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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. For free players, the best way to reach him is by using a Waka canoe. Players can send themselves to level 35 wilderness and go northwest from there.

There are multiple ways for members to reach him:

  • The safest and fastest way to get there is by using the artefact located north of the Edgeville monastery, right next to the wilderness wall. This will teleport the player directly into the lair. It is highly recommended that players use this method to reach the KBD lair, as getting PKed in the wilderness makes the player lose most of their items. Using this method will NOT grant the player the 10% damage bonus normally received by traveling through the Wilderness.
  • Players can also use obelisks, as the location is not far from the level 44 Obelisk. However, this is not a consistent method of transportation. Players increase their chances of getting killed by PKers, the Chaos Elemental or spend more time getting there.
  • The Lava titan can be used to teleport to the runite mine north of the Lava Maze. Players can then go south to the lair.
  • Players can use the Trollheim teleport and take the shortcut East into the Wilderness, proceed North to the altar, then directly Northeast to the lair.

Jagex has confirmed (here) that players traveling to the King Black Dragon via Wilderness will receive a 10% bonus in damage dealt while in the lair. There will be a warning that once you leave the lair, the boost will disappear.

Once at the entrance, there are several lesser demons. Ignore them and go down the ladder. Once you go down the ladder, hit the lever on the wall near the poison spiders to enter his lair. There is nothing but a Summoning Obelisk, a few items lying around (gold ring, coins, uncut sapphire), and a lever to exit.

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).

His regular dragonfire hits higher than that of other dragons. His special dragonfire hits multiple times and damages the player for 1-100 life points per hit, more if dragonfire protection is not used.

His toxic dragonfire poisons the player, starting at 80 damage. Antipoison is recommended unless using the Poison purge aura, which heals you instead of damaging you. His shock dragonfire reduces a player's stat randomly, decreasing by one point. His ice dragonfire freezes the player.

Recommended equipment (Members)Edit

Melee 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
Cape 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
Weapon 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* Noxious scythe Noxious scythe* Chaotic maul Chaotic maul* / Chaotic spear Chaotic spear* Armadyl godsword Godsword* Dharok's greataxe Barrows equipment*
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore longsword Drygore weaponry* Tetsu wakizashi Tetsu wakizashi* Off-hand chaotic rapier Chaotic weaponry* / Off-hand attuned crystal dagger Off-hand attuned crystal dagger* Jessika's sword Jessika's sword* Enhanced Excalibur Enhanced Excalibur*
Shield 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

*Only should be used if the player is bringing super antifires.

Magic Edit

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
Cape 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
Weapon 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* Staff of darkness Staff of darkness* Chaotic staff Chaotic staff* / Attuned crystal staff Attuned crystal staff* Armadyl battlestaff Armadyl battlestaff* Staff of light Staff of light* / Greater runic staff Greater runic staff*
Off-hand weapon slot Seismic singularity Seismic singularity Seasinger makigai Seasinger makigai Virtus book Virtus book / Attuned crystal orb Attuned crystal orb Abyssal orb Abyssal orb Ahrim's book of magic Ahrim's book of magic
Shield 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

*Only should be used if the player is bringing super antifires.

Ranged Edit

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
Cape 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
Weapon 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* Royal crossbow Royal crossbow* / Attuned crystal bow Attuned crystal bow* / Zaryte bow Zaryte bow* Hand cannon Hand cannon* (with Hand cannon shot Hand cannon shot) Crystal bow Crystal bow* / Black salamander Black salamander* Karil's crossbow Karil's crossbow*
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand Ascension crossbow* Off-hand Death Lotus dart Off-hand Death Lotus dart* Off-hand chaotic crossbow Off-hand chaotic crossbow* / Off-hand attuned crystal chakram Off-hand attuned crystal chakram* Off-hand Armadyl crossbow Off-hand Armadyl crossbow* Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow* / Off-hand blisterwood stake Off-hand blisterwood stake*
Shield 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

*Only should be used if the player is bringing super antifires.

Inventory Edit

1Teleport to houseOverload (4)Super antifire (4)Prayer renewal (4)
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)
RocktailRocktailRocktailRocktail
RocktailRocktailRocktailRocktail

If flasks are unavailable, regular 4-dose potions may be used.

Recommended equipment (F2P) Edit

A recent update allowed F2P players inside the King Black Dragon's lair. 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 atleast 3, as the kills will be a lot faster and safer.

