OSRS Pyramid Plunder Guide

18.01.2024 - 13:19:47
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OSRS Pyramid Plunder Guide

OSRS has a surprisingly good selection of minigames to participate in. One of them is Pyramid Plunder. Whether you're up for a fun challenge or for a rewarding one, Pyramid Plunder is a good way to spend your time. If you haven't heard or tried this game yet, we'll give you a glimpse at what to expect, as well as what you need to do to become successful in this minigame.

What Is OSRS Pyramid Plunder?


Welcome to Pyramid Plunder, a captivating Thieving minigame nestled in the heart of the Jalsavrah Pyramid, within the vibrant city of Sophanem, situated far in the southern expanse of the Kharidian Desert. As you embark on this daring venture, be prepared to unlock its secrets behind one of four nondescript doors, diligently guarded by the formidable Guardian mummy.

As you delve into the intricacies of Pyramid Plunder, a ticking clock sets the stage, granting you a mere five minutes to pilfer the treasures hidden within the ancient pyramid. Brace yourself for the challenge that awaits, with the pyramid unfolding into eight distinct rooms, each demanding a progressively higher Thieving skill level to navigate successfully.

Requirements And Recommendations

To embark on your Pyramid Plunder journey, ensure your Thieving skill is at least level 21. As you progress, every ten additional levels, up to a maximum of 91 Thieving, will unlock access to increasingly lucrative rooms within the pyramid. It's crucial to note that these Thieving levels cannot be boosted, so genuine skill progression is essential for advancing deeper into the minigame.

Before you can test your thieving prowess in Pyramid Plunder, it's a prerequisite to have initiated the quest "Icthlarin's Little Helper" for access to the city of Sophanem. This quest opens the gateway to the intriguing world of Pyramid Plunder.

or a smoother Pyramid Plunder experience, it's highly advisable to complete the "Contact!" quest, allowing you the convenience of banking in the nearby Sophanem Dungeon. This unlocks a strategic advantage, enabling you to manage your resources efficiently during your thieving escapades.

Additionally, consider boosting your Prayer skill to at least level 43. With Protect from Melee activated, you'll enjoy full damage mitigation against the relentless onslaught of mummies and scarab swarms within the pyramid.

Recommended Gear Setup


  • Lockpick: facilitates easier tomb door openings but grants only half the Thieving experience for unlocking.
  • Snake charm (Thieving levels below 51): increases chances of looting urns; less effective at higher levels.
  • Superantipoisons or antidotes++.
  • One or two Prayer potions or alternatives for Prayer restoration against Melee attacks.
  • Optional: one or two stamina potions.
  • Unless collecting regular artifacts, fill remaining inventory slots with food.


  • Pharaoh's sceptre: fastest teleport to the game's start.
  • If having a rejuvenation pool or better, consider Teleport to House tablets along with the sceptre.
  • Without a rejuvenation pool, a ring of dueling or desert amulet 4 offers continuous stat restoration and quick bank access.
  • Graceful outfit or weight-reducing gear to eliminate the need for stamina potions.
  • Prayer-boosting equipment like Ardougne cloak 1+ or a dragonbone necklace.
  • Melee defense armor if not using Protect from Melee.
  • Charged serpentine helm for poison immunity as an alternative to antidotes or antipoisons. Note: scarab swarms consume 10 Zulrah's scales even with Prayer on; escape the room before receiving hitsplats to avoid consumption.
  • Prayer Book and Holy Symbol for a low-level alternative to cure poison.

How To Get To Pyramid Plunder

Jalsavrah, the northern pyramid in Sophanem, offers multiple access routes:

  1. Shantay Pass Carpet:
    • Take a Shantay Pass Carpet or utilize Pollnivneach teleport/house portal to reach Pollnivneach.
    • Head south and ride the magic carpet from Pollnivneach to Sophanem for 400 coins (or 200 with Rogue Trader miniquest).
  1. Fairy Ring Method:
    • Travel to the fairy ring with code "akp" and enter the city through the eastern gate.
    • This method requires unlocking the Necropolis during Beneath Cursed Sands and having 62 Agility (boostable).
  1. Pharaoh's Sceptre:

    • Utilize the Pharaoh's sceptre to directly access the Jalsavrah minigame lobby.
    • Charge the sceptre first by conversing with the Guardian mummy inside the room.

Choose the method that suits your preferences and available resources to access Jalsavrah.

