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Desert strykewyrms are Slayer monsters located east of Al Kharid, through the east gate. They may only be killed if a player is assigned to kill them by a Slayer master (level 77 Slayer required). You cannot use temporary boosts, as you need to be assigned these from your master.

Although they are located in the Kharidian Desert, only the southern periphery of the area they reside in is affected by desert heat. As such, waterskins are only needed on a narrow stretch. Luckily the monsters drop waterskins (4) quite often and there are Kharidian cactii to refill them without needing to go back to to Al Kharid to find some water source.

A wyrm initially appears as a mound on the ground; the mound may be still or be moving about. Before battle can be initiated with the wyrm, a player must investigate the mound by clicking on it. This causes the player's character to perform the Stomp emote, after which the wyrm bursts out of the ground.

Desert strykewyrms are an excellent source of various noted items, and the occasional focus sight, which is needed to create a full slayer helmet. If the player is not currently assigned a desert strykewyrm task, investigating the mound still causes the player's character to perform the stomp emote, but the wyrm does not burst forth. Instead, the character will then perform the Think emote.

Players should use a Mask of the Yellow Wyrm (or its helm variant Helm of the Parched Wyrm) when killing these, especially on a slayer assignment, to take advantage of its benefits.

Killing a strykewyrm is one of the elite Desert achievements. The player must be equipped with an ancient staff and full slayer helmet. A single strykewyrm can be killed without a slayer assignment if the assigned equipment is used.

Attacks

Desert strykewyrm location

The desert strykewyrm's standard attacks are Melee and Ranged. The wyrm will usually use melee and only occasionally use ranged when the player is not within melee range. This attack however, rarely hits and even if it hits, it usually does not hit over 100.

The desert strykewyrm also has a special attack which consists of it burrowing under the ground, moving toward the player fighting it, and then bursting out of the ground which can deal 500-2000 damage. Running over the strykewyrm right as it bursts out of the ground will hit the player twice with its special attack, possibly adding up to 4000 damage.

The special attack may be avoided by running 2-3 squares away from where the player was standing when the wyrm starts to burrow. Timing is important; hesitating a moment when the wyrm burrows could cause the wyrm's special attack to hit. Many players run directly away from the wyrm when it burrows, but depending on your reaction time, this might not be a good idea, so running to the sides is a good idea for those with laggy computers or if they are too slow to react to the attack.

Sometimes the desert strykewyrm will be stunned when it emerges from the ground. It will not be able to use its special attack until this wears off.

Tips

When running away from the special attack, it is best to click on the ground itself instead of the minimap, as the player can react to the tactical situation in the area. A player should not click on another mound when trying to get away, as the player will run up to (not onto) the mound and stop, which might leave the player too close to the surfacing wyrm.

Desert strykewyrms have a high amount of health for their level, but have low defence, making it quite easy with powerful weapons to cause a large amount of damage. The wyrm's special attack can be disabled by standing near any kind of obstacle. There are cacti and bushes around their area, but they are relatively spread out and few in number.

This special attack occurs on average once every 15-20 attacks. Depending upon how fast the player can kill a desert strykewyrm, the special attack may or may not occur with each wyrm battle, but one special attack per 2 or 3 wyrms is very likely.  

For players who have difficulty moving out of the way in time, it is advised to range strykewyrms from a distance. Range them at the maximum distance of your crossbow/shortbow/shieldbow so that you will have more time to spot and avoid their special attack. Desert strykewyrms are more resistant to ranged than they are to melee, but the ranged attack they use at a distance will also deal very low damage to a player wearing ranged armour.

It is also possible for players to avoid the desert strykewyrm's special attack by using the Escape ability. This requires a good reaction time, as the player will be sent back a few squares, thus wasting good combat time.

While on slayer task, Tuska's Wrath is a recommended ability. Activating Tuska's Wrath manually when the desert strykewrym is at or near to full health will give maximum advantage and potential instakill.

