|Release date||27 August 2015 (Update)|
|A three-headed gigantic hound. Guardian of the River of Souls.|
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.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price 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 1 Rare (1/512) 25,423,636 Pegasian crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 117,119 Eternal crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 3,566,948 Smouldering stone 1 Rare (1/512) 1,641,888
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Lava battlestaff 1 Common 9,943 Battlestaff 6 (noted) Common 52,872 Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 41,216 Rune halberd 1 Uncommon 44,071 Black d'hide body 1 Uncommon 8,022 Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 21,376 Rune axe 1 Uncommon 7,521 Rune pickaxe 1 Uncommon 20,854 Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 32,814 Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 43,842
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Pure essence 300 (noted) Common 3,300 Fire rune 300 Common 1,500 Death rune 100 Common 29,200 Soul rune 100 Common 18,200 Blood rune 60 Uncommon 17,340 Runite bolts (unf) 40 Uncommon 11,160 Cannonball 50 Uncommon 10,800
Herbs, potions, and seedsEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Super restore(4) 2 Common 19,206 Torstol seed 3 Uncommon 100,029 Grimy torstol 6 (noted) Uncommon 47,478
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coal 120 (noted) Common 21,720 Runite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 61,510
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 10,000–20,000 Common Not sold Unholy symbol 1 Common 624 Summer pie 3 Common 3,846 Ashes 50 (noted) Common 1,100 Dragon bones 20 (noted) Common 64,300 Wine of zamorak 15 (noted) Common 23,250 Fire orb 20 (noted) Common 28,680 Uncut diamond 5 (noted) Common 19,880 Key master teleport 3 Uncommon (1/64) Not sold Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/100) Not sold Jar of souls 1 Very rare (1/2,000) 375,377 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.
Show/hide rare drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 3,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,547 Loop half of key 1 Common 6,755 Tooth half of key 1 Common 23,233 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 1,514 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 2,215 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 565 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 275 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 18,224 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 13,688 Rune spear 1 Rare 12,896 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 26,930 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 41,216 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,976 Rune javelin 5 Rare 665 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,800 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,100 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 24,847 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,100 Rune arrow 42 Rare 4,872 Law rune 45 Rare 9,720 Death rune 45 Rare 13,140 Dragonstone 1 Rare 20,514 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 36,280 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 63,648 Shield left half 1 Very rare 73,802 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 39,991
- 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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