Raksha, the Shadow Colossus

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The fight takes place in the oubliette in which Raksha is imprisoned.

Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (also known as The One That Speaks, The One Above All, Hellebores rex and The Shadow Colossus of Orthen)[1][2] is an infamous rex dinosaur imprisoned in the Orthen Oubliette on Anachronia.

Raksha is a solo and duo boss. Kills in each mode are tracked separately, but both are combined, similar to Elite Dungeons, for the purpose of the Final Boss title.[source needed] The boss itself is only able to be fought after completion of a short quest, with access to Anachronia being a prerequisite.[source needed]

Rewards for subduing Raksha include codices to enhance Ricochet and Chain, and a new defensive ability, Divert. Also dropped are laceration boots and blast diffusion boots, as well as the unique fleeting boots that allow the user to cast Rapid Fire while moving, alongside spikes to upgrade all three pairs from tier 80 to tier 90.

Obtaining all of Raksha's unique drops will unlock [Name] the Shackled title.

Fighting Raksha does not count for dinosaur slayer task, so there is no buff gained for using a Slayer helmet or Tuska's Wrath. Similarly, the necklace of Salamancy does not provide any bonuses against him.

History[edit | edit source]

Raksha was previously a normal dinosaur and had lived on Gielinor well before the Stone of Jas was ever discovered. At some point, the creature stumbled upon the Codex, an elder artefact.[3] The monolith imbued him with immense amounts of shadow anima, turning it into a colossus.[3] However, the power did not come from the Elder Gods, but from somewhere else.[4]

This power caused Raksha to grow immensely large, intelligent and savage, being capable of communicating with others through visions. Raksha's hide was filled with venomous spikes that would instantly immobilise and swiftly kill prey, had an ice cold breath, and could generate electrical charges; it is unknown if these powers existed prior to anima infusion and were simply supercharged, or if they were entirely new mutations. Raksha eventually encountered the dragonkin when they began setting up outposts in the mainland - present-day Misthalin - which it attacked so brutally that only a handful of survivors lived to tell of it. Those survivors began to call the beast the Raksha, as it was something they had never seen before.[5]

Varanus, a dragonkin hunter of the Nodon faction, managed to trap Raksha. Angered at the dragonkin's victory, Raksha unleashed a vision of him giving Varanus a suffocating death, using the vision to his advantage by impaling Varanus with one of his spikes. Despite this, Varanus was able to live long enough that they ensured it could no longer harm his fellow kin. The Kindra Council later had Raksha transported to Orthen, imprisoned in a pen constructed by Nodon architects.

Deeply fascinated by Raksha, the dragonkin Kerapac began to thoroughly study the imprisoned dinosaur and its abilities, further restraining it with new security measures including a forced hibernation system.[6] Despite this, Raksha was occasionally able to break free of his forced hibernation, although the other security measures kept him in check. Kerapac was able to remove these traits from the Raksha and moved it to three female rexes, who became the earliest prototypes for the dragons. Kranon considered the Raksha to be the source of his religious inspiration after it projected a hateful vision to him.

The dragonkin Skeka also researched Raksha and considered putting her own mind into Raksha's body once the curse of the Stone of Jas started to act upon the dragonkin.[7] An agonised Skeka would eventually begin charging her device in order to throw her mind into the body of the Raksha. However this failed and she instead shattered her mind amongst a group of salamanders.

Concept art shown in a 2019 RuneScape video which inadvertently leaked Raksha.

The first clue to the current whereabouts of Raksha was found on an inscription above the door, upstairs at the Anachronia Swamp Fortress a dragonkin text translating to 'Raksha'. It was apparently still alive, as the bars near Laniakea were bent in a way that when examined, suggests that something had tried to enter or escape. As Kerapac would have no reason to return to this specific fortress, it was most likely the Raksha's doing. Inside Xolo city is also a chain of dragon metal, which when examined states that it is moving, indicating it is one of the chains holding Raksha.

It is later revealed that Raksha had slipped into a coma for tens of thousands of years since it thrived on shadow anima, something which had not been produced in ages after the Elder Gods had destroyed Kerapac's device. Later, in the Sixth Age, Kerapac used the Needle to bring back a version of Anachronia that still had some supply of shadow anima; coupled with the "recreation" of his device, he produced a steady supply of shadow anima which awakened both Raksha and his Keeper, later revealed to be Varanus. Taking notice of this, Zaros entered the prison intending to collect a vat of shadow anima that was keeping Raksha in check. When the World Guardian arrived to investigate, Zaros took the vat despite Varanus' warnings, confident that the World Guardian could deal with the beast.

