Strategies for Dagannoth (Lighthouse)

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This article is a strategy guide for Dagannoth (Lighthouse).
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

Dagannoth are deadly for the unprepared, and will cut your trip very short if you go in assuming you can kill them easily. Soul Split alone is not sufficient to offset their damage. The main damage you will take are from the ranged mobs, thus you should gear up with them in mind.

Players should be very careful when using a Dwarf multicannon, as a lot of Dagannoth will attack.

Note that Protect from Missiles or Deflect Missiles reduces all ranged damage to 1. Protect from Melee or Deflect Melee on the other hand, is not as effective against melee attacks. Therefore, praying ranged is recommended.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

Recommended equipment for melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadFull slayer helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Full slayer helmetFull slayer helmetHelm of the Dagannoth.png: RS3 Inventory image of Helm of the DagannothHelm of the DagannothBlack mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black maskBlack maskN/AN/A
NeckAmulet of fury.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of furyAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of gloryAmulet of gloryN/AN/AN/A
BackTokHaar-Kal-Ket.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-Kal-KetTokHaar-Kal-KetFire cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire capeFire capeSkill cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Skill capeSkill capeN/AN/A
BodyVerac's brassard.png: RS3 Inventory image of Verac's brassardVerac's brassardBandos chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos chestplateBandos chestplateN/AN/AN/A
LegsVerac's plateskirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Verac's plateskirtVerac's plateskirtBandos tassets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos tassetsBandos tassetsN/AN/AN/A
Main handChaotic longsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic longswordChaotic longswordChaotic claw.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic clawChaotic clawAbyssal vine whip.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal vine whipAbyssal vine whipAbyssal whip.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal whipAbyssal whipDragon scimitar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon scimitarDragon scimitar
Off-hand weaponBlessed spirit shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blessed spirit shieldBlessed spirit shieldSpirit shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spirit shieldSpirit shieldDragonfire shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragonfire shieldDragonfire shieldDragon kiteshield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon kiteshieldDragon kiteshieldDragon sq shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon sq shieldDragon sq shield
GlovesGoliath Gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Goliath GlovesGoliath GlovesCulinaromancer's gloves 10.png: RS3 Inventory image of Culinaromancer's gloves 10Culinaromancer's gloves 10Culinaromancer's gloves 9.png: RS3 Inventory image of Culinaromancer's gloves 9Culinaromancer's gloves 9N/AN/A
FeetSteadfast boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steadfast bootsSteadfast bootsBandos boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos bootsBandos bootsDragon boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon bootsDragon bootsRune armoured boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune armoured bootsRune armoured bootsN/A
RingOnyx ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx ring (i)Onyx ring (i)Sixth-Age circuit.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sixth-Age circuitSixth-Age circuitWarrior ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Warrior ring (i)Warrior ring (i)Berserker ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Berserker ring (i)Berserker ring (i)N/A
AuraReverence aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Reverence auraReverence auraN/AN/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Prayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).png
Prayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer renewal (4).pngPrayer renewal (4).png
Super attack (4).pngSuper attack (4).pngSuper strength (4).pngSuper strength (4).png
Super defence (4).pngSuper defence (4).pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngCannonball.png500
Cannon base.pngCannon stand.pngCannon barrels.pngCannon furnace.png
Unicorn stallion pouch.pngHealing Aura scroll.png100Teleport to house.png

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  1. Make sure your prayers are set to include either Protect from missiles or Deflect Missiles, use your best damage-increasing melee prayer on the side (ideally: Turmoil)
  2. It's pivotal to use shield-based abilities here: Anticipation and Resonance/Preparation (all basic) are great abilities to reduce damage taken, Revenge (threshold) allows you to deal more damage and Reflect (threshold) reflects damage to all attacking dagannoth. Finally, Rejuvenate (ultimate) should be used if you see your LP drop to half.
  3. Use basic melee abilities to deal more damage and increase your adrenaline. Don't forget to bind your Summoning button to your ability bar as well if you bring offensive-based scrolls (like Iron/Steel titan's)
  4. Bind your prayer potions to your ability bar and keep a close eye on your prayer points while down here.

Dagannoths can be a fairly effective method of melee training even when not assigned as a slayer task. It requires similar setup compared to that for completing slayer tasks, but players are instead limited to train for 10 minutes with low click intensity until dagannoths become tolerant. The players are recommended to take these equipment for training, but can use any better alternatives. Slayer equipment are not required for non-slayer training.

