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Queen Black Dragon Head Detail

The Queen Black Dragon is a very powerful dragon slumbering at the bottom of the Grotworm Lair. She was the first dragon ever created, created by the dragonkin Kerapac, and is the mother to all dragons, though the most unique of her "children" were the white dragons. Level 60 Summoning is required to enter her chamber, an area that can only be accessed alone. Waking her and fighting her effectively requires practice, apt reflexes, and high-level gear. Returning her to slumber rewards the player with a hefty reward and additionally Slayer experience if assigned a black dragon task. Wearing Dragon slayer gloves while activating the last crystal will grant bonus Slayer experience.

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

Obtaining all unique drops will unlock the [Name] the Experiment title.


The Queen Black Dragon resides in the lowest level of the Grotworm Lair. To reach her, enter the caves and slide down the worm burrow shortcut on the first level, requiring level 50 Agility. This will take you to the bottom level of the lair. Players without level 50 Agility must traverse the three levels of the cave to reach the bottom.

There is a portal to the heart of the caves, leading to the Queen. It requires level 60 Summoning to enter. Once inside, there is no exit – the only way to leave is through teleportation, death, or victory. You will end up in a partially submerged arena, with the dragon sleeping. Once she wakes up, the battle begins.


QBD Fight

A player fighting the Queen Black Dragon.

The Queen Black Dragon hatched from an egg mentioned in the first dragonkin journal. The egg was infused by Kerapac with his own lifeblood in an experiment to try and create a new type of dragonkin that would not be cursed to feel pain whenever the Stone of Jas was used by False Users.

The second dragonkin journal describes the time after she hatched. Kerapac noted she was intelligent and possessed many of the powers a dragonkin does such as breathing fire, as well as inheriting his magical powers. However, he noted that her large size prevented him from manipulating her powers. He considered channelling them into smaller vessels for him to use. She apparently seemed to solve it on her own by channelling them into tortured souls.

The third dragonkin journal tells of other dragonkin attempting similar experiments, one resulting in the creation of the King Black Dragon. Despite him being a significantly weaker version, Kerapac attempted to use them for breeding.

These offspring were deemed to be an abject failure. The fourth dragonkin journal describes them as "broken" and "bestial". Kerapac was enraged and wanted to kill both the King and Queen, but he regained composure and released the King Black Dragon into the wilds, where he would eventually be Hannibus' mount during the God Wars. As for the Queen, he had used his own blood to create her, and despite being a failure, still had a large amount of raw power that could be useful in the future. He created four artefacts designed to protect and imprison her before leaving.

Sometime after being imprisoned, a siren named Remora found and tried to heal the Queen Black Dragon, and eventually ended up trapped inside her. She used Remora to lure the souls of many men for her dreams, until The Raptor and an adventurer freed the siren, although it woke her up temporarily, as they burst a cyst the siren was held in. Enraged that her dream was disturbed, she breathed a plume of fire at the trio, killing Remora before going back to sleep.

During the events of One of a Kind, Hannibus and the same adventurer revisited her while she was sleeping for a clue to get Hannibus back home to his realm. She telepathically talks through Hannibus, having a good dream where an Ilujanka would be unable to dominate her. If battled before, she recognizes the adventurer as a "cruel dream", but allows them to ask her any question. Upon mentioning the dragonkin, she becomes enraged and labels the adventurer as a "nightmare-thing". Hannibus manages to subdue her and the two leave before she is able to wake up and attack the "nightmare-thing".

During the 2017 Christmas event, Santa Claus, wanting to create the perfect child, went to the Queen Black Dragon to imbue a clockwork gnome with her dragonfire after Thurgo suggested it, claiming that if it worked on royal crossbows, it should work on the clockwork gnome too. Santa visited the Queen Black Dragon, who subsequently swallowed him while destroying his sleigh and killing Rudolph, leaving behind his ashes. The adventurer visited the Queen Black Dragon, who she swallowed up. Inside, they would find Santa and the gnome before casting a fire spell on one of her sacs, freeing all three. They left before she could regain consciousness and attack.



