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This article is a strategy guide for Dagannoth Kings.
All information on mechanics, setups, and strategy is on this page.

The Dagannoth Kings can be a decent money making method. They drop dragon hatchets, berserker rings, archers' rings, warrior rings, seers' rings, and other drops relatively often. Using a pack yak will further increase your profit as you will be able to bank the dagannoth bones and dagannoth hides you receive. Wearing Fremennik boots 4 will increase profit as the bones will become noted, and with a pack yak you can bank the hides.

The KingsEdit

The Kings reside on the sixth floor (the deepest) in Waterbirth Island Dungeon.

  • Dagannoth Prime is the deadliest Dagannoth King. He is immune to melee and magic attacks, so he must be killed with ranged. Despite this, his defence against ranged is still relatively high. Prime hits hard and is usually the most dangerous out of all the Kings, though compared to his strength pre-EOC he isn't that lethal any more. Stay in the north-eastern corner of the room and the other Kings won't notice you attacking Prime.
  • Dagannoth Rex uses melee, hitting multiple players at a time if they stand beside each other. He is immune against melee and ranged attacks, but is extremely weak to magic. Rex can be easily safespotted in many spots on the south-east side of the "island".
  • Dagannoth Supreme uses ranged attacks. He is immune to magic and ranged. Supreme's attack hits multiple players if they are close to each other.
  • Spinolyps inhabit the moat surrounding the Dagannoth Kings' island. They are very weak and have 1000 lifepoints. They do not hit very high or very accurately, but their ranged attacks poison you and their magic attacks drain ten prayer points if they hit. The poison damage starts at 68 so it may be worth bringing an antipoison potion. They can be used to stall adrenaline efficiently or build more of it while waiting for the Kings to respawn. Use of the Sacrifice ability can also prove useful, as it will usually kill them in one hit and often provides a free 1000 lifepoint heal.

An instance can be created for 150,000 coins, unless the creator has unlocked the Instance Cost perk, reducing it to 112,000 coins for one hour.

GearEdit

Following the Evolution of Combat, the Kings have much more health. You'll need the highest level weaponry you can provide yourself to kill them quickly.

Rex and PrimeEdit

This setup only uses Ranged and Magic combat, and is very easy to do solo. Stay in the eastern side of the room to avoid Supreme.

Body and leg switches are advised, however not needed. Hybrid armour such as warpriest or void equipment can be used. Make sure you use Telekinetic Grab on any desired loots Prime drops to avoid being hit by Supreme. It is still advised to carry some melee weapons in the event that Supreme is alerted to your presence. Players should either remove or refrain from Ricochet and Bombardment off their ranged bars as they may bounce onto Supreme if he is too close to Prime.

Recommended equipment for Magic/Range Hybrid
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Full slayer helm (on task) Seasinger's hood/Death lotus hood Virtus mask/Pernix cowl Ganodermic visor/Armadyl helmet N/A
Neck slot Amulet of souls Dragon Rider amulet Amulet of fury Demon horn necklace (paired with a Bonecrusher) Amulet of glory
Cape slot Completionist cape Max cape Skill cape Ardougne cloak 4 N/A
Torso slot Sea singer's robe top/Death lotus chestplate Virtus robe top/Pernix body Ganodermic poncho/Armadyl chestplate Garb of subjugation/Royal d'hide body N/A
Legs slot Sea singer robe/Death lotus chaps Virtus robe/Pernix chaps Ganodermic leggings/Armadyl chainskirt Gown of subjugation/Royal d'hide chaps N/A
Weapon slot Seismic set/Ascension crossbow set Virtus wand/Death lotus dart Abyssal wand/Chaotic crossbow N/A N/A
2h slot Noxious staff/Noxious longbow Chaotic staff/Zaryte bow Armadyl battlestaff/Royal crossbow Staff of light/Hand cannon Polypore staff/Crystal bow
Off-hand weapon slot Seismic singularity/Off-hand ascension crossbow Virtus book/Off-hand death lotus dart Abyssal orb/Off-hand chaotic crossbow N/A N/A
Ammo slot Ascension bolts Royal bolts Hand cannon shot (only for the Hand cannon) Bolt racks (only for Karil's crossbow) N/A
Gloves slot Automaton gloves Dominion tower gloves Nex gloves Ganodermic gloves Culinaromancer's gloves 10
Feet slot Fremennik sea boots 4 Glacor boots Nex boots Ganodermic boots N/A
Ring slot (Superior) Leviathan ring Sixth-Age circuit Berserker ring Ring of life N/A
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Penance aura Reverence aura N/A N/A
Pocket slot Sign of life Sign of item protection N/A N/A N/A

Using this method, you should have the following abilities in your ability bars. Switch between two bars.

