Strategies for Pest Queen

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This article is a strategy guide for Pest Queen.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

The Void Stares Back-This guide is outdated, please update. Only Korasi's Sword can deal damage so ranged is out of the question.[edit | edit source]

This is probably when the void stares back...

During The Void Stares Back, the main goal in this battle is to prevent the Queen from using her special attack while keeping your rangers alive. The rangers are important because they kill the drones, which heal the Queen. However, the Pest Queen will summon level 130 elite defilers to kill the rangers. Therefore, it is your job to distract the defilers.

Do not kill the defilers or they WILL respawn so as soon they get summoned, go and hit them once to distract them and get them both stuck behind the Queen, then you won't need to think about them for the rest of the fight and they won't do much damage to anyone. Any time you move away from the queen turn protect/deflect magic on.

There can be a maximum of eight rangers present in the battle (two at each corner of the battlefield). When this is achieved, the drones will be killed off rather quickly.

If you use a terrorbird or war tortoise, it will attack the defilers, potentially killing them and forcing you to trap them again. If you make your terrorbird attack the pest queen, it will take immense damage when you are unable to stop the queen from using its special. To prevent either of these scenarios from happening, you need to get your familiar on the opposite side of the pest queen, by frequently calling it.

The Queen's magic attack, which is easy to recognise.

Defence[edit | edit source]

The Pest Queen uses magic and melee attacks. Her melee attacks hit up to 864, but her magic attack can hit 1500+, so players are advised to stay within melee range to reduce the chance of her magic attack. Protection prayers are strongly recommended to reduce damage from these attacks. She uses only magic attacks when the player is out of melee range. When the player is in melee range, the Pest Queen will use both attack styles, although she will tend to use her melee attacks more. Use Protect from Melee with Piety or Turmoil when next to the Pest Queen, and switch to Protect from Magic when at least one step away from the Pest Queen (for example, when you're going to attack the Elite Defilers).

Initially, the Queen will constantly be healed by the drones because there will not be enough rangers to kill the drones quickly. This is why it is important to distract the elite defilers (more details in the Offence section), because they are responsible for killing the rangers. As soon as the defilers are distracted, the rangers will accumulate and begin taking down the drones.

Offence[edit | edit source]

Knights fighting against the Pest Queen.

Korasi's sword is a must in this battle. Its special attack must be used to prevent the queen from using her own special attack, or else she will hit you and most of the NPCs assisting you for about 4000 life points. You do not want to let this happen, because she can also kill the Void rangers, who are extremely valuable in the battle because they are the only ones who can kill the drones (which heal the Queen). If you cannot use the special, it is advised to try and heal from her attack with Resonance (you can tell when the Queen will use her special attack when she stops attacking and rears up making orbs appear around her and the sound of a jet engine is heard), but this strategy is very risky and requires precise timing. Furthermore, if the defilers are attacking you, there is a chance that their attacks may trigger your Resonance and subsequently leave you vulnerable to the Queen's attack. If you are unwilling to risk a mishap, Debilitate and Reflect will both halve her special attack, and Barricade will block it completely.

An abyssal whip or a Chaotic longsword also work well (especially against the Elite defilers, which are weak against slash attacks).

Distract the two defilers as soon as they spawn. The defilers will kill your rangers, who must remain alive. When starting the battle, wait for a ranger to run into the battle, because a defiler will soon appear to attack it. As soon as the defiler spawns, attack it once to get its attention. When the second defiler appears, distract it as well. Afterwards, you can trap the defilers behind the Queen to prevent them from attacking you or the rangers, and you will be able to concentrate on killing the Queen. Be aware that when facing the Queen in the Dominion Tower, this blocking strategy will NOT work, as the defilers will be able to walk and shoot through the queen, and their accurate hits can quickly add up. Therefore, it is advisable to kill them instead.

The Queen is dead...

It is possible to hide behind the wall and wait for rangers to enter, then run and kill any defilers as they spawn, return to your hiding position and repeat until there is nearly a whole set of archers on the battlefield. This can reduce damage taken at the start of battle. The queen will charge her special attack as soon as you re-enter the battlefield so some fast clicking will be required for this.

Piety or Turmoil is recommended in this battle. Be sure to bring prayer potions. Soul Split can be counter-productive unless you are using armour with high melee defence and the Penance aura; otherwise, even with extreme potions, the damage caused by the inability to use protection prayers will greatly exceed the amount of health Soul Split heals, particularly if the defilers are attacking you.

Ranged strategy[edit | edit source]

For people who think they would be unable to tank the queen's magic and melee attacks side by side, it is a decent strategy to range the queen praying magic. It is recommended to take the best bolts possible to fight her, along with armour with good ranged defence if you wish to tank the defilers instead of kill them.

