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This article is about the powerful class of monsters. For other uses, see Boss (disambiguation).
Nex, the Zarosian general

A boss is a powerful, usually unique monster that is fought to accomplish an objective, be it the advancement or completion of a quest or minigame or as part of a team player versus monster event. Many quests feature boss fights at their climaxes; such bosses are often the main antagonists of the quests or quest series or are somehow related to the main antagonist(s).

Some monsters that are commonly referred to as bosses are very powerful monsters that are commonly fought by teams of players in search of highly valuable drops. Many bosses have extremely high combat levels, and all of the strongest monsters in the game are bosses. Bosses are typically immune to a combination of either stun, poison, or reflect damage. Even fewer bosses are immune to a combination of leeching effects (from the Ancient Curses) or status abnormalities (defence drain (not affinity value) or damage increasing hexes), generally recovering from the latter very quickly.

Dwarf multicannons often cannot be set up in the areas of many bosses. Others may have different restrictions; for example, only black equipment may be used to fight the tormented wraith, and Prayer cannot be used during the fights with the final bosses of Recipe for Disaster.

PvM bosses[edit | edit source]

Independent high-level bosses[edit | edit source]

These are the most powerful bosses that do not share a lair or dungeon with other bosses. These are amongst the most powerful creatures in RuneScape, and some require a team to be killed.

Name Level Description Attack Style Slayer category Release date
Vorago.png Vorago 10,000 Vorago is one of the strongest monsters in RuneScape, with a combat level of 10,000. He uses multiple attacks at his disposal, with his attack rotations changing weekly to provide a varied fight for players. The fight also has many mechanics that require coordination within a team to handle properly. Vorago drops the Seismic wand, Seismic singularity, dual-wielded level 90 Magic weapons, and Tectonic energy, which is used to make Tectonic armour with level 91+ Runecrafting, tier 90 magic power armour. Melee

Magic

N/A 3 July 2013
Solak.png Solak 7,000 Solak is an anima being who was tasked by Guthix to protect The Lost Grove from those who would try to use its power. Seren sent four elite elves to aid him in his task, though Erethdor became corrupted and was subsequently defeated by his fellow elves and Solak himself. The elf corrupted Solak's mind, forcing him to seal off the grove, though it eventually reappeared in the Sixth Age. The elf's mental manifestation, having full control of Solak, uses many attacks at his disposal, many of which inflict unique blight damage. Players fight alongside Merethiel, Erethdor's sister, in an intended group size of between 2-7 players to remove his hold over Solak. Rewards include the Blightbound crossbow and its off-hand variant, dual-wielded level 92 Ranged weapons, and Erethdor's grimoire, a powerful pocket slot item. Melee

Ranged

N/A 29 May 2018
Ahrim the Blighted (Shadow).png Barrows - Rise of the Six 650 x 6 Barrows - Rise of the Six is an upgraded version of the original Barrows minigame. Players fight the six Barrows brothers simultaneously, with three brothers on two sides separated by a shadow portal in the middle of a single room. They have been empowered by Sliske's experiments in the Shadow Realm. The brothers are massively enhanced and in terms of difficulty, on par with Vorago. If all brothers are killed, the chest can be looted. Possible loots include level 90 shields and Malevolent energy, which is used to make Malevolent armour, tier 90 melee power armour, with level 91+ Smithing. Magic

Melee Ranged

N/A 13 November 2013
Araxxor.png Araxxor and Araxxi 2,500 and 3,000 Araxxor is a large araxyte spider found in the Araxyte Hive, along with its mate Araxxi. Players can "customise" the fight by taking different paths, which change every 4 days. Araxxor fights primarily with one of the three styles of combat per encounter at random, or forced to use the style weak to the player if an Araxyte pheromone is carried in the inventory. Boasting a large variety of mechanics, they also have an enrage mechanic where consecutive kills and certain mechanics cause Araxxor and Araxxi's enrage to increase, capping at 300%, which increases the damage of their regular attacks and special attacks. However, the enrage will reset back to 0% at the start of each day, or if an Araxyte pheromone is released. Araxxi drops components of the Noxious weaponry, level 90 two-handed weapons. Magic

Melee Ranged

N/A 28 July 2014
Kalphite King (Melee).png Kalphite King 2,500 The Kalphite King is the king of the exiled kalphites, found in the Exiled Kalphite Hive south-east of the Bandit Camp Lodestone in the desert. One of the first bosses to utilize the mechanics of the Evolution of Combat, the Kalphite King utilizes many abilities and mechanics, including charging, digging, and one-hit attacks. He is also able to change his attack style and weakness throughout the fight, using different abilities with each style. It is known for dropping Drygore weaponry, level 90 main and off-hand melee weapons in three styles: maces, rapiers and longswords, along with the perfect chitin, an item required to create level 90 defenders. Magic

Melee Ranged

Kalphites 14 January 2013
WildyWyrm.png WildyWyrm 1,337 The WildyWyrm may occasionally spawn in place of a regular lava strykewyrm. They can wander across the whole Wilderness and share the same attack mechanics as regular lava strykewyrms, albeit being far more powerful than their normal counterparts. It shares their unique drops, the wyrm heart, wyrm spike and wyrm scalp with their cousins but with a better drop rate. All players who participate in defeating the WildyWyrm will receive their own loot, however only one player can receive a unique drop per kill. Melee

Magic Ranged

Lava strykewyrms 21 February 2011
Queen Black Dragon.png Queen Black Dragon 900 The Queen Black Dragon is the first dragon ever created by Kerapac. She is located in the deepest sector of the Grotworm Lair, requiring 60 Summoning to face her. She can only be fought alone, and attacks her opponents with a multitude of special attacks and extremely potent dragonfire, necessitating the use of an anti-dragon shield or super antifire potions in order to withstand it. She is fought in four stages; at the end of each the player must activate an artefact. The Queen Black Dragon cannot be killed; instead, once the fourth artefact is activated, she will return back into her slumber and the fight will end, allowing the player to enter the rewards room and open the coffer. In addition her generous normal rewards, she also drops the rare Dragon kiteshield drop, Dragonbone Upgrade Kit, and pieces of the Royal crossbow. As she is a black dragon, she can also a draconic visage and black dragon eggs for the Player-owned farm. Melee

