Back to my Roots

By: Neo Avatars
Special Thanks to: Agent F, Ambo100, Crypto416, Fitlinxx, Hawk, Info1994, kuemper, Messman10, Morty, Mrcsupertrain, Pig, Trey

Essential Info

Start Point

Talk to Horacio in the Ardougne Mansion.


  • Skills: None.
  • Quests: None.
  • Items: Ardougne Teleport, Armour, Food, Weapon


  • Difficulty: Master
  • Length: Medium

Getting Started

Head to Horacio in the Ardougne Mansion and talk to him.

Talk to horacio

He will explain that he is the gardener at the mansion, and wants to plant a Vine in the garden, but will need your help. Another problem is that it only grows in one place, just east of Shilo Village.

Horacio: One that only grows wild in one place on karamja...

The Package

After finishing the conversation with Horacio, head to Wizard Cromperty in the north-east corner of Ardougne and speak to him.

Talk to wizard cromperty

He will tell you more about the Vine, and that he had specialist equipment being delivered to help him with his studies, however it hasn't arrived, so make your way south to the R.P.D.T. depot and speak to one of the employees.

Talk to rpdt employee

They will explain that there is a package that smells a lot, and they aren't going to do any work until it's moved, so open the Smelly Package in the north-east corner of the depot.

Open smelly package

Hand Upon opening you will find what was smelling so bad - a hand with a scrap of wizard's robe attached.

Head back to Wizard Cromperty, telling him that his package should arrive soon. When it does arrive, he will be furious due to the fact that his equipment is broken!

Wizard cromperty: Argh! My specialist equipment is broken.

Although this may sound like terrible news, his superb equipment consisted of the simplistic Pot Lid, so you'll have to get hold of one. Pot lidPot Lids can be made by using a Bucket of Water with Clay to get Soft Clay, then using the Soft Clay with a Potter's Wheel to get an Unfired Lid. Finally, the unfired lid needs to be fired in a Kiln, and there's your lid. The Lid has to be made after you are told to make it otherwise you will be told the lid is too small. Take this back to Wizard Cromperty, and after explaining how to store the Vine Root he'll tell you to talk to Garth who can be found next to the Fruit Tree Patch in Brimhaven.

Talk to garth

The Jade Vine

Garth will tell you more about the Jade Vine, and how you will need to get the Root. In total, the items he and Wizard Cromperty said you will need are:

  • Pot
  • Pot Lid
  • Plant Pot (with soil in)
  • Secateurs
  • Spade
  • Woodcutting Axe
  • Machete

It's also worth getting hold of some Armour, Food and Antipoison Potions due to the monsters found within the Vine Maze that can hit into triple digits and poison.

The maze can be found just to the east of Shilo Village, with the entrance near to the north-east corner of the village.

Locations of important places
  1. Entrance to the maze
  2. Crossing points on river
  3. Loose soil

To enter the maze, on the north side is a short stub sticking out. Click on the end of this stub, and choose to Climb-up Vine to enter.

Climb up vine

Throughout the maze are numerous obstacles you need to get past such as vines you can climb up to get to different levels and ways to get on and off the vine in a similar way to how you enter the maze. When on the ground level, there are hanging vines that must be cut with a Machete before being squeezed through. As well as these obstacles to take you to the other side, there are Holes in the ground and Vines that will take you to different areas, so are good for fast transportation.

The place that you need to get to is the Loose soil to the southern part of the maze. To get there, take the following route:

*If you fall off the vine across the river, you can Enter Holes in the ground or the vine itself to quickly get around the maze. This can also be used to get around the maze quickly in a random manner.

  1. Enter the maze through the entrance vine in the picture above.
  2. Head east and climb up the vine.
  3. Keeping south, go down the middle path and climb down the vine.
  4. Move west and climb down the vine onto the jungle floor.
  5. Head south and cut down the vines.
  6. Once cut, crawl through the cut vines.
  7. Move east into another area. You will notice two tropical trees, each with a vine next to them. Climb up the vine nearest to the southern tree.
  8. Climb up the southern vine. It should be very close to you.
  9. Look to the east. You should see a hanging vine. Swing from the vine to arrive in a new set of vines.
  10. Head north and climb down the vine.
  11. Head east and climb down the vine onto the jungle floor.
  12. Head south, cut down the vines, and crawl through them.
  13. Continue south and squeeze through the vines.
  14. Continue south and climb up the vine.
  15. Climb up the vine in front of you.
  16. Cross the vine over the river. *
  17. Climb down the vine.
  18. Head north, head east, and climb down the southern vine onto the jungle floor.
  19. Head south, cut down the vines, and squeeze through them.
  20. Climb up vine to the east.
  21. Head south, then west round the corner, then climb up the vine.
  22. Continue west and climb down the vine.
  23. Head north, and climb up the vine.
  24. Cross the vine over the river.
  25. Head west, keeping south, then double back on yourself to go east to find a vine to climb down.
  26. Head south, and climb down the vine onto the jungle floor.

