RuneScape:Events Team/Pest Control (5 July 2014)

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Pest Control[edit source]

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Pest Control is a minigame accessible from the Void Knights' Outpost, with its main objectives to destroy four monster-spawning portals while protecting the Void Knight from those monsters. It is still consistently popular for Void Knight equipment and raw experience. Completing one game is also a requirement to finish the quest Quiet Before The Swarm. After completing a game with enough participation, players receive 2-4 Void Knight commendation points depending on the difficulty level of the game.

Getting there[edit source]

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From the Port Sarim lodestone, run east to the docks and click "Travel" on the Squire to get to the Outpost. From there, run south to the docks leading to the three landers, requiring different combat levels to enter. The landers from west to east are Veteran (100+), Intermediate (70+), and Novice (35+).

Gameplay[edit source]

Upon entering a lander, a game will start in a few minutes if there are fewer than 25 players present. If there are greater than 25 players in the lander, 25 of them will be teleported to another island where the game takes place.

On the Pest Control island, players arrive in the lander on the north side of the island. The Void Knight is in the center on a raised platform and does not move. Surrounding the Void Knight to the east, south, and west is a wooden wall with 3 gates on each side. Beyond the gates are four portals. Monsters spawn from the portals and ultimately aim to kill the Void Knight. The objective of each game is to destroy each of the portals and to keep the Void Knight alive. Player deaths are safe, and upon dying they will respawn in the lander.

The Pest Control island

The Void Knight[edit source]

The Void Knight stands in the middle of the island on a raised platform and does not move. He has 20,000 lifepoints and is mainly targeted by Shifters, Torchers, and Defilers. Only a few players need to stay near him to kill the Shifters and keep the gates closed to protect him from the Torchers and Defilers from a distance. Monsters will damage the Knight, and the only way for him to heal is for portals to be destroyed.

Portals[edit source]

There are four portals outside the walls - to the west, south-west, south-east, and east. When the game begins, all four portals will be shielded and not attackable, though they will actively spawn monsters. Shortly later, the Void Knight will announce that one of the portals' shield has dropped and can be attacked. Players should distribute themselves somewhat evenly among the portals initially because the first vulnerable portal is determined randomly. Once a portal is vulnerable, nearby players should attack it, destroy it, and move on to the other portals once the shields drop.

Each portal has a combat weakness; though, post-EoC it doesn't really matter what style a player uses.

Icon Location Weakness
Purple portal icon.png West Fire weakness icon.png Fire spells
Blue portal icon.png East Bolt weakness icon.png Bolts
Yellow portal icon.png South-East Crush weakness icon.png Crush
Red portal icon.png South-West Arrow weakness icon.png Arrows

Monsters[edit source]

Monsters, or pests, are spawned by the portals even when they are invulnerable. Kill the Shifters, Torchers, and Defilers that are posing a threat to the Void Knight first. Otherwise, it's easy to just kill any monster for participation points in the game.

Name Weakness Attack style Notes
Brawler Fire weakness icon.png Fire spells Melee Acts as a barrier. Cannot walk through them, nor use magic or ranged attacks through them.
Defiler Stab weakness icon.png Stab Ranged Can use ranged attacks over the walls. Usually target the Void Knight, so keep the gates repaired and closed.
Ravager Water weakness icon.png Water spells Melee Destroys gates and barricades, non-aggressive.
Shifter Fire weakness icon.png Fire spells Melee Can teleport (also through the walls). Usually targets the Void Knight, so a few players should stand by and kill them.
Spinner Air weakness icon.png Air spells Melee Can heal the portals. Will not retaliate when attacked, but can sometimes explode for a little damage.
Splatter Earth weakness icon.png Earth spells Melee Explodes when killed, damaging nearby players and pests. Will explode instantly upon moving adjacent to gates and barricades.
Torcher Thrown weakness icon.png Thrown Magic Can cast spells over the walls.

Participation[edit source]

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Players will only receive commendation points if they participated in either dealing enough total damage to monsters or by repairing damaged barricades and gates. The minigame interface features the Void Knight's health, the player's participation points, and the time remaining as shown on the right. Attacking monsters is simple; just deal damage, and you don't have to get the kill.

Keeping the gates repaired is more important than the barricades. Both are usually destroyed by Splatters and Ravagers. To repair them, pick up logs between the Void Knight's platform and the lander and use them to repair the gates and keep them closed to protect the Knight. Gates will not open or close if they are badly damaged.

