Waterfall Dungeon

By: Heb0
Special Thanks to: Ambo100, Dr Skull, Ej_, Goggie, Jethraw, Kesthetic, Kyo, Lukepwnage, PaladinPker, pheonix, Potter, Riddick, Roy, Sleepy, Tubby
Original Guide by: Neo Avatars

Whether you are questing, completing a Slayer assignment, training your combat skills, or looking to get some great drops, the Waterfall Dungeon can be a very useful area. Located North of Ardougne and South of the Barbarian Outpost, the dungeon is a key location in quests such as Waterfall Quest and Roving Elves. Not only that, but the dungeon is full of fire giants that players can fight with melee, magic or ranged combat, and even contains a section available exclusively to those who have proven their prowess in the skill of Dungeoneering. Because of the high-level monsters it contains, the Waterfall Dungeon is only recommended for players with medium to high combat levels. However, for those willing to brave the danger, the rewards include some excellent experience points and drops.


Preparation

Requirements

Equipment

This section simply provides a baseline for choosing which armor and weaponry to use. It does not encompass all items and scenarios. You may find that you need to adjust it slightly depending on your skill level or wealth.

Melee

Suggested melee equipment

Helmet: Helm of Neitiznot > Berserker Helm/Warrior Helm > Dragon Full Helm
Body: Bandos Chestplate > Fighter Torso > Dragon Platebody > Dragon Chainbody > Rune Platebody
Legs: Bandos Tassets > Dragon Platelegs/Dragon Plateskirt > Rune Platelegs/Rune Plateskirt
Shield: Dragonfire Shield > Dragon Defender > Rune Defender > Dragon Sq Shield > Obsidian Shield
Weapon: Chaotic Longsword/Rapier > Godsword > Abyssal Whip > Dragon Scimitar (or other Dragon Weapon)
Amulet: Amulet of Fury > Amulet of Glory > Amulet of Strength/Amulet of Defense
Ring: Ring of Wealth > Berserker Ring/Warriors Ring
Cape: Fire Cape > Cape of Achievement (trimmed) > Cape of Achievement (untrimmed) > Obsidian Cape
Gloves: Barrows Gloves > Dragon Gloves > Rune Gloves
Boots: Dragon Boots > Bandos Boots > Rune Boots

Note: In place of one of the above options, some players may find it advantageous to wear a Guthan's Armor set, in order to take advantage of its special healing effect. This is a good option if you are unable to bring a Bunyip familiar and don't want to worry about bringing food.

Ranging

Suggested ranged equipment

Helmet: Armadyl Helmet > Robin Hood Hat > God Coif > Archer Helm
Body: Armadyl Chestplate > Black Dragonhide BodyKaril's Leathertop 
Legs: Armadyl Plateskirt > Black Dragonhide Chaps > Karil's Leatherskirt
Shield (if using Crossbow/Knives/Darts): God Book
Weapon: Zaryte Bow/Chaotic Crossbow > Crystal Bow > Rune Crossbow > Magic Shortbow > Throwing Knives
Amulet: Amulet of Ranging > Amulet of Fury > Amulet of Glory
Ring: Archers' Ring (i) > Onyx ring (i) > Dragonstone Ring (i) > Diamond ring (i) > Archers' Ring > Ring of Wealth
Cape: Ava's Accumulator > Cape of Achievement (trimmed) > Cape of Achievement (untrimmed) > Obsidian Cape
Gloves: Barrows Gloves > Black D'Hide Vambraces > Dragon Gloves 
Boots: Ranger Boots > Snakeskin Boots
Quiver: Broad Bolts / Mithril Bolts / Rune Arrows

Maging

Suggested mage equipment

Helmet: Ahrim's Hood > Mystic Hat > Helm of Neitiznot
Body: Ahrim's Robetop > Mystic Robe Top
Legs: Ahrim's Robeskirt > Mystic Robe Bottom
Shield: Mage's Book > God Book
Weapon: Chaotic Staff > Staff Of Light > Ahrim's Staff > Battlestaff
Amulet: Amulet of Fury > Amulet of Glory > Amulet of Magic
Ring: Ring of Wealth > Seers' Ring
Cape: Cape of Achievement (trimmed) > Cape of Achievement (untrimmed) > God Cape
Gloves: Barrows Gloves > Dragon Gloves > Rune Gloves
Boots: Infinity Boots > Wizard Boots > Mystic Boots

Some players may wish to substitute Full Void Armor for the armor sets above. If you are a higher level and don't mind sacrificing defense bonuses for some extra Ranging/Melee/Magic damage bonuses, feel free to do so, but be aware that you are likely to take more damage if not safespotting.

