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Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the Penance Queen Battle
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1.0 - Introduction

Barbarian Assault is a relatively complex members only, team-based mini game which was released in early 2007. It is located north-east of the Tree Gnome Stronghold. This mini game is a safe mini game, so you will not lose your items if you happen to die. Each team member must take a role in the game, with each role helping the other role. You have to keep in touch with your other teammates to help them accomplish their tasks, and this is done with a horn which you will receive at the start of the game. The key to winning Barbarian Assault is Teamwork. Teamwork is essential to beating each wave and the mini-game.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Lobby Screenshot

2.0 - Getting Started

To get started, speak to Captain Cain at the entrance to the mini-game arena, and he will inform you of the ins and outs of the game, giving you a basic tutorial on each of the roles available and monsters that you must slay. To become familiar with the game, listen to Captain Cain closely as he explains everything you need to know. You'll soon find out some good news - there are no items required! Also the mini-game has rewards to go with it, a list of these rewards explained further in 6.0.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Room One Screenshot

Once you have finished your tutorial with Captain Cain, head down into the lobby where you'll have two options with starting the mini-game:

  1. Go to the room marked with a '1'. Either, make a team, or join a team. To make a team grab a scroll from the table in the room. Use the scroll on other players you want in your team and pick a role for yourself by using the 'Write-role' option on the scroll. Once you have 5 teammates (one role will consist of two members). Go down the ladder to start the mini-game.
  2. Go into the larger room marked with an arrow. Once you go in you will be asked to choose a role. The game will start once each role is occupied.

3.0 - The Roles

There are four roles in the mini game, with two people taking one role each. The four roles are: Attacker, Defender, Healer, and Collector, each being designated their own special tasks, and each having their own distinctive colour and logo. Once you start the game you will have a ring that displays your role around you and a interface with a 'mouth', 'ear', 'penance creature', and a 'horn'. The 'mouth' tells what to shout from your horn, the 'ear' tells you what type you should use, the 'penance creature' tells what wave you are on, the 'horn' tells who you should shout your horn to. Once you've entered the game you'll be given a horn, which tells the other roles what they need to be doing.

  • » The Defender's horn will tell the healer what poison to use, and the Healer's horn will tell the defender what bait to use.
  • » The Attacker's horn will tell what colour egg the collector should pick up, and the Collector's horn tells what type of combat style the attacker should do.

Attacker Defender Collector Healer
Zybez RuneScape Help's Attacker Horn Image Zybez RuneScape Help's Defender Horn Image Zybez RuneScape Help's Collector Horn Image Zybez RuneScape Help's Healer Horn Image

Another option if your role in the minigame is done, is to use the Great Horn, located in the South of the cavern. The horn has the ability to tell your team what things they must drop, use or what attack style to fight with.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Large Horn

Each role is crucial to the other. It's good to keep in touch with the role that tells you what to do. For a more in depth look at using each role to their maximum potential, see the strategies section.

3.1 - Attacker

As an attacker, your goal is to attack the Penance Fighters and Rangers, using any form of combat you so desire. If you decide to use range or magic, you will have to use the arrows/runes supplied to you. You also give and receive instructions to the Collector. As an attacker you can receive four options from the collector, they are:

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Attacker
  • » Controlled, Wind, Bronze
  • » Accurate, Water, Iron
  • » Aggressive, Earth, Steel
  • » Defensive, Fire, Mithril,

If you do not use the right attacking method, you won't be able to damage the Fighters and Rangers at all. Instead, you will be hit with backstab damage, which ranges from 1 to 5hp. This also deducts points from your final score, so you should refrain from guessing the correct attack type. Always keep your menu in the attack type selection menu and keep auto retaliate off. When the type switches change your attack style and your character will stop attacking until ordered. While you wait for the collector to shout what type of attack to use, go ahead and shout his egg colour. This prevents your character from making you lose points 99% of the time.

