|Release date||14 March 2005 (Update)|
|XP per kill||Unknown edit|
|Always drops||1-6 Swamp tar|
|Examine text||A foul-smelling blob of protoplasm.|
|Assigned by||Turael or Spria, Mazchna or Achtryn|
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 369 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.
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.
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).
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Swamp tar 1–6 Always 369–2,214
Weapons and Armour
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Bronze hatchet 1 Common 135 Iron sword 1 Common 28 Bronze full helm 1 Common 32 Iron kiteshield 1 Common 41 File:Incantorsboots.png Incantor's boots 1 Uncommon Not sold Sorcerer's boots 1 Uncommon Not sold Iron boots 1 Rare 1,945 Rune javelin Unknown Very rare 170
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Earth rune 5 Uncommon 90 Water rune 15 Uncommon 405 Body rune 7 Uncommon 203
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 1, 2, 4, 10, 22, 44, 347 Common Not sold Unlit torch 1 Common 7 Oil lantern frame 1 Uncommon 10 File:Oil lantern.png Oil lantern 1 Uncommon title="Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". coins each"|Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". Gold bar 1 Rare 90 Clue scroll (easy) 1 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.
Show/hide rare drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 200–350;3,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,323 Uncut emerald 1 Common 2,865 Uncut ruby 1 Common 3,437 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 5,788 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 30,445 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 45,120 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 15,552 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,564 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,393 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,197 Rune javelin 5 Rare 850 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,260 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,492 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,458 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,374 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,572,400 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,197 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 31,639 Shield left half 1 Very rare 64,814 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 59,208 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 14,200 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,267,050 Rune arrow 150 Rare 22,650 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 101,975 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 16,616 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 133,900–187,460 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 126,900–177,660 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 991 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 346 Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) Uncommon 15,000–22,500 Nature rune 60–80 Rare 17,460–23,280 Soul rune 20 Rare 4,420 Law rune 45 Rare 23,760 Death rune 50 Rare 13,350 Blood rune 50 Rare 18,250 Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) Uncommon 50,250–100,500 Raw shark 250 (noted) Uncommon 366,250 Big bones 150–180 (noted) Uncommon 97,650–117,180 Coal 550–700 (noted) Uncommon 132,000–168,000 Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) Uncommon 324,000–540,000 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 9,000 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,061,200 Rune bar 1 Common 13,675 Rune bar 50 (noted) Very rare 683,750 Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) Uncommon 155,505–199,935 Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) Uncommon 141,060–164,570 Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) Uncommon 142,912–303,688 Snapdragon seed 1 Common 2,555 Torstol seed 1 Uncommon 41,717 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 7,023 Magic seed 3–7 Rare 427,980–998,620 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,101,940 Yew logs 450–550 (noted) Rare 175,500–214,500 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 Very rare Not sold Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 Very rare Not sold Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (FM) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (WC) 1 Very rare Not sold
- 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.