Entering the Jalsavrah Pyramid is a task of both chance and skill. Among the four seemingly identical doors, only one grants access to the formidable Guardian mummy, while the others lead to abandoned rooms. If you find yourself in an empty chamber, simply exit the pyramid, and you'll always find yourself back at the northern door. The correct entrance changes every 25 minutes, adding an element of unpredictability. Until then, all players share the same correct door, making it advantageous to play on the official game world (493) if you're yet to acquire a Pharaoh's sceptre.

Once you've located the elusive correct door, your success in entering is contingent upon your Thieving level. A failed attempt may result in a brief stun and 1-4 points of damage, but perseverance is key. Keep trying until you successfully enter. Once inside, engage with the Guardian mummy by speaking to him or right-clicking to initiate the game. Alternatively, if you possess the Pharaoh's sceptre, a direct teleport to Jalsavrah places you conveniently next to the Guardian mummy.

Upon entry, brace yourself for a timer set at five minutes. This limited time frame is your window to pilfer as much treasure as possible from the pyramid's depths. As the clock runs down or if you decide to leave prematurely, you'll be teleported back outside. An important note: should you be fortunate enough to acquire the rare Pharaoh's sceptre during your expedition, the Guardian mummy will promptly conclude your run and teleport you outside. Be mindful that if your inventory is full, the sceptre will be dropped beneath you outside the pyramid.

Pyramid Plunder Gameplay


Navigating through each room in Pyramid Plunder involves a series of challenges and opportunities for lucrative rewards. Brace yourself for the following encounters:

1. Spear Traps:

In every room, your first task is to disarm a spear trap. A failed attempt may result in 1-4 damage, but success earns you 10 Thieving experience. This essential step paves the way for your exploration of the room.

2. Urns:

Discover up to 13 lootable urns in each room (excluding the third room, which has one less). Beware, as searching an urn might unleash a snake, dealing 1-4 damage and poisoning you for the same amount. Persistent attempts can yield success, or, alternatively, use a snake charm to enhance your chances. Note that checking for snakes and charming them may be counterproductive at higher Thieving levels.

3. Golden Chests:

A Grand Gold Chest, situated in the center of each room, awaits your attention. Opening it in one click might reveal the coveted Pharaoh's sceptre, but be cautious - your Thieving level influences the chance of triggering a trap (1-4 damage). Disturbing the chest spawns a level 98 scarab swarm, aggressive and capable of poisoning. Although you'll still receive an artefact, no Thieving experience is granted when the swarm appears.

4. Sarcophagus:

Each room houses a sarcophagus, which, with some time, may also reveal a Pharaoh's sceptre. Instead of Thieving, opening it relies on Strength and grants Strength experience. Engaging in combat with a scarab swarm won't interrupt this action. Occasionally, a level 84 mummy may emerge from the sarcophagus, hitting up to 6 damage. The likelihood of this event increases in later rooms.

5. Tomb Doors:

Encounter four locked tomb doors in each room, with one leading to the next stage and three being decoys. Failing to open the doors holds no consequences. Possessing a lockpick improves your chances but halves the experience gained. The correct doors remain consistent for all players in a given round, but they change whenever a new player initiates a round by entering room 1. A hidden update ensures that if you've attempted three incorrect doors, the fourth door will unfailingly lead to the next room. Be cautious, though, as doors that others disappear through may not necessarily be correct for subsequent players.

Exiting the Game:

Feel free to leave the game early through an exit door or any teleportation method, ensuring a swift departure from Pyramid Plunder when needed.

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Pyramid Plunder Rewards

Artefacts play a crucial role in Pyramid Plunder, offering both financial value and utility in charging the coveted Pharaoh's sceptre. Here's a breakdown of the artefacts you may encounter, their selling prices, and the recommended approach to handle them:

Artefacts and Selling Prices:

  • Ivory comb:
    • Rooms: 1-2
    • Sold for: 50
    • GE price: 899
    • Difference: -849
    • Note: The ivory comb is significantly more valuable when sold on the Grand Exchange compared to Simon Templeton at the Agility Pyramid.
  • Pottery scarab:
    • Rooms: All
    • Sold for: 75
    • GE price: 75
    • Difference: 0
  • Pottery statuette:
    • Rooms: All
    • Sold for: 100
    • GE price: 97
    • Difference: 3
  • Stone seal:
    • Rooms: All
    • Sold for: 150
    • GE price: 148
    • Difference: 2
  • Stone scarab:
    • Rooms: All
    • Sold for: 175
    • GE price: 175
    • Difference: 0
  • Stone statuette:
    • Rooms: All
    • Sold for: 200
    • GE price: 199
    • Difference: 1
  • Gold seal:
    • Rooms: 3-8
    • Sold for: 750
    • GE price: 751
    • Difference: -1
  • Golden scarab:
    • Rooms: 4-8
    • Sold for: 1,000
    • GE price: 1,003
    • Difference: -3
  • Golden statuette:
    • Rooms: 7-8
    • Sold for: 1,250
    • GE price: 1,272
    • Difference: -22

Pharaoh's Sceptre:

  • Players may rarely find a Pharaoh's sceptre instead of an artefact inside a golden chest or sarcophagus.
  • If acquired, the player will be teleported outside the pyramid, and if the inventory is full, the sceptre will drop on the ground under the player.

