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"Wyverns guide" redirects here. For strategies on killing Skeletal Wyverns, see Skeletal Wyvern/Strategies.

Note: All Fossil Island wyverns may be killed in this same fashion regardless. However, the lower-tier spitting, talon and long-tailed wyverns require 66 Slayer.

Ancient Wyverns are the strongest species of Wyvern. They possess very high Defence, Attack, and Hitpoints, thus making them very powerful foes. Like other Wyverns, they require an elemental, mind, dragonfire or ancient wyvern shield to be equipped in order to be slain, or the player will suffer devastating damage from their unique icy breath.

Note that after Bone Voyage, a Slayer level of 82 is required in order to deal damage to Ancient Wyverns (not withstanding the effects of a poisoned weapon). Otherwise, eating a wild pie at 77 Slayer will do, though kills will be extremely long.

Quick travel tip is to use the Digsite pendant, which should be used on the strange machine at the House on the Hill, to teleport directly to Fossil Island. Run south-east to the cave entrance. For Slayer tasks, you can use the Magic Mushtree adjacent to the House on the Hill teleport location to appear beside the task-only Wyvern Cave. Alternatively, the player can teleport to the Digsite, use the barge, and run east past the bank and then south-east into the cave.

Suggested skills

Equipment

Players simply tank the wyverns by maximising their Defence via Barrows or Bandos equipment and disregarding protection prayers. However, using Protect from Melee can be used to reduce the amount of incoming hits. High-level food like anglerfish or sharks is recommended. The player's Prayer points can instead be used on Piety, and bringing at least two prayer potions is strongly advised, as well as being easily paid for by the wyvern bones collected.

Recommended equipment for Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png Slayer helmet (i) (only on Fossil island wyvern task) Black mask (i).png Black mask (i) (only on Fossil island wyvern task) Serpentine helm.png Serpentine helm / Verac's helm.png Verac's helm Helm of neitiznot.png Helm of neitiznot Obsidian helmet.png Obsidian helmet
Neck Amulet of torture.png Amulet of torture Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory Amulet of power.png Amulet of power N/A
Back Infernal cape.png Infernal cape Fire cape.png Fire cape Defence cape (t).png Defence cape (any trimmed skillcape) Obsidian cape.png Obsidian cape N/A
Body Torag's platebody.png Barrows body / Bandos chestplate.png Bandos chestplate Fighter torso.png Fighter torso Dragon chainbody.png Dragon chainbody Obsidian platebody.png Obsidian platebody N/A
Legs Torag's platelegs.png Barrows legs / Bandos tassets.png Bandos tassets Dragon platelegs.png Dragon platelegs (skirt) Obsidian platelegs.png Obsidian platelegs N/A N/A
Weapo Abyssal whip.png Abyssal whip Zamorakian hasta.png Zamorakian hasta Abyssal dagger.png Abyssal dagger (p++) Dragon scimitar.png Dragon scimitar N/A
Shield Dragonfire shield.png Dragonfire shield Ancient wyvern shield.png Ancient wyvern shield Mind shield.png Mind shield Elemental shield.png Elemental shield N/A
Ammo/Spell Holy blessing.png God blessing N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png Rune gloves Regen bracelet.png Regen bracelet N/A
Feet Primordial boots.png Primordial boots Dragon boots.png Dragon boots Bandos boots.png Bandos boots Granite boots.png Granite boots Rune boots.png Rune boots
Ring Berserker ring (i).png Berserker ring (i) / Ring of suffering (i).png Ring of suffering (i) Warrior ring (i).png Warrior ring (i) Ring of life.png Ring of life N/A N/A

 


Super combat potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png
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Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Digsite pendant.png


Inventory

Protect from Melee is the correct overhead with Proselyte or Initiate armour equipped. The player may also choose to use Piety (and optionally Preserve) or weaker accuracy-boosting prayers to speed up kills, but at greater cost. At least one prayer potion will be needed using this setup, and more if using boosting prayers. Verac's equipment has significantly higher Defence than Proselyte armour with slightly less Prayer bonus and is a good choice if you are looking for a compromise between Defence bonuses and Prayer bonuses.

Recommended equipment for Prayer
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png Slayer helmet (i) (only on Fossil island wyvern task) Black mask (i).png Black mask (i) (only on Fossil island wyvern task) Serpentine helm.png Serpentine helm / Verac's helm.png Verac's helm Helm of neitiznot.png Helm of neitiznot N/A
Neck Amulet of torture.png Amulet of torture Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory Amulet of power.png Amulet of power Amulet of strength.png Amulet of strength
Back Ardougne cloak 4.png Ardougne cloak Infernal cape.png Infernal cape or Fire cape.png Fire cape Prayer cape (t).png Prayer cape (t) (any trimmed skillcape) Mythical cape.png Mythical cape N/A
Body Proselyte hauberk.png Proselyte hauberk Verac's brassard.png Verac's brassard Initiate hauberk.png Initiate hauberk Monk's robe top.png Monk's robe top N/A
Legs Proselyte cuisse.png Proselyte cuisse Verac's plateskirt.png Verac's plateskirt Initiate cuisse.png Initiate cuisse Monk's robe.png Monk's robe N/A
Weapo Zamorakian hasta.png Zamorakian hasta Abyssal whip.png Abyssal whip Abyssal dagger.png Abyssal dagger (p++) Dragon scimitar.png Dragon scimitar N/A
Shield Dragonfire shield.png Dragonfire shield Ancient wyvern shield.png Ancient wyvern shield Mind shield.png Mind shield Elemental shield.png Elemental shield N/A
Ammo/Spell Holy blessing.png God blessing N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png Rune gloves Regen bracelet.png Regen bracelet N/A
Feet Primordial boots.png Primordial boots Dragon boots.png Dragon boots Bandos boots.png Bandos boots Granite boots.png Granite boots Rune boots.png Rune boots
Ring Ring of the gods (i).png Ring of the gods (i) or Ring of suffering (i).png Ring of suffering (i) Berserker ring (i).png Berserker ring (i) Warrior ring (i).png Warrior ring (i) N/A N/A

