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The King Black Dragon, or KBD, is one of the stronger dragons in RuneScape; it should not be underestimated. It drops various sought-after items, such as Hard and Elite clue scrolls, dragon rider boots and gloves, King Black Dragon heads and the elusive draconic visage. Players with a low combat level or stats should avoid fighting the King Black Dragon, and bring only items you 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. There are a few ways to get to 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 ALL items. By using this method the player will NOT receive the 10% damage bonus that is normally received by travelling through the Wilderness.
  • Using a Waka canoe, players can send themselves to the level 35 wilderness and go north-west from there.
  • 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 by travelling to the King Black Dragon via the wilderness the player will receive a 10% bonus in damage dealt while in the lair. It will give you text warning you 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.

Kbd lair

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


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 damages the player for 1-100 life points each 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 equipmentEdit

Melee Edit

Recommended equipment for High level melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Slayer helmet/Black mask (if on slayer task) Malevolent helm Torva full helm Bandos helmet Superior tetsu helm > Tetsu helm > Verac's helm
Neck slot Amulet of souls / Blood amulet of fury Brawler's knockout necklace Amulet of fury / Dragon Rider amulet Saradomin's whisper Amulet of glory
Cape slot Completionist cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal Fire cape Skillcape
Torso slot Malevolent cuirass Torva platebody Bandos chestplate Superior tetsu body > Tetsu body Verac's brassard
Legs slot Malevolent greaves Torva platelegs Bandos tassets Superior tetsu platelegs > Tetsu platelegs Verac's skirt
Weapon slot Drygore weapon Lava whip / Tetsu katana Chaotic weapon / Attuned crystal weapon Korasi's sword / Abyssal vine whip Abyssal whip
2h slot Noxious scythe* Chaotic maul* / Chaotic spear* Godsword* / Zamorakian spear* / Saradomin sword* Barrows equipment N/A
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore weapon* Tetsu wakizashi* Off-hand chaotic weapon* / Off-hand attuned crystal weapon* Jessika's sword* Enhanced excalibur*
Shield slot Dragonfire shield Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A N/A
Ammo slot Tirannwn quiver N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Razorback gauntlets Goliath gloves Torva gloves Bandos gloves Pneumatic gloves
Feet slot Emberkeen boots Torva boots Bandos boots Steadfast boots Dragon boots
Ring slot Asylum surgeon's ring / Ring of death Sixth-Age circuit Onyx ring (i) / Warrior ring (i) TokKul-Zo Ring of wealth
Aura slot Vampyrism Penance Invigorate aura Poison purge N/A
Pocket slot Sign of death Sign of life Scrimshaw of vampyrism N/A 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/Hexcrest (if on task) Tectonic mask Virtus mask Hood of subjugation Superior seasinger's hood > Seasinger's hood
Neck slot Amulet of souls / Blood amulet of fury Arcane stream necklace Amulet of souls / Blood amulet of fury Saradomin's hiss Amulet of glory
Cape slot Completionist cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal-Mej God cape[ Skillcape
Torso slot Tectonic robe top Virtus robe top Garb of subjugation Superior seasinger's robe top > Seasinger's robe top Ganodermic poncho
Legs slot Tectonic robe bottom Virtus robe legs Gown of subjugation Superior seasinger's robe bottom > Seasinger's robe bottom Ganodermic leggings
Weapon slot Seismic wand Seasinger kiba Virtus wand / Attuned crystal wand Abyssal wand Ahrim's wand
2h slot Noxious staff* Staff of darkness* Chaotic staff* / Attuned crystal staff* Armadyl battlestaff* Staff of light* / Greater runic staff*
Off-hand weapon slot Seismic singularity Seasinger makigai Virtus book / Attuned crystal orb Abyssal orb Ahrim's book of magic
Shield slot Dragonfire ward Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A N/A
Ammo slot Tirannwn quiver N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Celestial handwraps Virtus gloves Gloves of subjugation Dragon slayer gloves (if on slayer task) Static gloves
Feet slot Hailfire boots Virtus boots Boots of subjugation Ragefire boots Ganodermic boots
Ring slot Asylum surgeon's ring / Ring of death Sixth-Age circuit Onyx ring (i) / Seer's ring (i) TokKul-Zo Ring of wealth
Aura slot Vampyrism Penance Inspiration aura Poison purge N/A
Pocket slot Scrimshaw of the elements Sign of death Sign of life N/A 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/Focus sight (if on slayer task) Sirenic mask Pernix cowl Armadyl helmet Superior death lotus hood / Death lotus hood
Neck slot Amulet of souls / Blood amulet of fury Amulet of fury / Dragon Rider amulet Saradomin's murmur Amulet of ranging Amulet of glory
Cape slot Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Xil Ava's device Maxcape Skillcape
Torso slot Sirenic hauberk Pernix body Armadyl chestplate Superior death lotus chestplate > Death lotus chestplate Karil's top
Legs slot Sirenic chaps Death lotus chaps Pernix chaps Armadyl chainskirt Karil's skirt
Weapon slot Ascension crossbow Death lotus dart Chaotic crossbow / Attuned crystal chakram Armadyl crossbow Karil's pistol crossbow / Blisterwood stake
2h slot Noxious longbow* Royal crossbow* / Attuned crystal bow* / Zaryte bow* Hand cannon* (with shots) Crystal bow* / Black salamander* Karil's crossbow*
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand ascension crossbow* Off-hand death lotus dart* Offhand chaotic crossbow* / Off-hand attuned crystal chakram* Off-hand armadyl crossbow* Off-hand karil's pistol crossbow* / Off-hand blisterwood stake*
Shield slot Dragonfire deflector Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A N/A
Ammo slot Dragonbane bolts / Dragonbane arrows Ascension bolts / Araxyte arrows Royal bolts Ruby bolts (e) Runite bolts
Gloves slot Ascension grips Swift gloves Pernix gloves Armadyl gloves Tracking gloves
Feet slot Flarefrost boots Pernix boots Armadyl boots Glaiven boots N/A
Ring slot Asylum surgeon's ring / Ring of death Sixth-Age circuit Onyx ring (i) / Archer's ring (i) TokKul-Zo Ring of wealth
Aura slot Penance Vampyrism Sharpshooter Inspiration aura Poison purge
Pocket slot Scrimshaw of cruelty Sign of death Sign of life N/A N/A

