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Automaton Guardians are melee-based opponents created by the Cres, a Guardian of Guthix, to protect Guthix's chamber. They can be found in the central room of Guthix's Cave after the completion of The World Wakes, The Firemaker's Curse, the Ritual of the Mahjarrat, The Chosen Commander, Branches of Darkmeyer, and The Void Stares Back. They require level 67 Slayer to be harmed and are known for their various mid-priced stackable drops and their very rare glove drop.

Currently, the guardians are the least resource intensive variant of Automaton due to lack of damage taken. Torment is highly recommended; due to the approximately 30% increase in profit/kills exceeding the cost of prayer dosage.

Combat

Players should be aware of the monster's special attack, which does a pulsing area of effect damage around the automaton at regular intervals, but roots the monster in place (note it can still perform regular auto attacks while the special is active). This can quickly do 1000+ damage if multiple pulses contact with the player.

Automaton special attack

The automaton's special attack

Strategy

Safe spot automaton

An example of a safe spot.

To fight the Guardians, level 80 weaponry or better is strongly recommended; any lower will sharply cut profits. Torment and its equivalent curses, Anguish and Turmoil, along with Affliction and Malevolence specifically; significantly increase damage when fighting this monster, as the monster has high combat stats in all areas (Torment provides the correct bonus against its weakness).

Safe spotting the monster west or east of the middle area (trapping them by the walls dividing of each boss NPC during the quest) is the easiest approach, as the player takes no damage, you could also use the entangle spell at the cost of 3 nature runes to bind them, (Void Knight equipment is recommended to take advantage of this). Targeting the monsters then using Impact, Asphyxiate, or a binding spell, such as Ice Barrage, initially will root them in place for a period of time allowing the player to inflict large amounts of damage before they can approach. Impact will be ready again to bind them by the time the effect wears off effectively allowing safe spotting from anywhere in the room for those comfortable with advance combat mechanics.

Other conveniences include: the quest reward Sixth-Age circuit, providing a quick teleport back to the area, and legendary pets, which can automatically loot the plethora of stacking objects. 

Drops

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
81–83%5–6%2–3%2–3%7–8%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 8,309 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Common7,717
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed2Common528
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed1Common222
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Uncommon339
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(noted)Uncommon1,404
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon(noted)Uncommon1,322
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(noted)Uncommon3,713
Grimy guamGrimy guam(noted)Rare1,344
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(noted)Rare212
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(noted)Rare404
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(noted)Rare7,480
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(noted)Rare5,032
Grimy iritGrimy irit(noted)Rare11,872
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(noted)Rare11,792
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(noted)Rare22,532
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Very rare17,712
Static glovesStatic gloves1Very rare361,048
CoalCoal25 (noted)Common2,575
Earth talismanEarth talisman(noted)Uncommon1,832
SupercompostSupercompost15 (noted)Uncommon6,795
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore(noted)Uncommon936
Rune barRune bar(noted)Uncommon2,629
Cresbot (unpoked)Cresbot (unpoked)1Very rareNot sold
Magic logsMagic logs10 (noted)Uncommon3,970
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)1RareNot sold
Sealed clue scroll (elite)Sealed clue scroll (elite)1Rare[d 1]Not sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ There is a 1% chance of this being a sealed clue scroll (master) instead

Rare Drop Table

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common370
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common696
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,068
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,438
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare109,710–134,090
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common10,768
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,981
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,126
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare545,670–666,930
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,241
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,270
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare741,240–905,960
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare880
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,674
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,001
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,820–19,180
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,067,310–1,304,490
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,188
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare765
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare244,335–308,238
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare14,885–18,778
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare7,900–11,060
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common26,055–31,845
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon168,525–205,975
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,948–13,202
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare328,680–401,720
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon20,600–113,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common27,810–33,990
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,120–51,480
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common23,870–27,280
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare230,175–281,325
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare106,110–129,690
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,887
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare118,305–144,595
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon350,640–428,560
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon118,980–145,420
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon160,965–196,735
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon120,195–146,905
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon4,746–5,424
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,032–4,608
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon128,648
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare245,000
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common40,500–49,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,315–11,385
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon261,900–320,100
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,880–13,120
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare108,000–132,000
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,815–16,885
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare209,790–256,410
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,380
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*165,646
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,758,438,364
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold

Universal drops

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare9,282
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