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The entrance to the Phoenix Lair.

Phoenix Lair is part of Distractions and Diversions and was released on 6 January 2009 along with the quest In Pyre Need. Players must have completed the quest to do Phoenix Lair. Players are able to complete this once per day resetting at 00:00 GMT time, similar to killing Bork in the Chaos Tunnels: The Hunt for Surok.

This Distraction and Diversion can be done once per day, In Phoenix Lair, players must navigate through a series of caverns and fight against massive, magma-filled 'reborn' monstrosities. There are three types of guardians, each covering one side of the combat triangle and have levels ranging up to 128. The cavern is multi-combat and will most likely kill players who are not properly prepared.

In each of the first five caverns, players must use secateurs to cut a twig from the tree in that cavern, which they will cut into ribbons with a knife and are then used to build the phoenix's pyre in the last cavern. Sacred clay armour is handy here as players can use the "operate" feature while it is equipped to switch between Melee and Ranged armour.

In the final cavern, the player uses the ribbons to construct a nest in the pyre area. This will then call the phoenix to battle.

Location of the Phoenix Lair.

The phoenix has Combat level of 235 and her main attack is Magic-based. She also has a dust attack, which lowers Attack, Ranged, and Magic level by approximately 50 percent for a few seconds, nullifying stat boosting potions. Dust attacks can not be protected against but they do no damage to health.

When the Phoenix has been defeated, she crawls onto the pyre. The player can use a tinderbox to set the pyre alight. The phoenix is consumed by the flames and is then reborn. Once she reappears, talk to her to receive the reward.


Cavern effects

The caverns have some strange effects that seem to hinder some abilities:

  • Summoning familiars may fail to follow players through from one cave to the next. If this happens, use the Call Familiar button.
  • Some players have reported not being able to teleport out of the caverns. If this happens, a player can right-click a cavern doorways and choose 'Escape cavern'. This option must be chosen from the final cavern if a player is looking for a phoenix pet.


Phoenix Lair is near the Piscatoris Fishing Colony. Players can get to the area by walking or by one of these faster methods:

Maps of the lair

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


It is highly recommended that players use Prayer protection in this area. Since multiple foes using different Attack styles will attack the player at the same time, it is also highly recommended that armour with high Defence stats is used.

The reborn monsters will not respawn. Higher-levelled players may choose to kill them all on each level for the experience or fun of it.


Lower-levelled players

The recommended minimum stats for going there are:

The recommended inventory for players with the minimum stats:

Sacred clay armour is useful as players can switch between armour styles while wearing it. Bringing a Ring of life may also be smart, as players can easily die here due to reasons such as lag and not paying attention to Prayer points.

Higher-levelled Players

Players who are over level 100 combat have two effective methods of completing the Phoenix Lair: the tanking method, and the Prayer method.

Tanking method

The recommended stats for this method are:

The recommended inventory is:

  • A tinderbox, a knife and secateurs (all required)
  • A Falador shield (shield 3 highly recommended, although 2 will do fine)
  • A prayer potion (to be safe)
  • 1 Super strength potion and Super defence potion (replace Super strength with a Ranging potion if ranging)
  • A one-click teleport (in case you run out of food, which shouldn't happen)
  • 5 empty spaces (for the branches)
  • The rest of the inventory should be filled with high-healing food, but if you do this method correctly you will only have to eat 3 or so pieces of food for the whole cave.
The draining effect of the phoenix.

Players using the tanking method should wear their best armour to get the highest melee and ranged defence bonuses possible, such as Torags armour and a good shield such as the Dragonfire shield. This way, they will have good protection against the warriors and rangers and will only have to turn on Protect from Magic for the mages. If players are running out of prayer, they should activate their Falador shield to restore their prayer points, and then drink their prayer potions if necessary.

Prayer method

The recommended stats for this method are:

The recommended inventory is:

Players using the Prayer method should wear armour that gives high prayer bonuses but fairly good defence, such as Proselyte armour or Verac's armour. Vestment cloaks, Bandos boots or White boots, and a stole are also good additions.

Players should activate Protect from Magic for the mages; the warriors and rangers should not harm too much. If they do, there is plenty of food. With the recommended stats, good prayer armour, and a Falador shield 2 or 3, players using this method will not need Prayer potions for the entire cave; their prayer will drain slowly enough so that the Falador shield will provide enough prayer points to even last for the battle with the Phoenix.

A player fighting the Phoenix.


  • Spirit wolves along with Howl scrolls can be used to scare away the guardians if you get cornered or blocked and can't get past them. If your familiar did not follow you to the next cave use its' "call" feature.
  • Make your combat preparations before you enter the first cavern: drink any potions, turn on prayer, turn on run, etc.
  • Each of the first five caverns has several choke points where the reborn monsters block you. The monster will not leave the choke point, so you must kill it before you can pass through. At a minimum, you will encounter one choke point in each of these caverns.
  • When you reach the phoenix's cavern, you can turn off prayer while you get ready for the final battle. The phoenix will not appear until you prepare the pyre. Drink your potions to top up your combat abilities. It is not efficient to drink super attack potions here, though, as the phoenix's dust attack will lower your attack for a few seconds, which then resets to its normal level.
  • Logging out during a run of the lair will require you to start over.
  • These monsters will not be shoved by the Dragon spear or Zamorakian spear specials, as they are "too large to knock back."
  • The shrine in this cavern is not an Altar and so you cannot recharge prayer points here. If you will use prayer against the phoenix, make sure you top up with a prayer potion if you are low on points.
  • If you forget to talk to the phoenix before exiting the cave, the next time you enter the cave system you will be in her cave and be able to obtain your quills.


The reborn can travel via pools of lava that spontaneously appear in the path of the player.


Note that the phoenix does not drop anything, but she will give 5 Phoenix quills when talked to after the battle.



Ranging Equipment

Herbs and ingredients


Runes and Talismans

Ores and Gems



Weapons and Armour


Reward for completing the Phoenix's "challenge" each time:

  • 7,500 Firemaking experience
  • 3,000 Fletching experience
  • 1,000 Crafting experience
  • 500 Slayer experience (NOTE: 5,000 Slayer experience is only awarded the first time the Phoenix is defeated.)
  • 5 Phoenix quills
  • A chance to receive a phoenix egg. A Cute phoenix eggling can be hatched by clapping to the egg. A Mean Phoenix Eggling can be hatched by kicking the egg. You can have one of each variation. Level 72 Summoning is required to hatch the egg within the cavern; however, you may obtain the egg without the required Summoning level.

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