Skeletal Wyvern/Strategies

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Skeletal Wyverns are dangerous monsters, however they are very profitable to kill. The below lists show generally accepted strategies to defeat Skeletal Wyverns.

Note that a Slayer level of 72 is required in order to deal damage to Skeletal Wyverns. This may be boosted from level 67 Slayer by eating a wild pie.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

Recommendations[edit | edit source]

  • High combat stats. Although not required, see the skill levels below for an indication of the advised stats:
    • If using Melee:
      • Level Attack 75 or higher
      • Level Strength 75 or higher
      • Level Hitpoints 70 or higher
      • Level Prayer 70 or higher for the Piety prayer
    • If using Ranged:
      • Level Ranged 70 or higher
      • Level Prayer 44 or higher for the Eagle Eye prayer
    • If using Magic:

Getting there[edit | edit source]

Getting to the wyverns.

The Skeletal Wyverns are located in the Asgarnian Ice Dungeon. The entrance to this dungeon may be found south of Port Sarim and north of Mudskipper Point. The quickest ways to travel here are:

  1. From Rimmington use the Teleport to House spell, a Rimmington teleport tablet, or Captain Barnaby and run south-east.
  2. From the Port Sarim docks using a Charter ship, or the Minigames Pest control minigame teleport or scrolls and run west then south.
  3. From the fairy ring using code AIQ and run north.
  4. From Port Sarim using the Spirit tree, Explorer's ring, or via the Minigames Port Sarim Rat Pits minigame teleport after the completion of Ratcatchers then run south-southwest.

From the dungeon entrance, climb down the trapdoor, first run north and then run east to find an open space with ice warriors and ice giants. The entrance to the Skeletal Wyverns can be found on the southern wall of this room. Players with level 72 Agility can take a shortcut right before the icy area.

A map of the dungeon where wyverns reside.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Attack styles[edit | edit source]

Skeletal wyverns attack with Melee, Ranged and their unique ice breath attack.

  • The Melee attack is only used when the player is standing in Melee distance and can hit up to 13.
  • The Ranged attack has an attack range of 6 tiles and can hit up to 13.
  • The ice-breath attack has an attack range of 5 tiles and can hit 50+, although this damage can be drastically reduced to a maximum hit of 10 by the following shields: elemental shield, mind shield, dragonfire shield, ancient wyvern shield and dragonfire ward.
    • This attack will also freeze the player's character for a few seconds. During this period, the character is not able to move or attack.
    • Antifire potions have no effect on the wyvern's ice breath attack.

Draconic[edit | edit source]

Skeletal Wyverns are considered to be draconic creatures, which means that they are weak against dragonbane weapons.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Dragonbane weapons[edit | edit source]

Because Skeletal Wyverns are considered to be draconic creatures, they are weak against dragonbane weapons. Therefore it is recommended to use a dragon hunter crossbow or dragon hunter lance if any of these weapons are available.

Safespotting[edit | edit source]

South of the cave door are some additional safespots in which the western and southern sides of the ice structure (or pillar) can be used as safespots.

Skeletal Wyverns can be safespotted because they have a shorter attack range than players using a crossbow or magic spells. Skeletal Wyverns can be easily safespotted during a slayer task by standing near Steve/Pieve.

  1. To safespot Skeletal Wyverns, first make sure to lose their aggressiveness. Aggressiveness is lost automatically after a player has spent 10 minutes in the same area (i.e. they don't move past a certain invisible border).
  2. After this time period, attack a Skeletal Wyvern and lure it behind an obstacle (e.g. a wall that is sticking out).
  3. While the Skeletal Wyvern is stuck behind the obstacle, move out of its attack range to make sure it can't attack the player anymore.
  4. Now start attacking the Skeletal Wyvern using Magic or Ranged.

Wyvern runners[edit | edit source]

There are a few Clan Chats with players that travel to different locations to deliver items to players who are training there.

When safespotting there, it is advisable to use these services to trade your unstackable lootings for new potions, runes or bolts.

