Cerberus

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Cerberus
Cerberus.png
Released27 August 2015 (Update)
MembersYes
Combat level318
Size5x5
ExamineA three-headed gigantic hound. Guardian of the River of Souls.
Combat info
AttributeDemon
XP bonus+15%
Max hit23
AggressiveYes
PoisonousNo
Attack styleStab, Ranged, Magic
Attack speedMonster attack speed 6.png
Respawn time15 ticks (9 seconds)
Slayer icon.png Slayer info
Slayer level91
Slayer XP690 xp
CategoryHellhounds, Bosses
Assigned byVannaka chathead.png Chaeldar chathead.png Konar chathead.png Nieve chathead.png Duradel chathead.png
Combat icon.png Combat stats
Hitpoints icon.pngAttack icon.pngStrength icon.pngDefence icon.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
600220220100220220
Attack icon.png Aggressive stats
Monster attack bonusMonster strength bonusMagic icon.pngMonster magic strength bonusRanged icon.pngMonster ranged strength bonus
+50+0+50+0+50+0
Defence icon.png Defensive stats
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
+50+100+25+100+100
Immunities
PoisonImmune
VenomImmune
CannonsNot immune
ThrallsNot immune
Advanced data
Monster ID5862,5863,5866
Cerberus icon.png

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.

All forms of antifire potion and shields have varying effectiveness of reducing the damage from Cerberus' flame attack.[1]

Location[edit | edit source]

Location Levels Members Spawns Map
Cerberus' Lair318Member icon.png3Maplink

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. 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, reduced with appropriate dragonfire protection.
  • 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.

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 player comes back after teleporting away mid-fight. Cerberus will restore all of her health if there are no players in its lair (she is not attackable and 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 samples from the Drop Rate Project, unless otherwise cited.

The average Cerberus kill is worth 83,279.64.

The average Cerberus kill while on a Konar task is worth 84,950.49.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Infernal ashes.png: Cerberus drops Infernal ashes with rarity Always in quantity 1Infernal ashes1Always3,9940

Uniques[edit | edit source]

There is a 1 in 128 chance of hitting the unique drop table. Below lists the effective drop rates.[2]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Primordial crystal.png: Cerberus drops Primordial crystal with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Primordial crystal11/51223,382,22027,000
Pegasian crystal.png: Cerberus drops Pegasian crystal with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Pegasian crystal11/51267,40427,000
Eternal crystal.png: Cerberus drops Eternal crystal with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Eternal crystal11/5121,801,81827,000
Smouldering stone.png: Cerberus drops Smouldering stone with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Smouldering stone11/5126,195,79227,000

Weapons and armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Rune platebody.png: Cerberus drops Rune platebody with rarity 5/128 in quantity 1Rune platebody15/12838,60439,000
Rune chainbody.png: Cerberus drops Rune chainbody with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Rune chainbody14/12829,62530,000
Rune 2h sword.png: Cerberus drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword14/12837,95938,400
Black d'hide body.png: Cerberus drops Black d'hide body with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Black d'hide body13/1287,2838,088
Rune axe.png: Cerberus drops Rune axe with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Rune axe13/1287,2977,680
Rune pickaxe.png: Cerberus drops Rune pickaxe with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Rune pickaxe13/12818,62519,200
Battlestaff.png: Cerberus drops Battlestaff with rarity 3/128 in quantity 6 (noted)Battlestaff(noted)3/12848,87625,200
Rune full helm.png: Cerberus drops Rune full helm with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Rune full helm13/12820,68021,120
Lava battlestaff.png: Cerberus drops Lava battlestaff with rarity 2/128 in quantity 1Lava battlestaff12/1289,33410,200
Rune halberd.png: Cerberus drops Rune halberd with rarity 2/128 in quantity 1Rune halberd12/12837,75438,400

