K'ril Tsutsaroth/Strategies

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A group of players fighting K'ril Tsutsaroth and his bodyguards.

This is a guide on killing K'ril Tsutsaroth with melee or ranged. K'ril Tsutsaroth is commonly killed for his drops which include the Zamorakian spear, staff of the dead and the Zamorak hilt. This guide will take you through the basics of attacking and tanking and gives some suggested equipment setups.

K'ril Tsutsaroth is capable of hitting up to 47 with his Melee attacks, 30 with his Magic attacks, and 49 with a Prayer-draining special attack that he occasionally uses against players who use Protect from Melee. K'ril's attacks are also capable of poisoning the player starting at 16 damage. His bodyguards attack from all three sides of the Combat triangle: Balfrug Kreeyath uses accurate Magic attacks, Zakl'n Gritch uses accurate Ranged attacks, and Tstanon Karlak uses inaccurate Melee attacks.

The Zamorakian encampment, including K'ril Tsutsaroth's chamber, appears shadowy and dark; the further down players venture, the darker it becomes, becoming near pitch dark when outside the door leading to his chamber and inside itself. This is purely a visual change and has no actual gameplay effects. The shadow effect can be removed by consuming a Saradomin's light.

Suggested skills[edit | edit source]

Tank:

  • Hitpoints 90+
  • Defence 90+
  • Magic 85+
  • Attack 85+ and Strength 85+ or Ranged 85+
  • Prayer 70+

Attacker:

  • Hitpoints 80+
  • Defence 80+
  • Magic 75+
  • Attack 85+ and Strength 85+ or Ranged 85+
  • Prayer 70+

Killcount[edit | edit source]

The 40 Zamorak followers kill count is quite easy to achieve although it will take longer than Bandos. There are several tips to get a quick kill count: 

  • Main room: The place north and east of the rope has Zamorakian followers fighting both Bandosians in the north and Saradominists in the east. There are two imps which can be quickly killed, and other followers such as bloodvelds, goraks, werewolves and icefiends battling spiritual warriors and spiritual mages.
  • Zamorak's Fortress: There are four imp spawns which can be quickly killed for kill count. Switching back and forth between two worlds while killing the imps with ranged attacks is the fastest way to gain kill count.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

General strategy[edit | edit source]

K'ril attacks with both melee and magic. Offensively, he possesses 340 Attack, 300 Strength and 200 Magic, along with +160 melee accuracy and a +31 strength bonus. Defensively, he has a Defence level of 270, with his stab, slash and crush values +80, +130 magic and +80 ranged bonuses.

K'ril's melee attacks deal up to 46 damage, and it is considerably more accurate than Graardor's, despite dealing less damage. However, the attack is also poisonous, starting at 16 poison damage. K'ril's magic attack deals 10-30 damage should it successfully hit. K'ril has a 2/3 chance of performing a melee attack, and a 1/3 chance of performing a magic attack.

Unlike the other generals, all of K'ril's attacks are single-target.

If his target is using Protect from Melee, there is a 1/9 chance for K'ril to use his prayer smash attack instead, yelling "YARRRRRRR!", dealing 35-49 damage and will also reduce the target's current prayer points by 50%.

K'ril's three bodyguards, Tstanon Karlak, Balfrug Kreeyath and Zakl'n Gritch use melee, magic and ranged respectively. They are nearly identical to General Graardor's bodyguards, dealing up to 15, 16 and 21 damage respectively, although the demons have a bit more health than the goblins.

After K'ril has been killed, the minions each focus on a random player. Because of this, players should adjust their prayers accordingly and focus on killing minions which are focusing on the same player. As K'ril and his minions drop ashes, bones to peaches cannot be used, and players should manage their hitpoints adequately. In group encounters, using Guthan's is recommended; in solo encounters, Blood Barrage is more effective. When casting Blood Barrage, make sure to stack Tstanon on Zakl'n so both demons can be hit by the spell. Bringing water runes (or a Kodai wand) is optional for Ice Barrage, but can freeze Tstanon in place so the player doesn't have to flick between ranged and melee prayers as frequently.

Because bones to peaches cannot be used, it is worthwhile to bring runes for Boost Potion Share and Stat Restore Pot Share to extend trips when going in a team. In a team it is helpful (but not required) for one or more players to be on task.

