Cerberus

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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 95,310.28, excluding the loot from clue scrolls.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Ashes.png: Cerberus can drop the item Ashes with rarity Always in quantity 1 Ashes 1 Always 28

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: Cerberus can drop the item Primordial crystal with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Primordial crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 32,111,604
Pegasian crystal.png: Cerberus can drop the item Pegasian crystal with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Pegasian crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 112,755
Eternal crystal.png: Cerberus can drop the item Eternal crystal with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Eternal crystal 1 Rare (1/512) 4,332,792
Smouldering stone.png: Cerberus can drop the item Smouldering stone with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Smouldering stone 1 Rare (1/512) 2,074,005

Weapons/Armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune platebody.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune platebody with rarity Common in quantity 1 Rune platebody 1 Common (~6/128) 38,618
Black d'hide body.png: Cerberus can drop the item Black d'hide body with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Black d'hide body 1 Uncommon (~4/128) 7,649
Rune axe.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune axe with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune axe 1 Uncommon (~4/128) 7,331
Rune chainbody.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune chainbody with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune chainbody 1 Uncommon (~4/128) 29,584
Rune 2h sword.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune 2h sword with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon (~3/128) 37,975
Rune pickaxe.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune pickaxe with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune pickaxe 1 Uncommon (~3/128) 18,871
Battlestaff.png: Cerberus can drop the item Battlestaff with rarity Uncommon in quantity 6 (noted) Battlestaff 6 (noted) Uncommon (~2.5/128) 50,550
Rune full helm.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune full helm with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune full helm 1 Uncommon (~2.5/128) 20,709
Lava battlestaff.png: Cerberus can drop the item Lava battlestaff with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Lava battlestaff 1 Uncommon (~2/128) 9,706
Rune halberd.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune halberd with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rune halberd 1 Uncommon (~1/128) 38,664

Runes/Ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Fire rune.png: Cerberus can drop the item Fire rune with rarity Common in quantity 300 Fire rune 300 Common (~7/128) 1,500
Pure essence.png: Cerberus can drop the item Pure essence with rarity Uncommon in quantity 300 (noted) Pure essence 300 (noted) Uncommon (~5/128) 900
Soul rune.png: Cerberus can drop the item Soul rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 100 Soul rune 100 Uncommon (~5/128) 14,600
Blood rune.png: Cerberus can drop the item Blood rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 60 Blood rune 60 Uncommon (~5/128) 17,340
Runite bolts (unf) 5.png: Cerberus can drop the item Runite bolts (unf) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 40 Runite bolts (unf) 40 Uncommon (~4/128) 15,240
Cannonball.png: Cerberus can drop the item Cannonball with rarity Uncommon in quantity 50 Cannonball 50 Uncommon (~4/128) 7,500
Death rune.png: Cerberus can drop the item Death rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 100 Death rune 100 Uncommon (~3/128) 22,300

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

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Super restore(4).png: Cerberus can drop the item Super restore(4) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 2 Super restore(4) 2 Uncommon (~3/128) 19,380
Grimy torstol.png: Cerberus can drop the item Grimy torstol with rarity Uncommon in quantity 6 (noted) Grimy torstol 6 (noted) Uncommon (~3/128) 42,852
Torstol seed.png: Cerberus can drop the item Torstol seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 3 Torstol seed 3 Uncommon (~2/128) 147,447

Ores[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coal.png: Cerberus can drop the item Coal with rarity Common in quantity 120 (noted) Coal 120 (noted) Common (~6/128) 19,560
Runite ore.png: Cerberus can drop the item Runite ore with rarity Uncommon in quantity 5 (noted) Runite ore 5 (noted) Uncommon (~3/128) 56,815

Others[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Summer pie.png: Cerberus can drop the item Summer pie with rarity Common in quantity 3 Summer pie 3 Common (~6.5/128) 2,988
Coins 10000.png: Cerberus can drop the item Coins with rarity Uncommon in quantity 10000-20000 Coins 10,000–20,000 Uncommon (~5/128) Not sold
Unholy symbol.png: Cerberus can drop the item Unholy symbol with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Unholy symbol 1 Uncommon (~5/128) 292
Dragon bones.png: Cerberus can drop the item Dragon bones with rarity Uncommon in quantity 20 (noted) Dragon bones 20 (noted) Uncommon (~5/128) 44,680
Wine of zamorak.png: Cerberus can drop the item Wine of zamorak with rarity Uncommon in quantity 15 (noted) Wine of zamorak 15 (noted) Uncommon (~4.5/128) 30,195
Ashes.png: Cerberus can drop the item Ashes with rarity Uncommon in quantity 50 (noted) Ashes 50 (noted) Uncommon (~4/128) 1,400
Fire orb.png: Cerberus can drop the item Fire orb with rarity Uncommon in quantity 20 (noted) Fire orb 20 (noted) Uncommon (~3.5/128) 25,400
Uncut diamond.png: Cerberus can drop the item Uncut diamond with rarity Uncommon in quantity 5 (noted) Uncut diamond 5 (noted) Uncommon (~3/128) 14,315
Rare drop table.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rare drop table with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Rare drop table 1 Uncommon (~3/128) Not sold
Key master teleport.png: Cerberus can drop the item Key master teleport with rarity Uncommon in quantity 3 Key master teleport 3 Uncommon (2/128) Not sold

