OSRS Sand Crabs Guide: XP Rates & Locations (2024)

Sand crabs are aggressive monsters that can disguise themselves as sandy rocks. They are a combat level 15 monster with 60 hitpoints and no combat stats, making them one of the best monsters to train combat AFK in Oldschool Runescape.

Sand crabs can only be found in P2P areas such as Hosidius' coast, Crabclaw Isle, Crabclaw Caves, and the Isle of Souls. The most popular locations are Hosidius and Crabsclaw Isle, which are usually crowded, but have up to 125 spawns in total, so you should be able to find a good spot even if you have to hop worlds a few times depending on the time of day.

Hosidius

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Hosidius is one of the five cities in the Kingdom of Great Kourend, and it is well-known for being the home of Sand crabs. You can travel here by speaking with Veos in Port Piscarillius. If you've never been to Great Kourend on your account before, after speaking with Veos, you'll see an option to ask him if he can take you there for free.

How to get to Sand Crabs

  • Skills necklace: The Skill necklace can teleport you to the Woodcutting guild, which is located just north of Hosidius' coast, where you can find a slew of sand crabs in their locations shown below.
  • House Teleport: If you own a home in Hosidius, you can use house teleport to get there, then run south to the coast or take a boat to Crabsclaw Isle.
  • Tithe Farming minigame teleport: This teleport requires 100% hosiduis favour and teleports you to the tithe farm, when you get to this spot, you can easily run to the sand crabs just south.

Skill’s necklace

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The most common method of reaching sand crabs is to use the skill necklace, which can be created by enchanting a dragonstone necklace with a Level 5 Enchant spell. It can teleport you to the woodcutting guild, which is the closest location to the coast of Hosidius, where Sand crabs can be found.

This necklace can be recharged at the totem pole in Legend's Guild, the Fountain of Uhid in Myth's Guild, or the Fountain of Rune if Legends' Quest has been completed. This necklace provides no combat bonuses, so it should be exchanged for a necklace that provides combat bonuses based on the attack style you choose before attacking the sand crabs.

Locations of Sand Crabs

Here are all the locations where you can find sand crabs in Oldschool Runescape:

Coast of Hosidius

Several spots for sand crab training can be found on the Coast of Hosidius. This city is easily accessible, and for new players, the quickest way to get here if you have never been there before would be by talking and traveling with Veos located on Port Piscallirus close to Draynor Village, then running west off the docks, then south.

The areas circled are where you can find sand crabs below



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Crabsclaw Isles

This is a small island located just south of Hosidius' coast. To get to this island, you must spend 10,000 coins each time you travel by boat, making it unsuitable for pures or accounts with low defense because you must travel across each time you run out of food.

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If you have completed the easy Kourend & Kebos Diary, you can get across for half the price (5000), and you can get across for free if you have completed the medium Kourend & Kebos Diary.

This location is usually preferred by players with higher combat stats because it contains up to 40 sand crabs and numerous spots where you can have 3–4 crabs attacking you at the same time.

Crabsclaw caves

This cave is located west of the coat of Hosidius or south of the woodcutting guild; to access it, you must have partially completed the depths of despair quest; it contains 15 spawns of sand crabs and is usually less crowded due to the requirements needed to begin the depths of despair quest, which are: Client of Kourend completion, X Marks the spot, 20% Hosidius favor, and 18 agility.

Isle of Souls

This island is one of the least popular places to train with sand crabs; it is located west of Feldip Hills and is best known as the location for the Soul Wars minigame. It has 15 spawns on its coast.

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Sand crabs training Strategy

All crabs are similar when it comes to training strategy. First, you need to hop worlds till you find a good spot with the number of spawns you like, you must stay close enough to them to get them to attack you. Sand crabs are aggressive, but do not have an aggressive range as high as that of Ammonite crabs, but still the same as Rock Crabs.

