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NPCThe Curse of ArravRitual of the Mahjarrat
Release date 29 September 2008 (Update)
Race Undead
Members only? Yes
Quest NPC? Defender of Varrock, The Curse Of Arrav, Ritual of the Mahjarrat
Location Seen during the quest in the Chaos Temple Dungeon and Varrock Palace
Sells items? No
Gender Male
Examine He has seen better, happier days.
Arrav chathead

Arrav of Avarrocka, Curse of Goblins, Hunter of the White Stag, Child of Sun and Moon is a famous hero of Avarrocka from the Fourth Age who is featured in several quests.

Arrav is fightable as a Class C boss monster in the Dominion Tower minigame if the player has completed The Curse of Arrav.


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Arrav battling Zemouregal

Arrav was found abandoned as a boy near what is now Varrock. Arrav lived during the Fourth Age and his achievements earned him a statue in the Heroes' Guild next to a statue of Camorra, another historical figure from the Fourth Age. His axe is on display at the Outpost. Arrav is famous for using the Shield of Arrav to repel the Mahjarrat Zemouregal's first zombie invasion of Varrock. However, it was not Arrav himself who drove back the zombies; he actually threw his shield to the grandson of one of the founders of Varrock. The grandson unlocked the shield's true power and destroyed the zombie army with it. Arrav was then slain by Zemouregal in retaliation. Zemouregal promised that he would return to attack Varrock once again.

Shield of ArravEdit

In the Shield of Arrav quest, the player uncovers the remains of Arrav's famous shield and reconstructs it.

Defender of VarrockEdit

Shield blasting zombies

The Shield of Arrav unleashing its power.

During the Defender of Varrock quest, the player finds out that Zemouregal is planning another zombie attack on Varrock. The player meets level 180 Arrav in the Chaos Temple Dungeon, and learns that while his body is under Zemouregal's control, his mind is still intact. He cannot disobey Zemouregal's orders, and can only speak when Zemouregal's attention is diverted away from him. The player meets Arrav once again in Varrock Palace, during the zombie invasion. However, Zemouregal's influence is too strong, and Arrav is unable to speak. Once the player discovers that Dimintheis is the direct descendant of the grandson of the founder of Varrock, he will use the Shield of Arrav to rid the city of zombies for the second time. After that happens, Zemouregal departs for "The North", taking Arrav and Sharathteerk with him.

The Curse of ArravEdit

The Curse of Arrav - Arrav mind control

Arrav under mind control

The player is required to fight Arrav during the "The Curse of Arrav" quest. He is level 180, and teleports at about half health, preventing the player from killing him. Later in the quest, the player learns that Arrav's heart is in Zemouregal's possession, at Zemouregal's Base. After passing many traps in the base, the player carefully saves and preserves Arrav's heart in a canopic jar. The heart is taken back to Ali the Wise.

The 18th Mahjarrat Ritual of RejuvenationEdit

Wounded Arrav

During the "Ritual of the Mahjarrat" quest, the player regains the full canopic jar from Ali the Wise to use against Zemouregal during The Ritual of Rejuvenation. When Zemouregal summons Arrav, the player leads Arrav to his heart, thus freeing him from Zemouregal's control. Arrav then turns against Zemouregal, and starts attacking him, and is far more powerful than at the time he fought the player, hitting into the 700s on the Mahjarrat who is invincible to the player.

Concluding the quest leaves one task left for the player: to find Arrav on the plateau. Arrav's body is thousands of years old and without the protection of Zemouregal's magic, it will soon crumble to dust. Arrav perishes shortly after talking to the player and thanking the player for saving him. Arrav's last thoughts are of the safety of Varrock as the player has freed his soul. Freeing Arrav's soul yields 3000 Prayer experience.




  • In one of the wallpaper on the RuneScape site, Attack on Varrock, you can see Zemouregal sitting on a throne with Arrav to his left.
  • Even though Arrav's axe is said to be in the outpost, some concept art shows him wielding a sword.
  • On 25 May 2010, the statue of Arrav at the Heroes' Guild was updated.
  • Curiously, the canopic jar is left near the ritual stone after Ritual of the Mahjarrat, and its examine implies that his heart still remains within it.
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