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|Release date||27 February 2002 (Update)|
|XP per kill||Unknown edit|
|Assigned by||Duradel or Lapalok, Kuradal|
|Always drops||Dragon bones, Black dragonhide|
|Examine text||A fierce dragon with black scales!|
Black dragons are powerful monsters, and, like all other adult dragons, an anti-dragon shield, a dragonfire shield, or an antifire potion or even both of them is highly recommended when fighting them as it can reduce the maximum hit of their breath from about 500+ to around 50. They are level 227 in RuneScape and level 200 in RuneScape Classic. They are not as popular as the weaker blue dragons and green dragons, but their chance of dropping the much coveted Draconic visage and the cost 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. If one gets black dragons as a slayer task and doesn't want to kill them, baby black dragons work as a substitute. It is advised to bring many prayer potions and antifire potions.
Black dragons can only be found in three locations across RuneScape:
- Taverley Dungeon - Requires dusty key or level 70/80 agility for use of shortcuts (Only 2 are there).
- Lava Maze Dungeon in level 42-43 Wilderness.
- Evil Chicken's Lair after starting the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster. (A raw chicken is required to enter the Evil Chicken's lair, and a rope to access the baby black dragon.)
This location is usually not crowded, because of the distance from a bank, and, furthermore, there are only two dragons. 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 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, its 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, its advisable that you kill baby black dragons to finish the task.It is possible to safespot black dragons by standing inside the entrance and using either range or magic to kill them.
The main problem with this location is not pkers(they are rare in such deep wilderness, especially if in an unpopulated world) but the remote location. For a bank, players have to either run all the way to the mage arena lever, or run below level 30 wilderness and teleport using an amulet of glory. Players should never go here if seeking to hunt black dragons, unless one is going for the King Black Dragon .
Evil Chicken's Lair
Accessible during and after the Sir Amik Varze Subquest of Recipe for Disaster. Requires a raw chicken to access, although there are two chickens near the altar. This is the best location to hunt them, as the Zanaris bank is close by. There is a safe spot at the eastern portion of the lair. Rangers should stay at the entrance of the passageway leading to a mine. Because of the surrounding rocks, dragons will be unable to harm you. There are several spawns to satisfy several players. Highly recommended. For players who use Super-Antifire potions are recommended to use it before entering the lair, as one of the dragons spawns close to the portal.
Note: If you haven't finished the subquest, you could still kill the black dragons as many times as you wish. However, the only drops would be black dragonhide, dragon bones, and the dragon token.
Weapons and armour
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Mithril hatchet 1 Uncommon 195 Black hatchet 1 Uncommon 282 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 754 Mithril kiteshield 1 Uncommon 964 Mithril 2h sword 1 Uncommon 1,191 Adamant platebody 1 Uncommon 9,737 Rune longsword 1 Rare 18,654 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 22,766 Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,667 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,922
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Exchange:Adamant dart (p) Adamant dart (p) 16 Common Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". Adamant javelin 30 Common 1,470 Rune knife 2 Uncommon 228 Rune dart 10 Uncommon 980 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 1,800
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Air rune 75 Uncommon 975 Blood rune 15 Uncommon 2,490 Death rune 5–50 Uncommon 465–4,650 Fire rune 50 Uncommon 500 Law rune 10–12, 45 Uncommon 1,790–8,055 Nature rune 67–79 Uncommon 7,437–8,769 Chaos rune 90 Uncommon 3,690
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 9,624 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.
- Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 129–3,000 Common Not sold Perfect black dragon scale 1 Common Not sold Runite limbs 1 Uncommon 9,237 Clue scroll (hard) 1 Uncommon Not sold Black dragon tail-bone 1 Uncommon Not sold Chocolate cake 1 Uncommon 233 File:Dragon egg.png Black dragon egg 1 Rare Not sold Spin Ticket 1 Rare Not sold Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold Draconic visage 1 Very rare 1,230,658
- ^ Only while on a Slayer challenge from Vannaka.
- ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list.
- ^ Must be 99 Summoning.
Rare drop table drops
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- 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.
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Jungle demon||Strongest quest monster in RuneScape (March 15, 2006 - May 15, 2007)||The Inadequacy|
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Elvarg||Strongest monster in RuneScape||King Black Dragon|
Dragons and dragon-like races