Ranged Dragonfire

Black Dragons 22 May 2012
Corporeal Beast.png Corporeal Beast 785 The Corporeal Beast is a dangerous monster that may be fought after completion of Summer's End. With a combat level of 785, it is not meant to be taken lightly. It boasts very strong attacks, high defence, and a 50% reduction to damage from all weapons except spears. It also has the unique ability to consume summoning familiars, forcing players to fight it without one. Those who are able to vanquish the beast may rewarded with a spirit shield or a holy elixir to create its blessed variant. The Corporeal Beast is more notably the only monster that drops sigils for upgrading a blessed spirit shield into a spectral, divine, elysian or arcane spirit shield. With the exception of the spectral spirit shield, these shields provide damage shaving effects at the cost of Prayer. Melee

Magic

N/A 15 September 2008
The Magister.png The Magister 899 Oreb the Magister is Nomad's former master who has now found his way to the Sophanem Slayer Dungeon, awaiting the player at the First Gate of the Grim Underworld. Requiring level 115 Slayer to defeat, the Magister is a powerful adversary that utilizes the corruption mechanic found within the Sophanem Slayer Dungeon, and also has the ability to drain the player's Constitution level, thereby decreasing their maximum lifepoints and the amount restored from food. He must be fought alone, and one Key to the Crossing must be sacrificed per fight. His most notable drop is phylactery, which can be shattered to obtain scraps of scripture used to create blessings. These blessings can be used to upgrade the Khopesh of the Kharidian and its off-hand into the Khopesh of Tumeken and Elidinis, which are tier 92 dual-wielded melee weapons. The Magister also drops the unique gloves of passage, which are tier 85 melee power gloves that increase the next ability's damage by 7% after Havoc is used. Melee Magic Ranged Soul Devourers (Slayer helmet does not work) 3 July 2017
Raksha, the Shadow Colossus.png Raksha, the Shadow Colossus 6,000 Raksha is an ancient rex dinosaur turned into a shadow colossus following an encounter with the Codex. He was inadvertently brought forward to the present time by Kerapac alongside the rest of Anachronia using the Needle and reawakened from his coma due Kerapac's generation of shadow anima. Under the direction of Raksha's custodian, The Keeper, players may fight the shadow colossus in a solo or duo instance. Raksha fights with slow but powerful attacks from all three styles of combat, necessitating frequent prayer switching throughout the fight in order to survive and deal with his other mechanics. Upon defeating Raksha, The Keeper may reward players with ability codices for unlocking the Divert ability and the greater versions of Ricochet and Chain. The Keeper can also award laceration boots or blast diffusion boots, which are otherwise obtained from slayer creatures on Anachronia, or the unique fleeting boots which are exclusively obtained from defeating Raksha. Finally, The Keeper can award shadow spikes, which can be used to upgrade the any of the three aforementioned boots to their enhanced variants, increasing them from tier 80 to tier 90. Melee Magic Ranged N/A 7 December 2020

God Wars Dungeon[edit | edit source]

For each warring deity in the God Wars Dungeon, there is a very powerful leader commonly referred to as a "general". Each general also has three bodyguards, one of which uses each style of combat: Melee, Magic, and Ranged (with the exception of Nex, who has four bodyguards and all of them use magic). In addition to the 60 Strength or 60 Agility required to enter the God Wars Dungeon, each general's encampment has further requirements to enter.

Nex drops tier 80 armour and weaponry, Nex (Angel of Death) drops tier 92 weaponry and tier 99 prayers, and the generals drop tier 70 armour and tier 75 weaponry. Apart from Nex, each of these generals also has a unique hilt to make their version of the Godsword, which has various effects.

Name Level Entry Requirement Description Attack Style Slayer category Release date
Nex (Angel of Death).png Nex: Angel of Death 7,000 70 Ranged

70 Agility
70 Strength
70 Constitution

Infused with ancient power from her own creation, Nex: Angel of Death is the upgraded boss encounter with Nex. Players will find they must co-operate as a team to bring her down, though Players who bring her down are immensely rewarded, and have a chance of obtaining valuable rewards such as the Wand of the praesul and the imperium core, dual wielded tier 92 magic weaponry, the Praesul codex, which unlocks level 99 curses, and four different cosmetic chests. Up to 50 players can face her at once, however groups of 7 or less players have a better chance of receiving her more valuable rewards. Magic

Melee

N/A 30 January 2017
Nex.png Nex 1,001 70 Agility

70 Strength

70 Ranged

70 Constitution

Nex is the leader of the Zarosian army trapped within the God Wars Dungeon by the forces of Saradomin, Zamorak, Bandos and Armadyl. She has a number of immensely powerful attacks in her arsenal, some of which can hit up to 6848 damage. Rather than following the trend of other God Wars Dungeon bosses and having three bodyguards, Nex is assisted by four mages, each of which represents one of the elements of the Ancient Magicks. Reaching her requires assembling a key to bypass the frozen door, the four pieces of which may be dropped within the monsters of the Saradominist, Zamorakian, Bandosian and Armadylean encampments. Thus, Nex effectively has all of the requirements of the other God Wars Dungeon bosses to reach. Nex drops many unique items: Torva armour, Pernix armour, and Virtus armour, which are three full sets of power armour, and the Virtus wand, Virtus book, and zaryte bow. Her minions and bodyguards drop ancient ceremonial robes. Magic

