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This article is about general slayer training. For high-level slayer training, see Slayer training guide (high-levelled).

Starting Out


Slayer master Kuradal

Players starting slayer should seek the highest leveled Slayer Master accessible to them. Higher leveled masters assign monsters with increased difficulty, which generally give more experience compared to their lower counterparts. It is recommended that players complete the quest Smoking Kills as soon as possible to receive full slayer reward points when completing tasks.

Access to Slayer Masters

Main article: Slayer Master

Requirements or quests for accessing different Slayer masters and areas include:

Master Levels Required Located Quest Required
Turael (Spria) [1] 1 MulticombatCombat Taverly None
Mazchna / Achtryn [2] 30 MulticombatCombat Canifis None
Vannaka 60 MulticombatCombat Edgeville Dungeon None
Chaeldar 110 MulticombatCombat Zanaris Lost City
Sumona 130 MulticombatCombat

35 SlayerSlayer

Polliniveach Smoking Kills
Duradel (Lapalok)[1] 150 MulticombatCombat

50 SlayerSlayer

Shilo Village Shilo Village
Kuradal 160 MulticombatCombat

75 SlayerSlayer

Ancient Cavern Barbarian Training
  1. ^ a b Turael is replaced by Spria, and Duradel is replaced by Lapalok with the completion of While Guthix Sleeps.
  2. ^ During While Guthix Sleeps, Mazchna is temporarily replaced by Achtryn.

Access to Slayer Monsters

These quests give access to new Slayer monsters. These slayer monsters will only be assigned after the completion of the required quest. Note that Waterfiends can be assigned even if you haven't spoken to Otto.

Getting to Slayer Monsters Quickly

The following transportation methods help slayers get to their tasks faster.

Slayer reward points

Main article: Slayer reward point

The competition of Smoking Kills allows players to receive full slayer reward points when completing slayer tasks and challenges. Player who have not completed Smoking Kills will only receive half the amount of points when completing tasks. Reward points can be used to cancel, skip, and block tasks among other purchasable rewards. One of the most sought-after reward is the ability to craft slayer helmets which can be upgraded to a full slayer helmet and even further.

Slayer reward points are awarded for every task the player completes after their fourth consecutive task. Tasks assigned by Turael (or Spira) do not award slayer reward point nor do they count towards the slayer task count. Changing a task with Turael or Spria will reset the task count to zero, and therefore make the player need to do another four tasks to start receiving points again.

Every 10th and 50th task, players should use the Slayer Master having the highest requirements they meet, due to the large increase in Slayer points given. The points gained every 10th and 50th task are 5 and 15 times the Slayer Master's regular points, respectively.

Slayer Master Points per task Points per 10th task Points per 50th task
Turael or Spria 0 0 0
Mazchna or Achtryn 2 5 15
Vannaka 4 20 60
Chaeldar 10 50 150
Sumona 12 60 180
Duradel or Lapalok 15 75 225
Kuradal 18 90 270


Main article: Weapons

When training Slayer, it is important to have a sufficient variety of weapons to cover any task that you will be doing. The ideal weapon for the task will correspond to the target's exact weakness (ie. crush, thrown, or water spells). A player's hit chance is dependant of your accuracy, the equipment you are wearing compared to the defence level of your opponent and the weakness. When choosing the ideal weapon, one should consider the weakness type as well as the level.

Melee weapons

In areas crowded with monsters, two-handed weapons may be preferred because of area-of-effect abilities. Nevertheless, all types of weapons are covered below.














While all bows and crossbows can use ammunition of any tier, the damage will cap at the weapon's level.

Bows and arrows



Crossbows and bolts







There are no two-handed thrown weapons.



If accuracy is not an issue, you may use the strongest spell you can.





It is rather easy to decide what armour to take on Slayer because you only have to compare its tier and its prayer bonus. This is made even easier when there is usually an available compromise at higher levels.

Power armour is highly recommended when slaying.

