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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 68,746 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Steel full helmSteel full helm1Common603
Steel hatchetSteel hatchet1Common603
Staff of fireStaff of fire1Common2,209
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Uncommon1,308
Adamant helmAdamant helm1Uncommon1,709
Steel bootsSteel boots1Uncommon622
Black 2h swordBlack 2h sword1Rare1,993
Chaos runeChaos rune15–30Common1,530–3,060
Death runeDeath rune3Uncommon519
Coins 1000Coins30–1,000Common30–1,000
Gold oreGold ore1Common160
CoalCoal1Uncommon159
Jug of wineJug of wine1Uncommon88

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 sapphire1Common1,158
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,279
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,728
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,622
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare207,990–254,210
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common19,260
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common24,406
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,939
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare582,255–711,645
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,254
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,657
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,231,380–1,505,020
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,164
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare557,460–929,100
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,249
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,132
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,261–26,989
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,048,680–1,281,720
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,874
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,703
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare429,455–541,774
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare137,280–173,184
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare39,175–54,845
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,520–25,080
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon324,675–396,825
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon28,152–35,190
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare264,960–323,840
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon31,800–174,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,400–17,600
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon229,320–280,280
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common43,708–49,952
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare421,470–515,130
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare996,480–1,217,920
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,262
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare618,930–756,470
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon396,180–484,220
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon314,460–384,340
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon270,675–330,825
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon239,715–292,985
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon15,246–17,424
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon12,362–14,128
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon467,312
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare2,097,200
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common7,200–8,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,880–14,520
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon308,700–377,300
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon12,988–15,662
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare128,925–157,575
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon50,220–61,380
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare669,870–818,730
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

  • 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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