Hellhound

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Level 122Level 127Level 136
Hellhound
Hellhound.png
Released27 February 2002 (Update)
MembersYes
Combat level122
Size2x2
ExamineHello, nice doggy...
Combat info
AttributeDemon
Max hit11
AggressiveYes
PoisonousNo
Attack styleStab
Attack speedMonster attack speed 4.png
Respawn time89 ticks (53.4 seconds)
Slayer icon.png Slayer info
Slayer levelNone
Slayer XP116 xp
CategoryHellhounds
Assigned byKrystilia chathead.png Vannaka 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
11610510410211
Attack icon.png Aggressive stats
Monster attack bonusMonster strength bonusMagic icon.pngMonster magic strength bonusRanged icon.pngMonster ranged strength bonus
+0+0+0+0+0+0
Defence icon.png Defensive stats
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
+0+0+0+0+0
Immunities
PoisonNot immune
VenomNot immune
CannonsNot immune
ThrallsNot immune
Advanced data
Monster ID104,105,7256

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 Skeleton Hellhound and Greater Skeleton Hellhound spawns will count towards the task and the player may also receive some generous drops from the boss. Killing Cerberus will also count towards a Hellhounds Task. Note that none of Revenant hellhounds, Bouncer, Bouncer's ghost, or the Skeleton Hellhound from In Search of the Myreque can be killed for a Hellhound slayer task.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Hellhounds are demonic creatures so demonbane weapons will 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.

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. In the Karuulm Slayer Dungeon, they can be safespotted with range at the entrance by staying against the north wall and luring the two northern spawn Hellhounds towards the entrance. 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 combat.

Ensouled hellhound heads can be sent to the bank with a charged Soul bearer.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Location Levels Members Spawns Map
Outside of the Wilderness Resource Area[c 1]122Member icon.png6Maplink
Witchaven Dungeon122Member icon.png8Maplink
God Wars Dungeon127Member icon.png5Maplink
Stronghold Slayer Cave[c 1]122Member icon.png13Maplink
Taverley Dungeon[c 1]122Member icon.png13Maplink
Wilderness Slayer Cave[c 1]136Member icon.png5Maplink
Catacombs of Kourend122Member icon.png9Maplink
Karuulm Slayer Dungeon[c 1]122Member icon.png12Maplink
  1. ^ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dwarf multicannon can be placed.

Drops[edit | edit source]

The following drop rates are provided by Jagex, unless otherwise specified.

The average hellhound kill is worth 735.87.

The average hellhound kill while on a Konar task is worth 1,865.65.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Vile ashes.png: Hellhound drops Vile ashes with rarity Always in quantity 1Vile ashes1Always4520

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Smouldering stone.png: Hellhound drops Smouldering stone with rarity 1/32,768 in quantity 1Smouldering stone11/32,7685,542,10527,000

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Ensouled hellhound head.png: Hellhound drops Ensouled hellhound head with rarity 1/40 in quantity 1Ensouled hellhound head11/404,1490
Clue scroll (elite).png: Hellhound drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity Always in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)1Always[d 1]Not sold12
Reward casket (elite).png: Hellhound drops Reward casket (elite) with rarity Always in quantity 1Reward casket (elite)1Always[d 1]Not sold30
Looting bag.png: Hellhound drops Looting bag with rarity 1/3 in quantity 1Looting bag11/3[d 2]Not soldN/A
Clue scroll (hard).png: Hellhound drops Clue scroll (hard) with rarity 1/64 in quantity 1Clue scroll (hard)11/64; 1/32[d 4][d 3]Not sold12
Brimstone key.png: Hellhound drops Brimstone key with rarity 1/95 in quantity 1Brimstone key11/95[d 5]Not soldN/A
  1. ^ 1.0 1.1 Elite clue scrolls and reward caskets are only dropped when completing an elite clue scroll asking you to kill a hellhound.
  2. ^ Looting bags are only dropped by those found in the Wilderness.
  3. ^ The hard clue scroll drop rate increases to 1/32 if a ring of wealth (i) is worn and fought in the Wilderness.
  4. ^ The hard clue scroll drop rate increases to 1/60; 1/30 with the completion of the hard combat achievements.
  5. ^ Brimstone keys are only dropped if killed on a Slayer task given by Konar quo Maten.

