|Release date||8 February 2010 (Update)|
|XP per kill||846.4 (and 279.3 experience)|
|Assigned by||Sumona, Duradel or Lapalok, Kuradal|
|Examine text|| Burrowed: I'm pretty sure there's something under there. |
Above ground: I dread to think of how many of these are in the sand.
Desert strykewyrms are Slayer monsters located east of Al Kharid, through the east gate. They may only be killed if a player is assigned to kill them by a Slayer master (level 77 Slayer required). You cannot use temporary boosts, as you need to be assigned these from your master.
Note that the desert in this area no longer drains life points. As such, waterskins are unnecessary.
A wyrm initially appears as a mound on the ground; the mound may be still or be moving about. Before battle can be initiated with the wyrm, a player must investigate the mound by clicking on it. This causes the player's character to perform the Stomp emote, after which the wyrm bursts out of the ground. When the wyrm appears, the player should immediately click on it to initiate combat, as otherwise a small amount of time will be wasted before combat begins.
Desert strykewyrms are an excellent source of various noted items, and the occasional focus sight, which is needed to create a full slayer helmet. If the player is not currently assigned a desert strykewyrm task, investigating the mound still causes the player's character to perform the stomp emote, but the wyrm does not burst forth. Instead, the character will then perform the Think emote.
The desert strykewyrm's standard attacks are melee and magical ranged. The wyrm will usually use melee and only occasionally use magical range when the player is not within melee range. This attack however, rarely hits and even if it hits, it usually does not hit over 100.
The desert strykewyrm also has a special attack which consists of it burrowing under the ground, moving toward the player fighting it, and then bursting out of the ground which can deal 500-2000 damage. Running over the strykewyrm right as it bursts out of the ground will hit the player twice with its special attack, possibly adding up to 4000 damage.
The special attack may be avoided by running 2-3 squares away from where the player was standing when the wyrm starts to burrow. Timing is important; hesitating a moment when the wyrm burrows could cause the wyrm's special attack to hit. Many players run directly away from the wyrm when it burrows, but depending on your reaction time, this might not be a good idea, so running to the sides is a good idea for those with laggy computers or if they are too slow to react to the attack.
When running away from the special attack, it is best to click on the ground itself instead of the minimap, as the player can react to the tactical situation in the area. A player should not click on another mound when trying to get away, as the player will run up to (not onto) the mound and stop, which might leave the player too close to the surfacing wyrm.
Desert strykewyrms have a high amount of health for their level, but have low defence, making it quite easy with powerful weapons to cause a large amount of damage. The wyrm's special attack can be disabled by standing near any kind of obstacle. There are several cacti and bushes around their area, but they are relatively spread out and few in number.
This special attack occurs on average once every 15-20 attacks. Depending upon how fast the player can kill a desert strykewyrm, the special attack may or may not occur with each wyrm battle, but one special attack per 2 or 3 wyrms is very likely. The ultimate defence skill rejuvenate, which requires a shield, is very useful for healing in the occasional event that players are unable to dodge the special attack. Players need not wear a shield the entire trip; they can merely equip a shield and use the ability, waiting until the healing is complete, and then resume attacking with another weapon. Bunyips provide a useful source of sustained healing as well.
For players who have difficulty moving out of the way in time, it is advised to range strykewyrms from a distance. Range them at the maximum distance of your crossbow/shortbow/shieldbow as they will slowly advance towards you occasionally. Keep in mind that these strykewyrms may be fairly resistant to ranged attacks, so it may be in your best interest to use melee.
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 26,214 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
- Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).
Runes and TalismansEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Death rune 15 Uncommon 2,385 Water rune 2–100 Uncommon 22–1,100 Law rune 15 Uncommon 2,850 Air talisman 1 Uncommon 122 Earth talisman 1 Uncommon 762 Body talisman 1 Rare 191 Mind talisman 1 Rare 68 Cosmic talisman 1 Rare 199 Fire talisman 1 Rare 2,016
Weapons and armourEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 765 Rune hatchet 1 Uncommon 7,646 Focus sight 1 Rare 99,329
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Cadantine seed 1 Common 1,087 Avantoe seed 1 Uncommon 2,191 Kwuarm seed 1 Uncommon 118 Toadflax seed 1 Uncommon 805 Irit seed 1 Uncommon 51 Watermelon seed 1 Uncommon 1,898 Poison ivy seed 1 Uncommon 51 Belladonna seed 1 Uncommon 34 Cactus seed 1 Uncommon 38 Lantadyme seed 1 Uncommon 24,106 Dwarf weed seed 1 Rare 38,840 Maple seed 1 Very rare 23,265 Snapdragon seed 1 Very rare 2,087 Torstol seed 1 Very rare 51,085
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Grimy guam 1–4(Noted) Common 361–1,444 Grimy marrentill 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 57–228 Grimy lantadyme 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 7,791–31,164 Grimy avantoe 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 3,979–15,916 Grimy cadantine 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 2,156–8,624 Grimy dwarf weed 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 9,087–36,348 Grimy harralander 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 467–1,868 Grimy toadflax 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 3,461–13,844 Grimy irit 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 1,863–7,452 Grimy kwuarm 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 2,245–8,980 Grimy ranarr 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 2,244–8,976 Grimy tarromin 1–4(Noted) Uncommon 168–672
Note: Can occasionally drop two drops at once.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 200, 240, 286, 346, 400, 440, 1,201–4,500 Common Not sold Waterskin (4) 2 Common 302 Super defence (2) 1 Common 75 Potato cactus 5–10 (noted) Common 3,290–6,580 Yew logs 10 (noted) Common 5,250 Pure essence 120 (noted) Common 7,800 Swordfish 2 Uncommon 294 Adamant bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 8,514 Anagogic ort 20 Uncommon Not sold Clue scroll (Hard) 1 Rare Not sold Court summons 1 Rare Not sold Spin ticket 1 Rare Not sold Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold Clue scroll (elite) 1 Very rare Not sold
- ^ Always dropped with a seed
- ^ Estimated at 1/484 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
- ^ 200 coins will always be dropped along with the yew log drop.
