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Despite their combat level, Black demons have fairly low defence. However, they are usually one of the most dangerous monsters in the dungeons they inhabit because of their accuracy and high max hit. Note: that when planning to train prayer with the ashes that are dropped, it is advised to bring infernal urns as this will grant more experience than just spreading the ashes.


While using melee used to be a cost-effective method of killing them, due to their new magic attack and its accuracy, many players planning to melee will find they are getting damaged often. It is recommended to use protection prayers to reduce some of the damage. You should also have good armour, food, and have a defence level of at least 80. A healing familiar and ring of life are optional although highly recommended. Prayer flashing can also be used to reduce consumption of prayer points, but requires fast reflexes and good timing. Finally, those with level 92 Prayer can utilise the Soul Split curse to heal slightly with every damaging hit.

Guthan's set-effect is useful when training on Black Demons. Please note that the demons can damage you very fast and you may not be able to heal fast enough unless you have 80+ Defence. In case the effect of the armour set can't heal enough on the black demons, there are usually weaker monsters nearby that the player can heal on, such as wild dogs or earth warriors.

The Darklight is a very cheap and effective weapon against Black demons if you have fairly high stats. It is especially helpful if you are on a task and use your Slayer helm.

Recommended equipment for melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Mighty slayer helmet (on slayer task) / Mask of the Black Demon (on slayer task) (Achto) Teralith Helmet (Superior) Tetsu helm Malevolent helm Torva full helm
Neck slot Demon horn necklace (if Praying, with bonecrusher) Brawler's blood necklace Amulet of souls Brawler's knockout necklace Saradomin's whisper
Cape slot Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Ket Max cape Fire cape Ardougne cloak 4
Torso slot (Achto) Teralith Cuirass (Superior) Tetsu body Malevolent cuirass Torva platebody Barrows platebody
Legs slot (Achto) Teralith Leggings (Superior) Tetsu platelegs Malevolent greaves Torva platelegs Barrows platelegs
Weapon slot Darklight Drygore longsword/rapier/mace Lava whip/Tetsu katana Attuned crystal dagger Chaotic longsword/rapier/Chaotic claw
2h slot Noxious scythe Attuned crystal halberd Chaotic spear/maul Godsword Zamorakian spear/Saradomin sword
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore longsword/rapier/mace Tetsu wakizashi Off-hand attuned crystal dagger Off-hand chaotic longsword/rapier/Off-hand chaotic claw Jessika's sword/Enhanced excalibur
Shield slot Malevolent kiteshield Chaotic kiteshield Bandos warshield N/A N/A
Ammo slot Tirannwn quiver N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot (Achto) Teralith Gauntlets Razorback gauntlets Pneumatic gloves Goliath gloves Torva gloves
Boots slot (Achto) Teralith Boots Emberkeen boots Steadfast boots Torva boots Bandos boots
Ring slot (Superior) Leviathan ring Onyx ring (i) Berserker ring (i) Sixth-Age circuit Dragonstone ring (i)
Aura slot Vampyrism aura N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pocket slot Attacker's insignia Holy wrench N/A N/A N/A

Items: 4-6 Prayer pots, Super or Extreme sets, 2-3 Prayer renewals, 10-15 pieces of food, a summoning potion or super restore(if you have familiar).


Ranging black demons is the most effective way to kill black demons. Post-EoC, they have gained a magic attack ability, which makes safe-spotting tactics obsolete. As black demons are weak against bolts, one effective way of killing them is by using the Black salamander or higher grade range weapons.

Recommended equipment for Ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Mighty slayer helmet (on slayer task) / Mask of the Black Demon (on slayer task) Sirenic mask Pernix cowl Armadyl helmet Demon slayer circlet
Neck slot Demon horn necklace (if Praying, with bonecrusher) Farsight blood necklace Amulet of souls Farsight sniper necklace Saradomin's murmur
Cape slot Ava's device Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Xil Max cape Ardougne cloak 4
Torso slot Sirenic hauberk Pernix body Armadyl chestplate Demon slayer torso N/A
Legs slot Sirenic chaps Pernix chaps Armadyl chainskirt Demon slayer skirt N/A
Weapon slot Ascension crossbow Death lotus dart Attuned crystal chakram Chaotic crossbow Armadyl crossbow
2h slot Noxious longbow Royal crossbow Attuned crystal bow Zaryte bow Hand cannon
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand death lotus dart Off-hand attuned crystal chakram Off-hand chaotic crossbow Off-hand Armadyl crossbow
Shield slot Vengeful kiteshield Attuned crystal deflector Eagle-eye kiteshield Elysian spirit shield Armadyl buckler
Ammo slot Ascension bolts/Araxyte arrows Royal bolts/Wild arrows Hand cannon shot N/A N/A
Gloves slot Deathtouch bracelet Ascension grips Swift gloves Pernix gloves Armadyl gloves
Boots slot Flarefrost boots Pernix boots Armadyl boots Demon slayer boots N/A
Ring slot Ring of death Archers' ring (i) Asylum surgeon's ring Sixth-Age circuit/Onyx ring (i) Archers' ring
Aura slot Vampyrism aura N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pocket slot Attacker's insignia Holy wrench N/A N/A N/A


Magic is not recommended due to black demons having high defence against magic, leading to the low speed and max hits of magical attacks slowing down kills in comparison to using range unless one's ranging level is extremely low. In addition, the cost for runes can add up to losses over time, even when collecting the dropped infernal ashes. The lone exception to this is the Polypore staff, especially at higher magic levels, because of its cheap usage cost, high maximum damage, and the profitability of infernal ashes. When combined with a Extreme magic/Overload potion, an arcane stream necklace and a Hexcrest/Full slayer helmet (on slayer tasks), the Polypore staff can yield fairly fast kills.

Dwarf CannonEdit

Use of the Dwarf Multicannon is not recommended. Since the EoC, the cannon is no longer effective against Black Demons. Using the cannon would also cause many demons to attack you.

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