|Release date||17 September 2009 (Update)|
|XP per kill||379.8 (and 125.3 experience)|
|Always drops||Living Minerals (Requires level 73 Mining)|
|Examine text||A being of ore and minerals.|
Living rock strikers can be found throughout the Living Rock Caverns. They were released along with the Living Rock Caverns on 17 September 2009. They have very high lifepoints, decent drops, and are fairly easy to kill, despite looking threatening and defensive. They are weak to crushing weapons such as the Chaotic maul and Saradomin sword. If a good crush weapon is not available, a stabbing or slashing weapon will suffice. A person with 75+ Defence, with rune or better armour, could easily kill a Living rock striker without taking much damage.
A set of Verac's armour is one of the most effective methods of killing Living Rock Strikers. This creature is weak to the crushing style of verac's flail, and their defences are sometimes ignored due to it's effects. With the use of a bunyip familliar, you will be able to regenerate your lost health well within the time it takes to kill one striker.
A set of Guthan's armour is also very effective here as a player can stay the whole task with a good defence level. Living rock strikers will only use their ranged attack if you attack it and are not within melee range. This attack hits much more frequently and consistently harder than their melee attack. As with all other living rock creatures, the strikers are immune to the effects of poison. In addition, they are aggressive, but the player must be right next to them to be targeted. A player with good clicking skills could navigate the cavern without being attacked at all. These can generally be really annoying to deal with when fishing rocktails or mining gold and coal deposits.
Their remains can be mined to receive living minerals and 25 Mining experience. A Mining level of at least 73 is required. The minerals serve as bait for fishing rocktails at level 90 Fishing. The minerals also give a decent amount of money for players, providing upwards of 100k per hour.
One way to stay here for very long is to bring a Bunyip familiar and lots of swallow whole scrolls and fish either rocktail or cavefish and eat them with the swallow whole scrolls. However, this requires considerably high Fishing and Cooking levels.
Another effective method is to bring full Guthan's to stay for long periods of time. You can switch to a Full Slayer Helm and/or a crush weapon such as a chaotic maul or Saradomin sword for the better stats, and then switch back to guthans to heal when needed.
Another method is to bring an enhanced excalibur as your offhand weapon and choose to dual wield. This weapon has a passive healing effect that occasionally triggers, but it heals a small amount and may not be enough to heal on its own.
The vampyrism aura also helps, due to the strikers' high health, although it may not be enough to heal alone.
If you cannot afford crush type weapons, or don't want to use the lower-levelled crush weapons, then other melee weapons work fairly well, as these monsters have very low melee defence. A player with around 80-85 attack can hit almost as often or slightly more often with a chaotic longsword/rapier or abyssal whip as they can with a weaker crush weapon such as the dragon mace.
For a miner, the Striker can be annoying with its damaging range attack, one trick to erase its memory is to run to the entrance, then go up the rope and back down. Alternatively, players can run to a safe place (bank deposit, behind rocks) and log out and back in.
Strikers are not aggressive if you are not near its melee range, unlike other counterparts like the metal dragons. If you favour less melee damage, kill these, but be sure not to wander outside the melee range without activating Protect from Missiles first. This is the weakest living rock creature, due to that most players prefer melee over other parts of the combat triangle, and its melee attack is somewhat accurate but very low.
The best spot to go to while on a slayer task is the east side. Go to the rope, then go NE to a big area. In that area should be 4 Living rock strikers grouped tightly together. It is a respawn spot for the Patriarch, which provides extra money and experience. Living Rock Strikers provide 98.5 Slayer exp per kill. This spot is also not near any Protectors, so it won't affect the experience rate or profit.
- ^ You must mine the Living rock remains.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Mud rune 3,8 Common 417–1,112 Death rune 3–8 Uncommon 279–744 Nature rune 3–10 Rare 333–1,110
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Gold ore (noted) 3 Common 999 Coal (noted) 3 Common 834 Mithril ore (noted) 3 Common 963 Adamantite ore (noted) 1 Common 1,518 Silver ore (noted) 3 Rare 315
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Uncut sapphire (noted) 1 Uncommon 1,143 Uncut emerald (noted) 1 Uncommon 1,783 Uncut ruby (noted) 1 Rare 3,576 Uncut diamond (noted) 1 Rare 7,160
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- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 16,532 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Mithril pickaxe 1 Uncommon 580 Adamant pickaxe 1 Rare 1,673 Rune pickaxe 1 Very rare 18,935
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Spin ticket 1 Rare Not sold Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold Court summons 1 Very rare Not sold
- When Living Rock Strikers stand still, at a set amount of time they would either scratch their left chest, or pluck a rock from itself, and take a short look at it before putting it back.
- They seem to clutch at their "heart" while dying.