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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. 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. 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 5,595 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 yourself 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 you gain access to the Evil Chicken's lair. If a player has been assigned black dragons as a task and have yet to unlock the Chicken's lair, it's advisable that you 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 you. 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, 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 you are poisoned by spiders. You 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 and requires a raw chicken to access. There are two chickens near the altar in case you 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.

Note: If you haven't finished the subquest, you could still kill the black dragons as many times as you 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 would receive normal drops.

StrategyEdit

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,599
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide1Always3,996

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 hatchet1Uncommon1,111
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon2,501
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Uncommon2,298
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Rare8,903
Rune longswordRune longsword1Rare17,458
Adamant dartAdamant dart16Common1,152
Adamant javelinAdamant javelin30Common1,440
Rune knifeRune knife2Uncommon3,008
Fire runeFire rune50Common5,200
Law runeLaw rune10–12; 20; 45Common3,640–16,380
Air runeAir rune75Uncommon3,300
Blood runeBlood rune5; 8; 9; 15Uncommon2,945–8,835
Nature runeNature rune67–79Very rare26,465–31,205
Death runeDeath rune5–50Very rare830–8,300
Coins 250Coins196; 330; 690Common196–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake1Uncommon512
Adamant barAdamant bar1–2Uncommon2,707–5,414
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]1,213,621
  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 sapphire1Common1,056
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,114
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,498
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,364
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare196,380–240,020
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,157
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common22,027
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,146
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare546,570–668,030
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,696
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,470
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,211,220–1,480,380
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare850
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,330
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare559,950–933,250
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,544
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,478
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common19,097–23,153
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,044,630–1,276,770
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,144
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,599
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare373,230–470,844
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare130,065–164,082
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare34,775–48,685
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common19,035–23,265
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon326,025–398,475
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon27,216–34,020
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare287,820–351,780
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon32,200–177,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common15,840–19,360
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon205,740–251,460
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common37,898–43,312
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare365,445–446,655
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare996,840–1,218,360
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,244
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare618,660–756,140
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon392,940–480,260
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon314,100–383,900
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon302,220–369,380
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon205,695–251,405
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon16,576–18,944
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon15,890–18,160
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon447,204
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,884,960
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common9,000–11,000
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common14,400–17,600
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon324,450–396,550
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,192–15,908
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare130,950–160,050
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon43,470–53,130
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare612,900–749,100
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,820
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*246,534
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*54,450,672
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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