Magic ability bar (2H):

  • Dragon Breath
  • Combust
  • Sonic Wave
  • Impact
  • Wrack
  • Sacrifice
  • Wild Magic
  • Asphyxiate
  • Deep Impact
  • Smoke Tendrils
  • Sunshine
  • Devotion
  • Debilitate
  • Anticipation
Ranged ability bar (2H):
  • Dazing Shot
  • Fragmentation Shot
  • Snipe
  • Sacrifice
  • Binding Shot
  • Piercing Shot
  • Rapid Fire
  • Snap Shot
  • Shadow Tendrils
  • Bombardment
  • Death&#039;s Swiftness
  • Devotion
  • Debilitate
  • Anticipation

RexEdit

This setup only uses Magic, and is mostly used because Rex is the easiest out of all the Kings, due to being able to be safespotted.

As the Dagannoth Kings boss instance starts empty for about 10 seconds, it can be used to sneak into the south-east safespot corner without drawing aggression from Prime and Supreme.

Recommended equipment for Rex (using Magic)
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Full slayer helm (only if on task) Superior seasinger's hood Virtus mask Ganodermic visor Ahrim's hood
Neck slot Arcane stream necklace Saradomin's hiss Amulet of Fury Amulet of Glory N/A
Cape slot Completionist cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal-Mej Zamorak cape N/A
Torso slot Superior seasinger's robe top Virtus robe top Ganodermic poncho Ahrim's robe top N/A
Legs slot Superior seasinger's robe bottom Virtus robe bottom Ganodermic leggings Ahrim's robe bottom N/A
Weapon slot Seismic wand Virtus wand Abyssal wand Ahrim's wand N/A
2h slot Noxious staff Chaotic staff Armadyl battlestaff Staff of light Ahrim's staff
Off-hand weapon slot Seismic singularity Virtus book Abyssal orb Ahrim's book N/A
Ammo slot Tirannwn quiver N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Static gloves Spellcaster gloves Virtus gloves Ganodermic gloves N/A
Feet slot Ragefire boots Virtus boots Ganodermic boots N/A N/A
Ring slot Seer's ring (i) Sixth-age circuit Seer's ring Ring of Wealth N/A
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Penance aura Reverence aura N/A N/A
Pocket slot Sign of life Sign of item protection N/A N/A N/A

TribriddingEdit

Tribridding has been made a lot more viable since the EOC update, as the bosses don't hit nearly as hard. However, if you are going to attempt solo tribridding for the first time it's recommended to have spare money and/or a friend to bless your grave in the event of death. Also remember to start off in a low populated world so you can keep up with the spawns.

A slayer task will help with tribridding to deal more damage and gain extra accuracy. While on a task, using overloads, soul split, turmoil curses and high level gear; it is possible to obtain over one hundred Dagannoth Kings kills per hour.

The Demon horn necklace paired with a Bonecrusher is an effective setup, as the buried bones will allow prayers to last forever if the Kings are killed at a reasonable rate. This does come at the cost of the bones themselves, as they are worth a decent amount at the Grand Exchange. The necklace will not work if the player is wearing Fremennik sea boots 4, as it will note the bones and prevent them from being crushed.

When using an instance, the 'fast' setting is usually enough. "Fastest" should only be used if the player is extremely confident in their skills and has tier 90 weapons on all three combat styles, as it will be near-impossible to keep up with tier 80 or 85 weaponry.

Recommended equipment for Tribridding
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Full slayer helm (only if on task) Attuned crystal helm Superior tetsu helm/Superior seasinger's hood/Superior death lotus hood Torva full helm/Virtus mask/Pernix hood Bandos helmet/Hood of subjugation/Armadyl helmet
Neck slot Amulet of souls Dragon Rider amulet Amulet of fury Demon horn necklace (paired with a Bonecrusher) Amulet of glory
Cape slot Completionist cape Max cape Skill cape Soul wars cape N/A
Torso slot Attuned crystal body Superior tetsu body/Superior seasinger's robe top/Superior death lotus chestplate Torva platebody/Virtus robe top/Pernix body Warpriest of Zamorak cuirass/Warpriest of Saradomin cuirass Bandos chestplate/Garb of subjugation/Armadyl chestplate
Legs slot Attuned crystal legs Superior tetsu legs/Superior seasinger's robe bottom/Superior death lotus chaps Torva platelegs/Virtus robe bottom/Pernix chaps Warpriest of Zamorak greaves/Warpriest of Saradomin greaves Bandos tassets/Gown of subjugation/Armadyl chainskirt
Weapon slot Drygore main-hand/Seismic wand/Ascension crossbow Chaotic rapier/Virtus wand/Death lotus dart Korasi's sword/Abyssal wand/Chaotic crossbow N/A N/A
2h slot Noxious scythe/Noxious staff/Noxious longbow Upgraded balmung/Chaotic staff/Zaryte bow or Royal crossbow Chaotic Maul/Armadyl battlestaff/Hand cannon Balmung/Staff of light/Crystal bow N/A
Off-hand weapon slot Drygore off-hand/Seismic singularity/Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand chaotic rapier/Virtus book/Off-hand death lotus dart Jessika's sword/Abyssal orb/Off-hand chaotic crossbow N/A N/A
Ammo slot Ascension bolts Royal bolts Hand cannon shot (Only for the Hand cannon) N/A N/A
Gloves slot Deathtouch bracelet or Attuned crystal gloves Automaton gloves Dominion tower gloves Nex gloves Culinaromancer's gloves 10
Feet slot Fremennik sea boots 4 or Attuned crystal boots Glacor boots Ganodermic Boots Nex boots Warpriest of Zamorak boots
Ring slot Ring of wealth Ring of death Leviathan ring Berserker ring (i) Ring of life
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Penance aura Reverence aura N/A N/A
Pocket slot Sign of life Sign of item protection N/A N/A N/A

