|Release date||26 January 2005 (Update)|
|XP per kill||81.7 (and 26.9 experience)|
|Slayer XP||15.5 (18.6 on contract)|
|Assigned by||Turael or Spria, Mazchna or Achtryn, Chaeldar, Sumona, Vannaka|
|Examine text||A tortured screaming soul.|
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, or Slayer helmets 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. Crumble Undead also worked on Banshees, before the Evolution of Combat update.
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 Uncommon 15 Iron dagger 1 Rare 24 Iron kiteshield 1 Rare 38 Adamant kiteshield 1 Very rare 2,854 Mystic gloves (dark) 1 Very rare 5,273
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Air rune 3 Common 39 Chaos rune 3, 6, 7, 17 Common 123–697 Cosmic rune 2 Uncommon 266 Fire rune 6, 7 Uncommon 60–70
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 62,263 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 516 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 225 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 43 Grimy harralander 1 Common 612 Grimy kwuarm 1 Common 2,557 Grimy ranarr 1 Uncommon 2,169 Grimy irit 1 Uncommon 1,772 Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 4,171 Grimy lantadyme 1 Uncommon 7,733 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Uncommon 8,069 Grimy cadantine 1 Uncommon 2,538
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 1,118–1,978 Fishing bait 7, 15 Common 56–120 Iron ore 1 Uncommon 183 Eye of newt 1 Uncommon 8 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
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Skeleton(Champion) (Ape Atoll) (POH) (Chaos Tunnels) (Daemonheim) (Demon Slayer) • Zombie(Champion) (Daemonheim) • Ankou • Undead one • Ghast • Undead chicken • Undead cow • Monkey zombie • Zombie monkey • Undead troll • Skeleton thug • Skeleton brute • Dried zombie • Mummy(Champion) • Summoned zombie • Giant skeleton(Daemonheim) • Skeleton warlord • Zombie pirate • Zombie swab • Sorebones • Tortured soul • Skeletal miner • Skeletal minion • Attendead • General malpractitioner • Sado-machinist • Dis-orderly • Grimtern • Undead hero • Risen knight • Skoblin (Strongbones) • Skeleton hero • Skeleton heavy • Angry barbarian spirit • Berserk barbarian spirit • Enraged barbarian spirit • Skeleton bone thrower • Ghostly wraith
Skeleton warlord • Slash Bash • Barrows brothers • Treus Dayth • Nazastarool • Ulfric • Dragith Nurn • Unholy cursebearer • Skeletal Horde • Skeletal horror • Skeletal trio • Ranalph Devere • San Tojalon • Irvig Senay • Skeleton warlock • Skeleton Hellhound • Gravecreeper • Evil Spirit • Barrelchest Mk II
Grim Reaper • Mi-Gor • Brother Tranquility • Rashiliyia • Lord Rologarth • Viyeldi • Babe • Norman • Zombie farmer • Captain Donnie • Zombie protester • 50% Luke • Ghost villager • Velorina • Necrovarus • Ghost disciple • Gravingas • Droalak • Melina • Ghost banker • Ghost innkeeper • Metarialus • Ghost sailor • Ghost captain • Summer Bonde • Erik Bonde • Jallek Lenkin • Meranek Thanatos • Mechanical Murphy • Zombie head • General malpractitioner (NPC) • Postie Pete • Drunk zombie • Residead • Klenter • Catolax • Bill Blakey • Ghostly piper • Gardener Ghost • Sneaky undead fowl • Dead monkey • Undead mage • Zombie monk • Monk (Harmony Island) • Ghost • Undead broav • Arrav • Zombie (Gielinor Games) • Apparition