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This article is a strategy guide for Commander Zilyana.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page. For the hard mode strategy guide, see here.

Commander Zilyana is the commander of Saradomin's forces in the God Wars Dungeon. She shares the same combat level but has different amounts of life points and max hits as the other God Wars generals. She has very high life points, only surpassed by Kree'arra and Nex. She also has the highest attack speed out of all of the bosses and has a max hit of 1900 with both her magic and melee attacks, which combined with her fast attack speed, may prove fatal for inexperienced players.

Zilyana is known for dropping the Saradomin amulets, which with a chaotic remnant, can create more powerful amulets. Her best drops, however are the Saradomin hilt and off-hand Armadyl crossbow which are very expensive. The hilt is used to create one of the most popular godswords for players.


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A group of players fight Commander Zilyana in the God Wars Dungeon.

Zilyana only has two different styles of combat. Like General Graardor and K'ril Tsutsaroth, she only uses her secondary combat style in melee range. Both attacks have a max hit of 1900.

  • Melee: Zilyana swings her sword at her target, which deals high damage.
  • Magic: Zilyana's sword glows and hits the player(s) in her room with lightning. Due to her fast attack speed and the animation of this attack, Zilyana will also launch another attack mid-way through the animation.

Recommended equipmentEdit

One of the popular ways to kill Zilyana is with a spell with high-levelled magic equipment, as it provides decent magic and melee defence, which will ward off her attacks better. When using magic to kill Zilyana, players are recommended to stay on the western side of the room, one space away from the middle of the wall. This is because when she spawns, Growler is within range of Dragon Breath and players can kill him while they are killing Zilyana also. Players are recommended to save up adrenaline for Sunshine, otherwise kills will take too long and end up with shorter trips. When Zilyana and her guards are killed, return to the spot again to repeat for the next kill.

Occasionally, Growler may spawn one square too far or close to the player's spot. If he spawns too far, simply use Chain to damage him; if too close, move back one square so he can be attacked with Dragon Breath.

Caution: Blood spells from the Ancient magicks spellbook will enrage Zilyana, increasing the damage of her own attacks.

Recommended equipment for Magic
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Tectonic mask Tectonic mask Superior Zuriel's hood Superior Zuriel's hood Refined Anima Core helm of Seren Refined Anima Core helm of Seren Anima Core helm of Seren Anima Core helm of Seren Virtus mask Virtus mask
Neck slot Reaper necklace Reaper necklace Amulet of souls Amulet of souls Dragon Rider amulet Dragon Rider amulet Arcane stream necklace Arcane stream necklace Saradomin's hiss Saradomin's hiss
Cape slot Completionist cape Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Mej TokHaar-Kal-Mej Saradomin cape God cape Max cape Max cape Defence cape Cape of accomplishment (Defence cape is recommended for the perk)
Torso slot Tectonic robe top Tectonic robe top Superior Zuriel's robe top Superior Zuriel's robe top Refined Anima Core body of Seren Refined Anima Core body of Seren Virtus robe top Virtus robe top Anima Core body of Seren Anima Core body of Seren
Legs slot Tectonic robe bottom Tectonic robe bottom Superior Zuriel's robe bottom Superior Zuriel's robe bottom Refined Anima Core legs of Seren Refined Anima Core legs of Seren Virtus robe legs Virtus robe legs Anima Core legs of Seren Anima Core legs of Seren
Weapon slot Wand of the praesul Wand of the praesul Seismic wand Seismic wand Wand of the Cywir elders Wand of the Cywir elders Seasinger kiba Seasinger kiba Attuned crystal wand Attuned crystal wand
2h slot Staff of Sliske Staff of Sliske Noxious staff Noxious staff Superior Zuriel's staff Superior Zuriel's staff Obliteration Obliteration Staff of darkness Staff of darkness / Camel staff Camel staff
Off-hand weapon slot Imperium core Imperium core Seismic singularity Seismic singularity Seasinger makigai Seasinger makigai Attuned crystal orb Attuned crystal orb Virtus book Virtus book
Shield slot Merciless kiteshield Merciless kiteshield Attuned crystal ward Attuned crystal ward Farseer kiteshield Farseer kiteshield Arcane spirit shield Arcane spirit shield Ward of subjugation Ward of subjugation
Ammo slot Sealed large rune pouch Sealed large rune pouch Tirannwn quiver 4 Tirannwn quiver 4 N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Celestial handwraps Celestial handwraps Deathtouch bracelet Deathtouch bracelet Virtus gloves Virtus gloves Spellcaster gloves Spellcaster gloves Gloves of subjugation Gloves of subjugation
Feet slot Hailfire boots Hailfire boots Virtus boots Virtus boots Boots of subjugation Boots of subjugation Silverhawk boots (60) Silverhawk boots Ragefire boots Ragefire boots
Ring slot Asylum surgeon's ring Asylum surgeon's ring Ring of death Ring of death Seers' ring (i) Seers' ring (i) Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit / Onyx ring (i) Onyx ring (i) Seers' ring Seers' ring
Aura slot Maniacal aura Maniacal aura Runic accuracy aura Runic accuracy aura Dark magic aura Dark magic aura Inspiration aura Inspiration aura Invigorate aura Invigorate aura
Pocket slot Superior scrimshaw of the elements Superior scrimshaw of the elements Illuminated Book of Law Illuminated god book Superior scrimshaw of magic Superior scrimshaw of magic Scrimshaw of the elements Scrimshaw of the elements Sign of life Sign of life / Sign of death Sign of death
  1. Does not work with LootShare.

