Ancient Wyvern/Strategies

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"Wyverns guide" redirects here. For strategies on killing Skeletal Wyverns, see Skeletal Wyvern/Strategies.

Note: All Fossil Island wyverns may be killed in this same fashion regardless. However, the lower-tier spitting, talon and long-tailed wyverns require 66 Slayer.

Ancient Wyverns are the strongest species of Wyvern. They possess very high Defence, Attack, and Hitpoints, thus making them very powerful foes. Like other Wyverns, they require an elemental, mind, dragonfire, dragonfire ward or ancient wyvern shield to be equipped in order to be slain, or the player will suffer devastating damage from their unique icy breath. The ancient wyvern shield is the only shield that will grant immunity against the freezing effect from a wyvern's icy breath.

Note that after Bone Voyage, a Slayer level of 82 is required in order to deal damage to Ancient Wyverns (not withstanding the effects of a poisoned weapon). Otherwise, eating a wild pie at 77 Slayer will do, though kills will be extremely long.

Quick travel tip is to use the Digsite pendant, which should be used on the strange machine at the House on the Hill, to teleport directly to Fossil Island. Should players already have unlocked the teleport, they may use a mounted digsite pendant within their Portal Nexus room instead if they have one. Run south-east to the cave entrance. For Slayer tasks, you can use the Magic Mushtree adjacent to the House on the Hill teleport location to appear beside the task-only Wyvern Cave under the Mushroom Forest. Alternatively, the player can teleport to the Digsite, use the barge, and run east past the bank and then south-east into the cave.

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Players simply tank the wyverns by maximising their ranged Defence via Barrows, Bandos equipment or Justiciar armour (if affordable). Optimise ranged defence and use Protect from Melee, since their ranged attack hits through protection prayers. High-level food like anglerfish or sharks is recommended. The player's Prayer points can also/instead be used on Piety, and bringing at least two prayer potions is strongly advised, as well as being easily paid for by the wyvern bones collected.

Note: The ancient wyvern shield is the only shield that grants immunity against the freezing effect from a wyvern's icy breath. The dragonfire shield, mind shield or elemental shield can be used, but you will occasionally become frozen.

