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King Black Dragon
King Black Dragon.png
Released 24 September 2002 (Update)
Pay-to-play Yes
Combat level 245
Max hit 25 (65 without anti dragon breath shield)
Stats (?) 250/240/250
Hitpoints 240
Experience (?) 382.5
Ranged XP (?) 510
Hits XP (?) 127.5
Fatigue (?) 5.1%
Hostility Aggressive (?)
Poisonous No
Poisonable Yes
Examine The biggest meanest dragon around [sic]

The King Black Dragon (or KBD) is the strongest and highest-level monster which can be found living in Gielinor on RuneScape Classic. He can be found in his lair, deep inside the Wilderness near the Lava Maze. The ladder to his lair is surrounded by 4 lesser demons. It leads down to a small room with 6 poison spiders and a teleport lever to the KBD. Unlike in RuneScape 2, the KBD doesn't directly inflict poison, however a cure poison potion may still prove necessary for the journey.

Players usually fight the dragon alone using melee, but it is possible to have another player ranging or casting spells on him from afar. However, it should be noted that Ranged and Prayer are significantly drained upon attacking, and therefore not reliable to use.

The KBD is often fought for its rare and valuable drops including the uncut dragonstone, dragon shield left half, and dragon medium helmet.

Recommended equipment

Note: The anti dragon breath shield is only needed at the start of a fight with the King black dragon, and some players choose to switch to a rune kite shield or dragon square shield for increased Defense immediately afterward.

The same gear would be used by a mage with the addition of a chosen god cape/spell and charge. Players using ranged should use a magic longbow and rune arrows. In addition, they will need to take a sip of ranging potion from time to time, as the KBD drains the player's Ranged level.


100% drop

Image Item Quantity Rarity
Dragon Bones.png Dragon bones 1 1Always

Weapons & Armour

Image Item Quantity Rarity
Mithril battle Axe.png Mithril battle axe 1 2Common
Adamantite Axe.png Adamantite axe 1 2Common
Adamantite Plate Mail Body.png Adamantite plate mail body 1 3Uncommon
Rune long sword.png Rune long sword 1 3Uncommon
Bronze Arrows.png Bronze arrows 310 3Uncommon
Iron Arrows.png Iron arrows 690 3Uncommon
Rune Axe.png Rune axe 1 4Rare
Rune Square Shield.png Rune square shield 1 4Rare
Rune battle Axe.png Rune battle axe 1 4Rare
Rune Kite Shield.png Rune kite shield 1 4Rare
Rune Plate Mail Legs.png Rune plate mail legs 1 4Rare
Dragon medium Helmet.png Dragon medium helmet 1 4Rare
Rune 2-handed Sword.png Rune 2-handed sword 1 5Very rare
Rune Spear.png Rune spear 1 5Very rare


Image Item Quantity Rarity
Fire-Rune.png Fire rune 70 2Common
Blood-Rune.png Blood rune 10 2Common
Air-Rune.png Air rune 70 3Uncommon
Nature-Rune.png Nature rune 3 3Uncommon
Death-Rune.png Death rune 5, 35 4Rare
Law-Rune.png Law rune 10, 45 4Rare

Ores & Bars

Image Item Quantity Rarity
Adamantite bar.png Adamantite bar 1–2 3Uncommon
Iron ore certificate.png Iron ore certificate 20 4Rare
Silver certificate.png Silver certificate 20 4Rare
Coal certificate.png Coal certificate 20 4Rare
Runite bar.png Runite bar 1 4Rare


Image Item Quantity Rarity
Coins.png Coins 3,000 2Common
Oyster.png Oyster 1 3Uncommon
Ruby Amulet of strength.png Ruby amulet of strength 1 3Uncommon
Shark.png Shark 4 3Uncommon
Yew logs certificate.png Yew logs certificate 20 4Rare
Uncut dragonstone.png Uncut dragonstone 1 5Very rare

Rare drop table

Image Item Quantity Rarity
Uncut sapphire.png Uncut sapphire 1 4Rare
Uncut emerald.png Uncut emerald 1 4Rare
Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby 1 4Rare
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond 1 5Very rare
Half of a key (tooth).png Half of a key 1 5Very rare
Half of a key (loop).png Half of a key 1 5Very rare
Half Dragon Square Shield 1.png Half Dragon square shield 1 5Very rare


  • The King Black Dragon was given three heads upon his transition to RuneScape 2.
  • His lair was also expanded in RS2.