Corrupted Scarab (Menaphos)

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For the scarabs that spawn in Sophanem Slayer Dungeon, see Corrupted scarab.
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Corrupted Scarabs may appear around Shifting Tombs entrances in Menaphos, at the mine in the worker district, and periodically outside the Sophanem Slayer Dungeon. They may also be found in the treasure chests in Shifting Tombs. They can be burst to gain a small amount of Reputation and a high amount of Slayer experience. However, this also deals damage to the player that varies based on their Constitution level.

If multiple players click the same scarab they will all be able to burst it even if one player clicks later and the scarab has already been burst showing the splatter animation where it was.

Background[edit | edit source]

After a teaser for the Magister, the scarabs started spawning in Menaphos.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

A player bursting a Corrupted Scarab.
  • The scarabs occasionally appear in Menaphos and will remain there for up to 5 minutes.
  • The scarabs appear slightly less commonly than soul obelisks, averaging around 90 minutes per spawn.
  • There is a small chance of receiving a small bonus experience star.
  • The scarabs always drop coins in groups of 200499 or, uncommonly, 80,06289,736 coins while bursting them.
  • When scarabs spawn in a world, there is a game message: Agitated scarabs have burrowed up onto the surface and are spreading corruption!
  • Swarms appear at all four Shifting Tombs entrances, at the sandstone mine in the Worker district, and outside the Sophanem Slayer Dungeon simultaneously.

Experience[edit | edit source]

The experience and reputation gained from the Scarabs decreases with the amount of Scarabs squished. This decrease resets at 00:00 UTC. The base experience seems to be the experience a Small XP lamp gives divided by 5. Experience is boostable. After experience and reputation is halved for the day, the percentage of base experience/reputation gained drops further every 12 scarabs up to a total of 60 scarabs.

Squishing 60 scarabs a day gives 36.16 times the amount of base experience and reputation earned. Achieving a minimum of 14/15% experience boost daily through a mix of boosts: Advanced pulse core, Wise perk, Clan Avatar and Premier Club 10% experience boost, allows players with 99 Slayer to earn a minimum of 2000 base experience for a total of at least 72320 Slayer experience per day.

Amount of scarabs slain Base Reputation Percentage of base experience/reputation
1 to 23 50 100%
24 to 35 25 50%
36 to 47 16.5 33%
48 to 59 12.5 25%
60+ 10 20%

Rewards[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Estimated based on 3,443 opened/rewarded corrupted scarab (menaphos)s.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Scarab swarms will reappear if the player leaves the area and comes back. The fastest way to do this is to travel to another district, or enter and exit the shifting tombs. Particularly, the Port and Merchant districts are good areas: The scarabs are very dense in their spot in the Port district, and their spot in the Merchant district is close to a bank. The Worker district is also quite useful, as multiple spawn clusters appear right next to one another, one being right next to the bank chest (if unlocked). The acadia trees in the Imperial district can often interfere with clicking on scarabs accurately, and conventional wisdom dictates to skip over it when hopping between districts.
  • An individual scarab can be squashed multiple times. The player can receive damage every tick by 'spam-clicking' on them, and there is a brief cooldown before the rewards can be gained, seemingly 2-3 ticks (1.2-1.8 seconds). With good connection and some practice, a single scarab can give rewards up to four times.
  • Place a food item on your ability bar. Eating food this way does not interrupt you from squashing scarabs. Running to and from the bank is not worth the opportunity cost; the scarabs' coin drops alone more than make up for decent-healing and cheap food, such as Desert sole or Beltfish, which will be sufficient even at 99 Constitution. Be sure to leave at least one inventory space free for the small prismatic stars they can drop.
  • Use a Friends chat to more easily give and receive scarab locations. Friends chats dedicated to the Soul obelisks will also usually give scarab locations.
    • If outside of Menaphos, the Imperial district's shifting tombs location is the closest to the lodestone.
  • The drop rate of the small prismatic stars seem to run on a timer; at set intervals (lasting about 2 ticks), crushing scarabs will always give the stars. The spacing seems to be every 15 seconds, or every 25 ticks. This means it is possible to get two small prismatic stars per interval. Furthermore, this timer is synchronized between all players; several players reported getting a small prismatic star almost simultaneously.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 1 July 2019 (Update):.
    • Damage from squishing Menaphos Corrupted scarabs now shows correct hitsplat.
  • patch 3 June 2019 (Update):
    • Players now have a significantly improved chance of obtaining the slayer skill pet from squishing scarabs in Menaphos.
  • ninja 4 December 2017 (Update):
    • An achievement has been added for squishing up to 200 corrupted scarabs. Progress for this achievement was tracked since the Menaphos release.
  • patch 24 July 2017 (Update):
    • The clickable area on corrupted scarabs in Menaphos has been increased.