Taverley Dungeon

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The Taverley Dungeon is the fourth largest dungeon in RuneScape, surpassed by Brimhaven Dungeon, the Chaos Tunnels and God Wars Dungeon. There are many monsters, ranging from low to high combat levels and with the stronger ones located deeper in the dungeon. These include poisonous monsters, so bringing Antipoison potions is advised.

The dungeon has the entrances of two resource dungeons: the hellhound and blue dragon resource dungeon. These require 55 and 60 minimum Dungeoneering levels to enter, respectively. The Blue dragon chamber of the dungeon and the resource dungeon accessed from this chamber are the only locations where Blue dragon scales (used for herblore) spawn.

Because the Taverley Dungeon was the only members-only dungeon when members was released, it was formerly known as the Member's Dungeon.

Dungeon info[edit | edit source]

Getting there[edit | edit source]

Location of the Taverley Dungeon
The entrance to the caverns

The entrance to the dungeon is found south of Taverley and west of Falador. After the update Troll Warzone, it was relocated closer to a bank - directly south of the dock past the bridge by the wheat patch. (The boat carries to Daemonheim, and from there to Al Kharid or back to Taverley).

The Water Obelisk on Water Obelisk Island can only be reached by traversing the dungeon. Water Obelisk Island is just off the coast near Catherby. There is a one-way Mithril grapple shortcut from the island to the shore which requires 36 Agility, 39 Ranged, and 22 Strength.

The dusty key[edit | edit source]

A player using Agility to jump across the spikes to the poison spider area

The dusty key is required to access the deeper areas of the dungeon and to access the long route to the water obelisk. To obtain it, go through the dungeon headed south to Kinshra (Black Knight) headquarters. Go into the narrow eastern passageway, kill the Jailer (level 39), get the Jail key he drops, use it to open the door of the jail cell and talk to the prisoner Velrak the Explorer to get the dusty key. After completion of the One Small Favour quest, players can add the dusty key to their steel key ring.

Players will not get the dusty key if asking for a reward. If this is done, talk to Velrak again and choose the other conversation branch. Velrak does not leave the cell, however, after receiving the key if you speak with him again he will want to flee from the dungeon and in doing so will be located at the entrance of Taverley Dungeon. If the key is lost, another one can be obtained. You can use the drop trick to get more than one key at once. 

The dusty key is not tradeable, but it can be purchased in the Legends' Guild shop. A dusty key always spawns deep in the dungeon near the lava eel fishing area. Since this is in the area behind the gate, only players with level 70 Agility can get the key by using the shortcut to the blue dragon area and going south to the lava eel area.

A tour of the dungeon[edit | edit source]

