For the monster that lives in the Exiled Kalphite Hive, see Exiled kalphite guardian.
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Kalphite guardians are found in the Kalphite Hive south-west of Shantay Pass, near the entrance to and inside the Kalphite Queen's room.

Strengths and weaknessesEdit

Kalphite guardians can be very dangerous for lower levels. They can hit accurately for up to 208 life points in melee, with a chance to poison you if they successfully damage you. The poison does 68 damage per hit. It has been confirmed that using Protect from Melee does not reduce the chance of them inflicting poison against you - it only reduces the damage their attacks deal. Kalphite guardians can be safely ranged or maged from a couple locations (safe spots), however they are fairly strong against ranged attacks. Kalphites are most vulnerable to water spells, making training Magic on them highly effective even at low levels, especially if you take advantage of the safe spots. Despite this, most players still prefer to use melee for training. Keris is also highly effective for training against kalphites along with Guthan's set.

Safe Spot at Kalphite Guardians

One of the 3 safe spots at the guardians


Whilst not the most effective approach, melee is still a popular means of killing these monsters. A good melee weapon such as a godsword or an abyssal whip is recommended, as well as a strength level and attack level of at least 50.

The best way to kill kalphite guardians is to utilise safe spots and fight with magic, preferably water spells (their weakness). By safe-spotting, players can avoid any chance of becoming damaged or poisoned (though they may still become poisoned by a soldier on the way over). A player using their best water spell and a good staff or wand will generally get a much faster kill rate than someone using melee.

Ranged is not recommended, as these monsters have high ranged defence. Nevertheless, if players decide to fight them with ranged, at least 80 Ranged and a strong weapon, such as a crystal bow or black salamander, are musts.

Kalphite guardians have a very slow respawn rate and players should decide if they should kill some more. The only way to solve this is by waiting for them to respawn, which takes a minute or so, or by climbing down to the Queen's chamber, where there are two more kalphite guardians. However, using that spot is HIGHLY dangerous as the Queen can occasionally wander on the other side of the room and begin attacking you, which may result in a very quick death unless players are busy killing her.

The fastest but most expensive way to kill kalphite guardians is use a dwarf multicannon against them, in tandem with the spell Ice barrage. The area unlocked after the Do No Evil quest is good for this. It is a small, open cavern that houses two kalphite guardians and several kalphite soldiers.



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Main dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon3,990
Adamant sq shieldAdamant sq shield1Uncommon3,944
Rune helmRune helm1Uncommon10,141
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Uncommon28,673
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Very rare37,687
Rune sq shieldRune sq shield1Very rare21,836
Steel hatchetSteel hatchet1Common1,104
Steel battleaxeSteel battleaxe1Common2,231
Mithril longswordMithril longsword1Common3,000
Mithril swordMithril sword1Common1,849
Adamant daggerAdamant dagger1Uncommon2,799
Adamant scimitarAdamant scimitar1Uncommon4,960
Rune 2h swordRune 2h sword1Very rare36,876
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Very rare57,797
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Uncommon23,728
Rune daggerRune dagger1Uncommon3,840
Rune swordRune sword1Rare11,084
Air runeAir rune50Uncommon1,550
Blood runeBlood rune7; 12; 13; 19Uncommon4,088–11,096
Fire runeFire rune37Uncommon2,627
Law runeLaw rune3; 16; 45Uncommon918–13,770
Death runeDeath rune18; 28; 45Uncommon2,628–6,570
Chaos runeChaos rune10Uncommon1,030
Adamant javelinAdamant javelin1Uncommon61
Cosmic runeCosmic rune2Uncommon512
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow42–150Uncommon6,300–22,500
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common257
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Common2,826
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common30
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common292
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common63
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,509
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon2,253
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,174
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm2Uncommon10,288
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon2,917
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Rare2,103
Coins 25Coins28Common28
LobsterLobster1; 2Uncommon91–182
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Uncommon4,527
Super attack (3)Super attack (3)1Uncommon3,514
Super strength (3)Super strength (3)1Uncommon6,889
Potato cactusPotato cactus2; 4 (noted)Uncommon5,852–11,704

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1RareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common909
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,032
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,858
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,557
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare160,065–195,635
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,240
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common20,675
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,606
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare522,270–638,330
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,797
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,606
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,081,440–1,321,760
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare860
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,687
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,305–942,175
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,929
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,551
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common26,442–32,058
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,049,355–1,282,545
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,427
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,415
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare401,765–506,842
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare115,310–145,468
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare38,275–53,585
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common30,645–37,455
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon248,175–303,325
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon14,760–18,450
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare339,300–414,700
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon27,600–151,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,850–18,150
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon201,780–246,620
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common39,284–44,896
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare378,810–462,990
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,064,610–1,301,190
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,703
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare625,545–764,555
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon339,390–414,810
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon187,740–229,460
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon195,840–239,360
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon164,340–200,860
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon9,044–10,336
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,702–11,088
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon432,516
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,154,680
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common18,450–22,550
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common14,355–17,545
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon217,800–266,200
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon12,920–15,580
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare128,250–156,750
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon33,525–40,975
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare392,580–479,820
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon2,169
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*265,426
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,885,212,297
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot 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 price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare47,559


  • When the anti-poison totem was first released, there was a glitch where the kalphite guardians were still able to poison you. This has since been fixed.