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Oreb, the Magister of House Charron, is a necromancer from the human home world of Teragard and a solo Slayer boss. He may be found in the First Gate of the Grim Underworld, accessible from the Sophanem Slayer Dungeon. Unlike the other inhabitants of the dungeon, a feather of Ma'at is not required to kill him.

To fight the Magister, level 115 Slayer (which can be boosted; however, the boost must be maintained throughout the whole fight) and a Key to the Crossing are required. The soul obelisk inside the dungeon must then be activated to summon him. Keys can be obtained by killing the inhabitants of the dungeon (including himself) or by buying them from the Grand Exchange, costing 300,023 coins. The key is consumed when beginning the fight and will not be returned on death if the Magister wins, behaving in a similar manner to ascension keystones.

Killing the Magister is a possible Soul Reaper assignment. The assigned number of kills can vary between 3 to 14.

The Magister is one of the bosses required to unlock the title [Name] the Reaper. Obtaining the five books that can be dropped by the Magister as well as other inhabitants of the dungeon is a requirement for the master quest cape. The bobblehead pet dropped by the Magister is a requirement for the Final Boss [Name] title.

Acquiring at least one of each of his unique drops is a requirement for the [Name] of the Crossing title.

Oreb also appears in The Shadow Reef Elite Dungeon as a miniboss, in the form of Oreb, the Magister.

History[edit | edit source]

Oreb is "killed" by Nomad.

Oreb was originally the magister of House Charron on Teragard and at one point authored a book known as The Divine Delusion. Fascinated with the subject of the soul, he speculated in his book that it had little to do with divinity and that it may be possible to transplant a soul from one host into another.

At some point in or before the Fifth Age, he somehow found his way to Gielinor, and took in Nomad as his pupil, teaching him about the nature of souls. Nomad eventually betrayed and supposedly killed him, using his new understanding of souls to bolster his own power. He evidently survived this, however.

Memories of him appear during the Tales of Nomad miniquest. In the first master memory, he appears as my first master and is shown tutoring Nomad in the Ourania Cave. In the first betrayal memory, he is shown being stabbed by Nomad in his temple.

After being betrayed by Nomad, Oreb eventually found himself in Menaphos. He began his own experiments on souls, taking pity on Icthlarin because of a guilt that he sensed. He found various machines capable of splitting a being's soul while they were still alive, and also sensed the soul of a divine being, though it had clearly been split into multiple personalities.

In his last journal, he notes that his experiments have attracted the player, which he interpreted as a success. Though he was slain, he quickly revived himself via phylactery.

Sometime after this, Oreb was visited by The Ambassador who offered to bring him back to Teragard and restore his house. Oreb was naturally inclined to accept, since it was his House, but was surprised that it somehow knew of his origins. The only cost to him was to supply the Ambassador with souls, something which he could easily achieve. Oreb was also impressed with the Ambassador's origins, as its soul was something that he had never seen before in his life. Oreb departed to Ulthven Kreath, knowing that his former pupil was about to make his move. There, he provided the Ambassador with ten thousand souls, ripped from the afterlife.

During his stay, he met Lady Himiko, who he initially believed to be a manipulator due to his lack of faith. The two wrote a series of letters to each other regarding the security of the dungeon. Oreb was aware that there was a spy in her ranks, though Himiko refused to believe that. Oreb pointed out that the wards were intentionally flawed, allowing the World Guardian access into the inner sanctums. Himiko did not respond, so Oreb wrote to the Ambassador, warning him not to underestimate the World Guardian. Oreb attempted to stop the World Guardian, but was slain by them during the attack. He eventually revived himself with a phylactery, though his plans were ruined as the Ambassador was slain shortly afterwards.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

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The Magister has several special abilities, one of which consists of activating a soul obelisk that drains the player's Constitution level, which affects both the amount of health food can heal when eaten in addition to the player's maximum life points.