After restoring the enchantment and returning the Queen to her slumber, you may enter a rewards room with a dragonkin coffer containing your spoils. Four or more different rewards are received at once. You receive the 100% drop, as well as one drop from the Consumables section and then another drop. All unique drops, the draconic visage, and the Queen Black Dragon scale are tertiary drops.

Rewards are not noted. There are options to "Bank all", "Take all", and "Abandon all" - along with right click for all 3 options on each item. "Take all" option results in the player's inventory being full of all of the unnoted items of that variant. You can also use the "Abandon all" option, which discards all of the items from the coffer. Items stay in the coffer until you log out or leave the chamber. Having tier 3 or higher luck will affect the drops in the chest.

If the player clicks on the coffer but does not claim the rewards, and later logs out or loses connection, the rewards will be sent to the player's bank.

Collecting all four dragonkin journals is a requirement to trim the completionist cape and to obtain the master quest cape.

100% drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones8Always15,512
Royal dragonhideRoyal dragonhide5–7Always24,370–34,118
Royal bolts 5Royal bolts70–100Always5,600–8,000


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
First dragonkin journalFirst dragonkin journal1Always[d 1]Not sold
Second dragonkin journalSecond dragonkin journal1Uncommon (1/19)[d 1]Not sold
Third dragonkin journalThird dragonkin journal1Uncommon (1/19)[d 1]Not sold
Fourth dragonkin journalFourth dragonkin journal1Uncommon (1/19)[d 1]Not sold

Charm drop

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 5,591 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Royal torsion springRoyal torsion spring1Uncommon (1/25.6)[d 2]90,186
Royal sightRoyal sight1Uncommon (1/25.6)[d 2]89,591
Royal frameRoyal frame1Uncommon (1/25.6)[d 2]90,360
Royal bolt stabiliserRoyal bolt stabiliser1Uncommon (1/25.6)[d 2]90,463
Dragonbone upgrade kitDragonbone upgrade kit1Uncommon (1/64)[d 2]16,661
Dragon kiteshieldDragon kiteshield1Rare (1/128)[d 2]332,175


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Saradomin brew (2)Saradomin brew (2)4–10Common15,644–39,110
Super restore (2)Super restore (2)4–10Common7,112–17,780

Main drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Runite oreRunite ore30Uncommon33,240
CoalCoal[d 3]300Uncommon24,300
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore[d 3]50Uncommon12,400
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone5Uncommon54,575
Yew logsYew logs300 (noted)Uncommon50,400
Magic logsMagic logs120 (noted)Uncommon48,360
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips30Uncommon237,210
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol10Uncommon41,550
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme50Rare212,250
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed5Common1,640
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Uncommon315
Torstol seed 5Torstol seed1Rare717
Magic seed 5Magic seed1Rare25,121
Coins 10000Coins150,000; 200,000Uncommon150,000–200,000
Raw sharkRaw shark40Uncommon36,360
Black dragon egg (unchecked)Black dragon egg (unchecked)1Rare[d 4]229,792
Rare drop tableRare drop table2RareNot sold

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Queen black dragon scaleQueen black dragon scale1Very rare[d 5]Not sold
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare (1/109)[d 2]1,202,816
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1RareNot sold
  1. ^ a b c d Journals are received in numerical order. First dragonkin journal is always obtained on the first Queen Black Dragon kill.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mod Timbo. "Revealing Drop Rates." 27 October 2017. Developers' Blogs.
  3. ^ a b Adamantite ore and coal are always dropped together.
  4. ^ 1/200 chance.
  5. ^ 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 sapphire1Common328
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common694
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,089
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,289
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare103,005–125,895
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,818
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,122
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon10,915
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare491,175–600,325
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,421
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare37,045
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare876,060–1,070,740
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare900
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,479
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 talisman1Rare948
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare885
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare343,980–433,944
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare53,170–67,076
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare21,025–29,435
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common29,565–36,135
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon204,525–249,975
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,696–14,104
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare349,020–426,580
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon16,200–89,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common22,410–27,390
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon44,640–54,560
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common21,686–24,784
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare209,115–255,585
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare99,720–121,880
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,143
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare107,145–130,955
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon373,950–457,050
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon124,830–152,570
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon159,795–195,305
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon115,515–141,185
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon4,410–5,040
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,690–5,360
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon100,484
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare322,160
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common33,300–40,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common8,775–10,725
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon274,950–336,050
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,424–13,776
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare113,400–138,600
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon18,270–22,330
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare222,480–271,920
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


