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Nightmare Creatures


The ability to be assigned Nightmares as a slayer task can be purchased for 50 slayer points, this requires completion of the Children of Mah quest. They offer good XP rates, good GP rates, AFK-ability, and a high value unique.

⬥ Nightmares have two forms of attacks, a weaker melee auto-attack, and a 2-hit ranged special attack which deals a lot of damage (~4000 total).

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• It is generally encouraged to use deflectrange unless stated otherwise, as the ranged attack has a higher KO potential.


slayer level: 80

slayer XP per kill: 1540

⬥ Optimal kills per hour: ~700 magic (Revolution), ~580 magic (Legacy), ~800 necromancy (All AFK)

⬥ Optimal slayer XP per hour: ~1.08m magic (Revolution), ~893k magic (Legacy), ~1.2m necromancy (All AFK)

Desirable Drops

⬥ Nightmares have a strong common drop table, offering a large amount of alchables, fletching supplies, and coins, alongside being a very good source of soulrune bloodrune

⬥ Nightmare gauntlets nightmaregauntlets

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• These are dropped at a rate of 1/2,000 on-task and 1/10,000 off-task.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• Required for the Slayer collection log

⬥ Nightmare Creatures worth coins 83,490 per kill.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• Assumes you're on-task.

Note: If you change the monetary value for custom loot to 5k this will allow you to loot everything relevant (No sharks or Muspah spines). This is achieved by going to Settings > Gameplay > Item Drops > Loot System > Monetary Value 5,000.

Useful Items

Owning the following increases the efficiency of your sessions, but is by no means mandatory.
Sixth-Age circuit sixthagecircuit     • Allows for an easy teleport to the World Gate. ⬥ Demon horn necklace demonhornnecklace     • Helps sustain your prayer. ⬥ Grace of the Elves gote     • Can be used as a swap when looting to automatically bank Muspah spines.
Vampyrism aura vampaura     • Allows you to use exsanguinatePenance aura penanceaura     • Cheap way to sustain prayer, not needed if using powderofpenance or demonhornnecklaceRestocking Cannon Ability cannon     • Allows cannon restocking without user input.

Location and How to Get There

Nightmare Creatures are located at the Ritual site on Freneskae, accessible through the World Gate after completion of the quest Children of Mah. Bring a Sixth-Age circuit sixthagecircuit for an easy teleport.

General strategy

magic and necromancy are the recommended styles to kill Nightmares. Place your cannon at the spot shown in the image below, and stand next to the large pillar.

⬥ Position yourself as shown below. Place the cannon on the yellow square, and stand on the green square after loading it with cannonballs.

Note: The player may have a chance to be walked backwards one square if they attack a Nightmare that is running towards them, in this case simply click back onto the highlighted square.

AFK Magic magic

Using revolution will allow for a higher kph, but require expensive abilities to be unlocked. Legacy doesn't use any abilities, but it will net a lower kph.


Bring your best magic tank armour and use animatedead since you are lacking blood spell healing.

⬥ Pray torment or affliction and soulsplit

⬥ Upkeep elderovl, superprayerrenewal, and weppoison

⬥ Autocast emeraldaurora and make sure animatedead is active.

⬥ Use cannon to help aggroing the Nightmare Creatures


If using inquisitorstaff, the spell Blood Burst bloodburst can be used for slightly less damage (T79 vs T80), this saves a large amount of blood runes.

⬥ Pray torment or affliction and deflectrange

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• It is recommended to upkeep your prayer via the use of a demonhornnecklace

⬥ Upkeep elderovl, superprayerrenewal, and weppoison

⬥ Autocast bloodburst and make sure animatedead is active.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• Do not use bloodburst with other staves such as fsoa

⬥ Use cannon to help aggroing the Nightmare Creatures


AFK Magic magic
Preset breakdown     • Runes for emeraldaurora (revolution) or bloodburst (legacy) and animatedead

⬥ You may use a demonhornnecklace to sustain your prayer instead.

‎ ‎ ‎ ‎• This may make the method less safe.

Ability Bar

AFK Necromancy necromancy

Necromancy has good sustain with conjurearmy conjureghost and bloodsiphon, as well as strong aoe damage potential with conjurezombie poison, soulstrike and spectralscythe.

⬥ The following ARE REQUIRED for this method to work:     • Cutting corners will result in failure     • A more extensive list can be found in #unknown-channel
⬥ Dwarven Siege Engine cannon to maintain aggression ⬥ 4-piece T90 Deathdealer Robes dealerhood80 for chance to proc invokedeath
⬥ Conjure Undead Army conjurearmy set to all conjures ⬥ Spectral Scythe spectralscythe2 / spectralscythe3 unlocked
⬥ Pray soulsplit and sorrow / ruination ⬥ Powder of Penance powderofpenance is useful for prayer upkeep ⬥ Upkeep Weapon Poison+++ weppoison ⬥ Upkeep darkness ⬥ Aura is not essential but DPS auras will help KPH inspiration / mahj / vampaura


AFK Necromancy necromancy

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Example Kills

necromancy AFK Necromancy

magic Legacy Magic