|Release date||20 June 2016 (Update)|
Gower Quest is a quest that was first announced at RuneFest 2015. It was marketed as a part of RuneScape's 15 Year Anniversary Celebrations. The quest was released on 20 June 2016 and is a standalone free-to-play quest with no skill requirements, but with a 34 quest point requirement. The Gower Quest had input from Andrew and Paul Gower as guest designers and executive producers, as well as featuring them as in-game characters. The quest's plot sees the brothers living as cabbagemancers on the Gower farm, south of Varrock, failing to grow cabbages in their cabbage patches. The player has to create a cabbagespeak amulet to find out what the cabbages want.
Gower Quest is steeped in the spirit of RuneScape and our 15-year anniversary, so you probably won't be surprised to hear that, this time, something strange is happening to Gielinor's cabbages. Andrew, Paul and Ian could really do with a brave adventurer to come and find out what exactly is going on.
|Start point||Gower farm, south-east of the Varrock lodestone.|
|Member requirement||Free to play|
|Official length||Medium to Long|
|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||
After talking to them, proceed to the room directly to the west. Search the crate in the north-east corner to get a piece of pure essence, which has a flip option on it. Clicking flip turns it into a life rune. Proceed to the cabbage patch to the south-west of the house and search the scarecrow to get a cruciferous mounting. Then go a few steps to the east into the courtyard and search the water barrel in the north-west corner to get a brussels sprout.
Combine the brussels sprout and cruciferous mounting to make an unstrung brassican amulet. Then head to the rats east of the house and search the food trough to get a broccoli root. Spin this at the spinning wheel in the house to make a broccoli string and use it on the unstrung amulet to create a brassican amulet. Finally, use the life rune on it to turn it into a cabbagespeak amulet.
With the amulet equipped, go back to the cabbage patch and speak to Crispy the Cabbage. He explains that they are rioting, and that they want partyhats. Return to the Gower brothers, who will wonder why cabbages want partyhats, but give you a stack of 4 pink partyhats. Return to the cabbages and give them the partyhats. Afterwards, Crispy the Cabbage will explain the cabbages are magical beings, and if there is a problem then there is a problem "behind sceneries" and will get into your backpack. Return to the Gower Brothers to get a disk of returning, which needs to be used in the Dwarven Mine, north of Falador.
The Black Hole Experience
Once in the Dwarven Mine, use the disk of returning to scan and follow the direction. You will eventually be led to the cave where Boot the Dwarf resides. Once you find the correct location you will be transported to The Black Hole. The area is completely black, and you need to search around for things in the dark.
A very small glimmer of light will occasionally sparkle on the screen, giving the player a hint as to the location of what needs to be interacted with next after each of these following steps.
Start by searching the table in the centre to get a rock. Use the rock on the wall to the west to hear a grinding sound. Search under the table to get an orange, and eat it to get a small key. Use it on the bumpy wall to the east to get a tinderbox and then use the tinderbox on the "scary wispy thing" at the north-east corner to retrieve a skull. Use the skull on the unusual shape in the south-west corner to make the Gate of Lloigh-enn appear.
Go through the Gate of Lloigh-enn, and you will reach a white area inhabited by Thordur the dwarf. He will explain where you are, and tell you about "Behind the Scenes", before transporting you there.
Once in the pub, talk to Spiral Orb, the DJ. She will explain that the Life altar is broken, and that you need to retrieve three fragments of the altar in order to repair it. When asked, she states that you should talk to Lucien, Steve the Chaos Elemental, and Thok.
Go talk to Lucien in the north-west corner. He will tell you that the first fragment has been stolen from him by the Wise Old Man and that it is located within the vault of the bank, but you have to figure out the four problems preventing you from getting into it.
Go into the Central Bank Portal and speak to Claire Hick in the centre of the room where you will find the first problem to overcome. Next head to the back of the bank and speak to Ernie the guard to find the second problem. Check the vault door behind Ernie to reveal the last two problems, where it is revealed that you will need to recruit four people to help break into the vault.
