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Solak, the Grove Guardian is one of the Guardians of Guthix and can be fought at The Lost Grove. He is one of the most powerful monsters in the game. His drops include tier 92 dual-wield blightbound crossbows, Erethdor's grimoire, and his boss pet, Solly.

During the fight, Merethiel assists players by performing vital roles for the team.[1]

Solak can be fought in two instances - the normal encounter, where up to seven players may fight him, and a modified encounter where only two players may fight him. In this modified encounter, Solak's mechanics are changed accordingly to accommodate for the smaller team size.

Defeating Solak is required for The Reaper title, which in turn is required for the Completionist cape.[2] The title [Name] the Guardian of the Grove is achieved from obtaining all drops from Solak's collection log.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Solak is a creature of the Anima Mundi, like Vorago and Telos, and a Guardian of Guthix[4] who defends the Lost Grove from those who want its power. He is referred by the inhabitants of the grove as a "Walker". Solak would be approached sometime by Guthix and appointed as one of his Guardians.

Solak was tasked in protecting an island that is inhabited by smaller creatures of the Anima Mundi. During the Second Age, Seren sent four elite elf warriors to aid Solak in his task. However, one of these elves, Erethdor, had no intention of defending the grove's power, instead desiring it for himself. He attacked Solak in a bid to claim the power he guarded, but was defeated through the combined efforts of Solak and his own siblings. In the end his body was destroyed and his mind split in two; one half was bound within Solak himself and the other half within a strange glowing orb in Merethiel's possession.[source needed]

After this battle, Solak knew that he was becoming tainted and told the elves to leave and inform Seren of Erethdor's betrayal. He then sealed the grove to prevent Erethdor from abusing its power . The fairies tried everything to contact him, along with humans building temples to worship him; however, the religion died out as he never responded. [5] The grove would not be in contact with the outside world until the fifth year of the Sixth Age. By this time, Erethdor had gained complete control of Solak, with the Guardian being mentally weak and no longer able to resist him after thousands of years of keeping him at bay.

Shortly afterwards, the World Guardian allied with Merethiel and a group of adventurers to release Solak from Erethdor's control. Erethdor battled the team with Solak's body and all of his powers at his disposal, further enhanced by his own blight magic, but with Merethiel's help, the World Guardian eventually managed to enter Solak's mind and found a vision of Erethdor who immediately attacked them. Upon defeating this half, Erethdor split himself into multiple manifestations to destroy what little remained of Solak's conscience, but the World Guardian and their allies managed to stop them from completely destroying Solak and defeated his body, finally freeing Solak from Erethdor's control.

After the battle, Merethiel expressed guilt at what her brother did and her failure to stop him, but Solak, now freed from Erethdor's influence, reassured her that she was not to blame for her brother's mistakes. Solak and Merethiel then agreed to work together to undo the damage Erethdor caused to the Lost Grove.

Drops[edit | edit source]

If a team successfully completes the kill, any players who died can claim loot from Merethiel outside the instance as long as they remain logged in on the same world. However, no killcount is awarded when loot is claimed this way.[6] Drop rates are the same for both duo mode and 7-man mode, with the exception of the blightbound crossbows.

Charms[edit | edit source]

