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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 hatchet1Common3,356
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 rare57,762
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Uncommon24,988
Rune daggerRune dagger1Uncommon4,141
Rune swordRune sword1Rare11,135
Air runeAir rune50Uncommon2,000
Blood runeBlood rune7; 12; 13; 19Uncommon4,732–12,844
Fire runeFire rune37Uncommon3,256
Law runeLaw rune3; 16; 45Uncommon1,200–18,000
Death runeDeath rune18; 28; 45Uncommon1,980–4,950
Chaos runeChaos rune10Uncommon1,110
Adamant javelinAdamant javelin1Uncommon64
Cosmic runeCosmic rune2Uncommon908
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow42–150Uncommon6,300–22,500
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common357
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Common2,291
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common84
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common3,316
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common300
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,048
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon1,739
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,763
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm2Uncommon19,548
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon7,836
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Rare7,010
Coins 25Coins28Common28
LobsterLobster1; 2Uncommon93–186
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Uncommon8,999
Super attack (3)Super attack (3)1Uncommon4,944
Super strength (3)Super strength (3)1Uncommon13,245
Potato cactusPotato cactus2; 4 (noted)Uncommon5,496–10,992

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 sapphire1Common456
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common793
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,236
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,659
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare119,655–146,245
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,067
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,443
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,500
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare562,500–687,500
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,762
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,537
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare649,260–793,540
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare900
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,988
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,999
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,690–17,810
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,069,335–1,306,965
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,138
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,170
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare234,845–296,266
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,350–15,580
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare10,625–14,875
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common48,330–59,070
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon194,175–237,325
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,880–13,120
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare311,940–381,260
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon21,000–115,500
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common34,020–41,580
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,480–51,920
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common20,272–23,168
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare195,480–238,920
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare93,060–113,740
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,870
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare103,050–125,950
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon663,660–811,140
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon190,620–232,980
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon186,525–227,975
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon155,340–189,860
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon7,476–8,544
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon5,754–6,576
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon138,720
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare380,690
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common40,950–50,050
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,700–14,300
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon254,250–310,750
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,492–13,858
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare114,075–139,425
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,770–16,830
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare220,590–269,610
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon9,513
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*98,968
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,590,640,621
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 rare9,841

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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