Great Olm

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The Great Olm (referred to as the Guardian in the Deep by Xeric's followers) is the final boss in the Chambers of Xeric raid. A large, blind, white salamander, it is one of Xeric's greatest possessions.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Attacks[edit | edit source]

  • Standard attacks: Olm has two standard attacks: Magic and Ranged. The magic attacks are large green orbs, while the ranged attacks are smaller chunks of crystal. Both deal the same amount of damage.
  • Spheres: Olm randomly picks a sphere (red, green or purple) and sends it at the player. If not blocked, the player will be damaged approximately 50% of their current Hitpoints. If a protection prayer was used when the sphere was launched, it is disabled and the player's Prayer is reduced by 50%. To block the attack, pray accordingly before and as the sphere hits you:

Throughout the fight, Olm can also use these moves. If the left hand is clenched or disabled, these attacks will not occur:

  • Crystal Burst: Olm throws a crystal seedling under every player in the chamber. A few seconds later, the crystals burst and shove the player to a nearby tile if they are on top of them for moderate damage. The left hand will briefly show a crystal icon when using this attack.
  • Lightning: Shoots out lightning running north and/or south of the chamber. Getting hit by a bolt of lightning electrocutes the player, disabling their overhead prayers, dealing moderate damage, and binding them. The left hand will briefly show a lightning bolt when using this attack.
  • Swap: Olm teleports the player(s) for damage. With one person inside the chamber, Olm will instead choose a random tile in the chamber. With two or more, Olm picks those two (or a random two if more) to teleport. To avoid damage, stand on top of the targeted tile/player. The further you are from the target, the more damage is taken. The left hand briefly shows a swirl when using this attack.

Olm also has phase-unique attacks:

  • Acid:
    • Acid Spray: Olm spits out several pools of acid around the chamber. Standing on top of an acid pool deals 3-6 damage per tick and inflicts a weak poison effect on the player.
    • Acid Drip: Olm covers a player in acid, causing them to generate acid pools under them. Standing still will deal damage and moving will generate more pools, though it is not much of a deal in small groups. The pools are identically the same as the spray attack.
A group of players fighting the Great Olm.
  • Flame:
    • Deep Burn: Olm shoots out a green fireball at a player, causing them to yell "Burn with me!". The targeted player takes 5 damage every few ticks, dropping stats by 2 each time this occurs, for five hits. If it spreads to other players, it will reset the timer and newly infected players will initially yell "I will burn with you.".
    • Fire Wall: Olm shoots out two walls of fire at a player to trap them. If the player is on a tile that would be occupied by the fire wall, they will leap out and take light damage from it. After the walls are placed, the player(s) trapped inside will take heavy damage if they are not freed. To free the trapped player(s), cast a water spell or Humidify on a segment of the wall to douse the flame. This can be done outside or inside the wall.
  • Crystal:
    • Falling Crystals: Olm lets out a cry, targeting one player with a red aura. Spiked crystals fall from above, dealing damage to anyone in the targeted tile.
    • Crystal Bombs: Olm shoots out a crystal bomb (up to three at most; two for smaller groups). The bomb explodes after being deployed for several seconds, covering a radius of four tiles. The minimum amount of damage dealt is 15. The closer you are to the bomb, the more damage is incurred, up to 60 at the centre.

There are also attacks applied during other segments of the fight:

  • Autoheal: During the first three phases, any attacks aimed at the head are completely healed after several ticks have passed. In the third phase, the left arm also gets a variant of this ability where any attacks that deal damage will cause it to heal instead. When this is performed the left hand shows an infinity symbol.
  • Falling Crystals: During phase transitions and the last phase, Olm causes chunks of crystal to fall from above. These crystals have a 3x3 AoE. Getting a direct hit will result in moderate damage, and getting indirectly hit will deal half as much damage. One crystal will always be aimed at a random player in the chamber. A shadow will indicate where the crystal will land.
  • Life Siphon: In the last phase, Olm will shoot out two blue projectiles which generate a shield when it hits the ground. Several ticks later, Olm will damage anyone not on the targeted tiles for moderate damage, healing himself for five times the total amount of damage he deals to the team.

