Strategies for Waterfiend

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This article is a strategy guide for Waterfiend.
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This article contains information for players seeking to kill waterfiends, including the recommended equipment, inventory and strategies.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Waterfiends are weak to Ranged attacks and very weak to bolts. They are often killed due to their high crimson charm drop rate, which fuels Summoning training. While waterfiends are weaker to crossbows, bows like the attuned crystal bow are still very effective.

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadFull slayer helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Full slayer helmetFull slayer helmet (if on assignment)Sirenic mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic maskSirenic maskPernix cowl.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix cowlPernix cowlArmadyl helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl helmetArmadyl helmetDemon slayer circlet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon slayer circletDemon slayer circlet
NeckFarsight blood necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Farsight blood necklaceFarsight blood 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 fury (t).png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of fury (t)Amulet of fury (t)
BackAva's device.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ava's deviceAva's deviceCompletionist 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 capeArdougne cloak 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 4
BodySirenic hauberk.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic hauberkSirenic hauberkPernix body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix bodyPernix bodyArmadyl chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chestplateArmadyl chestplateDemon slayer torso.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon slayer torsoDemon slayer torsoN/A
LegsSirenic chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic chapsSirenic chapsPernix chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix chapsPernix chapsArmadyl chainskirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chainskirtArmadyl chainskirtDemon slayer skirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon slayer skirtDemon slayer skirtN/A
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 crossbowAttuned crystal chakram.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal chakramAttuned crystal chakramArmadyl crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl crossbowArmadyl crossbow
Two-handed weaponNoxious longbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious longbowNoxious longbowWyvern crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wyvern crossbowWyvern crossbowRoyal crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal crossbowRoyal crossbowAttuned crystal bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal bowAttuned crystal bowZaryte bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zaryte bowZaryte 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 attuned crystal chakram.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand attuned crystal chakramOff-hand attuned crystal chakramOff-hand Armadyl crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Armadyl crossbowOff-hand Armadyl 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 arrows
Wyvern spines.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wyvern spinesWyvern spines
Wild arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wild arrowWild arrows
Royal bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal boltsRoyal boltsN/AN/A
GlovesDeathtouch bracelet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Deathtouch braceletDeathtouch braceletAscension grips.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension gripsAscension gripsSwift gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Swift glovesSwift glovesPernix 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 bootsDemon slayer boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon slayer bootsDemon slayer bootsN/A
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)Asylum 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 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
AuraVampyrism aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vampyrism auraVampyrism auraN/AN/AN/AN/A
PocketHoly wrench.png: RS3 Inventory image of Holy wrenchHoly wrenchN/AN/AN/AN/A


Inventory[edit | edit source]

Prayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).png
Super ranging potion (4).pngFerocious ring (5).pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.png

Mid-to-high-level inventory:

Lower-level inventory:

Although relatively strong against melee, waterfiends are weak to Darklight, especially if it has been upgraded after completing Dimension of Disaster. The upgraded Darklight offers a damage output similar to that of a tier 90 main-hand weapon, and its damage buffs also apply to whatever off-hand weapon is wielded, thus offering a slightly higher damage output than Ranged.

Recommended equipment for Melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadFull slayer helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Full slayer helmetFull slayer helmet (if on assignment)Malevolent helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Malevolent helmMalevolent helmTorva full helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torva full helmTorva full helm
Anima core helm of Zaros.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core helm of ZarosAnima core helm of Zaros
Bandos helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos helmetBandos helmetDragon Rider helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider helmDragon Rider helm
NeckBrawler's blood necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Brawler's blood necklaceBrawler's blood necklaceAmulet of souls.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of soulsAmulet of soulsBrawler's knockout necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Brawler's knockout necklaceBrawler's knockout necklaceSaradomin's whisper.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin's whisperSaradomin's whisperAmulet of fury (t).png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of fury (t)Amulet of fury (t)
BackCompletionist cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Completionist capeCompletionist capeTokHaar-Kal-Ket.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-Kal-KetTokHaar-Kal-KetMax cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Max capeMax capeFire cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire capeFire capeArdougne cloak 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 4
BodyMalevolent cuirass.png: RS3 Inventory image of Malevolent cuirassMalevolent cuirassTorva platebody.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torva platebodyTorva platebody
Anima core body of Zaros.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core body of ZarosAnima core body of Zaros
Bandos chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos chestplateBandos chestplateDragon Rider body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider bodyDragon Rider bodyN/A
LegsMalevolent greaves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Malevolent greavesMalevolent greavesTorva platelegs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torva platelegsTorva platelegs
Anima core legs of Zaros.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core legs of ZarosAnima core legs of Zaros
Bandos tassets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos tassetsBandos tassetsDragon Rider chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider chapsDragon Rider chapsN/A
Main handUpgraded Darklight.png: RS3 Inventory image of DarklightDarklightDarklight.png: RS3 Inventory image of DarklightDarklightN/AN/AN/A
Off-hand weaponOff-hand drygore longsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand drygore longswordOff-hand drygore longswordTetsu wakizashi.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tetsu wakizashiTetsu wakizashiOff-hand chaotic longsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand chaotic longswordOff-hand chaotic longswordOff-hand attuned crystal dagger.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand attuned crystal daggerOff-hand attuned crystal daggerOff-hand crystal dagger.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand crystal daggerOff-hand crystal dagger
Off-hand weaponMalevolent kiteshield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Malevolent kiteshieldMalevolent kiteshieldAttuned crystal shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal shieldAttuned crystal shieldChaotic kiteshield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic kiteshieldChaotic kiteshieldDivine spirit shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Divine spirit shieldDivine spirit shieldDragonfire shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragonfire shieldDragonfire shield (charged)
Ammo/SpellTirannwn quiver.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tirannwn quiverTirannwn quiverN/AN/AN/AN/A
GlovesDeathtouch bracelet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Deathtouch braceletDeathtouch braceletRazorback gauntlets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Razorback gauntletsRazorback gauntletsGoliath gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Goliath glovesGoliath glovesTorva gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torva glovesTorva glovesBandos gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos glovesBandos gloves
FeetEmberkeen boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Emberkeen bootsEmberkeen boots
Steadfast boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steadfast bootsSteadfast boots
Torva boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torva bootsTorva bootsBandos boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos bootsBandos bootsDragon Rider boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider bootsDragon Rider bootsN/A
RingRing of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of deathRing of deathWarrior ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Warrior ring (i)Warrior ring (i)Asylum 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 circuit
Onyx ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx ring (i)Onyx ring (i)
N/A
AuraVampyrism aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vampyrism auraVampyrism auraN/AN/AN/AN/A
PocketHoly wrench.png: RS3 Inventory image of Holy wrenchHoly wrenchN/AN/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Prayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).png
Overload (4).pngFerocious ring (5).pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.png

