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This article is a strategy guide for King Black Dragon.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

The King Black Dragon (or KBD) is one of the stronger dragons in RuneScape and should not be underestimated. It drops various sought-after items, such as Hard / Elite clue scrolls, dragon rider boots and gloves, King Black Dragon heads and the elusive draconic visage. Players with low combat-related levels should avoid fighting the King Black Dragon. Players should bring only items they are willing to lose.

Location and getting thereEdit

The King Black Dragon is located slightly west of the Lava Maze, in the King Black Dragon's Lair.

Players can either access his lair from either the Wilderness or with an ancient artefact north of the Monastery of Saradomin. Players who enter his lair from the Wilderness gain a 10% damage increase.


King Black Dragon's Lair map

The King Black Dragon lair is just wide-open space. There is nowhere to hide.

AttacksEdit

The King Black Dragon has various attacks. His melee attacks include a lunge attack (in which the middle head lunges forward to attack you) and a slashing attack (in which the King Black Dragon jumps and rends you with his claws). Both attacks deal the same amount of damage.

As with all dragons, the King Black Dragon uses normal dragonfire. He also uses special dragonfire; poisonous dragonfire can inflict poison (though it can be easily shrugged off in most cases), freezing dragonfire binds the player for several seconds, and shocking dragonfire can lower all stats by 2. His normal dragonfire can be dealt with the same way as with chromatic dragons, while his shocking dragonfire will still be able to deal significant damage even full dragonfire protection.

Recommended equipment (members)Edit

Recommended equipment for High level melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Slayer helmet Slayer helmet/Black mask Black mask (if on slayer task) Malevolent helm Malevolent helm Torva full helm Torva full helm Bandos helmet Bandos helmet Superior tetsu helm Superior tetsu helm > Tetsu helm Tetsu helm > Verac's helm Verac's helm
Neck slot Amulet of souls Amulet of souls / Blood amulet of fury Blood amulet of fury Brawler's knockout necklace Brawler's knockout necklace Amulet of fury Amulet of fury / Dragon Rider amulet Dragon Rider amulet Saradomin's whisper Saradomin's whisper Amulet of glory Amulet of glory
Back slot Completionist cape Completionist cape Max cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal-Ket TokHaar-Kal-Ket Fire cape Fire cape Strength cape Strength cape
Torso slot Malevolent cuirass Malevolent cuirass Torva platebody Torva platebody Bandos chestplate Bandos chestplate Superior tetsu body Superior tetsu body > Tetsu body Tetsu body Verac's brassard Verac's brassard
Legs slot Malevolent greaves Malevolent greaves Torva platelegs Torva platelegs Bandos tassets Bandos tassets Superior tetsu platelegs Superior tetsu platelegs > Tetsu platelegs Tetsu platelegs Verac's plateskirt Verac's plateskirt
Main hand slot Drygore longsword Drygore weaponry Lava whip Lava whip / Tetsu katana Tetsu katana Chaotic rapier Chaotic weaponry / Attuned crystal dagger Attuned crystal dagger Korasi's sword Korasi's sword / Abyssal vine whip Abyssal vine whip Abyssal whip Abyssal whip
2h slot Zaros godsword Zaros godsword[1] Noxious scythe Noxious scythe[1] Dragon Rider lance Dragon Rider lance[1] Armadyl godsword Godsword[1] Dharok's greataxe Barrows equipment[1]
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore longsword Drygore weaponry[1] Tetsu wakizashi Tetsu wakizashi[1] Off-hand chaotic rapier Chaotic weaponry[1] / Off-hand attuned crystal dagger Off-hand attuned crystal dagger[1] Jessika's sword Jessika's sword[1] Enhanced Excalibur Enhanced Excalibur[1]
Off-hand slot Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Razorback gauntlets Razorback gauntlets Goliath gloves (black) Goliath gloves Torva gloves Torva gloves Bandos gloves Bandos gloves Pneumatic gloves Pneumatic gloves
Feet slot Emberkeen boots Emberkeen boots Torva boots Torva boots Bandos boots Bandos boots Steadfast boots Steadfast boots Dragon boots Dragon boots
Ring slot Asylum surgeon's ring Asylum surgeon's ring / Ring of death Ring of death Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit Onyx ring (i) Onyx ring (i) / Warrior ring (i) Warrior ring (i) TokKul-Zo TokKul-Zo Ring of wealth Ring of wealth
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura Penance aura Penance aura Invigorate aura Invigorate aura Poison purge aura Poison purge aura N/A
Pocket slot Sign of death Sign of death Sign of life Sign of life Scrimshaw of vampyrism Scrimshaw of vampyrism Illuminated Book of Law Illuminated Book of Law N/A

