This article is about the equippable weapon. For the Hunter creature, see Black salamander (Hunter).
Black salamander
Black salamander
Release date 21 November 2006 (Update)
Members only? Yes
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? Yes
Stackable? No
High Alch 120 coins
Low Alch 80 coins
Destroy Release
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 479 coins (info)
Buy limit Unknown
Weight 4 kg
Slightly slimy, and somewhat menacing.

The black salamander is the strongest salamander that can be caught using the Hunter skill at level 67 Hunter, giving 319 exp per catch. They can be found north-east of the Chaos Temple. It requires level 70 Attack, Magic and Ranged to wield, and is a 2-handed weapon. Harralander tar is used as ammunition for the salamander.

Salamander attack

A player attacks using a salamander.

The black salamander is a viable weapon substitute for the Barrows minigame. The ammunition is cheaper than a cast of Magic Dart.

It is sometimes seen used in PvP scenarios, as the wielder has access to all three combat styles without necessitating equipment switches, making it difficult for an opponent to tell which combat style is being used. It is effective for circumventing protection prayers and taking advantage of combat triangle weaknesses.

Salamanders can be used to train ranged, magic and strength.

Hover over image for type Black salamander equipped
A player wielding a black salamander
Attack-icon Attack bonus
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+0 +59 +0 +0 +69
Defence-icon Defence bonus
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic-icon Ranged-icon
+0 +0 +0 +0 +0
Melee Other bonuses Slot
Strength-icon RangedStrength-icon MagicDamage-icon Prayer-icon

2h slotlist

+71 0 0% +0
Monster attack speed 5

Combat stylesEdit

CombatStyles salamander Combat Style Type Experience
Scorch Slash Strength and Hitpoints
Flare Range Ranged and Hitpoints
Blaze Magic Magic and Hitpoints

Combat dataEdit

Due to the nature of salamanders, combat experience is rewarded normally, only you will usually get less magic exp per attack because since you aren't using runes, there isn't a base exp amount per cast.

  • When the salamander is set to Scorch. Players gain Strength experience at 4*damage as exp.
  • When the salamander is set to Flare. Players gain Ranged experience at 4*damage as exp.
  • When the salamander is set to Blaze. Players gain Magic experience at 2*damage as exp.

Maximum hitEdit

For ranged mode the ranged strength bonus of the tar is used to decide the maximum hit. The black salamander uses harralander tars which have a ranged strength bonus of 49 (same as rune arrows).

For melee mode the strength bonus of the salamander is used, which is 71 (same as dragon longsword).

The maximum hit for magic mode uses the "magic strength bonus" of the salamander. This bonus is not visible in the equipment stats, but is equal to 92 for the black salamander.

The max hit formula for salamanders is: floor(0.5 + Magic*(64 + Bonus)/640), where "Magic" is your visible magic level (the level shown in the stats tab) and "Bonus" is the "magic strength bonus" for the salamander, in this case 92.

This gives us the following formula for the black salamander, where "Magic" is your visible magic level:

Max hit = floor(0.5 + Magic*39/160)

Specific boosts can increase maximum hits. The table below shows maximum hits from level 70 to level 109.

Magic-icon level Maximum hit
70-71 17
72-75 18
76-79 19
80-84 20
85-88 21
89-92 22
93-96 23
97-100 24
101-104 25
105-108 26
109 27

It offers high hits especially for magic, however it may not be as useful as using other weapons, such as a Trident of the seas, due to the lack of magic attack bonus and its attack distance of 1 square (although it can attack diagonally, unlike most melee weapons). This can be a problem at Barrows due to the brothers' powerful melee attacks.


  • The attack speed shown only applies to the Scorch (strength) and Blaze (magic) attack styles. The attack speed of the Black Salamander when using the Flare (ranged) attack style is 6, which is similar in concept to the Rapid style of most ranged weapons.
  • It is possible to use this item to attack aviansies, including Kree'arra, using melee, which cannot be done using regular melee weapons.

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