Strategies for Hellhound

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This article is a strategy guide for Hellhound.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

Hellhounds have a low defence for their levels, but make up for this with a high strength level. The level 92 and 95 hellhounds have maximum hits of 224 and 272, respectively. All hellhounds are weak to slash attacks, except for the hellhounds in the God Wars Dungeon, which are weak to water spells.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Location Recommended Suggested skills/items F2P/P2P Notes
Taverley Dungeon Yes check.svg At least 70 Agility Agility; having a level of 80 would further reduce travel time. P2P icon.png A very popular location for killing hellhounds with both melee and ranged, since several safespots are available. If the hellhounds become unaggressive, simply enter and then exit the resource dungeon to make them aggressive again. If you don't have 55 dungeoneering, go up the ladder west of hellhounds, and come back down.
Taverley hellhound resource dungeon Yes check.svg Dwarf multicannon, at least 55 Dungeoneering Dungeoneering P2P icon.png Using a dwarf multicannon while using protection prayers is recommended for an increased experience output, since there are 12 hellhounds in the dungeon.

If the hellhounds become unaggressive, you do not have to leave the dungeon. Simply run to a square between the torches at the entrance and back to reset hellhound aggressiveness.

Witchaven Dungeon X mark.svg None P2P icon.png Despite the presence of several safespots, there are only two hellhounds in the dungeon and the respawn rate can be slow.
God Wars Dungeon X mark.svg Protection from various god-aligned creatures P2P icon.png God protection from Armadylean creatures is not needed as there are no aviansie near the hellhounds. There are very few hellhounds around the dungeon, and are extremely spread out.

These hellhounds have moderate spawn rates and are usually found fighting other followers, making it an ideal method for killing them without requiring a lot of food.

However, they do not drop any charms and have a higher combat level than the ones found elsewhere. Even though they offer larger experience per kill, the constant movement required to search for a hellhound will most likely negate the effect.

Kuradal's Dungeon Yes check.svg Ferocious ring (Cannon not allowed.) P2P icon.png If you are assigned a hellhound task by Kuradal, her dungeon is the best place to kill them. The ferocious ring provides a 4% damage bonus to every hit and thus can speed up tasks. If you have rebuilt the fairy ring, quick banking is also available.
Forinthry Dungeon X mark.svg Brawling gloves F2P icon.png The dungeon is present in a PvP area, so you must watch out for PKers. If on a slayer task, you may also kill the revenant hellhounds in the area for it to count towards the task. There are less obstacles than the Wilderness Volcano location. This location is at level 27 wilderness.
Level 50+ Wilderness X mark.svg Brawling gloves F2P icon.png This is not a particularly popular hotspot for PKers and is close to both the Mage Arena lever and the Ardougne lever.

There is a safe spot next to the southern most dead tree, near the lava and the Deserted Keep; if you stand directly to the west of that tree, the hellhounds will back against the fence, unable to attack you.

Wilderness Volcano X mark.svg Brawling gloves F2P icon.png Generally not recommended, except for F2P players who do not wish to enter the forinthry dungeon. However, be aware that the Wilderness volcano is a very popular hotspot for PKers. A safespot is available near the south-western entrance of the volcano. This location is at level 20 wilderness, so all teleports work here.

Members can use a games necklace to teleport to the corporeal beast, and head to the volcano from there.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Witchaven safe spot

The two hellhounds in the Witchaven Dungeon can be easily safespotted once they become unaggressive; the gold rock near the east column, and the spot as shown in the image can be used as safespots to attack the hellhounds.

If you wish to fight the hellhounds in the Wilderness, remember to hop worlds to check for other occupants in the area. If you are attacked by another player, quickly run to a safe zone and teleport out using an emergency teleport; if you are stunned, you must first use Freedom (Freedom.png) to mobilise yourself.

Soul split and deflect melee can be used alternately while fighting hellhounds - soul split when life points are low, and deflect melee when life points are high.

One popular method when fighting hellhounds is to equip Guthan's set, the vampyrism aura, a demon horn necklace, a healing familiar such as bunyips or unicorn stallions, and making use of a bonecrusher. This allows players to sustain their prayer points, with the added benefit of providing an efficient healing method; it is very easy to kill hellhounds using this method, without paying much attention at all. At high levels, it is possible to amass up to 180,000 experience/hour.

