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Dark beasts are large, bull-like monsters requiring a Slayer level of 90 or higher to harm. They attack with both magic and melee, though they use magic far more frequently than melee. The Iorwerth Clan encountered dark beasts in the Mourner Tunnels during the Elven Civil War, and they often killed the slaves that the Iorwerth Clan were using to find the Temple of Light.

A Mask of Gloom (and its upgraded variant) can be used to have slayer masters give you the option of taking a dark beast task once a day, provided that you are wearing it. The Dark beast assignment token also has similar mechanics, but only works on Morvran.

Dark beasts are well known for their slightly uncommon blue charm drop, the dark bow, and dark arrowheads. They are one of two creatures able to drop death talismans, the other being dragon implings. They are also good droppers of the rare drop table, and are one of the slayer monsters to drop the crystal triskelion pieces. They're also one of the few droppers of the sirenic scale, which is a material needed to create sirenic armour, powerful level 90 ranged armour. They have the second highest drop rate of sirenic scales after the Legiones; however, dark beasts are a far more popular choice because of the lower requirements in addition to the expensiveness of the keystones and 95 Slayer to access the Legiones.

While dark beasts can only be accessed by members, their lower-level revenant counterparts are on both member and free to play worlds. If assigned as a Slayer task, revenant dark beasts may take their place, although this is not recommended due to their higher damage output, slow respawn, and the risk of player killers.

Using good ranged equipment, soul split, a bonecrusher and demon horn necklace, a player can stay as long as they want, as their defence is quite low for their level.

LocationsEdit

If the player is killing dark beasts for a Slayer assignment then they can gain 20% additional Slayer experience by equipping a demonic skull while killing dark beasts in Forinthry Dungeon. They can gain another 20% extra experience per kill if they accept a special slayer contract from Erskine while assigned dark beasts as a Slayer task if they kill the dark beasts in Forinthry Dungeon. These experience bonuses stack, meaning the player may gain 40% extra Slayer experience. Completing a special slayer contract rewards the player with a choice of coins or combat experience.

Mourner TunnelsEdit

Mourner Tunnels map

The dark beasts are in the tunnels between the Mourner headquarters in West Ardougne and the entrance to the Temple of Light.

When entering from the headquarters, the player must wear mourner gear and have the new key to enter the tunnels from the mourner headquarters basement. Mourner gear can be obtained during and after the Mourning's Ends Part I quest, but the player must have started the Mourning's Ends Part II quest to obtain the new key and enter the tunnels.

The new key is easily obtained in the mourner headquarters and can be readily discarded once in the tunnels to free up an inventory slot. Mourner gear is not well suited for fighting dark beasts, so players prefer to switch to ranged gear and heal up once in the tunnels. Mourner gear takes up six inventory slots which could otherwise be used more efficiently. The gear is sufficiently time consuming to obtain, however, so many players prefer not to discard it once in the tunnels. This leads them to seek other routes to the dark beasts.

After Mourning's Ends Part II, players can go to the death altar via the Abyss and then reach the tunnels by going through the Temple of Light. This method is dangerous though, since you may be attacked on the way to the Abyss, and both the Abyss and the temple have aggressive monsters.

After the Within The Light quest, players can have Eluned help them add a Temple-of-Light teleport to their crystal teleport seeds. This teleport is a very fast and safe way to reach an area near the dark beasts and avoids cluttering inventory with mourner gear, keys, or trinkets.

After Plague's End quest mourner gear is no longer required to enter the tunnels. The new key can be found by searching the head mourner's desk if the player wishes to enter the mines through their headquarters.

Kuradal's DungeonEdit

Kuradal's Dungeon map

Kuradal's Dungeon allows players who have not completed Mourning's Ends Part II to receive dark beasts as a Slayer task from Kuradal. The beasts are located in the second to last chamber of the dungeon, immediately before the iron and steel dragons. However, as with all monsters in Kuradal's dungeon, they may only be fought if they have been assigned as a task by Kuradal or Morvran.

The Slayer mask or helm, the Mask of Gloom or Helm of Darkness, provides two daily teleports straight to the Dark beast cave (or the Mourner tunnels).

Players with 90 Agility can take the shortcut near the dungeon entrance to get to them quickly.

The entrance to the dungeon is located in the Ancient Cavern. Players may quickly reach this area by using the ferocious ring's teleport to arrive next to Kuradal or by using the fairy ring code BJQ which will take players near the steps leading up to the dungeon entrance.

Strategy and tacticsEdit

Main article: Dark beast/Strategies
Well last time I fought Dark beasts I used a crossbow with bolts and took them down effectively.

Dark beasts are large, dog-like predators with massively muscled bodies that protect them from crushing weapons. I've managed to trap a few in the dungeon I'm guarding.

 
— Kuradal

DropsEdit

100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Big bonesBig bones1Always379

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
64–65%9%4–5%8%14%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 105,676 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Rune full helmRune full helm1Uncommon18,487
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Uncommon27,415
Dark bowDark bow1Rare[1]68,804
Fellstalk seed 5Fellstalk seed3Common1,197
Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax(noted)Uncommon10,624
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Uncommon4,505
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(noted)Uncommon2,670
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Uncommon28
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon293
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon216
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon2,600
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon691
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Uncommon598
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon6,347
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed1Uncommon890
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare1,350
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare1,151
Torstol seed 5Torstol seed1Very rare2,756
Coins 10000Coins6,000–18,000Common6,000–18,000
Death talismanDeath talisman1Common685
SharkShark2Uncommon1,928
Dark arrowheads 5Dark arrowheads5–15Uncommon965–2,895
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,630
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore(noted)Uncommon7,212
Sirenic scaleSirenic scale1Rare370,569
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
  1. ^ Estimated at 1/486 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Ferocious ring (5)Ferocious ring1Rare[1]Not sold
Curved boneCurved bone1RareNot sold
Long boneLong bone1RareNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 1[2]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 2[2]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 3[2]1Very rareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Only in Kuradal's dungeon
  2. ^ a b c Triskelion fragments are dropped in order.

Rare drop tableEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,011
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,251
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,594
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,189
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare188,505–230,395
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common19,448
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common22,300
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,190
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare548,550–670,450
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,688
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,011
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,235,160–1,509,640
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,230
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare558,450–930,750
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,667
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,302
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common23,956–29,044
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,055,025–1,289,475
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,335
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare909
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare440,245–555,386
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare167,310–211,068
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare43,200–60,480
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,385–24,915
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon292,725–357,775
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon27,288–34,110
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare289,440–353,760
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon35,600–195,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common12,960–15,840
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon216,360–264,440
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common49,784–56,896
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare480,060–586,740
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare944,190–1,154,010
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,466
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare621,990–760,210
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon406,710–497,090
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon322,290–393,910
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon258,885–316,415
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon214,380–262,020
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon18,900–21,600
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon16,114–18,416
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon456,136
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare2,155,650
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common5,850–7,150
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common16,335–19,965
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon162,000–198,000
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,260–15,990
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare131,625–160,875
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon47,025–57,475
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare588,600–719,400
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,792
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*365,608
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*17,641,253
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold


Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold

TriviaEdit

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