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A boss is a powerful, usually unique monster that is fought to accomplish an objective, be it the advancement or completion of a quest or minigame, or as part of a team player-versus-monster event. Many quests feature boss fights at their climaxes; such bosses are often the main antagonists of the quests or quest series, or are somehow related to the main antagonist(s). Some monsters that are commonly referred to as bosses are very powerful monsters that reside in multi-combat areas; these monsters are commonly fought by teams of players in search of highly valuable drops. Many bosses have extremely high combat levels, and most of the strongest monsters in the game are bosses.

Dwarf multicannons often cannot be set up in the areas of many bosses. Others may have different restrictions; for example, Prayer cannot be used during the fights with the final bosses of Recipe for Disaster.

Most bosses (e.g. bosses like the Corporeal Beast) also reside in a multi-way area; very few reside in single-way areas or instances. Most bosses will also generate a message upon kill telling the player what drop(s) they have obtained. For example, if players are at General Graardor and kill him (and drops Bandos tassets), a message will appear in the game box saying "Player name received item: Bandos tassets".

PvM bosses[edit | edit source]

Name Image Level Hitpoints Attack style Weakness Location Requirements Unique Drops Members
Sarachnis Sarachnis.png 318 400 Melee, Ranged Crush weapons Forthos Dungeon Weapon to

slash web

Sarachnis cudgel.png: Inventory image of Sarachnis cudgelSarachnis cudgel Giant egg sac.png: Inventory image of Giant egg sacGiant egg sac Yes
Giant Mole
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230 200 Melee Stab weapons, Ranged Falador Park Light source Mole skin.png: Inventory image of Mole skinMole skin Mole claw.png: Inventory image of Mole clawMole claw Yes
Kalphite Queen
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333 255 (x2) Melee, Ranged, Magic Crush weapons, Keris Kalphite Lair Dragon chainbody.png: Inventory image of Dragon chainbodyDragon chainbody Dragon 2h sword.png: Inventory image of Dragon 2h swordDragon 2h sword Kq head.png: Inventory image of Kq headKq head Yes
Dagannoth Supreme
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303 255 Ranged Melee Waterbirth Island Dungeon Archers ring.png: Inventory image of Archers ringArchers ring Seercull.png: Inventory image of SeercullSeercull Yes
Dagannoth Rex
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303 255 Melee Magic Waterbirth Island Dungeon Warrior ring.png: Inventory image of Warrior ringWarrior ring Berserker ring.png: Inventory image of Berserker ringBerserker ring Yes
Dagannoth Prime
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303 255 Magic Ranged Waterbirth Island Dungeon Seers ring.png: Inventory image of Seers ringSeers ring Mud battlestaff.png: Inventory image of Mud battlestaffMud battlestaff Yes
Commander Zilyana
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596 255 Melee, Magic None God Wars Dungeon 70 AgilityAgility icon.png Agility,

Two ropes (first time only)

Saradomin sword.png: Inventory image of Saradomin swordSaradomin sword Saradomin's light.png: Inventory image of Saradomin's lightSaradomin's light Armadyl crossbow.png: Inventory image of Armadyl crossbowArmadyl crossbowSaradomin hilt.png: Inventory image of Saradomin hiltSaradomin hilt Yes
K'ril Tsutsaroth
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650 255 Melee, Magic Demonbane weapons (excluding Holy water) God Wars Dungeon 70 HitpointsHitpoints icon.png Hitpoints Steam battlestaff.png: Inventory image of Steam battlestaffSteam battlestaff Zamorakian spear.png: Inventory image of Zamorakian spearZamorakian spear Staff of the dead.png: Inventory image of Staff of the deadStaff of the deadZamorak hilt.png: Inventory image of Zamorak hiltZamorak hilt Yes
General Graardor
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624 255 Melee, Ranged Crush weapons, Ranged (short-ranged) God Wars Dungeon 70 StrengthStrength icon.png Strength,

Hammer

Bandos chestplate.png: Inventory image of Bandos chestplateBandos chestplate Bandos tassets.png: Inventory image of Bandos tassetsBandos tassets Bandos boots.png: Inventory image of Bandos bootsBandos bootsBandos hilt.png: Inventory image of Bandos hiltBandos hilt Yes
Kree'arra
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580 255 Magic, Ranged, Melee None God Wars Dungeon 70 RangedRanged icon.png Ranged,

Mithril grapple

Armadyl helmet.png: Inventory image of Armadyl helmetArmadyl helmet Armadyl chestplate.png: Inventory image of Armadyl chestplateArmadyl chestplate Armadyl chainskirt.png: Inventory image of Armadyl chainskirtArmadyl chainskirtArmadyl hilt.png: Inventory image of Armadyl hiltArmadyl hilt Yes
The Great Olm, the final boss in the Chambers of Xeric and the third strongest monster in the game.