Tank[edit | edit source]

For tanks, K'ril Tsutsaroth can be extremely dangerous when using Protect from Melee, as there is a very slim chance to take incredibly high damage should K'ril's prayer slam and both Balfrug and Zakl'n hit on the same or near ticks. For this reason, the tank should either bring typical tank armour as with General Graardor, or bring full Justiciar armour and use Protect from Magic. This negates the prayer smash attack; although players can potentially take more damage from K'ril's melee attacks, some of it will be reduced, and the player can add a dragonfire or elysian spirit shield for additional protection and to compliment the justiciar armour set bonus.

Similar to tanking General Graardor, the player should hit K'ril Tsutsaroth twice for every hit he inflicts on them to avoid as much damage as possible. This means that a player using Melee will be hit every 8 game ticks, while a player using Ranged with an Armadyl crossbow will be hit every 10 game ticks. In a solo scenario, using Melee practically is the only viable option due to the high damage-per-second of the arclight compared to the Armadyl crossbow, however in a team, Ranged can also be used in combination with Armadyl armour for greater magic defence. Generally soloing K'ril Tsutsaroth is only viable on a slayer task, and the same strategy should be used for soloing Graardor, see here. Finally the tank may use the Lunar spell Vengeance to occasionally reflect high amounts of damage back onto K'ril Tsutsaroth. Further details on each tanking strategy are given in the equipment tabs.

Attacker[edit | edit source]

At the beginning of the fight, the attackers should all stand in one of the corners near the altar, as this both is the furthest away you can get from K'ril Tsutsaroth's spawn and allows prayer restoration in the last few seconds before the boss respawns. Attackers should only attack K'ril Tsutsaroth once the tank has hit him, this is especially important when the tank is using ranged as it takes a little more time for a ranged attack to hit K'ril Tsutsaroth compared to a melee attack. As K'ril Tsutsaroth's attacks only hit the tank, the attackers should pray against whichever minion does the most damage to their respective combat style, and wear armour to tank damage against the other combat styles. This effectively means that attackers take relatively small amounts of damage during kills, especially if their Defence is high. Players using Melee should use Protect from Magic, players using Ranged should use Protect from Ranged. It is important to note that should K'ril Tsutsaroth focus on you, the armour you are wearing is generally quite bad at tanking him and you will take excessive amounts of damage. Should this happen, players using Melee should use Protect from Magic, players using Ranged should use Protect from Melee. All attackers should also bring an antidote++, both for this eventuality and to share with the tank should they run out of antidotes.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

The tanking player focuses on Magic defence while using Protect from Melee to defend themselves against K'ril's powerful melee attacks. This will leave them vulnerable to his prayer smash attack however, so they should keep their health high to avoid being comboed out by the resulting damage from this attack and from minions. The given inventory setup assumes a team of 3 players, players doing a solo run should bring an inventory setup similar to a Bandos solo run, with one super restore switched for a sanfew serum to avoid getting poisoned. It should be noted that in a solo run it is of utmost importance to wear a defender on the ticks you are hitting K'ril, as otherwise you will lose a substantial amount of dps if you are using an arclight. If soloing K'ril the player should always flick the shield or just camp a defender.

Recommended equipment for melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (task only)Serpentine helm.pngSerpentine helmNeitiznot faceguard.pngNeitiznot faceguardHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotN/A
NeckAmulet of blood fury.pngAmulet of blood furyAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/AN/A
BackInfernal cape.pngInfernal capeFire cape.pngFire capeMax cape.pngMax cape or Hitpoints cape.pngHitpoints capeAny other Capes of accomplishments (trimmed).gifSkillcapeArdougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak 4
BodyKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertopArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplateSaradomin d'hide body.pngBlessed d'hideElite void top.pngElite void topBlack d'hide body.pngBlack d'hide body
LegsKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirtArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtElite void robe.pngElite void robeSaradomin chaps.pngBlessed chapsBlack d'hide chaps.pngBlack d'hide chaps
WeaponArclight.pngArclight (only best when on task)Scythe of vitur.pngScythe of viturGhrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapierAbyssal tentacle.pngAbyssal tentacleAbyssal whip.pngAbyssal whip
ShieldElysian spirit shield.pngElysian spirit shield / Spectral spirit shield.pngSpectral spirit shieldDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldAvernic defender.pngAvernic defenderDragon defender.pngDragon defenderN/A
Ammo/SpellUnholy blessing.pngUnholy blessingN/AN/AN/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesFerocious gloves.pngFerocious glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen braceletN/A
BootsPrimordial boots.pngPrimordial bootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsRune boots.pngRune bootsN/AN/A
RingRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (ri)Berserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringN/AN/A
Special attackDragon warhammer.pngDragon warhammerDragon claws.pngDragon clawsArclight.pngArclightBandos godsword.pngBandos godswordN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Dragon warhammer.pngRune pouch.pngImbued heart.pngAntidote++(4).png
Sanfew serum(4).pngSanfew serum(4).pngSanfew serum(4).pngSanfew serum(4).png
Super combat potion(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngTeleport to house (tablet).png
Guthan's warspear.pngGuthan's helm.pngGuthan's platebody.pngGuthan's chainskirt.png

