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Ice strykewyrms are level 93 Slayer monsters. They can only be killed when assigned on a slayer task, with the exception of one kill needed to complete a Fremennik Elite Task, or if the player is participating in the Rush of Blood D&D. Players must complete The Tale of the Muspah quest before Slayer Masters may assign these creatures. The only Slayer masters who can assign Ice strykewyrms are Duradel/Lapalok, Kuradal and Morvran, with Kuradal assigning them more often than Duradel/Lapalok.

When ice strykewyrms were first released, there was also the restriction that they could only be assigned to players who own a fire cape. However, one month after their release, ice strykewyrms became available to slayers who wished to purchase the ability to fight them by using 2,000 Slayer reward points (level 93 slayer is still required, and temporary boosts can't be used). Despite this, purchasing the ability does not allow players to kill ice strykewyrms outside of a slayer task; it merely unlocks the ability to be assigned them and to kill them without owning and wearing a fire cape. Because of this, and the fact that most players who have level 93 Slayer will have high enough combat stats to get a fire cape quite easily, it is generally considered a waste of points to purchase this. Nevertheless, it is still an option for players who have particular difficulty in obtaining the fire cape.

An update introduced the completionist cape, which can replace the fire cape as an item to kill ice strykewyrms. To obtain it, you will need to have obtained a fire cape at least once, and killed an ice strykewyrm at least once, plus other requirements. An update on 28 February 2012 included the ability to use a TokHaar-Kal to damage Ice Strykewyrms.

It's not possible to damage an ice strykewyrm unless the player is either wearing a fire cape or has paid the 2,000 slayer reward points. Otherwise a message will appear in chat "The strykewyrm numbs your hands and freezes your attack" and no damage will be dealt. This includes means such as Deflect Curses, Vengeance, rings of recoil, and poison. Players wearing a fire cape deal 2.0x damage to ice strykewyrms with fire-based spells.

Like all strykewyrms, ice strykewyrms reside underground beneath mounds until provoked by a player with the necessary Slayer task. Slayer Masters claim that only those who have been assigned to hunt them may surface the strykewyrms due to the strykewyrm being able to smell the intent of the slayer. By investigating the mounds, the strykewyrm will surface and attack the player. However, the strykewyrm will not attack for about two to three seconds, so players may take advantage of this time to change their position or to get a few good hits in. Players without the necessary task to kill strykewyrms will not be able to surface the strykewyrm and will instead perform the think emote.

Levelling up augmented magic equipment here can be seen as efficient since fire spells inflict twice as much damage as normal, as well as being able to drop staves of light which could also be augmented.

Getting thereEdit

Ice Wyrm Cave

The cave is east of the entrance.

The quickest way to get to the ice strykewyrms is to use fairy ring code D•K•S, which is just south of the cave they're located in. Players can also use the Rellekka lodestone and run northeast.

Once inside the cave, the ice strykewyrms are behind the cave mouth to the east of the entrance. If there is water coming through the mouth, the player must block the eastern stream in the cave north of where you entered, where Jhallan was frozen during The Tale of the Muspah.

To block the stream, hop across the flat rocks just north of the entrance, enter the cave opening to the northwest, jump across the flat rocks to the east (ignore this ice mound), jump across the flat rocks to the northeast, and click on the ice mound beside you to block the stream. Then head back to the entrance cave, hop back across the flat rocks, and head east into the ice strykewyrm cave.

Blocking the other streams in the middle cave are not necessary, but can be used to remove all water streams in the entrance cave.

Attack stylesEdit

Ice strykewyrms have four types of attacks: melee, magic, freezing spell and burrow. If the player is within one square of a strykewyrm, it will use any of the four attack types. At a distance, the strykewyrm mostly uses its magic attack but will occasionally use its freezing spell (which looks like Ice Barrage), which renders the player unable to move for around three seconds and cancels the player's next attack. Simply clicking the strykewyrm will resume attacking immediately.

The ice strykewyrm's strongest attack is when it burrows underground during battle and then pops back up, dealing up to 2000+ life points to the person it is fighting. There was an update to prevent other players from getting hit by someone else's ice strykewyrm, but it does show an animation of that getting thrown out of the way, but not losing life points. The strykewyrm becomes invulnerable during this time, so attempting to attack it while it is burrowed is futile. This attack can be easily avoided by quickly moving two steps away in any direction. The further away the player is from the strykewyrm when it burrows (such as when maging from a distance), the easier it is to avoid this attack. It can also use the burrow attack if a player walks into its square and stays there for a couple of seconds, so it is recommended not to do this. The strykewyrm will not use the burrow attack if the player is standing next to an obstacle, such as the cave wall or a stalagmite. Some players believe moving away from the burrow is easier than trying to stand by an obstacle, while other players believe it is easier to use obstacles.

StrategiesEdit

Despite the fact that a Slayer level of at least 93 is required in order to damage them, these creatures have low defence and may be killed fairly easily.

