Black equipment

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A male player wearing the regular full black armour set
A female player wearing the regular full black armour set (lg)

Black equipment consists of weapons and armour stronger than steel equipment, yet weaker than mithril equipment. Black, along with its counterpart White, is a coloured form of Steel as a result from specialised forging techniques which also slightly increase its defensive capability.[1]

Disassembling black equipment (weapons and armour) always gives knightly components.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

Black weapons give medium attack bonuses. Players require an Attack level of 25 to wield them. Black in general is much more expensive than steel as many players like the dark black colour as well as the fact that some black items cannot be bought from stores. Because of this, some high-level players may still be seen wielding black weapons and armour. All black items cannot be smithed. Black armour is comparable to white armour, unlocked after the Wanted! quest. However, white armour is for members only and has a slight Prayer bonus. Players wishing to fight the Tormented wraith after the Summer's End quest must equip black armour and weapons.

Melee weapons[edit | edit source]

Main hand weapons[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
StyleSlotRangeAccDamageAttributePrice
AutoAbilDefenceConstitutionPrayer
Black battleaxe.pngBlack battleaxeSlashMain hand slot.png1381372.5240---11,109
Black cane.pngBlack caneCrushMain hand slot.png1354220.8220.8--21,361,253
Black claw.pngBlack clawSlashMain hand slot.png1381240240---4,978
Black dagger.pngBlack daggerStabMain hand slot.png1381240240---5,962
Black hatchet.pngBlack hatchetSlashMain hand slot.png1381147115.2---3,606
Black longsword.pngBlack longswordSlashMain hand slot.png1381306.3240---4,832
Black mace.pngBlack maceCrushMain hand slot.png1381240240--26,619
Black scimitar.pngBlack scimitarSlashMain hand slot.png1381240240---5,541
Black sword.pngBlack swordStabMain hand slot.png1381306.3240---4,009
Black warhammer.pngBlack warhammerCrushMain hand slot.png1381372.5240---6,250

Off-hand weapons[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
StyleSlotRangeAccDamageAttributePrice
AutoAbilDefenceConstitutionPrayer
Black defender.pngBlack defenderStabOff-hand slot.png138157.657.638.1---
Off-hand black battleaxe.pngOff-hand black battleaxeSlashOff-hand slot.png1381186.2120---4,911
Off-hand black claw.pngOff-hand black clawSlashOff-hand slot.png1381120120---2,507
Off-hand black dagger.pngOff-hand black daggerStabOff-hand slot.png1381120120---2,714
Off-hand black longsword.pngOff-hand black longswordSlashOff-hand slot.png1381153.1120---2,693
Off-hand black mace.pngOff-hand black maceCrushOff-hand slot.png1381120120---3,456
Off-hand black scimitar.pngOff-hand black scimitarSlashOff-hand slot.png1381120120---4,256
Off-hand black sword.pngOff-hand black swordStabOff-hand slot.png1381153.1120---2,519
Off-hand black warhammer.pngOff-hand black warhammerCrushOff-hand slot.png1381186.2120---3,255

Two-handed weapons[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
StyleSlotRangeAccDamagePrice
AutoAbil
Black 2h sword.pngBlack 2h swordSlash2h slot.png1381558.83604,414
Black halberd.pngBlack halberdSlash2h slot.png2381558.83606,115
Black spear.pngBlack spearStab2h slot.png1381558.836015,709

Ranged weapons[edit | edit source]

Main hand weapons[edit | edit source]

Ranged.png
Item
StyleSlotRangeAccDamagePrice
AutoAbil
Black bolts.pngBlack boltsBoltAmmo slot.png--240360297
Black brutal.pngBlack brutalArrowAmmo slot.png--19228894
Black crossbow.pngBlack crossbowBoltMain hand slot.png7502-316.81,384,250
Black dart.pngBlack dartThrownMain hand slot.png43812402402,249
Black knife.pngBlack knifeThrownMain hand slot.png53812402401,146

Off-hand weapons[edit | edit source]

Ranged.png
Item
StyleSlotRangeAccDamagePrice
AutoAbil
Off-hand black crossbow.pngOff-hand black crossbowBoltOff-hand slot.png7502-158.41,542,392
Off-hand black dart.pngOff-hand black dartThrownOff-hand slot.png4381120120132
Off-hand black knife.pngOff-hand black knifeThrownOff-hand slot.png5381120120186

