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Stronghold Slayer Cave
Stronghold Slayer Cave entrance
Kingdom Gnome Empire
Main Music Beneath the Stronghold, Nether Realm, Troubled Waters
Levels One
Strongest Monster Thermonuclear smoke devil (level 301)
Quests No
Inhabitants/Race Varies
Stronghold Slayer Cave map
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The Stronghold Slayer Cave is a massive dungeon located beneath the Gnome Stronghold. It contains many of the Slayer monsters that are commonly assigned to players. The cave is located near Nieve (Steve after the events of Monkey Madness II). Anyone can enter the dungeon, but players can only attack the Slayer monster they were assigned, and only while the task has not been completed. The Slayer ring can teleport you to the entrance of the cave.

While a dwarf multicannon can be used in the dungeon, it cannot be used in watery areas. This means that it cannot be placed in the southeastern sector of the cave (waterfiends, gargoyles, abyssal demons and nechryaels), along with the western section of the cave (black dragons, black demons and blue dragons). Black dragons can still be cannoned on the lava islet.

All aggressive monsters in the dungeon, however, can attack the players. Even when attacked by a monster, a player cannot retaliate unless the monster is part of the player's assignment. Only bloodvelds, nechryaels, abyssal demons, cave krakens (and their boss variant), kalphites and the smoke devils (and their boss variant) are not aggressive in the dungeon.

Within the centre of the kalphite cavern, players can search a dead entomologist for his diary, which explains the presence of the kalphites.

Around the dungeon, there are plenty of roots at the caverns in the middle of the dungeon, which can be jumped over, essentially serving as a "barrier" of sorts; players and monsters can still attack over them. There is a small side path at the northern hellhound room where some roots can be cut through. This will require a woodcutting axe of any type, and does not have any requirements. Using this path is strongly advised if you do not have a nosepeg or slayer helmet, as you will have to run through there rooms of Aberrant spectres which will deal heavy damage and drop your combat stats to extremely low levels if you do not have any protection against them.

Players who enter the smoke devil rooms must be wearing a face mask or a slayer helmet, or they will start coughing for 20 damage every 15 seconds. If they have less than 20 hitpoints, they will wheeze instead and will be reduced to 1 hitpoint.

The dungeon has two Agility shortcuts:

  • The stepping stones at the cave kraken area, requiring 57 Agility to use. This shortcut will take players to another area in the same cavern that has more cave krakens. The stepping stones leading to the reserved area can be boosted; there is no requirement when exiting the area.
  • The mud pile south of the entrance, requiring 72 Agility to climb over. This shortcut allows for players to skip through several hazardous monsters and reach their destination faster. Players are required to have the Agility level to climb to the Nechryael side, but can climb back to the Bloodveld side without any requirements.

LocationEdit

Location on World Map
The Grand Tree
Eagles' Peak Stronghold Slayer Cave Gnome Stronghold Agility Course
Underground Pass

The entrance to the Stronghold Slayer Cave is located in the Gnome Stronghold near Nieve, who is located just south-west of the Spirit Tree.

There are various ways to get there:

MapEdit

Stronghold Slayer Cave map

MonstersEdit

Monsters that can be found in the Stronghold Slayer Cave include:

Monster Image Combat level Slayer level Slayer XP Quantity
Aberrant spectre
Aberrant spectre
96 60 90 12
Abyssal demon
Abyssal demon
124 85 150 11
Ankou
Ankou
75, 82, 86 1 60, 70 6
Baby black dragon
Baby black dragon
83 1 80 3
Black demon
Black demon
172 1 157 12
Black dragon
Black dragon
227 1 199.5 11
Bloodveld
Bloodveld
76 50 120 9
Blue dragon
Blue dragon
111 1 107.5 9
Bronze dragon
Bronze dragon
131 1 125 3
Cave kraken
Cave kraken
127 87 125 23
Fire giant
Fire giant
86 1 111 11
Gargoyle
Gargoyle
111 75 105 7
Greater demon
Greater demon
92 1 87 9
Hellhound
Hellhound
122 1 116 8
Iron dragon
Iron dragon
189 1 173.2 6
Kalphite
Kalphite Worker
28 1 40 12
Kalphite Soldier
85 1 90 13
Kalphite Guardian
141 1 170 3
Nechryael
Nechryael
115 80 105 12
Smoke devil
Smoke devil
160 93 185 36
Steel dragon
Steel dragon
246 1 220.5 6
Waterfiend
Waterfiend
115 1 128 12

BossesEdit

Within the Stronghold Slayer Cave holds two boss variants of Cave krakens and Smoke devils.

Monster Image Combat level Slayer level Slayer XP
Kraken
Cave kraken
291 87 255
Thermonuclear smoke devil
Thermonuclear smoke devil
301 93 240

TriviaEdit

  • Attempting to place a Dwarf multicannon around the area where nechryaels, abyssal demonsblack demons, gargoyles, blue dragons and waterfiends are will leave a message in the chatbox saying, "The ground isn't very firm around the lake. You can't place a cannon here."
  • The dungeon has several similarites to RuneScape 3's Kuradal's Dungeon, as both dungeons' inhabitants can only be attacked on a slayer task, and two agility shortcuts. However, the Stronghold Slayer Cave Dungeon holds boss variants and many more monsters than Kuradal's Dungeon.
  • Even though there are kalphites in the dungeon, there is no Kalphite Queen, even though dialogue with a mounted KQ head says that if there is no queen, a larva will quickly take their place. This is most likely for game-related reasons.
  • A poll was sent out by Jagex to see if players would like to see an extended area of the dungeon containing blue dragons, black demons and black dragons. This passed and was added into the dungeon.
  • Part of the Underground Pass can be seen at the Gargoyles area, as well as Steel Dragons/Fire Giants.


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