The Chosen Commander

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The Chosen Commander is the 150th quest, released on 17 March 2009. It is the fifth and final quest in the Cave Goblin quest series, in which the player saves the Dorgeshuun from destruction at the hands of the god Bandos.

Official description[edit | edit source]

Zanik is missing, her fate unknown. Captain Undak, leader of the Dorgeshuun Guard, believes that a new H.A.M. plot is in progress, and the only person he can call on for help is the human adventurer who has saved the city before.

But there are more forces at play than Captain Undak realises. Goblin prophecy will be fulfilled, the destiny of the Chosen Commander will be revealed, and Dorgesh-Kaan will face its darkest hour.

Game Guide

Overview[edit | edit source]

Before starting this quest, it is advised to go underneath Lumbridge Castle (take a light source and a pickaxe) and make sure the wall south of Kazgar is unblocked. It must be done from Kazgar's side. Do not stand right next to the hole when using the pickaxe on it. This preparation saves a great deal of time later.

H.A.M. attack?[edit | edit source]

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Talking to Torzek.
The quest starts here.

Talk to Captain Undak to start the quest. He is located in Dorgesh-Kaan on the ground floor[UK]1st floor[US] directly north of the market and east of the bank. Ask if there is anything you can do to help. He will say that Dorgeshuun children are nurtured and taught in a special nursery, away from their parents, so they can each grow into their own talents, no matter their parents' status. However, some children have been getting ill lately, and Undak suspects H.A.M. may be behind it. Agree to investigate and go north up the nearby stairs, and into the nursery (located east on the 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US]) and speak to Mernik.

Poisoned food[edit | edit source]

Mernik will redirect you to her assistant, so go back outside the Nursery and speak to Torzek. Select the calm down option first, and then the other options in any order.

Talk to the children inside and outside of the nursery about what they ate. The best way to solve this problem is to ask the kids inside which food they ate. Only 4 food will be named, leaving two poisoned foods. You may speak to the kids outside as well to verify you have the right food. All the children's names start with a different letter from A to L, if you need to remember which child you've already talked to.

What the children call green gloop soup, the merchants call the soup cave slime soup.

The two poisoned foods should be the frogspawn gumbo and green gloop soup. Now talk to Torzek again and tell her you know which foods are poisoned.

Zanik joins battle when Walton activates prayer.

Talk to Captain Undak and head back down the stairs into the market. (If you are unable to talk with Captain Undak, make sure you do not have "Hide Familiar options" checked under Settings>Combat & Action Bar>Attack Options and log out and back in.)

Look over the vendors' heads to see what food/item they are shouting/selling and find the two you need that had the poisoned food. Ask them about their human merchant suppliers (there are 2 each) and then go talk to the merchant they have in common, and arrest them. The merchants should be south of the shops. If you are wrong, you will be forced to pay 5,000 coins in compensation.

Food Merchant Suppliers
Bat shish.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bat shishBat shish Gundik chathead.png: Chat head image of GundikGundik Merchant Uriah chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant UriahMerchant Uriah

Merchant Yuri chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant YuriMerchant Yuri

Coated frogs' legs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Coated frogs' legsCoated frogs' legs Tindar chathead.png: Chat head image of TindarTindar Merchant Vernon chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant VernonMerchant Vernon

Merchant Xenia chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant XeniaMerchant Xenia

Frogburger.png: RS3 Inventory image of FrogburgerFrogburger Durgok chathead.png: Chat head image of DurgokDurgok Merchant Vernon chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant VernonMerchant Vernon

Merchant Zakia chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant ZakiaMerchant Zakia

Fingers.png: RS3 Inventory image of FingersFingers Zenkog chathead.png: Chat head image of ZenkogZenkog Merchant Zakia chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant ZakiaMerchant Zakia

Merchant Uriah chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant UriahMerchant Uriah

Frogspawn gumbo.png: RS3 Inventory image of Frogspawn gumboFrogspawn gumbo Markog chathead.png: Chat head image of MarkogMarkog Merchant Yuri chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant YuriMerchant Yuri

Merchant Walton chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant WaltonMerchant Walton

Green gloop soup.png: RS3 Inventory image of Green gloop soupGreen gloop soup Turgok chathead.png: Chat head image of TurgokTurgok Merchant Walton chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant WaltonMerchant Walton

Merchant Xenia chathead.png: Chat head image of Merchant XeniaMerchant Xenia

Confront Walton, as he is the merchant responsible for every player. He is found on the south end of the market, in a corner to the east. After confronting him, choose the option to attack. When he is injured enough, he turns on a protection prayer, after which Zanik appears suddenly from a portal and helps you.

