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In Pyre Need is the first quest released for the year 2009. Along with this quest, the Phoenix, which is a Summoning familiar and also a pet, was released. Upon completion of this quest, players may access the Phoenix Lair, which is part of the Distractions and Diversions in RuneScape.



Official quest description: An ancient avian of fiery disposition is in need of your help! Returning to its roost after a long time away from home, the phoenix encountered some trouble. Now it waits, while it is weak and dying, isolated from the whole world. By chance, a priest with a suspicious amount of knowledge about the phoenix has appeared near its roost, and he is searching for an adventurer with the skills and the mettle to venture forth and aid the phoenix in its hour of need.
Release date: 6 January 2009 (Update)
Start: Speak to the Priest of Guthix outside a cave south-west of the Piscatoris Fishing Colony
Difficulty: *****
Length: Very short
Members only: Yes
  • 55
  • 52
  • 53 (Boosts will not work.)
  • Optional: 51 (For fighting the Phoenix after the quest.)
Items needed:

Tip: All of the items above can be obtained during the quest.

Monsters to kill: None



Starting off

  • Start by talking to the Priest of Guthix, located at a cave entrance, south-west of the Piscatoris Fishing Colony. The cave is located north-west of and very close to the AKQ fairy ring.
  • The priest explains that about the phoenix residing within a cave, and is reaching the end of its lifespan. To ensure its survival, a ritual needs to be performed, and certain ingredients are required.
  • The priest says that he is too old to perform the ritual himself, and has the required ingredients. Obtain the items needed for the quest by talking to him and asking all of the chat options. (You will need secateurs, a knife and a tinderbox.)

The lair

The order of the caves are different for each player, although the order of the trees is the same. An example of possible maps is shown below:

Note: There are 5 caves, and each cave contains one tree, located in the light green spots of each cave. The entrance to the next cave is marked in red, as a door/exit, on the minimap. If you leave and then return, the location of the trees may change. Remember that you cannot proceed into the next cave until you have harvested the twigs.

The ritual

The wounded Phoenix.
The phoenix's altar.

Finishing up

  • Talk to the reborn phoenix, and she will explain everything and thank you. She will give you 5 Phoenix quills and the ability to challenge her in the future.
  • Leave the cave, and talk to the priest to finish the quest.

Congratulations! Quest complete.


Quest Complete!


Music unlocked during the quest:


  • On the day of release, the spoilers said: The rewards are hidden behind a thick layer of ash. Perhaps a timely gust of wind will reveal them tomorrow.
  • The release of this quest opened up a new section of the map after 11 months and 8 days, the longest interval as yet.
  • When first talking to the priest, your character says: Hold your unicorns! This is a pun on the phrase "hold your horses" since there are no horses in Runescape.
  • When the reborn phoenix is examined, the text says: "Goodness, Gracious, Great Bird of Fire." This is a reference to the song "Great Balls of Fire".
  • The quest name "In Pyre Need" is based on the phrase "In dire need".
  • If you examine a mutilated tree near the lair, it says an angry dragon destroyed it, presumably what attacked the phoenix.
  • If you examine the leaves, on the trees outside the cave, it says "These leaves are made for burning." a reference to the song "These Boots are Made for Walking"
  • A "twitcher" is a bird watcher, hence Brian Twitcher.

This article uses material from the "In Pyre Need" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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