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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.

Killing a strykewyrm is one of the elite Desert Tasks. A single strykewyrm can be killed without a slayer assignment if the assigned equipment is used.

AttacksEdit

Desert strykewyrm map location
The location of desert strykewyrms.

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.

Sometimes the desert strykewyrm will be stunned when it emerges from the ground. It will not be able to use its special attack until this wears off.

TipsEdit

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 so that you will have more time to spot and avoid their special attack. Desert strykewyrms are more resistant to ranged than they are to melee, but the ranged attack they use at a distance will also deal very low damage to a player wearing ranged armour.

DropsEdit

CharmsEdit

Charm drop percentages
No charms Gold charm Green charm Crimson charm Blue charm

80–81%

4–5%

2–3%

12%

1–1.1%

Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 31,463 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 Death rune 15 3 Uncommon 1,770
Water rune Water rune 2–100 3 Uncommon [1] 40–2,000
Law rune Law rune 15 3 Uncommon 4,350
Air talisman Air talisman 1 3 Uncommon 139
Earth talisman Earth talisman 1 3 Uncommon 1,432
Fire talisman Fire talisman 1 3 Uncommon 1,882
Body talisman Body talisman 1 4 Rare 342
Mind talisman Mind talisman 1 4 Rare 319
Cosmic talisman Cosmic talisman 1 4 Rare 619

Weapons and armourEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Mithril battleaxe Mithril battleaxe 1–2 3 Uncommon 542–1,084
Rune hatchet Rune hatchet 1 3 Uncommon 6,932
Focus sight Focus sight 1 4 Rare [2] 307,525

SeedsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Herb seed 5 Cadantine seed 1 2 Common 1,829
Herb seed 5 Avantoe seed 1 3 Uncommon 3,142
Herb seed 5 Kwuarm seed 1 3 Uncommon 337
Herb seed 5 Toadflax seed 1 3 Uncommon 1,960
Herb seed 5 Irit seed 1 3 Uncommon 238
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 1 3 Uncommon 2,844
Herb seed 5 Ranarr seed 1 3 Uncommon 1,266
Poison ivy seed 5 Poison ivy seed 1 3 Uncommon 1
Belladonna seed 5 Belladonna seed 1 3 Uncommon 625
Cactus seed 5 Cactus seed 1 3 Uncommon 35
Herb seed 5 Lantadyme seed 1 3 Uncommon 38,005
Herb seed 5 Dwarf weed seed 1 4 Rare 48,498
Maple seed 5 Maple seed 1 5 Very rare 33,845

HerbsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Grimy guam Grimy guam 1–4 (noted) 2 Common 516–2,064
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 81–324
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 9,396–37,584
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 4,657–18,628
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 1,976–7,904
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 10,471–41,884
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 206–824
Grimy toadflax Grimy toadflax 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 4,146–16,584
Grimy irit Grimy irit 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 2,736–10,944
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 2,904–11,616
Grimy ranarr Grimy ranarr 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 2,994–11,976
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1–4 (noted) 3 Uncommon 39–156

Other dropsEdit

Note: Can occasionally drop two drops at once.

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 1000 Coins 200, 240, 286, 346, 400, 440, 1,201–4,500 2 Common [3] Not sold
Waterskin Waterskin (4) 2 2 Common 270
Super defence (2) Super defence (2) 1 2 Common 117
Potato cactus Potato cactus 5–10 (noted) 2 Common 15,220–30,440
Yew logs Yew logs 10 (noted) 2 Common 5,460
Pure essence Pure essence 120 (noted) 2 Common 1,560
Swordfish Swordfish 2 3 Uncommon 248
Adamant bar Adamant bar 3 (noted) 3 Uncommon 10,209
Anagogic ort Anagogic ort 20 3 Uncommon [4] Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 3 Uncommon [5] 1,365
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 3 Uncommon [5] 3,107
Clue scroll Clue scroll (Hard) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Court summons Court summons 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit sapphire Spirit sapphire 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit emerald Spirit emerald 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit ruby Spirit ruby 1 4 Rare Not sold
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 4 Rare [5] 3,244
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (elite) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 5 Very rare [5] 7,071
  1. ^ Always dropped with a seed
  2. ^ Estimated at 1/484 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  3. ^ 200 coins will always be dropped along with the yew log drop.
  4. ^ Only with seeds or RDT drops.
  5. ^ a b c d Dropped with a noted herb

Rare drop table dropsEdit

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 250 Coins 250 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,365
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 3,107
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,244
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 7,071
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 19,583
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 40,944
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 14,675
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 9,683
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,619
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,166
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 880
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,120
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,465
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,317
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,619
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 830,950
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,361
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,721
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,789
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 60,102
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 11,600
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,262,850
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 4 Rare 22,650–75,500
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,612,800
Air orb Air orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,842,000
Fire orb Fire orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,151,000
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 138,893
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 11,495
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 35,800–50,120
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 47,050–65,870
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 602
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 464
Pure essence Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 6,500–195,000
Nature rune Nature rune 20–80 4 Rare 6,440–25,760
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 2,880
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 13,050
Death rune Death rune 50, 121 4 Rare 5,900–14,278
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 10,150
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 41,000–328,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 416,750–833,500
Big bones Big bones 150–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 87,000–290,000
Coal Coal 150–7,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 28,800–1,440,000
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) 3 Uncommon 372,000–1,984,000
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 10,000
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,072,100
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) 4 Rare 3,403,000–23,821,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) 4 Rare 13,067–1,960,050
Clean ranarr Clean ranarr 33 (noted) 3 Uncommon 102,069
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 107,425–1,074,250
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 128,760–515,040
Clean torstol Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 66,180–661,800
Saradomin brew (4) Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) 5 Very rare 99,250
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 8,532
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 1–50 4 Rare 70,555–3,527,750
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–7 4 Rare 159,552–1,116,864
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,032,110
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 1,394
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1–31 4 Rare 18,087–560,697
Fellstalk seed 5 Fellstalk seed 2 4 Rare 1,822
Yew logs Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) 4 Rare 27,300–10,920,000
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

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Key token Key token 1 4 Rare Not sold

TriviaEdit

  • 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.
  • 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 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.


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