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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 bones1Always187

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]70,309
Fellstalk seed 5Fellstalk seed3Common3,162
Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax(noted)Uncommon28,222
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Uncommon12,027
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed(noted)Uncommon11,974
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon3,561
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon779
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Uncommon8,077
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon1,409
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Uncommon643
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon18,372
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed1Uncommon635
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare3,314
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare1,730
Torstol seed 5Torstol seed1Very rare995
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Unknown175
Coins 10000Coins6,000–18,000Common6,000–18,000
Death talismanDeath talisman1Common1,117
SharkShark2Uncommon2,396
Dark arrowheads 5Dark arrowheads5–15Uncommon1,265–3,795
Death runeDeath rune10Uncommon1,230
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore(noted)Uncommon1,446
Sirenic scaleSirenic scale1Rare450,490
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 sapphire1Common582
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,068
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,489
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,873
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare129,285–158,015
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,711
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,965
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,536
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare564,120–689,480
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,774
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,890
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare556,200–679,800
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare890
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,874
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,825
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,125–17,125
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,029,510–1,258,290
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,338
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,365
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare205,920–259,776
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,025–15,170
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare9,475–13,265
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common66,555–81,345
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon269,100–328,900
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,716–15,334
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare398,340–486,860
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon22,600–124,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common32,490–39,710
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon43,380–53,020
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common20,384–23,296
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare196,560–240,240
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare78,930–96,470
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,222
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare93,330–114,070
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon793,800–970,200
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon153,360–187,440
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon161,910–197,890
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon208,980–255,420
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon46,396–53,024
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon24,220–27,680
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon333,468
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare898,370
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common54,900–67,100
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common19,530–23,870
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon222,750–272,250
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,852–15,498
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare127,575–155,925
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon18,495–22,605
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare318,330–389,070
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon14,380
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*109,035
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,621,945,897
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 rare5,581

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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