Commander Zilyana/Strategies

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This is a guide to defeating Commander Zilyana, the Saradominist general in the God Wars Dungeon.

Please note that while Commander Zilyana has an equal amount of resistance to all attacks, Magic is generally impractical here due to a lack of armour and unnecessary rune costs.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

General Strategy[edit | edit source]

Similarly to Kree'arra, many players prefer using an ecumenical key to skip kill count. Although Saradominist kill count is considered to be somewhat quick, this is only partially true if the player has 83 Slayer, as Saradominist spiritual warriors and mages are aggressive towards Zamorakian followers. The remaining Saradominist followers are passive and will only attack in self-defence.

Commander Zilyana attacks with both melee and magic. Offensively, she has 280 Attack, 196 Strength, 300 Defence and Magic and 250 Ranged, +195 melee accuracy, +20 melee strength, and +200 magic accuracy. Defensively, she has +100 towards all attack styles. Despite her higher Defence level, this ultimately makes Zilyana easier to hit.

Although her max hit is relatively low, with her melee attacks dealing up to 27 damage, and her magic dealing 10-20 damage, she makes up for this with an attack speed of 2 (1.2 seconds). Combined with her massive accuracy bonuses, this makes fighting her normally extremely dangerous, as the precise attacks and rapid attack speed will cause a swift death for her target. Like Graardor and K'ril however, Zilyana can only use her melee attack when in melee distance.

Zilyana has three bodyguards; Bree, Growler and Starlight, who use ranged, magic and melee and deal 16, 16 and 15 damage respectively. Her bodyguards are significantly weaker compared to the other generals', but they still shouldn't be underestimated.

The most commonly accepted method to battle Zilyana is to bring a crossbow with diamond enchanted bolts (normal or dragon, although the latter is stronger) or a twisted bow, as Zilyana has an extremely high Magic level compared to the other generals. Zilyana's chamber is larger than the other generals, which allows for an effective use of kiting. In order to kite successfully, the player will need to bring stamina potions to circumvent the weight of carried equipment. Attack every once in a while as Zilyana chases after you. Protect from Magic should be used by default.

A group of players fighting Commander Zilyana and her bodyguards.

When Zilyana dies, kill Bree (he will be the only one dealing damage, as Starlight trails with Zilyana), then Starlight and finally Growler. Use the toxic blowpipe to clear the bodyguards and as a source of healing. Alternatively, if the player brings runes for Blood Barrage, Growler can be killed first, and both Bree and Starlight may be stacked for healing, although it is more common to simply kill them off with a blowpipe.

Zilyana and her bodyguards drop bones, so bring bones to peaches tablets to restore 32 health at the end of each encounter.

Team[edit | edit source]

In a team setting, if Zilyana cannot attack her current target, she will change her aggression to a nearby attacker.

Zilyana will "pause" in movement for a few seconds whenever she uses her magic attack, buying a ranger some time to either flee or fit in some extra attacks. This, however, does not outright prevent Zilyana from attacking.

Verac's set is generally the best option for melee users, as it circumvents Zilyana's very high Defence. Otherwise, melee users should try to maximise their attack bonus in order to account for accuracy issues. Melee users cannot fight back when they are targeted without taking heavy damage, but ranged users can continue to attack so long as they keep their distance through kiting.

Melee users can utilise either the Zamorak godsword's special attack to allow for easy retreats, or the Bandos godsword's special attack to reduce Zilyana's very high Defence level. Other special attacks may be successful; however, the superior accuracy of godsword special attacks makes them the most reliable in this scenario.

Use the hit-and-run tactic on Zilyana.

Suggested skills[edit | edit source]

  • Combat level 100+
  • Agility 70+ (Required)
  • Ranged 80+
  • Defence 80+ (90+ Recommended)
  • Hitpoints 70+
  • Prayer 44+ (74+ Rigour)

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadArmadyl helmet.pngArmadyl helmetJusticiar faceguard.pngJusticiar faceguardVerac's helm.pngVerac's helmSaradomin coif.pngSaradomin coifHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznot
NeckNecklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyDragonbone necklace.pngDragonbone necklace / Bonecrusher necklace.pngBonecrusher necklaceAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryHoly symbol.pngHoly symbol / Unholy symbol.pngUnholy symbol
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerMax cape.pngMax cape / Ranging cape(t).pngRanging cape(t)Ava's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorAva's attractor.pngAva's attractorN/A
BodyArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplateSaradomin d'hide body.pngSaradomin d'hide body / Zamorak d'hide body.pngZamorak d'hide bodyN/AN/AN/A
LegsArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtSaradomin chaps.pngSaradomin chaps / Zamorak chaps.pngZamorak chapsVerac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirtN/AN/A
WeaponTwisted bow.pngTwisted bow [1]Armadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowDragon hunter crossbow.pngDragon hunter crossbowDragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbowRune crossbow.pngRune crossbow
ShieldTwisted buckler.pngTwisted bucklerDragonfire ward.pngDragonfire wardOdium ward.pngOdium wardCrystal shield.pngCrystal shieldN/A
Ammo/SpellDragon arrow 5.pngDragon arrowDiamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDiamond dragon bolts (e)Diamond bolts 5.pngDiamond bolts (e)N/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesSaradomin bracers.pngSaradomin bracers / Zamorak bracers.pngZamorak bracersN/AN/AN/A
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsSaradomin d'hide boots.pngSaradomin d'hide boots / Zamorak d'hide boots.pngZamorak d'hide bootsRanger boots.pngRanger bootsN/AN/A
RingRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Ring of endurance.pngRing of enduranceArchers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i)Ring of the gods (i).pngRing of the gods (i)N/A
Special attackToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipeArmadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbow / Dragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbow (50% health) / Dragon thrownaxe.pngDragon thrownaxe (20% health)N/AN/AN/A
Toxic blowpipe.pngTeleport to house (tablet).pngStamina potion(4).pngStamina potion(4).png
Stamina potion(4).pngBones to peaches (tablet).pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngSuper restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngDivine ranging potion(4).pngDivine ranging potion(4).png
  1. A shield isn't required with the Twisted bow

Inventory[edit | edit source]

  1. Respective god items must be worn at all times prior to entering an area plagued with a god or gods' followers. The god item can be swapped or removed when entering the boss room since the boss is aggressive regardless.
  2. Drop two Saradomin brews upon teleporting, and use a Glory or the Castle Wars Minigame Group Finder teleport to grab two more brews and another Trollheim Teleport. See the drop trick. Or bring two Trollheim teleport tablets and revert the one you didn't use.