Strategies for Dagannoth Kings

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This article is a strategy guide for Dagannoth Kings.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

The Dagannoth Kings can be a decent money making method. They drop dragon hatchets, berserker rings, archers' rings, warrior rings, seers' rings, dagannoth bones and dagannoth hides, along with other valuable drops.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Kings reside on the sixth floor (the deepest) in Waterbirth Island Dungeon.

The three Dagannoth Kings. Purple = Use Mage. Green = Use Melee. Blue = Use Range. Pray Soulsplit.

Each King is level 303, possesses 35,000 health, level 80 in their primary combat style, and level 68 Defence with 75 affinity towards their weakness and 60 against anything else in that category. Unlike other bosses, the Dagannoth Kings are unique in the fact that they must be killed with the combat style they're weak against - the Kings are completely immune to any damage taken from the other two combat styles, including that of familiars.

The Kings themselves aren't too dangerous, though each one also has unique mechanics to themselves. Dagannoth Rex and Supreme can hit multiple players at once with their attacks (Rex's attack is cleave-based), while Dagannoth Prime's attack is single-targeting, but deals the most damage out of the three.

Each one is also susceptible to their anti-combat style weapon, Rex to the inquisitor staff, Prime to the hexhunter bow and Supreme to the terrasaur maul. Supreme is also susceptible to the Balmung and its variants.

As dagannoths, the three Kings may be killed as part of a slayer task.

Alongside the three Kings themselves, numerous Spinolyps roam the water around the edges of the islet, and will attack players with fairly weak magic and ranged attacks. They are more of a nuisance than an actual threat, though they are capable of weak poison with their ranged attacks.

An instance can be created for 150,000 coins, unless the creator has unlocked the Instance Cost perk obtained via Reaper points, reducing it to 112,500 coins for one hour. In an instance, Spinolyps appear as normal, but tend to completely despawn after 5-10 minutes have passed in the instance without leaving.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

If you are going to attempt solo tribridding for the first time it's recommended to have high-level weaponry before attempting this feat. A slayer task will help with tribridding to deal more damage and gain extra accuracy. While on a task, using all best-in-slot equipment, potions and prayer can net over 200 kills per hour. Hybrid or All type armor is recommended to avoid unnecessary armor switches, with dragon rider taking highest priority due to being best-in-slot for prayer bonuses. Two-handed weapons also conserve valuable inventory space. Completion of all Fremennik achievements is highly encouraged at it provides access to the fremennik sea boots 4, tier 70 hybrid boots, which when worn, causes the Kings' 100% bone drop to become noted. As the Kings themselves also drop noted dagannoth bones, this saves a lot of magic notepaper in the long run. Magic notepaper is still needed for their 100% dagannoth hide drop however. When using an instance, set the instance to "Fastest", assuming that you have tier 90 or 92 weaponry and a good knowledge of DPS rotations. Since each King respawns independently of each other, be prepared for two Kings to attack you at any given time. However, this generally isn't a problem as the damage can be easily restored via Soul Split.

