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The King Black Dragon (named Shakorexis by Hannibus) is an enormous, three-headed black dragon. He was the second dragon ever, created by Kerapac's fellow dragonkin Phalaks; a failed project intended to replicate the powerful Queen Black Dragon[1] some time in or before the First Age. One decade later, he was released into the Wilderness.

Killing the King Black Dragon at least once is one of the requirements of redeeming the Dragonkin lamp from Mr. Mordaut.

The King Black Dragon can be killed to collect the soul of a black dragon in an ushabti.

Obtaining all of his unique drops is required for the title [Name] the Last Rider.

Getting there

There are two ways that players can reach the King Black Dragon's Lair. Note that the lair itself is not considered part of the Wilderness, and therefore there is no risk of being killed by other players.

  • There is a ladder in level 43 of the Wilderness guarded by four lesser demons, leading to a small area with poison spiders and a lever which can be pulled to access the King Black Dragon's lair. Entering the lair with this method will grant players a 10% damage boost against the King Black Dragon. Wilderness Obelisks may be useful in reaching it. Players should be wary of player killers if planning to use this route.
  • Players can use either the artefact in the Wilderness wall north-west of the Edgeville lodestone, or the artefact in the Lava Maze Dungeon. Activating either one will teleport the player to the lair; however, using an artefact to enter will not grant players the damage boost the way using the lever does.

History

The Third dragonkin journal reveals that another Dragonkin (now known as Phalaks) created the King Black Dragon after seeing Kerapac's Queen Black Dragon. Although Kerapac noted that he was much smaller, he surmised that they could be used for breeding strong dragons which were immune to Jas' curse. The Fourth dragonkin journal mentions, however that the new dragons were too "bestial" and "broken", so the King Black Dragon was released into what would then be called the Wilderness.

Sometime during the Second Age, Zaros brought the Ilujanka to Gielinor after seeing them ride a similar race to the dragons. Calling them Dragon Riders, they were feared by their enemies due to their dragon-riding skills. It is shown through the Last riders book that Hannibus rode the King Black Dragon, calling him Shakorexis. Hannibus and the rest of the Dragon Riders faithfully served Zaros, until there were five Dragon Riders left, which included Hannibus. Due to Zaros' failure to fulfil his promise, two of the Dragon Riders, Morvannon and Apropos wanted to side with Zamorak, while the other two, Ablenkian and Balustan, stood with Zaros. Hannibus and the King Black Dragon stayed neutral and watched as the others were killed off by their supporting sides due to confusion. Hannibus and the King Black Dragon stayed in the room which they had been brought in, which is where the King Black Dragon resides to this day. However, the Mahjarrat Enakhra was determined to capture Hannibus for Zamorak. To increase the King Black Dragon's chances of survival, Hannibus reluctantly left him.

Sometime after being left alone, the white dragon Therragorn came to him. They became friends, and Therragorn asked him to hide her from hunters, who were killing off the white dragons for armour. He assisted by hiding her in some ruins south-east of the Rogues' Castle, which he could hide from view.

A Visit by Bob and Neite

The following takes place during A Tail of Two Cats.

Bob, a reincarnation of Robert the Strong, entered a relationship with Neite. In one of their travels, they visited the King Black Dragon, who Bob was friends with. The King Black Dragon told Bob that he had been doing the same activity as always; adventurers trying to kill him. At this point, R4ng3rNo0b889 barged in and attempted to kill him, but he did no damage and the King Black Dragon immediately scorched him to a crisp.

A Visit by Hannibus

The following takes place during One of a Kind.
Speaking to the KBD

The King Black Dragon helping Hannibus.

Hannibus, freed by an adventurer, desired to return to his home planet of Iaia. However, he had no idea on how to do so, as he did not want to get involved with the gods again, nor could teleportation and fairy rings bring him back home. Hannibus accompanied the adventurer by looking into both the mysterious statues and dragons themselves, but did not find any result. Hannibus suddenly remembered about his old mount and the two went to the lair that he resided in.

Hannibus greeted his former mount, before the King Black Dragon noticed the adventurer alongside him, either recognizing them from previous encounters or as food if they had not fought before. Regardless, Hannibus asked him about a white dragon, which he affirmed he knew and took them out to the location where he hid Therragorn. His presence ensured that the two would not be attacked, and upon arriving, unlocked the entrance with a Dragonkin phrase before leaving.

Suggestions for fighting

King Black Dragon fight

Two players fight the KBD.

Drops

100% drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always2,548
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide1Always3,271

Charms (m)

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
26–30%4–6%3–5%59–64%0.9–2%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 1,185 kills.
4 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mystic clothMystic cloth1–3 (noted)Uncommon5,043–15,129
Blood runeBlood rune(m)30–50Common18,780–31,300
Death runeDeath rune50Common6,150
Yew logsYew logs50; 80 (noted)Common9,150–14,640
Magic logsMagic logs10 (noted)Common3,740
Law runeLaw rune50Uncommon20,500
Mithril arrow 5Mithril arrow250Uncommon5,250
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow50; 75; 100Uncommon7,550–15,100
Rune sq shieldRune sq shield1Uncommon22,047
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon17,883
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Uncommon24,988
Off-hand rune battleaxeOff-hand rune battleaxe1Uncommon24,327
Gold oreGold ore50 (noted)Uncommon18,700
Silver oreSilver ore100 (noted)Uncommon12,300
Rune barRune bar(noted)Uncommon3,534
Adamant barAdamant bar(noted)Uncommon8,960
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Uncommon2,739
Uncut rubyUncut ruby(noted)Common7,254
Dragon helmDragon helm(m)1Rare57,877
Wine of ZamorakWine of Zamorak6Rare68,676
Dragon rider bootsDragon rider boots(m)1Very rare (1/2,000)[d 1]734,861
Dragon rider glovesDragon rider gloves(m)1Very rare (1/2,000)[d 1]356,200
Dragon kite ornament kit (sp)Dragon kite ornament kit (sp)(m)1Very rare (1/2,000)[d 1]11,655
Dragon kite ornament kit (or)Dragon kite ornament kit (or)(m)1Very rare (1/2,000)[d 1]18,168
Off-hand rune longswordOff-hand rune longsword1Uncommon18,210
Black dragon egg (unchecked)Black dragon egg (unchecked)1Very rare (1/2,000)281,320

