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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.

To be assigned ice strykewyrms, players must either own a fire cape or a 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]992,557
Coins 250Coins200; 660Common[3]200–660
SharkShark1–3Common691–2,073
Crushed nestCrushed nest5–9 (noted)Common5,640–10,152
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Common5,150
Magic logsMagic logs(noted)Common[3]1,985
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common2,664
Coins 1000Coins4,400–8,000Uncommon4,400–8,000
Rare drop tableRare drop table1CommonNot sold
Grimy guamGrimy guam(noted)Common686
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill(noted)Uncommon1,724
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin(noted)Uncommon118
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander(noted)Uncommon206
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(noted)Uncommon2,956
Grimy iritGrimy irit(noted)Uncommon7,436
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe(noted)Uncommon1,456
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm(noted)Rare12,876
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(noted)Rare2,366
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Rare4,977
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(noted)Uncommon3,720
Water talismanWater talisman(noted)Common16,131
Water talismanWater talisman1Uncommon5,377
Earth talismanEarth talisman1Rare644
Mind talismanMind talisman1Rare280
Fire talismanFire talisman1Rare652
Body talismanBody talisman1Rare430
Air talismanAir talisman1Rare378
Cosmic talismanCosmic talisman1Rare424
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,085
Blood runeBlood rune15Common[4]10,125
Death runeDeath rune20Common2,460
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Rare489
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed1Rare88
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Uncommon1,568
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Rare106
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed1Rare807
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Rare124
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Common8,527
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Rare2,638
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed1Rare57
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed1Uncommon12
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed1Uncommon121
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed1Uncommon47
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Rare683
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare356
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed1Rare271
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Rare38
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore1Rare1,533
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1Uncommon291
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed1Uncommon664
Maple seed 5Maple seed1Rare29,054
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed1Rare13,765
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare326
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Rare309
Yew seed 5Yew seed1Very rare5,926
Magic seed 5Magic seed1Very rare19,707

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 sapphire1Common367
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common827
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,167
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,295
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare103,275–126,225
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,230
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,718
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,502
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare517,590–632,610
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,248
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,781
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare892,260–1,090,540
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,079
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,053
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,255–18,495
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,085,130–1,326,270
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,085
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare812
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare349,505–440,914
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare41,860–52,808
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare16,300–22,820
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common25,785–31,515
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon185,400–226,600
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,492–13,858
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare353,520–432,080
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon23,200–127,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common22,590–27,610
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon51,660–63,140
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common23,842–27,248
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare229,905–280,995
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare105,660–129,140
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,992
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare119,880–146,520
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon382,950–468,050
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon136,440–166,760
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon158,895–194,205
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon119,970–146,630
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon4,984–5,696
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,564–5,216
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon78,828
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare273,050
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common33,300–40,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,990–12,210
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon350,550–428,450
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,512–15,088
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare124,200–151,800
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon17,730–21,670
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare225,180–275,220
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,185
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*214,200
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,848,679,360
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 rare9,018

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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