Hellhound

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Hellhounds are mid to high level demons often given as a Slayer assignment to mid to high level players. The introduction of the Summoning skill brought about a rise in players killing them due to their gold charm drop rate. They have the third highest combat level of any monster outside of Daemonheim in F2P, surpassed by the deadly red spider and revenant knight. Hellhounds are also known for their very high drop rate of hard clue scrolls.

Hellhounds may also be purchased to guard a player's dungeon in the Construction skill (see here).

With the removal of Bounty Hunter, hellhounds were put in the Wilderness Volcano. They have been added to the Forinthry Dungeon with the re-release of the Old Wilderness system.

If hellhounds are assigned as a Slayer assignment, revenant hellhounds may be killed in their place. They have very high accuracy and hit constantly even through high level armour such as Barrows equipment. The hellhounds located in the God Wars Dungeon are weak to water spells; elsewhere they are weak to slash weapons.

Hellhounds can be an excellent way to train melee for F2P players, as players can exploit their weakness to slash with the Rune 2h sword and Gravite 2h sword, possibly getting more experience per hour than Deadly red spiders. Keep in mind: hellhounds are found only in the Wilderness in F2P worlds, so beware of the risk of PKers. The area is usually uncrowded. Hellhounds are a good source of AFK melee training, along with good charms per hour. It is recommended (for AFK) to bring Guthan's, as it heals you occasionally.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Hellhounds in their lair under Taverley.

If the player is killing hellhounds for a Slayer assignment then they can gain 20% additional Slayer experience by equipping a demonic skull while killing hellhounds in the Forinthry Dungeon, Wilderness Volcano or Deep Wilderness. They can gain another 20% extra experience per kill while killing hellhounds in these locations if they accept a special slayer contract from Erskine while assigned hellhounds 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[edit | edit source]

Main article: Hellhound/Strategies

Drops[edit | edit source]

100% drops[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Bones.pngBones1Always219

Charms (m)[edit | edit source]

No charmGold charm.pngGreen charm.pngCrimson charm.pngBlue charm.png
20%69%5%5%1%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 380,903 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
Add data to the log (requires JavaScript).

Main drops[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity[d - 1] GE price
Ferocious ring (5).pngFerocious ring(m)1Rare[1]Not sold
Tiny plated rune salvage.pngTiny plated rune salvage11/1287,707
Warpriest of Zamorak helm (75).pngWarpriest of Zamorak helm1Varies[2][3]Not sold
Warpriest of Zamorak cuirass (75).pngWarpriest of Zamorak cuirass1Varies[2][3]Not sold
Warpriest of Zamorak greaves (75).pngWarpriest of Zamorak greaves1Varies[2][3]Not sold
Warpriest of Zamorak gauntlets (75).pngWarpriest of Zamorak gauntlets1Varies[2][3]Not sold
Warpriest of Zamorak boots (75).pngWarpriest of Zamorak boots1Varies[2][3]Not sold
Warpriest of Zamorak cape (75).pngWarpriest of Zamorak cape1Varies[2][3]Not sold
  1. ^ Estimated based on 440,446 kills from the RuneMetrics drop logging project.
  1. ^ Only in Kuradal's Dungeon.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Only dropped in the God Wars Dungeon.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Players who previously bought this in the Battle of Lumbridge will have a greater chance of receiving this as a drop.

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity[d - 1] GE price
Sealed clue scroll (hard).pngSealed clue scroll (hard)(m)11/75Not sold
Spirit sapphire.pngSpirit sapphire15/2000Not sold
Spirit emerald.pngSpirit emerald13/2000Not sold
Spirit ruby.pngSpirit ruby12/2000Not sold
Starved ancient effigy.pngStarved ancient effigy(m)1Very rareNot sold
Frozen key piece (zamorak).pngFrozen key piece (zamorak)(m)1Random[1]Not sold
  1. ^ Estimated based on 16,776 kills from the RuneMetrics drop logging project.
  1. ^ Only inside Zamorak's Fortress

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 rare5,105

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Slayer Masters describe hellhounds as "a cross between dogs and demons". They are affected by the powers of silverlight and darklight. Along with the bloodveld, they are the only demons that drop bones rather than ashes.
    • They also don't count when assigned a "dog" slayer task.
    • Hellhounds could be dogs or wolves that were corrupted by magic or something they ate (similar to the origin of hellcats), rather than actual demons. This would explain why they drop bones.
  • On 16 June 2009, hellhounds were placed in the Wilderness Volcano, making it the first P2P monster to enter F2P. It also broke the record of strongest, non-revenant, free to play monster with a combat level of 92.
  • After the ring of wealth update on 16 March 2011, the charm drop rates of hellhounds and rock lobsters had "gone walkabouts"[1]. This caused hellhounds to drop gold charms less frequently. Rather, they seemed to drop blue charms much more often. This was, however, fixed on 28 March as noted in the patch notes of that date.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Sneakman. "Hellhounds Nerf?." 16 March 2011. Recent Updates Forums.
Facts about "Hellhound"
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All Combat level92 + and 95 +
All Is members onlyfalse + and true +
All NPC ID49 + and 6,210 +
All Release dateFebruary 27, 2002 + and August 28, 2007 +
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Is members only1false +
Is members only2true +
Location restrictionsurface +
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NPC ID26,210 +
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NPC attack style textmelee +
NPC life points3,300 + and 6,800 +
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Slayer experience93.8 + and 207.4 +
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Version count2 +
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