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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Cave slime (Dungeoneering).
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A Cave slime is a poisonous Slayer monster found in the Lumbridge Swamp Caves and the Dorgesh-Kaan South Dungeons. They require level 17 slayer to kill. They are notable for dropping considerable amounts of swamp tar, which can be sold for 159 coins each. They can also drop level 1 clue scrolls. Cave slimes are good creatures for making money if used correctly. The slimes are only poisonous if they can attack you. If you are going to melee them you should make sure to bring antipoisons or other means of curing or preventing the poison in order to avoid wasting supplies. A slightly stronger, but non-poisonous version of these monsters appears in all floors of Daemonheim.

Cave slime use melee when attacked by ranged. They use ranged when attacked by magic, ranged, or long-ranged melee weapons (like halberds), even when the attacker is adjacent to the creature. The cave slime's ranged attack is poisonous.

LocationsEdit

The highest concentration of cave slimes can be found on the west side of the Dorgesh-Kaan south dungeon, underneath the first grappling hook short cut of the agility course.

Strengths and weaknessesEdit

Cave slimes have a maximum melee hit of 27 LP, and are poisonous. The poison starts at 32 LP and is inflicted in one of two ways: when they attack (whether the attack inflicts damage or not), and when they are hit with a close melee attack (even if the attack kills the slime). In either case, the player will be poisoned nearly 100% of the time, unless the player protects themselves accordingly by taking antipoison potions or using the thermal bath spa at Oo'glog before fighting cave slimes. Super antipoison potions are recommended as each dose gives immunity to poison for 6 minutes. An alternative for higher levelled players is to bring decent food, such as monkfish (the money made off of swamp tar is more than the cost of the monkfish), to offset damage from the poison, as their melee attacks rarely do any direct damage, and the poison is generally mild. The best option for players with 60 Dungeoneering, 60 Defence, and 70 Herblore is to equip an anti-poison totem, which completely eliminates the need for antidotes, but costs 44,000 Dungeoneering tokens to buy. Alternatively, players may use the Poison Purge aura, which removes the need for antipoison and food for the time it lasts. With the introduction of Invention, the Venomblood perk also eliminates the need for antipoison.

Although these monsters have good drops, some lower levelled players do not prefer to train on them due to large number of antipoison potions required. However, players who can kill the slimes quickly can usually make a profit from the swamp tar drops, even after paying for the super antipoison potions or their ingredients.

Players using long-range combat (magic, ranged, or long melee weapons like halberds) do not need any poison protection, as the cave slime uses its non-poisonous ranged attack in these types of combat.

Players should not go into the Lumbridge Swamps dungeon with an open light (this includes candles, torches, etc.), as the flame will eventually cause the gases in the cave to explode. This can cause massive damage to the player (up to 500, depending on the player's constitution) and possibly death if the player's life points are low enough. Also, the light source will be extinguished, and swarming insects will then constantly hit 10s on the player until the player relights a light source, escapes the cave, or dies. An enclosed light source like a bullseye lantern or a flameless light source like a Seers' headband 1 (or higher) will not ignite the gases and is highly recommended. Players will need 49 Firemaking to light a bullseye lantern (Firemaking is not a skill that can be assisted). If a player intends to use cave slime to earn money, a bullseye lantern or Seers' headband is mandatory.

A tip for Cave Slimes would be to equip a Holy symbol use the Prayer book from The Great Brain Robbery quest, This allows you to camp at the cave slimes for a long time. However, this doesn't provide immunity, and you will likely be poisoned again right away if the slime is still alive or if you attack another slime (even if you kill the slime in one hit).

DropsEdit

100% DropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Swamp tarSwamp tar1–6Always159–954

Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Bronze hatchetBronze hatchet1Common243
Iron swordIron sword1Common483
Bronze full helmBronze full helm1Common254
Iron kiteshieldIron kiteshield1Common834
Iron bootsIron boots1Rare3,475
Earth runeEarth rune5Uncommon115
Water runeWater rune15Common405
Body runeBody rune7Rare196
Coins 250Coins1; 2; 4; 10; 22; 44; 347Common1–347
Unlit torchUnlit torch1Common31
Oil lantern frameOil lantern frame1Uncommon8
Oil lantern (empty)Oil lantern (empty)1Uncommon9
Gold barGold bar1Rare388
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Clue scroll (easy)Clue scroll (easy)1RareNot sold

Rare drop tableEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,023
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,892
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,954
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,756
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare169,020–206,580
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,807
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common24,022
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,323
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare509,535–622,765
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,614
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare39,828
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,198,800–1,465,200
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare885
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,703
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,545–942,575
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,095
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,431
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common26,781–32,469
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,061,100–1,296,900
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare2,094
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,683
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare353,535–445,998
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare91,975–116,030
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare25,600–35,840
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,385–24,915
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon254,700–311,300
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon28,008–35,010
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare258,660–316,140
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon27,600–151,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,940–18,260
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon222,660–272,140
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common39,508–45,152
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare380,970–465,630
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,014,660–1,240,140
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,163
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare617,445–754,655
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon392,850–480,150
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon347,760–425,040
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon266,760–326,040
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon227,160–277,640
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon14,938–17,072
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon11,914–13,616
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon482,544
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare2,170,200
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common7,200–8,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common13,680–16,720
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon218,700–267,300
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon14,348–17,302
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare142,425–174,075
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon33,120–40,480
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare551,340–673,860
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,899
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*170,774
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,804,467,420
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold

TriviaEdit

  • Previously, equipping an anti-poison totem would not prevent Cave slimes and certain other poisonous monsters from causing poison. On 15 June 2010, Jagex implemented a fix that addressed the issue. However, during the fix, cave slimes were overlooked, and could still cause poison even if the player was holding the anti-poison totem. As of 21 September 2010, this glitch has been fixed (the exact date of the fix is unknown, and most likely occurred in a hidden update).

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