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Note
worldmap globe.gifThe official worlds to play Pest Control on are: 53 (main game world) and 69.


Please Note
This area is 'Safe' meaning if you die here, you will not lose any items.
However, if you are poisoned outside of the event/area you can still die.


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Monsters coming through the portal

The Void Knights are devoted to keeping the balance that exists on Gielinor as decreed by Guthix. In the past this meant little more than the odd assassination, but times are changing. Recently, creatures from another realm have begun breaking through into this one, although these incursions have so far been limited to small islands to the far south of RuneScape.

Outposts were constructed near the regular breaches to house the Void Knights whose magic was used to close the portals. Unfortunately, the invaders have become more aggressive and have managed to overrun some outposts before the ritual could be completed. Can someone help the Void Knights' effort and fight back against the creatures?


Location

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Where to start

The journey starts in Port Sarim.

Find the boat highlighted to the left, just south of the Lady Lumbridge, and speak with the Squire. She will explain that there is a situation developing and will ask if you want to go to the Void Knights' Outpost.

If you say yes, you will sail the long journey to the outpost south of Ape Atoll.

Once there, you will find yourself standing on the north dock of the outpost mapped below.

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Void Knight Outpost map

Welcome to the Void Knights' Outpost!

There are a few shops to explore here as well as a bank.

The archery store sells Ranged weapons such as javelins, as well as providing arrowheads up to rune.

The character in the smithy will fix broken tools and Barrows armour, similar to the services provided by other NPCs such as Bob in Lumbridge.

The Magic shop sells runes for a very fair price, all to help your efforts in holding the creatures back.


Requirements

Pest Control has three different difficulty levels.

  • To enter the novice lander, you must have a combat level of at least 50.
  • To enter the intermediate lander, you must have a combat level of at least 100.
  • To enter the veteran lander, you must have a combat level of at least 150.

Recommended Items

As you will be attacking and defending against a veritable horde of creatures, good armour is highly recommended. If you are going as a mage, you will need runes for your chosen spells. If you are going as a ranger, you will need your preferred ammunition. Please note that any runes used or ammunition lost will not be returned.

Good food is recommended if you wish to stay out fighting. If you die, however, you will respawn in the area without loss of items, so you can simply run back into the action.

A hammer and hatchet is recommended as you may (and probably will!) lose your built-in defences (walls and gates). You will need a hatchet to collect logs, and a hammer to repair the damaged gate/fence.

Please note: cannons are not allowed on the island.


Holding back the Hordes

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Portal locations

When you decide you want to join the efforts of the Void Knights, cross the gangplank to board the lander. The lander will leave after five minutes if five or more people are in the lander, or automatically when the lander is full (twenty-five people).

When you arrive on the island then the battle has begun! The aim of the game is to defend the Void Knight, and not let him die to claim your reward. The number of creatures in the game is dependent on the number of people in the game, as well as the difficulty level (novice, intermediate or veteran). The bigger the group, the more creatures will come through the portals.

There are 4 portals on the island (as shown in the map). These portals produce the creatures shown in the next section. Each creature has a specific ability or purpose to the minigame, so attack and defend well.

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Each of the portals is protected by a magical field, however, and you will not be able to attack any portal until the void knight has been able to break down its defences. For this reason, you should do your utmost to keep the knight alive until all of the portals can be attacked. In the interface to the left, for instance, the blue portal has no shield any more and can be attacked, but the other three are still immune.

You will be informed in your chat box when the knight has broken down one of the magical fields, as well as being able to check it in the interface at the top of your screen.

The game will end when the Void Knight has been defended for twenty minutes, or all the portals have been destroyed (see rest of guide/rewards for the effects of this).

The Pests

The pests' combat levels vary between the different levels of the game. If you have joined the novice lander, for instance, the creatures will be much weaker than those faced by people who have joined the veteran lander.

Note: You get less combat experience from fighting pests than you would fighting monsters elsewhere in RuneScape. This is because you can trade your Commendations in for even more experience.