Another popular combat style, melee equipment has good melee defence but very low magic defence; players using melee equipment will find themselves having a harder time defending against Zilyana's magic attacks. Players are advised to save up adrenaline for Berserk, but players must be warned that they may use too much food while killing her because of her accurate attacks. It is optional to set up near Growler to use Flurry as it will also damage Starlight at the same time.

Recommended equipment for Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Malevolent helm (Superior) Tetsu helm Torva full helm Bandos helmet Barrows helmet
Neck slot Amulet of souls Brawler's knockout necklace Saradomin's whisper (Blood) Amulet of fury Amulet of glory
Cape slot Completionist cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal-Ket Fire cape Soul Wars cape
Torso slot Malevolent cuirass (Superior) Tetsu body Torva platebody Bandos chestplate Barrows platebody
Legs slot Malevolent greaves (Superior) Tetsu platelegs Torva platelegs Bandos tassets Barrows platelegs
Weapon slot Drygore weaponry Tetsu katana Attuned crystal dagger Chaotic weaponry N/A
2h slot Noxious scythe Attuned crystal halberd Chaotic maul/spear Godsword Superior kyzaj
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore weaponry Tetsu wakizashi Off-hand attuned crystal dagger Off-hand chaotic weaponry N/A
Ammo slot Tirannwn quiver 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Razorback gauntlets Pneumatic gloves Goliath gloves Torva gloves Bandos gloves
Feet slot Steadfast boots Torva boots Bandos boots Warpriest boots Dragon boots
Ring slot Ring of wealth[1] Ring of death Warrior ring (i) Asylum surgeon's ring Onyx ring (i)
Aura slot Penance Reverence Vampyrism N/A N/A
Pocket slot (Superior) Scrimshaw of attack (Superior) Scrimshaw of vampyrism Mask of Sliske N/A N/A
  1. Does not work with LootShare.

Ranged is seldom used, as despite the excellent magic defence it provides it has very poor melee defence, resulting in heavy hits from Zilyana and Starlight. Despite this, players with the Sharpshooter aura and dual ascensions/noxious longbow will have similar kill times to melee and magic. Players are recommended to set up next to Growler. This is because when Zilyana moves in to attack, players can use Bombardment, hurting her, Growler and Starlight at the same time.