Raids' bosses[edit | edit source]

Verzik Vitur, the final boss in the Theatre of Blood and strongest monster in the game.

Wilderness bosses & demi-bosses[edit | edit source]

Bosses[edit | edit source]

All of the Wilderness bosses (not demi-bosses) can drop the Dragon pickaxe.

Name Image Level Hitpoints Attack style Weakness Location Notes Members
Chaos Elemental
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305 250 Magic, Ranged, Melee None West of the Rogues' Castle It can hit up to 28 in all three combat styles.

Unique drop: Pet chaos elemental.png: Inventory image of Pet chaos elementalPet chaos elemental

Yes
King Black Dragon
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276 255 Melee, Dragonfire (long-ranged) Stab weapons, Ranged, Dragonbane weapons His lair, located deep in the Wilderness A particularly strong black dragon that is capable of various dragonfire attacks that can poison, stun and freeze.

Unique drops: Prince black dragon.png: Inventory image of Prince black dragonPrince black dragon Kbd heads.png: Inventory image of Kbd headsKbd heads

Yes
Callisto
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470 255 Melee, Magic Slash weapons South of Demonic Ruins It can hit through Prayer and knock players backwards.

Unique drop: Tyrannical ring.png: Inventory image of Tyrannical ringTyrannical ring

Yes
Vet'ion
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454 255 Melee, Magic Crush weapons, Salve amulet North of the Bone Yard It has a lightning bolt attack that can't be blocked by Prayer, and when it reaches half health, it will summon two level 120 Skeleton Hellhounds to aid it. When they are present, Vet'ion cannot be damaged. He also has two forms, the normal and reborn form where he will return to his normal form if left too long.

Unique drop: Ring of the gods.png: Inventory image of Ring of the godsRing of the gods

Yes
Venenatis
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464 255 Melee, Magic Ranged East of the Bone Yard It is able to drain Prayer, perform a deadly special attack that can hit up to 50 and stun you.

Unique drop: Treasonous ring.png: Inventory image of Treasonous ringTreasonous ring

Yes
Scorpia
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225 200 Melee Magic Cavern beneath Scorpion Pit Has a powerful poison that can damage up to 20.

Unique drops: Scorpia's offspring.png: Inventory image of Scorpia's offspringScorpia's offspring Malediction shard 3.png: Inventory image of Malediction shard 3Malediction shard 3 Odium shard 3.png: Inventory image of Odium shard 3Odium shard 3

Yes
Chaos Fanatic
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202 225 Melee, Magic Ranged West of the Lava Maze Has a special attack that must be avoided in order to avoid damage.

Unique drops: Pet chaos elemental.png: Inventory image of Pet chaos elementalPet chaos elemental Malediction shard 1.png: Inventory image of Malediction shard 1Malediction shard 1 Odium shard 1.png: Inventory image of Odium shard 1Odium shard 1

Yes
Crazy archaeologist
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204 225 Melee, Ranged Stab weapons, Slash weapons, Magic Ruins south of The Forgotten Cemetery Has a multi-area special attack that must be avoided by running away.

Unique drops: Malediction shard 2.png: Inventory image of Malediction shard 2Malediction shard 2 Odium shard 2.png: Inventory image of Odium shard 2Odium shard 2 Fedora.png: Inventory image of FedoraFedora

Yes

Sporadic bosses[edit | edit source]

Sporadic bosses are those that can't be fought whenever the player wishes to, instead, they require a special item of some sort to gain access to them, which is obtained by partaking in other more common activities. The bosses in this category can also be considered demi-bosses.

Name Image Level Hitpoints Attack style Weakness Location Requirement Notes
Skotizo
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321 450 Melee, Magic Arclight Centre of the Catacombs of Kourend Dark totem Activates altars found in the north, south, east, and west central areas of the room, which increase its Defence and must be taken down. Can summon three demon spawns and a dark ankou to aid it in battle.

