|Release date||30 January 2006 (Update)|
|XP per kill||175 (and 57.7 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 100 Steel hatchet 1 Common 33 Staff of fire 1 Common 598 Mithril chainbody 1 Uncommon 666 Adamant helm 1 Uncommon 771 Steel boots 1 Uncommon 338 Black 2h sword 1 Rare 900
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 61,832 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 Coins 30, 40, 160, 200, 230, 275, 376, 430, 444, 490, 720, 1,000 Common Not sold Gold ore 1 Common 252 Coal 1 Uncommon 251 Jug of wine 1 Uncommon 107 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 200–350,3,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,309 Uncut emerald 1 Common 2,748 Uncut ruby 1 Common 3,341 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 5,805 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 32,238 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 43,030 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 16,201 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,311 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,499 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,134 Rune javelin 5 Rare 890 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,260 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,198 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,510 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,605 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,513,000 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,272 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 31,603 Shield left half 1 Very rare 64,792 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 59,080 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 12,400 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,268,550 Rune arrow 150 Rare 22,650 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 112,856 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 16,172 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 139,575–195,405 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 128,550–179,970 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 917 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 517 Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) Uncommon 16,000–24,000 Nature rune 60–80 Rare 17,520–23,360 Soul rune 20 Rare 4,120 Law rune 45 Rare 17,325 Death rune 50 Rare 11,300 Blood rune 50 Rare 21,950 Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) Uncommon 53,875–107,750 Raw shark 250 (noted) Uncommon 340,500 Big bones 150–180 (noted) Uncommon 87,750–105,300 Coal 550–700 (noted) Uncommon 138,050–175,700 Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) Uncommon 285,450–475,750 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 8,900 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,054,300 Rune bar 1 Common 13,909 Rune bar 50 (noted) Very rare 695,450 Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) Uncommon 143,570–184,590 Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) Uncommon 150,510–175,595 Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) Uncommon 130,672–277,678 Snapdragon seed 1 Common 2,458 Torstol seed 1 Uncommon 29,470 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 5,655 Magic seed 3–7 Rare 412,698–962,962 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,123,210 Yew logs 450–550 (noted) Rare 164,250–200,750 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.