Melee Armour

  • Black mask, Slayer helmet, or Full slayer helmet - while they have very low defensive stats, they give a 12.5% increase to melee accuracy and damage when slaying assigned monsters (a full slayer helmet also does the same for ranged and magic). A Slayer helmet incorporates all Slayer headgear effects. The slayer helmet may be enchanted so that it may be charged with special attack scrolls for combat familiars to save special attack energy for the familiars.
  • Slayer masks/helms for getting specific tasks.
  • Verac's armour - has the decent defence of level 70 equipment and a small prayer bonus as an extra benefit.
  • Proselyte armour - while it has very low defensive stats, its prayer bonus is substantial and may be considered worth it on easier tasks by some players.
  • Salve amulet (e) - provides a 20% boost to Attack and Strength. Neither stacks with the Black mask/Slayer helmet effect - only the larger boost takes effect.
  • Saradomin's whisper - provides 4.4% crit to melee and 2 prayer bonus.
  • Tokhaar-Kal - The Tokhaar-Kal is the best melee cape for slayer. It provides some defence along with 2.4% melee crit and 2 prayer bonus.
  • Fire cape - a toned down version of the Tokhaar-Kal, this cape has lower stats, although its 2.2% melee crit is very decent.
  • Blessed spirit shield - an affordable level 70 shield
  • Dragon defender - a tier 60 offhand weapon that provides a decent boost to armour and life points.
  • Dragonfire shield - for those without access to Super antifires, this is a superior alternative to the Anti dragon shield. It also has good defensive bonuses.
  • Goliath gloves - level 85 gloves from Dominion Tower that deflect some damage to ranged-based monsters.
  • Dragon slayer gloves - gives a 10% increase to attack when slaying the assigned dragon task. This effect stacks with the Black mask or Slayer helmet's effect. Despite its benefits, the time required to obtain this is not worth the bonus effect.
  • Dragon boots, Bandos boots, and Steadfast boots - provide increasingly high defence stats along with increasing cost.
  • Warrior ring or Warrior ring (i) - provide 2.7% and 3.0% melee crit respectively.
  • Guthan's armour, Dharok's armour, and Torag's armour - if not planning to use their respective set effects, Verac's armour is better because it has prayer bonus.
  • Bandos armour - while it has a lesser prayer bonus than Verac's armour, Bandos doesn't degrade.
  • Torva armour - for those wanting very high defensive stats.

Ranged armour

Magic armour

Hybrid armour

The following equipment can be used for Ranging, Maging, and Meleeing. It is worth noting that hybrid armour has hybrid defences; for example, wielding Barrows Gloves when ranging will not provide any more magic defence than melee defence.

  • Full slayer helm - 12.5% increase to accuracy and damage for all combat styles.
  • Amulet of fury - provides 4.2% crit to all styles, along with 3 prayer bonus.
  • Ardougne cloak 3 - has 4 prayer bonus, 1.5% crit to all styles, and a bit of armour.
  • Soul Wars Cape - for those preferring more prayer bonus to crit, this cape provides a hefty 6 prayer bonus along with a bit of armour.
  • Any Skill Cape - these provide 2% crit to all styles and 180 armour. A 2 prayer bonus is available if trimmed.
  • Barrows gloves - Cheap level 70 gloves that are classed for all.
  • Onyx ring (i) - 124 armour and 2.7% crit to all.
  • Berserker ring and Berserker ring (i) - provides 2.2% and 2.5% crit to all styles.
  • Void Knight equipment - armour with low defence but an actual offensive bonus. It cannot be used with the slayer helmet. It is up to the Slayer to decide whether or not the set is beneficial to the task at hand.


Food is not strictly necessary with abilities such as Rejuvenate, Regenerate, and the ancient curse Soul Split. However, food can be good to bring as it requires no adrenaline and provides cheap healing, although costing part of your adrenaline bar when used.

A certain Constitution level is necessary to receive the maximum healing from certain foods, meaning that, for example, it is foolish to bring Rocktail when below 93 Constitution.

Below is a chart listing the best food for your level.

