Desert Tasks are the tasks relating to Kharidian Desert and its surrounding area, added on 21 January 2013. To complete all of the tasks, players will need the stats shown to the right. These members tasks, like all other members' task sets, have four difficulties ranging from easy to elite. Please note you must do the easy tasks first in order to claim rewards from medium, hard or elite.
The rewards include a
Desert amulet, hefty experience rewards, new daily rewards and rerolls for the Dominion Tower. The amulet also provides some useful benefits for Mining, Crafting and Herblore and unlimited teleports to Nardah.
Easy tasks Edit
Eagle-dive into a hay cart after completing Diamond in the Rough.
Diamond in the Rough
Start by taking the stairs to the first floor of the Craft Store or go to the roof of Al Kharid Palace. You need to make your way to the roof of the Al Kharid bank.
Equip a full set of desert clothing while standing in the desert.
You can buy the set from Shantay at Shantay Pass. Black desert clothing doesn't work.
View the Duel Arena scoreboard.
The Duel Arena can be found north-east of Al Kharid, outside the city border.
Catch a golden warbler.
These are found just east of the Dominion Tower, to the west of Uzer. You will need a bird snare to catch these. (Protean traps do NOT work)
Don't You Dare Close Your Eyes
Use any of the magic carpets in the desert.
Get water from a cactus in the desert.
You will need an empty waterskin.
Talk to Khoochak about a quest.
The parrot in the throne room of Al Kharid castle.
Fire at Will
Craft a fire rune at the fire altar.
Using a wicked hood to both enter the altar and take essence from is a fast method.
Obtain five artefacts from Pyramid Plunder and sell them to Simon in one go.
Started Icthlarin's Little Helper or Pharaoh's sceptre (can be used to avoid Quest requirement)
Save time by opening the sarcophagus in the level 61 room (#5) and final room (level 91) for both a hard and elite task.
Exchange pizazz points at the Mage Training Arena.
A Law rune is the cheapest to purchase. The rune costs 2 Telekinetic points.
I Like to Watch
Attempt to spectate on a match at the Dominion Tower.
Climb the stairs. Choose 'Spectator'. Works even if there is no one to spectate.
Perform the troubadour dance emote near the dancers outside the Citharede Abbey.
One Piercing Note
Grand Vizier Hassan in Al Kharid Palace to receive an antique lamp, giving 2,000 experience in any skill over level 29, and the Desert amulet 1, giving the following benefits:
Medium tasks Edit
Faster than a Speeding Bullet
Ride an eagle to the desert (use a rope on Desert Eagle).
Bring 3 planks, 5 ropes and 4 nails unless you have already built the rope rack. To get to the Eagles Eyrie fast, use the Book of Char teleport or any Eagle Transport.
So Su Me
Solve an easy runedoku casket.
Ali Morrisane (ask to have a look at his selection of runes, select small casket and select 'Examine lock'. If you do not see an examine option speak to Aubury in the Varrock Rune Shop and select the option about Ali Morrisane, then Siamun).
A Bridge Not Far
Cross the River Lum using a crossbow.
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If you have built a hidey-hole you will not need a mith grapple or crossbow.
Pray at the Elidinis statuette in Nardah.
Spirits of the Elid
North of the fountain.
Away with the Kalphites
Travel to the fairy ring near the Kalphite Lair.
Started Fairy Tale II - Cure a Queen
Fairy ring code B•I•Q
Sell a pyramid top to Simon.
You can get a pyramid top on top of the pyramid by completing the agility course.
Create a vial of combat potion from scratch in Nardah after killing a goat from the desert.
Spirits of the Elid
After killing a Desert Goat, the following MUST be done in Nardah to count: crushing the goat horn, creating the vial from molten glass, filling the vial with water (do not use Humidify spell!), adding the harralander to the vial of water, adding the crushed goat's horn to the harralander potion (unf). Doing any of this outside of Nardah will not count.
NOTE: Crushing the goat's horn standing at the goats doesn't work. Walk inside Nardah before doing so.
Steps may be done in any order. i.e. if you forgot to make the vial, but made the potion anyway, just bring molten glass and make a vial. The task will then be complete.
Taken for Granite
Mine granite at the quarry south of the Bandit Camp.
Take the best pickaxe you have for fastest completion.
Create a spirit kalphite pouch at the obelisk south west of Pollnivneach (past the river), west of Nardah (past the mine, down the desert ladder).
You will need an empty Pouch, 51 spirit shards, a blue charm and a potato cactus.
Attempt to cut a log from the teak tree near the Ruins of Uzer.
South-east of Uzer near the shore.
Boost your stats at Amascut's altar.