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Brawler
Brawlers are large monsters, varying in combat level and colouring. Generally, these lumbering beasts will defend the portals and not stray too close to the fort. Beware, however, as they will try to crush anyone who gets in their way! Brawlers will block you from moving past, so you will have to move around them.
Defiler
Defilers are agile and quick, again varying in combat level and colouring. They throw large barbs over great distances, and have the ability to attack you (or the Void Knight) from far away, inflicting significant damage.
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Ravager
Ravagers are small humanoids with mole-like claws. Ravagers will have no problem tearing down and through defences with their claws. If you are to defend well, it is important to kill these before you lose your gates!
Shifter
Shifters are dangerous melee fighters with large spines on their backs. They have different combat levels and colouring, and watch out: these creatures can create small portals for themselves to teleport short distances. They can even teleport past walls and up levels!
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Spinner
Spinners appear to float above the ground and use spider-like legs to repair the portals. They will not stray into battle to attack the Void Knight, but must be killed before they repair any portals. When a portal is destroyed any spinners nearby will explode, damaging and poisoning any players standing too close.
Splatter
Splatters look like a large ball of pulsing fluid with one eye in the middle. They should not be underestimated at all. Splatters are dangerous, as they will happily bounce towards your fort and explode! This inflicts damage to nearby objects and players.
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Torcher
Torchers are again varied in colour and combat level. These are winged creatures that fly towards the Knight to attack. Like the defilers, torchers will use long-distance attacks, but these consist of magical fire.

Attacking

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Planning an assault

If you are attacking, you will need to negotiate your way around the creatures as they try to attack you or the Void Knight. You should also concern yourself with finding an unprotected portal. Portals that still have a barrier will be impervious to harm, so be sure to check which portals are undefended.

If you are attacking, your aim is to get to the portals and destroy them. Your efforts will be hindered by those creatures near the portals, such as the brawlers. Your biggest concern should be with any spinners near the portal (see the table above for spinner image) as they will heal it fast; so ensure you make attacking these your highest priority.

For mages and rangers, there are strong offensive positions to be found in the towers. You can stand in the tower and cast spells or shoot arrows from above, while remaining relatively safe and distracting attention from the Void Knight.

As shown in the image above, your enemy in the towers are the shifters. They have the ability to open portals and pass into a nearby area. This includes short-distance teleporting from the ground to the tower!

Attacking is beneficial for the defenders, as the Void Knight will be healed 500 life points for every portal destroyed.

Defending

Sitting behind walls is well and good; but walls will not protect the Void Knight - only you and your team can do that.

Your main concern with defending the Void Knight will be with defilers, torchers and shifters. Defilers and torchers are dangerous as they use VERY long distance Magic and Ranged attacks (see the creature section for attacks and more info).

You will need to send warriors out to kill these, or Mage and Range from distance/the towers. Shifters are dangerous as they can teleport right next to the Void Knight if they wish to attack him straight away!

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Your final worry when defending will be with ravagers. Ravagers are dangerous to defenders as they can simply tear through those defences external to the base, and also smash doors down.

You will need to defend areas with broken gates to prevent creatures walking up to the Void Knight, or send someone with logs and a hammer to repair the gate.

Beware, if the ravagers are not killed then they will happily smash the gate down again as it is getting fixed!


Rewards

There are two ways you can win in this minigame.

  1. Successfully defend the Void Knight for twenty minutes.
  2. Destroy all of the portals.

As long as the Void Knight survives, you have won and will receive Commendations for beating the game.

  • If you win a game from the novice lander, you will receive 2 Commendations
  • If you win a game from the intermediate lander, you will receive 3 Commendations
  • If you win a game from the veteran lander, you will receive 4 Commendations

Please note: If you do not deal more than 500 life points damage total (on any monsters or portals), you will not be awarded any Commendations. You can also add 50 to your 'life point damage' total by repairing broken barriers.

You will also be awarded a number of coins equal to ten times your combat level when you win a game of Pest Control.

