|Release date||30 January 2006 (Update)|
|XP per kill||138 (and 45.5 experience)|
|Examine text||A swarm of bugs.|
|Assigned by||Chaeldar, Vannaka|
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 wielded to deal any damage to them.
Players often kill harpie bug swarms as many consider them a good source of clue scrolls (medium), they have relatively low defence, and are also a good source for fire runes. They are aggressive to players under level 69.
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.
A 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.
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 109 Steel hatchet 1 Common 43 Staff of fire 1 Common 630 Mithril chainbody 1 Uncommon 686 Adamant helm 1 Uncommon 737 Steel boots 1 Uncommon 314 Black 2h sword 1 Rare 769
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 60,058 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 480–2,160 Death rune 3 Uncommon 561
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 30, 40, 160, 200, 230, 275, 376, 430, 490, 720, 1,000 Common Not sold Gold ore 1 Common 357 Coal 1 Uncommon 237 Jug of wine 1 Uncommon 75 Spirit sapphire 1 Rare Not sold Spirit emerald 1 Rare Not sold Spirit ruby 1 Rare Not sold Clue scroll (medium) 1 Rare Not sold
Rare drop table dropsEdit
- This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
Show/hide rare drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 250 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,321 Uncut emerald 1 Common 2,717 Uncut ruby 1 Common 3,688 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 6,234 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 17,967 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 39,712 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 15,490 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,122 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,403 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,212 Rune javelin 5 Rare 875 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,220 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,226 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,355 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,221 Dragon dagger 50 (noted) Very rare 820,150 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,377 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 31,516 Shield left half 1 Very rare 64,669 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 58,890 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 15,800 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,263,150 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 Rare 22,650–75,500 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,597,200 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 89,644 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 13,788 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 100,500–140,700 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 100,675–140,945 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 1,004 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 291 Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) Uncommon 9,500–285,000 Nature rune 20–80 Rare 5,660–22,640 Soul rune 20 Rare 3,580 Law rune 45 Rare 14,355 Death rune 50, 121 Rare 9,350–22,627 Blood rune 50 Rare 14,300 Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) Uncommon 49,750–398,000 Raw shark 250–500 (noted) Uncommon 431,000–862,000 Big bones 150–500 (noted) Uncommon 91,200–304,000 Coal 150–7,500 (noted) Uncommon 35,550–1,777,500 Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) Uncommon 261,300–1,393,600 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 9,600 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,121,500 Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) Rare 2,950,000–20,650,000 Rune bar 1, 50 (noted) Rare 14,228–711,400 Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) Uncommon 134,025–1,340,250 Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) Uncommon 129,150–516,600 Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) Uncommon 87,260–872,600 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 5,982 Yew seed 1–50 Rare 68,397–3,419,850 Magic seed 1–7 Rare 116,711–816,977 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,118,630 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 1,574 Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) Rare 20,650–8,260,000 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 Very rare Not sold Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 Very rare Not sold Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (FM) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 Very rare Not sold Brawling gloves (WC) 1 Very rare Not sold
- Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
- These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Key token 1 Rare Not sold