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Ice strykewyrms are level 93 Slayer monsters. They can only be killed when assigned on a Slayer task or a slayer contract, with the exception of one kill needed to complete a Fremennik Elite Task, or if the player is participating in the Rush of Blood D&D. Players must complete The Tale of the Muspah before Slayer Masters will assign these creatures.

Players can be assigned a task to kill Ice Strykewyrm but can only attack them by either owning a fire cape, TokHaar-Kal, or have purchased the ability to fight them with 2,000 Slayer points. The completionist cape can be used in place of a fire cape. Players wearing a fire cape or its upgrades deal twice the damage to ice strykewyrms with fire-based spells.

Like all strykewyrms, ice strykewyrms reside underground beneath mounds until provoked by a player with the necessary Slayer task. Slayer Masters claim that only those who have been assigned to hunt them may make them surface, due to the strykewyrm being able to smell the intent of the slayer. Players without the necessary task to kill strykewyrms will not be able to surface the strykewyrm and will instead perform the Think emote.

Players with a Mask of the White Wyrm can ask for an ice strykewyrm assignment every three days from Morvran or Kuradal. The mask confers the same damage boost as a regular slayer helm while on assignment, gives additional Slayer experience when killing ice strykewyrms, and grants additional drops every tenth kill.

Locations

Ice strykewyrm cave

Ice strykewyrm cave entrance location

Location of the cave's entrance

11 ice strykewyrms can be found in the ice strykewyrm cave. The quickest way to get to the cave is to use fairy ring code DKS, which is just south of the cave they're located in. Players can also use the Fremennik Province lodestone and run north-east.

The ice strykewyrms are found in the chamber east of the entrance. If there is water coming through the mouth, the player must block the eastern stream in the cave north of where you entered, where Jhallan was frozen during The Tale of the Muspah.

To block the stream, hop across the flat rocks just north of the entrance, enter the cave opening to the north-west, jump across the flat rocks to the east (ignore this ice mound), jump across the flat rocks to the north-east, and click on the ice mound beside you to block the stream. Then head back to the entrance cave, hop back across the flat rocks, and head east into the ice strykewyrm cave.

Blocking the other streams in the middle cave are not necessary, but can be used to remove all water streams in the entrance cave.

Frozen Waste Plateau

Ice strykewyrms can be killed at the Frozen Waste Plateau in the Wilderness (level 45 - 48), just south of the fence gate. If the player is killing ice strykewyrms for a Slayer assignment or slayer contract at this location then they can gain 20% additional Slayer experience by equipping a demonic skull. This experience bonus stacks with slayer contract bonuses, meaning the player may gain 40% extra Slayer experience while on a task using a special slayer contract from Erskine. Completing a special slayer contract rewards the player with a choice of coins or combat experience.

Attack styles

Ice strykewyrms have four types of attacks: melee, magic, freezing spell and burrow. If the player is within one square of a strykewyrm, it will use any of the four attack types. At a distance, the strykewyrm mostly uses its magic attack but will occasionally use its freezing spell (which looks like Ice Barrage), which renders the player unable to move for around three seconds and cancels the player's next attack. Simply clicking the strykewyrm will resume attacking immediately.

The ice strykewyrm's strongest attack is when it burrows underground during battle and then pops back up, dealing up to 2000+ life points to the person it is fighting. There was an update to prevent other players from getting hit by someone else's ice strykewyrm, but it does show an animation of that getting thrown out of the way, but not losing life points. The strykewyrm becomes invulnerable during this time, so attempting to attack it while it is burrowed is futile. This attack can be easily avoided by quickly moving two steps away in any direction. The further away the player is from the strykewyrm when it burrows (such as when maging from a distance), the easier it is to avoid this attack. It can also use the burrow attack if a player walks into its square and stays there for a couple of seconds, so it is recommended not to do this. The strykewyrm will not use the burrow attack if the player is standing next to an obstacle, such as the cave wall or a stalagmite.

Strategies

Despite the fact that a Slayer level of at least 93 is required in order to damage them, these creatures have low defence and may be killed fairly easily.

Ice strykewyrms are weak to fire spells. Players are advised to kill them by casting Fire Wave or better using a staff, such as a crystal staff or better, and Magic power armour, such as robes of subjugation. A full slayer helmet (or an upgraded variant) should also be worn. Alternatively, players may cast Blood Burst/Barrage if they find that they need to heal, although is unlikely to be necessary. In order to damage ice strykewyrms, players must have a Slayer level of 93 or higher and be wearing a fire/kiln cape (preferably a TokHaar-Kal-Mej), unless they have purchased the ability to damage them for 2,000 Slayer points (which is not recommended, as wearing a fire cape or equivalent also increases all damage dealt to ice strykewyrms). Weaker players may wish to bring an emergency teleport and/or food, such as sharks. It is possible to kill a single ice strykewyrm for the elite Fremennik achievement First Stryke without a fire cape or unlocking the ability to kill them. Level 65 or better armour, high-healing food, several summoning potions to recharge the familiar special move bar, and 30 scrolls for your familiars special attack are suggested.

