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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 wielded 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.

HabitatEdit

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

Armour/WeaponsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Steel full helmSteel full helm1Common133
Steel hatchetSteel hatchet1Common36
Staff of fireStaff of fire1Common726
Mithril chainbodyMithril chainbody1Uncommon694
Adamant helmAdamant helm1Uncommon704
Steel bootsSteel boots1Uncommon126
Black 2h swordBlack 2h sword1Rare823

CharmsEdit

Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
91–92%2%6%0.5–0.6%0.2%
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 66,975 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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RunesEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Chaos runeChaos rune15–30Common720–1,440
Death runeDeath rune3Uncommon1,035

OtherEdit

 
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins30; 40; 160; 200; 230;
275; 376; 430; 444; 490; 540; 720; 1,000
CommonNot sold
Gold oreGold ore1Common177
CoalCoal1Uncommon384
Jug of wineJug of wine1Uncommon58
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Clue scroll (medium)Clue scroll (medium)1RareNot 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.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000CommonNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common788
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,492
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,479
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,958
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare178,110–217,690
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon17,510
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon36,117
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,224
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare550,080–672,320
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,921
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon35,937
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,303,740–1,593,460
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare825
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,854
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare567,810–946,350
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,531
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,006
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common24,521–29,729
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Rare1,132,245–1,383,855
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon40,384
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon963
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon209
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare761,735–960,958
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare182,455–230,174
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare70,150–98,210
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon26,055–31,845
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon174,375–213,125
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon30,336–34,560
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon309,420–378,180
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon76,800–422,400
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common15,930–19,470
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon238,140–291,060
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common37,770
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare339,930–415,470
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare928,080–1,134,320
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common43,083
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare646,245–789,855
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon405,450–495,550
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon329,130–402,270
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon172,440–210,760
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon116,325–142,175
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon135,422–154,768
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon178,640–204,160
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon557,032
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,600,520
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common11,700–14,300
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common8,865–10,835
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon80,100–97,900
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon18,360–22,140
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare182,250–222,750
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon31,005–37,895
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare546,210–667,590
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1RareNot 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 market 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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