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The Kalphite King is the strongest Kalphite boss, residing in the Exiled Kalphite Hive. It is the first monster to use abilities and is known for dropping Drygore weaponry and the Perfect chitin for t90 defenders.

Getting there[edit source]

The entrance to the hive

Without the Boss Portal in the Max Guild, the fastest way to get to the Exiled Kalphite Hive is by teleporting to the Bandit Camp lodestone. From there, run south until the end of the Pyramid from Desert Treasure and then immediately southeast into the Hive entrance. Inside, go east and mine through the hole in the wall if not already cleared, then enter the host's instance.

The fight[edit source]

The Kalphite King (KK) has three different phases - magic, ranged, and melee. In each phase, the colors of his wings, attack style, weakness, and attack rotation change accordingly. There are only two roles, the tank and the provoker (voke); these roles will be covered by the event host/other volunteers, so all participants will come as DPS.

KK can spawn in any phase and may change styles at will. His regular attacks often feature stuns and bleeds, so use Anticipation and Freedom to prevent and clear these effects.

Special attacks[edit source]

These attacks occur at any time during the kill, except for those stated otherwise.

  • Dig - KK digs into the ground for a few seconds and pops back up underneath his target, who should be the tank. This can deal 2000+ damage to anyone near where KK resurfaces. Dodge it by running away before he surfaces. Does not occur during melee phase.
  • Charge - KK faces a cardinal direction, turns red, and charges for a few seconds before lunging toward the wall, charging into anyone in front of him. This can deal 2000+ damage, and is dodged by avoiding him as he lunges. Does not occur during ranged phase.
  • Instant kill - KK faces his target (the tank), charges, and turns green for a few seconds and stuns the target. The voke will provoke KK and do an ability to mitigate the instant kill damage - using something like Resonance, Devotion, or Barricade. Otherwise, KK's target will die. Does not occur during magic phase.
  • Minions - At around 190k and 60k health, KK spawns several Exiled kalphite marauders, some at 190k and double at 60k. Kill these to make the voke's job easier when handling the instant kill attacks.
  • Green shield - KK occasionally uses a green shield which has the effect of Resonance, so any attacks dealt at this time will heal him. Avoid attacking while the shield is up.
  • Red shield - KK occasionally uses a red shield which will heal him for any damage that he deals to players during this time.

Magic phase[edit source]

Kalphite King (Magic).png

KK's wings turn blue, he uses magic attacks, and is weak to ranged. This is the deadliest phase during a mass, as the primary attacks include orange orbs thrown to each player's current location and then explode for AOE damage a few seconds later. It's easy to die if you're caught in the middle of several orbs, so continually run back and forth while he throws orbs. Damage can be negated via Barricade or Devotion while protect/deflect magic is on. He also uses blue orbs that target each player specifically and damage immediately. There is no instant kill attack during this phase.

Ranged phase[edit source]

Kalphite King (Ranged).png

KK's wings turn green, he uses ranged attacks, and is weak to melee. The instant kill attack happens relatively early during this phase, but otherwise there's nothing special about it. There is no charge attack during this phase.

Melee phase[edit source]

Kalphite King (Melee).png

KK's wings turn yellow, he uses melee attacks, and is weak to magic. The instant kill happens relatively late during this phase, but otherwise there's nothing special about it. Only players close to KK will receive damage, so those using magic or ranged can just keep their distance and use Soul Split. There is no dig attack during this phase.

Equipment[edit source]

Phases and kills go by quickly in a mass, so you only really need to bring one style. Using magic or ranged is recommended because it's easier to dodge orbs during the magic phase, but it doesn't really matter. Some people may bring more than one style because of KK's changing weaknesses, but the odds of death are somewhat high and any extra equipment will cost more to buy back from Death.

Recommended equipment for Magic
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadVirtus mask / Anima core helm of SerenSuperior void knight mage helmHood of subjugationSeasinger's hoodGanodermic visor / Ahrim's hood
NeckAmulet of soulsArcane blood necklace / Arcane stream necklaceReaper necklace / Saradomin's hissAmulet of fury (t) / Amulet of furyDragon Rider amulet
BackCompletionist capeTokHaar-Kal-MejGod capeMax capeSkillcape / Ardougne cloak 4
BodyVirtus top / Anima core body of SerenSuperior elite void knight topGarb of subjugationSeasinger's robe topGanodermic poncho / Ahrim's robe top
LegsVirtus robe bottom / Anima core legs of SerenSuperior elite void knight robeGown of subjugationSeasinger's robe bottomGanodermic leggings / Ahrim's robe skirt
Main handSeismic wandWand of the Cywir eldersSeasinger kibaAttuned crystal wand / Virtus wandAbyssal wand
Two-handed weaponNoxious staffCamel staff / Staff of darknessAttuned crystal staff / Chaotic staffArmadyl battlestaffStaff of light
Off-hand weaponSeismic singularitySeasinger makigaiAttuned crystal orb / Virtus bookAbyssal orbN/A
Off-hand weaponMerciless kiteshieldFarseer kiteshieldArcane spirit shieldSpectral spirit shield / Dragonfire wardWard of subjugation
GlovesCelestial handwraps / Virtus glovesSuperior void knight gloves / Spellcaster glovesGloves of subjugationCulinaromancer's gloves 10Static gloves
FeetVirtus bootsBoots of subjugationSilverhawk bootsRagefire boots / Ganodermic bootsN/A
RingAsylum surgeon's ring + Ring of Vigour switchRing of death + Ring of Vigour switchSixth-Age circuit + Ring of Vigour switchLuck of the Dwarves + Ring of Vigour switchSeers' ring + Ring of Vigour switch
AuraRunic accuracy aura / Maniacal auraDark magic auraInspiration auraInvigorate auraVampyrism aura
PocketBerserk blood essence without OverloadsIlluminated god book / God bookSign of death / Sign of lifeN/AN/A