Zanik's return[edit | edit source]

The Bandos Throne Room

Talk to Zanik, select whatever you want the first two sets then on the last set when she asks if you want to hear her story select "Yes! What Happened?" and your perspective will change to controlling her in a scene elsewhere.

Climb onto the short Goblin statue, which is south-west of the Ourg statue with the stone bowl, then jump to the Ork statue, and keep jumping east and then north until you are on top of the Ourg statue. A cutscene will occur.

After the cutscene, continue to hop north across statues until you reach the northern ledge and pick up the crossbow.

Grapple the spear nearest to the ledge, this will land you on the throne. Pick up the pendant. You, as Zanik, will jump down from the ledge. Look into the bowl. There will be another cutscene.

The statues will now move. Walk to the west end of the room, and the many statues will move out of the way. Enter the portal. You will again be in control of your own character.

Statues moving out of the way for Zanik.

Talk to Zanik again and agree to go talk to the council so she may explain what happened.

Facing the council[edit | edit source]

Go to the north end of Dorgesh-Kaan and up the stairs. Yet another cutscene occurs. Go through the dialogue, and Zanik will kill the agent and run away. Talk to Captain Undak and agree to look for Zanik.

Zanik flees to Dorgesh-Kaan Agility Course. At this point, you will need a light source. Walk all the way to the south end of the city and climb the southernmost stairs. Continue south until you see a set of stairs leading up and climb them. Finally, from the entrance of the agility course, go down the Ladder top to the west. Go to straight south and Zanik will be there. Talk to Zanik and choose to sit down with her, say nothing through the dialogue until that is no longer an option, then ask Zanik what she wished had happened. Go through the rest of dialogue until Zanik agrees to return to the council and a cut-scene will occur where Zanik is banished from the city.

Talking to Zanik

After the cutscene at the chamber, she will be banished from the city. Talk to Zanik afterwards and then to Captain Undak after she has gone and agree to help him. He will give you a set of H.A.M. robes.

In the council room with Zanik

The new H.A.M. base[edit | edit source]

Bring armour, weapons (Ancient mace), and food with you as you will have to fight Sigmund and then Zanik a couple of times. Put on your H.A.M. robe set, and take off anything else.

Make your way to the H.A.M headquarters. The entrance to the headquarters is down an old mine entrance that can be found at the eastern end of the covered bridge over the River Lum (found on the east side of the river in Lumbridge). You may have to attempt lockpicking the entrance several times before you can gain entry.

Once in the headquarters make your way south into the meeting chamber and from there go into the southern room where you will find Johanhus Ulsbrecht, talk to him and start the conversation with "What are you planning to do about the cave goblins?". During the conversation you will learn that there is a second base near Ardougne. Agree to go there. He will give you a password of 'Arrav' to relay to Milton the Miller later.

Teleport to East Ardougne, head north to Mill Road Mill (near the Fishing Guild), and talk to Milton. If you are wearing your H.A.M. robe set he will be upset but will still let you in after you say the password. Go down the trapdoor to enter the Sigmund's base.

Do not talk to Sigmund here, as he will recognise you and will have you thrown out. It's easy to recognise him as he is the only H.A.M member who runs instead of walks, and he also wears H.A.M robes that are a slightly darker purple than the other fanatics. Attempting to teleport within the Sigmund's base will generate the message, 'The glyphs on the wall prevent you from teleporting'.

Go to the room near the jail cell in the south eastern corner of the base. Talk to the guard until he says what the current day is. Now read the noticeboard on the nearby south wall and match the current day with a name.

Interrogation Rota

Pickpocket the H.A.M. agent from the main room whose name matches the one on the noticeboard, and then give the letter to the guard outside the jail cell. Enter the next room, pick the H.a.m. prison key up from the floor, use the key on the cell door, and talk to Grubfoot.

