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For the elite version, see Dark beast (elite).
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Dark beasts are large, dog-like monsters requiring level 90 Slayer to harm. They attack with both magic and melee, though they use magic far more frequently than melee. The Iorwerth Clan encountered dark beasts in the Mourner Tunnels during the Elven Civil War, and they often killed the slaves that the Iorwerth Clan were using to find the Temple of Light.

A Mask of Gloom (and its upgraded variant) can be used to have slayer masters give you the option of taking a dark beast task once a day, provided that you are wearing it. The dark beast assignment token also has similar mechanics, but only works on Morvran.

Dark beasts are well known for their slightly uncommon blue charm drop, the dark bow, and dark arrowheads. They are one of two creatures able to drop death talismans, the other being dragon implings. They are also good droppers of the rare drop table, and are one of the slayer monsters to drop the crystal triskelion pieces.

While dark beasts can only be accessed by members, their lower-level revenant counterparts are on both member and free to play worlds. If assigned as a Slayer task, revenant dark beasts may take their place, although this is not recommended due to their higher damage output, slow respawn, and the risk of player killers.

Using good ranged equipment, soul split, a bonecrusher and demon horn necklace, a player can stay as long as they want as their defence is quite low for their level.

Locations[edit | edit source]

If the player is killing dark beasts for a Slayer assignment then they can gain 20% additional Slayer experience by equipping a demonic skull. They can gain another 20% extra experience per kill if they accept a special slayer contract from Erskine while assigned dark beasts as a Slayer task. These experience bonuses stack, meaning the player may gain 40% extra Slayer experience. Completing a special slayer contract rewards the player with a choice of coins or combat experience.

Strategy and tactics[edit | edit source]

Main article: Dark beast/Strategies
Well last time I fought Dark beasts I used a crossbow with bolts and took them down effectively.

Dark beasts are large, dog-like predators with massively muscled bodies that protect them from crushing weapons. I've managed to trap a few in the dungeon I'm guarding.

— Kuradal
Well last time I fought Dark beasts I used a crossbow with bolts and took them down effectively.

Dark beasts are large, dog-like predators with massively muscled bodies that protect them from crushing weapons. We found some while mining the Mourner tunnels, in search of the Temple of Light.

— Morvran

Drops[edit | edit source]

100% drop[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Big bones.pngBig bones1Always201

Charms[edit | edit source]

No charmGold charm.pngGreen charm.pngCrimson charm.pngBlue charm.png
65%9%4%8%14%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 145,440 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drop[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity[d 1] GE price
Medium plated rune salvage.pngMedium plated rune salvage14/12822,923
Large plated rune salvage.pngLarge plated rune salvage14/12830,897
Dark bow.pngDark bow11/102471,188
Fellstalk seed 5.pngFellstalk seed36/1281,170
Grimy toadflax.pngGrimy toadflax(noted)10/1288,736
Grimy lantadyme.pngGrimy lantadyme(noted)8/1284,063
Grimy dwarf weed.pngGrimy dwarf weed(noted)8/1283,924
Belladonna seed 5.pngBelladonna seed121/1600903
Cactus seed 5.pngCactus seed114/160078
Toadflax seed 5.pngToadflax seed178/51201,517
Irit seed 5.pngIrit seed154/5120636
Avantoe seed 5.pngAvantoe seed136/5120298
Kwuarm seed 5.pngKwuarm seed124/512010,130
Snapdragon seed 5.pngSnapdragon seed118/5120215
Cadantine seed 5.pngCadantine seed112/51201,078
Lantadyme seed 5.pngLantadyme seed19/5120188
Dwarf weed seed 5.pngDwarf weed seed16/5120311
Torstol seed 5.pngTorstol seed13/5120538
Poison ivy seed 5.pngPoison ivy seed115/1600105
Coins 10000.pngCoins6,000–18,00020/1286,000–18,000
Death talisman.pngDeath talisman112/128781
Shark.pngShark212/1281,644
Dark arrowheads 5.pngDark arrowheads5–158/1281,255–3,765
Death rune.pngDeath rune1010/1281,200
Adamantite stone spirit.pngAdamantite stone spirit610/1282,370
Sirenic scale.pngSirenic scale11/768283,463
Rare drop table.pngRare drop table12/128Not sold
  1. ^ Estimated based on 3,837,109 kills from the RuneMetrics drop logging project.

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Ferocious ring (5).pngFerocious ring (5)1Rare[d 1]Not sold
Curved bone.pngCurved bone1RareNot sold
Long bone.pngLong bone1RareNot sold
Spirit sapphire.pngSpirit sapphire15/2000Not sold
Spirit emerald.pngSpirit emerald13/2000Not sold
Spirit ruby.pngSpirit ruby12/2000Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 11Very rare[d 2]Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 21Very rare[d 2]Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 31Very rare[d 2]Not sold
Court summons.pngCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigy.pngStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Only in Kuradal's dungeon
  2. ^ a b c Triskelion fragments are dropped in order.

