Phosani’s nightmare returns for real in Old School RuneScape
Released in March 2020, Phosani’s Nightmare was launched in Old School RuneScape as a hard mode version of The Nightmare. The Nightmare is a boss located in Morytania that drops unique valuable items like the Nightmare Staff, Inquisitor’s Mace, and Harmonized Orb. The hard mode version only lasted a week after its initial launch before it was discontinued.
At launch, Phosani’s Nightmare had a few limitations. For one thing, players could only fight him once a week. This caused it to have no agricultural potential. Additionally, Phosani’s Nightmare existed primarily as a competition. It didn’t perform well as meaningful content outside of this competition.
The New Improved Nightmare
At the time, Jagex’s Mod Acorn claimed the studio wanted to try the boss to see if it was worth doing “something like this in the future.” That future has arrived and Phosani’s nightmare returns Old School RuneScape as a full boss. A release date has yet to be confirmed as Jagex is running a poll to allow players to provide feedback on its initial suggestions.
Jagex suggested several changes to help differentiate Phosani’s Nightmare from its regular counterpart. Some of those changes include increased damage for incorrectly using prayers, random phase rotations, more frequent special attacks, and a whole new phase for players to learn.
As for why players will want to do this boss, the rewards will increase compared to The Nightmare of Ashihama. The most notable new drop will be an item that can mutate the existing Little Nightmare pet into a rarer, more difficult-to-acquire variant. Additionally, regular loot should improve, and the time it takes to acquire a single item is “about 20% faster.”
Much like before, Phosani’s Nightmare will remain a solo encounter only. Players will not be able to access the boss until they kill Ashihama’s Nightmare at least once. This should be a boss that elite PvM players can make the most of to acquire vastly improved loot.