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This article is a strategy guide for Dagannoth Kings.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics 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 Kings

The three Dagannoth Kings. Purple = Use Mage. Green = Use Melee. Blue = Use Range. Pray Soulsplit.

  • 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 anymore. 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 life points. 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 life point heal.

An instance can be created for 150,000 coins, unless the creator has unlocked the Instance Cost perk obtained via Reaper points, 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.

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 armour 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 Ricochet and Bombardment from 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 helmet Full slayer helmet (on task) Seasinger's hood Seasinger's hood/
Death Lotus hood Death lotus hood
Virtus mask Virtus mask/Pernix cowl Pernix cowl Ganodermic visor Ganodermic visor/
Armadyl helmet Armadyl helmet
N/A
Neck slot Amulet of souls Amulet of souls Dragon Rider amulet Dragon Rider amulet Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Demon horn necklace Demon horn necklace
(paired with a Bonecrusher Bonecrusher)
Amulet of glory Amulet of glory
Back slot Completionist cape Completionist cape Max cape Max cape Defence cape Cape of Accomplishment Ardougne cloak 4 Ardougne cloak 4 N/A
Torso slot Seasinger's robe top Seasinger's robe top/
Death Lotus chestplate Death lotus chestplate
Virtus robe top Virtus robe top/
Pernix body Pernix body
Ganodermic poncho Ganodermic poncho/
Armadyl chestplate Armadyl chestplate
Garb of subjugation Garb of subjugation/
Royal dragonhide body Royal dragonhide body
N/A
Legs slot Seasinger's robe bottom Seasinger's robe bottom/
Death Lotus chaps Death lotus chaps
Virtus robe top Virtus robe top or
Pernix chaps Pernix chaps
Ganodermic leggings Ganodermic leggings/
Armadyl chainskirt Armadyl chainskirt
Gown of subjugation Gown of subjugation/
Royal dragonhide chaps Royal dragonhide chaps
N/A
Main hand slot Seismic wand Seismic wand/
Ascension crossbow Ascension crossbow
Virtus wand Virtus wand/
Death Lotus dart Death lotus dart
Abyssal wand Abyssal wand/
Chaotic crossbow Chaotic crossbow
N/A N/A
2h slot Noxious staff Noxious staff/
Noxious longbow Noxious longbow
Chaotic staff Chaotic staff/
Zaryte bow Zaryte bow
Armadyl battlestaff Armadyl battlestaff/
Royal crossbow Royal crossbow
Staff of light Staff of light/
Hand cannon Hand cannon
Polypore staff Polypore staff/
Crystal bow Crystal bow
Off-hand weapon slot Seismic singularity Seismic singularity/
Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand Ascension crossbow
Virtus book Virtus book/
Off-hand Death Lotus dart Off-hand death lotus dart
Abyssal orb Abyssal orb/
Off-hand chaotic crossbow Off-hand chaotic crossbow
N/A N/A
Ammo slot Ascension bolts 4 Ascension bolts Royal bolts 5 Royal bolts Hand cannon shot Hand cannon shot (only for the Hand cannon) Bolt rack 5 Bolt rack (only for Karil's crossbow) N/A
Gloves slot Tracking gloves Automaton gloves Spellcaster gloves (black) Dominion tower gloves Any of the Ancient equipment gloves Ganodermic gloves Ganodermic gloves Culinaromancer's gloves 10 Culinaromancer's gloves 10
Feet slot Fremennik sea boots 4 Fremennik sea boots 4 Ragefire boots Ragefire boots Any of the Ancient equipment boots Ganodermic boots Ganodermic boots N/A
Ring slot Superior leviathan ring Superior leviathan ring Leviathan ring Leviathan ring Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit Berserker ring Berserker ring Ring of life Ring of life
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura Penance aura Penance aura Reverence aura Reverence aura Dark magic aura Dark magic aura N/A
Pocket slot Illuminated Book of Balance Illuminated god book Sign of life Sign of life Sign of item protection Sign of item protection 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's Swiftness
  • Devotion
  • Debilitate
  • Anticipation

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 helmet Full slayer helmet (only if on task) Superior seasinger's hood Superior seasinger's hood Virtus mask Virtus mask Ganodermic visor Ganodermic visor Ahrim's hood Ahrim's hood
Neck slot Arcane stream necklace Arcane stream necklace Saradomin's hiss Saradomin's hiss Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Amulet of glory Amulet of glory N/A
Back slot Completionist cape Completionist cape Max cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal-Mej TokHaar-Kal-Mej Saradomin cape God capes N/A
Torso slot Superior seasinger's robe top Superior seasinger's robe top Virtus robe top Virtus robe top Ganodermic poncho Ganodermic poncho Ahrim's robe top Ahrim's robe top N/A
Legs slot Superior seasinger's robe bottom Superior seasinger's robe bottom Virtus robe legs Virtus robe legs Ganodermic leggings Ganodermic leggings Ahrim's robe skirt Ahrim's robe skirt N/A
Main hand slot Seismic wand Seismic wand Virtus wand Virtus wand Abyssal wand Abyssal wand Ahrim's wand Ahrim's wand N/A
2h slot Noxious staff Noxious staff Chaotic staff Chaotic staff Armadyl battlestaff Armadyl battlestaff Staff of light Staff of light Ahrim's staff Ahrim's staff
Off-hand weapon slot Seismic singularity Seismic singularity Virtus book Virtus book Abyssal orb Abyssal orb Ahrim's book of magic Ahrim's book of magic N/A
Ammo slot Tirannwn quiver 4 Tirannwn quiver N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Static gloves Static gloves Spellcaster gloves Spellcaster gloves Virtus gloves Virtus gloves Ganodermic gloves Ganodermic gloves N/A
Feet slot Ragefire boots Ragefire boots Virtus boots Virtus boots Ganodermic boots Ganodermic boots N/A N/A
Ring slot Seers' ring (i) Seers' ring (i) Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit Seers' ring Seers' ring Ring of wealth Ring of wealth N/A
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura Penance aura Penance aura Reverence aura Reverence aura N/A N/A
Pocket slot Sign of life Sign of life Sign of item protection Sign of item protection N/A N/A N/A

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.

