OSRS Ultimate Slayer Guide

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OSRS Ultimate Slayer Guide

Slayer is one of the more interesting skills in Old School Runescape. Instead of gathering stuff like mining and fishing, Slayer is all about getting tasks from NPCs called Slayer Masters. And, as you can likely tell, these tasks require you to slay a bunch of monsters.

There are some interesting mechanics that are at play when training Slayer, so be sure to read this comprehensive OSRS Slayer guide to learn everything there is to know about this skill - from the fastest training methods to the most profitable, this guide's got you covered!

Why Train Slayer?

If you're reading this OSRS Slayer guide, chances are that you want to level this skill as fast as possible. But, why exactly do you want to train Slayer? Well, there are a few main reasons.

First, training to 99 Slayer gives you access to monsters and bosses that you normally wouldn't be able to if you didn't have the said skill. Bosses such as the Alchemical Hydra and Cerberus, for example, give huge amounts of gold coins per hour, and they're incredibly exciting to kill.


Second, Slayer training levels up your other combat stats as well. This includes attack, strength, defence, ranged, and magic. That is why it is highly recommended to raise your Slayer level because it is deemed a great solution to making a well-rounded character in Old School Runescape.

Third, there are many quests in OSRS that require you to be at a certain Slayer level. For instance, Monkey Madness II, which is needed to unlock Maniacal Monkeys, requires you to be at least level 69 before you can do the quest.

If you want to get the Quest Cape and Achievement Diary Cape, you need to be at least level 69 and 95 Slayer, respectively.


Slayer Basics

As mentioned at the beginning of the guide, you need to talk to the different Slayer Masters in the game to be assigned tasks. There are currently nine Slayer Masters in Old School Runescape. You can refer to the table below to learn more:

NameRequirementsLocationSlayer Points Per TaskNotes
Turael-NoneBurthorpe0-No requirements
-Gives short, low-level tasks
-Gives no Slayer Points
Spria-NoneDraynor Village0-Recently added Slayer Master
-Gives short, low-level tasks
-Gives no Slayer Points
-Requires completion of the Porcine of Interest quest
Krystilia-NoneEdgeville Jail25-Gives the most points after every task
-Gives Wilderness Slayer tasks
-Requires 1 Slayer Task completion
-Her tasks involve killing monsters that may drop Larran's Keys, which are untradable but are used for opening a loot chest in Wilderness which on average yields 120K gold.
Mazchna-Combat Level 20Canifis2-Gives tasks that are nearby (mostly around Morytania)
-Gives low Slayer Points
Vannaka-Combat Level 40Edgeville Dungeon4-Gives longer tasks to complete
-Gives harder tasks for 40 Combat Level, including slaying dragons
Chaeldar-Combat Level 70Zanaris Throne Room10-Requires completion of Lost City quest
-Gives fairly easy tasks to accomplish
-Gives decent Slayer Points early on
-Assigns you iron dragon tasks quite often
Konar quo Maten-Combat Level 75Kahlith Settlement in Mount Karuulm18 (20 if you've completed the Elite Kourend & Kebos Diary)-Some of her tasks have a chance to reward you with Brimstone Keys, which you can use to open chests near Konar for valuable loot
-Her Tasks are quite area-specific
-Only Slayer Master to assign Hydra tasks
Nieve/Steve-Combat Level 85Tree Gnome Stronghold12 (15 if you've completed the Elite Western Provinces Diary)-The closest master to a teleport
-Is replaced by Steve after completing Monkey Madness II
-Assigns easy tasks to complete
-Tasks reward a good amount of XP
Duradel-Combat Level 100
-Level 50 Slayer
Shilo Village15-Tasks he gives reward the best XP among other Slayer Masters
-Assigns long but efficient tasks

With nine OSRS Slayer Masters that you can talk to, which ones do you think are worth your time? When you're starting out, I suggest that you complete Turael's tasks first. Although the tasks he assigns you do not reward Slayer Points, they are pretty easy to accomplish.

Mazchna is another good Slayer Master early on in your leveling journey. This is because her tasks do not require you to venture too far away, thus saving you a lot of time.


If you begin your Slayer training at Combat Level 70 and have also completed the Lost City quest, you can talk straight to Chaeldar at the Zanaris Throne Room. She gives you relatively easy Slayer tasks, though some of them require you to slay dragons. You can accumulate some Slayer Points by completing Chaeldar's tasks.

Krystilia, the Wilderness Slayer Master, is the one you should talk to if you want to get the most Slayer Points per task. Even though the monsters that you'll have to eliminate are doable at a fairly high Combat Level, they are located in the Wilderness, which means that you can potentially get killed by other players. Because of this, only take tasks from the Wilderness Slayer Master if you're okay with losing items occasionally due to PK.


After you reach level 85 Combat Level, you then have access to higher level Slayer Masters, particularly Konar quo Maten (or just Konar for short) and Nieve. The latter is replaced by Steve after completing Monkey Madness II, by the way, so don't get confused if I mention Nieve/Steve together.


When you've reached Level 50 Slayer and Combat Level 100, you can talk to the highest Slayer Master in Old School Runescape, Duradel. He gives you Slayer tasks that reward the most experience points. Although they take a bit longer to complete than the tasks given by higher level Slayer Masters, they are definitely worth your time.

For the most part, you'll start your leveling journey by using melee weapons to slay monsters. However, once you've reached higher combat and Slayer levels, I suggest that you incorporate ranged and magic attacks to eliminate monsters faster..

What Are Slayer Points?

