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Nex (coming from the Infernal word for "murder" or "death") is a powerful Zarosian general. She is a Zaryte from the plane Freneskae. She is located in the Ancient Prison, sealed away in the back of the God Wars Dungeon. With a combat level of 1001, she ranks amongst the most powerful monsters in RuneScape.

Nex is an immensely powerful entity and is one of Zaros' most powerful weapons of war. Along with Azzanadra and formerly Zamorak, she is one of Zaros' most powerful generals.

Slaying Nex does not count toward a Nihil task, likewise a kill does not count toward the "God Wars - Like a Boss" daily challenge.


Nex profile

A picture of Nex from her profile on the official website

In Zaros's quest to recruit mortal races, he made a promise to the Dragon Riders to solve their infertility crisis. In order to do this, he returned to Freneskae to harvest Mah's elder energy and manipulate life. Zaros considered his creations a failure. Although the proper name for these life forms is Zarytes, Zaros called them nihil as they meant "nothing to him."

One of the nihil, although originally shunned by the others, outgrew and outwitted the rest. It was for this reason that Zaros implanted a sliver of his being into the nihil and granted it sentience. This nihil as she came to call herself was Nex.

Following Zaros's downfall in the Second Age, a group of Zarosians were working to secure the area around the Mahjarrat ritual site to gain the upper hand. The leader of these Zarosians was Nex. Gaining power whenever she battled, Nex was considered unstoppable. Despite her immense strength, the forces of Saradomin were eventually able to imprison Nex and the powerful Zarosian army around the beginning of the Third Age. With much effort and sacrifice, the Saradominists managed to lead Nex and her army into a large ice cavern, where they enchanted them into a frozen sleep. Afterwards, the Saradominist forces built the Temple of Lost Ancients around it, ending the Battle for the Ritual Site.

Nearly a thousand years later a flock of aviantese transporting a newly created Godsword were ambushed by an army of demons as they passed through the mountains of Trollheim. Outnumbered, the aviantese were forced to retreat, into the temple. Each of the gods — Armadyl, Bandos, Saradomin, Zamorak — sent combatants to this temple, beginning the battle for the godsword.

Years after these God Wars began, Saradominist priests (one of whom was Ashuelot Reis) were approached by a mysterious figure who spoke of Guthix. This entity taught them that Guthix was the only god who could end the chaos and stop the war. The priests abandoned the cause of Saradomin and became followers of Guthix. Their new leader taught them the ways of druids which included an ancient ritual that supposedly had the power to awaken Guthix itself. The priests and their leader performed the ritual, but the result was not what they had expected; the priests had accidentally reopened the prison, releasing Nex. Their leader, the one who convinced them to side with him and perform the ritual, revealed himself to be Sliske, a loyal Zarosian Mahjarrat.

Due to the length of her enchanted sleep, Nex was not at full strength. Despite this, she quickly laid waste to vast quantities of combatants from all opposing sides. Rapidly gaining power from her participation in battle, she would soon be at full strength once again. Brought together by a common and powerful enemy, all four sides participating in the battle for the godsword united in battle against Nex. After the intense struggle, Nex and her army were ultimately trapped again, behind the frozen door.

When the God Wars Dungeon became accessible again in modern times, adventurers who entered seeking the godsword had ventured inside the gods' chambers and found pieces of the key to the sealed prison. With the frozen key completed, Nex could be engaged in combat once again.

The Death of GuthixEdit

Saradomin appears

Saradomin sends Nex back to her prison shortly after she is freed again

Nex is amongst the characters who visit Guthix's lair after the player discovers it during The World Wakes. To bolster the ranks of the Zarosian faction, Sliske had once again freed Nex from her prison so that she could join the battle. Nex and the other Zarosians effortlessly cleared the path on their way and in the end, managed to corral the Guthixians, Commander Zilyana, and the player. Nex expresses no objection to killing Guthix. [1]; however, she is not decided on what her role is in this ambush.[2].Sliske passed while no one was paying attention, destroyed the wall that was blocking Guthix's chamber, reached Guthix and launched a deadly attack which killed him. Before Nex could celebrate Sliske's achievement and her freedom, Saradomin returned to Gielinor, arriving at Guthix's chamber. He imprisoned her once more and teleported all the Zarosians away. Nex still resides in her prison to this day.

Return of ZarosEdit

The following takes place during Fate of the Gods.

When Zaros returned to Gielinor with a new corporeal form, he called upon his most loyal followers to work on specific tasks, with Azzanadra, Char, and Nex being amongst the group. Zaros tasked Nex with keeping the young gods in check, keeping Sliske's game in order, and containing their destruction with as little open conflict as possible. She was also advised to continue to attack the other god's forces without her ancient prison.