Catacombs tertiary[edit | edit source]

The following drops are only accessible while killing the Catacombs of Kourend variants.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Ancient shard.png: Hellhound drops Ancient shard with rarity 1/256 in quantity 1Ancient shard11/256Not sold122
Dark totem base.png: Hellhound drops Dark totem base with rarity 1/384 in quantity 1Dark totem base11/384Not sold123
Dark totem middle.png: Hellhound drops Dark totem middle with rarity 1/384 in quantity 1Dark totem middle11/384Not sold123
Dark totem top.png: Hellhound drops Dark totem top with rarity 1/384 in quantity 1Dark totem top11/384Not sold123

Wilderness Slayer tertiary[edit | edit source]

The following drops are only accessible while on a Slayer task given by Krystilia.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Larran's key.png: Hellhound drops Larran's key with rarity 1/90 in quantity 1Larran's key11/90; 1/88Not sold54
Slayer's enchantment.png: Hellhound drops Slayer's enchantment with rarity 1/228 in quantity 1Slayer's enchantment11/228; 1/2002,003720

Wilderness Slayer Cave drops[edit | edit source]

The following drop rates are provided by Jagex, unless otherwise specified.

The average hellhound kill is worth 3,112.67.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Vile ashes.png: Hellhound drops Vile ashes with rarity Always in quantity 1Vile ashes1Always4520

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Smouldering stone.png: Hellhound drops Smouldering stone with rarity 1/16,384 in quantity 1Smouldering stone11/16,3845,542,10527,000

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Ensouled hellhound head.png: Hellhound drops Ensouled hellhound head with rarity 1/40 in quantity 1Ensouled hellhound head11/404,1490
Clue scroll (elite).png: Hellhound drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity Always in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)1Always[d 1]Not sold12
Reward casket (elite).png: Hellhound drops Reward casket (elite) with rarity Always in quantity 1Reward casket (elite)1Always[d 1]Not sold30
Looting bag.png: Hellhound drops Looting bag with rarity 1/3 in quantity 1Looting bag11/3Not soldN/A
Clue scroll (hard).png: Hellhound drops Clue scroll (hard) with rarity 1/64 in quantity 1Clue scroll (hard)11/64; 1/32[d 3][d 2]Not sold12
  1. ^ 1.0 1.1 Elite clue scrolls and reward caskets are only dropped when completing an elite clue scroll asking you to kill a hellhound.
  2. ^ The hard clue scroll drop rate increases to 1/32 if a ring of wealth (i) is worn and fought in the Wilderness.
  3. ^ The hard clue scroll drop rate increases to 1/60; 1/30 with the completion of the hard combat achievements.

Wilderness Slayer tertiary[edit | edit source]

The following drops are only accessible while on a Slayer task given by Krystilia.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Larran's key.png: Hellhound drops Larran's key with rarity 1/76 in quantity 1Larran's key11/76Not sold54
Slayer's enchantment.png: Hellhound drops Slayer's enchantment with rarity 1/200 in quantity 1Slayer's enchantment11/2002,003720

Wilderness Slayer Cave tertiary[edit | edit source]

