|Release date||26 January 2005 (Update)|
|XP per kill||58.5 (and 19.3 experience)|
|Examine text||A tortured screaming soul.|
|Slayer XP||15.5 (3.1 on contract; 18.6 on special contract)|
|Assigned by||Turael or Spria, Mazchna or Achtryn, Chaeldar, Sumona, Vannaka|
Banshees are Slayer monsters that require level 15 Slayer to kill. They frequently drop 13 noted pure essence, making them an alternative source of essence. Additionally, banshees tend to frequently drop many different types of herbs. Mighty banshees are a higher-levelled alternative, if this is given as your Slayer assignment.
- Slayer Tower - ground floor (cannot use cannon)
- Desert Slayer Dungeon (mighty banshee, after Smoking Kills)
Strengths and weaknessesEdit
Players should use earmuffs, masked earmuffs, a Slayer helmet, a Mask of Mourning or a Helm of Keening when fighting banshees, or else their characters' combat statistics (including life points) will be severely reduced. Not having earmuffs, masked earmuffs, or a slayer helmet will cause you to be damaged by your Constitution divided by 10 and your character will cover their ears. Agility is also reduced, which can be annoying for players wishing to use the shortcuts in the slayer tower. Banshees have few Life points and do not hit particularly hard. They are undead, so a Salve amulet works on them.
Banshees use a magic attack which hits from a distance. Protect from Magic prayer will work against them, but most players are likely better off using armour with a high magic defence bonus, such as dragonhide armour. Blue d'hide or better renders its attacks basically useless.
Banshees decrease many stats including: Attack, Strength, Defence, Ranged, Prayer, Magic, Agility, and Summoning.
They are popular for their tendency to drop high level herbs. Aside from banking distance they are a reasonable alternative to the popular chaos druids.
On a quick hunt, these creatures can profit a lower level character very well. Depending on the amount of Pure Essence, a lower levelled character can make anywhere from 50-70k per hour solely on the Pure Essence dropped.
Banshees have a very high restore rate. They will restore 10 life points between attacks with a fast weapon and 20 between slower weapons. They are popular for casting spells such as Weaken on because they will restore the lowered stats extremely quickly, so it can be recast.
Banshees are one of the 'races' who have lesser champions in the Champions' Challenge activity. To fight the Banshee Champion, the player must kill banshees until one drops a Champion scroll, which is a very rare drop.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Iron mace 1 Rare 10 Iron dagger 1 Rare 29 Iron kiteshield 1 Rare 60 Adamant kiteshield 1 Very rare 2,786 Mystic gloves (dark) 1 Very rare 5,453
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Air rune 3 Common 84 Chaos rune 3, 6, 7, 17 Common 126–714 Cosmic rune 2 Uncommon 568 Fire rune 6, 7 Uncommon 126–147
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 66,425 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
- Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Grimy guam 1 Common 579 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 51 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 61 Grimy harralander 1 Common 200 Grimy kwuarm 1 Common 2,787 Grimy ranarr 1 Uncommon 2,014 Grimy irit 1 Uncommon 2,744 Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 4,676 Grimy lantadyme 1 Uncommon 9,899 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Uncommon 11,565 Grimy cadantine 1 Uncommon 3,168
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 13, 26 or 35. Common Not sold Anagogic ort 20, 40 Common Not sold Pure essence 13, 23 (noted) Common 260–460 Fishing bait 7, 15 Common 35–75 Iron ore 1 Rare 348 Eye of newt 1 Uncommon 9 Clue scroll (easy) 1 Rare Not sold Spin ticket 1 Rare Not sold Ectoplasmator 1 Very rare Not sold Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold Champion scroll (banshee) 1 Very rare Not sold
Rare drop table dropsEdit
- This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth improves the chances when equipped but is not required to access the table.
Show/hide rare drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 250 – 450, 3,000, 9,000, 10,000, 12,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,742 Uncut emerald 1 Common 3,309 Uncut ruby 1 Common 4,766 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 8,597 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 25,076 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 40,698 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 16,388 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,294 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,873 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,126 Rune javelin 5 Rare 900 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,080 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,622 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,366 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,089 Dragon dagger 50 (noted) Very rare 843,650 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,467 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,123 Shield left half 1 Very rare 66,362 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 59,194 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 12,200 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,269,900 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 Rare 22,500–75,000 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,513,400 Air orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 4,119,000 Fire orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 3,392,000 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 89,088 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 10,019 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 17,500–24,500 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 81,850–114,590 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 96 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 138 Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) Uncommon 10,000–300,000 Nature rune 20–80 Rare 5,700–22,800 Soul rune 20 Rare 2,560 Law rune 45 Rare 16,110 Death rune 50, 121 Rare 5,150–12,463 Blood rune 50 Rare 11,050 Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) Uncommon 38,625–309,000 Raw shark 250–500 (noted) Uncommon 460,000–920,000 Big bones 150–500 (noted) Uncommon 81,000–270,000 Coal 150–7,500 (noted) Uncommon 24,600–1,230,000 Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) Uncommon 467,850–2,495,200 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 11,000 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,030,300 Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) Rare 3,934,000–27,538,000 Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) Rare 12,974–1,946,100 Clean ranarr 33 (noted) Uncommon 67,320 Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) Uncommon 115,775–1,157,750 Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) Uncommon 137,550–550,200 Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) Uncommon 58,820–588,200 Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) Very rare 48,250 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 8,658 Yew seed 1–50 Rare 71,601–3,580,050 Magic seed 1–7 Rare 151,721–1,062,047 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,487,310 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 2,546 Torstol seed 1–31 Rare 19,755–612,405 Fellstalk seed 2 Rare 1,012 Yew logs 100–20,000 (noted) Rare 48,500–9,700,000 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 Very rare Not sold Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 Very rare Not sold Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 Very rare Not sold