Melee Ranged

N/A 10 January 2011
K'ril Tsutsaroth.png K'ril Tsutsaroth 650 70 Constitution K'ril Tsutsaroth is the level 650 demonic general of Zamorak. His melee attacks can poison players although it is not as strong as it was prior to the Evolution of Combat. He can occasionally use a special ability dealing massive typeless damage to his target and draining their prayer points by half. His bodyguards are the demons Tstanon Karlak, Zakl'n Gritch and Balfrug Kreeyath. He drops the Zamorak hilt, and he and his bodyguards also drop the robes of subjugation, Zamorakian spear, and steam battlestaff. Magic

Melee

Greater Demons 28 August 2007
General Graardor.png General Graardor 624 70 Strength General Graardor is one of the last known living ourgs. He is the level 624 general of Bandos and is the most popular God Wars Dungeon general to kill, despite his devastating Melee and Ranged attacks. His bodyguards are Sergeant Strongstack, Sergeant Grimspike and Sergeant Steelwill. General Graardor drops the Bandos hilt and guaranteed ourg bones, and he and his bodyguards drop Bandos armour. Melee

Ranged

N/A 28 August 2007
Commander Zilyana.png Commander Zilyana 596 70 Agility Commander Zilyana is the level 596 Icyene general of Saradomin, attacking rapidly and accurately with both Melee and Magic. Players should avoid using blood spells against Zilyana, as their continued use will cause her to become enraged, increasing her attack power considerably and making her much more dangerous. Her bodyguards are Starlight, Growler and Bree. She drops the Saradomin hilt, and she and her bodyguards drop the Saradomin sword, Armadyl crossbow, and amulets of Saradomin. Magic

Melee

N/A 28 August 2007
Kree'arra.png Kree'arra 580 70 Ranged Kree'arra the Aviansie is the level 580 general of Armadyl. Being a guardian and leader of the aviansie, he cannot be attacked with melee weapons, though he uses all three combat styles himself. His bodyguards are Flight Kilisa, Flockleader Geerin and Wingman Skree. Kree'arra himself drops the Armadyl hilt, and he and his bodyguards drop Armadyl armour. Magic

Melee Ranged

Aviansies 28 August 2007

Heart of Gielinor[edit | edit source]

Heart of Gielinor, the sequel to God Wars Dungeon, is set in the Sixth Age. Like God Wars Dungeon, it also features four warring factions, each with a unique and powerful boss. The warring factions are the armies of Sliske, Zamorak, Zaros, and Seren — the four entities from Freneskae. Similarly to the God Wars Dungeon, each faction requires a specific skill requirement to enter which requires level 80 in their respective skill.

With the exception of Telos, all the generals drop Dormant anima armour, which can be powered with a god crest (obtained from killing the bosses) to create level 80 power armour, which can be upgraded into level 85 by using essences, which are also dropped by the bosses. They also drop unique level 85 weaponry, which has the power of a level 80 weapon but the accuracy of a level 90 weapon.

Name Level Entry Requirement Description Attack Style Release date
Telos, the Warden.png Telos, the Warden 2,000 80 Magic
80 Ranged
80 Attack
80 Prayer
Telos is an anima knight created by the Elder Gods and born from the anima in the Heart of Gielinor, acting as a fail-safe to defend it from those deemed a threat. However, Soothsayer Sybil realized that Telos is only interested in defending the Heart, and could be a threat to the rest of Gielinor's inhabitants. Thus, she has tasked the World Guardian with dealing with Telos before it becomes too powerful. Telos has four (or five if enrage is over 100%) different phases where both the player and Telos descend deeper into the Heart as the fight progresses. Telos uses both melee and magic, in addition to having unique abilities in each phase reminiscent of the warring generals above him. Telos has a unique risk-reward system where players have the option to either claim their loot or put it on the line and increase Telos's enrage. Telos gains increased damage output and new mechanics as his enrage climbs. Should the player die, a significant portion of their loot will be lost and the streak will be ended, but the longer a player can continue a successful kill-streak, the more lucrative the rewards become. Telos's enrage can increase up to a maximum of 4,000%, however reaching higher enrages requires immense dedication and complete mastery of the boss fight, providing a significant combat challenge for even the most skilled players. Telos drops level 92 dormant god weaponry, which is powered by three orbs that he also drops. They are the best 2-handed weapons in-game outside of Dungeoneering. In addition to this, he also drops a codex that unlocks the Reprisal ability.

Melee

Magic

27 June 2016
Gregorovic.png Gregorovic 1,000 80 Prayer Gregorovic is the general of Sliske's army. Once a human, desperately trying to fight death, he eventually sold his soul to Sliske in return for eternal life. Gregorovic uses a combination of Ranged and Melee attacks. His attacks are extremely poisonous, which makes using countermeasures a requirement. He has the ability to summon spirits which will increase the potency of his attacks; during the fight, he will also spawn two weak clones of himself. Gregorovic drops the Crest of Sliske, which can be combined with Anima Core equipment, the Shadow glaive level 85 thrown weaponry, as well as several useful items. Ranged

Melee

7 March 2016
Nymora, the Vengeful.png Avaryss, the Unceasing.png Twin Furies 1,000 x 2 80 Ranged The Twin FuriesNymora, the Vengeful and Avaryss, the Unceasing are the Zamorakian generals in the Heart of Gielinor. They are Avernic demons who have been in Zamorakian service since the Gielinorian God Wars. The player simultaneously fights both Nymora and Amaryss, thus needing to expect damage from two sides. The furies, however, share their health pool, so abilities attacks that hit multiple targets are much more potent against them. Nymora mainly uses Ranged attacks, while Avaryss focuses on Melee. They also use several special attacks involving their environment. They drop Blade of Avaryss and Blade of Nymora, level 85 swords, and the Crest of Zamorak, as well as many general useful items.

