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This article is about a type of squid named Karamthulhu. For the summoning familiar, see Karamthulhu Overlord.
Release date 31 October 2005 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest item Rum Deal, Rocking Out
Tradeable No
Equipable No
Stackable No
Value 1 coin
High alch 0 coins
Low alch 0 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Examine A sinister looking squid.
Weight 0 kg
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Karamthulhu detail

Karamthulhu are a squid-like species that are sometimes obtained while fishing for slugs during the Rum Deal quest. They are also dropped by Zombie pirates and Zombie swabs.

Karamthulus can be used in addition to Sluglings to make Unsanitary swill. After the quest, any Karamthulhus remaining in inventory will disappear, and an attempt to fish for them triggers the response, "You have no need to do that any more."

Previously, if you tried to use an alchemy spell on it you would get the message, "You cannot cast alchemy on your follower!"

Dropping monsters Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Zombie pirate70; 721Uncommon
Zombie swab681Uncommon

Rocking Out questEdit


A Karamthulhu is also part of the Rocking Out quest. They are caught in order to obtain a key used during the quest.

  • Using the Catch option: You catch the Karamthulhu and take the key it is holding.
  • Examine: "Lord of the blue abyss."


  • Karamthulhu is a portmanteau of Karambwan and Cthulhu, a fictional squid god and character in many of H. P. Lovecraft's stories. Because of this, there are many ways to pronounce the "...thulhu" of Karamthulhu's name, from (Kig-Hoo-Loo) to (KLOO-loo). H.P. Lovecraft himself wrote many of the pronunciations, which seemed to vary from story to story. It wasn't until after his death that the pronunciation (K-THOO-loo) was popularized.
  • A glitch was discovered involving Summoning a Karamthulhu on 12 January 2008, before Summoning's release. When you died with a Karamthulhu, it would briefly appear as an NPC. The glitch was fixed the same day. The glitch had apparently been around since the Rum Deal quest was released. This had been mentioned on a Summoning Development Diary that they knew this glitch was in the game, but not many players had found it, or paid any attention to it.

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