Rare drop table[edit | edit source]

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 250.pngCoins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphire.pngUncut sapphire1Common455
Uncut emerald.pngUncut emerald1Common1,623
Uncut ruby.pngUncut ruby1Common1,253
Uncut diamond.pngUncut diamond1Common2,963
Uncut diamond.pngUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare133,335–162,965
Loop half of a key.pngLoop half of a key1Common13,514
Tooth half of a key.pngTooth half of a key1Common13,151
Uncut dragonstone.pngUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,364
Uncut dragonstone.pngUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare556,380–680,020
Dragon longsword.pngDragon longsword1Common57,415
Dragon spear.pngDragon spear1Rare36,099
Battlestaff.pngBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,108,440–1,354,760
Rune javelin.pngRune javelin5Rare910
Huge plated rune salvage.pngHuge plated rune salvage1Uncommon39,023
Huge plated rune salvage.pngHuge plated rune salvage15–25 (noted)Rare585,345–975,575
Shield left half.pngShield left half1Rare64,426
Dragon helm.pngDragon helm1Uncommon58,812
Rune arrowheads 5.pngRune arrowheads113–137Common16,498–20,002
Onyx bolts 5.pngOnyx bolts135–165Very rare1,060,695–1,296,405
Chaos talisman.pngChaos talisman1Rare1,013
Nature talisman.pngNature talisman1Rare990
Water talisman.pngWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare525,330–662,724
Earth talisman.pngEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare137,280–173,184
Fire talisman.pngFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare47,750–66,850
Raw lobster.pngRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,655–25,245
Raw shark.pngRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon217,575–265,925
Big bones.pngBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,668–16,482
Dragon bones.pngDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare323,820–395,780
Coal stone spirit.pngCoal stone spirit200–1,100Uncommon19,200–105,600
Gold stone spirit.pngGold stone spirit90–110Common24,030–29,370
Adamantite stone spirit.pngAdamantite stone spirit180–220Uncommon71,100–86,900
Adamantite stone spirit.pngAdamantite stone spirit14–16Common5,530–6,320
Adamantite stone spirit.pngAdamantite stone spirit135–165Rare53,325–65,175
Runite stone spirit.pngRunite stone spirit90–110Rare139,950–171,050
Runite stone spirit.pngRunite stone spirit3Common4,665
Runite stone spirit.pngRunite stone spirit45–55Rare69,975–85,525
Grimy torstol.pngGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon321,840–393,360
Grimy snapdragon.pngGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon85,860–104,940
Super restore (4).pngSuper restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon120,105–146,795
Prayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon103,680–126,720
Lantadyme seed 5.pngLantadyme seed14–16Uncommon2,632–3,008
Dwarf weed seed 5.pngDwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,354–4,976
Magic seed 5.pngMagic seed4Uncommon166,180
Palm tree seed 5.pngPalm tree seed10Rare474,570
Flax.pngFlax450–550 (noted)Common29,250–35,750
Molten glass.pngMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common7,200–8,800
Soft clay.pngSoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon197,550–241,450
Yew logs.pngYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon8,840–10,660
Yew logs.pngYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare87,750–107,250
Teak plank.pngTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon19,935–24,365
Mahogany plank.pngMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare251,910–307,890
Blurberry Special.pngBlurberry Special1Very rare[v 1]8,323
Cheese+tom batta.pngCheese+tom batta1Very rare[v 2]381
Vecna skull.pngVecna skull1Rare[v 3]189,188
Hazelmere's signet ring.pngHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare[v 4]2,138,409,151
Brawling gloves (Melee).pngBrawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic).pngBrawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged).pngBrawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility).pngBrawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking).pngBrawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM).pngBrawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing).pngBrawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter).pngBrawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining).pngBrawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer).pngBrawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing).pngBrawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving).pngBrawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC).pngBrawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Indicates a failed 1/10 roll for Hazelmere's signet ring.
  2. ^ Indicates a roll for Hazelmere's signet ring without tier 4 luck.
  3. ^ Requires tier 4 luck.
  4. ^ Requires tier 4 luck. Rarer than the vecna skull.

