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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
BonesBones1Always200

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 helm1Rare56,711
Elite black platebodyElite black platebody1Rare56,833
Elite black platelegsElite black platelegs1Rare62,848
Steel battleaxeSteel battleaxe1Common1,929
Black platelegsBlack platelegs1Common3,803
Black 2h swordBlack 2h sword1Common5,492
Black kiteshieldBlack kiteshield1Uncommon4,590
Rune maceRune mace1Uncommon7,165

Food and Potions

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Chilli potatoChilli potato1Common487
Potato with butterPotato with butter1Common52
LobsterLobster1–3Uncommon95–285
Super restore (1)Super restore (1)1Uncommon935
Super restore (2)Super restore (2)1Uncommon1,803
Prayer mix (1)Prayer mix (1)1Uncommon926
Prayer potion (1)Prayer potion (1)1Uncommon610

Other

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Gold barGold bar1–4 (noted)Common983–3,932
Mithril barMithril bar1–2Rare604–1,208
Steel barSteel bar1–3Uncommon827–2,481
Death runeDeath rune1–3Uncommon113–339
Chaos runeChaos rune1–3Uncommon115–345
Blood runeBlood rune1–4Rare713–2,852
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 sapphire1Common397
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common726
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,223
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,545
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare114,525–139,975
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common10,388
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,827
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,108
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare544,860–665,940
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,171
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,444
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare725,040–886,160
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,829
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,958
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,368–18,632
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,053,810–1,287,990
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,338
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare999
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare259,610–327,508
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare15,600–19,680
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare9,375–13,125
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common28,350–34,650
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon173,025–211,475
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,676–12,874
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare321,660–393,140
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon23,200–127,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,840–41,360
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon43,380–53,020
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common22,918–26,192
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare220,995–270,105
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare93,870–114,730
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,107
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare106,605–130,295
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon355,590–434,610
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon111,780–136,620
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon178,155–217,745
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon127,215–155,485
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon4,900–5,600
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,312–4,928
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon104,348
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare277,870
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common40,500–49,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,835–14,465
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon294,300–359,700
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,288–13,612
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare112,050–136,950
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon14,670–17,930
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare223,020–272,580
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon9,095
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*131,137
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 rare9,624

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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