Recommended equipment for Tribridding
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadFull slayer helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Full slayer helmetFull slayer helmet/Mask of the Dagannoth.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mask of the DagannothMask of the Dagannoth (only if on task)Dragon Rider helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider helmDragon Rider helmAnima core helm of Sliske.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core helm of SliskeAnima core helm of SliskeWarpriest of Saradomin helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Saradomin helmWarpriest of Saradomin helm
Warpriest of Zamorak helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Zamorak helmWarpriest of Zamorak helm
Warpriest of Bandos helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Bandos helmWarpriest of Bandos helm/
Warpriest of Armadyl helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Armadyl helmWarpriest of Armadyl helm
Warpriest of Tuska helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Tuska helmWarpriest of Tuska helm
NeckAmulet of souls.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of soulsAmulet of soulsDragon Rider amulet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider amuletDragon Rider amuletAmulet of fury.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of furyAmulet of furyDemon horn necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon horn necklaceDemon horn necklace (paired with a Bonecrusher.png: RS3 Inventory image of BonecrusherBonecrusher)Amulet of glory.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of gloryAmulet of glory
BackCompletionist cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Completionist capeCompletionist cape / Max cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Max capeMax capeCape of Accomplishment.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cape of AccomplishmentCape of AccomplishmentDragon Rider cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider capeDragon Rider capeArdougne cloak 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 4N/A
BodyDragon Rider body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider bodyDragon Rider bodyAnima core body of Sliske.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core body of SliskeAnima core body of SliskeWarpriest of Saradomin cuirass.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Saradomin cuirassWarpriest of Saradomin cuirass
Warpriest of Zamorak cuirass.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Zamorak cuirassWarpriest of Zamorak cuirass
Warpriest of Bandos cuirass.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Bandos cuirassWarpriest of Bandos cuirass/
Warpriest of Armadyl cuirass.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Armadyl cuirassWarpriest of Armadyl cuirass
Warpriest of Tuska cuirass.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Tuska cuirassWarpriest of Tuska cuirass
N/A
LegsDragon Rider chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider chapsDragon Rider chapsAnima core legs of Sliske.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core legs of SliskeAnima core legs of SliskeWarpriest of Saradomin greaves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Saradomin greavesWarpriest of Saradomin greaves/
Warpriest of Zamorak greaves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Zamorak greavesWarpriest of Zamorak greaves
Warpriest of Bandos greaves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Bandos greavesWarpriest of Bandos greaves/
Warpriest of Armadyl greaves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Armadyl greavesWarpriest of Armadyl greaves
Warpriest of Tuska robe legs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Tuska robe legsWarpriest of Tuska robe legs
N/A
Main handKhopesh of Tumeken.png: RS3 Inventory image of Khopesh of TumekenKhopesh of Tumeken/
Wand of the praesul.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wand of the praesulWand of the praesul/
Blightbound crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blightbound crossbowBlightbound crossbow
Drygore weaponry.png: RS3 Inventory image of Drygore weaponryDrygore weaponry/
Seismic wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seismic wandSeismic wand/
Ascension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension crossbowAscension crossbow
Korasi's sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Korasi's swordKorasi's sword/
Abyssal wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal wandAbyssal wand/
Elite Death Lotus dart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elite Death Lotus dartElite Death Lotus dart
N/AN/A
Two-handed weaponNoxious scythe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious scytheNoxious scythe/
Staff of Sliske.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of SliskeStaff of Sliske/
Seren godbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seren godbowSeren godbow
Upgraded balmung.png: RS3 Inventory image of Upgraded balmungUpgraded balmung/
Noxious staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious staffNoxious staff/
Noxious longbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious longbowNoxious longbow
Chaotic maul.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic maulChaotic maul/
Chaotic staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic staffChaotic staff/
Zaryte bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zaryte bowZaryte bow
Balmung.png: RS3 Inventory image of BalmungBalmung/
Staff of light.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of lightStaff of light/
Crystal bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal bowCrystal bow
