|Release date||28 November 2006 (Update)|
Eagles' Peak is a quest based on the Hunter skill, where the player helps the Ardougne Zoo procure a ferret as a new attraction. Rewards for the quest includes a new way to train the Hunter skill and a new form of transportation.
|“|| The Ardougne Zoo is always looking for new specimens, but one of their anticipated new attractions - a ferret from the north - has been proving elusive.
One of the Zoo's more eccentric freelance specimen hunters is reported to be on the case, but after setting out for the far western reaches, somewhere between the Piscatoris Fishing Colony and the Tree Gnome Stronghold, nothing more has been heard from him.
Will you be able to use your skills as a Hunter to track him down? What else will you discover at the mountain known as Eagles' Peak?
|Start point||Charlie, one of the keepers at Ardougne Zoo, who is found at the south central cage (empty).|
|Member requirement||Members only|
|Requirements||Skill requirements are not boostable unless marked with a [B] for boostable.
|Items required||Items from the tool belt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.
|Enemies to defeat||Level 20 Kebbit|
Talk to Charlie the zoo keeper at Ardougne Zoo. He is at the south-west part of the zoo, just south of the scorpion cage. Select the option, "Ah, you sound like someone who needs a quest doing!" He'll tell you about his problem with a new delivery, a northern ferret, who managed to escape his cage while it was being unloaded. Charlie then contracted a huntsman called Nickolaus, who agreed to capture another ferret, but he hasn't been heard for some time. Charlie will ask you to look for him. Select, "Sure. Any idea where I should start looking?" Charlie will then tell you to start around the mountains just west of the Gnome Stronghold.
The easiest way to get here is to home teleport to the Eagles' Peak lodestone; if you have it activated. If you have access to the fairy ring network, the code AKQ lands you near the Piscatoris Fishing Colony, and travel south from there. You can also teleport to the duel arena with a ring of duelling and go from there with the gnome glider to the Tree Gnome Stronghold after The Grand Tree, or you can simply use the Book of Char's teleport option and run north to the tent.
Go to the north side of the mountain's base, where you will see a campsite. Inspect the pile of books to find a Bird book, then click on it to retreive the Metal feather. From here, climb up the rocks next to the campsite to reach the rocky outcrop at the top of the mountain.
Use the metal feather from the book to open the door. Then, go inside. A Feathered journal is just inside, and though amusing, it is not critical to the quest.
The passages split to three tunnels to other areas and another metal door, used later, and to a ledge over a large open area. First, walk towards Nickolaus. A cut scene will start when you enter the ledge and you will talk to Nickolaus, who is trapped across a chasm by a Giant Eagle that will not let him out of the cave. If you accidently skip the cutscene by clicking to walk, or by other means, you can click on Nickolaus to shout at him, ultimately talking to him. While you are in the Dungeon pick up 10 "giant feathers" for use later (they're called "Eagle Feathers" in inventory).
Nickolaus tells you to make a disguise for him. Talk to him about eagles, mention that he is trapped and offer to help. Each disguise requires 5 eagle feathers (so you'll need 10 total) which are all over the dungeon. In addition, you'll need 1 swamp tar and 1 yellow dye.
Teleport to Varrock and go to the Fancy dress shop located in the south-east corner of the city, next to a bar to the west. The shop owner wants 10 giant feathers to make the costumes plus swamp tar and yellow dye.
The swamp tar can be found in Canifis and Lumbridge swamp respawns or simply bought from the Grand Exchange. The yellow dye can be bought from the seamstress in Lletya or Ardougne, the Grand Exchange, or from Aggie, the witch in Draynor, by using 2 onions on her (plus a small fee of 5 coins, of course).
When you bring all items (10 giant eagle feathers, 1 swamp tar, 1 yellow dye) and an additional 50 coins the fancy shop owner will make two Eagle capes and two Fake beaks (If you happen to lose your costume the fancy dress shop owner will make you another if you bring him the materials and 25 coins). With the two sets of disguises, go back to the Eagle Peak Mountain again. Go back up the shortcut and talk to Nickolaus. He wants you to bring the clothes to him.
Unlocking the Eagle Door
There is a door in the dungeon with a large Eagle marking that leads to Nickolaus. You cannot open the door in this state. Three feathers (a bronze feather, a silver feather, and a golden feather) are required to be able to open the door.
West of the Eagle door is a tunnel. This leads to a room with a stone pedestal on which sits a bronze feather. When a player attempts to take it, a net trap will lift it upwards. Only once the net trap is holding the pedestal out of reach it is possible to operate the winches. Operate all four winches in each of the corners, causing the net trap to break. The pedestal will fall down and it is possible to take the bronze feather. After that leave and follow the directions to the silver feather cave.
A bit further north, a second tunnel leads into another dungeon room, this time with an empty pedestal. Inspect the pedestal and a partial trail will appear. Follow the trail and inspect the closest heap of rocks to the end of the trail. If you are correct, the trail from the pedestal is shown to the heap of rocks, and a new partial trail starts. Repeat until the trail leads to an opening in the wall. Click the tunnel in the wall now and a level 20 kebbit will attack. Once you've killed it, take the silver feather by clicking the opening again and put it in the door. (Using ring of recoil to kill it works without getting any combat experience.)