Ice strykewyrms are weak to fire spells. Players are advised to kill them by casting Fire Wave or better using a staff, such as a crystal staff or better, and Magic Power armour, such as robes of subjugation. A full slayer helmet (or an upgraded variant) should also be worn. Alternatively, players may cast Blood Burst/Barrage if they find that they need to heal, although is unlikely to be necessary. In order to damage ice strykewyrms, players must have a Slayer level of 93 or higher and be wearing a fire/kiln cape (preferably a TokHaar-Kal-Mej), unless they have purchased the ability to damage them for 2,000 Slayer points (which is not recommended, as wearing a fire cape or equivalent also increases all damage dealt to ice strykewyrms). Weaker players may wish to bring an emergency teleport and/or food, such as sharks.

Because they are not aggressive, players can use the Regenerate ability after a kill to heal, the drawback being the extra time that requires. A combination of Regenerate, shark drops, enhanced excalibur, the Soul Split curse or a healing familiar can eliminate the need to bring any food.

Use of ice spells is not an option, as this heals ice strykewyrms instead of damaging them.[1]

DropsEdit

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
79–80%5–6%3%2%9–10%
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Based on a sample of 23,068 kills.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Common2,638
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Rare23,561
Staff of lightStaff of light1Rare[2]1,490,378
Coins 250Coins200; 660Common[3]200–660
SharkShark1–3Common940–2,820
Crushed nestCrushed nest5–9 (noted)Common33,995–61,191
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Common5,965
Magic logsMagic logs(noted)Common[3]3,065
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common14,086
Coins 1000Coins4,400–8,000Uncommon4,400–8,000
Rare drop tableRare drop table1CommonNot sold
Grimy guamGrimy guam(noted)Common190
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(noted)Uncommon264
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(noted)Uncommon68
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(noted)Uncommon164
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(noted)Uncommon5,222
Grimy iritGrimy irit(noted)Uncommon5,990
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(noted)Uncommon6,006
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(noted)Rare10,946
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(noted)Rare5,793
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Rare3,809
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(noted)Uncommon3,790
Water talismanWater talisman(noted)Common23,244
Water talismanWater talisman1Uncommon7,748
Earth talismanEarth talisman1Rare2,009
Mind talismanMind talisman1Rare301
Fire talismanFire talisman1Rare1,973
Body talismanBody talisman1Rare254
Air talismanAir talisman1Rare178
Cosmic talismanCosmic talisman1Rare505
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,031
Blood runeBlood rune15Common[4]6,420
Death runeDeath rune20Common3,340
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Rare241
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed1Rare22
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Uncommon598
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Rare225
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed1Rare1,090
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Rare53
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Common3,479
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Rare901
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed1Rare9
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed1Uncommon3
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed1Uncommon17
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed1Uncommon59
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Rare482
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare1,011
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed1Rare556
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Rare34
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore1Rare21
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1Uncommon117
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed1Uncommon561
Maple seed 5Maple seed1Rare25,000
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed1Rare404
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare1,095
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Rare293
Yew seed 5Yew seed1Very rare32,443

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Clue scroll (elite)Clue scroll (elite)1RareNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 1[5]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 2[5]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 3[5]1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Mod Emilee. "Game Update FAQ - 08/02/10." 11-Feb-2010 10:05:02. Recent Updates Forums.
  2. ^ As quoted by Jagex on the official update FAQ, the staff of light's drop rate was the same as that of the abyssal whip. During Runefest's big question sessions, at the time, the drop rate of the abyssal whip was revealed to be 1/512. Therefore the drop rate of the staff of light must also be 1/512.
  3. ^ a b 200 coins will always be dropped with magic logs, but not vice versa.
  4. ^ Always dropped with a seed
  5. ^ a b c Triskelion fragments are dropped in order.

Rare drop tableEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
A ring of wealth or collector's insignia are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,045
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,727
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common3,230
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,001
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare180,045–220,055
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,127
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common27,126
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon13,361
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare601,245–734,855
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,547
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,871
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,224,180–1,496,220
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare1,030
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,371
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare560,565–934,275
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,459
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon57,576
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common21,244–25,756
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,087,020–1,328,580
Vecna skullVecna skull1Rare74,460
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,031
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare956
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare503,620–635,336
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare130,585–164,738
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare49,325–69,055
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common15,525–18,975
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon217,350–265,650
Big bonesBig bones76–90 (noted)Uncommon26,296–31,140
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare345,060–421,740
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon39,200–215,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common12,870–15,730
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon176,760–216,040
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common36,554–41,776
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare352,485–430,815
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,034,820–1,264,780
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common42,258
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare633,870–774,730
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon438,210–535,590
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon356,670–435,930
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon226,980–277,420
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon160,560–196,240
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon14,154–16,176
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon15,330–17,520
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon290,968
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,090,340
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common5,400–6,600
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common13,455–16,445
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon161,550–197,450
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon11,764–14,186
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare116,775–142,725
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon32,985–40,315
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare570,780–697,620
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot 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 price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold

TriviaEdit

  • Ice strykewyrms, along with the other strykewyrms, were the first monsters to incorporate particle effects.
  • When attacking an ice strykewyrm for the Fremennik Province Tasks, the goliath gloves' special effect is able to deal damage to it, making it possible to slay it at level 65 (the minimal requirement to obtain the gloves).
  • When the TokHaar-Kal was given the ability to count as a fire cape when fighting Ice strykewyrms, it did not give the bonus damage effect, and simply allowed players to deal normal damage the same way as the slayer reward. This was later fixed with an update on 13 March 2012.

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