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The Queen Black Dragon is a 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 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.

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:

  • Remora's necklace, which teleports you in the White Knight Camp once a day. Earned with completion of Song from the Depths.
  • The Port Sarim lodestone, which teleports you just east of the White Knight Camp. This method of teleportation is free and unlimited.
  • 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.
  • A Clan vexillum, which teleports you to the clan camp just north-west of the White Knight Camp. This method of teleportation is free and unlimited, but is usable only if you are in a clan.
  • A 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 and unlimited.

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 the 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 and Coal.

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.

100% dropEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Dragon bones Dragon bones 8 1 Always 21,584
Royal dragonhide Royal dragonhide 5–7 1 Always 26,880–37,632
Royal bolts 5 Royal bolts 70–100 1 Always 4,480–6,400
First dragonkin journal First dragonkin journal 1 1 Always [100% 1] Not sold
  1. ^ The First dragonkin journal is always received on the first kill of the Queen Black Dragon

JournalsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Second dragonkin journal Second dragonkin journal 1 2 Common [journals 1] Not sold
Third dragonkin journal Third dragonkin journal 1 3 Uncommon [journals 1] Not sold
Fourth dragonkin journal Fourth dragonkin journal 1 3 Uncommon [journals 1] Not sold
  1. ^ a b c Journals are received in numerical order, every next chapter seems a bit more rare than the previous one, you can only obtain each chapter once. First dragonkin journal is always obtained on the first kill.

Charm dropEdit

Charm drop percentages
No charms Gold charm Green charm Crimson charm Blue charm

61–63%

10–11%

4–5%

4–5%

17–19%

Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 5,454 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.

Please add to the log (only if 15 or more creatures killed).


UniqueEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Royal torsion spring Royal torsion spring 1 4 Rare 295,283
Royal sight Royal sight 1 4 Rare 300,386
Royal frame Royal frame 1 4 Rare 299,885
Royal bolt stabiliser Royal bolt stabiliser 1 4 Rare 320,380
Dragon kiteshield Dragon kiteshield 1 4 Rare [unique 1] 323,180
Dragonbone upgrade kit Dragonbone upgrade kit 1 4 Rare [unique 2] 10,706
  1. ^ Estimated at 1/192 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012
  2. ^ Estimated at 1/104 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012

ConsumablesEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rocktail Rocktail 4–10 2 Common 7,004–17,510
Saradomin brew (2) Saradomin brew (2) 4–10 2 Common 2,368–5,920
Super restore (2) Super restore (2) 4–10 2 Common 6,508–16,270
Shark Shark 40 3 Uncommon 38,760
Raw shark Raw shark 40 3 Uncommon 45,960

MaterialsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Runite ore Runite ore 30 3 Uncommon 335,790
Coal Coal 300 3 Uncommon [ores 1] 73,800
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 50 3 Uncommon [ores 1] 66,650
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 5 3 Uncommon 74,075
Yew logs Yew logs 300 (noted) 3 Uncommon 106,800
Magic logs Magic logs 120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 120,600
Onyx bolt tips 5 Onyx bolt tips 30 3 Uncommon 238,350
  1. ^ a b 300 coal and 50 adamant ores are always received in tandem

HerbsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy torstol Grimy torstol 10 3 Uncommon 58,330
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 50 4 Rare 341,300

SeedsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 5 2 Common 12,790
Herb seed 5 Lantadyme seed 1 3 Uncommon 29,676
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 4 Rare 22,471
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–3 4 Rare 180,858–542,574

Other dropsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 10000 Coins 150,000, 200,000 3 Uncommon Not sold
Draconic visage Draconic visage 1 4 Rare 1,366,713
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 4 Rare Not sold


Rare drop table dropsEdit

Note: The Queen Black Dragon will drop 2 items from the rare drop table. The drop rate of these items is rare.
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 Market Price
Coins 250 Coins 200–350,3,000 2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,183
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,523
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,035
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 5,739
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 34,835
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 34,674
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 14,815
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,007
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,700
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,110
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 920
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,260
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,455
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,498
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,052
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,565,600
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,093
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,681
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 62,804
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,065
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 12,400
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,267,350
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150 4 Rare 22,650
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 98,125
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 10,571
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 64,975–90,965
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 66,300–92,820
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 730
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 493
Pure essence Pure essence 1,000–1,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 17,000–25,500
Nature rune Nature rune 60–80 4 Rare 18,480–24,640
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 4,640
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 19,530
Death rune Death rune 50 4 Rare 14,600
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 24,600
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 59,625–119,250
Raw shark Raw shark 250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 287,250
Big bones Big bones 150–180 (noted) 3 Uncommon 87,450–104,940
Coal Coal 550–700 (noted) 3 Uncommon 135,300–172,200
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 199,950–333,250
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 9,100
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,119,300
Rune bar Rune bar 1 2 Common 14,151
Rune bar Rune bar 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 707,550
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 35–45 (noted) 3 Uncommon 120,295–154,665
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 107,160–125,020
Clean torstol Clean torstol 16–34 (noted) 3 Uncommon 97,120–206,380
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 2 Common 2,558
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 3 Uncommon 22,471
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 8,589
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 3–7 4 Rare 542,574–1,266,006
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,467,460
Yew logs Yew logs 450–550 (noted) 4 Rare 160,200–195,800
Crystal triskelion fragment 1 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2 Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3 Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Melee) Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) Brawling gloves (FM) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) Brawling gloves (WC) 1 5 Very rare Not 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 it's drops are by looting the chest, not by killing it.
  • When in the spirit realm at the ruins in level 47 of the Wilderness, there is a symbol on the walls that looks similar to the Queen Black Dragon's arena-half of a circle with a hexagon pattern, joined at the cut-off point by what could be the magical platforms that lead to the artefacts.
  • 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.
  • 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".
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