In Pyre Need

By: kingy0489
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Essential Info

Start Point

Begin by speaking to the Priest of Guthix outside the cave southwest of the Piscatoris Fishing Colony.


* Indicates an item that is obtained during this quest.


  • Difficulty: Experienced
  • Length: Short

Quest Walkthrough

Getting Started

To begin, head towards the Piscatoris Fishing Colony, a short while to the south-west you will see an area of burning trees around a cave.

A map of routes to the quest start location

If you have started Fairy Tale Part 2, you can quickly get there using code "AKQ" on the Fairy Rings.

The priest, located near the cave entrance

Talk to the Priest Of Guthix who is outside the cave, and if you have the required skills for the quest, you will be asked to help him to rescue the Phoenix.

Priest of Guthix: Please adventurer, I beg you. You must help her!

After calming the Priest down, he explains that he has been observing the Phoenix, and that she is dying. In order for her to be reborn a ritual must take place, and a bold adventurer must help her in her hour of need! Conversing with the Priest reveals more details about the ritual.

Priest of Guthix: In order to be reborn, the phoenix must be burnt alive on a funeral pyre...Priest of Guthix: You must weave a basket from the fletched twigs of cinnamon...Priest of Guthix: This basket must be placed on the base of the pyre in the phoenix's roost...

Gathering Your Tools

When speaking to the Priest, he will inform you that you need three tools to enter the cave. They are as following:

  • Secateurs: Needed to cut branches from the 5 trees in the cave
  • Knife: To fletch the branches into ribbons
  • Tinderbox: To light the pyre

Note: If you are not carrying any of the above items, the Priest will give you one of each. Upon release existed a bug which means that if you are carrying Magic Secateurs, the priest will not give you normal ones, yet you cannot use Magic Secateurs in the cave.

Entering the Cave

When you are ready, enter the cave... there is nothing to kill you in here, all of the warriors are friendly towards you as you are trying to help "save the mistress". Make your way around each level of the cave, harvesting the tree, before finding the gap in the cave in which to enter the next level.

Harvest twigs from Cinnamon tree

All 5 trees can be harvested like the one shown in the screenshot above. For that reason you will need at least 5 free inventory spaces to hold the twigs you obtain. The entrance to each level is however, always to the south, with the exit near the north side. In order to find the tree, look for a green patch on the minimap, it should be rounded and fairly obvious that it is the tree's area. The levels are only very small so you shouldn't have any trouble finding the trees and moving on.

Note: The twigs have to be 'fresh', so you cannot leave the caves and return later for the rest. This shouldn't be a problem as you can complete the quest without receiving a hit of damage!

There are 5 levels in total, one for each type of twig. Once you have all 5 twigs, you can enter the sixth room, which contains an Altar (cannot be used for Prayer), as well as a dying Phoenix and its unfinished Pyre.

Dying phoenix

You can read a book at the Altar which gives more information about the Phoenix, but it is not a necessary part in completing the quest.

Building the Pyre

The branches are laid down to form the pyre

Use your knife with the branches to fletch each into ribbons. These ribbons can then be used on the Pyre to build it. You only need to use your knife on one set of twigs, and all 5 will be fletched.

The twigs

Once built, you will see the Phoenix walk over to it's 'final' resting place, ready to be reborn.

The phoenix is resting 

Now you need to light the pyre to complete the ritual. Use your tinderbox with the pyre. If you accidentally use it with the Phoenix, then this message will appear.

Wounded Phoenix: Light the pyre, not me!

You will see the Phoenix burn on its newly made Pyre, therefore saving it from permanent death!

The phoenix is burning on the pyre


The reborn Phoenix will explain to you all about its plight, and that it has to be constantly killed so that it can maintain its youth. You are informed about the new member to the "Distraction and Diversions" family. You will also receive 5 Quills, which you are informed can be used to create your own Phoenix pouches! These require a crimson charm and 72 Summoning to create, but do offer 301.8xp upon creation.

The phoenix is reborn!

Completing the Quest

Head back outside by selecting the escape option on the cave entrance. You will find yourself back outside. Speak to the Priest to complete the quest and collect your rewards.

Quest complete!


  • 1 Quest Point
  • 5 Phoenix Quills 14,400 Firemaking experience 12,500 Fletching experience 11,556 Crafting experience Access to the Phoenix Lair once per day 2 spins on the Squeal of Fortune


Phoenix Pet

Skills: 72 Summoning.

As you leave the Phoenix Lair, there is a very slim chance you may find yourself lost. Don't worry! If you get lost, you will stumble upon a Phoenix Egg, which can be hatched either by clapping at or kicking the egg. There are two types of pet phoenix:

  1. Cute Eggling - results from hatching the egg by clapping.
  2. Mean Eggling - results from hatching the egg by kicking it.

Each Phoenix has its own distinct personality. You can have one of each type of Phoenix pet. These familiars are level 124 and attack with magical attacks.

The Phoenix Quill

Phoenix Quill At level 72 Summoning, you can make Phoenix Pouches. The secondary ingredient for these is a Phoenix Quill. You get 5 of these for completing the quest.

These are tradeable, and if you don't have 72 summoning yourself, you can sell them to other players.

After completion, you can re-enter the cave once per day, battle the Phoenix and build a pyre as before. The big difference however is that the cave's warriors won't let you through so easily this time!

Good luck with this part of "Distractions & Diversions"

Unlocked Music Tracks

  • The Phoenix

Fast Quest Walkthrough

  1. [^] Talk to Priest of Guthix
  2. [^] Collect tools from Priest of Guthix
  3. [^] Enter cave
  4. [^] Find tree and collect branches
  5. [^] Head to next level of cave system
  6. [^] Repeat twig collection until you have all five types of twig
  7. [^] When with the Phoenix, cut each twig into ribbons.
  8. [^] Use ribbons on the Pyre
  9. [^] Light Pyre
  10. [^] Talk to Phoenix
  11. [^] Exit caves
  12. [^] Talk to Priest
  13. [^] Quest Complete

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Published on: January 07, 2009 02:15 AM UTC by Salmoneus
Updated on: October 24, 2013 09:21 PM UTC by Micael Fatia