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This article is about the monster. For the summoning familiar, see Shadow nihil (familiar).
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The Shadow nihil is fought during the Fate of the Gods quest alongside the smoke nihil, the ice nihil and the blood nihil. After the quest, they can be found in The Pit, accessible via the World Gate.

The shadow nihil is a member of the nihil race, created by Zaros during his testing of genetic manipulation. By its examine, the shadow nihil was likely created by weaving the essence of a demon.

The shadow nihil, like the other nihil in the arena, run across the halls and into holes in the wall, causing damage to any players that stand in its way. It always runs north, appearing from a different hole each time, until the player attacks it and draws its attention, at which point it solely focuses on using ranged attacks. The shadow nihil has a very high defence, so players are recommended to bring weapons that are at least level 70. Similiar to the other nihils, the shadow nihil has a special attack which it uses every 18 seconds (30 game ticks) with a "hiss" warning provided before its usage. When activated, a shadow appears on the spot where the player is, dealing 500 damage for three ticks for a total of 1500 damage in a similar fashion to Nex during her shadow phase. This attack does not follow the player, so it can be avoided by simply moving away from the spot when the nihil hisses. The shadow nihil, unlike the other nihils, also has an enhanced defence mechanism, which causes it to take less damage from ranged and magic attacks depending on its distance to the player, quite similar to the ascension legiones. Due to this, players should consider using melee weapons to fight this type of foe.

After the quest, the nihils may be fought for their drops. They are aggressive unless the Shard of Zaros is equipped.

Drops

Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 10000Coins7,358; 24,537Common7,358–24,537
Death runeDeath rune30Common3,390
Elder energy 1000Elder energy50; 100Common11,200–22,400
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips8Uncommon59,976
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(noted)Uncommon8,650
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Uncommon13,665
Pure essencePure essence30 (noted)Uncommon660
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon24,216
Fire talismanFire talisman(noted)Rare1,875
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Zaryte bowZaryte bow1Very rare[1][2]8,224,818

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Elder charmElder charm1CommonNot sold
Demon hornDemon horn1CommonNot sold
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)1RareNot sold
  1. ^ 1/1,000,000
  2. ^ Mod Rowley. "Ancient Combat FAQ." 28 May 2014. Recent Game Updates Forums.

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 sapphire1Common397
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common726
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,223
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,545
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare114,525–139,975
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common10,388
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,827
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,108
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare544,860–665,940
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,171
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,444
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare725,040–886,160
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,829
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,958
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,368–18,632
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,053,810–1,287,990
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,338
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare999
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare259,610–327,508
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare15,600–19,680
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare9,375–13,125
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common28,350–34,650
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon173,025–211,475
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,676–12,874
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare321,660–393,140
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon23,200–127,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,840–41,360
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon43,380–53,020
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common22,918–26,192
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare220,995–270,105
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare93,870–114,730
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,107
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare106,605–130,295
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon355,590–434,610
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon111,780–136,620
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon178,155–217,745
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon127,215–155,485
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon4,900–5,600
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,312–4,928
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon104,348
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare277,870
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common40,500–49,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,835–14,465
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon294,300–359,700
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,288–13,612
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare112,050–136,950
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon14,670–17,930
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare223,020–272,580
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon9,095
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*131,137
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,671,277,144
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 rare9,624
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