Ancient shard

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Ancient shard
Ancient shard.png
Released9 June 2016 (Update)
Quest itemNo
ExamineYou're not sure what this is, but it feels powerful.
Value204 coins
High alch122 coins
Low alch81 coins
Weight0 kg
Advanced data
Item ID19677
Ancient shard detail.png

Ancient shards are obtained from monsters found within the Catacombs of Kourend (excluding ghosts). They are used on the altar in the centre of the catacombs for quick transportation to several areas (and are consumed on use):

Three shards can be used with a darklight at the altar in the centre of the Catacombs of Kourend to create an arclight, a degradeable variant of the darklight that provides stats superior to the abyssal tentacle when used against demons. Three shards provide 1,000 charges; up to a maximum of 10,000.

Acquiring shards[edit | edit source]

As the drop rate for ancient shards are based on the number of hitpoints a monster has, the best methods of obtaining them will require the player to consider time-to-kill versus drop rate. Attacking multiple monsters at once will give players faster shard rates, making multi-hit attacks such as Ice Barrage, black chinchompas, and the venator bow the best weapons for this method. Barraging and using chinchompas will be more active, whereas the venator bow allows for a more reclined experience.

Viable monsters to farm shards include greater nechryaels, abyssal demons, warped jellies, and dust devils. Mutated bloodvelds can also be viable when using the venator bow, the trade off for lower effort being slower shard acquisition. Being on a slayer task will increase kills per hour, but prioritising that limits the amount of kills players can do consecutively to the length of their task. It is realistic to not get a single shard in the time it takes to complete a slayer task.

Using a Dinh's bulwark in combination with a Lightbearer is an efficient way to lure the monsters. A cheaper alternative is to use darts or knives.

In addition, when farming shards players can also obtain dark totem pieces which give access to Skotizo and by extension more shards due to his guaranteed drops.

Giants in the Giants' Den have access to the Catacombs of Kourend drop table, which includes dark totem pieces and ancient shards. Killing hill giants with a Dwarf Multicannon within it is a comparable method to killing higher level monsters.

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Item sources[edit | edit source]

The drop rate of ancient shards (excluding Skotizo) is determined by the amount of hitpoints the monster has.

The exact formula is .

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here.
Abyssal demon124 Multicombat.png11/233
Ankou Regular75; 82; 86; 95 Multicombat.png11/293
Black demon Regular172; 178; 184 Multicombat.png11/226; 1/220
Bronze dragon Catacombs of Kourend Multicombat.png11/252
Brutal black dragon318 Multicombat.png11/123
Brutal blue dragon271 Multicombat.png11/170
Brutal red dragon289 Multicombat.png11/143
Choke devil264 Multicombat.png11/133
Cyclops (Catacombs of Kourend)56; 76 Multicombat.png11/283; 1/266
Dagannoth Catacombs Level 74,Catacombs Level 92 Multicombat.png11/286; 1/253
Deviant spectre169 Multicombat.png11/206
Dust devil Regular93; 110 Multicombat.png11/246
Fire giant Level 104,Level 109 Multicombat.png11/246; 1/233
Greater Nechryael Regular200 Multicombat.png11/196
Greater abyssal demon342 Multicombat.png11/66
Greater demon Regular92; 100; 101; 113 Multicombat.png11/2561/246
Hellhound Regular122 Multicombat.png11/256
Hill Giant (Dark)28 Multicombat.png11/310
Insatiable mutated Bloodveld278 Multicombat.png11/66
Iron dragon Catacombs of Kourend Multicombat.png11/203
King Sand Crab107 Multicombat.png11/200
Lesser demon Regular82; 87; 94 Multicombat.png11/275; 1/268
Magic axe42 Multicombat.png11/303
Moss giant Regular42; 48 Multicombat.png11/293
Mutated Bloodveld123 Multicombat.png11/220
Nechryarch300 Multicombat.png11/120
Possessed pickaxe50 Multicombat.png11/306
Repugnant spectre335 Multicombat.png11/73
Screaming twisted banshee144 Multicombat.png11/186
Shade Catacombs of Kourend (m) Multicombat.png11/256
Skeleton (Catacombs of Kourend)22 Multicombat.png11/314
Skotizo321 Multicombat.png13/4
Skotizo321 Multicombat.png23/20
Skotizo321 Multicombat.png31/20
Skotizo321 Multicombat.png41/25
Skotizo321 Multicombat.png51/100
Steel dragon Catacombs of Kourend Multicombat.png11/166
Twisted Banshee89 Multicombat.png11/260
Vitreous warped Jelly241 Multicombat.png11/186
Warped Jelly112 Multicombat.png11/240

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
30 June 2016

The item's value was increased from 1 to 204.

16 June 2016

Ancient Shards are no longer destroyed if dropped on death.