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|Release date||10 January 2007 (Update)|
|A huge scarab beast.|
|Release date||5 September 2013 (Update)|
|A huge scarab beast.|
The Giant Scarab is fought during the final battle of the Contact! quest. It summons level 68 Locust riders and Scarab mages to aid it in its battle. The Giant Scarab is the sixth highest level quest only monster that is fought via conventional means in the game.
It hits upwards of 20 hitpoints with melee and ranged and is very poisonous, with the damage starting at 9 per hit. If you are out of Melee range from the Giant Scarab and are using Protect from Missiles, a message will say "The scarab clacks its mandibles and you are mystically poisoned," so you will be poisoned anyway, unless you drink antipoison.
Only the most durable should engage this monster in melee combat; players should bring an anti-poison, prayer potion, lightsource and tinderbox, weapon and armour you would not care about losing, good food and a one-click emergency teleport (such as an Ectophial) is vital. The Giant Scarab has extremely high defence against slash attacks and very low stab defence, so a Zamorakian spear is recommended over an abyssal whip. The scarab is immune to the effects of poison(except in NMZ); however, a dragon dagger is still a good weapon to use due to its special attack.
The scarab is extremely weak to stab attacks, however there is a safe spot in the south-west corner of the room that can be used for protection from his melee attacks as well as the spear wielding Locust riders. While hiding here and using protect from ranged, players can defeat the scarab while taking minimal damage from the mages.
Another and actually quite safe and easy way is to wait just inside the tunnels until the Scarab wanders around the cave and positions itself behind a water puddle (see image). Then approach and mage/range it from a distance with the appropriate protection prayer (ranged). Using this method, the scarab will NOT summon Locust riders. Alternatively, if the Giant Scarab will not move, it may be possible to range/mage it from as far away as possible without it summoning any help.