Hybrid armour is advised to save inventory space, as bringing three different types of armours would take away space that could have been used for restoration potions, pouches and food.

Abilities:

Magic ability bar (2H):

  • Dragon Breath
  • Combust
  • Sonic Wave
  • Impact
  • Wrack
  • Sacrifice
  • Wild Magic
  • Asphyxiate
  • Deep Impact
  • Smoke Tendrils
  • Sunshine
  • Devotion
  • Debilitate
  • Anticipation
Ranged ability bar (2H):
  • Dazing Shot
  • Fragmentation Shot
  • Snipe
  • Sacrifice
  • Binding Shot
  • Piercing Shot
  • Rapid Fire
  • Snap Shot
  • Shadow Tendrils
  • Bombardment
  • Death&#039;s Swiftness
  • Devotion
  • Debilitate
  • Anticipation
Melee ability bar (2H):
  • Cleave
  • Smash
  • Sever
  • Fury
  • Barge
  • Sacrifice
  • Assault
  • Hurricane
  • Blood Tendrils
  • Quake
  • Berserk
  • Devotion
  • Debilitate
  • Anticipation

When fighting with these abilities, make sure you have the right gears. If you have at least least tier 90+ weaponry (seismics, ascensions, drygores or noxious weaponry), the King that you are killing which is weak to that weapon should die fairly easily without having much difficulty. However, if one of these weapons are tier 80, you will want to follow below to counter them quickly before another King spawns while you are attacking the current one.

  • If you lack melee, but have magic/ranged: Use Berserk against Supreme.
  • If you lack ranged, but have melee/mage: Use Death's Swiftness against Prime.
  • If you lack magic, but have melee/ranged: Use Sunshine against Rex.

If you have level 80 dual chaotic weapons, using Berserk is optional against Supreme as the kill rate with chaotics is slightly lower but enough to prevent another King from interfering with the fight.

FamiliarsEdit

Familiars can be really useful while doing Dagannoth Kings. The pack yak is an excellent familiar, as you can bank bones (if you have not done the elite Fremennik Tasks), hides, and other important drops, in addition to carrying supplies to extend your trip. When the pack yak expires, summon a unicorn stallion if you need to.

How to kill the KingsEdit

The Kings reside in a circular islet, with each King having their own "private" zone and a zone where they all meet each other. When there are all three Kings in the arena, try to stay as far as you can from the middle because it can be very dangerous to be hit by all three of them at once. Prayers only will block 50% of one of their attacks, while the other two can hit for 100%. If you are spotted by one of the Kings, they will keep attacking you until you leave by any means or kill them. The only way to get them off you is by them getting distracted by another player or dying.

  • When killing Dagannoth Rex, lure him away from the other two kings. He will home in on you very quickly, and you can either stun safespot him or just use the ragged edges of the islet to safespot him.
  • When killing Dagannoth Prime, stay on his side of the islet (north-east) with a ranged weapon. If you get too close to him, Supreme will come in and interrupt the fight, which can be problematic when you are low on food. Soul Split is not advised unless the player is using Devotion with Protect/Deflect magic, as Prime hits the hardest out of the three Kings.
  • When killing Dagannoth Supreme, lure him to the ladder, the top or the sides (depending on which way he moves when you're under him), so if one of the other Kings spawn, you decrease your chances of being spotted by them. If you fail to kill them efficiently, let the three respawn and target Rex first. This will decrease the chance of being attacked by another King while you are busy dealing with one of them.

When starting the kill, you have a few options to deal with them:

  • If Supreme is close to the ladder, kill him since Rex doesn't tend to notice you yet.
  • If they are near the middle, sneak around the corners of the islet until you are on Rex's side, then kill him. This is mostly luck-based, but if it is pulled off, the player can start killing Rex without being noticed by Supreme.
  • Simply attack them. This is the most dangerous, but if Rex is alive quickly use a magic stun or bind him since he is not stun immune. Make sure he isn't directly under Supreme, otherwise the stun will go to waste. If you can use Debilitate or Devotion, immediately use it on the King you're focused on and use the prayers against the one you aren't to avoid unnecessary damage.

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