This article is about the Summoning familiar. For the Slayer monster, see Desert strykewyrm.
For the Familiarisation NPC, see Desert wyrm (Familiarisation).
Desert wyrm chathead

The desert wyrm is a level 18 Summoning familiar. It is summoned using a Desert wyrm pouch, which gives you 0.4 Summoning experience. The desert wyrm can be used for the following things:

  • Combat: It has a combat level of 22 and can hit up to 244 damage. Additionally, its Electric Lash scroll can briefly stun an opponent.
  • Mining: It provides an invisible mining boost of +1. This ability makes the Desert wyrm fairly popular among low level miners. However, this bonus does not help mining rocks above your real level.
  • Burrow: It will burrow near a mining rock and find Iron. This is a special right-click ability and thus drains Summoning points each time it is used. This can prove useful for higher level miners when mining iron at a spot where only two rocks surround them, as they can mine the two rocks very quickly, then right click the wyrm and select burrow before the next rock respawns. It should be noted that there must also be a nearby iron rock which the player doesn't mine. Otherwise burrow will not work, or the wyrm may bring up tin or copper from other rocks.

Desert wyrm pouch


Desert Wyrm pouch is made by using a Summoning pouch on a Summoning obelisk with 45 spirit shards, a green charm and a bucket of sand in the inventory. Making the pouch earns 31.2 experience points. Using the pouch to summon a Desert wyrm gains 0.4 experience points, and costs 10 Summoning points. If players exchange their Desert Wyrm pouches at Bogrog, they will receive 32 spirit shards per pouch.

One of these pouches is required to progress through the Spirit of Summer quest. The player must summon the familiar and add it to the second disc.

Electric lash scroll


Electric Lash scroll enables the use of the electric lash special move for a Desert wyrm. Using the pouch on a Summoning obelisk creates 10 scrolls.

Electric lash

Electric lash is the special move for Desert wyrms, which fires a small lightning bolt at the player's opponent and briefly stuns them. Activating this move will cost the player 6 special move points.



  • Its conversations are references to the British trade unions which will often go on strike. More accurately, it refers to the Scottish trade unions who saw most of their employment opportunities destroyed during the Age of Thatcherism.
  • This familiar is used in Spirit of Summer to defeat the Spirit Beast.
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