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This article is a strategy guide for General Graardor.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page. For the hard mode strategy guide, see here.

General Graardor is one of the most popular of the five God Wars Dungeon bosses to kill, as he is arguably one of the easiest, but players should not take him too lightly. To enter Bandos's Stronghold, players must have at least 70 Strength and a hammer (tool belt works). To get to the boss room, players must kill 40 minions of Bandos in Bandos's Stronghold or the main God Wars Dungeon area.

Getting the Kill CountEdit

The best monsters to build killcount on now are the spiritual rangers in Bandos's Stronghold, providing you have the required 63 Slayer. If you do not have the required slayer level to combat Spiritual rangers, it is recommended that you fight Bandosians in the northwest corner of the main room, as these are generally lower level than the minions within the stronghold. It is best to kill goblins when possible, compared to hobgoblins or jogres because of their higher life points. Orks can be killed if the player wishes, due to having the same amount of life points as goblins and are very close to each other. When using magic the ability Corruption Blast can greatly help to quickly increase your kill count as it does a lot of damage to the creatures around you without making them aggressive. Another advantage to this ability in the God Wars dungeon is that it is likely that the monsters will kill each other and if tagged by you will grant you the kill count for that faction.


Because Graardor is one of the easiest of the five bosses, he is commonly killed. Once players get 40 killcount, they will then be able to kill General Graardor for a chance to get his famed helm, chestplate, tassets, gloves, boots and shield. He also drops excellent common drops, dropping more moderate levelled resources compared to K'ril or Kree'arra, who tend to drop high level materials less often. It was once hard to find a world for this boss, but the popularity of other bosses or the effectiveness of instancing for faster kills has made pretty much every world free.

The best way is to go north of the big door to the chamber room, and hop there so a misclick won't make you lose your 40 killcount. A Zamorak/Nex item is optional.


Here are General Graardor's basic attacks:

  • Melee attack: He thrusts his right arm for a bone-crushing blow. This can deal extremely high damage, up to 3000 but doesn't tend to hit over 1800 (900 with Melee prayers)
  • Ranged attack: Graardor only uses this when he is attacking a player outside of melee range. He smashes his hand into the ground creating shockwaves. This is not as accurate now, but can still deal over 600 life points of damage occasionally. This attack hits everyone in the room.


During the fight, General Graardor and his minions, Sergeant Steelwill, Sergeant Strongstack, and Sergeant Grimspike, will attack the players simultaneously. The players should attack Graardor first. Once Graardor dies, the minions should be attacked.

It is advised to keep Protect from Melee on at all times during the killing of General Graardor. Higher level players may alternatively wish to use soul split throughout. Damage taken during the kill can be healed back from food drops which the minions commonly drop or from food brought by the player.

If you have a 2 handed weapon it is advised to use Area of Effect attacks (Quake and Hurricane for melee and Dragon Breath and Chain for magic) when the minions stand together to deal damage to multiple at the same time. Users with Soulsplit can switch to this prayer after General Graardor dies to heal some health back from the minions. The order of preference in killing the minions is up to the players, although it is generally a good idea to first kill the minion whose combat style the player is weak to, in line with the combat triangle.

It is advised to bring the Enhanced excalibur for extra healing during or after the kill. Players that use an instance at a fast or regular speed can use Regenerate after killing the minions to heal some health back for the next kill. More advanced player may decide to use abilities such as Freedom and Anticipate to Stall Adrenaline for the next kill which helps when trying to get the most kills per hour.

General Graardor drops Ourg bones (General Graardor) which are worth a significant amount when you bank them using a Pack Yak or with the help of magic notepaper. If you dont have either of those or are not interested in the bone drops you can decide to take a Bonecrusher and a Demonhorn necklace to gain back a lot of prayer points after every kill. This can be useful for making trips longer and giving more inventory space for food instead of prayer potions.

Advanced players can get up to 70 kills per hour when using the optimal setup and having some experience at this boss. A player with 80+ combat stats and a reasonable prayer level (60+) can expect to prevail against Graardor at least once before having to bank.

Graardor has no specific weaknesses to any point of the combat triangle. This allows for players to range, mage and melee him at their own accord. Despite this, however, Graardor strangely has very high ranged defence so range setups are not recommended.

Recommended equipment Edit



As of late, Soloing for high level players is very common.

