Ancient Wyvern/Strategies

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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 ward, dragonfire, 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 just north of the task-only Wyvern Cave under the Mushroom Meadow. 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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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