Melee

Ranged

7 March 2016
Vindicta.png Vindicta 1,000 80 Attack Vindicta is the level 1,000 Zarosian general in the Heart of Gielinor. She is a Dragon Rider, daughter of Morvannon and Hannibus, who grew up in the Grotworm Lair and is now seeking to avenge the murder of Morvannon. She is accompanied in the fight by her mount, Gorvek. Vindicta's auto-attacks hit very hard, her mount Gorvek will also use dragonfire in the fight. Halfway through the fight, Vindicta will mount Gorvek and the two will fight together. Vindicta drops the Dragon Rider lance, the Crest of Zaros and various general items. Melee 7 March 2016
Helwyr.png Helwyr 1,000 80 Magic Helwyr is the Seren general in the Heart of Gielinor and a member of the Cywir Clan of the elves. He has taken on the form of a large predator he slew while on Tarddiad. He will also summon mushrooms in his arena which puff out a stunning and damaging gas, he can call Cywir alphas to his aid, and can also cause typeless damage bleeds that worsen the more bleeds players sustain until they are cleared using Freedom. Helwyr drops the wand and orb of cywir elders, dual-wielded magic weapons, the Crest of Seren and various general items. Melee 7 March 2016

Elite Dungeons[edit | edit source]

The three elite dungeons; the Temple of Aminishi, Dragonkin Laboratory, and The Shadow Reef have three bosses in each dungeon. Each boss is fought in order as the player(s) progress deeper into the dungeon.

Temple of Aminishi[edit | edit source]

Name Level Description Attack Style Release date
The Sanctum Guardian.png The Sanctum Guardian 850 A massive Crassian sent to the Temple of Aminishi to guard the inner sanctum from outsiders and curious acolytes alike. Her ranged attack is a targeted, 3x3 AoE attack that can be avoided by running away from the spot the projectile was fired at. She also uses the pool she resides in to collect water and unleash a powerful blast that can severely damage players hit by them, and finally exhale corrupted energy which proves fatal if stood in the longer it persists. She is also able to expel a large torrent of water in an anticlockwise direction around her arena, severely damaging any players who get caught in the deluge. She usually drops onyx dust, but may occasionally drop a fishy treat instead, which is an item that can be used on her to automatically skip the fight.

Melee

Ranged

25 June 2018
Masuta the Ascended.png Masuta the Ascended 1,000 One of the members of the Council of Seven who is an extremely powerful warrior after numerous years of training. He has manyattacks at his disposal, all of which are extremely dangerous if not avoided or dealt with. He has three "phases"; the first phase initiating simple combat where he can create clones to attack players, spin and deal gradually increasing damage and unleash barrages of corrupted energy. In the second phase, he summons numerous thrashing waters to attack the player, and in the final phase, he solely focuses on ranged attacks and his corrupted energy meteor strike attack. He usually drops onyx dust, but may ocassionally drop his warspear instead, which is a level 82 halberd-type spear weapon.

Melee

Ranged

Magic

25 June 2018
Seiryu the Azure Serpent.png Seiryu the Azure Serpent 10,000 One of the four guardians of the Wushanko Isles, it is considered the purest by the Acolytes of Seiryu, who worship it. However, the order was soon led astray and instead restrained Seiryu, subjecting it to black crystals and slowly corrupting it. Seiryu is the final boss of the Temple of Aminishi, and has numerous attacks which can be fatal if carelessly dealt with. As players knock Seiryu out of commission, they must destroy the three black crystals on the collar restraining him to free him of the corrupting influence. Seiryu then rewards players as he is finally free with ancient scales, which can be used to upgrade the level 90 sirenic armour to its elite variant, which is level 92.

Magic

25 June 2018

Dragonkin Laboratory[edit | edit source]

Name Level Description Attack Style Slayer Category Release date
Astellarn.png Astellarn 1,200 The first celestial dragon made by the Dactyl Dragonkin, Astellarn has become crazed due to being subjected to Abyssal magics, prompting her to attack anything on sight. She is capable of using all three forms of combat, and can summon pulsars to assist her in battle. Upon reaching 200,000 health, she phases in and out of reality, forcing players to use a stabilized wyrmhole to be in phase and deal full damage to her. She initially summons an unstable variant, which can be stabilized by luring a neutron star onto it. One neutron star is summoned for each wyrmhole conjured. Astellarn can drop onyx dust or the Greater Flurry ability codex, which turns Flurry into its greater version.

Magic

Melee

Ranged

Celestial dragons 13 August 2018
Verak Lith.png Verak Lith 1,500 Known as Flametongue during the God Wars, Verak Lith is a stronger version of the King Black Dragon. Though tolerant, he has been agitated due to numerous Dragonkin experiments and now takes care of a brood of heavily imbued poison, ice and shock eggs that deemed him a failure. Having survived the God Wars, Verak Lith was imprisoned in the Dragonkin Laboratory where he still resides in to this day. He has powerful abilities at his disposal, including summoning spires to protect him from incoming attacks, launching ice, poison or shock imbued energy at players, can call in black dragons to assist him and launch flame vortices. Verak Lith drops onyx dust or the Greater Fury ability codex, which turns Fury into its greater version.

Magic

Melee

Black dragons 13 August 2018
Black stone dragon.png Black stone dragon 2,500 Created by the Dactyl Dragon Kerapac from his son's remaining batch, he imbued this particular dragon with black stones, which in turn caused it to be corrupted. Kerapac sealed the dragon away for fear of her uncontrollable nature with numerous wards to ensure she could never break free after the destruction of an unknown specimen. She has numerous abilities at her disposal, and during the early stage of the fight, black hands appear to protect her. As the fight progresses, she can summon flaming spirals of energy and launch bursts of energy at nearby players when she flies. Rewards include the Greater Barge ability codex, which turns Barge into its greater version, or draconic energy, which can be used to upgrade the level 90 tectonic armour to its elite variant, which is level 92.

