That’s right, Zuk is coming to RuneScape. Those familiar with Old School RuneScape may know Zuk as the final boss of the retro-styled MMORPG’s ultimate challenge, The Inferno. But now he is being added to the main game as the boss of the final Elder God Wars front, the TzekHaar. RuneScape players will have to overcome Zuk and the TzekHaar front to save Gielinor.
Serving as a sequel to the iconic Fight Caves and the Fight Kiln, this challenge will be another wave-based survival mode. Each wave will spawn a selection of TzekHaar enemies to kill. The waves will get more difficult as you edge closer to the final fight. Once all of the waves are cleared, players will go head to head with Zuk himself.
As with OSRS‘s Inferno, Zuk acts the final boss of the Tzekhaar front in RuneScape. On release, Zuk will be the highest level enemy in RuneScape history, coming in at a staggering combat level of 14,000. The current highest is a tie between Vorago, Yakamaru, and Seiryu at just 10,000.
He will have 600,000 life points but beyond that, the specific mechanics of the fight are currently unknown. During the reveal live stream, it was hinted that Zuk would join in during some of the regular waves and not just appear at the end. To avoid spoiling anything, only the first three waves of the front were shown. The rest will have to be discovered once the front goes live on October 25.
Unlike both the Inferno and the previous TzHaar challenges, this front will feature checkpoints. The regular difficulty mode will have several checkpoints making it easier for players to progress up to the Zuk fight, though the hard mode variant of the fight will have just one checkpoint. Defeating Zuk on hard mode will reward better loot and some exclusive rewards.
Although the expensive unique items will require Zuk to be defeated, players will still earn income from the regular enemies too. Defeating members of the TzekHaar army will give loot drops that are automatically sent to a reward chest. This acts similarly to how the existing three Elite Dungeons function.
For those worthy
It wouldn’t be a RuneScape God Wars front if the TzekHaar didn’t provide some awesome rewards. Thankfully, developer Jagex has that covered. Zuk and his army drop several new rewards that even the highest level of players are going to be interested in.
Perhaps most prestigious of all is the new tier 95 two-handed sword, Ek-zekkil. This is the sword that Zuk uses during the fight, and players can create it by combining three different parts. These parts are only dropped by Zuk in hard mode.
Furthermore, there are four new capes on the way. The first three are for each of the primary combat styles: magic, melee, and ranged. These all provide a useful passive as well as best in slot stats. The fourth and final cape is a hybrid cape that is earned by completing a flawless run of the waves on hard mode. That means not dying even once between the start of wave one and the end of the Zuk fight.
Some of the other new unique rewards include the Magma Tempest ability codex and the Scripture of Ful. The codex unlocks an ability that surrounds an enemy with deadly molten lava. As for the scripture, this increases all damage dealt by 20% when activated. Although that comes at the cost of an additional 10% damage taken.
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