Chompy Bird Hunting Guide
This minigame has been rated as Low Risk. See the minigames page for a definition of high and low risk.
Chompy bird hunting is a fun members only minigame that you can play after you complete the Big Chompy Bird Hunting quest. Killing 4,000 chompy birds is a requirement for the trimmed Completionist Cape. Also, an experienced hunter can show off his skills by wearing a priceless chompy hat. To start the chompy hunting minigame, come down far south to the Feldip Hills, south of Yanille (Fairy Ring teleport code AKS). You can also hunt in the areas south of Castle Wars (Fairy Ring teleport code BKP). The habitat of the chompy birds is shaded in yellow in the map below and the swamps where you can find the needed toads are indicated in green.
You can also hunt jubbly birds after starting the Skrach 'Bone Crusher' Uglogwee part of the Recipe for Disaster quest. Jubbly birds are much larger than chompies, but they inhabit the same area and are hunted using the same weapons and arrows. Like chompies, baiting them requires swamp toads, but with some additions. Details are here.
What you will need
It's important to bring along everything you will need, and thankfully much of what you need can be kept in your toolbelt. Depending on where you are hunting, you might use the Castle Wars bank chest or the Yanille city bank. If you have access to the Feldip Hills glider site (requires One Small Favour quest), the Gnome Stronghold Grand Tree bank is convenient to the south-east hunting grounds. The Fairy Ring teleport network offers other travel options as well.
* Only needed if you are planning to fletch more Ogre arrows or Composite ogre bows.
Chompy bird hunting is the art of killing chompies. Chompies give you tons of feathers, chompy meat (heals 10, gives 140 cooking exp, weighs 10kg, and must be cooked on a spit), and eventually, new chompy bird hats. The catch is, they are not your regular monster. The only time they will ever fly down to the ground is to grab a quick snack, and then fly back up in the sky.
To set a trap, we will need to gather the proper bait: bloated toads. First, use your ogre bellows on the swamp gas bubbles, which are found at certain points on the edges of the swamps. When you fill your bellows, you will have 3 uses before the gas runs out and you will have to refill it. Around the swamp there will be a bunch of toads hopping about. Use your filled Ogre Bellows with a toad to fill it up. Now you will have a bloated toad. You can hold up to three bloated toads in your pack.
Stand on the square where you want to drop your bait and then click on the bloated toad. After a short while a chompy bird will probably come down to eat the frog. Attack it with your ogre bow and ogre/arrows equipped, and it should die in a few hits. It can take from 15-30 seconds for a bird to see your trap, be patient and stay alert.
The chompy may either wander right up to the toad to eat it, or it may start to wander away if it sees you too close to the bait. Don't let it get too far away!
You should have no problem killing it with a couple of strong blows. The chompy bird has 100 lp and it is quite possible to kill it quickly, or even in one hit provided your ranged level is high enough. It can be tricky to click though, so don't get too sure that you can always take it down in a few seconds. Also, they can be hard to spot sometimes, so be sure to use the arrows both on the main screen and the minimap to help you find the bird. If your luck is low and you are too slow killing it, the chompy bird will fly away, even if in combat!
If you kill the creature, you automatically scratch a mark on your Ogre Bow. Also, once the bird is down, make sure to pluck it. You can get 10-50 feathers. Sometimes the bloated toad will not attract a chompy to the area, that happens sometimes. Just keep laying the bait and you will be sure to attract some.
Speed hunting is the art of killing chompy birds constantly and quickly. It can only be done near the swamps since you need a quick 'supply' of swamp gas and toads for this. It can also only be done effectively if the wolves are no longer aggressive to you (they stop attacking you after 10-15 minutes, or if you are level 121+ combat). For faster luring it is recommended to use at least 2 Ogre bellows.
First, fill up both your Ogre bellows with swamp gas. Now fill up a frog then drop it. Repeat this over and over until you eventually have to refill your bellows. It is a generally good idea to count to 7 in your head before setting a new toad down. You should have about 5-6 bloated frogs lying around.
Chompy birds will be coming down in fast intervals unless you waited a bit between setting each trap as suggested earlier. Try to kill the chompy, get your arrows and feathers, and then set more toads up. The key is keeping a steady cycle of dropping toads, killing a chompy, drop toads, kill a chompy and so on.
The advantages are that you can get chompy kills a lot faster; getting your kills up for new hats and more feathers. The disadvantages are that it's harder to do, requires much more focus, and the chompy birds sometimes come a bunch at a time and some will get away if you are too slow.
Another application of this method is as follows. Fill your inventory with around 20 bellows (get from chest then drop on ground, get from chest - do that 20 times) and fill up all those bellows with swamp gas. Then you don't have to run and fill them every minute. Walk over to the opposite side of the spot where you fill your bellows and make 3 inflated frogs. Place them quickly, make 3 new frogs while you are waiting, and place them next to the others. Soon you will get so many chompies to range that time flies faster! Be careful with placing too many frogs though, since you can suddenly have 5 or 7 chompies flying around and have trouble killing them all before they leave.
Baiting jubbly birds is slightly different from chompies. Use your ogre bellows full of swamp gas on a toad to get it into your inventory. Now, go north of the place where you originally met Rantz. Mine a piece out of the rock a little north-east of the cave entrance (marked with a mining site symbol on mini-map) and then use the bellows on the same toad again while having a ball of wool and the rock in your inventory to make a new kind of bait. Now, drop the bait somewhere in the hunting grounds and move away from it. Hopefully, a jubbly bird will soon appear. Attack and kill it as usual, using your Ogre bow with Ogre/Brutal arrows.
Like chompies, jubbly birds must be cooked on a spit. Jubbly birds are even larger and heavier than chompies, so do not expect to run far carrying them.
NOTE: Jubbly bird kills DO count towards your chompy bird hat level. However, due to their higher life points and the lengthy time needed to prepare the bait, killing them in bulk is not recommended.
Levels and Chompy Hats
Ogre levels are the levels you achieve from killing a certain amount of chompy birds. To see what level you are and how many chompy bird kills you have, right click on your Ogre Bow, and press 'Check kills'. A window will pop up and say how many kills you have and what Ogre level you are in your chat window.
Chompy bird hats are untradeable prizes you receive from getting a certain Ogre levels. There is a hat for every Ogre level from Ogre Bowman and upward. There are three different types of hats (with one, three, and five feathers each), and each type comes in six colours (Grey, green, red, black, blue, and yellow). To get a chompy bird hat, use your Ogre bow on Rantz or speak to him and ask him to show you his 'hatsies'.
Upon reaching 4000 kills, an Expert Dragon Archer earns a one-time bonus reward of 30,000 xp!
Most of all, have a good time doing this and don't spend too much time killing them in one long stretch. Killing chompies is an excellent way to get feathers, and you can usually get a thousand after around 50 kills. Also, chompy hats are the new style, happy hunting!
Original guide by: Smavey
Revised Version by: Jaffy1
Thanks to: abomb67, aspeeder, destructaboy, EchoBeam, Howlin0001, idunedain, Illy_Toga, Juhniz, Kimberly, Lady_Shahdie, lichey, Pirkka, pokemama, Profins, quantumkik, SerpentEye, Sorator, Speedyshel, Sunli and wiseTSM
Last Updated by: Omnitec
Last updated: 23-Dec-2012
Will you use Menaphos to train your skills?
Help keep Tip.It alive, donate a bit to our site:
© 1999 - 2020 RuneScape Tips, all rights reserved. RuneScape® and Jagex® are trademarks of Jagex Ltd © 2000 - 2020 Andrew Gower.