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For the monster that lives in the Exiled Kalphite Hive, see Exiled kalphite guardian.
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Kalphite guardians are found in the Kalphite Hive south-west of Shantay Pass, near the entrance to and inside the Kalphite Queen's room.

Strengths and weaknesses

Kalphite guardians can be very dangerous for lower levels. They can hit accurately for up to 208 life points in melee, with a chance to poison you if they successfully damage you. The poison does 68 damage per hit. It has been confirmed that using Protect from Melee does not reduce the chance of them inflicting poison against you - it only reduces the damage their attacks deal. Kalphite guardians can be safely ranged or maged from a couple locations (safe spots), however they are fairly strong against ranged attacks. Kalphites are most vulnerable to water spells, making training Magic on them highly effective even at low levels, especially if you take advantage of the safe spots. Despite this, most players still prefer to use melee for training. Keris is also highly effective for training against kalphites along with Guthan's set.

Safe Spot at Kalphite Guardians

One of the 3 safe spots at the guardians

Strategies

Whilst not the most effective approach, melee is still a popular means of killing these monsters. A good melee weapon such as a godsword or an abyssal whip is recommended, as well as a strength level and attack level of at least 50.

The best way to kill kalphite guardians is to utilise safe spots and fight with magic, preferably water spells (their weakness). By safe-spotting, players can avoid any chance of becoming damaged or poisoned (though they may still become poisoned by a soldier on the way over). A player using their best water spell and a good staff or wand will generally get a much faster kill rate than someone using melee.

Ranged is not recommended, as these monsters have high ranged defence. Nevertheless, if players decide to fight them with ranged, at least 80 Ranged and a strong weapon, such as a crystal bow or black salamander, are musts.

Kalphite guardians have a very fast respawn rate and players should decide if they should kill some more. The only way to solve this is by waiting for them to respawn, which takes a minute or so, or by climbing down to the Queen's chamber, where there are two more kalphite guardians. However, using that spot is HIGHLY dangerous as the Queen can occasionally wander on the other side of the room and begin attacking you, which may result in a very quick death unless players are busy killing her.

The fastest but most expensive way to kill kalphite guardians is use a dwarf multicannon against them, in tandem with the spell Ice barrage. The area unlocked after the Do No Evil quest is good for this. It is a small, open cavern that houses two kalphite guardians and several kalphite soldiers.

Drops

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
64–65%13–14%6–7%7%8–9%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 21,002 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon3,726
Adamant sq shieldAdamant sq shield1Uncommon5,225
Rune helmRune helm1Uncommon10,533
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Uncommon29,002
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Very rare37,480
Rune sq shieldRune sq shield1Very rare22,047
Steel hatchetSteel hatchet1Common3,141
Steel battleaxeSteel battleaxe1Common1,929
Mithril longswordMithril longsword1Common2,508
Mithril swordMithril sword1Common1,534
Adamant daggerAdamant dagger1Uncommon2,686
Adamant scimitarAdamant scimitar1Uncommon4,997
Rune 2h swordRune 2h sword1Very rare36,735
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Very rare57,953
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Uncommon24,988
Rune daggerRune dagger1Uncommon4,141
Rune swordRune sword1Rare11,135
Air runeAir rune50Uncommon2,350
Blood runeBlood rune7; 12; 13; 19Uncommon4,879–13,243
Fire runeFire rune37Uncommon2,886
Law runeLaw rune3; 16; 45Uncommon1,455–21,825
Death runeDeath rune18; 28; 45Uncommon2,160–5,400
Chaos runeChaos rune10Uncommon1,310
Adamant javelinAdamant javelin1Uncommon65
Cosmic runeCosmic rune2Uncommon980
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow42–150Uncommon6,342–22,650
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common497
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Common2,072
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common76
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common3,110
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common326
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,404
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon2,232
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon4,663
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm2Uncommon21,218
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon9,292
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Rare8,507
Coins 25Coins28Common28
LobsterLobster1; 2Uncommon193–386
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Uncommon7,114
Super attack (3)Super attack (3)1Uncommon4,971
Super strength (3)Super strength (3)1Uncommon13,469
Potato cactusPotato cactus2; 4 (noted)Uncommon12,006–24,012

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1RareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table drops

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 sapphire1Common365
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common721
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,178
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,473
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare111,285–136,015
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,017
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,548
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,913
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare536,085–655,215
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,953
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,385
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare626,760–766,040
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,175
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,957
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,125–17,125
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,050,570–1,284,030
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,478
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,153
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare200,005–252,314
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare11,765–14,842
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare6,125–8,575
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common92,070–112,530
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon388,125–474,375
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,444–15,006
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare557,100–680,900
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon22,600–124,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common35,730–43,670
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon41,400–50,600
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common16,184–18,496
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare156,060–190,740
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare85,320–104,280
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common5,991
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare89,865–109,835
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon702,810–858,990
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon180,090–220,110
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon164,070–200,530
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon162,045–198,055
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon20,244–23,136
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon20,888–23,872
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon381,880
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare850,170
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common47,700–58,300
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common14,445–17,655
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon310,500–379,500
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon14,552–17,548
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare144,450–176,550
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,095–16,005
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare215,730–263,670
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon16,252
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*76,690
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,626,392,973
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 rare9,264

Trivia

  • When the anti-poison totem was first released, there was a glitch where the kalphite guardians were still able to poison you. This has since been fixed.
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