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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.

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At last!
Nex's introduction.
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All those who oppose us will perish
At the Frozen Door
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Mortals, only death awaits you here
At the Frozen Door
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Face me and know despair
At the Frozen Door
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There is...NO ESCAPE!
In Nex's lair.
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Let the virus flow through you
In Nex's lair
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Darken my shadow!
In Nex's lair
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Fear the shadow.
In Nex's lair
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Umbra, don't fail me!
In Nex's lair
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I demand a blood sacrifice!
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 bonesBig bones1Always355
Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 937 kills.
20 charms are dropped at a time.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Torva full helmTorva full helm1Rare5,303,247
Torva platebodyTorva platebody1Rare19,933,869
Torva platelegsTorva platelegs1Rare17,116,380
Pernix cowlPernix cowl1Rare3,828,063
Pernix bodyPernix body1Rare17,590,127
Pernix chapsPernix chaps1Rare15,940,190
Virtus maskVirtus mask1Rare2,591,662
Virtus robe topVirtus robe top1Rare7,720,756
Virtus robe legsVirtus robe legs1Rare7,106,853


Herbs and seeds

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Onyx bolts (e) 5Onyx bolts (e)75–375Common633,900–3,169,500
Zaryte bowZaryte bow1Rare32,978,303
Rune swordRune sword1Rare11,834
Rune 2h swordRune 2h sword1Rare37,342
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Rare24,293



Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe
  (dropped with dwarf weed)
75 (noted)Uncommon283,125
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed
  (dropped with avantoe)
75 (noted)Uncommon361,275
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol40Uncommon184,080
Magic seed 5Magic seed5Uncommon508,605
Herb seed 5Torstol seed12Uncommon35,892


Rare drop table drops

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 250Coins19; 20–940; 0CommonNot sold
Saradomin brew (4)Saradomin brew (4)
  (always with super restores)
10; 30Common107,910–323,730
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)
  (always with saradomin brews)
10; 30Common43,700–131,100
Pure essencePure essence4,800 (noted)Common139,200
Magic logsMagic logs375 (noted)Common302,250
CoalCoal2,400 (noted)Common943,200
Runite oreRunite ore80 (noted)Common820,800
Green dragonhideGreen dragonhide400 (noted)Common847,600
Ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1CommonNot sold
Blood runeBlood rune5,000Rare1,840,000
Death runeDeath rune5,000Rare1,230,000
Raw sharkRaw shark500 (noted)Rare531,000
Spin ticketSpin Ticket1RareNot sold
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000CommonNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common856
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,379
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,248
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,016
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare180,720–220,880
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon16,893
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon31,815
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,442
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare514,890–629,310
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,820
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon35,981
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,296,720–1,584,880
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare880
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon38,000
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare570,000–950,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,611
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,879
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,261–26,989
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Rare1,143,855–1,398,045
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon50,618
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon762
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon733
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare528,125–666,250
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare135,135–170,478
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare40,925–57,295
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon22,815–27,885
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon238,950–292,050
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon28,045–31,950
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon471,600–576,400
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon78,600–432,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common11,790–14,410
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon233,100–284,900
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common39,690
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare357,210–436,590
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare923,400–1,128,600
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common42,504
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare637,560–779,240
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon414,180–506,220
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon301,680–368,720
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon196,650–240,350
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon114,570–140,030
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon52,094–59,536
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon62,958–71,952
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon406,884
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,553,620
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common9,900–12,100
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common5,715–6,985
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon152,100–185,900
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon14,144–17,056
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare140,400–171,600
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon28,440–34,760
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare551,880–674,520
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1RareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot 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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