As an attacker, you will be fighting the most and will require the most healing. It is a very good idea to stay near the healer at all times if you wish to survive and not lose the game for your team.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Defender
3.2 - Defender
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Penance Runner

The defender role is similar to luring with their main opponent being the Penance Runner. The Defender will use the blue coloured machine, which gives Worms, Tofu and Crackers. You lure the Runners by:

  • » Getting instructions from the Healer.
  • » Laying the bait instructed in a trail to the trap, keep the Penance Runner there for until the trap does the dirty work.

The bait will change, so keep in constant touch with the Healer. Sometimes the Runners will ignore you completely and run for the exit; don't worry if one or two gets away.

The Defender can also lay barricades with logs and a hammer (supplied in the room), in front of the Penance's cave, which will prevent them from coming in. Note that the barricades only last for awhile.

3.3 - Collector

As a collector, the main job is to pick up the Penance eggs, and load them into the egg launcher. These eggs come in three colours: blue, red and green, each with their own special effect. If you need to change the type of egg use the egg converter (Picture) located by the other machines (Note: not all the eggs will survive this process). The eggs can be fired using the Egg Launcher (Picture). The egg launcher is used to kill the Penance Queen on the final wave. It also can be used on any of the penance creatures. The following table shows each egg and its effect when fired at the Penance:

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Collector Picture Name Effect
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Green Egg Green Egg Poisons the Penance. This poison damages over time.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Red Egg Red Egg Does damage to the Penance, between 3 and 4.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Blue Egg Blue Egg Stuns the Penance for a couple seconds.

The Collector receives information on what egg to pick up from the Attacker. The Collector also relays information to the Attacker of what style to use when attacking the Penance. The Collector is the only one who can pick up eggs and if you pick up the wrong one, you will be dealt some damage. The collector loads the eggs into an Egg Launcher.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Healer
3.4 - Healer

The Healer is very important in the game, their main foe being the Penance Healers. Their job consists of healing other players, so that no one dies during the game, and poisoning Penance healers. To heal a fellow member, use the green machine to obtain a vial (limit one vial). Use 'Take from' on the green pool in the west part of arena to fill the vial; you will obtain a filled vial that can heal other players. The green pool can also be used to heal yourself if you're the healer. The healer also has a unique interface that tells the Healer each team members health (Picture).

The Defender will tell the Healer what poisoned food to use; tofu, crackers, or worms. The Healer will use the instructed poisoned food on the Penance Healers.

4.0 - The Monsters

Throughout this minigame, there are 2 monsters that are attackable; the Penance Fighter and Ranger.

Penance Fighter
Picture of Penance Fighter
Combat (in order of waves):30, 31, 37, 42, 47, 56, 61, 68, 77, 61
Attack Style:Melee
Examine:What on runescape is that?

Drops:Red, green and blue eggs.
Notes:Penance Fighters can only attack using melee, making them easily predicatble. Fighters are not a tough as they look, but if you get swarmed by them it can be very deadly.

Penance Ranger
Picture of Penance Ranger
Combat (in order of waves):21, 25, 32, 38, 43, 51, 57, 64, 72, 57
Attack Style:Range

Drops:Red, green and blue eggs.
Notes:Rangers can hit players from afar, making them very annoying. Rangers are weaker and lower leveled than the fighters.

4.1 - The Queen

Half way through the 10th wave, the Penance Queen will arrive through a trapdoor in the floor. She can attack several units at once with a ranged attack that can be very deadly for the unprepared. At first her ranged attack will be slow, but powerful, the more and more her health goes down the faster her attack will get. This attack can hit anyone, anywhere, so a good healer will be wary of everybody's health, including yours. To defeat the Penance Queen, your team must acquire an omega egg, which is the only way of damaging the Queen. A large number of eggs prepared beforehand is recommended. Each member of your team will need to contribute in some way:

Omega Eggs
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Omega Egg Proccess
  1. The Collector needs to get the yellow egg and give it to the Healer.
  2. The Healer needs to dunk the egg into the poison pool and then pass it on to the Attacker.
  3. The Attacker needs to attach spikes to the egg from the spiked mushroom and hand it off to the Defender.
  4. The Defender will now need to dunk the spiked egg into the Lava pools and hand it off to the Collector.
  5. The Collector will then load the Omega egg into the Egg launcher and then the egg can be fired at the queen.
  6. Repeat until the Queen is dead.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of CHAD

Once your eggs are ready, you can begin your assault on the queen using the cannon. It's advised to gather up a stock (around 7-12) before shooting, this way you wont have to repeat the process so many times.