Recommended equipment for Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet.png: Inventory image of Slayer helmet Slayer helmet (only on Fossil island wyvern task) / Justiciar faceguard.png: Inventory image of Justiciar faceguard Justiciar faceguard (When in a full set) Black mask.png: Inventory image of Black mask Black mask (only on Fossil island wyvern task) Serpentine helm.png: Inventory image of Serpentine helm Serpentine helm / Verac's helm.png: Inventory image of Verac's helm Verac's helm Helm of neitiznot.png: Inventory image of Helm of neitiznot Helm of neitiznot Obsidian helmet.png: Inventory image of Obsidian helmet Obsidian helmet
Neck Amulet of torture.png: Inventory image of Amulet of torture Amulet of torture Amulet of fury.png: Inventory image of Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png: Inventory image of Amulet of glory Amulet of glory Amulet of power.png: Inventory image of Amulet of power Amulet of power N/A
Back Infernal cape.png: Inventory image of Infernal cape Infernal cape Fire cape.png: Inventory image of Fire cape Fire cape Mythical cape.png: Inventory image of Mythical cape Mythical cape Defence cape.png: Inventory image of Defence cape Defence cape (any trimmed skillcape) Obsidian cape.png: Inventory image of Obsidian cape Obsidian cape
Body Barrows equipment.png: Inventory image of Barrows equipment Barrows body / Bandos chestplate.png: Inventory image of Bandos chestplate Bandos chestplate / Justiciar chestguard.png: Inventory image of Justiciar chestguard Justiciar chestguard Fighter torso.png: Inventory image of Fighter torso Fighter torso Dragon chainbody.png: Inventory image of Dragon chainbody Dragon chainbody Obsidian platebody.png: Inventory image of Obsidian platebody Obsidian platebody N/A
Legs Barrows equipment.png: Inventory image of Barrows equipment Barrows legs / Bandos tassets.png: Inventory image of Bandos tassets Bandos tassets / Justiciar legguards.png: Inventory image of Justiciar legguards Justiciar legguards Dragon platelegs.png: Inventory image of Dragon platelegs Dragon platelegs / Dragon plateskirt.png: Inventory image of Dragon plateskirt Dragon plateskirt Obsidian platelegs.png: Inventory image of Obsidian platelegs Obsidian platelegs N/A N/A
Weapon Dragon hunter lance.png: Inventory image of Dragon hunter lance Dragon hunter lance Abyssal whip.png: Inventory image of Abyssal whip Abyssal whip Zamorakian hasta.png: Inventory image of Zamorakian hasta Zamorakian hasta Abyssal dagger (p++).png: Inventory image of Abyssal dagger (p++) Abyssal dagger (p++) N/A
Shield Ancient wyvern shield.png: Inventory image of Ancient wyvern shield Ancient wyvern shield Dragonfire shield.png: Inventory image of Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield Mind shield.png: Inventory image of Mind shield Mind shield Elemental shield.png: Inventory image of Elemental shield Elemental shield N/A
Ammo/Spell Rada's blessing 4.png: Inventory image of Rada's blessing 4 Rada's blessing 4 God blessing.png: Inventory image of God blessing God blessing / Rada's blessing 3.png: Inventory image of Rada's blessing 3 Rada's blessing 3/2 N/A N/A N/A
Gloves Ferocious gloves.png: Inventory image of Ferocious gloves Ferocious gloves Barrows gloves.png: Inventory image of Barrows gloves Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png: Inventory image of Dragon gloves Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png: Inventory image of Rune gloves Rune gloves Regen bracelet.png: Inventory image of Regen bracelet Regen bracelet
Feet Guardian boots.png: Inventory image of Guardian boots Guardian boots Primordial boots.png: Inventory image of Primordial boots Primordial boots Bandos boots.png: Inventory image of Bandos boots Bandos boots Dragon boots.png: Inventory image of Dragon boots Dragon boots Granite boots.png: Inventory image of Granite boots Granite boots
Ring Berserker ring (i).png: Inventory image of Berserker ring (i) Berserker ring (i) / Ring of suffering (i).png: Inventory image of Ring of suffering (i) Ring of suffering (i) Warrior ring (i).png: Inventory image of Warrior ring (i) Warrior ring (i) Ring of life.png: Inventory image of Ring of life Ring of life N/A N/A

 
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Protect from Melee with Proselyte or Initiate armour equipped. The player may also choose to use Piety (and optionally Preserve) or weaker accuracy-boosting prayers to speed up kills, but at greater cost. At least one prayer potion will be needed using this setup, and more if using boosting prayers. Verac's equipment has significantly higher Defence than Proselyte armour with slightly less Prayer bonus and is a good choice if you are looking for a compromise between Defence bonuses and Prayer bonuses.

