as well, because their Grand Exchange median price is slightly below their high alchemy price. Magic logs, adamant ore, coal, and grimy snapdragons are all dropped noted. Graardor commonly drops coins in amounts around 19,000.