Penance Queen
Picture of Penance Queen
Attack Style:Range/Magic
Examine:Run away! Run away!

Notes:The queen uses a Range/Magic attack that can damage any players anywhere in the map. The Penance Queen cannot be attacked head-on and must be defeated by firing Omega Eggs at her. Players must have defeated all the other Penance creatures before being able to attack the Queen. Once the Queen loses more life, her attacks become much faster and more powerful.

Once the Queen is dead, you will receive your reward in Role points:

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Barbarian Assault Minigame Reward Scroll

Note: Once you have beaten the 10th wave, you will need to go start at wave 1 again.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Barbarian Assault Team Image
5.0 - Strategy

Although the game may look easy to solo, it is impossible to win on your own. Your team will always need to help you and you will always need to help them by relaying messages, healing each other and, of course, defeating the penance. Teamwork is essential if you wish to defeat the Queen, where each part can only be done by a certain member. A tip for all roles, remember to shout out what's on the 'mouth' icon. It can be extremely frustrating if the person you need to call for doesn't know what they should do next.

For the most part, each role has a clear job. However, each and every one of the members of your team can use the egg launcher, which can poison, damage or stun all the Penance. This is usually the weapon that ends each wave, as wandering Penance Runner and Healers will be left. The egg launcher is also a crucial part to defeating the Penance Queen. When starting a wave, ALWAYS use the horn to call the right strategy, then collect the items you need. The following explains the best strategy, equipment and information for each role:

Attacker: As the attacker, most of your job will be fighting. So, if you are a team starter, finding high leveled players to be attackers is very important. Attackers are one of the easiest roles because they require very little moving. Although it's suggested that the attacker stays in the middle, this way the penance will spread out, and it will be easier for the healer to heal the attacker. Armour with a high range and melee defence is ideal if you plan to tackle this role. A good tactic to staying alive is to avoid being swarmed, especially in later waves. Attackers will also need the most healing as they are on the front line.

Defender: The Defender must keep in constant touch with Healer. Because the Penance Runners are very picky of their food. The defender will be running back and forth to the restocking machine. It is recommended that the defender has light armour such as dragon hide and boots of lightness. Since the runners are picky of their food, leave a trail of their favored food into the trap. The Runner may change its mind at the last minute, abandoning its path to the trap. If the runner didn't die (usually for not staying on the trap long enough) then leave two or more of the favored food on the trap, or stun the runner with the egg launcher. The runner will be distracted, so there's time for the trap to do its work. Remember not to forget to block the caves the penance emerge from, this is a good strategy on the 9th wave, when the penance are at their strongest.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Barbarian Assault Team Image

The defender should collect Defender items, then drop the first food near the Penance Runners, and food near the trap, then collect a hammer and at least two pieces of logs for fixing traps.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Collector Screenshot

Healer: The Healer must keep all players alive. Also it is the Healers job to inform the defender about what food to drop and to kill the penance healers by feeding them poisoned food. Always start the game by calling the food to the defender, then collecting the healer materials, then filling the vial and then going for the Penance Healers immediately, until you must heal fellow players. The best tactic for the healer is to make sure that team members run to the pool when they are low on hitpoints, this way you can in a short amount of time fill your vial with healing potion and give it to the players in need of them.

Doing wave 10 as a Healer means probably one of the busiest jobs, so it is advised to have a team with 2 healers to help keep team members alive.

Collector: The Collector must collect the dropped eggs and load them into the cannon. Playing collector in wave 1-9 is probably the easiest job. The most important job is to call the correct fight tactic to the Attacker as soon as it changes so the attacker can keep killing. In wave 10 the most important job is to collect 8-10 yellow eggs and give them to the healers to make Omega eggs. In wave 10, the Collector also places the Omega eggs also in the cannon, this is vital to win the game.