Slayer reward points (or just Slayer Points) are earned after the completion of tasks given by Krystilia and higher level Slayer Masters. These points can be spent to buy some neat stuff from the OSRS Slayer Masters. There are four categories of rewards that you need to be aware of, such as:

  • Unlocks: Unlocks new Slayer tasks, new Slayer equipment, and utilities. For example, you can unlock "Ring Bling" to gain the ability to craft Slayer Rings
  • Extends: Increases the number of monsters that you need to kill in order to complete tasks
  • Buys: Converts Slayer Points to items
  • Tasks: Block or skip a Slayer task

Now that you know what the Slayer Points are for, what is the ideal unlock order? Well, the very first thing that you'd want to unlock is Bigger and Badder. When doing a Slayer assignment, you will have a 1/200 chance of encountering a more powerful version of a creature upon its death. You will know if the "bigger and badder" monster appears when you read the following text in the chatbox, "A superior foe has appeared…" Killing superior Slayer monsters grants more XP and they all have a chance to drop some pretty expensive items like the imbued heart which is currently valued at 106M.

Anyway, here are some of the most notable stuff you can spend your Slayer Points on:


Broader Fletching300Learn to fletch broad arrows (level 52 Fletching), broad bolts (level 55 Fletching), and amethyst broad bolts (level 76 Fletching).
Malevolent Masquerade400Learn to Assemble a Slayer Helmet
-Requires Level 55 Crafting
Ring Bling300Unlock the ability to craft Slayer Rings
-Requires Level 75 Crafting
Seeing Red50Konar, Duradel, and Nieve will be able to assign you red dragons as your task.
Task Storage1,000Gives you the ability to store a task for later (50 points)

Note: Cannot store Wilderness Slayer tasks

Bigger and Badder150Chance for normal Slayer monsters to spawn a superior version while doing a Slayer assignment
Gargoyle Smasher120Kill Gargoyles automatically if you have a Rock Hammer in your inventory


Suq-a-nother One100Number of Suqahs you have to kill is increased from 186 to 250
RUUUUUNE100Number of Rune Dragons you have to kill is increased from 30 to 60
Spiritual Fervour100Number of Spiritual Creatures you need to kill is increased from 181 to 250
Birds of a Feather100Number of Aviansies you need to kill is increased from 200 to 250
Bleed Me Dry75Number of Bloodvelds you need to kill is increased from 200 to 250
To Dust You Shall Return100Number of Dust Devils you have to kill is increased from 200 to 250
Nechs Please100Number of Nechryaels you need to kill is increased from 200 to 250


Slayer Ring75Used to teleport you to different Slayer sites; provides all of the functions of an Enchanted Gem
Broad Bolts (x250)35Bolts that are used to damage Kurask and Turoths

Requires 55 Slayer, 61 Ranged, and a crossbow to fire the bolts

Broad Arrows (x250)35Arrows used to damage Kurask and Turoths

Requires 55 Slayer, 50 Ranged, and a bow to fire the arrows

Herb Sack750Can store up to 30 of each type of grimy herb (up to 420 herbs)

Requires 58 Herblore to use

Very useful for Ironmen

Rune Pouch750Can be used to store up to 16,000 of three types of runes.

Utilize this for NPC Contact spell (Air, Astral, and Cosmic)

Looting Bag10Can be used to store tradable items within the Wilderness or other PvP areas


Skip task30Skips the current Slayer assignment without any penalties
Block task100Completely blocks the current Slayer assignment and removes it from the list of possible tasks

Can only get blocked task again if it is unblocked

Up to six assignments can be blocked at a time

Store task50Requires Task Storage to use

Can store a task for use at a later date

Can only store one task at a time

Unstore task0Used to take out stored task

Can only "unstore" a task if you don't have an active one at the moment

It is important to keep in mind that you will not be getting any Slayer reward points on your first four Slayer tasks. But, the good news is that you can take advantage of milestones to get more points. How does this work? Let me explain.

You see, there are milestones that you can reach to earn more Slayer Points. For every 10th task, you'll earn five times more than the base reward points from a Slayer Master. So if you talked to Krystilia for the 10th task, you will gain 250 points instead of 25! Keep this Slayer task streak in mind to get the most amount of points.

With that said, I suggest that you complete nine Slayer tasks from Turael since they're the easiest to accomplish. The 10th task should be from the OSRS Slayer Master of your choosing. Essentially, a task streak can really go a long way!

Here are the other milestones that you need to be aware of:

  • 10th Task: 5x points
  • 50th Task: 15x points
  • 100th Task: 25x points
  • 250th Task: 35x points
  • 1,000th Task: 50x points

Blocking Tasks

After unlocking new tasks and acquiring some Slayer equipment, most of your Slayer reward points will be spent blocking or skipping tasks. As you've seen from the table above, you can block up to six Slayer assignments at a time. However, you actually have to unlock the slots themselves in order to do that.

You will unlock one block slot for every 50 quest points that you get. You can get up to five slots this way. The last one requires you to complete the Elite Lumbridge & Draynor Diary, which means that you also have to get your hands on the Quest Cape. If you don't know, the Quest Cape can only be acquired if you've satisfied two demanding requirements. First, you must have trained all of the skills in OSRS (including Slayer level 69). And second, all of the main quests in the game should be completed.

So, why is blocking tasks a must when training Slayer? Well, there are Slayer assignments that are time-consuming and too difficult to complete in an efficient manner. If you want to reach 99 Slayer as fast as possible, blocking certain tasks is the only way to do that. Moreover, there are Slayer tasks that have higher weighting, meaning, they will pop up more often than others. If there are assignments that you don't want to do, then blocking them is a no-brainer.

In this OSRS Slayer guide, I will suggest certain monsters and tasks that you can block to increase your Slayer experience per hour. However, because you only have a limited number of slots, it is up to you to decide which tasks you want to remove from the list.

