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Cerberus is a level 318 hellhound boss that is located in her lair, deep beneath the Taverley Dungeon in the cave entrance in the north-east part of the hellhound area which is found beyond the poisonous spiders. Cerberus requires a Slayer level of 91, along with a task of hellhounds or herself in order to be fought. In the event of a hellhound task, wild pies may be used to boost the player's Slayer level.

The Guardian of the River of Souls, Cerberus protects the souls of the departed from whatever troubles they may face on their journey by the people of Arceuus. Despite her important task, Cerberus longs to escape her post, and has successfully done so on multiple occasions; however, she was quickly captured and returned. Cerberus has killed many adventurers who have stumbled into her lair, with one of her more recent kills dropping a damaged soul bearer which the Arceuus Elders inspected and eventually discarded when they could not repair it.

Cerberus drops three different crystals; the eternal, pegasian and primordial crystals which are used to upgrade infinity, ranger and dragon boots to the eternal, pegasian and primordial boots respectively, the best-in-slot boots for their respective combat styles. She can also drop the smouldering stone at a much better rate compared to her lesser brethren, along with the jar of souls and the hellpuppy pet.

A dwarf multicannon cannot be set up inside Cerberus' Lair; if attempted, you will receive the message: You cannot place the cannon here, it would melt.

Fight overview[edit | edit source]

Main article: Cerberus/Strategies

When approaching her, Cerberus will become aggressive. She may attack with magic, ranged and melee attacks, each with a max hit of 23. The magic attack appears as a grey ball, the ranged attack appears as a ball of spikes, and the melee attack is her biting. Interestingly, she may use the melee attack at range.

Cerberus has three special attacks that she may use under certain circumstances:

  • She attacks in quick succession with magic followed by ranged and melee. She will do this at the start of every fight and approximately every 30 seconds afterwards.
  • She spits three balls of fire — indicated by her growling — on the ground, one at the player and two in random spots around the room. Standing on or near one will deal continuous damage. She will do this at random when below 200 health.
  • She summons three souls — indicated by her howling — that come from the river behind her and attack the player with each combat style. Each attack will drain 30 prayer (15 with spectral spirit shield equipped) if blocked or 30 hitpoints if not blocked. She may do this approximately every 30 seconds after she is below 400 health.

If a player has recently fought the boss, a line of fire will spawn between the entrance and the boss; stepping over this will deal 5 damage each way. The line of fire may be bugged, as it will not despawn unless the challenger dies to Cerberus or goes back through the line of fire after it respawns and if the challenger comes back after teleporting away mid-fight. Cerberus will restore all of its health if there are no players in its lair (it only has an examine option when this happens).

Once defeated, Cerberus will respawn in five seconds.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Drop rates estimated based on 93,825 kills from the Old School RuneScape Wiki drop log project, unless otherwise cited.

The average value of one kill is 92,517.15, excluding the loot from clue scrolls.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Ashes.png: Cerberus drops Ashes with rarity Always in quantity 1Ashes1Always321

Unique drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 1 in 128 chance of hitting the unique drop table. Below lists the effective drop rates.[1]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Primordial crystal.png: Cerberus drops Primordial crystal with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Primordial crystal11/512[1]30,224,44227,000
Pegasian crystal.png: Cerberus drops Pegasian crystal with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Pegasian crystal11/512[1]123,31427,000
Eternal crystal.png: Cerberus drops Eternal crystal with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Eternal crystal11/512[1]3,642,97227,000
Smouldering stone.png: Cerberus drops Smouldering stone with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Smouldering stone11/512[1]2,427,19127,000

Armour and weaponry[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Rune platebody.png: Cerberus drops Rune platebody with rarity 5/128 in quantity 1Rune platebody15/12838,62039,000
Rune chainbody.png: Cerberus drops Rune chainbody with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Rune chainbody14/12829,63730,000
Rune 2h sword.png: Cerberus drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword14/12837,94638,400
Black d'hide body.png: Cerberus drops Black d'hide body with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Black d'hide body13/1287,4618,088
Rune axe.png: Cerberus drops Rune axe with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Rune axe13/1287,3187,680
Rune pickaxe.png: Cerberus drops Rune pickaxe with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Rune pickaxe13/12818,86519,200
Battlestaff.png: Cerberus drops Battlestaff with rarity 3/128 in quantity 6 (noted)Battlestaff(noted)3/12849,89625,200
Rune full helm.png: Cerberus drops Rune full helm with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Rune full helm13/12820,69921,120
Lava battlestaff.png: Cerberus drops Lava battlestaff with rarity 2/128 in quantity 1Lava battlestaff12/1289,65010,200
Rune halberd.png: Cerberus drops Rune halberd with rarity 2/128 in quantity 1Rune halberd12/12838,10338,400

