|Released||27 August 2015 (Update)|
|Examine||A three-headed gigantic hound. Guardian of the River of Souls.|
|Attack style||Stab, Ranged, Magic|
|Respawn time||15 ticks (9 seconds)|
|Slayer XP||690 xp|
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 Cerberus herself. In the event of the hellhound or elite clue scroll task, wild pies may be used to boost the player's Slayer level.
As 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, although with each attempt 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.
Location[edit | edit source]
Fight overview[edit | edit source]
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.
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. The melee attack will hit the player even at distance.
- 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 on occasion 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 Drop Rate Project, unless otherwise cited.
The average Cerberus kill is worth 71,702.08.
The average Cerberus kill while on a Konar task is worth 73,398.44.
100%[edit | edit source]
Uniques[edit | edit source]
There is a 1 in 128 chance of hitting the unique drop table. Below lists the effective drop rates.
Weapons and armour[edit | edit source]
|Rune 2h sword||1||4/128||37,867||38,400|
|Black d'hide body||1||3/128||7,316||8,088|
|Rune full helm||1||3/128||20,600||21,120|
Runes and ammunition[edit | edit source]
|Pure essence||300 (noted)||5/128||300||600|
|Runite bolts (unf)||40||4/128||7,240||0|
Other[edit | edit source]
|Dragon bones||20 (noted)||5/128||32,980||1,920|
|Wine of zamorak||15 (noted)||5/128||13,845||0|
|Fire orb||20 (noted)||4/128||21,220||3,600|
|Grimy torstol||6 (noted)||4/128||40,428||90|
|Runite ore||5 (noted)||3/128||55,485||9,600|
|Uncut diamond||5 (noted)||3/128||13,720||600|
|Key master teleport||3||2/128||Not sold||18|
Rare drop table[edit | edit source]
There is a 3/128 chance of rolling the rare drop table.
|Nothing||N/A||1/235.16; Never[d 1]||N/A||N/A|
|Loop half of key||1||1/270.95; 1/268.93[d 2]||10,323||60|
|Tooth half of key||1||1/270.95; 1/268.93[d 2]||10,430||60|
|Uncut sapphire||1||1/1,092.27; 1/554.67[d 2]||361||15|
|Rune 2h sword||1||1/1,820.44||37,867||38,400|
|Uncut emerald||1||1/2,184.53; 1/1,109.33[d 2]||597||30|
|Rune sq shield||1||1/2,730.67||22,517||23,040|
|Silver ore||100 (noted)||1/2,730.67||3,600||4,500|
|Uncut ruby||1||1/4,369.07; 1/2,218.67[d 2]||1,256||60|
|Dragon med helm||1||1/5,461.33||59,004||60,000|
|Rune spear||1||1/5,765.37; 1/668.94[d 2]||11,846||12,480|
|Shield left half||1||1/11,530.73; 1/1,337.89[d 2]||65,872||66,000|
|Nature talisman||1||1/11,650.84; 1/5,916.44[d 2]||957||2|
|Dragon spear||1||1/15,374.31; 1/1,783.85[d 2]||37,295||37,440|
|Uncut diamond||1||1/17,476.27; 1/8,874.67[d 2]||2,744||120|
|Rune javelin||5||1/34,952.53; 1/17,749.33[d 2]||860||1,200|
Tertiary[edit | edit source]
|Brimstone key||1||1/56[d 1]||Not sold||N/A|
|Clue scroll (elite)||1||1/100[d 2]||Not sold||12|
|Jar of souls||1||1/2,000||22,517||0|
Combat Achievements[edit | edit source]
The following Combat Achievement tasks involve Cerberus.
|A Demon's Best Friend||Kill a Hellhound.||Easy||Kill count|
|Cerberus Veteran||Kill Cerberus 150 times.||Elite||Kill count|
|Ghost Buster||Kill Cerberus after successfully negating 6 or more attacks from Summoned Souls.||Elite||Mechanical|
|Unrequired Antifire||Kill Cerberus without taking damage from any lava pools.||Elite||Perfection|
|Anti-Bite Mechanics||Kill Cerberus without taking any melee damage.||Elite||Perfection|
|Cerberus Master||Kill Cerberus 250 times.||Master||Kill count|
|Arooo No More||Kill Cerberus without any of the Summoned Souls being spawned.||Master||Mechanical|
Changes[edit | edit source]
|16 June 2021
(update | poll)
Cerberus now drops infernal ashes in place of regular ashes.
|19 May 2021
A sound effect has been added to Cerberus' lava pools attack.
|17 March 2021
Several monsters, including Cerberus, were tagged as demonic, allowing demonbane weapons to work on them.
|28 October 2020
Cerberus can now walk through players.
|30 September 2020
Cerberus' lava pools, as well as the wall of flames, will now despawn when she is killed.
|12 August 2020
Cerberus now counts for the elite clue scroll step that asks players to kill a hellhound.
|16 March 2017
Summoned Souls now disappear if Cerberus dies after they were summoned instead of continuing to attack the player.
|31 March 2016
Cerberus will now take twice as long to sit down again after a period of no combat.
|8 October 2015
The Tortured Souls in Cerberus' lair now wield weapons to make it easier to distinguish between them.
Players may now enter Cerberus' lair without having a hellhound task, as some players would die as they finished their task and be unable to retrieve their items.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Cerberus art from Jagex's turn-based card game, Chronicle: RuneScape Legends
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- 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 jar of souls drop.
- Although in its associated mythology Cerberus is male, the boss lair display refers to the boss in-game as female.
- 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.
- 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.
References[edit | edit source]
- Jagex. Mod Arcane's Twitter account. 21 August 2021. (Archived from the original on 21 August 2021.) Mod Arcane: "antifire actually seems to reduce damage from cerberus flame attack"
- Jagex. Mod Maz's Twitter account. 17 September 2015. (Archived from the original on 18 April 2019.) Mod Maz: "As promised, I'm home... and you get Cerberus drops... "
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