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The Kalphite Queen, as it appears on an exhibit in the Varrock Museum.

The Kalphite Queen (Kalphiscarabeinae Pasha) is the 10th highest level monster in all of RuneScape (7th highest level monster fought by conventional means, as the Spirit Beast cannot be fought conventionally), and is the seventh highest level monster that is neither quest nor minigame related.

Kalphite Queen magic
The Queen's magic attack.
Keris detail
The Keris, an effective method for fighting kalphites.

The Kalphite Queen is famous for dropping the moderately valuable Dragon chainbody armour (having a Grand Exchange price of 1,846,586 coins), and is the only monster besides the Dust Devil to do so. Many players also hunt for the Kalphite Queen head for their skill hall.

Despite being a lower level than some of the more recent bosses, the Kalphite Queen is still one of the toughest monsters in RuneScape. She can inflict incredible amounts of damage, sometimes constantly. It is recommended for players to only bring items into the hive they are willing to lose.

Currently, a combination of factors (such as the release of God Wars Dungeon bosses and the Corporeal Beast, as well as the devaluation of the Kalphite Queen's drops) have made hunting the Kalphite Queen a less appealing activity. However, it is still hunted by those on Sumona's Slayer challenge or those just wishing for the experience of killing it.

The addition of various options to the Quick Chat menu has allowed players a convenient method of communicating when organising and undertaking a Kalphite Queen attack.

LocationEdit

The Kalphite Queen resides within the Kalphite Hive. There are several ways to get there.

Shantay PassEdit

One way involves the player finding their way through the Kharidian Desert. The easiest way to do this is from the Shantay Pass. The Shantay Pass is located south of Al Kharid. To go through the pass, the player will simply need to click on the entrance.

The hive's entrance is due west of the Shantay Pass and is really a short run. Players who are lucky and fast may get to the hive before being affected by the Desert heat. Otherwise bring a waterskin , obtainable from Shantay, which can be dropped once inside the hive.

Dorgesh-KaanEdit

Another way requires players to have completed the Death to the Dorgeshuun quest, so that they can access Dorgesh-Kaan's southern agility course and thus the Dorgesh-Kaan South Dungeon below the course. In the dungeon a tunnel connects to the upper level of Kalphite Hive, in a cave with many Kalphite workers.

Players should take Light sources for the Dorgesh-Kaan South Dungeon or else they will constantly be attacked by stinging insects in the dark.

Fairy RingsEdit

A third way requires partial completion of the Fairy Tale II - Cure a Queen quest, so that players can use the Fairy ring network. Ring code B•I•Q is quite close to the hive's entrance and is the fastest way to get there. Typically, players can run from the ring to the entrance without being in the desert long enough to be affected by desert heat. This method will take up an inventory spot to carry a Dramen staff or Lunar staff, unless Fairy Tale III - Orks Rift has been completed.

Do No Evil shortcutEdit

While it is believed that one of the rewards from the Do No Evil quest allowed access to Kalphite Queen through a hidden passage, this is not the case. The shortcut is a one way exit "from" the queen's lair, and no longer an entrance. Players attempting to reach the queen in this fashion will receive the message,"The sides of this hole are too steep to climb up." In addition, the examine text of the passage on the end where Ayuni is fought during the quest states, "A cavernous hole. It looks like the passage within is too steep to climb back up."

Accessing the hiveEdit

Players entering the hive from the surface entrance will need two ropes, unless coming from the cave entrance, one to enter the upper level of the hive and another to enter the lower level where the queen is found. Both ropes will be used up in the process. Players entering the hive from the Dorgesh-Kaan South Dungeon only need one rope, to enter the lower level where the Queen resides. Players entering through the secret passage will not need any ropes.

  • Ropes are only needed for the first time. Subsequent trips will NOT need more ropes

The Kalphite Queen's abilitiesEdit

Kalphite Queen's lair
The queen's lair.
The Kalphite Queen has two forms, each one having a high combat level of 200 and exactly 40,000 life points, so she should be treated as two monsters. Her first form resembles an immense scarab beetle, and her second form resembles a giant wasp. While each form has the same combat level and life points, the second form has proven itself to be much harder to defeat than the first.

An excerpt from the Jagex Game Guide stated, "While the Queen does not pray to any gods, she is naturally immune to certain forms of attack. In her first form she is immune to Magic and Ranged attacks, and will happily eat any adventurer foolish enough to try.".


Kalphite Queen transformation
The Kalphite Queen transforms into her second form.

Once the first form is defeated, the second form appears. This form uses protect from melee, but still uses the same attack styles with the same max hit. In this form she also starts to summon aggressive level 84 Kalphite Workers. Supplies will have been consumed and melee attacks will be useless.

Luckily her attacks are somewhat predictable: whenever she uses a ranged or magic attack she usually continues it for 3-4 hits. This makes a prayer switch partially effective, as there is a good chance she repeats the same attack style after a few hits before switching to another. Note that this is only for her ranged and magic attack.

WARNING: Her magic and ranged attacks have a 100% accuracy, meaning that she will always hit with these styles. Armour does not prevent this but prayers can block most damage. Her melee attacks on the other hand are normal so armour can respond to it.