Recommended equipment for Melee Soloing
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Malevolent helm (Superior) Tetsu helm Torva full helm/Anima Core helm of Zaros Bandos helmet Barrows helmet
Neck slot Amulet of souls (Blood) Brawler's knockout necklace (Blood) Amulet of fury Saradomin's whisper Dragon Rider amulet
Cape slot Completionist cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal-Ket Fire cape Soul Wars cape
Torso slot Malevolent cuirass (Superior) Tetsu body Torva platebody/Anima Core Body of Zaros Bandos chestplate Barrows platebody
Legs slot Malevolent greaves (Superior) Tetsu platelegs Torva platelegs/Anima Core Legs of Zaros Bandos tassets Barrows platelegs
Weapon slot Drygore weaponry Tetsu katana Blade of Nymora Attuned crystal dagger Chaotic Weaponry
2h slot Noxious scythe Dragon Rider lance Attuned crystal halberd Chaotic maul/spear Godsword
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore weaponry Tetsu wakizashi Off-hand attuned crystal dagger Off-hand chaotic weaponry Jessika's sword
Shield slot Kalphite defender Malevolent kiteshield Divine spirit shield Chaotic kiteshield Dragonfire shield
Ammo slot Zamorak arrows Tirannwn quiver 4 Tirannwn quiver 3 Tirannwn quiver 2 Tirannwn quiver 1
Gloves slot Goliath gloves Torva gloves Pneumatic gloves Bandos gloves Culinaromancer's gloves 10
Feet slot Steadfast boots Torva boots Bandos boots Warpriest boots Dragon boots
Ring slot Ring of fortune Ring of death Warrior ring (i) Asylum surgeon's ring Onyx ring (i)
Aura slot Penance Brawler Vampyrism Reverence N/A
Pocket slot Shard of Zaros (Superior) Scrimshaw of attack (Superior) Scrimshaw of vampyrism Mask of Sliske N/A


Familiar: War tortoise/Pack yak/Blood nihil

  • (non prayer method): 6-8 prayer potions
  • Rest of familiar is food (sharks or better)
  • all food if using prayer method
  • A Blood Nihil can be used by advanced players that don't need additional food

Duo/Trio teamsEdit

Duo and trio teams tend to be common among lower level players. These teams require medium stats, such as T70 or T80 weapons and armour, as well as the Prayer level requirements to use Piety.

Recommended equipment for Melee in a Team (DPS)
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Malevolent helm Torva full helm Bandos helmet N/A N/A
Neck slot Amulet of souls Brawler's knockout necklace Saradomin's whisper (Blood) Amulet of fury Amulet of glory
Cape slot Completionist cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal-Ket Fire cape Soul Wars cape
Torso slot Malevolent cuirass Torva platebody Bandos chestplate N/A N/A
Legs slot Malevolent greaves Torva platelegs Bandos tassets N/A N/A
Weapon slot Drygore weaponry Tetsu katana Attuned crystal dagger Chaotic weaponry N/A
2h slot Noxious scythe Attuned crystal halberd Chaotic maul/spear Godsword Superior kyzaj
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore weaponry Tetsu wakizashi Off-hand attuned crystal dagger Off-hand chaotic weaponry N/A
Shield slot None N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ammo slot Zamorak arrows N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Torva gloves Bandos gloves Pneumatic gloves N/A N/A
Feet slot Torva boots Bandos boots Steadfast boots N/A N/A
Ring slot Ring of wealth[1] Ring of death Warrior ring (i) Asylum surgeon's ring Onyx ring (i)
Aura slot Penance Reverence Vampyrism N/A N/A
Pocket slot Shard of Zaros (Superior) Scrimshaw of attack (Superior) Scrimshaw of vampyrism Mask of Sliske N/A
  1. Does not work with LootShare enabled.



Since the Evolution of Combat, General Graardor no longer has any weakness. This opens up the ability to mage him. This has proven to be very effective if opting for a barrage spell. Because of the multi-hitting nature of the barrage spells, the sergeants can be killed more than once per boss kill. This typically results in 7 killcount per boss kill, instead of the usual 4. This means more chance at loot, which is very desirable. The same can be achieved by using the abilities Chain, Dragon Breath and Corruption Blast which can save money you would use for expensive blood runes.

