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Helwyr Cywir is the general of Seren's army in the Heart of Gielinor. Helwyr is a skilled hunter and sorcerer of the Cywir Clan, which hails from Tarddiad. While on Tarddiad, Helwyr slew a great monster, known as the Hunllef, a predator of great threat to the Tarddian elves. Upon the beast's death, he used elven magic to draw upon the energy of the creature, bending it to his own will, allowing him to take on the very form of the beast for himself.[1] Helwyr was also one of few Cywir elves who left Tarddiad, driven by the desire to help the elves back on their home planet. At some point early in the Fourth Age, some of his elves travelled far away from Isafdar to test the limits of their link with their goddess.

Unfortunately, they were captured and cruelly dissected by a man named Gregorovic, who desperately sought a cure for his fatal illness and hoped to find it in the physiology of the long-lived elves. Helwyr was furious when he learned of the news from the only survivor, and desired revenge. Between the Fourth and Sixth Ages, Helwyr and his elves traveled around Gielinor in search of Gregorovic.

Centuries later, when The Heart – a powerful source of anima – was discovered, Helwyr traveled there under Seren's banner to secure it and to use its power to cure the Crystal Shapeshifters' affliction. He arrived only to stand face to face with Gregorovic, now undead and fighting for the cause of Sliske, and the three other generals: the Twin Furies, Avaryss the Unceasing and Nymora the Vengeful of Zamorak, and Vindicta of Zaros, daughter of Morvannon and last of the Ilujanka on Gielinor.

Although his grudge was held only against Gregorovic, Helwyr condemned the Twin Furies and Vindicta as "creatures of darkness", vowing to hunt them down in order to protect his people. After hostilities erupted between the four factions, Helwyr called upon the elves of Seren to claim the Heart in her name and save his clan.

Level 80 Magic is required to face him but this can be boosted.

Obtaining all unique drops will unlock the Shapeshifter [Name] title.



At 0% reputation each kill is worth 76,726.33 coins in uniques alone, if the player has 100% reputation this number increases to 153,452.65 coins.

Helwyr's standard drops are increased above base thresholds in Challenge mode, similar to the other Heart bosses (for example; it's possible to get an 18 Rune ore drop in a Challenge mode kill, slightly more than the maximum of 15 in normal mode). Drop rates for unique items are also significantly increased in Challenge mode (as of 18 April 2016) although it's unknown if this stacks with reputation rewards.


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Seal of the CywirSeal of the Cywir[Drop 1]1–3AlwaysNot sold

Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 10000Coins60,000–82,816Common60,000–82,816
Magic logsMagic logs150–248 (noted)Common64,050–105,896
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone8–12 (noted)Uncommon98,528–147,792
Rune barRune bar9–15 (noted)Uncommon18,801–31,335
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe9–16 (noted)Uncommon224,892–399,808
Off-hand rune battleaxeOff-hand rune battleaxe10–16 (noted)Uncommon243,270–389,232
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed15–30 (noted)Uncommon139,635–279,270
Runite oreRunite ore10–15 (noted)Uncommon8,880–13,320
CoalCoal554–600 (noted)Common66,480–72,000
Uncut diamondUncut diamond18–22 (noted)Common48,222–58,938
Raw sharkRaw shark46–52 (noted)Common51,014–57,668
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme80–100 (noted)Uncommon760,960–951,200
Wand of the Cywir eldersWand of the Cywir elders1Very rare[Drop 2][Drop 3][Drop 4]9,921,870
Orb of the Cywir eldersOrb of the Cywir elders1Very rare[Drop 2][Drop 3][Drop 4]8,900,734
Crest of SerenCrest of Seren1Very rare[Drop 2][Drop 3][Drop 4]19,722,603
Serenic essenceSerenic essence1Rare[Drop 5][Drop 3][Drop 4]184,668
Dormant Anima Core helmDormant Anima Core helm1Very rare[Drop 2][Drop 3][Drop 4]119,401
Dormant Anima Core bodyDormant Anima Core body1Very rare[Drop 2][Drop 3][Drop 4]121,520
Dormant Anima Core legsDormant Anima Core legs1Very rare[Drop 2][Drop 3][Drop 4]120,811

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Sigil piece (Seren)Sigil piece (Seren)1Always[2]Not sold
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Twisted antlerTwisted antler1Very rare[Drop 6]Not sold
  1. ^ 1–2 in normal mode; 3 in challenge mode
  2. ^ a b c d e f Drop rate: 1/512
  3. ^ a b c d e f g The drop rate of this item can be increased with faction reputation. At 100% drop increase, the drop rate of this item is doubled. The drop rate of this item is increased in challenge mode. The drop rate of this item has its denominator multiplied by 0.99 when wearing a Luck of the Dwarves ring.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Mod Timbo. "Revealing Drop Rates." 13 October 2017. Developers' Blogs.
  5. ^ Drop rate: 1/128
  6. ^ Has a base drop rate of 1/2,000 (normal mode) or 1/1,000 chance (challenge mode), with a threshold of 400. This is not affected by the increased drop chance reward from reputation.


  • Unionised (RuneScore 40) - Defeat Helwyr whilst wearing the full Prifddinian worker's outfit.
  • Wolf Pack (RuneScore 70) - Defeat Helwyr whilst there are 4 Cywir Alphas still alive.
  • Once the hunter, now the hunted (RuneScore 0) - Obtained a collection of unique drops from the Helwyr.
  • This Helwyr in (RuneScore 5) - Defeat Helwyr several times depending on the tier.
  • Hel in a Handbasket (RuneScore 5) - Defeat Helwyr in challenge mode several times depending on the tier.



  • Upon release, there was a bug where Helwyr would drop loot in an unreachable tile, which was usually lost if the player could not use area loot or Telekinetic Grab. This only occurred if he was on the edges of the arena. This has since been fixed with the update on 23 October 2017.
  • Helwyr's Hunllef form is intended to be a fusion of a stag, a wolf, and a bear.[3]
  • Helwyr is Welsh for hunters.
  • Helwyr's codename during development was "bear" and "manbearpig" which is a reference to the show South Park.[4]
  • After killing Helwyr, the Adventurer's Log will say: "I killed the shapeshifting elven hunter, Helwyr." Killing more than one Helwyr results in the Adventurer's Log saying: "I killed # Helwyrs, limb tearing hunters."
  • For a while after release, after 2-3 kills in an instance (without re-entering), Helwyr would not summon anymore Cywir Alphas while the instance was still running. This was fixed and Helwyr will stop summoning them when there are four of them in the instance.
  • His elf form resembles Lord Amlodd.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this boss was 60,000 kills for normal mode and 1,617 for hard mode. At this time, this was the record for the most-killed boss in the Heart of Gielinor, equal with Vindicta[5].
    • This had not increased for normal mode and increased to 2,017 for hard mode by 6 May 2018.[6]. He was no longer tied with Vindicta for the most-killed boss of the Heart of Gielinor.


  1. ^ Lilwyr, RuneScape. "Helwyr proved himself the strongest of the Cywir clan by entering its lair and slaying the great beast. He then used ancient elven magic to harness the creature's energy, bending it to his own will in order to take on its form himself."
  2. ^ Only drops in a solo fight. Drops in practice mode.
  3. ^ Jagex. RS3 - Developer Q&A - God Wars Dungeon 2 environment!.*
  4. ^ Mod StuO. God Wars 2 Art Stream - RuneScape Animation.*
  5. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. 2 Feb 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Boss 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!"*
  6. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. 6 May 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Boss 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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