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Menaphos, also known as the Golden City, is a city located far south in the Kharidian Desert. It became an accessible in-game area on 5 June 2017. Accessing the city requires partial completion of The Jack of Spades quest, which is started in Al Kharid by speaking to Emir Ali Mirza in the Al Kharid palace. To access all of its available content, the quests Icthlarin's Little Helper, Dealing with Scabaras, Missing My Mummy, Do No Evil, and Spirits of the Elid have to be completed, and levels 88 Slayer, 73 Hunter, 72 Fishing, and 50 Agility, Construction, Crafting, Divination, Dungeoneering, Prayer, Runecrafting, and Thieving have to be achieved.

Menaphos is plagued by Amascut, who is controlling the city's leader, The Pharaoh, and causing destruction while searching for her father, Tumeken. In the process, the Tombs of Menaphos have been revealed, and can be explored by playing Shifting Tombs, a minigame where the player can explore to try and complete objectives. A large amount of experience will be gained for completing the objectives, and far less will be awarded if the player does not.

The city was released alongside four accompanying quests, The Jack of Spades, Crocodile Tears, Our Man in the North, and 'Phite Club. More lore is revealed throughout City Quests, where Menaphos citizens ask the player to assist them.

A reputation system gives rewards for each of the four sectors of the city. A faction can be selected by clicking the progress icons that appear while in Menaphos.

The Menaphos journal lists some tasks that can be completed for the library.

Completing most content in Menaphos unlocks the Sandy [Name] title. For the requirements see Sandy.

Menaphos Gate

The Golden Gates of Menaphos


The bridge between Menaphos and Sophanem has been moved slightly south since the update, and is still closed off. Access to Menaphos can still be gained through the above, but when using the Pharaoh's Sceptre and the master camouflage outfit players will have to travel out of the gates and either travel to the bridge crossing the river or take a carpet ride from Sophanem to southern Pollnivneach and back to Menaphos.

Shifting Tombs quick travel interface

Quick travel interface prior to 3 July 2017

Travel between the four districts of Menaphos can be simplified by using a right-click interface on the entrance of the Shifting Tombs found in each district.

Prior to an update on 3 July 2017, a right click will give the option of "Quick travel Shifting tombs". Five options were available including entering the Shifting Tombs and quick travel to the entrance of each district's Shifting Tombs entrance.


Menaphos reputation

Menaphos reputation status showing Tier 1 in Menaphos Overall, Imperial district, Port district, Merchant district, and Worker district.

Menaphos is a mid-level hub city like Prifddinas, with skilling methods offering higher rewards coming at a greater risk. The city is made up of four main areas, each being roughly the size of Port Sarim, arranged around a pyramid and plaza.

Skilling in the city introduces several new skilling resources, including:

Merchant district icon Merchant district

Main article: Merchant district
Merchant district

Merchant district.

The Merchant district is located in the northeast area of Menaphos, accessed through the main doors to the city. There are the city doors to the north, Workers District to the west, and main plaza and lodestone to the south. Its Faction leader is Grand Vizier Ehsan (Merchant). It features:

Imperial district icon Imperial district

Main article: Imperial district
Imperial district

Imperial district.

The Imperial district is located in the western area of Menaphos, accessed by stairs on the western side of the main plaza. Its Faction leader is Commander Akhomet (Imperial). It features:

  • Zahra requests twelve bundles of acadia logs for the frame, then asks the player to mine the sandstone boulder and construct the frame, earning Mining and Construction experience, respectively.

Port district icon Port district

Main article: Port district
Port district

Port district.

The Port district is located in the southern area of Menaphos, accessed by stairs on the southern side of the main plaza. Its Faction leader is 'Admiral' Wadud (Ports). It features:

Worker district icon Worker district

Main article: Worker district
Worker district

Worker district.

The Worker district is located in the northwest area of Menaphos, accessed by stairs on the western side of the Merchant District. Its Faction leader is Batal (Worker). It features:

Main Plaza

The Main Plaza is in the centre of the city, with the Merchant district to the north, Imperial district to the west, and Port district to the south. There is no associated faction to this area. It features:


The following quests may be started in Menaphos:

Distractions and Diversions


Menaphos sunken area

Part of Menaphos claimed by the sea.

