Hard mode strategies for Kree'arra

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This article is a hard mode strategy guide for Kree'arra.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page. For the normal mode strategy guide, see here.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Kree'arra performs the same attacks he typically does in normal mode. However, the ranged attack is significantly buffed, dealing up to 3,000 damage per hit if not protected against. The damage from this attack can be reduced to roughly 100-150 if the player has Protect/Deflect Missiles activated when the hit connects with the player, and it is highly recommended to do so.

At the start of the encounter, numerous whirlwinds will appear around the room; dust tornadoes as yellow-brown (ranged) and lightning vortices (magic). If they touch the player, they will deal up to 2,100-3,400 damage every few ticks. It is important to avoid them whenever possible to avoid being combo'ed out quickly.

After every few attacks by Kree'arra at regular intervals, he says Storms, align to me! This causes all the whirlwinds to barricade around him, and Kree'arra is invulnerable while doing this. A few seconds later he will exclaim Feel the power of Armadyl! and the whirlwinds will be fired out in all directions.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The player should stand in one of the four corners, or at the doorway itself. This will prevent Kree'arra from smacking the player around, which can disrupt channelled abilities if they are not in a corner or narrow area. If tornadoes move towards the corner the player(s) are on, move out and do not move back in unless the tornadoes leave or Kree'arra calls them back in.

Unlike his normal mode fight, Soul Split is only recommended as a flicked prayer, as Kree'arra's attacks are significantly more damaging and can easily stack the player out if they are hit by tornadoes at the same time. Using protection prayers/curses will drastically reduce the damage from his attacks to much lower amounts (less than 500), and is highly recommended to conserve food. Since Kree'arra hits randomly, players should have their ranged and magic protection prayer/curses as a hotkey to greatly reduce his damage.

The tornadoes are not affected by protection prayers, curses and most defensive abilities so players should kept their health high at all times.

Ranged[edit | edit source]

A very effective action bar setup:

  • Corruption Shot.png
  • Needle Strike.png
  • Fragmentation Shot.png
  • Piercing Shot.png
  • Binding Shot.png
  • Snipe.png
  • Snap Shot.png
  • Rapid Fire.png
  • Bombardment.png
  • Tight Bindings.png
  • Shadow Tendrils.png
  • Death's Swiftness.png
  • If using a bow or a 2h crossbow, Needle Strike should be swapped for Dazing Shot.
  • If The World Wakes is not completed by the player, Death's Swiftness should be swapped for Deadshot.

Be careful when using threshold abilities because if Kree'arra is preparing to fire out the whirlwinds then they will be nullified and wasted.

Death's Swiftness 10-20% AoE effect works even while Kree is invulnerable, making it a good tactic to ensure he is in the shroud. While this ability is active the player should use Binding Shot, Snap Shot, Bombardment and Rapid Fire (be careful that this is used in a corner else Kree may knock around the player while using this ability which terminates it).

Beast of burden familiars are more important than combat or healing due to the constant need to eat food. Compared to regular mode and how unpredictable the whirlwinds can be, Hard Mode will cause even the most experienced players with the best armour to be eating food almost every kill.

Once Kree'arra is dead, it is a good idea to use Anticipation, Freedom and Devotion (and if the player brings a shield, Resonance and Preparation) to stall adrenaline for the next kill, so Death's Swiftness can be used instantly.

Recommended Equipment[edit | edit source]

