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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.

AttacksEdit

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.

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 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.

DropsEdit

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
80–81%4%2%12%1–1.2%
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 37,998 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Death runeDeath rune15Uncommon3,900
Water runeWater rune[1]2–100Uncommon34–1,700
Law runeLaw rune15Uncommon3,900
Air talismanAir talisman1Uncommon204
Earth talismanEarth talisman1Uncommon2,481
Fire talismanFire talisman1Uncommon2,452
Body talismanBody talisman1Rare302
Mind talismanMind talisman1Rare312
Water talismanWater talisman1Very rare10,455
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1–2Uncommon795–1,590
Rune hatchetRune hatchet1Uncommon11,549
Focus sightFocus sight1Rare[2]125,483
Cadantine seed 5Cadantine seed1Common1,004
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Uncommon431
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon1,380
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon101
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon135
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Uncommon701
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed1Uncommon818
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Uncommon29
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon513
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon127
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Uncommon2,805
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare2,937
Maple seed 5Maple seed1Very rare25,913
Grimy guamGrimy guam1–4 (noted)Common214–856
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1–4 (noted)Uncommon172–688
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1–4 (noted)Uncommon5,882–23,528
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,619–18,476
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1–4 (noted)Uncommon5,319–21,276
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1–4 (noted)Uncommon5,627–22,508
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1–4 (noted)Uncommon162–648
Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,958–19,832
Grimy iritGrimy irit1–4 (noted)Uncommon2,402–9,608
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1–4 (noted)Uncommon5,852–23,408
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1–4 (noted)Uncommon2,640–10,560
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1–4 (noted)Uncommon44–176
Coins 1000Coins[3]200–440; 1,201–4,500Common200–4,500
WaterskinWaterskin (4)2Common424
Super defence (2)Super defence (2)1Common3,687
Potato cactusPotato cactus3; 5–18 (noted)Common7,068–42,408
Yew logsYew logs10 (noted)Common2,610
Pure essencePure essence120 (noted)Common3,480
SwordfishSwordfish2Uncommon530
Adamant barAdamant bar3 (noted)Uncommon11,763
Goat horn dustGoat horn dust3 (noted)Common1,923
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire[4]1Common1,140
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald[4]1Uncommon1,862
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Very rare[4]5,926
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Rare[4]3,235
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Court summonsCourt summons1RareNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)1RareNot sold
Clue scroll (elite)Clue scroll (elite)1Very rareNot sold
  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. ^ a b c d Dropped with a noted herb

Rare drop tableEdit

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 price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,140
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,862
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common3,235
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common5,926
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare266,670–325,930
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,666
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common31,187
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon14,873
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare669,285–818,015
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,053
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,476
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,371,240–1,675,960
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare1,340
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,961
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare569,415–949,025
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,485
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,981
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,645–22,605
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,138,185–1,391,115
Vecna skullVecna skull1Rare78,092
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,611
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare955
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare679,575–857,310
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare161,265–203,442
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare61,300–85,820
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common18,630–22,770
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon245,475–300,025
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon28,361–32,310
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare568,800–695,200
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon79,600–437,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,130–17,270
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon209,880–256,520
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common58,815
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare529,335–646,965
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare858,240–1,048,960
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common41,622
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare624,330–763,070
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon479,700–586,300
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon333,360–407,440
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon225,720–275,880
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon148,635–181,665
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon39,270–44,880
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon41,118–46,992
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon364,592
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,002,650
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common9,900–12,100
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common12,915–15,785
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon118,350–144,650
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon17,748–21,402
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare176,175–215,325
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon31,230–38,170
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare618,030–755,370
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot 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 price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot 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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