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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Black dragon (Dungeoneering).
For the Dragonkin Laboratory monster, see Black dragon (Dragonkin Laboratory).
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Black dragons are powerful level 100 monsters. An anti-dragon shield, a dragonfire shield, an antifire potion, or a combination is highly recommended when fighting them, as it can reduce the maximum hit of their breath from about 5000+ to around 500. Players can also use super antifire, as it blocks the dragon fire breath attack completely. They are not as popular as the weaker blue dragons and green dragons, but their chance of dropping the much coveted draconic visage and their guaranteed drop of black dragonhide makes them worthwhile to kill. Players must kill a black dragon during the Freeing Sir Amik Varze part of Recipe for Disaster quest. A black dragon slayer task can also be completed by killing baby black dragons, the King Black Dragon, or the Queen Black Dragon.

The hide and bones give each black dragon kill a guaranteed drop value of 5,269 coins, in addition to their possible drops of runes and rune equipment.

Locations

Black dragons can be found in the following locations:

Taverley Dungeon

This location is usually not crowded, because there are only two dragon spawns, and it is also a considerable distance from the dungeon entrance, unless the player has 80 Agility to navigate a spike floor shortcut (can be boosted). However, if a player has yet to complete the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster, which is needed for the Evil Chicken's lair, they will have to either choose between Taverley or the Lava Maze (the latter being extremely dangerous).

Lava Maze

This location is almost always empty, as like in Taverley Dungeon, there are only two spawns. Players must also navigate through medium-high level Wilderness through the Lava Maze. While PKers are rarely, if ever seen in the dungeon because of its lack of noticeable features, there can be some outside due to the presence of lava strykewyrms right outside the Lava Maze, which is a hotspot for PKers.

The nearest bank is Darren, though players have to leave the dungeon and make their way out of the Lava Maze in order to reach him.

Evil Chicken's Lair

This location is the best and most recommended area to kill black dragons, as unlike the other two locations, there are four black dragons to kill here. The lair is accessible during and after the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster quest and requires a raw chicken to access. There are two chickens near the altar for players who forget to bring a raw chicken. This is the best location to hunt them because Zanaris bank is close by.

Even for players who haven't finished the subquest, they can still kill the black dragons as many times as they wish, though they will continually obtain the dragon token until it is picked up and used.

Strategy

Drops

100% drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,791
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide1Always3,478

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
56–57%8–9%26–27%7%1%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 29,053 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Uncommon6,053
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon3,550
Off-hand mithril battleaxeOff-hand mithril battleaxe1Uncommon2,954
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Uncommon3,569
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Rare8,975
Rune longswordRune longsword1Rare17,883
Off-hand rune longswordOff-hand rune longsword1Rare18,210
Adamant dartAdamant dart16Common960
Adamant javelinAdamant javelin30Common1,950
Rune knifeRune knife2Uncommon866
Fire runeFire rune50Common4,550
Law runeLaw rune10–12; 20; 45Common3,980–17,910
Air runeAir rune75Uncommon2,850
Blood runeBlood rune5; 8; 9; 15Uncommon3,545–10,635
Nature runeNature rune67–79Very rare28,877–34,049
Death runeDeath rune5–50Very rare565–5,650
Coins 250Coins196; 330; 690Common196–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake1Uncommon558
Adamant barAdamant bar1–2Uncommon1,580–3,160
Black dragon egg (unchecked)Black dragon egg (unchecked)1Very rare[1]242,320
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Black dragon tail-boneBlack dragon tail-bone1Uncommon[2]Not sold
Perfect black dragon scalePerfect black dragon scale1Common[3]Not sold
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Black dragon eggBlack dragon egg1Rare[4]Not sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Very rare[5]1,194,307

Rare drop table

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common434
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common735
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,213
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,562
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare115,290–140,910
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common10,990
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,168
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,334
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare555,030–678,370
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,168
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,294
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare702,900–859,100
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare895
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,872
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,022
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,029–18,221
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,060,290–1,295,910
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,299
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,000
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare260,715–328,902
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare15,600–19,680
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare10,025–14,035
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common32,265–39,435
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon180,000–220,000
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,812–13,038
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare322,380–394,020
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon21,200–116,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common34,560–42,240
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,660–52,140
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common22,120–25,280
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare213,300–260,700
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare93,150–113,850
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,041
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare105,615–129,085
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon354,150–432,850
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon125,730–153,670
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon182,700–223,300
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon128,340–156,860
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon5,012–5,728
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,480–5,120
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon130,544
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare337,250
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common38,250–46,750
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common10,980–13,420
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon268,650–328,350
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,424–13,776
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare113,400–138,600
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,905–16,995
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare226,800–277,200
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon9,095
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*120,785
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,671,277,144
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

Universal drops

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare11,540

Trivia

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