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Helwyr Cywir is the general of Seren's army in the Heart of Gielinor. Level 80 Magic is required to face him but this can be boosted.

Obtaining all unique drops will unlock the Shapeshifter [Name] title.

History[edit | edit source]

Early History[edit | edit source]

Helwyr is a skilled hunter and sorcerer of the Cywir Clan, which hails from Tarddiad.

While on Tarddiad, Helwyr slew a great monster, known as the Hunllef, a predator of great threat to the Tarddian elves. Upon the beast's death, he used elven magic to draw upon the energy of the creature, bending it to his own will, allowing him to take on the very form of the beast for himself.[1]

Arrival on Gielinor[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Tales of the God Wars.

Helwyr was also one of few Cywir elves who left Tarddiad, driven by the desire to help the elves back on their home planet. At some point early in the Fourth Age, some of his elves travelled far away from Isafdar to test the limits of their link with their goddess.

Unfortunately, they were captured and cruelly experimented on by a man named Gregorovic, who desperately sought a cure for his fatal illness and hoped to find it in the physiology of the long-lived elves. Helwyr was furious when he learned of the news from the only survivor, and desired revenge. Between the Fourth and Sixth Ages, Helwyr and his elves travelled around Gielinor in search of Gregorovic. This search was unsuccessful, possibly due to the fact that they believed they were searching for a human, when Gregorovic had already been transformed into an undead monster by Sliske.

Centuries later, when The Heart – a powerful source of anima – was discovered, Helwyr travelled there under Seren's banner to secure it and to use its power to cure the Crystal Shapeshifters' affliction. He arrived only to stand face to face with Gregorovic, now undead and fighting for the cause of Sliske, and the three other generals: the Twin Furies, Avaryss the Unceasing and Nymora the Vengeful of Zamorak, and Vindicta of Zaros, daughter of Morvannon and last of the Ilujanka on Gielinor.

Although his grudge was held only against Gregorovic, Helwyr condemned the Twin Furies and Vindicta and Gorvek as "creatures of darkness", vowing to hunt them down in order to protect his people. By this time, he had learned that the World Gate had been rediscovered, allowing him to return to Tarddiad to save his brethren. After hostilities erupted between the four factions, Helwyr called upon the elves of Seren to claim the Heart in her name and save his clan.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Drops[edit | edit source]

At 0% reputation each kill is worth 89,725.54 coins in uniques alone, if the player has 100% reputation this number increases to 179,451.08 coins.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Bones.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Bones with rarity Always in quantity 1BonesF2P icon.png1Always4540
Seal of the Cywir.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Seal of the Cywir with rarity Always in quantity 1-3Seal of the Cywir[Drop 1] (m)P2P icon.png1–3AlwaysNot soldNot alchemisable

