Invasion plans
This article has a strategy guide here.
All information on mechanics and strategy will be on this page.
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 244

Weapons and armourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Black 2h sword Black 2h sword 1 Common 989
Black battleaxe Black battleaxe 1 Common 561
Black axe Black axe 1 Common 575
Adamant sq shield Adamant sq shield 1 Uncommon 2,105
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 29,618
Rune med helm Rune med helm 1 Uncommon 11,203
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,734
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,898
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,567
Dark bow Dark bow 1 Rare (1/512) 460,628


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Death rune Death rune 20 Common 4,440
Chaos rune Chaos rune 30 Uncommon 2,820
Air rune Air rune 47 Uncommon 235
Blood rune Blood rune 10–15 Uncommon 2,130–3,195


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1 Common 13
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 Common 12
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 Common 139
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 Uncommon 623
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 7,093
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 911
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 2,254
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 1,984
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 1,244
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 1,556
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 600


This monsters drops seeds from the rare allotment seed drop table.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 5 Toadflax seed 1 Uncommon 2,115
Herb seed 5 Irit seed 1 Uncommon 49
Belladonna seed 5 Belladonna seed 1 Uncommon 60
Poison ivy seed 5 Poison ivy seed 1 Rare 496
Cactus seed 5 Cactus seed 1 Rare 257
Herb seed 5 Avantoe seed 1 Rare 1,423
Herb seed 5 Kwuarm seed 1 Rare 957
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 46,341
Herb seed 5 Cadantine seed 1 Rare 794
Herb seed 5 Lantadyme seed 1 Rare 1,743
Herb seed 5 Dwarf weed seed 1 Rare 561
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 Very rare 71,510


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 914–1,828
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 5,860
Adamantite bar Adamantite bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 6,111
Runite ore Runite ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 11,291
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,501
Death talisman Death talisman 1 Rare (1/128) 2,086
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.

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 6,904
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Common 15,425
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Common 374
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Common 800
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 726
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,481
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 713
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Uncommon 6,000
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Uncommon 3,024
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Uncommon 690
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Uncommon 960
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,501
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Uncommon 12,931
Law rune Law rune 45 Uncommon 7,830
Death rune Death rune 45 Uncommon 9,990
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,567
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,898
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Uncommon 22,656
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Uncommon 7,300
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Uncommon 11,337
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,151
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,330
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,190
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Rare 12,041
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Rare 65,497
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Rare 38,324


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