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Nex (meaning "murder" or "death" in Latin) is, along with Azzanadra and formerly Zamorak, one of the mightiest generals of Zaros, located in the God Wars Dungeon with a combat level of 1001, making her currently the 2nd strongest monster in RuneScape behind the Queen Black Dragon. She is the first monster to have a combat level of over 1000 (the only two other monsters are the level 2100 Queen Black Dragon and the level 9001 Ferret of Doom, which cannot be fought). She resides in the Ancient Prison - the Zarosian stronghold of the God Wars Dungeon - which was released on 10 January 2011. It is highly recommended that one brings at least 3 players to fight her due to her siphon healing up to 3000 lifepoints at once in the blood phase, making it almost impossible for a single player to kill her using conventional methods.

Nex is an immensely powerful entity and one of Zaros's most powerful weapons of war. What race she really is has been long lost to time; however, she possesses physical traits of the Icyene, Demons, Aviantese and Vampyres. Her history and origin are equally mysterious, but whatever they are she has aligned herself with Zaros and is the leader of his last army. She has over fifteen unique combat moves.


Nex profile

A picture of Nex from her profile on RuneScape's official website.

Following Zaros's downfall in the Second Age, the Mahjarrat Azzanadra was defeated by the armies of Zamorak and Saradomin. He was imprisoned inside of the great pyramid of Jaldraocht. Before his imprisonment, Azzanadra was working at Senntisten to reestablish contact with Zaros. The other 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 even more power whenever she battled, Nex was considered unstoppable. The forces of Saradomin were eventually able to imprison the powerful Zarosian army around the beginning of the Third Age. After great effort and sacrifice, they managed to lead Nex and the Zarosian army into a large ice cavern and then enchant them into a frozen sleep. Afterwards, the Saradomin forces built a temple around it.

Many years after that event, a flock of aviantese were ambushed by an army of demons while transporting a newly created Godsword through the mountains. Because of their small numbers, they were forced to retreat into the temple. Eventually, reinforcements arrived from each side and the battle grew. Thus the battle of the godsword began.

Much later, Saradomin priests, one of them being Ashuelot Reis, were approached by a mysterious figure who spoke of Guthix. He 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, including an ancient ritual that had the power to awaken Guthix itself. The priests and their leader performed the ritual, but the result was unexpected and devastating. The priests accidentally reopened the prison, releasing Nex. Their leader, who had taught them the awakening ritual and the ways of Guthix revealed himself to be Sliske, a Zarosian Mahjarrat.

Due to the length of the enchanted sleep, Nex was not at full strength. Despite this, she quickly laid waste to vast numbers from all sides. She was rapidly gaining power and soon she would be at full strength once again. For the first and last time in history, all sides stood together and, after an intense battle, managed to seal Nex behind the massive frozen door.

When the God Wars Dungeon was reopened to the world in modern times, the number of adventurers that entered it seeking the godsword had an effect on the prison of ice. The adventurers had ventured inside the gods' chambers and found pieces of the key to the sealed prison, and adventurers can now descend to the depths of the prison to do battle with Nex and her army.


Nex's chamber

Enter if you dare, Death awaits...

Nex resides in the Ancient Prison. To reach her, players must first open the frozen door - the entrance to the prison. It can be unlocked by assembling a frozen key. To get a key, one must access all of the other gods' strongholds (Armadyl, Bandos, Saradomin and Zamorak) and defeat followers until they receive a key part. Accessing the boss rooms is not necessary. To get in the other strongholds, the player will need 70 Ranged, Strength, Agility and Constitution (note that some skills may be boosted). When assembled, the parts make a frozen key with five charges to open the frozen door. The key can be repaired for a cost which decreases based on your Smithing level, varying between about 50,000 - 100,000 coins .

After passing through the door, the player is in a small, monsterless room with a pit leading to a lower level. A rope is needed climb down the pit; if the player does not have one, one can be obtained by searching the corpse in the room.

After climbing down the pit, the player is in another small, monsterless room. The player should make any final preparation here (healing, drinking potions, etc.) before passing into the dangerous main room. A tunnel connects the small room to the main room. In this room, the monsters will be aggressive to the player unless the player has a high enough defence against them. After killing 40 of Zaros' followers in the main room, the player gains the ability to enter another safe room. There is a bank here, accessed via the nature spirit Ashuelot Reis. Note that players wearing a full set of ancient ceremonial robes don't need to reach a killcount - they will be able to go straight to the bank area just before Nex. Players should be careful when equipping the ancient ceremonial robes in the Nex room of Zaros followers as the robes have no stats and will not prevent the followers from attacking the player.

Note that at most 100 players can be in Nex's lair concurrently.

Killing tactics

Main article: Nex/Strategies


Nex will occasionally say various lines which are voiced.

Audio options icon
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!

Final phase

  • Taste my wrath!