As a result, the sudden decrease of shadow anima disturbed Raksha's slumber. The World Guardian entered the oubliette and fought Raksha, who despite being in hibernation for so long, was able to put up a good fight against them. The World Guardian was eventually able to subdue Raksha, much to Varanus' relief. When Varanus inquired about the status of the shadow anima device, the World Guardian informed him that it had been destroyed, which meant that Raksha would eventually slip into another coma once the supply of shadow anima had been depleted.

Location[edit | edit source]

Raksha can be fought in the Orthen Oubliette in the south-eastern ruins of Orthen on Anachronia (near the Xolo City teleport) after completing the Raksha, the Shadow Colossus quest by speaking to Laniakea.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Drops[edit | edit source]

Raksha does not drop items upon defeat; rather, the Keeper will place an item in front of the security projector in the antechamber to be picked up. In duo encounters, each player receives their own reward. The drop rates between solo and duo mode are the same.[8] If no drop appears, it is due to an active drop cleaner, such as seedicide or spring cleaner 9001.

Main drops[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Light and dark animica stone spirits are dropped together in the same quantities.

Secondary drops[edit | edit source]

If this table is rolled, the item will appear alongside the main drop.

On average, a Raksha kill will give 4,257,638 in rare drops only.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g The chance of receiving a rare drop is 23/1000.
  2. ^ Has a drop rate of 1/1,000 with a threshold of 200.[10]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

  • Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (RuneScore.png 0) – Complete this quest.
  • Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (RuneScore.png 0) – Defeat Raksha, the Shadow Colossus. (X/1)
  • Ultra Instinct (RuneScore.png 50) – Defeat Raksha without letting him gain any shadow energy. Can only be completed in a solo instance.
  • Scenario 7 (RuneScore.png 50) – Defeat Raksha after letting him reach 100% shadow energy in the first phase. Can only be completed in a solo instance.
  • Ju-raksha Park I (RuneScore.png 5) – Defeat Raksha, the Shadow Colossus. (X/5)
  • Ju-raksha Park II (RuneScore.png 5) – Defeat Raksha, the Shadow Colossus. (X/10)
  • Ju-raksha Park III (RuneScore.png 5) – Defeat Raksha, the Shadow Colossus. (X/25)
  • Ju-raksha Park IV (RuneScore.png 5) – Defeat Raksha, the Shadow Colossus. (X/50)
  • Ju-raksha Park V (RuneScore.png 5) – Defeat Raksha, the Shadow Colossus. (X/75)
  • Ju-raksha Park VI (RuneScore.png 5) – Defeat Raksha, the Shadow Colossus. (X/100)
  • Inner what? (RuneScore.png 25) – Defeat Raksha without activating 'Inner power'. Can only be completed in a solo instance.
  • Raklette (RuneScore.png 0) – Unlock the Raklette pet from Raksha, the Shadow Colossus.
  • Tyrannosaurus Wrecked (RuneScore.png 0) – Obtained a collection of unique drops from Raksha, the Shadow Colossus.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Transcripts[edit | edit source]

A xolo idol depicting Raksha.

The lore behind Raksha was added to the game with the release of the Orthen Dig Site on 19 October 2020.

The following Archaeological transcripts directly mention Raksha: Rumours of the Raksha, The Greatest Hunt, Ethical Concerns, Raksha, The One Above All, Father of Dragons, Raksha Observations, and One... Voice....

