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Commander Zilyana (HM)

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Events Team 23 April 2017

Event informationEdit

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7:00 am
Sun, 23 Apr
12:00 am
Sun, 23 Apr
1:00 am
Sun, 23 Apr
2:00 am
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3:00 am
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8:00 am
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9:00 am
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5:00 pm
Sun, 23 Apr
The event is over.
  • Requirements:
    • Partial completion of the Troll Stronghold quest.
    • 70 Agility
    • 43 Prayer (Highly recommended)
    • 80+ in Melee / Ranged / Magic and Defence is highly recommended
  • Drops distribution: Coinshare

This is a dangerous event. If you die here, you will lose your items!
In order to reclaim your items, you will need to return to Death or your gravestone. Please check your Items Kept on Death interface and only bring items you are prepared to lose.

Note: Prepare your kill count before the event begins. At 19:00 UTC we will enter the boss chambers with or without you so leave yourself enough time to kill all 40 monsters. See down below for more details.

The battle will be fought in an instance. Inside of the waiting room click the door, press join instance-> join existing battle --> type in player name and press enter. There will be no password for this instance.

This is the HARD version of Commander Zilyana. Do not take any items you are not willing to lose.

Hard modeEdit

Hard mode takes place in an instanced boss chamber. God Wars generals and minions are stronger (excluding Nex) and can use their special abilities from The World Wakes. High-value drops are more common. Completing the quest is not required to gain access to an instance.

There is a lobby to the boss chamber. Unlike in a non-instanced boss chamber, the gravestones of players who die are in the lobby, so players can reclaim their items somewhat more safely. However, gravestones in the lobby are unlikely to be blessed.

Recommended itemsEdit

  • Teleport to house A one-click teleport out of the dungeon
  • A pair of Climbing boots
  • An item aligned with Saradomin which will cause his minions to become unaggressive.
  • An item aligned with Zamorak which will cause his minions to be unaggressive.
A list of which items protect and which don't can be found here.

Getting thereEdit

You will need a pair of Climbing boots if not utilizing the Trollheim Teleport spell.

  • Teleporting there - Using the Trollheim Teleport (or tablet) will teleport you right to the top of the mountain, making it the ideal arrival method. No climbing boots are needed.
  • Teleporting to the Rellekka Lodestone. From there enter the mountains on your east, and make your way north up on the mountain. For this method Climbing boots are required.

Killcount Edit

Once you're inside go to the south east of the dungeon and climb down the rocks. In order to do this you need 70 Agility. If you succeed, you are now in Saradomin's Encampment, which is your best place for getting the killcount. It is recommended to kill the monsters which are weak to your combat style. Kill Spiritual Warriors and Knights of Saradomin when you are maging, and Spiritual Rangers when you are using melee to achieve the fastest killcount. Once you have achieved a killcount of 40, walk south and enter the waiting room by clicking on the door. Do not leave this room, as your killcount will be drained once you enter the waiting area. Note that hopping worlds does not reset your killcount, however leaving the dungeon entirely will. At the event start time, the host will create an instance for us to start the event. After the start of the event, you can join the host's friends chat to participate in the event.

Recommended setupsEdit

You are not obligated to wear anything on this list for the event.


The following is only a recommendation.

  • Runes for your best spell, if using Magic
  • Familiar: Bring a beast of burden, and summon a healer once it is empty.
  • Emergency teleport


Unlike the normal battle, Commander Zilyana has two forms in Hard Mode. Her attacks are much more accurate and her defence is significantly higher. In her second form, Commander Zilyana may summon lightning around the room for every attack she does. The final blow must be done with an ultimate ability, otherwise she will heal back 12,500 lifepoints.


  • Melee attack: A single-target slash of her sword; max hit: 1,900
  • Mage attack: A multi-target lightning that envelopes every player in the room; max hit: 1900

Zilyana has a fast attack speed, making her attacks both quick and accurate. During her second phase, she may summon lightning for every attack. The lightning bounces from tile to tile and deals rapid and heavy damage. Zilyana also has an attack that can stun her target.

The FightEdit

The first phase is the same as the standard fight.

During the second phase, Anticipation or Freedom should be used to prevent stuns. Evading the lightning will help preserving food and to finish off Zilyana a damage-inflicting Ultimate ability needs to be used (Deadshot, Omnipower, Tsunami, Unload, Incendiary Shot, Overpower, Massacre, Frenzy or Pulverize). Note that Incendiary Shot takes several seconds to hit, which may allow her to heal meanwhile so using this as the finishing blow is not recommended. If using Magic it is advised to use Tsunami to finish Zilyana as it allows the player to gain 10% adrenaline for each critical hit for 30 seconds as well as hitting all targets around Zilyana, being more useful than Omnipower. If using melee with a 2h weapon it is advised to use Pulverize as it will give the player 50% adrenaline for killing her, which is more useful than the other melee abilities.