File:Fighting Nex.png

It is important to note that Nex's drop mechanics differ from those of other bosses while LootShare is in effect. Rather than merely dropping all of a high-quantity item to a single player, the drops are instead divided up into one, two, three, four, or five 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% drop

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Big bones Big bones 1 1 Always 546


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 15,282,817
Torva platebody Torva platebody 1 4 Rare 31,237,268
Torva platelegs Torva platelegs 1 4 Rare 29,660,387
Pernix cowl Pernix cowl 1 4 Rare 10,011,055
Pernix body Pernix body 1 4 Rare 24,961,341
Pernix chaps Pernix chaps 1 4 Rare 23,327,471
Virtus mask Virtus mask 1 4 Rare 6,439,844
Virtus robe top Virtus robe top 1 4 Rare 14,603,407
Virtus robe legs Virtus robe legs 1 4 Rare 15,682,245


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Onyx bolts (e) 5 Onyx bolts (e) 75–375 2 Common 642,375–3,211,875
Zaryte bow Zaryte bow 1 4 Rare 53,356,285
Rune sword Rune sword 1 4 Rare 12,053
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 4 Rare 37,404
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,265

Herbs and seeds

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe
  (dropped with dwarf weed)
75 (noted) 3 Uncommon 243,375
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed
  (dropped with avantoe)
75 (noted) 3 Uncommon 548,175
Grimy torstol Grimy torstol 40 3 Uncommon 215,720
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 5 3 Uncommon 806,845
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 12 3 Uncommon 227,424


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 10000 Coins 19,940–20,000 2 Common Not sold
Saradomin brew (4) Saradomin brew (4)
  (always with super restores)
10, 30 2 Common 15,760–47,280
Super restore (4) Super restore (4)
  (always with saradomin brews)
10, 30 2 Common 32,890–98,670
Pure essence Pure essence 4,800 (noted) 2 Common 81,600
Magic logs Magic logs 375 (noted) 2 Common 371,625
Coal Coal 2,400 (noted) 2 Common 578,400
Runite ore Runite ore 80 (noted) 2 Common 901,680
Green dragonhide Green dragonhide 400 (noted) 2 Common 704,800
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 2 Common Not sold
Blood rune Blood rune 5,000 4 Rare 2,405,000
Death rune Death rune 5,000 4 Rare 1,410,000
Raw shark Raw shark 500 (noted) 4 Rare 595,500
Spin ticket Spin Ticket 1 4 Rare Not sold

Rare drop table drops

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 1,353
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,509
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 2,766
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 5,242
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 31,242
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 32,820
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 14,500
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,089
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,655
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,265
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 915
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,240
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,404
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,415
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,976
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,567,200
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,125
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,681
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,841
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,361
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 13,000
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,257,150
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150 4 Rare 22,650
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 97,624
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 10,576
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 63,200–88,480
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 61,425–85,995
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 684
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 486
Pure essence Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 17,000–25,500
Nature rune Nature rune 60–80 4 Rare 18,360–24,480
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 4,480
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 19,350
Death rune Death rune 50 4 Rare 14,100
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 24,050
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 58,750–117,500
Raw shark Raw shark 250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 297,750
Big bones Big bones 150–180 (noted) 3 Uncommon 81,900–98,280
Coal Coal 550–700 (noted) 3 Uncommon 132,550–168,700
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 204,150–340,250
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 8,600
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,127,100
Rune bar Rune bar 1 2 Common 14,239
Rune bar Rune bar 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 711,950
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) 3 Uncommon 112,805–145,035
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 103,950–121,275
Clean torstol Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) 3 Uncommon 89,616–190,434
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 2 Common 2,379
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 3 Uncommon 18,952
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 8,724
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 3–7 4 Rare 484,107–1,129,583
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,223,390
Yew logs Yew logs 450–550 (noted) 4 Rare 165,150–201,850
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


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  • All of Nex's guards have Latin names related to the kind of Ancient Magicks spell they use. Umbra means 'shade' or 'shadow', Glacies means 'ice', 'frost', or 'cold', Cruor means 'bloodshed', 'gore', or 'blood', and Fumus means 'smoke' or 'fumes'.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • On 9 August 2011, Nex was given a "stomp" attack, which lowers Attack, Strength, Defence, Magic and Ranged of, deals up to 100 damage to, and shortens the Overload duration of players standing under her.
  • Nex is the second female boss in the God Wars Dungeon; the first being Commander Zilyana.
  • Nex's combat level, 1001, is a tribute to her release date, 10 January (10/01).
  • Nex is the only God Wars boss who does not drop a hilt, instead she drops the Zaryte bow.
  • During the fourth cryptic clue fest, it is revealed that Nex worshipped Saradomin in her early years and that her favourite gemstone is an uncut sapphire. However, this was only a joke.


Mod Mark. "Behind the Scenes - January". 1 January 2011. RuneScape News.

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