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The Queen Black Dragon is a very powerful dragon slumbering at the bottom of the Grotworm Lair. She was the first dragon ever created, created by the Dragonkin Kerapac. 60 Summoning is required to enter her chamber, an area that can only be accessed alone. Waking her and fighting her effectively requires lots of practice, apt reflexes, and high-level gear. Returning her to slumber rewards the player with a hefty reward and additionally Slayer experience if assigned a black dragon task. Wearing Dragon slayer gloves while activating the last crystal will grant bonus Slayer experience.

Killing the Queen Black Dragon at least once is one of the requirements of redeeming the Dragonkin lamp from Mr. Mordaut.

TransportationEdit

The Queen Black Dragon is accessible through an underground cave, the Grotworm Lair. Its entrance is a short distance north of Rimmington and next to the nearby White Knight Camp. The quest Song from the Depths is not required to enter, although completing it details a backstory and a passive damage reduction when fighting the boss.

There are multiple good means of travel to get to the lair:

  • The Port Sarim lodestone, which teleports you just east of the White Knight Camp. This method of teleportation is free, unlimited, and arguably the easiest of the transportation means to unlock.
  • Captain's Log, which teleports you to the Player-Owned Ports portal, located in the north-eastern portion of Port Sarim. This method of teleportation is free, unlimited, and allows use of the bank inside the port. Earned through the Player-Owned Ports tutorial, which requires Level 90 in a related skill..
  • Clan vexillum, which teleports you to the clan camp just north-west of the White Knight Camp. This method of teleportation is free, unlimited, and places the player near the clan camp's bank. However, the vexilium is usable only if you are in a clan.
  • The PvM Portal in the Max Guild may be tuned to the Queen Black Dragon's Summoning portal. While initially tuning the portal is free (100k cost to retune), unlimited, and is the closest to the lair itself of all transportation methods, it requires Level 99 in all skills. 
  • Remora's necklace, which teleports you in the White Knight Camp once a day. Earned with completion of Song from the Depths. Due to this limit, this is not recommended.
  • A Rimmington teleport tablet, which teleports you next to the Rimmington house portal. Requires Love Story.
  • Explorer's ring 3 (or 4), which teleports you to the cabbage patch north of Port Sarim. This method of teleportation is free and unlimited, so long as you have completed the Lumbridge and Draynor Tasks.

HistoryEdit

QBD Fight

A player fighting the Queen Black Dragon.

The Queen Black Dragon hatched from the egg mentioned in the First dragonkin journal. The egg was infused by Kerapac with his own lifeblood in an experiment to try and create a new type of dragonkin that would not be cursed to feel pain whenever the Stone of Jas was used by False Users.

The second dragonkin journal describes the time after she hatched. Kerapac noted she was intelligent and possessed many of the powers a dragonkin does such as breathing fire, as well as inheriting his magical powers. However, he noted her size limited her ability to use these powers. He considered whether breeding smaller offspring could circumvent this problem.

The third dragonkin journal tells of other dragonkin attempting similar experiments, one resulting in the creation of the King Black Dragon. Despite him being a significantly weaker version, Kerapac attempted to use them for breeding.

These offspring were deemed to be an abject failure. The fourth dragonkin journal describes them as "broken" and "bestial". Kerapac released the King Black Dragon, but the Queen was stored deep underground, restrained by various artefacts designed to both protect and imprison her.

Sometime after being imprisoned, a siren named Remora was somehow inside the Queen Black Dragon. She used Remora to lure the souls of many men for her dreams, until The Raptor and an adventurer freed the siren, although it woke her up.

During the events of One of a Kind, Hannibus and the same adventurer revisited her while she was sleeping for a clue to get Hannibus back home to his realm. She telepathically talks through Hannibus, having a good dream where an Illujanka would be unable to dominate her. Although she remembers the adventurer from before (if they fought her successfully), she lets them ask any question, until the adventurer asks her about the Dragonkin, which angers her. Hannibus manages to subdue her for a while and the two leave before she is able to wake up and attack the "dream-things".

