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This article is about the original Kalphite Queen. For the exiled version, see Exiled Kalphite Queen.
For the pet version, see Kalphite Grublet.
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The Kalphite Queen (Kalphiscarabeinae Pasha) is the strongest monster within the Kalphite Hive. She is famous for dropping the moderately valuable Dragon chainbody armour (having a Grand Exchange price of 616,630 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, Death's Soul Reaper task, 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

Kalphite Queen's lair

The queen's lair.

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 magic

The Queen's magic attack.

Keris detail

The Keris, an effective method for fighting kalphites.

The Kalphite Queen has two forms, each one having a high combat level of 333 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.

In her first form, she uses the Protect from Magic, Ranged and Summoning prayers at once (Protect from Magic Ranged Summon), meaning that Melee is the only way to damage her. Once the first form is defeated, the second form appears. This form uses only 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

CharmsEdit

Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
1–8%8–19%10–22%13–27%25–40%
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 94 kills.
6 charms are dropped at a time.
Please add to the log.
(Only if 50 or more creatures are killed)

WeaponsEdit

 
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune spearRune spear2Common22,916
Rune hatchetRune hatchet1Common7,174
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Uncommon24,370
Rune 2h swordRune 2h sword1Uncommon37,285
Rune warhammerRune warhammer1–2Uncommon24,137–48,274
Lava battlestaffLava battlestaff2Uncommon18,718
Dragon 2h swordDragon 2h sword1Rare130,202

ArmourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1–4Common29,207–116,828
Dragon chainbodyDragon chainbody1Rare616,630

AmmunitionEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow100Uncommon15,100

RunesEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Blood runeBlood rune100–200Common48,200–96,400
Nature runeNature rune200–300Common59,000–88,500
Law runeLaw rune20; 45; 200–500Common6,360–159,000
Death runeDeath rune45; 100–300Common14,265–95,100
Cosmic runeCosmic rune200–300Common42,600–63,900

GemsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Oyster pearlsOyster pearls40Uncommon19,640

OtherEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Wine of ZamorakWine of Zamorak20–40 (noted)Common88,640–177,280
Coins 10000Coins20,000–75,000UncommonNot sold
SharkShark7; 14Uncommon7,931–15,862
Clue scroll (elite)Clue scroll (elite)1RareNot sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)1RareNot sold
Potato cactusPotato cactus15Common51,540
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1RareNot sold
Kq headKalphite Queen head1RareNot sold
Kalphite eggKalphite egg1Very 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

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 sapphire1Common1,194
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,138
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Uncommon3,146
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1; 2; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon5,764–317,020
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon24,334
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon37,914
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon14,086–774,730
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon58,058
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon35,813
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,384,920–1,692,680
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon38,063
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,265
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,135
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Uncommon21,131–25,619
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Uncommon1,127,250–1,377,750
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon69,778
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon910,390–1,148,492
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon298,870–377,036
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Uncommon106,425–148,995
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon588
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon294
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon47,250–57,750
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon251,550–307,450
Big bonesBig bones80–90 (noted)Uncommon37,600–42,300
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon428,580–523,820
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon59,800–328,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Uncommon20,700–25,300
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon242,820–296,780
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common43,320
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare389,880–476,520
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare954,720–1,166,880
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common42,786
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare641,790–784,410
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon597,150–729,850
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon414,450–506,550
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon247,860–302,940
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon185,715–226,985
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon248,738–284,272
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon318,570–364,080
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon569,608
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Uncommon1,387,040
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Uncommon31,950–39,050
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Uncommon12,330–15,070
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon105,750–129,250
Yew logsYew logs68–82; 675–825 (noted)Uncommon20,740–251,625
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon44,100–53,900
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Uncommon658,260–804,540
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

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 features a graphically updated Kalphite Queen.
  • If the player only attacked the first form and not the second, it won't count for Soul Reaper.
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