Recommended equipment for Prayer
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet.png: Inventory image of Slayer helmet Slayer helmet (only on Fossil island wyvern task) Black mask.png: Inventory image of Black mask Black mask (only on Fossil island wyvern task) Serpentine helm.png: Inventory image of Serpentine helm Serpentine helm / Verac's helm.png: Inventory image of Verac's helm Verac's helm Helm of neitiznot.png: Inventory image of Helm of neitiznot Helm of neitiznot N/A
Neck Amulet of torture.png: Inventory image of Amulet of torture Amulet of torture Amulet of fury.png: Inventory image of Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png: Inventory image of Amulet of glory Amulet of glory Amulet of power.png: Inventory image of Amulet of power Amulet of power Amulet of strength.png: Inventory image of Amulet of strength Amulet of strength
Back Ardougne cloak.png: Inventory image of Ardougne cloak Ardougne cloak (4/3/2) Cape of Accomplishment (t).png: Inventory image of Cape of Accomplishment (t) Cape of Accomplishment (t) Vestment cloak.png: Inventory image of Vestment cloak Vestment cloak Infernal cape.png: Inventory image of Infernal cape Infernal cape Fire cape.png: Inventory image of Fire cape Fire cape
Body Proselyte hauberk.png: Inventory image of Proselyte hauberk Proselyte hauberk Verac's brassard.png: Inventory image of Verac's brassard Verac's brassard Initiate hauberk.png: Inventory image of Initiate hauberk Initiate hauberk Monk's robe top.png: Inventory image of Monk's robe top Monk's robe top N/A
Legs Proselyte cuisse.png: Inventory image of Proselyte cuisse Proselyte cuisse Verac's plateskirt.png: Inventory image of Verac's plateskirt Verac's plateskirt Initiate cuisse.png: Inventory image of Initiate cuisse Initiate cuisse Monk's robe.png: Inventory image of Monk's robe Monk's robe N/A
Weapon Dragon hunter lance.png: Inventory image of Dragon hunter lance Dragon hunter lance Abyssal whip.png: Inventory image of Abyssal whip Abyssal whip Zamorakian hasta.png: Inventory image of Zamorakian hasta Zamorakian hasta Abyssal dagger (p++).png: Inventory image of Abyssal dagger (p++) Abyssal dagger (p++) N/A
Shield Dragonfire shield.png: Inventory image of Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield Ancient wyvern shield.png: Inventory image of Ancient wyvern shield Ancient wyvern shield Mind shield.png: Inventory image of Mind shield Mind shield Elemental shield.png: Inventory image of Elemental shield Elemental shield N/A
Ammo/Spell Rada's blessing 4.png: Inventory image of Rada's blessing 4 Rada's blessing 4 God blessing.png: Inventory image of God blessing God blessing / Rada's blessing 3.png: Inventory image of Rada's blessing 3 Rada's blessing 3/2 N/A N/A N/A
Gloves Barrows gloves.png: Inventory image of Barrows gloves Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png: Inventory image of Dragon gloves Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png: Inventory image of Rune gloves Rune gloves Regen bracelet.png: Inventory image of Regen bracelet Regen bracelet N/A
Feet Primordial boots.png: Inventory image of Primordial boots Primordial boots Dragon boots.png: Inventory image of Dragon boots Dragon boots Bandos boots.png: Inventory image of Bandos boots Bandos boots Granite boots.png: Inventory image of Granite boots Granite boots Rune boots.png: Inventory image of Rune boots Rune boots
Ring Ring of the gods (i).png: Inventory image of Ring of the gods (i) Ring of the gods (i) or Ring of suffering (i).png: Inventory image of Ring of suffering (i) Ring of suffering (i) Berserker ring (i).png: Inventory image of Berserker ring (i) Berserker ring (i) Warrior ring (i).png: Inventory image of Warrior ring (i) Warrior ring (i) N/A N/A

 
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Magic can be a feasible method to kill the wyverns if players have high Magic levels and can afford the upkeep cost on powered staves. Although Melee is much more profitable, Magic can still be utilised if the player wishes to do so, but it is strongly recommended to stand several spaces away from the wyvern to avoid Melee damage. Mystic Might or Augury can also be used to speed up kills should the player desire.

