Inferno/Strategies

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The Inferno is an extremely difficult solo PVM challenge, with the goal of completing all 69 waves and killing TzKal-Zuk. Players who are successful will be rewarded with the infernal cape.

Before attempting it, it is highly recommended that you have the best gear that you can afford and maxed or very high combat stats. More importantly, do not expect to complete it on your first few attempts: be mentally prepared to fail a lot and learn from your mistakes.

Key[edit | edit source]

As the monster names can be difficult to memorise, for the sake of clarity this strategy page will follow these nicknames:

Image Name Nickname Image Name Nickname
Jal-Nib.png
Jal-Nib Nibbler
Jal-MejRah.png
Jal-MejRah Bat
Jal-Ak.png
Jal-Ak Blob
Jal-ImKot.png
Jal-ImKot Meleer
Jal-Xil.png
Jal-Xil Ranger
Jal-Zek.png
Jal-Zek Mager
JalTok-Jad.png
JalTok-Jad Jad
Yt-HurKot.png
Yt-HurKot Healer (for Jad)
TzKal-Zuk.png
TzKal-Zuk Zuk
Jal-MejJak.png
Jal-MejJak Healer (for Zuk)

Wave breakdown[edit | edit source]

Click "Show" to the right to expand for all waves and what monsters they contain.

  • Wave 1: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat
  • Wave 2: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat
  • Wave 3: 6x Nibbler
    • Jal-Ak (Blob) will start to appear in the next round.
  • Wave 4: 3x Nibbler, 1x Blob
  • Wave 5: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Blob
  • Wave 6: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Blob
  • Wave 7: 3x Nibbler, 2x Blob
  • Wave 8: 6x Nibbler
    • Jal-ImKot (Meleer) will start to appear in the next round.
  • Wave 9: 3x Nibbler, 1x Meleer
  • Wave 10: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Meleer
  • Wave 11: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Meleer
  • Wave 12: 3x Nibbler, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer
  • Wave 13: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer
  • Wave 14: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer
  • Wave 15: 3x Nibbler, 2x Blob, 1x Meleer
  • Wave 16: 3x Nibbler, 2x Meleer
  • Wave 17: 6x Nibbler
    • Jal-Xil (Ranger) will start to appear in the next round.
  • Wave 18: 3x Nibbler, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 19: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 20: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 21: 3x Nibbler, 1x Blob, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 22: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 23: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 24: 3x Nibbler, 2x Blob, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 25: 3x Nibbler, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 26: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 27: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 28: 3x Nibbler, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 29: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 30: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 31: 3x Nibbler, 2x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 32: 3x Nibbler, 2x Meleer, 1x Ranger
  • Wave 33: 3x Nibbler, 2x Ranger
  • Wave 34: 6x Nibbler
    • Jal-Zek (Mager) will start to appear in the next round.
  • Wave 35: 3x Nibbler, 1x Mager
  • Wave 36: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Mager
  • Wave 37: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Mager
  • Wave 38: 3x Nibbler, 1x Blob, 1x Mager
  • Wave 39: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Mager
  • Wave 40: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Mager
  • Wave 41: 3x Nibbler, 2x Blob, 1x Mager
  • Wave 42: 3x Nibbler, 1x Meleer, 1x Mager
  • Wave 43: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Meleer, 1x Mager
  • Wave 44: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Meleer, 1x Mager
  • Wave 45: 3x Nibbler, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Mager
  • Wave 46: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Mager
  • Wave 47: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Mager
  • Wave 48: 3x Nibbler, 2x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Mager
  • Wave 49: 3x Nibbler, 2x Meleer, 1x Mager
  • Wave 50: 3x Nibbler, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 51: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 52: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 53: 3x Nibbler, 1x Blob, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 54: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 55: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 56: 3x Nibbler, 2x Blob, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 57: 3x Nibbler, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 58: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 59: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 60: 3x Nibbler, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 61: 3x Nibbler, 1x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 62: 3x Nibbler, 2x Bat, 1x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 63: 3x Nibbler, 2x Blob, 1x Meleer, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 64: 3x Nibbler, 2x Meleer, 1x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 65: 3x Nibbler, 2x Ranger, 1x Mager
  • Wave 66: 3x Nibbler, 2x Mager
    • Any remaining pillars collapse at the end of the wave and do 49 damage if the player is within one tile.
  • Wave 67: 1x Jad
    • The JalTok-Jad summons five Yt-HurKot at half health.
  • Wave 68: 3x Jad
    • The penultimate wave. The Jads attack three ticks apart. Each will summon three Yt-Hurkot at half health.

General strategy[edit | edit source]

Overview of the arena.

The arena is square shaped, and there are three pillars in it. These pillars can be used to safespot monsters, although they don't offer complete protection from all the monsters in the cave considering their spawns are spread whenever a new wave starts. In addition, every wave until 67 spawns three or six nibblers, which attempt to destroy the pillars.

The general idea is to neutralise the nibblers at the start of each wave, preferably with Ice Barrage, and find a way to manoeuvre the arena to trap monsters behind the pillars to minimise the damage; attempting to purely tank is very likely to lead in death in the later waves. All monsters are very accurate and deal high damage, but each one's attacks (apart from Zuk's) can be fully blocked with protection prayers. Multiple monsters attacking at the same time is common, so prayer flicking between them is highly recommended if not required, and strategising on which to protect from when this is not possible is essential.

