This article is about the historical NPC. For chieftain of the barbarians, see Chieftain Gunthor.
Hitpoints historical
Gunthor the Brave, as a monster, was significantly altered after an update.
This article is retained to provide information on past elements of RuneScape.
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Gunthor the Brave was a level 29 barbarian who lived in Barbarian Village. He was located in the Long Hall in the northern part of the village. He was stated to be a mighty warrior and a chieftain of the barbarians. On 21 September 2010, he was removed from the game and replaced with Chieftain Gunthor. Haakon the Champion replaced him as the new attackable boss of Barbarian Village.

Players could either fight him with melee combat, Ranged, or Magic. Like all barbarians from Barbarian Village (except for Litara and Peksa), if a player talked to Gunthor, the player would be attacked.

Players who fought him with melee generally only wanted to fight Gunthor when they had a Defence level of at least 20 (as he could hit often and deal 30 or 40 life points), as well as a weapon better than iron. Players who attacked him using Ranged or Magic could do so safely from behind the tables or stools. He was weak to Magic and Ranged.

Gunthor the Brave was the highest level barbarian in Barbarian Village.



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Runes and talismans

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Law runeLaw rune2Unknown1,028
Chaos runeChaos rune3Unknown657
Earth runeEarth rune5Unknown85
Nature talismanNature talisman1Unknown1,692

Weapons and ammo

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Iron arrow 5Iron arrow3; 8; 10Unknown39–130
Bronze battleaxeBronze battleaxe1Unknown1,194
Bronze arrow 5Bronze arrowUnknownUnknown39

Other drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 25Coins5–25Unknown5–25
Cooked meatCooked meat1Unknown211
Iron hatchetIron hatchet1Unknown2,640
Amulet mouldAmulet mould1Unknown134
Bear furBear fur1Unknown707
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Unknown949
Sealed clue scroll (medium)Sealed clue scroll (medium)1UnknownNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Unknown630
FlierFlier1UnknownNot sold
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Unknown1,254
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Unknown2,609


  • Back in RuneScape Classic Gunthor the Brave was a lot bigger than normal barbarians, the size of a hill giant today. This was later changed to a smaller size, but the NPC that replaces him, Haakon the Champion, is also bigger than a regular human.
  • His sword strangely made a crushing noise like that of a pickaxe or battleaxe, as opposed to a two-handed sword.
  • According to the Bestiary, Gunthor's combat level is 54 after the Evolution of Combat.
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