All Combat experience: 0
Combat experience: 0
All Combat experience: 361.5
Combat experience1: 361.5
All Combat experience: 598.5
Combat experience2: 598.5
All Combat level: 92
Combat level1: 92
All Combat level: 95
Combat level2: 95
All Is members only: false
Is members only1: false
All Is members only: true
Is members only2: true
All Release date: 27 February 2002
Release date1: 27 February 2002
All Release date: 28 August 2007
Release date2: 28 August 2007
Hellhounds are mid to high level demons often given as a Slayer assignment to mid to high level players. The introduction of the Summoning skill brought about a rise in players killing them due to their gold charm drop rate. They have the third highest combat level of any monster outside of Daemonheim in F2P, surpassed by the deadly red spider and revenant knight. Hellhounds are also known for their very high drop rate of hard clue scrolls.
Hellhounds can be an excellent way to train melee for F2P players, as players can exploit their weakness to slash with the Rune 2h sword and Gravite 2h sword, possibly getting more experience per hour than Deadly red spiders. Keep in mind: hellhounds are found only in the Wilderness in F2P worlds, so beware of the risk of PKers. The area is usually uncrowded.
God Wars Dungeon (m) Note: Although the hellhounds here give significantly more slayer experience, there are very few of them in the dungeon, including only one inside Zamorak's fortress, making this an inefficient training option.
If the player is killing hellhounds for a Slayer assignment then they can gain 20% additional Slayer experience by equipping a demonic skull while killing hellhounds in the Forinthry Dungeon, Wilderness Volcano or Deep Wilderness. They can gain another 20% extra experience per kill while killing hellhounds in these locations if they accept a special slayer contract from Erskine while assigned hellhounds as a Slayer task. 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.
They also don't count when assigned a "dog" slayer task.
Hellhounds could be dogs or wolves that were corrupted by magic or something they ate (similar to the origin of hellcats), rather than actual demons. This would explain why they drop bones.
On 16 June2009, hellhounds were placed in the wilderness volcano, making it the first P2P monster to enter F2P. It also broke the record of strongest, non-revenant, free to play monster with a combat level of 92.
After the ring of wealth update on March 162011, the charm drop rates of hellhounds and rock lobsters had "gone walkabouts". This caused hellhounds to drop gold charms less frequently. Rather, they seemed to drop blue charms much more often. This was, however, fixed on March 28 as noted in the patch notes of that date.