NOTE:: The Kalphite Queen is fairly dangerous due to her 100% hits that will almost always hit above 500. Overconfident players will find themselves easily killed because of this, and so, she must be dealt with carefully.

Her ranged and magic attacks also have the ability to bounce to other players, meaning that she can damage all players inside the room with one attack. These attacks cannot turn corners however. Her ranged attack also cannot go through herself.

She is immune to leech curses and will destroy dwarf multicannons set up in the room. If you use leech curses, your stats will still be boosted, and you will still get a message telling you that the enemy's stats have been drained.

StrategiesEdit

DropsEdit

WeaponsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Rune spear Rune spear 2 2 Common 22,634
Rune hatchet Rune hatchet 1 2 Common 6,932
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 3 Uncommon 24,166
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 3 Uncommon 37,465
Rune warhammer Rune warhammer 1–2 3 Uncommon 24,301–48,602
Adamant longsword Adamant longsword 1 3 Uncommon 1,374
Lava battlestaff Lava battlestaff 2 3 Uncommon 18,798
Dragon 2h sword Dragon 2h sword 1 4 Rare 1,126,627

ArmourEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1–4 2 Common 29,203–116,812
Dragon chainbody Dragon chainbody 1 4 Rare 1,846,586

AmmunitionEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Mithril arrow 5 Mithril arrow 500 3 Uncommon 10,000
Iron arrow 5 Iron arrow 1–355 3 Uncommon 7–2,485
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 1–150 3 Uncommon 12–1,800
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 100 3 Uncommon 15,100

RunesEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Blood rune Blood rune 250–300 2 Common 50,750–60,900
Nature rune Nature rune 200–300 2 Common 64,400–96,600
Law rune Law rune 20,45, 250 2 Common 5,800–72,500
Death rune Death rune 200–300 2 Common 23,600–35,400
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 200–300 2 Common 51,000–76,500

GemsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Sapphire Sapphire 1 3 Uncommon 302
Emerald Emerald 1 3 Uncommon 1,471
Ruby Ruby 1 3 Uncommon 985
Oyster pearls Oyster pearls 40 (noted/unnoted) 3 Uncommon 21,920

OtherEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Wine of Zamorak Wine of Zamorak 20–40 (noted) 2 Common 82,640–165,280
Amulet of power Amulet of power 1 2 Common 1,951
Coins 1000 Coins 319–75,000 3 Uncommon Not sold
Lobster Lobster 7 3 Uncommon 595
Shark Shark 7,14 3 Uncommon 10,332–20,664
Clue scroll Clue scroll (hard) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (elite) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 4 Rare Not sold
Kq head Kalphite Queen head 1 4 Rare Not sold

Rare drop table dropsEdit

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 1,365
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 3,107
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,244
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 7,071
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 19,583
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 40,944
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 14,675
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 9,683
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,619
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,166
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 880
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,120
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,465
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,317
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,619
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 830,950
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,361
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,721
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,789
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 60,102
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 11,600
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,262,850
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 4 Rare 22,650–75,500
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,612,800
Air orb Air orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,842,000
Fire orb Fire orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,151,000
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 138,893
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 11,495
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 35,800–50,120
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 47,050–65,870
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 602
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 464
Pure essence Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 6,500–195,000
Nature rune Nature rune 20–80 4 Rare 6,440–25,760
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 2,880
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 13,050
Death rune Death rune 50, 121 4 Rare 5,900–14,278
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 10,150
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 41,000–328,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 416,750–833,500
Big bones Big bones 150–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 87,000–290,000
Coal Coal 150–7,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 28,800–1,440,000
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) 3 Uncommon 372,000–1,984,000
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 10,000
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,072,100
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) 4 Rare 3,403,000–23,821,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) 4 Rare 13,067–1,960,050
Clean ranarr Clean ranarr 33 (noted) 3 Uncommon 102,069
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 107,425–1,074,250
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 128,760–515,040
Clean torstol Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 66,180–661,800
Saradomin brew (4) Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) 5 Very rare 99,250
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 8,532
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 1–50 4 Rare 70,555–3,527,750
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–7 4 Rare 159,552–1,116,864
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,032,110
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 1,394
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1–31 4 Rare 18,087–560,697
Fellstalk seed 5 Fellstalk seed 2 4 Rare 1,822
Yew logs Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) 4 Rare 27,300–10,920,000
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

TriviaEdit

KQ fight
Zenevivia and the Wise Old Man fight the Kalphite Queen.
  • When the Kalphite Queen was first released, she only used two attack styles: magic and melee. A ranged attack was since added to prevent players from camping her with little or no risk.
  • The Kalphite Queen's drop quantity were improved after the release of the Kalphite King, and charms were added to her drop table.
    • If both charms and the item is dropped, the item(s) are dropped in the middle of where the Queen would be while the charms are placed regularly.
  • Both of the Queen's forms are similar to the life cycle of the Cicada. She starts off as a beetle, then transforms into an airborne opponent.
  • It was revealed in the April 2011 BTS that the Kalphite Queen and the King Black Dragon were due to be married on 29 April 2011, to coincide with the wedding of Prince William Windsor and Catherine Middleton in the UK.
  • RuneScape Top Trumps has featured a graphically updated Kalphite Queen.
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