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Release date 27 August 2015 (Update)
Members? Yes
Combat level 318
Always drops Ashes
A three-headed gigantic hound. Guardian of the River of Souls.
Combat info
Hitpoints 600
Aggressive Yes
Poisonous No
Max hit 23 (all styles)
Weakness Crush
Attack Styles
Melee (slash), Ranged, Magic
Slayer icon Slayer info
Slayer level 91
Slayer XP 690
Category Boss, Hellhound
Assigned by
Vannaka chatheadChaeldar chatheadNieve chatheadDuradel chathead
Combat icon Combat stats
Attack icon Strength icon Defence icon Magic icon Ranged icon
220 220 100 220 220
Attack icon Aggressive stats
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic icon Ranged icon
+0 +50 +0 +50 +50
Defence icon Defensive stats
White dagger White scimitar White warhammer Magic icon Ranged icon
+50 +100 +25 +100 +100
Other bonuses Immunities
Attack icon
Strength icon
Ranged Strength icon
Magic Damage icon
Poison hitsplat
Venom hitsplat
+50 +0 +0 +0% Immune Immune
Attack speed
Monster attack speed 6
Cerberus icon

Cerberus is a level 318 hellhound boss that is located in her lair, deep beneath the Taverley Dungeon in the cave entrance in the north-east part of the hellhound area which is found beyond the poisonous spiders. There are three identical lairs guarded by the Key Master. Players can choose whichever lair to fight Cerberus. Cerberus occasionally drops Key master teleports (1/64), which can be used to teleport to the area immediately; otherwise, players typically will get to Cerberus through the regular method of running from Taverley or Falador.

Cerberus requires both a Slayer level of 91 to kill and a Slayer task of Cerberus herself or hellhounds. In the event of the latter, Cerberus can be killed while under the effects of the wild pie, provided that it boosts the player's Slayer level to 91 or higher. It is the only monster to drop primordial, eternal and pegasian crystals, which can be attached to the dragon, infinity and ranger boots respectively, providing best-in-slot boots for each combat style — Primordial boots, Eternal boots and Pegasian boots. In addition, she is also able to drop a Smouldering stone, which when combined with a dragon axe, dragon pickaxe, or a dragon harpoon can add a "heat element" to the tools, allowing them to become an infernal axe, infernal pickaxe or infernal harpoon, respectively.

If a player has recently fought the boss, a line of fire will spawn between the entrance and the boss; stepping over this will deal 5 damage each way. The line of fire may be bugged, as it will not despawn unless the challenger dies to Cerberus or goes back through the line of fire after it respawns. Cerberus will restore all of its health if there are no players in its lair (it only has an examine option when this happens).

A dwarf multicannon cannot be set up inside Cerberus' Lair; if attempted, you will receive the message: You cannot place the cannon here, it would melt.

Fight overview

Main article: Cerberus/Strategies

When approaching her, Cerberus will become aggressive. She may attack with magic, ranged and melee attacks, each with a max hit of 23. The magic attack appears as a grey ball, the ranged attack appears as a ball of spikes, and the melee attack is her biting. Interestingly, she may use the melee attack at range.

Cerberus has three special attacks that she may use under certain circumstances:

  • She attacks in quick succession with magic followed by ranged and melee. She will do this at the start of every fight and approximately every 30 seconds afterwards.
  • She spits three balls of fire — indicated by her growling — on the ground, one at the player and two in random spots around the room. Standing on or near one will deal continuous damage. She will do this at random when below half health.
  • She summons three souls — indicated by her howling — that come from the river behind her and attack the player with each combat style. Each attack will drain 30 prayer (15 with spectral spirit shield equipped) if blocked or 30 hitpoints if not blocked. She may do this approximately every 30 seconds.

Once defeated, Cerberus will respawn in five seconds.


Estimated drop rates are based off 1,000 kills.[1]

The mean average value of one kill is 87,156.87, excluding the loot from clue scrolls.


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Ashes Ashes 1 Always 34

Unique drop table

There is a 1 in 128 chance of hitting the unique drop table. Below lists the effective drop rates.

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Primordial crystal Primordial crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 27,448,801
Pegasian crystal Pegasian crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 133,417
Eternal crystal Eternal crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 3,695,301
Smouldering stone Smouldering stone 1 Rare (1/512) 1,209,659


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune platebody Rune platebody 1 Common (~6/128) 38,564
Black d'hide body Black d'hide body 1 Uncommon (~4/128) 7,517
Rune axe Rune axe 1 Uncommon (~4/128) 7,314
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon (~4/128) 29,584
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon (~3/128) 37,873
Rune pickaxe Rune pickaxe 1 Uncommon (~3/128) 18,799
Battlestaff Battlestaff 6 (noted) Uncommon (~2.5/128) 49,866
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 Uncommon (~2.5/128) 20,666
Lava battlestaff Lava battlestaff 1 Uncommon (~2/128) 9,677
Rune halberd Rune halberd 1 Uncommon (~1/128) 38,157