Using Blood Barrage is a recommended method of healing when things are under your control and incoming damage can be reliably protected, as it is effectively only limited by the amount of hitpoints the monsters have while Saradomin brews are much more limited. Although most monsters are fairly resistant to magic, it can still hit more often than not when maging gear is equipped. Make note of the Magic level of each monster, as it largely dictates how accurate your magical attacks are against them. However, Blood Barrage does not deal damage to singular targets very quickly, nor does it heal quickly, so using it in a tight situation might not be a good idea.

Monsters (regular waves)[edit | edit source]

Jal-Nib[edit | edit source]

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Combat Max hit Hitpoints Magic Dimensions Attack speed
4 10 15 1x1 4

Nibblers are the lowest level monsters in the Inferno, and they are generally not a threat to the player directly, but ignoring them is detrimental. They always spawn in a group of three (six on waves 3, 8, 17 and 34), and they are weak to magic, as in addition to their low Magic level, their Magic defence is -20. They are usually clumped together so that they can be all hit with one multi-attack spell if the central one is hit, but they may also spawn two tiles apart.

They can usually be hit even when wearing ranged armour which gives negative magical accuracy, which is useful in the higher waves due to its higher range defence. An easy way to tell if the cast will kill them without waiting for the hitsplat is by looking at the experience drop: when using Ice Barrage, 152 xp (112 Magic and 40 Hitpoints) will mean that all three were killed in one cast (provided that no other monster was also hit).

While taking them out is important, do not risk your life over it in the higher waves (50+). In worst cases, splashing on them repeatedly will cause you to take a lot of damage, and you can kill them when the situation is better under control.

Jal-MejRah[edit | edit source]

Jal-MejRah.png
Combat Max hit Hitpoints Magic Dimensions Attack speed
19 25 120 2x2 3

Bats are the second-lowest level monsters. While they use ranged attacks, they also have a fairly short range of four tiles, which potentially allows the player to attack them safely with a toxic blowpipe on rapid if they are properly safespotted. Their attacks also drain the player's run energy by 3 every attack, and they have a chance to lower combat stats (except Prayer) by 1. Their Magic level is moderately high, but their Magic defence of -20 compensates for it.

Due to their lower damage output than other monsters in the arena, they are generally low priority. Regardless, try to get them stuck behind a pillar, as their attacks drain stats even through protection prayers, and the damage is still nontrivial if not protected.

Jal-Ak[edit | edit source]

Jal-Ak.png
Combat Max hit Hitpoints Magic Dimensions Attack speed
29 40 160 3x3 6

Blobs are the third tier of monsters, starting to appear on wave 4. Their attacks are unlike any other: instead of attacking immediately when acquiring the target, they first detect if the player is protecting against ranged or magic, and they attack with the opposing style three ticks afterwards. After their attack, they again detect after three ticks; in essence, when not hiding from them, they attack every six ticks. Getting used to this may take some time, and they can be tough to protect against when having to protect against another monster, such as a mager.

Jal-AkRek-Ket.png Jal-AkRek-Xil.png Jal-AkRek-Mej.png When they are defeated, three smaller (1x1) monsters spawn from it: a mage, a range, and a melee blob. Their eyes and attacks are coloured accordingly to their attack style. When they spawn, they attack on the same tick (unless they have to move to reach you). Each has a max hit of 18, and their attack and defensive stats are purely focused on the style they use. As they are typically next to each other, using Blood or Ice Barrage can be effective on them, although the mage blob is less weak to magic.

An easy way to protect from blobs is to alternate protection prayers every tick (e.g. mage → range → mage → range etc.). This is also useful when also protecting from a ranger or mager, and when properly done it nullifies all damage taken.

Jal-ImKot[edit | edit source]

Jal-ImKot.png
Combat Max hit Hitpoints Magic Dimensions Attack speed
49 75 120 4x4 4

Meleers (also called snakes by some players) are the middle of the pack. They start to appear on wave 9. As their nickname implies, they only use melee attacks, which makes them potentially less dangerous than others when they are at a distance. Their large size also gets them stuck behind pillars quite easily. However, their attacks are very powerful, and their special feature is being able to burrow to appear next to the player when they have not attacked for 20 seconds.

When they are stuck behind a pillar along with every other monster, it may be a good idea to wait for them to dig to you so you can take them out safely. When you are under attack by another monster that you cannot hide from, and there is a meleer safespotted, it will inevitably dig to you. If you cannot kill the other monster quickly, be ready to flick between them. Ice Barrage may be cast on them to neutralise them for the time being, but this still counts toward their timer of being unable to attack. When they dig to you while you are behind a pillar, make note of their deceivingly large size. It might look like it is ready to attack while it is still 'under' you, and attacking it might cause you to move to a vulnerable spot.