Although he counts for a Soul devourer assignment and awards slayer experience upon defeat, the slayer helmet does not apply its damage and accuracy buffs against the Magister even if the player has a soul devourer assignment, to balance out the corruption mechanic. However, Tuska's Wrath will still behave as it normally does on a slayer task.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Charms[edit | edit source]

No charmGold charm.pngGreen charm.pngCrimson charm.pngBlue charm.png
8–9%16–18%18–19%32–33%23–24%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 10,482 kills.
8 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Coins_10000.png: RS3 The Magister drops Coins with rarity Uncommon in quantity 100000,150000CoinsF2P icon.png100,000; 150,000Uncommon100,000-150,000100,000-150,000
Corrupted magic logs.png: RS3 The Magister drops Corrupted magic logs with rarity Common in quantity 100 (noted)Corrupted magic logs (m)P2P icon.png100 (noted)Common40,7000
Grimy ranarr.png: RS3 The Magister drops Grimy ranarr with rarity Common in quantity 15 (noted)Grimy ranarr (m)P2P icon.png15 (noted)Common31,3650
Dragon arrowheads.png: RS3 The Magister drops Dragon arrowheads with rarity Common in quantity 250Dragon arrowheads (m)P2P icon.png250Common74,00075,000
Feather of Ma'at.png: RS3 The Magister drops Feather of Ma'at with rarity Uncommon in quantity 100Feather of Ma'at (m)P2P icon.png100Uncommon169,10090,000
Dragonstone.png: RS3 The Magister drops Dragonstone with rarity Uncommon in quantity 10 (noted)Dragonstone (m)P2P icon.png10 (noted)Uncommon80,80060,000
Huge plated rune salvage.png: RS3 The Magister drops Huge plated rune salvage with rarity Uncommon in quantity 3 (noted)Huge plated rune salvageF2P icon.png(noted)Uncommon116,208120,000
Dragon plateskirt.png: RS3 The Magister drops Dragon plateskirt with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Dragon plateskirt (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon161,688162,000
Dragon platelegs.png: RS3 The Magister drops Dragon platelegs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Dragon platelegs (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon159,382162,000
Runite stone spirit.png: RS3 The Magister drops Runite stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 8Runite stone spiritF2P icon.png8Uncommon3,736Not alchemisable
Vital spark.png: RS3 The Magister drops Vital spark with rarity 1/64 in quantity 10; 20Vital spark (m)P2P icon.png10; 201/64[1]1,082,800-2,165,6006,000-12,000
Water talisman.png: RS3 The Magister drops Water talisman with rarity Uncommon in quantity 15 (noted)Water talismanF2P icon.png15 (noted)Uncommon50,35530
Battlestaff.png: RS3 The Magister drops Battlestaff with rarity Uncommon in quantity 15 (noted)Battlestaff (m)P2P icon.png15 (noted)Uncommon45,43563,000
Onyx bolt tips.png: RS3 The Magister drops Onyx bolt tips with rarity Uncommon in quantity 25Onyx bolt tips (m)P2P icon.png25Uncommon181,950135,000
Weapon poison++ (3).png: RS3 The Magister drops Weapon poison++ (3) with rarity Common in quantity 3 (noted)Weapon poison++ (3) (m)P2P icon.png(noted)Common95,184777
Large bladed rune salvage.png: RS3 The Magister drops Large bladed rune salvage with rarity Common in quantity 3 (noted)Large bladed rune salvageF2P icon.png(noted)Common91,67196,000
Crystal key.png: RS3 The Magister drops Crystal key with rarity Common in quantity 2 (noted)Crystal key (m)P2P icon.png(noted)Common49,0820
Crushed nest.png: RS3 The Magister drops Crushed nest with rarity Common in quantity 20 (noted)Crushed nest (m)P2P icon.png20 (noted)Common129,8600
Key to the Crossing.png: RS3 The Magister drops Key to the Crossing with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Key to the Crossing (m)P2P icon.png11/128[1][d 1]300,023Not alchemisable
Grimy toadflax.png: RS3 The Magister drops Grimy toadflax with rarity Common in quantity 15 (noted)Grimy toadflax (m)P2P icon.png15 (noted)Common200,1300
Rare drop table.png: RS3 The Magister drops Rare drop table with rarity Rare in quantity 1Rare drop tableF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
  1. ^ Increased to 1/100 when carrying a Sophanem slayer dungeon drop enhancer.[2]