Magic

Melee

Ranged

Gemstone dragons 13 August 2018

The Shadow Reef[edit | edit source]

Name Level Description Attack Style Release date
Crassian Leviathan.png Crassian Leviathan 1,500 A leviathan of the deep seas blessed by The Ambassador in response to the World Guardian's imminent attack on Ulthven Kreath. It has five heads and inhabits an underwater shipwreck. The Leviathan can launch a stream of poison and use its head to crush anyone caught in its path. It is also capable of healing itself, though poisoning it can reduce the amount of health it can heal. Apart from its lore book, the Crassian Leviathan has no unique drops.

Melee

Ranged

25 February 2019
Taraket the Necromancer.png Taraket the Necromancer 1,200 An undead Dactyl Dragonkin, Taraket specializes in summoning hordes of undead to overwhelm his enemies. He does this through shattering crystals positioned around the side of the room, or conjuring a rift of undeath. Taraket himself attacks his victims with powerful magical breath, or can utilize Death's Swiftness to launch ranged projectiles. As the fight progresses, Taraket can summon a line of ghosts to trample anyone caught in their path. Apart from his lore book, Taraket has no unique drops.

Magic

Ranged

25 February 2019
The Ambassador.png The Ambassador 5,500 True name Kranon, he attempted to perform a ritual to combat the Curse as a Dragonkin. He was warped following the ritual's failure, but was broken free of the curse in the process and wants to perform the ritual again to spread it all over Gielinor. He is the reason behind Seiryu and the black stone dragon's corruption, and the mastermind behind a scheme that threatens all life. Fought in the depths of the Shadow Reef, he has numerous attacks and abilities at his disposal that can kill players in seconds. Nearing the end of the fight, he conjures numerous black hands to heal him and can also launch a barrage of raw energy which can quickly kill the player if not dealt with accordingly. Rewards include components for the eldritch crossbow, a level 92 two-handed crossbow with a powerful special attack that causes the Soul Split curse to deal extra damage to a target instead of healing the player.

Magic

Melee

Ranged

25 February 2019

Monastery of Ascension[edit | edit source]

The Legiones are extremely powerful members of the Order of Ascension. They may only be fought with 95 Slayer after their respective Keystone is obtained, which are dropped by other members of the order, and they themselves are capable of dropping them. While they are usually fought alone, two players can kill them together (through social slayer) and they are level 304, each having a special ability that makes them different from the rest, although they are all capable of throwing electricity on the floor, similar to Commander Zilyana in hard mode. They are capable of dropping signets for the Ascension crossbow and the Off-hand Ascension crossbow, level 90 dual-wielded crossbows.

Name Special ability Release date
Legio Primus.png Legio Primus Lightning strikes become increasingly powerful. 4 June 2013
Legio Secundus.png Legio Secundus Uses lightning strikes more often. 4 June 2013
Legio Tertius.png Legio Tertius Summons fellow Ascended to aid him. 4 June 2013
Legio Quartus.png Legio Quartus Teleports the player next to or near him. 4 June 2013
Legio Quintus.png Legio Quintus Creates the Line of Ascension, which deals heavy damage when walked over or on. 4 June 2013
Legio Sextus.png Legio Sextus Uses lightning exclusively, which lasts for seven seconds rather than three. 4 June 2013

Independent mid/low-level bosses[edit | edit source]

Name Level Description Attack Style Slayer category Release date
Exiled Kalphite Queen.png Exiled Kalphite Queen 356 The Exiled Kalphite Queen is the ruler of the exiled kalphites, found at the bottom of the Exiled Kalphite Hive in the Kharidian Desert. She is essentially a harder version of the Kalphite Queen, released as a side boss to the Kalphite King. Magic

Melee Ranged

Kalphites 14 January 2013
Kalphite Queen.png Kalphite Queen 333 The Kalphite Queen is the ruler of the kalphites; she can be found at the bottom of the Kalphite Hive in the Kharidian Desert. Unlike many other bosses, she has two forms, both of which are level 333, and she uses protection prayers to block different attack styles. Her attacks are extremely accurate and very deadly for players who are unprepared for them. She drops the dragon chainbody and dragon two-handed sword; she also drops her head, which can be mounted in a player-owned house. Magic

Melee Ranged

Kalphites 7 September 2004
Chaos Elemental.png Chaos Elemental 305 The Chaos Elemental is a level 305 creature of pure chaos that resides in deep Wilderness, near the Rogues' Castle. In addition to attacking with all three combat styles, it can teleport players around it and unequip their items. It drops the dragon two-handed sword, and various pieces of Ancient Warriors' Equipment. It is generally killed for its boss pet, as revenants have a better chance of dropping the other items required for its log. It is one of the few free-to-play bosses. Magic

Melee Ranged

N/A 20 February 2006
King Black Dragon.png King Black Dragon 276 The King Black Dragon is an enormous, three-headed dragon who uses various different dragonfire-based attacks which can freeze and poison the player. He also uses a melee attack. He has various drops, including the Draconic visage, Dragon-rider boots and the Dragon Rider Gauntlets. It is one of the few free-to-play bosses. Magic