Missing My Mummy
Use fairy ring code D-L-Q and run east. The statue is inside the pyramid, in the room with the Pharaoh Queen.
Medium task set complete!
Zahur in the potion shop in Nardah for an Experience lamp, giving 8,000 experience in any skill over level 43, and the Desert amulet 2, giving the following additional benefits:
Hard tasks Edit
Use Humidify to fill a Waterskin while standing in the desert.
Using the Lunar Isle lodestone is a quick method to change to Lunar spells if you need to do that.
Water on the Brain
Equip a charged Enchanted water tiara while in the desert.
Dealing with Scabaras
Use water runes (3 per charge) on a water tiara to make the Enchanted water tiara.
More Fletcher than Sumona
Fletch some Broad bolts or arrows in Sumona's house.
You will need to unlock the ability to do so for 300 Slayer points. You can buy the arrowheads or unfinished bolts from Sumona.
Ug Thankee Kindly
Make an Ugthanki kebab from raw ingredients in Nardah.
Spirits of the Elid
All of the items can be purchased on the Grand Exchange. Purchase an onion, a tomato, an empty bowl, raw Ugthanki meat, pot of flour, and a bucket of water.
Create chopped onion and tomato in Nardah by using first the onion then tomato on the bowl. Be sure to "use" them on it so you don't eat it.
Use the pot of flour and the bucket of water on each other to create the pitta dough.
Cook both the Ugthanki meat and the pitta bread in the clay oven.
Use the Ugthanki meat on the onion & tomatoes to create a kebab mix.
Use the finished kebab mix on the pitta bread.
Note: Using a pot of flour on a water source doesn't work. The dough must be made with a bucket, jug, or bowl of water from the Nardah fountain.
Nipped in the Bug
Use a Dreadnip on the Kalphite Queen.
You need 450 kills in the Dominion Tower and have a dreadnip to release. This only works on the regular Kalphite Queen, not the Exiled Kalphite Queen.
Drafty in Here
Kill a Dust devil in the Smoke Dungeon
You must have a Face mask, a Slayer helmet, or a Full slayer helmet equipped. It is recommended to use a crushing weapon to cover their weakness.
Fill a Waterskin from the fountain of Enakhra's Temple.
Must have started Enakhra's Lament.
Say It, Don't Spray It
Hear one of Al the Camel's poems using a fully featured cramulet.
Enakhra's Lament, Do No Evil
2nd option - say something unpleasant, then "this is just to say". If not working, combine Monkeyspeak amulet, Ghostspeak amulet, Catspeak amulet (or Catspeak amulet (e)) and Camulet.
1001 Kharidian Spikes
Harvest spines from a cactus you grew yourself.
You can have the nearby farmer, Ayesha, protect it from disease for six cadava berries.
Freeze an enemy in the desert using Ice Burst.
Task is completed even if spell deals no damage. Spellbook swap can be used if you have the required level and do not wish to change from the Lunar Spellbook.
Kill a scarab mage, Locust rider or Kalphite with the Keris dagger.
This does not work on Scarabites in Ullek swamp. It does work in the dungeon under the bank in Sophanem.
Security through Obscurity
Use the Deposit chest near the Bedabin Camp
Northwest of the camp, near the shore.
Open the sarcophagus in the level 61 room (#5) of Pyramid Plunder
Combining this with the easy task to collect 5 artefacts from urns and opening the sarcophagus in room 8 for an elite task is a good idea.
Enter the Al-kharid resource dungeon.
Cannot be boosted.
Ali the Mayor in Pollnivneach for an Experience lamp giving 20,000 experience in the skill of your choice, and the Desert amulet 3, giving the following additional benefits:
Elite tasks Edit
91 Cannot be boosted
Staff on Stryke
Kill a Desert strykewyrm wearing a full slayer helmet charged fully with 50 scrolls and wielding an ancient staff.
Smoking Kills, Desert treasure
A regular slayer helmet will not work. The full slayer helmet must be enchanted by Pikkupstix and charged with 50 combat scrolls of any kind, ( howl scrolls or bacon blast scrolls being easiest to obtain). Mighty slayer helmet with 50 (or 500) combat scrolls will also work. It may be recoloured. The staff cannot be borrowed. Anything can be used to kill the wyrm, as long as the staff and helm are equipped. When all requirements are met, having the strykewyrms as a slayer task isn't required to kill one.
Don't use a familiar, it will draw the Strykewyrm's attention and cause it to stop fighting, "It's not after you..."
NOTE: You must be using the Ancient Magicks spellbook. It is not enough to simply use an Ancient Staff.
