|Release date||17 October 2005 (Update)|
|Always drops||Big Bones|
|From a darker dimension.|
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. They are the only creature 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 task, unless you have spoken to a Slayer master about the difficulty of assignments. You will still need to have 90 Slayer and start Mourning's Ends Part II to the point where you access the tunnels to be assigned them.
Dark beasts are an often underestimated method of training combat stats. Using prayer prolonging gear, a powerful weapon, and potions (stat boosting and prayer potions), players may kill these beasts fairly quickly, as their Defence is only average. The cost of buying the needed potions may be offset by dark bow drops.
When given a dark beast task, it is recommended to kill them in the Mourner Tunnels due to their higher numbers, as there are only two dark beasts in the Catacombs, which results in slower kill rates per hour. Remember that if you do not bring a Slayer ring to teleport to the dark beasts (requiring completion of the said quest) or enter the tunnels via the death altar, you will need to enter through the headquarters, requiring a full mourner set (with no non-regulated items being worn) and the new key to enter the tunnels.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Big bones 1 Always 315
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Black 2h sword 1 Common 1,021 Black battleaxe 1 Common 576 Black axe 1 Uncommon 899 Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,896 Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,528 Dark bow 1 Rare (1/512) 592,759
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamant sq shield 1 Common 2,122 Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 29,626 Rune med helm 1 Uncommon 11,206 Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,727
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Death rune 20 Common 4,600 Chaos rune 30 Uncommon 3,030 Blood rune 10–15 Uncommon 2,250–3,375
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy guam leaf 1 Common 7 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 16 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 122 Grimy harralander 1 Uncommon 538 Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 7,861 Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 1,036 Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 2,483 Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 2,693 Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 1,709 Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 1,945 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 973
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Avantoe seed 1 Uncommon 616 Kwuarm seed 1 Uncommon 1,195 Cadantine seed 1 Uncommon 264 Snapdragon seed 1 Uncommon 39,776 Torstol seed 1 Very rare 22,010
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamantite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 6,755 Adamantite bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 6,774 Runite ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 11,297 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,564
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 64–220 Common Not sold Attack potion(3) 1 Uncommon 2 Shark 1–2 Uncommon 1,156–2,312 Death talisman 1 Rare (1/128) 3,148 Clue scroll (hard) 1 Rare (1/128) Not sold Ancient shard 1 Rare (1/186.66) Not sold Dark totem base 1 Rare (1/280) Not sold Dark totem middle 1 Rare (1/280) Not sold Dark totem top 1 Rare (1/280) Not sold Long bone 1 Rare (1/400) Not sold Clue scroll (elite) 1 Very rare (1/1,200) Not sold Curved bone 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 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 3,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 932 Loop half of key 1 Common 7,309 Tooth half of key 1 Common 16,978 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 888 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,767 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 762 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 241 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 13,534 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,564 Rune spear 1 Rare 11,945 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,528 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 37,896 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,285 Rune javelin 5 Rare 540 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,700 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,440 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 22,586 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,100 Rune arrow 42 Rare 3,864 Law rune 45 Rare 9,360 Death rune 45 Rare 10,350 Dragonstone 1 Rare 15,202 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,222 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,059 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,248 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,666
- Upon their release, dark beasts used to look like a dark-brown version of the Temple guardian with a black horn.
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