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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
BonesBones1Always197

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 helm1Rare48,903
Elite black platebodyElite black platebody1Rare56,646
Elite black platelegsElite black platelegs1Rare59,268
Steel battleaxeSteel battleaxe1Common1,929
Black platelegsBlack platelegs1Common3,142
Black 2h swordBlack 2h sword1Common5,847
Black kiteshieldBlack kiteshield1Uncommon6,875
Rune maceRune mace1Uncommon7,165

Food and Potions

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Chilli potatoChilli potato1Common1,035
Potato with butterPotato with butter1Common50
LobsterLobster1–3Uncommon97–291
Super restore (1)Super restore (1)1Uncommon884
Super restore (2)Super restore (2)1Uncommon1,802
Prayer mix (1)Prayer mix (1)1Uncommon927
Prayer potion (1)Prayer potion (1)1Uncommon583

Other

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Gold barGold bar1–4 (noted)Common790–3,160
Mithril barMithril bar1–2Rare621–1,242
Steel barSteel bar1–3Uncommon914–2,742
Death runeDeath rune1–3Uncommon121–363
Chaos runeChaos rune1–3Uncommon121–363
Blood runeBlood rune1–4Rare744–2,976
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 sapphire1Common328
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common694
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,073
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,289
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare103,005–125,895
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,720
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common12,914
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon10,986
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare494,370–604,230
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,838
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare37,045
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare872,100–1,065,900
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare900
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,486
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,094
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,594–18,906
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,079,865–1,319,835
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare946
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare885
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare344,110–434,108
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare49,790–62,812
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare21,025–29,435
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common28,350–34,650
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon204,525–249,975
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,832–14,268
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare349,020–426,580
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon16,200–89,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common22,950–28,050
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon44,820–54,780
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common21,728–24,832
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare209,520–256,080
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare99,720–121,880
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,086
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare106,290–129,910
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon381,510–466,290
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon128,970–157,630
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon162,000–198,000
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon114,660–140,140
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon4,256–4,864
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,690–5,360
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon100,804
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare322,160
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common32,850–40,150
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,000–11,000
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon262,800–321,200
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,492–13,858
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare114,075–139,425
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon18,405–22,495
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare230,850–282,150
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,340
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*199,369
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,848,679,360
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 rare9,849

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.