No charmGold charm.pngGreen charm.pngCrimson charm.pngBlue charm.png
7–9%7–9%7–9%37–40%36–39%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 2,500 kills.
20 charms are dropped at a time.
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Primary table drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Coins_10000.png: Solak drops Coins with rarity Uncommon in quantity 748333-899032CoinsF2P icon.png748,333–899,032Uncommon748,333-899,032748,333-899,032
Grimy kwuarm.png: Solak drops Grimy kwuarm with rarity Uncommon in quantity 155-200 (noted)Grimy kwuarm (m)P2P icon.png155–200 (noted)Uncommon896,520-1,156,8000
Medium spiky rune salvage.png: Solak drops Medium spiky rune salvage with rarity Uncommon in quantity 30-45 (noted)Medium spiky rune salvageF2P icon.png30–45 (noted)Uncommon691,530-1,037,295720,000-1,080,000
Battlestaff.png: Solak drops Battlestaff with rarity Uncommon in quantity 76-121 (noted)Battlestaff (m)P2P icon.png76–121 (noted)Uncommon365,028-581,163319,200-508,200
Onyx bolt tips.png: Solak drops Onyx bolt tips with rarity Uncommon in quantity 128-165Onyx bolt tips (m)P2P icon.png128–165Uncommon1,004,288-1,294,590691,200-891,000
Hydrix bolt tips.png: Solak drops Hydrix bolt tips with rarity Uncommon in quantity 100-183Hydrix bolt tips (m)P2P icon.png100–183Uncommon966,700-1,769,061600,000-1,098,000
Sirenic scale.png: Solak drops Sirenic scale with rarity Uncommon in quantity 3-5Sirenic scale (m)P2P icon.png3–5Uncommon996,033-1,660,05518,000-30,000
Tiny spiky rune salvage.png: Solak drops Tiny spiky rune salvage with rarity Uncommon in quantity 29-85 (noted)Tiny spiky rune salvageF2P icon.png29–85 (noted)Uncommon206,074-604,010232,000-680,000
Wine of Saradomin.png: Solak drops Wine of Saradomin with rarity Uncommon in quantity 15-25 (noted)Wine of Saradomin (m)P2P icon.png15–25 (noted)Uncommon957,360-1,595,6000
Crushed nest.png: Solak drops Crushed nest with rarity Uncommon in quantity 200-250 (noted)Crushed nest (m)P2P icon.png200–250 (noted)Uncommon212,800-266,0000
Grimy cadantine.png: Solak drops Grimy cadantine with rarity Uncommon in quantity 151-200 (noted)Grimy cadantine (m)P2P icon.png151–200 (noted)Uncommon338,391-448,2000
Banite stone spirit.png: Solak drops Banite stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 50-104Banite stone spirit (m)P2P icon.png50–104Uncommon120,650-250,952Not alchemisable
Light animica stone spirit.png: Solak drops Light animica stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 45-104Light animica stone spirit (m)P2P icon.png45–104Uncommon246,420-569,504Not alchemisable
Black dragonhide.png: Solak drops Black dragonhide with rarity Uncommon in quantity 252-341 (noted)Black dragonhideF2P icon.png252–341 (noted)Uncommon929,628-1,257,94912,096-16,368
Grimy irit.png: Solak drops Grimy irit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 156-200 (noted)Grimy irit (m)P2P icon.png156–200 (noted)Uncommon595,296-763,2000
Uncut onyx.png: Solak drops Uncut onyx with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1-3 (noted)Uncut onyx (m)P2P icon.png1–3 (noted)Uncommon1,277,473-3,832,4191,080,000-3,240,000
Uncut dragonstone.png: Solak drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity Uncommon in quantity 76-100 (noted)Uncut dragonstone (m)P2P icon.png76–100 (noted)Uncommon818,520-1,077,00045,600-60,000
Blightbound crossbow.png: Solak drops Blightbound crossbow with rarity Rare in quantity 1Blightbound crossbow (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[c 1][7]827,464,169540,000
Off-hand Blightbound crossbow.png: Solak drops Off-hand Blightbound crossbow with rarity Rare in quantity 1Off-hand Blightbound crossbow (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[c 1]837,921,003540,000
Erethdor's grimoire (token).png: Solak drops Erethdor's grimoire (token) with rarity Rare in quantity 1Erethdor's grimoire (token) (m)P2P icon.png1Rare66,396,207180,000
  1. ^ a b Crossbow chance per person: In duo, 1/200. In 7 man, it was 1/700 prior to 30 July 2018, but has since been made more common. The new 7 man rate is not known. Unlike other uniques from other high level group bosses, multiple crossbows can be obtained in one kill; each individual player can obtain one crossbow at maximum.

Secondary table drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Clue scroll (elite).png: Solak drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity Rare in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite) (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[d 1][8]Not soldNot alchemisable
Starved ancient effigy.png: Solak drops Starved ancient effigy with rarity Rare in quantity 1Starved ancient effigy (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[d 1][8]Not soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 1.png: Solak drops Crystal triskelion fragment 1 with rarity Rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 1 (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[d 1][8]Not soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 2.png: Solak drops Crystal triskelion fragment 2 with rarity Rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 2 (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[d 1][8]Not soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 3.png: Solak drops Crystal triskelion fragment 3 with rarity Rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 3 (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[d 1][8]Not soldNot alchemisable
  1. ^ a b c 1/100


Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Purple mushroom.png: Solak drops Purple mushroom with rarity Rare in quantity 1Purple mushroom (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[e 1][8]5,791,211Not alchemisable
Merethiel's stave.png: Solak drops Merethiel's stave with rarity Rare in quantity 1Merethiel's stave (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[e 2][8]13,042,830180,000
Cinderbane gloves.png: Solak drops Cinderbane gloves with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Cinderbane gloves (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare[e 3][8]35,353,25230,000
Imbued bark shard.png: Solak drops Imbued bark shard with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Imbued bark shard (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare[e 4]Not soldNot alchemisable
Torn grimoire page.png: Solak drops Torn grimoire page with rarity Common in quantity 1-2Torn grimoire page (m)P2P icon.png1–2Common2,960,937-5,921,874120-240
Ancient elven ritual shard.png: Solak drops Ancient elven ritual shard with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Ancient elven ritual shard (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare[e 3]13,312,914180,000
  1. ^ 1/500
  2. ^ 1/500
  3. ^ a b 1/1000
  4. ^ Has a base drop rate of 1/1,200 with a threshold of 240.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 18 February 2019 (Update):
    • When looting Solak and rolling on the Torn grimoire page droptable, player will have another chance to roll a second page.
  • patch 11 February 2019 (Update):
    • Kill timers were fixed as they didn't track and set records correctly.
    • The damage threshold that causes Erethdor's manifestations to appear is increased so they don't spawn as frequently.
  • patch 28 January 2019 (Update):
    • Solak's ranged attack projectiles are now correctly sent to each player.
    • The hitsplat that's used to represent a splash hit, is now shown on the correct player in Solak group fights.
    • Runite stone spirits replaced with both Banite and Light Animica stone spirits.
  • patch 21 January 2019 (Update):
    • The anima rain mechanic on phase 2 of the Solak fight will now end as soon as the fight transitions to phase 3.
    • Fixed an issue with Solak trying to delay his phase 3 transition whilst doing the Binding Crush attack.
    • Players that remained in Solak's mind from phase 3 to 4 will no longer get teleported back to the base map after their 10 seconds are up.
    • Fixed an issue where certain abilities and actions were stopping Solak from awarding loot.
    • The instakill on the last phase of the Solak fight will no longer consume signs of life/death.
    • The Ancient Elven Ritual Shard's debuff cooldown timer now accurately displays how much time must pass before it can be used again.
    • Increased the collection log tracking cap on Erethdor's Grimoire pages from Solak.
    • Kill count for Solak will no longer be awarded after dying and then standing in a different Solak instance.
    • The instakill on phase 4 of Solak will no longer hit players that died in that battle and then stood in a different Solak instance.
    • An issue that could cause players to not be able to properly transition into phase 4 if a member of the team died and created their own Solak instance has been resolved.
    • Solak duo mode and group mode kill times now display separately in the Beasts tab, and can be broadcasted separately. Duo mode falls under (HM).
  • patch 15 October 2018 (Update):
    • Uncut Onyx drops from Solak are now noted.
  • patch 1 October 2018 (Update):
    • The anima rain mechanic on phase 2 of the Solak fight will now end as soon as the fight transitions to phase 3.
  • patch 20 August 2018 (Update):
    • The Ancient elven ritual shard can now be dropped by Solak at a rate of 1/1,000 per player.
    • A news broadcast has been added to the Ancient elven ritual shard drop when received from the Grove creatures or Solak.
    • A news broadcast has been added to Cinderbane gloves when received from Solak.
  • patch 6 August 2018 (Update):
    • Players can now teleport out of the Solak fight as soon as it is over.
    • Torn grimoire pages have been added to Solaks item log.
  • patch 30 July 2018 (Update):
    • Only 2 roots will spawn on phase 1 of the Solak fight, in group mode.
    • The blight percentage on phase 2 of Solak will now be drained at a faster rate. Should the hitpoints cap be reached, the rate of which it drains is then even greater.
    • Blightbound crossbow drops have been made more common from group mode Solak.
    • Solak no longer receives double damage during the Binding Crush mechanic.
  • patch 23 July 2018 (Update):
    • The drop rate on the cosmetic items from Solak have been made more common.
      • Merethiel's stave changed to 1/500
      • Effigies changed to 1/100
      • Triskelions changed to 1/100
      • Clue scrolls changed to 1/100
      • Cinderbane gloves changed to 1/1000
      • Purple Mushroom changed to 1/500
  • patch 16 July 2018 (Update):
    • Solak's boss pet threshold is now 240.
  • patch 9 July 2018 (Update):
    • A player will now be resurrected by the power of the grove should they die after freeing Solak.
  • patch 18 June 2018 (Update):
    • A player will now be resurrected by the power of the grove should they die after freeing Solak.
    • A location has been added at the end of the Solak fight, so they can return to Merethiel and Solak should a player not get transported back.
