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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Black dragon (Dungeoneering).
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Black dragons are powerful level 100 monsters. An anti-dragon shield, a dragonfire shield, an antifire potion, or a combination is highly recommended when fighting them, as it can reduce the maximum hit of their breath from about 5000+ to around 500. Players can also use super antifire, as it blocks the dragon fire breath attack completely. They are not as popular as the weaker blue dragons and green dragons, but their chance of dropping the much coveted draconic visage and their guaranteed drop of black dragonhide makes them worthwhile to kill. Players must kill a black dragon during the Freeing Sir Amik Varze part of Recipe for Disaster quest. A black dragon slayer task can also be completed by killing baby black dragons, the King Black Dragon, or the Queen Black Dragon.

The hide and bones give each black dragon kill a guaranteed drop value of 4,894 coins, in addition to their possible drops of runes and rune equipment.

LocationsEdit

Black dragons can only be found in four locations across RuneScape:

Taverley DungeonEdit

This location is usually not crowded, because there are only two dragon spawns, and it is also a considerable distance from a bank. However, if a player has yet to complete the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster, which is needed for the Evil Chicken's lair, this is the best location. It is highly recommended that players have at least 70 agility (65 if you eat a summer pie) for the shortcut to the blue dragons to save a lot of walking. The other shortcut is the "Taverley dungeon spiked blade shortcut" which requires an agility level of 80 (75 with a summer pie) to overcome the obstacle. Players under approximately 110 combat may want to bring an antipoison in case they get poisoned by a spider. Use the Taverley lodestone for a quick banking method. If players want to hunt these dragons, it's highly advisable that they gain access to the Evil Chicken's lair. If a player has been assigned black dragons as a task and has yet to unlock the Chicken's lair, it's advisable that they kill baby black dragons to finish the task.

It is possible to safespot black dragons, despite their use of a magical attack in addition to their dragonfire; while standing next to the fire obelisk, their magical attacks cannot reach. Even while exploiting their weakness to bolts, one-handed crossbows cannot reach them from the safespot. However, weapons with a farther range, like two-handed crossbows and the noxious longbow, can.

Lava MazeEdit

The main problem with this location is not the risk of PKers (Player Killers), but the remote location, as PKers are not often seen in such deep wilderness, especially if in an unpopulated world. Antipoison is recommended in case players are poisoned by spiders. Players must get past the Lava Maze above, which makes it undesirable for PKers to kill players. The nearest banking spot would be the Mage Arena, but it is still dangerous. You can use the Wilderness obelisks to teleport to lower levels of the Wilderness, then teleport out with a Home teleport spell.

Evil Chicken's LairEdit

This location is the best and most recommended area to kill black dragons. The lair is accessible during and after the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster quest and requires a raw chicken to access. There are two chickens near the altar in case for players who forget to bring a raw chicken. This is the best location to hunt them because Zanaris bank is close by. After the Evolution of Combat update, there is no longer a safespot since dragons can use magical attacks. There are several spawns to satisfy several players.

Even for players who haven't finished the subquest, they can still kill the black dragons as many times as they wish. However, the drops will be black dragonhide, dragon bones, and the dragon token. If the player picks up a dragon token and keeps it, they will receive normal drops.

StrategyEdit

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,564
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide1Always3,330

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
56–57%8–9%26–27%7%1%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 28,262 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Uncommon1,448
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon3,720
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Uncommon3,802
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Rare9,035
Rune longswordRune longsword1Rare17,766
Adamant dartAdamant dart16Common1,216
Adamant javelinAdamant javelin30Common1,830
Rune knifeRune knife2Uncommon2,658
Fire runeFire rune50Common4,900
Law runeLaw rune10–12; 20; 45Common3,730–16,785
Air runeAir rune75Uncommon4,875
Blood runeBlood rune5; 8; 9; 15Uncommon3,065–9,195
Nature runeNature rune67–79Very rare29,815–35,155
Death runeDeath rune5–50Very rare845–8,450
Coins 250Coins196; 330; 690Common196–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake1Uncommon738
Adamant barAdamant bar1–2Uncommon2,966–5,932
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Black dragon tail-boneBlack dragon tail-bone1Uncommon[1]Not sold
Perfect black dragon scalePerfect black dragon scale1Common[2]Not sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Black dragon eggBlack dragon egg1Rare[3]Not sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Very rare[4]1,216,353

Rare drop tableEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common981
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,153
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,061
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,854
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare173,430–211,970
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,827
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common21,365
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,272
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare507,240–619,960
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,724
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,759
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,088,820–1,330,780
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare875
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,719
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,785–942,975
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,843
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,870
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common28,363–34,387
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,051,380–1,285,020
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,605
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,235
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare339,885–428,778
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare94,185–118,818
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare29,975–41,965
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common23,490–28,710
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon265,275–324,225
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon16,416–20,520
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare281,520–344,080
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,200–144,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common17,370–21,230
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon267,660–327,140
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common41,524–47,456
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare400,410–489,390
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,082,880–1,323,520
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,940
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare629,100–768,900
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon347,670–424,930
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon244,170–298,430
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon256,590–313,610
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon184,005–224,895
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon8,358–9,552
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon8,498–9,712
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon399,496
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,761,280
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common14,400–17,600
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,970–14,630
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon247,500–302,500
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,532–16,318
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare134,325–164,175
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon35,145–42,955
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare405,000–495,000
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,991
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*185,069
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,804,467,420
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold

TriviaEdit

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