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), after which the colour of the elite ring circling it will change colour slightly and anyone may attack it.

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 obtained 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.

Normal Elite
Abyssal demon Abyssal demon (elite)
Ankou Ankou (elite)
Aquanite Aquanite (elite)
Cave horror Cave horror (elite)
Cow Super Cow
Dark beast Dark beast (elite)
Dust devil Dust devil (elite)
Earth warrior Earth warrior (elite)
Greater demon Greater demon (elite)
Harpie Bug Swarm Harpie Bug Swarm (elite)
Hobgoblin Hobgoblin (elite)
Infernal Mage Infernal Mage (elite)
Nechryael Nechryael (elite)
Ripper Demon Slasher Demon
Soulgazer Soulgazer (elite)
Unspeakable horror Unspeakable horror (elite)
Waterfiend Waterfiend (elite)
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 temporarily 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 spawn if the player is in possession of a rune defender or better.
  • WildyWyrms randomly spawn after killing a lava strykewyrm, which is also accompanied with a world server-wide announcement.

With the exception of the elite soulgazers/rune dragons (and Barry), Veil-ripper Ozharakha and WildyWyrm, 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.

Normal Elite
Edimmu Edimmu (elite)
Soulgazer (elite) Veil-ripper Ozharakha
Rune dragon Elite rune dragon (Barry)
Cyclops Cyclossus
Lava strykewyrm WildyWyrm

Names[edit | edit source]

The elite versions 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

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • 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.)