|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 3,187 Black dragonhide 1 Always 3,464 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 158 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 796 Mithril kiteshield 1 Uncommon 1,098 Mithril 2h sword 1 Uncommon 1,397 Adamant platebody 1 Rare 9,773 Rune longsword 1 Rare 20,684
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamant dart(p) 16 Common 2,416 Adamant javelin 30; 60 Common 1,860–3,720 Fire rune 50 Common 250 Rune knife 2 Uncommon 1,354 Air rune 75 Uncommon 375 Law rune 10 Uncommon 1,660 Blood rune 15 Uncommon 3,510 Dragon javelin heads 10 Rare 9,820
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 196; 330; 690 Common Not sold Adamantite bar 1; 2 Uncommon 2,319–4,638 Chocolate cake 1 Uncommon 302 Ensouled dragon head 1 Uncommon (1/35) 11,980 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) 11,404,016
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 1,632 Loop half of key 1 Common 9,045 Tooth half of key 1 Common 16,992 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 1,084 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,990 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 1,387 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 262 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 16,750 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 13,519 Rune spear 1 Rare 12,785 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 27,541 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 40,984 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,962 Rune javelin 5 Rare 620 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,600 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,240 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 25,012 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,400 Rune arrow 42 Rare 3,948 Law rune 45 Rare 7,470 Death rune 45 Rare 13,635 Dragonstone 1 Rare 16,148 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 36,691 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 62,107 Shield left half 1 Very rare 74,431 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 41,269
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Elvarg||Strongest monster in RuneScape||King Black Dragon|
Dragons and dragon-like races