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A detailed view of a Broomstick.
A player flying with a Broomstick.
A player sweeping with a broomstick.

The Broomstick is an item given by Maggie in Swept Away, the 2008 Hallowe'en event quest. She asks players to enchant it by bringing it to three witches: Hetty in Rimmington, Aggie in Draynor Village, and Betty in Port Sarim. Note that Hetty does not enchant the broom, but gives the broom ointment so that players may enchant it themselves. If destroyed, it can be given back by Maggie, not Diango.

The broomstick can be wielded in the Weapons slot -- its attack options are the same as if a player was unarmed. In addition, the broomstick may be used in a "sweep" emote. To do this, there is a left-click option on the broom called "Sweep".

Castle Wars cannot be entered with the broomstick: if tried, a message appears: "You are forbidden to take that magical broom into the arena."

The broomstick is one of the few items allowed by the Saradomin monks upon the island of Entrana since it has no combat stats.

This item was the reward for Hallowe'en 2008. It was a very close second in the guaranteed content poll (started on 18 June 2007) for the 2007 Hallowe'en event. The winning choice at that time was the grim reaper hood with 85,619 votes, but "a broom that can sweep or be hovered on" had 85,354 votes[1]. The broomstick was subsequently made the reward for the following year, with no similar poll in the interim.

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Upgrading the broomstick

When the broomstick "Operate" option is used in the Equipment window, a message will tell players that "You don't yet know how to operate this item". Players can upgrade it to allow unlimited flight to the Sorceress's Garden (except past level 20 Wilderness), and to gain extra experience points in Magic. This experience comes in four separate one-off bonuses, each one being worth more than the last, but requiring a higher Magic level each time. Once it has been enchanted, instead of the 'Operate' option when wielded, there will be a 'Sorceress's Garden' option.

Flight to the Sorceress's Garden

Members who have completed the Prince Ali Rescue quest can upgrade the broomstick by taking it to the Sorceress's Apprentice in south-east Al Kharid. After this, they may use the broomstick to fly to the Sorceress's Garden by operating it when it is wielded. Like most teleports, it does not work past level 20 Wilderness. The broomstick does not have charges or a daily use limit, so players can use it as a fast and free way to reach Al Kharid by flying to the Sorceress's Garden and then clicking on the fountain there to exit.

Note: The flight enchantment is only attainable if the player has talked to Maggie about further broom enchantment and Osman about the Sorceress and sq'irks. The completion of the quest, Prince Ali Rescue, is also a requirement for enchantment, as it is needed to gain access (and, indeed, knowledge) of the Garden in the first place.

In the 2008 Christmas event, it was possible for players to use certain teleports (such as Lumbridge Home Teleport) and have a snow imp follower stay with them. However, this does not work with the broomstick's flight function. No follower can be taken on a broomstick flight.

Trying to teleport to the sorcerer's garden in free-to-play worlds gives a message of "You need to be on a members' world to use this item." instead.

Bonus Magic experience

With the indicated minimum Magic level, talking to Ali the Hag in Pollnivneach, the Old Crone near the Slayer Tower, Baba Yaga on Lunar Isle, or Kardia in the Underground Pass will give a one-time magic experience bonus when the broomstick is wielded.

NPC Magic level Reward
Sorceress' Apprentice in Al-Kharid 1+ Ability to operate the broom to teleport to the Sorceress's Garden.
Ali the Hag in Pollnivneach 33+ 1,997 Magic Experience.
The Old Crone near the Slayer Tower 53+ 7,139 Magic Experience.
Baba Yaga on Lunar Isle 73+ 10,338 Magic Experience.
Kardia in the Underground Pass 93+ 14,979 Magic Experience.

It is possible to use a magic level boost to get the 14,979 Magic Experience from Kardia.

The Ring of slaying can teleport very close to Ali the Hag via the Sumona teleport, very close to the Old Crone via the Slayer Tower teleport, and somewhat close to Baba Yaga via the Slayer Caves teleport.

Bugs and glitches

  • Players were able to take Boxing gloves and other POH Combat items out of their house by operating the broomstick with the boxing gloves in their inventory, flying them out of the house and to the sorceress' garden Minigame, with the items still in their inventories. Also, Pugels were non-equippable using this method, but if a player were to look at their combat item bonuses, they could "Wear" the Pugel, but to no avail.
  • After the 2008 Hallowe'en event was over, the Swept Away quest was made members only and non-member players were unable to retrieve their broomstick if they lost it. However, Jagex fixed this on 26 November 2008 by allowing Wendy to teleport players to Maggie in the magical area visited during the quest.
  • There is a glitch in where if you are a monkey via a monkey greegree, and use the broom, the monkey will not hold the broom, but dust clouds will appear.
  • There is a glitch where a player can be on the broomstick and walk around.
A player walking while on a Broomstick.

Notes

  • The broomstick is useful for bringing the player close to a bank (for storing and retrieving items), a musician (for quickly recharging hitpoints and run energy), and reasonably high-level attackable NPCs which drop bones.
  • You cannot receive the broomstick back from Diango, as it is not really considered an actual Holiday item, but a Quest reward released with a Holiday Event. You must visit Maggie (or Wendy, if you are a free player), if you ever wish to regain possession of the broom. Maggie will claim that "someone came across it in their wanderings and thought to return it" and will ask the player to look after it better now, saying that the broom is "a pretty special little jobbie".
  • The broomstick is one of the few items that can be held in the right hand while flying a magic carpet.

See also

References

  1. ^ Guaranteed Content - Halloween 2007. Poll Results archive. Jagex (2007-06-18). Retrieved on 2009-01-03. “Which of these Halloween rewards would you most like? ... A Grim Reaper hood, 32% (85619 votes) ... A broom that can sweep or be hovered on, 32% (85354 votes)”
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