OSRS Barrows Guide 2020 For RuneScape Beginners
July 14, 2020, 18:40
The Barrows Brothers – one of the best money makers for any level since its release back in May of 2005.
It’s easy to see why it’s so popular, as you have a chance at receiving some very valuable armour and weapon pieces that are attributed to each of the 6 brothers.
However, with all the different mechanics in the minigame boss, alongside the high-pressure tunnels, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
That’s why we’ve compiled the best OSRS Barrows Guide which will ensure you get extremely fast kills that make you rich!
OSRS Barrows Requirements
There are not too many difficult OSRS Barrows requirements, but it’s important that you’re aware of them. Regarding the quest requirements for OSRS Barrows, you’ll need to have completed Priest in Peril, and have begun Nature Spirit.
However, we recommend you complete Rum Deal for access to the holy wrench, as well as the Morytania Hard Diaries for 50% more runes from every chest.
For the OSRS Barrows Requirements that relate to skills, you could do Barrows at low levels, but we suggest you have at least 60 Attack (70 for the whip), 60 Strength, 60 Defence (70 to wear Barrows armour), 61 Range (75 for the blowpipe), 50 Magic (75 for Trident), 43 Prayer and a decent agility level to run without stopping.
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Recommended OSRS Gear
As the Barrows brothers have a relatively low magic defence, it doesn’t matter whether you choose to wear magic or melee when you attack with them with magic.
Here’s our OSRS Barrows recommended gear setup.
The most optimal gear is on the left, with our less recommended items to the right of it. Keep in mind that this minigame is dangerous, so when you die, you can risk losing your OSRS items if you don’t retrieve them.
Don’t have enough gold to buy the best items? No worries, you can buy OSRS gold and carry on your adventure!
Helm: Ancestral hat > Barrows helmet > Dragon full helm > Helm of neitiznot
Necklace: Occult necklace > Amulet of fury > Amulet of glory > Amulet of power
Cape: Infernal cape > Imbued god cape > Fire cape > Trimmed skill cape > Ardougne cloak
Body: Ancestral robe top > Barrows plate body > Dragon plate body > Fighter torso
Legs: Ancestral robe bottom > Barrows plate legs > Dragon plate legs > Rune plate legs
Shield: God book > Dragon fire shield > Crystal shield > Toktz-ket-xil
Gloves: Barrows gloves > Tormented bracelet > Dragon gloves > Combat bracelet
Boots: Primordial boots > Bandos boots > Dragon boots > Granite boots
Ring: Archers ring (i) > Archers ring > Ring of suffering (i) > Seers ring (i) > Ring of duelling
In regard to the weapon, you’ll be using different weapons to kill all the barrows brothers. For Dharok, Verac, Guthan, Torag and Karil, you’ll be using magic.
Preferably, you should have the Trident of the Seas/Swamp. If not, use a Iban’s staff with fire bolt and a tome of fire.
For Ahrim, you’ll be using a toxic blowpipe, then an Armdayl crossbow then Magic shortbow (i). For the minions in the tunnels, you should use an Abyssal whip or a dragon scimitar.
For the inventory in this OSRS Barrows gear setup, you should have a spade, a stack of barrows teleport tablets, a duelling ring (teleports to Clan Wars to bank & replenish prayer), a prayer potion, your armour/weapon swaps, then fill up the rest with food.
Getting To Barrows
There’s plenty of ways to get to the OSRS Barrows minigame, however a few are more optimal than others.
We recommend you purchase a Barrows teleport tablet to get teleported straight there, otherwise using the fairy ring code bkr would place you in Mort Myre Swamp.
From there, it’s simply a walk south through the swamp to get to Barrows. If you’ve got 50 agility, you can take a faster fairy ring route by using the code bip, then heading east, then south to get to Barrows.
The Barrows portion above ground is composed of six grave mounds inside a fence. Stand on top of a mound to enter it and dig with a spade. You should enter a crypt with a centred sarcophagus.
Open the sarcophagus, and the brother who is buried there appears and attacks you, except for 1 crypt. You are going to have to kill the brother, leave and move to the next.