Two-handed weapons[edit | edit source]

Ranged.png
Item
StyleSlotRangeAccDamagePrice
AutoAbil
Black 2h crossbow.pngBlack 2h crossbowBolt2h slot.png7381318.83609,000

Armour[edit | edit source]

Black armour is currently the fifth-highest quality armour on the standard spectrum of metal armours (bronze to dragon). Black armour requires 25 Defence to wear. Regular full black costs around 9,000 coins. Black, along with dragon and white, are the only three metals that cannot be smithed into weapons or armour (except for the Dragon platebody and Dragon square shield).

In the March 2012 Behind the scenes it was announced that this armour, along with various others, would be given a graphical overhaul.

Regular black armour[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black full helm.pngBlack full helm76.2-----1,642
Black helm.pngBlack helm70.8-----2,406
Black platebody.pngBlack platebody87.6-----3,712
Black chainbody.pngBlack chainbody81.4-----5,101
Black kiteshield.pngBlack kiteshield76.2-----6,145
Black sq shield.pngBlack sq shield70.8-----3,301
Black gauntlets.pngBlack gauntlets19-----7,143
Culinaromancer's gloves 5.pngCulinaromancer's gloves 5 [rfd 1]10.1--3331,000
Black platelegs.pngBlack platelegs83.8-----5,485
Black plateskirt.pngBlack plateskirt83.8-----3,546
Black boots.pngBlack boots19-----1,231
  1. ^ Untradeable, can be bought after rescuing 4 characters within the Recipe for Disaster quest.

Elite black armour[edit | edit source]

Players can obtain special items of black armour, called Elite black armour, during and after the While Guthix Sleeps quest. Elite black armour requires 40 Defence to wear and is roughly the equivalent of Adamant armour. Players can wear this armour without having started the quest (and can purchase it on the Grand Exchange, although it is somewhat expensive). This armour is members only.

Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Elite black full helm.pngElite black full helm107.2--9.8--226,197
Elite black platebody.pngElite black platebody123.2--14.7--91,973
Elite black platelegs.pngElite black platelegs117.9--12.2--152,962
Totals348.3--36.7--471,132

Black Knight captain's armour[edit | edit source]

Players will obtain Captain Dulcin's special armour during the quest The Death of Chivalry. It has no stat boosts or bonuses, existing only as cosmetic armour. After the quest, it can be obtained as a cosmetic override by replaying the fight against Dawn.

Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonus
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black Knight captain's helm.pngBlack Knight captain's helm------
Black Knight captain's cuirass.pngBlack Knight captain's cuirass------
Black Knight captain's gown.pngBlack Knight captain's gown------
Black Knight captain's gauntlets.pngBlack Knight captain's gauntlets------
Black Knight captain's boots.pngBlack Knight captain's boots------

Treasure Trails[edit | edit source]

Trimmed and heraldic armour has the same bonuses as standard black armour, however it is more expensive. These can be obtained by members from Treasure Trails or for free players by buying in Grand Exchange.

Trimmed[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black full helm (t).pngBlack full helm (t)76.2-----17,161
Black platebody (t).pngBlack platebody (t)87.6-----13,670
Black platelegs (t).pngBlack platelegs (t)83.8-----13,401
Black kiteshield (t).pngBlack kiteshield (t)76.2-----14,007
Totals323.8-----58,239
Black plateskirt (t).pngBlack plateskirt (t)83.8-----10,031
Totals323.8-----54,869

Gold trimmed[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black full helm (g).pngBlack full helm (g)76.2-----34,862
Black platebody (g).pngBlack platebody (g)87.6-----33,439
Black platelegs (g).pngBlack platelegs (g)83.8-----26,398
Black kiteshield (g).pngBlack kiteshield (g)76.2-----28,034
Totals323.8-----122,733
Black plateskirt (g).pngBlack plateskirt (g)83.8-----11,325
Totals323.8-----107,660

Heraldic[edit | edit source]

