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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.

The battle can be started by talking to Merethiel. During the fight, she 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 title, The Reaper. The title [Name] the Guardian of the Grove is achieved from obtaining all drops from Solak's collection log.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Solak is a creature of the Anima Mundi, like Vorago and Telos, and a Guardian of Guthix[3]. He 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 stone that is currently in Merethiel's possession.

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. [4] 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.[5] Drop rates are the same for both duo mode and 7-man mode, with the exception of the blightbound crossbows and Erethdor's grimoire.

Charms[edit | edit source]

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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: RS3 Solak drops Coins with rarity Uncommon in quantity 748333-899032CoinsF2P icon.png748,333–899,032Uncommon748,333-899,032748,333-899,032
Grimy kwuarm.png: RS3 Solak drops Grimy kwuarm with rarity Uncommon in quantity 155-200 (noted)Grimy kwuarm (m)P2P icon.png155–200 (noted)Uncommon932,945-1,203,8000
Medium spiky rune salvage.png: RS3 Solak drops Medium spiky rune salvage with rarity Uncommon in quantity 30-45 (noted)Medium spiky rune salvageF2P icon.png30–45 (noted)Uncommon686,550-1,029,825720,000-1,080,000
Battlestaff.png: RS3 Solak drops Battlestaff with rarity Uncommon in quantity 76-121 (noted)Battlestaff (m)P2P icon.png76–121 (noted)Uncommon298,224-474,804319,200-508,200
Onyx bolt tips.png: RS3 Solak drops Onyx bolt tips with rarity Uncommon in quantity 128-165Onyx bolt tips (m)P2P icon.png128–165Uncommon974,976-1,256,805691,200-891,000
Hydrix bolt tips.png: RS3 Solak drops Hydrix bolt tips with rarity Uncommon in quantity 100-183Hydrix bolt tips (m)P2P icon.png100–183Uncommon948,600-1,735,938600,000-1,098,000
Sirenic scale.png: RS3 Solak drops Sirenic scale with rarity Uncommon in quantity 3-5Sirenic scale (m)P2P icon.png3–5Uncommon1,114,845-1,858,07518,000-30,000
Tiny spiky rune salvage.png: RS3 Solak drops Tiny spiky rune salvage with rarity Uncommon in quantity 29-85 (noted)Tiny spiky rune salvageF2P icon.png29–85 (noted)Uncommon203,348-596,020232,000-680,000
Wine of Saradomin.png: RS3 Solak drops Wine of Saradomin with rarity Uncommon in quantity 15-25 (noted)Wine of Saradomin (m)P2P icon.png15–25 (noted)Uncommon801,405-1,335,6750
Crushed nest.png: RS3 Solak drops Crushed nest with rarity Uncommon in quantity 200-250 (noted)Crushed nest (m)P2P icon.png200–250 (noted)Uncommon228,200-285,2500
Grimy cadantine.png: RS3 Solak drops Grimy cadantine with rarity Uncommon in quantity 151-200 (noted)Grimy cadantine (m)P2P icon.png151–200 (noted)Uncommon261,532-346,4000
Banite stone spirit.png: RS3 Solak drops Banite stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 50-104Banite stone spirit (m)P2P icon.png50–104Uncommon142,350-296,088Not alchemisable
Light animica stone spirit.png: RS3 Solak drops Light animica stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 40-104Light animica stone spirit (m)P2P icon.png40–104Uncommon250,360-650,936Not alchemisable
Black dragonhide.png: RS3 Solak drops Black dragonhide with rarity Uncommon in quantity 252-341 (noted)Black dragonhideF2P icon.png252–341 (noted)Uncommon876,960-1,186,68012,096-16,368
Grimy irit.png: RS3 Solak drops Grimy irit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 156-200 (noted)Grimy irit (m)P2P icon.png156–200 (noted)Uncommon468,468-600,6000
Uncut onyx.png: RS3 Solak drops Uncut onyx with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1-3 (noted)Uncut onyx (m)P2P icon.png1–3 (noted)Uncommon1,204,091-3,612,2731,080,000-3,240,000
Uncut dragonstone.png: RS3 Solak drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity Uncommon in quantity 76-100 (noted)Uncut dragonstone (m)P2P icon.png76–100 (noted)Uncommon937,992-1,234,20045,600-60,000
Blightbound crossbow.png: RS3 Solak drops Blightbound crossbow with rarity Rare in quantity 1Blightbound crossbow (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[c 1][6]677,376,209540,000
Off-hand Blightbound crossbow.png: RS3 Solak drops Off-hand Blightbound crossbow with rarity Rare in quantity 1Off-hand Blightbound crossbow (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[c 1]698,757,332540,000
Erethdor's grimoire (token).png: RS3 Solak drops Erethdor's grimoire (token) with rarity Rare in quantity 1Erethdor's grimoire (token) (m)P2P icon.png1Rare87,066,603180,000
  1. ^ a b Crossbow chance per person: 1/200 in duo encounter. In 7-man, it was 1/700 prior to 30 July 2018, but has since been made more common. The new 7-man drop rate is not known. 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: RS3 Solak drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/100 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite) (m)P2P icon.png11/100[7]Not soldNot alchemisable
Starved ancient effigy.png: RS3 Solak drops Starved ancient effigy with rarity 1/100 in quantity 1Starved ancient effigy (m)P2P icon.png11/100[7]Not soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 1.png: RS3 Solak drops Crystal triskelion fragment 1 with rarity 1/100 in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 1 (m)P2P icon.png11/100[7]Not soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 2.png: RS3 Solak drops Crystal triskelion fragment 2 with rarity 1/100 in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 2 (m)P2P icon.png11/100[7]Not soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 3.png: RS3 Solak drops Crystal triskelion fragment 3 with rarity 1/100 in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 3 (m)P2P icon.png11/100[7]Not soldNot alchemisable

