RuneScape:Events Team/Strategies/Giant Mole

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Location[edit source]

The giant mole is located in the Falador Mole Lair, under the large plant in the west of Falador Park. This makes banking fairly easy, given the proximity of Falador east bank. When joining the fight, click the plant and select custom session, then join the player's fight given in the FC. After the first time joining, when banking you can then use the rejoin option.

The Fight[edit source]

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The giant mole has 6 "phases", with the first and last always being the same, and the middle four having a random order each fight. When she changes phase, she moves to a different sub-arena in the lair. There are a number of agility shortcuts throughout the lair to help move between the four corners and the center - utilising these and the magic ability Surge can speed up movement around the lair significantly.

All of the following information applies to the hard mode of the giant mole - however her attacks are mostly the same in normal mode. The main difference is that in normal mode, she changes phases after a specific amount of lifepoints, while in hard mode she moves after a random amount (tends to be a similar amount, but can sometimes be much more).

Basic attacks
  • At all times the mole will use a standard melee attack on her target. This can hit up to 1000. This can be reduced using Protect from/Deflect Melee.
  • At all times, if she cannot reach any target (i.e. is being safespotted), she will summon an area of jagged rocks underneath her target, which hits rapid classless 200s. This can be avoided by running out of it, and prevented by not safespotting her.
Moving
At the end of a phase, the mole will bury underground and move to the next location. The dirt clumps/dust clounds on the ground show the direction she went. She won't repeat phases, so you can generally know where she is in the lair.
First phase
The mole's first phase is her simplest. She simply attacks with her basic melee attack until she takes enough damage and decides to move on. She always spawns in the center room.
Middle phases - north-west
In the north-west corner of the lair, she will periodically summon four small moles to help her. While these are alive, she has a damage reduction and strength is increased (proportional to how many are alive). The small moles are fairly weak and only have 100 lifepoints, so they are easy to take out using area of effect abilities. The moles will die when she leaves the area or when she summons new ones.
Middle phases - north-east
In the north-east corner of the lair, she will periodically become enraged and deal faster attacks with higher damage. However, she will also lose her stun immunity, meaning you should stun her at this time. When stunned, she has lowered defence and becomes pacified.
Middle phases - south-west
In the south-west corner of the lair, she has a burrow attack. She will rapidly burrow underground and pop up elsewhere, leaving jagged rocks at both locations which deal rapid 200s unless moved off of. She will tend to do this several times in a row - sometimes she will burrow and pop up anywhere in the lair there are players (e.g. the center room, if players wait around there), before burrowing again and returning to the south-west room. Sometimes she will also use her burrow attack at the same time she changes phases, which can result in confusion.
Middle phases - south-east
In the south-east corner of the lair, the mole can cause a ceiling collapse. All players will then need to run around to avoid being hit by rapid 200s - you may also need to use freedom to break out of a stun. Her main target will become encased in mud and unable to move - another player needs to free them by clicking on them.
Final phase
The final phase is when she returns to the center of the lair. She will then use the abilities from all four of her middle phases - summon moles, become enraged, burrow and collapse the ceiling. Just avoid them as they are avoided in the middle phases, and reduce her lifepoints to zero.

Gear[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

Drops[edit source]

She will always drop some big bones, one claw and 1-6 skins. Everyone who participated who also has completed all of the Falador tasks will get a mole nose (you don't need to be wielding or carrying the shield for this).

When not in lootshare, the top damage dealer will receive the claw, the top 3 damage dealers will receive skins and the main drop (and a chance at the rotten fang for pet), everyone who deals damage will receive big bones and credit to their killcount (in the beasts interface and toward an active giant mole Soul Reaper task), and a mole nose if all Falador tasks are complete; her special drops are tertiary and are notified in the game chat. When in lootshare, everything is distributed as normal lootshare mechanics (the rotten fang cannot be obtained), with the exception of noses.

Her special drops are:

Please see here for her other drops.