|Release date||17 October 2005 (Update)|
|Always drops||Big Bones|
|From a darker dimension.|
Dark beasts are monsters that require 90 Slayer to kill, and are found in the Mourner Tunnels as well as in the Dragon's Den (north-west) area of the Catacombs of Kourend. They are the only creature in the game to drop the dark bow and the death talisman.
Dark beasts attack with both Melee and Magic; however, they will only use Magic if they are attacked by the player first, or if they cannot attack the player with Melee. Dark beasts do not follow tolerance rules, and are always aggressive to the player regardless of how long they have stayed in their presence. Their highly accurate melee attacks means that using Protect from Melee is recommended when killing dark beasts.
A combat level of 100 is required to have them assigned to the player as a Slayer task, unless you have spoken to a Slayer master about the difficulty of assignments. You will still need to have 90 Slayer and start Mourning's Ends Part II to the point where you access the tunnels to be assigned them.
Dark beasts are an often underestimated method of training combat stats. Using prayer prolonging gear, a powerful weapon, and potions (stat boosting and prayer potions), players may kill these beasts fairly quickly, as their Defence is only average. The cost of buying the needed potions may be offset by dark bow drops.
When given a dark beast task, it is recommended to kill them in the Mourner Tunnels due to their higher numbers, as there are only two dark beasts in the Catacombs, which results in slower kill rates per hour. Remember that if you do not bring a Slayer ring to teleport to the dark beasts (requiring completion of the said quest) or enter the tunnels via the death altar, you will need to enter through the headquarters, requiring a full mourner set (with no non-regulated items being worn) and the new key to enter the tunnels.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Big bones 1 Always 267
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Black 2h sword 1 Common 983 Black battleaxe 1 Common 541 Black axe 1 Uncommon 682 Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,133 Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 25,919 Dark bow 1 Rare (1/512) 761,999
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamant sq shield 1 Common 2,106 Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 31,406 Rune med helm 1 Uncommon 10,996 Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,259
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Death rune 20 Common 5,320 Chaos rune 30 Uncommon 2,910 Blood rune 10–15 Uncommon 2,390–3,585
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy guam leaf 1 Common 6 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 17 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 136 Grimy harralander 1 Uncommon 479 Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 8,461 Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 1,070 Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 2,542 Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 2,655 Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 1,455 Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 2,061 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 949
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Avantoe seed 1 Uncommon 794 Kwuarm seed 1 Uncommon 1,242 Cadantine seed 1 Uncommon 296 Snapdragon seed 1 Uncommon 45,306 Torstol seed 1 Very rare 18,781
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamantite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 6,970 Adamantite bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 6,828 Runite ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 11,557 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,378
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 64–220 Common Not sold Attack potion(3) 1 Uncommon 4 Shark 1–2 Uncommon 1,064–2,128 Death talisman 1 Rare (1/128) 3,886 Clue scroll (hard) 1 Rare (1/128) Not sold Ancient shard 1 Rare (1/186.66) Not sold Dark totem base 1 Rare (1/280) Not sold Dark totem middle 1 Rare (1/280) Not sold Dark totem top 1 Rare (1/280) Not sold Long bone 1 Rare (1/400) Not sold Clue scroll (elite) 1 Very rare (1/1,200) Not sold Curved bone 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 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 1,492 Loop half of key 1 Common 9,209 Tooth half of key 1 Common 17,669 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 903 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,925 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 986 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 401 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 14,137 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,378 Rune spear 1 Rare 11,942 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 25,919 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 37,133 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,637 Rune javelin 5 Rare 595 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,200 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,380 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 23,470 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,550 Rune arrow 42 Rare 4,242 Law rune 45 Rare 7,785 Death rune 45 Rare 11,970 Dragonstone 1 Rare 16,234 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 34,317 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,270 Shield left half 1 Very rare 70,571 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 41,855
- Upon their release, dark beasts used to look like a dark-brown version of the Temple guardian with a black horn.
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