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This article is a strategy guide for Black demon.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.
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Despite their combat level, Black demons have fairly low defence. However, they are usually one of the most dangerous monsters in the dungeons they inhabit because of their accuracy and high max hit. Note: that when planning to train prayer with the ashes that are dropped, it is advised to bring infernal urns as this will grant more experience than just spreading the ashes.


While using melee used to be a cost-effective method of killing them, due to their new magic attack and its accuracy, many players planning to melee will find they are getting damaged often. It is recommended to use protection prayers to reduce some of the damage. You should also have good armour, food, and have a defence level of at least 80. A healing familiar and ring of life are optional although highly recommended. Prayer flashing can also be used to reduce consumption of prayer points, but requires fast reflexes and good timing. Finally, those with level 92 Prayer can utilise the Soul Split curse to heal slightly with every damaging hit.

Guthan's set-effect is useful when training on Black Demons. Please note that the demons can damage you very fast and you may not be able to heal fast enough unless you have 80+ Defence. In case the effect of the armour set can't heal enough on the black demons, there are usually weaker monsters nearby that the player can heal on, such as wild dogs or earth warriors.

The Darklight is a very cheap and effective weapon against Black demons if you have fairly high stats. It is especially helpful if you are on a task and use your Slayer helm.

Recommended equipment for melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Mighty slayer helmet Mighty slayer helmet
(on slayer task)
Mask of the Black Demon Mask of the Black Demon (on slayer task)
Achto Teralith Helmet Achto
Teralith Helmet Teralith Helmet
Superior tetsu helm Superior
Tetsu helm Tetsu helm
Malevolent helm Malevolent helm Torva full helm Torva full helm
Neck slot Demon horn necklace Demon horn necklace
(if Praying, with Attuned ectoplasmator Attuned ectoplasmator)
Brawler's blood necklace Brawler's blood necklace Amulet of souls Amulet of souls Brawler's knockout necklace Brawler's knockout necklace Saradomin's whisper Saradomin's whisper
Back slot Completionist cape Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Ket TokHaar-Kal-Ket Max cape Max cape Fire cape Fire cape Ardougne cloak 4 Ardougne cloak 4
Torso slot Achto Teralith Cuirass Achto
Teralith Cuirass Teralith Cuirass
Superior tetsu body Superior
Tetsu body Tetsu body
Malevolent cuirass Malevolent cuirass Torva platebody Torva platebody Torag's platebody Barrows equipment
Legs slot Achto Teralith Leggings Achto
Teralith Leggings Teralith Leggings
Superior tetsu platelegs Superior
Tetsu platelegs Tetsu platelegs
Malevolent greaves Malevolent greaves Torva platelegs Torva platelegs Verac's plateskirt Barrows equipment
Main hand slot Darklight Darklight Drygore longsword Drygore weaponry Lava whip Lava whip/
Tetsu katana Tetsu katana
Attuned crystal dagger Attuned crystal dagger Chaotic longsword Chaotic weaponry
2h slot Noxious scythe Noxious scythe Attuned crystal halberd Attuned crystal halberd Chaotic spear Chaotic spear/
Chaotic maul maul
Armadyl godsword Godswords Zamorakian spear Zamorakian spear/
Saradomin sword Saradomin sword
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore longsword Drygore weaponry Tetsu wakizashi Tetsu wakizashi Off-hand attuned crystal dagger Off-hand attuned crystal dagger Off-hand chaotic longsword Chaotic weaponry Jessika's sword Jessika's sword/
Enhanced Excalibur Enhanced Excalibur
Off-hand slot Malevolent kiteshield Malevolent kiteshield Chaotic kiteshield Chaotic kiteshield Bandos warshield Bandos warshield N/A N/A
Ammo slot Tirannwn quiver 4 Tirannwn quiver N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot (Achto Teralith Gauntlets Achto)
Teralith Gauntlets Teralith Gauntlets
Razorback gauntlets Razorback gauntlets Pneumatic gloves Pneumatic gloves Goliath gloves (red) Goliath gloves Torva gloves Torva gloves
Feet slot (Achto Teralith Boots Achto)
Teralith Boots Teralith Boots
Emberkeen boots Emberkeen boots Steadfast boots Steadfast boots Torva boots Torva boots Bandos boots Bandos boots
Ring slot (Superior leviathan ring Superior)
Leviathan ring Leviathan ring
Onyx ring (i) Onyx ring (i) Berserker ring (i) Berserker ring (i) Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit Dragonstone ring (i) Dragonstone ring (i)
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pocket slot Attacker's insignia Attacker's insignia Holy wrench Holy wrench N/A N/A N/A

Items: 4-6 Prayer pots, Super or Extreme sets, 2-3 Prayer renewals, 10-15 pieces of food, a summoning potion or super restore (if you have familiar).