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

F2P Edit

F2P Players who are fighting KBD should ALWAYS EQUIP AN ANTI-DRAGON SHIELD since there are no anti-fire potions available to f2p an anti-dragon shield (or preferably an anti-dragon shield(mole)) is a requirement to fight the dragon since the protect from magic prayer will not completely protect from dragon fire and you will be hit hard by the dragon. It is also advised that you do not use 2 handed weaponry in this fight due what was just said above. For your inventory you should bring a defense potion and potions pertaining to your combat style ie. bring ranging potion if using ranged. Bring anchovy pizza and swordfish to heal. Your combat stats should be at least in the 80s to fight the dragon due to the weak f2p equipment used to fight KBD compared to members equipment.

Melee (F2P) Edit

-Armor: Full Corrupt Dragon > Full rune armor (able to substitute rune platebody for gud raider chainbody if you can afford it) > Full Warpriest.

-Shield(Required): Anti-dragon shield (mole) > Anti-dragon shield.

-Weapon: Gud Raider Axe > Gravite Longsword/Rapier > Rune Battleaxe/Warhammer > Rune Longsword/Sword > Rune Scimitar/Dagger.

-Necklace: Brawler's hook necklace > Amulet of Strength > Amulet of Zealots.

-Cape: Warpriest cape > Veteran Cape (5 or 10 year) > Team Cape > Bladestorm Drape.

-Ring: Explorer's Ring > Ring of potency.

Magic (F2P) Edit

-Armor: Full Battle Robes > Full Mystic Robes > Full Warpriest.

-Shield(Required): Anti-dragon shield (mole) > Anti-dragon shield.

-Weapon: Gravite wand > Mystic Wand.

-Necklace: Arcane Blast necklace > Amulet of Magic > Amulet of Zealots.

-Cape: Warpriest cape > Veteran Cape (5 or 10 year) > Team Cape > Spellstorm Drape.

-Ring: Explorer's Ring > Ring of potency.

Ranged (F2P) Edit

-Armor: Full Blue d'hide > Full warpriest > Full Green d'hide.

-Shield(Required): Anti-dragon shield (mole) > Anti-dragon shield.

-Weapon: Gravite knife > Rune Javelin > Rune knife.

