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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 Magic icon Ranged icon
140 160 120 160 1
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
Attack icon
Strength icon
Ranged Strength icon
Magic Damage icon
Poison hitsplat
Venom hitsplat
+0 +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 279

Weapons and armourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Black 2h sword Black 2h sword 1 Common 955
Black battleaxe Black battleaxe 1 Common 531
Black axe Black axe 1 Common 1,007
Adamant sq shield Adamant sq shield 1 Uncommon 2,170
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 29,575
Rune med helm Rune med helm 1 Uncommon 11,202
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,704
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,946
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,551
Dark bow Dark bow 1 Rare (1/512) 690,770


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Death rune Death rune 20 Common 5,180
Chaos rune Chaos rune 30 Uncommon 3,060
Air rune Air rune 47 Uncommon 282
Blood rune Blood rune 10–15 Uncommon 3,260–4,890


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1 Common 11
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 Common 13
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 Common 125
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 Uncommon 671
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 7,956
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 871
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 1,960
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 1,705
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 1,389
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 1,513
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 1,007


This monsters drops seeds from the rare allotment seed drop table.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 5 Toadflax seed 1 Uncommon 3,812
Herb seed 5 Irit seed 1 Uncommon 82
Belladonna seed 5 Belladonna seed 1 Uncommon 110
Poison ivy seed 5 Poison ivy seed 1 Rare 516
Cactus seed 5 Cactus seed 1 Rare 250
Herb seed 5 Avantoe seed 1 Rare 1,199
Herb seed 5 Kwuarm seed 1 Rare 1,226
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 50,537
Herb seed 5 Cadantine seed 1 Rare 980
Herb seed 5 Lantadyme seed 1 Rare 1,954
Herb seed 5 Dwarf weed seed 1 Rare 1,428
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 Very rare 79,803


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 100 Coins 64–220 Common Not sold
Attack potion(3) Attack potion(3) 1 Uncommon 3
Shark Shark 1–2 Uncommon 929–1,858
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 6,030
Adamantite bar Adamantite bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 6,219
Runite ore Runite ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 11,173
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,351
Death talisman Death talisman 1 Rare (1/128) 3,103
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 has access to the standard rare drop table.

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000 Coins 3,000 Rare Not sold
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Rare 9,370
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Rare 13,817
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 1,002
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Rare 12,351
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Very rare 753
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Very rare 16,281
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,946
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,551
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 968
Law rune Law rune 45 Very rare 11,565
Death rune Death rune 45 Very rare 11,655
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 5,400
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 4,116
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,380
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,576
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,838
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 8,000
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,832
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,178
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 59,066
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Very rare 12,001
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,508
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,197
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 3,680
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Very rare 745


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