Important Quests

Slayer Masters can give you assignments to higher level monsters only if you have completed their quest prerequisites. Here is a list of the quests that you need to accomplish to unlock monsters/tasks:

  • Dragon Slayer I: Dragons
  • Dragon Slayer II: Adamant and Rune Dragons
  • Horror from the Deep: Dagannoths
  • Lunar Diplomacy: Suqahs
  • Elemental Workshop I: Skeletal Wyverns
  • Cabin Fever: Cave Horrors
  • Ernest the Chicken: Killerwatts
  • Underground Pass: Elves
  • Desert Treasure I: Dust Devils
  • Mourning's End Part II: Dark Beasts

Because you are reading this OSRS Slayer guide, I am assuming that you want to get to 99 Slayer as fast as possible. If that is the case, you will need some items to make your Slayer training go a lot smoother. Here are the quests you need to finish to unlock some useful items for leveling:

  • Desert Treasure I: Completing this quest gives you access to the Ancient Spellbook, which is quite useful later on when bursting down harder enemies for the greatest amount of Slayer experience gained per hour. This spellbook allows you to use Ice Burst or Ice Barrage - two popular spells used by most Slayers in OSRS.
  • Fairytale II - Cure a Queen: Taking this quest can help save you a lot of time. That's because it gives you access to the Fairy Ring Teleport System. By inputting specific codes, you will instantly move to a desired location. You don't even need to complete this quest. You can stop at the part where the Fairy Godfather tells you how to use the teleport system.
  • Dwarf Cannon: Do you want to finish your Slayer assignments in an efficient manner? If so, you need to complete the Dwarf cannon quest! Once the quest has been accomplished, you'll be given the ability to buy and use a dwarf multicannon. The dwarf multicannon is a godsend because it can speed up the process of reaching 99 Slayer. Using the multicannon will be explained further in this OSRS Slayer guide.
  • Lunar Diplomacy: Remember that there are nine Slayer Masters in the game. The problem is that they're not located in one place, so you have to spend time going from one master to the next. Fortunately, you can speak to them at any time by using the Lunar Spellbook, which you can unlock by accomplishing the Lunar Diplomacy quest. The Lunar Spellbook gives you the ability to cast the NPC Contact spell. As you can tell, this allows you to speak to all the OSRS Slayer Masters, anytime, anywhere!
  • King's Ransom: Prayers in OSRS are quite helpful. Piety, for example, grants a 25% boost to defense, a 23% increase in strength, and a 20% boost to attack. To unlock Piety, you must complete the King's Ransom quest first in order to access the Knight Waves Training Grounds. Then, finishing the said activity will enable you to use Piety at Prayer level 70.
  • Song of the Elves: Accomplishing this lengthy quest allows you to craft crystal equipment. Other rewards you can get from completing Song of the Elves include the ability to change your respawn point to Prifddinas, make divine potions, and fight Zalcano, among many others.

Recommended Items

When you think about it, training Slayer is all about killing monsters. But, some monsters are not that easy to beat. Heck, some of them even require you to use certain items before you can deal damage!

With so many items available in the game, it is quite time-consuming to have to sift through all of them just to know which ones you should bring with you on your leveling journey. The good news is that you don't have to scour the internet for such information because this OSRS Slayer guide has got you covered!

In this section, you will find items that can help streamline your journey to 99 Slayer!


