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Zulrah is a level 725 solo-only snake boss. Players can only harm it with Ranged or Magic; though Zulrah can be reached with a Halberd, it is immune to melee attacks. In order to access Zulrah, players must have completed Regicide to the point of reaching Port Tyras.

Before the player can fight Zulrah, they must speak with High Priestess Zul-Harcinqa first and offer themselves as the sacrifice in place of the gnome child, as Zul-Gwenwynig will prevent the player from boarding the boat until Zul-Harcinqa allows them to be the sacrifice.

Should a player die during their battle with Zulrah, they can retrieve their items by speaking to Priestess Zul-Gwenwynig. However, if they die anywhere unsafe a second time without retrieving your items, all items from their first death will be lost completely.

Zulrah's gender is ambiguous; the High Priestess as well as slayer masters refer to it as male, while the examine text of Zulrah's boss lair display refers to it as female.

History[edit | edit source]

It is unknown when or how Zulrah arrived at the Poison Waste, but it is known to have adapted to the toxic waste surrounding it and eventually becoming one of the only creatures able to live in the wastes.

Sometime during the Fifth Age, Harcinqa's mother, Harcinqa, her daughter, and Rentos, her son, visited the Poison Waste. On 5th Bennath, a group of men, Ohn, Mortarium, Onan, and several others, attempted to escape the elven clans by running south to the Poison Waste. With no food to eat, they attempted to fish for eels in the swamp, to no avail. With no luck on catching food, they decide to camp out with the gnomes.

Two days after, Zulrah appeared during the night and ate five of Ohn's men before the group could get to their senses. The next day after that, Harcinqa's mother attracted Zulrah's attention with a giant campfire, and held out her son, Rentos, which it devoured immediately. The gnome woman bargained a deal with Zulrah, promising to send it sacrifices in return for food and worshipping it as a god. Zulrah agreed to the terms, and the next day, began sending eels to the group to eat.

As a result, Zulrah is worshipped as a god and it is sent sacrifices daily, and in return, allows the village of Zul-Andra to stand and sends eels daily to the villagers.

Habitat[edit | edit source]

Zulrah is located in a shrine east of Zul-Andra. Players can quickly get here by taking a charter ship to Port Tyras and then running south, by using the fairy ring code BJS to the small island west of Zul-Andra and then leaping across the stepping stones, requiring 76 Agility (can be boosted), or by using a Zul-andra teleport scroll. All of these methods require completion of Regicide.

Zulrah's shrine is accessed by boarding the sacrificial boat. Upon entering the shrine, Zulrah will appear. The only way to escape from the shrine is by either teleporting out or killing/dying to Zulrah.

Players can spectate a fight using a telescope located on an island north of Zul-Andra, which is accessed by using the fairy ring code DLR.

When a player defeats Zulrah, the drops will be received under the player, much like cave krakens. A Zul-andra teleport scroll will also be dropped near the player, which cannot be picked up but can be used to return to Zul-Andra. To fight Zulrah again after, the player must return to the shrine via the boat.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

A player fights Zulrah, the serpent of the Poison Waste, in his tanzanite form.

Zulrah uses venom that starts off at 6 damage. Unlike poison which decreases over time, venom increases by 2 every time it hits. If not cured, the damage will continue to increase, eventually reaching a cap of 20. Venom can be cured instantly by drinking any anti-venom potion, or turned to regular poison by drinking any antipoison potion, which can then be cured normally by another dose of antipoison. Wearing a serpentine helm will prevent the player from becoming envenomed.

Zulrah has different attacks depending on its current colour.

Zulrah changes forms by diving into the swamp and then reappearing somewhere in the arena (either in the middle or just outside the middle area, in a certain order depending on the first spawn after the Ranged-Melee-Magic attacks). Zulrah changes forms in predictable patterns, referred to by players as "rotations" due to the fact that Zulrah's position rotates around the island as it changes forms.

