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OldSchool Runescape (OSRS) Slayer Guide for Efficient Levelling

Posted on 2019-05-25

The Slayer skill consists of getting tasks from a Slayer master and fulfilling these tasks. These tasks that you get from the Slayer Master consists of killing monsters. In this guide we'll be teaching you how to efficiently train Slayer all the way to level 99. We'll go over the Slayer masters, gear required for fast XP, useful quests, killing perks, task extensions, locations, and much more. Let's get started!

Slayer Masters

Slayer masters are NPCs that give you tasks, throughout your journey to level 99 Slayer you'll be constantly getting new tasks from Slayer masters. In general, you want to get your tasks from the highest level Slayer master possible because they give you more experience in comparison with lower level Slayer masters. Although it's possible Nieve can give better Slayer tasks when you look at experience and more frequently, but sometimes Duradel is better. Let's go through the Slayer masters one by one and the requirements.

You want to choose generally for the highest level Slayer master you can receive tasks from to get the most experience.

It’s recommended to train Slayer while training your combat skills, this way you can efficiently train Slayer while you also gain experience for other stats.


Tuarel is the first Slayer master you’ll go to and is therefore also the lowest level Slayer master. Unlike other Slayer masters, Tuarel doesn’t give you any requirements in order to get a task from him. When you receive a Slayer task from another Slayer master, you can go to Tuarel to get a less difficult task, you can only do this once per assignment.

How to get to Slayer master Tuarel?

You can find Slayer master Tuarel in Burthorpe. The easiest and fastest way to reach Tuarel is by using a games necklace to teleport to Burthorpe Games Room. Walk out of the games room and head east to Tuarel’s house, which you can find just south of the general store.


Tuarel is the only Slayer master with zero requirements.


Mazchana is the second Slayer master that you’ll go to. Slayer master Mazchana is known for giving tasks close to his area, and his tasks are pretty easy so very good for players with a low combat level.

How to get to Slayer master Mazchana?

Slayer master Mazchana is located in Canifis, which is a quest restricted zone (jump to requirements for more information).


Completion of Priest in Peril quest in order to be able to get to Canifis. You also need a minimum combat of level 20.


Vannaka is a mid-level Slayer master and the third Slayer master that you’ll go to. Fun fact: in the game Vanakka claims he is the greatest swordman alive as he wears a 2 hand sword in one hand and shield and his Strength level seems to be 128.

How to get to Slayer master Vannaka?

Slayer master Vannaka can be found in the Edgeville dungeon, the fastest way to get to Vannaka is by entering the Edgeville dungeon from the eastern entrance.


You need a minimum combat level of 40.


Chaelder is the third most advanced Slayer master and the fourth Slayer master that you’ll go to. Chaelder gives out mid to high level Slayer tasks.

How to get to Slayer master Chaeldar?

Slayer master Chaeldar can be found in the throne room of Zanaris, just south from the Lumbridge swamp.


You need to complete the Lost City quest in order to get to Slayer master Chaeldar.


Nieve is the second most advanced Slayer master (behind Duradel)  and the fifth Slayer master that you’ll go to.

How to get to Slayer master Nieve?

Slayer master Nieve can be found in the Tree Gnome Stronghold, just next to the Stronghold Slayer Cave close to the magic trees and the southern bank.


You need a minimum combat level of 85 in order to receive Slayer tasks from Nieve.


Duradel is the highest level Slayer master in Runescape. When you achieve level 99 Slayer, you can buy the Slayer cape from Duradel. Duradel is the sixth Slayer master you’ll go to.

How to get to Slayer master Duradel?

Slayer master Duradel can be found in Shilo Village.


You need a minimum combat level of 100, level 50 Slayer, and completion of the Shilo Village quest in order to get to Duradel in Shilo Village.


Krystillia is the only Slayer master that assigns you monsters found in the wilderness. Only kills in the wilderness will count for a task from Krystillia. She can assign you any monster of any combat level, no matter what your combat level is. When you get an assignment from Krystillia, the assignment will have a separate task completion counter to standard tasks. The wilderness tasks are separated from the normal ones, but you can’t have a wilderness task and a standard task at the same time.

How to get to Slayer master Krystillia?

Slayer master Krystillia can be found in Edgeville’s jail, just north-east from the bank.


There are no requirements to receive an assignment from Krystillia, you just need to have one Slayer task completed.


When you receive an assignment for monsters in a quest zone, you must fully complete the quest. You cannot simply start the quest and quit as soon as you’ve unlocked the monster, because without completing the quest, kills won’t count for your Slayer assignment.

List of required quests for Slayer monsters

Horror from the Deep - Dagannoths

Lunar Diplomacy - Suqahs

Priest in Peril - Morytania's monsters and the Slayer Tower

Barbarian Training - Mithril dragons and Waterfiends

Cabin Fever - Jungle horrors and cave horrors

Ernest the Chicken - Killerwatts

Mourning's End Part II - Dark beasts

Rum Deal - Fever Spiders

Death to the Dorgeshuun - Molanisks

Olaf's Quest - Brine rats

Desert Treasure - Dust devils

Monkey Madness II - Demonic gorillas (an alternative monster for black demons)

Bone Voyage - Fossil Island Wyverns

Dragon Slayer II - Adamant and Rune dragons

Death Plateau - Spiritual creatures


There are possibilities to block tasks to save time and skip tasks you don’t like, which can make training your Slayer more enjoyable. You can also extend tasks and unlock them.