Jal-Xil[edit | edit source]

Jal-Xil.png
Combat Max hit Hitpoints Magic Dimensions Attack speed
46 130 90 3x3 4

Rangers are the second-most powerful of the standard monsters in the Inferno, and they first start appearing on wave 18. They primarily use ranged attacks, but they sometimes use melee if the player is standing next to them. These ranged attacks are quite powerful and fairly accurate, so they should not be underestimated.

The ranger has no special feature to them unlike the other monsters. Due to their lower Magic level and higher Hitpoints than most others, as well as having easy to predict attacks, they are often an ideal monster to cast Blood Barrage on if the situation is under control.

Jal-Zek[edit | edit source]

Jal-Zek.png
Combat Max hit Hitpoints Magic Dimensions Attack speed
70 220 300 4x4 4

Magers are the most powerful of the monsters in the regular waves. They appear on every wave from 35 to 66, as well as on wave 69. They attack with a powerful mage attack, as well as a melee attack if the player gets too close. These attacks can be devastating, and so they should always be prioritised when choosing to protect from multiple styles. Their special feature is being able to revive other monsters slain on the current wave. It uses this feature only when in combat and it does not attack during it (both when casting and within the next seven ticks). The mager has no defined limit on how many monsters it can revive, but each monster can only be revived once. They also respawn with half of their normal Hitpoints, and they respawn near the centre of the arena. The revived monster also has a short cooldown before it can attack the player.

When possible, killing the mager first is a good idea to save yourself from having to kill the others it may revive again. They have high health though, so if you are under attack by another monster, it may be better to kill that one first. Naturally, the monsters it revives can also be used to heal with Blood Barrage, so use that to your advantage if you are in need of healing. Because of their high Magic level, Blood Barrage is quite ineffective against them, but it may hit occasionally with the appropriate gear on. In contrast, a twisted bow is very effective against it.

JalTok-Jad[edit | edit source]

JalTok-Jad.png
Combat Max hit Hitpoints Magic Dimensions Attack speed
113 350 510 5x5 8 (wave 67 & 69)
9 (wave 68)

Jad is the demi-boss of the Inferno, encountered on waves 67–69. It behaves nearly identically to TzTok-Jad from the TzHaar Fight Caves, although its stats are higher. It uses all three combat styles, and its attacks are extremely powerful. The trick is to use the proper protection prayer which can be predicted based on the start of its attack animation: if it attacks with magic, it rises on its hind legs and casts a fire spell from its mouth; if it attacks with ranged, it rises on its hind legs only for a brief moment before slamming the ground, causing a boulder from the ceiling to hit the player; if it attacks with melee (which it only does if the player is standing next to it), it bashes its head, which has to be preemptively protected from.

As with the rest of the Inferno, having game sounds on is greatly helpful to react in time. With this, an easy way to tell if it is a mage attack is that it plays a sound as soon as it begins its attack animation. Otherwise, it is a ranged attack, whereupon the sound plays when you should already be protecting from it. Be sure to stand away from its melee range, and it will only use these two attacks.

When it reaches half of its health, it will spawn five Yt-HurKots that will begin to heal it. Use your ranged weapon or barrage spells to tag them to draw them away from Jad, which will cause them to stop healing it. However, at all times, don't forget to be ready to react to Jad's attacks. The healers use melee (with a max hit of 18), and while they can be tanked, it is a good idea to try to arrange them in a position where only one can attack you. A possibly riskier manoeuvre is to tag them to you and run through Jad between its attacks (pray melee just in case it attacks you), which will have them stuck behind it unable to attack you. If you require healing, you can cast Blood Barrage on the healers. Jad, however, is very resistant to magic. The twisted bow is the most effective weapon against Jad, followed by the blowpipe.

One of the greatest challenges of defeating Jad for first-timers is overcoming nervousness, which can cause shaky hands which in turn may cause you to misclick the prayers. As a general tip, remember that you can take a pause between waves by pressing the logout button to prepare yourself. You may also practice Jad in a slightly less stressful situation in the Fight Caves, as the mechanics are essentially the same.

Triple Jads[edit | edit source]

On wave 68, three Jads will spawn simultaneously instead of one on wave 67. As they attack every nine ticks each, and they are off-ticked, you have three ticks to react to each. Remember to stay calm and focus on switching prayers more than anything else. When the one you are attacking spawns its healers, which there will be only three of on this wave, attack them with your crossbow or twisted bow, or autocast them with your wand/staff.

TzKal-Zuk[edit | edit source]

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Combat Max hit Hitpoints Magic Dimensions Attack speed
251 1200 150 7x7 10 (normal)
7 (enraged)

Zuk is the final boss of the Inferno. The premise of the fight is that there is a shield moving between you and it, which you must use to block its attacks. Failure to do so will cause Zuk to hit you, which will more than likely kill you outright as it cannot be protected from or be tick-eaten and it has a max hit of 251. Focus on staying behind the shield more than dealing damage. Don't get demotivated if you fail at this stage. Very few players have beaten Zuk on their first attempt, and you should take failures as a learning experience.

Always remember to be moving with the shield. It is never worth it to get in an extra hit if it means risking a Zuk hit. As the shield animation isn't 100% reflective of its true position, opt to stay in the middle or slightly in front of it rather than behind it.