Main drop[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Coins_10000.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Coins with rarity Uncommon in quantity 60000-82816CoinsF2P icon.png60,000–82,816Uncommon60,000-82,81660,000-82,816
Drakolith stone spirit.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Drakolith stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 15-25Drakolith stone spirit (m)P2P icon.png15–25Common5,670-9,450Not alchemisable
Orichalcite stone spirit.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Orichalcite stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 15-25Orichalcite stone spirit (m)P2P icon.png15–25Common3,090-5,150Not alchemisable
Phasmatite stone spirit.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Phasmatite stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 15-25Phasmatite stone spirit (m)P2P icon.png15–25Uncommon7,020-11,700Not alchemisable
Necrite stone spirit.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Necrite stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 15-25Necrite stone spirit (m)P2P icon.png15–25Uncommon58,770-97,950Not alchemisable
Uncut diamond.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Uncut diamond with rarity Common in quantity 18-22 (noted)Uncut diamondF2P icon.png18–22 (noted)Common125,226-153,0542,160-2,640
Uncut dragonstone.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity Uncommon in quantity 8-12 (noted)Uncut dragonstone (m)P2P icon.png8–12 (noted)Uncommon101,440-152,1604,800-7,200
Grimy dwarf weed.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Grimy dwarf weed with rarity Common in quantity 14-25(noted)Grimy dwarf weed (m)P2P icon.png14–25 (noted)Common144,074-257,2750
Magic logs.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Magic logs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 150-250 (noted)Magic logsF2P icon.png150–250 (noted)Uncommon58,050-96,75028,800-48,000
Raw shark.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Raw shark with rarity Common in quantity 45-55 (noted)Raw shark (m)P2P icon.png45–55 (noted)Common101,925-124,5758,100-9,900
Dormant Anima Core helm.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Dormant Anima Core helm with rarity Varies in quantity 1Dormant Anima Core helm (m)P2P icon.png1Varies[2][3][4]116,165120,000
Dormant Anima Core body.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Dormant Anima Core body with rarity Varies in quantity 1Dormant Anima Core body (m)P2P icon.png1Varies[2][3][4]122,805120,000
Dormant Anima Core legs.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Dormant Anima Core legs with rarity Varies in quantity 1Dormant Anima Core legs (m)P2P icon.png1Varies[2][3][4]122,708120,000
Wand of the Cywir elders.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Wand of the Cywir elders with rarity Varies in quantity 1Wand of the Cywir elders (m)P2P icon.png1Varies[2][3][4]13,923,78678,000
Orb of the Cywir elders.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Orb of the Cywir elders with rarity Varies in quantity 1Orb of the Cywir elders (m)P2P icon.png1Varies[2][3][4]9,631,05239,000
Crest of Seren.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Crest of Seren with rarity Varies in quantity 1Crest of Seren (m)P2P icon.png1Varies[2][3][4]21,250,13960,000
Serenic essence.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Serenic essence with rarity Varies in quantity 1Serenic essence (m)P2P icon.png1Varies[5][3][4]283,62560,000
Large bladed rune salvage.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Large bladed rune salvage with rarity Uncommon in quantity 9-16 (noted)Large bladed rune salvageF2P icon.png9–16 (noted)Uncommon268,434-477,216288,000-512,000
Crystal key.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Crystal key with rarity Uncommon in quantity 2-4 (noted)Crystal key (m)P2P icon.png2–4 (noted)Uncommon45,708-91,4160
Grimy lantadyme.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Grimy lantadyme with rarity Uncommon in quantity 80-100 (noted)Grimy lantadyme (m)P2P icon.png80–100 (noted)Uncommon628,320-785,4000
  1. ^ Lilwyr, RuneScape. "Helwyr proved himself the strongest of the Cywir clan by entering its lair and slaying the great beast. He then used ancient elven magic to harness the creature's energy, bending it to his own will in order to take on its form himself."
  2. ^ a b c d e f Drop rate: 1/512 at 0% drop enhance.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g The drop rate of this item can be increased with faction reputation. At 100% drop increase, the drop rate of this item is doubled. The drop rate of this item is increased in challenge mode. The drop rate of this item has its denominator multiplied by 0.99 when wearing a Luck of the Dwarves ring.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Mod Timbo. "Revealing Drop Rates." 13 October 2017. Developers' Blogs.
  5. ^ Drop rate: 1/128 at 0% drop enhance.

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Sigil piece (Seren).png: RS3 Helwyr drops Sigil piece (Seren) with rarity Always in quantity 1Sigil piece (Seren) (m)P2P icon.png1Always[1]Not soldNot alchemisable
Rare drop table.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Rare drop table with rarity Rare in quantity 1Rare drop tableF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Shark.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Shark with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1-3Shark (m)P2P icon.png1–3Uncommon2,380-7,140180-540
Twisted antler.png: RS3 Helwyr drops Twisted antler with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Twisted antler (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare[Drop 2]Not soldNot alchemisable
  1. ^ 1–2 in normal mode; 3 in challenge mode, only if the player doesn't have maximum reputation with the Sliskean, Zamorakian and Zarosian factions.
  2. ^ Has a base drop rate of 1/2,000 (normal mode) or 1/1,000 chance (challenge mode), with a threshold of 400. This is not affected by the increased drop chance reward from reputation.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 4 May 2020 (Update):
    • Luminite stone spirits have been replaced by orichalcite and drakolith stone spirits.

