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This article is a strategy guide for Black dragon.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

Black dragons have amongst the highest defence for a normal monster in RuneScape - their melee defence is quite high, so using melee against them is not advisable. Despite this, they are weak to ranged attacks, and are most vulnerable to crossbow bolts.

They attack with a Fire Bolt spell that usually damages in the low 300s, as well as a long-distance dragonbreath attack. As with all dragons, an anti-dragon shield, a dragonfire shield, super antifire potion or Protect from Magic prayer are essential when fighting them, although it is possible for higher levels to get by using only Soul split. Without one of these forms of protection, players can be hit extremely hard by dragonfire (over 2000 points of damage). Lower-leveled players could potentially be killed in one hit by this attack. However, when using one of the listed protections, a player will be hit for much less. (Praying against magic reduces the average damage to about 250, as well as weakening their main magic attack.) An anti-fire potion used in addition to the shield will reduce the damage dealt by the breath to just one point. Additionally, players with a Herblore level of 85 may use a super antifire potion which negates the dragon's breath without the need of an anti-dragon shield or protection prayers, allowing players to safely use a two-handed weapon or dual-wield weapons with less need for prayer.

The dragon's melee attacks are only used if the player is in melee range. Thus, if ranging or maging, it is advisable to stay out of the reach of their melee attack. These monsters are primarily weak to bolts, which allows use of an Anti-dragon shield for relatively safe kills with a one-handed crossbow. However, if you wish to attain the fastest kill rates (through dual wielded or 2-handed crossbows), you will need Protect from Magic or Super antifire potions.

Recommended setupsEdit

As of the Evolution of Combat update, black dragons are magic based creatures, which gives a considerable penalty to melee accuracy. Because of this and their extremely high defence, at least chaotic weaponry is required for a consistent kill rate, and even then is not recommended unless there is no other alternative.

Melee methodEdit

Recommended equipment for Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Torva full helm Bandos helmet Dragon full helm Full slayer helmet Slayer helmet
Neck slot Amulet of fury Amulet of glory N/A N/A N/A
Back slot Completionist cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal Fire cape Skill cape
Torso slot Torva platebody Bandos chestplate Dragon platebody Granite body N/A
Legs slot Torva platelegs Bandos tassets Dragon platelegs Granite legs N/A
Main hand slot Drygore mace/rapier/longsword Blade of Nymora/Tetsu katana/Lava whip Chaotic rapier/longsword/claw/Attuned crystal dagger Abyssal vine whip/Korasi's sword Abyssal whip/Blisterwood sickle/Crystal dagger
2h slot Noxious scythe Dragon Rider lance/Mizuyari Attuned crystal halberd/Chaotic maul/spear Sunspear (melee)/Godsword/Zamorakian spear/Saradomin sword Crystal halberd/Barrows melee weapons/Blisterwood polearm
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore mace/rapier/longsword Blade of Avaryss/Tetsu wakizashi Off-hand chaotic rapier/longsword/claw Jessika's sword Enhanced excalibur/Off-hand blisterwood sickle
Off-hand slot Divine spirit shield Chaotic kiteshield Dragonfire shield Anti-dragon shield (mole) Anti-dragon shield
Gloves slot Goliath gloves Torva gloves Barrows gloves dragon Regen bracelet
Feet slot Torva boots Steadfast boots Bandos boots Dragon boots Rune boots
Ring slot TokKul-Zo Warrior ring (i) Onyx ring (i) Berserker ring (i) Ring of wealth
Aura slot Supreme Master Greater Reverence N/A

Note: Always use Turmoil, Piety,Chivalry or the Incredible Reflexes and Ultimate Strength prayers. These dragons have extremely high melee defence and a good amount of health, boosting your offence is a must if you wish to obtain a worthwhile kill rate. A good amount of overloads is also recommended for a higher damage output.

Since they hit hard so frequently, it may be advisable to use a deflect curse, preferably Deflect Magic, to reflect some of their damage back to them.