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 rune3006/1281,800600
Soul rune.png: Cerberus drops Soul rune with rarity 6/128 in quantity 100Soul rune1006/12820,20018,000
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 rune604/12812,00014,400
Cannonball.png: Cerberus drops Cannonball with rarity 4/128 in quantity 50Cannonball504/1288,100150
Runite bolts (unf).png: Cerberus drops Runite bolts (unf) with rarity 4/128 in quantity 40Runite bolts (unf)404/12812,2800
Death rune.png: Cerberus drops Death rune with rarity 3/128 in quantity 100Death rune1003/12816,30010,800

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coal.png: Cerberus drops Coal with rarity 6/128 in quantity 120 (noted)Coal120 (noted)6/12822,5603,240
Super restore(4).png: Cerberus drops Super restore(4) with rarity 6/128 in quantity 2Super restore(4)26/12817,816360
Summer pie.png: Cerberus drops Summer pie with rarity 6/128 in quantity 3Summer pie36/1282,250252
Coins_10000.png: Cerberus drops Coins with rarity 5/128 in quantity 10000-20000Coins10,000–20,0005/12810,000–20,00010,000–20,000
Dragon bones.png: Cerberus drops Dragon bones with rarity 5/128 in quantity 20 (noted)Dragon bones20 (noted)5/12852,4201,920
Unholy symbol.png: Cerberus drops Unholy symbol with rarity 5/128 in quantity 1Unholy symbol15/128409120
Wine of zamorak.png: Cerberus drops Wine of zamorak with rarity 5/128 in quantity 15 (noted)Wine of zamorak15 (noted)5/12814,0100
Ashes.png: Cerberus drops Ashes with rarity 4/128 in quantity 50 (noted)Ashes50 (noted)4/1287,45050
Fire orb.png: Cerberus drops Fire orb with rarity 4/128 in quantity 20 (noted)Fire orb20 (noted)4/12823,5203,600
Grimy torstol.png: Cerberus drops Grimy torstol with rarity 4/128 in quantity 6 (noted)Grimy torstol(noted)4/12820,25090
Runite ore.png: Cerberus drops Runite ore with rarity 3/128 in quantity 5 (noted)Runite ore(noted)3/12856,9809,600
Uncut diamond.png: Cerberus drops Uncut diamond with rarity 3/128 in quantity 5 (noted)Uncut diamond(noted)3/12813,465600
Key master teleport.png: Cerberus drops Key master teleport with rarity 2/128 in quantity 3Key master teleport32/128Not sold18
Torstol seed.png: Cerberus drops Torstol seed with rarity 2/128 in quantity 3Torstol seed32/12830,672126

Rare drop table[edit | edit source]

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

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
This does not exist.NothingN/A1/235.16; Never[d 1]N/AN/A
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 2]10,27760
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 2]10,57960
Uncut sapphire.png: Cerberus drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 1/1,092.27 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire11/1,092.27; 1/554.67[d 2]31715
Runite bar.png: Cerberus drops Runite bar with rarity 1/1,092.27 in quantity 1Runite bar11/1,092.2712,4823,000
Nature rune.png: Cerberus drops Nature rune with rarity 1/1,820.44 in quantity 67Nature rune671/1,820.446,9687,236
Rune 2h sword.png: Cerberus drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 1/1,820.44 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword11/1,820.4437,95938,400
Rune battleaxe.png: Cerberus drops Rune battleaxe with rarity 1/1,820.44 in quantity 1Rune battleaxe11/1,820.4424,61924,960
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 2]61730
Law rune.png: Cerberus drops Law rune with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 45Law rune451/2,730.675,4456,480
Death rune.png: Cerberus drops Death rune with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 45Death rune451/2,730.677,3354,860
Steel arrow.png: Cerberus drops Steel arrow with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 150Steel arrow1501/2,730.671,2001,050
Rune arrow.png: Cerberus drops Rune arrow with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 42Rune arrow421/2,730.673,73810,080
Adamant javelin.png: Cerberus drops Adamant javelin with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 20Adamant javelin201/2,730.671,4601,920
Rune sq shield.png: Cerberus drops Rune sq shield with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Rune sq shield11/2,730.6722,63823,040
Dragonstone.png: Cerberus drops Dragonstone with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Dragonstone11/2,730.6711,6366,000
Silver ore.png: Cerberus drops Silver ore with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 100 (noted)Silver ore100 (noted)1/2,730.676,0004,500
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 2]1,11460
Rune kiteshield.png: Cerberus drops Rune kiteshield with rarity 1/5,461.33 in quantity 1Rune kiteshield11/5,461.3332,14732,640
Dragon med helm.png: Cerberus drops Dragon med helm with rarity 1/5,461.33 in quantity 1Dragon med helm11/5,461.3358,44860,000
Rune spear.png: Cerberus drops Rune spear with rarity 1/5,765.37 in quantity 1Rune spear11/5,765.37; 1/668.94[d 2]12,03612,480
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 2]66,00966,000
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 2]1432
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 2]41,15637,440
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 2]2,693120
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 2]8351,200
  1. ^ The "nothing" drop is removed while wearing a ring of wealth.
  2. ^ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 The drop rate is increased while wearing a ring of wealth due to the "nothing" drop being removed.