Runes and ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Fire rune.png: Cerberus drops Fire rune with rarity 6/128 in quantity 300Fire rune3006/1281,500600
Soul rune.png: Cerberus drops Soul rune with rarity 6/128 in quantity 100Soul rune1006/12814,70018,000
Pure essence.png: Cerberus drops Pure essence with rarity 5/128 in quantity 300 (noted)Pure essence300 (noted)5/128600600
Blood rune.png: Cerberus drops Blood rune with rarity 4/128 in quantity 60Blood rune604/12822,08014,400
Runite bolts (unf) 5.png: Cerberus drops Runite bolts (unf) with rarity 4/128 in quantity 40Runite bolts (unf)404/12815,8400
Cannonball.png: Cerberus drops Cannonball with rarity 4/128 in quantity 50Cannonball504/1287,950150
Death rune.png: Cerberus drops Death rune with rarity 3/128 in quantity 100Death rune1003/12822,50010,800

Herbs, potions, and seeds[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Super restore(4).png: Cerberus drops Super restore(4) with rarity 6/128 in quantity 2Super restore(4)26/12818,608360
Grimy torstol.png: Cerberus drops Grimy torstol with rarity 4/128 in quantity 6 (noted)Grimy torstol(noted)4/12843,12290
Torstol seed.png: Cerberus drops Torstol seed with rarity 2/128 in quantity 3Torstol seed32/128150,291126

Ores[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coal.png: Cerberus drops Coal with rarity 6/128 in quantity 120 (noted)Coal120 (noted)6/12816,4403,240
Runite ore.png: Cerberus drops Runite ore with rarity 3/128 in quantity 5 (noted)Runite ore(noted)3/12857,1959,600

Others[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Summer pie.png: Cerberus drops Summer pie with rarity 6/128 in quantity 3Summer pie36/1282,394252
Coins_10000.png: Cerberus drops Coins with rarity 5/128 in quantity 10000-20000Coins10,000–20,0005/12810,000-20,00010,000-20,000
Unholy symbol.png: Cerberus drops Unholy symbol with rarity 5/128 in quantity 1Unholy symbol15/128318120
Dragon bones.png: Cerberus drops Dragon bones with rarity 5/128 in quantity 20 (noted)Dragon bones20 (noted)5/12850,1201,920
Wine of zamorak.png: Cerberus drops Wine of zamorak with rarity 5/128 in quantity 15 (noted)Wine of zamorak15 (noted)5/12827,7500
Ashes.png: Cerberus drops Ashes with rarity 4/128 in quantity 50 (noted)Ashes50 (noted)4/1281,60050
Fire orb.png: Cerberus drops Fire orb with rarity 4/128 in quantity 20 (noted)Fire orb20 (noted)4/12828,1803,600
Uncut diamond.png: Cerberus drops Uncut diamond with rarity 3/128 in quantity 5 (noted)Uncut diamond(noted)3/12815,165600
Key master teleport.png: Cerberus drops Key master teleport with rarity 2/128 in quantity 3Key master teleport32/128Not sold18

