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Dark beasts are large, bull-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 the only creatures that drop death talismans. 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 combat stats, a single spawn with a slow spawn rate, 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.

Completing 8 dark beast tasks assigned by Morvran will unlock the [Name], of the Iorwerth title.

Locations[edit | edit source]

If the player is killing dark beasts for a Slayer assignment in the Forinthry Dungeon 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]

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.
— Morvran

Drops[edit | edit source]

Drop rates estimated based on 3,837,109 kills from the Drop Log Project, unless otherwise cited.

The average Dark beast kill is worth 7,848 coins.

100% drop[edit | edit source]

Charms[edit | edit source]

Nothing
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65%9%4%8%14%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 147,293 kills.
1 item is dropped at a time.
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Main drop[edit | edit source]

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

  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 are not required to access the table, but they will increase the chance of accessing the rare drop table and may also improve the loot received from it.
Rare drop table.png Rare drop table:
Rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Coins_250.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Coins with rarity Common in quantity 250-500Coins250–500Common250-500High Level Alchemy icon.png250-500
Coins_25.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Coins with rarity Common in quantity 50Coins50Common[d 1]50High Level Alchemy icon.png50
Uncut sapphire.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Uncut sapphire with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut sapphire1Common48815
Uncut emerald.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Uncut emerald with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut emerald1Common26130
Uncut ruby.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Uncut ruby with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut ruby1Common30260
Uncut diamond.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Uncut diamond with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut diamond1Common684120
Uncut diamond.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Uncut diamond with rarity Rare in quantity 45-55 (noted)Uncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare30,780-37,6205,400-6,600
Uncut dragonstone.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Uncut dragonstone (m)1Uncommon4,872600
Uncut dragonstone.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity Rare in quantity 45-55 (noted)Uncut dragonstone (m)45–55 (noted)Rare219,240-267,96027,000-33,000
Loop half of a key.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Loop half of a key with rarity Common in quantity 1Loop half of a key (m)1Common10,5221
Tooth half of a key.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Tooth half of a key with rarity Common in quantity 1Tooth half of a key (m)1Common10,5991
Crystal triskelion fragment 1.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Crystal triskelion fragment 1 with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 1 (m)1Very rare[d 2]Not soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 2.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Crystal triskelion fragment 2 with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 2 (m)1Very rare[d 2]Not soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 3.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Crystal triskelion fragment 3 with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 3 (m)1Very rare[d 2]Not soldNot alchemisable
Dragon longsword.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Dragon longsword with rarity Common in quantity 1Dragon longsword (m)1Common57,01660,000
Off-hand dragon longsword.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Off-hand dragon longsword with rarity Common in quantity 1Off-hand dragon longsword (m)1Common56,87060,000
Dragon spear.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Dragon spear with rarity Rare in quantity 1Dragon spear (m)1Rare35,44237,440
Battlestaff.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Battlestaff with rarity Rare in quantity 180-220 (noted)Battlestaff (m)180–220 (noted)Rare609,660-745,140756,000-924,000
Rune javelin.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Rune javelin with rarity Rare in quantity 5Rune javelin5Rare9351,870
Huge plated rune salvage.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Huge plated rune salvage with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Huge plated rune salvage1Uncommon38,17040,000
Huge plated rune salvage.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Huge plated rune salvage with rarity Rare in quantity 18-22 (noted)Huge plated rune salvage18–22 (noted)Rare687,060-839,740720,000-880,000
Shield left half.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Shield left half with rarity Rare in quantity 1Shield left half (m)1Rare67,99866,000
Dragon helm.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Dragon helm with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Dragon helm (m)1Uncommon58,04260,000
Rune arrowheads.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Rune arrowheads with rarity Common in quantity 113-137Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,193-22,057678-822
Onyx bolts.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Onyx bolts with rarity Very rare in quantity 135-165Onyx bolts (m)135–165Very rare908,415-1,110,2851,104,165-1,349,535
Water talisman.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Water talisman with rarity Rare in quantity 68-82 (noted)Water talisman68–82 (noted)Rare27,268-32,882136-164
Earth talisman.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Earth talisman with rarity Rare in quantity 68-82 (noted)Earth talisman68–82 (noted)Rare11,424-13,776136-164
Raw lobster.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Raw lobster with rarity Common in quantity 135-165 (noted)Raw lobster135–165 (noted)Common46,575-56,92522,950-28,050
Raw shark.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Raw shark with rarity Uncommon in quantity 225-275 (noted)Raw shark (m)225–275 (noted)Uncommon147,150-179,85040,500-49,500
Big bones.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Big bones with rarity Uncommon in quantity 68-82 (noted)Big bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon17,000-20,50068-82
Dragon bones.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Dragon bones with rarity Rare in quantity 180-220 (noted)Dragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare376,380-460,020180-220
Drakolith stone spirit.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Drakolith stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 25-35Drakolith stone spirit25–35Uncommon3,900-5,460Not alchemisable
Necrite stone spirit.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Necrite stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 2Necrite stone spirit2Common484Not alchemisable
Phasmatite stone spirit.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Phasmatite stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 25-30Phasmatite stone spirit25–30Uncommon6,250-7,500Not alchemisable
