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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Runescape: Killing Grotworms for Profit and Fun!

Grotworms like to get in your face
I've been hanging out in the Grotworm lair a lot recently.  You can tell by the attractive white pallor where I used to be tanned.  The Mature Grotworms are pretty cool.  Easy to manage for a level 167 monster.  Nice drops, and for now, not crowded.  I say 'for now', because once the drop table is expanded for the Queen Black Dragon release, they'll probably stay crowded for a long time.

Grotworms are remarkably easy to kill.  I wear Bandos, Fury, Onyx Ring(i), Fire Cape, Dragonfire Shield, Dragon Boots and Dragon Full Helm.  I use a Vine Whip, because it's a great one-handed weapon and doesn't degrade.  I carry House Teletabs, High-alching runes, and the elite Enhanced Excalibur.

Getting there is pretty easy.  Forget Remora's Necklace with it's once-a-day teleport.  Just modify a house tab for Rimmington, then run a few steps north-east to the White Knight's camp.  Once inside, if you have at least 50 Agility take the short-cut to the south, and you're there.  If you have to go the long way around, it's a really really long way around, through the length of the caverns.

Grotworms can hit very hard, but most of the time miss or hit lightly.  Their drops are better than average.  They typically drop 2k - 7k of gold.  Rune weapons and armor.  Saradomin Brew and Super Restores.  Runite Ore, Blood Runes, noted adamant ore, noted flax.  Occasionally 2 cooked shark, which come in handy. A few other odds and ends.
Yes, I got the maze random.  That's where the arrows and feathers came from.

I high-alch all weapons and armour drops.  Keep whatever's worth keeping.  When my backpack is full of Runite Ore, Sara Brews, and Super Restores it's time to go.  Break a house teleport, recharge my prayer at the house altar.  Then go to the GE, bank what I want, sell the rest, and head back out.

I timed a random hour, just to get a feel for the value.  Below are the results:
  • 15 minutes:  100k gold.
  • 30 minutes:  155k gold
  • 45 minutes:  305k gold
  • 60 minutes:  364k gold
By then, my backpack had over 100k of things I was either going to keep, or sell on the GE.  Plus an Ancient Effigy, which I cashed in on the spot.  Love those Dragonkin Lamps! 

Over the course of multiple trips, the hourly profit varies a lot.  They're not as profitable as, say, Frost Dragons.  But Grotworms don't require my full attention, and the only resource I use up is alching runes, and 2 house teletabs per trip. 

 Use Ancient Curses with Quick Prayers set to Soul Split and Turmoil for healing.  Prayer flash as needed.  I'm not very good at prayer flashing, but these don't require a lot of precision.  Between Excalibur, and Soul Split, my hit points stay high.  The Sharks they sometimes drop can be helpful.  If you're really in trouble, use the Sara Brews and Super Restores they drop.  Generally, though, I bank them for more serious situations.

A vine whip may not be the best weapon, but it was fast enough for me.  Most of the time I was able to go between two Grotworms; one re-generating just as the other died.  I like having the shield, so didn't try 2-handed weapons.  Don't think they're worth the expense of a degrading weapon, like the Chaotics.

You can bring potions to speed it up if you want.  Bring a BOB familiar.  You can sell the drops on GE if you'd rather.  I'm taking a more laid-back approach.  No hurry, no pressure.  My last trip cleared 1.5 million in gold, plus 250 Blood Runes, and a number of potions.  Avies used to be my 'go-to' low-stress money-maker.  Not any more!  Grotworms all the way!


Anonymous said...

I've only been down the new "slayer" dungeon a few times after the completion of the quest. I feel like it's sort of a slap in the face to slayerers seeing as their is no real slayer req. behind them. It is a good and bad thing in my opinion.

I'm sure after the QBD is released it'll be packed once again too. I've been assigned groutworms from Kuradel so I'm saving that task until the drop table is expanded. Hopefully I'll be able to EXPAND my bank too! (fail pun lol).

Crewman6 said...

I could understand the Slayer point of view. You're right, both sides of the coin have valid points.

I'm enjoying them for now, it'll probably be too packed to be fun next weekend!!

(groan)... I love puns!! I'd love an 'expanded' bank too!