|Release date||6 October 2010 (Update)|
|XP per kill||Unknown edit|
|Examine text||The mother of all pests!|
The Pest Queen is the leader of all pests. She decides what strategy pests use during one of their assaults, and she is summoned and controlled by the evil Wizard Grayzag. Due to her, pests always attack the same. E.g. ravagers are the front line and clear the battlefield, while leeches stay back and heal wounded pests. She is summoned by Grayzag through a portal in the Void. Usually, the Queen would be instantly defeated by Valluta, but she cannot fight due to being under the effect of "foodgoo". Therefore, it is now up to the player to kill her instead.
The main goal in this battle is to prevent the Queen from using her special attack while keeping your rangers alive. The rangers are important because they kill the drones, which heal the Queen. However, the Pest Queen will summon elite defilers to kill the rangers. Therefore, it is your job to distract the defilers.
-Note- Do not kill the defilers or they WILL respawn so as soon they get summoned, go and hit them once to distract them and get them both stuck behind the Queen, then you won't need to think about them for the rest of the fight and they won't do a thing to anyone. Anytime you move away from the queen turn protect/deflect magic on.
There can be a maximum of eight rangers present in the battle (two at each corner of the battlefield). When this is achieved, the drones will be killed off rather quickly.
Note: If you use a terrorbird or war tortoise, it WILL attack the defilers, potentially killing them and forcing you to trap them again. If you make your terrorbird attack the pest queen, it will take immense damage when you are unable to stop the queen from using its special. To prevent either of these scenarios from happening, you need to get your familiar on the opposite side of the pest queen, by frequently calling it.
DefenceThe Pest Queen uses magic and melee attacks, which both hit up to 214 damage each. Protection prayers only reduce the damage taken by about 40%. She uses only magic attacks when the player is out of melee range. When the player is in melee range, the Pest Queen will use both attack styles, although she will tend to use her melee attacks more. Pray Protect from Melee with Piety or Turmoil when next to the Pest Queen, and switch to Protect from Magic when at least one step away from the Pest Queen (for example, when you're going to attack the Elite Defilers). However, as stated before, neither protection prayer will fully block all damage. Therefore, it is recommended to wear armour with good magic and melee defence. A combination of dragonhide armour/Karil's and Verac's works well.
Initially, the Queen will constantly be healed by the drones because there will not be enough rangers to kill the drones quickly. This is why it is important to distract the elite defilers (more details in the Offence section), because they are responsible for killing the rangers. As soon as the defilers are distracted, the rangers will accumulate and begin taking down the drones.
Korasi's sword is a must in this battle. You must use the sword's special attack to prevent the Queen from using her own special attack, or else she will hit you and most of the NPCs assisting you for about 500 lifepoints. You do not want to let this happen, because she can also kill the Void rangers, who are extremely valuable in the battle because they are the only ones who can kill the drones (which heal the Queen). You can tell when the Queen will use her special attack when she stops attacking and rears up.
For this battle only, the sword's special attack will drain 15% of the bar (normally, it drains 60%). Despite this, it is almost guaranteed you will run out of special attack power unless you have special restore potions. If the battle rages on for too long, you may be forced to take some of the Queen's special attacks (and have some of your reinforcements killed) while waiting for the bar to refill. Do not try to avoid her special attack by running to the Valluta, or she will heal. Try not to use the special attack with any other weapon (unless you have Recover special potions) as you need the special attack to stop the queen powering up (or you will get hit 500+ lifepoints). A Ring of Vigour (requires 62 Dungeoneering) will keep your special attack bar from draining as fast, which may also be useful for this battle. Similarly, one of the Invigorate auras can be used to slow the special attack drain. The Queen is weak to Korasi's sword, which is convenient. An abyssal whip or a chaotic weapon also work well (especially against the Elite defilers, which are weak against slash attacks), but you will lose an inventory space.
Distract the two defilers as soon as they spawn. The defilers will kill your rangers, who must remain alive. When starting the battle, wait for a ranger to run into the battle, because a defiler will soon appear to attack it. As soon as the defiler spawns, attack it once to get its attention. When the second defiler appears, distract it as well. Afterward, you can trap the defilers behind the Queen to prevent them from attacking you or the rangers, and you will be able to concentrate on killing the Queen. Be aware that when facing the Queen in the Dominion Tower, this blocking strategy will NOT work, as the defilers will be able to walk and shoot through the queen.
