Sand Crab

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This article is about the normal monster. For the stronger variant found in the Catacombs of Kourend, see King Sand Crab.

Sand Crabs are aggressive monsters that look like harmless sandy rocks while disguised, but attack when walked by. They are found along the southern coast in Hosidius. No favour is required to access or kill them and are available to all players. The dwarf multicannon cannot be used against Sand Crabs.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Drop rates estimated based on 2,239,707 kills from the Old School RuneScape Wiki drop log project, unless otherwise cited.

Weapons and Armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Bronze pickaxe.png: Sand Crab drops Bronze pickaxe with rarity 6/128 in quantity 1Bronze pickaxe16/128800
Iron pickaxe.png: Sand Crab drops Iron pickaxe with rarity 5/128 in quantity 1Iron pickaxe15/1286884

Coins[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_4.png: Sand Crab drops Coins with rarity 29/128 in quantity 4Coins429/12844
Coins_5.png: Sand Crab drops Coins with rarity 6/128 in quantity 8Coins86/12888
Coins_25.png: Sand Crab drops Coins with rarity 8/128 in quantity 36Coins368/1283636

Seaweed[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Seaweed.png: Sand Crab drops Seaweed with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Seaweed14/128501
Seaweed.png: Sand Crab drops Seaweed with rarity 4/128 in quantity 2Seaweed24/1281002
Seaweed.png: Sand Crab drops Seaweed with rarity 2/128 in quantity 5Seaweed52/1282505
Edible seaweed.png: Sand Crab drops Edible seaweed with rarity 2/128 in quantity 2Edible seaweed22/128742

Ore[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Tin ore.png: Sand Crab drops Tin ore with rarity 4/128 in quantity 3Tin ore34/1281323
Iron ore.png: Sand Crab drops Iron ore with rarity 2/128 in quantity 1Iron ore12/12810610
Coal.png: Sand Crab drops Coal with rarity 2/128 in quantity 2Coal22/12826854
Copper ore.png: Sand Crab drops Copper ore with rarity 2/128 in quantity 3Copper ore32/1282013

Oyster[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Oyster.png: Sand Crab drops Oyster with rarity 9/128 in quantity 1Oyster19/12886120
Oyster.png: Sand Crab drops Oyster with rarity 12/128 in quantity 2Oyster212/128172240
Empty oyster.png: Sand Crab drops Empty oyster with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Empty oyster13/128Not sold3
Empty oyster.png: Sand Crab drops Empty oyster with rarity 1/128 in quantity 3Empty oyster31/128Not sold9
Oyster pearl.png: Sand Crab drops Oyster pearl with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Oyster pearl11/1289967

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Bucket of sand.png: Sand Crab drops Bucket of sand with rarity 6/128 in quantity 1Bucket of sand16/128511
Opal bolt tips.png: Sand Crab drops Opal bolt tips with rarity 2/128 in quantity 5Opal bolt tips52/1282520
Fishing bait.png: Sand Crab drops Fishing bait with rarity 2/128 in quantity 10Fishing bait102/1285010
Spinach roll.png: Sand Crab drops Spinach roll with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Spinach roll11/128Not sold0
Casket.png: Sand Crab drops Casket with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Casket11/12887830

Gem drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 1/128 chance of rolling the gem drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Uncut sapphire.png: Sand Crab drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire11/512; 1/260[d 1]62015
Uncut emerald.png: Sand Crab drops Uncut emerald with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 1Uncut emerald11/1,024; 1/520[d 1]77430
Uncut ruby.png: Sand Crab drops Uncut ruby with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 1Uncut ruby11/2,048; 1/1,040[d 1]1,39360
Nature talisman.png: Sand Crab drops Nature talisman with rarity 1/5,461.33 in quantity 1Nature talisman11/5,461.33; 1/2,773.33[d 1]6322
Uncut diamond.png: Sand Crab drops Uncut diamond with rarity 1/8,192 in quantity 1Uncut diamond11/8,192; 1/4,160[d 1]2,875120
Loop half of key.png: Sand Crab drops Loop half of key with rarity 1/16,384 in quantity 1Loop half of key11/16,384; 1/8,320[d 1]11,48760
Tooth half of key.png: Sand Crab drops Tooth half of key with rarity 1/16,384 in quantity 1Tooth half of key11/16,384; 1/8,320[d 1]11,14460
Rune javelin.png: Sand Crab drops Rune javelin with rarity 1/16,384 in quantity 5Rune javelin51/16,384; 1/8,320[d 1]8551,200
Rune spear.png: Sand Crab drops Rune spear with rarity 1/262,144 in quantity 1Rune spear11/262,144; 1/15,600[d 1][d 2]11,96812,480
Shield left half.png: Sand Crab drops Shield left half with rarity 1/524,288 in quantity 1Shield left half11/524,288; 1/31,200[d 1][d 2]65,60166,000
Dragon spear.png: Sand Crab drops Dragon spear with rarity 1/699,050.67 in quantity 1Dragon spear11/699,050.67; 1/41,600[d 1][d 2]37,10837,440
  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.

