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"Bug swarm" redirects here. For the discontinued random event, see Swarm.
For the elite version, see Harpie Bug Swarm (elite).
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Harpie Bug Swarms are insectoid Slayer monsters that require level 33 Slayer to kill as well as level 33 Firemaking to light the unlit bug lantern. A lit bug lantern must be equipped to deal any damage to them.

Players often kill harpie bug swarms as many consider them a good source of medium clue scrolls as they have relatively low defence.

Strengths and weaknessesEdit

Harpie bug swarms use rapid Ranged attacks and do quite a bit of damage for their combat level. If a lit bug lantern is not equipped, any attacks on them will not hit. They are weakest to crush attacks. Due to their weakness to crush and quick range attacks recommend wearing good melee armour and using a dragon mace due to its special attacks massive damage on them.

Alternatively, players can mage or range harpie bug swarms from the eastern side of the stream at the eastern end of their habitat, to avoid taking any damage from them, although this does mean expenditure in terms of runes or ammo for ranged weapons, and using magic is not recommended due to their natural resistance to magical attacks. Ava's devices, do not work across the stream to retrieve bolts.

Another place to mage or range them is north of the brown ridge. They will not come too far in between the sea and ridge.

cannon can be used to take down multiple swarms easily.

Another viable strategy, for those that have finished the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest, is to use Protect from Ranged prayer, and refill prayer points at the Tribal statue in the village, a short run away.

LocationEdit

Harpie Bug Swarm location

The location of Harpie bug swarms

They're found east of the Jogre Dungeon. Since Harpie Bug Swarms are located close to the Karamja general store, it is possible to buy food there as well as sell drops. However, if one wishes to use a bank, there is one in the TzHaar City, found beneath Karamja Volcano, and the route is made shorter with the mithril grapple shortcut (53 Agility, 42 Ranged and 21 Strength required) on a peninsula just east of the cliff. If you don't wish to or cannot use that shortcut, you may also bank in Shilo Village after you complete the Shilo Village quest. Also, Rionasta in Tai Bwo Wannai Village can send items to the bank for 10 trading sticks per item, although he cannot take items out of the bank. The bank in Zanaris is also close, if you can use fairy rings (northeast of CKR), as the bank is just north-west of the main fairy ring in Zanaris.

Players can still be assigned harpie bug swarms as Slayer tasks, even if they do not have the 33 Firemaking level required to light an unlit bug lantern. Players cannot use assistance from other players to light an unlit bug lantern, therefore 33 Firemaking is a necessary requirement to enable players to kill harpie bug swarms.

DropsEdit

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
91–92%2%6%0.5%0.2%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 68,844 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Steel full helmSteel full helm1Common1,197
Steel hatchetSteel hatchet1Common912
Staff of fireStaff of fire1Common2,459
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Uncommon3,062
Adamant helmAdamant helm1Uncommon2,695
Steel bootsSteel boots1Uncommon664
Black 2h swordBlack 2h sword1Rare3,003
Chaos runeChaos rune15–30Common1,350–2,700
Death runeDeath rune3Uncommon489
Coins 1000Coins30–1,000Common30–1,000
Gold oreGold ore1Common182
CoalCoal1Uncommon139
Jug of wineJug of wine1Uncommon99

Tertiary dropsEdit

 
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Clue scroll (medium)Clue scroll (medium)1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table dropsEdit

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 sapphire1Common891
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,921
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,082
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,769
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare169,605–207,295
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common21,445
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common24,457
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,696
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare526,320–643,280
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,383
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,196
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,082,880–1,323,520
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare850
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,699
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,485–942,475
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,155
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,746
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common29,154–35,346
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,054,080–1,288,320
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,313
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,175
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare376,545–475,026
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare104,130–131,364
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare30,450–42,630
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common26,190–32,010
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon285,975–349,525
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon15,192–18,990
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare297,000–363,000
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon27,800–152,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common16,380–20,020
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon270,720–330,880
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common42,980–49,120
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare414,450–506,550
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,012,320–1,237,280
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,397
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare620,955–758,945
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon359,820–439,780
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon223,920–273,680
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon242,910–296,890
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon174,870–213,730
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon8,190–9,360
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,170–10,480
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon408,860
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,695,880
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common17,550–21,450
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,835–14,465
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon219,600–268,400
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,328–16,072
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare132,300–161,700
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon36,720–44,880
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare449,280–549,120
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,991
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*216,995
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,804,467,420
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

  • During the 25 October 2011 triple Slayer experience event, these monsters did not give triple Slayer experience, unlike all other tasks.

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