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Kalphite King Head Detail

The Kalphite King, formerly dubbed the "Toughest Boss in RuneScape history", is a boss monster who can be found in the Exiled Kalphite Hive. At a combat level of 230, it is currently the third strongest monster in RuneScape, aside from Dungeoneering bosses, after Vorago and Rise of the Six. The Kalphite King was first mentioned at RuneFest 2011 in Mod Mark's RuneScape 2012 speech. The Kalphite King is the only monster in the game that can drop the Drygore longsword, mace and rapier, along with their offhand versions, powerful melee weapons that require 90 attack in order to wield.

The fight with the Kalphite King is a challenge that requires players to be adept with the action bar system and changes with the introduction of the Evolution of Combat.

As well as being able to use all three attack types, it has a special attack that causes a player to turn green and temporarily disable that player's abilities. If the player’s team members do not activate the Defence ability Provoke in time, the targeted player will be hit for more than 24,000 damage, always resulting in a one-hit kill. When the teammates use Provoke, they will in turn take the damage. The only way to avoid this is to quickly use the Resonance, Barricade or Immortality abilities. Devotion may also be used in tandem with Protect/Deflect Melee.

The Kalphite King is also able to summon marauders. These monsters don't have to be killed in order to kill the king, although it may be useful if the group is taking too much damage. The drops from these marauders are slightly different, with players receiving supplies like prayer potions, super restores and sharks which can help with the kill.

The Kalphite King will not allow the use of dwarf multicannons to be set up, however dreadnips and dominion mines can be used. The latter does not do any damage.

Getting thereEdit

The Exiled Kalphite Hive is located south of the Jaldraocht Pyramid in the Kharidian Desert. The easiest way of getting there is via the Bandit Camp lodestone and run south. Alternatively, players can use the magic carpet to travel to Menaphos, and simply run north from there. A third option is to use a pharaoh's sceptre to teleport to the pyramid and run a short distance south.

Kalphite King's chamber entrance
The entrance to the Kalphite King's Chamber.

Upon first entering the hive, there will be a blocked tunnel that can be cleared to create a shortcut. This tunnel only needs to be cleared once. When entering the Kalphite King tunnel, five messages will appear that the player can choose from. The first will ask if the player wants to start a new battle or join an existing fight. The second one will ask the player what the maximum number of people can join, ranging from 1 to 20. The third will ask what a minimum combat level must be to join this specific battle. The fourth requires the player to enter an entry key between 1 and 999,999. This is needed for other players to join the player's fight. If entered "0" there will be no entry key. The last one allows the player to choose the spawn rate of the Kalphite King.

After choosing all the options, the player will appear in the lair. After a while, the Kalphite King will appear in the melee form.

Kalphite King fight
A group of players against the Kalphite King and his marauders.



100% dropEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Damaged chitin Damaged chitin 1 1 Always Not sold


Charm drop percentages
No charms Gold charm Green charm Crimson charm Blue charm






Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 1,536 kills.
20 charms are dropped at a time.

Please add to the log (only if 15 or more creatures killed).

Armour and weaponsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Drygore rapier Drygore rapier 1 4 Rare 63,886,862
Drygore longsword Drygore longsword 1 4 Rare 72,271,006
Drygore mace Drygore mace 1 4 Rare 60,880,679
Off-hand drygore longsword Off-hand drygore longsword 1 4 Rare 45,695,845
Off-hand drygore rapier Off-hand drygore rapier 1 4 Rare 39,835,077
Off-hand drygore mace Off-hand drygore mace 1 4 Rare 27,509,048

Herbs and seedsEdit

Note: All drops are split amongst a selection of players when using CoinShare/LootShare. Grimy herbs are split in groups of 6, and herb seeds are split in groups of 2. Tree seeds are split into groups of 1 or 2.