N/A
Off-hand weaponKhopesh of Elidinis.png: RS3 Inventory image of Khopesh of ElidinisKhopesh of Elidinis/
Imperium core.png: RS3 Inventory image of Imperium coreImperium core/
Off-hand Blightbound crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Blightbound crossbowOff-hand Blightbound crossbow
Drygore weaponry.png: RS3 Inventory image of Drygore weaponryDrygore weaponry/
Seismic singularity.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seismic singularitySeismic singularity/
Off-hand ascension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand ascension crossbowOff-hand ascension crossbow
Off-hand chaotic rapier.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand chaotic rapierOff-hand chaotic rapier/
Virtus book.png: RS3 Inventory image of Virtus bookVirtus book/
Off-hand Elite Death Lotus dart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Elite Death Lotus dartOff-hand Elite Death Lotus dart
N/AN/A
Ammo/SpellAscension bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension boltsAscension boltsRoyal bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal boltsRoyal boltsHand cannon shot.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hand cannon shotHand cannon shot (only for the Hand cannon)N/AN/A
GlovesCinderbane gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cinderbane glovesCinderbane glovesDeathtouch bracelet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Deathtouch braceletDeathtouch bracelet or
Attuned crystal gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal glovesAttuned crystal gloves
Superior Dragon Rider gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Dragon Rider glovesSuperior Dragon Rider glovesDragon Rider gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider glovesDragon Rider glovesWarpriest of Bandos gauntlets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Bandos gauntletsWarpriest of Bandos gauntlets/
Warpriest of Armadyl gauntlets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Armadyl gauntletsWarpriest of Armadyl gauntlets
FeetFremennik sea boots 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fremennik sea boots 4Fremennik sea boots 4 or
Attuned crystal boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal bootsAttuned crystal boots
Superior Dragon Rider boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Dragon Rider bootsSuperior Dragon Rider bootsDragon Rider boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider bootsDragon Rider bootsWarpriest of Zamorak boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Zamorak bootsWarpriest of Zamorak boots
Warpriest of Saradomin boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Saradomin bootsWarpriest of Saradomin boots
Warpriest of Bandos boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Bandos bootsWarpriest of Bandos boots
Warpriest of Armadyl boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Armadyl bootsWarpriest of Armadyl boots
Warpriest of Tuska boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Tuska bootsWarpriest of Tuska boots
RingLuck of the Dwarves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Luck of the DwarvesLuck of the DwarvesRing of Wealth.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of WealthRing of WealthRing of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of deathRing of deathLeviathan ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Leviathan ringLeviathan ringRing of life.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of lifeRing of life
AuraVampyrism aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vampyrism auraVampyrism auraPenance aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Penance auraPenance auraReverence aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Reverence auraReverence auraDark magic aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dark magic auraDark magic auraN/A
PocketIlluminated god book.png: RS3 Inventory image of Illuminated god bookIlluminated god bookSign of life.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of lifeSign of lifeSign of item protection.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of item protectionSign of item protectionN/AN/A
Vampyrism aura.png
Dragon Rider helm.png
Illuminated Book of War.png
Max cape.png
Amulet of souls.png
Blight bolts 5.png
Augmented Inquisitor staff.png
Dragon Rider body.png
Off-hand slot.png
Dragon Rider chaps.png
Cinderbane gloves.png
Fremennik sea boots 4.png
Luck of the Dwarves.png
Elder overload potion (6).pngMagic notepaper 5.png450Augmented Masterwork Spear of Annihilation.pngAugmented Seren godbow.png
Ancient elven ritual shard.pngAugmented enhanced Excalibur.pngPrayer flask (6).pngPrayer flask (6).png
Large rune pouch (black).pngPrayer flask (6).pngPrayer flask (6).pngPrayer flask (6).png
Spring cleaner 9001.pngPrayer flask (6).pngPrayer flask (6).pngPrayer flask (6).png
Prayer flask (6).pngWeapon poison+++ flask (6).png
  • Air rune.png Fire rune.png Nature rune.png in rune pouch to alchemize drops spring cleaner does not process
  • Prayer flasks can be replaced with a blessed flask if available. One can be replaced with a prayer renewal if needed.
  • Extra notepaper is brought along to note 3-dose super combat potion drops and other valuable drops not alchemized
  • Sample preset assumes player has slayer helmet stand at Anachronia base camp for task bonus. Replace with best slayer helm if not available but on task
  • Bolts in ammo slot if using eldritch crossbow instead of seren godbow - rune pouch should be placed there instead to free an inventory space
  • Any illuminated god book or erethdor's grimoire may be used for prayer bonus - leave inactive

