All Combat experience: 661
Combat experience: 661
All NPC ID: 1264
NPC ID: 1264
All Combat level: 98
Combat level: 98
All Is members only: true
Is members only: true
All Release date: 5 December 2006
Release date: 5 December 2006
A Saradomin wizard (or a Zamorak wizard) will always appear whilst digging at the location of a level 3 coordinate clue outside of the Wilderness, unless a player uses the Meerkat familiars special which brings up the casket/scroll box without disturbing the wizard.
Saradomin wizards are more powerful than their inferior counterpart, Zamorak wizards. They attack with the Saradomin Strike spell when using magic, and use a poisoned Dragon dagger when using melee. They detect whether the player is using protection prayers against their current attack style. For example, they will attack only with magic if Protect from Melee is used. Since the magic attacks do not cause poison, it is possible to bypass the need for antipoison by using Protect from Melee and hence preventing them from using their melee attacks.
Previously, wielding an Anti-poison totem before digging would not prevent the wizard from causing poison, even if the player was unpoisoned prior to digging. This was fixed on 15 June2010.
When the Saradomin wizard cast his spell, players could hear if it splashed or hit before the projectile reached them.
The Saradomin wizard will always attempt to get within melee distance of the player when using magic. A similar issue also affects the Zamorak wizard, and it is unknown whether this is an oversight or not.
Despite carrying a regular dragon dagger, Saradomin wizards are still capable of poisoning the player with melee attacks (even before EoC, when a posioned dragon dagger was graphically different).
The way that Saradomin wizards (and by extension, Guthix wizards) inflict poison is different from most poisonous monsters; rather than having a chance to inflict it on a successful attack, they have a chance to inflict it with every game tick that passes, regardless of whether they are actually attacking and whether or not the attack inflicts damage. As a result, they are capable of rapidly lowering the duration of antipoison potions, so more than one dose may be necessary if the wizard is not killed quickly.
There is a fairly rare glitch that enables the wizard to sometimes inflict poison when using Saradomin Strike, even if he does not use melee at all throughout the fight. This appears to be caused by their aforementioned poison mechanics, and therefore using Protect from Melee to disallow their poisonous melee attacks will prevent this from happening. Guthix wizards are also affected by this glitch.
There is currently an animation glitch where the Saradomin wizard will use the old reverse-grip attack animation with his dagger, despite holding it in a forward grip. The same glitch affects the level 133 version of the Guthix wizard.