HabitatEdit

The Queen Black Dragon resides in the lowest level of the Grotworm Lair. To reach her, enter the caves and slide down the worm burrow shortcut on the first level, requiring 50 Agility. This will take you to the bottom level of the lair. Players without 50 Agility can traverse the three levels of the cave to reach the bottom.

There is a portal to the heart of the caves, leading to the Queen. It requires 60 Summoning to enter. Once inside, there is no exit – the only way to leave is through teleportation, death, or triumph. You will end up in a partially submerged arena, with the dragon sleeping. Once she wakes up, the battle begins.

StrategyEdit

RewardsEdit

After restoring the enchantment and returning the Queen to her slumber, you may enter a rewards room with a Dragonkin coffer containing your spoils. Four or more different rewards are received at once. You receive the 100% drop, as well as one drop from the Consumables section and then another drop. For example a kill could yield Dragonbones, Royal dragonhide, Royal bolts, Rocktails, Adamantite and Coal. All unique drops, the draconic visage and the Queen Black Dragon scale are tertiary drops.

Rewards are not noted. There are options to "Bank all", "Take all", and "Abandon all" - along with right click for all 3 options on each item. "Take all" option results in the player's inventory being full of all of the unnoted items of that variant. You can also use the "Abandon all" option, which discards all of the items from the coffer. Items stay in the coffer until you log out or leave the chamber. It is important to know that the Ring of Wealth does not affect the regular drops.

If the player clicks on the coffer but does not claim the rewards, and later logs out or loses connection, the rewards will be sent to the player's bank.

Collecting all four dragonkin journals is a requirement to trim the completionist cape and to obtain the master quest cape.

100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones8Always23,912
Royal dragonhideRoyal dragonhide5–7Always27,795–38,913
Royal bolts 5Royal bolts70–100Always6,510–9,300

JournalsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
First dragonkin journalFirst dragonkin journal1Always[journals 1]Not sold
Second dragonkin journalSecond dragonkin journal1Common[journals 2]Not sold
Third dragonkin journalThird dragonkin journal1Uncommon[journals 2]Not sold
Fourth dragonkin journalFourth dragonkin journal1Uncommon[journals 2]Not sold
  1. ^ The First dragonkin journal is always received on the first kill of the Queen Black Dragon
  2. ^ a b c Journals are received in numerical order. First dragonkin journal is always obtained on the first kill. After that there is a 1/9 chance to obtain the next journal as a drop.

Charm dropEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
61–63%10–11%4–5%4–5%17–19%
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 5,554 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.
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UniqueEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Royal torsion springRoyal torsion spring1Rare198,389
Royal sightRoyal sight1Rare119,942
Royal frameRoyal frame1Rare116,459
Royal bolt stabiliserRoyal bolt stabiliser1Rare135,393
Dragon kiteshieldDragon kiteshield1Rare331,955
Dragonbone upgrade kitDragonbone upgrade kit1Rare14,268


ConsumablesEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
RocktailRocktail4–10Common11,112–27,780
Saradomin brew (2)Saradomin brew (2)4–10Common19,004–47,510
Super restore (2)Super restore (2)4–10Common9,024–22,560

Main dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Runite oreRunite ore30Uncommon285,150
CoalCoal[d 1]300Uncommon118,200
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore[d 1]50Uncommon57,700
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone5Uncommon73,725
Yew logsYew logs300 (noted)Uncommon70,500
Magic logsMagic logs120 (noted)Uncommon125,520
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips30Uncommon227,040
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol10Uncommon52,850
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme50Rare286,650
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed5Common1,645
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Uncommon3,133
Torstol seed 5Torstol seed1Rare2,507
Magic seed 5Magic seed1Rare91,219
Coins 10000Coins150,000; 200,000Uncommon150,000–200,000
Raw sharkRaw shark40Uncommon44,160
Rare drop tableRare drop table2RareNot sold
  1. ^ a b 300 coal and 50 adamant ores are always received in tandem

