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Elite Dark Mage chathead

Elite Dark Mages are monsters found in the Black Knights' Catacombs. The dungeon is only accessible during and after While Guthix Sleeps. He uses magic attacks, so armour with a decent magic defence bonus is helpful. However, Elite Dark Warriors and Elite Dark Rangers are in the same area, and they may very well attack you too. During Nomad's Requiem, a mage, ranger and warrior are sent to kill Nomad, but he defeats all of them with great ease.

Wearing full Elite black armour or the full Dagon'hai robe set will make this Mage not aggressive.

When fighting this monster, you might want to bring 2 fighting styles, as he uses protection prayers against any type of combat.


Elite dark mages attack with a large variety of combat spells, the most powerful of which is Earth Wave. They also have the ability to use prayer, so it is suggested to bring at least 2 forms of attack style to kill them with. Eventually they will run out of prayer so players can kill them. It will just take a little longer to do so. Also, there is a short break between their attacks when they switch their protection prayers. Wearing full Dagon'hai robes or full Elite black armour will make them and others in the dungeon non-aggressive.

  • Their prayers block all incoming damage of the style they are praying against, unlike players' prayers which only reduce damage.
  • Smite does not help drain their prayer, and neither does the ability Smash.
  • They will switch prayer against a particular combat style after taking a total of 1000 to 1500 life points of damage since the last prayer change, poison excluded.
  • They run out of prayer eventually and become vulnerable to every attack style.
  • They will only run out of prayer after they have been hit 20 times.
  • This monster uses Weaken, Confuse, and Curse to lower stats, so restore potions are advised.



100% DropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Big bonesBig bones1Always253


No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 167 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Armour and WeaponsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Black wizard robe topBlack wizard robe top1Uncommon532
Mystic air staffMystic air staff1Rare24,401


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Super attack (1)Super attack (1)2Uncommon2,048
Prayer potion (1)Prayer potion (1)1Rare1,226


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Fire runeFire rune5–28Common535–2,996
Dust runeDust rune4–10Common2,668–6,670
Air runeAir rune11–40Common704–2,560
Chaos runeChaos rune25Uncommon2,375
Nature runeNature rune1–6Rare421–2,526
Blood runeBlood rune1–2Rare589–1,178
Death runeDeath rune3–6Rare516–1,032
Fire talismanFire talisman2Rare2,014
Soul runeSoul rune4Very rare1,548


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 250Coins81–300Common81–300
Apple pieApple pie1Rare280
Earth orbEarth orb2Rare5,144
Clue scroll (medium)Clue scroll (medium)1Very rareNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot 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


  • Since they run out of prayer after 20 hits, if you attacked one Elite dark mage once and leave it alone, then the prayer would last forever. This also applies to the other monsters in the dungeon.
  • Monster Examine states that Elite dark mages have a max hit of 94. However, their actual max hit is 190, as the strongest spell they use is Earth Wave.
  • The Elite Dark Mage's model and chat head are identical to Nomad's prior to his rework for Nomad's Requiem.

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