Melee Dragonfire

Black Dragons 24 September 2002
Giant Mole.png Giant Mole 230 The Giant Mole is, true to its name, an enormous mole, level 230, that lives in its lair under Falador Park. During combat the Giant Mole attacks with melee and burrows around its rather large lair, gaining different special abilities in each area. It drops various items, such as Mole claws and Mole skins which can be traded to Wyson for bird's nests. It also drops clingy moles and numbing roots. It is one of the few free-to-play bosses. Melee N/A 7 March 2006
Tormented wraith.png
Tormented Wraith 42 The tormented wraith is the level 60 spirit of a being who was tortured and killed by the Black Knights. It roams the Dark Warriors' Fortress in the Spirit Realm, eternally seeking revenge on the Black Knights who tortured it. Because of its extreme animosity towards the Black Knights, only black weapons may be used to fight it. The tormented wraith is one of the two monsters (the other being the Corporeal Beast) to drop holy elixirs, which are used to create blessed spirit shields. Magic Ghosts 15 September 2008
Dragith nurn.png
Dragith Nurn 26 The undead Dragith Nurn can be found in the Lumbridge Catacombs, where he imprisoned himself prior to his death to avoid his undead creations from overrunning Lumbridge. He has risen from his grave due to an enchantment he cast upon himself, however, and his tomb is once again accessible due to the efforts of three Zamorakian cultists. Dragith can only be fought after The Blood Pact. He drops the fifth and final part of the Mask of Dragith Nurn. Magic
Ranged
Melee
Undead 15 March 2010
Ragged Abomination.png
Abomination N/A The Abomination from the last battle of Hero's Welcome can be fought again by using the "refight" option on the Banite ore rockfall. It brings quite a challenge, shattering the environment in its rage to deal area-of-effect lasting fire and rockfalls. It is known for its extremely rare and valuable abomination cape, although it also possesses the highest drop rate for the dragon full helm outside of chewed bones. Melee N/A 29 June 2015

Dagannoth Kings[edit | edit source]

Three level 303 Dagannoth Kings lair deep under Waterbirth Island. Altogether the Kings drop several unique items, such as Seercull, dragon hatchets, berserker rings and mud battlestaves. They also drop a variety of Fremennik-related arms and armour, such as archer helms and skeletal armour. They all count as Dagannoths for a slayer task.

Name Description Attack Style Release date
Dagannoth Supreme.png Dagannoth Supreme Dagannoth Supreme is the Ranged Dagannoth King, and therefore is weak to stabbing attacks. It is the only King to drop Spined armour, Archers' rings and the Seercull. Balmung is effective against him. Ranged 7 November 2005
Dagannoth Prime.png Dagannoth Prime Dagannoth Prime is the Magic Dagannoth King, and therefore is weak to arrows. It is the only King to drop Skeletal armour, Seers' rings and mud battlestaves. Magic 7 November 2005
Dagannoth Rex.png Dagannoth Rex Dagannoth Rex is the Melee Dagannoth King, and therefore is weak to fire. It is the only King to drop Rock-shell armour, Warrior rings and Berserker rings. Melee 7 November 2005

Raids bosses[edit | edit source]

Raids are sequences of boss fights. Currently, the only raid is Liberation of Mazcab.

Liberation of Mazcab[edit | edit source]

Name Level Description Attack Style Release date
Beastmaster Durzag.png Beastmaster Durzag 2,000 Beastmaster Durzag is the first boss of Liberation of Mazcab. Before fighting Durzag himself, the team will face airut, chargers, and his pet beast, Cormes. During the fight, Beastmaster Durzag calls two pets, Krar and Tuz, along with many Chargers to assist him throughout the fight. Beastmaster Durzag can be looted once every 48 hours for a chance of Achto Primeval, Tempest and Teralith equipment, along with a general Mazcab ability codex. Magic

Melee Ranged

13 July 2015
Yakamaru.png Yakamaru 10,000 Yakamaru is the second boss of Liberation of Mazcab. It is fought on a beach in Mazcab with several pools of water and can only be fought after Beastmaster Durzag has been defeated. Throughout the fight, Yakamaru will jump into several pools, granting it new abilities while it stays in them. In the penultimate stage of the fight, he creates multiple mirages of itself which must all be defeated before finishing it off. Yakamaru can spawn Jellyfish to aid it throughout the fight. Like Beastmaster Durzag, Yakamaru can be looted once every 48 hours for a chance of Achto Primeval, Tempest and Teralith equipment, along with a general Mazcab ability codex. Magic

Melee Ranged

13 July 2015

Minigame bosses[edit | edit source]

Bosses that are fought during a minigame.

Name Level Minigame Description Attack style Release date
Har-Aken.png Har-Aken 800 Fight Kiln Har-Aken is the final boss of the Fight Kiln minigame, having a combat level of 800. It is the strongest of all lava creatures (TzHaar and TokHaar). It is an extremely large creature consisting of a single head and multiple tentacles, which either use Ranged or Magic. Har-Aken's head is submerged in the lava, but will occasionally surface above, and players should use this opportunity to severely wound or kill it before it dives back into the lava. Players who defeat Har-Aken can be given a TokHaar cape of their choice or an uncut onyx for their efforts. Magic

Ranged

14 February 2012
TzTok-Jad.png TzTok-Jad 702 TzHaar Fight Cave TzTok-Jad is the final boss of the TzHaar Fight Cave minigame. It is level 702 and is extremely dangerous as all of its attacks, which hit from every side of the combat triangle, can each deal up to 9000+ damage. Additionally, TzTok-Jad summons Yt-HurKot to rapidly heal it once it reaches half health. The reward for defeating TzTok-Jad is 16,064 tokkul and the much-coveted fire cape. Kuradal the Slayer master will sometimes assign the entirety of the TzHaar Fight Cave minigame as a Slayer assignment; under these circumstances, another reward for defeating TzTok-Jad is 25,000 Slayer experience.

Alternate versions of TzTok-Jad, known as Tokhaar-Jad, are encountered in the Fight Kiln. Although they can hit harder, they are easier to defeat since they do not summon Yt-HurKot to heal themselves. However, they do contribute towards a player's killcount for TzTok-Jad.