Recommended equipment for High level Magic
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Full slayer helmet Full slayer helmet/Hexcrest Hexcrest (if on task) Tectonic mask Tectonic mask Virtus mask Virtus mask Hood of subjugation Hood of subjugation Superior seasinger's hood Superior seasinger's hood > Seasinger's hood Seasinger's hood
Neck slot Amulet of souls Amulet of souls / Blood amulet of fury Blood amulet of fury Arcane stream necklace Arcane stream necklace Amulet of souls Amulet of souls / Blood amulet of fury Blood amulet of fury Saradomin's hiss Saradomin's hiss Amulet of glory Amulet of glory
Back slot Completionist cape Completionist cape Max cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal-Mej TokHaar-Kal-Mej Guthix cape God cape Defence cape Defence cape
Torso slot Tectonic robe top Tectonic robe top Virtus robe top Virtus robe top Garb of subjugation Garb of subjugation Superior seasinger's robe top Superior seasinger's robe top > Seasinger's robe top Seasinger's robe top Ganodermic poncho Ganodermic poncho
Legs slot Tectonic robe bottom Tectonic robe bottom Virtus robe legs Virtus robe legs Gown of subjugation Gown of subjugation Superior seasinger's robe bottom Superior seasinger's robe bottom > Seasinger's robe bottom Seasinger's robe bottom Ganodermic leggings Ganodermic leggings
Main hand slot Seismic wand Seismic wand Seasinger kiba Seasinger kiba Virtus wand Virtus wand / Attuned crystal wand Attuned crystal wand Abyssal wand Abyssal wand Ahrim's wand Ahrim's wand
2h slot Noxious staff Noxious staff[1] Staff of darkness Staff of darkness[1] Chaotic staff Chaotic staff[1] / Attuned crystal staff Attuned crystal staff[1] Armadyl battlestaff Armadyl battlestaff[1] Staff of light Staff of light[1] / Greater runic staff Greater runic staff[1]
Off-hand weapon slot Seismic singularity Seismic singularity[1] Seasinger makigai Seasinger makigai[1] Virtus book Virtus book[1] / Attuned crystal orb Attuned crystal orb[1] Abyssal orb Abyssal orb[1] Ahrim's book of magic Ahrim's book of magic[1]
Off-hand slot Dragonfire ward Dragonfire ward Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Celestial handwraps Celestial handwraps Virtus gloves Virtus gloves Gloves of subjugation Gloves of subjugation Dragon slayer gloves Dragon slayer gloves (if on slayer task) Static gloves Static gloves
Feet slot Hailfire boots Hailfire boots Virtus boots Virtus boots Boots of subjugation Boots of subjugation Ragefire boots Ragefire boots Ganodermic boots Ganodermic boots
Ring slot Asylum surgeon's ring Asylum surgeon's ring / Ring of death Ring of death Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit Onyx ring (i) Onyx ring (i) / Seers' ring (i) Seers' ring (i) TokKul-Zo TokKul-Zo Ring of wealth Ring of wealth
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura Penance aura Penance aura Inspiration aura Inspiration aura Poison purge aura Poison purge aura N/A
Pocket slot Scrimshaw of the elements Scrimshaw of the elements Sign of death Sign of death Sign of life Sign of life Illuminated Book of Law Illuminated Book of Law N/A

