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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. She and Nex share the third-highest combat level in the overworld, following the Kalphite King and Vorago.


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, 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.

Creation and imprisonmentEdit

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.
Entering Summoning portal
A player entering the Summoning portal at the end of the Grotworm Lair.

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.


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.


Money makingEdit

Killing the Queen Black Dragon
ProfitSkill requirementsOther requirementsExperience
Coins 10000 5,000,000

180 Multicombat recommended
96 Summoning-icon recommended (60 required)
96 Herblore-icon recommended
95 Prayer-icon recommended

Song from the Depths (highly recommended for damage reduction)
The Temple at Senntisten (recommended for access to Ancient Curses)

100,000 Multicombat

33,000 Constitution-icon


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. Rewards are not noted, and there is a "Take all" option, which 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. The coffer can also be used to deposit items. 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 what you get from the chest, except for the amount of food and potions.[1]

100% dropEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Dragon bones Dragon bones 8 1 Always 33,856
Royal dragonhide Royal dragonhide 5–7 1 Always 30,375–42,525
Royal bolts 5 Royal bolts 70–100 1 Always 3,990–5,700
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


  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 4 Rare [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






Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 4,018 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.

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


  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Royal torsion spring Royal torsion spring 1 3 Uncommon 396,655
Royal sight Royal sight 1 3 Uncommon 404,891
Royal frame Royal frame 1 3 Uncommon 400,338
Royal bolt stabiliser Royal bolt stabiliser 1 3 Uncommon 401,371
Dragon kiteshield Dragon kiteshield 1 4 Rare [unique 1] 322,761
Dragonbone upgrade kit Dragonbone upgrade kit 1 4 Rare [unique 2] 16,533
  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


  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Death rune Death rune 500 2 Common 56,500
Blood rune Blood rune 500 3 Uncommon 104,000


  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Rocktail Rocktail 4–10 2 Common 9,252–23,130
Saradomin brew (2) Saradomin brew (2) 4–10 2 Common 580–1,450
Super restore (2) Super restore (2) 4–10 2 Common 6,508–16,270


  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Runite ore Runite ore 30 3 Uncommon 316,440
Coal Coal 300 3 Uncommon [ores 1] 57,600
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 50 3 Uncommon [ores 1] 124,450
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 5 3 Uncommon 73,320
Yew logs Yew logs 300 (noted) 3 Uncommon 158,100
Magic logs Magic logs 120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 153,600
Onyx bolt tips 5 Onyx bolt tips 30 3 Uncommon 237,870
  1. ^ a b 300 coal and 50 adamant ores are always received in tandem


  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 50 4 Rare 460,450
Grimy torstol Grimy torstol 10 3 Uncommon 64,470


  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 5 2 Common 7,030
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 4 Rare 16,418
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1 4 Rare 155,959

Other dropsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 10000 Coins 150,000; 200,000; 250,000 3 Uncommon Not sold
Draconic visage Draconic visage 1 4 Rare [other 1] 1,245,239
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 5 Very rare Not sold
  1. ^ Estimated at 1/96 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012

Rare drop table dropsEdit

Note: The Queen Black Dragon will drop 2 items from the rare drop table. The drop rate of these items are 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 250 Coins 250 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,379
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 3,184
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,240
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 6,722
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 19,784
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 41,520
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 14,664
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,352
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,556
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,054
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 880
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,120
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,543
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,312
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 35,908
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 827,800
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,403
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,832
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,166
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,911
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 12,200
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,260,300
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 4 Rare 22,500–75,000
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,596,400
Air orb Air orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,908,000
Fire orb Fire orb 1,000 (noted) 4 Rare 2,097,000
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 140,908
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 11,536
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 35,050–49,070
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 41,850–58,590
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 665
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 447
Pure essence Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 6,500–195,000
Nature rune Nature rune 20–80 4 Rare 6,480–25,920
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 2,840
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 13,185
Death rune Death rune 50, 121 4 Rare 5,650–13,673
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 10,400
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 39,375–315,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 417,500–835,000
Big bones Big bones 150–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 86,250–287,500
Coal Coal 150–7,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 28,800–1,440,000
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) 3 Uncommon 373,350–1,991,200
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 10,300
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,054,800
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) 4 Rare 3,365,000–23,555,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) 4 Rare 13,124–1,968,600
Clean ranarr Clean ranarr 33 (noted) 3 Uncommon 102,531
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 108,925–1,089,250
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 128,490–513,960
Clean torstol Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 64,540–645,400
Saradomin brew (4) Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) 5 Very rare 99,000
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 8,604
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 1–50 4 Rare 67,803–3,390,150
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–7 4 Rare 155,959–1,091,713
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 989,510
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 1,406
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1–31 4 Rare 16,418–508,958
Fellstalk seed 5 Fellstalk seed 2 4 Rare 1,858
Yew logs Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) 4 Rare 26,350–10,540,000
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



  • 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 then leaving the chest room to go to the portal and then restart the fight.
  • If a player recieves 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.
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  1. ^ Forum stating the ring of wealth will not work

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