Strategies for Black demon

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This article is a strategy guide for Black demon.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

Despite their combat level, Black demons have fairly low defence. However, they are usually one of the most dangerous monsters in the dungeons they inhabit because of their accuracy and high max hit. Note: that when planning to train prayer with the ashes that are dropped, it is advised to bring infernal urns as this will grant more experience than just spreading the ashes.

Melee[edit | edit source]

While using melee used to be a cost-effective method of killing them, due to their new magic attack and its accuracy, many players planning to melee will find they are getting damaged often. It is recommended to use protection prayers to reduce some of the damage. You should also have good armour, food, and have a defence level of at least 80. A healing familiar and ring of life are optional although highly recommended. Prayer flashing can also be used to reduce consumption of prayer points, but requires fast reflexes and good timing. Finally, those with level 92 Prayer can utilise the Soul Split curse to heal slightly with every damaging hit.

Guthan's set-effect is useful when training on Black Demons. Please note that the demons can damage you very fast and you may not be able to heal fast enough unless you have 80+ Defence. In case the effect of the armour set can't heal enough on the black demons, there are usually weaker monsters nearby that the player can heal on, such as wild dogs or earth warriors.

The Darklight is a very cheap and effective weapon against Black demons if you have fairly high stats. It is especially helpful if you are on a task and use your Slayer helm.

Ranging black demons is the most effective way to kill black demons. Post-EoC, they have gained a magic attack ability, which makes safe-spotting tactics obsolete. As black demons are weak against bolts, one effective way of killing them is by using the Black salamander or higher grade range weapons.

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadMighty slayer helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mighty slayer helmetMighty slayer helmet
(on slayer task)
Mask of the Black Demon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mask of the Black DemonMask of the Black Demon (on slayer task)
Sirenic mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic maskSirenic maskPernix cowl.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix cowlPernix cowlArmadyl helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl helmetArmadyl helmetDemon slayer circlet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon slayer circletDemon slayer circlet
NeckDemon horn necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon horn necklaceDemon horn necklace
(if Praying, with attuned ectoplasmator.png: RS3 Inventory image of attuned ectoplasmatorattuned ectoplasmator)
Farsight blood necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Farsight blood necklaceFarsight blood necklaceAmulet of souls.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of soulsAmulet of soulsFarsight sniper necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Farsight sniper necklaceFarsight sniper necklaceSaradomin's murmur.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin's murmurSaradomin's murmur
BackAva's device.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ava's deviceAva's deviceCompletionist cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Completionist capeCompletionist capeTokHaar-Kal-Xil.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-Kal-XilTokHaar-Kal-XilMax cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Max capeMax capeArdougne cloak 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 4
BodySirenic hauberk.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic hauberkSirenic hauberkPernix body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix bodyPernix bodyArmadyl chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chestplateArmadyl chestplateDemon slayer torso.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon slayer torsoDemon slayer torsoN/A
LegsSirenic chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic chapsSirenic chapsPernix chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix chapsPernix chapsArmadyl chainskirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chainskirtArmadyl chainskirtDemon slayer skirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon slayer skirtDemon slayer skirtN/A
Main handAscension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension crossbowAscension crossbowDeath Lotus dart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death Lotus dartDeath Lotus dartAttuned crystal chakram.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal chakramAttuned crystal chakramChaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic crossbowChaotic crossbowArmadyl crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl crossbowArmadyl crossbow
Two-handed weaponNoxious longbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious longbowNoxious longbowRoyal crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal crossbowRoyal crossbowAttuned crystal bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal bowAttuned crystal bowZaryte bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zaryte bowZaryte bowHand cannon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hand cannonHand cannon
Off-hand weaponOff-hand ascension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand ascension crossbowOff-hand ascension crossbowOff-hand Death Lotus dart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Death Lotus dartOff-hand Death Lotus dartOff-hand attuned crystal chakram.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand attuned crystal chakramOff-hand attuned crystal chakramOff-hand chaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand Armadyl crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Armadyl crossbowOff-hand Armadyl crossbow
Off-hand weaponVengeful kiteshield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vengeful kiteshieldVengeful kiteshieldAttuned crystal deflector.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal deflectorAttuned crystal deflectorEagle-eye kiteshield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Eagle-eye kiteshieldEagle-eye kiteshieldElysian spirit shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elysian spirit shieldElysian spirit shieldArmadyl buckler.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl bucklerArmadyl buckler
Ammo/SpellAscension bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension boltsAscension bolts/
Araxyte arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Araxyte arrowAraxyte arrows
Royal bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal boltsRoyal bolts/
Wild arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wild arrowWild arrows
Hand cannon shot.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hand cannon shotHand cannon shotN/AN/A
GlovesDeathtouch bracelet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Deathtouch braceletDeathtouch braceletAscension grips.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension gripsAscension gripsSwift gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Swift glovesSwift glovesPernix gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix glovesPernix glovesArmadyl gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl glovesArmadyl gloves
FeetFlarefrost boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Flarefrost bootsFlarefrost bootsPernix boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix bootsPernix bootsArmadyl boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl bootsArmadyl bootsDemon slayer boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon slayer bootsDemon slayer bootsN/A
RingRing of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of deathRing of deathArchers' ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Archers' ring (i)Archers' ring (i)Asylum surgeon's ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Asylum surgeon's ringAsylum surgeon's ringSixth-Age circuit.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sixth-Age circuitSixth-Age circuit/
Onyx ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx ring (i)Onyx ring (i)
Archers' ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Archers' ringArchers' ring
AuraVampyrism aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vampyrism auraVampyrism auraN/AN/AN/AN/A
PocketAttacker's insignia.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attacker's insigniaAttacker's insigniaHoly wrench.png: RS3 Inventory image of Holy wrenchHoly wrenchN/AN/AN/A

Magic[edit | edit source]

Magic is not recommended due to black demons having high defence against magic, leading to the low speed and max hits of magical attacks slowing down kills in comparison to using range unless one's ranging level is extremely low. In addition, the cost for runes can add up to losses over time, even when collecting the dropped infernal ashes. The lone exception to this is the Polypore staff, especially at higher magic levels, because of its cheap usage cost, high maximum damage, and the profitability of infernal ashes. When combined with a Extreme magic/Overload potion, an arcane stream necklace and a Hexcrest/Full slayer helmet (on slayer tasks), the Polypore staff can yield fairly fast kills.

Dwarf Cannon[edit | edit source]

Use of the Dwarf Multicannon is not recommended. Since the EoC, the cannon is no longer effective against Black Demons. Using the cannon would also cause many demons to attack you.