Melee Edit

Recommended equipment for High level Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Corrupt dragon helm Corrupt dragon helm Rune full helm Rune full helm Rune helm Rune helm / Adamant full helm Adamant full helm N/A N/A
Neck slot Brawler's hook necklace Brawler's hook necklace Amulet of strength Amulet of strength Amulet of zealots Amulet of zealots N/A N/A
Cape slot Warpriest of Zamorak cape (75) Warpriest cape Veteran cape (5 year) Veteran cape (5 year) Bladestorm drape Bladestorm drape Team-41 cape Team cape N/A
Torso slot Corrupt dragon chainbody Corrupt dragon chainbody Gud raider chainbody Gud raider chainbody Rune platebody (Bandos) Bandos platebody (or other rune god platebodies) Rune platebody Rune platebody Adamant platebody Adamant platebody
Legs slot Corrupt dragon platelegs Corrupt dragon platelegs / Corrupt dragon plateskirt Corrupt dragon plateskirt Rune platelegs Rune platelegs / Rune plateskirt Rune plateskirt Adamant platelegs Adamant platelegs / Adamant plateskirt Adamant plateskirt N/A N/A
Weapon slot Gud raider axe Gud raider axe Gravite longsword Gravite longsword / Gravite rapier Gravite rapier Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe / Rune warhammer Rune warhammer Rune longsword Rune longsword / Rune sword Rune sword Rune mace Rune mace/ Rune scimitar Rune scimitar / Rune dagger Rune dagger
Shield slot Anti-dragon shield (mole) Anti-dragon shield (mole) Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Rune gauntlets Rune gauntlets Adamant gauntlets Adamant gauntlets N/A N/A N/A
Feet slot Rune boots Rune boots Adamant boots Adamant boots N/A N/A N/A
Ring slot Explorer's ring 4 Explorer's ring 4 Ring of luck Ring of luck N/A Ring of potency Ring of potency N/A

Magic Edit

Recommended equipment for High level Magic
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Battle hood 100 Battle hood Mystic hat (blue) Mystic hat (blue) N/A N/A N/A
Neck slot Arcane blast necklace Arcane blast necklace Amulet of magic Amulet of magic Amulet of zealots Amulet of zealots N/A N/A
Cape slot Warpriest of Zamorak cape (75) Warpriest of Zamorak cape Veteran cape (5 year) Veteran cape (5 year) Spellstorm drape Spellstorm drape Team-41 cape Team cape N/A
Torso slot Battle robe top 100 Battle robe top Mystic robe top (blue) Mystic robe top (blue) N/A N/A N/A
Legs slot Battle robe bottom 100 Battle robe bottom Mystic robe bottom (blue) Mystic robe bottom (blue) N/A N/A N/A
Weapon slot Gravite wand Gravite wand Mystic wand Mystic wand Splitbark wand Splitbark wand N/A N/A
Shield slot Anti-dragon shield (mole) Anti-dragon shield (mole) Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Mystic gloves (blue) Mystic gloves (blue) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Feet slot Mystic boots (blue) Mystic boots (blue) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ring slot Explorer's ring 4 Explorer's ring 4 Ring of potency Ring of potency N/A N/A N/A

Ranged Edit

Recommended equipment for High level Ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Blue dragonhide coif Blue dragonhide coif Green dragonhide coif Green dragonhide coif N/A N/A N/A
Neck slot Farsight snap shot necklace Farsight snap shot necklace Amulet of power Amulet of power Amulet of zealots Amulet of zealots N/A N/A
Cape slot Warpriest of Zamorak cape (75) Warpriest of Zamorak cape Veteran cape (5 year) Veteran cape (5 year) Arrowstorm drape Arrowstorm drape Team-41 cape Team cape N/A
Torso slot Blue dragonhide body Blue dragonhide body Green dragonhide body Green dragonhide body N/A N/A N/A
Legs slot Blue dragonhide chaps Blue dragonhide chaps Green dragonhide chaps Green dragonhide chaps N/A N/A N/A
Weapon slot Gravite knife Gravite knife Rune javelin Rune javelin Rune knife Rune knife N/A N/A
Shield slot Anti-dragon shield (mole) Anti-dragon shield (mole) Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Blue dragonhide vambraces Blue dragonhide vambraces Green dragonhide vambraces Green dragonhide vambraces N/A N/A N/A
Feet slot Blue dragonhide boots Blue dragonhide boots Green dragonhide boots Green dragonhide boots Carapace boots Carapace boots Studded leather boots Studded leather boots N/A
Ring slot Explorer's ring 4 Explorer's ring 4 Ring of potency Ring of potency N/A N/A N/A

Inventory Edit

Defence potion (4)SwordfishSwordfishSwordfish
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Swordfish
  • 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 you inventory with anchovy pizza and / or swordfish to heal. (Note that anchovy pizza gives higher healer 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)


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