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Purple mushroom.png: RS3 Solak drops Purple mushroom with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Purple mushroom (m)P2P icon.png11/500[7]6,061,351Not alchemisable
Merethiel's stave.png: RS3 Solak drops Merethiel's stave with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Merethiel's stave (m)P2P icon.png11/500[7]14,087,580180,000
Cinderbane gloves.png: RS3 Solak drops Cinderbane gloves with rarity 1/1000 in quantity 1Cinderbane gloves (m)P2P icon.png11/1000[7]37,370,75230,000
Imbued bark shard.png: RS3 Solak drops Imbued bark shard with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Imbued bark shard (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare[e 1]Not soldNot alchemisable
Torn grimoire page.png: RS3 Solak drops Torn grimoire page with rarity Common in quantity 1-2Torn grimoire page (m)P2P icon.png1–2Common2,807,556-5,615,112120-240
Ancient elven ritual shard.png: RS3 Solak drops Ancient elven ritual shard with rarity 1/1000 in quantity 1Ancient elven ritual shard (m)P2P icon.png11/10009,335,547180,000
  1. ^ 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 19 August 2019 (Update):
    • The Manifestations during the Solak encounter should now consistently clear at the end of the fight.
  • patch 1 July 2019 (Update):.
    • Prevented every Solak encounter triggering a message saying you've unlocked a new music track.
  • update 24 June 2019 (Update):
    • All three of the music tracks will now unlock at be beginning of the fight, including in practice mode.
  • 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.
  • hotfix 30 July 2018 (Update):
    • Reduced the amount of blight drained from Solak on phase 2 and removed the double damage when Solak pins a player.
  • 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.
    • Phase 1
      • Failing the Lockdown mechanic in duo mode will now spawn one less Blightbound lasher.
      • Both the arms and legs during the Lockdown mechanic now have timer bars.
      • The click radius on the arms and legs during the Lockdown mechanic have been reduced.
      • The Volatile roots and Solak's arms and legs will no longer return to their full lifepoint amount should a player stop attacking them.
      • The Volatile roots, Blightbound creatures, Blight afflicted core, and Solak's arms and legs can now be stunned.
    • Phase 2
      • The click radius on the Anima eruptions has been slightly reduced.
      • A message will now consistently display when the Anima storm has been fully depleted.
      • The click radius on Solak's arm during the Binding crush mechanic has been reduced.
    • Phase 3
      • Erethdor's lifepoints has been reduced from 500,000 to 250,000 in duo mode.
      • Erethdor's stats have been increased.
  • 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 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.
    • 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.
  • hotfix 31 May 2018 (Update):
    • Vengeance now has a maximum damage cap.
    • All damage types no longer bypass Solak's HP cap on phase 3.
    • Applied the above HP cap fix to duo-mode Solak.
    • The binding crush mechanic on phase 2 of Solak will now draw a player back into the arena if placed outside of the playable arena.
  • hotfix 30 May 2018 (Update):
    • Added a check to nerf poison damage when Solak reaches his phase hitcap.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Solak was originally called Kalos, which is Solak backwards.[8]
  • 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 rewards.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ RuneScape. February - The Month Ahead Q&A. YouTube. 7 February 2018.*
  2. ^ RuneScape. RuneScape - Solak Q&A and Gameplay Showcase. YouTube. 22 May 2018.*
  3. ^ Mod Mark. "RuneScape Reveals." 23 September 2017. RuneScape News.
  4. ^ Bub, "The Lost Grove", RuneScape.
  5. ^ RuneScape. RuneScape's May Month Ahead (2018). YouTube. 27 Apr 2018.*
  6. ^ 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.)
  7. ^ a b c d e f Mod Shauny. "Patch Notes - 23/07." 23 July 2018. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  8. ^ Mod Ramen. TIL The name Solak means maker or seller of salt! Nice one Jagex.. Reddit. 22 August 2019. (Archived from the original on 22 August 2019.) "Nice coincidence tbh, I came up with Solak's name by sitting in traffic and seeing the Chevrolet Kalos, thought Kalos was a cool name but too close to Telos so I just reversed it... Birthing Solak."
  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."