patch 19 August 2019 (Update):

    • Challenge mode Helwyr now has the correct SFX.
  • ninja 10 June 2019 (Update):.
    • The frequency of Necrite and Phasmatite stone spirit drops has been reduced across all God Wars Dungeon 2 bosses.
  • patch 20 May 2019 (Update):.
    • Both God Wars Dungeon 2 and Elite Dungeon bosses now award more Reaper points and Slayer XP when killed in challenge/hard mode.
  • patch 28 January 2019 (Update):
    • Instead of Runite Stone Spirits, will now drop either Necrite Stone Spirits or Phasmatite Stone Spirits.
    • Instead of Coal Stone Spirits, will now drop Luminite Stone Spirits.
  • patch 14 January 2019 (Update):
    • If a player was killed by the mushrooms in a Helwyr fight, this would not be recognised as a death at Helwyr. This has now been resolved, along with a similar issue affecting the Twin Furies.
  • patch 8 January 2018 (Update):
    • Helwyr can now have his boss kill count prestiged.
  • patch 23 October 2017 (Update):
    • Helwyr no longer drops loot outside of the arena.
  • patch 26 September 2016 (Update):
    • Helwyr will now perform special attacks if unable to attack.
  • patch 15 August 2016 (Update):
    • Adjusted the Helwyr teleport from the Max Guild portal to ensure that it no longer places you on the wrong side of the barrier.
  • patch 18 April 2016 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to safe-spot Cywir alphas during the Helwyr encounter in The Heart.
  • patch 11 April 2016 (Update):
    • Cywir Alphas no longer fail to spawn.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Upon release, there was a bug where Helwyr would drop loot in an unreachable tile, which was usually lost if the player could not use area loot or Telekinetic Grab. This only occurred if he was on the edges of the arena. This has since been fixed with the update on 23 October 2017.
  • Helwyr is currently the only original Heart general that hasn't had additional content related to him - Gregorovic and Vindicta having made a quest appearance (Sliske's Endgame for both, along with Curse of the Black Stone for Vindicta), while the Twin Furies were briefly mentioned as part of the Agents of Fury promotional event.
  • Helwyr's Hunllef form is intended to be a fusion of a stag, a wolf, and a bear.[2]
  • Helwyr is Welsh for hunters.
  • Helwyr's codename during development was "bear" and "manbearpig" which is a reference to the show South Park.[3]
  • After killing Helwyr, the Adventurer's Log will say: "I killed the shapeshifting elven hunter, Helwyr." Killing more than one Helwyr results in the Adventurer's Log saying: "I killed # Helwyrs, limb tearing hunters."
  • For a while after release, after 2-3 kills in an instance (without re-entering), Helwyr would not summon anymore Cywir Alphas while the instance was still running. This was fixed and Helwyr will stop summoning them when there are four of them in the instance.
  • His elf form resembles Lord Amlodd.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this boss was 60,000 kills for normal mode and 1,617 for hard mode. At this time, this was the record for the most-killed boss in the Heart of Gielinor, equal with Vindicta.[4]
    • This had not increased for normal mode and increased to 2,259 for hard mode by 13 December 2018.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Drops for the player who dealt the most damage. Drops in practice mode.
  2. ^ Jagex. RS3 - Developer Q&A - God Wars Dungeon 2 environment!.*
  3. ^ Mod StuO. God Wars 2 Art Stream - RuneScape Animation.*
  4. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. Reddit. 2 February 2018. (Archived from the original on 25 January 2019.) Mod Shauny: "Here are the top 10 kills for each Boss in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"
  5. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 20 Boss Killers by Monster (Data: 13th December 2018). Reddit. 8 January 2019. (Archived from the original on 28 February 2020.) Mod Shauny: "[link to a spreadsheet]"