"Bug swarm" redirects here. For the discontinued random event, see Swarm.
|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 is required to 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), have relatively low defence, and are also a good source for fire runes. They are aggressive to players under level 93. If you use the fairy ring you may want to bring some food because there is a level 83 monster that is aggressive along the way. If you are under level 107 combat you will also be attacked by jogres. You will need some agility to cross the log. If you fail you will be damaged.
Strengths and weaknessesEdit
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.
A cannon can be used to take down the swarms in one hit fairly often.
Another viable strategy, for those that have finished the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest, is to use Protect from Melee prayer, and refilling prayer points at the Tribal statue in the village, a short run away. In this case, equipping armour that boosts your prayer bonus is recommended to increase fighting time.
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 122 Steel hatchet 1 Common 34 Staff of fire 1 Common 695 Mithril chainbody 1 Uncommon 819 Adamant helm 1 Uncommon 894 Steel boots 1 Uncommon 376 Black 2h sword 1 Rare 850
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 53,438 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 630–1,260 Fire rune 20, 30, 60, 90 Common 440–1,980 Death rune 3 Uncommon 312
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 30, 40, 160, 200, 230, 275, 430, 490, 720, 1,000 Common Not sold Gold ore 1 Common 373 Coal 1 Uncommon 167 Jug of wine 1 Uncommon 58 Clue scroll (medium) 1 Rare Not sold
Rare drop table dropsEdit
- This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth improves the chances when equipped but 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 1,786 Uncut emerald 1 Common 3,373 Uncut ruby 1 Common 4,959 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 8,830 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 25,472 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 41,357 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 16,680 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,299 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,895 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,036 Rune javelin 5 Rare 910 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,060 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,772 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,394 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,089 Dragon dagger 50 (noted) Very rare 844,750 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,516 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 31,963 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,927 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 59,371 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 12,000 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,244,400 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 Rare 22,650–75,500 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,513,600 Air orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 4,020,000 Fire orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 3,392,000 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 87,486 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 9,525 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 17,900–25,060 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 80,625–112,875 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 96 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 145 Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) Uncommon 10,000–300,000 Nature rune 20–80 Rare 5,680–22,720 Soul rune 20 Rare 2,540 Law rune 45 Rare 15,570 Death rune 50, 121 Rare 5,200–12,584 Blood rune 50 Rare 11,350 Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) Uncommon 38,750–310,000 Raw shark 250–500 (noted) Uncommon 455,250–910,500 Big bones 150–500 (noted) Uncommon 80,400–268,000 Coal 150–7,500 (noted) Uncommon 25,050–1,252,500 Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) Uncommon 469,950–2,506,400 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 11,000 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,034,600 Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) Rare 3,906,000–27,342,000 Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) Rare 12,961–1,944,150 Clean ranarr 33 (noted) Uncommon 66,693 Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) Uncommon 119,400–1,194,000 Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) Uncommon 135,390–541,560 Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) Uncommon 58,260–582,600 Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) Very rare 48,250 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 8,739 Yew seed 1–50 Rare 73,337–3,666,850 Magic seed 1–7 Rare 153,607–1,075,249 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,439,890 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 2,568 Torstol seed 1–31 Rare 19,823–614,513 Fellstalk seed 2 Rare 1,012 Yew logs 100–20,000 (noted) Rare 48,200–9,640,000 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
- It is possible to kill the bugs without a lit bug lantern by using poisoned weapons, but this will not count as a kill for Slayer nor give any drops.
- 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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