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Cerberus
Cerberus
Release date 27 August 2015 (Update)
Members? Yes
Combat level 318
Always drops Ashes
Examine
A three-headed gigantic hound. Guardian of the River of Souls.
Combat info
Hitpoints 600
Aggressive Yes
Poisonous No
Max hit 29 (all styles)
Weakness Crush
Attack Styles
Melee (slash), Ranged, Magic
Slayer-icon Slayer info
Slayer level 91
Slayer XP 690
Category Hellhounds
Assigned by
Vannaka chatheadChaeldar chatheadNieve chatheadDuradel chathead
Combat-icon Combat stats
Attack-icon Strength-icon Defence-icon Ranged-icon Magic-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
Strength-icon RangedStrength-icon Attack-icon Poison hitsplat Venom hitsplat
+0 +0 +50 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 boots, Infinity boots and Ranger boots respectively, providing best-in-slot boots for Melee (Primordial boots), Magic (Eternal boots), and Ranged (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 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 seems to 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.

Special attacksEdit

Main article: Cerberus/Strategies

DropsEdit

100%Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Ashes Ashes 1 Always 28

Unique drop tableEdit

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

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Primordial crystal Primordial crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 19,981,258
Pegasian crystal Pegasian crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 85,230
Eternal crystal Eternal crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 2,513,374
Smouldering stone Smouldering stone 1 Rare (1/512) 872,785

Weapons/ArmourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Lava battlestaff Lava battlestaff 1 Common 9,708
Battlestaff Battlestaff 6 (noted) Common 52,512
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,956
Rune halberd Rune halberd 1 Uncommon 37,978
Black d'hide body Black d'hide body 1 Uncommon 7,642
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,748
Rune axe Rune axe 1 Uncommon 7,354
Rune pickaxe Rune pickaxe 1 Uncommon 18,767
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 29,635
Rune platebody Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 38,696

Runes/AmmunitionEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Pure essence Pure essence 300 (noted) Common 1,500
Fire rune Fire rune 300 Common 1,500
Death rune Death rune 100 Common 24,200
Soul rune Soul rune 100 Common 14,400
Blood rune Blood rune 60 Uncommon 12,600
Runite bolts (unf) 5 Runite bolts (unf) 40 Uncommon 14,240
Cannonball Cannonball 50 Uncommon 8,050

Herbs, potions, and seedsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Super restore(4) Super restore(4) 2 Common 17,668
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 3 Uncommon 144,396
Grimy torstol Grimy torstol 6 (noted) Uncommon 43,878

OresEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coal Coal 120 (noted) Common 21,480
Runite ore Runite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 56,695

OthersEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 10000 Coins 10,000–20,000 Common Not sold
Unholy symbol Unholy symbol 1 Common 225
Summer pie Summer pie 3 Common 2,046
Ashes Ashes 50 (noted) Common 1,400
Dragon bones Dragon bones 20 (noted) Common 48,680
Wine of zamorak Wine of zamorak 15 (noted) Common 29,790
Fire orb Fire orb 20 (noted) Common 19,920
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 5 (noted) Common 16,975
Key master teleport Key master teleport 3 Uncommon (1/64) Not sold
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/100) Not sold
Jar of souls Jar of souls 1 Very rare (1/2,000) 96,245
Hellpuppy Hellpuppy 1 Very rare (1/3,000) 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 1000 Coins 3,000 Common Not sold
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Common 9,500
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Common 19,897
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Common 430
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Common 783
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 844
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,625
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 399
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Uncommon 4,200
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Uncommon 3,360
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Uncommon 720
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Uncommon 1,360
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,489
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Uncommon 15,209
Law rune Law rune 45 Uncommon 9,765
Death rune Death rune 45 Uncommon 10,890
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,518
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,956
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Uncommon 22,553
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Uncommon 7,400
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Uncommon 19,270
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,395
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,223
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,183
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Rare 12,069
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Rare 65,324
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Rare 39,708


TriviaEdit

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 simply be 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.


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