|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 3,164 Black dragonhide 1 Always 3,440 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 297 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 807 Mithril kiteshield 1 Uncommon 1,138 Mithril 2h sword 1 Uncommon 1,364 Adamant platebody 1 Rare 9,807 Rune longsword 1 Rare 20,371
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamant dart(p) 16 Common 2,608 Adamant javelin 30; 60 Common 1,170–2,340 Fire rune 50 Common 250 Rune knife 2 Uncommon 1,402 Air rune 75 Uncommon 375 Law rune 10 Uncommon 1,850 Blood rune 15 Uncommon 3,525 Dragon javelin heads 10 Rare 9,850
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 196; 330; 690 Common Not sold Adamantite bar 1; 2 Uncommon 2,526–5,052 Chocolate cake 1 Uncommon 332 Ensouled dragon head 1 Uncommon (1/35) 12,513 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) 13,822,915
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 1,647 Loop half of key 1 Common 8,207 Tooth half of key 1 Common 18,665 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 1,106 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 2,121 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 760 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 568 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 17,889 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 13,787 Rune spear 1 Rare 12,606 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 26,675 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 41,376 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,943 Rune javelin 5 Rare 455 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 15,500 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 780 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 25,169 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,100 Rune arrow 42 Rare 4,242 Law rune 45 Rare 8,325 Death rune 45 Rare 14,805 Dragonstone 1 Rare 16,759 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 36,504 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 61,698 Shield left half 1 Very rare 72,098 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 41,616
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Elvarg||Strongest monster in RuneScape||King Black Dragon|
Dragons and dragon-like races