Release date 16 June 2016 (Update)
Members? Yes
Combat level 321
Always drops Ashes
Clue scroll (hard)
Ancient shard
A darkly altared demon.
Combat info
Hitpoints 450
Aggressive Yes
Poisonous No
Max hit 38
Weakness Arclight
Attack Styles
Melee (slash), Magic
Slayer icon Slayer info
Slayer level 1
Slayer XP 618
Category Black demon, Greater demon
Assigned by
Chaeldar chatheadNieve chatheadDuradel chathead
Combat icon Combat stats
Attack icon Strength icon Defence icon Magic icon Ranged icon
240 250 200 280 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
+80 +80 +80 +130 +130
Other bonuses Immunities
Attack icon
Strength icon
Ranged Strength icon
Magic Damage icon
Poison hitsplat
Venom hitsplat
+160 +31 +0 +0% Immune Immune
Attack speed
Monster attack speed 4

Skotizo is a demonic demi-boss located beneath the Catacombs of Kourend. Accessing its lair requires the use of a dark totem on the altar found in the centre of the Catacombs; one dark totem permits only one attempt.

According to Malumac's journal, Skotizo was a former general of Zamorak during the God Wars, and led an expedition to recover an artefact, under Zamorak's direct orders, in the Karamjan Temple found deep within the Kharazi Jungle. However, he soon betrayed Zamorak and his squad, taking the power for himself and decimating the expedition team. What happened to him next is unknown, though it is known he eventually made his way to the Catacombs of Kourend, where he resides to this day.


Like all demons, it is vulnerable to the powers of Silverlight, Darklight, and Arclight. If currently on a black or greater demon task, Skotizo is also vulnerable to the Black mask/Slayer helmet benefits.

Generally, the best method to fight Skotizo is to use Arclight and wear armour with high Magic Defence (e.g. black dragonhide armour) while having Protect from Melee active so the only source of damage will be from Skotizo's Magic attacks. If the player can afford one, a Twisted bow is the most effective weapon for Skotizo, and it can be used at range while praying Protect from Magic to take no damage. A Dragon warhammer is also helpful for the fight for its special effect, but players without one may use their Arclight special attack for similar results.

At any time during the fight, Skotizo will randomly activate the Awakened Altars found in the north, south, east and west central areas of the room. These Altars increase its Defence while activated, and have 100 Hitpoints each. It is best to take them out whenever two or more are present as they will drastically increase its Defence. When travelling to disable the Awakened Altars, the player should temporarily switch to Protect from Magic, as Skotizo does not close in to use melee attacks. The Arclight will instantly disable them in one hit regardless of the player's stats and gear. Stamina potions are advised due to having to run around the room in order to disable the Altars.

After half of Skotizo's health is depleted, it may summon three reanimated demon spawns or a Dark Ankou to aid it. If the player is using Protect from Melee, they will pose no threat. If the minions are slain, Skotizo may summon them again. As such, fighting the minions provides no benefit, so the player should instead focus on Skotizo and the Altars.

Warning: If the player dies in Skotizo's area, there is absolutely no way to retrieve items lost on death! Should the player need to leave, they can either teleport out or use one of the four portals in the corners of the boss chamber.

Fighting Skotizo

A player fighting Skotizo.


