Elite monster

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An elite monster spawned

Elite monsters are more powerful versions of normal monsters that have a chance to spawn upon the death of one of its lower-levelled variants.

Many elite monsters tend to have triple the maximum hit of their normal counterparts. In addition, some have a special effect or attack that they can use in combat. Most elite monster kills reward players with 220% extra Slayer experience, if on task, compared to what would be earned from the normal monster. Most elite monsters also give three rolls on the monster's drop table.

The chances of elite monsters spawning can also be improved by up to roughly 4% by using fellstalk incense sticks. Once an elite monster has spawned, it is only attackable by the spawning player (and the spawning player's co-op slayer partner) for three minutes (unless they move a significant distance away). Afterwards, the elite ring circling the monster will change colour slightly and anyone may attack it. If ignored, elite monsters despawn on their own after some time.

Types of Elites[edit | edit source]

Normal Elites[edit | edit source]

If on a Slayer assignment, one elite monster is guaranteed to spawn (unless the task was received before the update on 27 July 2015). Otherwise, elite monsters generally follow a spawn rate of 1/1000[1] whilst off-task, doubling to 1/500 whilst on-task.

Monster Elite variant
Abyssal demon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal demon Abyssal demon Abyssal demon (elite)
Ankou.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ankou Ankou Ankou (elite)
Aquanite.png: RS3 Inventory image of Aquanite Aquanite Aquanite (elite)
Cave horror.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cave horror Cave horror Cave horror (elite)
Cow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cow Cow Super Cow
Dark beast.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dark beast Dark beast Dark beast (elite)
Dust devil.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dust devil Dust devil Dust devil (elite)
Earth warrior.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earth warrior Earth warrior Earth warrior (elite)
Greater demon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Greater demon Greater demon Greater demon (elite)
Harpie Bug Swarm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Harpie Bug Swarm Harpie Bug Swarm Harpie Bug Swarm (elite)
Hobgoblin.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hobgoblin Hobgoblin Hobgoblin (elite)
Infernal Mage.png: RS3 Inventory image of Infernal Mage Infernal Mage Infernal Mage (elite)
Nechryael.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nechryael Nechryael Nechryael (elite)
Ripper Demon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ripper Demon Ripper Demon Slasher Demon
Unspeakable horror.png: RS3 Inventory image of Unspeakable horror Unspeakable horror Unspeakable horror (elite)
Waterfiend.png: RS3 Inventory image of Waterfiend Waterfiend Waterfiend (elite)
Wyvern.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wyvern Wyvern Wyvern (elite)

Special Elites[edit | edit source]

Other elite monsters, listed below and referred to as "special elites", are different than the normal lineup of elite monsters. They follow a different spawn rate than others:

  • Elite soulgazers, rune dragons, and edimmu have a 1/50 spawn rate; being on or off-task is irrelevant.
    • The spawn rate of elite soulgazers can be increased to 1/10 if the player is under the effect of seeker's charm.
    • The spawn rate of elite edimmu can be increased with tier 2 or higher luck.
    • The spawn rate of elite rune dragons cannot be affected by any modifiers.
      • There is a 1/512 chance for an elite rune dragon to spawn as "Barry the Destroyer", which guarantees a Kethsi outfit scroll upon killing it.
  • Cyclossus only spawns if the player is wielding of a rune defender or better.
  • WildyWyrms randomly spawn after killing a lava strykewyrm, which is also accompanied with a server-wide announcement.

Some of these special elites also possess a drop that their normal variants do not possess:

Only the elite soulgazers follow the same triple drop roll as with the normal elites listed above; the other four special elites only have one roll on the main drop table, albeit improved.

Monster Elite variant
Edimmu.png: RS3 Inventory image of Edimmu Edimmu Edimmu (elite)
Soulgazer.png: RS3 Inventory image of Soulgazer Soulgazer Soulgazer (elite)
Veil-ripper Ozharakha
Rune dragon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune dragon Rune dragon Elite rune dragon
Barry the Destroyer
Cyclops.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cyclops Cyclops Cyclossus
Lava strykewyrm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lava strykewyrm Lava strykewyrm WildyWyrm

Names[edit | edit source]

The elite versions of monsters have varying names, with a randomly generated prefix and suffix. Super Cow and elite soulgazers are the among a few exceptions; they do not have a prefix or suffix.

Prefix Elite monster Suffix
Cruel of Death
Dangerous of Doom
Infamous of Fear
Monstrous of Pain
Notorious of Peril
Powerful of Suffering
Renowned

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 14 September 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where Slayer Introspection could prevent the guaranteed Elite Slayer monster spawn if players reduced the size of the task.
  • patch 18 July 2016 (Update):
    • Elite slayer monsters have become more intelligent, and so no longer get stuck on walls, unable to reach the player.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Shogun's Twitter account. 7 Aug 2018. (Archived from the original on 23 October 2020.)