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For quest item, see Tribal totem (item).
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Quest details

Name: Tribal totem
Release date: 30 April 2002 (Update)
Pay-to-play: Yes
Start: Speak to Kangai Mau in Brimhaven
Difficulty:
*****
Length: Medium
Requirements: Level 21 Thieving
Items needed: None
Monsters to defeat: None
Recommended: Up to 120 Coins for travelling or Ardougne teleport spell

Walkthrough

The shrimp and parrot restaurant

Talk to the Kangai Mau located in The Shrimp and Parrot, a restaurant in the centre of Brimhaven. After speaking with him, take the boat north of Brimhaven to East Ardougne.

Handelmort mansion

Now talk to Horacio outside the Handelmort mansion northwest of the East Ardougne marketplace. Ask him who he is and whether he gardens around the back. He will accidentally reveal that the code to the door is Lord Handelmort's middle name.

Cromperty's teleportation device.

Go east to Wizard Cromperty in the northeast building of Ardougne. Talk to him about his inventions until he offers to teleport you. Accept, and you will be teleported to the RPDT depot, located next to the south bank.

Search the crates in the depot until you find an address label to Lord Handelmort, then use it to label the other crate that is not empty. Talk to the RPDT employee and ask about the crate. He will deliver it to the mansion immediately.

Handelmort mansion

Reading the tourist guide.

Leave the depot and pick up the tourist guide from the table in the building to the northwest, near the manhole. The book's history section reveals Lord Handelmort's middle name to be Bradley.

Go back to Wizard Cromperty and ask to be teleported again. This time, you will end up in Handelmort mansion, where the crate was delivered to. Use the passcode "B-R-A-D" to get past the first door. Picklock the west door, and check the stairs for traps before going up.

Failing to check for traps on the stairs will hit you for 20% damage,[Verify] and drop you into the Ardougne sewer mine.

While upstairs, search the chest to find the tribal totem. Teleport out, or go down the stairs, through the "B-R-A-D" door again, and down the ladder, exiting through the sewers. The ladder to exit the sewers is to the southwest.

Take the ship back to Brimhaven and return the totem to Kangai Mau for your reward.

Rewards

Quest complete!

Trivia

  • This is the first quest that was impossible to complete immediately upon release. It was released on the same day as the Thieving skill and is required for the quest.
  • Lockpicking the door in Handelmort Mansion yields 15 Thieving XP and 0.27% fatigue.