The starting point in each game

Equipment[edit source]

Recommended equipment for Magic
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadVirtus mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Virtus maskVirtus mask / Anima core helm of Seren.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core helm of SerenAnima core helm of SerenSuperior void knight mage helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior void knight mage helmSuperior void knight mage helmHood of subjugation.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hood of subjugationHood of subjugationSeasinger's hood.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seasinger's hoodSeasinger's hoodGanodermic visor.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ganodermic visorGanodermic visor / Ahrim's hood.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ahrim's hoodAhrim's hood
NeckAmulet of souls.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of soulsAmulet of soulsArcane blood necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Arcane blood necklaceArcane blood necklace / Arcane stream necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Arcane stream necklaceArcane stream necklaceReaper necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Reaper necklaceReaper necklace / Saradomin's hiss.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin's hissSaradomin's hissAmulet of fury (t).png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of fury (t)Amulet of fury (t) / Amulet of fury.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of furyAmulet of furyDragon Rider amulet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider amuletDragon Rider amulet
BackCompletionist cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Completionist capeCompletionist capeTokHaar-Kal-Mej.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-Kal-MejTokHaar-Kal-MejGuthix cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Guthix capeGuthix capeMax cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Max capeMax capeDefence cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Defence capeDefence cape / Ardougne cloak 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 4
BodyVirtus robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Virtus robe topVirtus robe top / Anima core body of Seren.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core body of SerenAnima core body of SerenGarb of subjugation.png: RS3 Inventory image of Garb of subjugationGarb of subjugationSeasinger's robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seasinger's robe topSeasinger's robe topGanodermic poncho.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ganodermic ponchoGanodermic poncho / Ahrim's robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ahrim's robe topAhrim's robe topN/A
LegsVirtus robe legs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Virtus robe legsVirtus robe legs / Anima core legs of Seren.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core legs of SerenAnima core legs of SerenGown of subjugation.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gown of subjugationGown of subjugationSeasinger's robe bottom.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seasinger's robe bottomSeasinger's robe bottomGanodermic leggings.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ganodermic leggingsGanodermic leggings / Ahrim's robe skirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ahrim's robe skirtAhrim's robe skirtN/A
Main handSeismic wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seismic wandSeismic wandWand of the Cywir elders.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wand of the Cywir eldersWand of the Cywir eldersSeasinger kiba.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seasinger kibaSeasinger kibaAttuned crystal wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal wandAttuned crystal wand / Virtus wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Virtus wandVirtus wandAbyssal wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal wandAbyssal wand
Two-handed weaponNoxious staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious staffNoxious staffCamel staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Camel staffCamel staff / Staff of darkness.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of darknessStaff of darknessAttuned crystal staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal staffAttuned crystal staff / Chaotic staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic staffChaotic staffArmadyl battlestaff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl battlestaffArmadyl battlestaffStaff of light.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of lightStaff of light
Off-hand weaponSeismic singularity.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seismic singularitySeismic singularitySeasinger makigai.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seasinger makigaiSeasinger makigaiAttuned crystal orb.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal orbAttuned crystal orb / Virtus book.png: RS3 Inventory image of Virtus bookVirtus bookAbyssal orb.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal orbAbyssal orbN/A
Off-hand weaponMerciless kiteshield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Merciless kiteshieldMerciless kiteshieldFarseer kiteshield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Farseer kiteshieldFarseer kiteshieldArcane spirit shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Arcane spirit shieldArcane spirit shieldSpectral spirit shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spectral spirit shieldSpectral spirit shield / Dragonfire ward.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragonfire wardDragonfire wardWard of subjugation.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ward of subjugationWard of subjugation
GlovesCelestial handwraps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Celestial handwrapsCelestial handwraps / Virtus gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Virtus glovesVirtus glovesSuperior void knight gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior void knight glovesSuperior void knight gloves / Spellcaster gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spellcaster glovesSpellcaster glovesGloves of subjugation.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gloves of subjugationGloves of subjugationCulinaromancer's gloves 10.png: RS3 Inventory image of Culinaromancer's gloves 10Culinaromancer's gloves 10Static gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Static glovesStatic gloves
FeetVirtus boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Virtus bootsVirtus bootsBoots of subjugation.png: RS3 Inventory image of Boots of subjugationBoots of subjugationSilverhawk boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Silverhawk bootsSilverhawk bootsRagefire boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ragefire bootsRagefire boots / Ganodermic boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ganodermic bootsGanodermic bootsN/A
RingAsylum surgeon's ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Asylum surgeon's ringAsylum surgeon's ring + Ring of vigour.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of vigourRing of vigour switchRing of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of deathRing of death + Ring of vigour.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of vigourRing of vigour switchSixth-Age circuit.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sixth-Age circuitSixth-Age circuit + Ring of vigour.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of vigourRing of vigour switchLuck of the Dwarves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Luck of the DwarvesLuck of the Dwarves + Ring of vigour.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of vigourRing of vigour switchSeers' ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seers' ringSeers' ring + Ring of vigour.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of vigourRing of vigour switch
AuraRunic accuracy aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Runic accuracy auraRunic accuracy aura / Maniacal aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Maniacal auraManiacal auraDark magic aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dark magic auraDark magic auraInspiration aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Inspiration auraInspiration auraInvigorate aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Invigorate auraInvigorate auraVampyrism aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vampyrism auraVampyrism aura
PocketBerserk blood essence.png: RS3 Inventory image of Berserk blood essenceBerserk blood essence without Overload (4).png: RS3 Inventory image of Overload (4)Overload (4)Illuminated Book of Law.png: RS3 Inventory image of Illuminated Book of LawIlluminated Book of Law / Armadyl's Book of Law.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl's Book of LawArmadyl's Book of LawSign of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of deathSign of death / Sign of life.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of lifeSign of lifeN/AN/A

