The Restless Ghost

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This article is about the quest. For the ghost, see Restless ghost.
For the achievement, see The Restless Ghost (achievement).
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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]

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To start the quest, speak to Father Aereck, who will tell you that a ghost has been haunting the graveyard behind the Lumbridge church and that he needs help in laying it to peace. He requests that you speak to Father Urhney, who is located in the swamps behind Lumbridge Castle, and is an expert ghost hunter himself.

Exit the graveyard through the southern exit and head through the swamps south of the Lumbridge Castle. Follow the shoreline to a mining area, then head west towards a small hut.

Father Urhney[edit | edit source]

Father Urhney is meditating inside his hut. At first, he will be uncooperative and unwilling to part with his services, but he will eventually hand you a ghostspeak amulet. The amulet allows players to communicate with ghosts, a feat otherwise impossible.

Leave the swampy area and head back towards the graveyard in Lumbridge. Open the coffin located within the gated region adjacent to the Catacombs in the Lumbridge graveyard. Equip the ghostspeak amulet and speak with the restless ghost. He will reveal 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 lays. He requests you to retrieve it for him.

Muddy skull[edit | edit source]

The skeleton that will attack you
The skull

The ghost's skull is located 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. Along with the skull, a skeleton warlock (level 7) will also spawn; you can either kill it or simply leave with the skull. Whatever you choose, return to the cemetery where the ghost resides.

Use the muddy skull on the open coffin, and a cutscene will ensue, where the ghost will thank you and then fly off into the River Lum.

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.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 26 August 2014 (Update):
    • The combat level for the Skeleton Warlock in The Restless Ghost quest overview has been updated.
  • patch 24 November 2010 (Update):
    • Father Urhney will no longer offer players a chance to retrieve a ghostspeak amulet if they haven't reached that part of the quest.
  • patch 2 November 2010 (Update):
    • Father Aerick now realises that his "gap in the fence" is actually now a paved archway.
  • patch 3 March 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed an NPC in the Restless Ghost quest who wasn't dealing any damage.
  • patch 15 December 2009 (Update):
    • The following quests have received a number of minor changes and improvements: Cook's Assistant, Ernest the Chicken, Restless Ghost, Rune Mysteries, Sheep Shearer. If you have already completed these quests, it may be worth your time talking to the Lumbridge cook, Fred the Farmer and Professor Oddenstein (outside Draynor Manor).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The altar the skull used to lie on
  • 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.