"Bug swarm" redirects here. For the discontinued random event, see Swarm.
|Release date||30 January 2006 (Update)|
|XP per kill||138 (and 45.5 experience)|
|Assigned by||Chaeldar, Vannaka|
|Examine text||A swarm of bugs.|
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 is required to be wielded to deal any damage to them.
Players often kill harpie bug swarms as many consider them a good source of clue scrolls (medium), have relatively low defence, and are also a good source for fire runes. They are aggressive to players under level 93. If you use the fairy ring you may want to bring some food because there is a level 83 monster that is aggressive along the way. If you are under level 107 combat you will also be attacked by jogres. You will need some agility to cross the log. If you fail you will be damaged.
Strengths and weaknessesEdit
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.
Although not in a multi-combat area, a cannon can be used to take down the swarms in one hit fairly often.
Another viable strategy, for those that have finished the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest, is to use Protect from Melee prayer, and refilling prayer points at the Tribal statue in the village, a short run away. In this case, equipping armour that boosts your prayer bonus is recommended to increase fighting time.
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 Market Price Steel full helm 1 Common 198 Steel hatchet 1 Common 34 Staff of fire 1 Common 815 Mithril chainbody 1 Uncommon 927 Adamant helm 1 Uncommon 752 Black 2h sword 1 Rare 995 Steel boots 1 Uncommon 718
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 52,193 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
- Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Chaos rune 15–30 Common 615–1,230 Fire rune 20,30,60,90 Common 200–900 Death rune 3 Uncommon 279
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 30, 40, 160, 200, 230, 275, 430, 490, 720, 1,000 Common Not sold Gold ore 1 Common 350 Coal 1 Uncommon 278 Jug of wine 1 Uncommon 73 Clue scroll (medium) 1 Rare Not sold
Rare drop table dropsEdit
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- It is possible to kill the bugs without a lit bug lantern by using poisoned weapons, but this will not count as a kill for Slayer nor give any drops.
- 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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