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This article is about the Random Event monsters, as well as those in the Stronghold of Security and Catacombs of Kourend. For other uses, see Shade (disambiguation).
"Shades" redirects here. For the minigame commonly called "shades", see Shades of Mort'ton (minigame).

Shades are monsters that reside in the fourth level of the Stronghold of Security: Sepulcher of Death and in the Catacombs of Kourend. The shades in the Stronghold of Security are found next to the ladder leading to the current floor alongside a zombie, while the ones in the Catacombs of Kourend are found in the northernmost area of Reeking Cove, south from the steel dragons. It is worth noting that combat experience gained while fighting the shades in the Stronghold of Security is drastically reduced; the player will gain 1 experience for 10 damage dealt. However, this experience reduction does not affect the amount of Prayer experience granted by the ectoplasmator.

As shades are undead, they are affected by the Salve amulet and Crumble Undead. They are also extremely weak to the Gadderhammer, although a dragon scimitar deals more damage on average.

They are generally regarded as a terrible way to complete the "Shades" slayer task due to their high damage and high hitpoints (the better choice being Loar Shades in Mort'ton), with the only notable drops being shade robe pieces, which have little practicality.

Shades in the Stronghold of Security can be safespotted using a skeleton found on the eastern side in the middle northern part of the room. They also have reduced experience rates, amounting to 4 experience per Slayer kill.

Shades in the Catacombs of Kourend can be safespotted by using a corner in the area just south of the Steel Dragons. However, to access them, a method for getting past multiple types of dragons or twisted banshees and deviant spectres is required.

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
Sepulcher of Death in Stronghold of Security159Free-to-play icon.png4Maplink
Catacombs of Kourend140Member icon.png11Maplink

Prayer info[edit | edit source]

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]33624
Shade robe.png: Shade drops Shade robe with rarity 32/128 in quantity 1Shade robe(m)132/128[1]39718

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
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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."