The Kalphite Queen is one of the strongest bosses in RuneScape. Be well prepared, and be aware of the risks you carry should you die fighting her.

How to get there

Go west of Shantay Pass to reach the lair.

The Kalphite Queen is located at the end of the Kalphite Lair. It is highly advised to complete both the Lumbridge & Draynor Diary and Desert Diary (players need to have mounted a Kq head in their player-owned house to complete the Desert Diary, which may take many kills to obtain). The Lumbridge & Draynor Diary will allow for use of a nearby Fairy Ring (b i q)without using a Dramen or Lunar staff, and the Desert Diary for significantly faster access to the Queen in addition to taking out the requirement of bringing one or two ropes for food or potions and providing access to a shortcut with 86 Agility.

From the surface area, players go west of the Shantay Pass until they find a bulging tunnel; this is where a rope is needed for players. From the dungeon area, walk south through the tunnel to reach the lair; another rope is needed here.

A map of the lair.

Once in the lair, players will go around a fairly large tunnel section with hostile soldiers, which can poison if they damage you. At the end is a chamber with two Kalphite guardians and another bulging tunnel; this is where the other rope is used. Like the soldiers, the guardians can poison, so being under the effects of an anti-poison potion is recommended so the player does not get hit with poison while fighting the Queen.

After going down, there is another set of guardians. On the other side is the Queen; drink potions and put on protection prayers before charging in.

The fight

Tip: Unless wearing a Serpentine helm for the duration of the fight, sip an Antidote++ before going to the lair to save an inventory slot, or just bring said potion.

The Kalphite Queen, like most other bosses, has 255 Hitpoints. Her Magic and Ranged attacks have 100% accuracy, though it is possible for the attack to deal no damage instead. Her Melee attack does not share this unique mechanic, and is treated as a standard attack. Unlike the soldiers and guardians, this melee attack does not poison.

There are two phases of the fight, similar to Vet'ion. While in her grounded form, the Kalphite Queen has Protect from Magic and Protect from Missiles active; however, they only add increased Defence to those styles rather than full immunity like the player versions of it.

A player fights the airborne forme of the Kalphite Queen.

When she falls to zero health in her first form, her chitin will crack open and the second form, a wasp-like creature, will appear. This airborne form has Protect from Melee active; however, like the first form, this only provides increased Defence.

Note: Upon triggering the second form, there is a time limit of 5 minutes for defeating it. If not defeated within this time frame, the Kalphite Queen returns to the first form, though she carries the health she had left on her second form when she reverted back.

Throughout the fight, if the Queen is near any bulging cocoons, Kalphite workers will hatch and attack nearby players on sight. These only stay for a while before despawning. It is advised to get the Queen near them so the workers will spawn. This is because if there are plenty of workers around her, she will be unable to move at all while they are present, and allow the player to easily flinch her for longer trips. This is only viable with melee, as there is not enough time to dodge her attack if flinching her with Ranged or Magic.

Suggested skills

  • 90+ Hitpoints icon.png
  • 85+ Attack icon.png (90+ diary method)
  • 85+ Strength icon.png (90+ diary method)
  • 70+ Defence icon.png (90+ diary method)
  • 85+ Ranged icon.png (90+ diary method)
  • 70+ Prayer icon.png (Piety)

Equipment

This method capitalises on maximising Melee and Ranged attack bonuses. The Ring of suffering (i) is useful here due to Kalphite Queen constantly hitting you for high damage, thus triggering the recoil effect. The Dragon warhammer is important for lowering Kalphite Queen's defence, making both forms much faster to kill. If you hit two successful specs, the Toxic blowpipe with Rune darts is actually better DPS than the Abyssal bludgeon if lacking a Mythical cape. Make sure to walk under her between Dragon warhammer specs due to its slower attacking speed. If using a Godsword for the Melee portion, it is recommended to use the flinching method, where you hit once, and walk under, thus limiting the amount of times that the Kalphite Queen can hit. It is recommended to use this method on a Slayer task, as the Slayer helmet can give very large bonuses. This setup also assumes you have already completed the elite Desert Diary and no longer need to bring Rope.

First phase

During the first phase, Protect from Magic is recommended, as it uses magic more often. Also, Piety is strongly recommended to speed up kills. Conserve food by running underneath her while healing rather than eating in the open, and use her minions or walls to restrict her movement. Immediately run under her again after killing off her first phase, heal up, and prepare for the second phase.