Phasmatite stone spirit.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Phasmatite stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 2Phasmatite stone spirit2Common500Not alchemisable
Necrite stone spirit.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Necrite stone spirit with rarity Rare in quantity 25-30Necrite stone spirit25–30Rare6,050-7,260Not alchemisable
Runite stone spirit.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Runite stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 3Runite stone spirit3Common4,470Not alchemisable
Orichalcite stone spirit.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Orichalcite stone spirit with rarity Rare in quantity 25-35Orichalcite stone spirit25–35Rare3,950-5,530Not alchemisable
Lantadyme seed.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Lantadyme seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 14-16Lantadyme seed (m)14–16Uncommon4,606-5,264532-608
Dwarf weed seed.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Dwarf weed seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 14-16Dwarf weed seed (m)14–16Uncommon17,192-19,648532-608
Magic seed.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Magic seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 4Magic seed (m)4Uncommon163,1801,012
Palm tree seed.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Palm tree seed with rarity Rare in quantity 10Palm tree seed (m)10Rare33,6101,520
Grimy torstol.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Grimy torstol with rarity Uncommon in quantity 90-110 (noted)Grimy torstol (m)90–110 (noted)Uncommon902,340-1,102,86090-110
Grimy snapdragon.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Grimy snapdragon with rarity Uncommon in quantity 90-110 (noted)Grimy snapdragon (m)90–110 (noted)Uncommon87,840-107,36090-110
Super restore (4).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Super restore (4) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 45-55 (noted)Super restore (4) (m)45–55 (noted)Uncommon133,785-163,5158,100-9,900
Prayer potion (4).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Prayer potion (4) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 45-55 (noted)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon421,470-515,1305,130-6,270
Flax.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Flax with rarity Common in quantity 450-550 (noted)Flax450–550 (noted)Common43,650-53,3501,350-1,650
Molten glass.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Molten glass with rarity Common in quantity 45-55 (noted)Molten glass (m)45–55 (noted)Common29,520-36,08045-55
Soft clay.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Soft clay with rarity Uncommon in quantity 450-550 (noted)Soft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon356,400-435,600450-550
Yew logs.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Yew logs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 68-82 (noted)Yew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon19,244-23,2066,528-7,872
Yew logs.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Yew logs with rarity Rare in quantity 675-825 (noted)Yew logs675–825 (noted)Rare191,025-233,47564,800-79,200
Teak plank.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Teak plank with rarity Uncommon in quantity 45-55 (noted)Teak plank (m)45–55 (noted)Uncommon17,865-21,83513,500-16,500
Mahogany plank.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Mahogany plank with rarity Rare in quantity 270-330 (noted)Mahogany plank (m)270–330 (noted)Rare392,310-479,490243,000-297,000
Brawling gloves (Melee).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Melee) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Melee) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Magic).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Magic) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Magic) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Ranged).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Ranged) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Ranged) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Agility).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Agility) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Agility) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Cooking).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Cooking) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Cooking) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (FM).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (FM) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (FM) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Fishing).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Fishing) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Fishing) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Hunter).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Hunter) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Hunter) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Mining).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Mining) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Mining) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Prayer).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Prayer) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Prayer) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Smithing).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Smithing) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Smithing) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Thieving).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Thieving) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Thieving) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (WC).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (WC) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (WC) (m)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Vecna skull.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Vecna skull with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Vecna skull (m)1Very rare[d 3][d 4]305,6996,000
Cheese+tom batta.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Cheese+tom batta with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Cheese+tom batta (m)1Very rare[d 5]5581
Blurberry Special.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Blurberry Special with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Blurberry Special (m)1Very rare[d 6]18,95318
Hazelmere's signet ring.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Hazelmere's signet ring with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Hazelmere's signet ring (m)1Very rare[d 7]2,147,483,465300,000
  1. ^ Replaces members' only drops in free-to-play.
  2. ^ a b c Triskelion fragments are dropped in order.
  3. ^ a b Jagex. Mod Timbo's Twitter account. 19 January 2018. (Archived from the original on 22 January 2019.) Mod Timbo: "1/1280 if you hit the RDT, requires T4 luck to be worn in order to get a hold of it. Of course there are tons of different ways to access the RDT so it changes massively depending on what you're fighting, what you're wearing etc."
  4. ^ Vecna skull requires tier 4 luck. Chance is 1/1280 per roll of the rare drop table with the tier 4 luck requirement.[d 3]
  5. ^ Cheese+tom batta indicates a roll for Hazelmere's signet ring without tier 4 luck.
  6. ^ Blurberry Special indicates a failed 1/10 roll for Hazelmere's signet ring with tier 4 luck.
  7. ^ Hazelmere's signet ring requires tier 4 luck. Rarer than the vecna skull.

