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The Kalphite Queen (Kalphiscarabeinae pasha), also called the KQ, is the strongest of the Kalphites. The Kalphite Queen, along with dust devils and smoke devils, is notable for dropping the Dragon chainbody armour.

The Kalphite Queen is one of the toughest monsters in RuneScape. She can inflict large amounts of damage with her Ranged and Magic attacks as they always result in a successful hit.[1] It is recommended for players to bring an emergency teleport such as an Ectophial or teleport tablet, or only bring items into the lair they are willing to lose.


The Kalphite Queen resides in her lair southwest of the Shantay Pass. If you are lucky and fast, you can run from the Shantay Pass to the Kalphite Lair fast enough so that the desert heat does not affect you. Alternatively, the Fairy Ring BIQ can take you to right outside the Lair entrance. You will require a rope to enter the dungeon, which will be used in the process. A second rope is required to reach the lower level where Kalphite Queen resides. Completion of the Elite Desert Diary removes the need to bring ropes each time.

In addition, those with access to Dorgesh-Kaan can find a tunnel in the Dorgesh-Kaan South Dungeon that leads through to the Kalphite Lair, emerging near the Kalphite Soldiers.

Fight overview

Fighting Kalphite Queen

A player fights the airborne form of the Kalphite Queen.

The Kalphite Queen has a combat level of 333. Each form has 255 Hitpoints, and her Ranged and Magic attacks have 100% accuracy. She may also use a decently accurate melee attack. The Queen has two forms: in the first, she is an immense scarab beetle, and in her second, a giant wasp. She switches forms only after the first has been fully defeated.

As a beetle, she is extremely resistant to Magic and Ranged attacks, as indicated by her overhead prayers. As a wasp, she is resistant to Melee attacks. Therefore, players should be prepared to use both Melee and Ranged or Magic.

Each of her attacks have a max hit of 31. Her Ranged attacks consists of her shooting barbed spines from her abdomen. If there are players close to the person being targeted with this attack they will also be hit, to avoid this players can stand on opposite sides of the Kalphite Queen. Her Magic attack bounces from player to player. Her Melee attack can also hit high, but is much less accurate than the Magic and Ranged attacks.


The player will always receive two items from the Kalphite Queen's drop table: One from the regular drop table, and one from the Consumables table.


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Monkfish Monkfish 3 Common 1,422
Shark Shark 2 Common 1,922
Super combat potion(2) Super combat potion(2) 1 Common 4,959
Ranging potion(3) Ranging potion(3) 1 Common 508
Superantipoison(2) Superantipoison(2) 1 Common 113
Dark crab Dark crab 2 Uncommon 2,430
Saradomin brew(4) Saradomin brew(4) 1 Uncommon 5,249
Super restore(4) Super restore(4) 1 Uncommon 10,462
Prayer potion(4) Prayer potion(4) 2 Uncommon 20,268


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 29,508
Lava battlestaff Lava battlestaff 1 Uncommon 9,534
Red d'hide body Red d'hide body 1 Uncommon 6,082
Rune knife (p) Rune knife(p++) 25 Uncommon 8,600
Battlestaff Battlestaff 10 (noted) Rare 82,130
Dragon chainbody Dragon chainbody 1 Rare (1/128) 382,682
Dragon 2h sword Dragon 2h sword 1 Rare (1/256) 132,352


There is a 1 in 16 chance of rolling the herb table.[2]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy toadflax Grimy toadflax 25 (noted) Uncommon 39,300
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 25 (noted) Uncommon 189,325
Grimy snapdragon Grimy snapdragon 25 (noted) Rare 219,875
Grimy torstol Grimy torstol 25 (noted) Rare 204,325


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 25 Uncommon 1,925
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 2 Uncommon 116,014
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 2 Uncommon (3/128) 238,280
Papaya tree seed 5 Papaya tree seed 2 Rare 7,932
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 2 Rare 89,772


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Blood rune Blood rune 100 Common 37,600
Mithril arrow 5 Mithril arrow 500 Common 9,500
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 250 Uncommon 18,750
Death rune Death rune 150 Uncommon 31,050


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 25 (noted) Uncommon 31,950
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 25 (noted) Uncommon 17,500
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 25 (noted) Uncommon 65,575


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Potato cactus Potato cactus 100 (noted) Common 75,300
Wine of zamorak Wine of zamorak 60 (noted) Common (10/128) 106,740
Ensouled kalphite head Ensouled kalphite head 1 Common (1/20) 3,624
Coins 10000 Coins 15,000–20,000 Uncommon Not sold
Runite bar Runite bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 37,266
Magic logs Magic logs 60 (noted) Uncommon 65,580
Grapes Grapes 100 (noted) Uncommon 6,700
Bucket of sand Bucket of sand 100 (noted) Uncommon 4,900
Cactus spine Cactus spine 10 (noted) Uncommon 13,820
Gold ore Gold ore 250 (noted) Uncommon 51,500
Weapon poison(++) Weapon poison(++) 5 (noted) Uncommon 22,620
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/100) Not sold
Kq head Kq head 1 Rare (1/128)[3] Not sold
Jar of sand Jar of sand 1 Very rare (1/2,000) 766,028
Kalphite princess Kalphite princess 1 Very rare (1/3,000) Not sold

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster has access to the standard rare drop table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000 Coins 3,000 Rare Not sold
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Rare 10,365
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Rare 11,315
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 436
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Rare 12,422
Rare drop table talisman Unknown talisman
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1 Very rare Error
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Very rare 14,941
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,804
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,468
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 700
Law rune Law rune 45 Very rare 8,235
Death rune Death rune 45 Very rare 9,315
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,800
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 3,150
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,260
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,538
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,897
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 8,100
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,278
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,088
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 59,001
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,910
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,750
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,980
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,623
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Very rare 875


  • The Kalphite Queen was previously the only known entity able to use simultaneous overhead protection prayers. Protect from magic and missiles overhead
  • The Kalphite Queen's original drops were much worse, similar to the King Black Dragon's before their drop tables were updated due to player feedback.
  • Prior to a poll, only the second form counted towards the damage needed to obtain drops after her death. This upset players as crashers would come when a player was on the second form, taking the drop from them with minimal effort. This has since been changed, and now players who did the most damage to both forms will obtain the drop.
  • If the second form stays alive for a long period of time, it will revert back to the first form and retain the second form's remaining Hitpoints. When the first form is killed again, a second form with full health will emerge, akin to Vet'ion.
  • If stat-draining special attacks are used on her first form, the stat reductions will carry over to the second form.[4]


  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 3 June 2015.
  2. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 4 March 2016. Mod Ash: "10/128 for the wine, 8/128 for a herb."
  3. Players will always receive a Kq head (tattered) on their 265th kill, which can only be used to mount in a POH.
  4. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 8 May 2017. Mod Ash: "Yes [when the defence is lowered on KQ's first form it stays lowered on the second form], same with Vet'ion."
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