Overload flask (6)Overload flask (6)Super prayer renewal potion (6)Super prayer renewal potion (6)
Super restore (4)Pack yak pouchEnhanced Excalibur200Winter storage scroll
Super restore (4)RocktailRocktailRocktail
Super restore (4)RocktailRocktailRocktail
Super restore (4)RocktailRocktailRocktail
Super restore (4)RocktailRocktailRocktail
2Law rune1000Air rune1000Fire rune100Nature rune
Every item mentioned below can be switched out for a lower level version. This is the optimal inventory setup for high level players.
  • Inventory:
    • 2 super magic flasks/Overloads (6)
    • 2 Super prayer renewal potions (you can recharge prayer every 10 minutes at the altar in the room)
    • God wars teleport
    • 3-5 Super restore potions (Super Restore potions are a relatively common drop.)
    • Suggested to bring a BoB familiar to bring more supplies
    • 1 extra familiar pouch
    • Bones To Peaches tablets (this is optional, but will provide extra food on each round. Peaches heal 400 LP each)
    • Runes for High Alch. Runes for combat spells when going with a magic setup.
    • Rest of inventory (and if using BoB familiar), fill with sharks or better
    • Auras (Vampyrism, Penance, Supreme Reverence, and Supreme Runic Accuracy are highly recommended, as they will allow you to save some resources and you will be able to cycle through them indefinitely. You can also destroy them after they have been used, freeing up an inventory space. You will be able to reclaim these for free from Xuan.)
Recommended equipment for Mages
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Tectonic mask (Superior) Seasinger's hood Virtus mask/Anima Core helm of Seren Hood of subjugation Ganodermic visor
Neck slot Amulet of souls (Blood)Arcane stream necklace Saradomin's hiss (Blood) Amulet of fury Amulet of glory
Cape slot Completionist cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal-Mej God cape Soul Wars cape
Torso slot Tectonic robe top (Superior) Seasinger's robe top Virtus robe top/Anima Core body of Seren Garb of subjugation Ganodermic poncho
Legs slot Tectonic robe bottom (Superior) Seasinger's robe bottom Virtus robe legs/Anima Core legs of Seren Gown of subjugation Ganodermic leggings
Weapon slot Wand of the praesul Seismic wand Seasinger kiba Wand of the Cywir elders Attuned crystal wand
2h slot Staff of Sliske Noxious staff Staff of darkness/Camel staff Attuned crystal staff Chaotic staff
Off-hand weapon slot Imperium core Seismic singularity Seasinger makigai Attuned crystal orb Virtus book
Shield slot Kalphite rebounder Merciless kiteshield Arcane spirit shield Farseer kiteshield Spectral spirit shield
Ammo slot Zamorak arrows Tirannwn quiver 4 Tirannwn quiver 3 Tirannwn quiver 2 Tirannwn quiver 1
Gloves slot Spellcaster gloves Virtus gloves Static gloves Gloves of subjugation Culinaromancer's gloves 10
Feet slot Virtus boots Ragefire boots Boots of subjugation Warpriest boots Ganodermic boots
Ring slot Ring of wealth Ring of death Seers' ring (i) Asylum surgeon's ring Onyx ring (i)
Aura slot Penance Vampyrism Runic Accuracy Reverence N/A
Pocket slot Shard of Zaros (Superior) Scrimshaw of magic God Book Mask of Sliske N/A

Tips and TricksEdit

  • When grabbing the killcount, you should do it in Bandos's Stronghold because it is full of Bandosians and a few Zamorakians. If you grab the killcount outside, avoid using your multi-hitting attacks. The spiritual rangers inside die very fast. If you run low on health, avoid eating your rocktails and instead use the Regenerate ability when your health runs low.
  • Avoid killing Spiritual mages for the killcount unless you are ranging, as they are now more resilient to melee attacks but weaker to range attacks, unless you want to make profit from your killcount.
  • When killing Graardor by yourself, you certainly want to reduce the damage since without any sort of healing (minus food) during a kill, it can be dangerous if you cannot kill him fast enough. Stay at the top right corner of the room so when Graardor spawns, you should only have Grimspike and him starting to attack you, and during the kill the other two will eventually come to his aid. You can save much food doing this.
  • Since Graardor will not hit often (melee armour is strong against respective melee and ranged attacks), the use of Saradomin brews and super restores are usually pointless when killing him. A set of Prayer flasks and rocktails is good enough to last for over 20 kills if you are lucky with food drops.
  • The Bandos altar is useful for recharging prayer. It will recharge your Prayer points completely, and also +10 (1) Prayer points for every Bandos item you have. After recharging your Prayer, you must wait 10 minutes to do so again. Remember you cannot use this while in combat.
  • The tank should stay near Graardor's spawn point.
Bandos altar

The altar dedicated to Bandos in General Graardor's chamber.

  • While waiting for the boss to respawn, stay on the altar corners. When Graardor spawns, only he and Sergeant Grimspike will attempt to attack you. The other two Sergeants will not attack you unless you get too close to them or you manage to hurt Graardor enough. This is useful as Sergeant Steelwill's attack is short-ranged, and will save a lot of food.
  • Organise drops carefully. Unless you have a pack yak to deposit all Graardor's drops or magic notepaper, it is not recommended to pick the bones up unless you bury them.
  • Using the ability Debilitate may be useful against Graardor, as it can allow a safe use of Soul Split. Berserk is not recommended unless the player is not tanking or has a sip of Adrenaline potion in their inventory.
  • Prayer potions are not usually needed in quantities more than 1-3 as the altar can recharge your prayer points every 10 minutes and because of the frequent super restore drops, along with an ease of killing the boss.

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