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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 6,819 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. 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, 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 arguably 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. For players who use super-antifire potions, it is recommended to take some 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 keeps it, they would receive normal drops.

StrategyEdit

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always2,448
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide1Always4,371

CharmsEdit

Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
18–19%8–9%26–27%7%1–2%
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 21,359 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.
Please add to the log.
(Only if 50 or more creatures are killed)


Weapons and armourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Uncommon103
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon508
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Uncommon983
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Rare9,496
Rune longswordRune longsword1Rare18,470

AmmunitionEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Adamant dartAdamant dart16Common176
Adamant javelinAdamant javelin30Common1,080
Rune knifeRune knife2Uncommon98

Runes/TalismansEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Fire runeFire rune50Common3,050
Law runeLaw rune10–12; 20; 45Common3,180–14,310
Air runeAir rune75Uncommon1,875
Blood runeBlood rune9; 15Uncommon4,374–7,290
Nature runeNature rune67–79Very rare19,899–23,463
Death runeDeath rune5–50Very rare1,605–16,050

Other ItemsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins129–3,000CommonNot sold
Perfect black dragon scalePerfect black dragon scale1Common [1]Not sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake1Uncommon458
Adamant barAdamant bar1–2Uncommon2,887–5,774
Black dragon tail-boneBlack dragon tail-bone1Uncommon [2]Not sold
Anagogic ortAnagogic ort20; 40Uncommon [3]Not sold
Black dragon eggBlack dragon egg1Rare [4]Not sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Very rare [5]1,266,562
  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.
Show/hide rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins50; 250–500; 3,000CommonNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,194
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,138
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Uncommon3,146
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1; 2; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon5,764–317,020
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon24,648
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon38,380
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon14,086–774,730
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon58,066
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon36,195
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,383,660–1,691,140
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon38,177
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,818
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,973
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Uncommon21,131–25,619
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Uncommon1,133,595–1,385,505
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon69,778
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon910,390–1,148,492
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon301,340–380,152
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Uncommon106,025–148,435
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon596
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon294
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon46,305–56,595
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon254,250–310,750
Big bonesBig bones80–90 (noted)Uncommon37,840–42,570
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon440,640–538,560
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon62,000–341,000
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Uncommon20,430–24,970
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon243,180–297,220
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common43,305
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare389,745–476,355
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare957,510–1,170,290
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common42,834
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare642,510–785,290
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon605,880–740,520
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon414,090–506,110
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon250,380–306,020
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon178,740–218,460
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon254,688–291,072
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon317,436–362,784
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon588,500
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Uncommon1,424,870
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Uncommon30,600–37,400
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Uncommon11,880–14,520
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon106,650–130,350
Yew logsYew logs68–82; 675–825 (noted)Uncommon20,740–251,625
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon43,065–52,635
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Uncommon655,290–800,910
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1RareNot 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 market price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot 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 some time, black dragons 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 the Protect from Magic prayer.
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