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Elite Black Knights are monsters found in the Black Knights' Catacombs or in Lucien's camp after starting the While Guthix Sleeps quest. They drop the exclusive Elite black armour. They have the ability to use prayer, so it is suggested to bring at least 2 forms of attack style to kill them with. Wearing full Elite black armour or a set of Dagon'hai robes will make them and others in the dungeon tolerant.

Elite Black Knights are considered to be worth 12 Black Knights with regards to the player's White Knight rank; killing them may be preferred as Elite Black Knights have three times the life points of regular knights but provide twelve times the ranking per kill.

Elite Black Knight's prayer is 100% effective, similar to Tormented demons and Akrisae the Doomed. Like the aforementioned monsters, Elite Black Knights will switch their overhead prayer on regular intervals when the sum of the damage dealt is greater than 1500 for a given combat style. When they switch prayers, it will reset the damage count for the other combat style. After receiving 20 attacks, their prayer points will be depleted. There is also a short break between their attacks when they switch their protection prayers. Smite or Soul Split do not help drain their prayer, and the Smash ability will not disable it.

A highly recommended method of killing them is to bring two slow weapons of different styles and fight them with Legacy Mode enabled; because of their relatively low life points, they can be often killed in one hit by a slow 2h weapon in one or two attacks. Suggested weapons to use are the Noxious scythe, Chaotic maul or any Godsword for melee; the Noxious staff, Chaotic staff or Armadyl battlestaff for Magic (with Air Surge as the autocast spell), and the Noxious longbow, Royal crossbow, Zaryte bow, or Hand cannon for Ranged. Familiars such as the Steel Titan may also be summoned to assist in killing.

Drops

100% drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
BonesBones1Always191

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
44–47%27–29%8–9%3–4%13–15%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 3,320 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Weapons and armour

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Elite black full helmElite black full helm1Rare54,780
Elite black platebodyElite black platebody1Rare61,008
Elite black platelegsElite black platelegs1Rare63,749
Steel battleaxeSteel battleaxe1Common1,929
Black platelegsBlack platelegs1Common3,612
Black 2h swordBlack 2h sword1Common5,001
Black kiteshieldBlack kiteshield1Uncommon5,914
Rune maceRune mace1Uncommon7,165

Food and Potions

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Chilli potatoChilli potato1Common748
Potato with butterPotato with butter1Common52
LobsterLobster1–3Uncommon92–276
Super restore (1)Super restore (1)1Uncommon880
Super restore (2)Super restore (2)1Uncommon1,768
Prayer mix (1)Prayer mix (1)1Uncommon927
Prayer potion (1)Prayer potion (1)1Uncommon569

Other

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Gold barGold bar1–4 (noted)Common791–3,164
Mithril barMithril bar1–2Rare599–1,198
Steel barSteel bar1–3Uncommon1,006–3,018
Death runeDeath rune1–3Uncommon114–342
Chaos runeChaos rune1–3Uncommon117–351
Blood runeBlood rune1–4Rare684–2,736
Coins 1000Coins406–2,397Common406–2,397
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)1RareNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold

Rare drop table drops

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 sapphire1Common404
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common767
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,225
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,792
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare125,640–153,560
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,046
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,596
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,566
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare565,470–691,130
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,276
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,420
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare887,940–1,085,260
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,149
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,952
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,481–18,769
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,064,070–1,300,530
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,126
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare808
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare368,290–464,612
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare43,420–54,776
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare19,250–26,950
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common27,270–33,330
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon220,050–268,950
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,628–14,022
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare362,340–442,860
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon17,600–96,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common26,910–32,890
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon48,600–59,400
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common24,178–27,632
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare233,145–284,955
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare140,850–172,150
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common9,396
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare140,940–172,260
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon493,740–603,460
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon133,740–163,460
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon169,470–207,130
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon115,695–141,405
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon6,062–6,928
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,732–5,408
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon66,480
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare237,960
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common37,800–46,200
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,450–11,550
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon311,850–381,150
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,948–13,202
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare108,675–132,825
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon17,190–21,010
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare242,190–296,010
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,324
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*215,751
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,758,438,364
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 rare8,622

Trivia

  • They yell Curses, Zamorak has abandoned me! when they run out of prayer.
  • Sometimes Elite Black Knights will switch their Prayer just before they die, even though they would receive less than 150 of total damage and hits. This is probably because the attacking player would have inflicted more damage if the knight had more health.
  • Players that have not yet started the While Guthix Sleeps quest can still see the Elite Black Knights from the Chaos Temple near Lucien's camp.
  • The Elite Black Knight's level was the highest combat level possible for a player to reach (before the Evolution of Combat), although the knights had 1200 life points instead of the player's max of 990.
  • Although Elite Black Knights are followers of Zamorak, they used to wield what looked distinctly like a Saradomin sword. However, they now wield black 2h swords.
  • Their capes look like team-12 capes but have a black base colour instead of yellow.
  • The second warning for bots caught by Botwatch featured normal and Elite Black Knights using the graphically updated versions of their respective armour and weapons, even before they were graphically updated.
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