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Dark beasts are large, bull-like creatures found in the Mourner Tunnels on the path to the Temple of Light and inside Kuradal's Dungeon. Dark beasts require a Slayer level of 90 to kill. They can attack using magic or melee. If the player is not adjacent to the beast, it only uses magic and does not try to move into melee range. If the player is within melee range, it uses melee most of the time. These monsters are weak to bolts.

A Mask of Gloom can be worn to get dark beasts as a slayer task from those masters who can assign them. A Dark beast assignment token can also force a dark beast task from Morvran of the Iorwerth Clan.

Dark beasts are well known for their slightly uncommon blue charm drop, the dark bow, and dark arrowheads. They are one of the few droppers of the death talisman, 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, but since Dark beasts are much easier to kill, they are a more popular option for obtaining scales.

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. However, killing their revenant counterparts is not a good idea because the profit between the regular and revenant version is extremely varied, the revenant counterpart respawns somewhat slow and players risk all of their items within the wilderness.

Dark beasts are an often underestimated method of training combat stats. Using good ranged armour, a good crossbow and bolts, and potions (stat boosting and prayer potions), players may kill these beasts swiftly, as their defence is only average. The cost of buying the needed potions may be offset by dark bow drops.

Dark beasts have a higher chance (14%) to drop blue charms than most other creatures, the exceptions being exiled kalphite guardians/marauders at 26%, glacors at 35% and tormented demons at 40%. However, glacors and tormented demons have more requirements than dark beasts.

Dark beast standard

A banner depicting a dark beast


Mourner tunnelsEdit

Temple of light

A map of the Mourner tunnels, with Dark beast locations marked in yellow

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 players 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 requires the crystal trinket from the quest to be in inventory to reset the light beam in the temple. This route is somewhat long and dangerous, however, since 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.

Kuradal's DungeonEdit

Kuradal dungeon map

A map of Kuradal's dungeon

The release of Kuradal's Dungeon has made it possible to receive dark beasts as a Slayer task by players who have not completed Mourning's Ends Part II. 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 B•J•Q 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


100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Big bonesBig bones1Always373


Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 73,419 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Weapons and armourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune full helmRune full helm1Uncommon20,009
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Uncommon28,988
Dark bowDark bow1Rare[1]80,040
  1. ^ Estimated at 1/486 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.

Herbs and seedsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Fellstalk seed 5Fellstalk seed3Common1,290
Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax2 (noted)Uncommon10,028
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1 (noted)Uncommon5,305
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1 (noted)Uncommon5,558
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Uncommon15
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon247
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon253
Herb seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon412
Herb seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon111
Herb seed 5Avantoe seed1Uncommon528
Herb seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon1,475
Herb seed 5Snapdragon seed1Uncommon333
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare6,054
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare7,933
Herb seed 5Torstol seed1Very rare3,182


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 10000Coins6,000–18,000CommonNot sold
Death talismanDeath talisman1Common840
Dark arrowheads 5Dark arrowheads5–15Uncommon910–2,730
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon2,590
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore6 (noted)Uncommon7,872
Sirenic scaleSirenic scale1Rare302,989
Ferocious ringFerocious 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 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Only in Kuradal's dungeon

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000CommonNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common763
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,491
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,403
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,847
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare173,115–211,585
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon14,745
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon35,775
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,388
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare512,460–626,340
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,902
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon36,166
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,303,380–1,593,020
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare920
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon38,002
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare570,030–950,050
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon65,002
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,991
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,826–27,674
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Rare1,126,575–1,376,925
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon41,288
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon714
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon634
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare579,540–731,112
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare147,160–185,648
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare47,050–65,870
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon24,705–30,195
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon209,250–255,750
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon29,467–33,570
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon368,280–450,120
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon74,000–407,000
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common11,250–13,750
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon236,160–288,640
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common36,780
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare331,020–404,580
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare940,320–1,149,280
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common42,642
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare639,630–781,770
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon420,390–513,810
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon348,930–426,470
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon170,505–208,395
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon101,250–123,750
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon84,756–96,864
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon111,062–126,928
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon420,860
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,796,770
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common9,000–11,000
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common5,310–6,490
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon112,950–138,050
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon15,436–18,614
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare153,225–187,275
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon27,045–33,055
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare547,020–668,580
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1RareNot 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 market price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold


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