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 helmet Full slayer helmet (only if on task) Attuned crystal helm Attuned crystal helm Superior tetsu helm Superior tetsu helm/
Superior seasinger's hood Superior seasinger's hood/
Superior Death Lotus hood Superior death lotus hood
Torva full helm Torva full helm/
Virtus mask Virtus mask/
Pernix cowl Pernix cowl
Bandos helmet Bandos helmet/
Hood of subjugation Hood of subjugation/
Armadyl helmet Armadyl helmet
Neck slot Amulet of souls Amulet of souls Dragon Rider amulet Dragon Rider amulet Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Demon horn necklace Demon horn necklace (paired with a Bonecrusher Bonecrusher) Amulet of glory Amulet of glory
Back slot Completionist cape Completionist cape Max cape Max cape Defence cape Cape of Accomplishment Red cape Soul wars cape N/A
Torso slot Attuned crystal body Attuned crystal body Superior tetsu body Superior tetsu body/
Superior seasinger's robe top Superior seasinger's robe top/
Superior Death Lotus chestplate Superior death lotus chestplate
Torva platebody Torva platebody/
Virtus robe top Virtus robe top/
Pernix body Pernix body
Warpriest of Zamorak cuirass (75) Warpriest of Zamorak cuirass/
Warpriest of Saradomin cuirass (75) Warpriest of Saradomin cuirass
Bandos chestplate Bandos chestplate/
Garb of subjugation Garb of subjugation/
Armadyl chestplate Armadyl chestplate
Legs slot Attuned crystal legs Attuned crystal legs Superior tetsu platelegs Superior tetsu platelegs/
Superior seasinger's robe bottom Superior seasinger's robe bottom/
Superior Death Lotus chaps Superior death lotus chaps
Torva platelegs Torva platelegs/
Virtus robe legs Virtus robe legs/
Pernix chaps Pernix chaps
Warpriest of Zamorak greaves (75) Warpriest of Zamorak greaves/
Warpriest of Saradomin greaves (75) Warpriest of Saradomin greaves
Bandos tassets Bandos tassets/
Gown of subjugation Gown of subjugation/
Armadyl chainskirt Armadyl chainskirt
Main hand slot Drygore longsword Drygore weaponry/
Seismic wand Seismic wand/
Ascension crossbow Ascension crossbow
Chaotic rapier Chaotic rapier/
Virtus wand Virtus wand/
Death Lotus dart Death lotus dart
Korasi's sword Korasi's sword/
Abyssal wand Abyssal wand/
Chaotic crossbow Chaotic crossbow
N/A N/A
2h slot Noxious scythe Noxious scythe/
Noxious staff Noxious staff/
Noxious longbow Noxious longbow
Achromatic Balmung Upgraded balmung/
Chaotic staff Chaotic staff/
Zaryte bow Zaryte bow or Royal crossbow Royal crossbow
Chaotic maul Chaotic maul/
Armadyl battlestaff Armadyl battlestaff/
Hand cannon Hand cannon
Balmung Balmung/
Staff of light Staff of light/
Crystal bow Crystal bow
N/A
Off-hand weapon slot Drygore longsword Drygore weaponry/
Seismic singularity Seismic singularity/
Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand Ascension crossbow
Off-hand chaotic rapier Off-hand chaotic rapier/
Virtus book Virtus book/
Off-hand Death Lotus dart Off-hand death lotus dart
Jessika's sword Jessika's sword/
Abyssal orb Abyssal orb/
Off-hand chaotic crossbow Off-hand chaotic crossbow
N/A N/A
Ammo slot Ascension bolts 4 Ascension bolts Royal bolts 5 Royal bolts Hand cannon shot Hand cannon shot (only for the Hand cannon) N/A N/A
Gloves slot Cinderbane gloves Cinderbane gloves Deathtouch bracelet Deathtouch bracelet or
Attuned crystal gloves Attuned crystal gloves
Tracking gloves Automaton gloves Spellcaster gloves (black) Dominion gloves Any of the Ancient equipment gloves
Feet slot Fremennik sea boots 4 Fremennik sea boots 4 or
Attuned crystal boots Attuned crystal boots
Any of the Glacyte boots Ganodermic boots Ganodermic boots Any of the Ancient equipment boots Warpriest of Zamorak boots (75) Warpriest of Zamorak boots
Ring slot Luck of the dwarves Luck of the dwarves Ring of wealth Ring of wealth Ring of death Ring of death Leviathan ring Leviathan ring Ring of life Ring of life
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura Penance aura Penance aura Reverence aura Reverence aura Dark magic aura Dark magic aura N/A
Pocket slot Illuminated Book of Balance Illuminated god book Sign of life Sign of life Sign of item protection Sign of item protection 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'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.
  • When joining an instance, quickly run north-east and kill Prime when he spawns then run south-east and kill Rex and finally run west and kill Supreme. This leaves you in a good position to kill the three kings as they spawn and you should only have to deal with 1 king at a time. To quickly kill Prime when he spawns after killing Supreme, get into melee range of him and use Death's Swiftness and before that ends you should have enough adrenaline to then use Rapid Fire which will kill Prime very quickly.