Recommended equipment for Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Slayer helmet Slayer helmet or Black mask Black mask (if on task, imbue optional) Void melee helm Void melee helm (if using void) Helm of neitiznot Helm of neitiznot Justiciar faceguard Justiciar faceguard Verac's helm Verac's helm
Neck slot Amulet of torture Amulet of torture Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Amulet of glory Amulet of glory N/A N/A
Cape slot Infernal cape Infernal cape Fire cape Fire cape Ardougne cloak 4 Ardougne cloak 4 Max cape Max cape or Hitpoints cape Hitpoints cape Ardougne cloak 3 Ardougne cloak 3
Torso slot Bandos chestplate Bandos chestplate Fighter torso Fighter torso Elite void top Elite void top or Void knight top Void knight top (if using void) Karil's leathertop Karil's leathertop Black d'hide body Black d'hide body
Legs slot Bandos tassets Bandos tassets Obsidian platelegs Obsidian platelegs Elite void robe Elite void robe or Void knight robe Void knight robe (if using void) Karil's leatherskirt Karil's leatherskirt Black d'hide chaps Black d'hide chaps
Weapon slot Arclight Arclight Scythe of vitur Scythe of vitur Ghrazi rapier Ghrazi rapier Abyssal tentacle Abyssal tentacle Abyssal whip Abyssal whip
Shield slot Avernic defender Avernic defender Dragon defender Dragon defender Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield Rune defender Rune defender N/A
Gloves slot Barrows gloves Barrows gloves Void knight gloves Void knight gloves (if using void) Rune gloves Rune gloves Regen bracelet Regen bracelet Combat bracelet Combat bracelet
Boots slot Primordial boots Primordial boots Dragon boots Dragon boots Rune boots Rune boots Climbing boots Climbing boots Guardian boots Guardian boots
Ring slot Berserker ring (i) Berserker ring (i) Ring of suffering (i) Ring of suffering (i) Warrior ring (i) Warrior ring (i) Ring of the gods (i) Ring of the gods (i) N/A
Special attack orb Dragon warhammer Dragon warhammer Arclight Arclight Dragon dagger Dragon dagger Crystal halberd Crystal halberd Saradomin godsword Saradomin godsword
Super combat potion or Super set
Special attack weapon (optionally gear to improve its accuracy)
2–3 Prayer potions
Stamina potion (optional)
Emergency teleport
Dark totem
Rest sharks or better


Skotizo will always drop one shard, with a rare chance to drop an additional 1-4.


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Clue scroll (hard) Clue scroll (hard) 1 Always Not sold
Ancient shard Ancient shard 1 Always Not sold


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Death rune Death rune 500 Common 118,000
Soul rune Soul rune 450 Common 66,150
Blood rune Blood rune 450 Common 110,700


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune platebody Rune platebody 3 (noted) Common 115,947
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 3 (noted) Common 96,633
Rune platelegs Rune platelegs 3 (noted) Common 113,850
Rune plateskirt Rune plateskirt 3 (noted) Common 113,928


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 40 (noted) Common 288,000
Grimy snapdragon Grimy snapdragon 20 (noted) Common 162,300
Grimy torstol Grimy torstol 20 (noted) Common 206,800


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 10 (noted) Common 141,700
Battlestaff Battlestaff 25 (noted) Common 212,500
Onyx bolt tips 5 Onyx bolt tips 40 Common 335,600
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 75 (noted) Common 88,725
Runite bar Runite bar 20 (noted) Common 250,180
Raw anglerfish Raw anglerfish 60 (noted) Common 79,560
Mahogany plank Mahogany plank 150 (noted) Common 315,750
Uncut onyx Uncut onyx 1 Very rare (1/1,000) 3,191,065


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Common (1/5) Not sold
Ancient shard Ancient shard 1–4 Uncommon Not sold
Dark totem base Dark totem base 1 Uncommon Not sold
Dark totem middle Dark totem middle 1 Uncommon Not sold
Dark totem top Dark totem top 1 Uncommon Not sold
Dark totem Dark totem 1 Uncommon Not sold
Dark claw Dark claw 1 Uncommon (1/25) Not sold
Skotos Skotos 1 Uncommon (1/65) Not sold
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Rare (1/100) 65,571
Jar of darkness Jar of darkness 1 Very rare (1/2,500) 3,049,357


  • Skotizo is a literal translation of "to darken" from ancient Greek.
  • Skotizo is the only monster that has the shield left half as part of its normal drop table; all other monsters indirectly drop it via the rare drop table.
  • Prior to an update on 28 July 2016, Skotizo's elite clue scroll drop rate was 1/50.