Recommended equipment for Ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Sirenic mask Sirenic mask Superior Morrigan's coif Superior Morrigan's coif Refined Anima Core helm of Zamorak Refined Anima Core helm of Zamorak Anima Core helm of Zamorak Anima Core helm of Zamorak Pernix cowl Pernix cowl
Neck slot Reaper necklace Reaper necklace Amulet of souls Amulet of souls Farsight sniper necklace Farsight sniper necklace Saradomin's murmur Saradomin's murmur Amulet of ranging Amulet of ranging
Cape slot Completionist cape Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Xil TokHaar-Kal-Xil Max cape Max cape Ava's alerter Ava's alerter Defence cape Cape of Accomplishment (Ranged or Defence capes are recommended for their perks)
Torso slot Sirenic hauberk Sirenic hauberk Superior Morrigan's leather body Superior Morrigan's leather body Refined Anima Core body of Zamorak Refined Anima Core body of Zamorak Pernix body Pernix body Anima Core body of Zamorak Anima Core body of Zamorak
Legs slot Sirenic chaps Sirenic chaps Superior Morrigan's leather chaps Superior Morrigan's leather chaps Refined Anima Core legs of Zamorak Refined Anima Core legs of Zamorak Pernix chaps Pernix chaps Anima Core legs of Zamorak Anima Core legs of Zamorak
Weapon slot Ascension crossbow Ascension crossbow Shadow glaive Shadow glaive Death Lotus dart Death Lotus dart Attuned crystal chakram Attuned crystal chakram Chaotic crossbow Chaotic crossbow
2h slot Seren godbow Seren godbow Noxious longbow Noxious longbow Decimation Decimation Wyvern crossbow Wyvern crossbow Attuned crystal bow Attuned crystal bow
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand shadow glaive Off-hand shadow glaive Off-hand Death Lotus dart Off-hand Death Lotus dart Off-hand attuned crystal chakram Off-hand attuned crystal chakram Off-hand chaotic crossbow Off-hand chaotic crossbow
Shield slot Vengeful kiteshield Vengeful kiteshield Attuned crystal deflector Attuned crystal deflector Eagle-eye kiteshield Eagle-eye kiteshield Elysian spirit shield Elysian spirit shield Armadyl buckler Armadyl buckler
Ammo slot Ascension bolts 4 Ascension bolts / Araxyte arrow 5 Araxyte arrow Wyvern spines 5 Wyvern spines Royal bolts 5 Royal bolts N/A N/A
Gloves slot Nightmare gauntlets Nightmare gauntlets Swift gloves (white) Swift gloves Ascension grips Ascension grips Pernix gloves Pernix gloves Armadyl gloves Armadyl gloves
Feet slot Flarefrost boots Flarefrost boots Pernix boots Pernix boots Armadyl boots Armadyl boots Silverhawk boots (60) Silverhawk boots Glaiven boots Glaiven boots
Ring slot Asylum surgeon's ring Asylum surgeon's ring Ring of death Ring of death Archers' ring (i) Archers' ring (i) Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit / Onyx ring (i) Onyx ring (i) Archers' ring Archers' ring
Aura slot Reckless aura Reckless aura Sharpshooter aura Sharpshooter aura Dark magic aura Dark magic aura Inspiration aura Inspiration aura Invigorate aura Invigorate aura
Pocket slot Superior scrimshaw of cruelty Superior scrimshaw of cruelty Illuminated Book of Law Illuminated god book Superior scrimshaw of ranging Superior scrimshaw of ranging Scrimshaw of cruelty Scrimshaw of cruelty Sign of life Sign of life / Sign of death Sign of death
  1. Only fires Bolt racks.
  2. Does not require ammo.
  3. Only fires Hand cannon shots. Also has a chance to explode.
  4. Does not work with LootShare.

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