Soul Reaper

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Death seated inside his office

Soul Reaper, also known as Boss Slayer or Reaper Task, is a daily activity released on 18 August 2014, although it is possible to unlock the ability to participate in the activity multiple times a day.

It involves the player helping Death harvest the souls of various boss monsters, as, in Death's words, there is an imbalance in the harmony of life and death — specifically, there is too much life. Death tasks players with "reaping" various boss monsters in special assignments, which reward Slayer experience and reaper points that can be spent for various items and effects, including hydrix gems, a new title, and a set of cosmetic gear.

Getting a task[edit | edit source]

To start the activity, a player must visit Death's office via a portal next to the Draynor Village lodestone, and then speak to Death. He gives players a grim gem and assigns them their first task. A task may be rerolled up to 5 times per day, but doing so diminishes the point rewards by 25% for each reroll, excluding the first reroll.

A task can be cancelled for free if the player does not complete the task by 00:00 UTC, if they go to Death. If this is done via gem, it will take a few days, and the first reroll will be consumed. One task can be obtained for free daily. The only way to get more than one task a day is by purchasing the "Additional Tasks" from the rewards, which costs 250 Slayer Points to get a new task. The option to purchase additional tasks with Slayer Points may be unlocked by paying 150 Reaper Points, an effective cost of ~35,000,000 gold. When buying a new task, players will get the option reroll up to 5 times, just like the daily reset task. If this option is pursued, it is recommended to have a large quantity of slayer points on hand due to the immense cost of obtaining numerous reaper assignments.

It is possible to complete three free tasks in one day, if you are running late on your daily. To do this you must have a task from two days before reset, but log in any time before reset. You can then finish your task from two days ago, without logging out claim your free task of the day before reset (can be claimed even after 00:00 UTC as long as you did not log out or lobby), and finish that one, and then relog finally to claim your task from the day after reset and complete that one too.

After the first task, further ones can be obtained by using the grim gem, which acts similarly to the enchanted gems for standard slayer, making travelling back to his office unnecessary apart from collecting rewards.

Frank filling in for Death.

As Death is kidnapped by Sliske during the events of Missing, Presumed Death, his clanmate Frank fulfils his role in the activity for him for the duration of the quest.

By unlocking the Reaper's Choice perk (250 reaper points), there is a 10% chance[1] that Death will allow you to pick a boss of your choice rather than assigning you a random boss.

Assignments[edit | edit source]

Death (or Frank) may assign the following boss monsters, with numbers depending on the difficulty of the boss, as long as the player meets all the requirements.

In the Slayer section of Settings, players can toggle:

  1. Enabling group bosses (Vorago, Kalphite King, Rise of the Six, Solak, Elite Dungeons, Nex and Nex: Angel of Death) as possible assignments;
  2. Enabling skilling bosses (Croesus) as possible assignments;
  3. Extending the amount of bosses. This simply doubles the amount that is normally assigned.

Selecting either group bosses or extended tasks increases the number of reaper points rewarded for all tasks by 25%, even for solo boss assignments when group assignments are enabled. Selecting both options increases the number of reaper points rewarded by 50%. Players can toggle these options only when they are not on an assignment. It is recommended to toggle both options, especially if the player can find a team for group bosses where needed. Otherwise, they can be safely skipped for another assignment with maximum point potential.

Unlike normal slayer:

  • Players do not receive Slayer experience for every boss killed. It is instead awarded at the end of the assignment.
  • Players only need to deal a small amount of damage to a boss for it to count for the task, as opposed to the majority of it.
  • Although Soul Reaper is a Slayer D&D, the usual bonuses from the slayer helmet do not work on Soul Reaper tasks, unless the player has a regular slayer assignment for the same monster.

After each kill, the player is notified how much they have left for the task. Upon completing the task, the player is awarded with a hefty sum of Slayer experience and some reaper points. Every 10 tasks completed awards an additional 10 points, while every 50 tasks completed awards an extra 50 points. The higher point rewards override lesser ones; at 100 tasks completed, the player would get an extra 50 points instead of 60.

Bosses that possess a harder variant, such as hard or challenge mode (not successors, like Nex: Angel of Death), provide additional slayer experience and reaper points. However, all of the kills must be done on said mode.

If a deathtouched dart is used to collect a soul, the kill will not count towards the task, as it does not register on the Beasts tab. This effect will also persist for 15 minutes after throwing the dart, so don't kill the assigned boss right away after a dart has been thrown.

