The Restless Ghost

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The Restless Ghost was one of the first quests introduced into the game, available since the launch of RuneScape, where the player lays a ghost to rest.

Official description[edit | edit source]

A ghost is haunting Lumbridge graveyard.

The priest of the Lumbridge Church of Saradomin wants you to find out how to get rid of it.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Restlessness[edit | edit source]

The locations of Father Aereck and Father Urhney

Speak to Father Aereck within Lumbridge Church. He will reveal to you that a ghost has been haunting the graveyard south of the church and that he needs help in laying it to peace. He advises you to speak to Father Urhney, a ghost expert, who is located within the swamps just south of Lumbridge Castle.

Exit the graveyard through the southern exit and follow the path south through the swamp past the Lumbridge south-east mine, and head west towards a small hut.

Requesting assistance[edit | edit source]

Attempt to speak to Father Urhney inside the hut. Initially, he will be uncooperative and claim to be meditating. Inform him that Father Aereck sent you to request assistance with getting rid of a ghost, and he will provide you with a ghostspeak amulet. Additionally, he advises that ghosts remain within the world because they have an important task left uncompleted. If the task is completed, you can get rid of the ghost.

Ghostly task[edit | edit source]

The coffin

Return to the graveyard outside of Lumbridge Church and open the coffin inside the gated region, and adjacent to the catacombs. Equip the ghostspeak amulet and speak with the restless ghost, who reveals that he isn't certain why he hasn't departed, but he thinks it might have to do with his missing skull. He tells you that he was attacked by a warlock while he was mining to the south-west, and that is where his head probably lies. He requests you to retrieve it for him and return it to the coffin.

Muddy skull[edit | edit source]

The location of the rocks to search
The skull

The ghost's skull can be found in the Lumbridge Swamp, near the south-east mining site. Search the rocks a bit to the east, and the skull will appear in your inventory.

A skeleton warlock (level 7) will spawn when the skull is retrieved; you can either kill it or simply leave the area with the skull.

Return to the coffin within the Lumbridge cemetery and use the muddy skull on the open coffin. A cutscene will ensue, where the ghost will thank you and be released from the world.

Congratulations, quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

The Restless Ghost is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

It is therefore an indirect requirement for the following quests and miniquests:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Cultural references[edit | edit source]

  • During the end scene, the ghost flies towards a tree on the riverbank, and then into the river. This may be a reference to the Pagan belief in the Summerland. In Pagan mythology, willow trees that grow on the water's edge are seen as the gateway through which spirits can travel through the water and return to the Summerland to await reincarnation. For this reason, willows are considered sacred in many Pagan faiths.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]


Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 24 October 2022 (Update):
    • Implemented the following adjustments at the request of players completing quests in timeline order:
      • Moved The Blood Pact in the timeline sort between Cook's Assistant and The Restless Ghost, for an early intro to combat prior to the skeletal warlock.
  • ninja 23 August 2021 (Update):
    • Graphically updated the restless ghost (with the exception of his hat) and his muddy skull.
    • You may now interact with the coffin to put the Skull inside.
    • Updated various feedback messages that were only visible if chat was open to infoboxes.
    • Modernised the conclusion cutscene and resolved various defects.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Restless Ghost was one of the 6 quests available during RuneScape's launch. While the primary reward was Prayer experience, the ability to use prayers was not added until months later, during this update.
  • This quest used to give 1,125 Prayer experience, enough to get a new player's Prayer to rise from level 1 to 9. It was changed on 15 December 2009, along with several other beginner quests, to their current rewards. Mod Rowley stated on the forums that the idea was to get new players into the habit of burying bones for Prayer experience.
  • In earlier versions of the quest, the skull was located in the basement of the Wizards' Tower. Also, the ghost would be already roaming in the cemetery and did not require the player to open the coffin.
  • This quest is considered to be a very important quest, as the amulet of ghost speak and this quest, are both considered to be stated as a quest requirement for large number of quests.