Once here, you must dig with your Spade on one of the sections of Loose soil.

Dig loose soil

RootThe Root will then be exposed, so you will be able to cut them.

Cut roots

Do not use any teleports until you have sealed the Roots in the Pot.

Potted rootUse the Root Cutting with the Plant Pot to get a Potted Root. Wait a few seconds and a message will appear telling you whether it will either survive or wilt away. If it wilts away, dig on a different section of Loose soil, then cut the newly exposed root. There are six plots of loose soil that you can check. If you are unsuccessful on the first plot, move onto the next. One of the six plots will be correct.

Sealed potIf the Root survives, use it with the Pot to get a Sealed Pot. Once you have this, it is safe to teleport away.

When Good Vines Go Bad...

With the Sealed Pot, head back to Horacio and talk to him. He will tell you that now you've got the Root, you'll need to grow it too, so use the Sealed Pot on the nearby Vine Patch with a Gardening Trowel in your inventory. A cut-scene will follow in which the Vine will grow out of control because you apparently forgot to prune it.

Attack wild jade vine

Because of this, you will have to fight it to get it to disappear. It is a level 130 creature that will mainly use Melee attacks, but will poison you with a poison. You will also only be able to cause any damage with a Woodcutting Axe, so having a Rune or Dragon one would be an advantage over one made of Steel or Mithril. An Abyssal Whip, Dragon Scimitar, or other 'normal' weapons will hit no damage at all, so make sure to have a Hatchet with you.

To keep the poison under control you could either drink a dose of Superantipoison before the battle, or take several normal Antipoison Potions in with you. To stop the damage, turning on Protect from Melee will work, so a Prayer Potion or two would be helpful, although there is a very occasional Magic attack that will also be used, so a few pieces of food will also be needed, especially if you haven't drunk some Superantipoison. If you want to make sure your Prayer is fully charged to start with, there is an Altar to pray at just to the west of the mansion.

The 167 combat levels are mainly made up by Defence and Constitution, so boosting your Attack and Strength levels before battle would be advantageous.

There are only three ways to leave the battle - Teleporting, Dying, or killing the Vine - so bring a Teleport if you are unsure whether you will succeed in killing it.

Once you have the equipment you want, remembering a Hatchet and some Secateurs, choose to Attack the Wild Jade Vine, and confirm that you are sure, being taken into battle in the process.

Attack wild jade vine

The Vine will slowly become smaller, and each time it does so, you will need to re-attack it. Eventually it will be killed, so choose to cut the last little stump, and you will leave the hidden world of battle.

Cut wild jade vine

Talk to Horacio, and you'll complete the Quest!

Congratulations! You have completed Back to My Roots!


  • 1 Quest Point
  • New Vine Farming Patch Jade Vine Seed 15,000 Agility experience 23,000 Slayer experience 24,000 Farming experience 40,000 Woodcutting experience Two extra spins on the Squeal of Fortune

Fast Quest Walkthrough

  1. [^] Talk to Horacio
  2. [^] Talk to Wizard Cromperty
  3. [^] Talk to a R.P.D.T. employee
  4. [^] Open Smelly Package
  5. [^] Talk to Wizard Cromperty
  6. [^] Make a Pot Lid and take it to Wizard Cromperty
  7. [^] Talk to Garth
  8. [^] Get items you've been told you need
  9. [^] Head to Vine Maze east of Shilo Village
  10. [^] Enter maze and follow to Loose Soil
  11. [^] Dig Soil
  12. [^] Cut Roots
  13. [^] Use Roots with Plant Pot
  14. [^] Repeat steps 11, 12 and 13 until the Roots survive
  15. [^] Use Potted Root with Pot
  16. [^] Take Sealed Pot to Horacio
  17. [^] Use Sealed Pot on Vine Patch with Gardening Trowel in inventory
  18. [^] Get ready for battle, remembering a Hatchet and Secateurs
  19. [^] Kill Wild Jade Vine
  20. [^] Cut Wild Jade Vine
  21. [^] Talk to Horacio
  22. [^] Quest Complete!

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Published on: October 12, 2007 12:15 AM UTC by Salmoneus
Updated on: December 04, 2013 06:56 PM UTC by Sobend