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This article is about the Slayer monster. For the superior variant, see Night beast.
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Dark beasts are monsters that require 90 Slayer to kill, and are found in the Mourner Tunnels as well as in the Dragon's Den (north-west) area of the Catacombs of Kourend. Along with their superior variant, they are the only monster in the game to drop the dark bow and the death talisman.

Dark beasts attack with both Melee and Magic; however, they will only use Magic if they are attacked by the player first, or if they cannot attack the player with Melee. Dark beasts do not follow tolerance rules, and are always aggressive to the player regardless of how long they have stayed in their presence. Their highly accurate melee attacks means that using Protect from Melee is recommended when killing dark beasts.

A combat level of 100 is required to have them assigned to the player as a Slayer assignment, unless the player has spoken to a Slayer Master about the difficulty of assignments; progressing through Mourning's Ends Part II to the point where the player can access the tunnels is also required, as well as 90 Slayer.

Players who have a Slayer ring and completed Mourning's End Part II can rub the ring to immediately teleport to the dark beasts in the Mourner Tunnels. Another fast method to reach these dark beasts is the death altar through the Abyss. If the player cannot use these methods, then they will need to enter through the Mourner Headquarters wearing a full mourner set (with no non-regulated items being worn) and the new key to open the door.

Drops

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Big bones Big bones 1 Always 240

Weapons and armour

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Black 2h sword Black 2h sword 1 Common 918
Black battleaxe Black battleaxe 1 Common 471
Black axe Black axe 1 Common 449
Adamant sq shield Adamant sq shield 1 Uncommon 1,985
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon 29,503
Rune med helm Rune med helm 1 Uncommon 11,080
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,604
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,820
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,466
Dark bow Dark bow 1 Rare (1/512) 458,529

Runes

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Death rune Death rune 20 Common 4,980
Chaos rune Chaos rune 30 Uncommon 2,640
Air rune Air rune 47 Uncommon 282
Blood rune Blood rune 10–15 Uncommon 3,860–5,790

Herbs

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam leaf Grimy guam leaf 1 Common 10
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 Common 10
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 Common 111
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 Uncommon 560
Grimy ranarr weed Grimy ranarr weed 1 Uncommon 10,062
Grimy irit leaf Grimy irit leaf 1 Uncommon 852
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 1,772
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 1,354
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 1,534
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 1,429
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 508

Seeds

This monsters drops seeds from the rare allotment seed drop table.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 5 Toadflax seed 1 Uncommon 938
Herb seed 5 Irit seed 1 Uncommon 49
Belladonna seed 5 Belladonna seed 1 Uncommon 38
Poison ivy seed 5 Poison ivy seed 1 Rare 20
Cactus seed 5 Cactus seed 1 Rare 53
Herb seed 5 Avantoe seed 1 Rare 724
Herb seed 5 Kwuarm seed 1 Rare 378
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 86,762
Herb seed 5 Cadantine seed 1 Rare 1,008
Herb seed 5 Lantadyme seed 1 Rare 1,712
Herb seed 5 Dwarf weed seed 1 Rare 370
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 Very rare 57,219

Other

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 100 Coins 64–220 Common Not sold
Attack potion(3) Attack potion(3) 1 Uncommon 2
Shark Shark 1–2 Uncommon 1,231–2,462
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon 5,145
Adamantite bar Adamantite bar 3 (noted) Uncommon 6,006
Runite ore Runite ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 11,177
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,516
Death talisman Death talisman 1 Rare (1/128) 5,218
Clue scroll (hard) Clue scroll (hard) 1 Rare (1/128) Not sold
Ancient shard Ancient shard 1 Rare (1/186.66)[1] Not sold
Dark totem base Dark totem base 1 Rare (1/280)[1] Not sold
Dark totem middle Dark totem middle 1 Rare (1/280)[1] Not sold
Dark totem top Dark totem top 1 Rare (1/280)[1] Not sold
Long bone Long bone 1 Rare (1/400) Not sold
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Very rare (1/1,200) Not sold
Curved bone Curved bone 1 Very rare (1/5,000) Not sold
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Only dropped by those found within the Catacombs of Kourend.

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster has access to the standard rare drop table.

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000 Coins 3,000 Rare Not sold
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Rare 9,914
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Rare 9,676
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 445
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Rare 12,516
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Very rare 565
Nature rune Nature rune 67 Very rare 19,296
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,820
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,466
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 676
Law rune Law rune 45 Very rare 9,585
Death rune Death rune 45 Very rare 11,205
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,950
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 3,066
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 860
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,506
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,841
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 7,100
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,312
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,076
Dragon med helm Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 58,994
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,990
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,417
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare 38,066
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,733
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Very rare 615

Trivia

  • Upon their release, dark beasts used to look like a dark-brown version of the Temple guardian with a black horn.
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