Fight overview[edit | edit source]

The mystical barrier which precedes the boss fight.

Olm has at least three phases (more depending on the size of the party), with each phase granting Olm extra attacks, indicated by the "power" with which he rises. You can resupply yourself if you die fighting it.

Like other bosses in the chambers, many of Olm's stats scale between its claws and head depending on the stats and amount of players in the raid, despite it having a pre-determined combat level. However, Monster Examine can be cast on him. In most small teams, its defensive and offensive stats and max hit are comparable to God Wars Dungeon bosses. If stat draining attacks — such as dragon warhammer special attack — are used, they only affect the part of him that was hit. His stats also reset when he switches phases.

Note that in order to attack, Olm must find a player in the direction that it is facing due to its blindness. If no targets are in that direction, Olm will move his head to where a player is, and will also skip one attack in its attack pattern. If the player is both experienced and fast enough, they can keep Olm from attacking them. This mostly only applies to solo players as it is hard to coordinate in a group.

To progress, disable both arms. They do not have to be disabled at the same time until the final phase. Under no circumstances should you target the head until the start of the final phase, as it has a healing aura that recovers any damage it takes. On all phases but the final one, if the right hand is up, damaging the left hand will cause it to clench, making it temporarily unattackable.

During the penultimate phase (3rd by default, 1 more for every 8 players on the team) indicated by Olm's head having a green aura, both arms must be permanently disabled quickly. If one arm is disabled and too much time passes before the other arm is disabled, Olm will regain control of that arm, and it will return with full health. The left arm will start using a rejuvenation aura after the teleport attack has been completed (symbolised as the infinite symbol), during which all damage will heal it instead. In this phase, Olm also has access to all special attacks.

Once both arms are disabled, the final phase begins. Olm's head will remain, and it will attempt to kill the team in a final stand. It will use all attacks from the preceding phases, in addition to crystals falling from the ceiling. Olm also has the ability to siphon the team's Hitpoints during this phase. If your team can damage Olm quickly, this attack can be ignored as there will still be crystals falling from above which can deal a lot of damage. Finish Olm off, and claim your rewards once it dies.

Phase rotations[edit | edit source]

Olm's left hand (on the right side when facing Olm) is the hand which should be disabled with Melee. This hand is also the hand that indicates which move is coming next out of crystals, lightning wall and teleport attack. At first, the next attack may seem random, but each phase does the moves in a set order. This may change between each raid but so far these are the expected rotations.

  • Phase 1: Crystal Burst > Lightning > Swap. After completing an attack rotation, he repeats them again. If the left hand is clenched, none of these special attacks will be performed. The left hand only clenches temporarily, and will automatically let go after a set amount of time has passed or the right hand is disabled. The left hand cannot be attacked while clenched.
  • Phase 2: The same as phase 1.
  • Phase 3: In this phase both hands have to be killed at the same time. The left hand will not clench at all during this phase. After the swap attack will come the autohealing effect for the left hand, after which the attack rotation is repeated again.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
7 October 2020

  • Great Olm's healing special attack will no longer persist after healing is finished.
  • All of Great Olm's healing pools will now prevent damage, no matter which one the player stands on.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

A piece of artwork depicting a group of players fighting the Great Olm.
  • An olm is a species of aquatic serpentine salamanders living in lakes deep underground.
  • Olm made a teaser appearance on the 2016 Christmas event, where it killed a worker named Ulina in a future vision.
  • The Great Olm is the only monster in the Chambers of Xeric that has a defined combat level; all other monsters encountered inside do not have any known combat level.
    • In addition, its arms also have a defined combat level (though they are still part of it, so it is still technically one monster). Interestingly enough, the left arm boasts a higher combat level than the right arm.
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 DISCLAIMER: The stats displayed on this page can vary based on the player with the highest combat level. The stats shown are scaled for a player with maxed combat stats.