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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 does not drain 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.

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.


Desert strykewyrm map location

The location of desert strykewyrms.

The desert strykewyrm's standard attacks are melee and ranged. The wyrm will usually use melee and only occasionally use ranged 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.


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 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.  

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.

It is also possible for players to avoid the Desert strykeworm's special attack by using the Escape ability. This requires a good reaction time, as the player will be sent back a few squares, thus wasting good combat time.



Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 37,872 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Runes and talismansEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Death runeDeath rune15Uncommon3,690
Water runeWater rune2–100Uncommon[1]40–2,000
Law runeLaw rune15Uncommon3,435
Air talismanAir talisman1Uncommon209
Earth talismanEarth talisman1Uncommon2,077
Fire talismanFire talisman1Uncommon1,654
Body talismanBody talisman1Rare268
Mind talismanMind talisman1Rare291
Water talismanWater talisman1Very rare8,140

Weapons and armourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1–2Uncommon558–1,116
Rune hatchetRune hatchet1Uncommon7,236
Focus sightFocus sight1Rare[2]160,199


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 5Cadantine seed1Common980
Herb seed 5Avantoe seed1Uncommon339
Herb seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon1,099
Herb seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon401
Herb seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon189
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Uncommon1,535
Herb seed 5Ranarr seed1Uncommon813
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Uncommon30
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon268
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon134
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed1Uncommon3,675
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare4,450
Maple seed 5Maple seed1Very rare28,168


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guamGrimy guam1–4 (noted)Common226–904
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1–4 (noted)Uncommon201–804
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,743–18,972
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1–4 (noted)Uncommon3,688–14,752
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,847–19,388
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,828–19,312
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1–4 (noted)Uncommon152–608
Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,496–17,984
Grimy iritGrimy irit1–4 (noted)Uncommon1,651–6,604
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,865–19,460
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1–4 (noted)Uncommon2,182–8,728
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1–4 (noted)Uncommon56–224

Other dropsEdit

Note: Can occasionally drop two drops at once.

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins200; 240; 286; 338–400; 440; 1,201–4,500Common[3]Not sold
WaterskinWaterskin (4)2Common518
Super defence (2)Super defence (2)1Common2,919
Potato cactusPotato cactus3; 5–18 (noted)Common5,811–34,866
Yew logsYew logs10 (noted)Common2,070
Pure essencePure essence120 (noted)Common3,600
Adamant barAdamant bar3 (noted)Uncommon7,917
Anagogic ortAnagogic ort20Uncommon[4]Not sold
Goat horn dustGoat horn dust3 (noted)Common1,473
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common[5]861
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Uncommon[5]1,345
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)1RareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1RareNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Rare[5]2,239
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
Clue scroll (elite)Clue scroll (elite)1Very rareNot sold
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Very rare[5]4,018
  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.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000CommonNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common861
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,345
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,239
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,018
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare180,810–220,990
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon17,058
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon32,030
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,651
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare524,295–640,805
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,882
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon35,981
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,301,220–1,590,380
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare895
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,923
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare568,845–948,075
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,611
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,077
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,487–27,263
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Rare1,128,195–1,378,905
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon50,618
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon762
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon733
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare529,100–667,480
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare135,005–170,314
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare41,350–57,890
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon22,680–27,720
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon246,600–301,400
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon28,598–32,580
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon470,160–574,640
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon82,200–452,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common11,610–14,190
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon243,900–298,100
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common39,585
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare356,265–435,435
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare923,580–1,128,820
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common42,609
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare639,135–781,165
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon412,020–503,580
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon304,110–371,690
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon192,645–235,455
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon116,595–142,505
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon51,450–58,800
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon62,300–71,200
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon407,196
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,554,840
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common9,000–11,000
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common5,850–7,150
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon156,150–190,850
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon14,076–16,974
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare139,725–170,775
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon28,215–34,485
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare551,880–674,520
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1RareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold


  • 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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