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key token.pngKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill token.pngMimic kill token1Very rare4,942

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Dark beasts were involved in the God Wars, as evidenced by the revenant dark beasts located in the Forinthry Dungeon.
  • Dark beasts used to drop normal bones, despite being a large monster. This was changed on 11 April 2012 to big bones. This also gave them a chance to drop long bones and curved bones.
  • On 13 October 2014, dark beasts were one of many monsters to receive a reworked drop table.
  • Before 5 June 2017, Protect/Deflect magic reduced their damage by 95%; this was changed to 50%. Their max hit was also increased to 1,080, though this was unintentional. This was reverted on 12 June 2017.
  • Dark beasts resemble an ancient rhinoceros species named Elasmotherium. Both have large, stocky bodies, and very large horns on the face.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this monster was 1,239,731 kills[1].
    • This had increased to 1,415,899 by 6 May 2018.[2] At this time, these were the most killed monsters of those tracked.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. 2 Feb 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Slayer creature in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"*
  2. ^ Mod Shauny. Top Slayer Killers - 6th May 2018. 6 May 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Slayer creature in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"*
Facts about "Dark beast"
All Combat experience846.4 +
All Combat level105 +
All Is members onlytrue +
All Release dateOctober 17, 2005 +
Assigned byFile:Duradel chathead.png +, File:Kuradal chathead.png + and File:Morvran chathead.png +
Combat experience846.4 +
Combat level105 +
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Drops itemBig bones +, Medium plated rune salvage +, Large plated rune salvage +, Dark bow +, Fellstalk seed +, Grimy toadflax +, Grimy lantadyme +, Grimy dwarf weed +, Belladonna seed +, Cactus seed +, Toadflax seed +, Irit seed +, Avantoe seed +, Kwuarm seed +, Snapdragon seed +, Cadantine seed +, Lantadyme seed +, Dwarf weed seed +, Torstol seed +, Poison ivy seed +, Coins +, Death talisman +, Shark +, Dark arrowheads +, Death rune +, Adamantite stone spirit +, Sirenic scale +, Rare drop table +, Ferocious ring (5) +, Curved bone +, Long bone +, Spirit sapphire +, Spirit emerald +, Spirit ruby +, Crystal triskelion fragment 1 +, Crystal triskelion fragment 2 +, Crystal triskelion fragment 3 +, Court summons +, Starved ancient effigy +, Vecna skull +, Key token + and Mimic kill token +
Drops item from RDTCoins +, Uncut sapphire +, Uncut emerald +, Uncut ruby +, Uncut diamond +, Loop half of a key +, Tooth half of a key +, Uncut dragonstone +, Dragon longsword +, Dragon spear +, Battlestaff +, Rune javelin +, Huge plated rune salvage +, Shield left half +, Dragon helm +, Rune arrowheads +, Onyx bolts +, Chaos talisman +, Nature talisman +, Water talisman +, Earth talisman +, Fire talisman +, Raw lobster +, Raw shark +, Big bones +, Dragon bones +, Coal stone spirit +, Gold stone spirit +, Adamantite stone spirit +, Runite stone spirit +, Grimy torstol +, Grimy snapdragon +, Super restore (4) +, Prayer potion (4) +, Lantadyme seed +, Dwarf weed seed +, Magic seed +, Palm tree seed +, Flax +, Molten glass +, Soft clay +, Yew logs +, Teak plank +, Mahogany plank +, Blurberry Special +, Cheese+tom batta +, Hazelmere's signet ring +, Brawling gloves (Melee) +, Brawling gloves (Magic) +, Brawling gloves (Ranged) +, Brawling gloves (Agility) +, Brawling gloves (Cooking) +, Brawling gloves (FM) +, Brawling gloves (Fishing) +, Brawling gloves (Hunter) +, Brawling gloves (Mining) +, Brawling gloves (Prayer) +, Brawling gloves (Smithing) +, Brawling gloves (Thieving) +, Brawling gloves (WC) +, Crystal triskelion fragment 1 +, Crystal triskelion fragment 2 + and Crystal triskelion fragment 3 +
Drops item variantFerocious ring (5) +
Drops item variant from RDTSuper restore (4) +, Prayer potion (4) +, Brawling gloves (Melee) +, Brawling gloves (Magic) +, Brawling gloves (Ranged) +, Brawling gloves (Agility) +, Brawling gloves (Cooking) +, Brawling gloves (FM) +, Brawling gloves (Fishing) +, Brawling gloves (Hunter) +, Brawling gloves (Mining) +, Brawling gloves (Prayer) +, Brawling gloves (Smithing) +, Brawling gloves (Thieving) + and Brawling gloves (WC) +
Is members onlytrue +
Location restrictionsurface +
Monster JSON{"ranged":1,"defence"
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c":55,"experience":846.4} +
NPC attack styleFile:Magic-icon.png + and File:Attack-icon.png +
NPC attack style textmagic + and melee +
NPC life points8,500 +
Release dateOctober 17, 2005 +
Slayer categoryDark beasts +
Slayer experience331.4 +
Slayer level90 +
WeaknessFile:Bolt weakness icon.png +
Weakness by classranged +
Weakness textbolts +