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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 766,772 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.


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.


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.




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






Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 94 kills.
6 charms are dropped at a time.

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


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune spear Rune spear 2 2 Common 22,362
Rune hatchet Rune hatchet 1 2 Common 7,110
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 3 Uncommon 24,133
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 3 Uncommon 37,205
Rune warhammer Rune warhammer 1–2 3 Uncommon 24,635–49,270
Lava battlestaff Lava battlestaff 2 3 Uncommon 18,930
Dragon 2h sword Dragon 2h sword 1 4 Rare 251,254


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1–4 2 Common 29,041–116,164
Dragon chainbody Dragon chainbody 1 4 Rare 766,772


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 100 3 Uncommon 14,900


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Blood rune Blood rune 100–200 2 Common 47,900–95,800
Nature rune Nature rune 200–300 2 Common 69,000–103,500
Law rune Law rune 20,45, 200–500 2 Common 8,000–200,000
Death rune Death rune 45, 100–300 2 Common 15,255–101,700
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 200–300 2 Common 46,600–69,900


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Oyster pearls Oyster pearls 40 (noted/unnoted) 3 Uncommon 20,400


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Wine of Zamorak Wine of Zamorak 20–40 (noted) 2 Common 61,700–123,400
Coins 1000 Coins 20,000–75,000 3 Uncommon Not sold
Shark Shark 7,14 3 Uncommon 7,175–14,350
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Clue scroll (hard) Clue scroll (hard) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Potato cactus Potato cactus 15 2 Common 41,460
Starved 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 200–350,3,000 2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,095
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,021
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,007
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 4,953
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 27,977
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 31,433
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 12,828
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 9,436
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,362
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,133
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 875
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,160
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,205
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,181
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,337
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,567,800
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 21,900
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,569
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,027
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,051
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 12,200
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,264,050
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150 4 Rare 22,350
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 95,344
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 11,055
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 67,750–94,850
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 65,775–92,085
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 551
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 344
Pure essence Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 15,000–22,500
Nature rune Nature rune 60–80 4 Rare 20,700–27,600
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 3,820
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 18,000
Death rune Death rune 50 4 Rare 16,950
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 23,950
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 53,625–107,250
Raw shark Raw shark 250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 295,500
Big bones Big bones 150–180 (noted) 3 Uncommon 75,600–90,720
Coal Coal 550–700 (noted) 3 Uncommon 144,100–183,400
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 195,300–325,500
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 8,500
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,089,200
Rune bar Rune bar 1 2 Common 14,265
Rune bar Rune bar 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 713,250
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) 3 Uncommon 115,745–148,815
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 115,560–134,820
Clean torstol Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) 3 Uncommon 93,120–197,880
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 2 Common 1,330
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 3 Uncommon 16,898
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 7,416
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 3–7 4 Rare 472,410–1,102,290
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,570,340
Yew logs Yew logs 450–550 (noted) 4 Rare 160,200–195,800
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
Brawling gloves (Melee) Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) Brawling gloves (FM) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) Brawling gloves (WC) 1 5 Very rare Not 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 token Key token 1 4 Rare Not sold


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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