|Release date||26 January 2005 (Update)|
|XP per kill||Unknown edit|
|Assigned by||Chaeldar, Sumona, Duradel or Lapalok, Kuradal|
|Examine text||Flies like a rock.|
Two gargoyle statues are placed either side of the entrance to the Slayer Tower. Their wings open and close with the doors. These cannot be attacked. Gargoyles also guarded doorways of the Grim Reaper's house in the 2007 Hallowe'en event.
It is recommended to complete gargoyle tasks when assigned them, as they have quite valuable drops and drop blue charms frequently, ideal for summoners. These include granite mauls, rune full helms, pure essence, mystic robe top (dark) and clue scroll (hard). Adamant boots are not as valuable as they used to be due to a Wilderness update. Finally, they drop a decent amount of alchable steel equipment such as the battleaxes, full helms and two-handed swords.
Gargoyles have similar, but better, drops than Greater demons.
Players must use a rock hammer to break gargoyles apart when they reach fewer than 90 life points. There is no way to actually tell whether a gargoyle has 90 life points remaining, so the player should use their best judgement and kill the gargoyle when it has just a small amount of LP left. The delay between a "Smash" and a weapon hit is very small, so if you accidentally hit the gargoyle too soon, do not worry. It will not slow down the following hit by a great amount. Gargoyles restore life points at a very fast rate; twenty life points in approximately five seconds. Gargoyles also use very accurate melee attacks, which makes bringing strong melee protection armour even more important. Gargoyles are weaker to crush attacks. For those who use a crush weapon, the chaotic maul, Saradomin sword, Zamorakian spear, goliath gloves, along with the godswords are extremely effective; the dragon mace and dragon battleaxe, combined with a dragon defender, are cheaper alternatives.
Gargoyles are weak for their combat level. Stabbing and slashing weapons work, but not as well as crush weaponry. Magic attacks are also good at them, most noteably the Polypore staff can easily kill them within a few accurate hits.
Another effective way to fight gargoyles is to use magic against them in the Chaos Tunnels, since the number 1 ladder leads directly to the gargoyle room. There are numerous bushes and plants in the area, providing several safespots. Once the gargoyle has been reduced to fewer than 90 life points, the player can run up to it with the rock hammer to finish it off. Similarly, in Kuradal's Dungeon, there is a stalagmite safe spot just northwest of the energy barrier between the gargoyles and blue dragons, where the gargoyles may be safely attacked with magic. Gargoyles are weak to magic.
Players who have completed Smoking Kills can spend 400 slayer points to purchase the ability to make killing blows faster; this ability applies to all Slayer tasks which require a special killing blow (gargoyles, rock slugs, etc.). Once purchased, you only need to have the rock hammer in your inventory for the gargoyle to be automatically smashed when it hits 0 life points. To kill it when life points are above 0, you will still need to use the "Smash" option.
The Chaos Tunnels are the easiest way to complete a task assigned from either any master other than Kuradal. To get there, use the entrance north of the Edgeville monastery (the one closest to Bork). In there are four gargoyles. They are fairly spread out but are confined to a small oval room which allows the use of safespots once they become tolerant. Players should use Protect from Melee or Deflect Melee if they accidentally misclick on a portal as mummies reside in two of the portals and the other one leads to a large number of skeletons and zombies. This however is the fastest and most efficent way for players without 61 Agility.
The Slayer Tower is a rarely used option for those wanting to kill gargoyles, however players who are wearing the Morytania legs 4 can receive 10% extra Slayer experience from them if they are on a Slayer task. It contains seven gargoyle spawns fairly spread out from each other. The gargoyles here are a fair distance from a bank and are generally not crowded. At least 61 Agility (for shortcuts) is recommended, in order to avoid running through the first two winding floors. A full slayer helmet, slayer helmet or nosepeg is required due to most routes passing through the aggressive aberrant spectres, which will lower stats with their attacks, unless you plan to walk through the first floor and climb up the ladder at the Infernal mages.
Kuradal's Dungeon is another good place to slay gargoyles. However, this area can only be used if she has assigned you a task of gargoyles. This place is often crowded, due to the ease of killing them here. A ferocious ring helps quicken kills here, as it adds 40 damage to every successful hit. Some dragonfire protection is optional as there are blue dragons on the way that can expend supplies if they manage to get a lucky hit with dragonfire. There are seven gargoyles in here, and the room is relatively small, making this an efficient spot if player numbers are low.
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 96,088 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
- Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Steel 2h sword 1 Common 392 Steel battleaxe 1 Common 266 Steel hatchet 1 Common 34 Granite maul 1 Rare 28,905
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Rune full helm 1 Rare 20,713 Adamant boots 1 Rare 990 Steel full helm 1 Rare 198 Mystic robe top (dark) 1 Rare 71,316
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Fire rune 37, 75 Common 370–750 Chaos rune 15 Common 615 Death rune 5 Uncommon 465
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 11–498 Common Not sold Pure essence 35 (noted) Uncommon 3,045 Mithril bar 3 Uncommon 4,707 Steel bar 3 Uncommon 2,277 Gold bar 1 Uncommon 136 Thread 10 Uncommon 150 Ferocious ring 1 Uncommon Not sold Clue scroll (hard) 1 Rare Not sold Spin ticket 1 Rare Not sold Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold Anagogic ort 20 Unknown Not sold
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- Gargoyles are featured in the FunOrb game "Armies of Gielinor" as followers of Zamorak.
- If a gargoyle is poisoned and has barely any LP left, it may die without needing to use the rock hammer.
- If the player has purchased the ability to automatically "smash" and kill certain Slayer monsters like gargoyles, a Summoning familiar will be able to kill them without the use of a rock hammer.
- It has been implied that gargoyles are a sub-species of demon, created by summoning a demon from the Infernal Dimensions and binding their life force to a statue. This is implied most strongly in the FunOrb game Armies of Gielinor, in which gargoyles are described as "A flying demon with long-range throwing rocks." However, in Runescape they attack by kicking you.
- Despite being made of stone, gargoyles can be poisoned. This may be an oversight.
- Like most creatures, gargoyles become unagressive after a certain amount of time. However, it seems they become agressive again a while after that. It is unknown if this is a glitch.