As this is the final wave, do not be sparing with using any supplies you may have left. This is also where the stamina potion comes into play, as well as the Armadyl crossbow if you do not have a twisted bow, due to its much longer range compared to the blowpipe.

Due to difference in damage output, some strategies differ between crossbows and twisted bow. If you have a twisted bow, use it against the mager, Jad and Zuk, while using blowpipe for rangers and healers. If you have a crossbow, use it against Zuk and Jad, as well as the mager when you are at the corner, while using blowpipe for the rest. When using a crossbow, remember to take into account ruby and diamond bolts' special effects; in general, use ruby bolts while the monster is high health, and switch to diamond when they have low health.

Every now and then during the fight, additional monsters will spawn. Apart from Zuk's healers, each will attack the shield at first, which cannot sustain much damage as it only has 600 Hitpoints, therefore you should attack and kill them to take their aggression.

  • A mager and a ranger will spawn behind you after the shield has done a complete rotation (e.g. left → right → left).
    • From here, following sets of a mager and a ranger will spawn approximately 3 minutes and 30 seconds after the previous set. However, the timer is paused and is increased by 1 minute and 45 seconds at 600 Hitpoints and unpaused at 480 Hitpoints, as detailed below.
  • Jad will spawn behind you when Zuk reaches 480 Hitpoints.
  • Healers will spawn when Zuk reaches 240 Hitpoints. They will start to heal Zuk, and you should again attack and kill them. They attack with area-of-effect blasts that cannot be protected from, although they have a fairly low max hit of 10.

Some players suggest to log out and reset the wave if the shield starts moving west to allow you better attacks from the start. While this used to work, it has been updated to always go the same direction per run, and resetting it is in fact counterproductive as it causes Zuk to attack at different times than what is strategised for in most guides.

Due to a graphical bug, it is possible for some of the additional monsters to flicker for a brief moment when they switch target from the shield to the player. Clicking on one during this time will cause you to click "through" the monster instead of attacking it and possibly run out of the shield's protection.

Dealing damage without taking it[edit | edit source]

"Safespots" at Zuk, highlighted in green. The middle spots work only before Zuk becomes enraged when it spawns its healers. Behind the central glyph is where Zuk will spawn.

When the wave starts, a short cutscene will play and you are in front of Zuk at the north wall of the arena. The shield will slowly float between the wall's ends, and you should stay behind it. The shield can block Zuk's attacks indefinitely. There are certain tiles where you can be safe to stand if the shield is beside you. If you want to be safe, do not attack outside of these tiles, but sometimes you can get an extra attack between them if you are confident you can run to the next spot before Zuk attacks. However, sometimes attempting to attack will cause you to be 'dragged' out of the shield's protection and take a hit from Zuk. You can mark these tiles with empty vials or by taking runes out of your pouch and dropping them beside them. Some third-party clients also offer a tile marking feature.

Attack ranges[edit | edit source]

It is worth noting when some monsters are too far to attack, where clicking on them would drag you out of a safespot.

  • When using an Armadyl crossbow (which has an attack range of 8), switch to longrange when you are at the west corner and need to attack Zuk, Jad or a mager, and at the east corner when attacking Jad. With other crossbows (which have a range of 7), you also need to be longrange at east corner when attacking Zuk.
  • When using a twisted bow (which has a range of 10), you can always stay on rapid attack style, as longrange does not benefit it at all. Bear in mind that it still has finite range, though.
  • Blowpipe has a much shorter range of 5. Usually it is easy to visualise when something is within range; for example, you may only attack the ranger from the east side while west is too far, keeping in mind the safespots so you do not take any hits from Zuk.
  • When you are at the east corner and attacking a ranger (with the blowpipe), stand on the marked safespot as standing more east will drag you out of the shield's protection. This is also the case with using the twisted bow or Armadyl crossbow (with longrange) on Jad.

Killing spawns[edit | edit source]

As mentioned, magers and rangers will periodically spawn, and a Jad and healers will spawn upon Zuk reaching hitpoint thresholds.

Before Jad[edit | edit source]

When the shield has done a complete rotation, a mager and ranger will spawn. Protect from Magic and tag both. Skilled players may choose to flick between them, but this is rather risky and not recommended for people getting their first cape when there is already a lot to concentrate on. Remember that the ranger is capable of hitting high, so try to keep your health at least above 50. Kill the ranger with a blowpipe when you are on the east side and focus on Zuk when you are on the west side. Continue damaging Zuk to get it below 600 Hitpoints.

However, if it's taking a long time to damage Zuk enough, which typically only happens with crossbows, you may kill the mager instead and allow the second set to spawn (without getting Zuk to 600 Hitpoints). This will allow you more time to kill the Jad. Kill the ranger as before, and keep the mager alive again and get Zuk below 600 Hitpoints.

Interlude[edit | edit source]

When Zuk reaches 600 Hitpoints, the timer between the sets of mager and ranger spawning will pause, and another 105 seconds is added to it. At this point, kill the mager, and continue damaging Zuk until it gets to 480 Hitpoints, where it will spawn a Jad. Tag it immediately and kill it as you normally would, but be careful: tagging the Yt-HurKot healers, switching protection prayers and moving with the shield can be a lot to take in. When the Jad spawns, the aforementioned timer will unpause.

