|Release||27 February 2002 (Update)|
|A fierce dragon with black scales!|
|Equipment XP (2H/MH & Armour/OH)|
|29 / 19 / 9|
4 ticks (2.4s)
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.
Black dragons can only be found in four locations across RuneScape:
- Taverley Dungeon - two dragons, requires dusty key or level 70/80 agility for use of shortcuts.
- Lava Maze Dungeon in level 55 Wilderness - two dragons, Member's only.
- Evil Chicken's Lair after starting the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster - four dragons, a raw chicken is required to enter the Evil Chicken's lair, but there are two chickens right outside the entrance, and a rope to access the baby black dragon.
- Daemonheim - Warped floors.
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.
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.
|Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 28,262 kills.|
3 charms are dropped at a time.
|Mithril 2h sword||1||Uncommon||3,802|
|Law rune||10–12; 20; 45||Common||3,730–16,785|
|Blood rune||5; 8; 9; 15||Uncommon||3,065–9,195|
|Nature rune||67–79||Very rare||29,815–35,155|
|Death rune||5–50||Very rare||845–8,450|
|Coins||196; 330; 690||Common||196–690|
|Rare drop table||1||Rare||Not sold|
|Black dragon tail-bone||1||Uncommon||Not sold|
|Perfect black dragon scale||1||Common||Not sold|
|Clue scroll (hard)||1||Uncommon||Not sold|
|Black dragon egg||1||Rare||Not sold|
|Court summons||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Starved ancient effigy||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Draconic visage||1||Very rare||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.
|Show/hide rare drop table|
|Uncut diamond||45–55 (noted)||Rare||173,430–211,970|
|Loop half of a key||1||Common||17,827|
|Tooth half of a key||1||Common||21,365|
|Uncut dragonstone||45–55 (noted)||Rare||507,240–619,960|
|Rune platebody||15–25 (noted)||Rare||565,785–942,975|
|Shield left half||1||Rare||64,843|
|Onyx bolts||135–165||Very rare||1,051,380–1,285,020|
|Water talisman||65–82 (noted)||Rare||339,885–428,778|
|Earth talisman||65–82 (noted)||Rare||94,185–118,818|
|Fire talisman||25–35 (noted)||Rare||29,975–41,965|
|Raw lobster||135–165 (noted)||Common||23,490–28,710|
|Raw shark||225–275 (noted)||Uncommon||265,275–324,225|
|Big bones||72–90 (noted)||Uncommon||16,416–20,520|
|Dragon bones||180–220 (noted)||Rare||281,520–344,080|
|Gold ore||90–110 (noted)||Common||17,370–21,230|
|Adamantite ore||180–220 (noted)||Uncommon||267,660–327,140|
|Adamant bar||14–16 (noted)||Common||41,524–47,456|
|Adamant bar||135–165 (noted)||Rare||400,410–489,390|
|Runite ore||90–110 (noted)||Rare||1,082,880–1,323,520|
|Rune bar||3 (noted)||Common||41,940|
|Rune bar||45–55 (noted)||Rare||629,100–768,900|
|Grimy torstol||90–110 (noted)||Uncommon||347,670–424,930|
|Grimy snapdragon||90–110 (noted)||Uncommon||244,170–298,430|
|Super restore (4)||45–55 (noted)||Uncommon||256,590–313,610|
|Prayer potion (4)||45–55 (noted)||Uncommon||184,005–224,895|
|Dwarf weed seed||14–16||Uncommon||8,498–9,712|
|Palm tree seed||10||Rare||1,761,280|
|Molten glass||45–55 (noted)||Common||11,970–14,630|
|Soft clay||450–550 (noted)||Uncommon||247,500–302,500|
|Yew logs||675–825 (noted)||Rare||134,325–164,175|
|Teak plank||45–55 (noted)||Uncommon||35,145–42,955|
|Mahogany plank||270–330 (noted)||Rare||405,000–495,000|
|Vecna skull||1||Very rare||185,069|
|Hazelmere's signet ring||1||Very rare||1,804,467,420|
|Brawling gloves (Melee)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Magic)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Ranged)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Agility)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Cooking)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (FM)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Fishing)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Hunter)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Mining)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Prayer)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Smithing)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Thieving)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (WC)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Crystal triskelion fragment 1||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Crystal triskelion fragment 2||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Crystal triskelion fragment 3||1||Very rare||Not sold|
- Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
- These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
|Key token||1||Rare||Not sold|
- In RuneScape Classic, black dragons were the strongest monsters in RuneScape until the release of the King Black Dragon.
- They are the only chromatic dragon to drop the draconic visage.
- Like all other dragons in RuneScape, besides the King Black Dragon, the black dragons received a graphical update on July 5, 2010.
- Prior to 17 June 2013, these monsters were weak to arrows. The update changed their weakness, along with those of other chromatic dragons, to bolts, enabling players to exploit their weakness without need for super antifire potions or the Protect from Magic prayer.