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Barbarian Training
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Release date 3 July 2007 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest series N/A
Developer(s) N/A
Age Fifth Age
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Barbarian Training is a set of expansions to Firemaking, Herblore, Fishing and Smithing. This activity also provides access to the Ancient Cavern and the numerous monsters within, such as the Mithril dragon.

Otto Godblessed, a barbarian warrior interested in the cultural history of his people, will offer to teach eligible players about Barbarian skills, and will give them the books Barbarian skills and My notes to keep track of the Training. Otto can be found south-west of the Ancient Cavern entrance.



Barbarian Firemaking

Barbarian Fishing

  • 55 Fishing Fishing (can be boosted from 50 with admiral's pie)

Barbarian Smithing

Barbarian Herblore




When starting Barbarian training, the player is given a book called My notes. It records entries from ancient pages which are sometimes obtained when rummaging barbarian skeletons or as monster drops in the Ancient Cavern. My notes can be found in the bookcase of a Player-owned house listed as My Notes.

Finding all the notes is one of the requirements for the trimmed Completionist Cape.


Start Barbarian training by talking to Otto Godblessed. He may be found in his house to the south-west of the Ancient Cavern entrance. To reach Otto's Grotto, you can teleport to Barbarian Outpost using a games necklace. After teleporting, go south and slightly to the west until you reach his house. You must start by learning one of the three basic skills: firemaking, special rod fishing tricks and a selection of spear skills. They can be completed in any order.

Barbarian Firemaking

Main article: Barbarian Firemaking

A player lighting logs with a bow


A player must have a Firemaking level of at least 35 in order to burn the oak log that is required for the Barbarian training. There are two types of activities that fall under Barbarian Firemaking: lighting fires with a bow and lighting pyre ships.

The player starts out by talking to Otto with the required Firemaking level. Next the player must bring a bow and oak logs (not all bows work; see the equipment section). To make a bow fire, just use the bow in your inventory on the oak logs. If you use logs higher levelled than oak logs, you require a higher Firemaking level.

After completing a bow fire, Otto will explain the art of making a Pyre ship. You need to enter the dungeon below the lake and fight to obtain chewed bones. The only way to get chewed bones is to kill Mithril dragons. Once you have the bones, return to the side of the lake near Otto's house and use any type of log on the burnt spaces (pyre sites), found scattered around the lake, to make a pyre ship. Your player will use up the chewed bones automatically. Note that the process will automatically take the first log in the inventory so make sure that your inventory is ordered accordingly.

Burning a pyre ship with chewed bones will grant the player an three times the normal prayer experience the next time they bury bones or scatter ashes, with the number of bones/ashes affected depending on the logs used.

The spirits released from chewed bones drop some items; this includes a slim chance for a dragon full helm.

Barbarian Fishing

Main article: Barbarian Fishing

A player catches a swordfish with his bare hands.

Talk to Otto after you completed a Bow fire. Otto will give the player information about Barbarian Fishing. To start this section of the Training, the player must have a Fishing level of at least 48, an Agility level of 15, and Strength level of at least 35. There are two types of activities that fall under Barbarian Fishing: Heavy rod fishing and bare hand fishing.

The first task Otto Godblessed will set the player is to use a Heavy fishing rod to catch a fish in the lake to east of his house. The heavy rod can be obtained by searching the bed in Otto's cabin and you will need fishing bait or feathers as well. Catching a single fish is sufficient for the Training, but it is advised to gut (right-click option) the fish to obtain roe, which is needed for the herblore part of the training.

After catching a fish using a heavy rod, talk to Otto again, and he will explain bare-handed fishing. This method can be used instead of fishing with a harpoon. For this activity the player needs at least 55 Fishing (an Admiral or Fish pie can be used to boost your Fishing level), 35 Strength and 15 Agility. The best way to get this done is to home teleport to Catherby and find a harpoon fishing spot along the beach and catch a fish. Once you've done this, go back and talk to Otto.

Barbarian Smithing

Main article: Barbarian Smithing

To begin Barbarian Smithing, the player must have completed the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest and have level 5 Smithing. There are two types of activities that fall under Barbarian Smithing: spear smithing and hasta smithing.

After completing the barbarian fishing training, talk to Otto again. The first part of Barbarian Smithing a player will learn is about how to make spears. You will need a metal bar and some corresponding logs and use them on the Barbarian anvil near Otto's house (another Barbarian anvil is in Gunnarsgrunn). Once you made the spear talk to Otto again and he will tell you about hastae.

Forging hastae is exactly the same, take a metal bar and the corresponding logs, then use them on a barbarian anvil. Next, talk to Otto again, and your Barbarian Smithing is completed.

Barbarian Herblore

Main article: Barbarian Herblore
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After catching a fish using a heavy rod, talk to Otto again. Before learning this section, the player needs at least level 4 Herblore. Talk to Otto to learn about the barbarian potion making. You will be asked to make a Attack mix from a Attack potion (2 doses). Add the roe you obtained during barbarian fishing to the normal 2-dose attack potion and hand it back to Otto.

After finishing this training stage, many other potions can be enhanced by adding roe or caviar to a 2 dose variant of the potions. The Barbarian Herblore skill, through the creation of barbarian mixes", allows ordinary potions to not only heal 300 or 600 life points but also to provide the regular benefits of that potion.


Players can now use the Achievement System to see if they completed Barbarian Training. Previously, it was not abundantly clear when you've completed the Barbarian Training. This was fixed by opening your quest guide and look for the quest Hero's Welcome. "Mastered Barbarian skilling" should be scratched through. Another way is by talking to Otto Godblessed and ensuring that there are no more dialogue options related to the Barbarian Training.


  • Master Otto (RuneScore.png 25) - Complete all barbarian training with Otto.

Required for completing

Completion of Barbarian Training is required for the following: