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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 224 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 Anti-poison 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 tar1–6Always224–1,344

Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Bronze hatchetBronze hatchet1Common178
Iron swordIron sword1Common458
Bronze full helmBronze full helm1Common126
Iron kiteshieldIron kiteshield1Common752
Iron bootsIron boots1Rare3,145
Earth runeEarth rune5Uncommon125
Water runeWater rune15Common450
Body runeBody rune7Rare252
Coins 250Coins1; 2; 4; 10; 22; 44; 347Common1–347
Unlit torchUnlit torch1Common28
Oil lantern frameOil lantern frame1Uncommon8
Oil lantern (empty)Oil lantern (empty)1Uncommon8
Gold barGold bar1Rare359
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 sapphire1Common968
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,980
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,431
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,214
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare189,630–231,770
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common19,615
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common23,289
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,811
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare531,495–649,605
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,268
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,403
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,229,580–1,502,820
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare835
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,248
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare558,720–931,200
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare73,211
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,754
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common17,854–21,646
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,035,180–1,265,220
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare963
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,077
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare347,750–438,700
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare124,150–156,620
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare33,625–47,075
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common19,710–24,090
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon298,800–365,200
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon27,072–33,840
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare296,640–362,560
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon33,800–185,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common16,290–19,910
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon186,120–227,480
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common36,722–41,968
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare354,105–432,795
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare968,220–1,183,380
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,034
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare615,510–752,290
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon391,680–478,720
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon295,560–361,240
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon286,560–350,240
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon227,430–277,970
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon15,554–17,776
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon18,676–21,344
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon463,876
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,771,760
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common5,850–7,150
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common14,355–17,545
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon189,900–232,100
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,056–15,744
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare129,600–158,400
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon39,240–47,960
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare587,790–718,410
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,805
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*290,091
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*34,550,901
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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