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Black demons are large demons that inhabit various locations across RuneScape. They use Magic attacks that can hit up to 672. They are stronger than their greater demon cousins and are often assigned by Sumona, Duradel/Lapalok, Kuradal and Morvran as Slayer tasks. Black demons drop infernal ashes as a 100% drop and are considered a good source for crimson charms with more than a 40% drop rate for these charms. They are far weaker than their combat level suggests - players who fight equally with lesser demons might have only little trouble with defeating black demons, with the use of prayers and abilities. Because of their high combat level and relative ease to defeat, black demons are often killed for their starved ancient effigy drops and slayer experience.

Black demons originate on Infernus, where they were called Alyaroth, as did the other demons seen in Gielinor. They are part of the Avernic race, which were tribal and primitive, and slaves to whoever was ruling Infernus at the time. At the time of Palkeera's memory of the realm, they were enslaved by the cannibalistic Chthonians, who were unable to consume the Avernics for some reason. Among the Avernic demons, the Tsutsaroth were the dominant tribe, ruling over the Alyaroth and Byzroth in a brutal manner.

Locations

Taverley Dungeon

The nearest banks to Taverley Dungeon are the west Falador bank or Taverley bank, both of which are quite close to the dungeon. The black demons, however, are fairly deep within Taverley Dungeon. This makes for a fairly long journey unless a player has 70 Agility to use the shortcut to the blue dragons, or 80 Agility to use the shortcut to the poison spiders. Alternatively, a player can use 5 dragon trinkets to teleport to the blue dragons. A summer pie may be used to boost agility by 5. If the player does not have the Agility level required to use the shortcuts, a dusty key will be required to access the area. This spot can yield very good Slayer experience on tasks if using a cannon. The best option for banking is using the Taverley Lodestone, and running south to the bank. The Taverley bank is within sight of the dungeon entrance which can be right-clicked to enter from just outside the bank. Other options for fairly quick banking are to teleport to the Castle Wars bank chest and return using the balloon transport system or to Home Teleport to Falador and use the west Falador agility shortcut. This area is usually not recommended due to the long distances involved for players without at least 65 Agility and also uses up an inventory space for the key needed.

Brimhaven Dungeon

Brimhaven Dungeon is also good for fighting black demons - getting in and out is no threat but can be time consuming if you are not using the Dungeoneering cape. A cannon can be used to defeat these demons, but it can also fire at the nearby wild dogs and iron dragons. Karamja lodestone is right outside the dungeon, allowing for quick access. There is another black demon in the same room as the bronze dragons.

875 coins are required for every entry - this fee is waived once the Hard Karamja tasks are completed.

Edgeville Dungeon

Skull This area is located within the Wilderness and is frequented by player killers.
Edgeville Dungeon is considered a convenient place to slay in relative peace as there are three spawns, enough to sustain one player. This can be used for high levels as players can easily bank in an empty world by filling their inventory up with items, then going to the ladder to the obelisk and use the Home teleport to the lodestone for relatively fast banking for the infernal ashes and other potentially decent drops.

Chaos Tunnels

Skull This area requires travel through the Wilderness.
The black demons in the Chaos Tunnels are located in the north-western section, in a room connected to the dust devils to the south, and earth warriors and bronze dragons to the west. The closest entrance to the black demons is the level 6 entrance into the gargoyle chamber. Players should be advised of the dangers involved in navigating the Chaos Tunnels before fighting here, including traversing through several areas with aggressive monsters, and outside, the risk of PKers. A player with 70 Dungeoneering can use the Resource dungeon located in the black demon chamber, as it's less crowded. The Dungeoneering cape offers unlimited teleports to the entrance of the resource dungeon, without needing to go through the Wilderness or other chambers.

Players using Guthan's set can heal with them though care should be taken to not to mis-click on the portal to the bronze dragons. Players can also easily bank up infernal ashes by using the Home Teleport to Edgeville. This area isn't crowded usually. Players who die here by accident will respawn at Edgeville and it should take around 2–5 minutes to get back to your grave, depending on the chances of misfiring portals.

