|Release date||8 February 2010 (Update)|
|XP per kill||805 (and 265.6 experience)|
|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.
|Assigned by||Sumona, Duradel or Lapalok, Kuradal, Morvran|
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.
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.
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. 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.
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 34,155 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 3,315 Water rune 2–100 Uncommon 44–2,200 Law rune 15 Uncommon 5,760 Air talisman 1 Uncommon 140 Earth talisman 1 Uncommon 5,583 Fire talisman 1 Uncommon 5,383 Body talisman 1 Rare 230 Mind talisman 1 Rare 195 Cosmic talisman 1 Rare 1,088
Weapons and armourEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Mithril battleaxe 1–2 Uncommon 577–1,154 Rune hatchet 1 Uncommon 7,117 Focus sight 1 Rare 160,929
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Cadantine seed 1 Common 824 Avantoe seed 1 Uncommon 2,679 Kwuarm seed 1 Uncommon 133 Toadflax seed 1 Uncommon 1,004 Irit seed 1 Uncommon 199 Watermelon seed 1 Uncommon 1,865 Ranarr seed 1 Uncommon 1,208 Poison ivy seed 1 Uncommon 10 Belladonna seed 1 Uncommon 66 Cactus seed 1 Uncommon 37 Lantadyme seed 1 Uncommon 32,446 Dwarf weed seed 1 Rare 39,689 Maple seed 1 Very rare 28,289
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy guam 1–4 (noted) Common 496–1,984 Grimy marrentill 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 97–388 Grimy lantadyme 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 8,867–35,468 Grimy avantoe 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 4,613–18,452 Grimy cadantine 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 2,416–9,664 Grimy dwarf weed 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 8,940–35,760 Grimy harralander 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 138–552 Grimy toadflax 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 4,068–16,272 Grimy irit 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 2,949–11,796 Grimy kwuarm 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 3,849–15,396 Grimy ranarr 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 3,415–13,660 Grimy tarromin 1–4 (noted) Uncommon 39–156
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 446 Super defence (2) 1 Common 309 Potato cactus 3, 5–10 (noted) Common 10,629–35,430 Yew logs 10 (noted) Common 3,680 Pure essence 120 (noted) Common 1,920 Swordfish 2 Uncommon 602 Adamant bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 9,060 Anagogic ort 20 Uncommon Not sold Goat horn dust 3 (noted) Common 4,062 Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,351 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 2,851 Clue scroll (Hard) 1 Rare Not sold Court summons 1 Rare Not sold Spirit sapphire 1 Rare Not sold Spirit emerald 1 Rare Not sold Spirit ruby 1 Rare Not sold Uncut ruby 1 Rare 3,425 Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold Clue scroll (elite) 1 Very rare Not sold Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 5,795
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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 200–350,3,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,351 Uncut emerald 1 Common 2,851 Uncut ruby 1 Common 3,425 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 5,795 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 31,319 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 39,390 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 15,659 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,385 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,499 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,238 Rune javelin 5 Rare 890 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,240 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,247 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,315 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,181 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,495,200 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,386 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 31,745 Shield left half 1 Very rare 64,792 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 59,003 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 12,800 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,268,550 Rune arrow 150 Rare 22,650 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 112,856 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 16,165 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 139,575–195,405 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 134,575–188,405 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 840 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 514 Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) Uncommon 16,000–24,000 Nature rune 60–80 Rare 17,460–23,280 Soul rune 20 Rare 4,020 Law rune 45 Rare 17,280 Death rune 50 Rare 11,050 Blood rune 50 Rare 22,250 Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) Uncommon 56,000–112,000 Raw shark 250 (noted) Uncommon 345,750 Big bones 150–180 (noted) Uncommon 84,600–101,520 Coal 550–700 (noted) Uncommon 136,950–174,300 Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) Uncommon 274,800–458,000 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 8,800 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,054,700 Rune bar 1 Common 13,910 Rune bar 50 (noted) Very rare 695,500 Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) Uncommon 143,570–184,590 Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) Uncommon 150,510–175,595 Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) Uncommon 127,296–270,504 Snapdragon seed 1 Common 2,443 Torstol seed 1 Uncommon 28,297 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 5,595 Magic seed 3–7 Rare 414,150–966,350 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,175,980 Yew logs 450–550 (noted) Rare 165,600–202,400 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
- Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
- These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
- 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.