When the Jad is dead, continue damaging Zuk, but do not let it go below 240 Hitpoints (as the twisted bow and ruby bolts' special effect can deal high hits, 300 Hitpoints is a good place to stop attacking). The reason for this is that a second set will spawn relatively soon, and at 240 Hitpoints Zuk will spawn its healers; it is ill-advised to attempt dealing with both at once.

Healers and enraged Zuk[edit | edit source]

Jal-MejJak.png

When the second (or third) set of ranger and mager spawns, kill both as before. Continue damaging Zuk to get it below 240 Hitpoints, and be ready to take on the healers. It spawns four of them along the stream of lava, and much like Jad's healers, they rapidly heal Zuk until they are provoked. It is recommended to spawn them while at the corner so they can be provoked within one shield rotation.

Use your blowpipe to tag and kill them. Upon tagging a healer, it cannot be immediately attacked again, so alternate between tagging and attacking them (e.g. tag healer X, tag healer Y, attack X). They use area-of-effect blasts much like Tekton's sparks, which cannot be protected from, although their attacks also have limited range: while you are at the east corner, the western healers cannot attack you, and vice versa. While Redemption won't guarantee safety, turning it on is a good idea as it can save you from death should your Hitpoints get too low. Still, try to keep your health at least above 25, as healers can attack you in quick succession.

When the healers are spawned, Zuk becomes enraged, which will cause it to attack more frequently. This mostly invalidates the middle safespots. While attacking Zuk so that you get dragged in front of the shield was safe before healers, it is not at this stage. Take more care to stay with the shield, and attack Zuk while you are protected by it.

Finishing the fight[edit | edit source]

When the healers are dead, be sure to use your remaining Saradomin brews and super restores to get your stats back up in case you need them, and continue attacking Zuk. If you are using a crossbow, switch to diamond bolts at around 180 Hitpoints. In the event that Zuk takes too long to be killed, a set of mager and ranger will spawn.

Tag at least the mager, and protect from it. If Zuk has a lot of health left, kill the ranger as in the first set, and do not waste time killing the mager. If Zuk is very nearly dead, you may choose to ignore the ranger, as you are likely to kill Zuk before the shield collapses from taking too much damage from the ranger.

Once Zuk reaches 0 Hitpoints, all the monsters remaining in the arena will perish with it, and you will emerge from the Inferno victorious, rewarded with an infernal cape and some tokkul!

Using safespots[edit | edit source]

For the most part, safespotting in the context of Inferno refers to using the pillars to hide from monsters to not be under attack from everything at once. Only the meleer and bat can be attacked without them retaliating back due to their short attack range, while others have longer range than players can have.

If the monster has a line of sight and it is within attack range, it will stop moving towards you. You can use this to determine if a monster is safespotted, particularly with blobs as their attacks are delayed. Note that all monsters apart from bat and meleer have very long attack range, longer than the maximum of ten tiles that players can have.

Whenever using safespots (including the ones at Zuk), remember that when you are past your weapon's maximum attack range and you have run enabled, attacking a monster may cause you to run further than is necessary. For example, if you attack a monster 11 tiles away with a twisted bow, which has a max range of ten, you will run two tiles closer to it if your run is enabled. This might potentially drag you out of your safespot.

South-west rule[edit | edit source]

The bat is 2 by 2 tiles, and the green highlight is its south-westernmost corner which it will attempt to align with you.

It is useful to know that all monsters larger than 1x1 tiles will attempt to align their south-west corner with you if they are unable to attack. In this image, the bat is also unable to attack because the distance exceeds its attack range, and the rest of it is stuck behind the pillar. If the player were on the east side of the pillar, the bat's south-west corner would be aligned without any of it being stuck behind the pillar; it would move close enough to you to attack. If it was another monster (other than a meleer), or if the player moved one tile south, it would be able to attack.

An extension to this rule is that multi-combat attacks, namely barrage spells in the Inferno, hit the south-west corner of the monster. If you are behind the south pillar and there is a nibbler damaging it, but there is another monster (such as a mager) behind it, you can attack the mager with a barrage spell and it should damage the nibbler. The nibblers go to the westernmost tile of the north side of the pillar, which is directly next to where a monster's south-west corner would be when you come to its line of sight from the west. This is much safer than targeting the nibbler directly, which will drag you next to it and make you vulnerable to more monsters.

Diagonal safespotting[edit | edit source]

The bat is stuck behind a corner. The player is safe from its attack unless they move.

All monsters can be safespotted with a corner, but only if the player is standing in the north or south and the monster in the west or east. Both also have to be directly at the corner. In this image, if the player moved south or west, the bat would gain line of sight and attack, but they can move back to the original tile to be safe again. If they moved east, the bat would move south and gain line of sight. This time moving back to the original tile will not undo it as the bat moved, and a new safespot would have to be found. If the positions were switched (with the player standing where the bat's south-east corner is), this safespot would not work, as the player has to be in the north-south plane. If the monster is a meleer, moving south/north would also keep the player safe for three tiles from the pillar.

