OSRS Kalphite Queen Guide

20.12.2023 - 14:41:52
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OSRS Kalphite Queen Guide

If you want a decent challenge with plenty of rewards in OSRS, one of the bosses you can take on is the Kalphite Queen. She might not be up there like the baddest of the bad in the world of Gielinor but she's far from being a pushover. If you're having trouble beating her, then let this guide walk you through it.

Who Is The Kalphite Queen?

You'll eventually encounter the Kalphite Queen, also known as the KQ. Alongside dust devils and smoke devils, the Kalphite Queen stands out for the coveted drop of the Dragon chainbody. Notably, she shares the distinction with the Volcanic Mine as one of the two locations, outside of the wilderness, where players can secure a Dragon pickaxe.

Prepare yourself, for the Kalphite Queen is a force to be reckoned with, capable of inflicting substantial damage through her Ranged and Magic attacks, both of which always find their mark. To navigate this perilous encounter, it's advised to carry an emergency teleport, such as an Ectophial, royal seed pod, or teleport tablet. Alternatively, only bring items into the lair for which you are willing to pay the gravestone fees.

Defeating the Kalphite Queen is not only a test of skill but also a requirement for the Hard Desert Diary. Furthermore, conversing with the mounted head of the queen in your Player-Owned House becomes a prerequisite for the Elite Desert Diary, adding an extra layer of achievement to your desert adventures.

OSRS Kalphite Queen Location

The Kalphite Queen resides in the Kalphite Lair, situated southwest of the Shantay Pass. To access the lair, you'll need two ropes—one to enter the dungeon itself and another to descend to the lower level where the Kalphite Queen awaits. Be mindful that a rope is consumed in the process of entering the dungeon. However, upon completing the hard Desert Diary, these ropes become permanent once placed.

Upon achieving the elite Desert Diary, a crevice shortcut becomes accessible to you, provided you have a level 86 Agility. This shortcut conveniently connects the entrance of the lair to the entrance of the lower level.

For those with access to Dorgesh-Kaan, a tunnel in the Dorgesh-Kaan South Dungeon can be found, leading directly to the Kalphite Lair and emerging near the Kalphite workers. It's a convenient route for those seeking an alternative path to the lair.

Kalphite Queen Fight Mechanics

The Kalphite Queen has a formidable combat level of 333. Each of her two forms possesses 255 Hitpoints, and her Ranged and Magic attacks are impressively accurate at 100%. Additionally, she can employ a reasonably accurate melee attack and she also switches forms. The Queen's forms include an immense scarab beetle and a giant wasp airborne form, with the transition occurring only after the first form is fully defeated.

When she takes the form of a beetle, brace yourself, as she exhibits strong resistance to Magic and Ranged attacks, evident from her overhead prayers. On the other hand, in wasp form, she becomes resistant to Melee attacks. Hence, it's crucial for you to be ready to utilize both Melee and either Ranged or Magic tactics.

Each of her attacks can deal a maximum hit of 31. During her Ranged attacks, she shoots barbed spines from her abdomen, which not only pose a threat but also drain 1 prayer point (potentially reduced by the spectral spirit shield). It's noteworthy that players close to the targeted person during this attack will also be affected. To avoid this, positioning yourself on opposite sides of the Kalphite Queen is advisable. Her Magic attack bounces from player to player, while her Melee attack, though potentially high-hitting, lacks the 100% accuracy seen in her Magic and Ranged attacks.

Upon defeating the first form, there is a 20-game tick (12 seconds) transition period before the second form emerges. Should the second form persist for an extended duration, it will revert to the first form while retaining the remaining hitpoints of the second form. If stat-draining special attacks are employed on the first form, the stat reductions will carry over to the second form, providing an additional layer of strategy in your encounter with the Kalphite Queen.

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Preparing For The Kalphite Queen

The best way to beat the Kalphite Queen is to head to here fully prepared. For stats, here's what you'll need.

Kalphite Queen Recommended Stats

  • Hitpoints 90+ (70+ for mid-game method)
  • Attack 85+ (70+ for mid-game method, or 90+ for pre-diary method)
  • Strength 85+ (70+ for mid-game method, or 90+ for pre-diary method)
  • Defence 70+ (70+ for mid-game method, or 90+ for pre-diary method)
  • Ranged 85+ (70+ for mid-game method, or 90+ for pre-diary method)
  • Prayer 74+ (Rigour), 70+ (Piety), or 44+ (Eagle Eye, for mid-game method)

Recommended Gear

We're going to recommend a melee and ranged build for the Kalphite Queen as these are the best methods to take her on with. KQ has two phases. The first phase will be fought using melee weapons while the second phase will be fought using ranged weapons.