A good ranged setup can be:

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSirenic mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic maskSirenic maskDeath Lotus hood.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death Lotus hoodDeath Lotus hoodPernix cowl.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix cowlPernix cowlArmadyl helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl helmetArmadyl helmetRoyal dragonhide coif.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal dragonhide coifRoyal dragonhide coif
BackAva's alerter.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ava's alerterAva's alerterAva's accumulator.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ava's accumulatorAva's accumulatorAva's attractor.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ava's attractorAva's attractorN/AN/A
BodySirenic hauberk.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic hauberkSirenic hauberkDeath Lotus chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death Lotus chestplateDeath Lotus chestplatePernix body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix bodyPernix bodyArmadyl chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chestplateArmadyl chestplateRoyal dragonhide body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal dragonhide bodyRoyal dragonhide body
LegsSirenic chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic chapsSirenic chapsDeath Lotus chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death Lotus chapsDeath Lotus chapsPernix chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix chapsPernix chapsArmadyl chainskirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chainskirtArmadyl chainskirtRoyal dragonhide chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal dragonhide chapsRoyal dragonhide chaps
Main handAscension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension crossbowAscension crossbowDeath Lotus dart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death Lotus dartDeath Lotus dartChaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic crossbowChaotic crossbowArmadyl crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl crossbowArmadyl crossbowKaril's pistol crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Karil's pistol crossbowKaril's pistol crossbow
Two-handed weaponNoxious longbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious longbowNoxious longbowZaryte bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zaryte bowZaryte bowRoyal crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal crossbowRoyal crossbowHand cannon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hand cannonHand cannonDark bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dark bowDark bow
Off-hand weaponOff-hand ascension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand ascension crossbowOff-hand ascension crossbowOff-hand Death Lotus dart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Death Lotus dartOff-hand Death Lotus dartOff-hand chaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand Armadyl crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Armadyl crossbowOff-hand Armadyl crossbowKaril's off-hand pistol crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Karil's off-hand pistol crossbowKaril's off-hand pistol crossbow
Off-hand weaponVengeful kiteshield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vengeful kiteshieldVengeful kiteshieldEagle-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 bucklerN/A
GlovesAscension grips.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension gripsAscension gripsTracking gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tracking glovesTracking glovesPernix gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix glovesPernix glovesArmadyl gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl glovesArmadyl glovesRoyal dragonhide vambraces.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal dragonhide vambracesRoyal dragonhide vambraces
FeetFlarefrost boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Flarefrost bootsFlarefrost bootsGlaiven boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Glaiven bootsGlaiven bootsPernix boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix bootsPernix bootsArmadyl boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl bootsArmadyl bootsN/A
RingRing of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of deathRing of deathAsylum surgeon's ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Asylum surgeon's ringAsylum surgeon's ringSixth-Age circuit.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sixth-Age circuitSixth-Age circuitArchers' ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Archers' ringArchers' ringN/A

Dual-wielding or the use of two-handed weapons (other than the Dark bow) are not advised due to the queen's high damage output, use only if wearing high defensive armour.

Summoning[edit | edit source]

Players are advised to use pack yackswar tortoises, spirit terrorbirds, or any other beast of burden to store healing supplies and bring a Spirit kyatt along with 100 Spirit Kyatt scroll (Ambush)s or another high damage combat familiar such as a Steel titan with Steel of legend scrolls  so that it can aid in combat after the beast of burden has run out of supplies.

Alternative: almost combat-free strategy[edit | edit source]

This is a recently discovered method to prevent most of damage from pest queen by extending the battle.

The pest queen will be attacked by knights and void rangers as soon as the cutscene is complete. However, the queen does not actively attack the player until the player strikes at her. Therefore, the player can leave the queen alone and instead attract both defilers. As usual do not kill them, but they must remain able to attack the player at all times instead of trapping them behind characters or obstacles. Turn on Protect from Missiles at all times, since the pest queen will not attack the player thus no non-ranged damage is dealt.

The pest queen will still use her special attack at least once. Right after the player uses disrupt on the queen, immediately cease attack by running away from her. If done correctly the queen will not attack the player again and will not attempt to cast any more special attacks. When this is done, the player should remain stationary and tank both defilers, and let the NPCs whittle the health of queen to a low level. The player can easily kill the queen and then finish off both defilers.

It is recommended to bring the best shield and melee tank armour possible, as this method will cause most of damage taken to be contributed by elite defilers. Put Resonance and possibly Preparation on action bar for easy access, this can help reduce damage taken. Deflect Missiles must not be used.

Healing and stat-boosting[edit | edit source]

Dominion Tower[edit | edit source]

If you are fighting the Pest Queen in the Dominion Tower, do not bring Korasi's sword, as there will be a sword provided which must be used instead. If you are looking to fight the Pest Queen, doing endurance is recommended as she can appear in rather low waves (6 and up approx). The rest is same as above.

The Pest Queen is immune to all weapons save for Korasi's sword. Attacking her with a different weapon will give the message "You will need Korasi's sword to hurt the pest queen."