 


Super combat potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png
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Inventory

Magic can be a feasible method to kill the wyverns if players are have high Magic levels can afford the upkeep on the Trident. Although Melee is much more profitable, Magic can still be utilised if the player wishes to do so, but it is strongly recommended to stand several spaces away from the wyvern to avoid Melee damage. Mystic Might or Augury can also be used to speed up kills should the player desire.

Recommended equipment for Magic
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png Slayer helmet (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task) Black mask (i).png Black mask (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task) Ancestral hat.png Ancestral hat 3rd age mage hat.png 3rd age mage hat Ahrim's hood.png Ahrim's hood
Neck Occult necklace.png Occult necklace Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury 3rd age amulet.png 3rd age amulet Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory Amulet of magic.png Amulet of magic
Back God capes.gif God cape Ardougne cloak 4.png Ardougne cloak 4 Ardougne cloak 3.png Ardougne cloak 3 / Ghostly cloak.png Ghostly cloak Ardougne cloak 2.png Ardougne cloak 2 N/A
Body Ancestral robe top.png Ancestral robe top Ahrim's robetop.png Ahrim's robetop N/A N/A N/A
Legs Ancestral robe bottom.png Ancestral robe bottom Ahrim's robeskirt.png Ahrim's robeskirt N/A N/A N/A
Weapo Trident of the swamp.png Trident of the swamp Trident of the seas.png Trident of the seas N/A N/A N/A
Shield Ancient wyvern shield.png Ancient wyvern shield Mind shield.png Mind shield Elemental shield.png Elemental shield Dragonfire shield.png Dragonfire shield N/A
Ammo/Spell Holy blessing.png God blessing N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves Tormented bracelet.png Tormented bracelet Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png Rune gloves N/A
Feet Eternal boots.png Eternal boots Infinity boots.png Infinity boots Wizard boots.png Wizard boots Boots of darkness.png Boots of darkness Mystic boots (blue).png Mystic boots
Ring Seers ring (i).png Seers ring (i) Beacon ring.png Beacon ring / Lunar ring.png Lunar ring Ring of the gods (i).png Ring of the gods (i) / Ring of suffering (i).png Ring of suffering (i) Ring of life.png Ring of life N/A

 


Imbued heart.png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png
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Inventory

Although players will get slower kills, Ranged can still be used. If players wish to do so, be aware of the negative bonuses that both the Ancient and Dragonfire shields possess. Nonetheless, it is strongly recommended to stand several spaces away from the wyvern to avoid Melee damage. Eagle Eye or Rigour can also be used to speed up kills should the player desire.


Recommended equipment for Ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png Slayer helmet (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task) Black mask (i).png Black mask (i) (only on Fossil Island wyvern task) Armadyl helmet.png Armadyl helmet / 3rd age range coif.png 3rd age range coif Robin hood hat.png Robin hood hat Karil's coif.png Karil's coif
Neck Necklace of anguish.png Necklace of anguish Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory Amulet of power.png Amulet of power N/A
Back Ava's assembler.png Ava's assembler Ava's accumulator.png Ava's accumulator Ranging cape.png Ranging cape Ava's attractor.png Ava's attractor N/A
Body Armadyl chestplate.png Armadyl chestplate Karil's leathertop.png Karil's leathertop 3rd age range top.png 3rd age range top Armadyl d'hide.png Blessed body (any god) Black d'hide body.png Black d'hide body
Legs Armadyl chainskirt.png Armadyl chainskirt Karil's leatherskirt.png Karil's leatherskirt 3rd age range legs.png 3rd age range legs Saradomin chaps.png Blessed chaps (any god) Black d'hide chaps.png Black d'hide chaps
Weapo Dragon hunter crossbow.png Dragon hunter crossbow Armadyl crossbow.png Armadyl crossbow Dragon crossbow.png Dragon crossbow Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow N/A
Shield Dragonfire ward.png Dragonfire ward Mind shield.png Mind shield Elemental shield.png Elemental shield Dragonfire shield.png Dragonfire shield Ancient wyvern shield.png Ancient wyvern shield
Ammo/Spell Amethyst broad bolts.png Amethyst broad bolts / Runite bolts.png Runite bolts Diamond bolts (e).png Diamond bolts (e) Broad bolts.png Broad bolts Adamant bolts.png Adamant bolts Mithril bolts.png Mithril bolts
Gloves Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Ranger gloves.png Ranger gloves 3rd age vambraces.png 3rd age vambraces Saradomin bracers.png Blessed vambraces (any god) Black d'hide vamb.png Black d'hide vamb
Feet Pegasian boots.png Pegasian boots Ranger boots.png Ranger boots Saradomin d'hide boots.png Blessed boots (any god) Snakeskin boots.png Snakeskin boots N/A
Ring Archers ring (i).png Archers ring (i) Ring of the gods (i).png Ring of the gods (i) / Ring of suffering (i).png Ring of suffering (i) Ring of life.png Ring of life N/A N/A

 


Ranging potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png
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Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Teleport to house.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Digsite pendant.png


Inventory

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