  • When Zulrah is green, it attacks with Ranged, spreads toxic fumes over the area, and spawns snakelings.
    • At the end of each pattern a green Zulrah will alternate between Magic and Ranged attacks. The style used first depends on which side of the arena Zulrah spawns at.
    • If the player takes too long to kill Zulrah, a green Zulrah may spawn that is identical in regards to attacks to the turquoise version, attacking with Magic and Ranged.
  • When Zulrah is turquoise, it attacks with Magic and Ranged, spreads toxic fumes, and spawns snakelings.
  • When Zulrah is crimson, it spreads toxic fumes over the area and attacks at the player's recent spot. If they are caught by the Melee attack, they will also be stunned.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

Main article: Zulrah/Strategies

When fighting Zulrah's green form, it is recommended to activate Protect from Missiles. When fighting Zulrah's blue form, Protect from Magic should be activated. However, there are two other green forms, one that will switch between Magic and Ranged attacks towards the end of each attack pattern, so for this one, you must flick each attack. Be aware in this stage, you may also be attacked by the snakelings and can easily be combo'd out. The other green form can appear if the player takes too long on a pattern, and it will switch between Ranged and Magic attacks randomly like the blue one.

The fight begins with the player in front of Zulrah in its green form. Avoid the toxic fumes that it creates as it fires them around the area. After a short time, it will immediately switch to a different form and begin using abilities and attacks from that form.

During the turquoise form, it can use both toxic fumes and white orbs, which will summon a Snakeling. Although snakelings have 1 Hitpoint, they can hit very hard against the player, so a ring of recoil or a charged ring of suffering is recommended to kill them off if needed. The areas that Zulrah launches white orbs will not have any toxic fumes during that phase, so stand in those areas when needed. When Zulrah is crimson, it will stare at the player before attacking that area. If they are not two spaces away from it, they will take Melee damage and also be stunned, which can leave the player in a dangerous state if their Hitpoints are low and there are nearby fumes. During his light green form, prayer flicking can be helpful, and eat when needed, as both Magic and Ranged attacks will be used against the player.

Zulrah and the snakelings can envenom the player very frequently even through protection prayers. However, the toxic clouds cannot inflict venom, nor can they be protected against. It is recommended to use Anti-venom+ after becoming envenomed to maximise their effectiveness.

It is recommended to use long-ranged attacks to avoid the venom clouds if Zulrah is in the way of them.

Player death[edit | edit source]

Upon death at Zulrah, your items will be held by the priestess whom you talked to at the boat. Items held by the priestess are permanently lost if the player dies before reclaiming them. Some specific anomalies occur with some specific items. This information may be useful to ultimate ironmen.

The following items are destroyed forever and cannot be retrieved:

The following items are kept, but not in the state they were lost:

  • Herb sack (sack is kept, but all contents are destroyed)
  • Barrows equipment not degraded or within looting bag are handed back broken

The following items are kept, along with their contents:

Completion of the elite Western Provinces diary grants the player 1 free daily resurrection at Zulrah which restores all stats and allows the player to continue the fight from the current point if they die.

The priestess can also hold an untrimmed Cape of Accomplishment whenever a player wants to achieve a 99 in another skill, to help retain its untrimmed status since skillcapes automatically trim themselves upon achieving a second 99 in a skill.

Drops[edit | edit source]

In addition to the 100% drop, there are two rolls on the main drop table. This includes uniques, mutagens and other items, but excludes tertiary drops. Below is the drop rates per roll from Zulrah.

Drop rates estimated based on 216,035 kills from the Old School RuneScape Wiki drop log project, unless otherwise cited.

An average Zulrah kill is worth 119,097.

100% drops[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Zulrah's scales.png: Zulrah drops Zulrah's scales with rarity Always in quantity 100-299Zulrah's scales100–299Always16,500-49,3351,200-3,588

Unique drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 1 in 256 chance of hitting the unique drop table per roll[1], meaning there's roughly a 1 in 512 chance per kill to receive any specific item from this table (or 1/128 for any item), as Zulrah gives two rolls per kill. Below lists the approximate drop rates per roll of any specific item, which takes into account the fact that there are 4 different items in this drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Tanzanite fang.png: Zulrah drops Tanzanite fang with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 1Tanzanite fang11/1,0243,329,64566,000
Magic fang.png: Zulrah drops Magic fang with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 1Magic fang11/1,0243,311,75061,200
Serpentine visage.png: Zulrah drops Serpentine visage with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 1Serpentine visage11/1,0243,306,57363,000
Uncut onyx.png: Zulrah drops Uncut onyx with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 1Uncut onyx11/1,0242,811,360120,000