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadPernix cowl / Anima core helm of ZamorakSuperior void knight ranger helmArmadyl helmetDeath Lotus hoodKaril's coif
NeckAmulet of soulsFarsight blood necklace / Farsight sniper necklaceReaper necklace / Saradomin's murmurAmulet of fury (t) / Amulet of fury / Amulet of rangingDragon Rider amulet
BackCompletionist capeTokHaar-Kal-XilMax capeAva's alerterSkillcape / Ardougne cloak 4
BodyPernix body / Anima core body of ZamorakSuperior elite void knight topArmadyl chestplateDeath Lotus chestplateKaril's top
LegsPernix body / Anima core legs of ZamorakSuperior elite void knight robeArmadyl chainskirtDeath Lotus chapsKaril's skirt
Main handAscension crossbowShadow glaiveDeath Lotus dartChaotic crossbowArmadyl crossbow / Energised arm cannon
Two-handed weaponNoxious longbowWyvern crossbow / StrykebowAttuned crystal bowZaryte bow / Royal crossbowHand cannon
Off-hand weaponOff-hand Ascension crossbowOff-hand shadow glaiveOff-hand Death Lotus dartOff-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand Armadyl crossbow / Off-hand energised arm cannon
Off-hand weaponVengeful kiteshieldEagle-eye kiteshieldStrykebow / Dark bowElysian spirit shieldDragonfire deflector
GlovesNightmare gauntletsSuperior void knight glovesPernix gloves / Swift glovesCulinaromancer's gloves 10Tracking gloves
FeetPernix bootsArmadyl bootsSilverhawk bootsGlaiven bootsN/A
RingAsylum surgeon's ring + Ring of Vigour switchRing of death + Ring of Vigour switchSixth-Age circuit + Ring of Vigour switchLuck of the Dwarves + Ring of Vigour switchArchers' ring + Ring of Vigour switch
AuraSharpshooter aura / Reckless auraDark magic auraInspiration auraInvigorate auraVampyrism aura
PocketBerserk blood essence without OverloadsIlluminated god book / God bookSign of death / Sign of lifeN/AN/A

Recommended equipment for Melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadTorva full helm / Anima core helm of ZarosSuperior void knight melee helmBandos helmetTetsu helmMelee Barrows helmet
NeckAmulet of soulsBrawler's blood necklace / Brawler's knockout necklaceReaper necklace / Saradomin's whisperAmulet of fury (t) / Amulet of furyDragon Rider amulet
BackCompletionist capeTokHaar-KalMax capeFire capeSkillcape / Ardougne cloak 4
BodyMalevolent cuirass / Superior elite void knight topTorva platebody / Anima core body of ZarosBandos chestplateTetsu bodyMelee Barrows body
LegsTorva platelegs / Anima core legs of ZarosSuperior elite void knight robeBandos tassetsTetsu legsMelee Barrows legs
Main handMain hand Drygore weaponBlade of NymoraTetsu katanaMain hand Chaotic weaponKorasi's sword / Abyssal vine whip
Two-handed weaponNoxious scytheDragon Rider lanceMizuyari / Attuned crystal halberdTwo-handed Chaotic weapon / Sunspear (melee)God sword
Off-hand weaponOff-hand Drygore weaponBlade of AvaryssTetsu wakizashiOff-hand Chaotic weaponJessika's sword
Off-hand weaponMalevolent kiteshieldChaotic kiteshieldDivine spirit shieldDragonfire shieldBandos warshield
GlovesRazorback gauntlets / Torva glovesSuperior void knight gloves / Goliath glovesBandos gauntletsCulinaromancer's gloves 10Pneumatic gloves
FeetTorva bootsBandos bootsSilverhawk bootsSteadfast bootsN/A
RingAsylum surgeon's ring + Ring of Vigour switchRing of death + Ring of Vigour switchSixth-Age circuit + Ring of Vigour switchLuck of the Dwarves + Ring of Vigour switchWarrior ring + Ring of Vigour switch
AuraBrawler aura / Berserker auraDark magic auraInspiration auraInvigorate auraVampyrism aura
PocketBerserk blood essence without OverloadsIlluminated god book / God bookSign of death / Sign of lifeN/AN/A

Rewards[edit source]

Players will receive 2, 3, or 4 Void Knight commendation points for completing a Novice, Intermediate, or Veteran game respectively. If Pest Control is the Spotlight minigame, players can also receive a decent number of Thaler as well. Additionally, at the end of every game there is a chance to receive a choice of Minigame armour boots - Trickster boots, Vanguard boots, or Battle-mage boots.

The main and generally most useful reward from Pest Control is the hybrid Void Knight equipment, with a set bonus offering increased accuracy. Players may also spend their points on experience, weapons, and resource packs. For full reward information, see the main article for Void Knight commendation points.