You can have a maximum of 500 points. To cash your Commendations in, speak to or right-click a Void Knight found on and about the Outpost. The Void Knights will only offer training in skills that you have at level 25 or above.

Please note: Those who trade in 100 Commendations at a time will notice the Knights grant an extra 10% on top of the experience you buy! If you trade in 10 Commendations at a time you will receive a 1% bonus on any experience you buy. The Commendations you receive from the Conquest minigame are the same as those you receive from Pest Control.

Void Knight Mace

This unique mace not only serves as a strong melee weapon but adds 10% to any magic damage you cause while wielding it. You must have at least level 42 in Attack, Strength, Defence, Constitution, Ranged and Magic, as well as having 22 Prayer or more to buy this item from the Knights.

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 member badge tiny.png Void knight mace   5   Magic   0   3   0   Crush icon   48   50   0%   0%   0% 
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Void Knight Armour

You must have at least level 42 in Attack, Strength, Defence, Constitution, Ranged and Magic, as well as having 22 Prayer or more to buy these items from the Knights. If you wear a complete set of Void Knight armour (you need the Void Knight helm and any three of the four pieces of Void Knight armour to complete a set. The mace does not count as armour), you will receive a bonus 'set effect' depending on the helm you have chosen to wear.

  • Void melee helm: +10% to Attack and damage
  • Void mage helm: +30% to Magic attack
  • Void ranger helm: +10% to Attack and damage
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 member badge tiny.png Void knight deflector   0   Combat icon   95.3   0   623   None   0   0   0%   0%   0% 
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 member badge tiny.png Void knight robe   0   Combat icon   110.1   0   720   None   0   0   0%   0%   0% 
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 member badge tiny.png Void knight top   0   Combat icon   115.1   0   960   None   0   0   0%   0%   0% 
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 member badge tiny.png Void melee helm   0   Melee   100.1   0   480   None   0   0   0%   0%   0% 
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 member badge tiny.png Void mage helm   0   Magic   100.1   0   480   None   0   0   0%   0%   0% 
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 member badge tiny.png Void ranger helm   0   Ranged   100.1   0   480   None   0   0   0%   0%   0% 
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Notes

* If you lose the elite Void Knight top reward from The Void Stares Back quest, you can trade in this normal Void Knight top to replace the lost item. After that quest, you are also able to upgrade Void Knight robes to elite Void Knight robes.

~ The Void Knight deflector can only be obtained by those with a rank of at least 1250 in the Void Knight Conquest minigame.

Void Knight Seals

The seals that mark a Void Knight are potent weapons against the chaotic disorder of the beasts that come through the portals. To unleash the power of the seal, right-click on it and select 'Rub' (or use the 'Operate' option if you are wearing it). The seal will inflict damage on nearby pests. Note that the seal has eight charges.

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 member badge tiny.png Void seal (1)   0   Combat icon   0   0   0   None   0   0   0%   0%   0% 
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Also available: Void seal (2), Void seal (3), Void seal (4), Void seal (5), Void seal (6), Void seal (7) and Void seal (8)



Hybrid Armor

After winning a game of Pest Control, you have a chance to obtain boots from the three Hybrid Armour sets. The chance of obtaining a pair of these boots is improved as you win more games. In order for the drop interface to appear to claim a pair, you must click through the text from the void knight and points count text box. Should you win a game and choose not to click through the text, your win will still count and your chance of obtaining a pair of boots will increase; you only need to go through the text interface for the drop interface to appear. On average it takes players around 500 wins to start getting Hybrid Boots, and roughly 700-800 total wins for all three types, Using the novice boat can help to get faster wins, as the boots depend on wins as opposed to Void Knight Commendations.

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Drop Interface for Hybrid Boots



Development Team

Original Development
Content:
Developer: Graham B
Graphics:
Graphics: Joe R, Matt M, Linh N
Quality Assurance:
QA: Andy C
Audio:
Audio: Ian T
Rework
Content:
Developer: Tim C
Graphics:
Graphics: Wayne M, Matt M
Quality Assurance:
QA: Nick C


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