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadPernix cowl / Anima core helm of ZamorakSuperior void knight ranger helmArmadyl helmetDeath Lotus hoodKaril's coif
NeckAmulet of soulsFarsight blood necklace / Farsight sniper necklaceReaper necklace / Saradomin's murmurAmulet of fury (t) / Amulet of fury / Amulet of rangingDragon Rider amulet
BackCompletionist capeTokHaar-Kal-XilMax capeAva's alerterSkillcape / Ardougne cloak 4
BodyPernix body / Anima core body of ZamorakSuperior elite void knight topArmadyl chestplateDeath Lotus chestplateKaril's top
LegsPernix body / Anima core legs of ZamorakSuperior elite void knight robeArmadyl chainskirtDeath Lotus chapsKaril's skirt
Main handAscension crossbowShadow glaiveDeath Lotus dartChaotic crossbowArmadyl crossbow / Energised arm cannon
Two-handed weaponNoxious longbowWyvern crossbow / StrykebowAttuned crystal bowZaryte bow / Royal crossbowHand cannon
Off-hand weaponOff-hand Ascension crossbowOff-hand shadow glaiveOff-hand Death Lotus dartOff-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand Armadyl crossbow / Off-hand energised arm cannon
Off-hand weaponVengeful kiteshieldEagle-eye kiteshieldStrykebow / Dark bowElysian spirit shieldDragonfire deflector
GlovesNightmare gauntletsSuperior void knight glovesPernix gloves / Swift glovesCulinaromancer's gloves 10Tracking gloves
FeetPernix bootsArmadyl bootsSilverhawk bootsGlaiven bootsN/A
RingAsylum surgeon's ring + Ring of Vigour switchRing of death + Ring of Vigour switchSixth-Age circuit + Ring of Vigour switchLuck of the Dwarves + Ring of Vigour switchArchers' ring + Ring of Vigour switch
AuraSharpshooter aura / Reckless auraDark magic auraInspiration auraInvigorate auraVampyrism aura
PocketBerserk blood essence without OverloadsIlluminated god book / God bookSign of death / Sign of lifeN/AN/A

Recommended equipment for Melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadTorva full helm / Anima core helm of ZarosSuperior void knight melee helmBandos helmetTetsu helmMelee Barrows helmet
NeckAmulet of soulsBrawler's blood necklace / Brawler's knockout necklaceReaper necklace / Saradomin's whisperAmulet of fury (t) / Amulet of furyDragon Rider amulet
BackCompletionist capeTokHaar-KalMax capeFire capeSkillcape / Ardougne cloak 4
BodyTorva platebody / Anima core body of ZarosSuperior elite void knight topBandos chestplateTetsu bodyMelee Barrows body
LegsTorva platelegs / Anima core legs of ZarosSuperior elite void knight robeBandos tassetsTetsu legsMelee Barrows legs
Main handMain hand Drygore weaponBlade of NymoraTetsu katanaMain hand Chaotic weaponKorasi's sword / Abyssal vine whip
Two-handed weaponNoxious scytheDragon Rider lanceMizuyari / Attuned crystal halberdTwo-handed Chaotic weapon / Sunspear (melee)God sword
Off-hand weaponOff-hand Drygore weaponBlade of AvaryssTetsu wakizashiOff-hand Chaotic weaponJessika's sword
Off-hand weaponMalevolent kiteshieldChaotic kiteshieldDivine spirit shieldDragonfire shieldBandos warshield
GlovesRazorback gauntlets / Torva glovesSuperior void knight gloves / Goliath glovesBandos gauntletsCulinaromancer's gloves 10Pneumatic gloves
FeetTorva bootsBandos bootsSilverhawk bootsSteadfast bootsN/A
RingAsylum surgeon's ring + Ring of Vigour switchRing of death + Ring of Vigour switchSixth-Age circuit + Ring of Vigour switchLuck of the Dwarves + Ring of Vigour switchWarrior ring + Ring of Vigour switch
AuraBrawler aura / Berserker auraDark magic auraInspiration auraInvigorate auraVampyrism aura
PocketBerserk blood essence without OverloadsIlluminated god book / God bookSign of death / Sign of lifeN/AN/A

Drops[edit source]

The Kalphite King's notable drops are the Drygore longsword, Drygore rapier, Drygore mace, and their respective offhands. He may also drop the Perfect chitin, used to create the t90 defender. At the event, the perfect chitin can drop to anyone in the instance who has Lootshare on and has a t80 or t90 defender in their inventory or equipped.

Otherwise, KK and his minions drop several sharks, prayer potions, and super restores to help sustain players' supplies while in the instance.