Ranging black demons is the most effective way to kill black demons. Post-EoC, they have gained a magic attack ability, which makes safe-spotting tactics obsolete. As black demons are weak against bolts, one effective way of killing them is by using the Black salamander or higher grade range weapons.

Recommended equipment for Ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Mighty slayer helmet Mighty slayer helmet
(on slayer task)
Mask of the Black Demon Mask of the Black Demon (on slayer task)
Sirenic mask Sirenic mask Pernix cowl Pernix cowl Armadyl helmet Armadyl helmet Demon slayer circlet Demon slayer circlet
Neck slot Demon horn necklace Demon horn necklace
(if Praying, with Attuned ectoplasmator attuned ectoplasmator)
Farsight blood necklace Farsight blood necklace Amulet of souls Amulet of souls Farsight sniper necklace Farsight sniper necklace Saradomin's murmur Saradomin's murmur
Back slot Ava's accumulator Ava's device Completionist cape Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Xil TokHaar-Kal-Xil Max cape Max cape Ardougne cloak 4 Ardougne cloak 4
Torso slot Sirenic hauberk Sirenic hauberk Pernix body Pernix body Armadyl chestplate Armadyl chestplate Demon slayer torso Demon slayer torso N/A
Legs slot Sirenic chaps Sirenic chaps Pernix chaps Pernix chaps Armadyl chainskirt Armadyl chainskirt Demon slayer skirt Demon slayer skirt N/A
Main hand slot Ascension crossbow Ascension crossbow Death Lotus dart Death lotus dart Attuned crystal chakram Attuned crystal chakram Chaotic crossbow Chaotic crossbow Armadyl crossbow Armadyl crossbow
2h slot Noxious longbow Noxious longbow Royal crossbow Royal crossbow Attuned crystal bow Attuned crystal bow Zaryte bow Zaryte bow Hand cannon Hand cannon
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand Death Lotus dart Off-hand death lotus dart Off-hand attuned crystal chakram Off-hand attuned crystal chakram Off-hand chaotic crossbow Off-hand chaotic crossbow Off-hand Armadyl crossbow Off-hand Armadyl crossbow
Off-hand slot Vengeful kiteshield Vengeful kiteshield Attuned crystal deflector Attuned crystal deflector Eagle-eye kiteshield Eagle-eye kiteshield Elysian spirit shield Elysian spirit shield Armadyl buckler Armadyl buckler
Ammo slot Ascension bolts 4 Ascension bolts/
Araxyte arrow 5 Araxyte arrows
Royal bolts 5 Royal bolts/
Wild arrow 5 Wild arrows
Hand cannon shot Hand cannon shot N/A N/A
Gloves slot Deathtouch bracelet Deathtouch bracelet Ascension grips Ascension grips Swift gloves (red) Swift gloves Pernix gloves Pernix gloves Armadyl gloves Armadyl gloves
Feet slot Flarefrost boots Flarefrost boots Pernix boots Pernix boots Armadyl boots Armadyl boots Demon slayer boots Demon slayer boots N/A
Ring slot Ring of death Ring of death Archers' ring (i) Archers' ring (i) Asylum surgeon's ring Asylum surgeon's ring Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit/
Onyx ring (i) Onyx ring (i)
Archers' ring Archers' ring
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pocket slot Attacker's insignia Attacker's insignia Holy wrench Holy wrench N/A N/A N/A


Magic is not recommended due to black demons having high defence against magic, leading to the low speed and max hits of magical attacks slowing down kills in comparison to using range unless one's ranging level is extremely low. In addition, the cost for runes can add up to losses over time, even when collecting the dropped infernal ashes. The lone exception to this is the Polypore staff, especially at higher magic levels, because of its cheap usage cost, high maximum damage, and the profitability of infernal ashes. When combined with a Extreme magic/Overload potion, an arcane stream necklace and a Hexcrest/Full slayer helmet (on slayer tasks), the Polypore staff can yield fairly fast kills.

Dwarf Cannon

Use of the Dwarf Multicannon is not recommended. Since the EoC, the cannon is no longer effective against Black Demons. Using the cannon would also cause many demons to attack you.

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