Recommended equipment for High DPS (phase one)
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png Slayer helmet (i) (on kalphites task only) Helm of neitiznot.png Helm of neitiznot N/A N/A N/A
Neck Amulet of torture.png Amulet of torture Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory N/A N/A
Back Infernal cape.png Infernal cape Mythical cape.png Mythical cape Fire cape.png Fire cape N/A N/A
Body Bandos chestplate.png Bandos chestplate Fighter torso.png Fighter torso N/A N/A N/A
Legs Bandos tassets.png Bandos tassets Verac's plateskirt.png Verac's plateskirt N/A N/A N/A
Weapo Abyssal bludgeon.png Abyssal bludgeon Zamorakian hasta.png Zamorakian hasta Saradomin godsword.png Saradomin godsword / Bandos godsword.png Bandos godsword N/A N/A
Shield Avernic defender.png Avernic defender if using Zamorakian hasta Dragon defender.png Dragon defender N/A N/A N/A
Gloves Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png Rune gloves N/A N/A
Feet Primordial boots.png Primordial boots Dragon boots.png Dragon boots N/A N/A N/A
Ring Ring of suffering (i).png Ring of suffering (i) Berserker ring (i).png Berserker ring (i) Tyrannical ring (i).png Tyrannical ring (i) N/A N/A
Toxic blowpipe.png Armadyl chestplate.png Armadyl chainskirt.png Pegasian boots.png
Ava's assembler.png Necklace of anguish.png Super combat potion(4).png Ranging potion(4).png
Antidote++(4).png Super restore(4).png Cooked karambwan.png Cooked karambwan.png
Cooked karambwan.png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Dragon warhammer.png Avernic defender.png Teleport to house.png Rune pouch.png


Inventory

Second phase

During the second phase, it doesn't really matter whether you pray Protect from Magic or Protect from Missiles, just make sure to stand in melee range to reduce their frequency. It's recommended to walk under her as soon as this phase begins, otherwise she will get an extra attack on you first. Also, Eagle Eye or Rigour is strongly recommended to speed up kills. Conserve food by running underneath her while healing rather than eating in the open, and use her minions or walls to restrict her movement.

Recommended equipment for High DPS (phase 2)
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png Slayer helmet (i) (on kalphites task only) Armadyl helmet.png Armadyl helmet Archer helm.png Archer helm N/A N/A
Neck Necklace of anguish.png Necklace of anguish Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory N/A N/A
Back Ava's assembler.png Ava's assembler Ava's accumulator.png Ava's accumulator Ranging cape.png Ranging cape N/A N/A
Body Armadyl chestplate.png Armadyl chestplate Armadyl d'hide.png Blessed body Black d'hide body.png Black d'hide body Karil's leathertop.png Karil's leathertop N/A
Legs Armadyl chainskirt.png Armadyl chainskirt Armadyl chaps.png Blessed chaps Black d'hide chaps.png Black d'hide chaps Karil's leatherskirt.png Karil's leatherskirt N/A
Weapo Toxic blowpipe.png Toxic blowpipe Armadyl crossbow.png Armadyl crossbow Dragon crossbow.png Dragon crossbow Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow N/A
Shield None unless using Armadyl, Dragon, or Rune crossbow Unholy book.png Unholy book N/A N/A N/A
Ammo/Spell Holy blessing.png God blessing (Toxic blowpipe only) Diamond bolts 5.png Diamond bolts (e) Amethyst broad bolts 5.png Amethyst broad bolts Broad bolts 5.png Broad bolts Runite bolts 5.png Runite bolts
Gloves Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png Rune gloves N/A N/A
Feet Pegasian boots.png Pegasian boots Ranger boots.png Ranger boots Armadyl d'hide boots.png Blessed boots N/A N/A
Ring Ring of suffering (i).png Ring of suffering (i) Archers ring (i).png Archers ring (i) N/A N/A N/A

This method minimises the amount of gear needed, while still maximising the damage. This method is only recommended if you haven't already completed the elite Desert Diary, and thus are required to bring two Ropes upon reentering the lair every time. Unlike the DPS method, you are recommended to stay as long as possible before banking, so food is prioritised over DPS. The Ring of suffering (i) is useful here due to Kalphite Queen constantly hitting you for high damage, thus triggering the recoil effect. The Dragon warhammer is important for lowering Kalphite Queen's defence, making both forms much faster to kill. If using a Godsword for the Melee portion, it is recommended to use the flinching method, where you hit once, and walk under, thus limiting the amount of times that the Kalphite Queen can hit.

