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Dark beasts are large, dog-like monsters requiring level 90 Slayer 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.

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

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 End Part I quest, but the player must have started the Mourning's End 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 End 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 End 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.

Forinthry DungeonEdit

Forinthry Dungeon is a final choice for players who are unwilling to use the Mourner Tunnels or Kuradal's Dungeon to kill dark beasts. The beasts are located at the westernmost chamber of the dungeon, near the level 31 exit. As they are located in the Wilderness and in a multi-combat area, players should only bring items they do not mind losing in the event of death. There are many spawns (similar to the Mourner Tunnels) in a clumped area, allowing for fast kill rates.

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.

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
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. We found some while mining the Mourner tunnels, in search of the Temple of Light.

 
— Morvran

DropsEdit

100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Big bonesBig bones1Always201

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
65%9%4%8%14%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 140,282 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Rune full helmRune full helm1Uncommon19,857
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Uncommon28,782
Dark bowDark bow1Rare[1]70,752
Fellstalk seed 5Fellstalk seed3Common1,242
Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax(noted)Uncommon10,402
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Uncommon2,992
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(noted)Uncommon2,070
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon817
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon131
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon2,517
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon695
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Uncommon345
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon5,131
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed1Uncommon518
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare625
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare674
Torstol seed 5Torstol seed1Very rare1,025
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Unknown174
Coins 10000Coins6,000–18,000Common6,000–18,000
Death talismanDeath talisman1Common952
SharkShark2Uncommon1,930
Dark arrowheads 5Dark arrowheads5–15Uncommon920–2,760
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,350
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore(noted)Uncommon8,862
Sirenic scaleSirenic scale1Rare302,996
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Ferocious ring (5)Ferocious ring (5)1Rare[2]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[3]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 2[3]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 3[3]1Very rareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Estimated at 1/486 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  2. ^ Only in Kuradal's dungeon
  3. ^ 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 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common717
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,146
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,635
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,011
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare135,495–165,605
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,581
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common19,765
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,853
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare533,385–651,915
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,640
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare37,027
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,087,740–1,329,460
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare890
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,876
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare568,140–946,900
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,951
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,184
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common20,792–25,208
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,073,655–1,312,245
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,318
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,947
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare515,840–650,752
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare154,895–195,406
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare54,050–75,670
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common28,080–34,320
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon240,300–293,700
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,668–16,482
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare304,740–372,460
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,600–146,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common15,570–19,030
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon265,860–324,940
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common37,730–43,120
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare363,825–444,675
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,079,100–1,318,900
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,655
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare624,825–763,675
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon340,380–416,020
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon135,000–165,000
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon145,935–178,365
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon144,270–176,330
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon8,750–10,000
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,436–10,784
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon377,464
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare977,290
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common18,900–23,100
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common8,190–10,010
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon201,150–245,850
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,084–13,366
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare110,025–134,475
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon33,120–40,480
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare378,270–462,330
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon5,678
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*356,731
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,967,717,757
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
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare18,484

TriviaEdit

  • Dark beasts were involved in the God Wars, as evidenced by the revenant dark beasts located in the Forinthry Dungeon.
  • Dark beasts used to drop normal bones, despite being a large monster. This was changed on 11 April 2012 to big bones. This also gave them a chance to drop long bones and curved bones.
  • On 13 October 2014, dark beasts were one of many monsters to receive a reworked drop table.
  • Before 5 June 2017, Protect/Deflect magic reduced their damage by 95%; this was changed to 50%. They gained a damage buff (their max hit was increased to 1080) with the same update, although the buffs were confirmed to be unintentional. Their damage was reverted on 12 June 2017.
  • Dark beasts resemble an ancient rhinoceros species named Elasmotherium. Both have large, stocky bodies, and very large horns on the face.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this monster was 1,239,731 kills[1].
    • This had increased to 1,415,899 by 6 May 2018.[2] At this time, these were the most killed monsters of those tracked.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. 2 Feb 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Slayer creature in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"
  2. ^ Mod Shauny. Top Slayer Killers - 6th May 2018. 6 May 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Slayer creature in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"