Note: If for some reason you don't have the required Hunter Level (27 or higher) you won't be able to see the trails and won't be able to get the silver feather.
The third tunnel entrance is to the east of the main dungeon. You need to get to the end of a long corridor due east from the entrance. The corridor is blocked by metal Eagles on tracks and Eagle-winged gates. The birds can be lured to a feeder by putting odd bird seed in a feeder along the track while the gates are opened and closed using levers in the area.
Note: there is a reset lever outside of the Gold Feather cave.
- Take at least 6 handfuls of bird seed from the pile near the entrance of the cave.
- Put seed in feeder F1, south-west of the entrance. The north-south eagle will be blocked by a gate and return, however the east-west eagle will remain at this feeder.
- Pull lever L1, west of the feeder.
- Pull lever L2, north-west of the entrance.
- Pass the east gate (immediately south of the entrance). Put seed in feeder F3.
- Put seed in feeder F4.
- Pull lever L3, the lever in the furthest south-east corner.
- Go back to L2 once more and Push Up.
- Put seed in feeder F5, the feeder adjacent to lever L2.
- Pull lever L4, the lever in the furthest north-west corner.
- Put seed in feeder F2.
- Put seed in feeder F1, the original feeder. This time, the north-south eagle will not be obstructed by a gate and will remain at the feeder.
- Walk down the western hallway and take the golden feather.
After collecting all three feathers (bronze, silver and gold) use each feather on the door which opens it. Walk to Nickolaus by clicking on the Giant Eagle while wearing the full Eagle disguise. If you are not wearing a disguise, the eagle will knock you back dealing 0-100 life points.
After a short conversation, Nickolaus requests you to meet him back at the camp.
- Side note: a bit further east are four huge Eagles (Polar eagle, Jungle eagle, Desert eagle, Karamjan Jungle eagle). After the quest they can be used as a transport system to the other Hunter areas from the south Woodland hunter area.
Go back out of the Eagle Peak Mountain dungeon and walk back down to the tent you were at before (or take the rock climbing short-cut). Talk to Nickolaus and he'll teach you how to catch Ferrets. Go back to Ardougne zoo with a caught Ferret and talk to Charlie and quest complete!
- 2 Quest points
- 2500 experience
- Ability to capture ferrets using box traps.
- Access to the Eagle transport system
- Eagle costume
- You can also use your captured ferrets to flush rabbits from rabbit holes. You'll need a rabbit trap to catch the rabbits though. Trapped rabbits drop bones, raw rabbit meat, and a rabbit's foot. Use a ball of wool on the rabbit's foot to string it, then wear the rabbit foot necklace when cutting trees to increase your chances of getting a bird nest from the tree.
- A ferret is put in the zoo.
- A box trap.
- 2 Treasure Hunter keys and 2 Hearts of Ice
Required to complete these tasks.
- The quest shares a name with a famous peak above the US Air Force Academy in Colorado, USA.
- The song unlocked during the quest called "Where Eagles Lair" may be a pun on the film or the Iron Maiden song, "Where Eagles Dare".
- At the main entrance of the Eagle's Peak giant eagle nest, you can clearly see the church from the retired Candlelight random event.
- At the main entrance of the Eagle's Peak cave, you can clearly see the Nature Spirit's Grotto as shown in Temple Trekking.
- This quest still shows its requirements during and after the quest, as opposed to only before starting for other quests
- If you log out while in one of the tunnels to get the bronze, silver or gold feathers, you are transported to the entrance when next you log in.
- The tunnels in which you find the bronze, silver, and gold feathers are exclusive to the player: that is to say, you will not see other players and they will not see you in these tunnels.
- When you first push the boulder away from the entrance, there is an occasional glitch where the boulder keeps "rolling" after it hits the corner.
- Wearing both pieces of your Eagle disguise while talking to Nickolaus, will result in him telling a short joke. While wearing the cape alone will cause the game to skip a large chunk of the conversation.
- The bronze, silver, and gold feathers coincidentally refers to the Boy Scouts of America's rewards after achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. However, in Scouting, they are called palms rather than feathers.
- Upon the completion of this quest, one's Adventurer's Log will read: "Nickolaus was saved from his troubles by a cunning eagle disguise. I can’t believe the eagles bought it!"
- After completing the quest, if you talk to Juna, your character will say, "...So in the end I had to dress up as an eagle in order to get the zoo a new ferret!" to which she replies, "You should not make light of your tampering with the balance of nature. Always treat the natural world with respect."
- While talking to Nickolaus after giving him the eagle costume, he appears to be wearing a Duck bill, as opposed to an eagle beak.
- Wearing a Pendant of Hunting does not give you the extra added double experience.
- The book containing the metal feather is "William Oddity's Guide to the Avian", an obvious reference to British ornithologist, author, comedian, naturalist and musician Bill Oddie.