You will need to get all four problems located before you can start asking questions in the main room of Romeo, Guthix etc. If you do not find all four problems, the dialogue will not be unlocked.
Romeo, the seducer
Talk to Romeo to the south-west of Spiral Orb, and ask him if he will help you break into the bank. He will tell you that you need to get him love advice from five people. Those five people will be the God Wars Dungeon bosses, Commander Zilyana, K'ril Tsutsaroth, General Graardor, Kree'arra and Nex. You can find them to the east of the Spiral Orb. Once they give you some pointers, return to Romeo where after giving him the advice, he will accept your help and that he will meet you in the bank.
Guthix, the actor
Speak to Guthix to the south-east of Spiral Orb, and ask him for his help. He will ask you to talk to cabbages for an actor's position. Go north around the bar and talk to one of the cabbages at the table. They will talk about needing someone to play the role of Guthix in a play they are writing, and will hire Guthix once you tell them that he is looking for work. Go back to Guthix and tell him this and he will then teleport to the bank saying he will wait there.
Tim and Crunchy, the environmental leads
Talk to Tim and Crunchy just south of Spiral Orb, and ask them to join the heist. They will request some refreshments for their environment artists. With five empty spaces, ask a bartender for five cups of tea, and they will give them to you all at once. Hand one to each environment artist around the bar and return to Tim and Crunchy where they will agree to join you in the heist.
Sphenishchev, the locksmith
Talk to the penguin Sphenishchev, who is located just west of Spiral Orb, and south of Araxxor. He will talk about how nobody can ever remember interacting with him, but will agree to help you get into the safe with no further requests. Once you've recruited all four people return to the bank to begin the heist.
Enter the Bank and Speak to Claire Hick, where you will introduce her to Romeo so that he can distract her. Once she and Romeo teleport away make your way to the back of the bank and talk to Ernie, at which point Guthix will get him to leave the vault unguarded. Click on the vault door to allow Tim and Crunchy to remove it and then enter the vault. Pick the chest in the centre of the vault with the help of Sphenishchev, then search the chest to collect the first life altar fragment. Once you have the fragment leave the bank area and return to the pub.
Steve's pipe puzzle
Speak to the Chaos Elemental, who can be found to the south-east of Clawdia, and he will tell you that a fragment of the Life altar is through the Grand Exchange portal. Head south through the Grand Exchange Maintenance portal to a room with a series of pipes all around.
Go up to the Grand Exchange panel in the northern section of the room where you must complete a pipe puzzle. Rotate the pipes so that they connect to the right side of the interface, making sure that they link up to the pipes of the same size. Once the puzzle is completed you will be given the second Life altar fragment. Head back to the main pub area and make your way to Thok.
Thok and Max's skills
Talk to Thok, north-east of Spiral Orb, near the Beta Room portal. He tells you that the Life altar fragment he found is in Beta Testing room, and tells you that Max is there too. Head through the Beta Room Portal and meet with Max where he'll agree to give you the fragment if you help you test some of the unreleased skills.
Head into the first room where you will encounter the Riding tutor, who will teach you how to train the Riding skill. Simply click on one of the rocking unicorn stands and fill up the bar to train the skill, while making sure to switch to the stance that the tutor shouts out. Once the bar has been filled leave the room and head south-west to the Sailing room.
Once inside this room embark on the jetty near the entrance and click on the Battleships to fire cannons at them. You can also click on the bubbling water to search desert islands for treasure. Once the bar has been filled leave the room and head to the final room at the north-west section where you must train the Bankstanding skill.
Head inside and then stand within the bank area to fill up the bar, making sure to click back inside if you are forced to move away from the bank area. Once the bar is filled speak to Max and he will give you the final fragment of the Life altar. Leave the Beta-Testing Room and return back to the pub.
An old enemy
Once all fragments of the Life altar are located, head into the Life altar portal located at the south-east corner of the Behind the Scenes area. Once inside repair the altar using the three fragments and once it has been repaired you will be ambushed by the graphically updated Black Knight Titan. He will reveal that he killed the previous cabbagemancer that resided here, which meant that there was nobody maintaining the altar, causing it to explode, in an attempt to lure you here to steal your disk of returning so that he can be released out on the surface.