Blocking tasks

You can block specific tasks so you’ll not receive them from a Slayer master anymore. In order to block a task you must have a minimum of 50 quest points, 100 slayer points, and you must be assigned to the task. There are a total of 5 slots, so you must have 250 quest points to block 5 tasks. If you fully complete the Lumbridge and Draynor Diary, you’ll receive another slot.

There isn’t a list of tasks that you should block, because this is a personal choice. Just block the tasks you don’t enjoy doing or feel like it’s too far to travel to and won’t give you sufficient experience in comparison with other tasks, again, it’s all personal choice so there aren’t “best tasks to block”, it’s all up to you.

Task extension

You can extend some tasks if you pay the Slayer master Slayer points. We recommend you to only extend tasks that you generally do and like to do, because extending a task will greatly increase the number of monsters you have to kill. This can also increase your experience per hour, because you can kill monsters for a longer period of time without turning back to the Slayer master.


You can also choose to unlock tasks, this way you don’t have to complete the quest, but instead you pay with Slayer points. Generally these task unlocks apply to higher level Slayer masters.

Killing perks

Basically there is only one killing perk that we recommend for you to obtain, this is the Gargoyle Smasher perk. When you receive tasks from higher level Slayer masters, you’ll get Gargoyles frequently as a task. You’ll save a lot of time with this perk because you’ll be able to automatically smash Gargoyles whenever they have 9 hitpoints or less. You’ll also be able to automatically smash Dawn and Dusk when they reach 0 hitpoints.


On melee tasks there are basically 3 best weapons to choose from: abyssal whip, saradomin sword (if you wish to train Strength), or the zamorakian hasta. Most of the times you’ll want to use the abyssal whip, but for some monsters such as dragons a zamorakian hasta is better because of the stab damage.

Aside from the weapons, you want to get the best armor possible with the highest strength bonus, this way you’ll kill monsters faster and accelerate your experience per hour. Items with high strength bonus are items such as Bandos armour, primordial boots, etc. Although there can be some exceptions, for instance, when you get assigned to waterfiends, you’re better off getting some more defensive gear, like Barrows armor. And if you are short in RuneScape Gold now - do not hesitate yourself to buy some more here at Food4Rs! 


Some tasks also require usage of Prayer, and buying a lot of Prayer potions can be expensive, therefore you may want to get some Prayer gear such as Proselyte or Initiate so you’ll get a higher Prayer bonus. You can also invest in gear such as a saradomin godsword or Guthan’s set, which will spare you a lot of food and can save you some money.

Slayer helmet

You can buy a Slayer helmet from a Slayer master, with this helmet you get face and nose protection so you won’t have to bring face masks or nosepegs anymore. You also have an imbued version of the Slayer helmet, the Slayer helmet (i). You should obtain this as fast as possible, as it brings some nice advantages.


As secondary you should always get a dragon defender if you can get your hands on one, it has large accuracy bonuses which will eventually increase your damage output. Otherwise, you can get a dragonfire shield which is more of a defensive option, the dragonfire could be very useful when killing dragon and wyverns too because of the high defense bonus.

If you’re a low level player, you should just get the best weapons and armor you can equip. Try to get your strength bonus as high as possible to accelerate your experience per hour.


In general your weapon will depend on your task. When fighting dragons for instance, you want to get your stab bonus as high as possible, so in that case you may want to grab a zamorakian hasta, leaf-bladed sword, or a rapier.

Dwarf multicannon

You should use a dwarf multicannon in every ask, except for dust devil tasks. Using the cannon will accelerate your experience per hour, so if you have sufficient wealth you should invest in a multicannon and its ammunition to get faster experience. Especially with longer tasks such as hellhounds, suqahs, and black demons, they all provide good experience but it will take a while when you’re not using a multicannon.


On average, you use around 750 to 1500 cannonballs per task given by Duradel in a non-multi combat area, tasks that take place in a multi combat area can actually exceed over 1500.


When you’re using the dwarf multicannon, you should find out the best spot to stand so you can double cannon shots against monsters, this will accelerate your kills and experience per hour.

Common slayer locations

When you receive an assignment to kill monsters, the monsters could be anywhere in Runescape. Although, there are dungeons in Runescape where you can find a lot of the monsters that you get assigned to kill. Here’s a list of these locations.

Slayer Tower

There are a lot of different monsters here and it can be less crowded at the Slayer Tower because of the existence. If you complete the Morytania diaries, you’ll get more experience here. Unfortunately, you cannot use a dwarf multicannon in the tower and the upper floors can be annoying to reach without a high Agility level.

Fremennik Slayer Dungeon

There are also a lot of different monsters here, and most of them are unique and can only be found in this dungeon. It can be annoying to reach the end of the dungeon without a high Agility and some places may be crowded.

Stronghold Slayer Cave

Has a bit less monsters in comparison with the last two locations, but it does have monsters that you get as a task from medium to high level Slayer masters. You can use a cannon in this cave and it’s close to the bank, but unfortunately, this place is often crowded.

Catacombs of Kourend

This place is similar to the Stronghold Slayer Cave, but the monsters are more difficult to kill but sometimes you can also get better drops in comparison with the other locations. This location is a multi-combat area so when training Slayer here you can train more efficiently and it allows you to afk a bit more. It can take some time to reach this place without teleports.

Chasm of Fire

You can find Lesser, Greater, and Black demons here, and you can use a cannon at this location. Although, it can take some time to reach this location without the optimal teleports as it’s pretty far away.

Kalphite Cave

You can find a tons of kalphites here.

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