Slayer is a members only skill. The key to slayer is learning the enemy's weakness and killing it accordingly. In slayer, you get an assignment from a slayer master to kill a specific number of a certain type of monster. These assignments can vary from 10 spiders to 200 iron dragons and depend a lot on which slayer master you choose. To get started on the skill, go to a slayer master and ask for an assignment. He/she will tell you what monster to kill. The slayer experience for each kill equals the monster's hit points. If you kill it with two people, the one that does the most damage will get half the exp and the one that inflicts the final blow the other half. If you do both, or attack it on your own, you get the full exp. Also, there are various monsters that can only be assigned and killed at certain slayer levels.
When you first start slayer you will get an enchanted gem. You can buy a new one for 1 gp at any slayer master. Click on the enchanted gem to communicate with a slayer master. You will talk to the master most appropriate for you. You can ask for info on his/her location but most importantly, you can find out how many monsters are left to kill to complete your assignment. This is very useful during a mission, so try to take it with you. The slayer master can also give you a tip about the monster you are assigned to kill.
The Burthorpe slayer master is the easiest and the Shilo Village slayer master the hardest. If you get an assignment you don't like, you can go to the master in Burthorpe to get an easier one. You can't change an assignment you get from the Burthorpe master though, so it's not possible to keep changing until you get one you like. Each slayer master has his/her own selection of monsters to give as assignment. Higher masters give more and harder monsters. The slayer masters will assign you either normal monsters to kill or special slayer creatures as explained later on.
|Slayer master locations|
In the small house South of the general shop
To the northeast of the village at the passageway to the haunted woods.
|Vannaka||Combat 40||Edgeville dungeon
At the gate to the wilderness; instead of entering, go East.
|Chaeldar||Combat 70||Lost City of Zanaris
In the throne room, south of the entrance.
|Duradel||Combat 100 and Slayer 50||Shilo village
Up the ladder of the fishing shop and to the North.
Each slayer master can assign you a certain number of monsters. The monsters each slayer master can assign are listed below.
|Burthorpe (Turael) Assignments|
|Canifis (Mazchna) Assignments|
|Edgeville Dungeon (Vannaka) Assignments|
|Lost City (Chaeldar) Assignments|
|Shilo Village (Duradel) Assignments|
There are special slayer creatures which can only be killed at or above a certain slayer skill level. These monsters offer rare drops and better treasure than normal monsters. Locations for each of these creatures are discussed in the next section.
|Name||Slayer required||Equipment needed||Monster level(s)||Location|
|Crawling hand||5||none||8, 12||Tower|
|Cave bug||7||none||6||Lumbridge Cave|
|Cave crawler||10||none||23||Dungeon, Lumbridge Cave|
|Cave slime||17||none||23||Lumbridge Cave|
|Rockslug||20||Bag of salt||29||Dungeon|
|Desert Lizard||22||Ice Cooler||12, 24, 42||South Uzer|
|Mogre||32||Fishing Explosive||60||Mudskipper Point|
|Harpie Bug Swarm||33||Lantern||46||Northeast of Tai Bwo Wannai Village|
|Wall Beast||35||Spiney Helmet||49||Lumbridge Cave|
|Killerwatt||37||Insulated Boots||55||Draynor Manor Rift|
|Terror Dog||40||none||100, 110||Tarn's Lair|
|Fever Spider||42||Slayer Gloves||49||Braindeath Island|
|Turoth||55||Leaf-Bladed Spear, Broad Arrows, or Slayer's Staff||83, 85, 87, 89||Dungeon|
|Cave Horror||58||Witchwood Icon||80||Mos Le'Harmless Caves|
|Dust Devil||65||Facemask||93||Smoke Dungeon|
|Kurask||70||Leaf-Bladed Spear, Broad Arrows, or Slayer's Staff||106||Dungeon|
|Skeletal Wyvern||72||Elemental shield.||142||Ice caves|
|Dark Beast||90||None||182||Light Temple Path|
There are two main locations where the largest variety of slayer monsters can be found:
- Slayer tower
Located to the north of Canifis and shown quite large on the world map
- Slayer dungeon
A dungeon east of the golden apple tree, which is to the east of Rellekka in the Fremennik province.
Minor locations include the following:
- Lumbridge Caves
Located in the middle of Lumbridge Swamps, marked by a Dungeon exclamation point.
- South Uzer
An open desert area southeast of Shantay Pass, East of the bridge. Bring waterskins.
- Mudskipper Point
Beach south of Rimmington, near Thurgo. A mini-quest is required to access this area, refer to the Mogre Bestiary entry for a description.
