Harpie Bug Swarm

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The location of Harpie Bug Swarms and close teleports
The location of Harpie Bug Swarms and close teleports

Harpie Bug Swarms are mid-level slayer monsters that require a Slayer level of 33 to kill. A lit bug lantern, which requires a Firemaking level of 33 to light, is required to damage these monsters (the lantern must be lit and worn). If you do not have 33 Firemaking, you cannot be assigned Harpie Bug Swarms as a Slayer task.[1]

Harpie Bug Swarms should be an easy task for well-equipped mid-level players. Their abundance as well as the fact that they remain aggressive to players until level 93 combat makes this task very click-easy. However, Harpie Bug Swarms are very accurate, and will often hit for up to 6 hitpoints; thus, it is advisable to bring food appropriate for the player's level. Many may find lobsters suitable for the task. Defence levels beginning roughly in the late 40s or early 50s or higher will prove helpful in defending against this enemy. Another option for those that have completed Tai Bwo Wannai Trio is to keep Protect from Melee up and recharge prayer at the Tribal Statue about 30 seconds away.

It is recommended to bring nature runes while slaying this monster since it has many drops that can be alched to free up inventory spaces, and fire runes are frequently dropped from this monster.

There is a safespot behind a bush in between two trees on the south side of the area.

You can use a Dwarf Multicannon in this location, but you have to equip the bug lantern for the cannon to deal damage.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Harpie bug swarms are located on the northern shore of mainland Karamja, north-east of Tai Bwo Wannai and east of the jogre dungeon.

Notice: The map pointing out where the swarm is on the right sidebar.

  • (Most recommended) The closest fairy ring is dkp. Although you will need to run south and use the shortcut to cross the river and then run north. Fairy ring ckr can also be used, though it's further to the south. Taking the former requires you to run past the Shaikahan and aggressive jogres before you can melee the swarms.
  • A Tai bwo wannai teleport scroll will take you to the nearby village, just south-west of the swarms.
  • You can also use the Ardougne cloak's teleport to the monastery, run north-east to captain Barnaby, take the boat to Brimhaven and run south and east to reach the swarms.
  • If your House is in Brimhaven, you can Teleport to House, then walk south to the mainland then east.
  • You can also use a ring of dueling and take the Al Kharid gnome glider to the crashed Karamja one which is slightly slower than the fairy rings.
  • With 53 Agility, 21 Strength, 42 Ranged, and any crossbow and a mithril grapple, use the Karamja teleport option on a charged amulet of glory, run southwest, and use the grapple agility shortcut. This is faster than any other travel method, but losing an inventory space for the crossbow if not ranging (or the grapple if ranging) may not be appealing to some players.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Estimated drop rates are based off 9,000 kills.[2]

Weapons/Armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Steel axe.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Steel axe with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Steel axe1Uncommon65120
Steel full helm.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Steel full helm with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Steel full helm1Uncommon133330
Staff of fire.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Staff of fire with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Staff of fire1Uncommon1,411900
Mithril chainbody.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Mithril chainbody with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Mithril chainbody1Uncommon9091,170
Steel boots.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Steel boots with rarity Rare in quantity 1Steel boots1Rare45180
Adamant med helm.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Adamant med helm with rarity Rare in quantity 1Adamant med helm1Rare9021,152

Runes[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Fire rune.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Fire rune with rarity Common in quantity 30,60Fire rune30; 60Common150-30060-120
Chaos rune.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Chaos rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 15Chaos rune15Uncommon1,170810
Death rune.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Death rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 3Death rune3Uncommon621324

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_250.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Coins with rarity Common in quantity 30,40,160,230,490Coins30; 40; 160; 230; 490Common30-49030-490
Gold ore.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Gold ore with rarity Common in quantity 1Gold ore1Common27490
Jug of wine.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Jug of wine with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Jug of wine1Uncommon30
Gem drop table.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Gem drop table with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Gem drop table1UncommonNot soldN/A
Clue scroll (medium).png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Clue scroll (medium) with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Clue scroll (medium)11/128[3]Not sold12

Gem drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 2/128 chance of rolling the gem drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Uncut sapphire.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 1/256 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire11/256; 1/130[d 1]51215
Uncut emerald.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Uncut emerald with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Uncut emerald11/512; 1/260[d 1]68730
Uncut ruby.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Uncut ruby with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 1Uncut ruby11/1,024; 1/520[d 1]1,36360
Nature talisman.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Nature talisman with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Nature talisman11/2,730.67; 1/1,386.67[d 1]8342
Uncut diamond.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Uncut diamond with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 1Uncut diamond11/4,096; 1/2,080[d 1]2,790120
Loop half of key.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Loop half of key with rarity 1/8,192 in quantity 1Loop half of key11/8,192; 1/4,160[d 1]10,74460
Tooth half of key.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Tooth half of key with rarity 1/8,192 in quantity 1Tooth half of key11/8,192; 1/4,160[d 1]9,28860
Rune javelin.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Rune javelin with rarity 1/8,192 in quantity 5Rune javelin51/8,192; 1/4,160[d 1]8851,200
Rune spear.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Rune spear with rarity 1/131,072 in quantity 1Rune spear11/131,072; 1/7,800[d 1][d 2]11,92712,480
Shield left half.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Shield left half with rarity 1/262,144 in quantity 1Shield left half11/262,144; 1/15,600[d 1][d 2]65,58166,000
Dragon spear.png: Harpie Bug Swarm drops Dragon spear with rarity 1/349,525.33 in quantity 1Dragon spear11/349,525.33; 1/20,800[d 1][d 2]37,94637,440
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The drop rate of this item is increased when wearing a Ring of wealth.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Rune spear, Shield left half and Dragon spear will only be dropped if Legend's Quest has been started, or else a talisman will be dropped as a replacement.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
25 April 2013
(update)
Harpie bug swarms will no longer be assigned as a Slayer target unless you have the appropriate Firemaking level.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 1 Oct 2017. Mod Ash: "I think all three of the checks you list are still in effect on the creatures in question. Reducing requirements tends not to be popular."
  2. 9,000 kills
  3. Jagex. Mod Tide's Twitter account. 24 May 2019. (Archived from the original on 24 May 2019.) Mod Tide: "I know its been a while since the clue expansion but here is the information on clue scroll drop rates and loot chances! If anything changes I will keep you posted."