Unique drops: Skotos.png: Inventory image of SkotosSkotos, Jar of darkness.png: Inventory image of Jar of darknessJar of darkness, Dark claw.png: Inventory image of Dark clawDark claw

Obor
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106 120 Melee, Ranged Magic Western wall of the Hill Giant area, by the southern part of the Edgeville Dungeon Giant key Can detect the player's active Prayer and will switch attacks accordingly. Pretty simple and straightforward fight mechanics. Weak to Magic. Can be frozen with holding spells for an even easier Ranged/Magic kill. Unique drop: Hill giant club.png: Inventory image of Hill giant clubHill giant club
Bryophyta
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128 115 Melee, Magic Magic Near the north-western end of the Varrock Sewers Mossy key Can summon three growthlings that must be defeated to be able to hit Bryophyta again. Can inflict poison with damage starting at 8. Unique drop: Bryophyta's essence.png: Inventory image of Bryophyta's essenceBryophyta's essence
Hespori
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284 300 Magic, Ranged Slash weapons Underneath the intermediate tier of the Farming Guild Plant a hespori seed and wait 24-32 hours for it to grow Attacks are weakened by Prayer but not fully blocked. Occasionally grows four flowers with 10 Hitpoints each surrounding itself, which must be killed before it can be harmed. Can inflict poison. Unique drops: Bottomless compost bucket.png: Inventory image of Bottomless compost bucketBottomless compost bucket, Kronos seed.png: Inventory image of Kronos seedKronos seed, Attas seed.png: Inventory image of Attas seedAttas seed, Iasor seed.png: Inventory image of Iasor seedIasor seed
The Mimic
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186 222 Melee Magic Inside the strange casket upstairs in Watson's house in Hosidius Mimic Can summon a Third Age Warrior, Third Age Mage, and Third Age Ranger through the fight to assist itself. Unique drop: Ring of 3rd age.png: Inventory image of Ring of 3rd ageRing of 3rd age

Skilling bosses[edit | edit source]

Name Image Skills used Location Requirements Unique Drops Members
Wintertodt Wintertodt face.gif Firemaking, Woodcutting, Fletching, Farming, Herblore Wintertodt Camp 50 Firemaking Tome of fire.png: Inventory image of Tome of fireTome of fire Pyromancer outfit.png: Inventory image of Pyromancer outfitPyromancer outfitBruma torch.png: Inventory image of Bruma torchBruma torch Yes
Zalcano
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Mining, Smithing, Runecraft Prifddinas Song of the Elves Crystal tool seed.png: Inventory image of Crystal tool seedCrystal tool seed Zalcano shard.png: Inventory image of Zalcano shardZalcano shard Yes

Other bosses[edit | edit source]

Corporeal Beast, currently the fourth strongest monster in Old School RuneScape.
  • The Corporeal Beast was the highest-level monster in Old School RuneScape with a combat of 785. It is not labelled under the Wilderness category because players can immediately reach its lair via a Games necklace, even though its cave is located "within" the Wilderness. It can be extremely dangerous to fight as a solo player, therefore, players often team up to kill it. It is the only monster that drops Sigils for spirit shields.
  • Vorkath is a very powerful blue dragon who was first encountered during Dragon Slayer II as a penultimate boss. After completion of said quest, he becomes stronger and available for solo battle, possessing a combat level of 732. He is the only monster to drop the skeletal visage and dragonbone necklace.
  • Zulrah is a powerful, solo-only boss, where one cannot attack with Melee and must use Ranged or Magic. Partial completion of Regicide is required to access this boss; however, completing the quest is recommended to unlock faster travelling routes. With a combat of 725, he is currently the sixth highest-level monster in the game. He is the only monster to drop the tanzanite fang, magic fang and serpentine visage.
  • The Deranged archaeologist, actually a demi-boss, is mostly inspired by the Wilderness "Crazy archaeologist". This one, though, is located in the Tar Swamp of Fossil Island. He can attack with both melee and ranged combat styles. His combat level is 276 but has no unique drops on his drop table. When you enter his "lair", you'll get hit with some big damage, something above 40. His special attack is a "devastating" multi-area attack that can deal a stack of multiple damage hitsplats if the player doesn't avoid it quick enough by running away.

