|Release||22 May 2012 (Update)|
|Worms burrow through her rotting flesh.|
|Equipment XP (2H/MH & Armour/OH)|
|300 / 200 / 100|
6 ticks (3.6s)
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.
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.
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.
|First dragonkin journal||1||Always[d 1]||Not sold|
|Second dragonkin journal||1||Uncommon (1/19)[d 1]||Not sold|
|Third dragonkin journal||1||Uncommon (1/19)[d 1]||Not sold|
|Fourth dragonkin journal||1||Uncommon (1/19)[d 1]||Not sold|
|Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 5,591 kills.|
3 charms are dropped at a time.
|Royal torsion spring||1||Uncommon (1/25.6)[d 2]||90,874|
|Royal sight||1||Uncommon (1/25.6)[d 2]||91,630|
|Royal frame||1||Uncommon (1/25.6)[d 2]||90,503|
|Royal bolt stabiliser||1||Uncommon (1/25.6)[d 2]||91,650|
|Dragonbone upgrade kit||1||Uncommon (1/64)[d 2]||18,549|
|Dragon kiteshield||1||Rare (1/128)[d 2]||336,202|
|Saradomin brew (2)||4–10||Common||17,308–43,270|
|Super restore (2)||4–10||Common||7,100–17,750|
|Adamantite ore[d 3]||50||Uncommon||11,050|
|Yew logs||300 (noted)||Uncommon||50,700|
|Magic logs||120 (noted)||Uncommon||48,240|
|Onyx bolt tips||30||Uncommon||228,750|
|Black dragon egg (unchecked)||1||Rare[d 4]||230,675|
|Rare drop table||2||Rare||Not sold|
|Queen black dragon scale||1||Very rare[d 5]||Not sold|
|Draconic visage||1||Rare (1/109)[d 2]||1,186,802|
|Starved ancient effigy||1||Rare||Not sold|
- ^ a b c d Journals are received in numerical order. First dragonkin journal is always obtained on the first Queen Black Dragon kill.
- ^ a b c d e f g Mod Timbo. "Revealing Drop Rates." 27 October 2017. Developers' Blogs.
- ^ a b Adamantite ore and coal are always dropped together.
- ^ 1/200 chance.
- ^ 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.
|Show/hide rare drop table|
|Uncut diamond||45–55 (noted)||Rare||126,990–155,210|
|Loop half of a key||1||Common||11,416|
|Tooth half of a key||1||Common||14,301|
|Uncut dragonstone||45–55 (noted)||Rare||611,460–747,340|
|Rune platebody||15–25 (noted)||Rare||562,200–937,000|
|Shield left half||1||Rare||64,982|
|Onyx bolts||135–165||Very rare||1,070,010–1,307,790|
|Water talisman||65–82 (noted)||Rare||343,785–433,698|
|Earth talisman||65–82 (noted)||Rare||31,460–39,688|
|Fire talisman||25–35 (noted)||Rare||16,400–22,960|
|Raw lobster||135–165 (noted)||Common||27,945–34,155|
|Raw shark||225–275 (noted)||Uncommon||210,375–257,125|
|Big bones||68–82 (noted)||Uncommon||11,560–13,940|
|Dragon bones||180–220 (noted)||Rare||362,700–443,300|
|Gold ore||90–110 (noted)||Common||25,470–31,130|
|Adamantite ore||180–220 (noted)||Uncommon||39,780–48,620|
|Adamant bar||14–16 (noted)||Common||25,802–29,488|
|Adamant bar||135–165 (noted)||Rare||248,805–304,095|
|Runite ore||90–110 (noted)||Rare||116,910–142,890|
|Rune bar||3 (noted)||Common||9,159|
|Rune bar||45–55 (noted)||Rare||137,385–167,915|
|Grimy torstol||90–110 (noted)||Uncommon||408,690–499,510|
|Grimy snapdragon||90–110 (noted)||Uncommon||143,640–175,560|
|Super restore (4)||45–55 (noted)||Uncommon||168,210–205,590|
|Prayer potion (4)||45–55 (noted)||Uncommon||115,920–141,680|
|Dwarf weed seed||14–16||Uncommon||4,564–5,216|
|Palm tree seed||10||Rare||206,860|
|Molten glass||45–55 (noted)||Common||9,405–11,495|
|Soft clay||450–550 (noted)||Uncommon||306,900–375,100|
|Yew logs||68–82 (noted)||Uncommon||11,492–13,858|
|Yew logs||675–825 (noted)||Rare||114,075–139,425|
|Teak plank||45–55 (noted)||Uncommon||15,165–18,535|
|Mahogany plank||270–330 (noted)||Rare||238,140–291,060|
|Vecna skull||1||Very rare||208,981|
|Hazelmere's signet ring||1||Very rare||1,758,438,364|
|Brawling gloves (Melee)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Magic)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Ranged)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Agility)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Cooking)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (FM)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Fishing)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Hunter)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Mining)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Prayer)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Smithing)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (Thieving)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Brawling gloves (WC)||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Crystal triskelion fragment 1||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Crystal triskelion fragment 2||1||Very rare||Not sold|
|Crystal triskelion fragment 3||1||Very rare||Not sold|
- Long Live the Queen ( 10) - Defeat the Queen Black Dragon and obtain the first dragonkin journal.
- Quiet but Deadly Lore ( 30) - Defeat the Queen Black Dragon and obtain all four dragonkin journals.
- Through The Fire And Flames ( 30) - Kill the Queen Black Dragon with a royal crossbow.
- Floor Is Larval ( 50) - Defeat the Queen Black Dragon after killing 30 grotworms during the fight.
- Safety Dance ( 50) - Avoid being damaged by twenty of the Queen Black Dragon's fire waves without defeat.
- Blackout ( 0) - Obtained a collection of unique drops from the Queen Black Dragon.
- Loot Pinata ( 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.
- ^ 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!"*
- ^ 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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