The Barrows mechanics shows that a Barrows brother will not show up on one of the crypts. Instead, a maze-like lower tunnel level will be available to access. If you haven't killed all the other brothers in their crypts yet, you shouldn't be entering the tunnels. You will return to this crypt after all the others have been killed and enter the tunnels.
The tunnels contain nine rooms, linked by short and long corridors in a 3x3 arrangement. There you need to find the way to the central room and the chest. Some of the doors are locked and you'll have to walk around.
A ladder leads out into the space you enter the tunnels in, common for the Barrows mechanics.
The first time you enter it, the room you are first in will often have no monsters in it. When entered, all other rooms and corridors always have a few monsters in them. The sixth brother may appear and attack upon passing through a door. If he doesn't appear before you open the chest he will certainly appear when opening it.
Once the chest is opened you can search the chest to get the rewards. The tunnels start to collapse after the chest is looted (the items automatically enter your inventory or drop on the floor if you have no space for them) which will cause damage and you'll need to get out.
OSRS Barrows Strategy
To optimise your prayer for this Barrows strategy, you should first enter and attack Dharok. He uses melee equipment which makes him vulnerable your attacks by Magic.
The set effect of Dharok increases his maximum hit by 1 per cent for every hit point he is missing. Make sure to keep Protect from Melee active at all times as he can hit up to 64 at 1 remaining hit point, making him a dangerous brother in OSRS Barrows.
Your next target should be Karil. He uses ranged equipment but still remains vulnerable to your magic attacks. The set effect of Karil gives him a 25% chance per successful hit to reduce your Agility by 20%.
His set effect does not pose a threat, but his attacks are very accurate and harmful even to players with high defensive stats. It is strongly recommended that Protect from Ranged be activated as such.
Next in this OSRS Barrows guide is Ahrim. He uses magic attacks that make your ranged attacks vulnerable to him. With his magic attacks, Ahrim can easily damage you, as they are very precise even on ranged armour. Ahrim may also use Confuse, Weaken, and Curse to lower your attack, strength and defence stats. The set effect of Ahrim gives him a 20 percent chance for each successful hit to lower your Strength stat by 5. You are advised to use Protect from Magic when fighting against him. Even if using the Protect from Magic Prayer, his stat-reduction spells may still work, plus his set effect may still activate because the attack still counts as a successful hit, so be careful if your health is depleting.
After Ahrim is Verac for your Barrows strategy. He uses melee equipment which makes him vulnerable to your attacks with Magic. The set effect of Verac gives him a chance of 25 percent per attack to disregard defence, armour bonus, and protection prayers. Using protect from melee against Verac is optional, but it will undoubtedly deflect some of the damage and lower his max hit.
You should then target Guthan. He uses melee equipment which makes him vulnerable to your Magic attacks. Guthan's set effect provides him with a 25 percent chance per successful hit to recover him for any harm the hit does.
He can still hit up to 24 despite his inaccuracy, so it is advisable to use Protect from Melee for low-defence players as it also disables his set effect.
Finally, the last brother you should kill in this OSRS Barrows guide is Torag. He uses melee equipment which makes him vulnerable to your Magic attacks. The set effect of Torag gives him a 25% chance per successful hit to reduce your stamina by 20%.
He can still hit up to 24 despite his inaccuracy, so it is advisable to use Protect from Melee for low-defence players, but keep in mind that it won't prevent his effect from activating.
As you might’ve noticed, one crypt leads to the tunnels. You can scan ahead to see which door will contain your puzzle and route to the centre room by tilting the camera and looking at the interior tunnel rooms. You'll only have your puzzle on the path with the open-door option. The other 3 will only have the option of examine door.
Simply enter in the correct puzzle, as seen by our visual and you’ll unlock the door and be able to go inside. Once inside, open the chest in the centre to get your rewards. You may have to fight the 6th brother if you haven’t encountered him yet.
When you’ve got your rewards, teleport out to Castle Wars with your ring of duelling, replenish your stats, use a barrows teleport tab and do it all over again!
That wraps up our OSRS Barrows Guide. Best of luck!