Slayer Helmet

  • Osmumten's Fang: When you begin Slayer training, it is recommended that you be at a high Combat level so that you can wield more powerful weapons, thus making your leveling journey a breeze. That said, the Osmumten's Fang is arguably the best melee weapon you can use to kill monsters with innately high defense. This is primarily due to the weapon's two passive effects. Its first passive effect works by doing two independent accuracy rolls with each attack. If any of these values are higher than the enemy's original defense roll, then your attack will be a successful one. The second passive effect makes your damage more consistent. This is because the damage you deal can roll anywhere between 15% to 85% of the weapon's max hit. So, if your max damage with Osmumten's Fang is 60, for example, you can deal anywhere between 9 to 51 damage per hit. Don't worry, you can deal 100% damage when using the Fang's special attack, Eviscerate. By spending 25% of your special attack energy, you unleash a very accurate strike that can take advantage of the weapon's full damage potential. The Osmumten's Fang can be yours as a possible reward for completing the Tombs of Amascut.
  • Blade of Saeldor: This craftable magical sword has the highest strength and slash bonus out of any melee weapon for its attack speed. Before you can craft one, though, you need to complete the Song of the Elves quest. The high quest requirement may dissuade you from choosing this weapon, but I promise you that it will all be worth it. This is a great alternative to Osmumten's Fang, especially if you want to deal more consistent damage. The only downside is that each swing consumes one charge. The Blade of Saeldor comes with 10,000 charges right off the bat, so you don't need to worry about recharging it every so often. You need to combine 100 crystal shards and an enhanced crystal weapon seed and use the Singing Bowl to craft this sword.
  • Inquisitor's Mace: Piety is a good offensive prayer to use as it boosts some of your combat stats by a considerable amount. If you want to increase the said prayer's duration, you can equip the Inquisitor's Mace as it grants +2 Prayer Bonus. What's more, this weapon is quite similar to the Blade of Saeldor in terms of damage, though its attack style is different because it is a "crush" type weapon. The Inquisitor's Mace can drop from The Nightmare Boss in the Sisterhood Sanctuary.
  • Bow of Faerdhinen: A magical bow that can be crafted using an enhanced crystal weapon seed, the Bow of Faerdhinen offers the most consistent damage among other similar weapons in Old School Runescape. The weapon's damage and accuracy are enhanced by equipping the Crystal Armour. Wearing the full set grants you a respectable 15% boost to damage and a sizable 30% increase in accuracy, making this bow quite appealing to use if you prefer attacking enemies from long range.
  • Toxic Blowpipe: The Toxic Blowpipe is another weapon that you can use if you prefer attacking enemies at range. This weapon has a 25% chance of inflicting Venom upon your enemies, dealing damage over time. Equipping the Serpentine Helm makes the Toxic Blowpipe an even more appealing ranged weapon because it guarantees that enemies will be envenomed when you hit them. This weapon has a special attack called Toxic Siphon which, when used, increases damage by 50% and accuracy by 100%. But, there's another benefit to using Toxic Siphon: it heals you based on half of the damage dealt. So, if you dealt 20 damage to an enemy with Toxic Siphon, the attack heals you for 10 HP. You can create the Toxic Blowpipe by using a chisel on a Tanzanite Fang.
  • Magic Shortbow: The previously mentioned ranged weapons have pretty steep requirements. If you want a ranged weapon that is quite accessible, you can turn your attention to the Magic Shortbow. This thing only requires you to have Level 80 Fletching, as well as a Magic Shortbow (u) and a bow string to craft. What makes this weapon appealing is that you can use it to fire Rune and Amethyst arrows for maximum damage. On top of that, you can utilize its special attack, Snapshot, by spending 55% of your special attack energy. Snapshot allows you to fire two arrows in rapid succession, with the second one having a 43% boost in accuracy.
  • Kodai Wand: Considered the strongest magic weapon in the game, the Kodai Wand allows you to autocast standard spells, Arceuus combat spells, and Ancient Magicks. Aside from its insane damage output, casting an offensive spell with the Kodai Wand has a 15% chance of negating its rune cost, essentially making the spell cast free. In order to craft this, you will need to complete the Chambers of Xeric raid to get your hands on the Kodai Insignia. Once you have that, use it on a Master Wand to turn it into a Kodai Wand.
  • Nightmare Staff: A viable alternative to the Kodai Wand, the Nightmare Staff can also autocast Ancient Magicks and standard spells. As you can probably tell by its name, the Nightmare Staff can be acquired as a potential reward from The Nightmare Boss in the Sisterhood Sanctuary. What's great about the Nightmare Staff is that you can attach three different orbs to give it some unique special effects. For instance, using the Harmonised Orb on the weapon creates the Harmonised Nightmare Staff. Unlike the base version, the Harmonised Nightmare Staff grants you increased cast speed when casting offensive spells from the standard spellbook. The other two orbs you can use on the Nightmare Staff are the Eldritch Orb and Volatile Orb.
  • Black Mask: The Black Mask is one of the best items that you can equip when Slayer training. That's because this thing boosts your attack and strength stats by 16.67% when fighting against monsters on your current Slayer assignment. The Black Mask comes with 10 charges that are consumed when its passive ability is activated. The passive ability lowers the defense of nearby monsters by two plus 7% rounded down. It activates when the monsters are within 10 tiles near you, have at least 50% HP, and must not have their defense already reduced by other debuffs. The Black Mask can be acquired as a rare drop from the Cave Horrors, meaning, you have to complete the Cabin Fever quest to gain access to its native area, Mos Le'Harmless.
  • Imbued Black Mask: The regular mask can be upgraded to grant additional bonuses, such as a 15% boost to ranged accuracy/damage, as well as a 15% increase in magic damage/accuracy. There are a few ways to upgrade the Black Mask. You can imbue it in the Nightmare Zone by spending 1.25 million reward points. Moreover, if you have 500 Zeal Tokens, you can imbue it at the Soul Wars. And lastly, if you're into PvP and have accrued 200 points, you can purchase a Scroll of Imbuing at Emir's Arena. The upgraded mask will be denoted as Black Mask (i).
  • Slayer Helmet: After purchasing "Malevolent Masquerade" from Slayer Masters, you can craft the Slayer Helmet. This offers the same defensive bonuses as a Rune Full Helm. However, what makes this thing a must for budding Slayers like yourself is that it also grants the effects of all the Slayer equipment used to craft it. Speaking of which, you must combine a nose peg, earmuffs, a spiny helmet, a facemask, reinforced goggles, a Black Mask, and an enchanted gem to craft the Slayer Helmet. Just like the Black Mask, the Slayer Helmet can be imbued as well. The process is exactly the same!
  • Bracelet of Slaughter: Using the Lvl-3 Enchant spell on a topaz bracelet will turn it into a Bracelet of Slaughter. This is one of the bracelets you will use for Slayer training. When you destroy a monster with the bracelet equipped, you have a 25% chance of not including it in the total kill count, thereby increasing the amount of time it takes for the Slayer task to complete. The Bracelet of Slaughter is your best friend, particularly when you're following the fastest leveling method of this OSRS Slayer guide.
  • Expeditious Bracelet: If the Bracelet of Slaughter makes your tasks last longer, the Expeditious Bracelet does the complete opposite. When you kill an enemy with the bracelet on, that monster has a 25% chance of counting as two kills, allowing you to finish the Slayer task much faster. You can use the Lvl1-Enchant spell on an opal bracelet to get this.
  • Torva Armour: This armor set gives you the best defense against stronger Slayer monsters. The individual pieces can be dropped by defeating Nex in the Ancient Prison, underneath the God Wars Dungeon. They drop in a damaged state, so you'll have to repair them by breaking down Bandos chestplates and tassets in the Ancient Forge. Use the resulting components to make the Torva Armour usable. Acquiring the full Torva Armour set definitely requires time, but if you can get your hands on the full helm, platebody, and platelegs, your HP and defense stats will be increased significantly.
  • Bandos Armour: If you find the full Torva Armour set too time-consuming to put together, then you can go for the next best thing: the Bandos Armour. The armor pieces can be acquired by defeating General Graardor in Bandos' Stronghold located within the God Wars Dungeon. The full Bandos Armour makes you almost invincible against stabbing, slashing, crushing, and ranged attacks! However, the set's magic defense leaves much to be desired.
  • Masori Armour: Do you want a well-rounded armor set that grants defenses against most attacks in the game? Then, I highly recommend the Masori Armour! The Masori Mask, Masori Body Armour, and Masori Chaps can be acquired as rare drops from Tombs of Amascut. You can fortify the Masori Armour set by using Armadyl Plates. Doing so increases the set's defensive bonuses while also providing you with a +1 prayer bonus.
  • Ancestral Robes: At later levels, you want to burst down enemies for faster Slayer experience. Bursting requires the use of Ancient Magicks, such as Ice Burst and Ice Barrage. To make the most out of these spells, equipping the Ancestral Robes is pretty much mandatory. That's because this set provides the highest magic attack bonus than other magical gear in OSRS. The Ancestral Hat, Robe Top, and Robe Bottom can be obtained as rare drops from the Chambers of Xeric raid.
  • Proselyte Armour: When taking on tougher Slayer monsters, it's recommended that you use Protection Prayers to mitigate damage. The Proselyte Armour is a four-piece set that grants +18 prayer bonus when worn, thus making Protection Prayers last longer. You can purchase the set pieces from Sir Tiffy Cashien in Falador Park after completing the Slug Menace quest.
  • Guthan the Infested's Equipment: There are various ways to level the Slayer skill. If you're going to use the AFK method, equip Guthan's armor set so that you can last longer while fighting Slayer monsters. Thanks to its set effect called Infestation, successful attacks to the enemy have a 25% chance of healing you based on damage dealt. You have a chance of obtaining one of the armor pieces after completing the Barrows minigame.
  • Infernal Cape: This cape provides the best overall bonuses to melee combat stats in the game. Since most Slayer monsters can be taken out by using a melee weapon, the Infernal Cape is a nice addition to your arsenal for sure! This can be obtained by defeating TzKal-Zuk in the Inferno minigame.
  • Amulet of Strength: As the name implies, the Amulet of Strength provides a sizable boost to your strength stat when equipped. This is a great way of increasing your melee damage early on, especially since obtaining it is quite easy. All you have to do is get a ruby amulet and cast the Lvl-3 Enchant spell on it.
  • Amulet of Torture: A definite upgrade to the Amulet of Strength, the Amulet of Torture not only increases your strength stat, but it also boosts your damage when using stab, crush, or slash-type weapons significantly. To get your hands on this amazing piece of accessory, use the Lvl-7 Enchant spell on a zenyte amulet.
  • Dragonfire Shield: Considered one of the best shields in OSRS, the Dragonfire Shield provides some much-needed protection against dragon attacks. When used in conjunction with the Protect from Magic prayer, you can dramatically reduce the dragonfire damage you take.
  • Archer's Ring: If you prefer leveling your Slayer skill using ranged weapons, then you should wear the Archer's Ring. This ring provides a considerable boost to your Ranged stat. This can even be imbued and doing so grants double the stats of the normal version! The Archer's Ring can be dropped by defeating the Dagannoth Supreme in the Waterbirth Island Dungeon
  • Occult Necklace: Aside from the Ancestral Robes, the Occult Necklace is a nice accompaniment when bursting Slayer monsters. This is the only amulet in the game that grants a 10% increase in magic damage. The Smoke Devils have a chance of dropping this amazing item, so farm them until you get one.
  • Amulet of Glory: A very popular accessory in the game, the Amulet of Glory not only grants a considerable boost to your combat stats, but it allows you to teleport to Edgeville and Draynor Village as well. There are two ways you can get this amulet. The first is using the Lvl-5 Enchant spell on a dragonstone amulet. The second is purchasing it from the Grand Exchange.
  • Fairy Ring: No matter what skill you wish to level up in Old School Runescape, the Fairy Ring is one that you should definitely get your hands on as soon as you can. This ring allows you to teleport to various locations in the game using a special combination of codes. The Fairy Ring code A-J-R, for example, teleports you near the Fremennik Slayer Dungeon. To acquire this item, you must take the Fairytale II - Cure a Queen quest, but only up to the point where you ask permission from the Fairy Godfather to use the fairy ring teleportation system.
  • Slayer Ring: Besides the Fairy Ring, the Slayer Ring is another nifty accessory that lets you teleport to various Slayer locations, including the Slayer Tower, Stronghold Slayer Cave, and Fremennik Slayer Dungeon just by consuming a single charge. You can craft this ring by purchasing the "Ring Bling" unlock from Slayer Masters. Then, secure a gold bar, a ring mould, and an enchanted gem and bring them to a furnace to make one. You must have at least level 75 Crafting to do this. You'll have to craft Slayer Rings quite often since each one only holds eight charges. If you don't like the idea of crafting Slayer Rings, you can make an eternal version by replacing the enchanted gem with an eternal gem.

