Your Handy Guide to the Nightmare Zone in OSRS

Have you ever toyed with the idea of battling with past bosses? Maybe even doing so with more than one at a time? Look no further than the Old School Runescape Nightmare Zone! This mini-game will satisfy all your boss battle cravings.

Read on for all the things you need to know about it, as well as how much OSRS gold you need to spend.

How to Get to the Old School Runescape Nightmare Zone

When you get to Yanille, find the Nightmare Zone north of the area, a little to the northwest of the bank. Alternatively, there are many ways to teleport near the area. You can:

  • Teleport to the Watchtower and go east
  • Warp to your house if it’s in Yanille (or use a Scroll of Redirect on a House Teleport Tablet)
  • Use a Fairy Ring with code c∙l·s and then walk northwest
  • Input the code c·i·q on a Fairy Ring then walk through the town
  • Teleport to the Castle Wars with a Ring of Dueling, then walk to Yanille
  • Go to the Tree Gnome Village using the Spirit Tree, and walking to the town from there
  • With an Ardougne Cloak 1, warp to the Monastery and walk south
  • You may use the Minigame Teleport to get there instantly once you meet the requirements below

The Requirements for Playing

To play in the Nightmare Zone, you need to have completed at least 5 of the following quests:

  • Contact!
  • Desert Treasure
  • Dragon Slayer
  • Dream Mentor
  • Fairy Tale I – Growing Pains
  • Family Crest
  • Fight Arena
  • The Fremennik Isles
  • The Grand Tree
  • The Great Brain Robbery
  • Grim Tales
  • The Corsair Curse
  • Haunted Mine
  • Holy Grail
  • Horror from the Deep
  • In Search of the Myreque
  • Legends’ Quest
  • Lost City
  • Lunar Diplomacy
  • Monkey Madness I
  • Mountain Daughter
  • My Arm’s Big Adventure
  • One Small Favor
  • Tale of the Righteous
  • Recipe for Disaster
  • Roving Elves
  • Shadow of the Storm
  • Shilo Village
  • Tree Gnome Village
  • Troll Romance
  • Troll Stronghold
  • What Lies Below
  • Witch’s House
  • Vampire Slayer
  • The Depths of Despair

Then go to the Nightmare Zone area and talk to Dominic Onion.

You may be wondering why there are so many possible quests to unlock this mini-game. That’s because you need to have encountered the bosses at least once before so you can fight them in the NMZ. The more of these quests you undertake, the more bosses there will be for you to fight.

NMZ has three modes:Practice, Endurance, and Rumble. You have to pay for the latter two. Practice mode is free. As its name suggests, it’s a mode where you can get used to the zone’s mechanics. Endurance pits you against every boss you’ve unlocked in a series of 1-on-1 battles. It ends when all the bosses die or you do.

Rumble makes you face off with four bosses at once. Defeating one will make another spawn in. It will run until you or your group dies, as in this mode, you may bring friends with you. Sometimes, power-ups that give various advantages will appear. They have different effects, depending on their color.

  • Red – gives extra damage, about 3/4ths of your normal damage, for 45 seconds.
  • Purple – makes an area damaging to monsters (except ones invulnerable to normal attacks) for 1 minute
  • Yellow – fills your special attack bar and regenerates it by 20% per tick for 45 seconds.
  • White – kills all the bosses in the room (points will not be awarded)

There is the option to cut down on the bosses you can encounter in Rumble mode. However, doing that also decreases the number of points you may earn.

Each mode has two difficulties:Easy and Hard. The difference between them is that easy bosses have the same stats as when you first encountered them, while hard bosses have higher attack stats. Endurance mode costs 1,000 OSRS gold for easy, 5,000 for hard. Rumble adds a thousand more, 2,000 and 5,000 respectively. Custom Rumble is the most expensive at 22,000 or 26,000. You may cut down that price by 10,000 if you have maxed out your quest points.


Bosses you defeat in the mini-game will award you points. You can then spend those in the chest near Dominic. There are three kinds of rewards you can exchange your points for, Resources, Upgrades, and Benefits.

The first category includes crafting materials, elemental runes, and unique items that only this mini-game offers, such as Scrolls of Redirection. Upgrades imbue certain equipment. Benefits are potions you can only use within the dream arena.

Additional Notes

Since a majority of the quests needed to unlock this minigame is for members only, the Old School Runescape Nightmare Zone is not available for free players. You can deposit an amount of up to 2,147,483,000 OSRS gold in its coffer, and withdraw as you like. However, there should be enough to cover the cost of the mode you’re going to play if you’re starting a round.

Sweet dreams, and don’t let the nightmares get you!

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