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Stronghold of SecurityCatacombs of Kourend
Released29 March 2004 (Update)
Combat level159
ExamineThe angry dead.
Combat info
AttributeUndead, Spectral
XP bonus-97.5%
Max hit14
Attack styleCrush
Attack speedMonster attack speed 4.png
Respawn time50 ticks (30 seconds)
Slayer icon.png Slayer info
Slayer levelNone
Slayer XP4.2 xp
Assigned byMazchna chathead.png Vannaka chathead.png
Combat icon.png Combat stats
Hitpoints icon.pngAttack icon.pngStrength icon.pngDefence icon.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Attack icon.png Aggressive stats
Monster attack bonusMonster strength bonusMagic icon.pngMonster magic strength bonusRanged icon.pngMonster ranged strength bonus
Defence icon.png Defensive stats
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
PoisonNot immune
VenomNot immune
CannonsNot immune
ThrallsNot immune
Advanced data
Monster ID6740

Shades are monsters that reside on the fourth level of the Stronghold of Security (the Sepulchre of Death) and in the Catacombs of Kourend. The shades in the Stronghold of Security are found next to the ladder leading to the fourth floor, while the ones in the Catacombs of Kourend are found in the northernmost area of Reeking Cove, south from the steel dragons. Be aware that any experience gained while fighting the shades in the Stronghold of Security is drastically reduced, including Slayer experience (however, this does not affect the Prayer experience granted by the ectoplasmator).

Shades are undead and thus affected by the Salve amulet and Crumble Undead. They are also vulnerable to the Gadderhammer.

Note: For the "Shades" Slayer task, players may instead kill Loar Shades in Mort'ton, which only have Combat level 40.

History[edit | edit source]

Before the random event update in 2014, the shade used to appear randomly when burying bones. On appearance, it would say "Leave this place!". As with similar guardian random events, the shade's combat level and stats scaled with the player's combat level, as well as only being attackable by the targeted player.

The shade was somewhat rare, as members rarely buried bones in high enough quantities to activate this random event. Also, Prayer had two other random events that could occur while training it: zombie and Leo the Gravedigger. Shades would not appear if training Prayer via the Ectofuntus or a POH altar.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Location Levels Members Spawns Map
Sepulchre of Death in Stronghold of Security159Free-to-play icon.png4Maplink
Catacombs of Kourend140Member icon.png11Maplink

Prayer info[edit | edit source]

Stronghold of SecurityCatacombs of Kourend
Level requiredPrayer 40
Prayer XP34 xp
TypeSpectral creature
Required toolEctoplasmator

Drops[edit | edit source]

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

Shade robes[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Shade robe top.png: Shade drops Shade robe top with rarity 32/128 in quantity 1Shade robe top(m)132/128[1]67824
Shade robe.png: Shade drops Shade robe with rarity 32/128 in quantity 1Shade robe(m)132/128[1]54318

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
This does not exist.NothingN/A64/128N/AN/A

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: Shade drops Ancient shard with rarity 1/256 in quantity 1Ancient shard(m)11/256Not sold122
Dark totem base.png: Shade drops Dark totem base with rarity 1/385 in quantity 1Dark totem base(m)11/385Not sold123
Dark totem middle.png: Shade drops Dark totem middle with rarity 1/385 in quantity 1Dark totem middle(m)11/385Not sold123
Dark totem top.png: Shade drops Dark totem top with rarity 1/385 in quantity 1Dark totem top(m)11/385Not sold123

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
6 January 2021
(update | poll)

Shades were made into spectral creatures.

29 March 2004

The NPC was permanently added with the launch of RuneScape 2.

2 February 2004

The NPC was added to the RuneScape 2 Beta.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ 1.0 1.1 Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 15 June 2016. (Archived from the original on 28 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "Do the lvl 159 Shades in the Stronghold of Security drop the Shade Robes in F2P? No."