Prayer flicking and off-ticking[edit | edit source]

Prayer flicking is incredibly useful in the Inferno, whether it be conserving prayer points or flicking between monster attacks to protect from both. While it is possible to complete it without flicking, it is very highly recommended to do it to at least some extent. Some prayer flicking tips are self-explanatory for those experienced with it in other areas of the game, but some are specific to Inferno.

For reference, one tick is 0.6 seconds. Almost every action in the game is reliant on taking some amount of ticks, as it is the frequency at which the game server updates data for players: for example, a mager attacks every four ticks, or every 2.4 seconds.

1-tick flicking[edit | edit source]

1-tick flicking can be used when there is only one monster attacking you, to conserve prayer while taking no damage as well as gaining an offensive boost. Remember to change your quick-prayers to match what you're attacking if you choose to use the prayer orb.

While 1-tick flicking is based on the premise of only using one tick to have a prayer activated so it does not drain any prayer points, it only works if there are no other prayers continuously active. If you have a protection prayer active and you flick Rigour every tick, prayer points drain as if you have both activated normally instead of only draining for the protection prayer's worth.

Having game sounds on is particularly helpful for players new to 1-tick flicking. Be wary as messing up the timing can cause you to take a big hit.

Flicking between monsters[edit | edit source]

Flicking between different monsters is very helpful: for example, if a ranger and mager is attacking you at the same time and you cannot get one safespotted, you can protect from range while the ranger is attacking and switch to mage protection when the mage is attacking, which you can continue doing indefinitely.

It is more tricky to do when the monsters have different attack speeds. However, this is generally unavoidable only with the bat, and due to its low stats compared to the rest, it is usually not a big deal as you can kill it quickly. While blobs also have a different attack speed from the meleer, ranger and mager, their unique style of attacking can be compensated with this, as seen below.

Sometimes they can attack on the same tick, making it impossible to protect from both. Walking under one of them can stall its attacks while the other is free to attack, "off-ticking" them. When they are behind a pillar and both would attack you at the same time, there are some things you can do to offset it.

Note: Magers can revive fallen monsters on the southern side of the north pillar. They cannot attack immediately as they respawn, but be ready to hide behind the pillar to re-assess your situation. Sometimes they are also stuck 'under' other monsters instead of being in a straight line, which may occasionally make the strategies listed not work as expected.

Blob(s) and other monster[edit | edit source]

Using alternating prayers against blob and ranger.

When you have a blob behind a pillar — or in fact, elsewhere in the arena — you can alternate your protection prayers between range and mage to protect from it. As rangers and magers have an attack speed of four ticks, this also works to protect from their attacks. This works even with two blobs. For example, if a ranger and blob are attacking you, protect from range first and start alternating every tick.

Flicking between blob and meleer.

With meleers, a different method is used, as blobs only use magic and ranged attacks at distance. This method does not completely block all damage, as 50% of the blob's attacks will not be protected by prayers, but it does protect against the meleer while helping against the blob, which is better than attempting to only tank another. This may also protect against rangers and magers, but only if they are properly off-ticked, which is likely not the case. When the meleer attacks, pray melee. Afterwards, with every tick, switch to range, mage, range, and repeat the cycle by starting with melee again.

Ranger and mager behind pillar[edit | edit source]

Off-ticking ranger and mager behind the north pillar.

In the later waves, having both a ranger and mager behind a pillar is a common encounter. To have them attack at different times which allows you to take no damage, stand in the middle tile of your side of the pillar and attack the farther one (or run two tiles to the west). Make sure to have run enabled. This will cause the farther one to attack you first and the closer to attack one tick after. This works both at the north and south pillar. If you do not attack from the middle tile, or if you click on the one closest to you, they will be attacking on the same tick.

Try not to attack the farther monster with your blowpipe, as you will likely be dragged to the melee range of the closer one due to its short range. With decent mouse accuracy, you should be able to switch weapons between flicks if you prefer.

Ranger, mager and blob/bat behind pillar[edit | edit source]

It is also possible for the above scenario to happen with an additional blob/bat or two with the pack. If the blob/bat is not the one closest to you, use the above strategies combined. However, if it is the closest, this would subject both the mager and ranger in the back to attack you simultaneously.

Green: mager and ranger only
Orange: bat in front
Yellow: blob in front

Due to the size differences of the monsters, the ways to off-tick them properly differs. A convenient way for this is shown in this image: go from the middle to the tile highlighted in orange if there is a bat in front, or to the tile highlighted in yellow if there is a blob in front.

Turn on the corresponding protection prayer of the monster farthest to you and step two tiles west, then in the next tick switch to the other protection prayer, as they have become off-ticked. If there is a blob, try to also alternate the protection prayers, but if there is a bat then it is too far to attack you.

Dealing with spawns[edit | edit source]

Being able to deal with spawns properly is essential, as it is the most hectic part of each wave and subjects players to a lot of incoming attacks. While this skill mostly comes from experience, there are some things that are good to know beforehand.