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Grimy torstol Grimy torstol 30 (noted) 3 Uncommon 197,760
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 30 (noted) 3 Uncommon 302,460
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 30 (noted) 3 Uncommon 283,200
Grimy snapdragon Grimy snapdragon 30 (noted) 3 Uncommon 122,910
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 30 (noted) 3 Uncommon 86,280
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 10 3 Uncommon 187,810
Herb seed 5 Lantadyme seed 10 3 Uncommon 380,900
Herb seed 5 Dwarf weed seed 10 3 Uncommon 486,920
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 10 3 Uncommon 13,660
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 5 3 Uncommon 810,505
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 5 3 Uncommon 533,745
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 10 3 Uncommon 708,000


Note: All drops are split amongst a selection of players when using CoinShare/LootShare. Sharks are split into groups of 5, rune bars split into groups of 8, onyx bolts split into groups of 40, black dragonhide split into groups of 20, super restores being split into groups of 4, and earth talismans split into groups of 10.

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Shark Shark 50 2 Common 75,400
Rune bar Rune bar 40 (noted) 3 Uncommon 521,720
Onyx bolts (e) 5 Onyx bolts (e) 200 3 Uncommon 1,701,800
Black dragonhide Black dragonhide 100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 483,400
Super restore (4) Super restore (4) 40 3 Uncommon 143,000
Earth talisman Earth talisman 50 (noted) 4 Rare 73,050
Clue scroll Clue scroll (elite) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 5 Very rare Not sold

Rare drop table dropsEdit

Items are taken from the rare drop table in sets of 3. Getting a drop from the rare drop table is Uncommon.

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
Show/hide rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 250 Coins 250 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,387
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 3,026
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,294
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 6,687
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 21,945
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 42,746
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 14,154
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,379
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,692
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,227
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 865
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,200
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,388
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,420
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 37,114
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 834,600
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,475
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,642
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,729
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 60,141
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 11,400
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,254,000
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 4 Rare 22,500–75,000
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,611,400
Air orb Air orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,647,000
Fire orb Fire orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,158,000
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 136,971
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 11,420
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 36,525–51,135
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 55,825–78,155
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 526
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 517
Pure essence Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 6,000–180,000
Nature rune Nature rune 20–80 4 Rare 6,820–27,280
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 2,680
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 13,320
Death rune Death rune 50, 121 4 Rare 5,550–13,431
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 11,000
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 41,750–334,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 438,000–876,000
Big bones Big bones 150–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 89,100–297,000
Coal Coal 150–7,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 28,800–1,440,000
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) 3 Uncommon 375,150–2,000,800
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 10,200
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,091,400
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) 4 Rare 3,410,000–23,870,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) 4 Rare 13,043–1,956,450
Clean ranarr Clean ranarr 33 (noted) 3 Uncommon 106,161
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 107,925–1,079,250
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 123,780–495,120
Clean torstol Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 66,990–669,900
Saradomin brew (4) Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) 5 Very rare 98,750
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 9,213
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 1–50 4 Rare 70,800–3,540,000
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–7 4 Rare 162,101–1,134,707
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,067,490
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 1,366
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1–31 4 Rare 18,781–582,211
Fellstalk seed 5 Fellstalk seed 2 4 Rare 1,962
Yew logs Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) 4 Rare 27,200–10,880,000
Crystal triskelion fragment 1 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2 Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3 Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 5 Very rare Not sold

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Key token Key token 1 4 Rare Not sold



  • The Kalphite King is the first boss to utilise player abilities against players, especially damage-over-time abilities such as Slaughter, Fragmentation Shot, CombustIncendiary Shot and Quake, along with various stuns.
  • The Kalphite King is the first boss to be able to land critical hits on players, although the chances of this are very low.
  • The Kalphite King was heavily patched with the patch notes of 19 June 2013. The King, after the patch notes which affected weapon accuracy, has had his Defence lowered drastically so players could hit him more. However, the King is also able to hit much harder than before on players, and his minions that spawn are stronger and more accurate than before.
  • The Kalphite King is the only boss whose spawn rate can be customised (fast, average, or slow).
  • Although the Kalphite King uses its instant-kill attack within melee range, if the King's attention is shifted from the provoker to another player, it is possible for the King to use the attack from a distance without even moving at all. It is unknown if this is intended or not.
  • For a short time after the Kalphite King was released, using binds and stuns constantly prevented the King from changing combat styles, attacking, and summoning marauders. This was quickly fixed in a hidden update.
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