Hellhound

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Hellhounds are mid-to-high level demons, often given as a Slayer assignment 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.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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 afkable 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). 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.

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 safe-spotted in Taverley Dungeon on rocks and columns, or in the Witchaven Dungeon.

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.

Even though they are demonic in nature, demonbane weapons do not work against them.

If a Slayer master is checking your combat level, you are required to have at least level 75.

Locations[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Normal hellhound
  2. 2.0 2.1 Multi-zone
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Can be cannoned
  4. Undead
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Can't be killed for slayer task
  6. 6.0 6.1 NMZ

Drops[edit | edit source]

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Bones.png: Hellhound can drop the item Bones with rarity Always in quantity 1 Bones 1 Always 59

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Looting bag.png: Hellhound can drop the item Looting bag with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Looting bag 1 Uncommon (1/30)[1] Not sold
Clue scroll (hard).png: Hellhound can drop the item Clue scroll (hard) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Clue scroll (hard) 1 Uncommon (1/64)[2] Not sold
Mysterious emblem.png: Hellhound can drop the item Mysterious emblem with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1 Mysterious emblem 1 Uncommon [3]
Lv 122: (1/97)
Lv 136: (1/80)
174,404
Brimstone key.png: Hellhound can drop the item Brimstone key with rarity Varies in quantity 1 Brimstone key 1 Varies [4] Not sold
Slayer's enchantment.png: Hellhound can drop the item Slayer's enchantment with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Slayer's enchantment 1 Rare [3]
Lv 122: (1/227.2)
Lv 136: (1/200)
1,004
Ancient shard.png: Hellhound can drop the item Ancient shard with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Ancient shard 1 Rare (1/256)[5] Not sold
Dark totem base.png: Hellhound can drop the item Dark totem base with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Dark totem base 1 Rare (1/384)[5] Not sold
Dark totem middle.png: Hellhound can drop the item Dark totem middle with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Dark totem middle 1 Rare (1/384)[5] Not sold
Dark totem top.png: Hellhound can drop the item Dark totem top with rarity Rare in quantity 1 Dark totem top 1 Rare (1/384)[5] Not sold
Smouldering stone.png: Hellhound can drop the item Smouldering stone with rarity Very rare in quantity 1 Smouldering stone 1 Very rare (1/32,768) 1,902,403
  1. Only dropped by those found in the Wilderness.
  2. 1/32 if a Ring of wealth (i) is worn and fought in the Wilderness.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Only dropped while on a slayer assignment given by Krystilia.
  4. Only dropped if killed on a slayer assignment given by Konar quo Maten.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Only dropped by those found within the Catacombs of Kourend.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

References[edit | edit source]