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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 22,689 kills.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Common2,474
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Rare23,790
Staff of lightStaff of light1Rare[2]1,241,960
Coins 250Coins200; 660Common[3]200–660
SharkShark1–3Common955–2,865
Crushed nestCrushed nest5–9 (noted)Common31,690–57,042
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Common4,879
Magic logsMagic logs(noted)Common[3]3,130
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common13,582
Coins 1000Coins4,400–8,000Uncommon4,400–8,000
Rare drop tableRare drop table1CommonNot sold
Grimy guamGrimy guam(noted)Common312
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(noted)Uncommon300
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(noted)Uncommon76
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(noted)Uncommon202
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(noted)Uncommon4,700
Grimy iritGrimy irit(noted)Uncommon4,038
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(noted)Uncommon4,974
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(noted)Rare8,688
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(noted)Rare4,076
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Rare3,175
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(noted)Uncommon2,854
Water talismanWater talisman(noted)Common19,635
Water talismanWater talisman1Uncommon6,545
Earth talismanEarth talisman1Rare1,715
Mind talismanMind talisman1Rare261
Fire talismanFire talisman1Rare1,655
Body talismanBody talisman1Rare298
Air talismanAir talisman1Rare209
Cosmic talismanCosmic talisman1Rare478
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,100
Blood runeBlood rune15Common[4]6,870
Death runeDeath rune20Common4,240
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Rare148
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed1Rare16
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Uncommon470
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Rare212
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed1Rare1,073
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Rare41
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Common3,679
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Rare398
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed1Rare7
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed1Uncommon4
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed1Uncommon32
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed1Uncommon65
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Rare565
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare1,313
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed1Rare394
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Rare27
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore1Rare23
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1Uncommon142
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed1Uncommon508
Maple seed 5Maple seed1Rare25,305
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed1Rare422
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare1,339
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Rare344
Yew seed 5Yew seed1Very rare30,430

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 sapphire1Common957
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,681
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,932
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,775
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare169,875–207,625
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common15,400
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common28,301
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,735
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare573,075–700,425
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,687
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,744
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,246,500–1,523,500
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare1,205
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,707
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,605–942,675
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,921
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,674
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common17,402–21,098
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,084,455–1,325,445
Vecna skullVecna skull1Rare75,457
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,100
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare878
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare425,425–536,690
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare111,475–140,630
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare41,375–57,925
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common14,310–17,490
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon198,225–242,275
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon26,781–30,510
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare355,500–434,500
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon45,600–250,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common12,690–15,510
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon171,720–209,880
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common39,326–44,944
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare379,215–463,485
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare935,010–1,142,790
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common40,746
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare611,190–747,010
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon364,140–445,060
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon257,580–314,820
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon157,500–192,500
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon143,595–175,505
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon18,382–21,008
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon18,746–21,424
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon266,204
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare772,190
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common7,200–8,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common10,485–12,815
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon171,000–209,000
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,192–15,908
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare130,950–160,050
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon25,200–30,800
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare523,530–639,870
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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