Recommended equipment for melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadVerac's helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Verac's helmVerac's helmDragon full helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon full helmDragon full helmBlack mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black maskBlack maskN/AN/A
NeckAmulet of fury.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of furyAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of gloryAmulet of gloryN/AN/AN/A
BackTokHaar-Kal-Ket.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-Kal-KetTokHaar-Kal-KetFire cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire capeFire capeSkill cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Skill capeSkill capeSoul Wars cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Soul Wars capeSoul Wars capeArdougne cloak 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 4
BodyVerac's brassard.png: RS3 Inventory image of Verac's brassardVerac's brassardBandos chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos chestplateBandos chestplateProselyte hauberk.png: RS3 Inventory image of Proselyte hauberkProselyte hauberkN/AN/A
LegsVerac's plateskirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Verac's plateskirtVerac's plateskirtBandos tassets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos tassetsBandos tassetsProselyte cuisse.png: RS3 Inventory image of Proselyte cuisseProselyte cuisseN/AN/A
Main handAttuned crystal halberd.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal halberdAttuned crystal halberdVerac's flail.png: RS3 Inventory image of Verac's flailVerac's flailCrystal halberd.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal halberdCrystal halberdDragon halberd.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon halberdDragon halberdN/A
GlovesGoliath gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Goliath glovesGoliath glovesCulinaromancer's gloves 10.png: RS3 Inventory image of Culinaromancer's gloves 10Culinaromancer's gloves 10Culinaromancer's gloves 9.png: RS3 Inventory image of Culinaromancer's gloves 9Culinaromancer's gloves 9N/AN/A
FeetSteadfast boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steadfast bootsSteadfast bootsBandos boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos bootsBandos bootsDragon boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon bootsDragon bootsRune armoured boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune armoured bootsRune armoured bootsN/A
RingOnyx ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx ring (i)Onyx ring (i)Warrior ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Warrior ring (i)Warrior ring (i)Berserker ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Berserker ring (i)Berserker ring (i)N/AN/A
AuraVampyrism aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vampyrism auraVampyrism auraN/AN/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Prayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngSuper strength (4).pngSuper strength (4).png
Super attack (4).pngSuper attack (4).pngSuper defence (4).pngSuper defence (4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Unicorn stallion pouch.pngHealing Aura scroll.png100Teleport to house.png
  • Unicorn stallion or Bunyip. N.B. Swallow whole scrolls are very tough to use in a timely way, don't bother.
  • Twisted bird skull necklace or better and Bonecrusher, 1 Super-Defence potion, extra 2-4 food.
    • Alternate: 1-2 Prayer potions, 1 Super-Defence potion, extra 2-4 food.
    • Alternate: Extra 7-10 food.
  • 1-2 Attack, strength and defence potion sets (the best you can use)
  • 4-5 pieces of food (just in case) - Monkfish or better recommended.
  • One-click teleport

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  1. Player must use Protect from Missiles or Deflect Missiles. Along with a high melee armour rating, this will reduce most of damage taken from dagannoths.
  2. Player must turn auto-retaliate ON and use revolution mode and EoC abilities, and should put Cleave, Quake and Hurricane and possibly Meteor Strike as the topmost abilities to be used. This will provide the highest amount of area-of-effect damage possible.
  3. The player is expected to run across the area a lot. However, since this is a low click intensity method, you can actually just click on the center of area once, and the player will start running towards every dagannoth that attacks them. This will gradually cause dagannoths to be lured toward the center and the player will soon effectively damage plenty of dagannoths in short time.
  4. A halberd deals damage in larger area than a 2h sword. It is recommended to use a slashing weapon even if halberd is not used.
  5. If players are not using weapon that restore life points, they must rely on their familiars' healing abilities, extra damage channelled via Vampyrism or extra food. Abilities that restore health including Sacrifice, Ice Asylum, Guthix's Blessing are recommended. Balanced Strike and Rejuvenate are not recommended, the former being very risky and the latter disallows usage of 2h weapon.
  6. Likewise, without a way to steadily restore prayer, player must use prayer potions to prevent it running out, which causes accurate ranged attacks to deal rapid damage to player, possibly causing death.