Drops

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
80–81%4%2%12%0.9–1.1%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 44,333 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Death runeDeath rune15Uncommon1,860
Water runeWater rune[1]2–100Uncommon38–1,900
Law runeLaw rune15Uncommon7,125
Air talismanAir talisman1Uncommon475
Earth talismanEarth talisman1Uncommon197
Fire talismanFire talisman1Uncommon354
Body talismanBody talisman1Rare528
Mind talismanMind talisman1Rare411
Water talismanWater talisman1Very rare3,159
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1–2Uncommon3,550–7,100
Rune hatchetRune hatchet1Uncommon7,646
Focus sightFocus sight1Rare[2]17,338
Cadantine seed 5Cadantine seed1Common2,917
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Uncommon663
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon21,157
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon8,809
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon1,336
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Uncommon3,086
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed1Uncommon1,614
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Uncommon162
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon3,764
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon705
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Uncommon3,371
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare1,661
Maple seed 5Maple seed1Very rare4,699
Magic seed 5Magic seed1Very rare78,419
Grimy guamGrimy guam1–4 (noted)Common583–2,332
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1–4 (noted)Uncommon3,140–12,560
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1–4 (noted)Uncommon11,437–45,748
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1–4 (noted)Uncommon1,296–5,184
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,328–17,312
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1–4 (noted)Uncommon10,967–43,868
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1–4 (noted)Uncommon543–2,172
Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax1–4 (noted)Uncommon13,511–54,044
Grimy iritGrimy irit1–4 (noted)Uncommon5,976–23,904
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1–4 (noted)Uncommon12,997–51,988
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1–4 (noted)Uncommon2,092–8,368
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1–4 (noted)Uncommon98–392
Coins 1000Coins[3]200–440; 1,201–4,500Common200–4,500
Waterskin (4)Waterskin (4)2Common532
Super defence (2)Super defence (2)1Common7,159
Potato cactusPotato cactus3; 5–18 (noted)Common19,212–115,272
Yew logsYew logs10 (noted)Common1,880
Pure essencePure essence120 (noted)Common3,720
SwordfishSwordfish2Uncommon304
Adamant barAdamant bar(noted)Uncommon4,095
Goat horn dustGoat horn dust[1](noted)Common2,505
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire[4]1Common592
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald[4]1Uncommon1,040
Uncut diamondUncut diamond[4]1Very rare3,052
Uncut rubyUncut ruby[4]1Rare1,449
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
  1. ^ a b Always dropped with a seed
  2. ^ Estimated at 1/484 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  3. ^ 200 coins will always be dropped along with the yew log drop.
  4. ^ a b c d Dropped with a noted herb

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Court summonsCourt summons1RareNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)1RareNot sold
Sealed clue scroll (elite)Sealed clue scroll (elite)1Very rare[d 1]Not sold
  1. ^ There is a 1% chance of this being a sealed clue scroll (master) instead

Rare drop table

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 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common592
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,040
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,449
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,052
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare137,340–167,860
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,973
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,802
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,541
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare564,345–689,755
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,635
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,452
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare565,740–691,460
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare895
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,976
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,583
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,238–17,262
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,037,475–1,268,025
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,335
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,318
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare205,335–259,038
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,805–16,154
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare8,850–12,390
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common65,475–80,025
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon248,850–304,150
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,784–15,416
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare376,020–459,580
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon23,200–127,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,390–40,810
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon41,940–51,260
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common19,110–21,840
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare184,275–225,225
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare75,960–92,840
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,207
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare93,105–113,795
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon774,630–946,770
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon154,710–189,090
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon168,435–205,865
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon214,785–262,515
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon47,194–53,936
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon23,254–26,576
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon313,676
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare835,450
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common64,350–78,650
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common17,595–21,505
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon233,100–284,900
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,784–15,416
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare126,900–155,100
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon16,785–20,515
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare275,670–336,930
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon14,380
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*108,436
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,621,945,897
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 drops

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 rare6,131

Trivia

  • Using the stomp emote to attract the strykewyrm is possibly a reference to the sandworms (Shai'Hulud) from Frank Herbert's Dune novel series, which share some common characteristics.
  • The release of strykewyrms was hinted at by the Twitter hint, "Three strykes and they're out!" Additionally, the encrypted message from the Chaos Elemental in Chaos Elemental Letter 14 contained the phrase 'from beneath you, it devours' - this possibly relates simultaneously to the burrowing nature of the strykewyrms and also that they were slayer-related content. 'From beneath you, it devours' is a recurring phrase in season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Desert strykewyrms, along with the rest of the strykewyrms, were the first monsters in RuneScape that made use of particle effects.
  • If a player runs behind an obstacle just as a strykewyrm burrows into the ground, the strykewyrm will disappear. Although it will seem to respawn normally, it will leave no drops. This will not count towards a kill, and it has not been fixed yet.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this monster was 29,724 kills.[1]
    • This had increased to 30,593 by 6 May 2018.[2]
  • There was a bug where the desert styrkewyrm's ranged attack would always miss, regardless of the player's armour rating. This was patched on 16 April 2018.

References

  1. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. 2 Feb 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Slayer creature in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"*
  2. ^ Mod Shauny. Top Slayer Killers - 6th May 2018. 6 May 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Slayer creature in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"*
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