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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 charged with 50 combat scrolls when doing so. 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 rune15Uncommon1,980
Water runeWater rune[1]2–100Uncommon30–1,500
Law runeLaw rune15Uncommon5,595
Air talismanAir talisman1Uncommon435
Earth talismanEarth talisman1Uncommon2,098
Fire talismanFire talisman1Uncommon2,045
Body talismanBody talisman1Rare310
Mind talismanMind talisman1Rare232
Water talismanWater talisman1Very rare7,910
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1–2Uncommon3,450–6,900
Rune hatchetRune hatchet1Uncommon6,879
Focus sightFocus sight1Rare[2]15,936
Cadantine seed 5Cadantine seed1Common1,132
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Uncommon232
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon10,109
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon1,622
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon524
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Uncommon1,676
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed1Uncommon826
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Uncommon128
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon956
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon59
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Uncommon191
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare357
Maple seed 5Maple seed1Very rare27,906
Magic seed 5Magic seed1Very rare71,918
Grimy guamGrimy guam1–4 (noted)Common321–1,284
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1–4 (noted)Uncommon331–1,324
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1–4 (noted)Uncommon3,118–12,472
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1–4 (noted)Uncommon695–2,780
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1–4 (noted)Uncommon2,475–9,900
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1–4 (noted)Uncommon2,813–11,252
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1–4 (noted)Uncommon58–232
Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,054–16,216
Grimy iritGrimy irit1–4 (noted)Uncommon3,160–12,640
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1–4 (noted)Uncommon4,939–19,756
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1–4 (noted)Uncommon1,722–6,888
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1–4 (noted)Uncommon27–108
Coins 1000Coins[3]200–440; 1,201–4,500Common200–4,500
Waterskin (4)Waterskin (4)2Common384
Super defence (2)Super defence (2)1Common1,773
Potato cactusPotato cactus3; 5–18 (noted)Common3,138–18,828
Yew logsYew logs10 (noted)Common1,320
Pure essencePure essence120 (noted)Common2,640
SwordfishSwordfish2Uncommon374
Adamant barAdamant bar(noted)Uncommon8,397
Goat horn dustGoat horn dust[1](noted)Common1,947
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire[4]1Common420
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald[4]1Uncommon1,144
Uncut diamondUncut diamond[4]1Very rare2,188
Uncut rubyUncut ruby[4]1Rare1,073
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 sapphire1Common420
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,144
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,073
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,188
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare98,460–120,340
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common16,697
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common18,258
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,032
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare496,440–606,760
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,234
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,245
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,115,460–1,363,340
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare920
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,576
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare563,640–939,400
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,613
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,840
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,871–22,879
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,077,300–1,316,700
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,099
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare787
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare514,150–648,620
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare136,370–172,036
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare51,125–71,575
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common21,195–25,905
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon226,350–276,650
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,056–15,744
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare298,620–364,980
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,200–144,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,400–17,600
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon283,320–346,280
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common39,186–44,784
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare377,865–461,835
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,100,880–1,345,520
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,436
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare621,540–759,660
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon284,940–348,260
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon77,490–94,710
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon136,935–167,365
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon126,180–154,220
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon2,674–3,056
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,998–5,712
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon287,672
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare704,980
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common24,300–29,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common4,770–5,830
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon175,950–215,050
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon8,976–10,824
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare89,100–108,900
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon16,065–19,635
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare233,820–285,780
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,440
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*200,479
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*2,138,409,151
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 rare8,514

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!"*