Chaos dwarves and venomous scorpions hanging around by the lava
Several demonic inhabitants of the dungeon
  • The entrance/exit stairs are the only way into the dungeon.
  • Near the stairs are two very useful shortcuts. If you have the levels to use them there is no need to bring the dusty key.
  • The level 70 Agility shortcut goes directly to the chamber containing Blue dragons, Baby blue dragons, Blue dragon scale, and a Dungeoneering resource dungeon. (See Taverley Dungeon resource dungeon for more details on what it contains.)
  • The level 80 shortcut goes to the Poison spider area deep in the dungeon.
  • The corridor north of the stairs contains many aggressive Skeletons and some level 25 Ghosts.
  • Two suits of armour stood before the door to the room with the Cauldron of Thunder. Players could fight the suits when they came to life, or proceed. The Cauldron of Thunder was used in the old version of the Druidic Ritual quest.
  • The north-eastern-most chamber contains Chaos druids. They are popular targets because they frequently drop herbs.
  • The decorated room contains many aggressive Magic axes.
  • The corridor south of the axe room contains Poison Scorpions. They are indeed poisonous and are aggressive to players under level 41. From this area, players can go south or cross a bridge to the west.
  • On the south route is a chamber of Hill giants, which many players like to train on. The ones here are more remote than the giants in Edgeville Dungeon or by the Observatory, so fewer players come here.
  • South of the giants is the Black Knight (or Kinshra) headquarters. It is swarming with black knights and also contains their leader, Lord Daquarius, as well as the Jailer and his prisoner, Velrak the Explorer.
  • The lesser demons are north of the dwarves. They guard the door to the blue dragon chamber, which must be opened using the dusty key. 
  • The next chamber contains blue dragons, baby blue dragons and several spawns of blue dragon scales, which are used in making Antifire potions. This area is often crowded.
  • The corridor to the south has a small obelisk where summoning points can be recharged. Down the corridor are three fishing spots for Lava eels. The eels can only be caught during and after the Heroes' Quest and require the use of an Oily fishing rod and Bait. Three baby blue dragons roam the area here and may bother players attempting to fish. Apart from players doing the Heroes' Quest, lava eels are rarely fished. The place is remote, and the food value of the eels is matched by fish found in more convenient places.
  • The next corridor swings north and a chamber of Black demons soon opens up. 
  • North of the demons are several corridors and rooms infested with Poison spiders. One room has a false wall that can be pushed through, and contains one Kharidian scorpion, which players must catch during the Scorpion Catcher quest.
  • The Hellhound chamber is north of the spiders. Players on hellhound Slayer assignments are often found here. There are some safe spots in the area where the hellhounds can be safely ranged or maged.
  • The Black dragons are found north of the monks. Some players come here to fight them, while others just dodge them on their way to the Fire Obelisk or Water Obelisk. When using the Fire Obelisk, try to put the obelisk between you and any dragon trying to attack so that you can safely use it.
  • The ladder leads up to the Water Obelisk on Water Obelisk Island. There are no monsters on the island, so the obelisk is easy to use. There is a one-way Mithril grapple shortcut from the island to the shoreline near Catherby that requires 36 Agility, 39 Ranged and 22 Strength. If planning to use the shortcut, consider carrying two grapples, since grapples can break when used. If you don't use the shortcut, teleport away, as making your way back through the dungeon is very time consuming.

Map[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

NPCs[edit | edit source]

The last bit of the dungeon, with black dragons and a Zamorakian shrine

Graphical updates[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!
  • patch 10 February 2020 (Update):
    • You can now cancel your action when jumping over the strange floor in Taverley dungeon.
  • patch 15 January 2018 (Update):
    • A sinking wall in the north-east side of Taverley dungeon has been fixed.
  • patch 6 November 2017 (Update):
    • Players can now jump over the Strange Floor agility shortcut in the Taverley dungeon when on the west side, standing south of it.
  • patch 26 May 2015 (Update):
    • Altered the spawning mechanics of Chaos Dwarves in the Taverley dungeon to prevent too many dwarves spawning.
  • patch 5 February 2013 (Update):
    • You will no longer be forced away from map squares in the Chaos Dwarf Room of Taverley Dungeon.
  • patch 24 October 2012 (Update):
    • Areas to the south of the baby blue dragons in Taverley Dungeon no longer force walking around their edges.
    • Some floating wall pieces have been removed in Taverley Dungeon.
  • patch 9 August 2011 (Update):
    • Lava eel fishing spots are no longer floating in the Taverley dungeon.
  • patch 14 June 2011 (Update):
    • Some patches of shadow have been removed.
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed a render issue with an Agility shortcut in Taverley Dungeon.
    • Fixed a few problems with the minimap in Taverley Dungeon.
  • patch 8 April 2009 (Update):
    • Stopped parrots being stored in seemingly random cages other than the one in Taverley Dungeon while on the Eadgar's Ruse quest.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When standing in the Chaos druid area, the dungeon from Witch's House with the level 109 Experiment No.2 can be seen.
  • When Jagex released the HD update on 1 July 2008, the Black demon area of the dungeon was a multicombat zone. This has since been fixed.
  • The dusty key spawn over near the lava Eel fishing spots cannot be telegrabbed from the Chaos Dwarf area.
  • Before 1 February 2011, only members could unlock the music track Courage. Free players may now unlock it from the northwest corner of the Forinthry Dungeon.
  • Resting where the Poison Scorpions are causes you to have a small black circle at your face. It has yet to be fixed.