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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
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 Not immune Not immune
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 (north-west) area of the Catacombs of Kourend. Along with their superior variant, they are the only monster 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 assignment, unless the player has spoken to a Slayer Master about the difficulty of assignments; progressing through Mourning's Ends Part II to the point where the player can access the tunnels is also required, as well as 90 Slayer.

Players who have a Slayer ring and completed Mourning's End Part II can rub the ring to immediately teleport to the dark beasts in the Mourner Tunnels. Another fast method to reach these dark beasts is the death altar through the Abyss. If the player cannot use these methods, then they will need to enter through the Mourner Headquarters wearing a full mourner set (with no non-regulated items being worn) and the new key to open the door.



Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Big bones Big bones 1 Always 227

Weapons and armourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Black 2h sword Black 2h sword 1 Common 1,034
Black battleaxe Black battleaxe 1 Common 555
Black axe Black axe 1 Common 888
Adamant sq shield Adamant sq shield 1 Uncommon 2,084
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 29,647
Rune med helm Rune med helm 1 Uncommon 11,238
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,716
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,993
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,602
Dark bow Dark bow 1 Rare (1/512) 415,460


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Death rune Death rune 20 Common 4,520
Chaos rune Chaos rune 30 Uncommon 2,970
Air rune Air rune 47 Uncommon 235
Blood rune Blood rune 10–15 Uncommon 2,300–3,450


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1 Common 11
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 Common 17
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 Common 121
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 Uncommon 585
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 7,491
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 964
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 2,332
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 2,324
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 2,166
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 1,743
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 798


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Cactus seed 5 Cactus seed 1 Uncommon 243
Herb seed 5 Toadflax seed 1 Uncommon 2,470
Herb seed 5 Irit seed 1 Uncommon 102
Herb seed 5 Avantoe seed 1 Uncommon 1,195
Herb seed 5 Kwuarm seed 1 Uncommon 1,422
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 Uncommon 50,964
Herb seed 5 Cadantine seed 1 Uncommon 1,539
Poison ivy seed 5 Poison ivy seed 1 Rare 801
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 Very rare 83,635


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 100 Coins 64–220 Common Not sold
Attack potion(3) Attack potion(3) 1 Uncommon 2
Shark Shark 1–2 Uncommon 692–1,384
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 6,215
Adamantite bar Adamantite bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 6,291
Runite ore Runite ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 11,224
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,443
Death talisman Death talisman 1 Rare (1/128) 2,014
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
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Common 6,632
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Common 15,344
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Common 170
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Common 806
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 816
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,556
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 529
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Uncommon 5,400
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Uncommon 3,276
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Uncommon 675
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Uncommon 1,160
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,443
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Uncommon 13,668
Law rune Law rune 45 Uncommon 8,325
Death rune Death rune 45 Uncommon 10,170
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,602
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,993
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Uncommon 22,669
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Uncommon 7,800
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Uncommon 12,633
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,182
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,821
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,104
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Rare 12,061
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Rare 65,519
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Rare 39,426


  • Upon their release, dark beasts used to look like a dark-brown version of the Temple guardian with a black horn.