TzKal-Zuk

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TzKal-Zuk is a demigod warlord who leads the TzekHaar Front in the Elder God Wars Dungeon and currently the strongest monster in RuneScape.

Before facing TzKal-Zuk, players must fight through 17 waves of TzekHaar to prove their worth to him. He is the final enemy in the encounter, with a checkpoint before directly fighting him. Unlike his spiritual predecessors however, dying against him or the build-up waves are considered unsafe. All drops, from both him and his minions, are sent to the challenger's chest.

Drops from the boss include the Scripture of Ful, Magma Tempest ability codex and igneous stone, the latter of which are used to create best-in-slot capes. In hard mode, parts of his sword are dropped, which can be fused to create a tier 95 two-handed melee weapon. In order to access the boss' hard mode fight, the player must have obtained the Make Way, I'm Coming Through achievement. Completing hard mode "flawlessly" grants the Excuse Me, That's My Seat achievement, granting the player the ability to fuse Igneous Kal-Zuk hybrid capes.

Obtaining all unique drops from TzKal-Zuk completes the Are You Not Entertained? achievement which awards the title, TzKal-[Name].

Deity info[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Zuk was originally a human who led a tribe of people near the end of the Second Age.[2][3] He was the strongest in his tribe and considered Gielinor to be a free world until the Zarosian Empire invaded his lands, throwing him into Senntisten's colosseums as a gladiator. He defeated all of his opponents; humans, vampyres, dragons and demons. The tribune Torva soon took note of his talents and challenged him to a duel, in which Zuk defeated the famed warrior. With newfound respect for him, Torva used his connections to grant Zuk freedom.

Despite being a free man, Zuk sought a greater challenge and eventually learned of the Elder Kiln and its TokHaar inhabitants; making his way there, he fought the TokHaar for days on end. Just as he was about to collapse from exhaustion, the TokHaar-Hur came, with the collective TokHaar agreeing that he had been the first outsider to beat them all. The TokHaar-Hur brought him into the Kiln, where he recovered and subjected himself to more training. Spending centuries in the Kiln, he remade himself, ascending into a demigod in the process. As a likely result of his indomitable will, he did not share the TokHaar hive mentality that is typical of everything that was remade with the Kiln's sacred lava.

When the Gielinorian God Wars broke out, the TokHaar had no interest in participating. Zuk did not care and took lava creatures from the tunnels surrounding the Kiln into battle for glory. They emerged in Feldip Hills, where they began cleaving all on his path. Saradomin and Armadyl were quick to notice his arrival; the two gods, worried that Zamorak would propose an alliance with Zuk, amassed their forces in southern Kandarin, cutting Bandos off from his people while sending another force to keep Zamorak occupied. Bandos was allowed safe passage to his lands if he would deal with the troublesome demigod, which he eagerly agreed to.

Bandos immediately confronted him and his armies with his own as promised and the two clashed for days, both of them evenly matched in pure strength. However, Bandos was wittier and was eventually able to push the demigod to a ravine, where he had placed geomancers beforehand who summoned a large quantity of rock onto Zuk, greviously wounding him. Zuk laughed and claimed that he would return stronger; in turn, Bandos dragged Zuk's mangled body back to the Kiln, where he placed ensorcelled chains that destroyed the limbs the Kiln tried to regenerate and mocked him. This prevented Zuk from returning to cause trouble, although the warrior saw this as cowardice.[4]

Zuk remained in the Kiln afterwards, seemingly unaware or uncaring of what happened above on the Kiln. When Ful sought to reclaim her egg, she broke Zuk free from Bandos' binds. Seeing the failures of the TokHaar during the Battle of the Monolith, she remade them into the TzekHaar, giving control of them to Zuk. Similarly to Kerapac, Zuk did not particularly care about his master's orders out of his own will[5], but nonetheless went to Senntisten to see the alliance that had been fighting against the Elders' forces, as he knew it was a once in a lifetime event that could not be passed up on.[6] General Graardor went into the sewers to face Zuk; while he was able to fight him, Zuk ultimately defeated him and drove the ourg out of his arena, although he spared him.

The World Guardian soon arrived into the sewers, where Zuk met them. He was surprised to see them as a seemingly frail human[7] and told them that he came of his own accord, as he wanted to fight the gods with the strength he had gained; like the TokHaar, he expressed a distaste for the lesser gods, calling them beings that stole power rather than earning it themselves.[8] While Zuk was content with waiting for as long as possible for the gods to empower themselves, he told the World Guardian to fight before he became bored and made his move. The World Guardian challenged him, in which he sent numerous TzekHaar to test their worth; after killing TzekHaar-Aken, Zuk personally fought them. Despite his accumulated powers, he was ultimately defeated and appeared to be delighted to have found a worthy opponent to face.[9]

Drops[edit | edit source]

Zuk gives two drops upon defeat - one from his own table, and another from the elite TzekHaar drop table.