Because they are not aggressive, players can use the Regenerate ability after a kill to heal, the drawback being the extra time that requires. A combination of Regenerate, shark drops, enhanced excalibur, the Soul Split curse or a healing familiar can eliminate the need to bring any food. The Sacrifice ability can be used to great effect, as long as fire spells and a fire cape are used. Due to their weakness to fire, healing gains of over 3000 are possible, so long the strykewyrm will die from the ability damage.

Using an ice spell on an ice strykewyrm will immediately heal it to full health.[1]

Drops

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
80%5–6%3%2%9%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 57,953 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Common3,550
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Rare24,988
Staff of lightStaff of light1Rare[2]872,821
Coins 250Coins200; 660Common[3]200–660
SharkShark1–3Common718–2,154
Crushed nestCrushed nest5–9 (noted)Common5,390–9,702
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Common5,119
Magic logsMagic logs(noted)Common[3]1,885
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common2,637
Coins 1000Coins4,400–8,000Uncommon4,400–8,000
Rare drop tableRare drop table1CommonNot sold
Grimy guamGrimy guam(noted)Common680
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(noted)Uncommon5,812
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(noted)Uncommon100
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(noted)Uncommon208
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(noted)Uncommon2,434
Grimy iritGrimy irit(noted)Uncommon6,118
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(noted)Uncommon1,390
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(noted)Rare11,618
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(noted)Rare1,841
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Rare4,425
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(noted)Uncommon3,801
Water talismanWater talisman(noted)Common11,250
Water talismanWater talisman1Uncommon3,750
Earth talismanEarth talisman1Rare238
Mind talismanMind talisman1Rare227
Fire talismanFire talisman1Rare310
Body talismanBody talisman1Rare362
Air talismanAir talisman1Rare228
Cosmic talismanCosmic talisman1Rare510
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,218
Blood runeBlood rune15Common[4]10,980
Death runeDeath rune20Common2,340
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Rare447
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed1Rare73
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Uncommon1,244
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Rare108
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed1Rare499
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Rare78
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Common6,820
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Rare2,049
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed1Rare81
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed1Uncommon21
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed1Uncommon89
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed1Uncommon34
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Rare485
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare341
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed1Rare222
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Rare45
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore1Rare1,693
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1Uncommon255
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed1Uncommon528
Maple seed 5Maple seed1Rare13,175
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed1Rare5,290
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare296
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Rare272
Yew seed 5Yew seed1Very rare6,118
Magic seed 5Magic seed1Very rare25,793

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Sealed clue scroll (elite)Sealed clue scroll (elite)1Rare[5]Not sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 1[6]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 2[6]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 3[6]1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Mod Emilee. "Game Update FAQ - 08/02/10." 11-Feb-2010 10:05:02. Recent Updates Forums.
  2. ^ As quoted by Jagex on the official update FAQ, the staff of light's drop rate was the same as that of the abyssal whip. During Runefest's big question sessions, at the time, the drop rate of the abyssal whip was revealed to be 1/512. Therefore the drop rate of the staff of light must also be 1/512.
  3. ^ a b 200 coins will always be dropped with magic logs, but not vice versa.
  4. ^ Always dropped with a seed
  5. ^ There is a 1% chance of this being a sealed clue scroll (master) instead
  6. ^ a b c Triskelion fragments are dropped in order.

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 sapphire1Common348
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common712
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,165
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,529
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare113,805–139,095
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common10,558
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,209
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,064
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare542,880–663,520
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,255
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,639
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare764,100–933,900
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,888
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,043
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,481–18,769
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,069,740–1,307,460
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,218
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare790
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare243,750–307,500
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare15,470–19,516
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare7,750–10,850
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common26,055–31,845
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon177,750–217,250
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,404–12,546
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare345,780–422,620
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon21,600–118,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common29,430–35,970
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon40,680–49,720
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common23,548–26,912
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare227,070–277,530
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare105,930–129,470
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,911
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare118,665–145,035
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon377,730–461,670
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon116,190–142,010
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon166,005–202,895
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon122,175–149,325
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon4,774–5,456
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,144–4,736
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon103,172
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare221,520
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common38,700–47,300
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common10,305–12,595
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon277,200–338,800
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,016–13,284
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare109,350–133,650
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon12,420–15,180
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare209,250–255,750
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,667
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*159,163
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,671,277,144
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 rare9,242

Trivia

  • Ice strykewyrms, along with the other strykewyrms, were the first monsters to incorporate particle effects.
  • Before receiving a buff, Ice Strykewryms used to have 15,000 life points which is now currently 25,000.
  • When attacking an ice strykewyrm for the Fremennik Province Tasks, the goliath gloves' special effect is able to deal damage to it, making it possible to slay it at level 65 (the minimal requirement to obtain the gloves).
  • When the TokHaar-Kal was given the ability to count as a fire cape when fighting Ice strykewyrms, it did not give the bonus damage effect, and simply allowed players to deal normal damage the same way as the slayer reward. This was later fixed with an update on 13 March 2012.
  • Previously, investigating an ice strykewyrm required a player to be directly next to it. This requirement was changed for all types of strykewyrms by an update on 1 August 2016, so that players using ranged and magic combat styles may now investigate the mound without being moved closer.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this monster was 60,000 kills[1].
    • This had not increased by 6 May 2018.[2]

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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