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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 2500, it is currently the third strongest monster outside Dungeoneering, after Vorago, Araxxi, and is tied with Araxxor.

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, even up to 37,000 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 upon nearing the 75% and 25% lifepoint values. This is signified also with a two second stun on players within two squares from the King. These marauders burst from the ground, dealing melee damage and attack with magic. Although they do not need to be killed, it is recommended for players to kill them because of their highly accurate magic attacks which may be fatal when the King uses its special attack.

The Kalphite King will not allow dwarf multicannons to be set up. Dreadnips and dominion mines can be used, however the latter will not do any damage. Players may leave any time they wish, by teleporting, dying or leaving by the slope they used to enter the lair.

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 Bedabin Camp, and simply run south 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 (that required level 23 Agility to use). This tunnel only needs to be cleared once. When entering the Kalphite King tunnel, three messages appear; create an instance, join an instance or rejoin an instance the player was in. If players pick the first option, they will be sent into an instance shard where they may choose the party size, combat level requirement, a key and the King's spawn rate. Regardless of the three initial options, the final option allows players to go into the instance, leave the instance or to stay in the instance, but not go into the lair.

After players decide to go into the lair, it will be empty. Afterwards, the King will spawn and the fight will begin.

Kalphite King fight

A group of players against the Kalphite King and his marauders

StrategiesEdit

DropsEdit

100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Damaged chitinDamaged chitin1AlwaysNot sold

CharmsEdit

Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
1–2%7–9%4–6%29–33%19–22%
Represents a 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 50 or more creatures are killed)

Armour and weaponsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Drygore rapierDrygore rapier1Rare32,340,627
Drygore longswordDrygore longsword1Rare36,371,381
Drygore maceDrygore mace1Rare31,970,097
Off-hand drygore longswordOff-hand drygore longsword1Rare25,341,256
Off-hand drygore rapierOff-hand drygore rapier1Rare23,637,281
Off-hand drygore maceOff-hand drygore mace1Rare15,193,501

Herbs and seedsEdit

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

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol30 (noted)Uncommon201,210
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed30 (noted)Uncommon260,700
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme30 (noted)Uncommon238,980
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon30 (noted)Uncommon139,290
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm30 (noted)Uncommon203,970
Herb seed 5Torstol seed10Uncommon140,690
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed10Uncommon181,240
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed10Uncommon231,480
Herb seed 5Snapdragon seed10Uncommon9,710
Magic seed 5Magic seed5Uncommon737,055
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed5Uncommon746,615
Yew seed 5Yew seed10Uncommon652,660

OthersEdit

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
SharkShark50Common55,350
Rune barRune bar40 (noted)Uncommon572,800
Onyx bolts (e) 5Onyx bolts (e)200Uncommon1,712,000
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide100 (noted)Uncommon438,100
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)40Uncommon222,840
Earth talismanEarth talisman50 (noted)Uncommon230,000
Clue scroll (elite)Clue scroll (elite)1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
Kalphite clawKalphite claw1Very rare [1]Not sold
 
  1. ^ Tertiary drop. The rarity of the pet is based on the number of kills recorded (explanation of drop mechanics).

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 1000Coins50; 250–500; 3,000CommonNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,227
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,246
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Uncommon2,970
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1; 2; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon5,821–320,155
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon24,851
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon38,960
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon14,214–781,770
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon57,620
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon36,195
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,383,300–1,690,700
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,932
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,818
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,081
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Uncommon20,792–25,208
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Uncommon1,133,595–1,385,505
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon69,778
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon891,280–1,124,384
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon299,000–377,200
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Uncommon104,000–145,600
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon596
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon291
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon44,955–54,945
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon257,850–315,150
Big bonesBig bones80–90 (noted)Uncommon38,080–42,840
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon446,400–545,600
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon63,200–347,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Uncommon19,800–24,200
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon246,420–301,180
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common43,695
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare393,255–480,645
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare959,400–1,172,600
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common42,960
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare644,400–787,600
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon603,630–737,770
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon417,870–510,730
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon250,695–306,405
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon171,090–209,110
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon253,736–289,984
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon324,072–370,368
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon589,644
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Uncommon1,493,230
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Uncommon29,700–36,300
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Uncommon11,250–13,750
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon108,450–132,550
Yew logsYew logs68–82; 675–825 (noted)Uncommon20,468–248,325
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon41,715–50,985
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Uncommon655,290–800,910
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1RareNot 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 market price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • 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.
    • There is currently a glitch where the spawning minions deal damage prior to the update on 19 June 2013.
  • 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.
  • When the Kalphite King uses its instant-kill attack, if Anticipate is used before this attack it will not be removed, although players will still be stunned. This does not work with other abilities as they are removed by the attack.
  • 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.
  • With the release of Legacy Mode, the Kalphite King will spawn in any combat style. Prior to this, it always spawned in melee form. The same update also reduced the slayer experience given upon death; prior to Legacy Mode the King gave 15,853 slayer experience rather than 3,963 slayer experience.
  • A hidden update to the King turned the instance to last for 60 minutes, after which no more Kalphite Kings will spawn. Players who leave the King's lair (manually leaving), will also have to wait a few seconds before they can make or enter another instance.
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