For the monster that lives in the Exiled Kalphite Hive, see Exiled kalphite guardian.
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Kalphite guardians are found in the Kalphite Hive south-west of Shantay Pass, near the entrance to and inside the Kalphite Queen's room.

Strengths and weaknessesEdit

Kalphite guardians can be very dangerous for lower levels. They can hit accurately for up to 208 life points in melee, with a chance to poison you if they successfully damage you. The poison does 68 damage per hit. It has been confirmed that using Protect from Melee does not reduce the chance of them inflicting poison against you - it only reduces the damage their attacks deal. Kalphite guardians can be safely ranged or maged from a couple locations (safe spots), however they are fairly strong against ranged attacks. Kalphites are most vulnerable to water spells, making training Magic on them highly effective even at low levels, especially if you take advantage of the safe spots. Despite this, most players still prefer to use melee for training. Keris is also highly effective for training against kalphites along with Guthan's set.

Safe Spot at Kalphite Guardians

One of the 3 safe spots at the guardians


Whilst not the most effective approach, melee is still a popular means of killing these monsters. A good melee weapon such as a godsword or an abyssal whip is recommended, as well as a strength level and attack level of at least 50.

The best way to kill kalphite guardians is to utilise safe spots and fight with magic, preferably water spells (their weakness). By safe-spotting, players can avoid any chance of becoming damaged or poisoned (though they may still become poisoned by a soldier on the way over). A player using their best water spell and a good staff or wand will generally get a much faster kill rate than someone using melee.

Ranged is not recommended, as these monsters have high ranged defence. Nevertheless, if players decide to fight them with ranged, at least 80 Ranged and a strong weapon, such as a crystal bow or black salamander, are musts.

Kalphite guardians have a very slow respawn rate and players should decide if they should kill some more. The only way to solve this is by waiting for them to respawn, which takes a minute or so, or by climbing down to the Queen's chamber, where there are two more kalphite guardians. However, using that spot is HIGHLY dangerous as the Queen can occasionally wander on the other side of the room and begin attacking you, which may result in a very quick death unless players are busy killing her.

The fastest but most expensive way to kill kalphite guardians is use a dwarf multicannon against them, in tandem with the spell Ice barrage. The area unlocked after the Do No Evil quest is good for this. It is a small, open cavern that houses two kalphite guardians and several kalphite soldiers.



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Main dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon4,008
Adamant sq shieldAdamant sq shield1Uncommon4,105
Rune helmRune helm1Uncommon10,141
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Uncommon28,674
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Very rare37,652
Rune sq shieldRune sq shield1Very rare21,836
Steel hatchetSteel hatchet1Common1,084
Steel battleaxeSteel battleaxe1Common2,231
Mithril longswordMithril longsword1Common3,000
Mithril swordMithril sword1Common1,849
Adamant daggerAdamant dagger1Uncommon2,844
Adamant scimitarAdamant scimitar1Uncommon5,097
Rune 2h swordRune 2h sword1Very rare36,844
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Very rare57,772
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Uncommon23,736
Rune daggerRune dagger1Uncommon3,837
Rune swordRune sword1Rare11,006
Air runeAir rune50Uncommon1,400
Blood runeBlood rune7; 12; 13; 19Uncommon4,018–10,906
Fire runeFire rune37Uncommon2,664
Law runeLaw rune3; 16; 45Uncommon903–13,545
Death runeDeath rune18; 28; 45Uncommon2,628–6,570
Chaos runeChaos rune10Uncommon1,010
Adamant javelinAdamant javelin1Uncommon62
Cosmic runeCosmic rune2Uncommon516
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow42–150Uncommon6,300–22,500
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common250
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Common2,737
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common30
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common289
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common60
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,490
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon2,276
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,120
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm2Uncommon10,290
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon2,886
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Rare2,078
Coins 25Coins28Common28
LobsterLobster1; 2Uncommon94–188
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Uncommon4,575
Super attack (3)Super attack (3)1Uncommon3,565
Super strength (3)Super strength (3)1Uncommon6,900
Potato cactusPotato cactus2; 4 (noted)Uncommon5,706–11,412

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1RareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves 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 sapphire1Common895
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,000
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,863
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,543
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare159,435–194,865
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,204
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common20,781
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,481
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare516,645–631,455
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,772
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,606
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,085,580–1,326,820
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare870
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,652
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare564,780–941,300
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,929
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,525
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common26,216–31,784
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,051,380–1,285,020
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,397
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,402
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare402,155–507,334
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare113,880–143,664
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare37,325–52,255
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common30,645–37,455
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon246,150–300,850
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon14,544–18,180
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare338,220–413,380
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon27,600–151,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,760–18,040
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon197,100–240,900
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common38,766–44,304
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare373,815–456,885
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,058,850–1,294,150
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,478
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare622,170–760,430
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon339,480–414,920
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon185,400–226,600
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon198,990–243,210
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon169,200–206,800
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon9,100–10,400
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,534–10,896
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon421,740
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,150,440
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common18,900–23,100
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common14,175–17,325
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon210,600–257,400
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon12,852–15,498
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare127,575–155,925
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon33,300–40,700
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare393,660–481,140
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon2,169
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*265,426
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,885,212,297
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
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare50,063


  • When the anti-poison totem was first released, there was a glitch where the kalphite guardians were still able to poison you. This has since been fixed.