  • Long Live the Queen (RuneScore 10) - Defeat the Queen Black Dragon and obtain the first dragonkin journal.
  • Quiet but Deadly Lore (RuneScore 30) - Defeat the Queen Black Dragon and obtain all four dragonkin journals.
  • Through The Fire And Flames (RuneScore 30) - Kill the Queen Black Dragon with a royal crossbow.
  • Floor Is Larval (RuneScore 50) - Defeat the Queen Black Dragon after killing 30 grotworms during the fight.
  • Safety Dance (RuneScore 50) - Avoid being damaged by twenty of the Queen Black Dragon's fire waves without defeat.
  • Blackout (RuneScore 0) - Obtained a collection of unique drops from the Queen Black Dragon.
  • Loot Pinata (RuneScore 5) - Defeat the Queen Black Dragon several times depending on the tier.



  • According to the May Behind the Scenes article, it was intended for the Queen Black Dragon to be so large enough to fit 5 King Black Dragons into her mouth alone; however, she is not quite that big in the concept art nor in encounters, although upon entering her lair, the game camera zooms out further to make it look as if the Queen Black Dragon is very large in comparison to the player.
  • The platform upon which the Queen Black Dragon is fought is the Stone of Jas half of the Dragonkin emblem, who are responsible for the creation of the Queen Black Dragon, as well as all of the other species of dragons across RuneScape.
  • Before the release of the Evolution of Combat, the Queen Black Dragon had a combat level of 2100, the highest level ever attained by any attackable monster in the old combat system.
  • According to a Postbag from the Hedge, the Queen Black Dragon is on a body of water to "tend" the flames in her furnace. She also calls her creator "Father", and she waits for him to come back, instead of being angry that he had abandoned her.
  • This boss was revealed at the Runefest 2011 Future Updates session by Mod Mark. The Kalphite King was the other boss planned alongside the Queen Black Dragon.
  • Before the release of the Evolution of Combat, the Queen Black Dragon could charge the dragonfire shield in one dragonfire attack, which other dragonfire could not accomplish.
  • The update of 7 August 2012 allowed the Queen Black dragon to drop charms and removed less "desirable" rewards from her drop table. Her dragonfire attack was also changed to have a cooldown of 10 seconds.
  • Originally, the Queen Black Dragon did not count for a black dragon slayer assignment. However, with the release of the Wilderness Warbands update, she now counts as a black dragon.
  • Despite having no stun-immune icon, the Queen Black Dragon is unaffected by stuns. This has been fixed on 17 February 2014.
    • Along with the patch notes, the player can now quick-start the fight by clicking the second option, rather than leaving the chest room to go to the portal and then restart the fight.
  • If a player receives any unique, non-effigy/royal drop, the Adventurer's log will say "While battling the Queen Black Dragon, I looted a (unique item)." If a player gets an effigy, the log will say "After killing a Queen Black Dragon, it dropped an effigy.", even though the Queen Black Dragon cannot be killed and its drops are by looting the chest, not by killing it.
  • For a while after the Evolution of Combat, when investigating the portal the Pre-EoC combat value was used, stating that the player should have at least a combat level of 120 before fighting her. This has been fixed and the message is still the same, although the portal recommends that the player should be have at least a combat level of 170 before fighting her. After Legacy Mode update, the recommended combat level was once again reverted to 120.
  • The Queen Black Dragon may be a reference to Alfred Tennyson's "The Kraken", wherein the Kraken is also in a deep slumber, lives deep in a "grot", and is covered with "huge sea-worms".
  • Despite being a classified as a black dragon, she does not drop black dragonhides, much like Verak Lith.
  • If a player kills the queen black dragon without touching the last artefact the player will receive a message saying "The power of the unprotected artefact leaks out and damages you!" the player will then receive constant 2000 damage hits.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this boss was 80,788 kills[1].
    • This had increased to 80,789 by 6 May 2018.[2].


  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!"*