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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 5,520 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 bones1Always1,448
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide1Always4,072

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 hatchet1Uncommon1,285
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon2,723
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Uncommon2,787
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Rare8,734
Rune longswordRune longsword1Rare17,608
Adamant dartAdamant dart16Common1,280
Adamant javelinAdamant javelin30Common1,560
Rune knifeRune knife2Uncommon3,092
Fire runeFire rune50Common5,350
Law runeLaw rune10–12; 20; 45Common4,320–19,440
Air runeAir rune75Uncommon3,825
Blood runeBlood rune5; 8; 9; 15Uncommon2,825–8,475
Nature runeNature rune67–79Very rare26,934–31,758
Death runeDeath rune5–50Very rare825–8,250
Coins 250Coins196; 330; 690Common196–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake1Uncommon646
Adamant barAdamant bar1–2Uncommon2,971–5,942
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]1,235,677
  1. ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list
  2. ^ Only while on a Slayer challenge from Vannaka
  3. ^ Must be 99 Summoning
  4. ^ Estimated at 1/13,099 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012

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 sapphire1Common1,026
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,124
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,101
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,084
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare183,780–224,620
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,268
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common22,064
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,709
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare571,905–698,995
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,440
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare39,828
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,168,020–1,427,580
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare855
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,392
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare560,880–934,800
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,976
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,446
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common25,312–30,688
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,034,775–1,264,725
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare2,395
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,769
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare444,340–560,552
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare111,085–140,138
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare33,250–46,550
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common21,195–25,905
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon269,325–329,175
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon28,080–35,100
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare260,640–318,560
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon27,400–150,700
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common13,950–17,050
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon227,340–277,860
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common41,594–47,536
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare401,085–490,215
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,012,860–1,237,940
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,064
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare615,960–752,840
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon430,560–526,240
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon336,690–411,510
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon262,260–320,540
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon218,970–267,630
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon14,154–16,176
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon10,654–12,176
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon464,224
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare2,128,930
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common7,200–8,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common12,555–15,345
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon218,700–267,300
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,600–16,400
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare135,000–165,000
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon40,590–49,610
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare542,970–663,630
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,899
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*175,503
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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