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Elite Dark Mages are monsters found in the Black Knights' Catacombs. The dungeon is only accessible during and after While Guthix Sleeps. He uses magic attacks, so armour with a decent magic defence bonus is helpful. However, Elite Dark Warriors and Elite Dark Rangers are in the same area, and they may very well attack you too. During Nomad's Requiem, a mage, ranger and warrior are sent to kill Nomad, but he defeats all of them with great ease.

Wearing full Elite black armour or the full Dagon'hai robe set will make this Mage not aggressive.

When fighting this monster, you might want to bring 2 fighting styles, as he uses protection prayers against any type of combat.

Strategy

Elite dark mages attack with a large variety of combat spells, the most powerful of which is Earth Wave. They also have the ability to use prayer, so it is suggested to bring at least 2 forms of attack style to kill them with. Eventually they will run out of prayer so players can kill them. It will just take a little longer to do so. Also, there is a short break between their attacks when they switch their protection prayers. Wearing full Dagon'hai robes or full Elite black armour will make them and others in the dungeon non-aggressive.

  • Their prayers block all incoming damage of the style they are praying against, unlike players' prayers which only reduce damage.
  • Smite does not help drain their prayer, and neither does the ability Smash.
  • They will switch prayer against a particular combat style after taking a total of 1000 to 1500 life points of damage since the last prayer change, poison excluded.
  • They run out of prayer eventually and become vulnerable to every attack style.
  • They will only run out of prayer after they have been hit 20 times.
  • This monster uses Weaken, Confuse, and Curse to lower stats, so restore potions are advised.

Drops

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
96–99%0.1–2.6%0–1.6%0.1–2.6%0.1–2.6%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 167 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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100% drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Big bonesBig bones1Always171

Main drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Black wizard robe topBlack wizard robe top1Uncommon933
BattlestaffBattlestaff1Rare3,554
Mystic air staffMystic air staff1Rare24,479
Super attack (1)Super attack (1)2Uncommon2,986
Prayer potion (1)Prayer potion (1)1Rare764
Fire runeFire rune5–28Common365–2,044
Dust runeDust rune4–10Common3,592–8,980
Air runeAir rune11–40Common451–1,640
Chaos runeChaos rune25Uncommon3,025
Nature runeNature rune1–6Rare489–2,934
Blood runeBlood rune1–2Rare678–1,356
Death runeDeath rune3–6Rare348–696
Fire talismanFire talisman2Rare560
Soul runeSoul rune4Very rare1,872
Coins 250Coins81–300Common81–300
Apple pieApple pie1Rare285
Earth orbEarth orb2Rare10,756
Sealed clue scroll (medium)Sealed clue scroll (medium)1Very rareNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot 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 rare9,193

Trivia

  • Since they run out of prayer after 20 hits, if you attacked one Elite dark mage once and leave it alone, then the prayer would last forever. This also applies to the other monsters in the dungeon.
  • The Elite Dark Mage's model and chat head are identical to Nomad's prior to his rework for Nomad's Requiem.
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