If you are fighting Fire Giants as part of a Slayer assignment, it might be useful to wear a Slayer Ring in your ring spot. Also, for Slayer tasks, substitute the item in your helmet slot for a Slayer Helm or (if Maging or Ranging) a Full Slayer Helm if possible.

Inventory

Required

Optional

  • Summoning Familiar Pouches (Bunyip Pouch if you need healing while meleeing; pouch for a Beast of Burden to hold food/drops)
  • Stat-Boosting Potions
  • Ardougne Teleport Runes/Tablets (for banking)
  • Enchanted Gem/Slayer Ring (if Slaying)

Getting There

The trickiest part of accessing the Waterfall Dungeon may very well be getting there. To enter the dungeon, players will need a Rope and Glarial's Amulet, which can be obtained in the Waterfall Quest. If you have lost your amulet, see the Waterfall Quest Guide for info on obtaining a new one. The map below shows the route to the dungeon from both Ardougne (red) and the Barbarian Outpost (blue). The outpost can be reached via a Games Necklace teleport or a Lunar Magicks Barbarian Outpost Teleport (Level 75 Magic required). Although the route from the Barbarian Outpost is much faster, it requires an extra inventory slot(s) for the Games Necklace or teleport runes.

Map of routes to the Waterfall Dungeon

After walking through Almera's house (the house on the map with the "Quest Start" symbol on it), you will find yourself near a log raft. With your rope and amulet in your inventory, board the raft.

Board log raftThe crashed log raft

The raft will crash-land on a small island. South of the island is another island, with a large rock on its north edge. Use your rope with the rock to make your character lasso it and pull his/her self across the water to the second island.

Use rope with rockCrossing the water using a rope

There is a dead tree on this island, right at the waterfall's edge. Use your rope with this tree, and your character will lower his/her self down to the ledge.

Use rope with dead treeEntrance to the Waterfall Cavern

Note: If, after the raft crash-lands, you realize that you have not brought your rope, you can simply click the tree and you will be washed downstream to a house south of Almera's.

At this point, you will find yourself on a narrow ledge with a door and a barrel. If you have Glarial's Amulet, you can enter the dungeon; if not, you will not be able to. If you have forgotten your amulet, you can click the barrel. Your character will get inside and you'll find yourself washed downstream.

Dungeon Map

Map of the Waterfall Dungeon

Inside the Dungeon

Upon entering the dungeon, you will find yourself faced with a crowd of Shadow Spiders. They are only Level 52, but they can be quite an annoyance due to the fact that they are able to reduce not just your Lifepoints, but your Prayer points as well. If you are not engaged in combat (that is, if you do not have a damage bar above your head) they can attack you, immediately reducing your prayer points with their first attack.

Each time a new Shadow Spider attacks you, they cut your remaining Prayer points in half. If you have an odd number of Prayer points remaining, the half will be rounded down to the nearest whole number. (Example: You have 31 Prayer points remaining. Half of 31 is 15.5, so the spider will remove 15 points, leaving you with 16.) Because of this, the spiders can lower your Prayer points to one, but can never completely drain them.

Beyond the entrance room, the dungeon is divided into three other rooms, each separated off from the main one by double doors. Each room has a particular use, whether it be training or questing. When entering any of these rooms, it is advised that you shut the door on your way in to prevent the entrance of any Shadow Spiders. Beyond those initial three rooms are two others, each with a unique function.