- Northeast of Tai Bwo Wannai Village
Southern Karamja's north shore, between Rogues' Purse dungeon and Ardrigal peninsula.
- Draynor Manor Rift
Accessed through Professor Oddenstein's laboratory on the top floor of Draynor Manor, after completing the Ernest the Chicken quest.
- Braindeath Island
Accessed by starting the Rum Deal quest.
- Zanaris (Lost City)
Accessed by wielding Dramen staff and entering small empty hut towards east side of Lumbridge Swamp, after completing the Lost City quest.
- Smoke Dungeon
Located in the desert (down a well east of the Bandit Camp and west of Pollnivneach), this dungeon is part of the Desert Treasure quest.
- Ice Caves
The dungeon near Thurgo, South of both Rimmington and Port Sarim.
- Light Temple Path
Accessed through the Mourners' Headquarters in West Ardougne, this dungeon is part of the Mourning's Ends Part 2 quest.
- Mos Le'Harmless Caves
A cave east of Mos Le'Harmless. Accessed by completing the Cabin Fever quest.
- Tarn's Lair
The lair of Tarn the Necromancer. Filled with agility traps and other monsters, located in the Haunted Mines, west of Burgh De Rott.
Slayer equipment can be bought from any slayer master. The equipment requires a certain slayer level to use and possibly some other level requirements.
|Pic||Name||Slayer required||Used for||Other required|
|Bag of salt||1||Killing weakened Rockslugs||None|
|Rock Hammer||1||Killing weakened Gargoyles||None|
|Spiney Helmet||1||Protection against Wall Beasts||5 Defense|
|Facemask||10||Protection against Dust Devils||None|
|Earmuffs||15||Protection against Banshees||None|
|Ice Cooler||22||Killing weakened Desert Lizards||None|
|Mirror Shield||25||Killing Cockatrices and Basilisks||20 Defense|
|Fishing Explosive||32||Luring Mogres||None|
|Bug Lantern||33||Fighting Harpie Bug Swarms||33 Firemaking to light|
|Insulated Boots||37||Killing Killerwatts||None|
|Slayer Gloves||42||Protection from Fever Spiders||None|
|Leaf-Bladed Spear||55||Killing Turoths and Kurasks||50 Attack|
|Broad Arrows||55||Killing Turoths and Kurasks||50 Range|
|Slayer's Staff||55||Use Magic Dart spell to kill Turoths and Kurasks||50 Magic|
|Fungicide||57||Use to kill Zygomites||None|
|Witchwood Icon||35||Used to kill Cave Horrors||None|
|Nosepeg||60||Protection against Aberrant Specters||None|
Special slayer monster drops
Some slayer monsters drop unique items that can only be obtained using slayer. These items are listed below.
|Bronze boots||Cave crawler|
|Mystic gloves||Rockslug, Banshee, Desert Lizard|
|Mystic boots||Cockatrice, Desert Lizard, Infernal Mage|
|Iron boots||Cockatrice, Cave Slime|
|Steel boots||Pyrefiend, Harpie Bug Swarms|
|Mystic hat||Basilisk, Infernal Mage, Wall Beast|
|Black Mask||Cave Horror|
|Mystic robe bottom||Turoth, Aberrant Specter|
|Mystic robe top||Kurask, Gargoyle|
|Granite helm||Terror Dog|
|Granite legs||Skeletal Wyvern|
|Abyssal whip||Abyssal Demon|
Tips, tricks and notes
- It is better to range some creatures, such as Elves. Other creatures may be in multi-player combat areas. Try a few types of attack and equipment to see what you should use.
- If an assignment turns out to be too hard halfway, don't hesitate to get a new one. You get experience per monster, not for an assignment overall.
- Start with the right slayer master. If you go to one that's too high, you might have to go back to Burthorpe and get an even worse assignment.
- If you can't kill the enemies assigned by the slayer master for your level (the one called by your enchanted gem), try training your combat to a higher level.
- Using a cannon to hit higher does not affect the amount of slayer experience you receive from a kill. So using a cannon is a quick way of training. The cannon cannot be set up in the Slayer Dungeon nor in the Slayer Tower. Learn about the cannon in our Ranged Skill Guide.
- Training slayer and combat go hand in hand. For each monster you kill as part of an assignment, you receive the normal combat xp as usual, as well as slayer xp.
- If you complete the Tarn's Lair by defeating Tarn, you will receive 5000 slayer xp. This can only be done once.
Original Guide by: Empror1
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Last updated on: 21-Feb-2007