Melee Build


  • Slayer helmet (i) (on kalphite task only)
  • Torva full helm / Inquisitor's great helm
  • Neitiznot faceguard
  • Serpentine helm
  • Helm of neitiznot


  • Amulet of torture
  • Amulet of fury / Amulet of blood fury
  • Amulet of glory
  • N/A


  • Infernal cape
  • Fire cape / Mythical cape
  • Max cape
  • Ranging cape / Ava's assembler
  • N/A


  • Torva platebody / Inquisitor's hauberk
  • Bandos chestplate
  • Fighter torso
  • Armadyl d'hide body
  • Blessed body
  • N/A


  • Torva platelegs / Inquisitor's plateskirt
  • Bandos tassets
  • Armadyl chaps
  • Blessed chaps
  • Verac's plateskirt
  • N/A


  • Keris partisan of breaching (on kalphite task)
  • Scythe of vitur
  • Keris partisan
  • Inquisitor's mace
  • Abyssal bludgeon


  • Avernic defender
  • Dragon defender
  • N/A


  • Rada's blessing 4
  • Peaceful blessing / God blessing / Rada's blessing 3/2
  • N/A


  • Ferocious gloves
  • Barrows gloves
  • Dragon gloves
  • Regen bracelet
  • N/A


  • Primordial boots
  • Dragon boots
  • Spiked manacles
  • N/A


  • Ultor ring
  • Berserker ring (i) / Ring of suffering (ri)
  • Tyrannical ring (i)
  • Brimstone ring
  • Ring of shadows

Special Attack:

  • Dragon warhammer
  • Ancient godsword
  • Bandos godsword
  • N/A
  • N/A

Ranged Build


  • Slayer helmet (i) (on kalphite task only)
  • Masori mask (f)
  • Armadyl helmet
  • Crystal helm
  • Robin hood hat / Archer helm


  • Necklace of anguish
  • Amulet of fury
  • Amulet of glory
  • N/A


  • Ava's assembler
  • Max cape
  • Ava's accumulator
  • Ranging cape
  • N/A


  • Masori body (f)
  • Crystal body / Armadyl chestplate
  • Armadyl d'hide body / Blessed body
  • Karil's leathertop
  • Black d'hide body


  • Masori chaps (f)
  • Crystal legs / Armadyl chainskirt
  • Armadyl chaps / Blessed chaps
  • Karil's leatherskirt
  • Black d'hide chaps


  • Toxic blowpipe (Dragon darts)
  • Bow of faerdhinen (With crystal armour)
  • Toxic blowpipe (Amethyst darts)
  • Twisted bow
  • Armadyl crossbow


  • Twisted buckler
  • Odium ward
  • Book of law
  • Unholy book
  • N/A


  • Rada's blessing 4 (Toxic blowpipe or Bow of faerdhinen)
  • Peaceful blessing / God blessing / Rada's blessing 3 (Toxic blowpipe or Bow of faerdhinen)
  • Diamond dragon bolts (e) / Dragon arrow
  • Amethyst broad bolts / Amethyst arrow
  • Runite bolts / Rune arrow


  • Zaryte vambraces
  • Barrows gloves
  • Dragon gloves
  • Regen bracelet
  • N/A


  • Pegasian boots
  • Ranger boots
  • Armadyl d'hide boots / Blessed boots
  • N/A
  • N/A


  • Ring of suffering (ri)
  • Venator ring
  • Archers ring (i)
  • Brimstone ring
  • Ring of shadows

Kalphite Queen Strategy

In the first phase of the encounter, you'll find that it's generally acceptable to use either Protect from Magic or Protect from Missiles. However, opting for Protect from Magic is advisable to guard against potential interference from other players. To expedite kills, it's strongly recommended to activate Piety. Once you've successfully defeated her first phase, swiftly reposition underneath her, replenish your health, and prepare for the upcoming second phase.

Moving into the second phase, maintaining Protect from Magic is crucial for players. As this phase initiates, it's imperative to promptly position yourself beneath her to prevent her from gaining an extra attack on you. Throughout the remainder of this phase until her demise, players with a defense level of at least 76 should engage her from within her melee range. Conversely, players with less than 62 defense, such as pures, are advised to stand one tile away to stay out of her melee range. Optimize your food consumption by running underneath her while healing instead of eating in the open. Additionally, leverage her minions or nearby walls to limit her movement. For faster kills, consider activating Eagle Eye or Rigour during this phase.