Nex's chamber

Nex's chamber within the Ancient Prison.

Nex resides in the Ancient Prison, a room locked behind the Frozen Door in the southern part of the dungeon. The door can only be opened by completing the frozen key, which is created by killing foot soldiers of each of the gods (Armadyl, Bandos, Saradomin and Zamorak). Each faction has its own piece of the key to be dropped. Key pieces are only dropped by combatants in the god's stronghold and outside the boss room; i.e. regular monsters not in the main area of the dungeon. As such, obtaining every part of the key requires at least level 70 Ranged, Strength, Agility and Constitution (none of these skills may be boosted). When assembled, the parts make a frozen key with ten charges to open the frozen door. The key can be repaired for a cost which decreases based on your Smithing level.

Just beyond the door is an isolated room with no enemies in it and stairs leading down to the ancient prison. Down these stairs is another safe room that contains a hole in the wall connecting it to the room that contains Nex's army. The area after this room is filled with Nex's soldiers, ancient warriors, ancient mages, ancient rangers, and blood reavers. This room is dangerous, and the monsters are aggressive. In the back of the room is the door to the second-to-last room to reach Nex. Opening this door requires either killing 40 of Zaros' followers or having equipped a full set of Ancient ceremonial robes. Having the Shard of Zaros is the only possible way to walk through the Zarosian army without being attacked by them.

The last room before Nex is another safe room. There are no monsters in here. The only entity in this room is Ashuelot Reis, who can provide banking services to the player. In this room is a magical barrier that seals Nex in her room. It can be removed to enter her room, but cannot be used to exit. The only way out of Nex's chamber is teleportation or death. Nex is not always present in her room; rather, she only appears when challengers have entered her room to face her.

Personality and relationshipsEdit

Nex is known to be malevolent and aggressive towards anyone who is not on her or Zaros' side. She holds a belief that a victory is not achievable without strategy and knowledge of the enemy.[3] Additionally, she respects a worthy opponent and treats them chivalrously.[4] Nex acknowledges - and does not deny - rumours that describe her as being of pure anger and hatred.[5] She speaks in a fashion commonly associated with hissing and snakes, extending her "s" sounds in almost every word.

She seems partial to all Zarosians, naming only Zarosian Mahjarrat when speaking of Guthix's awakening,[6] and expresses a specific fondness for Sliske, noting him as a friend initially[7] but later regretting her decision of trusting him.[8]

Nex acts aggressively towards both Commander Zilyana, whom she threatens with mutilation,[9] and the player, whom she berates Azzanadra for not killing.[10]


Main article: Nex/Strategies


Nex will occasionally say various lines which are voiced.

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At last! (link)
Nex's introduction.
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All those who oppose us will perish (link)
At the Frozen Door
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Mortals, only death awaits you here (link)
At the Frozen Door
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Face me and know despair (link)
At the Frozen Door
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There is...NO ESCAPE! (link)
In Nex's lair.
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Let the virus flow through you (link)
In Nex's lair
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Darken my shadow! (link)
In Nex's lair
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Fear the shadow. (link)
In Nex's lair
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Umbra, don't fail me! (link)
In Nex's lair
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I demand a blood sacrifice! (link)
In Nex's lair

Initial phase

  • AT LAST!
  • Fumus! Umbra! Cruor! Glacies!

Smoke phase

  • Fill my soul with smoke!
  • Let the virus flow through you!
  • There is...NO ESCAPE!
  • Fumus, don't fail me!

Shadow phase

  • Darken my shadow!
  • Fear the shadow!
  • Embrace darkness!
  • Umbra, don't fail me!

Blood phase

  • Flood my lungs with blood!
  • A siphon will solve this!
  • I demand a blood sacrifice!
  • Cruor, don't fail me!

Ice phase

  • Infuse me with the power of ice!
  • Contain this!
  • Die now, in a prison of ice!
  • Glacies, don't fail me now!

Final phase

  • Taste my wrath!



Nex magic

Nex's magic attack.

Nex's drop mechanics differ from those of other bosses while LootShare is in effect. Rather than simply dropping all of a high-quantity item to a single player, the drops are divided into 1 — 5 parts, depending on what the drop can be divided into perfectly. For example, rather than one player receiving 375 onyx bolts(e), the drop will be split up into five sections of 75 bolts and then distributed out through LootShare. However, it is still possible for one player to receive all five 75 bolt drops, depending on his or her potential to receive loot.

100% dropEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Big bones Big bones 1 1 Always 564


Charm drop percentages
No charms Gold charm Green charm Crimson charm Blue charm






Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 817 kills.
20 charms are dropped at a time.