Leveling Methods

Now let's get to the different leveling methods. This part is divided into multiple sections so that you can easily get to the one that you want to do the most. No matter what path you choose, you can gain experience points by completing Slayer tasks.

Early Levels

You can begin your Slayer training in two ways. You can either go to Turael/Spria to get some early-level tasks, or you can also do some questing to propel you to Slayer level 20+.

If you opt to go the questing route, head to the Varrock Museum basement and talk to Orlando Smith for the Natural History Quiz. This is a quest that involves answering questions about the many creatures that you can find in Old School Runescape. There are 14 creature displays spread across several rooms in the museum. You'll be asked three questions when interacting with the plaque in front of each display. The objective is to earn two kudos from each display by answering questions correctly. After earning 28 kudos, talk to Orlando Smith again to be rewarded 1,000 Hunter and Slayer experience points. You will reach level 9 Slayer just by completing the Natural History Quiz!


Orlando Smith's Location (Basement of Varrock Museum)

The next quest you should do is A Porcine of Interest. This serves as your official introduction to the Slayer skill. To start, go to Draynor Village and read the notice board situated just behind Fortunato's Wine Shop. The quest will ultimately lead you to eliminate the Sourhog, which is a boss that can be found in a cave just east of Draynor Manor.


A Porcine of Interest Starting Location


Battle the Sourhog

Here are the other quests that you can do that reward Slayer experience upon completion:

  • General Shadow: 2,000 XP
  • Wanted!: 5,000 XP
  • Recipe for Disaster: 20,000 XP (via antique lamp)

The quest, Recipe for Disaster, is a special one because completing it rewards you with an antique lamp. This lamp can be used to gain 20,000 experience on a skill of your choosing (in this case, you can use it to gain Slayer XP). However, this can only be used on skills above level 50, so you may have to bank it until you reach that at least 50 Slayer.

Once your character is at least Combat Level 20 and has already completed the Priest in Peril quest, you can talk to Mazchna - the Slayer Master you'll find northeast of Canifis. What makes him great at early Slayer levels is that he assigns tasks that are just within Morytania, so you don't have to venture far away.