Rare drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 3/128 chance of rolling the rare drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_1000.png: Cerberus drops Coins with rarity 1/260.06 in quantity 3000Coins3,0001/260.063,0003,000
Loop half of key.png: Cerberus drops Loop half of key with rarity 1/270.95 in quantity 1Loop half of key11/270.95; 1/268.93[d 1]13,72960
Tooth half of key.png: Cerberus drops Tooth half of key with rarity 1/270.95 in quantity 1Tooth half of key11/270.95; 1/268.93[d 1]11,79460
Uncut sapphire.png: Cerberus drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 1/1,092.27 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire11/1,092.27; 1/554.67[d 1]64715
Runite bar.png: Cerberus drops Runite bar with rarity 1/1,092.27 in quantity 1Runite bar11/1,092.2712,4493,000
Nature rune.png: Cerberus drops Nature rune with rarity 1/1,820.44 in quantity 67Nature rune671/1,820.4414,6067,236
Rune 2h sword.png: Cerberus drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 1/1,820.44 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword11/1,820.4437,94638,400
Rune battleaxe.png: Cerberus drops Rune battleaxe with rarity 1/1,820.44 in quantity 1Rune battleaxe11/1,820.4424,57824,960
Uncut emerald.png: Cerberus drops Uncut emerald with rarity 1/2,184.53 in quantity 1Uncut emerald11/2,184.53; 1/1,109.33[d 1]81230
Law rune.png: Cerberus drops Law rune with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 45Law rune451/2,730.679,6306,480
Death rune.png: Cerberus drops Death rune with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 45Death rune451/2,730.6710,1254,860
Steel arrow.png: Cerberus drops Steel arrow with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 150Steel arrow1501/2,730.674,9501,050
Rune arrow.png: Cerberus drops Rune arrow with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 42Rune arrow421/2,730.673,82210,080
Adamant javelin.png: Cerberus drops Adamant javelin with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 20Adamant javelin201/2,730.671,3001,920
Rune sq shield.png: Cerberus drops Rune sq shield with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Rune sq shield11/2,730.6722,63023,040
Dragonstone.png: Cerberus drops Dragonstone with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Dragonstone11/2,730.6712,1336,000
Silver ore.png: Cerberus drops Silver ore with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 100 (noted)Silver ore100 (noted)1/2,730.677,6004,500
Uncut ruby.png: Cerberus drops Uncut ruby with rarity 1/4,369.07 in quantity 1Uncut ruby11/4,369.07; 1/2,218.67[d 1]1,49460
Rune kiteshield.png: Cerberus drops Rune kiteshield with rarity 1/5,461.33 in quantity 1Rune kiteshield11/5,461.3332,16132,640
Dragon med helm.png: Cerberus drops Dragon med helm with rarity 1/5,461.33 in quantity 1Dragon med helm11/5,461.3359,19560,000
Rune spear.png: Cerberus drops Rune spear with rarity 1/5,765.37 in quantity 1Rune spear11/5,765.37; 1/668.94[d 1][d 2]12,06812,480
Shield left half.png: Cerberus drops Shield left half with rarity 1/11,530.73 in quantity 1Shield left half11/11,530.73; 1/1,337.89[d 1][d 2]65,57366,000
Nature talisman.png: Cerberus drops Nature talisman with rarity 1/11,650.84 in quantity 1Nature talisman11/11,650.84; 1/5,916.44[d 1]7052
Dragon spear.png: Cerberus drops Dragon spear with rarity 1/15,374.31 in quantity 1Dragon spear11/15,374.31; 1/1,783.85[d 1][d 2]37,96837,440
Uncut diamond.png: Cerberus drops Uncut diamond with rarity 1/17,476.27 in quantity 1Uncut diamond11/17,476.27; 1/8,874.67[d 1]3,033120
Rune javelin.png: Cerberus drops Rune javelin with rarity 1/34,952.53 in quantity 5Rune javelin51/34,952.53; 1/17,749.33[d 1]8351,200
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The drop rate of this item is increased when wearing a Ring of wealth.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Rune spear, Shield left half and Dragon spear will only be dropped if Legend's Quest has been started, or else a talisman will be dropped as a replacement.

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Brimstone key.png: Cerberus drops Brimstone key with rarity 1/56.4 in quantity 1Brimstone key11/56.4[d 1]Not soldN/A
Clue scroll (elite).png: Cerberus drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/100 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)11/100[1]Not sold12
Jar of souls.png: Cerberus drops Jar of souls with rarity 1/2,000 in quantity 1Jar of souls11/2,000[1]105,7560
Hellpuppy.png: Cerberus drops Hellpuppy with rarity 1/3,000 in quantity 1Hellpuppy11/3,000[1]Not soldN/A
  1. Only dropped if killed on a slayer assignment given by Konar quo Maten.

Concept art[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

A piece of artwork depicting a player facing Cerberus.
Cerberus art from Jagex's turn-based card game, Chronicle: RuneScape Legends
  • In Greek and Roman mythology, Cerberus is a multi-headed hellhound with a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes, and a lion's claws, guarding the entrance of the Greek underworld to prevent the dead from escaping and the living from entering. This reflects the area around Cerberus as it guards the rivers that take souls to the Underworld and explains the very rare drop Jar of souls.
  • Cerberus stands on a trapdoor as a reference to the book/film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), in which a three-headed dog guarded a trapdoor. This also helps explain its four stone/crystal drops.
  • At one point, if a player had killed the last Cerberus of their task but also happened to die in the room, the player would be unable to recover their items as entering the boss chamber required the player to be on a hellhounds task. This was changed so that the player can enter the chamber, but is simply unable to attack the boss.
    • Along with this change, the summoned spirits it calls were also given weapons so that challengers could easily identify the combat style they would be using.
  • Upon release, the summoned souls would continue attacking the player even if Cerberus died. This is no longer the case with the 16 March 2017 update.
  • Cerberus is the first Slayer boss whose attacks are fully protected by protection prayers, the second being the Alchemical Hydra.
  • When bones are used on Cerberus, a message appears saying "Those aren't Cerby snacks". This is a reference to "Scooby Snacks" from Scooby-Doo.
  • About three weeks after the release of Cerberus, Mod Ronan did a stream in which he killed Cerberus 1,000 times to show off the possible loot.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Jagex. Mod Maz's Twitter account. 17 Sep 2015. (Archived from the original on 18 Apr 2019.) Mod Maz: "As promised, I'm home... and you get Cerberus drops... [1]"
  2. Mod Ronan 1,000 Cerberus Kills