Please add to the log (only if 15 or more creatures killed).


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Torva full helm Torva full helm 1 4 Rare [d 1] 15,212,847
Torva platebody Torva platebody 1 4 Rare [d 1] 32,630,425
Torva platelegs Torva platelegs 1 4 Rare [d 1] 28,799,442
Torva boots Torva boots 1 4 Rare 15,132,898
Torva gloves Torva gloves 1 4 Rare 10,583,558
Pernix cowl Pernix cowl 1 4 Rare [d 1] 10,552,378
Pernix body Pernix body 1 4 Rare [d 1] 23,090,337
Pernix chaps Pernix chaps 1 4 Rare [d 1] 21,645,446
Pernix boots Pernix boots 1 4 Rare 11,434,881
Pernix gloves Pernix gloves 1 4 Rare 9,937,678
Virtus mask Virtus mask 1 4 Rare [d 1] 6,520,599
Virtus robe top Virtus robe top 1 4 Rare [d 1] 12,506,415
Virtus robe legs Virtus robe legs 1 4 Rare [d 1] 14,222,620
Virtus boots Virtus boots 1 4 Rare 8,285,331
Virtus gloves Virtus gloves 1 4 Rare 6,065,820


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Onyx bolts (e) 5 Onyx bolts (e) 375 3 Uncommon 3,234,375
Virtus wand Virtus wand 1 4 Rare 25,549,368
Virtus book Virtus book 1 4 Rare 11,448,376
Zaryte bow Zaryte bow 1 4 Rare [d 1] 54,547,132

Herbs and seedsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe
(dropped with dwarf weed)
75 (noted) 3 Uncommon 345,975
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed
(dropped with avantoe)
75 (noted) 3 Uncommon 664,275
Grimy torstol Grimy torstol 40 (noted) 3 Uncommon 312,960
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 5 3 Uncommon 687,830
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 12 3 Uncommon 339,564


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Magic logs Magic logs 375 (noted) 2 Common 391,125
Coal Coal 2,400 (noted) 2 Common 597,600
Runite ore Runite ore 80 (noted) 2 Common 843,760
Green dragonhide Green dragonhide 400 (noted) 2 Common 784,800
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 20 (noted) 2 Common 313,180


One potion is dropped in a group of 10. The other potion will always be dropped in a group of 30.

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Saradomin brew (4) Saradomin brew (4)
(always with super restores)
10, 30 2 Common 14,640–43,920
Super restore (4) Super restore (4)
(always with saradomin brews)
10, 30 2 Common 58,970–176,910


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Nex's followers Nex's followers 1 4 Rare [d 2] Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (hard) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (elite) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Court summons Court summons 1 5 Very rare Not sold
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Estimated between 1/277 and 1/408 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012. The drop rate of all Nex items is assumed to be equal on average, but Adventurer's Log data made them seem unequal.
  2. ^ Only when one of her unique items are dropped. It will continually appear until collected.

Rare drop table dropsEdit

Nex drops two rare drop table drops at a time. It is uncommon.

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
Show/hide rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 250 Coins 200–350,3,000 2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,351
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,851
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,425
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 5,795
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 32,238
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 39,390
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 15,659
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,311
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,499
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,238
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 890
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,240
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,247
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,315
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,181
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,495,200
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,386
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,745
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,792
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,003
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 12,800
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,268,550
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150 4 Rare 22,650
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 112,856
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 16,165
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 139,575–195,405
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 134,575–188,405
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 840
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 514
Pure essence Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 16,000–24,000
Nature rune Nature rune 60–80 4 Rare 17,460–23,280
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 4,020
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 17,280
Death rune Death rune 50 4 Rare 11,050
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 21,950
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 56,000–112,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 345,750
Big bones Big bones 150–180 (noted) 3 Uncommon 84,600–101,520
Coal Coal 550–700 (noted) 3 Uncommon 136,950–174,300
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 274,800–458,000
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 8,800
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,054,700
Rune bar Rune bar 1 2 Common 13,910
Rune bar Rune bar 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 695,500
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) 3 Uncommon 143,570–184,590
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 150,510–175,595
Clean torstol Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) 3 Uncommon 127,296–270,504
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 2 Common 2,443
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 3 Uncommon 28,297
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 5,595
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 3–7 4 Rare 412,698–962,962
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,175,980
Yew logs Yew logs 450–550 (noted) 4 Rare 165,600–202,400
Crystal triskelion fragment 1 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2 Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3 Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Melee) Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) Brawling gloves (FM) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) Brawling gloves (WC) 1 5 Very rare Not sold