Mazchna's Location (Canifis)

Vannaka is a Slayer Master who resides in the Edgeville Dungeon. He assigns Slayer tasks starting at Combat Level 40. While you can get assignments from him relatively early in your leveling journey, I suggest that you skip Vannaka if your combat stats are not that high. That's because monsters like Ice Warriors and Killerwatts are too hard to handle if you don't have the right gear.


Vannaka's Location (Edgeville Dungeon)

If you train Slayer at high Combat Levels (about 70+), you can go straight to Chaeldar to get better tasks. You can only talk to her if you've completed the Lost City quest because she resides in the throne room of Zanaris. The assignments she gives reward a fair amount of Slayer experience, though you might have to deal with dragons quite often. It is wise to equip a Dragon Defender or Dragonfire Shield if you are to take on such endeavors.


Chaeldar's Location (Zanaris Throne Room)

When you're still starting out, be sure to skip difficult tasks in favor of those that are easy to complete. Once you've accumulated enough reward points, you can unlock the Slayer Helmet and Slayer Rings, which really help optimize your leveling journey.

Fastest Method

In this section, I will go over the tasks that you need to complete in order to achieve level 99 Slayer in the shortest amount of time. The best Slayer Masters in terms of XP gained per hour are Nieve/Steve and Duradel. I highly recommend that you interact with Duradel, in particular, once you've satisfied all of his requirements.


Nieve or Steve's Location


Duradel's Location (Shilo Village)

The general rule for the fastest leveling method is to block the absolute slowest tasks and only take those that are pretty easy to do. Think about efficiency above anything else even if it means you'll lose tons of gold coins in the process.

Here are the tasks that you should take for the fastest Slayer experience per hour:

NameMonster Location
Adamant DragonsLithkren Vault
AnkousWilderness Slayer Cave, Stronghold of Security, Catacombs of Kourend
Stronghold Slayer Cave,
The Forgotten Cemetery
Black DemonsEdgeville Dungeon, Catacombs of Kourend, Brimhaven Dungeon
BloodveldsGod Wars Dungeon, Slayer Tower, Stronghold Slayer Cave, Catacombs of Kourend
Brine RatsBrine Rat Cavern
DagannothsLighthouse, Catacombs of Kourend, Jormungand's Prison
Dust DevilsCatacombs of Kourend, Smoke Dungeon
ElvesPrifddinas, Lletya, Iorwerth Camp
Fire GiantsDeep Wilderness Dungeon, Brimhaven Dungeon, Catacombs of Kourend, Stronghold Slayer Cave
Greater DemonsOgre Enclave, Entrana Dungeon, Lava Maze Dungeon, Isle of Souls Dungeon, Catacombs of Kourend
HellhoundsKaruulm Slayer Dungeon, God Wars Dungeon, Wilderness Volcano, Catacombs of Kourend, Stronghold Slayer Cave
KalphitesKalphite Lair, Kalphite Cave
KurasksFremennik Slayer Dungeon, Iorwerth Dungeon
LizardmenLizardmen Settlement, Lizardman Canyon
NechryaelsCatacombs of Kourend, Slayer Tower (easier to kill)
Rune DragonsLithkren
Smoke DevilsSmoke Devil Dungeon
SuqahLunar Isle
TrollsTrollheim, Jatizso and Neitiznot (northern icy islands)
TzHaar (Jad)Mor Ul Rek

When you employ the fastest leveling method, you must unlock Bigger and Badder first to make the most out of the tasks given by the higher level Slayer Masters.


In addition, equip the Bracelet of Slaughter to extend certain tasks. Extending, in this context, means that every time you slay a monster, there is a 25% chance that it won't be counted. The benefit of equipping the bracelet is that you'll get higher Slayer experience per hour due to the fact that you have to eliminate more monsters to complete a task.

Now, you're probably asking if you can wear other gloves or bracelets when you train Slayer. Well, you can still take advantage of the Bracelet of Slaughter because its effect only occurs at the time when the experience points drop or appear on the screen. So, for the most part, wear your preferred gloves/bracelets and just switch to the Bracelet of Slaughter whenever the Slayer XP ticks. Yes, this process is click-intensive, but it is nice to know that you can use other Slayer equipment when leveling.

Anyway, you'd want to wear the Bracelet of Slaughter when you get assignments that involve killing Dust Devils and Nechryaels. Dust Devils in the Smoke Dungeon are fairly easy to beat and give a decent amount of Slayer experience when killed. The Nechryaels in the Slayer Tower give a good amount of XP as well, though they do summon death spawns that make the encounter a bit more annoying. Fortunately, you can do "safespotting" to prevent Nechryaels from summoning death spawns.

Safespotting is a technique where you lure and fight monsters in an area where they cannot reach you. That said, the Slayer Tower has plenty of walls that you can hide behind. Use a ranged weapon or a magic spell to kill the Nechryaels. You can also utilize the bookcases, tables, and buckets in the area as obstacles so that the enemy will not be able to hit you.


Slayer Tower Layout

Once you have enough Slayer Points, be sure to unlock the Slayer Helmet so that you get a noticeable boost in your melee combat stats, enabling you to eliminate enemies faster when using Osmumten's Fang, Blade of Saeldor, or the Inquisitor's Mace. If you want to destroy monsters using ranged attacks or magic spells, you can imbue the helmet to gain a 15% boost to accuracy and damage as well.

