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Across RuneScape, even the most powerful adventurers will find strange beasts and weird spirits that defy ordinary combat methods. Whether through sorcery, armour or other, stranger means, these monsters are impervious to the attacks of those who have not trodden the path of the Slayer.
The Slayer skill allows you to kill those strange creatures that you may previously have thought immune to your attacks. Many of these creatures are ancient and greedy, and have amassed a great deal of wealth in their time. You'll find that by training your Slayer skill, you can earn great rewards.
To begin training your Slayer skill, you should approach a Slayer Master or the Slayer tutor, Jacquelyn Manslaughter, in the south end of Burthorpe.
Six heroes who remember the ancient art of the Slayer still exist within the world of Runescape; these are the Slayer Masters. Located in Burthorpe, Morytania, Edgeville Dungeon, Zanaris, Shilo Village and the Ancient Cavern, each caters to different combat levels.
Your Slayer Master will assign you a certain number of a type of monster to slay. By killing these monsters, you will gain experience in the Slayer skill. Each of the Slayer Masters has a different pool of creatures they will assign to you, each tailored to suit different levels of the skill. A full list of the type of monsters you may be assigned to kill and how many you may be asked to slay can be found in Slayer - Masters.
Often, you will discover that the monster you are instructed to slay is an 'ordinary' creature - one that requires no Slayer level to kill or any special equipment - other times, however, you will need to prepare for battle with specific equipment, which can be purchased from a Slayer Master.
When you begin slaying you will be given an enchanted gem. You can use this to get in touch with your Slayer Master wherever you are in RuneScape. You can use it to ask the Slayer Master questions regarding your assignment, such as how many more monsters you have left to kill or the best methods to go about slaying these creatures. To do this, just left-click on the enchanted gem in your inventory. This will bring up your Slayer Master so you can ask them questions.
A bracelet of combat will also tell you how many monsters you have left every ten you kill. ex if you have 110 monsters then get down to 100 the bracelet will inform you that you have 100 monsters left.
If you find that the task you have been assigned is too difficult, you can find an easier alternative by visiting Burthorpe and finding the Burthorpe Slayer Master, Turael. You will not be able to do this if your original task was assigned by Turael.
Once you've completed your assignment, you can get another by returning to a Slayer Master. Only monsters you kill on a members' world will count towards your Slayer task and experience.
Main article: The Slayer Tower
Just outside of the Slayer Tower you will find Markus. He will offer you Slayer contracts that work alongside your Slayer assignments. He offers two types of contract:
Completing a Slayer assignment whilst carrying a Slayer contract or a Special slayer contract scroll in your inventory will grant you additional Slayer XP and, if you speak to Markus, an extra reward.
Note that normal contracts and assignments are separate in that a kill will not count towards both activities. If you prefer to complete the assignment before beginning your contract, place the Slayer contract in your bank. Special contracts are not separate, however.
You can start a special contract if you already have a normal contract, but not the other way around.