Magic

Melee Ranged

4 October 2005
Penance King.png Penance King None Barbarian Assault The Penance King is the boss of the hard mode version of Barbarian Assault. Like the Queen, he cannot be damaged by conventional weapons. The team must gather materials to create the only weapons that can, flamethrowers, and read an incantation from their scrolls in the correct order to make him vulnerable to the flamethrowers. Melee 26 August 2014
Penance Queen.png Penance Queen None Barbarian Assault The Penance Queen is the boss of the Barbarian Assault minigame; she is fought during the tenth and final wave. She uses rapid melee and Ranged attacks and can only be damaged with omega eggs fired from the egg launcher. Defeating her earns players 80 honour points in their chosen roles, and 5 points in the other roles. Melee

Ranged

4 January 2007
Avatar of Creation.pngAvatar of Destruction.png Avatar of Creation and Avatar of Destruction 65 Soul Wars In the Soul Wars minigame are two colossal avatars, the Avatar of Creation and Avatar of Destruction. Both are level 65. Each avatar is on one team's side, and the ultimate objective of Soul Wars is for each team to defeat its opposing team's avatar. Each avatar has a certain Slayer level required to fight it; the level can be lowered by team members using soul fragments on soul obelisk, or raised by players burying bones on their grave. Chances to raise avatar's level by burying bones is 50% Melee 10 February 2009
Barrows Brothers 1920x1200.jpg Barrows brothers 150 x 8 Barrows The seven Barrows brothers can be thought of as bosses, as each is quite powerful and they are fought separately during the Barrows minigame. The brothers are all level 150 except for Akrisae, who is level 115. Their combat styles are Ahrim the Blighted (magic), Dharok the Wretched (melee), Guthan the Infested (melee), Karil the Tainted (ranged), Torag the Corrupted (melee), Verac the Defiled (melee), Akrisae the Doomed (magic), and Linza the Disgraced (melee). The Ritual of the Mahjarrat is required in order to fight Akrisae. Kindred Spirits is required in order to fight Linza. Each is an undead spirit and wears a certain set of equipment that gives a certain set effect; this equipment, known as Barrows equipment, can be obtained from the activity. Magic

Melee Ranged

9 May 2005

Distraction and Diversion bosses[edit | edit source]

Those bosses have restrictions on when they can be fought, or how many times they can be fought at any given time.

Name Level D&D Description Restriction(s) Attack style Release date
Agoroth.png Agoroth None Agoroth Agoroth is a large Crassian, who emerges from the Empress after four of his tentacles have been defeated. His attacks include a water jet that knocks the player back to the back of the boat where the boss fight is situated, where upon his large tentacles hit the player for a large amount of damage and melee attack where he snaps the player with his claws. After his health depletes halfway, every other attack from the player will be blocked, and Agoroth will spray acid from above, dealing damage, and the only way to avoid this is to either run away from shaded spots, as acid will land there, or walk up the ladders in the rear of the ship. Run up the ladders at the rear of the ship to shield from any of his attacks (melee or ranged). Twice a week (members);
Once a week (free players)
Melee 22 April 2014
Cliff.png Cliff Scaled Troll Invasion Cliff is a mighty troll encountered during the final wave of the Troll Invasion Distraction and Diversion. He attacks with all three combat styles, hits very hard, and can teleport players around. He may be fought once a month for an experience reward, or unlimited times for fun. Once a month Magic

Melee Ranged

14 June 2011
Demon boss.png Demon boss 200 Demon Flash Mobs Demon bosses are encountered as part of the Demon Flash Mobs Distraction and Diversion. They serve as the main boss of the activity, although only one appears within each mob. It is protected by six imp heralds, four lesser demons and two black demons; the latter two it will devour to recover lost health. Its name and, to some degree, its appearance is random, but the prefix and suffix of its name will affect its abilities. It is killed for Demonic title scrolls and Demon slayer equipment. Appears in random locations Magic

Melee Ranged

28 January 2013
Bork.png Bork 107 Bork Bork is a level 107 ork who resides in the Chaos Tunnels, and is loyal to the Dagon'hai faction of Zamorakians. Bork is fought at the conclusion of the miniquest The Hunt for Surok, and can be killed once per day thereafter. He gives 5,000 Slayer experience the first time he is killed, and 1,500, 3,000, 4,000, or 8,000 experience every time he is defeated afterwards. In addition to his powerful melee attacks, Bork can summon several Ork legions to assist him, which use melee and Ranged. Additionally, Surok Magis (or an anonymous but functionally equivalent Dagon'hai Elite mage after the miniquest) will attack any players who challenge Bork with very powerful Magic attacks. Bork can be slain daily for his Slayer experience and his guaranteed drop of various charms and gems. Once per day Melee 4 March 2008
Nomad.png Nomad 1,001 Memory of Nomad A memory of Nomad can be fought in the Underworld after completing Nomad's Elegy. It is essentially a more powerful version of the Nomad boss fight from the quest. Rewards include different soul capes depending on how fast the Memory is defeated. Once per week Typeless Melee 26 September 2016
Skeletal Horror.png Skeletal horror 91, 86, 84, 81 Skeletal horror The skeletal horror is a level 91 amalgamation of bones gathered from various monsters across RuneScape at the behest of the Odd Old Man. It may be fought once per week, giving 10,000 Slayer experience and 7,000 Prayer experience the first time it is defeated, and up to 12,500 Slayer experience and 10,000 Prayer experience each time thereafter. The skeletal horror uses melee and Magic attacks, and as the battle progresses, its limbs fall off. Its two drops can be an clue scroll (elite) and a Crystal triskelion fragment. Once a week Magic

