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Helwyr chathead
Helwyr (elf)
Release date 7 March 2016 (Update)
Race Elf
Members Yes
Quest NPC No
Location South of the Poison Waste
Sells items No
Gender Male
Examine Leader of the Cywir hunters, possessing ancient powers of transformation.
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Helwyr elf chathead

Helwyr Cywir is the general of Seren's army in the Heart of Gielinor. Helwyr is a skilled hunter and sorcerer of the Cywir Clan, which hails from Tarddiad. While on Tarddiad, Helwyr slew a great monster, known as the Hunllef, a predator of great threat to the Tarddian elves. Upon the beast's death, he used elven magic to draw upon the energy of the creature, bending it to his own will, allowing him to take on the very form of the beast for himself.[1] Helwyr was also one of few Cywir elves who left Tarddiad, driven by the desire to help the elves back on their home planet. At some point early in the Fourth Age, some of his elves travelled far away from Isafdar to test the limits of their link with their goddess.

Unfortunately, they were captured and cruelly dissected by a man named Gregorovic, who desperately sought a cure for his fatal illness and hoped to find it in the physiology of the long-lived elves. Helwyr was furious when he learned of the news from the only survivor, and desired revenge. Between the Fourth and Sixth Ages, Helwyr and his elves traveled around Gielinor in search of Gregorovic.

Centuries later, when The Heart – a powerful source of anima – was discovered, Helwyr traveled there under Seren's banner to secure it and to use its power to cure the Crystal Shapeshifters' affliction. He arrived only to stand face to face with Gregorovic, now undead and fighting for the cause of Sliske, and the three other generals: the Twin Furies, Avaryss the Unceasing and Nymora the Vengeful of Zamorak, and Vindicta of Zaros, daughter of Morvannon and last of the Ilujanka on Gielinor.

Although his grudge was held only against Gregorovic, Helwyr condemned the Twin Furies and Vindicta as "creatures of darkness", vowing to hunt them down in order to protect his people. After hostilities erupted between the four factions, Helwyr called upon the elves of Seren to claim the Heart in her name and save his clan.

Level 80 Magic is required to face him.


Challenge ModeEdit

In Challenge Mode, Helwyr is given an additional 100,000 life points and uses a new ability against the player in combat. The damage from his bleeds, mushrooms and cleave attack are all at least doubled. His Cywir alphas are slightly stronger and have 2000 more life points (5000 total).

The player must avoid his claw attack, as apart from the increased bleed damage, the claw attack will not only deal massive damage (about 7000), but also disables protection prayers. Therefore it's highly recommended to Resonance his claw attack for massive healing (up to about 7000). However do note if you are taking bleed damage, resonance will heal off the bleed instead, making you vulnerable to the claw special that follows.

Explosion attackEdit

Helwyr's new ability is to orchestrate exploding mushrooms, which deal ~5500 damage if the player is nearby when one explodes. The mushrooms will get bigger before exploding, giving a small amount of warning. To avoid taking damage from this, the player must start at the north end of the arena and then follow the pattern of explosions by running from north to south.

When the attack starts, all the mushrooms except the northernmost row will explode. A couple of seconds later, all the mushrooms but the second northernmost row will explode, then the third northernmost row will be the safe row, until the southernmost row is reached. Between each explosion you only have enough time to move from one row to the next, although you can move diagonally

During the explosion attack, some of the mushrooms will still be puffing out green gas from the "Nature, lend me your aid!" attack. This means that those mushrooms need to be avoided while moving between rows, since they will prevent you from running and get you caught by the explosions. Before the explosion attack starts, it's recommended to plan out a safe path from north to south to avoid the puffing mushrooms.

Once the mushrooms have finished exploding, you will need to move back to the north side of the arena so that you're ready when the next explosion attack happens. For example, you can surge north immediately after Helwyr does his "Nature, lend me your aid!" attack to dodge the puffing mushrooms as well as the "You. Will. BLEED!" that immediately follows.

Challenge mode attack rotationEdit

Helwyr's challenge mode attack rotation is as follows:

  • He spawns
  • "Nature, lend me your aid!" (grows gas puffing mushrooms near the player)
  • Does 3 auto-attacks
  • "You. Will. BLEED!" cleave attack
  • Does 3 auto-attacks
  • "You cannot escape me. Aaaargh!" spinning attack
  • Does 3 auto-attacks
  • Summons Cywir Alphas OR does "You. Will. BLEED!" cleave attack if he has already summoned wolves twice during this instance
  • Does 3 auto-attacks
  • Mushroom explosion
  • Repeats above sequence (bar spawning)


Despite Helwyr's high K.O. potential, all of his high damage-dealing attacks can either be dodged or absorbed with the Resonance ability, and very little food is actually needed for this boss if you use your abilities correctly. Resonance Helwyr's first cleave attack ("You. Will. BLEED!") of the instance briefly after he spawns. Subsequently aim to dodge the first cleave attack (via surge) of every rotation after mushroom explosion and "Nature, lend me your aid!", and resonance the second cleave attack of each rotation after he has exhausted his wolf summons. Make sure to time the Freedom ability so that a bleed won't get in the way of your resonance. Devotion/Reflect/Debilitate+Revenge+Preparation is a very good way to counter Helwyr's spin/frenzy attack or wolf summons due to the high number of hits you'll be taking.

In terms of gear it is recommended to use dual wield Magic or Range with Superior Elite Void because Helwyr's autoattacks hit very low and how easy it is to die against Helwyr especially for the inexperienced (Void can be reclaimed for free under grave), and the highest level shield (Vengeful/Merciless kiteshield recommended) you have to deal with Helwyr's special attacks.

Sometimes Helwyr will skip straight to the "Nature, lend me your aid!" attack (seems to occur if you're too far away from him to be autoattacked) and this is particularly dangerous if it happens when the mushroom explosion attack is undergoing. In this situation it is best to either Barricade to block all damage or simply teleport out.


Helwyr's standard drops are increased above base thresholds in Challenge mode, similar to the other Heart bosses (for example; it's possible to get an 18 Rune ore drop in a Challenge mode kill, slightly more than the maximum of 15 in normal mode). Drop rates for unique items are also significantly increased in Challenge mode (as of 18 April 2016) although it's unknown if this stacks with reputation rewards.


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Seal of the CywirSeal of the Cywir[Drop 1]1–3AlwaysNot sold

Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 10000Coins60,002–82,816Common60,002–82,816
Magic logsMagic logs150–248 (noted)Common74,550–123,256
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone8–12 (noted)Uncommon101,672–152,508
Rune barRune bar9–15 (noted)Uncommon122,481–204,135
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe9–16 (noted)Uncommon211,995–376,880
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed15–30 (noted)Uncommon40,620–81,240
Runite oreRunite ore10–15 (noted)Uncommon105,240–157,860
CoalCoal554–600 (noted)Common77,006–83,400
Uncut diamondUncut diamond18–22 (noted)Common73,512–89,848
Raw sharkRaw shark46–52 (noted)Common55,062–62,244
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme80–100 (noted)Uncommon330,480–413,100
Wand of the Cywir eldersWand of the Cywir elders1Very rare[Drop 2]14,139,800
Orb of the Cywir eldersOrb of the Cywir elders1Very rare[Drop 2]7,028,659
Crystal keyCrystal key2–4 (noted)Uncommon80,318–160,636
Dormant Anima Core helmDormant Anima Core helm1Rare[Drop 2]118,252
Dormant Anima Core bodyDormant Anima Core body1Rare[Drop 2]118,831
Dormant Anima Core legsDormant Anima Core legs1Rare[Drop 2]118,647
Crest of SerenCrest of Seren1Very rare[Drop 2]17,949,965
Serenic essenceSerenic essence1Very rare[Drop 2]317,857

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Sigil piece (Seren)Sigil piece (Seren)1AlwaysNot sold
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Twisted antlerTwisted antler1Very rare[Drop 3]Not sold
  1. ^ 1–2 in normal mode; 3 in challenge mode
  2. ^ a b c d e f g The drop rate of this item can be increased with faction reputation. At 100% drop increase, the drop rate of this item is doubled.
  3. ^ Has a base drop rate of 1/2,000 (normal mode) or 1/1,000 chance (challenge mode), with a threshold of 400. This is not affected by the increased drop chance reward from reputation.



  • Helwyr's Hunllef form is intended to be a fusion of a stag, a wolf, and a bear.[2]
  • Helwyr is Welsh for hunter.
  • Helwyr's codename during development was "bear" and "manbearpig" which is a reference to the show South Park.[3]
  • After killing Helwyr, the Adventurer's Log will say: "I killed the shapeshifting elven hunter, Helwyr." Killing more than one Helwyr results in the Adventurer's Log saying: "I killed # Helwyrs, limb tearing hunters."
  • For a while after release, after 2-3 kills in an instance (without re-entering), Helwyr would not summon anymore Cywir Alphas while the instance was still running. This was fixed and Helwyr will stop summoning them when there are four of them in the instance.
  • His elf form resembles Lord Amlodd.


  1. ^ Lilwyr, RuneScape. "Helwyr proved himself the strongest of the Cywir clan by entering its lair and slaying the great beast. He then used ancient elven magic to harness the creature's energy, bending it to his own will in order to take on its form himself."
  2. ^ Jagex. RS3 - Developer Q&A - God Wars Dungeon 2 environment!.*
  3. ^ Mod StuO. God Wars 2 Art Stream - RuneScape Animation.*

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