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

Unlike the normal battle, Commander Zilyana has two forms in Hard Mode.

Her first phase is fought as normal, she spawns with 60,000 LP and uses much more accurate attacks and has higher defence.

In her second phase, Commander Zilyana regenerates 50,000 LP and may summon lightning around the room for every attack she does. This lightning hits very quickly and highly. Once she reaches 50 life points in this phase, Zilyana will collapse onto the ground with a timer bar above her head. The final blow must be done with a damaging ultimate ability before the timer bar reaches full, otherwise she will heal back 25,000 life points.

AttacksEdit

  • Melee attack: A single-target slash of her sword; max hit: 1,900
  • Mage attack: A multi-target lightning that envelopes every player in the room; max hit: 1,900

Zilyana has a fast attack speed, making her attacks both quick and accurate. During her second phase, she may summon lightning for every attack. The lightning bounces from tile to tile and deals rapid and heavy damage. Zilyana also has an attack that can stun her target.

StrategyEdit

The first phase is similar but harder than the standard fight.

During the second phase, Anticipation or Freedom should be used to prevent becoming stunned. Evading the lightning will help preserve food, and to finish off Zilyana, a damage inflicting Ultimate ability needs to be used (Deadshot, Omnipower, Tsunami, Unload, Incendiary Shot, Overpower, Massacre, Frenzy, Pulverize, Death's Swiftness or Sunshine). Note that Incendiary Shot takes several seconds to hit, which may allow her to heal meanwhile so using this as the finishing blow is not recommended, and that Death's Swiftness and Sunshine's damage-over-time effect need to hit in order to count. This is not possible if the Planted Feet perk is in effect. If using Magic it is advised to use Tsunami to finish Zilyana as it allows the player to gain 10% adrenaline for each critical hit for 30 seconds as well as hitting all targets around Zilyana, being more useful than Omnipower. If using melee with a 2h weapon it is advised to use Pulverize as it will give the player 50% adrenaline for killing her, which is more useful than the other melee abilities simply finishing her off with no other positive effect.

Meleeing Zilyana is the most dangerous combat style, although it can deal the most damage of any style. Beast of burden familiars are more important than combat or healing familiars due to the constant need to eat food. Hard Mode will cause even the most experienced players with the best armour to be eating food almost every kill.

Once Zilyana's second form is dead, it is a good idea to use Anticipation, Freedom and Devotion (and if the player brings a shield, Resonance and Preparation) to stall adrenaline for the next kill, so Rapid Fire/Destroy/Asphyxiate/Assault and other thresholds can be used instantly.

Ranged & MagicEdit

The player should attack Zilyana while running around the room, reducing the amount of times she hits the player and for rangers/magers it will allow Fragmentation Shot and Combust to hit for two times the damage as long as she moves around. Ranged users should use Deflect/Protect from Melee, while Magic and Melee users should use Deflect/Protect from Magic.

Recommended action bar setup for rangers:

  • Corruption Shot
  • Needle Strike
  • Fragmentation Shot
  • Piercing Shot
  • Binding Shot
  • Ricochet
  • Rapid Fire
  • Snap Shot
  • Bombardment
  • Deadshot
  • Anticipation
  • Freedom
  • If using a 2h crossbow, Needle Strike should be swapped for Dazing Shot.

Rapid Fire is best used at the start of the kill as moving around terminates it due to being a channeled ability. It is not recommended to use this on the second phase as Zilyana is more likely to hit harder and summon lightning tiles. Snipe is also a channeled ability and discouraged from all use on Zilyana.

Deadshot should be saved for the finishing blow.

Recommended action bar setup for mages:

  • Corruption Blast
  • Concentrated Blast
  • Combust
  • Wrack
  • Impact
  • Chain
  • Wild Magic
  • Asphyxiate
  • Metamorphosis
  • Tsunami
  • Anticipation
  • Freedom
  • If using a staff, Concentrated Blast should be swapped for Sonic Wave.

Metamorphosis is useful as it boosts the player's magic damage by 50% for 20 seconds even while moving.

Asphyxiate is best used at the start of the kill as moving around terminates it due to being a channeled ability. It is not recommended to use this on the second phase as Zilyana is more likely to hit harder and summon lightning tiles.

Tsunami should be saved for the finishing blow.

MeleeEdit

The player should attack Zilyana using the hit and run tactic to minimize damage taken. This is vital during the second phase as for every hit she does has a chance to summon lightning in the room. Debilitate is useful as it reduces Zilyana's damage inflicted by 50% for 10 seconds - meleers take more damage than any other style so this is recommended.

It is not advised to use Berserk as Zilyana can hit up to 2800 in a single hit while in Berserk mode, possibly leading to a short and deadly trip for the player.

Recommended action bar setup for 2h melee:

  • Cleave
  • Sever
  • Smash
  • Dismember
  • Slice
  • Quake
  • Hurricane
  • Assault
  • Pulverise
  • Debilitate
  • Anticipation
  • Freedom

Pulverise should be saved for the finishing blow.