Image Food Healing Constitution-icon level for maximum healing Cost Notes
Summer pie Summer pie 1900 (950 * 2) 95 1,192 coins Takes two bites, healing 950 LP each.
Rocktail Rocktail 1860 93 4,690 coins While a very handy food, Rocktail cost more than many others and can be easily substituted for other, slightly less efficient foods.
Manta ray Manta ray 1820 91 3,283 coins Very expensive. It is recommended to use other foods.
Wild pie Wild pie 1700 (850 * 2) 85 2,194 coins Takes two bites, healing 850 LP each.
Cavefish Cavefish 1600 80 2,540 coins Boosts a random combat stat by 2.
Shark Shark 1600 80 1,933 coins A very nice food with common use.
Pineapple pizza Pineapple pizza 1300

(650 * 2)

65 452 coins Two bites healing 650 each.
Monkfish Monkfish 1240 62 388 coins A lower-level staple.
Swordfish Swordfish 900 45 157 coins A low-level but cheap food. Great for healing up before or after Slayer trips.

See Calculators/Food healed for a detailed cost per lifepoint breakdown.

Other Useful Items

  • Dramen staff or Lunar staff. You don't have to finish the whole Fairy Tale II quest, just do it until the middle when you are allowed to use the rings. If you finish Fairytale III - Battle at Orks Rift, you can use the Fairy Rings without needing the Dramen or Lunar staff, saving you an inventory space. It can also be useful for accessing Kuradal in the ancient cavern using the fairy ring code BJQ.
  • Enchanted Gem or Ring of Slaying to check how many kills you have left in your assignment. The Ring of Slaying also provides teleport to several locations. The Rellekka Slayer Caves teleport bring the player close to a fairy ring. The Sumona teleport will bring the player close to the slayer master and the smoke dungeon.
  • Combat stat-boosting potions (such as a Super set). These are a must-have for slayer. The time saved from using these will easily compensate for the price of the potions. Extremes should be used if available, but only use Overloads if you plan to kill stronger variants of your task (e.g K'ril Tsutsaroth instead of Greater demons)
  • A fast method of teleportation. A house tab is a good idea, since it takes up one inventory space, is stackable, and can take you to your house, which may contain many teleports, an altar, and a summoning obelisk.
  • Karamja gloves 3 can be useful for accessing Duradel, using the Shilo Village gem mine teleport. It also gives free entry into Brimhaven Dungeon if you're planning to kill monsters there.
  • Bones to Peaches is useful for monsters that drop bones, for those desperate for food.
  • Energy potions and/or Super energy potions for getting around quickly.
  • Summoning pouches and scrolls - Beasts of Burden to carry extra supplies or drops; Healers to reduce food consumption or eliminate the need for it altogether. Combat familiar pouches for faster experience. The highest levelled players will use a steel titan with their helmet and their inventory loaded with special attack scrolls for faster tasks even on dragon tasks, using a Bonecrusher for those tasks. A unicorn would be brought if a steel titan may not.
  • Holy wrench - Boosts the amount that prayer restoring potions regenerate. It is worth bringing for tasks with empty inventory spaces left over.
  • Broomstick or Pollnivneach tablet - For those without a Ring of Slaying, a Chipped House Tablet may be used, although it required the quest Love Story to be done. A broomstick teleport along with a carpet ride is also a semi-decent way to reach Sumona or the Smoke Dungeon.
  • Runes for NPC Contact - Allows the player to quickly get a new task after finishing one.
  • Ferocious Ring - This is the best ring to use in Kuradal's dungeon, and allows fast teleport to Kuradal.
  • Tokkul-Zo - It has semi-decent stats, as it offers 1.5% critical for all combat styles and +2 armour rating. Its Fight Caves and Fight Kiln teleports puts the player right next to a bank, and next to a Fairy Ring for the Fight Cave teleport. This ring provides an extra 10% damage against Tzhaar monsters, making it the best ring for those tasks.
  • Dwarf multicannon and Cannonballs - for faster killing; moderately expensive to use but usually speeds tasks and experience up considerably; faster kill rates mean time saved that could have been spent doing more slayer or making money to make up for the cost of cannonballs. Although higher levelled players might find cannoning all possible tasks to be the most efficient route, lower leveled players or those on a budget should consider cannoning only the tasks with monsters that are aggressive (dagannoths, hellhounds, mutated terrorbirds, suqahs, and kalphites).

Player-Owned Houses

Some players use their house as an advantage to quickly train Slayer.

Note that there are many cases where using player-owned houses are not the most efficient method, not all of the following advantages are relevant to those who have unlocked high level teleportations.