Invention perks[edit | edit source]

Using good perks on augmented items through Invention and Ancient invention will greatly increase the damage dealt and thus increase overall profit per hour.

This has a level requirement of Invention Invention 85, or Invention Invention 68+ with extreme invention potions. All prices factor in the number of tries required to get each perk at level 85.

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Main hand slot.png Main-hand Precise.png Precise 6 1,586,424 for 1 x Small crate (historic) Precise increases your minimum damage by 1.5% per rank of your maximum damage.
Off-hand weapon slot.png Off-hand Equilibrium.png Equilibrium 4 639,132 for 2 x Small crate (timeworn) Equilibrium increases minimum hit by 3% per rank, and decreases maximum hit by 1% per rank.
Torso slot.png Body Crackling.png Crackling 4 1,006,531 for 0.5 x Large crate (vintage) Crackling periodically zaps your combat target for 50% per rank of your weapon's damage.
Relentless.png Relentless 5 1,006,531 for 0.5 x Large crate (vintage) Relentless gives a chance to prevent adrenaline from being consumed when using abilities.
Legs slot.png Legs Absorbative.png Absorbative 4 588,910 for 2 x Ganodermic gloves Absorbative gives a 20% chance of reducing damage by 5% per rank.
Mobile.png Venomblood.png Mobile + Venomblood 342,760 for 100 x Powerburst of vitality (4) Mobile allows you to Surge twice as often.
Venomblood makes you immune from all poison-damage.
Total cost per set 4,999,588

This has a level requirement of Invention Invention 99 with extreme invention potions. All prices factor in the number of tries required to get each perk at level 99 with extremes.

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Main hand slot.png Main-hand Precise.png Genocidal.png Precise 6 + Genocidal 1,586,424 for 1 x Small crate (historic) Precise increases your minimum damage by 1.5% per rank of your maximum damage.
Genocidal deals up to 7% extra damage depending on how far you are through your Slayer task.
Off-hand weapon slot.png Off-hand Equilibrium.png Equilibrium 4 639,132 for 2 x Small crate (timeworn) Equilibrium increases minimum hit by 3% per rank, and decreases maximum hit by 1% per rank.
Torso slot.png Body Biting.png Mobile.png Biting 2 + Mobile 1,622,300 for 84 x Huge blunt adamant salvage Biting forces a +2% chance per rank to critically hit opponents.
Mobile allows you to Surge twice as often.
Crackling.png Relentless.png Crackling 4 + Relentless 3 4,389,094 for 3 x Hand cannon and 1 x Large crate (vintage) Crackling periodically zaps your combat target for 50% per rank of your weapon's damage.
Relentless gives a chance to prevent adrenaline from being consumed when using abilities.
Legs slot.png Legs Impatient.png Devoted.png Impatient 4 + Devoted 4
(Devoted is optional)
1,701,427 for 0.2 x Virtus wand (level 9+)
2,194,483 for 1 x Zamorak godsword (level 9+)
Impatient gives a 9% chance per rank for basic abilities to generate 3 extra adrenaline.
Devoted has a chance each hit of replicating the Devotion ability for 3 seconds.
Enhanced Devoted.png Enhanced Devoted 4 2,987,860 using 700 x Crystal flask Gives a chance on each hit of replicating the Devotion ability for 3 seconds.
Total cost per set 15,120,721

A recommended perk for a shield is:

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Off-hand slot.png Shield Turtling.png Turtling 4 1,010,637 for 1 x Small crate (historic) Turtling increases the duration and cooldown of Barricade by 10% per rank.

The recommended perks for weapon switches are:

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Augmented Sunspear (magic).png: RS3 Inventory image of Augmented Sunspear (magic)Sunspear Planted Feet.png Planted Feet 4,424,446 for 0.5 x Orb of the Cywir elders (level 9+) The duration of Sunshine and Death's Swiftness is increased by 25%,
but they no longer deal periodic damage to your target.
Augmented enhanced Excalibur.png: RS3 Inventory image of Augmented enhanced ExcaliburExcalibur Wise.png Mobile.png Wise 4 + Mobile 2,739,716 for 12 x Crystal ward Wise provides +4% additional experience, up to 50,000 XP per day.
Mobile halves the cooldowns of Surge, Escape, Barge, and Bladed Dive.

This has a level requirement of Invention Invention 120 with extreme invention potions. All prices factor in the number of tries required to get each perk at level 120 with extremes.

