Welcome to Crewman6's Runescape Adventure Log! Monique (my wife!) and I have played Runescape together since 2004. We do the quests together, hunt penguins every Tuesday night, and help each other achieve our in-game goals. We play for fun, so our skill sets are a bit here-and-there. I thought it would be fun as we reach goals, and set new ones, to post tips, tricks, and thoughts as we go.
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Friday, January 25, 2013
Runescape Hard Desert Tasks
Hurry up... I'm late for my next task!
Time for the Hard
Desert Tasks.We've been doing one set
each night.Last night Monique and I ran
through the hard set.Mostly, anyway.The majority was easy enough.Get on Lunar spells, cast Humidify on an
empty waterskin.Wearing a charged Water
Tiara we did by accident.Never head to
the desert without one, so we actually were credited during the easy tasks.
Same with Broad
Bolts.I did a lot of them recently,
working on Fletching.You can just
teleport to Sumona with the Slayer Ring.She sells Unfinished Broad Bolts, bring feathers.Making the Ugthunki kebab was a pain, but not
really hard.There's an ugthunki camel
just north of the desert lodestone.Kill
him, get the meat.Take all the
ingredients to Nardah.Meat, pot of
flour, bucket of water, onion, tomato, empty bowl. Combine them as needed, cook
in the range south of the bank.
Used to kill a lot
of Dust Devils, back in the day when Dragon Chain was the ultimate armor.Never got one, but sure logged a lot of Dust
Devils.So this one was easy, and kind
of fun.Blast from the Past.
waterskin... this time at Enakhra's Temple.Easy enough.If you change to
Ancient Magic while you're there, then kill the Ugthunki with Ice Burst, it
gets three things out of the way with one trip. (For an efficient step by step
guide, check the Wiki.)
Spines that you grew yourself.Quick
question... is there anywhere you can harvest cactus spines that you did NOT
grow yourself?Anyway, I collect mine at
least once a day.This was one of those
tasks I did by accident.
Listening to Al the
Camel recite a poem while wearing a completed Cramulet.Entertaining, and easy enough.Though I wouldn't want to listen to him all
Going to the
Sophanem dungeon and killing a Locust Rider was kind of fun.Monique got the Scarab Mage, so I had to
wander a little farther in.Be sure to
wield Keris. It was a quick and easy kill.The part that made it fun was re-visiting places I haven't been to (or
thought of) in years.
Using the deposit
chest north of the Bedabin Camp?Maybe
too easy.I don't remember there being
any requirements to access it.It
doesn't really seem to qualify as a 'Hard' task.Much more appropriate was the assignment to
enter the Al-Kharid Resource Dungeon.Easy if you've got it, but at least it has a fair Dungeoneering level
Doing the Pyramid
plunder was easy enough.While we were
there, we went on to do the Elite version of this task too.Only for Monique to discover you can't boost
the skill level needed.She's only 100k
from level 91 thieving, so she'll finish this one soon.
"Nipped in the Bug" for last.For that, you have to use a Dreadnip on the Kalphite Queen.Monique hasn't messed around with the
Dominion Tower yet, so she's going to have to win 450 fights to get a
Dreadnip.I was lucky enough to have
done that already, because I really wanted Dreadnips at one point for a boss
fight.She's currently training at the
Tower to get her Dreadnips.I went ahead
and did the task.Run through the
Kalphite Lair, jump down the hole, sprint past the guards, and attack the
Kalphite Queen.Don't have to defeat
her, just use the Dreadnip on her.
From there, it was
on to Ali the Mayor in Pollnivneach.He's usually wandering in front of the big mansion by the town
square/water fountain area.He upgraded
the amulet to Desert Amulet 3, and gave me a 20k exp lamp.This was a fair exp lamp.
As far as the
amulet, the Desert Amulet 2 had the best reward... unlimited Nardah
teleports.The only thing I really liked
from amulet 3 was that it doubled my cactus spines.That's useful, because even if you don't need
them for farming, they always sell well.(Let's hope this doesn't change anytime soon.)
If you use them, the
double charges on a Pharaoh's Sceptre or a Sceptre of the Gods could be a good
bonus.By the same token, if you like
doing Pyramid Plunder, it'll be nice to have fewer Mummies and Scarabs popping
out at you.
The buff to Keris,
by all accounts on the forums, is underpowered.I wouldn't know, haven't used mine in years.Not since finishing the related quest.10% cheaper items at the Pizazz store?Maybe someday that'll be nice.But I quit using the mage training arena as
soon as I got Bones to Peaches.
One last deal - we
get 30 noted potato cacti from the Weird Old Man every day.If you do a daily money run, this can be
incorporated while doing anything with Fairy Rings.Code B I Q, run north-west, grab the potato
cacti, andeither teleport out, or run
back to the fairy ring.They're worth
about 25k at the moment.Though that
changes over time.I used to get 50k for
buckets of sand, now they're around 20k.
My daily money run
depends a lot on my mood, but if it's quick and easy, I'll usually include it.
Cool teleport animation!
That was it for our
Hard tasks, though.On the whole, the
Desert Tasks seems a bit random.The
tasks, their difficulty levels, and the rewards are oddly mismatched.I'm not complaining about the rewards.All I really wanted was the teleport.Everything else didn't really matter.
This set of tasks
just doesn't have the smooth gradation that the other sets had.I guess there's just not that much in the
Desert to pick from.It feels like they
had to scramble to find stuff for us to do.The one place where that doesn't hold true, is the elite task requiring
completion of the Dominion Tower.Those
who have already done it obviously don't mind.But the rewards versus the time and effort it's going to take just isn't
justified.It would have been more
reasonable to break it into a more manageable requirement.
I'm going to do all
the other Elite tasks, maybe this weekend.But going to skip the Dominion Tower.It will literally take a month or more away from my normal play.For now, I'd rather work on other goals.I'll be getting the max skill cape once I
finish Hunting and Farming.That's more
important at the moment.After that, it
might catch my fancy to do the Dominion tower.But not sooner, and maybe not even then.