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This article is about the Dragon. For the music track, see Queen Black Dragon (music track).
For the pet version, see Queen Black Dragonling.
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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.

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 this is free, 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.

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 bonesDragon bones8Always20,056
Royal dragonhideRoyal dragonhide5–7Always25,785–36,099
Royal bolts 5Royal bolts70–100Always3,570–5,100
First dragonkin journalFirst dragonkin journal1Always [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 journalSecond dragonkin journal1Common [journals 1]Not sold
Third dragonkin journalThird dragonkin journal1Uncommon [journals 1]Not sold
Fourth dragonkin journalFourth dragonkin journal1Uncommon [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 numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
20–22%10–11%4–5%4–5%17–19%
Represents a 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 50 or more creatures are killed)

UniqueEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Royal torsion springRoyal torsion spring1Rare191,382
Royal sightRoyal sight1Rare193,513
Royal frameRoyal frame1Rare191,496
Royal bolt stabiliserRoyal bolt stabiliser1Rare218,092
Dragon kiteshieldDragon kiteshield1Rare [1]332,480
Dragonbone upgrade kitDragonbone upgrade kit1Rare [2]8,993
Queen black dragon scaleQueen black dragon scale1Very rare (1/2,500)[3]Not sold
  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
  3. ^ Has a base drop rate of 1/2,500 with a threshold of 500.

ConsumablesEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
RocktailRocktail4–10Common8,012–20,030
Saradomin brew (2)Saradomin brew (2)4–10Common9,444–23,610
Super restore (2)Super restore (2)4–10Common9,856–24,640

MaterialsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Runite oreRunite ore30Uncommon318,960
CoalCoal300Uncommon [ores 1]95,400
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore50Uncommon [ores 1]67,050
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone5Uncommon71,940
Yew logsYew logs300 (noted)Uncommon92,400
Magic logsMagic logs120 (noted)Uncommon109,440
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips30Uncommon240,720
  1. ^ a b 300 coal and 50 adamant ores are always received in tandem

HerbsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol10Uncommon65,430
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme50Rare386,600

SeedsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 5Snapdragon seed5Common4,700
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed1Uncommon17,937
Herb seed 5Torstol seed1Rare13,479
Magic seed 5Magic seed1Rare146,979

Other dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 10000Coins150,000; 200,000UncommonNot sold
Raw sharkRaw shark40Uncommon47,480
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare1,279,449
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1RareNot sold


Rare drop table dropsEdit

Note: The Queen Black Dragon will drop 2 items from the rare drop table, although never the Vecna Skull. 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.
Show/hide rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins50; 250–500; 3,000CommonNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,213
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,311
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Uncommon2,956
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1; 2; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon5,839–321,145
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon24,955
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon39,491
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon14,388–791,340
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon57,944
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon35,970
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,371,780–1,676,620
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon38,105
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,718
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,718
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Uncommon20,905–25,345
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Uncommon1,136,160–1,388,640
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon68,734
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon907,790–1,145,212
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon297,180–374,904
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Uncommon101,300–141,820
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon613
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon287
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon43,065–52,635
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon267,075–326,425
Big bonesBig bones80–90 (noted)Uncommon37,520–42,210
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon451,260–551,540
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon63,600–349,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Uncommon20,070–24,530
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon241,380–295,020
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common44,805
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare403,245–492,855
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare956,880–1,169,520
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common42,954
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare644,310–787,490
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon588,870–719,730
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon430,470–526,130
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon254,115–310,585
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon172,170–210,430
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon251,118–286,992
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon328,580–375,520
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon587,916
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Uncommon1,507,510
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Uncommon29,700–36,300
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Uncommon10,845–13,255
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon108,900–133,100
Yew logsYew logs68–82; 675–825 (noted)Uncommon20,944–254,100
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon40,860–49,940
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Uncommon657,450–803,550
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1RareNot 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.
  • 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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