For the elite version, see Dark beast (elite).
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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 bones.pngBig bones1Always203

Charms

No charmGold charm.pngGreen charm.pngCrimson charm.pngBlue charm.png
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 helm.pngRune full helm1Uncommon20,892
Rune chainbody.pngRune chainbody1Uncommon29,002
Dark bow.pngDark bow1Rare[1]77,444
Fellstalk seed 5.pngFellstalk seed3Common2,175
Grimy toadflax.pngGrimy toadflax(noted)Uncommon22,500
Grimy lantadyme.pngGrimy lantadyme(noted)Uncommon7,551
Grimy dwarf weed.pngGrimy dwarf weed(noted)Uncommon8,476
Belladonna seed 5.pngBelladonna seed1Uncommon1,007
Cactus seed 5.pngCactus seed1Uncommon1,016
Toadflax seed 5.pngToadflax seed1Uncommon9,872
Irit seed 5.pngIrit seed1Uncommon1,018
Avantoe seed 5.pngAvantoe seed1Uncommon375
Kwuarm seed 5.pngKwuarm seed1Uncommon12,857
Snapdragon seed 5.pngSnapdragon seed1Uncommon293
Lantadyme seed 5.pngLantadyme seed1Rare726
Dwarf weed seed 5.pngDwarf weed seed1Rare822
Torstol seed 5.pngTorstol seed1Very rare540
Poison ivy seed 5.pngPoison ivy seed1Unknown302
Coins 10000.pngCoins6,000–18,000Common6,000–18,000
Death talisman.pngDeath talisman1Common932
Shark.pngShark2Uncommon3,866
Dark arrowheads 5.pngDark arrowheads5–15Uncommon1,415–4,245
Death rune.pngDeath rune10Uncommon2,320
Adamantite ore.pngAdamantite ore(noted)Uncommon1,362
Sirenic scale.pngSirenic scale1Rare698,722
Rare drop table.pngRare drop table1RareNot sold

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Ferocious ring (5).pngFerocious ring (5)1Rare[2]Not sold
Curved bone.pngCurved bone1RareNot sold
Long bone.pngLong bone1RareNot sold
Spirit sapphire.pngSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emerald.pngSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit ruby.pngSpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 1[3]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 2[3]1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 3[3]1Very rareNot sold
Court summons.pngCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigy.pngStarved 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 250.pngCoins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphire.pngUncut sapphire1Common809
Uncut emerald.pngUncut emerald1Common2,555
Uncut ruby.pngUncut ruby1Common1,842
Uncut diamond.pngUncut diamond1Common4,843
Uncut diamond.pngUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare217,935–266,365
Loop half of a key.pngLoop half of a key1Common11,053
Tooth half of a key.pngTooth half of a key1Common11,538
Uncut dragonstone.pngUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,077
Uncut dragonstone.pngUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare543,465–664,235
Dragon longsword.pngDragon longsword1Common56,212
Dragon spear.pngDragon spear1Rare35,861
Battlestaff.pngBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare542,160–662,640
Rune javelin.pngRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebody.pngRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebody.pngRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left half.pngShield left half1Rare64,399
Dragon helm.pngDragon helm1Uncommon58,601
Rune arrowheads 5.pngRune arrowheads113–137Common14,916–18,084
Onyx bolts 5.pngOnyx bolts135–165Very rare1,003,725–1,226,775
Chaos talisman.pngChaos talisman1Rare1,923
Nature talisman.pngNature talisman1Rare1,473
Water talisman.pngWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare164,320–207,296
Earth talisman.pngEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,025–15,170
Fire talisman.pngFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare5,225–7,315
Raw lobster.pngRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common47,655–58,245
Raw shark.pngRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon321,075–392,425
Big bones.pngBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,804–16,646
Dragon bones.pngDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare384,480–469,920
Coal.pngCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon22,400–123,200
Gold ore.pngGold ore90–110 (noted)Common52,830–64,570
Adamantite ore.pngAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon40,860–49,940
Adamant bar.pngAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common24,654–28,176
Adamant bar.pngAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare237,735–290,565
Runite ore.pngRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare127,710–156,090
Rune bar.pngRune bar(noted)Common8,955
Rune bar.pngRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare134,325–164,175
Grimy torstol.pngGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon485,010–592,790
Grimy snapdragon.pngGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon161,010–196,790
Super restore (4).pngSuper restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon125,910–153,890
Prayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon130,950–160,050
Lantadyme seed 5.pngLantadyme seed14–16Uncommon10,164–11,616
Dwarf weed seed 5.pngDwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon11,508–13,152
Magic seed 5.pngMagic seed4Uncommon209,856
Palm tree seed 5.pngPalm tree seed10Rare396,000
Flax.pngFlax450–550 (noted)Common43,200–52,800
Molten glass.pngMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common27,585–33,715
Soft clay.pngSoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon188,550–230,450
Yew logs.pngYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,356–13,694
Yew logs.pngYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare112,725–137,775
Teak plank.pngTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon16,740–20,460
Mahogany plank.pngMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare356,670–435,930
Blurberry Special.pngBlurberry Special1Uncommon12,008
Vecna skull.pngVecna skull1Very rare*124,871
Hazelmere's signet ring.pngHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,432,268,388
Brawling gloves (Melee).pngBrawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic).pngBrawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged).pngBrawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility).pngBrawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking).pngBrawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM).pngBrawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing).pngBrawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter).pngBrawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining).pngBrawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer).pngBrawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing).pngBrawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving).pngBrawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC).pngBrawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2.pngCrystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3.pngCrystal 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 token.pngKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill token.pngMimic kill token1Very rare5,575

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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