Cockroach Soldier Hunting

By: Pyrowarlock
Special Thanks to: ccleanerfan, Jake Cooper, kalipop, nonickname, packman9898, Roy, Skeleton, Sr H Potter, Veni vidi vici

Cockroach extermination or cockroach stomping is the method of killing Cockroach Soldiers. They are some of the best monsters that a RuneScape player can train on. Commonly known as "Roach", these level 83 monsters are slowly rising in demand because of the drops they give. In this guide, I'll be instructing you on the best way to beat them and score some hot rewards!

Essential Info


Why Kill Them?

They give great xp, but are slower than training on others. They drop lots of runes, gems, ores, and in addition, often drop rune armor and weaponry, such as Square Shields and Scimitars. Another upside to them is that they are very close to Edgeville bank. Since they are located in a multicombat area, you can bring your friend or clan to fight them with you.

A giant cockroach!



One thing that players fighting this must know is that they often hit between 80-110 Life Points of damage, have comparatively high Defence (more than giants) and have a very high Magic Defence. The best method to fight them is melee. Maging them is not recommended. Range works on them too, but not as great as melee.

Melee (Freeplay)

  • Rune Full
  • Rune Scimitar/Rune Longsword
  • Amulet of Strength
  • Rune Gauntlets (Fist of Guthix reward)
  • Fighting Boots
  • Team Cape

Recommended freeplay melee equipment

Melee (Members)

  • Melee Armor (Rune and above)
  • Dragon Weapon and Above
  • Ring of wealth
  • Amulet of Glory
  • The best d'hide vambraces/Gloves you can get.
  • Team Cape

Suggested member melee equipment

Ranged (Freeplay)

  • Green Dragon Hide full
  • Coif
  • Maple Short bow
  • Iron arrows/Steel Arrows
  • Leather Boot
  • Amulet of Accuracy/Power
  • Team Cape

Recommended freeplay range equipment

Ranged (Members)

  • Best Dragonhide full you can get
  • Archer's Helm and above
  • Magic Shortbow or Rune Crossbow (or better)
  • Iron/Steel or bolts (or better)
  • Amulet of Glory
  • Boots
  • Team Cape
  • Ring of Wealth

Suggested members range equipment


  • 16-20 lobsters or better
  • Potions (optional)

Keep some space for the loot.

Suggested inventory

Note: It is said that they are weak to crush attacks. So you can use Warhammers and Battle axes and use their crush attacks. But do not use 2hs. They provide lesser Defence and so you will lose more hp than those with shield. Maces also can be used as they are fast and have decent strength. But I say the best is still Scimitar and Longsword.

Getting There

The only place that cockroaches are found is the Stronghold of Player Safety. The Soldiers are great in numbers and are not aggressive. So you can rest a little bit before jumping into fight them. But remember they are multicombat.

To enter the stronghold, you must first complete the exam at the exam center (its like a mini-quest). Then enter through the tunnel behind the poster in the empty cell.

After you climb this rope for the first time, you will be able to use the crevice entrance for a shorter way to the roaches.

This rope allows access to the cavern
Map from the dungeon to the edgeville bank

The bank closest to the stronghold is the Edgeville Bank. Run south after banking, to the crevice below the yews, marked by the Dungeon Entrance icon (Dungeon Entrance). Alternately, members can use the glory amulet to teleport to Edgeville and then run to the cockroaches from there.

Climb through the crevice

Map of the Dungeon

The following is a map of the stronghold, with areas for soloing and teaming cockroaches circled.

Map of cockroach hunting locations

Combat Strategy

For melee, there is no specific strategy to fight them. Just fight like you usually do.

Range is not as effective as melee. This is because cockroaches have Range as well as melee attacks. But rangers must only attack those roaches that are already attacked by others. You must multi them, that is. This will probably make others angry at you. But if you find someone who agrees to this, then good for you. Just don't be the one to start the fight with the Roaches.

Alternately, you can use crossbow and bring some shield that reduces your range less than others and attack them close by. For this, I recommend you use some of Karil's armour (if you can). But you can still stick with multi-fighting them with the crossbow.

Prayer and potions are not really needed. Warriors can use them to boost their stats while fighting. Rangers need them more than warriors because they have lesser Defence than warriors and hit less and less often than the warriors. The potions that can be used include Supersets or range potions.

Note: You can use this same strategy for fighting cockroach workers.



  • Coins
  • Rune Scimitar
  • Rune Square Shield
  • Mithril Med Helm
  • Mithril platebody
  • Death Rune
  • Law Rune
  • Fire Rune
  • Earth Runes
  • Adamant Ore (noted)
  • Mithril ore (noted)
  • Coal (noted)
  • Uncut Gems
  • Limpwurt Root


  • Rune Javelin
  • Rune Spear
  • Dragon Spear
  • Dragon Scimitar
  • Blood runes
  • Shield Left half
  • Clue Scroll (level 2)
  • Cosmic talisman
  • Nature Talisman
  • Variety of seeds
  • Blue, green, Crimson and Gold charms (Crimson Charms are dropped more often)

I hope this guide has been of some use when fighting cockroaches.

Thanks for reading!

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Published on: November 23, 2008 01:15 AM UTC by Salmoneus
Updated on: July 18, 2011 01:33 AM UTC by Salmoneus