Fight the Black Knight Titan where after beating him, he will respawn and attack the player again. After you beat him a second time Crispy the Cabbage will interrupt and ask you to throw him up to the roof so that he can get help in beating the titan. Beat the titan a third time to trigger a cutscene showing that the cabbage returned to the farm to ask for the Gower Brothers help, at which point they will arrive at the Life altar. Your health and prayer points will also be replenished.
Attack the Black Knight Titan again, where he will now attack using both of his weapons allowing him to deal damage faster. Once he has been defeated for the sixth time he will lay down defeated, saying that he will never be released out on the surface. Andrew reveals that there are plenty of disks and that he gives one to the titan, allowing him to be released.
This is a safe battle; if you die, you will respawn in Behind the Scenes without losing anything. However, you will need to start the fight over from the beginning.
Speak to the Gower Brothers where you will tell them about the altar and the previous cabbagemancer that resided here, where they decide that they will remain down at the altar to maintain it.
Congratulations, quest complete!
- 1 quest point
- 15 coins
- Brassica Prime godsword two-handed melee weapon override
- Cabbagemancer Outfit override
- Retro Login Teleport spell override
- Crispy the Cabbage follower pet
- Ability to have the old and graphically updated Black Knight Titan swap places
- The ability to reset the quest by searching a crate at the Gower Farm
- This reset removes all quest rewards, unlike most replayable quests.
- 2 Treasure Hunter keys and 2 Hearts of Ice
- Additional rewards/activities
- Speak to the brothers to claim 3 XP lamps if you have all F2P skills at level 10, 30 and 50 respectively.
- Speak to Tim and Crunchy in Behind the Scenes to unlock them as follower pets, Tim (pet) and Crunchy (pet).
- Music unlocked
- Brothers Gower ( 15) - Claim the rewards from all three Gower brothers after 'Gower Quest'.
- Tasty Bobbles ( 15) - Unlock the Tim and Crunchy pets during or after 'Gower Quest'.
- A competition running from 5 November to 30 November 2015 gave players a chance to send in suggestions for the quest reward of the Gower Quest. The Flames of Lloigh-enn Home Teleport override was the winner of this competition, as determined by a Player Power poll.
- The Acid skill door's text is a reference to acid-base reactions in chemistry, producing a salt.
- The door with spooky eyes watching from the darkness may be a reference to the homepage's error: service unavailable image.
- The door where a million female voices are chanting 'Pargon', might be a reference to the video game Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, where all one has to do to buff the power of a spell is recite the word Pargon repeatedly until the effect is larger.
- The German text on the note that is on the door of the Lots Of Blood storage room translates to "Marmalade storage room - not a skill, development forbidden!"
- When encountering Max in the beta testing room, he tells each player their ordinal of appearance.
- Beastmaster Durzag listening to his headphones derives from the pun "Beatsmaster Durzag".
- When requesting romantic advice from Kree'Arra, he references Flower Games and Jadinko games, both forms of Gambling which are banned in RuneScape.
- When requesting romantic advice from Nex, she is referring to her boss attack abilities.
- When requesting romantic advice from K'ril Tsutsaroth, he is referring to 'fashionscaping' and e-dating, as he encourages the player to buy sunglasses, which is stereotypical to e-daters.
- The rioting cabbages at the start of the quest is a reference to the internet meme "What do we want?". Also they say "We leaf we chief!", which is a reference to the famous "We pay we say!" rioting quote recited during the Pay to PK Riot. The player also gives them partyhats in pink colour, which is the unofficial rioting outfit colour. The way the cabbages speak is a reference to Polandball.
- One of the dialogues with the Chaos Elemental about his odd name references the supervillain Mister Mxyzptlk.
- When speaking to the Chaos Elemental he mentions that he is a journalist and a fortune teller, which is a reference to Letters to the Chaos Elemental.
- When asking the Chaos Elemental about what he is doing now, as he retired from journalism, his dialogue "Now I spend my time using player inspect to spy on what people are wearing" is a reference to his 'Madness' special attack, which removes your items during the fight.
