|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.
- Evil Chicken's Lair after starting the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster. There's a safe spot available here.
- Stronghold Slayer Cave - requires having a black dragon task in order to attack them.
- 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 2,961 Black dragonhide 1 Always 3,347 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 209 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 805 Mithril kiteshield 1 Uncommon 1,130 Mithril 2h sword 1 Uncommon 1,372 Adamant platebody 1 Rare 9,855 Rune longsword 1 Rare 20,591
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamant dart(p) 16 Common 2,496 Adamant javelin 30; 60 Common 1,890–3,780 Fire rune 50 Common 250 Rune knife 2 Uncommon 1,636 Air rune 75 Uncommon 375 Law rune 10 Uncommon 1,890 Blood rune 15 Uncommon 4,080 Dragon javelin heads 10 Rare 10,550
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 196; 330; 690 Common Not sold Adamantite bar 1; 2 Uncommon 2,253–4,506 Chocolate cake 1 Uncommon 370 Ensouled dragon head 1 Uncommon (1/35) 10,672 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) 9,432,499
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 1,603 Loop half of key 1 Common 11,285 Tooth half of key 1 Common 16,650 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 941 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,994 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 1,724 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 226 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 15,812 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 13,540 Rune spear 1 Rare 12,617 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 27,414 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 40,731 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,866 Rune javelin 5 Rare 580 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,700 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,260 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 24,986 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,100 Rune arrow 42 Rare 4,116 Law rune 45 Rare 8,505 Death rune 45 Rare 14,265 Dragonstone 1 Rare 16,247 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 36,442 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 63,819 Shield left half 1 Very rare 73,055 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 42,283
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Elvarg||Strongest monster in RuneScape||King Black Dragon|
Dragons and dragon-like races