Recommended equipment for Magic
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png: Inventory image of Slayer helmet (i) Slayer helmet (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task) Black mask (i).png: Inventory image of Black mask (i) Black mask (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task) Ancestral hat.png: Inventory image of Ancestral hat Ancestral hat 3rd age mage hat.png: Inventory image of 3rd age mage hat 3rd age mage hat Ahrim's hood.png: Inventory image of Ahrim's hood Ahrim's hood
Neck Occult necklace.png: Inventory image of Occult necklace Occult necklace Amulet of fury.png: Inventory image of Amulet of fury Amulet of fury 3rd age amulet.png: Inventory image of 3rd age amulet 3rd age amulet Amulet of glory.png: Inventory image of Amulet of glory Amulet of glory Amulet of magic.png: Inventory image of Amulet of magic Amulet of magic
Back Imbued saradomin cape.png Imbued God cape God capes.gif God cape Ardougne cloak 4.png: Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 4 Ardougne cloak 4 Ardougne cloak 3.png: Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 3 Ardougne cloak 3 / Ghostly cloak.png: Inventory image of Ghostly cloak Ghostly cloak Ardougne cloak 2.png: Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 2 Ardougne cloak 2
Body Ancestral robe top.png: Inventory image of Ancestral robe top Ancestral robe top Ahrim's robetop.png: Inventory image of Ahrim's robetop Ahrim's robetop N/A N/A N/A
Legs Ancestral robe bottom.png: Inventory image of Ancestral robe bottom Ancestral robe bottom Ahrim's robeskirt.png: Inventory image of Ahrim's robeskirt Ahrim's robeskirt N/A N/A N/A
Weapon Trident of the swamp.png: Inventory image of Trident of the swamp Trident of the swamp Trident of the seas.png: Inventory image of Trident of the seas Trident of the seas N/A N/A N/A
Shield Ancient wyvern shield.png: Inventory image of Ancient wyvern shield Ancient wyvern shield Mind shield.png: Inventory image of Mind shield Mind shield Elemental shield.png: Inventory image of Elemental shield Elemental shield Dragonfire shield.png: Inventory image of Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield N/A
Ammo/Spell Rada's blessing 4.png: Inventory image of Rada's blessing 4 Rada's blessing 4 God blessing.png: Inventory image of God blessing God blessing / Rada's blessing 3.png: Inventory image of Rada's blessing 3 Rada's blessing 3/2 N/A N/A N/A
Gloves Tormented bracelet.png: Inventory image of Tormented bracelet Tormented bracelet Barrows gloves.png: Inventory image of Barrows gloves Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png: Inventory image of Dragon gloves Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png: Inventory image of Rune gloves Rune gloves N/A
Feet Eternal boots.png: Inventory image of Eternal boots Eternal boots Infinity boots.png: Inventory image of Infinity boots Infinity boots Wizard boots.png: Inventory image of Wizard boots Wizard boots Boots of darkness.png: Inventory image of Boots of darkness Boots of darkness Mystic boots.png: Inventory image of Mystic boots Mystic boots
Ring Seers ring (i).png: Inventory image of Seers ring (i) Seers ring (i) Brimstone ring.png: Inventory image of Brimstone ring Brimstone ring Beacon ring.png: Inventory image of Beacon ring Beacon ring / Lunar ring.png: Inventory image of Lunar ring Lunar ring Ring of the gods (i).png: Inventory image of Ring of the gods (i) Ring of the gods (i) / Ring of suffering (i).png: Inventory image of Ring of suffering (i) Ring of suffering (i) Ring of life.png: Inventory image of Ring of life Ring of life

 
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Although players will get slower kills, Ranged can still be used. If players wish to do so, be aware of the negative bonuses that both the Ancient and Dragonfire shields possess. Nonetheless, it is strongly recommended to stand several spaces away from the wyvern to avoid Melee damage. Eagle Eye or Rigour can also be used to speed up kills should the player desire.

