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"MOM" redirects here. MOM may also refer to the Make-over Mage.
Mysterious Old Man
Release date Unknown edit
Race Human
Members NPC? No
Quest NPC? None
Location Anywhere
Sells items? No
Skill requirement? None
Quest requirement? None
Gender Male
Examine A very strange old man.
Notable features Random event character

The Mysterious Old Man, affectionately known by players as M.O.M, is a RuneScape random event.

While his origin is unknown, it was alluded to in a Letter to Saradomin that he is a wizard practicing the magic of Summoning, though the only magic he has demonstrated to players thus far, teleportation, is not to be confused with it. Summoning is the using of powerful spiritual energies to anchor mighty and unique creatures from other planes into Gielinor, whereas teleportation is simply to pass through the Abyss using RuneScape's magic to another destination instantaneously.



Players who quickly find their way to the centre of the maze will be given a prize and be teleported back to where they originally were.

Sometimes the man will appear and send players into a maze. Players who quickly find their way to the centre of the maze will be given a prize and be teleported back to where they originally were. The faster they are, the better the prize. There are chests throughout the maze which have items inside and time can be spent to search for them but the final prize is a lot larger. Also, the man follows you all around the maze telling you which doors don't take you to the centre of the maze when you try to open them, and serving the same purpose as a Deposit Box during the event when you talk to him, so you can deposit items that you get from the chests or that you had in your inventory before being teleported to the maze. That way you will have enough space for the items you get from the chests or from the final prize.

Other Events

The Mysterious Old Man will also sometimes appear and transport players to the Mime, Pinball and Surprise Exam! events. In the Pinball event he appears to be its master, while the other events are controlled (coordinated) by other characters, such as the Mime or Mr. Mordaut.

Discontinued events

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Mystery box (discontinued)

A mysterious box.

The Mysterious Old Man used to give players a Mystery box. If opened, a simple question of matching the number/shape to the shape/number on the box will be given and if answered correctly, a mystery prize will be given (usually coins or gems). If the question is answered incorrectly, another mystery box will appear. Over time, if box has not been opened, the box will multiply and eventually fill a player's inventory. The maximum number of boxes are player can have at any given time is 28, 1 in each free inventory slot and then all the rest in the final box slot. It cannot be dropped and if attempted to; the original box will stay and another will appear in the player's inventory. Attempting to bank the box or perform Low or High Level Alchemy on it will also cause it to duplicate. Only the original mystery box contains a prize. Many players complain about this random event because it gives bad rewards and consumes time. This random event seems to be the most common in RuneScape.

The box may contain

Talking to the Mysterious Old Man (Discontinued)

The Mysterious Old Man would appear but not talk to players. When players spoke to him he would reward them with a random item, wave, then teleport away. Players who failed to talk to him got teleported to a random location and all notable items in their inventory were noted.

A player receives a visit from the mysterious old man.


  • The mystery box used to feature colours, but people with colour blindness were unable to do this so Jagex changed it to only feature shapes and numbers.
  • Not only does the mysterious old man appear to players, he also can appear to some NPCs in certain quests such as Recipe for Disaster, taking away the Duke of Lumbridge, one of the members of the council.
  • Since the Mysterious Old Man follows you during the maze random event, it is possible to encounter other Mysterious Old Man NPCs who are following other players doing the maze. If you catch up to one and talk to him, he says "Sorry, this is not the mysterious old man you're looking for", which could be a reference to the famous "These are not the droids you're looking for" line from Star Wars.

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


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