The Second Age saw a rise in power of the Menaphites, a group of humans that had settled in the Kharidian Desert during the dawn of humanity. The Menaphites played large roles in the construction and management of numerous settlements within the desert, including Sophanem, Ullek and Uzer.

The God Wars that scarred Gielinor during the Third Age brought great battle to the Kharidian Desert. Uzer was destroyed by the Elder-Demon Thammaron and Ullek fell shortly afterwards to Balfrug Kreeyath. To worsen matters, exiled followers of the fallen god Zaros were forced into the desert, where they wreaked havoc amongst the local populace. The only surviving cities were Menaphos and Sophanem, which were, at the time, little more than small Menaphite camps. The refugees from the destroyed settlements fled to Menaphos and Sophanem, where they contributed to the cities' prosperity. By the Fourth Age, the twin cities were amongst the largest in the world.

Senliten was the first known ruler of Menaphos, and later on, her son Osmumten ruled. However, the Pharaoh's ancestors soon assassinated him, and began their illegitimate rule. By the Fifth Age, the Pharaoh was the ruler of Menaphos. He wished to undo the sins of his mother, the previous Pharaoh, but soon became corrupted by Amascut to do her bidding.

Menaphos held a large deal of political power within the Kharidian Desert, being the only city with any real strength; the only other settlements were small towns and camps such as Nardah and Pollnivneach. Menaphos went to war with Al Kharid for some time, but little is known of this.

After the end of the Menaphos - Al Kharid war, it was believed that Menaphos would open its gates to the rest of Gielinor. This, however, was not the case, due to the many plagues set upon Sophanem by Amascut. To prevent the spread of the plague, Menaphos closed its gates immediately. Many of the citizens of Sophanem were trapped inside, and any attempts by the Sophanites to negotiate with Menaphos were met with violence.

The city's closure was met with a great deal of resistance from the city's slaves, who rioted when they discovered that the slaves in Sophanem were no longer working because of the plagues. The riots were stamped out by the city's guards quickly.

Reports show that the city is cutting off ocean-based trade in the Southern Sea, suggesting that the city is attempting to become more independent.

Menaphos has made attempts to put one of their own leaders on the throne of Al Kharid under the guise of offering stability to the city while the Emir and Prince Ali are absent, including assassinating the Emir and kidnapping the prince. These attempts have failed, however. Amascut has revealed herself to be influential in these events, and it is unknown to what extent the pharaoh of Menaphos is aware of her involvement. Sometime later, the Pharaoh was overthrown and killed by Osman, Al Kharid's former spymaster and the true heir to the throne. Even though Osman stated that he would try to bring the city back to its rightful place, he has apparently done nothing, as stated by the menaphite beggers.

Due to the lack of combat and supposed fears of corruption, the Menaphite Guard have seen a large number of their soldiers desert. Several soldiers have turned into banditry, while a larger group led by a captain sailed to the Eastern Lands to escape the corruption beneath Menaphos and ended up working with the Acolytes of Seiryu due to their similar ideals.


Just before Menaphos was released, Jagex launched pre-release material:



  1. ^ Mod Shauny. "Menaphos Trailer & Site." 24 April 2017. RuneScape News.
  2. ^ Jagex. "Menaphos Quiz & Competitions." 27 April 2017. RuneScape News.
  3. ^ Mod Matthe. "For the Librarian Competition." 31 March 2017. Events and Competitions Forums.


  • Menaphos is an anagram of Sophanem, being spelt nearly backwards except for the ph being swapped for ease of pronunciation.
  • It is probably based on the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis. It could also be based on Alexandria, an Egyptian port which also contained a grand library.
  • Due to an update on 26 September 2012 the full city of Menaphos was filled in on the World Map.
  • After an update on 9 August 2011, one was able to open the northern gate to Menaphos, however, one could only move one game square into the city. This has since been patched.
  • Players (including ironmen) received 5% extra experience for all experience gained in the city until 5 August 2017. This boost also worked in Sophanem's surface areas and the banking area, and in Sophanem Slayer Dungeon.
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