Sheep Herder

By: Kemosabe
Special Thanks to: Ambo100, Avvvy, Roy
Original Guide by: Bboyjyoung, Simple013

Sheep infected with a deadly plague have escaped into East Ardougne. Can you find them before they infect the citizens of Ardougne?

Table of Contents

Official Briefing

Quest Release Date: 15 August 2002

There have been rumours about plague-infected sheep escaping into East Ardougne.

If these rumours are true, then they must be found and disposed of, before the whole town is infected.

Time is of the essence!

Essential Info

Start Point

Begin by talking to Councillor Halgrive in East Ardougne.


* Indicates an item that is obtained during this quest.

  • Skills: None.
  • Quests: None.
  • Items: Energy Potions, 1x Energy-restoring Summoning familiar, Weight-reducing items


  • Difficulty: Novice
  • Length: Short

Quest Walkthrough

Getting Started

Map of important locations in the Sheep Herder quest

You'll need to talk to Councillor Halgrive. He's worried because some sheep escaped from a farm near West Ardougne and it appears that they're infected with the plague. He wants someone to herd them into an enclosure, kill them and dispose of the remains before the plague spreads into East Ardougne through them. You'll volunteer and the quest will start! He gives you some sheep poison and tells you to talk to Doctor Orbon so that you can buy a plague jacket and trousers. 

Note: If you lose the sheep poison, Councillor Halgrive will give you more.

Herding the Sheep

Head north and out of the city. Just as you leave, head to the north west and you'll find the special enclosure to which you'll need to herd the sheep. Walk in, go up to the incinerator and take the cattle prod lying on the ground next to it. You'll need to capture and kill one of each coloured sheep. The following map shows their locations and colour:

Map of the locations of the four poisoned sheep

Herding the sheep may take a while and be extremely frustrating. When prodding the sheep, they will walk the opposite direction from which you're prodding them. For example, if you're prodding them from the south they will walk north and so on. They cannot walk diagonally. Sometimes the sheep will just start walking away after they've finished moving from your prod. If this happens, just prod them again in whatever direction so that you gain control, as it's harder if you try to overtake them and prod them back to where they came from. Don't worry if you get your sheep stuck in a corner, because it will reset to its original position after a few minutes.

Completing the Quest

When you've got a sheep herded into the enclosure, use the sheep poison on them and it'll kill them. Pick up their bones and use them on the incinerator, and then you should move onto the next sheep. Once you've done them all, head back to Councillor Halgrive and...

Quest complete!

Congratulations! You have completed the Sheep Herder Quest!


  • 4 Quest Points
  • 3,100gp

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Published on: December 02, 2011 01:06 AM UTC by Salmoneus
Updated on: February 19, 2014 09:58 PM UTC by Sobend