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Black dragon tail-boneBlack dragon tail-bone(m)1Uncommon[d 2]Not sold
King black dragon headKing black dragon head(m)1Rare (1/128)[d 1]Not sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy(m)1RareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons(m)1RareNot sold
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)(m)1RareNot sold
Last ridersLast riders1Very rare[d 3][d 4]Not sold
Sealed clue scroll (elite)Sealed clue scroll (elite)(m)1Very rare[d 5]Not sold
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Very rare (1/5,000)[d 1]1,182,450
King black dragon scaleKing black dragon scale1Very rare[d 6]Not sold
  1. ^ a b c d e f Mod Shauny. Dev Blog: Revealing Drop Rates. 3 November 2017. (Archived from the original on 3 November 2017.)*
  2. ^ Tail-bone drops only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list
  3. ^ Jagex. Mod Rowley's Twitter account. Mod Rowley: "Recent article is incorrect on this point. As it was previously stated/how you understand it is correct. Guaranteed on 2,000th solo kill."
  4. ^ Last Riders is dropped to all players (regardless of whether they participate in the kill, or are even in the room). It remains for approximately 30 seconds before disappearing. Base drop rate of 1/1,000, but after 1,000 kill count, each kill will decrease the denominator by 1, so it is a guaranteed drop on a solo kill with a kill count of at least 2,000.
  5. ^ There is a 1% chance of this being a sealed clue scroll (master) instead
  6. ^ Has a base drop rate of 1/2,500 with a threshold of 500.

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 sapphire1Common618
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common984
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,209
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,837
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare127,665–156,035
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common8,849
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common10,375
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,905
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare535,725–654,775
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,729
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare33,540
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare504,540–616,660
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare62,916
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon57,877
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common11,978–14,522
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,006,155–1,229,745
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,254
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,853
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare143,390–180,892
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare9,490–11,972
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare8,350–11,690
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common58,455–71,445
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon335,925–410,575
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon21,760–26,240
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare458,640–560,560
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon20,200–111,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,660–41,140
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon43,560–53,240
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common15,680–17,920
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare151,200–184,800
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare82,170–100,430
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common5,301
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare79,515–97,185
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon510,660–624,140
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon119,790–146,410
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon111,105–135,795
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon130,905–159,995
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon20,580–23,520
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon11,214–12,816
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon224,804
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare633,780
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common49,500–60,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common15,975–19,525
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon186,750–228,250
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,444–15,006
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare123,525–150,975
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,275–16,225
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare224,640–274,560
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon13,399
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*108,381
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,747,789,117
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 rare7,635

Achievements

Gallery

Trivia

KBD stamp

A stamp featuring the King Black Dragon from a postbag

  • The King Black Dragon can talk, as seen in A Tail of Two Cats, One of a Kind and 2015 Christmas event.
  • Multiple King Black Dragons exist, as shown with the presence of Verak Lith and Verak Little.
  • The dragonkin research book refers to the King Black Dragon as "Verak Kreath Draekun", which is "King Black Dragon" translated literally into the dragonkin language.
  • For a while after the Evolution of Combat, despite being a boss monster, the King Black Dragon could be tagged, allowing the player who hit him first to receive the drop even if they did little or no damage. This has been fixed.
  • It was revealed in the April 2011 BTS that the Kalphite Queen and the King Black Dragon were due to be married on 29 April 2011, to coincide with the wedding of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton in the United Kingdom. However this turned out to be a marketing ploy by Diango.
  • The examine text "The biggest, meanest dragon around" wasn't true after Queen Black Dragon was released, as the Queen Black Dragon is much, much bigger and stronger than the King Black Dragon. His examine was changed due to this, to "Was the biggest, meanest dragon around."
    • A while after the Queen Black Dragon was released, when you killed a King Black Dragon, the Adventurer's log said: "I killed a King Black Dragon, the biggest, meanest dragon around." After its graphical update the adventurer's log was also changed to "I killed a King Black Dragon, which was once the biggest, meanest dragon around."
  • According to his Top Trumps card, he is 10 meters tall and is over 13,000 years old, meaning he was created in or before the First Age, assuming that the commonly assumed lengths of the ages are accurate.
  • The King Black Dragon was made available to free-to-play players on 29 February 2016.
  • He used to have a damage cap of 5,000 for a normal attack, and 6,000 on a critical hit.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this boss was 48,352 kills[1].
    • This had increased to 63,202 by 6 May 2018.[2].

References

  1. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. 2 Feb 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Boss in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"*
  2. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. 6 May 2018. "Here are the top 10 kills for each Boss in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"*
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