Hellhounds OSRS Slayer Guide
One of the oldest Slayer creatures in OSRS, Hellhounds are a great task for low and high levels alike. Hellhounds are a great source of Hard Clue Scrolls, and are relatively simple to kill. They can be found in a variety of locations that each have their own advantages.
Hellhounds can be safespotted in nearly every single location, making them an easy task for lower levels to complete. Higher levels can opt to fight the Cerberus boss for more loot and Slayer experience. Skeletal Hellhounds spawned by the Vet’ion boss also count towards your task.
The easiest location to access Hellhounds quickly is in the Stronghold Slayer Cave, beside the Slayer Master Nieve. Once you enter, run south until you reach some Hellhounds.
Safespotting them is as simple as standing in the corridors around the dungeon. I personally prefer standing in the location displayed below because you can attack Hellhounds from both rooms, and neither will be able to reach you.
More Hellhounds can be found in the Taverly Dungeon, Witchaven Dungeon, Karuulm Dungeon and Catacombs of Kourend. All of these locations are can be safespotted by using objects around the room. You can place a cannon in all of these locations except the Catacombs of Kourend.
They appear in the Wilderness inside of the Revenant Caves, and in the high level areas around the Deserted Keep and Resource Area. Keep in mind this is a very dangerous place to complete your task, as all areas are located fairly deep in the Wilderness. Do not bring any items that you do not want to lose!
Note that Revenant Hellhounds do not count towards your Slayer task.
Gear & Strategies
There are three basic setups when it comes to slaying Hellhounds. It entirely depends on what your approach is. If you plan on using a safespot location to take no damage, you’ll need to use the Ranged setup. Magic can work for this too, but Ranged is highly preferred in this scenario. Bring your best Ranged offensive armour as you won’t be taking any damage.
Cannoning Hellhounds will require that you use the Protect from Melee prayer. Due to this, it’s recommended to use Prayer boosting gear. Generally Proselyte will do. If you want some extra offensive bonus, swap out the legs for a Verac’s Plateskirt. It gives great Prayer bonus while also boosting your attack.
If you do not want to use a safespot, and cannot afford to cannon or use prayers, then you’ll want to bring along your best melee setup. I recommend that you choose a location that is closer to a bank if you are a lower level or have low level gear. You’ll likely need to restock on food quite a bit if you take this route.
A Bonecrusher can be extremely beneificial for you if training in the Catacombs of Kourend. While in the catacombs, burying bones will restore your Prayer points. Bringing along a Bonecrusher as well as prayer boosting gear will allow for you to complete your task without having to use Prayer potions.
Loot from Hellhounds is fairly non-existent. Outside of their extremely rare Smouldering Stone drop, they have almost nothing on their base drop table. As you slay them in different areas, you will have some chances at area specific loot as noted in the table below. They are a fairly consistent dropper of Hard Clue Scrolls, which can make up for the lack of other loot.