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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 clue scrolls (medium) 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.

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. Note: Ava's device, a reward from Animal Magnetism quest, does 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.

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.



Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Steel full helmSteel full helm1Common440
Steel hatchetSteel hatchet1Common797
Staff of fireStaff of fire1Common2,197
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Uncommon1,305
Adamant helmAdamant helm1Uncommon1,552
Steel bootsSteel boots1Uncommon560
Black 2h swordBlack 2h sword1Rare1,700


No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Chaos runeChaos rune15–30Common1,035–2,070
Death runeDeath rune3Uncommon504


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins30–1,000Common30–1,000
Gold oreGold ore1Common147
Jug of wineJug of wine1Uncommon75
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.
A ring of wealth, luck potion or collector's insignia 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 sapphire1Common872
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,561
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,489
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,922
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare176,490–215,710
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,640
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common24,473
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,898
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare535,410–654,390
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,287
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,763
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,267,020–1,548,580
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare930
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,537
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare563,055–938,425
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,809
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,177
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common19,323–23,427
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,087,290–1,328,910
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare71,285
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,141
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare991
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare366,405–462,234
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare112,255–141,614
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare37,500–52,500
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common13,365–16,335
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon231,975–283,525
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon25,560–31,950
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare292,140–357,060
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon36,600–201,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common13,230–16,170
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon225,000–275,000
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common32,942–37,648
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare317,655–388,245
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,034,100–1,263,900
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common42,105
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare631,575–771,925
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon378,450–462,550
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon362,160–442,640
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon227,025–277,475
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon149,355–182,545
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon13,790–15,760
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon13,874–15,856
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon478,728
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,725,730
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common4,500–5,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,945–12,155
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon182,700–223,300
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon12,648–15,252
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare125,550–153,450
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon27,630–33,770
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare571,320–698,280
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


  • 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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