When you first start with low combat levels, you can choose to stay close to only the small sand crabs closer to the grass, so you don't take too much damage.

As your defense and other combat stats improve, you will be able to kill the small crab much faster. At this point, you should switch to a tile with two sand crabs spawning nearby. When you start killing the two sand crabs quickly enough that you are spending too much time idle, you can then move the three sand crabs' spots.

It would be a waste of food to stand at a three-sand crab spot when you can't kill two sand crabs quickly enough. Both spots would yield the same experience rates, but you'd have to eat more and click more at the three sand crabs' spots, making this method less AFK.

How to Aggro Sand crabs

As previously stated, Sand Crabs are only aggressive to you for 10 minutes before they stop attacking you. When they spawn, they remain disguised as sandy rocks, and you must run away from the area for about 5 seconds before returning to get them to become aggressive to you again.

Below is a good position to run to before you return to get them to become aggressive again.

Experience rates when training at sand crabs

Sand crabs are known to provide the second-best experience rates of any crab in Old School RuneScape. When training with Sand crabs at lower levels, the experience rates are quite similar with Ammonite crabs.

At higher combat levels, you would be able to kill sand crabs so much quicker and that’s when you would need to switch to Ammonite crabs, due to their hitpoints of 100.

Here are the different experience rates that you should expect depending on your combat method.

Experience rates when training melee combat with Sand crabs

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Level 1–20: You can get up to 5,000 average XP per hour

Level 20–40: You can expect to gain about 12,000 XP per hour on average.

Level 40–60: You can gain up to 30,000 XP per hour by using a Rune scimitar.

Level 60-80: You can gain up to 45,000 XP per hour by using a Dragon scimitar.

Level 80-99: You can gain up to 60,000 XP per hour by using an Abyssal whip.

Experience rates when training ranged with Sand crabs.

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Beginning levels are quite quick when training ranged at sand crabs

Level 1–30: You should expect to get an average of 15,000 experience per hour.

Level 30–40: You should expect to get an average of 22,000 experience per hour.

Level 40–60: You can gain up to 35,000 XP per hour by using an Adamant crossbow

Level 60–80: You can gain up to 45,000 XP per hour by using a Rune crossbow.

Level 80–99: You can gain up to 60,000 XP per hour by using a Toxic blowpipe.

and when you get to 70 ranged, you can expect to gain 45,000 experience per hour, and as you get closer to 99 ranged, you can gain up to 70,000 experience per hour.

Experience rates when training magic with Sand crabs

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Beginning levels are also quite quick when training magic at sand crabs

Level 1–30: You should expect to get an average of 15,000 experience per hour using strike spells

Level 30–40: You should expect up to 25,000 experience when using bolt spells.

Level 40-60: You can gain up to 40,000 XP per hour by using the fire blast spell.

Level 60–80: You can gain up to 58,000 XP per hour; make sure you start to use the fire wave spell at level 75 magic.

Level 80–99: You can gain up to 70,000 XP per hour: you should continue to use Fire Wave till 99 as other spells unlocked will give similar experience rates when training at sand crabs.

Training magic at sand crabs using the method above is expensive, and it may be worth considering options that are similar in cost but have faster experience rates, such as ice bursting/barrage maniacal monkeys.

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FAQs

Where is the best place to train on Sand Crabs Osrs? ›

Sand Crabs are scattered around the beach in southern Zeah and Crabclaw Isle, where you can find clusters of three or four Sand Crabs making those spots ideal to engage Sand Crabs. Sand Crab's maximum hit is 1, but if you're planning to train for an extended period, you should still bring food.

How to fight crab osrs? ›

As they must be active in order to be fought, players must reset their aggression timer once they become tolerant. To make the crabs aggressive again, exit the surrounding area - roughly the same distance as the diameter of the minimap - and enter again.

