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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 House 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. 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]

Estimated drop rates are based off 1,000 kills.[1]

The average value of one kill is 89,735.32, excluding the loot from clue scrolls.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Ashes.png Ashes 1 Always 29

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.

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Primordial crystal.png Primordial crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 29,504,106
Pegasian crystal.png Pegasian crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 112,805
Eternal crystal.png Eternal crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 3,822,482
Smouldering stone.png Smouldering stone 1 Rare (1/512) 1,323,444

Weapons/Armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune platebody.png Rune platebody 1 Common (~6/128) 38,590
Black d'hide body.png Black d'hide body 1 Uncommon (~4/128) 7,581
Rune axe.png Rune axe 1 Uncommon (~4/128) 7,328
Rune chainbody.png Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon (~4/128) 29,612
Rune 2h sword.png Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon (~3/128) 37,961
Rune pickaxe.png Rune pickaxe 1 Uncommon (~3/128) 18,863
Battlestaff.png Battlestaff 6 (noted) Uncommon (~2.5/128) 48,852
Rune full helm.png Rune full helm 1 Uncommon (~2.5/128) 20,719
Lava battlestaff.png Lava battlestaff 1 Uncommon (~2/128) 9,699
Rune halberd.png Rune halberd 1 Uncommon (~1/128) 38,929

Runes/Ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Fire rune.png Fire rune 300 Common (~7/128) 1,500
Pure essence.png Pure essence 300 (noted) Uncommon (~5/128) 1,200
Soul rune.png Soul rune 100 Uncommon (~5/128) 14,600
Blood rune.png Blood rune 60 Uncommon (~5/128) 16,860
Runite bolts (unf) 5.png Runite bolts (unf) 40 Uncommon (~4/128) 11,640
Cannonball.png Cannonball 50 Uncommon (~4/128) 9,000
Death rune.png Death rune 100 Uncommon (~3/128) 25,200

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

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Super restore(4).png Super restore(4) 2 Uncommon (~3/128) 20,702
Grimy torstol.png Grimy torstol 6 (noted) Uncommon (~3/128) 55,020
Torstol seed 5.png Torstol seed 3 Uncommon (~2/128) 220,137

Ores[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coal.png Coal 120 (noted) Common (~6/128) 27,480
Runite ore.png Runite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon (~3/128) 55,180

Others[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Summer pie.png Summer pie 3 Common (~6.5/128) 3,171
Coins 10000.png Coins 10,000–20,000 Uncommon (~5/128) Not sold
Unholy symbol.png Unholy symbol 1 Uncommon (~5/128) 288
Dragon bones.png Dragon bones 20 (noted) Uncommon (~5/128) 47,360
Wine of zamorak.png Wine of zamorak 15 (noted) Uncommon (~4.5/128) 28,590
Ashes.png Ashes 50 (noted) Uncommon (~4/128) 1,450
Fire orb.png Fire orb 20 (noted) Uncommon (~3.5/128) 31,540
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond 5 (noted) Uncommon (~3/128) 14,885
Rare drop table.png Rare drop table 1 Uncommon (~3/128) Not sold
Key master teleport.png Key master teleport 3 Uncommon (2/128) Not sold

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Clue scroll (elite).png Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/100) Not sold
Jar of souls.png Jar of souls 1 Very rare (1/2,000) 63,764
Hellpuppy.png Hellpuppy 1 Very rare (1/3,000) Not sold

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster approximately has a 3/128 chance to access the standard rare drop table.

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000.png Coins 3,000 Rare (1/248.24) Not sold
Loop half of key.png Loop half of key 1 Rare (1/270.95; 1/270.25)[R 1] 8,589
Tooth half of key.png Tooth half of key 1 Rare (1/285.09; 1/284.32)[R 1] 13,381
Uncut sapphire.png Uncut sapphire 1 Very rare (1/1,092.27; 1/819.2)[R 1] 858
Runite bar.png Runite bar 1 Very rare (1/1,092.27) 12,436
Nature talisman.png nature talisman 1 Very rare (1/1,574.44; 1/1,506.57)[R 1] 801
Nature rune.png Nature rune 67 Very rare (1/1,820.44) 16,951
Rune 2h sword.png Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare (1/1,820.44) 37,961
Rune battleaxe.png Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare (1/1,820.44) 24,574
Uncut emerald.png Uncut emerald 1 Very rare (1/2,184.53; 1/1,638.4)[R 1] 908
Law rune.png Law rune 45 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 12,690
Death rune.png Death rune 45 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 11,340
Steel arrow 5.png Steel arrow 150 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 4,950
Rune arrow 5.png Rune arrow 42 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 2,646
Adamant javelin.png Adamant javelin 20 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 820
Rune sq shield.png Rune sq shield 1 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 22,662
Dragonstone.png Dragonstone 1 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 12,072
Silver ore.png Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare (1/2,730.67) 7,900
Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby 1 Very rare (1/4,369.07; 1/3,276.8)[R 1] 1,495
Rune kiteshield.png Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare (1/5,461.33) 32,206
Dragon med helm.png Dragon med helm 1 Very rare (1/5,461.33) 59,119
Rune spear.png Rune spear 1 Very rare (1/5,765.37; 1/5,745.62)[R 1] 12,094
Shield left half.png Shield left half 1 Very rare (1/11,530.73; 1/11,491.24)[R 1] 65,497
Dragon spear.png Dragon spear 1 Very rare (1/15,374.31; 1/15,321.66)[R 1] 37,409
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond 1 Very rare (1/17,476.27; 1/13,107.2)[R 1] 2,977
Rune javelin.png Rune javelin 5 Very rare (1/34,952.53; 1/26,214.4)[R 1] 755
  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 is increased when wearing a Ring of wealth.