By focusing on melee defence, players can use Protect from Magic to protect themselves from K'ril's magical attacks and his prayer smash. However, his melee attacks are significantly more accurate compared to his magic attack and have a higher max hit. K'ril's melee attack is slash-based, so high slash defence is recommended. The given inventory setup assumes a team of 3 players, players doing a solo run should bring more food.

Recommended equipment for melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadJusticiar faceguard.pngJusticiar faceguardSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (task only)Serpentine helm.pngSerpentine helmNeitiznot faceguard.pngNeitiznot faceguardGuthan's helm.pngGuthan's helm
NeckAmulet of blood fury.pngAmulet of blood furyAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of torture.pngAmulet of tortureAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/A
BackInfernal cape.pngInfernal capeFire cape.pngFire capeMax cape.pngMax cape or Hitpoints cape.pngHitpoints capeAny other Capes of accomplishments (trimmed).gifSkillcapeN/A
BodyJusticiar chestguard.pngJusticiar chestguardGuthan's platebody.pngGuthan's platebodyBandos chestplate.pngBandos chestplateN/AN/A
LegsJusticiar legguards.pngJusticiar legguardsVerac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirtBandos tassets.pngBandos tassetsN/AN/A
WeaponArclight.pngArclight (only best when on task)Zamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hastaGhrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapierScythe of vitur.pngScythe of viturAbyssal tentacle.pngAbyssal tentacle
ShieldElysian spirit shield.pngElysian spirit shieldDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldCrystal shield.pngCrystal shieldAvernic defender.pngAvernic defenderDragon defender.pngDragon defender
Ammo/SpellUnholy blessing.pngUnholy blessingN/AN/AN/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesFerocious gloves.pngFerocious glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen braceletN/A
BootsGuardian boots.pngGuardian bootsPrimordial boots.pngPrimordial bootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsRune boots.pngRune bootsN/A
RingRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (ri)Berserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringN/AN/A
Special attackDragon warhammer.pngDragon warhammerSaradomin godsword.pngSaradomin godswordArclight.pngArclightDragon claws.pngDragon clawsBandos godsword.pngBandos godsword

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Dragon warhammer.pngRune pouch.pngAntidote++(4).pngSanfew serum(4).png
Sanfew serum(4).pngSanfew serum(4).pngSanfew serum(4).pngSanfew serum(4).png
Super combat potion(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngTeleport to house (tablet).png
Guthan's warspear.pngGuthan's helm.pngGuthan's platebody.pngGuthan's chainskirt.png

Ranged armour offers the highest magic defence bonuses, hence tanking K'ril's magic attack synergises very well with using ranged against him. Furthermore, crossbows on rapid attack every 5 ticks, while K'ril attacks every 6 ticks. This means that if the player masters hitting K'ril twice and then walking under him, they will only take hits once every 10 ticks, 20% less compared to the magic defence tank strategy. Players should pray Protect from Melee to defend themselves against K'ril's powerful melee attacks. This will leave them vulnerable to his prayer smash attack, so they should keep their health high to avoid being comboed out by the resulting damage from this attack and from minions.

Recommended equipment for ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (task only)Verac's helm.pngVerac's helmArmadyl helmet.pngArmadyl helmetN/AN/A
NeckNecklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/AN/A
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerMax cape.pngMax cape
Ranging cape.pngRanging cape
Ava's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorN/AN/A
BodyArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplateKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertopSaradomin d'hide body.pngBlessed d'hideBlack d'hide body.pngBlack d'hide bodyN/A
LegsArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirtSaradomin chaps.pngBlessed chapsBlack d'hide chaps.pngBlack d'hide chapsN/A
WeaponArmadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowDragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbowRune crossbow.pngRune crossbowN/AN/A
ShieldElysian spirit shield.pngElysian spirit shieldSpectral spirit shield.pngSpectral spirit shieldTwisted buckler.pngTwisted bucklerDragonfire ward.pngDragonfire wardDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shield
Ammo/SpellDiamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDiamond dragon bolts (e)Diamond bolts 5.pngDiamond bolts (e)N/AN/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesZamorak bracers.pngZamorak bracers
Black d'hide vambraces.pngBlack d'hide vambraces
N/AN/AN/A
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsZamorak d'hide boots.pngBlessed bootsN/AN/AN/A
RingRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (ri)Archers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringN/AN/A
Special attackToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipeN/AN/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Toxic blowpipe.pngRune pouch.pngAntidote++(4).pngImbued heart.png
Sanfew serum(4).pngSanfew serum(4).pngSanfew serum(4).pngSanfew serum(4).png
Bastion potion(4).pngBastion potion(4).pngBastion potion(4).pngBastion potion(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngTeleport to house (tablet).png
Guthan's warspear.pngGuthan's helm.pngGuthan's platebody.pngGuthan's chainskirt.png