Credits[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!
  • ninja 27 February 2023 (Update):
    • Improved the lighting in the Orthen Oubliette where Raksha is imprisoned.
  • patch 13 February 2023 (Update):
    • Raksha, the Shadow Colossus miniquest has been converted to a short quest with journals it will not award quest points or Treasure Hunter keys.
    • Raksha, the Shadow Colossus is now a prerequisite for Azzanadra's Quest.
  • patch 31 October 2022 (Update):
    • Added safety checks to prevent Subdued Raksha from disappearing at the end of a kill.
  • ninja 18 July 2022 (Update):
    • Damage done to Raksha's shield is no longer capped based on Raksha's remaining health.
  • patch 14 March 2022 (Update):
    • Raksha should no longer randomly aggro non-target players in duo encounters, including the start of the phase where he could aggro the first attacker rather than the player who initiated the fight.
    • Rockfall AoE decreased from 7x7 to 5x5.
    • Removed some blocked tiles in the west pipes during phase 4.
    • Shadow anima absorption range increased. The anima no longer has a left click option to prevent misclicks.
  • patch 7 March 2022 (Update):
    • The Telekinetic Grab spell could be used on during phase four of the Raksha fight to obtain shattered shadow anima, bank it and reuse it at future Raksha encounters. It is now no longer possible to use the spell in this way.
  • patch 14 December 2020 (Update):
    • Improvements
      • Decreased Raksha's base damage values for attacks that scale with shadow energy.
      • To compensate, we've changed Raksha's shadow infused power buff, which now scales from 0.5% to 1% per shadow energy, resulting in 100% increased damage at 100% energy, up from 50%.
      • The maximum damage remains unchanged; this simply means that the minimum damage is now less punishing.
      • Decreased Raksha's rockfall damage.
    • Fixes
      • Raksha's tail chain no longer blocks player movement.
      • Fixed an issue where a black screen appeared if the player died while transitioning to Phase 4 of a Raksha encounter.
      • Raksha will no longer get stuck in an animation cycle if you die with Immortality active during the shadow bombard attack cycle.
      • Fixed an issue that caused players to get stuck under Raksha both during and after the final phase of the encounter.
      • Increased the base hit chance (affinity) from 45 to 55 when using Melee against Raksha, the Shadow Colossus.
      • Raksha will no longer override his Melee attack animation with a walk animation if the player moves out of Melee range.
      • Raksha will no longer change target randomly in duo mode, and will instead focus one target until provoked.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name Raksha appears to come from Rakshasa, who are demons from Hindu mythology.
  • The player Rudi was the first player to defeat Raksha in solo mode on 7 December 2020, which was shown with the in-game announcement: Game announcement.png News: Ironman badge.pngRudi is the first to defeat Raksha, the Shadow Colossus in solo mode!
  • Raksha's drops have several unique traits:
  • Raksha is mentioned by Zaros as an animal demigod, which would place it on tier 6 in terms of godhood. However, as its power is not derived from the Elder Gods themselves, it and the other Colossi are not considered as actual gods.
  • Raksha is voiced by Greg Jones.[13]
  • Raksha and The Keeper have a number of unused voice lines, one of which is 'Do you really think you can save them?'. This line of dialogue has often been associated with Xau-Tak.
  • Amongst the models introduced into the cache alongside the Raksha update was an unused black hand.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Rumours of the Raksha, written by Varanus, RuneScape. "They call it Raksha - taken from the name of a fallen entity among some of my people's older mythologies - 'The One Above All' or 'The One That Speaks' in our modern vernacular."
  2. ^ Rumours of the Raksha, written by Varanus, RuneScape. "On this description alone, Skeka has classified it as a hellebores rex, after the poisonous black flower - as deadly as it is beautiful."
  3. ^ a b Zaros, "Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (quest)", RuneScape. "A handful of elder artefacts had been discarded by the Elder Gods. One of these was the Codex, a repository of both knowledge and power. When a great beast came across the strange monolith, it couldn't know what awaited. It emerged from the Codex fundamentally changed. It was a colossus - an animal demigod."
  4. ^ Zaros, "Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (quest)", RuneScape. "They called it Raksha. Nothing quite like it has been seen before, or since. It was not just a colossus, but a shadow colossus. Its power came not from the Elder Gods but from somewhere... else."
  5. ^ Zaros, "Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (quest)", RuneScape. "It was a colossus - an animal demigod. The ultimate apex predator. Unchallenged. When the dragonkin arrived, they were fascinated by the creature. They found it, captured it, and imprisoned it in their city. They called it Raksha. Nothing quite like it has been seen before, or since."
  6. ^ Zaros, "Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (quest)", RuneScape. "The scientist Kerapac took a very different line of inquiry. He experimented until the beast was of no more use to him."
  7. ^ Raksha (Archaeology), written by Skeka, RuneScape. "I have another plan to escape this pain-wracked body! My device! I shall throw myself, my mind, I N T O the Raksha! I will become! My device is charging! I hope this works. This has to work..."
  8. ^ Jagex. Mod Ryan's Twitter account. (Archived from the original on 10 January 2021.) Mod Ryan: "I've seen a couple of people asking/discussing Raksha drop rates between Solo and Duo mode. I can confirm that the drop rates are the exact same between modes."
  9. ^ Jagex. Mod Ryan's Twitter account. 5 July 2021. (Archived from the original on 5 July 2021.) Mod Ryan: "The drop rates for the rare (broadcast) drops from Raksha, the Shadow Colossus."
  10. ^ Jagex. Mod Ryan's Twitter account. 25 December 2020. (Archived from the original on 25 December 2020.) Mod Ryan: "Merry Christmas everyone! Raksha pet drop is 1/1000 with a threshold of 200."
  11. ^ Jagex. RuneScape's Twitter account. 8 December 2020. (Archived from the original on 9 December 2020.) RuneScape: "Enhanced Laceration, Blast diffusion and Fleeting boots will no longer lose their enhanced nature when repaired."
  12. ^ Jagex. RuneScape's Twitter account. 7 December 2020. (Archived from the original on 25 December 2020.) RuneScape: "The Greater Barge ability now deals the full 100% damage on the bleed effect instead of 50%."
  13. ^ Mod Ian. Realtalk: Which J-Mod did Raksha's voice?. Reddit. 8 December 2020. (Archived from the original on 24 May 2021.) Mod Ian: "The voice actor's name is Greg Jones."