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The location of each creature's Altar of Life within the dungeon

Creature Creation is a Minigame found in the basement of the Tower of Life. After the Tower of Life quest, you can use the trapdoor on the ground floor of the tower to enter the basement. You do not need to wear the Builder's costume to enter the tower once the quest has been completed.

Creature Creation is a minigame that allows players to make unique monsters, which can be attacked for their drops. Some of the monsters drop multiples of items that are otherwise hard to get or expensive to purchase, such as Unicorn horns, which are used to make Unicorn horn dust for Herblore and Unicorn stallion pouches for Summoning.

If you need food while playing the minigame, Triangle sandwiches are available nearby by pickpocketing the workers outside the tower. 'Black-eye', 'Gummy', 'The Guns', and 'No fingers' can be pickpocketed, but not Bonafido.

There are six Altars of Life used to create creatures:

Altar Creature (level) Ingredients Always drops May drop
North-east Newtroost (19) 1 Eye of newt, 1 Chicken feather 4-12 Eyes of Newt, Bones Rune Satchel, Tea Flask
North-west Unicow (25) 1 Cowhide, 1 Unicorn horn 2-4 Unicorn horns, Bones Green Satchel, Tea Flask
South-east Spidine (42) 1 Red spiders' eggs , 1 Raw sardine 3-6 Red spiders' eggs , Bones Red Satchel, Tea Flask
South-west Swordchick (46) 1 Raw Swordfish, 1 Raw chicken 12-40 Feathers, Bones 2-12 Raw Chickens, Black Satchel, Tea Flask
East Jubster (87) 1 Raw jubbly bird, 1 Raw Lobster 3 Raw jubbly birds, Bones Gold Satchel, Tea Flask
West Frogeel (103) 1 Raw Cave Eel, 1 Giant Frog Legs 5-12(?) Cave Eels, Bones Plain Satchel, Tea Flask

Players use several items to create the monsters. The items can all be purchased on the Grand Exchange or gathered from various places in the game:

Placing one each of the two items at the correct altar primes the altar, and activating the altar creates the mixed creature. All but one of the monsters in turn drop one of their ingredients in quantity (at least two) on each kill. (The swordchick only occasionally drops raw chickens but always drops feathers, which is not one of its ingredients.)

  • Unicows for example drop unicorn horns.
  • The monsters occasionally drop various types of Satchels (black, gold, green, plain, red, rune). These can be held in the shield slot and each can hold one triangle sandwich, one cake, and one banana.
  • The monsters occasionally drop Tea flasks, which can hold the contents of up to five Cups of tea.

Tips

  • For fast banking, either use Fairy ring code DJP to get to the Tower of Life and bank in Zanaris or walk from the Ardougne Teleport location and use a jewellery-based teleport to a bank. Fairy rings are the quickest method, but their use requires partial completion of the Fairytale II - Cure a Queen quest.
  • When playing the minigame to get the 'ingredient drops', bring one of the ingredient that is always dropped and several of the other ingredient. This allows the altar to be used multiple items in one trip. For efficiency, the goal is to fill inventory as much as practical with the desired item. Use trial and error to determine how many of the always-consumed ingredient to bring. (This method does not work with swordchicks, since there is a chance it will not drop raw chickens.)
  • For more efficiency and convenience, before leaving the minigame, prime the altar with both ingredients without activating the altar. The items will still be present when the player returns, allowing the altar to be activated, no matter how long a time the player is away. This method is particularly recommended for forgetful players who might forget to take the 'single' item (for example, the player brought a load of cow hides but not one unicorn horn).
  • The spidine, which requires red spider eggs and raw sardines, is useful as it drops red spider eggs in larger numbers (3-5). The fishing store in Witchaven has raw sardines in stock. There could be other fishing stores with supplies of raw sardines (e.g. Catherby, Jatizso). One raw sardine will yield about 3.5 red spider's eggs on average. It takes around 8 raw sardines to collect a full load of red spider eggs.
  • The unicow is perhaps the fastest method in the game to obtain unicorn horns in quantity without spending money. Kill some cows close to a bank and bank the cow hides (or buy cowhides). There is a cow pen just north of the Ardougne market outside the city walls. Each cowhide creates one unicow, which drops 2 to 4 unicorn horns. However, you will need one of the horns to make the next unicow, so bring lots of cow hides to get a full inventory of unicorn horns. It typically takes 10-13 cow hides to get a full inventory of unicorn horns.
  • Wearing an Ardougne Cloak while playing the minigame is extremely useful, as it causes some of the ingredient drops to be noted, with the higher level cloaks causing more drops to be noted. This allows more of the consumed-ingredient to be brought and more of the desired ingredient to be gathered each trip. Noted ingredients cannot be used on the altar, however, so removing the cloak when the ingredient is needed for the altar and wearing it at other times must be done. For unicorn horns, take around 20+ cowhides and one unicorn horn (or none if the player left the altar primed in the previous trip). Remove the cloak for the first unicow creation, to get unnoted horns for later use and remove it again whenever the last unnoted horn is to be used on the altar. With an Ardougne cloak 3 it's not difficult to end up with over 40 unicorn horns per trip.

Music

Music:

  • Mutant Medley

Trivia

  • The Homunculus of alchemy were created by combining parts of different animals to create a hybrid.
  • The satchels and tea flasks do not stack in the bank. RS Forum from Mod Ash, Jagex Mod: 'We'd just like to clarify that some of the new items from the Tower of Life quest don't stack in your bank, and are NOT MEANT to stack in your bank. (The reasons involve data being stored on the object rather than on your character. It's a new concept that we haven't tried before, but basically it means that you can have several tea flasks with different amounts of tea stored in each one, and the tea doesn't mysteriously pass from one flask to another. There's far more we can do with this idea in future - it's not just limited to tea.)'
  • A Homunculus was viewed as a possible by-product of alchemy in the days when it was believed to be true. They were human-like in manner and appearance but lacked a soul.
  • All the hybrid monsters drop bones, even if you cannot get bones from either of their originating creatures. For example, a spidine drops bones. Sardines don't drop bones (you fish them, not fight them), and deadly red spiders do not drop any remains.
Possible shadow of a Zamorak unholy symbol
  • If you examine a symbol of life when it's activated you'll get the text "It's ALIVE!". This is probably a reference to the movie Frankenstein, as Dr. Frankenstein shouts this when he brings the monster to life.
  • If you look closely at the map you'll notice that the lab in the middle resembles an Unholy symbol of Zamorak, since the area is an act of necromancy. This is echoed on the minimap. This may indicate that the Tower of Life and the alchemists who caused the structure to be built, Effigy, Transmute the Alchemist, and Currency the Alchemist, are associated with Zamorak.
  • Creature Creation is a somewhat morally ambiguous minigame, given the respect-for-life theme of the Tower of Life quest, which must be completed to unlock the minigame. In the quest, the player is horrified to discover that the alchemists bring the Homunculus to life and then deliberately mistreat it. The player then works to cure and free the creature, earning its gratitude. In the minigame, the player with the Homunculus's help brings to life mixed creatures with the purpose of killing them.
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This article uses material from the "Creature Creation" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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