  • patch 11 June 2018 (Update):
    • Solak no longer loses focus on the tank after he performs his root attack on the tank on phase 2, and after a rune has been completed on phase 3.
    • Solak will now reliably hit all players for the instakill attack if players allow Withered Solak to die with a group member in a different instanced area.
    • Charms will no longer be awarded to another player when claiming Solak loot if your inventory is full, and will be sent to your bank if your inventory is full.
    • Defensive abilities will no longer be reset during Solak phase transitions and when traversing from the mind to the overworld.
    • An issue with Solak awarding double KC has been fixed.
    • Portents of restoration can no longer be used to heal the players inside Solak's minds.
    • Calorie bombs can no longer be placed inside of the mind of Solak.
    • The blight percentage on phase 2 of Solak will now be drained at a faster rate.
    • The blight percentage drained from completing the Binding Crush mechanic on phase 2 of Solak has been increased.
    • Players will now always be moved from underneath downed Solak at the end of the fight.
    • Some audio from the Nex Angel of Death encounter has been removed from Solak.
    • A right click 'Claim loot' option has been added to Merethiel at the end of the Solak fight.
    • The damage cap on Solak will no longer come into play early than it's supposed to.
  • patch 4 June 2018 (Update):
    • The minimum and maximum amount of reaper kills assigned for Solak has been lowered.
    • The lifepoints on the Manifestations of Erethdor on phase 4 of Solak's group mode in the overworld has been lowered from 45,000 to 25,000.
    • Another magical mushroom has appeared near the fairy ring in The Lost Grove, which acts as a shortcut down from the hill.
    • An option to exit the arena before the fight has started has been added to Solak.
    • The Burst of Nature attack will no longer deal damage to players at the end of phase 4 if Solak has been killed.
    • A purple spotanim that plays around Solak will now clear at the start of the next attack.
    • Solak will no longer attempt to insta-kill players who have left a previous Solak fight and entered a fresh battle.
    • Weapon poison now tracks correctly when dealing the final blow to Solak's limbs.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It was revealed at RuneFest by Mod Pi that Solak was originally called Kalos, which is Solak backwards.[source needed]
  • Solak's initial concept art was changed after it drew comparisons to League of Legends champion Maokai.
  • Solak is voiced by Doug Cockle, an actor and director who also played Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher game series.[9]
  • There were global broadcasts after 1, 100, 100,000, and 1,000,000 total player deaths at Solak, naming each individual who died on the milestone.
  • Upon release, a glitch allowed familiars and poison damage to bypass Solak's life point phase caps, allowing players to kill him more easily than intended. The glitch was quickly fixed; players who abused it were banned, and any unique drops obtained from glitched kills were deleted.
  • P at rick and Ghost Team achieved the first kill in a duo.[10]
  • AP 2121, Zirazzy, idrm, The Mehukas, zalttar, lEEch and Afrodite achieved the first kill in 7-man mode.[11]
  • Solak's examine text in battle is a reference to the movie Gladiator.
  • There is currently a graphical glitch that may cause Solak's arms and feet to take on many different colors. Although this has no effect on the fight, it can cause problems for people who are sensitive to rapidly alternating colors.
  • With the update on 17 December 2018, Solak wore a Santa hat, was covered in snow and Christmas lights, and was temporarily renamed to "Snowlak". His arms and legs were also renamed.
  • Perdita's dialogue suggests that Solak's name was derived from the word "solar".
  • Solak, along with Araxxi, Beastmaster Durzag and Vorago, are the only bosses to offer multiple pet drops.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ RuneScape. February - The Month Ahead Q&A. YouTube. 7 February 2018.*
  2. ^ RuneScape. RuneScape's May Month Ahead (2018). YouTube. 27 Apr 2018.*
  3. ^ RuneScape. RuneScape - Solak Q&A and Gameplay Showcase. YouTube. 22 May 2018.*
  4. ^ Mod Mark. "RuneScape Reveals." 23 September 2017. RuneScape News.
  5. ^ Bub, "The Lost Grove", RuneScape.
  6. ^ RuneScape. RuneScape's May Month Ahead (2018). YouTube. 27 Apr 2018.*
  7. ^ JagexIago. Can Jagex (Ramen/Iago) check the code on the 7-man drop rate at Solak, data suggests that the modes are not balanced.. 23 July 2018. (Archived from the original on 23 July 2018.)
  8. ^ a b c d e f Mod Shauny. "Patch Notes - 23/07." 23 July 2018. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  9. ^ RuneScape. RuneScape Behind the Scenes – The Origins of Solak. YouTube. 25 May 2018.*
  10. ^ Jagex. Mod Iago's Twitter account. 29 March 2018. (Archived from the original on 23 July 2018.) Mod Iago: "A huge congratulations to P at rick & Ghost Team for being the first people to defeat Solak in duo mode! Was amazing to watch, well earned guys! 👏 I may or may not have screamed 😁."
  11. ^ Vengeanceee, Mod Iago. First 7man Solak but no announcement (not mine). Reddit. 30 May 2018. (Archived from the original on 23 July 2018.) "First impression was that it was done in practice mode due to the amount of comments going around about it, hence my comment, but it was not done in practice mode."