Alternatively, you can just bring your best melee gear and weapon to kill this boss. High stats and end game items are recommended for this method. You might be confused and wondering “What about the melee prayer?”. Well that prayer is not an actual melee prayer that we know, it only increases the Queen's resistance against melee attacks, it does not make her immune from it. So you can just camp melee all the way. If you are a high level player you can teleport to your house in between each kill to use your ornate pool, then come back to the location using your fairy ring and the agility shortcut. If you are a lower level player you can trap the Kalphite Queen, in between his two soldiers and flinch her from underneath her. This method is way slower but it will minimize your damage taken.

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Kalphite Queen's Drop Table

The Kalphite Queen offers decent rewards. Below are drop rates for everything you can get from her.


Dark crab21/91,618
Saradomin brew(4)11/910,841
Prayer potion(4)21/916,098
Super restore(4)11/99,266
Super combat potion(2)11/96,907
Ranging potion(3)11/92,979

Weapons and armour

Battlestaff10 (noted)1/25.281,170
Rune chainbody11/31.529,527
Red d'hide body11/31.55,664
Rune knife(p++)251/31.55,050
Lava battlestaff11/639,020

Runes and ammunition

Death rune1501/2121,150
Blood rune1001/2119,300
Mithril arrow5001/25.21,500
Rune arrow2501/4224,750


Grimy toadflax25 (noted)1/6378,950
Grimy ranarr weed25 (noted)1/63138,675
Grimy snapdragon25 (noted)1/63168,725
Grimy torstol25 (noted)1/6382,400


Torstol seed21/31.59,760
Watermelon seed251/4275
Papaya tree seed21/421,008
Palm tree seed21/4240,948
Magic seed21/42131,530


Runite bar3 (noted)1/25.237,149
Bucket of sand100 (noted)1/31.52,700
Gold ore250 (noted)1/31.543,750
Magic logs60 (noted)1/31.561,440
Uncut emerald25 (noted)1/4212,825
Uncut ruby25 (noted)1/4225,150
Uncut diamond25 (noted)1/4254,100


Wine of zamorak60 (noted)1/12.654,960
Potato cactus100 (noted)1/15.752,900
Grapes100 (noted)1/25.21,100
Weapon poison(++)5 (noted)1/25.222,755
Cactus spine10 (noted)1/4220,300

Rare drop table

There is a 1/126 chance of rolling the rare drop table.

NothingN/A1/694.5; NeverN/A
Loop half of key11/800.1; 1/7948,917
Tooth half of key11/800.1; 1/7949,010
Uncut sapphire11/3,226; 1/1,638275
Runite bar11/3,22612,383
Nature rune671/5,3766,030
Rune 2h sword11/5,37637,997
Rune battleaxe11/5,37624,573
Uncut emerald11/6,451; 1/3,276513
Law rune451/8,0644,950
Death rune451/8,0646,345
Steel arrow1501/8,0644,050
Rune arrow421/8,0644,158
Adamant javelin201/8,0641,360
Rune sq shield11/8,06422,601
Silver ore100 (noted)1/8,0645,300
Uncut ruby11/12,902; 1/6,5521,006
Rune kiteshield11/16,12831,858
Dragon med helm11/16,12858,420
Rune spear11/17,026; 1/1,97511,702
Shield left half11/34,052; 1/3,95165,103
Chaos talisman11/34,406; 1/17,47250
Nature talisman11/34,406; 1/17,472188
Dragon spear11/45,402; 1/5,26837,717
Uncut diamond11/51,610; 1/26,2082,164
Rune javelin51/103,219; 1/52,416800


Ensouled kalphite head11/201,497
Brimstone key11/54Not sold
Clue scroll (elite)11/100Not sold
Kq head11/128Not sold
Dragon chainbody11/128178,745
Dragon 2h sword11/256130,986
Dragon pickaxe11/400982,404
Jar of sand11/2,000664,444
Kalphite princess11/3,000Not sold
Kq head (tattered)1OnceNot sold


Kalphite Queen Combat Achievements

There are 5 Combat Achievement tasks (totalling 18 points) available for Kalphite Queen.

Chitin PenetratorKill the Kalphite Queen while her defence was last lowered by you.MechanicalHard (3 pts)
Kalphite Queen AdeptKill the Kalphite Queen 25 times.Kill CountHard (3 pts)
Kalphite Queen VeteranKill the Kalphite Queen 50 times.Kill CountElite (4 pts)
Insect DeflectionKill the Kalphite Queen by using the Vengeance spell as the finishing blow.MechanicalElite (4 pts)
Prayer SmasherKill the Kalphite Queen using only the Verac's Flail as a weapon.RestrictionElite (4 pts)

Get Ready For KQ

The Kalphite Queen is going to put your skills to the test and hopefully, this guide is more than enough to help you prevail in the challenge ahead.

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