|Release date||27 February 2002 (Update)|
|Always drops||Dragon bones, Black dragonhide|
|A fierce dragon with black scales!|
Black dragons are very powerful monsters, and like all other dragons, an Anti-dragon shield or Antifire potion is needed in order to protect yourself from their powerful magic-based fire. They are the most powerful chromatic dragon. They are not as popular a monster to train on as the weaker blue dragon, but their guaranteed drops, black dragonhide and dragon bones, are some of the most valuable guaranteed drops of all monsters. They are also hunted for the draconic visage.
Black dragons can only be found in four locations:
- Taverley Dungeon - requires dusty key (or 70 Agility pipe squeeze, or 80 Agility spike trap jump) - They can easily be safe-spotted at this location.
- The upper level contains 12 additional black dragons, but can only be killed while on a slayer assignment.
- Evil Chicken's Lair after starting the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster. There's a safe spot available here.
- Lava Maze Dungeon located in the heart of the Lava Maze.
Strengths and weaknessesEdit
Black dragons have an extremely high Defence, one of the highest of any monster in RuneScape. As with all dragons, an anti-dragon shield or a dragonfire shield is essential when fighting them with Melee. Without one, you can be hit extremely hard by dragonfire.
Ranged is the most advised of the method due to all dragons having high Magic Defence and the occasional accident occurring with the halberd leaving the player completely vulnerable to their very powerful dragonfire attack.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Dragon bones 1 Always 2,931 Black dragonhide 1 Always 3,326 Dragon token 1 Always  Not sold
- ↑ Only dropped during the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster if the player doesn't have one already.
Weapons and armourEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Mithril axe 1 Uncommon 235 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 807 Mithril kiteshield 1 Uncommon 1,135 Mithril 2h sword 1 Uncommon 1,366 Adamant platebody 1 Rare 9,630 Rune longsword 1 Rare 18,735
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamant dart(p) 16 Common 2,400 Adamant javelin 30; 60 Common 2,190–4,380 Fire rune 50 Common 250 Rune knife 2 Uncommon 1,282 Air rune 75 Uncommon 375 Law rune 10 Uncommon 1,750 Blood rune 15 Uncommon 3,420 Dragon javelin heads 10 Uncommon 9,850
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 196; 330; 690 Common Not sold Adamantite bar 1; 2 Uncommon 2,273–4,546 Chocolate cake 1 Uncommon 332 Ensouled dragon head 1 Uncommon (1/35) 10,842 Slayer's enchantment 1 Uncommon 7,047 Mysterious emblem 1 Uncommon 90,936 Clue scroll (hard) 1 Rare (1/128) Not sold Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/500) Not sold Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/10,000) 9,673,100
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Only dropped by those found in the Wilderness while on a slayer assignment given by Krystilia.
Rare drop table
In addition to the drops above, this monster also has access to the rare drop table.
Show/hide rare drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 3,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,493 Loop half of key 1 Common 9,093 Tooth half of key 1 Common 17,412 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 907 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,819 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 972 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 364 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 14,204 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,444 Rune spear 1 Rare 11,832 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,385 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 37,842 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,524 Rune javelin 5 Rare 570 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,200 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,460 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 22,495 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,700 Rune arrow 42 Rare 3,948 Law rune 45 Rare 7,875 Death rune 45 Rare 11,655 Dragonstone 1 Rare 15,916 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,218 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,763 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,305 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,660
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Elvarg||Strongest monster in RuneScape||King Black Dragon|
Dragons and dragon-like races