Recommended equipment for High level Ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Full slayer helmet Full slayer helmet/Focus sight Focus sight (if on slayer task) Sirenic mask Sirenic mask Pernix cowl Pernix cowl Armadyl helmet Armadyl helmet Superior Death Lotus hood Superior death lotus hood / Death Lotus hood Death lotus hood
Neck slot Amulet of souls Amulet of souls / Blood amulet of fury Blood amulet of fury Amulet of fury Amulet of fury / Dragon Rider amulet Dragon Rider amulet Saradomin's murmur Saradomin's murmur Amulet of ranging Amulet of ranging Amulet of glory Amulet of glory
Back slot Completionist cape Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Xil TokHaar-Kal-Xil Ava's alerter Ava's alerter Max cape Max cape Defence cape Defence cape
Torso slot Sirenic hauberk Sirenic hauberk Pernix body Pernix body Armadyl chestplate Armadyl chestplate Superior Death Lotus chestplate Superior death lotus chestplate > Death Lotus chestplate Death lotus chestplate Karil's top Karil's top
Legs slot Sirenic chaps Sirenic chaps Death Lotus chaps Death lotus chaps Pernix chaps Pernix chaps Armadyl chainskirt Armadyl chainskirt Karil's skirt Karil's skirt
Main hand slot Ascension crossbow Ascension crossbow Death Lotus dart Death lotus dart Chaotic crossbow Chaotic crossbow / Attuned crystal chakram Attuned crystal chakram Armadyl crossbow Armadyl crossbow Karil's pistol crossbow Karil's pistol crossbow / Blisterwood stake Blisterwood stake
2h slot Noxious longbow Noxious longbow[1] Royal crossbow Royal crossbow[1] / Attuned crystal bow Attuned crystal bow[1] / Zaryte bow Zaryte bow[1] Hand cannon Hand cannon[1] (with Hand cannon shot Hand cannon shot) Crystal bow Crystal bow[1] / Black salamander Black salamander[1] Karil's crossbow Karil's crossbow[1]
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand Ascension crossbow[1] Off-hand Death Lotus dart Off-hand Death Lotus dart[1] Off-hand chaotic crossbow Off-hand chaotic crossbow[1] / Off-hand attuned crystal chakram Off-hand attuned crystal chakram[1] Off-hand Armadyl crossbow Off-hand Armadyl crossbow[1] Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow[1] / Off-hand blisterwood stake Off-hand blisterwood stake[1]
Off-hand slot Dragonfire deflector Dragonfire deflector Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A N/A
Ammo slot Dragonbane bolt 5 Dragonbane bolt / Dragonbane arrow 5 Dragonbane arrow Ascension bolts 4 Ascension bolts / Araxyte arrow 5 Araxyte arrow Royal bolts 5 Royal bolts Ruby bolts (e) 5 Ruby bolts (e) Runite bolts 5 Runite bolts
Gloves slot Ascension grips Ascension grips Swift gloves (black) Swift gloves Pernix gloves Pernix gloves Armadyl gloves Armadyl gloves Tracking gloves Tracking gloves
Feet slot Flarefrost boots Flarefrost boots Pernix boots Pernix boots Armadyl boots Armadyl boots Glaiven boots Glaiven boots N/A
Ring slot Asylum surgeon's ring Asylum surgeon's ring / Ring of death Ring of death Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit Onyx ring (i) Onyx ring (i) / Archers' ring (i) Archers' ring (i) TokKul-Zo TokKul-Zo Ring of wealth Ring of wealth
Aura slot Penance aura Penance aura Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura Sharpshooter aura Sharpshooter aura Inspiration aura Inspiration aura Poison purge aura Poison purge aura
Pocket slot Scrimshaw of cruelty Scrimshaw of cruelty Sign of death Sign of death Sign of life Sign of life N/A N/A

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InventoryEdit

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Recommended equipment (free-to-play)Edit

Protection against magic mitigates most of the dragonfire damage, meaning an anti-dragon shield obsolete. It is recommended to kill the KBD in a group of at least 3, as the kills will be a lot faster and safer.

InventoryEdit

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  • Bring a defence potion and potions pertaining to your combat style (i.e. bring ranging potion if using ranged).
  • Use of stat boosting prayers (eg ultimate strength) is highly recommended, if using prayer, bring a prayer potion
  • Fill the rest of your inventory with anchovy pizza and / or swordfish to heal. (Anchovy pizza gives higher healing per inventory slot if you have expensive spices equipped)
  • Wearing Expensive Spices increases the healing of food, and may be preferable to a stat boosting amulet. Anchovy pizza, as a two bite food, has its healing increased by 100 rather than by 50
  • If using magic, bring runes for combat spells (since the KBD is not weak to any specific style, air spells are recommended to free up an extra inventory slot)