|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 296
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Black 2h sword 1 Common 978 Black battleaxe 1 Common 547 Black axe 1 Uncommon 522 Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 38,640 Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,750 Dark bow 1 Rare (1/512) 929,489
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamant sq shield 1 Common 2,109 Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 29,880 Rune med helm 1 Uncommon 11,253 Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,801
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Death rune 20 Common 7,380 Chaos rune 30 Uncommon 3,030 Blood rune 10–15 Uncommon 2,940–4,410
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy guam leaf 1 Common 9 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 13 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 99 Grimy harralander 1 Uncommon 485 Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 7,388 Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 899 Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 2,166 Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 1,991 Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 1,228 Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 1,663 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 858
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Avantoe seed 1 Uncommon 786 Kwuarm seed 1 Uncommon 771 Cadantine seed 1 Uncommon 341 Snapdragon seed 1 Uncommon 36,309 Torstol seed 1 Very rare 17,603
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamantite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 6,425 Adamantite bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 6,714 Runite ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 11,424 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,780
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 64–220 Common Not sold Attack potion(3) 1 Uncommon 4 Shark 1–2 Uncommon 914–1,828 Death talisman 1 Rare (1/128) 3,252 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 1,424 Loop half of key 1 Common 10,460 Tooth half of key 1 Common 15,868 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 835 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,788 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 1,073 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 477 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 15,410 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,780 Rune spear 1 Rare 12,141 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,750 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 38,640 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,692 Rune javelin 5 Rare 575 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,700 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,320 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 22,698 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,250 Rune arrow 42 Rare 4,620 Law rune 45 Rare 8,730 Death rune 45 Rare 16,605 Dragonstone 1 Rare 16,719 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,754 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,647 Shield left half 1 Very rare 67,086 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 38,042
- 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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