Tell Grubfoot to wait while you distract the guard. First you have to unlock the doors in the room opposite the room with the jail in it. To unlock both doors, go through the kitchen in the south west part of the room, and squeeze-through the hole on the east wall. Then, unlock both doors just by opening each of them. Now Grubfoot can go to the room west of the jail. When you have both doors opened go back to Grubfoot and tell him, "Let's Go", and "I'll distract the guard, then you make a break for it". Walk out the door and talk to the guard while standing to the north of him. Grubfoot will walk out one door and in through another. If you haven't unlocked the doors, the guard will notice Grubfoot and throw you out of the hideout.

Once Grubfoot has successfully snuck into the next room, tell him to wait at the west door (do not tell him to go through the crack or the east room or you will be caught) while you distract the next guard. He will take his position at the door. Crawl through the hole in the wall into the kitchen. You will bump the sink full of dirty dishes and the guard will come into the kitchen to investigate the noise. Grubfoot will sneak into the bedroom.

Go into the room where Grubfoot is now hiding and tell him to follow you. Go out the side door on the north-east side where the guard is not located and through the small maze of crates. You will get "caught" by a guard, but Grubfoot will hit him with a spell, stunning him long enough for you and Grubfoot to escape. Walk up the ramp and out the door at the top.

The first battle[edit | edit source]

Escaping with Grubfoot
The fight against Sigmund

As you walk out of the door, you will see Zanik and an army of goblins attacking the H.A.M. members. Sigmund will attack you, and Zanik will come to your aid. When he is near death, he will try to escape using his ring of life, but Zanik will cut off his left hand, preventing him from escaping. If Sigmund's protection prayers prevent you from doing any damage to him, you may need to switch combat styles. If he uses Protect from Missiles switch to magic. Once he activates Protect from Magic, switch back to range and so on until he is defeated. This can be done with any 2 combat styles. He should then try to use the ring of life. You will be given the choice to either agree, disagree, or give no comments about killing Sigmund. But in the conversation, Zanik says she never had the choice when she was captured by the H.A.M. group and kills him despite your reaction. Using a damage over time ability or Revolution combat mode may cause Sigmund to continue attacking, in which case you will have to leave and reenter the base.

Speak to Zanik, and she will quickly tell you that you will be killed next. She will begin to attack you.

When you finally get her health down to 0 she will comment on how she can't die and her health will be replenished.

One safespot to fight Zanik

You must continue to attack her. Each time her health gets down to 0, select the positive responses that encourage her to fight the mind-controlling powers she is under, and reminds her of your friendship. You can use the number of goblins and HAM agents left standing in the battle below as a gauge on how close you are. When only one goblin remains, you are finished.

After you kill her four or more times you will be able to select the option telling her to take off the pendant she is wearing. She will take the pendant off and fling it down below, where the goblin high priest will pick it up and cause an earthquake. Zanik will take your hand and teleport the both of you out of the collapsing hideaway.

Back to normal[edit | edit source]

Juna says Zanik must still follow Bandos as the Chosen Commander.

You will appear in a small cave. Zanik will give you an oil lamp if you do not have a light source and tells you that the teleportation must have been a bit off since there were two people travelling. Walk through the cave until there is an earthquake, and Zanik gets stuck on the other side of a rock wall. Ask her if she is alright, and then right-click the rubble and choose the option that says 'Clear fallen rocks'.

Zanik grapples to the rock.

Walk through the path, and you will see Zanik on a small ledge. Tell her that she has to try to get out using her crossbow as a grapple. She will shoot it once. Direct her fire accordingly so that she hits a small rock that is jutting out of the rock wall.

After saving Zanik, head out of the cave, and go north to talk to Juna. She will explain about Zanik's destiny. Go north and then west until you reach a tunnel. Enter the tunnel.

Go north to Dorgesh-Kaan by first jumping over the stepping stones. Zanik will also tell you to head north to avoid the Wall Beasts. Do not teleport or leave the Lumbridge cellar or you will have to go back for Zanik. If you fall in the water when jumping across the stepping stone in the Lumbridge caves and did not bring a covered light source, your source will go out and you will be left in the dark if you do not relight it!