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Soul fragment (The Magister).png: RS3 The Magister drops Soul fragment (The Magister) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Soul fragment (The Magister) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare [d 1]Not soldNot alchemisable
Starved ancient effigy.png: RS3 The Magister drops Starved ancient effigy with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Starved ancient effigy (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Phylactery.png: RS3 The Magister drops Phylactery with rarity 1/18 in quantity 1Phylactery (m)P2P icon.png11/18[d 2][1]Not soldNot alchemisable
The Magister's Journal 1.png: RS3 The Magister drops The Magister's Journal 1 with rarity 1/10 in quantity 1The Magister's Journal 1 (m)P2P icon.png11/10[d 3]Not soldNot alchemisable
The Magister's Journal 2.png: RS3 The Magister drops The Magister's Journal 2 with rarity 1/10 in quantity 1The Magister's Journal 2 (m)P2P icon.png11/10[d 3]Not soldNot alchemisable
The Magister's Journal 3.png: RS3 The Magister drops The Magister's Journal 3 with rarity 1/10 in quantity 1The Magister's Journal 3 (m)P2P icon.png11/10[d 3]Not soldNot alchemisable
The Magister's Journal 4.png: RS3 The Magister drops The Magister's Journal 4 with rarity 1/10 in quantity 1The Magister's Journal 4 (m)P2P icon.png11/10[d 3]Not soldNot alchemisable
The Magister's Journal 5.png: RS3 The Magister drops The Magister's Journal 5 with rarity 1/10 in quantity 1The Magister's Journal 5 (m)P2P icon.png11/10[d 3]Not soldNot alchemisable
Gloves of passage.png: RS3 The Magister drops Gloves of passage with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Gloves of passage (m)P2P icon.png11/500[1]1,068,37948,000
  1. ^ Has a drop rate of 1/1,000 with a threshold of 200.
  2. ^ Improved to 1/17 with tier 4 luck.
  3. ^ a b c d e The books are dropped in order, and the next book is guaranteed upon reading the previous book.


Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Key token.png: RS3 The Magister drops Key token with rarity Rare in quantity 1Key tokenF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Mimic kill token.png: RS3 The Magister drops Mimic kill token with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Mimic kill token (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare5,348Not alchemisable

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Pre-release[edit | edit source]

There were several teasers hinting towards the Magister in the weeks before its release. Most of them have taken the form of in-game messages which were triggered as a result of the players' actions as a community.[3]

After several teaser message broadcasts, more activities were unlocked for players to engage with within Menaphos that allowed city reputation to be gained in ways beyond the traditional method of training skills within the city. These activities took the form of repeatable events that could be completed numerous times a day for reputation, and are still currently available to be completed for city reputation.

Date Teaser
6 June 2017 The continued desecration of the caverns below Menaphos and Sophanem have caused a flux of corrupted soul energy.
The Magister has become aware of your presence.
7 June 2017 Strange reverberations are causing the earth below Menaphos and Sophanem to groan.
The corruption and soul energies under the desert are becoming increasingly unstable.
Soul obelisks began spawning in Menaphos.

The desert sands tremble with the undulating cry of countless despairing souls.
Mysterious obelisks have started appearing in the streets of Menaphos.

11 June 2017 The sands around Menaphos tremble with the sound of a million frantic footsteps.
Something is stirring below the surface...
12 June 2017 A wave of apprehension sweeps across Menaphos as the skittering hum of the sands begins to grow louder.
Whatever stirs the desert is fast approaching.
Corrupted scarabs began spawning in Menaphos.

The streets of Menaphos fall victim to a plague of displaced scarab beetles from the corrupted caverns below.
Something is driving them to the surface.

