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For the pet version, see King Black Dragonling.
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Shakorexis, the King Black Dragon, is an enormous, three-headed black dragon. He was the second dragon ever created by one of Kerapac's fellow dragonkin; 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.

Getting thereEdit

King Black Dragon location

The King Black Dragons's Lair location

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 56 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, although the chance of encountering one is slim.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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 dragon shield 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.

With a high defence level (recommended 80+) and Protect/Deflect Magic, like all chromatic dragons, the King Black Dragon's breath attack damage is significantly mitigated, even without armour. Using gear with a decent magic defence stat, Protect/Deflect Magic, a method of prayer restoration (Super Restores recommended due to stat drain breath), and Range/Magic, it is easily possible to tank the dragonfire solo whilst using dual/2-handed weaponry with low to mid tier food (Tuna, Lobsters, Swordfish). 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 who wish to melee in a team, having a combat level around 100 should be enough and for players who wish to fight using ranged in a team, having a Ranged level in the mid 60's will suffice for two to three kills if in a two man team with 70+ defence and using ruby bolts (e). If not then Ranged level 85+ is recommended. It is also recommended for players to stand on either side of the dragon, causing it to turn around constantly to attack. It is not possible to use a dwarf multicannon - it will be destroyed. Though ranged is a very good way to kill the dragon, it is not the only one - magic is also viable.

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.


100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always2,207
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide1Always4,646


Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 3,542 kills.
4 charms are dropped at a time.
Please add to the log.
(Only if 50 or more creatures are killed)


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon18,331
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Uncommon24,175
Rune 2h swordRune 2h sword1Uncommon37,399

Ammo and runesEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Blood runeBlood rune33–50Common16,368–24,800
Death runeDeath rune50Common17,550
Law runeLaw rune50Uncommon16,750
Mithril arrow 5Mithril arrow250Uncommon5,250
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow50Uncommon7,550
Runite bolts 5Runite bolts25Uncommon8,450


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune sq shieldRune sq shield1Uncommon22,033
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon38,019
Dragon helmDragon helm1Rare58,943
Dragon rider bootsDragon rider boots1Very rare3,134,003
Dragon rider glovesDragon rider gloves1Very rare4,453,770

Ores and barsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Adamant barAdamant bar1; 5 (noted)Uncommon2,903–14,515
Rune barRune bar1; 2 (noted)Uncommon14,207–28,414
Silver oreSilver ore100 (noted)Uncommon8,900
Gold oreGold ore50 (noted)Uncommon11,150
Runite oreRunite ore3 (noted)Uncommon32,169


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins1,000–3,000CommonNot sold
Yew logsYew logs50 (noted)Common15,200
Magic logsMagic logs10 (noted)Common9,040
Black dragon tail-boneBlack dragon tail-bone1Uncommon [1]Not sold
Kbd headKbd head1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1RareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1RareNot sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)1RareNot sold
Last ridersLast riders1Very rare [2]Not sold
Clue scroll (elite)Clue scroll (elite)1Very rareNot sold
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Very rare [3]1,300,520
Dragon kite ornament kit (or)Dragon kite ornament kit (or)1Very rare41,491
Dragon kite ornament kit (sp)Dragon kite ornament kit (sp)1Very rare15,593
King black dragon scaleKing black dragon scale1Very 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, unless the player has one in the bank or inventory. It remains for approximately one minute before disappearing.
  3. ^ Estimated at 1/4,754 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  4. ^ Tertiary drop. The rarity of the pet is based on the number of kills recorded (explanation of drop mechanics).

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 1000Coins50; 250–500; 3,000CommonNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,177
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,085
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Uncommon2,952
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1; 2; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon5,519–303,545
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon24,552
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon35,681
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,813–759,715
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon57,962
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon35,517
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,405,980–1,718,420
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebodyRune platebody18–22 (noted)Uncommon684,342–836,418
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,777
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,943
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Uncommon21,696–26,304
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Uncommon1,138,050–1,390,950
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon70,436
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon959,595–1,210,566
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon318,955–402,374
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Uncommon110,225–154,315
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon579
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon312
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon46,305–56,595
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon254,700–311,300
Big bonesBig bones80–90 (noted)Uncommon37,280–41,940
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon397,260–485,540
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon63,400–348,700
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Uncommon20,070–24,530
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon234,360–286,440
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common43,545
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare391,905–478,995
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare965,070–1,179,530
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common42,621
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare639,315–781,385
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon650,340–794,860
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon432,360–528,440
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon216,855–265,045
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon185,490–226,710
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon246,036–281,184
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon351,456–401,664
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon597,552
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Uncommon1,364,970
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Uncommon34,200–41,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,950–17,050
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon103,050–125,950
Yew logsYew logs68–82; 675–825 (noted)Uncommon20,672–250,800
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon46,665–57,035
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Uncommon660,150–806,850
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1RareNot 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 market 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. During the final cutscene he is visited by Bob the Jagex Cat. During the chat between the King and Bob, R4ng3rNo0b889 attempts to solo the King, is unable to damage him, and is killed in one hit as he had no dragonfire protection at all.
  • The King Black Dragon received a graphical update, along with more refined drops that a player would expect from a high level monster. Before the update, the drops of the King Black Dragon was similar to that of the Giant Mole.
  • 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 get an asterisk, allowing the player who hit him first to receive the drop even if they did little or no damage. This has been fixed.
  • In a letter in the Postbag from the Hedge, the King Black Dragon makes references to "The Kin", possibly referring to the Dragonkin.
  • 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 the Last Riders book, Hannibus rode the King Black Dragon.
  • 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.
  • In the quest: One Of A Kind the conversation between Hannibus and the King Black Dragon suggests that they are friends and have not met in a long time due to Hannibus's imprisonment.
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