How do I get to Crabclaw Isle? ›

Crabclaw Isle is a small island just south of the Hosidius coast. Players can reach the island by paying Sandicrahb 10,000 coins. Completing the easy Kourend & Kebos Diary will allow players to access it for half the price. Completing the medium Kourend & Kebos Diary will allow players to access the island for free.

What level do ammonite crabs have? ›

Ammonite Crab
Combat level25
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Where is the best place to find sand crabs? ›

Find a place where the water goes up to you and goes back to the ocean. This is what the sand crabs need so they don't escape when you don't want them to and so they don't get too dried out. Look for a spot near the shore where there are small "V"s that appear as the wave rolls out.

What is the best time to find sand crabs? ›

Throughout spring, summer and fall, the best way to find sand crabs is to look for the visual clues they give off as they work their way up and down in the sand; first poking their antennae and top half of their body out to collect food, before burrowing down as the water retreats.

What are Sand Crabs weak against? ›

According to the wiki, supposedly Ammonite crabs have a weakness to the crush attack style. However, sand crabs and rock crabs appear to have no specific weakness, melee or otherwise, at least according to the wiki.

How do you get to Sand Crabs fast? ›

Likely the fastest method, you can either: Move your house to Great Kourend with 25 Construction and 8,750 coins, teleport to your house, exit the portal, and run south; or, you could use Scrolls of redirection on House teleport tablets (still requires 25 Construction) to get to the same place without having to move ...

Can you cannon Sand Crabs in OSRs? ›

Sand Crabs on the beach, south of Hosidius. Iorwerth Dungeon in the kurask area because they are immune to cannon damage.

Where is Sandicrahb osrs? ›

Sandicrahb is a tribesman from Karamja. He can ferry players to Crabclaw Isle for 10,000 coins per trip. This is halved if players complete the easy Kourend & Kebos Diary, and the trip is free if the medium diary is complete.

How do I get to Crab Claw Island? ›

Most local Darwin helicopter and aeroplane charter companies will fly to Crab Claw Island – it is a very scenic 15-20mins. By boat – just a couple of hours by quick boat or a nice leisurely sail from Darwin Harbour Crab Claw Island can be found at 12o 42.3'S, 130o 37.4'E – Chart AUS 29.

What is the rarest crab? ›

Blue King Crabs are one of the rarest crabs in the world. -Which is the best crab one can buy? Stone crabs, Alaska King crabs, Dungeness crabs and soft-shelled crabs are the best options for the purpose of preparing culinary wonders. Of these, Stone crabs are valued the most for their meat.

How do you catch big ghost crabs? ›

During the day, go to a beach where ghost crabs are known to hang out and look for a hole. Look for a hole with damp, dark sand around it, as this will indicate that there is a crab inside. Set your trap. Slide the 3-inch cylindrical end of your trap into the crab hole and surround it with sand to secure it.

How do you get to sand crabs fast? ›

Likely the fastest method, you can either: Move your house to Great Kourend with 25 Construction and 8,750 coins, teleport to your house, exit the portal, and run south; or, you could use Scrolls of redirection on House teleport tablets (still requires 25 Construction) to get to the same place without having to move ...

What are sand crabs weak against? ›

According to the wiki, supposedly Ammonite crabs have a weakness to the crush attack style. However, sand crabs and rock crabs appear to have no specific weakness, melee or otherwise, at least according to the wiki.

Where is the best place to find ghost crabs? ›

The best place to go ghost crab hunting is on a quiet, secluded beach, that's where you'll find the most! Ghost crabs also tend to be closer to the shoreline. They live in holes in the sand that can range from about the width of a nickel and to get as big as a silver dollar.

What is the best play sand for hermit crabs? ›

Fluker's Hermit Beach Sand is a “premium blend of natural sand, coconut fiber, calcium carbonate, sea salt mix, and probiotics.” Unlike calcium sand, which is 100% calcium carbonate, this substrate is primarily natural sand with only some calcium carbonate mixed in. Calcium carbonate is not bad for hermit crabs.

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