|Release date||13 July 2004 (Update)|
|Combat level||30, 79, 109, 139|
|XP per kill||Unknown edit|
|Examine text||Arrghh... a ghast!|
Ghasts are undead souls of people that starved to death in Mort Myre swamp. When first encountered, they are almost transparent, have no combat level, and try to turn food into useless rotten food. If a player has a container of food, such as a hamper, and the ghast is successful, the container and its contents will become rotten. If a player has no food, they deal damage instead.
A player can kill a ghast only after obtaining a Druid pouch from the Nature Spirit quest. A player must charge it with the Cast Bloom ability (uses up to sixty prayer points per cast) of a blessed Silver sickle or the Ivandis flail near some dead logs, branches, or bushes to harvest Mort myre fungi, Mort myre stems, or Mort myre pears. Then put three or more of those harvested items into the druid pouch by filling it. A player may fill it multiple times in a row to contain many charges.
If a Ghast attacks a player with a charged pouch (or a player uses a charged pouch on a Ghast), the Ghast becomes visible and one charge is consumed. In this way, a charged pouch protects a player's food from being rotten. Visibility renders the ghast vulnerable to attack. Killing it rewarded the player with Prayer experience equal to the combat level of ghast, although now all ghast reward the same 30 prayer experience. Killing higher level ghasts from the Temple Trekking activity rewards the player with the same experience as level 30 ghast, which is 30 prayer experience per kill.
Ghast Hunting Notes
Although not difficult, it is considered by some to be rather tedious to summon Ghasts for combat training. They do drop lots of herbs, much more so than Hobgoblins. The material drops are rather petty. You do, however, gain reasonable Prayer experience as well as combat experience for killing them. The Salve amulet gives combat bonuses on ghasts.
The best place to hunt them would be just west of the Nature Grotto from the Nature Spirit quest. This allows you to keep refreshing your Prayer Points without using valuable Prayer Potions. The Silver Sickle does not have to actually equipped to gain its benefits, it just has to be in your inventory. However, you must also have a filled druid pouch in your inventory to prevent your food from being rotted. A player can use whichever weapon they choose for combat, not having to use the Sickle. Fully charge your Prayer Points, go west of the Grotto (where the Ghasts are) and cast Bloom with the Sickle next to the rotten logs. Try and do it between as many logs, branches, and bushes as possible, and you will often get several blossomed items to put in the Druid pouch. Do this over and over until you are out of Prayer Points. Now "use" the filled pouch on the ghostly Ghasts - do not wait for them to attack you. Often they will just float around, or the pouch will activate itself, allowing the solid Ghast to float out over the water where it cannot be attacked. The drops will more often than not fall under the rotten logs, so search the ground carefully after defeating the Ghast.
Ghasts are in fact humans who have been transformed due to a lack of food, as proven during the Temple Trekking minigame. This explains why ghasts attempt to steal and consume food from players. When one is in the Morytanian environment and does not eat enough, the following will occur:
- At first the human looks hungry, but normal.
- The hair colour will begin to fade. The victim's skin will turn to a purple-adjacent colour.
- The hair will become completely grey and might fall out or grow even more, the cheeks and nose begin to "slump" and the skin turns to a more brown colour. The white of the eye will become slightly yellow.
- If the person still hasn't eaten, their skin turns blue-grey and completely loses elasticity. The white of the eye is now completely yellow.
- Finally, the victim turns into a ghast, at which point they can no longer be cured.
Weapons and armour
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Iron dagger 1 Common 25 Iron mace 1 Common 14 Rune javelin 1 Uncommon 250 Bronze kiteshield 1 Rare 29
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Grimy guam 1 Common 568 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 44 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 258 Grimy harralander 1 Common 684 Grimy ranarr 1 Uncommon 2,322 Grimy irit 1 Uncommon 1,750 Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 4,033 Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 2,518 Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 2,563 Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 8,349 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 7,998
Runes and talismans
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Fire rune 7 Uncommon 70 Chaos rune 4 Uncommon 164 Cosmic rune 2 Rare 292 Body rune 1–3 Common 4–12 Air rune 1–3 Common 14–42 Nature talisman 1 Very rare 260
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 1–125 Common Not sold Fishing bait 7 Common 56 Eye of newt 1 Rare 8 Tin ore 1 Uncommon 46 Tinderbox 1 Very rare 103 Summer pie 1 Very rare 621 Spin ticket 1 Very rare Not sold
Rare drop table drops
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- If a Ghast dies above water, there will be no drop at all.
- The level 30 Ghasts attack at the speed of a whip, but their higher levelled counterparts encountered during Temple trekking attack much slower (same speed as an ogre bow).
- If you finished Deadliest Catch you have access to a bank deposit box somewhat north-west from the grotto where you can bank your herbs and other drops.
- Since their graphical update on 17 August 2011 the ghasts now have same moving, idle and death animations as the aberrant spectres.
- When a Ghast dies, its spirit resembles the way it used to look before their graphical update.
- With the update to Temple Trekking on 17 August 2011, the Ghasts in the events no longer gave prayer experience. This glitch was fixed on 7 February 2012.
- There is currently a glitch where, if you teleport to the Lunar Isle using the lodestone network, are attacked during the animation, arrive on Lunar Isle, log out, and log back in, there will be a Ghast. It does not attack you or follow you; it can only be examined.