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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, 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.

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 68,673 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Steel full helmSteel full helm1Common607
Steel hatchetSteel hatchet1Common643
Staff of fireStaff of fire1Common1,819
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Uncommon1,535
Adamant helmAdamant helm1Uncommon1,615
Steel bootsSteel boots1Uncommon631
Black 2h swordBlack 2h sword1Rare2,055
Chaos runeChaos rune15–30Common1,650–3,300
Death runeDeath rune3Uncommon501
Coins 1000Coins30–1,000Common30–1,000
Gold oreGold ore1Common181
CoalCoal1Uncommon167
Jug of wineJug of wine1Uncommon98

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 sapphire1Common950
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,956
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,428
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,126
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare185,670–226,930
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common19,337
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common23,639
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,860
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare533,700–652,300
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,156
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,343
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,246,140–1,523,060
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare820
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,286
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare559,290–932,150
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare70,479
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,062
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,871–22,879
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,037,340–1,267,860
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare928
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,125
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare348,205–439,274
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare121,095–152,766
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare33,100–46,340
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common19,575–23,925
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon317,475–388,025
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon27,216–34,020
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare297,720–363,880
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon33,400–183,700
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common16,290–19,910
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon184,500–225,500
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common36,848–42,112
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare355,320–434,280
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare976,590–1,193,610
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,400
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare621,000–759,000
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon388,620–474,980
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon292,950–358,050
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon286,290–349,910
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon221,220–270,380
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon16,618–18,992
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon18,284–20,896
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon431,612
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,799,980
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common6,750–8,250
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common13,815–16,885
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon217,350–265,650
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,124–15,826
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare130,275–159,225
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon39,060–47,740
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare588,600–719,400
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,805
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*277,741
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*39,178,913
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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