Ranged methodEdit

Recommended equipment for Ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Full slayer helmet (only for task) Focus Sight (only for task) Void ranger helm (Void only) Pernix cowl Armadyl helmet / Karil's coif
Neck slot Saradomin's murmur Ranging amulet Amulet of fury Amulet of glory N/A
Back slot Completionist cape Ava's alerter Ava's accumulator Ava's attractor N/A
Torso slot Void knight top Pernix body Armadyl chestplate Karil's top Royal dragonhide body
Legs slot Void knight robe Pernix chaps Armadyl chainskirt Royal dragonhide chaps Black dragonhide chaps
Main hand slot Ascension crossbow Shadow glaive/Death Lotus dart Chaotic crossbow/Attuned crystal chakram Armadyl crossbow Sagaie/Karil's pistol crossbow/Blisterwood stake/Crystal chakram
2h slot Noxious longbow Wyvern crossbow Royal crossbow/Zaryte bow Sunspear (ranged)/Hand cannon Karil's crossbow/Black salamander/Crystal bow
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand shadow glaive/Off-hand Death Lotus dart Off-hand chaotic crossbow/Off-hand attuned crystal chakram Off-hand Armadyl crossbow Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow/Off-hand blisterwood stake/Off-hand crystal chakram
Off-hand slot Elysian spirit shield Eagle-eye kiteshield Dragonfire shield (ranged) Void knight deflector (void only) N/A
Ammo slot Dragonbane arrows/bolts (After Ritual of the Mahjarrat) Araxyte arrows/Ascension bolts Wyvern spines (crossbow only) Royal bolts (crossbow only) Hand cannon shot/Bolt racks/Harralander tar (with respective weapons)
Gloves slot Void knight gloves Pernix gloves Armadyl gloves Mercenary's gloves Swift Gloves
Feet slot Pernix boots Glaiven boots Armadyl boots Ranger boots Skirmisher boots
Ring slot Archers' ring (i) Archers' ring Berserker ring(i) Berserker ring Ring of wealth
Aura slot Vampyrism aura N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ranged is by far the most effective way of slaying black dragons. The best setup would include the usage of two-handed or dual wielded ranged weapons and super antifires. If one does not have access to super antifires, regular antifires / protect from magic / deflect magic are viable options but then you will need to bring along food. If using dual wielded weapons, it is a good idea to use Needle Strike before using more powerful attacks such as Snipe or Snap-Shot.

Notes: If you do not own a void set (deflector optional) and you are killing these off-task, you can use the on-task gear to replace it, but void will lead to faster kills, especially if using a strong crossbow. You can range black dragons without antifire measures if you are very careful, by using a weapon with a large attack range, such as the Royal crossbow. You can also bring an antifire shield to use only when running out of your safespot to pick up drops. Remember, at least three pieces of Void knight equipment must be worn along with the Void ranger helm to receive the set effect. With the addition of the Void knight deflector, players could swap out one of the pieces (other than the helm) for other equipment, but this disallows the ability to dual wield and still requires super antifires, so is not recommended. Note: It is highly recommended to use prayers like Eagle Eye and Rigour to speed up kills, as well as (extreme) ranging potions. If using these prayers however, it is advisable to keep an eye on your prayer points, especially if using a bow without super antifires. If your prayer drops and you don't have other dragonfire protection, the dragonbreath can deal large (and potentially fatal) amounts of damage.

Magic methodEdit

Using magic against black dragons is quite effective. With the use of 2-handed weapons, Protect from Magic, Deflect Magic, antifire potions, or super antifire potions are needed.

Recommended equipment for Magic
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Full slayer helmet / Slayer helmet / Hexcrest (only for task) or Ganodermic visor Hood of subjugation Batwing hood Mystic hood N/A
Neck slot Arcane stream necklace Amulet of fury Amulet of glory N/A N/A
Back slot Completionist cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal Fire cape Skill cape
Torso slot Ganodermic poncho Garb of subjugation Batwing torso Mystic robe top N/A
Legs slot Ganodermic leggings Gown of subjugation Batwing legs Mystic robe bottom N/A
Main hand slot Seismic wand Wand of the Cywir elders/Seasinger kiba Virtus wand Abyssal wand Wand of treachery/Ahrim's wand/Blisterwood wand
2h slot Noxious staff Staff of darkness/Camel staff Chaotic staff Armadyl battlestaff / Staff of light / Polypore staff Ahrim's staff/Blisterwood staff
Off-hand weapon slot Seismic singularity Seasinger makigai Virtus book Abyssal orb Ahrim's book of magic/Blisterwood orb
Off-hand slot Divine spirit shield (with magic prayer or super antifire) Chaotic kiteshield (with magic prayer or super antifire) Dragonfire shield Anti-dragon shield N/A
Gloves slot Ganodermic gloves Gloves of subjugation Barrows gloves / Dragon gloves / Rune gloves Regen bracelet Dragon slayer gloves (only for task)
Feet slot Ganodermic boots Boots of subjugation Batwing boots Mystic boots N/A
Ring slot TokKul-Zo Seers' ring (i) Ring of wealth Explorer's ring N/A

Wands can be used in combination with an anti-dragon shield, but the damage output is far less then using antifire potions with a staff.

Using abilities is key in killing black dragons. Build up adrenaline to +50%, then using threshold abilities like Asphyxiate and Wild Magic will probably most likely result in a kill.

It is recommended to stay within melee distance if a player has high defence, is using full ganodermic or if a player is using only one protection method, doing this will make the dragon attack less with dragonfire.