Open the sarcophagus in the final room of Pyramid Plunder.
You must have the required level to enter the final room (room 8) - boosts cannot be used.
Plant the Dominion marker in the desert, with all its achievements complete, including killing Sunfreet.
Dominion Tower article. None
It does not matter where exactly the marker is planted, as long as it is somewhere within the desert area. This includes planting it in the waiting room of the Dominion Tower.
A, B, Cithara
Play the Holy Cithara while standing in the Citharede Abbey.
One Piercing Note, Restless Ghost, Desert Treasure
To complete the task, make sure your Cithara isn't sheathed. Otherwise, it cannot be played.
If you need to reclaim your Holy Cithara, you can search the reliquary in the basement of the abbey to obtain another; however you must meet the following conditions:
Wear a ring of visibility, a Ghostspeak Amulet (or cramulet) and 6 saradomin-associated items (and no zamorak-associated items).
Have 100% run energy, full prayer points (no more, no less), be on the standard/Lunar spellbook (NOT ancient/Zaros spellbook), and be on normal prayers (not curses).
Have nothing else in your inventory, or you will be unable to search the reliquary.
NOTE: Playing the Holy Cithara in the Abbey's basement will NOT count as being in the Abbey to complete the task. It has to be done above the basement.
Wear the ankh and the Scabaras mask while in the desert.
Diamond in the Rough, Do No Evil
Must be equipped within the desert. Entering the desert with the items equipped will not complete the task.
In Nardah, make a Super antifire flask - making both the flask and the potion from scratch.
As a First Resort...
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While in Nardah, use phoenix feathers on two 3-dose antifire potions to make two 3-dose Super antifire potions. (You don't need to make the regular antifires yourself.) Next, blow robust glass into a potion flask and use the flask on one of the super antifire potions to make a full dose super antifire flask.
All elite tasks complete!
Talk to the Clay golem, in the remains of the ruined city of
Uzer, to receive 2 lamps granting 30,000 experience each in a skill of choice that is at least level 77, 2 lamps granting 50,000 experience each in a skill of choice that is at least level 93 (a total of 160,000 experience; boosts cannot be used to reach the level requirements), and the Desert amulet 4, giving the following additional benefits:
Concept art for the easy reward from the Desert Tasks
Concept art for the medium reward from the Desert Tasks
Concept art for the hard reward from the Desert Tasks
Concept art for the elite reward from the Desert Tasks
A banner released with the desert tasks
The reward pendants colours align with the basic 4 gems:
Easy = blue (sapphire)
Medium = green (emerald)
Hard = red (ruby)
Elite = white (diamond)
The jingles are renditions of music tracks relating to the task area, as usual. The easy jingle is a rendition of Violinsanity, hard of Breaking In and elite of Final Showdown.
If you plant and grow a Cactus plant and harvest it before the hard tasks are complete, you will get three spines from it as usual, but if the hard tasks are completed while the cactus is fully grown then it will start yielding double spines spontaneously, even after Ali says the double yield is due to it being protected by a local farmer during growth.
Cultural references Edit
"Assassin's Feed" is a pun on the video game "Assassin's Creed." The task involves doing a "Leap of Faith", which is also done in the game.
"Don't You Dare Close Your Eyes" refers to the lyrics from "A Whole New World", featured in Disney's animated film Aladdin.
"Kookookachat" is a reference to The Beatles song "I am the Walrus". Kookookachat is a play on words of the lyric "Goo, Goo, G'joob", which is often misheard as being pronounced Koo, Koo, Ka'choo.
"Memento Mori" is that Latin phrase which means "remember that you will die", referring to the phrase repeated in the ear of a triumphing general entering Rome to remind him that he was mortal.
"Away with the Kalphites" is a play on the phrase "away with the fairies".
"Faster Than A Speeding Bullet" is a reference to Superman.
"Heathen Idle" is a play on the word "Idol", a religious statue where in some religions people pray at.
"A Bridge Not Far" is a reference to the film A Bridge Too Far.
"An Teak" is a play on the word "antique".
"Taken for Granite" is a play on the phrase "taken for granted".
"Unbeetleable" is a play on the word "unbeatable".
"So Su Me" is a play on the phrase "so sue me".
"Nipped in the bug" is a play on the saying "to nip something in the bud", meaning to stop something before it gets bigger.
"1001 Kharidian Spikes" is a pun on the famous book "Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights."
"Ludikeris" is a pun on the word "Ludicrous".
"Enaqua" is a portmanteau of Enakhra, and Aqua, meaning water.
"Open Sesame" is a reference to the tale of Ali Baba and the 40 bandits, one of the tales from 1001 Arabian Nights.