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The King Black Dragon (named Shakorexis by Hannibus) is an enormous, three-headed black dragon. He was the second dragon ever, created by Kerapac's fellow dragonkin Phalaks; a failed project intended to replicate the powerful Queen Black Dragon[1] some time in or before the First Age. One decade later, he was released into the Wilderness.

Killing the King Black Dragon at least once is one of the requirements of redeeming the Dragonkin lamp from Mr. Mordaut.

The King Black Dragon was made available to free-to-play players on 29 February 2016.

Getting thereEdit

There are two ways that players can reach the King Black Dragon's Lair. Note that it is not considered part of the Wilderness, and therefore PvP is not possible.

  • Northwest of the Edgeville lodestone is an Artefact. Activating it teleports the player to the lair.
  • There is a ladder in level 43 of the Wilderness, near the western part of the Lava Maze. Wilderness Obelisks may be useful in reaching it. Players using this method may want to bring an antipoison for the poison spiders that they will encounter. Entering the lair via the Wilderness will give players a 10% damage boost against the King Black Dragon. Players must be wary of player killers while using this path. Non-members must use this path, since the artefact is disabled on free worlds.


The Third dragonkin journal mentions that another dragonkin created the King Black Dragon after seeing Kerapac's Queen Black Dragon. Although Kerapac noted that he was much smaller, he supposed that they could be used for breeding strong dragons which were immune to Jas' curse. The Fourth dragonkin journal mentions, however that the new dragons were too "beastial" and "broken", so the King Black Dragon was released into what would then be called the Wilderness.

Sometime during the Second Age, Zaros brought the Ilujanka to Gielinor after seeing them ride a similar race to the dragons. Calling them Dragon Riders, they were feared by their enemies due to their dragon-riding skills. It is shown through the Last riders book that Hannibus rode the King Black Dragon. However, due to Zaros failing to fulfil his promise, two of them decided to side with Zaros and another two with Zamorak. Hannibus and the King Black Dragon stayed neutral and watched as the others were killed off by both sides due to confusion. Hannibus and the King Black Dragon stayed in the room which they had been brought in, which is where the King Black Dragon resides to this day. However, the Mahjarrat Enakhra was determined to capture Hannibus. To increase the King Black Dragon's chances of survival, Hannibus left him and was eventually captured by Enakhra.

The King Black Dragon is also featured in some quests. In A Tail of Two Cats, Bob and Neite visit the King Black Dragon and ask him how he is feeling. He replies with adventurers trying to kill him all day, and then the player spoof R4ng3rNo0b889 arrives and attacks him, calling him a "noob". He then kills him with his dragonfire.

In One of a Kind, the player and Hannibus return to the King Black Dragon's lair after finding no leads on how to return to his homeworld. The King Black Dragon meets the player (if they had not killed him at least once), but also is shocked to find Hannibus with them, calling him an "old friend", and that they haven't met in a long time. After hearing the problem from Hannibus, he thinks he has a solution and leads them from his lair to some mysterious ruins, which also protects the two from any potential attackers. He tells them that their solution is behind the door and returns to his lair afterwards.


The King Black Dragon uses melee when fighting and also uses four different types of dragon breath attack that have fairly devastating effects, which makes him a well-rounded and difficult foe. His dragon breath attacks are:

  • Regular dragonfire
  • Shock-like breath that can reduce your stats. It is suggested that you have 70 Defence or higher and good magic defence armour. All stats will be lowered by 1 or 2 points. Super restores could come in handy here but are not required for players with high combat levels or bringing potions such as overloads.
  • Ice breath that can stop players from moving or attacking.
  • Poison breath that will deal 100 poison damage. You should bring at least 1 anti poison potion if you want to kill him. With the release of Invention, an augmented piece of armour with the Venomblood perk will negate completely the poison damage from this attack.
  • There is no way to block the special dragonfire attacks, although the normal Dragonfire can be negated as normal. The breaths can deal various damage, though using an Anti-dragon shield and a dose of Antifire or Super antifire will take the damage from the special breaths down to 100. The attack also has a chance to do its special ability.

Suggestions for fightingEdit

King Black Dragon fight

Two players fight the KBD.

An anti-dragon/dragonfire shield in conjunction with an antifire potion are essential to fight the King Black Dragon, as without the shield he can hit well over 4,000. Make sure to have both the shield and antifire potion, otherwise the dragon can still hit over 2,000. If super antifire potions are used, a shield is not needed.

With a high defence level (recommended 70+) and Protect/Deflect Magic, like all chromatic dragons, the King Black Dragon's breath attack damage is significantly mitigated, even without armour. Using decent ranged armour, Protect/Deflect Magic, a method of prayer restoration (super restores recommended due to stat drain breath), it is easily possible to tank the dragonfire solo without using an anti-dragon shield with only low to mid tier food (Lobsters, Swordfish, Monkfish). Players should be wary to maintain their prayer points and defence level, and not enter melee range throughout the fight.

There are no specific levels required to fight this monster, but for players wishing to solo, having a combat level around 80 and level 60-70 weapons should be enough for a few kills. For those fighting in a team, it is recommended for players to stand on either side of the dragon, causing it to turn around constantly to attack. Though ranged is a very good way to kill the dragon, melee and magic can be used as he does not have a specific weakness other than dragonbane ammunition.