Recommended equipment for melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadFull slayer helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Full slayer helmetFull slayer helmetHelm of the Dagannoth.png: RS3 Inventory image of Helm of the DagannothHelm of the DagannothBlack mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black maskBlack maskN/AN/A
NeckAmulet of fury.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of furyAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of gloryAmulet of gloryN/AN/AN/A
BackTokHaar-Kal-Ket.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-Kal-KetTokHaar-Kal-KetFire cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire capeFire capeSkill cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Skill capeSkill capeSoul Wars cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Soul Wars capeSoul Wars capeArdougne cloak 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 4
BodyVerac's brassard.png: RS3 Inventory image of Verac's brassardVerac's brassardBandos chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos chestplateBandos chestplateProselyte hauberk.png: RS3 Inventory image of Proselyte hauberkProselyte hauberkN/AN/A
LegsVerac's plateskirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Verac's plateskirtVerac's plateskirtBandos tassets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos tassetsBandos tassetsProselyte cuisse.png: RS3 Inventory image of Proselyte cuisseProselyte cuisseN/AN/A
GlovesGoliath Gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Goliath GlovesGoliath GlovesCulinaromancer's gloves 10.png: RS3 Inventory image of Culinaromancer's gloves 10Culinaromancer's gloves 10Culinaromancer's gloves 9.png: RS3 Inventory image of Culinaromancer's gloves 9Culinaromancer's gloves 9N/AN/A
FeetSteadfast boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steadfast bootsSteadfast bootsBandos boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos bootsBandos bootsDragon boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon bootsDragon bootsRune armoured boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune armoured bootsRune armoured bootsN/A
RingOnyx ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx ring (i)Onyx ring (i)Warrior ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Warrior ring (i)Warrior ring (i)Berserker ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Berserker ring (i)Berserker ring (i)N/AN/A
AuraVampyrism aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vampyrism auraVampyrism auraN/AN/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Prayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).png
Prayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer renewal (4).pngPrayer renewal (4).png
Super attack (4).pngSuper attack (4).pngSuper strength (4).pngSuper strength (4).png
Super defence (4).pngSuper defence (4).pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Unicorn stallion pouch.pngHealing Aura scroll.png100Teleport to house.png
  • Unicorn stallion or Bunyip. N.B. Swallow whole scrolls are very tough to use in a timely way, don't bother.
  • 6 Prayer potions. Alternate: 1-2 Prayer potions, 1 Super-Defence potion, extra 2-4 food.
  • 2 Prayer renewals
  • 1-2 Attack, strength and defence potion sets (the best you can use)
  • 4-5 pieces of food (just in case) - Monkfish or better recommended.
  • One-click teleport

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  1. Make sure you're praying either Protect from missiles or Deflect Missiles (which means no Soul Split). Since the release of EoC, Rapid Heal has no effect when you are in combat, so don't use it.
  2. Turn OFF auto-retaliate, or you can't fight effectively. The flip side is that you'll need to target and re-target enemies after they die, costing you attacks. The alternative is a relative inability to fight coherently, as you chase attackers randomly.
  3. Use your 2h abilities. Cleave (basic) is handy if you target the middle of a line of ranging dagannoth, and Hurricane (threshold) and Quake (threshold) as much as possible when surrounded by dagannoths. Position yourself so this happens often.
  4. If using a Saradomin godsword, enough damage can often be generated using these abilities to keep players' prayer up, using the Alternate Prayer equipment strategy which boosts your Prayer bonus past 20. With that combination, it's possible to do an entire slayer task at med-high level with a net loss of under 200 prayer points total, and no prayer potions. Take at least 1, though, just in case.
  5. Players using a balmung must rely on their familiars' healing abilities, extra damage channelled via Vampyrism, and prayer via more prayer potions.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Using bonecrusher and a suitable dungeoneering necklace will maintain prayer points (even using Rapid renewal), freeing inventory slots for other purposes.
  • With good enough stats and armour a bunyip provides sufficient healing, without the vampyrism aura.
  • The Dagannoth do eventually become non-aggressive, making the area easy, until they become aggressive again.
  • With the charming imp equipped, as well as the bonecrusher, much time can be saved picking up drops. A number of the seed drops are valuable, and should not be missed.

Magic[edit | edit source]

The level 112 melee dagannoths are weak against air spells. As magic armour offers high melee resistance, players may use magic to kill level 112s while negating almost all damage from level 110s with Protect from Missiles or Deflect Missiles.

Because of this, this area is good for high-level magic. Barraging the Dagannoths is a useful strategy, specifically using a combination of Blood Barrage and Protect from Missiles or Deflect Missiles. As long as you keep the prayers active, a majority of the damage taken in from the melee attacks is healed with the effects of Blood Barrage.