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Brimstone key.png: Cerberus can drop the item Brimstone key with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Brimstone key 1 Uncommon (1/56.4)[2] Not sold
Clue scroll (elite).png: Cerberus can drop the item Clue scroll (elite) with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/100) Not sold
Jar of souls.png: Cerberus can drop the item Jar of souls with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Jar of souls 1 Very rare (1/2,000) 83,504
Hellpuppy.png: Cerberus can drop the item Hellpuppy with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 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: Cerberus can drop the item Coins with rarity Rare in quantity 3000 Coins 3,000 Rare (1/248.24) Not sold
Loop half of key.png: Cerberus can drop the item Loop half of key with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Loop half of key 1 Rare (1/270.95; 1/268.87)[R 1] 11,942
Tooth half of key.png: Cerberus can drop the item Tooth half of key with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Tooth half of key 1 Rare (1/285.09; 1/282.79)[R 1] 9,633
Uncut sapphire.png: Cerberus can drop the item Uncut sapphire with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Uncut sapphire 1 Very rare (1/1,092.27; 1/546.13)[R 1] 631
Runite bar.png: Cerberus can drop the item Runite bar with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Runite bar 1 Very rare (1/1,092.27) 12,461
Nature rune.png: Cerberus can drop the item Nature rune with rarity Very rare in quantity 67 Nature rune 67 Very rare (1/1,820.44) 13,735
Rune 2h sword.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune 2h sword with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare (1/1,820.44) 37,975
Rune battleaxe.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune battleaxe with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare (1/1,820.44) 24,599
Uncut emerald.png: Cerberus can drop the item Uncut emerald with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Uncut emerald 1 Very rare (1/2,184.53; 1/1,092.27)[R 1] 775
Law rune.png: Cerberus can drop the item Law rune with rarity Very rare in quantity 45 Law rune 45 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 9,045
Death rune.png: Cerberus can drop the item Death rune with rarity Very rare in quantity 45 Death rune 45 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 10,035
Steel arrow.png: Cerberus can drop the item Steel arrow with rarity Very rare in quantity 150 Steel arrow 150 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 4,800
Rune arrow.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune arrow with rarity Very rare in quantity 42 Rune arrow 42 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 4,158
Adamant javelin.png: Cerberus can drop the item Adamant javelin with rarity Very rare in quantity 20 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 1,200
Rune sq shield.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune sq shield with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 22,663
Dragonstone.png: Cerberus can drop the item Dragonstone with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Dragonstone 1 Very rare (1/2,730.67) 12,040
Silver ore.png: Cerberus can drop the item Silver ore with rarity Very rare in quantity 100 (noted) Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare (1/2,730.67) 7,600
Uncut ruby.png: Cerberus can drop the item Uncut ruby with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Uncut ruby 1 Very rare (1/4,369.07; 1/2,184.53)[R 1] 1,419
Rune kiteshield.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune kiteshield with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare (1/5,461.33) 32,220
Dragon med helm.png: Cerberus can drop the item Dragon med helm with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Dragon med helm 1 Very rare (1/5,461.33) 59,301
Rune spear.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune spear with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Rune spear 1 Very rare (1/5,765.37; 1/675.63)[R 1] 12,103
Shield left half.png: Cerberus can drop the item Shield left half with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Shield left half 1 Very rare (1/11,530.73; 1/1,351.26)[R 1] 65,690
Nature talisman.png: Cerberus can drop the item Nature talisman with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Nature talisman 1 Very rare (1/11,650.84; 1/5,825.42)[R 1] Not sold
Dragon spear.png: Cerberus can drop the item Dragon spear with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Dragon spear 1 Very rare (1/15,374.31; 1/1,801.68)[R 1] 37,888
Uncut diamond.png: Cerberus can drop the item Uncut diamond with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Uncut diamond 1 Very rare (1/17,476.27; 1/8,738.13)[R 1] 2,863
Rune javelin.png: Cerberus can drop the item Rune javelin with rarity Very rare in quantity 5 Rune javelin 5 Very rare (1/34,952.53; 1/17,476.27)[R 1] 800
  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.

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 quote is given "Those aren't Cerby snacks." This is a reference to "Scooby Snacks" from Scooby-Doo.

References[edit | edit source]