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSirenic mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic maskSirenic maskSuperior Morrigan's coif.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Morrigan's coifSuperior Morrigan's coifRefined anima core helm of Zamorak.png: RS3 Inventory image of Refined anima core helm of ZamorakRefined anima core helm of ZamorakAnima core helm of Zamorak.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core helm of ZamorakAnima core helm of ZamorakPernix cowl.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix cowlPernix cowl
NeckReaper necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Reaper necklaceReaper necklaceAmulet of souls.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of soulsAmulet of soulsFarsight sniper necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Farsight sniper necklaceFarsight sniper necklaceSaradomin's murmur.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin's murmurSaradomin's murmurAmulet of ranging.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of rangingAmulet of ranging
BackCompletionist cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Completionist capeCompletionist capeTokHaar-Kal-Xil.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-Kal-XilTokHaar-Kal-XilMax cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Max capeMax capeAva's alerter.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ava's alerterAva's alerterCape of Accomplishment.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cape of AccomplishmentCape of Accomplishment (Ranged or Defence capes are recommended for their perks)
BodySirenic hauberk.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic hauberkSirenic hauberkSuperior Morrigan's leather body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Morrigan's leather bodySuperior Morrigan's leather bodyRefined anima core body of Zamorak.png: RS3 Inventory image of Refined anima core body of ZamorakRefined anima core body of ZamorakPernix body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix bodyPernix bodyAnima core body of Zamorak.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core body of ZamorakAnima core body of Zamorak
LegsSirenic chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic chapsSirenic chapsSuperior Morrigan's leather chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Morrigan's leather chapsSuperior Morrigan's leather chapsRefined anima core legs of Zamorak.png: RS3 Inventory image of Refined anima core legs of ZamorakRefined anima core legs of ZamorakPernix chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix chapsPernix chapsAnima core legs of Zamorak.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core legs of ZamorakAnima core legs of Zamorak
Main handAscension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension crossbowAscension crossbowShadow glaive.png: RS3 Inventory image of Shadow glaiveShadow glaiveDeath Lotus dart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death Lotus dartDeath Lotus dartAttuned crystal chakram.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal chakramAttuned crystal chakramChaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic crossbowChaotic crossbow
Two-handed weaponSeren godbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seren godbowSeren godbowNoxious longbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious longbowNoxious longbowDecimation.png: RS3 Inventory image of DecimationDecimationWyvern crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wyvern crossbowWyvern crossbowAttuned crystal bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal bowAttuned crystal bow
Off-hand weaponOff-hand ascension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand ascension crossbowOff-hand ascension crossbowOff-hand shadow glaive.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand shadow glaiveOff-hand shadow glaiveOff-hand Death Lotus dart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Death Lotus dartOff-hand Death Lotus dartOff-hand attuned crystal chakram.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand attuned crystal chakramOff-hand attuned crystal chakramOff-hand chaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand chaotic crossbow
Off-hand weaponVengeful kiteshield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vengeful kiteshieldVengeful kiteshieldAttuned crystal deflector.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal deflectorAttuned crystal deflectorEagle-eye kiteshield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Eagle-eye kiteshieldEagle-eye kiteshieldElysian spirit shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elysian spirit shieldElysian spirit shieldArmadyl buckler.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl bucklerArmadyl buckler
Ammo/SpellAscension bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension boltsAscension bolts / Araxyte arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Araxyte arrowAraxyte arrowWyvern spines.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wyvern spinesWyvern spinesRoyal bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal boltsRoyal boltsN/AN/A
GlovesNightmare gauntlets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nightmare gauntletsNightmare gauntletsSwift gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Swift glovesSwift glovesAscension grips.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension gripsAscension gripsPernix gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix glovesPernix glovesArmadyl gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl glovesArmadyl gloves
FeetFlarefrost boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Flarefrost bootsFlarefrost bootsPernix boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix bootsPernix bootsArmadyl boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl bootsArmadyl bootsSilverhawk boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Silverhawk bootsSilverhawk bootsGlaiven boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Glaiven bootsGlaiven boots
RingAsylum surgeon's ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Asylum surgeon's ringAsylum surgeon's ringRing of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of deathRing of deathArchers' ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Archers' ring (i)Archers' ring (i)Sixth-Age circuit.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sixth-Age circuitSixth-Age circuit / Onyx ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx ring (i)Onyx ring (i)Archers' ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Archers' ringArchers' ring
AuraReckless aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Reckless auraReckless auraSharpshooter aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sharpshooter auraSharpshooter auraDark magic aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dark magic auraDark magic auraInspiration aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Inspiration auraInspiration auraInvigorate aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Invigorate auraInvigorate aura
PocketSuperior scrimshaw of cruelty.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior scrimshaw of crueltySuperior scrimshaw of crueltyIlluminated god book.png: RS3 Inventory image of Illuminated god bookIlluminated god bookSuperior scrimshaw of ranging.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior scrimshaw of rangingSuperior scrimshaw of rangingScrimshaw of cruelty.png: RS3 Inventory image of Scrimshaw of crueltyScrimshaw of crueltySign of life.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of lifeSign of life / Sign of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of deathSign of death