One of the best ways to AFK train at the hell hounds is to equip a split dragontooth necklace with the bone crusher and using a 2h weapon plus having revolution activated with as many area damaging abilities like Cleave, Hurricane, Quake, Meteor Strike, and some abilities that gives adrenaline, for the area effect abilities. If you have a Prayer level of 92 or higher the Soul Split curse makes this method completely afkable, otherwise vampyrism aura or scrimshaw of vampyrism, and protect/deflect melee prayer on will suffice. Also always have a little high healing food incase you forget to activate a prayer, also you could bring a charming imp for charm drops.

Free-to-play[edit | edit source]

For free players, the only available hellhounds reside in the Wilderness. Only bring items you are prepared to lose. As such, equipping a set of rune equipment and bringing a full inventory of food may be the safest course of action. Using a gravite 2h sword can make it easier to kill hellhounds, but makes you susceptible to damage because of the absence of a shield.

For higher levelled players (70+ Attack, Strength, and Defence), hellhounds can net from 117,000 experience/hour (325 kills/hour) to 200,000 (550 kills / hour) at maxed combat. To maximise this experience, take a sip of any available potions - attack, strength or defence - and be sure to constantly monitor the boosted levels.

One advanced strategy is to use the Twisted bird skull necklace to keep multiple prayers activated, such as Protect from Melee and Ultimate Strength. While wearing this necklace, each pile of bones buried yields 50 prayer points. To speed up the process of burying bones activate Area loot and and bury bones using the Action bar. Rune God armour gives a prayer bonus which may help with this strategy. A legendary pet using the Scavenge ability makes gathering bones personally almost unnecessary.

Action bar[edit | edit source]

Use of the Revolution combat mode is strongly recommended while fighting hellhounds. Members may utilise any one of the action bars as shown here.

Some considerations to make while fighting hellhounds include:

  • If you have Sacrifice unlocked, you may choose to use this ability to heal yourself while in combat. It is suggested to use this ability to effect the killing blow on a hellhound and maximise the health restoration.
  • If you have Devotion unlocked, you may choose to use this ability to reduce damage taken to 0 for up to 20 seconds while having Protect from Melee activated.
  • Use the Slaughter ability when the hellhound has high health, making sure that you walk away from the hellhound to make it move. If the hellhound moves, it takes triple the amount of damage that the ability would normally inflict.

Free-to-play[edit | edit source]

Two-handed melee
  • Cleave.png
  • Sever.png
  • Smash.png
  • Fury.png
  • Backhand.png
  • Punish.png
  • Slaughter.png
  • Forceful Backhand.png
  • Overpower.png
  • Rejuvenate.png
  • Freedom.png
  • Strength potion (4).png
  • Swordfish.png
  • Explorer's ring 4.png
Main hand (and shield) melee
  • Backhand.png
  • Sever.png
  • Fury.png
  • Slice.png
  • Punish.png
  • Slaughter.png
  • Forceful Backhand.png
  • Overpower.png
  • Rejuvenate.png
  • Freedom.png
  • Strength potion (4).png
  • Attack potion (4).png
  • Swordfish.png
  • Explorer's ring 4.png
Shieldbow ranging
  • Dazing Shot.png
  • Fragmentation Shot.png
  • Ricochet.png
  • Binding Shot.png
  • Bash.png
  • Piercing Shot.png
  • Snap Shot.png
  • Tight Bindings.png
  • Deadshot.png
  • Rejuvenate.png
  • Freedom.png
  • Defence potion (4).png
  • Swordfish.png
  • Explorer's ring 4.png
Two-handed ranging
  • Fragmentation Shot.png
  • Dazing Shot.png
  • Binding Shot.png
  • Piercing Shot.png
  • Ricochet.png
  • Snap Shot.png
  • Tight Bindings.png
  • Deadshot.png
  • Rejuvenate.png
  • Freedom.png
  • Defence potion (4).png
  • Swordfish.png
  • Explorer's ring 4.png

Equipment[edit | edit source]