As a melee attacker, you should maximise your damage per second while keeping your ranged and melee defences high. Fortunately melee gear has high ranged and melee defences, hence you can simply use your max DPS gear. It might be worthwhile to bring an extra antidote++ for the tank should he run out, as he has quite limited inventory space.

Recommended equipment for melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (task only)Neitiznot faceguard.pngNeitiznot faceguardSerpentine helm.pngSerpentine helmHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotN/A
NeckAmulet of torture.pngAmulet of tortureAmulet of blood fury.pngAmulet of blood furyAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/A
BackInfernal cape.pngInfernal capeFire cape.pngFire capeMax cape.pngMax cape or Hitpoints cape.pngHitpoints capeAny other Capes of accomplishments (trimmed).gifSkillcapeN/A
BodyBandos chestplate.pngBandos chestplate
Fighter torso.pngFighter torso
Guthan's platebody.pngGuthan's platebodyKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertopSaradomin d'hide body.pngBlessed d'hideN/A
LegsBandos tassets.pngBandos tassetsVerac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirt
Guthan's chainskirt.pngGuthan's chainskirt
Obsidian platelegs.pngObsidian platelegsN/AN/A
WeaponArclight.pngArclightScythe of vitur.pngScythe of viturGhrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapierAbyssal tentacle.pngAbyssal tentacleAbyssal whip.pngAbyssal whip
ShieldAvernic defender.pngAvernic defenderDragon defender.pngDragon defenderDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldElysian spirit shield.pngElysian spirit shieldN/A
Ammo/SpellUnholy blessing.pngUnholy blessingN/AN/AN/AN/A
GlovesFerocious gloves.pngFerocious glovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen braceletN/A
BootsPrimordial boots.pngPrimordial bootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsGuardian boots.pngGuardian bootsRune boots.pngRune bootsN/A
RingBerserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringN/AN/AN/A
Special attackDragon claws.pngDragon clawsDragon warhammer.pngDragon warhammerArclight.pngArclightBandos godsword.pngBandos godswordDragon dagger(p++).pngDragon dagger(p++)

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Dragon warhammer.pngRune pouch.pngAntidote++(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).png
Super combat potion(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngTeleport to house (tablet).png
Guthan's warspear.pngGuthan's helm.pngGuthan's platebody.pngGuthan's chainskirt.png

Players can use the twisted bow against K'ril, as he possesses a Magic level of 200, meaning that it will hit accurately and hard against him. A toxic blowpipe with dragon darts may also be used, however a melee setup with Arclight will be significantly cheaper and similarly effective.

Recommended equipment for ranged attacker
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (task only)Armadyl helmet.pngArmadyl helmetVoid ranger helm.pngVoid ranger helmN/A
NeckNecklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/A
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerAva's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorRanging cape.pngRanging capeN/A
BodyArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplateKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertopElite void top.pngElite void topZamorak d'hide body.pngBlessed d'hide body
LegsArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirtElite void robe.pngElite void robeZamorak chaps.pngBlessed d'hide chaps
WeaponTwisted bow.pngTwisted bowN/AN/AN/A
Ammo/SpellDragon arrow 5.pngDragon arrowN/AN/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesZamorak bracers.pngZamorak bracers
Black spiky vambraces.pngBlack spiky vambraces
N/AN/A
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsRanger boots.pngRanger bootsZamorak d'hide boots.pngBlessed d'hide bootsN/A
RingArchers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringN/AN/A
Special attackToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipeN/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Toxic blowpipe.pngRune pouch.pngAntidote++(4).pngBastion potion(4).png
Bastion potion(4).pngBastion potion(4).pngBastion potion(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngConstruct. cape.png
Guthan's warspear.pngGuthan's helm.pngGuthan's platebody.pngGuthan's chainskirt.png