Hellhounds are mid-to-high level monsters that are often given as a Slayer task to mid-to-high level players. Hellhounds are an excellent source of hard clue scrolls, as they drop them more frequently than other monsters. If players are on a Hellhound Task and they want to make some money off it, they could choose to kill Vet'ion as his Hellhound spawns will count towards your task and you may also receive some generous drops from the boss. Killing Cerberus will also count towards your Hellhounds Task.
Even though they are demonic in nature, demonbane weapons do not work against them. As their combat level suggests, hellhounds are not easy to defeat. It's worth noting, however, that their high combat level is mostly reflective of their accurate and powerful attacks; hellhounds have low defensive stats. Players with a low Defence level should bring the best armour that they can afford as well as high healing food.
As they only attack with Melee, the Protect from Melee prayer can be used to nullify their attacks. The most effective yet AFK-able way to use this strategy is at the Catacombs of Kourend, as the area is a multi-combat zone. Players who have completed at least easy tasks of the Ardougne Diary can teleport to Kandarin Monastery to recharge Prayer points, and teleport back via Xeric's talisman's Xeric's Heart option (requires full completion of Architectural Alliance) or the Kourend Castle Teleport spell (requires 69 Magic and reading Transportation incantations to unlock the spell). Alternatively, a player-owned house altar and Kourend portal may be used. Bring prayer-boosting armour such as the Proselyte armour for longer trips and some food just in case you run out of Prayer points and get hit by the hellhounds. Additionally, having a bonecrusher in your inventory is beneficial as burying bones inside the Catacombs of Kourend also restores Prayer points. When using a high-level strength oriented melee equipment set with proselyte armour and a bonecrusher necklace, players can expect to complete a standard size slayer task in only two or three trips to an altar, making this a highly effective method.
Prayer "flicking" can dramatically reduce the cost of fighting them; however, this requires close attention and probably some food to correct mistakes. Since they occupy a large space of 2-by-2 squares, hellhounds can easily be safespotted in Taverley Dungeon on rocks and columns, or in the Witchaven Dungeon. They may also be safespotted in the Kourend dungeon by ranging them from the south of the room, using the corner of the entry hallway to block.
Players hunting hard clue scrolls can kill hellhounds located east of the Deserted Keep while wearing a ring of wealth (i). This doubles the drop rate of clue scrolls from hellhounds, from 1/64 to 1/32.
If a Slayer master is checking your combat level, you are required to have at least level 75.
The following drop rates are provided by Jagex, unless otherwise specified.
The average Hellhound kill is worth 164.58.
The average Hellhound kill while on a Konar task is worth 1,185.18.
The following drops are only accessible while killing the Catacombs of Kourend variants.
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The following drops are only accessible while on a Slayer task given by Krystilia.
- Although they are demons, Hellhounds drop bones instead of ashes like a regular demon would. They are also not vulnerable to demonbane weapons.
- Also, despite being "hounds," they do not count toward a dog slayer task, nor do they drop ensouled dog heads.