Elite monster spawned

An elite monster spawned

Elite monsters are more powerful versions of normal monsters that have a chance to spawn upon the death of one of its lower-levelled variants.

Most elite monster kills reward players with 220% extra Slayer experience, if on task, compared to what would be earned from the normal monster. They also give three rolls on the monster's drop table. If on a Slayer assignment, one elite monster is guaranteed to spawn (unless the task was obtained before the update on 27 July 2015). Otherwise, elite monsters generally follow a spawn rate of between 1/1000 and 1/500 [1]. Once an elite monster has spawned it is only attackable by the spawning player for three minutes (unless they move a significant distance away), after which anyone may attack it.

Many elite monsters tend to have triple the maximum hit of their normal counterparts. In addition, some have a special effect or attack that they can use in combat.

Considering the elites, having only 2.2x Slayer xp but 4x Life Points, just less than 4x Combat experience, a higher combat level and only counts as 1 for a kill on slayer task, a player must decide if its worth engaging the elite or killing 4 regular monsters for more xp, for the same amount of (easier) damage output.

There are elite versions of the following monsters:

Normal Elite
Abyssal demon Abyssal demon (elite)
Ankou Ankou (elite)
Aquanite Aquanite (elite)
Cave horror Cave horror (elite)
Cow Super Cow
Dark beast Dark beast (elite)
Dust devil Dust devil (elite)
Earth warrior Earth warrior (elite)
Greater demon Greater demon (elite)
Harpie Bug Swarm Harpie Bug Swarm (elite)
Hobgoblin Hobgoblin (elite)
Infernal Mage Infernal Mage (elite)
Nechryael Nechryael (elite)
Ripper Demon Slasher Demon
Soulgazer Soulgazer (elite)
Waterfiend Waterfiend (elite)
Wyvern Wyvern (elite)

In addition to the above, some monsters have an elite variant, but do not follow the same mechanics as the ones above. With the exception of Veil-ripper Ozharakha, these monsters were released before the other elite monsters.

Normal Elite
Edimmu Edimmu (powerful)
Soulgazer (elite) Veil-ripper Ozharakha
Rune dragon Elite rune dragon
Cyclops Cyclossus
Lava strykewyrm WildyWyrm


The elite versions have varying names, with a randomly generated prefix and suffix. Super Cow and elite soulgazers are the only exceptions; they do not have a prefix or suffix.

Prefix Elite monster Suffix
Cruel of Death
Dangerous of Doom
Infamous of Fear
Monstrous of Pain
Notorious of Peril
Powerful of Suffering


  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Shogun's Twitter account. 7 Aug 2018.
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