There is approximately a 85/100 chance of rolling the Wilderness Slayer Cave drop table, which includes various items available from Justine's stuff for the Last Shopper Standing.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Blighted anglerfish.png: Hellhound drops Blighted anglerfish with rarity 1/8.7 in quantity 1-2Blighted anglerfish1–2~1/8.71,341–2,6820
Blighted manta ray.png: Hellhound drops Blighted manta ray with rarity 1/8.7 in quantity 1-2Blighted manta ray1–2~1/8.7891–1,7820
Blighted karambwan.png: Hellhound drops Blighted karambwan with rarity 1/13.1 in quantity 1-2Blighted karambwan1–2~1/13.1634–1,2680
Blighted teleport spell sack.png: Hellhound drops Blighted teleport spell sack with rarity 1/13.1 in quantity 1-10Blighted teleport spell sack1–10~1/13.1100–1,0000
Blighted ancient ice sack.png: Hellhound drops Blighted ancient ice sack with rarity 1/13.1 in quantity 1-10Blighted ancient ice sack1–10~1/13.1499–4,9900
Blighted vengeance sack.png: Hellhound drops Blighted vengeance sack with rarity 1/13.1 in quantity 1-10Blighted vengeance sack1–10~1/13.194–9400
Blighted entangle sack.png: Hellhound drops Blighted entangle sack with rarity 1/13.1 in quantity 1-10Blighted entangle sack1–10~1/13.1337–3,3700
Blighted super restore(4).png: Hellhound drops Blighted super restore(4) with rarity 1/26.1 in quantity 1Blighted super restore(4)1~1/26.18,6700
Blighted snare sack.png: Hellhound drops Blighted snare sack with rarity 1/26.1 in quantity 1-10Blighted snare sack1–10~1/26.114–1400
Blighted bind sack.png: Hellhound drops Blighted bind sack with rarity 1/26.1 in quantity 1-10Blighted bind sack1–10~1/26.17–700
Revenant cave teleport.png: Hellhound drops Revenant cave teleport with rarity 1/26.1 in quantity 1Revenant cave teleport1~1/26.16516
Dareeyak teleport (tablet).png: Hellhound drops Dareeyak teleport (tablet) with rarity 1/130.6 in quantity 1Dareeyak teleport (tablet)1~1/130.61,3230
Wilderness crabs teleport.png: Hellhound drops Wilderness crabs teleport with rarity 1/130.6 in quantity 1Wilderness crabs teleport1~1/130.630,24237
Carrallangar teleport (tablet).png: Hellhound drops Carrallangar teleport (tablet) with rarity 1/130.6 in quantity 1Carrallangar teleport (tablet)1~1/130.68830
Paddewwa teleport (tablet).png: Hellhound drops Paddewwa teleport (tablet) with rarity 1/130.6 in quantity 1Paddewwa teleport (tablet)1~1/130.61,2560
Annakarl teleport (tablet).png: Hellhound drops Annakarl teleport (tablet) with rarity 1/130.6 in quantity 1Annakarl teleport (tablet)1~1/130.61,7820
Lassar teleport (tablet).png: Hellhound drops Lassar teleport (tablet) with rarity 1/130.6 in quantity 1Lassar teleport (tablet)1~1/130.61,0350
Kharyrll teleport (tablet).png: Hellhound drops Kharyrll teleport (tablet) with rarity 1/130.6 in quantity 1Kharyrll teleport (tablet)1~1/130.61,5980
Senntisten teleport (tablet).png: Hellhound drops Senntisten teleport (tablet) with rarity 1/130.6 in quantity 1Senntisten teleport (tablet)1~1/130.61,7400
Ghorrock teleport (tablet).png: Hellhound drops Ghorrock teleport (tablet) with rarity 1/130.6 in quantity 1Ghorrock teleport (tablet)1~1/130.61,4040
Target teleport.png: Hellhound drops Target teleport with rarity 1/130.6 in quantity 1Target teleport1~1/130.63,1980
Magic shortbow scroll.png: Hellhound drops Magic shortbow scroll with rarity 1/326.5 in quantity 1Magic shortbow scroll1~1/326.567,1523,000
Ring of wealth scroll.png: Hellhound drops Ring of wealth scroll with rarity 1/326.5 in quantity 1Ring of wealth scroll1~1/326.511,9263,000
Trouver parchment.png: Hellhound drops Trouver parchment with rarity 1/1,305.9 in quantity 1Trouver parchment1~1/1,305.9885,6870
Looting bag note.png: Hellhound drops Looting bag note with rarity 1/1,305.9 in quantity 1Looting bag note1~1/1,305.936,15354

Combat Achievements[edit | edit source]

NameDescriptionTypeTier
A Demon's Best FriendKill a Hellhound.Kill CountEasy

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
18 May 2022
(update | poll)

Hellhounds now drops ensouled hellhound heads at a rate of 1/40.

16 June 2021
(update | poll)

Hellhounds now drop vile ashes in place of regular bones.

17 March 2021
(update)

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

27 February 2002
(update)

The monster was added to the game.

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

Hellhound (beta).png
Hellhound (historical).png
Hellhound.png
RuneScape 2
Beta
29 March 2004 –
4 June 2007
4 June 2007 –
present

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Despite being "hounds," they do not count toward a dog slayer task, nor do they drop ensouled dog heads.