Additionally, don't forget to skip or block tasks when you've acquired the Slayer equipment mentioned above. Here are the tasks you should consider skipping/blocking:

  • Drake
  • Wyverns
  • Turoth
  • Kurask
  • Waterfiends
  • Wyrm
  • Kraken
  • Gargoyles
  • Minions of Scabaras
  • Mutated Zygomites
  • Spiritual Creatures
  • Dragons
  • Aberrant Spectres
  • Spiritual Creatures
  • Cave Horrors
  • Gargoyle
  • Kraken
  • Wyrm
  • Drake

As mentioned earlier in this guide, completing Slayer tasks can be done by using melee weapons like Osmumten's Fang or Blade of Saeldor. However, if you've completed the Dwarf Cannon quest, it is best that you set up a dwarf multicannon for better results. Here are some areas where you can use the dwarf multicannon to great effect:

  • Lunar Isle: Suqahs
  • North of Jatizso: Trolls
  • Lighthouse/Jormungand's Prison: Dagannoths
  • Smoke Devils Lair: Smoke Devils
  • Kalphite Cave: Kalphites
  • Chasm of Fire: Greater/Black Demons
  • Meiyerditch Laboratories: Bloodvelds
  • Stronghold Cave: Hellhounds
  • Iorwerth Dungeon (Prifddinas): Dark Beasts

While the fastest method certainly leads you to completing Slayer tasks that only provide the best XP rate per hour, it is worth noting that you'll likely be spending a lot of gold coins, especially in the later levels. A complete set of the dwarf multicannon, for example, costs upward of 750,000 GP, so just imagine how expensive it is to train Slayer this way.

Profitable Method

Remember what I told you earlier about why training Slayer is quite appealing? In case you forgot, Slayer is one of the most lucrative skills in Old School Runescape because you can gain access to monsters and bosses that are not available to those who didn't train it. That said, if your main goal is to get rich while getting some Slayer experience on the side, then this section is for you!

The best Slayer Masters for profit are Konar and Krystilia because they assign you to kill monsters that have a chance of dropping Brimstone Keys and Larran's Keys, respectively.


Konar's Location in Kahlith Settlement


Krystilia's Location in Edgeville Jail

Brimstone Keys are used to open the Brimstone Chests near Konar, which hold some valuable items like the full Rune Armour and the Mystic Robes set.


Brimstone Chest Location (Next to Konar)

Larran's Keys, on the other hand, can open special chests found in the Wilderness. Larran's Small Chest is located in the northeast of Chaos Temple, while Larran's Big Chest can be found on the ship west of the Pirates' Hideout.


Larran's Small Chest Location


Larran's Big Chest Location

To get incredible amounts of GP per hour while training Slayer, you must skip or block assignments that are not lucrative. You can find the tasks that you can skip/block below:

  • Fire Giants
  • Turoths
  • Suqahs
  • Kalphites
  • Bloodvelds
  • Dagannoths
  • Ankous
  • Elves
  • Waterfiends
  • Dust Devils
  • Dragons (Iron, Mithril, Steel, Blue, Red)
  • Minions of Scabaras
  • Mutated Zygomites
  • Brine Rats
  • Fire Giants
  • Bloodvelds
  • Kalphites
  • Suqahs
  • Dagannoths
  • Bloodvelds
  • Kalphites
  • Fire Giants
  • Dagannoths
  • Ankous

After you block tasks and unlock Bigger and Badder, you must then unlock "Like a Boss" so that the better Slayer Masters for profit - Konar, Krystilia, Nieve/Steve, and Duradel - will assign some Slayer bosses for you to kill. Once that is done, accumulate Slayer reward points again to unlock the tasks that require you to kill Aviansies and Lizardmen.

When dealing with Slayer bosses like Cerberus and the Alchemical Hydra, be sure to wear the best Slayer equipment you can get your hands on so that you can improve your combat stats.


Aviansies are good monsters to slay because they have a high chance of dropping Adamantite Bars and Rune Daggers that you can sell in the Grand Exchange. Lizardmen can drop some expensive seeds, such as the Ranarr Seed, Torstol Seed, and the Snapdragon Seed.

Here are the most profitable Slayer tasks that you can take:

NameMonster/Boss Location
Abyssal SireAbyssal Nexus
Adamant DragonsLithkren Vault
AviansiesGod Wars Dungeon
Basilisk KnightsJormungand's Prison
Black DragonsTaverley Dungeon, Lava Maze
Blue DragonsTaverley Dungeon, Corsair Cove Dungeon
Cave KrakenKraken Cove
Demonic GorillasCrash Site Cavern
Dagannoth KingsWaterbirth Island Dungeon
Dark BeastsIorwerth Dungeon, Mourner Tunnels
Fossil Island WyvernWyvern Cave
GargoylesSlayer Tower
Grotesque GuardiansSlayer Tower
Greater Demons (including K'ril Tsutsaroth)Brimhaven Dungeon, Isle of Souls Dungeon, Catacombs of Kourend

K'ril Tsutsaroth: God Wars Dungeon

HellhoundsKaruulm Slayer Dungeon, God Wars Dungeon, Stronghold Slayer Cave, Catacombs of Kourend
Kalphites (including Kalphite Queen)Kalphite Cave, Kalphite Lair

Kalphite Queen: Kalphite Lair southwest of the Shantay Pass

LizardmenLizardmen Settlement, Lizardman Canyon
NechryaelsOnly fight those that can be found in the Slayer Tower
Red DragonsBrimhaven Dungeon
Rune DragonsEastern chamber of the Lithkren Vault
Skeletal WyvernsAsgarnian Ice Dungeon
Thermonuclear Smoke DevilSmoke Devil Dungeon
Vyrewatch SentinelsDarkmeyer

When you're at least level 85 to 99 Slayer, almost all the Slayer Masters will start to assign boss tasks. Below is a rundown of the most profitable Slayer bosses to defeat in the game:

NameLocationSlayer MasterSlayer LevelProfit
Alchemical HydraKaruulm Slayer DungeonKonar953.5 to 3.8 million GP/hr
CerberusCerberus Lair inside Taverley DungeonAll except Turael, Spria, Krystilia, and Mazchna912.5 to 2.8 million GP/hr
Thermonuclear Smoke Devil (Thermy)Smoke Devil DungeonKonar, Nieve, Duradel931.1 to 1.3 million GP/hr
Abyssal SireAbyssal NexusAll except Turael, Spria, Mazchna, and Krystilia85800,000 to 1 million GP/hr
Grotesque GuardiansSlayer Tower (Rooftop)All except Turael, Spria, Mazchna, and Krystilia75550,000 to 900,000 GP/hr
KrakenKraken CoveChaeldar, Konar, Nieve, and Duradel87400,000 to 800,000 GP/hr

Take note that you can only take on these bosses if they are offered as tasks. For instance, the Alchemical Hydra is only available to kill if you are assigned a Hydra Slayer task.