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Ensouled hellhound head.png: Cerberus drops Ensouled hellhound head with rarity 1/15 in quantity 1Ensouled hellhound head11/154,7340
Brimstone key.png: Cerberus drops Brimstone key with rarity 1/57 in quantity 1Brimstone key11/57[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[d 2][2]Not sold12
Jar of souls.png: Cerberus drops Jar of souls with rarity 1/2,000 in quantity 1Jar of souls11/2,000[2]81,7490
Hellpuppy.png: Cerberus drops Hellpuppy with rarity 1/3,000 in quantity 1Hellpuppy11/3,000[2]Not soldN/A
  1. ^ Brimstone keys are only dropped if killed on a Slayer task given by Konar quo Maten.
  2. ^ The elite clue scroll drop rate increases to 1/95 with the completion of the elite combat achievements.

Combat Achievements[edit | edit source]

NameDescriptionTypeTier
Anti-Bite MechanicsKill Cerberus without taking any melee damage.PerfectionElite
Cerberus VeteranKill Cerberus 75 times.Kill CountElite
Ghost BusterKill Cerberus after successfully negating 6 or more attacks from Summoned Souls.MechanicalElite
Unrequired AntifireKill Cerberus without taking damage from any lava pools.PerfectionElite
Arooo No MoreKill Cerberus without any of the Summoned Souls being spawned.MechanicalMaster
Cerberus MasterKill Cerberus 150 times.Kill CountMaster

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
18 May 2022
(update | poll)

Cerberus now drops ensouled hellhound heads at a rate of 1/15.

16 December 2021
(update)

Cerberus can now perform her attacks from a greater distance, to discourage safe-spotting.

16 June 2021
(update | poll)

Cerberus now drops infernal ashes in place of regular ashes.

19 May 2021
(update)

A sound effect has been added to Cerberus' lava pools attack.

17 March 2021
(update)

Several monsters, including Cerberus, were tagged as demonic, allowing demonbane weapons to work on them.

28 October 2020
(update)

Cerberus can now walk through players.

30 September 2020
(update)

Cerberus' lava pools, as well as the wall of flames, will now despawn when she is killed.

12 August 2020
(update)

Cerberus now counts for the elite clue scroll step that asks players to kill a hellhound.

16 March 2017
(update)

Summoned Souls now disappear if Cerberus dies after they were summoned instead of continuing to attack the player.

31 March 2016
(update)

Cerberus will now take twice as long to sit down again after a period of no combat.

22 October 2015
(update)

The Jar of Souls is now a tertiary drop.

8 October 2015
(update)

The Tortured Souls in Cerberus' lair now wield weapons to make it easier to distinguish between them.

Date unknown

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]

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.
  • Cerberus had a festive override wearing a green partyhat, black santa hat, and blue partyhat during the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Christmas events.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ 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"
  2. ^ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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... [1]"