Venenatis/Strategies

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Venenatis is a level 464 spider boss that is found in the Wilderness. Unlike the other three bosses, she is below the level 30 Wilderness line and resides in a partial single/multicombat area, making it safer to kill her compared to the other bosses, which inhabit full multi-way areas.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Venenatis has many attacks that she uses against her target. Her attack speed can also vary e.g. she may use a Magic attack then a Melee attack in consecutive game ticks.

  • Melee attack: She simply lunges at the player, dealing up to 50 damage.
  • Magic attack: Launches a magical projectile which hits all players in range, ignoring single/multicombat area restrictions and players in hiding.
  • Web attack: Her most deadly attack, Venenatis throws a ball of web at the player, dealing up to 50 damage. She usually combines this with a melee or magic attack depending on her distance from the target and can easily kill players. Having Protect from Magic active seems to prevent it from being combined with another attack; note that prayer flicking will NOT prevent her from combining it with another attack. There is also a rare chance that this attack will instead take the appearance and effect of the Bind-like attack used by chaos druids, lowering the player's Attack by a few levels, and dealing up to approximately 6 damage. Finally, the web attack may fail altogether and simply "splash" on the player, dealing no damage or effects.
  • Prayer drain: Venenatis launches a curse-like projectile at the player, draining prayer points. This attack can be used quickly without cooldown, as well as between other attacks.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Note: Fighting Venenatis while she is in a single-way area will only deal 1-6 damage regardless of the player's equipment and stats. Full damage will only be dealt if she is in a multi-way area.

A trio of players fighting Venenatis.

When fighting Venenatis, it is highly recommended to use ruby and/or Diamond bolts (e) if ranging, as Venenatis's incredibly high Defence (level 490 Defence with 100 ranged defence bonus) means that most bolts are unlikely to hit. Verac's set is mandatory if using melee, as her incredibly high defence is paired up with extremely high bonuses (260 all-round defence bonuses) means that all melee weapons will have a hard time attacking her.

Regardless of the player's setup, activate Protect from Magic. Piety for melee and Rigour for ranged help as well. Also, Vengeance runes are recommended to deal with her web/melee attacks as she can deal heavy damage. Unlike other Melee-using bosses, Venenatis' melee attack also doubles as a long-range attack. Drink a dose of anti-poison (unless you are using a Serpentine helm), since Venenatis can poison with her attacks.

The safest way to fight Venenatis is to lure her into a multi-combat area, while attacking her in the single-way area. Any PK'ers who arrive while you are fighting Venenatis while doing this will be unable to attack you, allowing you to quickly teleport if any appear. Should you be attacked, only one player will be able to attack you at a time.

A cannon is recommended if not killing Venenatis with a safespot to speed up kills.

Suggested skills[edit | edit source]

  • Combat 90 (105+ Recommended)
  • Hitpoints 70 (85+ Recommended)
  • Ranged 75 (85+ Recommended)
  • Strength 80 (90+ Recommended)
  • Attack 75 (85+ Recommended)
  • Defence 70 (75+ Recommended)
  • Magic 94+

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Recommended equipment for Melee - Verac
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadVerac's helm.pngVerac's helmN/AN/AN/AN/A
NeckAmulet of torture.pngAmulet of tortureAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/AN/AN/A
BackMythical cape.pngMythical capeArdougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak 4Cape of legends.pngCape of legendsN/AN/A
BodyVerac's brassard.pngVerac's brassardN/AN/AN/AN/A
LegsVerac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirtN/AN/AN/AN/A
WeaponVerac's flail.pngVerac's flailN/AN/AN/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesAdamant gloves.pngAdamant glovesMithril gloves.pngMithril glovesCombat bracelet.pngCombat bracelet
BootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsRune boots.pngRune bootsClimbing boots.pngClimbing bootsN/AN/A
RingSlayer ring.pngSlayer ringRing of wealth (i).pngRing of wealth (i)N/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Divine super combat potion(4).pngAntidote++(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Cooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.png
Cooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.png
Cooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.png