Konar's drop table[edit | edit source]

If killed on a Slayer assignment by Konar quo Maten, this monster has a 1 in 56.4[k 1] chance to access an extra loot table. This averages to an additional 1,611.3 worth of items per kill while on task.

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond 25–35 (noted) Rare (1/699) 74,425–104,195
Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby 25–35 (noted) Rare (1/699) 37,375–52,325
Coal.png Coal 300–500 (noted) Rare (1/699) 68,700–114,500
Coins 10000.png Coins 50,000–150,000 Rare (1/699) Not sold
Gold ore.png Gold ore 100–200 (noted) Rare (1/874) 34,700–69,400
Adamant bolts(unf) 5.png Adamant bolts(unf) 200–300 Rare (1/874) 39,800–59,700
Runite bolts (unf) 5.png Runite bolts (unf) 200–300 Rare (1/874) 58,200–87,300
Dragon arrowtips.png Dragon arrowtips 50–200 Rare (1/874) 69,400–277,600
Iron ore.png Iron ore 350–500 (noted) Very rare (1/1,166) 51,450–73,500
Rune full helm.png Rune full helm 1–2 (noted) Very rare (1/1,166) 20,719–41,438
Rune platelegs.png Rune platelegs 1–2 (noted) Very rare (1/1,166) 37,929–75,858
Rune platebody.png Rune platebody 1–2 (noted) Very rare (1/1,166) 38,590–77,180
Lobster.png Fish (scales to Fishing icon.png level) Varies Very rare (1/1,166) Not sold
Runite ore.png Runite ore 10–15 (noted) Very rare (1/1,748) 110,360–165,540
Palm tree seed 5.png Palm tree seed 1–4 Very rare (1/3,497) 51,199–204,796
Magic seed 5.png Magic seed 1–4 Very rare (1/3,497) 186,369–745,476
Celastrus seed 5.png Celastrus seed 1–4 Very rare (1/3,497) 57,017–228,068
Dragonfruit tree seed 5.png Dragonfruit tree seed 1–4 Very rare (1/3,497) 73,305–293,220
Redwood tree seed 5.png Redwood tree seed 1 Very rare (1/3,497) 81,449
Torstol seed 5.png Torstol seed 1–4 Very rare (1/3,497) 73,379–293,516
Snapdragon seed 5.png Snapdragon seed 1–4 Very rare (1/3,497) 59,078–236,312
Ranarr seed 5.png Ranarr seed 1–4 Very rare (1/3,497) 52,031–208,124
Pure essence.png Pure essence 3,000–5,000 (noted) Very rare (1/3,497) 12,000–20,000
Broken dragon hasta.png Broken dragon hasta 1 Very rare (1/11,280) 180,123
Mystic robe top (dusk).png Mystic robe top (dusk) 1 Very rare (1/56,400) 141,260
Mystic robe bottom (dusk).png Mystic robe bottom (dusk) 1 Very rare (1/56,400) 77,522
Mystic gloves (dusk).png Mystic gloves (dusk) 1 Very rare (1/56,400) 16,473
Mystic boots (dusk).png Mystic boots (dusk) 1 Very rare (1/56,400) 17,118
Mystic hat (dusk).png Mystic hat (dusk) 1 Very rare (1/56,400) 28,130
  1. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 16 January 2019.

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, also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in some territories which explains the 4 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 the said 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 quote is given "Those aren't Cerby snacks." This is a reference to "Scooby snacks," in Scooby-Doo.

References[edit | edit source]