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Release date 27 August 2015 (Update)
Members? Yes
Combat level 318
Always drops Ashes
A three-headed gigantic hound. Guardian of the River of Souls.
Combat info
Hitpoints 600
Aggressive Yes
Poisonous No
Max hit 23 (all styles)
Weakness Crush
Attack Styles
Melee (slash), Ranged, Magic
Slayer-icon Slayer info
Slayer level 91
Slayer XP 690
Category Hellhounds
Assigned by
Vannaka chatheadChaeldar chatheadNieve chatheadDuradel chathead
Combat-icon Combat stats
Attack-icon Strength-icon Defence-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
220 220 100 220 220
Attack-icon Aggressive stats
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+0 +50 +0 +50 +50
Defence-icon Defensive stats
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+50 +100 +25 +100 +100
Other bonuses Immunities
Strength-icon RangedStrength-icon Attack-icon Poison hitsplat Venom hitsplat
+0 +0 +50 Immune Immune
Attack speed
Monster attack speed 6
Cerberus icon

Cerberus is a level 318 hellhound boss that is located in its lair, deep beneath the Taverley Dungeon in the cave entrance in the northeast part of the hellhound area which is found beyond the poisonous spiders. There are three identical lairs guarded by the Key Master. Players can choose whichever lair to fight Cerberus. Cerberus occasionally drops Key Master teleports (1/64) which can be used to teleport to the area immediately, otherwise players typically will get to Cerberus through the regular method of running from Taverley or Falador.

Cerberus requires both a Slayer level of 91 to kill and a slayer task of Cerberus itself or hellhounds. In the event of the latter, Cerberus can be killed while under the effects of the wild pie, provided that it boosts the player's slayer level to 91 or higher. It is the only monster to drop primordial, eternal and pegasian crystals, which can be attached to the Dragon boots, Infinity boots and Ranger boots respectively, providing best-in-slot boots for melee (Primordial boots), magic (Eternal boots), and ranged (Pegasian boots). In addition, it is also able to drop a Smouldering stone, which when combined with a dragon axe or dragon pickaxe can add a "heat element" to the tools, allowing the dragon axe to become an infernal axe and the dragon pickaxe to become an infernal pickaxe.

If a player has recently fought the boss, a line of fire will spawn between the entrance and the boss; stepping over this will deal 5 damage each way. Leaving the room through any means (back through the line of fire, teleportation or death) will result in Cerberus completely restoring its health if it was damaged.

A dwarf multicannon cannot be set up inside Cerberus' Lair; if attempted, you will receive the message: You cannot place the cannon here, it would melt.

Special attacksEdit

Main article: Cerberus/Strategies



Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Ashes Ashes 1 Always 22

Unique drop tableEdit

There is a 1 in 128 chance of hitting the unique drop table. Below lists the effective drop rates of any specific item.

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Primordial crystal Primordial crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 25,423,636
Pegasian crystal Pegasian crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 117,119
Eternal crystal Eternal crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 3,566,948
Smouldering stone Smouldering stone 1 Rare (1/512) 1,641,888


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Lava battlestaff Lava battlestaff 1 Common 9,943
Battlestaff Battlestaff 6 (noted) Common 52,872
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 41,216
Rune halberd Rune halberd 1 Uncommon 44,071
Black d'hide body Black d'hide body 1 Uncommon 8,022
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 21,376
Rune axe Rune axe 1 Uncommon 7,521
Rune pickaxe Rune pickaxe 1 Uncommon 20,854
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 32,814
Rune platebody Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 43,842


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Pure essence Pure essence 300 (noted) Common 3,300
Fire rune Fire rune 300 Common 1,500
Death rune Death rune 100 Common 29,200
Soul rune Soul rune 100 Common 18,200
Blood rune Blood rune 60 Uncommon 17,340
Runite bolts (unf) 5 Runite bolts (unf) 40 Uncommon 11,160
Cannonball Cannonball 50 Uncommon 10,800

Herbs, potions, and seedsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Super restore (4) Super restore(4) 2 Common 19,206
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 3 Uncommon 100,029
Grimy torstol Grimy torstol 6 (noted) Uncommon 47,478


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coal Coal 120 (noted) Common 21,720
Runite ore Runite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 61,510


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 10000 Coins 10,000–20,000 Common Not sold
Unholy symbol Unholy symbol 1 Common 624
Summer pie Summer pie 3 Common 3,846
Ashes Ashes 50 (noted) Common 1,100
Dragon bones Dragon bones 20 (noted) Common 64,300
Wine of zamorak Wine of zamorak 15 (noted) Common 23,250
Fire orb Fire orb 20 (noted) Common 28,680
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 5 (noted) Common 19,880
Key master teleport Key master teleport 3 Uncommon (1/64) Not sold
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/100) Not sold
Jar of souls Jar of souls 1 Very rare (1/2,000) 375,377
Hellpuppy Hellpuppy 1 Very rare (1/3,000) Not sold

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster also has access to the rare drop table.

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000 Coins 3,000 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,547
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Common 6,755
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Common 23,233
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 1,514
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 2,215
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 565
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 275
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Uncommon 18,224
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 13,688
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Rare 12,896
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 26,930
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 41,216
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,976
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Rare 665
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,800
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,100
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Rare 24,847
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,100
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Rare 4,872
Law rune Law rune 45 Rare 9,720
Death rune Death rune 45 Rare 13,140
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Rare 20,514
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 36,280
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 63,648
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare 73,802
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare 39,991


Cerberus Chronicle art

Cerberus art from Jagex's turn-based card game Chronicle: RuneScape Legends

  • In Greek and Roman mythology, Cerberus is a multi-headed hellhound with a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes, and a lion's claws, guarding the entrance of the Greek underworld to prevent the dead from escaping and the living from entering. This reflects the area around Cerberus as it guards the rivers that take souls to the Underworld and explains the very rare drop Jar of souls.
  • Cerberus stands on a trapdoor as a reference to the book/film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in some territories which explains the 4 stone/crystal drops.
  • At one point, if a player had killed the last Cerberus of their task but also happened to die in the room, the player would be unable to recover their items as entering the boss chamber required the player to be on a Hellhounds task. This was changed so that the player can enter the chamber, but simply be unable to attack the boss.
    • Along with the said change, the summoned spirits it calls were also given weapons so that challengers could easily identify the combat style they would be using.

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