|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 134 Steel hatchet 1 Common 43 Staff of fire 1 Common 586 Mithril chainbody 1 Uncommon 764 Adamant helm 1 Uncommon 780 Steel boots 1 Uncommon 319 Black 2h sword 1 Rare 812
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 59,440 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 680–3,060 Death rune 3 Uncommon 417
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 355 Coal 1 Uncommon 228 Jug of wine 1 Uncommon 98 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 1,434 Uncut emerald 1 Common 2,772 Uncut ruby 1 Common 3,643 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 6,590 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 19,005 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 40,326 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 15,867 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,237 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,300 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,098 Rune javelin 5 Rare 900 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,200 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,522 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,433 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,336 Dragon dagger 50 (noted) Very rare 815,000 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,348 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 31,840 Shield left half 1 Very rare 63,812 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 59,386 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 20,600 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,264,050 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 Rare 21,600–72,000 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,635,800 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 90,593 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 12,984 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 87,225–122,115 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 93,875–131,425 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 984 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 303 Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) Uncommon 7,500–225,000 Nature rune 20–80 Rare 5,640–22,560 Soul rune 20 Rare 3,020 Law rune 45 Rare 11,880 Death rune 50, 121 Rare 6,950–16,819 Blood rune 50 Rare 12,500 Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) Uncommon 52,750–422,000 Raw shark 250–500 (noted) Uncommon 441,000–882,000 Big bones 150–500 (noted) Uncommon 98,550–328,500 Coal 150–7,500 (noted) Uncommon 34,200–1,710,000 Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) Uncommon 302,850–1,615,200 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 10,600 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,130,700 Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) Rare 3,215,000–22,505,000 Rune bar 1, 50 (noted) Rare 14,190–709,500 Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) Uncommon 129,700–1,297,000 Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) Uncommon 127,020–508,080 Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) Uncommon 73,460–734,600 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 6,624 Yew seed 1–50 Rare 66,914–3,345,700 Magic seed 1–7 Rare 133,460–934,220 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,045,090 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 2,045 Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) Rare 20,000–8,000,000 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