It is possible to hide behind the wall and wait for rangers to enter, then run and kill any defilers as they spawn, return to your hiding position and repeat until there is nearly a whole set of archers on the battlefield. This can reduce damage taken at the start of battle. Note that the queen will charge her special attack as soon as you re-enter the battlefield so some fast clicking will be required for this.
Piety or Turmoil is recommended in this battle. Be sure to bring prayer potions. Soul Split can be counterproductive unless you are using armour with high melee defence and the Penance aura; otherwise, even with extreme potions, the damage caused by the inability to use protection prayers will greatly exceed the amount of health Soul Split heals, particularly if the defilers are attacking you.
For people who think they would be unable to tank the queens magic and melee attacks side by side, it is a decent strategy to range the queen praying magic and run in for her special with the sword, and run out again. It is recommended to take the best bolts possible to fight her, along with armour with good ranged defence if you wish to tank the defilers instead of kill them.
A good ranged setup can be:
- Headgear: Pernix cowl > Armadyl helm > Karil's coif > Helm of neitiznot
- Body slot: Pernix body > Armadyl chestplate > Royal d'hide body > Karil's top > Black d'hide body
- Leg slot: Pernix chaps > Armadyl chainskirt > Royal d'hide chaps > Karil's skirt > Black d'hide chaps
- Weapon: Chaotic crossbow > rune crossbow
- Shield: Eagle-eye kiteshield > Illuminated unholy book > Illuminated book of law
- Cape slot: Ava's alerter > Ava's accumalator
- Boots: Glaiven boots > Ranger boots > Snakeskin boots
- Glove slot: Royal d'hide vambraces > Mercenary's gloves > Culinaromancer's gloves 10 > Black d'hide vambraces
- Ring: Archers' ring (i) > Onyx ring (i) > Dragonstone ring (i) > Archers' ring > Explorer ring
SummoningPlayers are advised to use war tortoises, spirit terrorbirds, or any other beast of burden to store healing supplies and bring a Spirit kyatt along with 100 ambush scrolls so that it can aid in combat after the beast of burden has run out of supplies.
Healing and stat-boosting
For all players
It is highly recommended that you use a bonfire to boost life points before the fight. This will greatly boost the healing effects of both Saradomin brews and Healing Aura as they heal based on total life points.
- For players barely meeting the Quest's combat requirements
There should be 3 Saradomin brews for every 1 Super restore.
- For players with very high combat stats (120+ combat) and herblore (96+ after boosts)
Strategy for those without recover special potions
Players will notice that at the beginning, the archers can't really handle the 4 drones. As such, most of your hits will do nothing anyway. Furthermore, the Pest Queen charges her special attack more often when she is at low health. A surprisingly useful tactic for those without access to recover special potions is to NOT block the Queen's first special attack. This will save your special attack energy, and your archers will be able to withstand one of the queen's specials. Therefore, later on in the battle you will be hit by several special attacks. After the pest drones stop spawning, the rangers will help you finish off the Queen faster. As a result, by taking that one hit, the Queen can be finished rapidly and you will take less overall damage. Players should not overestimate the Pest Queen as with 78 attack, 78 strength, 65 defence, 80 magic and using a Spirit Terrorbird (all are bare minimums), players can finish the Queen easily with Saradomin brews. At the same time, though, players should not underestimate her as even high levels may occasionally have trouble fighting the queen.
If you are fighting the boss in the Dominion Tower, do not bring Korasi's Sword. There will be one provided that acts in the same fashion as the original one.
If you bring your own sword the special attack will consume 60% of the bar instead of 15% that the provided sword uses and does not prevent the Pest Queen from using her special attack.
If you are looking to fight the Pest Queen, doing endurance is recommended as she can appear in rather low waves (6 and up approx).
- It appears that the Ava's device does not function while fighting the Pest Queen.
- Her corpse is called Ex-Pest Queen, likely yet another reference to Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch. The examine text is: "That's going to hurt in the morning."
- After her death, a new Pest Queen was born in the Void to lead the attacks in the Southern Seas, although the weakening between worlds is not large enough and Grayzag is not present (incarcerated or dead) to aid her, not making her a direct threat, according to Valluta.