Recommended action bar setup for dual wielding melee:

  • Decimate
  • Sever
  • Havoc
  • Dismember
  • Slice
  • Assault
  • Destroy (ability)
  • Flurry
  • Overpower
  • Debilitate
  • Anticipation
  • Freedom

Overpower should be saved for the finishing blow.

Recommended Setups Edit

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 N/A

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

Recommended equipment for Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Malevolent helm Malevolent helm Superior Statius's full helm Superior Statius's full helm Refined Anima Core helm of Zaros Refined Anima Core helm of Zaros Anima Core helm of Zaros Anima Core helm of Zaros Torva full helm Torva full helm
Neck slot Amulet of souls Amulet of souls Reaper necklace Reaper necklace Brawler's knockout necklace Brawler's knockout necklace Dragon Rider amulet Dragon Rider amulet Amulet of fury Amulet of fury
Cape slot Completionist cape Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Ket TokHaar-Kal-Ket Max cape Max cape Strength cape Cape of accomplishment (Strength or Defence cape are recommended for their perks) N/A
Torso slot Malevolent cuirass Malevolent cuirass Superior Vesta's Chainbody Superior Vesta's Chainbody Refined Anima Core Body of Zaros Refined Anima Core Body of Zaros Torva platebody Torva platebody Anima Core Body of Zaros Anima Core Body of Zaros
Legs slot Malevolent greaves Malevolent greaves Superior Vesta's plateskirt Superior Vesta's plateskirt Refined Anima Core Legs of Zaros Refined Anima Core Legs of Zaros Torva platelegs Torva platelegs Anima Core Legs of Zaros Anima Core Legs of Zaros
Weapon slot Drygore longsword Drygore weaponry Blade of Nymora Blade of Nymora Tetsu katana Tetsu katana Chaotic longsword Chaotic weaponry N/A
2h slot Noxious scythe Noxious scythe Zaros godsword Zaros godsword Dragon Rider lance Dragon Rider lance Chaotic maul Chaotic maul / Chaotic spear Chaotic spear N/A
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore longsword Drygore weaponry Blade of Avaryss Blade of Avaryss Tetsu wakizashi Tetsu wakizashi Off-hand chaotic longsword Chaotic weaponry N/A
Shield slot Malevolent kiteshield Malevolent kiteshield Divine spirit shield Divine spirit shield Chaotic kiteshield Chaotic kiteshield N/A N/A
Ammo slot Tirannwn quiver 4 Tirannwn quiver 4 Tirannwn quiver 3 Tirannwn quiver 3 Tirannwn quiver 2 Tirannwn quiver 2 Tirannwn quiver 1 Tirannwn quiver 1 N/A
Gloves slot Razorback gauntlets Razorback gauntlets Torva gloves Torva gloves Bandos gloves Bandos gloves Warpriest of Zamorak gauntlets (75) Warpriest of Zamorak gauntlets / Warpriest of Saradomin gauntlets (75) Warpriest of Saradomin gauntlets N/A
Feet slot Emberkeen boots Emberkeen boots Torva boots Torva boots Bandos boots Bandos boots Warpriest of Zamorak boots (75) Warpriest of Zamorak boots / Warpriest of Saradomin boots (75) Warpriest of Saradomin boots N/A
Ring slot Asylum surgeon's ring Asylum surgeon's ring Ring of death Ring of death Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit N/A N/A
Aura slot Supreme brawler aura Supreme brawler aura Berserker aura Berserker aura Supreme invigorate aura Supreme invigorate aura / Penance aura Penance aura Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura Invigorate aura Invigorate aura
Pocket slot Superior scrimshaw of vampyrism Superior scrimshaw of vampyrism Superior scrimshaw of attack Superior scrimshaw of attack Illuminated Book of Law Illuminated god book Sign of life Sign of life / Sign of death Sign of death Sign of item protection Sign of item protection

InventoryEdit

Supreme overload potion (6)Supreme overload potion (6)Super prayer renewal potion (6)Super prayer renewal potion (6)
Super restore (4)Pack yak pouchEnhanced Excalibur200Winter storage scroll
Super restore (4)Rocktail soupRocktail soupRocktail soup
Super restore (4)Rocktail soupRocktail soupRocktail soup
Super restore (4)Rocktail soupRocktail soupRocktail soup
Super restore (4)Rocktail soupRocktail soupRocktail soup
1000Air rune1000Fire runeRocktail soupTeleport to house
The following is only a recommendation.
  • Food: Rocktail soup > Rocktail > Shark
  • Prayer restore: Prayer potions and prayer renewal
  • Combat potions: Overloads > Extreme potions > Super potions
  • Adrenaline potion
  • Runes for your best spell, if using Magic
  • Familiar: Bring a beast of burden, and summon a healer once it is empty.
    • Beast of burden: Pack yak > Spirit pack pig (tier 3) > War tortoise > Spirit terrorbird
    • Healer: Unicorn stallion and scrolls > Bunyip > Fire/Ice/Moss titan and scrolls
  • Emergency teleport, also used to leave the chamber

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