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Clue scroll (easy).png: Sand Crab drops Clue scroll (easy) with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Clue scroll (easy)11/128[1]Not sold12

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Sand Crabs effectively serve as an alternative to Rock Crabs and enable AFK training due to their clusters in some spots, with little attention needed to train on them. Sand Crabs have 10 more Hitpoints than Rock Crabs and are otherwise identical in stats and behaviour, with clusters of multiple Sand Crabs next to each other in some spots, numbering 4 or more surrounding several spots on Crabclaw Isle. Players wishing to train on Crabclaw Isle must bring 10,000 coins and may also find these spots to be occupied. Sand Crabs will become unaggressive if the player has not left the surrounding area in 10 minutes. To make the crabs aggressive again, exit the surrounding area - roughly the same distance as the diameter of the minimap - and enter again. As they are "dormant" (and cannot be seen on the minimap) until "awoken" by a passing player, Sand Crabs cannot be attacked until they are made aggressive once more.

Ammonite Crabs have likewise mostly replaced Sand Crabs. Ammonite Crabs have 100 Hitpoints and level 1 in all other stats, like the other crabs, but have slightly different mechanics; they are spaced far apart, but also have a greater range of aggression. However, there are more available spots to attack Sand Crabs.

Because of Sand Crabs near-nonexistent offensive and defensive stats, they are an effective training location for low-levelled characters.

There is an altar somewhat nearby the Sand Crabs, so it may be advisable to recharge Prayer at this altar whenever resetting their aggression. Players planning to do so would do well to bring equipment with good Prayer bonuses. Additionally, for non-ironmen players, 55 Prayer unlocks Preserve and allows potions to last longer while training AFK.

The new larger sand crab counterpart, King Sand Crabs are located in the Catacombs of Kourend. King Sand Crabs only share similarities in name, appearance, and in being dormant until walked near; they are powerful in offensive and defensive stats.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

Sand Crabs are in a remote area and there is no fast way to access them. If you have not been to Great Kourend before, you will only be able to use method #1. It is advised to bring weight-reducing gear and dump any heavy items that bring your weight above 0.0 kg (lower actually doesn't make a difference in your run drain rate), as there is a bank chest in the centre of the beach. There are several ways to get to them. If you haven't been there before, use the world map as you go along to avoid getting lost:

  1. Method with no requirements: Go to Port Sarim, speak to Veos (he is found on the northeast platform) and travel to Port Piscarilius, then run all the way south to the beach on the other side of the continent.
  2. Use the fairy ring code DJR and run east, then south. (With 40 Agility you can use the stepping stones east of the Infirmary.)
  3. Use Xeric's talisman to teleport nearby using the teleport marked "Xeric's Glade".
  4. Use the skills necklace to teleport to the Woodcutting Guild then run.
  5. Use the Kharedst's memoirs book to teleport to Hosidius, then follow the river south, crossing east over the bridge.
  6. Use the Minigame teleport to the Tithe Farm and run south-east. This requires having entered Tithe Farm previous which requires 100% Hosidius favour.
  7. With access to the Lovakengj Minecart Network (requires 65% Lovakengj favour), 45 Agility, and either 50 coins or having unlocked 'free' transport with 100,000 coins: from Veos, run west and slightly north. Take the minecart to Hosidius, then run southeast. Use the stepping stone to cross the river (45 Agility), then run south to the beach.
  8. Having unlocked Kourend Castle Teleport and with 69 Magic, use the teleport, run south-southeast, cross the bridges on the way - the eastern bridge across the river if you don't have 45 Agility, and down to the beach.
  9. Likely the fastest method, you can either: Move your house to Hosidius with 25 Construction and 8,750 coins, teleport to your house, exit the portal, and run south; or, you could use scrolls of redirection on House teleport tablets (still requires 25 Construction) to teleport outside the portal without having to move your house.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 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."