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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.

Obtaining all of his unique drops is required for the title [Name] the Last Rider.

Getting thereEdit

There are two ways that players can reach the King Black Dragon's Lair. Note that the lair itself is not considered part of the Wilderness, and therefore there is no risk of being killed by other players.

  • There is a ladder in level 43 of the Wilderness, near the western part of the Lava Maze. Entering the lair with this method will grant players a 10% damage boost against the King Black Dragon. Wilderness Obelisks may be useful in reaching it. Players using this method may want to bring an antipoison for the poison spiders they will encounter, and be wary of player killers.
  • Players can use either the artefact in the Wilderness wall north-west of the Edgeville lodestone, or the artefact in the Lava Maze Dungeon. Activating either one will teleport the player to the lair; however, using an artefact to enter will not grant players the damage boost the way using the ladder does.

HistoryEdit

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 "bestial" 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.

AttacksEdit

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 completely negate 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.

DropsEdit

100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,648
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide1Always3,553

Charms (m)Edit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
26–31%3–5%3–5%59–64%1–2.1%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 1,118 kills.
4 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mystic clothMystic cloth1–3 (noted)Uncommon4,997–14,991
Blood runeBlood rune(m)30–50Common18,060–30,100
Death runeDeath rune50Common8,100
Yew logsYew logs50; 80 (noted)Common9,850–15,760
Magic logsMagic logs(m)10 (noted)Common5,160
Law runeLaw rune100Uncommon34,100
Headless arrow 5Headless arrow300Uncommon19,500
Mithril arrow 5Mithril arrow250Uncommon5,500
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow50; 75; 100Uncommon7,600–15,200
Rune sq shieldRune sq shield1Uncommon21,721
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,679
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon18,124
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Uncommon23,863
Off-hand rune battleaxeOff-hand rune battleaxe1Uncommon23,464
Gold oreGold ore50 (noted)Uncommon8,950
Silver oreSilver ore100 (noted)Uncommon4,400
Rune barRune bar(noted)Uncommon27,556
Adamant barAdamant bar(noted)Uncommon24,464
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Uncommon33,990
Uncut rubyUncut ruby(noted)Common12,462
Dragon helmDragon helm(m)1Rare58,738
Wine of ZamorakWine of Zamorak(m)6Rare57,978
Dragon rider bootsDragon rider boots(m)1Very rare[1][2]1,823,436
Dragon rider glovesDragon rider gloves(m)1Very rare[1][2]1,202,982
Dragon kite ornament kit (sp)Dragon kite ornament kit (sp)(m)1Very rare[1][2]13,926
Dragon kite ornament kit (or)Dragon kite ornament kit (or)(m)1Very rare[1][2]25,977
Off-hand rune longswordOff-hand rune longsword1Uncommon17,881


Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Black dragon tail-boneBlack dragon tail-bone(m)1Uncommon[3]Not sold
King black dragon headKing black dragon head(m)1Rare[4]Not 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[5]Not sold
Clue scroll (elite)Clue scroll (elite)(m)1Very rareNot sold
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare[6][2]1,231,415
King black dragon scaleKing black dragon scale(m)1Very rare[7]Not sold
  1. ^ a b c d Drop rate at 1/2,000
  2. ^ a b c d e http://services.runescape.com/m=forum/forums.ws?74,75,52,65949497,goto,18#177
  3. ^ Tail-bone drops only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list
  4. ^ Drop rate chance at 1/128
  5. ^ Last Riders is dropped to all players (regardless of whether they participate in the kill, or are even in the room). It remains for approximately 30 seconds before disappearing. Base drop rate of 1/1,000, but after 1,000 kill count each kill will decrease the denominator in this by 1, so it is a guaranteed drop on a solo kill with a kill count of at least 2,000.
  6. ^ Drop rate at 1/5,000
  7. ^ 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.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves 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 sapphire1Common918
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,902
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,077
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,789
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare170,505–208,395
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common21,216
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common25,057
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,511
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare517,995–633,105
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,279
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,119
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,080,180–1,320,220
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare850
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,679
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,185–941,975
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,101
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,738
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common29,493–35,757
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,053,675–1,287,825
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,313
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,177
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare369,980–466,744
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare102,895–129,806
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare29,250–40,950
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common24,705–30,195
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon278,100–339,900
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon13,896–17,370
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare296,640–362,560
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon27,800–152,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common16,110–19,690
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon262,800–321,200
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common42,812–48,928
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare412,830–504,570
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,019,700–1,246,300
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,334
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare620,010–757,790
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon356,940–436,260
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon222,210–271,590
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon235,080–287,320
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon176,490–215,710
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon7,980–9,120
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon8,974–10,256
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon405,992
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,710,670
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common15,750–19,250
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,385–13,915
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon216,450–264,550
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,396–16,154
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare132,975–162,525
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon36,180–44,220
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare441,990–540,210
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,991
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*207,972
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,804,467,420
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

FeatsEdit

  • Changing Of The Guard (Runescore 20) - Defeat the King Black Dragon while wearing black dragonhide in six equipment slots.
  • Loyal Subject (Runescore 20) - Get the King Black Dragon to fully degrade a mole anti-dragon shield.
  • How to Shame your Dragon (Runescore 0) - Obtained a collection of unique drops from the King Black Dragon.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

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

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