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Bandos Guide: Conquering the Stronghold in Old School RuneScape

Old School RuneScape (OSRS) is a captivating game with numerous challenges, one of which is conquering the fearsome Bandos Stronghold. In this guide, we'll equip you with the knowledge and strategies needed to successfully face off against the mighty General Graardor and his loyal minions. Let's dive in!


Before embarking on your journey to Bandos' Stronghold, ensure you meet the following requirements:

  1. Combat Level: It is recommended to have a combat level of at least 80.
  2. Prayer Level: A prayer level of 70 or higher is highly advantageous.
  3. Gear: High-tier melee armor such as Barrows or better is recommended. Bring a strong weapon like a Godsword or a Dragon Warhammer.
  4. Food and Potions: Bring ample supplies of high-level food (e.g., Sharks) and potions (such as Super Combat or Overloads) for healing and boosting your combat stats.

Getting There

To reach the Bandos Stronghold, head to the God Wars Dungeon located in the Trollheim region. You will need 40 Kill Count to access the entrance. Take note that the dungeon is a dangerous PvP zone, so be cautious when encountering other players.

Upon entering, make your way to the southeast corner of the dungeon until you find the massive door leading to the Bandos Stronghold. This will require another 40 Kill Count, so prepare for combat encounters along the way.

The Boss Fight: General Graardor

General Graardor

General Graardor is the formidable leader of Bandos' forces and the main target of this adventure. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the encounter:

  1. Protect from Missiles: As you enter the room, activate the Protect from Missiles prayer to reduce Graardor's ranged attacks' damage.

  2. Deal with the Minions: General Graardor is accompanied by three additional minions: Sergeant Steelwill (Mage), Sergeant Grimspike (Ranged), and Sergeant Strongstack (Melee). It is crucial to focus on killing them one by one in quick succession. Prioritize taking down Sergeant Steelwill first, followed by Sergeant Grimspike, and finally, Sergeant Strongstack.

  3. Attacking General Graardor: Once the minions are defeated, it's time to engage General Graardor himself. Activate the Protect from Melee prayer to mitigate his melee attacks. Use your powerful weapon and special attacks to deal significant damage. Keep an eye on your health and eat food whenever necessary.

  4. Repeat and Adapt: After dealing considerable damage to General Graardor, the minions will respawn. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you defeat the General.


Defeating General Graardor can yield substantial rewards, including valuable drops and experience points. Some notable drops include:

  • Bandos Chestplate: A highly sought-after melee chestplate.
  • Bandos Tassets: Powerful melee leg armor.
  • Bandos Boots: Sturdy boots providing excellent defensive bonuses.

Experience Rates and Tips

During your Bandos adventure, you can expect to gain experience in various skills. Here are a few tips to maximize your efficiency:

  1. Combat Experience: The Boss Fight provides Combat experience in Attack, Strength, Defense, and Hitpoints. Utilize combat potions or overloads to boost your stats for faster kills.

  2. Prayer Experience: Activating prayers throughout the fight will grant you Prayer experience. Consider bringing Prayer potions to maintain your prayer points.

  3. Slayer Tasks: If assigned the task by a Slayer Master, defeating General Graardor can contribute towards your Slayer skill and task completion.

  4. Looting: While focusing on the boss, don't forget to pick up valuable drops from the minions as well. These can provide additional experience and financial gains.


With this comprehensive guide, you're now equipped to conquer the Bandos Stronghold and emerge victorious against General Graardor and his minions. Remember to prepare adequately, bring suitable gear and supplies, and adapt your strategy based on the encounter. Good luck on your adventure in Old School RuneScape!

Disclaimer: The XP rates mentioned may vary depending on factors such as player stats, gear, and combat efficiency.