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Harpie bug swarm: Misc



Up to date as of February 07, 2010

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Harpie Bug Swarms are Slayer monsters that require level 33 Slayer to kill. A Lit bug lantern is required to do damage on them.

Players often kill them because they have a good chance to drop level 2 clue scrolls, and have relatively low defence, they are also a good source for fire runes. They are aggressive to players under level 93.


Strengths and weaknesses

Harpie Bug Swarms use rapid melee attacks and do quite a bit of damage for their combat level. If a lit bug lantern is not equipped any attacks on them will be ineffective. A fast-hitting weapon helps to get rid of them quickly before they do too much damage.

Alternatively, players can mage or range Harpie Bug Swarms from the Eastern side of the stream at the eastern end of their habitat, to avoid taking any damage from them, although this does mean expenditure in terms of runes or ammo for ranged weapons. Note: Ava's device, a reward from Animal Magnetism quest, does not work across the stream to retrieve bolts.

Although not in a multi-combat area, a Cannon can be used to take down the swarms in one hit fairly often.

Another viable strategy, for those that have finished the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest, is to use Protect from Melee prayer, and refilling prayer points at the Tribal Statue in the village, a short run away. In this case, prayer boosting armour is recommended to increase fighting time.

It seems that lunge/stab attacks are very effective and deal great damage on the Harpie Bug Swarms


Northern coast of central Karamja


Since they are close to the Karamja general store, it is possible to restock on food there as well as sell drops. This way banking off the island is unnecessary. However, if one wishes to bank, there is a bank in the TzHaar City, found beneath Karamja Volcano, and the route is made shorter with the mithril grapple shortcut, or you may also bank in Shilo Village after the quest, Shilo Village. Also, Rionasta in Tai Bwo Wannai Village can send items to the bank for 10 trading sticks per item, although he cannot take items out of the bank.




Charm drop percentages
No Charm


3 - 4%

9 - 11%



Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 3,286 kills.
1 charm is dropped at once.

Please add to the log (only if fifty or more creatures killed)78%

Weapons and armour


Uncut gems



  • If you look closely, whenever you hit the swarm for damage, a splash of green liquid will appear at the bottom of the swarm. This may be blood or dead bugs.

This article uses material from the "Harpie bug swarm" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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