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Queen black dragon scaleQueen black dragon scale1Very rare[t 1]Not sold
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare1,222,865
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1RareNot sold
  1. ^ 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.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,097
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,987
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common3,278
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common6,260
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare281,700–344,300
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,101
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common30,851
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon14,745
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare663,525–810,975
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,124
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,085
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,381,860–1,688,940
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare1,385
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,573
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare563,595–939,325
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,619
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,830
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common17,515–21,235
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,130,220–1,381,380
Vecna skullVecna skull1Rare78,597
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,544
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare943
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare664,625–838,450
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare165,620–208,936
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare59,375–83,125
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common19,035–23,265
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon248,400–303,600
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon28,361–32,310
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare538,020–657,580
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon78,800–433,400
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,490–17,710
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon207,720–253,880
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common54,750
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare492,750–602,250
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare855,450–1,045,550
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common41,547
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare623,205–761,695
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon475,650–581,350
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon324,720–396,880
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon257,535–314,765
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon167,490–204,710
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon43,862–50,128
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon41,972–47,968
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon364,876
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,016,510
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common10,350–12,650
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common15,030–18,370
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon117,900–144,100
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon15,980–19,270
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare158,625–193,875
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon31,410–38,390
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare573,750–701,250
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

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • According to the May Behind the Scenes article, it was intended for the Queen Black Dragon to be so large enough to fit 5 King Black Dragons into her mouth alone; however, she is not quite that big in the concept art nor in encounters, although upon entering her lair, the game camera zooms out further to make it look as if the Queen Black Dragon is very large in comparison to the player.
  • The platform upon which the Queen Black Dragon is fought is the Stone of Jas half of the Dragonkin emblem, who are responsible for the creation of the Queen Black Dragon, as well as all of the other species of dragons across Runescape.
  • Before the release of the Evolution of Combat, the Queen Black Dragon had a combat level of 2100, the highest level ever attained by any attackable monster.
  • According to a Postbag from the Hedge, the Queen Black Dragon is on a body of water to "tend" the flames in her furnace. She also calls her creator "Father", and she waits for him to come back, instead of being angry that he had abandoned her.
  • This boss was revealed at the Runefest 2011 Future Updates session by Mod Mark. The Kalphite King was the other boss planned alongside the Queen Black Dragon.
  • Before the release of the Evolution of Combat, the Queen Black Dragon could charge the dragonfire shield in one fire breath attack, which other dragonfire could not accomplish.
  • The update of 7 August 2012 changed the Queen Black Dragon. Among other things, she can now drop charms, some less profitable rewards have been removed, and her standard dragonfire has a cool-down of about ten seconds.
  • Originally, the Queen Black Dragon did not count for a Black dragon slayer assignment. However, with the release of the Wilderness Warbands update, she now counts as a Black dragon.
  • Despite having no stun-immune icon, the Queen Black Dragon is unaffected by stuns. This has been fixed on 17 February 2014.
    • Along with the patch notes, the player can now quick-start the fight by clicking the second option, rather than leaving the chest room to go to the portal and then restart the fight.
  • If a player receives any unique, non-effigy/royal drop, the Adventurer's log will say "While battling the Queen Black Dragon, I looted a (unique item)." If a player gets an effigy, the log will say "After killing a Queen Black Dragon, it dropped an effigy.", even though the Queen Black Dragon cannot be killed and its drops are by looting the chest, not by killing it.
  • For a while after the Evolution of Combat, when investigating the portal the Pre-EoC combat value was used, stating that the player should have at least a combat level of 120 before fighting her. This has been fixed and the message is still the same, although the portal recommends that the player should be have at least a combat level of 170 before fighting her. After Legacy, the recommended combat level once again reverted to 120.
  • There is currently a glitch that if the Queen Black Dragon uses her crystal or carapace skin, upon depleting her health for that phase it will be disabled. However, if one minute has not passed when starting the next phase, even though it will not visibly appear, the bonuses from that skin will carry over to the next phase.
  • The Queen Black Dragon could very well be a reference to Alfred Tennyson's "The Kraken", wherein the Kraken is also in a deep slumber, lives deep in a "grot", and is covered with "huge sea-worms".
  • Despite being a classified as a Black Dragon, she does not drop Black dragonhides.
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