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This article is about the Slayer monster. For the superior variant, see Night beast.
Dark beast
Dark beast
Release date 17 October 2005 (Update)
Members? Yes
Combat level 182
Always drops Big Bones
From a darker dimension.
Combat info
Hitpoints 220
Aggressive Yes
Poisonous No
Max hit 17 (melee), 8 (magic)
Weakness Stab/Slash
Attack Styles
Melee (crush), Magic
Slayer-icon Slayer info
Slayer level 90
Slayer XP 225.4
Category Dark Beast
Assigned by
Nieve chatheadDuradel chathead
Combat-icon Combat stats
Attack-icon Strength-icon Defence-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
140 160 120 1 160
Attack-icon Aggressive stats
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+0 +0 +0 +0 +0
Defence-icon Defensive stats
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+30 +40 +100 +90 +100
Other bonuses Immunities
Strength-icon RangedStrength-icon Attack-icon Poison hitsplat Venom hitsplat
+0 +0 +0 No No
Attack speed
Monster attack speed 6
Dark beast icon

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 (northwest) 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 Big bones 1 Always 263


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Black 2h sword Black 2h sword 1 Common 1,090
Black battleaxe Black battleaxe 1 Common 585
Black axe Black axe 1 Uncommon 558
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 41,163
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 27,104
Dark bow Dark bow 1 Rare (1/512) 772,864


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Adamant sq shield Adamant sq shield 1 Common 2,073
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 32,450
Rune med helm Rune med helm 1 Uncommon 11,953
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 21,486


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Death rune Death rune 20 Common 5,580
Chaos rune Chaos rune 30 Uncommon 3,060
Air rune Air rune 47 Uncommon 235
Blood rune Blood rune 15 Uncommon 4,365


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1 Common 8
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 Common 11
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 Common 70
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 Uncommon 496
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 6,953
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 1,154
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 1,972
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 4,245
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 2,286
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 1,813
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 1,910


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 5 Avantoe seed 1 Uncommon 331
Herb seed 5 Kwuarm seed 1 Uncommon 2,755
Herb seed 5 Cadantine seed 1 Uncommon 509
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 Uncommon 26,586
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 Very rare 34,755


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 7,310
Adamantite bar Adamantite bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 7,218
Runite ore Runite ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 12,219
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 13,670


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 100 Coins 64–220 Common Not sold
Attack potion(3) Attack potion(3) 1 Uncommon 4
Shark Shark 1–2 Uncommon 1,447–2,894
Death talisman Death talisman 1 Rare (1/128) 5,523
Clue scroll (hard) Clue scroll (hard) 1 Rare (1/128) Not sold
Ancient shard Ancient shard 1 Rare (1/186.66)[1] Not sold
Dark totem base Dark totem base 1 Rare (1/280)[1] Not sold
Dark totem middle Dark totem middle 1 Rare (1/280)[1] Not sold
Dark totem top Dark totem top 1 Rare (1/280)[1] Not sold
Long bone Long bone 1 Rare (1/400) Not sold
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Very rare (1/1,200) Not sold
Curved bone Curved bone 1 Very rare (1/5,000) Not sold
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Only dropped by those found within the Catacombs of Kourend.

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 1,670
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Common 7,260
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Common 24,019
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 1,509
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 2,111
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 487
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 237
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Uncommon 18,291
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 13,670
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Rare 12,943
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 27,104
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 41,163
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Rare 4,149
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Rare 690
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 9,900
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,080
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Rare 24,846
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,100
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Rare 4,746
Law rune Law rune 45 Rare 9,630
Death rune Death rune 45 Rare 12,555
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Rare 20,540
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 36,327
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 63,482
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare 73,768
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare 40,660

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