- ^ Only with seeds or RDT drops.
Rare drop table dropsEdit
- This monster drops items from the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth improves the chances if equipped but is not required to access the table.
Show/hide rare drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 250; 381; 450; 3,000; 9,000; 12,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,082 Uncut emerald 1 Common 1,884 Uncut ruby 1 Common 3,172 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 7,110 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 10,649 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 17,280 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 12,885 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,457 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,857 Rune javelin 5 Rare 1,240 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,320 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,963 Rune spear 1 Very rare 12,049 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,917 Dragon dagger 50 (noted) Very rare 842,850 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,650 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,283 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,284 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 59,692 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 20,000 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,297,050 Rune arrow 150–200; 500 Rare 29,850–199 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,680,400 Air orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 1,587,000 Fire orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 1,723,000 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 91,765 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 5,606 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 19,050–26,670 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 50,400–70,560 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 175 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 195 Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) Uncommon 32,500–975,000 Nature rune 47–77 Rare 5,405–8,855 Soul rune 20 Rare 2,460 Law rune 45 Rare 8,550 Death rune 50; 121 Rare 159 Blood rune 50 Rare 14,450 Raw swordfish 125 – 250; 1,000 (noted) Uncommon 36,750–294 Raw shark 250–500 (noted) Uncommon 250,500–501,000 Big bones 150 – 500 (noted) Uncommon 68,100–227,000 Coal 150–7,500 (noted) Uncommon 38,850–1,942,500 Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) Uncommon 214,200–1,142,400 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 11,200 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,056,600 Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) Rare 2,838,000–19,866,000 Rune bar 1,50,150 (noted) Rare 13,017–1,952,550 Clean ranarr 33 (noted) Uncommon 75,768 Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) Uncommon 85,700–857,000 Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) Uncommon 103,980–415,920 Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) Uncommon 91,330–913,300 Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) Very rare 64,750 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 5,694 Yew seed 1–50 Rare 60,155–3,007,750 Magic seed 1–6 Rare 163,646–981,876 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,017,430 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 2,087 Torstol seed 1–31 Rare 51,085–1,583,635 Fellstalk seed 2 Rare 1,000 Yew logs 100–20,000 (noted) Rare 52,500–10,500,000
- Using the stomp emote to attract the strykewyrm is possibly a reference to the sandworms (Shai'Hulud) from Frank Herbert's Dune novel series, which share some common characteristics.
- As with all other strykewyrms, desert strykewyrms can attack diagonally with melee. This is not a glitch.
- Desert strykewyrms could be based off the monsters Graboids from the movie Tremors, in which gigantic worm-like beings travel underground in the Nevada desert in search of people to eat, or more likely, the sandworms from the classic sci-fi novel Dune.
- The release of strykewyrms was hinted at by the Twitter hint, "Three strykes and they're out" and the Chaos Elemental hint in the Postbag From the Hedge a few weeks earlier.
- Desert strykewyrms, along with the rest of the strykewyrms, were the first monsters in RuneScape that made use of Particle Effects.
- In October 2010, a graphical glitch caused desert strykewyrms and other strykewyrms to get a stripy, wood-like texture on their armour. This was fixed as of 2 November 2010, although it had reappeared. The glitch was fully fixed on 26 July 2011.
- In the lead up to the release of Strykewyrms, the encrypted message from the Chaos Elemental in Postbag from the Hedge contained the phrase 'from beneath you, it devours' - this possibly relates simultaneously to the burrowing nature of the strykewyrms and also that they were slayer-related content. 'From beneath you, it devours' is a recurring phrase in season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- If a player runs behind an obstacle just as a strykewyrm burrows into the ground, the strykewyrm will disappear. Although it will seem to respawn normally, it will leave no drops. This will not count towards a kill, and it has not been fixed yet.
- Standing next or on your own dwarf multicannon prevents wyrms from using their special attack. This is probably a glitch.
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