Drop Rates for Pharaoh's Sceptre:

  • Room-Level Requirements:
    • See below for the drop rates in both the sarcophagus and chest based on the Thieving level required for each room.
  • Cumulative Rates:
    • If searching all golden chests as far as your level allows, cumulative rates for obtaining a Pharaoh's sceptre per run vary based on Thieving level. Skipping sarcophagi in rooms 1-3 is generally considered more time-effective due to the lower odds of rolling a sceptre during these initial rooms.
LevelCumulative Rate (Including Sarcophagi)Cumulative Rate (Skipping Room 1-3 Sarcophagi)

These insights should guide your approach to handling artefacts and optimizing your chances of obtaining the elusive Pharaoh's sceptre in Pyramid Plunder.

Why is the Pharoah's sceptre such a good find?

One of the standout features of the sceptre is its ability to teleport the wielder to any of the great pyramids scattered across the expansive Kharidian Desert. This convenient teleportation function utilizes charges, with an initial capacity of three charges. However, dedicated adventurers can enhance the sceptre's potential by unlocking the Desert Diary rewards, allowing it to store an impressive maximum of 100 charges.

It's important to note that the Pharaoh's Sceptre is only tradable when uncharged. Once charged, its magical capabilities and teleportation prowess make it an invaluable tool for traversing the desert landscape and accessing various locations with ease. As an iconic item obtained through Pyramid Plunder, the Pharaoh's Sceptre stands as both a symbol of thieving prowess and a versatile instrument for efficient travel across the arid expanse.

The Pharaoh's Sceptre boasts a versatile teleportation feature, enabling adventurers to reach various destinations across the Kharidian Desert and beyond, extending even into the Wilderness up to level 30. Here are the distinct teleportation destinations offered by the sceptre:

  1. Jalsavrah, the Tomb of Kings:
    • Default teleport destination, leading players to the starting lobby of Pyramid Plunder.
    • Ideal for quick access to the Pyramid Plunder minigame.
  1. Jaleustrophos, the Tomb of the Agile:
    • Transports players near Simon Templeton's camp.
    • Convenient for interactions with Simon Templeton and other activities in the vicinity.
  1. Jaldraocht, the Tomb of Magic:
    • Teleports players directly to the entrance of the pyramid.
    • Offers a swift means of entering the pyramid without traversing the surrounding area.
  1. Jaltevas, the Tomb of the Father:
    • Teleports players to a location next to the obelisk in the necropolis.
    • Communing with the obelisk is a prerequisite for teleporting to this destination.

It's crucial to note that the teleportation ability of the Pharaoh's Sceptre enhances a player's mobility and efficiency, whether engaged in Pyramid Plunder or navigating various locations in the Kharidian Desert and the Wilderness.

Recharging the Pharaoh's Sceptre is an essential task, and the guardian mummy inside Jalsavrah, the Pyramid Plunder pyramid, is the key to this process. Despite the mummy's complaints about the ownership of the sceptre, it will dutifully recharge it for the player.

To replenish the sceptre, players are required to offer the guardian mummy a specific number of artefacts. The player can choose between three types of artefacts: Gold, Stone, and Ivory/Pottery. The quantities needed for each type are as follows:

  • Gold Artefacts: 6
  • Stone Artefacts: 12
  • Ivory/Pottery Artefacts: 24

Players can combine artefacts of the same material and may use noted artefacts. It's recommended to use the last charge of the sceptre to teleport to Pyramid Plunder for recharging, as returning without a teleport can be a lengthy journey.