Slayer bosses[edit | edit source]

Name Image Level Hitpoints Attack style Weakness Location Slayer Requirement Unique Drops
Grotesque Guardians Dusk.png
Dawn.png
Dusk: 248
Dawn: 228
450 (each) Melee (stab), Ranged, Magic Dusk: Melee

Dawn: Slash weapons, Ranged, Magic

Slayer Tower 75 Granite gloves.png: Inventory image of Granite glovesGranite gloves Granite ring.png: Inventory image of Granite ringGranite ring Granite hammer.png: Inventory image of Granite hammerGranite hammer Black tourmaline core.png: Inventory image of Black tourmaline coreBlack tourmaline core
Abyssal Sire
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350 400 Melee Magic, Stab weapons, Demonbane weapons Abyssal Nexus 85 Unsired.png: Inventory image of UnsiredUnsired
Kraken
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291 255 Typeless Magic Magic Kraken Cove 87 Kraken tentacle.png: Inventory image of Kraken tentacleKraken tentacle Trident of the seas.png: Inventory image of Trident of the seasTrident of the seas
Cerberus
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318 600 Melee (stab), Ranged, Magic Crush weapons Cerberus' Lair 91 Primordial crystal.png: Inventory image of Primordial crystalPrimordial crystal Pegasian crystal.png: Inventory image of Pegasian crystalPegasian crystal Eternal crystal.png: Inventory image of Eternal crystalEternal crystal
Thermonuclear smoke devil
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301 240 Typeless magical ranged Slash weapons, Magic Smoke Devil Dungeon 93 Smoke battlestaff.png: Inventory image of Smoke battlestaffSmoke battlestaff
Alchemical Hydra
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426 1100 Ranged, magic Stab weapons, Ranged, Demonbane weapons Karuulm Slayer Dungeon 95 Hydra leather.png: Inventory image of Hydra leatherHydra leather Hydra's claw.png: Inventory image of Hydra's clawHydra's claw

Boss slayer[edit | edit source]

Not to be confused with the actual Slayer bosses themselves. Players who have unlocked the Like a boss ability via spending 200 Slayer reward points can have Konar, Nieve/Steve, Duradel, or Krystilia assign them boss monsters in addition to the tasks they already assign. The Slayer master will randomly assign a boss if they can meet those requirements. For example, they can assign the Dagannoth Kings to any player (since there are no special requirements), but Commander Zilyana can only be assigned if the player has 70 Agility.

Once a boss has been assigned, they will ask the player to select the amount that they want to kill for their assignment. The player can select anywhere from 3-35 times (a maximum of 15 if Zulrah is assigned) to kill that boss or those bosses. Make sure that you want to kill that much of the boss, as once you hit enter, this decision cannot be reversed.

Note that the Slayer helmet (i) does work during boss Slayer tasks. To progress towards a boss task, the player must either land the final blow or deal the most damage to the boss, just as in regular Slayer. Bosses will also give Slayer experience upon death, and upon finishing a boss task, the player will get an additional 5,000 Slayer experience.

The following bosses can be assigned:

Minigame bosses[edit | edit source]

The fearsome and mighty TzKal-Zuk, an ancient adversary to the TzHaar.

These bosses are fought as parts of minigames.

Quest bosses[edit | edit source]

The Culinaromancer, the evil culinary sorcerer, and main antagonist of Recipe for Disaster.

A large number of quests involve and/or conclude with a battle against a powerful monster, which often is or is related to the quest's main antagonist. Except where otherwise noted, these bosses can only be fought in the Nightmare Zone once their respective quest has been completed.

A sub-boss is a powerful or semi-powerful monster fought as a prelude to the actual boss fight.

Glod, a giant who resides at the top of the beanstalk in Grim Tales.
Vorkath, a very powerful blue dragon and penultimate boss encountered during and post-Dragon Slayer II.
Glough, an antagonist of the gnome quest series in his mutant form in Monkey Madness II.

Quests with multiple bosses[edit | edit source]

Some quests have several boss monsters that must be defeated, usually one after the other.

Nightmare Zone[edit | edit source]

Main article: Nightmare Zone

The Nightmare Zone is a minigame that allows players to fight bosses from quests they have completed. Players can fight up to 42 unique boss monsters from previous quests.

See also[edit | edit source]