-Necklace: Farsight snap shot necklace > Amulet of power > Amulet of Zealots.

-Cape: Warpriest cape > Veteran Cape (5 or 10 year) > Team Cape > Arrowstorm Drape.

-Ring: Explorer's Ring > Ring of potency.

Inventory Edit

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

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

The Void method (with SGS and Soul Split) Edit

For this method, it is recommended that you have 90+ in ALL Melee combat stats (AttackStrengthDefence and Constitution). Also, 85 Herblore is a must for using super antifires, and you will need at least 92 Prayer for Soul Split.

  • Other equip slots: See above
  • Note: If available use void armour upgraded to superior elite versions.


  • Note: Bring 1-4 pieces of food if you are unsure about this method as it could be fatal to less experienced players. But all you NEED is the Super antifire.
  • Shield if using Rejuvenate.

Ability setupEdit

The following ability bar setup is for generating as much adrenaline as possible:

  • Slice
  • Punish
  • Smash
  • Backhand
  • Fury
  • Sacrifice
  • Sever
  • Assault
  • Slaughter
  • Berserk
  • Anticipation
  • Rejuvenate

The fightEdit

Start by drinking a dose of super antifire and head down the lair. Turn on Soul Split and start attacking.

The most common combo with this setup would be: Slice, Punish, Slice, Smash, Slice, Backhand, Slice, Fury, Slice. Always go back to Slice after you've used another ability. Do NOT use Assault or Sever until after you have used Berserk. Once you have 100% Adrenaline, use Berserk. Berserk increases the damage you do to the target by 100% but also increases the damage taken by 50%, but with the use of Soul Split and the Saradomin godsword your healing will be greater than the damage you take. After Berserk use Sever and then go back to the original combo, get 50% adrenaline and use Assault. Assault strikes the target three times, each hit capable of hitting over 5000+ with Berserk and Void knight armour. This should bring the dragon to about 10-20% health, finish off with the other abilities.

Using this method you will NEVER run out of Prayer points because of the Saradomin godsword's passive effect or special attack.

Without food or potionsEdit

An alternative method for those with 75+ Defence and ~80 in their chosen combat stat is to use a combination of a full set of Warpriest armour, a Dragonfire shield, and tier 70 or 75 weapons. The Idea of this strategy is to use Resonance, Reflect, and Rejuvenate/Guthix's Blessing as your sole method of healing. with those abilities in play, each kill should leave a player with roughly 1/3 of their Health left, at which point the player simply deposits their most recent drops into the bank in Edgeville, then runs back to the artefact to return to the lair, by which time the KBD should have just respawned, ready to be fought again. Some mid-level healing should be brought as a backup in the event of taking more damage than expected.

Tips and tricksEdit

  • Sometimes you will get below 50% health when the dragon hits more accurately for a short period of time, when this happens use Guthix's Blessing or Rejuvenate. This can be done every 5 min.
  • To save prayer (if needed) turn off Soul Split just when you have used assault or whenever you have full health.
  • Should you for some reason run out of Prayer, there is a monastery just a few steps south of the lair where you can refill your Prayer points. If you are low on health, run to the Edgeville bank and your health will replenish after a few seconds, if done right after a kill, you can make it back before it spawns again.
  • One super antifire is enough for one inventory, most likely three doses will do.
  • You can have a total damage bonus of 40% if using a berserker necklace and obsidian weapon, using a black mask/slayer helmet when on a slayer task and by running through the wilderness. This will bring the damage of such weapons as the Toktz-xil-ak to 1029 and the TzHaar-ket-om to 1877; which is more damage than the chaotic maul.
  • Do not panic if you die. Should that happen, as long as your gravestone is at least Ornate, you will be able to easily retrieve your items. Go to the Grand Exchange (or your bank) and retrieve a second anti-dragon shield, food, some method of teleportation, and an antifire potion if you wish. Then, simply drink your antifire, equip the shield, set the food to a keybind, and re-enter. Do not try and fight the dragon, just click on your gravestone, click the option "Equip All" and teleport out. Should he hit you, just eat some food. Once you have left, take a moment to recollect for another attempt, should you wish to try again. If you died in a custom encounter, your gravestone will not spawn inside of it. Instead, your gravestone will be spawned inside the public encounter.

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