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This article is about the weapon. For the Hunter creature, see Black salamander (Hunter).
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Black salamander
Black salamander
Release date 21 November 2006 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest item No
Tradeable Yes
Equipable Yes
Stackable No
High alch 120 coins
Low alch 80 coins
Destroy Release
On death Items that are never kept on death
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 4,367 coins (info)
Buy limit 1,000
Examine Slightly slimy and somewhat menacing.
Weight 4 kg
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Black salamander detail

The Black salamander is the strongest salamander and can be caught using the Hunter skill at level 67. It requires level 70 Ranged, and it is 2-handed. Harralander Tar is used as ammunition for the salamander. The ammunition is not retrievable like regular bolts and arrows, even with the use of one of Ava's devices, but it is relatively cheap and little ammunition is spent with the use of abilities.

The black salamander is a popular weapon and is cheaper alternative to Karil's crossbow. The damage and accuracy is identical to Karil's crossbow, and unlike the crossbow, it does not degrade or require any repair. Nevertheless, it is a cheap yet effective weapon when slaying monsters weak to bolts. However, this will deny you access to using abilities that require a shield as it is a 2-handed weapon.

Prior to an unkown update, the Black salamander would disappear if left in a gravestone upon death. If this item is dropped upon death, you will be able to reclaim it.

Combat StatsBlack salamander equipped

A player wielding a black salamander

Skill requirements
70 Ranged-icon
Ranged Ranged2h slot
Constitution-iconLife points0
Strength bonuses
Attack speed
Interval: 3.6 seconds
Attack speed average


  • Prior to the Evolution of Combat update, the black salamander dealt damage up to 2.5 times the level of the fighting style you were using. Black salamanders could use all three fighting styles: Scorch (strength), Blaze (magic) attack styles, and Flare (ranged) attack style. The attack speed of the Black Salamander when using Scorch or Blaze was 5, whereas Flare (ranged) attacked at a speed of 6, which is similar in concept to the Rapid style of most ranged weapons.
  • Prior to the EoC update, salamander gave combat experience equivalent to 2/5 of your damage as exp.
  • Prior to the EoC Update, it is possible to hit 638 life points of damage using the Black Salamander when combat stats are boosted to level 255 during the While Guthix Sleeps quest. (255*2.5= 637.5)
  • Prior to the EoC update, there used to be a glitch that was introduced with the new hitsplat update in December 2010. It would claim every hit made with the salamander's magic attack was a player's maximum hit, even if it only did one life point of damage. This was fixed when Nex was released on 10 January 2011.
  • Like Chinchompas and Flags/Standards, the character's animations when wielding a salamander used to use the obsolete and choppy animation, even after the RuneScape "High Detail" update
  • Prior to the EoC update, it was possible to use this item on the melee setting to attack monsters that could not previously be meleed, for instance Aviansies or even Kree'arra.
  • In Clan Wars and the Duel Arena, if magic is turned off (or set to a certain spellbook/binding spells in the case of Clan Wars), the Salamander's magic option still works and counts as magic damage.
  • When PvP worlds were active, it was possible to receive a black salamander drop, even though they normally run away from the player upon death
  • If the black salamander is stored inside a familiar such as a Spirit Terrorbird, if the familiar is dismissed all the salamanders will drop to the ground, even though you cannot normally drop them.
  • Void Knight equipment does affect the salamanders's damage/accuracy.
  • Previously, the black salamander was commonly used in Barrows as it was an effective magic weapon.
  • Before 13 May 2013, this weapon also required 70 Attack and 70 Magic. This was because it was a multi-style weapon before the Evolution of Combat, although the Attack and Magic requirements were not removed immediately after it became a ranged weapon with the update.

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