Talk to Kazgar, and travel to the mines. Now head to the middle of the city and talk to Captain Undak, who will tell you that a glowing suit of armour has come through a portal into the city and tell you to return to the council chamber. Go north and up the stairs to meet once again with the council. A cutscene ensues where you learn that Bandos has issued an ultimatum to the Dorgesh-Kaan: Serve him or be destroyed. After some debate between Zanik and the council, the council agrees to fight.

Time capsule[edit | edit source]

We can fight.

After the cutscene, go back to the council chamber and talk to the Goblin scribe. Agree to help put together a time capsule.

Go to the centre of town, where the obelisk is, and head east through a corridor, then north to find Tegdak. Talk to him to get a box of artefacts.

Go back and talk to the scribe. He will seal the time capsule for you and tell you to talk to Mistag. Find Mistag in the Dorgeshuun Mine, located northeast from the stairs leading to the council chamber, (near the city entrance) and ask him to bury the time capsule.

Power station[edit | edit source]

Go back to Dorgesh-Kaan, and find Oldak in a room in the north-west corner. He tells you he needs parts from the power station south of the city.

Make sure you have a light source again then go all the way to the south of the city, go up the stairs into the agility course, head east to the power station, go down the stairs, and talk to Turgall. Ask him for Energy projectors and a Focusing chamber.

Oldak is now at the Portal. Head to the southern end of the marketplace, to the room on the east where you arrested the poison supplier and Zanik appeared from the portal.

Talk to Oldak. He will take the parts and give you Zanik's crossbow. Give the crossbow back to Zanik. She tells you to go check on the children at the nursery.

The children[edit | edit source]

Go back north, and go up the first set of stairs on the eastern side. The nursery will be on the south-east. Talk to Mernik when you get there. She will ask you to talk with Ambassador Alvijar in the house north of the nursery.

Talk to him about sending the Dorgeshuun children to Keldagrim as refugees. He refuses, as taking refugees could endanger Keldagrim. Return to Mernik and speak with her.

Go to the bank and prepare for battle, if you haven't already.

Return to Zanik by the portal. Agree to start fighting, and you will be teleported to the throne room.

The final battle[edit | edit source]

Confronting the Big High War God

Before you begin to fight the avatar, it is suggested to put your combat in Legacy Mode. This will prevent you from using any damage-over-time abilities that might unintentionally regenerate the avatar.

Once inside the throne room with Zanik, kill the Bandos avatar (level 77), who uses Melee. As it will not move, an effective way to kill the avatar is with Magic or Ranged; Magic is recommended as it is weak to Fire spells. Likewise, the goblin statues it summons are weak to water spells. You can then stand a distance from the avatar and let Zanik take most of the damage. Defence prayers may not be necessary, but pay attention if you stand near any statues, in which case they will be able to deal damage.

When the avatar dies, command Zanik to use the special. Bandos will hit her crossbow, breaking it into 3 pieces, and summon an Ogre statue. Attempt to pick up the pieces of the crossbow. You cannot use Telekinetic Grab to pick up the pieces. For every piece you try to pick up, you will have to defeat a statue which he will summon. Use Zanik's crossbow with either the Energy projector or the Focusing chamber to reassemble Zanik's special crossbow. The avatar will then "kill" Zanik.

Defeat the avatar again.

Once you have defeated him and a chat box comes up, do not interrupt it or do anything else, or he will regenerate and you will have to fight him again. If you are in the middle of a special ability when he is defeated, it will automatically interrupt the chat when it completes, and you will have to fight the avatar again. To prevent this, once the avatar nears death, use only special attacks that are instantaneous in effect, not those that work over a period of time.

Talk to the avatar, and choose to use Zanik's crossbow's special attack on him (you cannot wield the crossbow; the special attack is a dialogue option). He will die.

If you are still being attacked by a statue when you kill the avatar for the last time, the conversation will be interrupted and the avatar will regenerate, although you can trap the statue behind the avatar. One way to prevent this is to kill the statue a few steps from the avatar and turn on protect from magic so the avatar cannot affect you.

Zanik smashes the pendant.

Pick up the pendant dropped by the avatar, then select talk to Zanik, then sit down next to her, then say nothing. She will revive, and destroy the pendant.

The gathering of the citizens

After you step through the portal, a rather long cut-scene will follow, summing up all the previous quests in the series.