Starting any game as a collector start by calling the fight tactic and moving to the cannon hill until the first eggs are dropped. Note that blue eggs are pretty useless so when you run out of inventory space just destroy the blue eggs. The red eggs can be considered the most important. Be careful not to pick up the wrong eggs, or eggs when your inventory is full. The eggs will explode, dealing 5 damage

6.0 - Rewards

There are several rewards for this minigame which can be bought using your Role points and your selected Role points. The maximum amount of points you can have in each role is 500. All rewards, including the gambling ones can be bought from Commander Connad near the entrance to the minigame arena.

6.1 - Armour
Picture Name Requirements Attack Bonus Defence Bonus Other Bonuses Cost
Stab Slash Crush Magic Range Stab Slash Crush Magic Range Strength Prayer
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Fighter Hat Fighter Hat 45 defence
Must have defeated the Queen
+5 +5 +5 -7 -7 +27 +29 +26 -3 +28 +0 +0 275 points in each role
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Healer Hat Healer Hat 45 defence
Must have defeated the Queen
-5 -5 -5 +6 -6 +6 +8 +10 +7 +0 +0 +0 275 points in each role
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Runner Hat Runner Hat 45 defence
Must have defeated the Queen
+0 +0 +0 +0 +0 +30 +32 +27 +1 +30 +0 +0 275 points in each role
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Ranger Hat Ranger Hat 45 defence
Must have defeated the Queen
-5 -5 -5 -5 +6 +7 +10 +11 +5 +8 +0 +0 275 points in each role
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Fighter Torso Fighter Torso 40 defence
Must have defeated the Queen
+0 +0 +0 -40 +0 +62 +85 +62 -10 +67 +4 +0 375 points in each role
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Runner Boots Runner Boots 40 defence +0 +0 +0 +1 +1 +8 +8 +8 +0 +0 +0 +0 100 points in each role
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Penance Gloves Penance Gloves 40 defence +0 +0 +0 +0 +0 +0 +3 +4 +0 +2 +0 +0 150 points in each role
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Penance Skirt Penance Skirt 60 range
40 defence
Must have defeated the Queen
+0 +0 +0 -10 +15 +26 +21 +28 +19 +26 +0 +0 375 points in each role
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Granite Plate Granite body 50 defence
50 strength
Must have defeated the Queen
+0 +0 +0 -22 -5 +87 +84 +79 -6 +97 +0 +0 95, 000 coins

6.2 - Extra Rewards

Commander Connad has two extra rewards apart from the armours, levels and gambling. With 200 points in a selected role, you can buy that role's "level 2" from the Commander. With 300, you can get to "level 3" in that role and so forth to level 5.Having a higher level in role makes the role more efficient and increases your chance at winning waves. The following table shows the benefit of each level:

Role Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Attacker +1 damage against Penance +2 +3 +4 +5
Defender Penance Runners see/move to bait more often/further Increase from level 1 Increase from level 2 Increase from level 3 Increase from level 4
Collector Pouch holds 2 eggs Pouch holds 4 eggs Pouch holds 6 eggs Pouch holds 7 eggs Pouch holds 8 eggs
Healer 1 dose heals 10hp 1 dose heals 15hp 1 dose heals 20hp 1 dose heals 25hp 1 dose heals 35hp

Apart from the levels, you can also choose to gamble your points. This is extremely risky, but if you win, the rewards are great. The first two gamble types (200 and 400 honour points) give the possibility of winning a random item, but the third gamble type (500 honour points) gives a slight chance of receiving a Dragon Chainbody, though it is unlikely. Gambling in the third category also requires the completion of the minigame and having defeated the Queen.

7.0 - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are the reward armours tradeable?

A: The only armour tradeable at this time would be the granite platebody.

Q: How do I restart to wave 1?

A: Talk to Captain Cain in the lobby.

Q: Can I do a wave that's below me?

A: No, you cannot unless it's wave 1.

Q: Do I get XP for playing the game?

Only in magic.

Q: What is a good BA world?

World 6 and 71 are the two worlds specified by Jagex.

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