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Black dragons are powerful monsters 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 5000+ to around 500. They are level 100. 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 7,569 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 181 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 (Their weakness, crossbows, cannot reach the dragons from the safe spot, but weapons with a farther range like Shieldbows and the Zaryte bow can).

Lava MazeEdit

The main problem with this location is not the risk of PKers (they are not often seen in such deep wilderness, especially if in an unpopulated world) but the remote location. 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 is still dangerous. You can use the Wilderness obelisks to teleport to lower level Wilderness, teleport out with a Home teleport spell.

Evil Chicken's LairEdit

This location is arguably the best and most recommended area to kill these monsters. 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, as the 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. 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 drops will be black dragonhide, dragon bones, and the dragon token. If the player picks up a dragon token and keep it, they would receive normal drops.

StrategyEdit

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Dragon bones Dragon bones 1 1 Always 3,263
Black dragonhide Black dragonhide 1 1 Always 4,306

CharmsEdit

Charm drop percentages
No charms Gold charm Green charm Crimson charm Blue charm

56–57%

9%

26–27%

7%

1–2%

Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 19,187 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.

Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).


Weapons and armourEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Mithril hatchet Mithril hatchet 1 3 Uncommon 107
Mithril battleaxe Mithril battleaxe 1 3 Uncommon 555
Mithril 2h sword Mithril 2h sword 1 3 Uncommon 1,017
Adamant platebody Adamant platebody 1 4 Rare 9,446
Rune longsword Rune longsword 1 4 Rare 18,324

AmmunitionEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Adamant dart Adamant dart 16 2 Common 224
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 30 2 Common 1,800
Rune knife Rune knife 2 3 Uncommon 132

Runes/TalismansEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Fire rune Fire rune 50 2 Common 1,200
Law rune Law rune 10–12, 20, 45 2 Common 3,100–13,950
Air rune Air rune 75 3 Uncommon 1,500
Blood rune Blood rune 15 3 Uncommon 4,290
Nature rune Nature rune 67–79 5 Very rare 18,760–22,120
Death rune Death rune 5–50 5 Very rare 900–9,000

Other ItemsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 1000 Coins 129–3,000 2 Common Not sold
Perfect black dragon scale Perfect black dragon scale 1 2 Common [1] Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (hard) 1 3 Uncommon Not sold
Chocolate cake Chocolate cake 1 3 Uncommon 562
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1–2 3 Uncommon 3,000–6,000
Black dragon tail-bone Black dragon tail-bone 1 3 Uncommon [2] Not sold
Anagogic ort Anagogic ort 20, 40 3 Uncommon [3] Not sold
Black dragon egg Black dragon egg 1 4 Rare [4] Not sold
Court summons Court summons 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Draconic visage Draconic visage 1 5 Very rare [5] 1,268,958
  1. ^ Only while on a Slayer challenge from Vannaka.
  2. ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list.
  3. ^ Only with RDT drops.
  4. ^ Must be 99 Summoning.
  5. ^ Estimated at 1/13,099 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 250 Coins 250 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,318
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,707
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,697
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 6,310
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 17,967
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 39,712
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 15,617
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,122
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,403
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,212
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 875
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,200
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,208
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,355
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,123
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 820,150
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,211
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,544
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,258
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,109
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 16,600
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,263,150
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 4 Rare 22,500–75,000
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,591,000
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 89,644
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 13,788
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 100,500–140,700
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 100,675–140,945
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 1,004
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 277
Pure essence Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 9,000–270,000
Nature rune Nature rune 20–80 4 Rare 5,600–22,400
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 3,400
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 13,950
Death rune Death rune 50, 121 4 Rare 9,000–21,780
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 14,300
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 49,250–394,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 438,500–877,000
Big bones Big bones 150–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 91,350–304,500
Coal Coal 150–7,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 35,550–1,777,500
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) 3 Uncommon 268,500–1,432,000
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 9,500
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,114,100
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) 4 Rare 3,000,000–21,000,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1, 50 (noted) 4 Rare 14,228–711,400
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 134,025–1,340,250
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 129,150–516,600
Clean torstol Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 89,700–897,000
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 5,967
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 1–50 4 Rare 69,344–3,467,200
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–7 4 Rare 116,711–816,977
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,147,970
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 1,574
Yew logs Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) 4 Rare 20,650–8,260,000
Crystal triskelion fragment 1 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2 Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3 Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Melee) Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) Brawling gloves (FM) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) Brawling gloves (WC) 1 5 Very rare Not 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 Market Price
Key token Key token 1 4 Rare Not sold

TriviaEdit

  • 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.
  • Black dragons are the rarest of the chromatic dragons: there are 4 in the Evil Chicken's lair, 2 in the Wilderness, and 2 in Taverley dungeon.
  • They were, for a long time, regarded as the weakest monsters in the game that drop the draconic visage, due to the difficulty in killing Iron dragons and Skeletal Wyverns. Although Frost dragons are easier to kill, they require 85 Dungeoneering and a reasonably higher combat level to fight than Black dragons. Frost dragons use all three types of combat and dragonfire, as opposed to the black dragon's regular attack and dragonfire, therefore making them quite an easy target for Draconic visages.
  • For a period of time black dragon had a higher combat level than the King Black Dragon
  • 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 Protect from Magic.
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