Useful spots at the north pillar.
  • Whenever the last wave ends, prepare to cast Ice Barrage on the nibblers. Try to cast it on the middle one of the pack, which will make it the most likely that all are affected. If they don't all die, assess whether you can cast another spell without much risk or if it's better to get the situation under control before finishing them off.
  • The north pillar is a good place to start each wave. Specifically, the tile on the western side two north of it (highlighted as A in the image) will allow you to freeze the nibblers, usually without being in sight of monsters spawning south. If the nibblers are at the north pillar, you can move all the way north (highlighted as B) to reach them without anything south of the pillar being able to target you.
  • As a general rule, at the start pray range from waves 1 to 33 and mage from 35 to 66. This of course depends on the spawned monsters — you don't need to pray range on wave 9 when only a meleer will spawn — but it is the most easy to memorise. When in doubt, prioritise protection in order of mager > ranger > meleer > blob > bat.
  • When things get too chaotic, you may attempt running to another pillar for cover. As you are running, make sure to equip your most defensive gear. Mage armour has no ranged defence, so ranged armour is preferable. Prayer flicking here also helps, even just slightly alternating prayers between monster attacks will improve your chances of surviving.
  • Whenever a monster spawns in the middle-west and you are at the north pillar, you can move to the eastern tile on the north side of the pillar (highlighted as C) to lure the monster in range. It is still too far away for blowpipe, but twisted bow and spells can reach it.
  • Whenever a monster spawns in the north-west and you are at the north pillar, it is generally too far to be attacked. If you need it to move closer, go to the east side of the pillar to lure it.
  • On wave 50 and after, both a ranger and mager will spawn. Maximise your ranged defence to take less damage from the ranger by putting on your ranged armour; despite the lower magic offensive bonus, you are still quite accurate against the nibblers. Augury can also help mitigate the accuracy loss as well as give you more defence. If the mager is safespotted, try to switch to protecting from range immediately as the ranger's attacks can deal a lot of damage.
  • When you need to run to the south pillar for cover, chances are that the monsters are not directly behind the pillar and come up from the east side. Right as you arrive there, try to go to the west end of the north side of the pillar to potentially get them stuck behind the pillar, but if this doesn't work, use diagonal safespotting to trap one at the corner (wherein you stand south of the pillar corner and it is east of it), so you have one less thing to worry about in a possibly chaotic situation.
  • Unlike the Fight Caves, the location of each monster is random at the start of each wave; there is no connection between waves and so they cannot be predicted.

Miscellaneous tips[edit | edit source]

  • Before entering, it may be helpful to sip a dose of some potions (such as bastion) and eat an anglerfish at the bank for the extra stats and health without taking up more inventory space; a strategy also known as "pre-potting". Using the ancient mace special attack on an undead combat dummy with a high strength bonus can also provide extra prayer points to start with, up to 37 more with a fire cape (or 38 with infernal cape).
  • Resizable mode can be greatly helpful as it allows you to see more of the arena without rotating your camera.
  • Having game sounds on is greatly helpful as it allows you to hear things you might not see (such as an attack from a blind angle) and it assists with prayer flicking.
  • Especially when learning, do not be afraid to use your Saradomin brews and always keep your health high. You are much more likely to die from being too prudent with supplies than to get to Zuk and wish you had more. Try to get as far as you can to get more experience under your belt, even if it means using more time on a run that won't be successful.
  • You can pause the minigame between waves by pressing the logout button, which sends a pause request that will take place at the end of the wave. Pressing it again (provided that you're not in combat) will reset the current wave. While the minigame is paused, your stat changes and other timers (such as run energy restoration) are paused as well. To continue the run, log out and back in, but remember to pick up any items you had on the floor as they will not carry over.
  • Remember your attack ranges. For the most commonly used weapons in the Inferno, without the longrange option selected: the toxic blowpipe has an attack range of five tiles, Armadyl crossbow is eight tiles (while lower tier crossbows are seven), and all combat spells and twisted bow is ten tiles. Most monsters have a much longer attack range, however.
  • A plethora of written and video guides exist for helping with different aspects of the Inferno. Using these resources can help you visualise and understand things you didn't know of.
  • With the previous tip in mind, personal experience is more important than anything else in succeeding in the Inferno. While better gear may be very beneficial, knowing what to do and when from having experienced the situation before is much more likely to save you.
  • As previously mentioned, be mentally prepared. Becoming demotivated from dying is the greatest detriment to your success, and you will likely improve with each and every attempt.

Suggested skills[edit | edit source]

  • Ranged 90+
  • Defence 90+
  • Prayer 80+
  • Magic 94+
  • Hitpoints 90+

Melee is generally unused in the Inferno. However, Saradomin godsword special attack is useful, and thus high melee stats are recommended if planning to use one.

