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A Cave slime is a poisonous Slayer monster found in the Lumbridge Swamp Caves, 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 531 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.

Locations

Strengths and weaknesses

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.

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.

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Players using long-range combat (magic, ranged, or long melee weapons like Halberds) do not need any poison protection as long as they use Safe spots. There is a safe spot near the south-west fishing spot in Lumbridge swamp cave (see picture).

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 200, 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.

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).

Drops

100% Drops

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Swamp tar Swamp tar 1–6 1 Always 531–3,186

Weapons and Armour

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Bronze hatchet Bronze hatchet 1 2 Common 151
Iron sword Iron sword 1 2 Common 19
Bronze full helm Bronze full helm 1 2 Common 9
Iron kiteshield Iron kiteshield 1 2 Common 46
File:Incantorsboots.png Incantor's boots 1 3 Uncommon [1] Not sold
Sorcerer's boots Sorcerer's boots 1 3 Uncommon [1] Not sold
Iron boots Iron boots 1 4 Rare 2,880
Rune javelin Rune javelin Unknown 5 Very rare 176


Runes

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Earth rune Earth rune 5 3 Uncommon 65
Water rune Water rune 15 3 Uncommon 390
Body rune Body rune 7 3 Uncommon 49

Other

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 25 Coins 1, 2, 4, 10, 22, 44, 347 2 Common Not sold
Unlit torch Unlit torch 1 2 Common 2
Oil lantern frame Oil lantern frame 1 3 Uncommon 12
File:Oil lantern.png Oil lantern 1 3 Uncommon title="Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". coins each"|Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[".
Gold bar Gold bar 1 4 Rare 89
Clue scroll Clue scroll (easy) 1 4 Rare Not sold

Rare drop table drops

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 250 Coins 250 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,368
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,997
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,806
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 6,277
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 19,487
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 43,434
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 15,516
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,710
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,438
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 23,920
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 880
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,060
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,386
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,311
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 35,975
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 821,900
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,436
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 32,191
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,290
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,080
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 22,200
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,265,850
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 4 Rare 22,650–75,500
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,622,200
Air orb Air orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,630,000
Fire orb Fire orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,084,000
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 101,881
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 13,892
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 77,100–107,940
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 80,375–112,525
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 960
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 303
Pure essence Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 9,000–270,000
Nature rune Nature rune 20–80 4 Rare 6,000–24,000
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 3,280
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 12,240
Death rune Death rune 50, 121 4 Rare 8,450–20,449
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 16,100
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 46,000–368,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 406,000–812,000
Big bones Big bones 150–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 90,600–302,000
Coal Coal 150–7,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 32,700–1,635,000
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) 3 Uncommon 323,100–1,723,200
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 10,200
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,155,600
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) 4 Rare 3,165,000–22,155,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) 4 Rare 14,398–2,159,700
Clean ranarr Clean ranarr 33 (noted) 3 Uncommon 122,760
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 120,275–1,202,750
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 146,490–585,960
Clean torstol Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 76,080–760,800
Saradomin brew (4) Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) 5 Very rare 178,250
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 5,913
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 1–50 4 Rare 68,615–3,430,750
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–7 4 Rare 153,198–1,072,386
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,001,410
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 2,319
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1–31 4 Rare 23,156–717,836
Fellstalk seed 5 Fellstalk seed 2 4 Rare 2,242
Yew logs Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) 4 Rare 23,450–9,380,000
Crystal triskelion fragment 1 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2 Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3 Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Melee) Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) Brawling gloves (FM) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) Brawling gloves (WC) 1 5 Very rare Not sold

Trivia

  • 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).
  • Cave slimes are not poisonous in Daemonheim.
  • Cave slimes are one of the few monsters from which you can get a different 100% drop every time.

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