Mutagens[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Tanzanite mutagen.png: Zulrah drops Tanzanite mutagen with rarity 1/13,159 in quantity 1Tanzanite mutagen11/13,159[d 1]Not sold5,700
Magma mutagen.png: Zulrah drops Magma mutagen with rarity 1/13,159 in quantity 1Magma mutagen11/13,159[d 1]Not sold5,700
  1. 1.0 1.1 The drop rate per kill is ~1/6,579 for a specific mutagen or ~1/3,290 for either mutagen. See the individual mutagen pages for an in-depth explanation.

Armour & Weapons[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon med helm.png: Zulrah drops Dragon med helm with rarity 2/249 in quantity 1Dragon med helm12/24959,16460,000
Dragon halberd.png: Zulrah drops Dragon halberd with rarity 2/249 in quantity 1Dragon halberd12/249149,330150,000

Runes[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Law rune.png: Zulrah drops Law rune with rarity 12/249 in quantity 200Law rune20012/24937,60028,800
Chaos rune.png: Zulrah drops Chaos rune with rarity 12/249 in quantity 500Chaos rune50012/24946,00027,000
Pure essence.png: Zulrah drops Pure essence with rarity 10/249 in quantity 1500 (noted)Pure essence1,500 (noted)10/2493,0003,000
Death rune.png: Zulrah drops Death rune with rarity 12/249 in quantity 300Death rune30012/24965,70032,400

Herbs[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Snapdragon.png: Zulrah drops Snapdragon with rarity 2/249 in quantity 10 (noted)Snapdragon10 (noted)2/24979,330350
Dwarf weed.png: Zulrah drops Dwarf weed with rarity 2/249 in quantity 30 (noted)Dwarf weed30 (noted)2/24915,7801,260
Toadflax.png: Zulrah drops Toadflax with rarity 2/249 in quantity 25 (noted)Toadflax25 (noted)2/24941,175700
Torstol.png: Zulrah drops Torstol with rarity 2/249 in quantity 10 (noted)Torstol10 (noted)2/24975,880450

Materials[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Snakeskin.png: Zulrah drops Snakeskin with rarity 11/249 in quantity 35 (noted)Snakeskin35 (noted)11/2496651,050
Runite ore.png: Zulrah drops Runite ore with rarity 11/249 in quantity 2 (noted)Runite ore(noted)11/24922,7603,840
Flax.png: Zulrah drops Flax with rarity 10/249 in quantity 1000 (noted)Flax1,000 (noted)10/249[2]2,0003,000
Yew logs.png: Zulrah drops Yew logs with rarity 10/249 in quantity 35 (noted)Yew logs35 (noted)10/2498,0153,360
Mahogany logs.png: Zulrah drops Mahogany logs with rarity 8/249 in quantity 50 (noted)Mahogany logs50 (noted)8/24913,7501,500
Coal.png: Zulrah drops Coal with rarity 8/249 in quantity 200 (noted)Coal200 (noted)8/24926,8005,400
Dragonstone bolt tips.png: Zulrah drops Dragonstone bolt tips with rarity 8/249 in quantity 12Dragonstone bolt tips128/2492,6284,800

Seeds[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Palm tree seed.png: Zulrah drops Palm tree seed with rarity 6/249 in quantity 1Palm tree seed16/24934,958152
Papaya tree seed.png: Zulrah drops Papaya tree seed with rarity 6/249 in quantity 3Papaya tree seed36/2496,426207
Calquat tree seed.png: Zulrah drops Calquat tree seed with rarity 6/249 in quantity 2Calquat tree seed26/249154408
Magic seed.png: Zulrah drops Magic seed with rarity 4/249 in quantity 1Magic seed14/249114,477253
Toadflax seed.png: Zulrah drops Toadflax seed with rarity 2/249 in quantity 2Toadflax seed22/24997012
Snapdragon seed.png: Zulrah drops Snapdragon seed with rarity 2/249 in quantity 1Snapdragon seed12/24949,51636
Dwarf weed seed.png: Zulrah drops Dwarf weed seed with rarity 2/249 in quantity 2Dwarf weed seed22/2491,3866
Torstol seed.png: Zulrah drops Torstol seed with rarity 2/249 in quantity 1Torstol seed12/24955,34542
Spirit seed.png: Zulrah drops Spirit seed with rarity 1/249 in quantity 1Spirit seed11/249Not sold0
Crystal seed.png: Zulrah drops Crystal seed with rarity 1/249 in quantity 1Crystal seed11/24922,1910