While on a Reaper assignment, custom-fitted trimmed masterwork equipment will not degrade until the task is completed.

  1. ^ Jagex. [1] RuneScape Forums. Lost reference
  2. ^ Slayer experience reward is affected by bonus experience.
  3. ^ These are the base values, the amount can be lower depending on how many times you re-roll a task. The amount of points is increased by 25% if you have group bosses turned on, and a further 25% if you have extended tasks on.
  4. ^ Assuming that the points are spent for an incomplete hydrix and based on the reaper points awarded to the left. Does not factor in various costs, e.g instance and gear.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Hard mode / challenge mode counts and awards additional points and experience, but only if all kills were made in hard mode.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i May be toggled off along with the other "group bosses", although enabling them gives additional points and experience rewards from all tasks.
  7. ^ You do not have to kill Akrisae the Doomed or Linza the Disgraced
  8. ^ The kill is registered when all of the brothers (except Akrisae and Linza) are killed and the chest is looted. Therefore, you cannot simply kill six brothers if your task is to kill six, you must instead kill all of them and loot the chest six times.
  9. ^ You do not have to kill all three Kings for each kill.
  10. ^ TzekHaar-Aken counts
  11. ^ Exiled Kalphite Queen counts.
  12. ^ TokHaar and TzekHaar-Jad counts

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Death's Store

Players can access the reward shop, Death's Store, only by speaking with him in person. It is not accessible via the grim gem.

In addition to Slayer experience, players also are rewarded with reaper points, which are used to purchase items and effects. Most of these can also be purchased with 250 slayer reward points. There are also cosmetic rewards that are unlocked by completing certain objectives. Unlocking all permanent effects is a requirement for the trimmed completionist cape. The Final Boss title is not required for the trimmed completionist cape.

It is possible to obtain Crabbe, the Slayer pet when completing an assignment and receiving Slayer experience.

Each reaper point is worth 302,748 coins, based on the median GE price of an incomplete hydrix (or 61,460 coins based on death notes). Since some rewards can be purchased with either reaper points or slayer points, one of those two options will usually be cheaper because of the different opportunity costs. The value of a slayer point (based on the value of Slayer Dart runes) is 3,286 coins, so for example the bonfire upgrade effectively costs 75,686,908 coins if purchased with reaper points, and only 8,214,286 coins if purchased with slayer points.