- Andrew mentions a world he wants to create known as "Cabbagemud", a reference to DeviousMUD.
- When interacting with Romeo, he says: "A lovestruck Romeo sings a street suss serenade", which is a reference to the song "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits.
- When interacting with the Black Knight Titan, the line "I belong up there, up where they walk, up where they run, up where people can appreciate me" might be a reference to the song Part of Your World from the film The Little Mermaid.
- When interacting with Spiral Orb about the non-existent fourth piece of the Life Altar, she says: "The good news is, that's one less you have to find!", and the player correcting her, "You mean one fewer." This might be a reference to the TV show Game of Thrones, in which Stannis Baratheon corrected Davos Seaworth and Jon Snow in the same way.
- When interacting with Captain Haskell, a text appears "Captain Haskell reeks of beer". But in the Portuguese-Brazilian version of the game it says (translated to English), "Captain Haskell reeks of sugary soda pop". Due to the Brazilian laws, alcoholic beverages have their names changed in game, for example, beer becomes garapa (sugarcane extract) and whisky becomes milkshake.
- When speaking to Captain Haskell, he says "I even came back with a better deal for them", he is referring to Rival Challenges.
- The play the four cabbages are writing is titled: "Put Those Edicts Back Where They Came from or so Help Me", which is a reference to the similarly-named play in the Pixar movie Monsters, Inc. "Put That Thing Back Where It Came from or so Help Me".
- Max's line "You're doing great kid, don't get cocky" is a reference to Star Wars: Episode IV, where Han Solo says a similar line to Luke Skywalker.
- During the Sailing training, the player can search a whirlpool with some bubbles on it to receive one of the following messages:
- "After sailing the seas, you find an island. It seems to be full of fossils." This is a reference to the unreleased Fossil Island.
- "After sailing the seas, you find an island. In the middle you find a skeleton surrounded by pickaxe heads and handles." This might be a reference to the Exploding Rock mining random event.
- "After sailing the seas, you find an island. Exploring it you discover it contains an ancient race of lizard men." This could be a reference to the unreleased lizard men.
- The player says the first two lines of the chorus from "You're The Inspiration" by Chicago, and also the first two lines from the chorus of "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler, when the first chat option is chosen during a conversation with Thok.
- While rotating pipes in the Grand Exchange room, you will receive filtered messages in your chatbox describing events happening in the Grand Exchange. Some of these messages seem to reference several major in game incidents, such as "climbing boots skyrocket in price" (a reference to the massive price rise of rock climbing boots in 24 June 2010), and others poke fun at common accusations, such as "Jmods somehow make loads of money on their private accounts".
- When talking to Sphenishchev, the player mentions that they need someone with a "very particular set of skills." This may be a reference to the film Taken.
- Sphenishchev's, 'special condition' and his life story is a reference to the glitch happened on 28 January 2009, where players were able to spy on the same penguin over and over again. This led to masses of players abusing the glitch, allowing them to gain points quickly and receiving massive amounts of experience or coins in a short time.
- The quest contains multiple breaks of the Fourth wall such as when Sphenishchev remarks that while your character may not remember who he is, "your player does.", the Black Knight Titan talks about being updated, and Vorago and Max make vague mentions to popular franchises (The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, respectively).
- When first talking to Thok he greets you in the same manner as Claptrap from the Borderlands franchise.
- The dialogue style of the cabbages may be a reference to the way the characters in Polandball-style comics speak.
- After being defeated by the Black Knight Titan once or more than once, the player's character can throw Crispy the cabbage up into the sky without any conversation with it when fighting the Black Knight Titan during the third time. Crispy the Cabbage will no longer occupy any inventory space that the player has.
- In the sailing skill room, when asked about the room, Max says that you will experience something "which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Sailing." This is a reference to the Nutri-Matic machine in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams which can make "a liquid which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea".
- When asking Thok for help fixing the Life Altar, he tells you to find Max in the "Room of Beating". This is a pun on "Beta Room", as beta is pronounced bee-ta in British English.