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Main hand slot.png Main-hand Precise.png Genocidal.png Precise 6 + Genocidal 1,356,109 for 1 x Small crate (historic) Precise increases your minimum damage by 1.5% per rank of your maximum damage.
Genocidal deals up to 7% extra damage depending on how far you are through your Slayer task.
Off-hand weapon slot.png Off-hand Aftershock.png Aftershock 4 58,626,893 for 1.5 x Anima core legs of Zaros (level 9+) After dealing 50,000 damage, create an explosion dealing up to 40% per rank weapon damage to nearby enemies.
Torso slot.png Body Biting.png Biting 4 45,072,186 for 0.3 x Noxious longbow (level 9+) Biting forces a +2% chance per rank to critically hit opponents.
Relentless.png Crackling.png Relentless 5 + Crackling 4 17,403,618 for 9 x Large crate (vintage) Crackling periodically zaps your combat target for 50% per rank of your weapon's damage.
Relentless gives a chance to prevent adrenaline from being consumed when using abilities.
Legs slot.png Legs Impatient.png Mobile.png Impatient 4 + Mobile 10,218,457 for 1.5 x Virtus wand (level 9+)
2,194,483 for 1 x Zamorak godsword (level 9+)
Impatient gives a 9% chance per rank for basic abilities to generate 3 extra adrenaline.
Mobile allows you to Surge twice as often.
Enhanced Devoted.png Enhanced Devoted 4 2,987,860 using 700 x Crystal flask Gives a chance on each hit of replicating the Devotion ability for 3 seconds.
Total cost per set 137,859,608

A recommended perk for a shield is:

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Off-hand slot.png Shield Turtling.png Turtling 4 1,010,637 for 1 x Small crate (historic) Turtling increases the duration and cooldown of Barricade by 10% per rank.

The recommended perks for weapon switches are:

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Augmented Sunspear (magic).png: RS3 Inventory image of Augmented Sunspear (magic)Sunspear Planted Feet.png Aftershock.png Planted Feet + Aftershock 1 25,743,233 for 0.5 x Anima core legs of Zaros (level 9+)
and 1 x Orb of the Cywir elders (level 9+)
The duration of Sunshine and Death's Swiftness is increased by 25%,
but they no longer deal periodic damage to your target.
Augmented enhanced Excalibur.png: RS3 Inventory image of Augmented enhanced ExcaliburExcalibur Wise.png Mobile.png Wise 4 + Mobile 2,739,716 for 12 x Crystal ward Wise provides +4% additional experience, up to 50,000 XP per day.
Mobile halves the cooldowns of Surge, Escape, Barge, and Bladed Dive.

This has a level requirement of Invention Invention 120 with extreme invention potions. All prices factor in the number of tries required to get each perk at level 120 with extremes.

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Main hand slot.png 2-handed Precise.png Ruthless.png Precise 6 + Ruthless 1 22,741,032 for 1.5 x Armadyl chestplate (level 9+), 1.5 x Armadyl chainskirt (level 9+) Precise increases your minimum damage by 1.5% per rank of your maximum damage.
Ruthless increases damage output by 0.5% per rank for 20 seconds whenever an enemy is killed.
Aftershock.png Equilibrium.png Aftershock 4 + Equilibrium 2 175,884,748 for 4.5 x Anima core legs of Zaros (level 9+) Aftershock creates an explosion dealing up to 40% per rank weapon damage to nearby enemies, every 50,000 damage.
Equilibrium increases minimum hit by 3% per rank, and decreases maximum hit by 1% per rank.
Total cost per weapon 198,625,781

Familiars[edit | edit source]

Due to the Kings' affinity values of 0 towards combat styles they are not weak against, most offensive familiars are basically useless. However, a ripper demon can be brought along for its passive effect, but is not completely required due to their low health.

Beast of Burden familiars are generally unnecessary unless the player is of low level. A pack yak can be brought along to increase trip time, but winter storage scrolls are discouraged as the Kings will be killed far too quickly for the familiar's special bar to catch up with (summoning potions of any sort are also unfeasible). Magic notepaper should be used in its place to conserve inventory space.