AFK Method

Did you know that you can actually train Slayer AFK? Well, this method is only viable if you have the right Slayer equipment, with the Black Mask being pretty much a requirement until you can get your hands on the Slayer Helmet.

For this training method, you'll be fighting aggressive monsters in Old School Runescape. The idea is to enable auto-retaliation and aggro a bunch of monsters until they die. If they don't die, they will stay aggressive for 10 to 20 minutes, after which, you'll have to attack and aggro another set of monsters. It goes without saying that you must take Slayer tasks that require you to defeat such enemies if you are to level up this way.

Here is a list of the monsters that you can aggro for AFK Slayer training:

  • Ammonite Crabs: Fossil Island
  • Gargoyles: Slayer Tower
  • Kurasks: Fremennik Slayer Cave
  • Vyrewatch Sentinels: Darkmeyer
  • Brutal Black Dragons: Catacombs of Kourend

If you are going to AFK on Brutal Black Dragons, you must stock up on Prayer Potions to cast the Protect from Magic prayer, as well as Antifire Potions to get some immunity against their dragon breath attack.


Brutal Black Dragon

Additionally, you can go to multi-combat areas, such as Jormungand's Prison, Kalphite Lair, and Lava Temple (Wilderness), and set up a dwarf cannon to assist you. Although the monsters will die much more easily this way, you can get higher Slayer experience per hour.

Now, when you're fighting against tough monsters, be sure to equip the Bracelet of Slaughter to ensure that you can AFK longer. Conversely, for Slayer tasks that require you to kill easier enemies, you can use the Expeditious Bracelet for efficiency's sake.

How to Get the Most Slayer Points

Because Slayer reward points are essential to unlock items or block tasks, you may want to include assignments that give the most amount of points on your way to 99 Slayer. There's no better Slayer Master for the job than Krystilia. Head to this Wilderness Slayer to get some tasks if you are to do this method of training the skill.

As a refresher, Krystilia rewards you with 25 Slayer Points for every task you complete. The downside is that these assignments are carried out in the Wilderness, so the risk level is high.

This training method works best if you use the dwarf multicannon along with a melee weapon on your current Slayer task. Alternatively, you can wear the Ancestral Robes set or any other equipment that improves magic damage to kill a bunch of monsters at once in the Wilderness Slayer Cave using Ice Burst or Ice Barrage.

When bursting enemies, make sure to round them up in a single tile for maximum efficiency. To do this, aggro enough monsters and walk in an L-shaped formation (three tiles) until everything is bunched up. You may have to walk back and forth a number of times to achieve this.


Setting Up Monsters for Bursting

You can spend your Slayer Points to unlock the Slayer Helmet much faster, but if you choose to block tasks, here are the ones that I would recommend:

  • Fire Giants
  • Moss Giants
  • Lava Dragons
  • Earth Warriors
  • Magic Axes
  • Bloodvelds

Most players typically won't block tasks in the Wilderness, so you can opt to do the same as well. Don't forget to take "I Wildy More Slayer" from Krystilia so that she will assign you Slayer tasks that involve killing Nechryaels, Dust Devils, Jellies, and Abyssal Demons.

If the thought of doing Slayer assignments in the Wilderness doesn't appeal to you, you can take tasks from Konar instead. She is the second best Slayer Master in terms of reward points. Normally, she'll give you 18 points for every task. However, that number increases to 20 after completing the Elite Kourend & Kebos Diary.

Furthermore, always take advantage of Slayer task streaks. Ideally, you want to finish nine tasks from Turael, and then get the 10th one from Konar/Krystilia to earn more points.

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Tips and Tricks

When you reach higher Slayer levels, you'll be taking on tasks where you face stronger and tougher monsters. Fortunately, there are some tricks that you can do to somehow make the assignments a lot more bearable. Here are just some of them:

  1. Practice "Prayer Flicking"

Prayer flicking is a technique that takes advantage of server ticks to minimize prayer point consumption. When done correctly, you can even use prayers without spending points at all, provided that you also wear Proselyte Armour or other equipment that grants prayer bonuses.

The gist of prayer flicking is turning on any prayer of your choosing and then turning it off just before its effects kick in. If you understand Old School Runescape's game ticks, learning this technique is going to be a walk in the park.

To flick a Combat Prayer, you must turn off the prayer at the same time your character attacks. Flicking a Protection Prayer, on the other hand, works by turning off the prayer immediately after the enemy attacks you.

I suggest that you practice this technique on Mutated Bloodvelds since their strikes are accurate and easy to time. Furthermore, pay close attention to the attack animation, especially when flicking Protection Prayers.

Anyway, some useful prayers include Piety, Protect from Magic, and Protect from Melee.

  1. Optimize Your Bank Layout

Don't spend too much time in the bank! Make sure that you have all the necessary items sorted out before leveling to 99 Slayer. If you're on RuneLite, enable "Bank Tags" and "Bank Tag Layouts." These plugins allow you to create special tabs where you can put specific items for easy access. Do you want to store all of your potions in one place? The said plugins do that and more!

  1. Toggle Difficult Tasks Off

Did you know that you can actually prevent difficult tasks from appearing on the list? To do that, just talk to a Slayer Master and choose "That's Fine - I don't want anything too tough" when the option comes up. This is very helpful when you are at low Slayer levels.


Congratulations, you've reached the end of this OSRS Slayer guide! Some final thoughts on Slayer before you go. This is one of the most profitable skills to train in the game because it allows you to access bosses that are not typically available to everyone else.

On top of that, training Slayer pretty much levels up your other combat stats, including Attack, Strength, Defence, Ranged, and Magic. This means that you don't have to worry about training them individually.

If you're a completionist, you will need to be at certain Slayer levels to unlock the Quest Cape, as well as the Achievement Diary Cape.

I hope that this OSRS Slayer Guide has helped you reach level 99 Slayer in the best, fastest, and most profitable ways!

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