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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.

Because they are not actually located within Kharidian Desert, they are not affected by the damaging desert heat. As such, waterskins are unnecessary.

Nonetheless, if you are ranging or maging them while standing on the periphery of the desert to avoid their underground attack, you will need to "drink" and if you don't have waterskins with you , you will start dying of thirst.

Luckily the monsters drop waterskins(4) quite often and there are Kharidian Cactii to refill them without needing to go back to to Al Kharid to find some water source.

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. The player must be equipped with an ancient staff and full slayer helmet charged with 50 combat scrolls when doing so. A single strykewyrm can be killed without a slayer assignment if the assigned equipment is used.

AttacksEdit

Desert strykewyrm location

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 strykewyrm'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.

While on slayer task, Tuska's Wrath is a recommended ability. Activating Tuska's Wrath manually when the desert strykewrym is at or near to full health will give maximum advantage and potential instakill.

DropsEdit

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
80–81%4%2%12%1–1.1%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 42,677 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Death runeDeath rune15Uncommon2,550
Water runeWater rune[1]2–100Uncommon52–2,600
Law runeLaw rune15Uncommon6,360
Air talismanAir talisman1Uncommon365
Earth talismanEarth talisman1Uncommon2,101
Fire talismanFire talisman1Uncommon1,528
Body talismanBody talisman1Rare261
Mind talismanMind talisman1Rare325
Water talismanWater talisman1Very rare6,455
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1–2Uncommon2,481–4,962
Rune hatchetRune hatchet1Uncommon7,203
Focus sightFocus sight1Rare[2]66,330
Cadantine seed 5Cadantine seed1Common4,761
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Uncommon456
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon7,137
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon3,210
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon740
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Uncommon762
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed1Uncommon1,960
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Uncommon105
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon681
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon164
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Uncommon1,019
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare968
Maple seed 5Maple seed1Very rare25,604
Grimy guamGrimy guam1–4 (noted)Common182–728
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1–4 (noted)Uncommon236–944
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,279–17,116
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1–4 (noted)Uncommon2,521–10,084
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1–4 (noted)Uncommon5,407–21,628
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1–4 (noted)Uncommon2,972–11,888
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1–4 (noted)Uncommon101–404
Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax1–4 (noted)Uncommon5,861–23,444
Grimy iritGrimy irit1–4 (noted)Uncommon3,747–14,988
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1–4 (noted)Uncommon5,890–23,560
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1–4 (noted)Uncommon3,544–14,176
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1–4 (noted)Uncommon32–128
Coins 1000Coins[3]200–440; 1,201–4,500Common200–4,500
Waterskin (4)Waterskin (4)2Common518
Super defence (2)Super defence (2)1Common4,177
Potato cactusPotato cactus3; 5–18 (noted)Common5,166–30,996
Yew logsYew logs10 (noted)Common1,890
Pure essencePure essence120 (noted)Common4,080
SwordfishSwordfish2Uncommon442
Adamant barAdamant bar(noted)Uncommon9,576
Goat horn dustGoat horn dust[1](noted)Common3,036
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire[4]1Common1,083
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald[4]1Uncommon2,198
Uncut diamondUncut diamond[4]1Very rare4,515
Uncut rubyUncut ruby[4]1Rare2,706
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
  1. ^ a b 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

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

Rare drop tableEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,083
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,198
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,706
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,515
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare203,175–248,325
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,190
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common23,372
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,593
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare566,685–692,615
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common54,893
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,589
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,221,480–1,492,920
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare895
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,098
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare556,470–927,450
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,249
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,432
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,487–27,263
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,042,200–1,273,800
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,720
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,798
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare419,575–529,310
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare136,565–172,282
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare38,200–53,480
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common19,845–24,255
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon327,375–400,125
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon28,224–35,280
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare272,700–333,300
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon31,400–172,700
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common13,950–17,050
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon237,960–290,840
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common44,688–51,072
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare430,920–526,680
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare980,100–1,197,900
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,628
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare624,420–763,180
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon432,990–529,210
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon307,980–376,420
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon273,825–334,675
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon229,950–281,050
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon14,266–16,304
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon13,552–15,488
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon491,644
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,968,530
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common8,100–9,900
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,970–14,630
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon315,450–385,550
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon12,852–15,498
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare127,575–155,925
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon50,445–61,655
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare675,270–825,330
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,820
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*206,092
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*69,592,674
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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