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Key token Key token 1 4 Rare Not sold
Ghostweave Ghostweave 10–30 4 Rare Not sold


  • The plaque memorial in the safe and banking area reads: Vita brevis breviter in brevi finietur, Mors venit velociter quae neminem veretur, Omnia mors perimit et nulli miseretur, which translated from the Latin means: "Life is short, and shortly it will end, Death comes quickly which respects no one, Death destroys everything and takes pity on no one." The inscription is taken from the lyrics to "Ad Mortem Festinamus", a medieval song which served as a memento mori, a reminder of the certainty of death.
  • For a while after the Evolution of Combat, when using Kick against Nex it would knock her back a tile, despite her stun-immunity icon. This has been fixed.
  • After killing Nex, the Adventurer's Log will say: "I killed a devastating creature of Zaros, Nex." or after killing Nex several times, it will say: "I killed X devastating creatures of Zaros, all named Nex."
    • However, getting an adventure log item from Nex would show the message: "After killing a Nex, it dropped a <item>."
  • Prior to an update, Nex's drops were somewhat of a standard God Wars general, and the drops only went to one person.
  • After the God Wars Instances update, it was possible to have Nex spawn multiple times at once. This bug has been fixed.
  • On 19 May 2011 there was a Quick Poll on which RuneScape character you would like to follow on Twitter. Nex was the option with the second highest number of votes.
  • Prior to the God Wars Dungeon graphical update, players climbed down a slope rather then dispelling a barrier and jumping down.
  • Jagex added a "stomp" attack that dealt 100 damage to the player and shortened their Overload effect to prevent players from soloing Nex. However, her "stomp" attack caused her moving pattern to be incorrect, which resulted in players being able to solo her. After the God Wars Dungeon graphical update, the stomp attack was removed and replaced with Deflect Missiles instead.
  • Nex's Turmoil drains stats from Magic and Ranged, despite Turmoil being a melee-draining curse.
  • Unlike the other God Wars generals, Nex and her bodyguards are not "ready to fight" in the prison. If there are no players inside the prison she and her bodyguards will despawn.
    • If a player enters the arena via barrier, she will spawn shortly. However, if a player logs in the arena, it will take approximately her spawn time in order to appear.
  • Nex's combat level of 1001 is a reference to her release date, 10 January (10-01). It was changed to 220 with the Evolution of Combat and it was changed back after legacy was released.
  • According to the Book of Zaros - one of the sections of the Book of the Gods - Nex once owned a palace unto herself, and it was from here that she and Azzanadra planned their counter-attack following the fall of Zaros. What happened to this palace after Nex's imprisonment is unknown.
  • On 7 January 2014, Nex recieved the following updates:
    • Nex can now use the Deflect Magic curse.
    • Nex now has an instance option, costing 800,000 coins per hour.
    • When Nex uses her deflection curses, her wings will turn green for ranged, blue for magic and orange for melee, similar to the Kalphite King's wings when using a combat style.
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  1. ^ Nex, Guthix's Chamber, RuneScape. "Player: I will side with neither. I want to destroy Guthix.
    Commander Zilyana: Finally, someone who sees sense.
    Nex: I cannot disagree."
  2. ^ Nex, Guthix's Chamber, RuneScape. "Player: What do you plan to do here?
    Nex: ...It isss undecided.[sic]"
  3. ^ Nex, The World Wakes, RuneScape. "We are agreed; thisss is what Zarosss would desire. 'Knowing an enemy isss half the battle,' he would sssay."
  4. ^ Nex's Followers, author unknown, RuneScape. "A loose battlement caused Pernix to stumble, giving Nex the opportunity to strike, but he dodged her blow - again something that rarely happened to Nex. In admiration, Nex offered to take him under her wing."
  5. ^ Nex, The World Wakes, RuneScape. "Legends have told of me; they describe me of a being of pure anger, pure hatred. Un-ssstoppable."
  6. ^ Nex, The World Wakes, RuneScape. "The Mahjarrat, Azzanadra, Wahisssietel, Akthanakosss. They would wake Guthix; sssee what he has to teach usss."
  7. ^ Nex, The World Wakes, RuneScape. "A loyal friend: Sss-liske. The trick-ssster; the rogue."
  8. ^ Nex, The World Wakes, RuneScape. "Sss-Sliske would release me just to sss-steal my victory. I should have known he could not be trusted."
  9. ^ Nex, The World Wakes, RuneScape. "You watch your tongue, Zilyana, or I will rip it from your mouth."
  10. ^ Nex, The World Wakes, RuneScape. "Azzanadra, you ancient fool. Your feelingsss mean nothing in the heat of war. You could have killed the human by now."

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