|Release date||18 April 2005 (Update)|
|Main music||Bandit Camp (music track)|
|Teleportation||Bandit camp teleport, Lodestone Network after Desert Treasure, Enlightened amulet|
The Bandit Camp is a town located in the Kharidian Desert. There are three different ways to get there: by taking a carpet ride from the Shantay Pass to the Bedabin Camp and then running directly south, by using a Bandit camp teleport, or by activating the Lodestone located at the camp, and then home teleporting there. The easiest way to get there is to home teleport (unlocked by completing Desert Treasure); the fastest way is to use a teleport scroll.
During the First and Second age, a big part of Gielinor was ruled by the god Zaros. The second age ended when many of the Mahjarrat, with some other creatures, led by Zamorak, rebelled against their god. After a long fight, Zamorak impaled Zaros with the Staff of Armadyl and stole his godly powers. Zamorak was banned from Gielinor, but later returned as a god. This ignited the cataclysmic God wars. During these wars, the few Zarosians who had stayed true to their god were often harassed by others. Many of Zaros' towns were overrun, like the mighty city of Senntisten, and many of the former god's followers were killed. However, some managed to stay alive and fled to the Kharidian desert. There, their descendants now live as outlaws in the bandit camp, still very loyal to their fallen god.
The Bandit Camp is home to a bar, The Big Heist Lodge. This is the only known source of Bandit's brew, an ale that will temporarily boost a player's Thieving level by 1. However, it costs 650 coins, and hence it might be more expeditious to use sq'irkjuice instead.
There are two main areas used in town which feature in the Desert Treasure quest: mirrors, used to discern the whereabouts of the Diamonds of Azzanadra, and a chest in a large tent in the south area of town, containing Rasolo's gilded cross.
The bandits in the camp will attack anyone wearing an item of either Saradomin or Zamorak. This makes the camp a highly popular training spot as it will keep the residents attacking players with no tolerance. You can also just attack one of the bandits, and the rest of the bandits nearby will attack you. This will wear out once you kill all nearby bandits.
For healing several methods are commonly used, such as Guthan's set, Saradomin godsword, Bunyip or food. You can un-note your food in the local general store, by bringing money and noted food (commonly tuna).
Zamorak arrows or Saradomin arrows are commonly used and are the best option to make the bandits non-tolerant towards the player, as they don't take up any other combat slot, allowing you to use Guthan's, should you wish. Other commonly used items are a God cape or God armour, mainly platelegs. Around 60,000 or more experience an hour can be gained for combat levels 100 or more. It is a great way to level in any combat skill.
- According to the map of DeviousMUD (the forerunner to RuneScape), the Bandit Camp was originally to be called "Nomad Camp".
- Remains of Tuska's back is found in this area along with Wizard Chambers near to the barrier to the D&D.