The bonuses of the slayer helmet and the dragon slayer gloves apply on this monster if on a black dragon task. Players can gain a decent damage bonus on the King Black Dragon if they use all of these bonuses. This boost can be increased with a dominion marker. He also has a damage cap of 5,000 for a normal attack, and 6,000 on a critical hit. Players should take this cap into account when using Incendiary Shot.

It is not possible to use a dwarf multicannon in the lair - it will be destroyed.


100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,648
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide1Always3,645

Charms (m)Edit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
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Based on a sample of 730 kills.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Blood runeBlood rune(m)30–50Common12,900–21,500
Death runeDeath rune50Common8,450
Coins 1000Coins1,000–3,000Common1,000–3,000
Yew logsYew logs50; 80 (noted)Common9,550–15,280
Magic logsMagic logs(m)10 (noted)Common6,360
Law runeLaw rune50Uncommon10,850
Mithril arrow 5Mithril arrow250Uncommon5,500
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow50Uncommon7,550
Rune sq shieldRune sq shield1Uncommon21,607
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,547
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon17,581
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Uncommon23,560
Off-hand rune battleaxeOff-hand rune battleaxe1Uncommon24,185
Rune 2h swordRune 2h sword(m)1Uncommon36,890
Gold oreGold ore50 (noted)Uncommon7,200
Silver oreSilver ore100 (noted)Uncommon6,300
Rune barRune bar(noted)Uncommon28,012
Adamant barAdamant bar(noted)Uncommon11,765
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Uncommon34,455
Dragon helmDragon helm(m)1Rare58,635
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Dragon rider bootsDragon rider boots(m)1Very rare2,957,142
Dragon rider glovesDragon rider gloves(m)1Very rare1,501,949
Dragon kite ornament kit (sp)Dragon kite ornament kit (sp)(m)1Very rare5,453
Dragon kite ornament kit (or)Dragon kite ornament kit (or)(m)1Very rare11,878
Off-hand rune longswordOff-hand rune longsword1Uncommon18,087

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Black dragon tail-boneBlack dragon tail-bone(m)1Uncommon[1]Not sold
Kbd headKbd head(m)1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy(m)1RareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons(m)1RareNot sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)(m)1RareNot sold
Last ridersLast riders1Very rare[2]Not sold
Clue scroll (elite)Clue scroll (elite)(m)1Very rareNot sold
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Very rare[3]1,245,757
King black dragon scaleKing black dragon scale(m)1Very rare[4]Not sold
  1. ^ Tail-bone drops only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list
  2. ^ Last Riders is dropped to all players (regardless of whether they participate in the kill, or are even in the room) when Dragon rider gloves or boots are dropped. It remains for approximately thirty seconds before disappearing. Confirmed drop rate of 1/1000 at Dev Blog v2: QP Master Cape. Official post is now no longer available, but a quote is available at the comments at
  3. ^ Estimated at 1/4,754 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  4. ^ Has a base drop rate of 1/2,500 with a threshold of 500.

Rare drop tableEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
A ring of wealth, luck potion or collector's insignia are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common879
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,578
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,477
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,915
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare176,175–215,325
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,615
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common25,124
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,083
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare543,735–664,565
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,255
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,050
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,282,860–1,567,940
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare930
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,547
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare563,205–938,675
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,272
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,635
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common19,549–23,701
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,087,290–1,328,910
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare71,285
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,089
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare972
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare370,760–467,728
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare110,175–138,990
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare38,600–54,040
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common13,500–16,500
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon230,400–281,600
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon25,992–32,490
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare296,640–362,560
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon36,600–201,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common12,960–15,840
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon208,620–254,980
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common32,942–37,648
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare317,655–388,245
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,033,650–1,263,350
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common42,018
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare630,270–770,330
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon379,980–464,420
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon370,890–453,310
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon225,810–275,990
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon145,980–178,420
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon13,776–15,744
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon13,692–15,648
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon493,740
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,727,400
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common4,500–5,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,720–11,880
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon190,800–233,200
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon12,988–15,662
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare128,925–157,575
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon27,900–34,100
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare567,540–693,660
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



KBD stamp

A stamp featuring the King Black Dragon from a postbag

  • The King Black Dragon can talk, as seen in A Tail of Two Cats, One of a Kind and 2015 Christmas event.
  • Flametongue, a King Black Dragon that fought during the God Wars, shows that the King Black Dragon may not be the only of his kind.
  • For a while after the Evolution of Combat, despite being a boss monster, the King Black Dragon could be tagged, allowing the player who hit him first to receive the drop even if they did little or no damage. This has been fixed.
  • It was revealed in the April 2011 BTS that the Kalphite Queen and the King Black Dragon were due to be married on 29 April 2011, to coincide with the wedding of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton in the United Kingdom. However this turned out to be a marketing ploy by Diango.
  • The examine text "The biggest, meanest dragon around" wasn't true after Queen Black Dragon was released, as the Queen Black Dragon is much, much bigger and stronger than the King Black Dragon. His examine was changed due to this, to "Was the biggest, meanest dragon around."
    • A while after the Queen Black Dragon was released, when you killed a King Black Dragon, the Adventurer's log said: "I killed a King Black Dragon, the biggest, meanest dragon around." After its graphical update the adventurer's log was also changed to "I killed a King Black Dragon, which was once the biggest, meanest dragon around."
  • According to his Top Trumps card, he is 10 meters tall and is over 13,000 years old, meaning he was created in or before the First Age, assuming that the commonly assumed lengths of the ages are accurate.

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