After the quest Love Story, using Teleport to House tabs with a chisel can allow players to any POH portal without moving their house.

Location Advantages Disadvantages
Rimmington Close to Mudskipper Point for mogre, ice warrior and skeletal wyvern tasks.Can be reached easily with an Explorer´s ring (3) teleport (cabbage port). Far from a Slayer master to exchange slayer points.

Fairy ring code AIQ teleports directly to Mudskipper Point.

The amulet of glory teleports to Draynor, rendering the time saved minimal.

Taverley Somewhat close to Trollheim for troll, spiritual mage, spiritual ranger, and spiritual warrior tasks
Close to the Heroes Guild and Taverley Dungeon for blue dragon tasks
Close to Burthorpe Slayer master for reassignment of tasks
The games necklace and Home Teleport teleports closer to all these locations. (except blue dragons). The Taverley lodestone gives quick access to the Burthorpe Slayer master, and the Burthorpe lodestone is more faster than using Taverley POH.
Pollnivneach Close to Sumona
Close to the Smoke Dungeon
The magic broom, Camulet and Bandit camp lodestone are somewhat slower but cheaper.

Ring of slaying can directly teleport to Sumona's house.


Quick access to Lunar Isle for a spellbook swap
Close to Fremennik Slayer Dungeon
Close to the Lighthouse for dagannoth tasks

Close to Waterbirth Island Dungeon for high-level dagannoth kills (level 90 Dagannoth and Dagannoth Kings)

Close to Ice strykewyrms.

Far from a Slayer Master to exchange slayer points.

Enchanted lyre teleports close to POH portal.

Fairy rings are faster to Ice strykewyrms. Games necklace is closer to the Lighthouse dagannoths. Lunar lodestone is faster to getting to Lunar Isle.


Close to the Brimhaven Dungeon
Fastest way to Duradel without the use of the NPC Contact or any means of teleportation such as Karamja Gloves 3 other than using the spirit tree patch followed by the cart-ride. Close to bank.

Few non-Slayer uses.

Karamja lodestone can be used to access the Brimhaven dungeon

Yanille Close to blue dragons and greater demons in the Ogre Encampment. Far from a Slayer master to exchange slayer points.

Watchtower teleport is close.

Using the Lodestone is a little bit faster.

Quest Experience

Total: 186,000 Experience

  • 4 x 100,000 experience from Idria after the While Guthix Sleeps quest may be used for the Slayer skill if the player is level 65 or higher.

Total: 586,000 Experience

Note that While Guthix Sleeps is not the only quest that gives experience in any skill, so more experience than 586,000 can be obtained. For more information on quests that give experience lamps that can potentially be used on Slayer, see Quest experience rewards.


There are generally three types of familiars used to help with completing slayer tasks, Beasts of Burden, Healers and Fighters.

Beast of Burden familiars increase a player's inventory size which allows for longer stays on Slayer assignments by either allowing the player to bring more food and/or equipment allowing the player to pick up more looted items before having to return to the bank.

Healer familiars provide sources of health restoration. This may consist of a constant heal over time, a scroll use spell, or the capability of creating food to eat. A healer familiar will still heal a player even if that player has no Summoning points left.

A fourth class of familiar, skill enhancing familiars, may be selected for a specific task to receive a desired effect. Example of this would be using a Macaw familiar while on an aberrant spectre assignment to improve the quality of herbs dropped.

Regardless of what class of familiar is selected, some thought must be taken when selecting a familiar for a particular slayer assignment. What works for one player may not work for another. Factors for selecting a familiar are location, a player's combat level, gear and method of attack for the assignment, a player's desired effect (faster kills, longer session, better drops) and what a particular familiars a player has access to. For example, it would be better to bring a Pack Yak to a Metal Dragons task if ranging due to the fact you will not get hurt as much, due to free inventory space being a luxury. Compare this to a meleer, who gets hit all the time (save halberds, which are slow and should only be used as a special attack weapon) may want to bring a Unicorn. Another example would be using a Bunyip over a Unicorn on a Waterfiend task. Waterfiends drop tons of raw food if you ever get hurt, so it would be more cost-efficient to use a Bunyip here over a Unicorn.

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