West Room

Western room of the Waterfall Dungeon

This room is traditionally used by Rangers, Mages, and Meleers using Halberds, due to the large number of safe-spots it contains. Although the layout is great for training without being dealt damage, the drawback is that this room only contains four Fire Giants. The giants are aggressive, so if you don't wish to take damage, you should start by using the doorway safe-spot, where you cannot be attacked by a giant while you are in combat with another. After ten minutes, the giants will stop auto-attacking, and you will be free to move to one of the other, more convenient safe-spots throughout the room.

Primary Safe Spot

In order to prevent having any damage done to you while Maging or Ranging, you should use this safe-spot during the first ten minutes you are in the room.

Doorway:

Doorway safespot

Position yourself at the back of the corridor between the East Room and Chalice Room. It may be necessary to run forward a space or two to engage a giant in combat, but after you have cast your first spell or fired your first arrow, you should immediately retreat as far back in the corridor as possible so the giant cannot deal some quick damage.

Secondary Safe Spots

These safe spots can be efficiently used after you have been in the room ten minutes, as they are a bit more convenient than the primary one.

Warning: If you attempt to use these spots before you have been in the room ten minutes, you may be attacked by other giants when they respawn or get near you, even if you are already engaged in combat.

Chair and Rock: The gap between the chair and the rock in the middle of the room is too narrow for the Fire Giants to pass, and by placing yourself on the opposite side of it from your opponent, you will be safe from any attacks. This is a convenient safe spot for picking up drops.
Chair and rock safespot

Suit of Armour and Rock: Like the Chair and Rock safe-spot, the giants cannot pass through this gap. It is also convenient for picking up drops.

Suit of armour and rock safespot

Rock: Place yourself on the opposite side of the rock from your opponent, or maneuver yourself so that a corner blocks the way. This is not the most convenient spot because, unless you are directly across from the fire giant you are facing, they may move around and attack you. Picking up your drops takes longer from this spot.

Rock safespot

Chair: Position yourself so that the chair is between you and your opponent. It's a bit more convenient for picking up drops than the Rock safe-spot.

Chair safespot

Chalice Room

Waterfall chalice room

On the North end of the West Room there is a locked door that can be opened using 'A Key', which can be found in the East Room. Beyond it is a respawn of the same key. This is followed by another locked door (also accessible by opening with 'A Key'), which leads to the Chalice Room. 

This room is the spot where you complete the Waterfall Quest, and is the spot where you plant the Crystal Tree in Roving Elves. In its center rests the Chalice of Eternity, which has a "Take Treasure" option. You can claim your reward once after completing the Waterfall Quest, but any subsequent searches yield only ashes. 

The room also contains statues of Glarial and Baxtorian.

Center Room

Center room of the Waterfall Dungeon

This room is traditionally used by Meleers, although it does contain a large table which can be used as a safe-spot for Rangers and Mages. With seven in total, this room contains more Fire Giants than the West Room. The Center Room also contains the entrance to one of the Dungeoneering Resource Dungeons. The Resource Dungeon requires a Dungeoneering level of at least 35 to access, but it gives a Dungeoneering experience bonus the first time you enter and contains a large amount of Fire Giants.

Resource Dungeon

Waterfall Dungeon resource dungeon

The Waterfall Resource Dungeon is accessed through the via the 'Mysterious Entrance' located in the Center Room. While it does not contain many safe-spots for Rangers or Mages, it does contain eleven Fire Giants, and can come in handy at times in which the East and Center rooms are crowded with players.

East Room

East room of the Waterfall Dungeon

This room contains no Fire Giants, but rather Skeletons and Skeleton Mages. It is not generally used for training, but by searching the crates in this room, you can find 'A Key', which is used in the Waterfall and Roving Elves quests and can be used to open the two locked doors located beyond the West Room.

Inhabitants

Monsters

Fire Giant

Level: 86

Fire Giant

Rat

Level: 1

Rat

Shadow Spider

Level: 52

Shadow Spider

Skeleton

Level: 45

Skeleton

Skeleton Mage

Level: 16

Skeleton Mage

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Published on: October 19, 2011 09:59 PM EDT by Salmoneus
Updated on: October 19, 2011 09:59 PM EDT by Salmoneus