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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Black dragon (Dungeoneering).
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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. Players can also use super antifire, as it blocks the dragon fire breath attack completely. 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 quest. 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 5,423 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 the dungeon entrance, unless the player has 80 Agility to navigate a spike floor shortcut (can be boosted). 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, they will have to either choose between Taverley or the Lava Maze (the latter being extremely dangerous).

Lava MazeEdit

This location is almost always empty, as like in Taverley Dungeon, there are only two spawns. Players must also navigate through medium-high level Wilderness through the Lava Maze. While PKers are rarely, if ever seen in the dungeon because of its lack of noticeable features, there can be some outside due to the presence of lava strykewyrms right outside the Lava Maze, which is a hotspot for PKers.

The nearest bank is Darren, though players have to leave the dungeon and make their way out of the Lava Maze in order to reach him.

Evil Chicken's LairEdit

This location is the best and most recommended area to kill black dragons, as unlike the other two locations, there are four black dragons to kill here. The lair is accessible during and after the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster quest and requires a raw chicken to access. There are two chickens near the altar for players who forget to bring a raw chicken. This is the best location to hunt them because Zanaris bank is close by.

Even for players who haven't finished the subquest, they can still kill the black dragons as many times as they wish, though they will continually obtain the dragon token until it is picked up and used.

StrategyEdit

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,691
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide1Always3,732

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 28,632 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Uncommon1,546
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon3,559
Off-hand mithril battleaxeOff-hand mithril battleaxe1Uncommon2,800
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Uncommon3,771
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Rare9,107
Rune longswordRune longsword1Rare18,095
Off-hand rune longswordOff-hand rune longsword1Rare18,034
Adamant dartAdamant dart16Common784
Adamant javelinAdamant javelin30Common1,830
Rune knifeRune knife2Uncommon2,566
Fire runeFire rune50Common3,350
Law runeLaw rune10–12; 20; 45Common3,420–15,390
Air runeAir rune75Uncommon2,175
Blood runeBlood rune5; 8; 9; 15Uncommon2,810–8,430
Nature runeNature rune67–79Very rare31,423–37,051
Death runeDeath rune5–50Very rare670–6,700
Coins 250Coins196; 330; 690Common196–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake1Uncommon645
Adamant barAdamant bar1–2Uncommon2,710–5,420
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
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed 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]1,275,627

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 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common719
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,122
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,626
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,035
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare136,575–166,925
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,507
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common19,692
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,885
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare534,825–653,675
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,618
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,769
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,092,060–1,334,740
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare885
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,799
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare566,985–944,975
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,951
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,329
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common20,340–24,660
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,073,655–1,312,245
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,318
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,947
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare504,725–636,730
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare154,115–194,422
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare54,000–75,600
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common27,945–34,155
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon237,375–290,125
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,328–16,072
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare304,380–372,020
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,600–146,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common15,480–18,920
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon258,480–315,920
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common37,940–43,360
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare365,850–447,150
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,072,890–1,311,310
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,703
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare625,545–764,555
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon342,540–418,660
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon136,710–167,090
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon149,580–182,820
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon145,350–177,650
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon8,498–9,712
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,184–10,496
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon373,920
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare944,620
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common18,000–22,000
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common8,280–10,120
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon206,100–251,900
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,948–13,202
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare108,675–132,825
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon33,525–40,975
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare374,760–458,040
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon5,678
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*356,731
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,967,717,757
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
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare18,767

TriviaEdit