Dwarf multicannon[edit | edit source]

Dwarf multicannon are allowed in the Asgarnian Ice Dungeon, however only in the lower part of the cave; the upper Slayer-exclusive part is a no cannon zone. Cannons will make killing Skeletal Wyverns faster and the profit from the extra drops often outweigh the cost of the cannonballs. Therefore it can be recommended to bring a dwarf multicannon when meleeing Skeletal Wyverns.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Ancestral hat.png
Imbued saradomin cape.png
Occult necklace.png
Rada's blessing 4.png
Harmonised nightmare staff.png
Ancestral robe top.png
Tome of fire.png
Ancestral robe bottom.png
Tormented bracelet.png
Eternal boots.png
Seers ring (i).png
Elemental shield.pngImbued heart.pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Bonecrusher.pngHerb sack.pngNature rune.png1000Rune pouch.png
Law rune.pngLava rune.pngAir rune.png

In this section it is assumed that the player is using the safespotting method to attack the Skeletal Wyverns. During the first period, while the Skeletal Wyverns are still aggressive, it is necessary to wield a shield that protects the player from the icy breath attacks. However, when the player is able to safespot the Skeletal Wyverns, it is advisable to switch shield for a shield that provides magic attack bonuses. Always keep the other shield in the inventory, as the Skeletal Wyverns sometime are not lured correctly behind the obstacles, making them not safespottable, thus them being able to use their icy breath attacks again.

This is the best-in-slot available equipment for maging Skeletal Wyverns. The set up shown in this section currently costs approximately 797,844,129 coins. See the table below for an overview of equipment alternatives in case this setup is not accessible or too expensive.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Equipment upgrades and downgrades[edit | edit source]

SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadAncestral hat.pngAncestral hat
Slayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (if on a Slayer task)
Ahrim's hood.pngAhrim's hood
Farseer helm.pngFarseer helm
Infinity hat.pngInfinity hat
Dagon'hai hat.pngDagon'hai hat
Elder chaos hood.pngElder chaos hood
Mystic hat.pngMystic hatN/A
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklaceAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of magic.pngAmulet of magicN/A
BackImbued god capes.gifImbued god capeGod capes.gifGod capeArdougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 3.pngArdougne cloak 3
Ghostly cloak.pngGhostly cloak
Ardougne cloak 2.pngArdougne cloak 2
BodyAncestral robe top.pngAncestral robe topAhrim's robetop.pngAhrim's robetopDagon'hai robe top.pngDagon'hai robe topInfinity top.pngInfinity topMystic robe top.pngMystic robe top
LegsAncestral robe bottom.pngAncestral robe bottomAhrim's robeskirt.pngAhrim's robeskirtDagon'hai robe bottom.pngDagon'hai robe bottomInfinity bottoms.pngInfinity bottomsMystic robe bottom.pngMystic robe bottom
WeaponHarmonised nightmare staff.pngHarmonised nightmare staffToxic staff of the dead.pngToxic staff of the deadKodai wand.pngKodai wandStaff of the dead.pngStaff of the dead
Staff of balance.pngStaff of balance
Staff of light.pngStaff of light
Nightmare staff.pngNightmare staff
Eldritch nightmare staff.pngEldritch nightmare staff
Volatile nightmare staff.pngVolatile nightmare staff
ShieldArcane spirit shield.pngArcane spirit shieldAncient wyvern shield.pngAncient wyvern shieldMage's book.pngMage's bookMalediction ward.pngMalediction wardBook of darkness.pngBook of darkness
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing
Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2
N/AN/AN/A
GlovesTormented bracelet.pngTormented braceletBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesInfinity gloves.pngInfinity glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesCombat bracelet.pngCombat bracelet
Regen bracelet.pngRegen bracelet
Mystic gloves.pngMystic gloves
BootsEternal boots.pngEternal bootsInfinity boots.pngInfinity bootsWizard boots.pngWizard bootsBoots of brimstone.pngBoots of brimstone
Boots of darkness.pngBoots of darkness
Mystic boots.pngMystic boots
RingSeers ring (i).pngSeers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringSeers ring.pngSeers ringBeacon ring.pngBeacon ringN/A

Neitiznot faceguard.png
Infernal cape.png
Amulet of torture.png
Rada's blessing 4.png
Dragon hunter lance.png
Inquisitor's hauberk.png
Dragonfire shield.png
Inquisitor's plateskirt.png
Ferocious gloves.png
Primordial boots.png
Berserker ring (i).png
Divine super combat potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Herb sack.pngNature rune.png1000Rune pouch.png
Law rune.pngLava rune.pngAir rune.png

This is the best-in-slot available equipment for meleeing Skeletal Wyverns. The set up shown in this section currently costs approximately 335,542,455 coins. See the table below for an overview of equipment alternatives in case this setup is not accessible or too expensive. Players should pray melee when using melee.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Equipment upgrades and downgrades[edit | edit source]

SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadNeitiznot faceguard.pngNeitiznot faceguard
Slayer helmet.pngSlayer helmet (if on a Slayer task)
Inquisitor's great helm.pngInquisitor's great helm
Black mask.pngBlack mask (if on a Slayer task)
Serpentine helm.pngSerpentine helmHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotBerserker helm.pngBerserker helm
Obsidian helmet.pngObsidian helmet
NeckAmulet of torture.pngAmulet of tortureAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of strength.pngAmulet of strengthAmulet of power.pngAmulet of power
BackInfernal cape.pngInfernal capeFire cape.pngFire capeMythical cape.pngMythical capeArdougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 3.pngArdougne cloak 3
BodyInquisitor's hauberk.pngInquisitor's hauberkBandos chestplate.pngBandos chestplateJusticiar chestguard.pngJusticiar chestguardDharok's platebody.pngDharok's platebody
Guthan's platebody.pngGuthan's platebody
Torag's platebody.pngTorag's platebody
Fighter torso.pngFighter torso
LegsInquisitor's plateskirt.pngInquisitor's plateskirtBandos tassets.pngBandos tassetsJusticiar legguards.pngJusticiar legguardsVerac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirtDharok's platelegs.pngDharok's platelegs
Torag's platelegs.pngTorag's platelegs
WeaponDragon hunter lance.pngDragon hunter lance (on crush)Inquisitor's mace.pngInquisitor's mace
Blade of saeldor.pngBlade of saeldor
Abyssal tentacle.pngAbyssal tentacleAbyssal whip.pngAbyssal whipGhrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapier
ShieldDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldAncient wyvern shield.pngAncient wyvern shieldMind shield.pngMind shieldElemental shield.pngElemental shieldDragonfire ward.pngDragonfire ward
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing
Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2
N/AN/AN/A
GlovesFerocious gloves.pngFerocious glovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen braceletN/A
BootsPrimordial boots.pngPrimordial bootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsSpiked manacles.pngSpiked manaclesGuardian boots.pngGuardian bootsGranite boots.pngGranite boots
RingBerserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i)Ring of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringBerserker ring.pngBerserker ringN/A

Armadyl helmet.png
Ava's assembler.png
Necklace of anguish.png
Diamond dragon bolts (e) 5.png
Dragon hunter crossbow.png
Armadyl chestplate.png
Twisted buckler.png
Armadyl chainskirt.png
Barrows gloves.png
Pegasian boots.png
Archers ring (i).png
Elemental shield.pngRanging potion(4).pngRanging potion(4).pngRanging potion(4).png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Bonecrusher.pngHerb sack.pngNature rune.png1000Rune pouch.png
Law rune.pngLava rune.pngAir rune.png

In this section it is assumed that the player is using the safespotting method to attack the Skeletal Wyverns. During the first period, while the Skeletal Wyverns are still aggressive, it is necessary to wield a shield that protects the player from the icy breath attacks. However, when the player is able to safespot the Skeletal Wyverns, it is advisable to switch shield for a shield that provides ranged attack bonuses. Always keep the other shield in the inventory, as the Skeletal Wyverns sometime are not lured correctly behind the obstacles, making them not safespottable, thus them being able to use their icy breath attacks again.

This is the best-in-slot available equipment for ranging Skeletal Wyverns. The set up shown in this section currently costs approximately 201,598,962 coins. See the table below for an overview of equipment alternatives in case this setup is not accessible or too expensive.

Equipment upgrades and downgrades[edit | edit source]

SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadArmadyl helmet.pngArmadyl helmet
Slayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (if on a Slayer task)
Blessed coif.gifBlessed coifCrystal helm.pngCrystal helm (if using Bow of faerdhinen)Karil's coif.pngKaril's coifN/A
NeckNecklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of power.pngAmulet of powerAmulet of accuracy.pngAmulet of accuracy
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assembler
Assembler max cape.pngAssembler max cape
Ava's accumulator.pngAva's accumulator
Accumulator max cape.pngAccumulator max cape
Ranging cape(t).pngRanging capeAva's attractor.pngAva's attractorFire cape.pngFire cape
Infernal cape.pngInfernal cape
BodyArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplateBlessed body.gifBlessed bodyCrystal body.pngCrystal body (if using Bow of faerdhinen)Karil's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertopBlack d'hide body.pngBlack d'hide body
LegsArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtBlessed chaps.gifBlessed chapsCrystal legs.pngCrystal legs (if using Bow of faerdhinen)Karil's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirtBlack d'hide chaps.pngBlack d'hide chaps
WeaponDragon hunter crossbow.pngDragon hunter crossbowBow of faerdhinen.pngBow of faerdhinen (with Crystal armour)Armadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowDragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbowRune crossbow.pngRune crossbow
ShieldTwisted buckler.pngTwisted buckler (if using crossbow)Dragonfire ward.pngDragonfire ward (if using crossbow)Odium ward.pngOdium ward (if using crossbow)Book of law.pngBook of law (if using crossbow)Unholy book.pngUnholy book (if using crossbow)
Ammo/SpellDiamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDiamond dragon bolts (e) (if using crossbow)Diamond bolts 5.pngDiamond bolts (e) (if using crossbow)Amethyst broad bolts 5.pngAmethyst broad bolts (if using crossbow)Broad bolts 5.pngBroad bolts (if using crossbow)N/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesBlessed vambraces.gifBlessed vambracesBlack d'hide vambraces.pngBlack d'hide vambracesRed d'hide vambraces.pngRed d'hide vambracesBlue d'hide vambraces.pngBlue d'hide vambraces
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsRanger boots.pngRanger bootsBlessed boots.gifBlessed bootsBoots of brimstone.pngBoots of brimstoneSnakeskin boots.pngSnakeskin boots
RingArchers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringArchers ring.pngArchers ringN/AN/A

Void ranger helm.png
Ava's assembler.png
Necklace of anguish.png
Diamond dragon bolts (e) 5.png
Dragon hunter crossbow.png
Elite void top.png
Twisted buckler.png
Elite void robe.png
Void knight gloves.png
Pegasian boots.png
Archers ring (i).png
Elemental shield.pngRanging potion(4).pngRanging potion(4).pngRanging potion(4).png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Bonecrusher.pngHerb sack.pngNature rune.png1000Rune pouch.png
Law rune.pngLava rune.pngAir rune.png

In this section it is assumed that the player is using the safespotting method to attack the Skeletal Wyverns. During the first period, while the Skeletal Wyverns are still aggressive, it is necessary to wield a shield that protects the player from the icy breath attacks. However, when the player is able to safespot the Skeletal Wyverns, it is advisable to switch shield for a shield that provides ranged attack bonuses. Always keep the other shield in the inventory, as the Skeletal Wyverns sometime are not lured correctly behind the obstacles, making them not safespottable, thus them being able to use their icy breath attacks again.

This equipment is recommended when the player has level 92 Ranged or higher, while not having access to Armadyl equipment, as at this Ranged level it is more effective than (blessed) dragonhide armour.

See the table below for an overview of equipment alternatives in case this setup is not accessible or too expensive.

Equipment upgrades and downgrades[edit | edit source]

SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadVoid ranger helm.pngVoid ranger helmN/AN/AN/AN/A
NeckNecklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of power.pngAmulet of powerAmulet of accuracy.pngAmulet of accuracy
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerAva's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorRanging cape(t).pngRanging capeAva's attractor.pngAva's attractorFire cape.pngFire cape
Infernal cape.pngInfernal cape
BodyElite void top.pngElite void topVoid knight top.pngVoid knight topN/AN/AN/A
LegsElite void robe.pngElite void robeVoid knight robe.pngVoid knight robeN/AN/AN/A
WeaponDragon hunter crossbow.pngDragon hunter crossbowArmadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowDragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbowRune crossbow.pngRune crossbowN/A
ShieldTwisted buckler.pngTwisted bucklerDragonfire ward.pngDragonfire wardOdium ward.pngOdium wardBook of law.pngBook of lawUnholy book.pngUnholy book
Ammo/SpellDiamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDiamond dragon bolts (e)Diamond bolts 5.pngDiamond bolts (e)Runite bolts 5.pngRunite boltsBroad bolts 5.pngBroad boltsN/A
GlovesVoid knight gloves.pngVoid knight glovesN/AN/AN/AN/A
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsBlessed boots.gifBlessed bootsBoots of brimstone.pngBoots of brimstoneSnakeskin boots.pngSnakeskin bootsN/A
RingArchers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringArchers ring.pngArchers ringN/AN/A