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Zul-andra teleport.png: Zulrah drops Zul-andra teleport with rarity 15/249 in quantity 4Zul-andra teleport415/24955,06024
Battlestaff.png: Zulrah drops Battlestaff with rarity 10/249 in quantity 10 (noted)Battlestaff10 (noted)10/24982,86042,000
Manta ray.png: Zulrah drops Manta ray with rarity 12/249 in quantity 35 (noted)Manta ray35 (noted)12/24939,2704,200
Dragon bones.png: Zulrah drops Dragon bones with rarity 8/249 in quantity 12 (noted)Dragon bones12 (noted)8/24929,4841,152
Adamantite bar.png: Zulrah drops Adamantite bar with rarity 8/249 in quantity 20 (noted)Adamantite bar20 (noted)8/24940,5607,680
Coconut.png: Zulrah drops Coconut with rarity 5/249 in quantity 20 (noted)Coconut20 (noted)5/24927,9601,040
Grapes.png: Zulrah drops Grapes with rarity 6/249 in quantity 250 (noted)Grapes250 (noted)6/24923,7500
Zulrah's scales.png: Zulrah drops Zulrah's scales with rarity 5/249 in quantity 500Zulrah's scales5005/24982,5006,000
Antidote++(4).png: Zulrah drops Antidote++(4) with rarity 9/249 in quantity 10 (noted)Antidote++(4)10 (noted)9/2494,0302,160
Swamp tar.png: Zulrah drops Swamp tar with rarity 5/249 in quantity 1000Swamp tar1,0005/2498,0000

