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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 rune30Common3,840
Elder energy 1000Elder energy50; 100Common15,100–30,200
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips8Uncommon55,920
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine(noted)Uncommon15,110
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme(noted)Uncommon22,092
Pure essencePure essence30 (noted)Uncommon840
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon23,638
Fire talismanFire talisman(noted)Rare1,520
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Zaryte bowZaryte bow1Very rare[1][2]6,737,007

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 sapphire1Common648
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common933
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,225
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,677
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare120,465–147,235
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common10,741
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,361
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,819
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare531,855–650,045
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,701
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,171
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare525,420–642,180
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare890
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,607
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,522
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common13,221–16,029
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,004,265–1,227,435
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,161
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,692
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare161,395–203,606
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare10,205–12,874
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare7,600–10,640
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common75,870–92,730
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon394,875–482,625
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon20,468–24,682
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare454,860–555,940
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon20,400–112,200
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common31,140–38,060
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon45,180–55,220
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common19,474–22,256
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare187,785–229,515
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare90,810–110,990
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common5,718
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare85,770–104,830
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon532,800–651,200
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon122,850–150,150
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon129,015–157,685
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon145,035–177,265
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon25,886–29,584
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon12,502–14,288
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon254,228
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare840,630
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common50,400–61,600
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common15,435–18,865
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon252,000–308,000
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon15,232–18,368
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare151,200–184,800
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon15,660–19,140
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare235,980–288,420
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon13,399
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*116,132
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,686,657,284
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 rare8,272
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