Zuk's table[edit | edit source]

Elite table[edit | edit source]

Secondary drops[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Replaced by tradeable version after the player has upgraded their pontifex shadow ring with 1,000 anima.
  2. ^ Requires completion of Azzanadra's Quest.
  3. ^ Only obtainable when the pontifex shadow ring's Elder Trove modifier is tier 3. Replaces the T1 Trove.
  4. ^ Only obtainable when the pontifex shadow ring's Elder Trove modifier is tier 4. Replaces the T2 Trove.

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ The entire encounter has to be cleared without using a single checkpoint.
  2. ^ a b c Random part dropped first, then the next roll on this table guarantees one of the other two pieces. The drop rate of this item is increased in a no checkpoint-run.
  3. ^ a b c Only dropped in Hard mode encounter.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Transcripts TzKal-Zuk speaks in:


Gallery[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 8 November 2021 (Update):
    • Increased the drop rate of sword pieces by 66%.
    • Doubled the drop rate of codices and Ful scriptures.
  • patch 1 November 2021 (Update):
    • Having the ring upgraded with a faction no longer decreases the amount of anima gained from bosses.
    • Having the ring upgraded will now continue to drop anima at a 100% drop rate rather than the previous 1/6 chance.
    • TzKal-Zuk's seated rain fire attack will now reach players who are hugging the barrier.
    • An entry for TzKal-Zuk kills has been added to the adventurer's log.
    • Fixed an issue with blocking tiles during challenge waves in the encounter with Zuk.
  • hotfix 1 November 2021 (Update):
    • Damage stacked on TzKal-Zuk as he is defeated can no longer cause multiple kills.
    • Players can no longer bypass Zuk's Hard Mode requirement by toggling another boss's hard mode.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Old School RuneScape, TzKal-Zuk is the final boss of the Inferno minigame. Zuk in RuneScape was inspired by his original iteration in Old School RuneScape.
    • TzKal-Zuk in Old School RuneScape has a combat level of 1,400. In RuneScape, he has the highest combat level (without modifiers or special events) with a combat level of 14,000. This is the original Zuk's combat level tenfold.
    • TzKal-Zuk is the first monster since 2013 to raise the combat level cap of 10,000.
  • Zuk was first hinted by the Blood Warden who mysteriously stated "Red and black and black and red", referring to the two primary colours of Zuk and the TzekHaar. He was later hinted again during a 15 second teaser in which he partially appeared, taunting the viewer by stating "You will fall like all the others! You were expecting the TokHaar?" while there were chants of his name in the background. Seren later hinted at Zuk's arrival before the official reveal stream by stating "a thrumming deep within Gielinor's core" and she was unsure of what was coming.
  • While Zuk wields his sword with his right hand, both the main artwork and the illustration with him in combat with Bandos show him using his left hand, suggesting that he may be ambidextrous.
  • If the the TzHaar language was used to translate Zuk's title, it would roughly translate to "Victorious Fire".
  • Zuk is the only one of the four Elder God Wars Dungeon bosses who does not drop charms.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Osborne. "The Seven Tiers of Godhood." 21 March 2013. Lore Discussion Forums.
  2. ^ Jagex. "Elder God Wars Dungeon: The TzekHaar Front." 19 October 2021. RuneScape News. "TzKal-Zuk was once a human warrior who earned his chops in the Senntisten colosseum."
  3. ^ As Zuk later faces Torva, a human who was alive during the betrayal of Zaros, this must have been within a human lifetime of the betrayal.
  4. ^ TzKal-Zuk, "Elder God Wars Dungeon", RuneScape. "Coward. He chained me within the Kiln."
  5. ^ TzKal-Zuk, "Elder God Wars Dungeon", RuneScape. "Ful wants the eggs, but I pay no heed to her desires. If to act in accordance with my true nature - to fulfil my very destiny - is to be manipulated...then manipulated I am."
  6. ^ TzKal-Zuk, "Elder God Wars Dungeon", RuneScape. "The only thing stopping me tearing down those cathedral walls right now is the promise of a good fight. We are in the midst of the ultimate battlefield, where the greatest warriors in the world converge. Battle is life. Combat is meaning. Why would I deny myself the chance to experience everything it has to offer?"
  7. ^ TzKal-Zuk, "Elder God Wars Dungeon", RuneScape. "Ahh - the one who fought the TokHaar at the Monolith. You're smaller than I thought you'd be."
  8. ^ TzKal-Zuk, "Elder God Wars Dungeon", RuneScape. "I long to truly prove myself against a god. To show that power earned beats power stolen."
  9. ^ TzKal-Zuk, "Elder God Wars Dungeon", RuneScape. "Finally... after thousands of years..."