Rare drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 9/249 chance of rolling the rare drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_1000.png: Zulrah drops Coins with rarity 1/168.63 in quantity 3000Coins3,0001/168.633,0003,000
Loop half of key.png: Zulrah drops Loop half of key with rarity 1/175.69 in quantity 1Loop half of key11/175.69; 1/174.38[d 1]11,11760
Tooth half of key.png: Zulrah drops Tooth half of key with rarity 1/175.69 in quantity 1Tooth half of key11/175.69; 1/174.38[d 1]11,04260
Uncut sapphire.png: Zulrah drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 1/708.27 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire11/708.27; 1/359.67[d 1]61715
Runite bar.png: Zulrah drops Runite bar with rarity 1/708.27 in quantity 1Runite bar11/708.2712,4403,000
Nature rune.png: Zulrah drops Nature rune with rarity 1/1,180.44 in quantity 67Nature rune671/1,180.4413,7357,236
Rune 2h sword.png: Zulrah drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 1/1,180.44 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword11/1,180.4437,94938,400
Rune battleaxe.png: Zulrah drops Rune battleaxe with rarity 1/1,180.44 in quantity 1Rune battleaxe11/1,180.4424,58424,960
Uncut emerald.png: Zulrah drops Uncut emerald with rarity 1/1,416.53 in quantity 1Uncut emerald11/1,416.53; 1/719.33[d 1]77230
Law rune.png: Zulrah drops Law rune with rarity 1/1,770.67 in quantity 45Law rune451/1,770.678,4606,480
Death rune.png: Zulrah drops Death rune with rarity 1/1,770.67 in quantity 45Death rune451/1,770.679,8554,860
Steel arrow.png: Zulrah drops Steel arrow with rarity 1/1,770.67 in quantity 150Steel arrow1501/1,770.674,2001,050
Rune arrow.png: Zulrah drops Rune arrow with rarity 1/1,770.67 in quantity 42Rune arrow421/1,770.673,40210,080
Adamant javelin.png: Zulrah drops Adamant javelin with rarity 1/1,770.67 in quantity 20Adamant javelin201/1,770.671,2601,920
Rune sq shield.png: Zulrah drops Rune sq shield with rarity 1/1,770.67 in quantity 1Rune sq shield11/1,770.6722,61123,040
Dragonstone.png: Zulrah drops Dragonstone with rarity 1/1,770.67 in quantity 1Dragonstone11/1,770.6711,9706,000
Silver ore.png: Zulrah drops Silver ore with rarity 1/1,770.67 in quantity 100 (noted)Silver ore100 (noted)1/1,770.677,3004,500
Uncut ruby.png: Zulrah drops Uncut ruby with rarity 1/2,833.07 in quantity 1Uncut ruby11/2,833.07; 1/1,438.67[d 1]1,38260
Rune kiteshield.png: Zulrah drops Rune kiteshield with rarity 1/3,541.33 in quantity 1Rune kiteshield11/3,541.3332,17832,640
Dragon med helm.png: Zulrah drops Dragon med helm with rarity 1/3,541.33 in quantity 1Dragon med helm11/3,541.3359,16460,000
Rune spear.png: Zulrah drops Rune spear with rarity 1/3,738.48 in quantity 1Rune spear11/3,738.48; 1/433.77[d 1][d 2]12,00812,480
Shield left half.png: Zulrah drops Shield left half with rarity 1/7,476.96 in quantity 1Shield left half11/7,476.96; 1/867.54[d 1][d 2]65,51066,000
Nature talisman.png: Zulrah drops Nature talisman with rarity 1/7,554.84 in quantity 1Nature talisman11/7,554.84; 1/3,836.44[d 1]6022
Dragon spear.png: Zulrah drops Dragon spear with rarity 1/9,969.28 in quantity 1Dragon spear11/9,969.28; 1/1,156.72[d 1][d 2]37,35737,440
Uncut diamond.png: Zulrah drops Uncut diamond with rarity 1/11,332.27 in quantity 1Uncut diamond11/11,332.27; 1/5,754.67[d 1]2,784120
Rune javelin.png: Zulrah drops Rune javelin with rarity 1/22,664.53 in quantity 5Rune javelin51/22,664.53; 1/11,509.33[d 1]8551,200
  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
Brimstone key.png: Zulrah drops Brimstone key with rarity 1/50 in quantity 1Brimstone key11/50[d 1]Not soldN/A
Clue scroll (elite).png: Zulrah drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/75 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)11/75[3]Not sold12
Jar of swamp.png: Zulrah drops Jar of swamp with rarity 1/3,000 in quantity 1Jar of swamp11/3,000[3]12,8250
Pet snakeling.png: Zulrah drops Pet snakeling with rarity 1/4,000 in quantity 1Pet snakeling11/4,000[3]Not soldN/A
  1. Brimstone keys are only dropped while on a slayer assignment given by Konar quo Maten.

Concept art[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
22 November 2018
(update)
Zulrah's 10 noted crushed nests drop was removed from its drop table.
15 June 2017
(update)
The amount of teleport scrolls dropped was increased from 1 to 4.
25 May 2017
(update)
The drop table was revised again to decrease the profitability by roughly 30%.
15 October 2015
(update)
The amount of teleport scrolls dropped was reduced from 20 to 1 as a hidden update.
30 April 2015
(update | poll)
Mutagens were added to the drop table.
22 January 2015
(update)
  • Due to the profitability being too high, the drop table was revised to drop fewer of certain items (including scales) as well as removing some items from the drop table altogether or replacing them with less valuable alternatives.
  • Zulrah was given two more rotations, and magic was made more viable and ranged attacks less viable against the green form.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Zulrah art from Jagex's turn-based card game Chronicle: RuneScape Legends
  • Prior to Zulrah's release, a poll was held to decide the name of the solo snake boss. The other entries, in order of popularity, were Ka'nes, Baloki, Attor, Dyzurah, and Duserpes.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 26 May 2016. Mod Ash: "It's 1/256 per roll, you get two rolls per kill."
  2. Jagex. Mod Wolf's Twitter account. 30 March 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jagex. Mod JohnC's Twitter account. 30 Jan 2015. (Archived from the original on 25 Mar 2019.) Mod JohnC: "If you missed the community stream on Wednesday here are Zulrah's drop rates!"