Black heraldic armour 1[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black helm (h1).pngBlack helm (h1)76.2-----1,485,225
Black platebody (h1).pngBlack platebody (h1)87.6-----1,446,536
Black platelegs (h1).pngBlack platelegs (h1)83.8-----1,452,185
Black shield (h1).pngBlack shield (h1)76.2-----1,445,215
Totals323.8-----5,829,161
Black plateskirt (h1).pngBlack plateskirt (h1)83.8-----1,428,287
Totals323.8-----5,805,263

Black heraldic armour 2[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black helm (h2).pngBlack helm (h2)76.2-----1,450,377
Black platebody (h2).pngBlack platebody (h2)87.6-----1,449,790
Black platelegs (h2).pngBlack platelegs (h2)83.8-----1,434,078
Black shield (h2).pngBlack shield (h2)76.2-----1,431,454
Totals323.8-----5,765,699
Black plateskirt (h2).pngBlack plateskirt (h2)83.8-----1,437,732
Totals323.8-----5,769,353

Black heraldic armour 3[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black helm (h3).pngBlack helm (h3)76.2-----1,431,504
Black platebody (h3).pngBlack platebody (h3)87.6-----1,426,801
Black platelegs (h3).pngBlack platelegs (h3)83.8-----1,451,913
Black shield (h3).pngBlack shield (h3)76.2-----1,428,550
Totals323.8-----5,738,768
Black plateskirt (h3).pngBlack plateskirt (h3)83.8-----1,426,509
Totals323.8-----5,713,364

Black heraldic armour 4[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black helm (h4).pngBlack helm (h4)76.2-----1,448,355
Black platebody (h4).pngBlack platebody (h4)87.6-----1,416,182
Black platelegs (h4).pngBlack platelegs (h4)83.8-----1,444,363
Black shield (h4).pngBlack shield (h4)76.2-----1,418,416
Totals323.8-----5,727,316
Black plateskirt (h4).pngBlack plateskirt (h4)83.8-----1,396,743
Totals323.8-----5,679,696

Black heraldic armour 5[edit | edit source]

Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black helm (h5).pngBlack helm (h5)76.2-----1,436,055
Black platebody (h5).pngBlack platebody (h5)87.6-----1,412,107
Black platelegs (h5).pngBlack platelegs (h5)83.8-----1,436,992
Black shield (h5).pngBlack shield (h5)76.2-----1,431,323
Totals323.8-----5,716,477
Black plateskirt (h5).pngBlack plateskirt (h5)83.8-----1,432,945
Totals323.8-----5,712,430

Grand Exchange sets[edit | edit source]

Players can buy black armour sets on the Grand Exchange rather than buy each piece individually. The Grand Exchange offers two different sets of black armour for purchase.

Black armour set (lg)[edit | edit source]

Image Name GE Price
Black armour set (lg).png Black armour set (lg) 48,939
Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black full helm.pngBlack full helm76.2-----1,642
Black platebody.pngBlack platebody87.6-----3,712
Black platelegs.pngBlack platelegs83.8-----5,485
Black kiteshield.pngBlack kiteshield76.2-----6,145
Totals323.8-----16,984

Black armour set (sk)[edit | edit source]

Image Name GE Price
Black armour set (sk).png Black armour set (sk) 51,995
Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Black full helm.pngBlack full helm76.2-----1,642
Black platebody.pngBlack platebody87.6-----3,712
Black plateskirt.pngBlack plateskirt83.8-----3,546
Black kiteshield.pngBlack kiteshield76.2-----6,145
Totals323.8-----15,045

Elite black armour set[edit | edit source]

Image Name GE Price
Elite black armour set.png Elite black armour set 762,357
Attack.png
Item
AttributeStyle bonusPrice
DefenceConstitutionPrayerAttack-icon.pngRanged-icon.pngMagic-icon.png
Elite black full helm.pngElite black full helm107.2--9.8--226,197
Elite black platebody.pngElite black platebody123.2--14.7--91,973
Elite black platelegs.pngElite black platelegs117.9--12.2--152,962
Totals348.3--36.7--471,132

Black items that do not exist[edit | edit source]

  • Black arrows
  • Black javelins
  • Black pickaxe
  • Black throwing axe
  • Black hasta
  • Black ore
  • Black bar

Variants[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • update 8 December 2001 (Update):
    • New black weaponry has been added.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Postbag 41 - "Transcript:Anarchy in the KGP.", Letter 4, by Thurgo. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.