|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 more 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 2,740 Black dragonhide 1 Always 3,191 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 240 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 817 Mithril kiteshield 1 Uncommon 1,145 Mithril 2h sword 1 Uncommon 1,371 Adamant platebody 1 Rare 9,742 Rune longsword 1 Rare 19,399
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamant dart(p) 16 Common 2,416 Adamant javelin 30; 60 Common 2,130–4,260 Fire rune 50 Common 250 Rune knife 2 Uncommon 1,602 Air rune 75 Uncommon 375 Law rune 10 Uncommon 1,930 Blood rune 15 Uncommon 4,470 Dragon javelin heads 10 Uncommon 11,270
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 196; 330; 690 Common Not sold Adamantite bar 1; 2 Uncommon 2,156–4,312 Chocolate cake 1 Uncommon 351 Ensouled dragon head 1 Uncommon (1/35) 10,444 Slayer's enchantment 1 Uncommon 32,858 Mysterious emblem 1 Uncommon 76,959 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) 9,701,535
- ↑ 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 1,399 Loop half of key 1 Common 10,296 Tooth half of key 1 Common 15,730 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 817 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,814 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 1,014 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 496 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 15,075 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,551 Rune spear 1 Rare 12,176 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 25,400 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 39,646 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,622 Rune javelin 5 Rare 570 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,800 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,420 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 23,232 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,550 Rune arrow 42 Rare 4,662 Law rune 45 Rare 8,685 Death rune 45 Rare 15,840 Dragonstone 1 Rare 16,720 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 34,297 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 60,650 Shield left half 1 Very rare 71,695 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 40,028
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Elvarg||Strongest monster in RuneScape||King Black Dragon|
Dragons and dragon-like races