By default, the sceptre is recharged to three charges. However, players who have completed different tiers of the Desert Diary receive additional charges as follows:

  • Easy Diary: Up to 10 charges
  • Medium Diary: Up to 25 charges
  • Hard Diary: Up to 50 charges
  • Elite Diary: Up to 100 charges

The following table provides information on the costs of recharging each individual artefact based on Grand Exchange prices and compares the artefact values when sold to Simon Templeton:

Artefact ClassItemRequired countGE cost to chargeSale price to SimonDifference
Ivory/PotteryIvory comb2421,5761,200-20,376
Ivory/PotteryPottery scarab241,8001,8000
Ivory/PotteryPottery statuette242,3282,40072
StoneStone seal121,7761,80024
StoneStone scarab122,1002,1000
StoneStone statuette122,3882,40012
GoldGold seal64,5064,500-6
GoldGolden scarab66,0186,000-18
GoldGolden statuette67,6327,500-132

Thieving Training With Pyramid Plunder

Achieving optimal Thieving experience rates in Pyramid Plunder is a strategic endeavor, offering a potential high of 120,000 experience per hour at level 71, escalating to an impressive 270,000 experience at level 91. It's crucial to factor in the inevitability of failed searches and occasional resupplies, leading to a more realistic expectation of about half of these rates. Your equipment choices, including the invaluable Pharaoh's sceptre, play a pivotal role in maximizing efficiency, effectively nullifying the time spent entering the pyramid.

For the most efficient experience gains, focus on looting the following:

1. Golden Chests:

Target the golden chests, particularly in room 4 and beyond, for optimal returns. If your Thieving level is lower, consider searching chests in earlier rooms as well.

2. Urns:

Loot all urns in your second-to-last and last potential rooms, ensuring that you reserve at least 90 seconds for the final room. Be cautious, as the potential for snakes within the urns might slow down your progress. Evaluate your Thieving level and prioritize accordingly.

3. Sarcophagi (Optional for Pharaoh's Sceptre):

If you're on a quest for the coveted Pharaoh's sceptre, direct your attention to the sarcophagi in rooms 4 and beyond. These rooms offer higher sceptre rates, though it's essential to note that opening sarcophagi yields no Thieving experience and requires an investment of time.

Always adopt a strategic approach when it comes to looting chests and sarcophagi. Reserve these actions for the final moments before leaving the room to avoid unnecessary confrontations and potential resource drains. Remember, the goal is to optimize your Thieving experience gains, and a well-thought-out sequence of actions can significantly contribute to your success in Pyramid Plunder.

RoomLvl ReqUrnChestDoorSarcophagus
121+604040Strength - 20
231+906060Strength - 30
341+150100100Strength - 50
451+215140140Strength - 70
561+300200200Strength - 100
671+450300300Strength - 150
781+675450450Strength - 225
891+825550N/AStrength - 275

Helpful Tips For Pyramid Plunder

Maximizing efficiency in your Pyramid Plunder runs requires a strategic approach, and here are some valuable tips:

  1. Off-Peak Official Worlds:

To expedite your Pyramid Plunder runs, choose official worlds during off-peak hours or those with minimal player activity. Door resets occur when another player enters the mini-game, so fewer participants enhance the overall speed of your runs.

  1. Group Efficiency:

Running Pyramid Plunder is most efficient with one or two other players. Coordination becomes smoother, and the instance-sharing mechanic allows for optimal door exploration.

  1. Guardian Door Orientation:

Before obtaining your first sceptre, follow other players to determine the Guardian's location. This insight helps you swiftly identify the correct door side.

  1. Sceptre-Only Approach:

For those solely seeking the sceptre, focus on looting golden chests in rooms 1-8 exclusively and exit promptly. Sarcophagi are often deemed time-consuming and not worthwhile due to their high failure rates and time-consuming openings.

  1. Sarcophagus Timing:

If you still choose to engage with sarcophagi, open them first as combat interruptions prevent sarcophagus interaction. However, consider their time cost and failure rates.

  1. Preserve Your First Sceptre:

Once you acquire your first sceptre, resist the temptation to create an altar. Preserve it to expedite subsequent runs and significantly enhance your grinding speed.

  1. Rapid Repeating Runs:

After looting the chest on floor 8, teleport back to the minigame and restart immediately. This rapid cycling approach, with an average of 25 runs per hour, is a potent strategy to reach drop rate in approximately 4.5 hours.

  1. The Great Brain Robbery Quest:

Completing The Great Brain Robbery quest offers the advantage of healing poison using only 2 prayer points when equipped with the prayer book and holy symbol.

  1. Lockpick Considerations:

Using a lockpick increases door-opening success rates but comes at the cost of lower experience gained. Weigh the trade-offs based on your preferences and goals.

By implementing these strategies, you'll navigate Pyramid Plunder with precision, optimizing your time investment and increasing your chances of acquiring the elusive Pharaoh's sceptre efficiently.

Plundering The Pyramids

Pyramid Plunder is both fun and rewarding. However, it does take a lot of effort and strategy to master this OSRS minigame. With this guide we've given, you're sure to make the most out of your run within the pyramid. You'll have a lot of chances to do it so don't be afraid to fail.

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