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King Black Dragon
King Black Dragon
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 Dragon bones 1 1Always

Weapons & Armour

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


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

Ores & Bars

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


Image Item Quantity Rarity
Coins Coins 3000 2Common
Oyster Oyster 1 3Uncommon
Ruby Amulet of strength Ruby amulet of strength 1 3Uncommon
Shark Shark 4 3Uncommon
Yew logs certificate Yew logs certificate 20 4Rare
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 5Very rare

Rare drop table

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

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