Wilderness shared loot table[edit | edit source]

This monster has access to the Wilderness shared loot table, which is a tertiary drop. To access the table, it has to be killed inside the Wilderness.
Luck-enhancing items are not required to access the table, but do increase the chance of doing so, as does doing higher-level content.
Skull.png Wilderness shared loot table:
Rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Wilderness hilt.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Wilderness hilt with rarity Rare in quantity 1Wilderness hilt1Rare66,68648,000
Adrenaline crystal.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Adrenaline crystal with rarity Uncommon in quantity 5-15 (noted)Adrenaline crystal5–15 (noted)Uncommon36,500-109,50012,000-36,000
Preserved meat.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Preserved meat with rarity Common in quantity 1Preserved meat1CommonNot soldNot alchemisable
Fremennik equipment patch.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Fremennik equipment patch with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Fremennik equipment patch1Uncommon35,624Not alchemisable
Ancient warriors' equipment patch.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Ancient warriors' equipment patch with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Ancient warriors' equipment patch1Very rare9,552,233Not alchemisable
Revenant drop enhancer.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Revenant drop enhancer with rarity Rare in quantity 1Revenant drop enhancer1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Bloodweed seed.png: RS3 Dark beast drops Bloodweed seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1-3Bloodweed seed1–3Uncommon91,018-273,05438-114
Brawling gloves (Agility).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Agility) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Cooking).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Cooking) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Fishing).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Fishing) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (FM).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (FM) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Hunter).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Hunter) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Magic).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Magic) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Melee).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Melee) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Mining).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Mining) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Prayer).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Prayer) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Ranged).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Ranged) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Smithing).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Smithing) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (Thieving).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (Thieving) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000
Brawling gloves (WC).png: RS3 Dark beast drops Brawling gloves (WC) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rare30,000High Level Alchemy icon.png30,000

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

  • La Petite Mort (RuneScore.png 0) – Obtained a collection of unique drops from Slayer monsters located within Kandarin.

Graphical updates[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 4 May 2020 (Update):
    • Adamantite stone spirits have been replaced by necrite stone spirits.
  • patch 5 August 2019 (Update):
    • Dark beasts are now bored of imitating Ganodermic Beasts and once again sound as expected.
  • patch 12 June 2017 (Update):
    • Dark Beasts max hit has been changed back to 600 from 1080.
  • patch 5 June 2017 (Update):
    • Protection Prayers at Dark Beasts now reduce damage by 50% instead of 95%.
      • Before this update, Protect/Deflect magic reduced their damage by 95%.
      • Their max hit was also increased to 1,080, though this was unintentional. This was reverted on 12 June 2017.
  • ninja 25 April 2016 (Update):
    • Improved respawn rates for Dark Beasts.
  • ninja 9 June 2014 (Update):
    • The drop rate of sirenic scales from airut and dark beasts has been reduced.
  • patch 4 March 2013 (Update):
    • Dark beasts’ magic attacks now display hit splats at the correct point in the animation.
  • patch 11 April 2012 (Update):
    • Dark beasts now drop big bones.

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, which also gave them a chance to drop long bones and curved bones.
  • There was a bug affecting dark beasts, causing them to sound like ganodermic beasts. This was patched on 5 August 2019. The change reverted the audio to a much older file.
  • On 13 October 2014, dark beasts were one of many monsters to receive a reworked drop table.
  • 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 Slayer Creature. Reddit. 2 February 2018. (Archived from the original on 28 February 2020.) Mod Shauny: "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. Reddit. 6 May 2018. (Archived from the original on 28 February 2020.) Mod Shauny: "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!"