First phase

During the first phase, Protect from Magic is recommended. Also, Piety is strongly recommended to speed up kills. Conserve food by running underneath her while healing rather than eating in the open, and use her minions or walls to restrict her movement. Immediately run under her again after killing off her first phase, heal up, and prepare for the second phase.

Recommended equipment for Diary method (phase one)
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png Slayer helmet (i) (on kalphites task only) Helm of neitiznot.png Helm of neitiznot N/A N/A N/A
Neck Amulet of torture.png Amulet of torture Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory N/A N/A
Back Infernal cape.png Infernal cape Mythical cape.png Mythical cape Fire cape.png Fire cape N/A N/A
Body Armadyl d'hide.png Blessed body Karil's leathertop.png Karil's leathertop N/A N/A N/A
Legs Armadyl chaps.png Blessed chaps Karil's leatherskirt.png Karil's leatherskirt N/A N/A N/A
Weapo Abyssal bludgeon.png Abyssal bludgeon Zamorakian hasta.png Zamorakian hasta Saradomin godsword.png Saradomin godsword / Bandos godsword.png Bandos godsword N/A N/A
Shield Avernic defender.png Avernic defender if using Zamorakian hasta Dragon defender.png Dragon defender N/A N/A N/A
Gloves Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png Rune gloves N/A N/A
Feet Primordial boots.png Primordial boots Dragon boots.png Dragon boots N/A N/A N/A
Ring Ring of suffering (i).png Ring of suffering (i) Berserker ring (i).png Berserker ring (i) Tyrannical ring (i).png Tyrannical ring (i) N/A N/A
Toxic blowpipe.png Necklace of anguish.png Ava's assembler.png Super combat potion(4).png
Ranging potion(4).png Super restore(4).png Sanfew serum(4).png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Dragon warhammer.png Avernic defender.png
Rope.png Rope.png Teleport to house.png Rune pouch.png


Inventory

Second phase

During the second phase, it doesn't really matter whether you pray Protect from Magic or Protect from Missiles, just make sure to stand in melee range to reduce their frequency. It's recommended to walk under her as soon as this phase begins, otherwise she will get an extra attack on you first. Also, Eagle Eye or Rigour is strongly recommended to speed up kills. Conserve food by running underneath her while healing rather than eating in the open, and use her minions or walls to restrict her movement.

Because of the special effect of Verac the Defiled's equipment, it is possible to kill the Kalphite Queen using only that set especially if duo'ing. It can hit through prayer, which comes in handy for the second form. This method can usually get around one or two (if lucky) kills per trip. It is also recommended to have both the elite Lumbridge & Draynor Diary and the elite Desert Diary done, as this will speed up getting to the Kalphite Queen. For the duration of the fight, have Protect from Magic activated. Also, Piety is recommended to speed up kills. Conserve food by running underneath her while healing rather than eating in the open, and use her minions or walls to block her movement.

Recommended equipment for Diary method (phase two)
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Verac's helm.png Verac's helm N/A N/A N/A N/A
Neck Amulet of torture.png Amulet of torture Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory N/A N/A
Back Infernal cape.png Infernal cape Fire cape.png Fire cape Ardougne cloak 4.png Ardougne cloak 4 N/A N/A
Body Verac's brassard.png Verac's brassard N/A N/A N/A N/A
Legs Verac's plateskirt.png Verac's plateskirt N/A N/A N/A N/A
Weapo Verac's flail.png Verac's flail N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png Rune gloves N/A N/A
Feet Primordial boots.png Primordial boots Dragon boots.png Dragon boots Guardian boots.png Guardian boots Bandos boots.png Bandos boots N/A
Ring Berserker ring (i).png Berserker ring (i) Tyrannical ring (i).png Tyrannical ring (i) Ring of the gods (i).png Ring of the gods (i) N/A N/A
Super combat potion(4).png Saradomin brew(4).png Super restore(4).png Prayer potion(4).png
Prayer potion(4).png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Teleport to house.png


Inventory

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