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Dark beasts are large, dog-like monsters requiring level 90 Slayer to harm. They attack with both magic and melee, though they use magic far more frequently than melee. The Iorwerth Clan encountered dark beasts in the Mourner Tunnels during the Elven Civil War, and they often killed the slaves that the Iorwerth Clan were using to find the Temple of Light.

A Mask of Gloom (and its upgraded variant) can be used to have slayer masters give you the option of taking a dark beast task once a day, provided that you are wearing it. The dark beast assignment token also has similar mechanics, but only works on Morvran.

Dark beasts are well known for their slightly uncommon blue charm drop, the dark bow, and dark arrowheads. They are one of two creatures able to drop death talismans, the other being dragon implings. They are also good droppers of the rare drop table, and are one of the slayer monsters to drop the crystal triskelion pieces.

While dark beasts can only be accessed by members, their lower-level revenant counterparts are on both member and free to play worlds. If assigned as a Slayer task, revenant dark beasts may take their place, although this is not recommended due to their higher damage output, slow respawn, and the risk of player killers.

Using good ranged equipment, soul split, a bonecrusher and demon horn necklace, a player can stay as long as they want as their defence is quite low for their level.

Locations

If the player is killing dark beasts for a Slayer assignment 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 dark beasts 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 and tactics

Main article: Dark beast/Strategies
Well last time I fought Dark beasts I used a crossbow with bolts and took them down effectively.

Dark beasts are large, dog-like predators with massively muscled bodies that protect them from crushing weapons. I've managed to trap a few in the dungeon I'm guarding.

 
— Kuradal
Well last time I fought Dark beasts I used a crossbow with bolts and took them down effectively.

Dark beasts are large, dog-like predators with massively muscled bodies that protect them from crushing weapons. We found some while mining the Mourner tunnels, in search of the Temple of Light.

 
— Morvran

Drops

100% drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Big bonesBig bones1Always169

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
65%9%4%8%14%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 145,030 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Rune full helmRune full helm1Uncommon20,892
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Uncommon29,002
Dark bowDark bow1Rare[1]72,064
Fellstalk seed 5Fellstalk seed3Common837
Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax(noted)Uncommon11,702
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Uncommon4,565
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(noted)Uncommon3,582
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon647
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon107
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon2,309
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon497
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Uncommon298
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon8,893
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed1Uncommon253
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare301
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare331
Torstol seed 5Torstol seed1Very rare718
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Unknown133
Coins 10000Coins6,000–18,000Common6,000–18,000
Death talismanDeath talisman1Common855
SharkShark2Uncommon1,302
Dark arrowheads 5Dark arrowheads5–15Uncommon1,265–3,795
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,270
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore(noted)Uncommon1,710
Sirenic scaleSirenic scale1Rare282,522
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Ferocious ring (5)Ferocious ring (5)1Rare[2]Not sold
Curved boneCurved bone1RareNot sold
Long boneLong bone1RareNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 1[3]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 2[3]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 3[3]1Very rareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Estimated at 1/486 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  2. ^ Only in Kuradal's dungeon
  3. ^ a b c Triskelion fragments are dropped in order.

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 sapphire1Common338
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common742
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,044
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,280
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare102,600–125,400
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common12,001
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,117
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,423
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare514,035–628,265
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,457
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,849
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare875,340–1,069,860
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,056
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,115
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,820–19,180
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,085,670–1,326,930
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,013
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare826
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare346,970–437,716
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare40,560–51,168
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare17,075–23,905
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common26,595–32,505
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon191,250–233,750
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,492–13,858
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare352,080–430,320
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon24,800–136,400
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common23,220–28,380
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon51,300–62,700
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common23,576–26,944
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare227,340–277,860
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare106,650–130,350
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,587
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare113,805–139,095
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon354,780–433,620
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon131,940–161,260
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon160,155–195,745
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon111,420–136,180
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon4,214–4,816
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,634–5,296
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon77,060
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare288,490
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common30,600–37,400
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common10,530–12,870
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon306,900–375,100
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,852–15,498
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare127,575–155,925
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon18,270–22,330
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare227,610–278,190
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,185
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*208,534
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,848,679,360
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 rare8,773

Trivia

  • Dark beasts were involved in the God Wars, as evidenced by the revenant dark beasts located in the Forinthry Dungeon.
  • Dark beasts used to drop normal bones, despite being a large monster. This was changed on 11 April 2012 to big bones. This also gave them a chance to drop long bones and curved bones.
  • On 13 October 2014, dark beasts were one of many monsters to receive a reworked drop table.
  • Before 5 June 2017, Protect/Deflect magic reduced their damage by 95%; this was changed to 50%. Their max hit was also increased to 1,080, though this was unintentional. This was reverted on 12 June 2017.
  • Dark beasts resemble an ancient rhinoceros species named Elasmotherium. Both have large, stocky bodies, and very large horns on the face.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this monster was 1,239,731 kills[1].
    • This had increased to 1,415,899 by 6 May 2018.[2] At this time, these were the most killed monsters of those tracked.

References

  1. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. 2 Feb 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Slayer creature in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"*
  2. ^ Mod Shauny. Top Slayer Killers - 6th May 2018. 6 May 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Slayer creature in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"*
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