Deranged archaeologist
Deranged archaeologist
Release date 7 September 2017 (Update)
Members? Yes
Combat level 276
Always drops Bones
He's seen things that people wouldn't believe.
Combat info
Hitpoints 200
Aggressive Yes
Poisonous No
Max hit 28 (standard)

70+ (special)

Weakness Magic
Attack Styles
Ranged, Melee
Slayer icon Slayer info
Slayer level 1
Slayer XP 200
Category Boss
Assigned by
Chaeldar chatheadNieve chatheadDuradel chathead
Combat icon Combat stats
Attack icon Strength icon Defence icon Magic icon Ranged icon
280 160 280 1 320
Attack icon Aggressive stats
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic icon Ranged icon
+0 +0 +0 +0 +90
Defence icon Defensive stats
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic icon Ranged icon
+20 +20 +50 +300 +300
Other bonuses Immunities
Attack icon
Strength icon
Ranged Strength icon
Magic Damage icon
Poison hitsplat
Venom hitsplat
+280 +30 +90 +0% Not immune Not immune
Attack speed
Monster attack speed 7

The deranged archaeologist is a demi-boss located on Fossil Island, at the southern end of the Tar Swamp. An axe is required to reach him.

He's exactly the same as the Crazy archaeologist in terms of combat and attack - he throws books as a ranged attack, and punches and kicks nearby players. As his special attack, it's fairly the same, except he yells "Learn to Read!", and that the orange books deal much more damage.

If he is fighting a player, but cannot attack them (either due to safespotting or he cannot "see" them), it will prompt him to yell "No hiding!", causing the player to take heavy damage.
Fighting Deranged archaeologist

A player damaged by the deranged archaeologist's special attack.


  • "Round and round and round and round!"
  • "The plants! They're alive!"
  • "They came from the ground! They came from the ground!!!"
  • "Learn to Read!"
  • "The doors won't stay closed forever!"
  • "They're cheering! Why are they cheering?"
  • "Time is running out! She will rise again!"
  • "No hiding!"
  • "Oh!" (death)



Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Bones Bones 1 Always 48


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Black d'hide body Black d'hide body 1 Common 7,440
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,955
Rune sword Rune sword 1 Uncommon 12,160
Rune mace Rune mace 1 Uncommon 8,353
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,721


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Water rune Water rune 100; 200 Common 500–1,000
Mud rune Mud rune 40 Common 8,080
Rune knife Rune knife 25 Uncommon 11,850
Dragon arrow 5 Dragon arrow 60 Uncommon 102,300


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Plain pizza Plain pizza 1 Common 438
Anchovy pizza Anchovy pizza 2 Common 1,148
Prayer potion(3) Prayer potion(3) 1 Common 6,942
Shark Shark 2 Uncommon 2,344
Potato with cheese Potato with cheese 3 Uncommon 1,365


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Crystal key Crystal key 1 Uncommon 22,766
Runite limbs Runite limbs 1 Uncommon 9,365
White berries White berries 10 (noted) Uncommon 9,330
Cannonball Cannonball 80 Uncommon 18,080
Black dragonhide Black dragonhide 8 (noted) Uncommon 25,592
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 4 (noted) Uncommon 3,056
Gold ore Gold ore 10 (noted) Uncommon 3,520
Onyx bolt tips 5 Onyx bolt tips 6 Rare 50,340
Long bone Long bone 1 Rare Not sold
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare Not sold


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Numulite 25 Numulite 5–115 Common (108/175=62%) 140–3,220
Unidentified small fossil Unidentified small fossil 1 Uncommon (6/175=3.4%) Not sold
Unidentified medium fossil Unidentified medium fossil 1 Uncommon (3/175=1.7%) Not sold
Unidentified large fossil Unidentified large fossil 1 Uncommon (12/875=1.37%) Not sold
Unidentified rare fossil Unidentified rare fossil 1 Rare (3/875=0.34%) Not sold

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster has access to the standard rare drop table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000 Coins 3,000 Rare Not sold
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Rare 8,251
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Rare 13,987
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 909
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Rare 12,509
Rare drop table talisman Unknown talisman
(please specify)
1 Very rare Error
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Very rare 12,864
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,955
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,517
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 830
Law rune Law rune 45 Very rare 9,045
Death rune Death rune 45 Very rare 10,620
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 6,150
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 3,822
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,140
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,574
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,723
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 8,300
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,732
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,211
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 58,721
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Very rare 12,059
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,571
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,818
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 3,912
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Very rare 690


  • Upon release, the Deranged Archaeologist dropped uncharged amulet of glories at an uncommon rate. As the amulet of glory is one of the most coveted ironman items (which had high requirements - either 83 Hunter to catch dragon implings, or 80 Crafting to create), this caused player complaints about making it far too easy to obtain. This was changed and now he drops crystal keys instead.
  • Upon release, the Deranged Archaeologist could be safespotted. To counter this, Jagex added an attack (indicated by him shouting No hiding!), allowing him to damage players if he cannot attack them.
  • The examine text is a reference to the "Tears in Rain" monologue in 1982 film Blade Runner.