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Elite Black Knights are monsters found in the Black Knights' Fortress dungeon or in Lucien's camp after starting the While Guthix Sleeps quest. They drop the exclusive Elite black armour. They have the ability to use prayer, so it is suggested to bring at least 2 forms of attack style to kill them with. After receiving 20 attacks, they will run out of prayer, allowing players to kill them faster. There is also a short break between their attacks when they switch their protection prayers. Wearing full Elite black armour or a full Dagon'hai robes set will make them and others in the dungeon tolerant. Note that these count as black knights with regards to a player's ranking as a White knight, with each knight counting for exactly 10 Black knight kills. They are weak to air spells, but their defence is poor in general, and the player will not miss often.

Elite black knight's prayer is 100% effective, unlike the Kalphite Queen's prayer which only boosts defence. Elite Black Knights will switch prayer, they do this when the sum of the damage dealt is greater than 150 for a given combat style. When they switch prayers, it will reset the damage count for the other combat style. They will run out of prayer after 20 attacks have been made against them while they are using their prayer, regardless of whether those attacks deal damage or not. Smite does not help drain their prayer, and the Smash ability will not disable it.

An easy way to make the Elite black knight to run out of prayer is to use dual wielded weapons and not use any abilities until their prayer drops. This will deal 20 attacks as fast as possible, thereby reducing their prayer quickly.

An alternative for higher level players is to use a combination of a two different weapon types, and attempt to kill the Elite Black Knight in as few hits as possible to avoid excessive weapon switching, a method also commonly used against Tormented Demons for the exact same reason. Using this method, it is possible to kill them in as few as 3 hits, especially if two-handed weapons are used. Good weapons to use are the Chaotic maul or any Godsword for melee, the Chaotic staff or Armadyl Battlestaff for magic (with Air Surge as the attack spell), and the Royal crossbow, Zaryte bow, or Hand cannon for ranged. Familiars such as the Spirit Kyatt or Steel Titan may also be summoned to further speed kills.

Yet another efficient method of killing them is to dual-wield weapons of different attack styles, with a magic weapon in one hand and any other weapon (preferably a melee weapon) in the other. This way, damage of one form or the other is always guaranteed. This works especially well with Momentum.

DropsEdit

CharmsEdit

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

44–47%

27–29%

8–9%

3–4%

13–15%

Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 3,320 kills.
1 charm is 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
Elite black full helm Elite black full helm 1 4 Rare 30,590
Elite black platebody Elite black platebody 1 4 Rare 38,865
Elite black platelegs Elite black platelegs 1 4 Rare 40,395
Steel battleaxe Steel battleaxe 1 2 Common 127
Black platelegs Black platelegs 1 2 Common 2,419
Black 2h sword Black 2h sword 1 2 Common 776
Black kiteshield Black kiteshield 1 3 Uncommon 887
Rune mace Rune mace 1 3 Uncommon 7,858

Food and PotionsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Chilli potato Chilli potato 1 2 Common 721
Potato with butter Potato with butter 1 2 Common 115
Lobster Lobster 1–3 3 Uncommon 151–453
Super restore (1) Super restore (1) 1 3 Uncommon 1,005
Super restore (2) Super restore (2) 1 3 Uncommon 1,965
Prayer mix (1) Prayer mix (1) 1 3 Uncommon 1,236
Prayer potion (1) Prayer potion (1) 1 3 Uncommon 833

OtherEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Gold bar Gold bar 1–4(noted) 2 Common 89–356
Mithril bar Mithril bar 1–2 4 Rare 1,980–3,960
Steel bar Steel bar 1–3 3 Uncommon 1,167–3,501
Death rune Death rune 1–3 3 Uncommon 169–507
Chaos rune Chaos rune 1–3 3 Uncommon 41–123
Blood rune Blood rune 1–4 4 Rare 322–1,288
Coins 1000 Coins 406–2,397 2 Common Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (hard) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit sapphire Spirit sapphire 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit emerald Spirit emerald 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit ruby Spirit ruby 1 4 Rare Not sold

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 250 Coins 250 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,368
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,997
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,806
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 6,277
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 19,487
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 44,314
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 15,516
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,710
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,445
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 23,910
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 880
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,060
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,386
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,311
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 35,975
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 822,250
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,436
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 32,191
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,290
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,080
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 22,200
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,265,850
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 4 Rare 22,650–75,500
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,622,200
Air orb Air orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,630,000
Fire orb Fire orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,084,000
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 101,881
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 13,794
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 80,150–112,210
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 82,800–115,920
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 960
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 303
Pure essence Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 9,000–270,000
Nature rune Nature rune 20–80 4 Rare 6,000–24,000
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 3,280
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 12,240
Death rune Death rune 50, 121 4 Rare 8,450–20,449
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 16,100
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 46,000–368,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 406,000–812,000
Big bones Big bones 150–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 90,600–302,000
Coal Coal 150–7,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 33,300–1,665,000
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) 3 Uncommon 323,100–1,723,200
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 10,200
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,155,600
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) 4 Rare 3,165,000–22,155,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) 4 Rare 14,480–2,172,000
Clean ranarr Clean ranarr 33 (noted) 3 Uncommon 122,760
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 119,375–1,193,750
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 147,810–591,240
Clean torstol Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 76,080–760,800
Saradomin brew (4) Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) 5 Very rare 178,250
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 5,913
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 1–50 4 Rare 68,615–3,430,750
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–7 4 Rare 153,198–1,072,386
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,001,410
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 2,391
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1–31 4 Rare 23,156–717,836
Fellstalk seed 5 Fellstalk seed 2 4 Rare 2,242
Yew logs Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) 4 Rare 24,250–9,700,000
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 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

  • When first released, many players doubted the elite black knights would drop elite black armour more than once, however Mod Emilee confirmed that they would on the forums.
  • They yell "Curses, Zamorak has abandoned me!" when they run out of prayer.
  • Sometimes elite black knights will switch their Prayer just before they die, even though they would receive less than 150 of total damage and hits. This is probably because the attacking player would have inflicted more damage if the knight had more health.
  • Players that have not yet started the While Guthix Sleeps quest can still see the elite black knights from the Chaos Temple near Lucien's camp.
  • The elite black knight's level was the highest combat level possible for a player to reach (before the Evolution of Combat), although the knights had 1200 life points instead of the player's max of 990.
  • Elite black knights drop their armour, unlike regular black knights, who only drop their swords and full helms.
  • Although elite black knights are followers of Zamorak, they used to wield what looked distinctly like a Saradomin sword. However, they now wield black 2h swords.
  • Their capes look like team-12 capes but have a black base colour instead of yellow.
  • The second warning for bots caught by Botwatch featured normal and Elite Black Knights using the graphically updated versions of their respective armour and weapons, even before they were graphically updated.

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