Nitroglycerin detail

Nitroglycerin is used in the The Dig Site quest to make a chemical compound along with ammonium nitrate, ground charcoal and arcenia root to blow up bricks blocking the path below the digsite.

It is obtained by using a vial on the barrel with a skull mark on it near the panning point, and is brought to archaeology expert to learn that it's nitroglycerin. If the barrel is not already opened a trowel can be used on the barrel to open it. After finishing the dialogue following filling the vial, the barrel will become resealed, so it is recommended that you skip the dialogue by using more vials on it, assuming you're filling more than one vial. When you're done with the barrel, step or teleport away without going through the dialogue so you won't have to worry about reopening the barrel on your next visit.

Players who drop the vial will take 250 damage if the vial is unidentified, or 350 damage if the vial is identified by the archaeology expert. However, it cannot cause death as players will remain at a minimum of 35 life points.

You can get rid of the item safely by alching it, asking the Wise Old Man in Draynor Village to rid your bank of useless quests items, or by dropping them in a free-to-play world. Players may now simply click on the "Empty" option to safely dispose of the Nitroglycerin, but only in the digsite area.

Mass production

Players may produce nitroglycerin for self-injury. To do this as fast as possible, players should do the following steps:

  1. Withdraw 28 vials at a bank. Equip a Digsite pendant and a Ring of duelling or Tokkul-zo.
  2. Teleport with the Digsite pendant to the Digsite.
  3. Run south to the barrel(s) containing nitroglycerin, west of the panning tray spawn in the camp near the river. If the barrel is shut, speak to an Examiner for a trowel.
  4. Use the vials on the opened barrel. Do not click the "click here to continue" in the chatbox or press the spacebar or the barrel will be closed.
  5. Run south to the Exam Centre and find the Archaeological expert. Use unidentified liquid on him (You can identify all at once).
  6. Teleport to Castle Wars using Ring of duelling or to anywhere but the Main Plaza using Tokkul-zo to bank.
  7. Deposit the nitroglycerin into bank and repeat from step one.

Step five may be omitted to save time. However, the damage dealt is reduced to 250, instead of 350.


[FAQ] • [doc]


  • Nitroglycerin has been abused to cause a bug in the Kennith's Concerns quest to "Ninja Walk" or "Rogue Walk".
  • "Nitroglycerin" uses the U.S. spelling of the word, unlike most other dialogue and items in the game which always use the British spelling. "Nitroglycerine" is the British spelling.
  • Prior to 25 May 2011, each nitroglycerin taken to the archaeological expert had to be identified separately.
  • When exploding nitroglycerine while wearing the Penance aura, you will not take damage. The reason seems to be so players cannot recover prayer points from the damage caused from exploding Nitroglycerin.
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