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Old School RuneScape’s Nightmare of Ashihama is live

A beastly new group boss and 80-player fight to bring it down launch in Old School RuneScape today. Along with some brand new combat mechanics to tackle, The Nightmare of Ashihama group boss battle brings the chance to grab some all-new shiny rewards.

As announced by developer Jagex, The Nightmare is a monster who has made their home below the in-game town of Slepe, in Morytania – and it’s causing a few problems. It’s been “feeding on the dreams of the innocent townsfolk and growing stronger every moment”, so now you’ve got to defeat it once and for all. It’s the first ever group boss unique to the classic-style MMORPG that “has a co-op focus”, according to the devs in a press release.

Players that manage to take down The Nightmare will be able to snag some rewards, so long as they do a certain amount of damage. The better a player does, the better the rewards a player will earn. Rewards are unique to players, too, so there's no need to scramble around after the fight quickly grabbing loot. The only exception is a single unique item, which will be awarded to one of the players that met the minimum damage requirement. The more damage a player did, the better their odds of earning the unique are. Unique rewards always lead to RuneScape players trying to scam each other, so look out for any players suddenly trying to be extra friendly after getting a cool item. By the way, you can buy cheap OSRS GP from, where you can enjoy a 3% discount by using the code “5MMO”.

Dying during the Nightmare of Ashihana will be a bit of a setback, as the regular rules apply. Hardcore Iron players that perish while battling The Nightmare will lose their status. Others will have to pay an NPC 60,000 coins to get their gear back from the boss fight. It's steep, but not as much as the Runescape player that spent $62,000 on the game has invested.

As of right now, none of the Nightmare of Ashihama’s unique drops is accurately valued. As with all new bosses, it’ll take some time for the drops to settle down on the Grand Exchange. Many are going for well over a billion GP due to the initial hype so most players are going to want to wait before buying anything.