Chaos Tunnels resource dungeon

Players need 70 Dungeoneering to access the Chaos Tunnels resource dungeon, which works well for melee. There are eight black demons in here. Prayer is highly advised, as there are multiple demons in this area which can potentially deal more damage than you. Using Soul Split to heal the damage taken is highly recommended but not required.

For players with 99 Dungeoneering or higher, this location is a great option for killing Black demons, as you can use the perk of the Dungeoneering cape to access the dungeon at anytime or alternatively players can use a hoardstalker ring.

Wilderness Ruins

Skull This area is located within the Wilderness and is frequented by player killers.
A group of seven black demons can be found in the ruins south of the Demonic Ruins. If the player is killing black demons for a Slayer assignment at this location then they can gain 20% additional Slayer experience by equipping a demonic skull. They can gain another 20% extra experience per kill if they accept a special slayer contract from Erskine while assigned black demons 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.

Strategy

Main article: /Strategies

Wear the best Ranged gear available to you. The higher the level of Ranged armour you wear; the better defence will be towards magical monsters such as demons.

Black demons have a high defence against melee attacks, as they are magic-based monsters.

Drops

100% drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Infernal ashesInfernal ashes1Always1,439

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
22–23%21%11%44%2%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 207,014 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Off-hand black scimitarOff-hand black scimitar1Common3,820
Black scimitarBlack scimitar1Uncommon4,989
Black platebodyBlack platebody1Uncommon4,254
Rune helmRune helm1Uncommon10,533
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Rare37,480
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Uncommon29,002
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr(noted)Common1,763
Grimy iritGrimy irit(noted)Common3,835
Grimy spirit weedGrimy spirit weed(noted)Common6,870
Law runeLaw rune10Uncommon4,000
Blood runeBlood rune10Uncommon6,710
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common466
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,235
Adamant barAdamant bar(noted)Uncommon1,428
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Uncommon795
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Uncommon2,734
Coins 1000Coins10–3,277Common10–3,277
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
GrapesGrapes(noted)Uncommon7,676
Chilli potatoChilli potato1Uncommon440
Wine of ZamorakWine of Zamorak1Uncommon8,763

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold

Rare drop table

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 sapphire1Common466
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common795
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,235
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,734
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare123,030–150,370
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common12,089
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common15,061
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,496
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare562,320–687,280
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,355
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,238
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare658,800–805,200
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,988
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,023
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,690–17,810
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,069,335–1,306,965
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,143
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,156
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare243,230–306,844
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,935–16,318
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare10,875–15,225
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common51,975–63,525
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon202,725–247,775
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,084–13,366
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare314,100–383,900
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon21,800–119,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,300–40,700
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,840–52,360
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common19,992–22,848
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare192,780–235,620
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare91,980–112,420
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,810
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare102,150–124,850
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon674,100–823,900
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon191,520–234,080
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon174,195–212,905
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon150,390–183,810
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon8,162–9,328
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon5,992–6,848
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon152,936
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare419,720
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common43,200–52,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common12,555–15,345
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon256,050–312,950
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,832–14,268
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare117,450–143,550
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,545–16,555
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare224,370–274,230
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon9,513
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*95,118
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,590,640,621
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 drops

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 rare9,345

Gallery

Trivia

  • Slayer Masters say that the black demon is the strongest demon. However, there are several demons which are stronger.
  • The animation of demons when idle was updated 5 July 2010. Previously, they didn't move their wings as much, and moved their tail more.
  • There was a graphics error with the transparency of the wings where if you looked closely when the wings were lined up with the body of the demon, you could see right through the solid body of the demon, through the wings. This has since been fixed.
  • Their sound effects were updated on 19 April 2010.
  • Black demons received a graphical update on the 29th January 2013. The graphics were shown in an earlier video, as seen here. In the video, the combat level of the demon appears to be at least 300 but this did not show up in the update.
  • Formerly, black demons attacked using melee. Currently, they attack with magic. 
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