Recommended equipment for Ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png: Inventory image of Slayer helmet (i) Slayer helmet (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task) Black mask (i).png: Inventory image of Black mask (i) Black mask (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task) Armadyl helmet.png: Inventory image of Armadyl helmet Armadyl helmet / 3rd age range coif.png: Inventory image of 3rd age range coif 3rd age range coif Robin hood hat.png: Inventory image of Robin hood hat Robin hood hat Karil's coif.png: Inventory image of Karil's coif Karil's coif
Neck Necklace of anguish.png: Inventory image of Necklace of anguish Necklace of anguish Amulet of fury.png: Inventory image of Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png: Inventory image of Amulet of glory Amulet of glory Amulet of power.png: Inventory image of Amulet of power Amulet of power N/A
Back Ava's assembler.png: Inventory image of Ava's assembler Ava's assembler Ava's accumulator.png: Inventory image of Ava's accumulator Ava's accumulator Ranging cape.png: Inventory image of Ranging cape Ranging cape Ava's attractor.png: Inventory image of Ava's attractor Ava's attractor N/A
Body Armadyl chestplate.png: Inventory image of Armadyl chestplate Armadyl chestplate Karil's leathertop.png: Inventory image of Karil's leathertop Karil's leathertop 3rd age range top.png: Inventory image of 3rd age range top 3rd age range top Blessed body.png: Inventory image of Blessed body Blessed body (any god) Black d'hide body.png: Inventory image of Black d'hide body Black d'hide body
Legs Armadyl chainskirt.png: Inventory image of Armadyl chainskirt Armadyl chainskirt Karil's leatherskirt.png: Inventory image of Karil's leatherskirt Karil's leatherskirt 3rd age range legs.png: Inventory image of 3rd age range legs 3rd age range legs Blessed chaps.png: Inventory image of Blessed chaps Blessed chaps (any god) Black d'hide chaps.png: Inventory image of Black d'hide chaps Black d'hide chaps
Weapon Dragon hunter crossbow.png: Inventory image of Dragon hunter crossbow Dragon hunter crossbow Armadyl crossbow.png: Inventory image of Armadyl crossbow Armadyl crossbow Dragon crossbow.png: Inventory image of Dragon crossbow Dragon crossbow Rune crossbow.png: Inventory image of Rune crossbow Rune crossbow N/A
Shield Dragonfire ward.png: Inventory image of Dragonfire ward Dragonfire ward Mind shield.png: Inventory image of Mind shield Mind shield Elemental shield.png: Inventory image of Elemental shield Elemental shield Dragonfire shield.png: Inventory image of Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield Ancient wyvern shield.png: Inventory image of Ancient wyvern shield Ancient wyvern shield
Ammo/Spell Amethyst broad bolts.png: Inventory image of Amethyst broad bolts Amethyst broad bolts / Runite bolts.png: Inventory image of Runite bolts Runite bolts Diamond bolts (e).png: Inventory image of Diamond bolts (e) Diamond bolts (e) Broad bolts.png: Inventory image of Broad bolts Broad bolts Adamant bolts.png: Inventory image of Adamant bolts Adamant bolts Mithril bolts.png: Inventory image of Mithril bolts Mithril bolts
Gloves Barrows gloves.png: Inventory image of Barrows gloves Barrows gloves Ranger gloves.png: Inventory image of Ranger gloves Ranger gloves 3rd age vambraces.png: Inventory image of 3rd age vambraces 3rd age vambraces Blessed vambraces.png: Inventory image of Blessed vambraces Blessed vambraces (any god) Black d'hide vamb.png: Inventory image of Black d'hide vamb Black d'hide vamb
Feet Pegasian boots.png: Inventory image of Pegasian boots Pegasian boots Ranger boots.png: Inventory image of Ranger boots Ranger boots Blessed boots.png: Inventory image of Blessed boots Blessed boots (any god) Snakeskin boots.png: Inventory image of Snakeskin boots Snakeskin boots N/A
Ring Archers ring (i).png: Inventory image of Archers ring (i) Archers ring (i) Ring of the gods (i).png: Inventory image of Ring of the gods (i) Ring of the gods (i) / Ring of suffering (i).png: Inventory image of Ring of suffering (i) Ring of suffering (i) Ring of life.png: Inventory image of Ring of life Ring of life N/A N/A

 
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