Deathtouched dart

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The deathtouched dart is an item that will kill almost any monster in the game with one hit. One can be purchased on scheduled days from the Travelling Merchant's Shop for 5,000,000 coins. One may sometimes be obtained from the Challenge System as a weekly progression reward. When a dart is used, it does not give combat experience; however, Slayer experience will still be gained if used to kill an appropriate Slayer target.

If a dart is used to kill a boss, the kill will not count in the Beasts tab (and thus not count for a Soul Reaper assignment), nor can it be used for a fast time on the boss. There is a 15 minute penalty in which any bosses killed during this time will not have their kills and fastest kill speed recorded. Players are informed in the message box when the penalty is applied and lifted. Bosses that are killed using deathtouched darts do not award Marks of War.

In a group scenario, the kill will count in the Beasts tab for the player(s) who did not use the dart, thus allowing for the corresponding boss portal to be unlocked in War's Retreat, as well as progression during a Soul Reaper assignment.

Combat stats[edit | edit source]

Hitsplat whenever a deathtouched dart is used.

Limits[edit | edit source]

Works on[edit | edit source]

A player using a deathtouched dart.

Does not work on[edit | edit source]

Note: a typical game message when attempting to use the dart at these bosses is this: You cannot kill that with a dart, so it would be a waste to throw it. No darts are used. It is not known if darts will ever be usable at these bosses.

Tips for effective use[edit | edit source]

  • Cannot be used to unlock the boss portal in War's Retreat for yourself. But you can unlock it for people in your party in this way.
  • If used with Soul Split, the player receives the full healing effects, completely healing them, depending on what they killed. This doesn't work with all the monsters.
  • If using just for obtaining potential profit, it is recommended to use the darts on either Nex, Kalphite King, or the Ambassador. They can also be used to save a streak at Telos.
  • Players must be careful when using the dart on Vanstrom if the bloodveld leechers are around to heal him.
  • When used on Nex, make sure to use Anticipation or Freedom before she becomes attackable - she can possibly drag the player in with her magic attacks during the smoke phase, which nullifies all incoming damage from that player temporarily, including the dart itself.
  • Darts can also be useful for Hardcore Ironmen when attempting to kill bosses that prevent teleportation, such as Telos.
  • It is worth having one on hand when killing soulgazers in the event that Veil-ripper Ozharakha spawns. Although the odds of this happening are quite rare (1/1,500 chance per elite soulgazer), it is guaranteed to drop the highly valued hexhunter bow when killed. However, Veil-ripper Ozharakha is much stronger than other soulgazer variants, thus being able to ensure a swift kill can be helpful for players who lack the supplies to kill it.
    • This is especially important if it spawns in the Sunken Pyramid, since it will disappear if the player dies or leaves with no other players in the dungeon.

Sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here.

Deathtouched darts could previously be obtained during:

Store locations[edit | edit source]

Travelling Merchant's Shop[edit | edit source]

This table shows the next 5 dates(wrong?) on which deathtouched dart is available in the Travelling Merchant's Shop, where it can be purchased for 5,000,000 coins.

Transcript[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 7 March 2022 (Update):
    • Deathtouched darts should no longer miss their target while wearing accuracy-affecting gear.
  • hotfix 16 December 2021:
    • Fixed an bug with darts working on enemies that it shouldn't be working on and following a specific attack rotation that would instakill enemies but not consume darts.
  • patch 20 August 2018 (Update):
    • Players can no longer use Deathtouched darts on the Mega Duck.
  • patch 18 June 2018 (Update):
    • Deathtouched darts can now be stored in a keepsake box.
  • patch 21 November 2016 (Update):
    • Using a deathtouched dart on the previously most-enraged Telos fight no longer prevents players from receiving the Warden title on subsequent attempts.
  • patch 22 November 2012 (Update):
    • Deathtouched Darts now work as intended. Players can also no longer fire one at an NPC that has been "tagged" by another player.
  • patch 24 October 2012 (Update):
    • Deathtouched Darts now work on the Balance Elemental.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Artwork for the deathtouched dart from the Sizzling Summer update
  • Deathtouched darts cannot be alchemised, disassembled, or fed to a baby troll.
  • The instakill hitsplat can also appear on the player when certain special attacks are used by Vorago, Yakamaru, Telos, Nex: Angel of Death, and Solak.
  • The sheathed and unsheathed stance for the dart is nearly the same. This also applies to certain items, such as the hand cannon.
  • Deathtouched darts at one point did not kill Nex instantly. This bug lead to a lot of people dying and causing a grave glitch where you had to cast Telekinetic Grab to pick up your items from your grave.
  • The dart previously worked against Vorago, killing one phase per dart. In the final phase, it would only work if thrown by the player with the maul of omens, but doing so in hard mode would not unlock "the Defeater" title.
  • The drops obtained from kills with a dart do count for boss collection logs, so it is theoretically possible to get a boss title with 0 kill count on the boss.
  • Bosses killed by Deathtouched dart will not count for the Reaper Crew achievement.
  • Deathtouched darts could not be used against a Training dummy at the Combat Academy (attempting to do so prevented you from using it and displayed the error message: "You cannot use the Deathtouched dart on a training dummy.")

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Poerkie's Twitter account. 2 August 2018. (Archived from the original on 2 August 2018.) Mod Poerkie: "#RSHotfix It's no longer possible to throw Deathtouched darts at Clawdia!"