Congratulations! Quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Congratulations, quest complete!
A unique quest complete jingle

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Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

The Chosen Commander is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

  • Upon completion of The Chosen Commander, Juna has some interesting dialogue for you the next time you attempt the Tears of Guthix activity. Juna will tell you that you have betrayed the gods by helping Zanik defy Bandos. However, she will still allow you to collect Guthix's tears, as he believes you will "serve the gods well in the future." This is likely a reference to the events of The World Wakes.
  • After the quest, the HAM leader says that they have given up direct action because of the goblin attack on Sigmund's base but they will continue occupying caves and pestering the government.
  • After completing the quest, when you talk to Duke Horacio, he will tell you that they found Sigmund's hand.
  • After completing the quest, Zanik can occasionally be found wandering around the world.
  • If you talk to the Goblins' High Priest in the cave next to the Fishing's Guild and choose the option "Didn't you die?", the Goblin High Priest will tell you that the High Priest from The Chosen Commander has indeed died, and that he was chosen in the traditional, goblin way - Goblin Priests from different tribes go into a room to "discuss it", and the last one standing is the new High Priest. This probably means he's either defeated or killed all the other priests from the other tribes and took the place as the new High Priest.
  • You can change your statue to one of seven different poses by speaking with Ur-Vass (See Dorgesh-Kaan Statue).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Credits[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 17 September 2018 (Update):
    • The player will no longer get trapped in the windmill while completing The Chosen Commander quest.
  • patch 23 June 2014 (Update):
    • A flicker on a wall during The Chosen Commander quest has been corrected.
  • patch 12 February 2013 (Update):
    • Chat no longer breaks during the H.A.M. cave battle in Chosen Commander Quest.
  • patch 3 December 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed a problem where some players were getting stuck in Chosen Commander quest.
  • patch 21 April 2009 (Update):
    • Ensured you don't have a skull icon above your head during parts of Chosen Commander and that you do if you've been skulled prior to taking a balloon ride.
    • Some typos have been fixed in, among others, Chosen Commander, Account Creation, the sergeant in Burthorpe and the Gnome restaurant minigame.
  • patch 25 March 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue with the statues in Bandos’s Throne Room after completing The Chosen Commander.
    • Slightly adjusted the logic in the final part of Chosen Commander.
    • Fixed an issue with the Chosen Commander quest journal not scrolling to the end when completed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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  • On the first day of release, the RuneScape screen was changed to reflect the symbol of Bandos, and 2,000 limited edition Chosen Commander hoodies were released on the Jagex Store to honour the quest.
  • On the day of release, the spoiler read: The rewards are concealed in a parallel realm and protected by stone guardians. You'll have to excuse us if we're a bit wary about retrieving them before tomorrow.
  • During the beginning of the quest in the out-of-body ability experience with Zanik, the Bandos troops seem to represent the Statues of the Chinese Warriors made by the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇), the Terracotta Army (兵馬俑).
  • When helping Grubfoot escape the new H.A.M. hideout, you clatter a pile of plates in the sink. When the second guard asks you what you are doing, you have the option to say "Making myself a ham sandwich.", an obvious reference to the group's name.
  • You can ask the same guard why he hates monsters so much, which can lead to a humorous conversation about how he lost his marbles, as they were stolen by imps, referencing the Imp Catcher quest.
  • During the revelation of the Dorgesh-Kaan Statue at the end of the quest, Zanik exclaims "They built a statue of us". This may be an inside reference as this is a line from the Regina Spektor song "Us", which Mod John A has cited as one of the inspirations for Zanik.
  • When the quest was released, it had a rating of Master, however, Jagex changed it to Experienced later.
  • Upon the completion of this quest, one's Adventurer's Log will read: "The god Bandos tried to take command of all goblins, using Zanik as his avatar. It looked hopeless, but, in the end, we beat him."
  • After the quest, the player can speak to Oldak about returning to the Bandos throne room. When asked by the player if he worries about Bandos, Oldak will tell the player that because the pendant held much of Bandos' power and has been destroyed, Bandos is "gone for good" though he may exist in another form. This is similar to what happens to Sauron in the Lord of the Rings. After the One ring is destroyed, Sauron still continues to exist though much of his power is destroyed with the ring and he no longer can take physical form.
  • If you have a pet cat following you when your character and Zanik escape from the H.A.M base, the cat will appear to have Zanik's dialogue.