Alternate location strategies[edit | edit source]

The most popular spot to kill waterfiends is the Ancient Cavern as it is easily accessible. However, there are two viable alternative locations: the Chaos Tunnels and the Ghorrock Fortress.

Players who have the Summoning level to use a geyser titan can kill waterfiends much more quickly in the Chaos Tunnels than in the Ancient Cavern, with consistent usage of the titan's scroll loaded into an enchanted helm. Using Soul Split, high level players can stay for a long time (enough to make full usage of a Familiarisation triple-charm period).

With completion of The Temple at Senntisten, players can find waterfiends in the Ghorrock Fortress. However, their drops are different from the norm; the waterfiends at Ghorrock have a lower charm drop rate, but drop two charms at a time. A cannon can be used here, which is useful for efficient Slayer experience. The waterfiends here have a higher max hit (and hit higher in general), and are aggressive. Given that you have sufficient healing (bunyip/unicorn, vampyrism, soul split), it is easily afk-able.

Polypore Strike is also effective, especially when combined with Dragon Breath and Omnipower abilities. Using a hexcrest and a charged amulet of glory can result in 15% boost to magic damage against an assigned slayer target along with a 3.9% critical hit bonus.

Extra tips[edit | edit source]

  • It is also worth mentioning that while it may cost a certain amount to kill waterfiends through use of prayer potions, food or familiars etc., players can at least break even through picking up noted water orbs, noted snape grass, water talismans, ranarrs, lantadymes, items from the rare drop table, and even the reward from the level 3 clue scrolls they drop.
  • Some High Level Alchemy runes can be brought to alch valuable drops such as water battlestaves or armour pieces like the rune helm and adamant platebodies - even the less valuable staves and mithril items alch profitably. Due to lack of space, many people may not want to pick up all items and usually only pick up the stackable items such as water orbs, mithril arrows, and various runes. Alternatively, an explorer's ring 4 or an alchemist's amulet can be used.
  • For those fighting Waterfiends in the Ancient Cavern, using the fairy ring (code BJQ) is a much quicker route to stock up on food/potions than walking all the way from the Barbarian Outpost. Note that the fairy ring is only accessible after completing much of Barbarian Training, at least up to Pyre ships. Before the ring can be used, bittercap mushrooms must be planted there. With 5 mushrooms in your inventory, use one of the mushrooms on the 'enchanted lands' spot near the centre of the ring.
  • Waterfiends usually drop 1 water rune, 1 charm (typically crimson), and one other item or two grimy herbs. Sometimes the other item is 90 water runes. This means if a player examines the drop and sees only "charm" and "water rune", the odds are good that the player has received a charm and 91 water runes. If a player sees a charm, a water rune, and something else (like a shark), the water rune is 1 and not 91. The single water runes are not worth picking up. However, with the loot inventory, players can pick water runes up alongside with their desired drop (like water orbs) with no extra time needed.
  • Those who can get their hands on blisterwood stakes and their off-hand variant (after completing The Branches of Darkmeyer quest), in conjunction with using abilities such as Needle strike, Piercing Shot and Snipe, may find this weapon very efficient in dispatching Waterfiends, resulting in massive slaughter, with low cost and good drops. The Blisterwood stake-thrower crossbow unlocked partway through The Lord of Vampyrium is even more effective, due to the waterfiend's weakness to bolts (using Dazing Shot instead of Needle Strike).