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Fire rune Fire rune 300 Common (~7/128) 1,800
Pure essence Pure essence 300 (noted) Uncommon (~5/128) 1,200
Soul rune Soul rune 100 Uncommon (~5/128) 14,800
Blood rune Blood rune 60 Uncommon (~5/128) 21,600
Runite bolts (unf) 5 Runite bolts (unf) 40 Uncommon (~4/128) 19,360
Cannonball Cannonball 50 Uncommon (~4/128) 10,300
Death rune Death rune 100 Uncommon (~3/128) 28,500

Herbs, potions, and seeds

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Super restore(4) Super restore(4) 2 Uncommon (~3/128) 21,232
Grimy torstol Grimy torstol 6 (noted) Uncommon (~3/128) 72,780
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 3 Uncommon (~2/128) 264,858


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coal Coal 120 (noted) Common (~6/128) 20,880
Runite ore Runite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon (~3/128) 55,610


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Summer pie Summer pie 3 Common (~6.5/128) 3,717
Coins 10000 Coins 10,000–20,000 Uncommon (~5/128) Not sold
Unholy symbol Unholy symbol 1 Uncommon (~5/128) 178
Dragon bones Dragon bones 20 (noted) Uncommon (~5/128) 54,120
Wine of zamorak Wine of zamorak 15 (noted) Uncommon (~4.5/128) 32,370
Ashes Ashes 50 (noted) Uncommon (~4/128) 1,700
Fire orb Fire orb 20 (noted) Uncommon (~3.5/128) 28,820
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 5 (noted) Uncommon (~3/128) 18,845
Rare drop table Rare drop table 1 Uncommon (~3/128) Not sold
Key master teleport Key master teleport 3 Uncommon (2/128) Not sold

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/100) Not sold
Jar of souls Jar of souls 1 Very rare (1/2,000) 91,343
Hellpuppy Hellpuppy 1 Very rare (1/3,000) Not sold

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster approximately has a 3/128 chance to access the standard rare drop table.
Show/hide rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000 Coins 3,000 Rare (1/248.24) Not sold
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Rare (1/270.95; 1/270.25)[R 1] 9,183
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Rare (1/285.09; 1/284.32)[R 1] 13,691
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Very rare (1/1,092.27; 1/819.2)[R 1] 970
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Very rare (1/1,092.27) 12,435
Rare drop table talisman Unknown talisman
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1 Very rare (1/1,574.44; 1/1,506.57)[R 1] Error
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Very rare (1/1,820.44) 17,018
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare (1/1,820.44) 37,873
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare (1/1,820.44) 24,536
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Very rare (1/2,184.53; 1/1,638.4)[R 1] 921
Law rune Law rune 45 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 11,385
Death rune Death rune 45 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 12,825
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 6,300
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 4,074
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 1,360
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 22,599
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 11,943
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare (1/2,730.67) 8,100
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Very rare (1/4,369.07; 1/3,276.8)[R 1] 1,736
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare (1/5,461.33) 32,154
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Very rare (1/5,461.33) 59,158
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Very rare (1/5,765.37)[R 2] 12,040
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare (1/11,530.73)[R 2] 65,395
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare (1/15,374.31)[R 2] 37,187
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Very rare (1/17,476.27; 1/13,107.2)[R 1] 3,769
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Very rare (1/34,952.53; 1/26,214.4)[R 1] 755
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The drop rate is increased when wearing a Ring of wealth.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The drop rate is increased by an unknown amount when wearing a Ring of wealth.

Concept art


Cerberus artwork

A piece of artwork depicting a player facing Cerberus.

Cerberus Chronicle art

Cerberus art from Jagex's turn-based card game, Chronicle: RuneScape Legends

  • In Greek and Roman mythology, Cerberus is a multi-headed hellhound with a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes, and a lion's claws, guarding the entrance of the Greek underworld to prevent the dead from escaping and the living from entering. This reflects the area around Cerberus as it guards the rivers that take souls to the Underworld and explains the very rare drop Jar of souls.
  • Cerberus stands on a trapdoor as a reference to the book/film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in some territories which explains the 4 stone/crystal drops.
  • At one point, if a player had killed the last Cerberus of their task but also happened to die in the room, the player would be unable to recover their items as entering the boss chamber required the player to be on a hellhounds task. This was changed so that the player can enter the chamber, but is simply unable to attack the boss.
    • Along with the said change, the summoned spirits it calls were also given weapons so that challengers could easily identify the combat style they would be using.
  • Upon release, the summoned souls would continue attacking the player even if Cerberus died. This is no longer the case with the 16 March 2017 update.
  • Cerberus is the only Slayer boss whose attacks are fully protected by protection prayers.
  • When bones are used on Cerberus, a quote is given "Those aren't Cerby snacks." This is a reference to "Scooby snacks," in Scooby-Doo.