  • Attack 75+
  • Strength 90+

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Notes on gear:

  • Rigour and Augury are highly recommended to have unlocked.
  • Generally, the best large investments on gear are considered to be, in rough order: twisted bow, Rigour, kodai wand and Saradomin godsword/eldritch nightmare staff. On the contrary, despite their high prices, the elysian spirit shield, Armadyl armour and ancestral robes are not significantly better compared to a crystal shield, Karil's armour and Ahrim's robes respectively.
  • Some players may find Verac's helm more effective than Justiciar faceguard for the higher prayer bonus despite the lower ranged defence. Similarly, some may prefer the ranged defence on Guardian boots over pegasian boots' ranged accuracy.
  • The max cape is comparable to Ava's assembler for several reasons: it has defence and prayer bonus, it still collects your ammo, it has passive regeneration akin to Rapid Heal, and it gives more prayer restore per potion. However, the assembler gives blowpipe a damage boost, which can come in useful when flicking between monsters or when something has to be killed quickly.
  • Some players choose to use Justiciar armour for the defensive bonuses. While it can be useful in some scenarios, attempting to face-tank the waves not only relies on luck but is almost guaranteed to take longer for your first completion compared to learning the waves and minimising damage through strategy, which is also a useful skill in future endeavours.
Recommended equipment for learners
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadJusticiar faceguard.pngJusticiar faceguardVerac's helm.pngVerac's helmTorag's helm.pngTorag's helm
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklace + Necklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyN/A
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerMax cape.pngMax capeRanging cape(t).pngRanging cape(t)
BodyArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplate + Ancestral robe top.pngAncestral robe topKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertop + Ahrim's robetop.pngAhrim's robetopBlessed body.gifBlessed body + 3rd age robe top.png3rd age robe top
LegsArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirt + Ancestral robe bottom.pngAncestral robe bottomKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirt + Ahrim's robeskirt.pngAhrim's robeskirtBlessed chaps.gifBlessed chaps + 3rd age robe.png3rd age robe
WeaponToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe + Kodai wand.pngKodai wand (or Eldritch nightmare staff.pngEldritch nightmare staff) + Twisted bow.pngTwisted bowToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe + Master wand.pngMaster wand + Armadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe + Ancient staff.pngAncient staff + Dragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbow
ShieldElysian spirit shield.pngElysian spirit shieldCrystal shield.pngCrystal shieldDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shield
Ammo/SpellBest ammo for blowpipe and twisted bow that you can useRuby dragon bolts (e) 5.pngRuby dragon bolts (e) / Diamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDiamond dragon bolts (e) (if using crossbow)N/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesN/AN/A
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsGuardian boots.pngGuardian bootsN/A
RingRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)N/AN/A
Special attackSaradomin godsword.pngSaradomin godswordEldritch nightmare staff.pngEldritch nightmare staffToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Justiciar faceguard.png
Ava's assembler.png
Occult necklace.png
Dragon arrow 5.png
Kodai wand.png
Ancestral robe top.png
Elysian spirit shield.png
Ancestral robe bottom.png
Barrows gloves.png
Pegasian boots.png
Ring of suffering (i).png
Armadyl chestplate.pngToxic blowpipe.pngTwisted bow.pngRune pouch.png
Armadyl chainskirt.pngNecklace of anguish.pngSaradomin godsword.pngFalador shield 4.png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngEldritch nightmare staff.pngSuper restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Bastion potion(4).pngStamina potion(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Soul rune.png2000Blood rune.png8000Death rune.png8000

As Inferno slayer tasks are only available after killing Zuk at least once, you should already have some experience. The same notes apply, although you may choose to trade some defensive gear for offensive bonuses if you are more confident in your ability to avoid damage.

Recommended equipment for learners
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i)N/AN/A
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklace + Necklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyN/A
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerMax cape.pngMax capeRanging cape(t).pngRanging cape(t)
BodyArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplate + Ancestral robe top.pngAncestral robe topKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertop + Ahrim's robetop.pngAhrim's robetopBlessed body.gifBlessed body + 3rd age robe top.png3rd age robe top
LegsArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirt + Ancestral robe bottom.pngAncestral robe bottomKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirt + Ahrim's robeskirt.pngAhrim's robeskirtBlessed chaps.gifBlessed chaps + 3rd age robe.png3rd age robe
WeaponToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe + Kodai wand.pngKodai wand + Twisted bow.pngTwisted bowToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe + Master wand.pngMaster wand + Armadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe + Ancient staff.pngAncient staff + Dragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbow
ShieldElysian spirit shield.pngElysian spirit shieldCrystal shield.pngCrystal shieldArcane spirit shield.pngArcane spirit shield
Ammo/SpellBest ammo for blowpipe and twisted bow that you can useRuby dragon bolts (e) 5.pngRuby dragon bolts (e) / Diamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDiamond dragon bolts (e) (if using crossbow)N/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesN/AN/A
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsGuardian boots.pngGuardian bootsN/A
RingRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)N/AN/A
Special attackSaradomin godsword.pngSaradomin godswordEldritch nightmare staff.pngEldritch nightmare staffToxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Slayer helmet (i).png
Ava's assembler.png
Occult necklace.png
Dragon arrow 5.png
Kodai wand.png
Ancestral robe top.png
Elysian spirit shield.png
Ancestral robe bottom.png
Barrows gloves.png
Pegasian boots.png
Ring of suffering (i).png
Armadyl chestplate.pngToxic blowpipe.pngTwisted bow.pngRune pouch.png
Armadyl chainskirt.pngNecklace of anguish.pngSaradomin godsword.pngFalador shield 4.png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngEldritch nightmare staff.pngSuper restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Stamina potion(4).pngBastion potion(4).pngBastion potion(4).pngBastion potion(4).png
Soul rune.png2000Blood rune.png8000Death rune.png8000