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Crawling Airborne

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

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.png Monkfish 3 Common 1,386
Shark.png Shark 2 Common 1,842
Super combat potion(2).png Super combat potion(2) 1 Common 4,885
Ranging potion(3).png Ranging potion(3) 1 Common 498
Superantipoison(2).png Superantipoison(2) 1 Common 107
Dark crab.png Dark crab 2 Uncommon 2,392
Saradomin brew(4).png Saradomin brew(4) 1 Uncommon 5,196
Super restore(4).png Super restore(4) 1 Uncommon 9,946
Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4) 2 Uncommon 20,112


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune chainbody.png Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 29,475
Lava battlestaff.png Lava battlestaff 1 Uncommon 9,454
Red d'hide body.png Red d'hide body 1 Uncommon 5,932
Rune knife (p).png Rune knife(p++) 25 Uncommon 7,725
Battlestaff.png Battlestaff 10 (noted) Rare 81,610
Dragon chainbody.png Dragon chainbody 1 Rare (1/128) 375,127
Dragon 2h sword.png Dragon 2h sword 1 Rare (1/256) 131,761


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

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy toadflax.png Grimy toadflax 25 (noted) Uncommon 39,700
Grimy ranarr weed.png Grimy ranarr weed 25 (noted) Uncommon 191,000
Grimy snapdragon.png Grimy snapdragon 25 (noted) Rare 210,125
Grimy torstol.png Grimy torstol 25 (noted) Rare 208,525


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Watermelon seed.png Watermelon seed 25 Uncommon 1,775
Torstol seed.png Torstol seed 2 Uncommon 116,770
Magic seed.png Magic seed 2 Uncommon (3/128) 237,862
Papaya tree seed.png Papaya tree seed 2 Rare 7,178
Palm tree seed.png Palm tree seed 2 Rare 79,562


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Blood rune.png Blood rune 100 Common 36,700
Mithril arrow.png Mithril arrow 500 Common 9,500
Rune arrow.png Rune arrow 250 Uncommon 17,500
Death rune.png Death rune 150 Uncommon 30,450


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby 25 (noted) Uncommon 31,225
Uncut emerald.png Uncut emerald 25 (noted) Uncommon 16,975
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond 25 (noted) Uncommon 65,675


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Potato cactus.png Potato cactus 100 (noted) Common 80,800
Wine of zamorak.png Wine of zamorak 60 (noted) Common (10/128) 106,500
Ensouled kalphite head.png Ensouled kalphite head 1 Common (1/20) 3,327
Coins 10000.png Coins 15,000–20,000 Uncommon Not sold
Runite bar.png Runite bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 37,104
Magic logs.png Magic logs 60 (noted) Uncommon 65,400
Grapes.png Grapes 100 (noted) Uncommon 7,300
Bucket of sand.png Bucket of sand 100 (noted) Uncommon 4,700
Cactus spine.png Cactus spine 10 (noted) Uncommon 12,940
Gold ore.png Gold ore 250 (noted) Uncommon 51,500
Weapon poison(++).png Weapon poison(++) 5 (noted) Uncommon 23,775
Clue scroll (elite).png Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/100) Not sold
Kq head.png Kq head 1 Rare (1/128)[3] Not sold
Jar of sand.png Jar of sand 1 Very rare (1/2,000) 751,760
Kalphite princess.png 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.png Coins 3,000 Rare Not sold
Loop half of key.png Loop half of key 1 Rare 10,307
Tooth half of key.png Tooth half of key 1 Rare 10,840
Uncut sapphire.png Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 455
Runite bar.png Runite bar 1 Rare 12,368
Rare drop table talisman.png Unknown talisman
(please specify)
1 Very rare Error
Nature rune.png Nature rune 67 Very rare 14,539
Rune 2h sword.png Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,758
Rune battleaxe.png Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,487
Uncut emerald.png Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 679
Law rune.png Law rune 45 Very rare 7,470
Death rune.png Death rune 45 Very rare 9,135
Steel arrow.png Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,800
Rune arrow.png Rune arrow 42 Very rare 2,940
Adamant javelin.png Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,220
Rune sq shield.png Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,459
Dragonstone.png Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,932
Silver ore.png Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 7,000
Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,249
Rune kiteshield.png Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,015
Dragon med helm.png Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 58,488
Rune spear.png Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,933
Shield left half.png Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,697
Dragon spear.png Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,226
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,627
Rune javelin.png 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.png
  • 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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