Gallery[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 1 November 2021 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue with TzekHaar-Jad Souls not counting towards the Reaper Task.
  • patch 13 September 2021 (Update):
    • Reaper Assignments will now correctly indicate that the Arch-Glacor is the target when using quick-chat.
    • Fixed an issue that caused some of the boss buttons on the Reaper's Choice list to be disabled even when players met the requirements.
    • Raids bosses and the first two bosses of each Elite Dungeon are once again hidden in Reaper's Choice, and cannot be assigned as a Reaper Task.
    • Fixed an issue where all subsequent bosses in the Reaper's Choice interface after the first locked boss were also locked.
    • Death once again ignores 'soft conditions' on bosses when determining whether he can assign them as a Reaper Task. For example, Death will assign the Magister provided you have 115 Slayer even if you don't have any Keys to the Crossing. Soft conditions include acquirable items like Barrows Totems, Ascension Keystones, etc.
    • Corrected an issue where Song from the Depths was unintentionally a requirement for Death to assign Queen Black Dragon as a Reaper Task.
  • patch 6 September 2021 (Update):
    • Slayer and Reaper tasks in the Activity Tracker now include a 'Weakness' field in their description which highlights the most effective combat style. During a task, an icon for this weakness will replace its Activity Tracker icon.
    • The text which appears when hovering over the Slayer Counter if you are able to capture the target's soul and have not yet done so will now also appear in the Activity Tracker description for that task.
    • Slayer and Reaper tasks in the Activity Tracker now continue to display the name of the target when there are no kills left, instead of displaying 'no task'. This makes it consistent with the Slayer/Reaper counter.
    • Slayer and Reaper tasks in the Activity Tracker will now refresh correctly if the target changes but the number of kills left remains the same.
  • hotfix 13 September 2021 (Update):
    • Death will no longer assign bosses he shouldn't.
  • patch 17 February 2020 (Update):
    • Players can no longer receive the first two bosses from Elite Dungeons as Reaper assignments.
  • patch 20 January 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue stopping Death from allowing players to reroll Reaper tasks.
  • patch 5 August 2019 (Update):
    • Removed a comma from the "Seiryu the Azure Serpent" in the reaper task interface and dialogue.
  • patch 20 May 2019 (Update):.
    • Both God Wars Dungeon 2 and Elite Dungeon bosses now award more Reaper points and Slayer XP when killed in challenge/hard mode.
  • update 25 February 2019 (Update):
    • Increased slayer experience and reaper point rewards from Elite Dungeon reaper assignments.
    • Allowed Death to assign the Elite Dungeon's final boss as a potential reaper assignment without having to rely on the "Reaper's Choice" perk.
  • patch 8 October 2018 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue with the settings refresh that caused Group reaper assignments setting to be inverted.
  • patch 4 June 2018 (Update):
    • The minimum and maximum amount of reaper kills assigned for Solak has been lowered.
  • patch 4 September 2017 (Update):
    • The base Reaper points received from completing bosses in the Heart of Gielinor in Challenger mode have been increased by 2.
    • The base Reaper points received from defeating Telos has been increased by 1.
  • patch 20 March 2017 (Update):
    • Players will no longer lose slayer points if they click out of the task selection interface after purchasing an additional Soul Reaper task.
  • hotfix 23 January 2017:
    • An achievement to unlock all permanent effects from Soul Reaper has been added as a requirement for the trimmed completionist cape.[1]
  • patch 17 October 2016 (Update):
    • Slayer XP rewarded from completing Reaper tasks as an Ironman is no longer halved.
  • patch 8 September 2014 (Update):
    • Hydrix jewellery can now be repaired with onyx. You can now use a cut onyx on any enchanted hydrix jewellery to recharge it by 50% per gem.
    • The cost of buying additional tasks has been reduced from 500 to 250 slayer points.
    • The cost of an incomplete hydrix has been reduced from 400 to 300 reaper points.
    • You can now obtain multiple grim gems.
    • There is now a total Slayer creature kills counter on the Slayer kills tab. This is the sum of kills for all the tracked monsters.
    • There is now a new Boss Kills tab similar to the Slayer kills tab that displays all boss kills along with a total.
    • Players can now request to have their assignment size doubled to earn an extra 25% reward points. The option for this can be found in the 'Options' tab on Death's reward interface.
    • Quick Chat for Soul Reaper can now be found in the Skills > Slayer section.
    • Death and Frank now have right-click options for getting an assignment or viewing rewards when you visit them via Death's portal.
    • Choosing to reroll a Soul Reaper task on a new day will no longer stop you from being able to receive another task that day.
    • Har-Aken will no longer be assigned as a Soul Reaper task to those that are yet to sacrifice a fire cape.
    • The rewards for God Wars bosses on the Beasts interface no longer shows combined godsword shards.
    • There is no longer a 'Fastest Kill Time' icon in the Beasts interface for bosses that do not store this information (Barrows; Corporeal Beast; Chaos Elemental; Dagannoth Kings; Kalphite Queen; King Black Dragon).
  • patch 26 August 2014 (Update):
    • Killing Commander Zilyana in hard mode will now count towards Soul Reaper assignments correctly.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Reaper points obtained by completing assignments received a 50% bonus after the release of War's Retreat on 27 January 2020 until the end of 9 February 2020
    • This was notified with the login message War's recent return has inspired Death to reward 50% bonus reaper points. Be sure to visit War in his new retreat near the Draynor lodestone! on 28 January 2020.
    • When points were obtained, the following message was shown: War's recent return inspires Death to reward 50% bonus reaper points.
  • This happened again when the Alchemical hydrix was released on 17 August 2020 until the end of 31 August 2020.
    • This was notified with the login and reward message: The Alchemical Hydrix rewards have inspired Death to reward 50% bonus reaper points.
  • From 10 February 2020 the player was able to be assigned the non-final boss of Elite Dungeons as reaper assignments. Although these tasks provided descriptions from Death, it was confirmed to be a bug.[2] They gave the same number of reaper points as the final boss would and were not included in the Reaper's choice list. This was later fixed in an update on 17 February 2020.
  • The Arch-Glacor used to award the same points and experience as in normal mode even if the task is fully completed in hard mode. This was quickly changed in an unknown update.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Wolf. Hotfix - Reaper Trim Requirements. 23 January 2017. (Archived from the original on 17 April 2019.)
  2. ^ Jagex. Mod Breezy's Twitter account. 11 February 2020. (Archived from the original on 4 November 2020.) Mod Breezy: "Its a bug i saw Mod Camel working on today"