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 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.

Recommended equipment for Melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet.pngSlayer helmet (only on Fossil island wyvern task) / Justiciar faceguard.pngJusticiar faceguard (When in a full set)Black mask.pngBlack mask (only on Fossil island wyvern task)Serpentine helm.pngSerpentine helm / Verac's helm.pngVerac's helmHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotObsidian helmet.pngObsidian helmet
NeckAmulet of torture.pngAmulet of tortureAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of power.pngAmulet of powerN/A
BackInfernal cape.pngInfernal capeFire cape.pngFire capeMythical cape.pngMythical capeDefence cape(t).pngDefence cape (any trimmed skillcape)Obsidian cape.pngObsidian cape
BodyTorag's platebody.pngBarrows body / Bandos chestplate.pngBandos chestplate / Justiciar chestguard.pngJusticiar chestguardFighter torso.pngFighter torsoDragon chainbody.pngDragon chainbodyObsidian platebody.pngObsidian platebodyN/A
LegsTorag's platelegs.pngBarrows legs / Bandos tassets.pngBandos tassets / Justiciar legguards.pngJusticiar legguardsDragon platelegs.pngDragon platelegs / Dragon plateskirt.pngDragon plateskirtObsidian platelegs.pngObsidian platelegsN/AN/A
WeaponDragon hunter lance.pngDragon hunter lanceBlade of saeldor (c).pngBlade of saeldor (c)Ghrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapierAbyssal whip.pngAbyssal whipZamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hasta
ShieldAncient wyvern shield.pngAncient wyvern shieldDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldMind shield.pngMind shieldElemental shield.pngElemental shieldN/A
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2N/AN/AN/A
GlovesFerocious gloves.pngFerocious glovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesDragon gloves.pngDragon glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen bracelet
BootsGuardian boots.pngGuardian bootsPrimordial boots.pngPrimordial bootsBandos boots.pngBandos bootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsGranite boots.pngGranite boots
RingBerserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i) / Ring of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Warrior ring (i).pngWarrior ring (i)Ring of life.pngRing of lifeN/AN/A

 
Divine super combat potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
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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
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet.pngSlayer helmet (only on Fossil island wyvern task)Black mask.pngBlack mask (only on Fossil island wyvern task)Serpentine helm.pngSerpentine helm / Verac's helm.pngVerac's helmHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotN/A
NeckAmulet of torture.pngAmulet of tortureAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of power.pngAmulet of powerAmulet of strength.pngAmulet of strength
BackArdougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak (4/3/2)Attack cape(t).pngCape of Accomplishment (t)Saradomin cloak.pngVestment cloakInfernal cape.pngInfernal capeFire cape.pngFire cape
BodyProselyte hauberk.pngProselyte hauberkVerac's brassard.pngVerac's brassardInitiate hauberk.pngInitiate hauberkMonk's robe top.pngMonk's robe topN/A
LegsProselyte cuisse.pngProselyte cuisseVerac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirtInitiate cuisse.pngInitiate cuisseMonk's robe.pngMonk's robeN/A
WeaponDragon hunter lance.pngDragon hunter lanceGhrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapierAbyssal whip.pngAbyssal whipZamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hastaN/A
ShieldDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldAncient wyvern shield.pngAncient wyvern shieldMind shield.pngMind shieldElemental shield.pngElemental shieldN/A
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2N/AN/AN/A
GlovesFerocious gloves.pngFerocious glovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesDragon gloves.pngDragon glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen bracelet
BootsPrimordial boots.pngPrimordial bootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsBandos boots.pngBandos bootsGranite boots.pngGranite bootsRune boots.pngRune boots
RingRing of the gods (i).pngRing of the gods (i) or Ring of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Berserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i)Warrior ring (i).pngWarrior ring (i)N/AN/A

 
Divine super combat potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
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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
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task)Black mask (i).pngBlack mask (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task)Ancestral hat.pngAncestral hat3rd age mage hat.png3rd age mage hatAhrim's hood.pngAhrim's hood
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklaceAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of fury3rd age amulet.png3rd age amuletAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of magic.pngAmulet of magic
BackImbued saradomin cape.png Imbued God capeGod capes.gif God capeArdougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 3.pngArdougne cloak 3 / Ghostly cloak.pngGhostly cloakArdougne cloak 2.pngArdougne cloak 2
BodyAncestral robe top.pngAncestral robe topAhrim's robetop.pngAhrim's robetopN/AN/AN/A
LegsAncestral robe bottom.pngAncestral robe bottomAhrim's robeskirt.pngAhrim's robeskirtN/AN/AN/A
WeaponSanguinesti staff.pngSanguinesti staffTrident of the swamp.pngTrident of the swampTrident of the seas.pngTrident of the seasN/AN/A
ShieldAncient wyvern shield.pngAncient wyvern shieldMind shield.pngMind shieldElemental shield.pngElemental shieldDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldN/A
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2N/AN/AN/A
GlovesTormented bracelet.pngTormented braceletBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesDragon gloves.pngDragon glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesN/A
BootsEternal boots.pngEternal bootsInfinity boots.pngInfinity bootsWizard boots.pngWizard bootsBoots of darkness.pngBoots of darknessMystic boots.pngMystic boots
RingSeers ring (i).pngSeers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringBeacon ring.pngBeacon ring / Lunar ring.pngLunar ringRing of the gods (i).pngRing of the gods (i) / Ring of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Ring of life.pngRing of life

 
Imbued heart.pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
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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
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task)Black mask (i).pngBlack mask (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task)Armadyl helmet.pngArmadyl helmet / 3rd age range coif.png3rd age range coifRobin hood hat.pngRobin hood hatKaril's coif.pngKaril's coif
NeckNecklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of power.pngAmulet of powerN/A
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerAva's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorRanging cape.pngRanging capeAva's attractor.pngAva's attractorN/A
BodyArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplateKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertop3rd age range top.png3rd age range topArmadyl d'hide body.pngBlessed body (any god)Black d'hide body.pngBlack d'hide body
LegsArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirt3rd age range legs.png3rd age range legsSaradomin chaps.pngBlessed chaps (any god)Black d'hide chaps.pngBlack d'hide chaps
WeaponDragon hunter crossbow.pngDragon hunter crossbowArmadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowDragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbowRune crossbow.pngRune crossbowN/A
ShieldDragonfire ward.pngDragonfire wardMind shield.pngMind shieldElemental shield.pngElemental shieldDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldAncient wyvern shield.pngAncient wyvern shield
Ammo/SpellAmethyst broad bolts 5.pngAmethyst broad bolts / Runite bolts 5.pngRunite boltsDiamond bolts 5.pngDiamond bolts (e)Broad bolts 5.pngBroad boltsAdamant bolts 5.pngAdamant boltsMithril bolts 5.pngMithril bolts
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesRanger gloves.pngRanger gloves3rd age vambraces.png3rd age vambracesSaradomin bracers.pngBlessed vambraces (any god)Black d'hide vambraces.pngBlack d'hide vambraces
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsRanger boots.pngRanger bootsSaradomin d'hide boots.pngBlessed boots (any god)Snakeskin boots.pngSnakeskin bootsN/A
RingArchers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i)Ring of the gods (i).pngRing of the gods (i) / Ring of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Ring of life.pngRing of lifeN/AN/A

 
Divine ranging potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
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