Basilisk Knight/Strategies

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Basilisk Knights are a slayer creature that can be found in the Jormungand's Prison beneath the Island of Stone, requiring level 60 Slayer and completion of The Fremennik Exiles to kill. Like cockatrice and basilisks, players must equip a mirror shield or V's shield when fighting these monsters or they will take heavy damage and their stats will be drained.

The basilisk knight has an improved drop table from regular basilisks, and can drop the basilisk jaw, which can be used to upgrade the Helm of Neitiznot to the Neitiznot faceguard.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

Recommendations[edit | edit source]

  • High combat stats. Although not required, see the skill levels below for an indication of the advised stats:
    • If using Melee:
      • Level Attack 80 or higher
      • Level Strength 80 or higher
      • Level Defence 80 or higher
      • Level Hitpoints 80 or higher
      • Level Prayer 70 or higher for the Piety prayer
    • If using Ranged:
      • Level Ranged 75 or higher

Getting there[edit | edit source]

While in Rellekka, run north-west to the most western dock. Talk to Haskell to travel to the Island of Stone. On this island, walk north to find the entrance to Jormungand's Prison. In this dungeon, walk south-west to find the Basilisk Knights.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Attack styles[edit | edit source]

The Basilisk Knights use the Magic and Melee attack style, as well as a special attack:

  • The Basilisk Knights' standard attacks alternate between the Magic and Melee style, with an attack speed of 2.4 seconds and a maximum hit of 20.
  • With random intervals, the Basilisk Knights also use their special attack. This attack looks like a red orb, which can be dodged by the player. If not dodged correctly, it entombs the player in stone, preventing the player to move or attack for 5 game ticks (3 seconds). If you're ranging from a safespot with auto-retaliate off it will also deal high damage if the player does not try to move. You will see the message "you have been entombed in stone" and afterwards "the stone around you violently explodes". Having auto-retaliate on prevents you from receiving this damage without moving your character out of place. You will see the messages "you feel the stone break slightly as you try to move" followed by the message "you manage to escape from the stone".

Piercing gaze[edit | edit source]

Like regular basilisks, Basilisk Knights have a piercing gaze ability. This ability makes them capable of dealing high damage and rapidly draining the player's stats. However, wielding the mirror shield or V's shield gives the player immunity to this ability.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Improved droprates on Slayer tasks[edit | edit source]

The drop rate of a basilisk jaw is increased to 1/1,000 (from 1/5,000) while on a basilisk Slayer task. Therefore it is highly recommended to kill the Basilisk Knights while on a Slayer task, if possible.

Ranging[edit | edit source]

It is possible to avoid damage from the Basilisk Knights' Melee attacks by using the Ranged attack style out of melee distance.

A possible strategy for ironmen and those looking to conserve prayer potions is to wear proselyte armour while killing basilisk on slayer task. With a high range level and slayer helm (i) hits are still reasonably accurate while giving a massively increased prayer bonus compared to black d'hide or god d'hide. This is possible because, unusually for a platebody, the proselyte hauberk does not interfere with Ava's devices.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Inquisitor's great helm.png
Infernal cape.png
Amulet of torture.png
Rada's blessing 4.png
Inquisitor's mace.png
Inquisitor's hauberk.png
V's shield.png
Inquisitor's plateskirt.png
Ferocious gloves.png
Primordial boots.png
Berserker ring (i).png
Divine super combat potion(4).pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.pngAnglerfish.png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Dragon dagger(p++).pngFremennik sea boots 4.pngNature rune.png1000Rune pouch.png
Lava rune.pngLaw rune.pngAir rune.png

This is the best-in-slot available equipment for meleeing the Basilisk Knights. The set up shown in this section currently costs approximately 2,099,960,097 coins. See the table below for an overview of equipment alternatives in case this setup is not accessible or too expensive.

Equipment upgrades and downgrades[edit | edit source]

SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadInquisitor's great helm.pngInquisitor's great helm
Slayer helmet.pngSlayer helmet (if on a Slayer task)
Neitiznot faceguard.pngNeitiznot faceguard
Black mask.pngBlack mask (if on a Slayer task)
Serpentine helm.pngSerpentine helmHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotBerserker helm.pngBerserker helm
Obsidian helmet.pngObsidian helmet
NeckAmulet of torture.pngAmulet of tortureAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of strength.pngAmulet of strengthAmulet of power.pngAmulet of power
BackInfernal cape.pngInfernal cape
Infernal max cape.pngInfernal max cape
Fire cape.pngFire cape
Fire max cape.pngFire max cape
Mythical cape.pngMythical capeCapes of accomplishments (trimmed).gif Capes of AccomplishmentArdougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak 4
BodyInquisitor's hauberk.pngInquisitor's hauberkBandos chestplate.pngBandos chestplateJusticiar chestguard.pngJusticiar chestguardDharok's platebody.pngDharok's platebody
Guthan's platebody.pngGuthan's platebody
Torag's platebody.pngTorag's platebody
Fighter torso.pngFighter torso
LegsInquisitor's plateskirt.pngInquisitor's plateskirtBandos tassets.pngBandos tassetsJusticiar legguards.pngJusticiar legguardsVerac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirtDharok's platelegs.pngDharok's platelegs
Torag's platelegs.pngTorag's platelegs
WeaponInquisitor's mace.pngInquisitor's maceZamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hastaSarachnis cudgel.pngSarachnis cudgelBlade of saeldor.pngBlade of saeldor [1]
Ghrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapier [1]
Abyssal tentacle.pngAbyssal tentacle
ShieldV's shield.pngV's shieldMirror shield.pngMirror shieldN/AN/AN/A
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing
Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2
N/AN/AN/A
GlovesFerocious gloves.pngFerocious glovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesDragon gloves.pngDragon glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen bracelet
BootsPrimordial boots.pngPrimordial bootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsSpiked manacles.pngSpiked manaclesGuardian boots.pngGuardian bootsGranite boots.pngGranite boots
RingBerserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringBerserker ring.pngBerserker ringRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Granite ring (i).pngGranite ring (i)
Special attackDragon dagger(p++).pngDragon dagger(p++)Dragon warhammer.pngDragon warhammerDragon mace.pngDragon maceAncient mace.pngAncient maceN/A
  1. 1.0 1.1 Whilst on a Slayer task without Inquisitor's armour, these items are better than the Zamorakian hasta.

Notes[edit | edit source]

This is the best-in-slot available equipment for ranging the Basilisk Knights. The set up shown in this section currently costs approximately 121,350,480 coins, plus the cost of throwing knives. See the table below for an overview of equipment alternatives in case this setup is not accessible or too expensive.

Armadyl helmet.png
Ava's assembler.png
Necklace of anguish.png
Rada's blessing 4.png
Dragon knife.png
Armadyl chestplate.png
Mirror shield.png
Armadyl chainskirt.png
Barrows gloves.png
Pegasian boots.png
Archers ring (i).png
Divine ranging potion(4).pngDivine ranging potion(4).pngDivine ranging potion(4).pngDivine ranging potion(4).png
Teleport to house (tablet).pngRune pouch.pngHoly wrench.pngGem bag.png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Nature rune.pngFire rune.png

Ranging is generally faster and safer than melee, as you can range them in multiple locations behind the stalagmites. If ranging, it is recommended to bring runes (or tablets) to cast Telekinetic Grab to pickup drops while you still hold aggression after arriving.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Equipment upgrades and downgrades[edit | edit source]

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadArmadyl helmet.pngArmadyl helmet
Slayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (if on a Slayer task)
3rd age range coif.png3rd age range coif
Black mask (i).pngBlack mask (i) (if on a Slayer task)
Robin hood hat.pngRobin hood hatBlessed coif.gifBlessed coifKaril's coif.pngKaril's coif
NeckNecklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of power.pngAmulet of powerAmulet of accuracy.pngAmulet of accuracy
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assembler
Assembler max cape.pngAssembler max cape
Ava's accumulator.pngAva's accumulator
Accumulator max cape.pngAccumulator max cape
Ranging cape(t).pngRanging capeAva's attractor.pngAva's attractorFire cape.pngFire cape
Infernal cape.pngInfernal cape
BodyArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplateBlessed body.gifBlessed bodyKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertop3rd age range top.png3rd age range topBlack d'hide body.pngBlack d'hide body
LegsArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtBlessed chaps.gifBlessed chapsKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirtBlack d'hide chaps.pngBlack d'hide chaps3rd age range legs.png3rd age range legs
WeaponDragon knife.pngDragon knifeRune knife.pngRune knifeArmadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowDragon hunter crossbow.pngDragon hunter crossbowDragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbow
ShieldMirror shield.pngMirror shieldV's shield.pngV's shieldN/AN/AN/A
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4 (if using Throwing knives)Diamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDiamond dragon bolts (e)Diamond bolts 5.pngDiamond bolts (e)Dragon bolts 5.pngDragon boltsRunite bolts 5.pngRunite bolts
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesBlessed vambraces.gifBlessed vambracesBlack d'hide vambraces.pngBlack d'hide vambraces
Ranger gloves.pngRanger gloves
3rd age vambraces.png3rd age vambraces
Red d'hide vambraces.pngRed d'hide vambracesBlue d'hide vambraces.pngBlue d'hide vambraces
Dragon gloves.pngDragon gloves
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsRanger boots.pngRanger bootsBlessed boots.gifBlessed bootsBoots of brimstone.pngBoots of brimstoneSnakeskin boots.pngSnakeskin boots
RingArchers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringArchers ring.pngArchers ringN/AN/A