Melee

10 August 2009
Phoenix (monster).png Phoenix 84 Phoenix Lair The Phoenix is a level 84 avian of fire that may be fought, once per day, after completion of the In Pyre Need quest. She uses powerful Magic attacks in combat, and once defeated, she must be set aflame on the pyre in her lair; she will rise from the ashes as a hatchling, and will have fully regrown by the next day. The first time she is defeated, she gives 5,000 Slayer experience, 7,500 Firemaking experience, and 3,000 Fletching experience; for each kill thereafter the Slayer experience is reduced to 500, but the other experience rewards do not change. Additionally, she will reward players with 5 phoenix quills each time she is defeated. Once per day Magic 6 January 2009
Skeleton champion.png Champion's Challenge bosses Varies Champion's Challenge The Champion's Challenge Distraction and Diversion features killing champions of 12 different races, who have been summoned to the Champions' Guild using Champions' scrolls. They vary in size and combat level. Must have a Champions' scroll Varies 12 December 2005

Quest bosses[edit | edit source]

The Balance Elemental, guardian of the Stone of Jas

A large number of quests involve and/or conclude with a battle against a powerful monster, which often is or is related to the quest's main antagonist. Except where otherwise noted, these bosses cannot be fought once their respective quests have been completed. However, many of them could be fought after in the Dominion Tower, after some other requirements have been met.

A sub-boss is a powerful or semi-powerful monster fought as a prelude to the actual boss fight.

The Culinaromancer, the evil culinary sorcerer and main antagonist of Recipe for Disaster.
Nomad, the scourge of souls, and the final boss of Nomad's Requiem and Nomad's Elegy.
The Spirit Beast, terror of the Spirit Realm.

Quests with multiple bosses[edit | edit source]

Some quests have several boss monsters that must be defeated, usually one after the other.

Eruni, embodiment of the corruption of Apmeken.
Sliske the Serpent-tongued, the Majarrat puppetmaster and agent of the Elder Gods.

Dominion Tower[edit | edit source]

Main article: Dominion Tower

On 1 November 2011, Jagex released the Dominion Tower, a minigame that allows players to fight bosses from quests they have completed. Players can fight up to 60 unique boss monsters from previous quests, including Nomad, the Pest Queen, Zenevivia, the Balance Elemental, and many others.

Dungeoneering bosses[edit | edit source]

Main article: Dungeoneering/Bosses
The gluttonous behemoth, a boss found during Dungeoneering.

At the end of each floor of Daemonheim is a powerful boss monster that must be defeated in order to complete the dungeon. The levels and strengths of these bosses vary according to a combination of factors, including the dungeon's size and complexity rating, but they will otherwise always have the same qualities. Kal'Ger the Warmonger is the strongest in Daemonheim.

Enrage[edit | edit source]

On 28 July 2014, Jagex added a new mechanic to the game called Enrage, alongside the bosses Araxxor and Araxxi.

Enrage increases the damage dealt by the bosses, from both auto-attacks and special attacks.

Araxxor and Araxxi increase their enrage throughout the fight via various mechanics. After killing and looting Araxxi's corpse, the next fight with the pair will add an additional 20% enrage to the fight, stacking with every kill afterwards, capping at 300% (although additional enrage can still be obtained during the fight). Enrage also affects the drop rate of the araxyte pheromone and araxyte pet, although the latter is only affected by enrage gained during the fight. An araxyte pheromone can be broken to reset their enrage level back to 0%.

On 27 June 2016, another boss with enrage, Telos, the Warden, was released. Telos' enrage functions similarly to Araxxor and Araxxi's, but with additional functions. Although the auto-attack scaling is significantly weaker (as a 300% enrage Telos deals far less damage than Araxxi), the damage dealt from his special attacks scales significantly higher in response. Various mechanics are added and/or modified as his enrage increases (such as a final phase in encounters of 100% enrage and higher). The higher Telos' enrage is, the more likely a unique can be rolled, although streaks still play a higher role in the drop rate. Telos does not possess any mechanics that increase his enrage during the fight; this is only applied whenever the player continues their streak after each kill, with a 5-20% enrage stack accumulating to the current level of enrage.

While not technically enrage, Beastmaster Durzag, Yakamaru and Nex: Angel of Death also possess enrage-like mechanics in the form of stacks, although the latter also possesses a passive enrage mechanic throughout the fight. The Liberation of Mazcab bosses' enrage can cause increased damage; Durzag's stacks are applied on the target he is focused on, while Yakamaru's stacks are applied on anyone in front of it as it attacks; the former causes defensive resets, while the latter has a damage multiplier. These may be halved by using Freedom.

Nex's enrage stacks are only focused on the target she is on, although obtaining numerous stacks will cause defensive abilities to reset. Freedom does not reduce her stacks; instead, they are removed when she has not attempted to use melee on her target for a prolonged period of time.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 26 May 2020 (Update):
    • 'Join' and 'Rejoin last instance' options have been added to the right-click/long-press menus on boss instance entrances.
    • 'Custom encounter' and 'Enter encounter' options have also been added to various bosses.
    • Resolved an issue where players could rejoin a Nex: Angel of Death instance which had already ended and were forced to log out in order to leave.
  • patch 2 March 2020 (Update):.
    • Trample/Stomp abilities no longer appear in boss info entries for bosses that they have been removed from.
  • patch 3 June 2019 (Update):
    • Boss loot interfaces have been centralised to maintain consistency.
  • patch 4 June 2018 (Update):
    • The option to reset personal best hard mode times for bosses that don't have a hard mode has been removed.
  • hotfix 4 July 2017 (Update):
    • A bug that was causing 3,100% enrage broadcasts to appear repeatedly has been fixed.
  • patch 12 December 2016 (Update):
    • Boss rotations and D&D weekly and monthly resets are now auto-tweeted.
  • patch 27 July 2015 (Update):
    • Several boss mechanics have been updated to work correctly with all current abilities that stun.
  • patch 6 May 2014 (Update):
    • Creating an instance of a boss encounter - excluding the Kalphite King - now has a new option "Friends only" which will limit access to friends of the creator only.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • On 12 September 2016, several bosses gained the ability to attack players, even if their main target was under them. This was to stop players from "walking" high-level bosses and making the fight significantly easier.