The Magister was originally planned for release on 26 June 2017, but this date was pushed back to 3 July 2017 to allow for further testing and addition of more quality of life improvements for Menaphos.[4]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 18 March 2019 (Update):
    • Voice Over has been added to The Magister boss fight.
  • patch 2 October 2017 (Update):
    • The Magister can now phase while stunned.
    • The Magister's defence has been slightly reduced, and base hit chance against him increased.
  • patch 24 July 2017 (Update):
    • The Magister will now cast Freedom when affected by stuns.
  • patch 17 July 2017 (Update):
    • The phylactery drop rate from the Magister has been made slightly lower, but the individual scripture drop rates have been adjusted to give a minimum of 5 and a larger average.
  • patch 10 July 2017 (Update):
    • An issue that was preventing The Magister from taking damage in his final phase has been resolved.
    • Defeating The Magister will now correctly display kills on the Adventurer's Log.
  • hotfix 3 July 2017 (Update):
    • Some leftover debug text formerly displayed when kicking a mine during The Magister encounter has been removed.
    • The Magister's Slayer XP has been fixed.
    • The Magister's lore books now appear in a player-owned house bookcase correctly.
    • Super restore potions now restore life points by 25% of the usual amount instead of 50% in The Magister encounters.
    • The Minister pet now displays the owner's Magister kills instead of the examiner's kills.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Concept art of the Magister.
  • Upon release, there was a bug where the Magister gave 50,000 slayer experience upon defeating him. This was unintentional and quickly hotfixed on the same day, reducing it to 8,000.
  • Charron, the name of the Magister's house, is a possible reference to Charon, a figure in Greek mythology who carries souls of the dead across the rivers Styx and Acheron.
  • The title "Magister", when translated idiomatically from Latin, means "Master", a honorific title often used to address individuals of high social status, such as teachers.[5]
  • The Magister is one of four monsters who can lower the player's maximum life points, the others being Barrelchest Mk II, Kal'gerion demons in the Shadow Reef, and Yor'Ger the Deceiver.
  • It was possible to Quick Chat Magister kills before the boss was actually released.
  • He is referred to as High Magister Oreb by Lucifurr, who claims to have been his apprentice.[6]
  • Upon release, there was a rare bug that caused the Magister to become immune to most forms of damage at low health, forcing the player to kill him off with weapon poison. He could still attack and damage players, but was incapable of using abilities. This has been fixed as of the 10 July 2017 update.
  • The Magister was given the ability to use Freedom against stuns with the 23 July 2017 update. Prior to this, he would only use Freedom if he was bound.
  • The Magister was given several updates due to player complaints on 2 October 2017:
    • His overall defence was lowered; his general defence level lowered and affinities raised to make hitting him easier.
    • He is now able to phase whilst stunned.
  • Oreb and his former pupil Nomad physically resemble each other somewhat, as both have bright green eyes, bald heads and grayish skin tone. This could be because both are necromancers who have used Soul obelisks to unnaturally prolong their lives. In addition to this, their combat levels (699, 799, and 899) are similar to each other.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this boss was 15,388 kills.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b c d Mod Timbo. "Revealing Drop Rates." 27 October 2017. Developers' Blogs.
  2. ^ Mod Sova. Can a JMod clarify the exact function of the Sophanem Slayer Dungeon (Key to the Crossing) Enhancer?. r/RuneScape subreddit. 27 February 2019. (Archived from the original on 16:00, 27 February 2019 (UTC).) "on task: 1/75 -> 1/60; off task: 1/400 -> 1/395; Also increases the chance to get a key back from killing the magister 1/128 -> 1/100"
  3. ^ Jagex. Mod Orion's Twitter account. (Archived from the original on 2017-06-07.)
  4. ^ Jagex. "Magister Arrives Monday | Month Ahead Postponed." 30 June 2017. RuneScape News.
  5. ^ William Whittaker; the University of Notre Dame. Magister. 2017-06-07.*
  6. ^ Lucifurr, RuneScape. "I who was apprenticed to the High Magister Oreb, master of souls."
  7. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. 2 Feb 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Boss in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"*
  8. ^ https://www.reddit.com/r/runescape/comments/adugze/top_20_boss_killers_by_monster_data_13th_december/