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i)Bandos coif.pngBandos coifArcher helm.pngArcher helmN/A
NeckNecklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/A
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerAva's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorRanging cape.pngRanging capeAva's attractor.pngAva's attractor
BodyBandos d'hide body.pngBandos d'hide bodyBlack d'hide body.pngBlack d'hide bodyN/AN/A
LegsBandos chaps.pngBandos chapsBlack d'hide chaps.pngBlack d'hide chapsN/AN/A
WeaponCraw's bow.pngCraw's bowArmadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowDragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbowN/A
ShieldBook of law.pngBook of lawUnholy book.pngUnholy bookBlack d'hide shield.pngBlack d'hide shieldN/A
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4 (if using Craw's bow)God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2 (if using Craw's bow)Diamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDiamond dragon bolts (e) (if using Armadyl crossbow)Diamond bolts 5.pngDiamond bolts (e) (if using Armadyl crossbow)
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesBandos bracers.pngBandos bracersBlack d'hide vambraces.pngBlack d'hide vambracesN/A
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsBandos d'hide boots.pngBandos d'hide bootsSnakeskin boots.pngSnakeskin bootsN/A
RingRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Ring of wealth (i).pngRing of wealth (i)N/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Divine bastion potion(4).pngDivine bastion potion(4).pngBlighted anglerfish.pngBlighted anglerfish.png
Anti-venom+(4).pngStamina potion(4).pngBlighted anglerfish.pngBlighted anglerfish.png
Teleport to house (tablet).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngBlighted super restore(4).pngBlighted super restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngBlighted super restore(4).pngBlighted super restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngBlighted super restore(4).pngBlighted super restore(4).png
Saradomin brew(4).pngSaradomin brew(4).pngBlighted super restore(4).pngBlighted super restore(4).png
Dinh's bulwark.pngRoyal seed pod.pngLooting bag.pngSanfew serum(4).png
  • Dinh's bulwark should be set to block in Combat options and equipped if attacked by player killers. If you elect to bring one, ensure you consider your items lost on death interface and turn on Protect item if necessary. You should aim to take 4 valuable items you wish to keep if killed by another player, usually Craw's bow, Necklace of anguish, Pegasian boots, and Dinh's bulwark provide the best balance of damage against Venenatis and survivability against other players.
  • The Sanfew serum can be used to restore poison as a result of a mistake
  • Royal seed pod acts as a one-click emergency teleport from up to Level 30 wilderness
  • Super restore potions can be used in place of Blighted super restores
  • Anglerfish can be used in place of Blighted anglerfish

Safespotting[edit | edit source]

North[edit | edit source]

The more common safespot, Venenatis can be safespotted from this location just as well. While slightly deeper in the Wilderness (30-31), it may be easier to pull off, depending on RNG and black knight activity, compared to the other safespot. An image below the guide is provides the key tiles (yellow squares) and

1) Lure Venenatis to a T tetris piece, directly north of her spawn.

2) When Venenatis is in position, run all the way west in a straight line until you reach a rocky outcrop just south of the black knight outpost. Be sure to stop when you're directly north of it.

3) Wait for Venenatis to attack once with a magic attack, then run two spaces west - she should move slightly northwest, just so that the rocky outcrop does not block her movement. This part is RNG based, and if you get attacked by black knights, you will have to repeat the previous steps again, unless you kill them before moving.

4) Run back two spaces east to regain her attention, then run all the way south. Venenatis should get stuck on the rocky outcrop - if she does not, the lure is incorrect and the previous steps will have to be repeated again.

5) Stand west of her and bash away; if you stand south, she can still attack you. Stand below the yellow line to ensure you can teleport in the event of PKers. If you're going to stand below the yellow square, venenatis may attack you.

Venenatis north luring guide

South[edit | edit source]

It is possible to safespot Venenatis behind the trees south-west of her. Compared to the north safespot, it is arguably safer as it is in lower Wilderness (24-25) and closer to the single-way combat zone; as such, players can use a royal seed pod to immediately escape. It is advised players zoom the game out as far as possible though, as the slope used during the safespot inconveniently blocks the view.

Players who are teleblocked and trying to escape can attempt to run south to the green dragons in the hopes that the dragons will attack any PKer(s) trying to kill them and get the chance to safely log out.

Note: Do NOT attack Venenatis until the sixth stage, else she will retreat back to her respawn spot.


At Spawn[edit | edit source]

This method requires the use weapon that attacks at a rate of 3 ticks, such a Craw's bow or Magic shortbow on rapid.

  • By standing 8 tiles west of Venenatis' regular spawn (tile 1 in the image), and clicking attack 1 tick after Venenatis spawns, it will be automatically safespotted.
  • After 4 attacks from a Craw's bow, you can then run south-east exactly 4 tiles from where you are standing (to tile 2 in the image) and immediately continue attacking.
  • Now you are free to move 1 more tile east into single-way combat, and even further east and south to the full attack range of your weapon. As long as you don't miss any combat ticks during movement, Venenatis will not attack you.
  • If Venenatis spawns offset from its usual spawn, you can run outside of its aggression range to force it to return to its spawn and try again.
Venenatis spawn safespot guide