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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 329 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 329–1,974

Weapons and Armour

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Bronze hatchet Bronze hatchet 1 2 Common 137
Iron sword Iron sword 1 2 Common 29
Bronze full helm Bronze full helm 1 2 Common 35
Iron kiteshield Iron kiteshield 1 2 Common 44
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 1,879
Rune javelin Rune javelin Unknown 5 Very rare 168


Runes

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Earth rune Earth rune 5 3 Uncommon 85
Water rune Water rune 15 3 Uncommon 420
Body rune Body rune 7 3 Uncommon 203

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 6
Oil lantern frame Oil lantern frame 1 3 Uncommon 10
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 90
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 200–350,3,000 2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,255
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,751
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,546
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 5,843
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 32,996
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 42,167
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 15,502
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 9,984
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,452
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,131
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 840
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,280
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,356
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,419
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,478
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,529,400
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 21,988
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,603
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 63,247
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,600
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 13,800
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,272,600
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150 4 Rare 22,650
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 107,406
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 16,022
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 134,875–188,825
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 131,350–183,890
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 973
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 424
Pure essence Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 15,000–22,500
Nature rune Nature rune 60–80 4 Rare 17,280–23,040
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 3,780
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 21,735
Death rune Death rune 50 4 Rare 13,150
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 19,900
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 51,375–102,750
Raw shark Raw shark 250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 327,500
Big bones Big bones 150–180 (noted) 3 Uncommon 96,900–116,280
Coal Coal 550–700 (noted) 3 Uncommon 132,550–168,700
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 294,000–490,000
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 8,800
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,067,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1 2 Common 13,906
Rune bar Rune bar 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 695,300
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) 3 Uncommon 140,630–180,810
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 150,900–176,050
Clean torstol Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) 3 Uncommon 133,536–283,764
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 2 Common 2,539
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 3 Uncommon 36,153
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 6,519
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 3–7 4 Rare 414,126–966,294
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,137,860
Yew logs Yew logs 450–550 (noted) 4 Rare 171,900–210,100
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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