Meleeing Zilyana is the most dangerous combat style usable as it can deal more damage than any other style. Beast of burden familiars are more important than combat or healing familiars due to the constant need to eat food. Compared to how hard hitting and accurate Zilyana is, Hard Mode will cause even the most experienced players with the best armour to be eating food almost every kill.

Once Zilyana's second form is dead, it is a good idea to use Anticipation, Freedom and Devotion (and if the player brings a shield, Resonance and Preparation) to stall adrenaline for the next kill, so Rapid Fire/Destroy/Asphyxiate/Assault and other thresholds can be used instantly.

Ranged & MagicEdit

The player should attack Zilyana while running around the room, reducing the amount of times she hits the player and for rangers it will allow Fragmentation Shot to hit for three times the damage than her not moving at all. Ranged users should use Deflect/Protect from Melee, while Magic and Melee users should use Deflect/Protect from Magic.

Recommended action bar setup for rangers:

  • Piercing Shot
  • Needle Strike
  • Binding Shot
  • Fragmentation Shot
  • Ricochet
  • Sacrifice
  • Rapid Fire
  • Snap Shot
  • Bombardment
  • Deadshot
  • Anticipation
  • Freedom
  • If using a 2h crossbow, Needle Strike should be swapped for Dazing Shot.

Rapid Fire is best used at the start of the kill as moving around terminates it due to being a channeled ability. It is not recommended to use this on the second phase as Zilyana is more likely to hit harder and summon lightning tiles.

Recommended action bar setup for magers:

  • Wrack
  • Concentrated Blast
  • Impact
  • Combust
  • Chain
  • Sacrifice
  • Wild Magic
  • Asphyxiate
  • Metamorphosis
  • Tsunami
  • Anticipation
  • Freedom
  • If using a 2h stave, Concentrated Blast should be swapped for Sonic Wave.

Metamorphosis is useful as it boosts the player's magic damage by 50% for 20 seconds even while moving.

Asphyxiate is best used at the start of the kill as moving around terminates it due to being a channeled ability. It is not recommended to use this on the second phase as Zilyana is more likely to hit harder and summon lightning tiles.


The player should attack Zilyana using the hit and run tactic to minimize damage taken. This is vital during the second phase as for every hit she does has a chance to summon lightning in the room. Debilitate is useful as it reduces Zilyana's damage inflicted by 50% for 10 seconds - meleers take more damage than any other style so this is recommended.

It is not advised to use Berserk as Zilyana can hit up to 2800 in a single hit while in Berserk mode, possibly leading to a short and deadly trip for the player.

Recommended action bar setup for 2h melee:

  • Slice
  • Punish
  • Smash
  • Cleave
  • Backhand
  • Sever
  • Hurricane
  • Assault
  • Pulverise
  • Debilitate
  • Anticipation
  • Freedom

Recommended action bar setup for dual wielding melee:

  • Slice
  • Punish
  • Sacrifice
  • Decimate
  • Backhand
  • Sever
  • Destroy (ability)
  • Assault
  • Overpower
  • Debilitate
  • Anticipation
  • Freedom

Should you dieEdit

Death is usually fairly bothersome, but not on this trip. If you should die, your grave may be blessed, giving you one hour to return and pick up your items if you chose to do so. Obviously, any items you may be carrying that are not being protected by the gravestone will be lost, so plan what you will bring accordingly. Be sure to bring everything you used to get to the GWD on the first trip as you will still need to make your way back to the GWD again.

Remember that you can also reclaim your items directly from Death for a price if that is more convenient for you.


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Saradomin hiltSaradomin hilt1Rare8,473,139
Armadyl crossbowArmadyl crossbow1Rare3,407,345
Saradomin&#039;s whisperSaradomin's whisper1Rare129,763
Saradomin&#039;s murmurSaradomin's murmur1Rare176,394
Saradomin&#039;s hissSaradomin's hiss1Rare95,370
Saradomin swordSaradomin sword1Rare169,300
Godsword shard 1Godsword shard 11Rare148,544
Godsword shard 2Godsword shard 21Rare148,614
Godsword shard 3Godsword shard 31Rare148,304

For a full list of drops see: Commander Zilyana.

Questions? Comments? Ask away!

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