Vespula

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Vespula
Vespula.png
Released5 January 2017 (Update)
MembersYes
Combat levelN/A[1]
Size5x5
ExamineQueen of the Abyssal Vespine. Her lifeforce is sustained by her connection to the Abyss.
Combat info
AttributeXerician
Max hit? (edit)
AggressiveYes
PoisonousYes (20)
Attack styleMelee, Ranged
Attack speedMonster attack speed 3.png
Combat icon.png Combat stats
Hitpoints icon.pngAttack icon.pngStrength icon.pngDefence icon.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
2001501508888150
Attack icon.png Aggressive stats
Monster attack bonusMonster strength bonusMagic icon.pngMonster magic strength bonusRanged icon.pngMonster ranged strength bonus
+0+0+0+0+0+0
Defence icon.png Defensive stats
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
+0+0+0+70+60
Immunities
PoisonImmune
VenomImmune
Advanced data
Monster ID7530,7531,7532

Vespula is one of the bosses encountered in the Chambers of Xeric. It is a parasitic wasp from the Abyss that Xeric and his followers stumbled upon when attempting to open a new dimensional tear.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Use Protect from Missiles, and attack with Ranged. Vespula can poison players starting at 20 damage, so a serpentine helmet or another form of poison protection is highly recommended. In addition, septic tentacles will spawn near the entrance, dealing moderate poison damage (will not cause poison) to those who pass it once the fight starts.

Vespula also spawns alongside four lux grubs, which she will periodically sting. If their health reaches 0, they will transform into a vespine soldier, healing Vespula and the abyssal portal while they are alive. The grubs' health can be restored by feeding them medivaemia blossoms, which can be found on the opposite end of the chamber.

When Vespula reaches 20% of its health, she will stop flying, and can only be harmed with melee. During this time, the team should focus their attacks on the abyssal portal. Enchanted ruby bolts can be very effective against the portal. After a short time, Vespula will go back to flying, and the team should refocus on her. While it is possible to attack the portal at any time, it will cause Vespula to become enraged, using her stinger to attack anyone nearby for high damage. This can be avoided by staying away from melee distance or going under her, though doing the latter will cause rapid stomp damage of up to eight per tick instead. Whilst Vespula is enraged, the abyssal portal will drain the prayer points of players standing in range by three points every two ticks; if prayer points are already depleted, then three damage will applied instead.

When the portal is destroyed, Vespula and the lux grubs will fall with it, ending the encounter.

Generally the most efficient strategy is to focus exclusively on damaging the portal with a long-range weapon, particularly a twisted bow, or a powered staff set on long-range. With 90+ Hitpoints, players using Redemption are safe for the most part, as all damage (when properly done) comes from the stomp damage which is too low to kill outright, provided that Redemption is active. Players have to stand on a specific tile to avoid damage from Vespula's melee attacks, which deal much higher damage — it is diagonal from the lux grub closest to the portal, away from it — and click on the portal to attack, then retreat to the 'safe' spot while waiting for the next attack. Due to Prayer frequently draining to zero with this method, it is highly recommended to get a Prayer enhance (+) potion before entering the room. Stamina potion is also required due to the constant running, and an antipoison is recommended for mistakes.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Transdimensional notes.png: Vespula drops Transdimensional notes with rarity Always in quantity 1Transdimensional notes1AlwaysNot sold0
Xeric's aid (+)(4).png: Vespula drops Xeric's aid (+)(4) with rarity Always in quantity 2Xeric's aid (+)(4)2AlwaysNot sold48
Revitalisation (+)(4).png: Vespula drops Revitalisation (+)(4) with rarity Always in quantity 1Revitalisation (+)(4)1AlwaysNot sold24
Prayer enhance (+)(4).png: Vespula drops Prayer enhance (+)(4) with rarity Always in quantity 1Prayer enhance (+)(4)1AlwaysNot sold24

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
16 July 2020
(update)

Fixed issue where players would be hit by Vespula's melee attack if the Abyssal Portal died

31 January 2019
(update)
  • Previously, Vespula could start unhatching the grubs if the room was loaded while the party was completing a previous room. This was changed to where she does not start until a player enters her chamber, much like other bosses in the raid.
  • The abyssal portal was made to regenerate health less quickly, and it rewards more points per damage dealt.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ DISCLAIMER: The stats displayed on this page can vary based on the player with the highest combat level. The stats shown are scaled for a player with maxed combat stats.