Strategies for King Black Dragon

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This article is a strategy guide for King Black Dragon.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

Recommended levels and equipment[edit | edit source]

Requirements
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This boss can be fought in free-to-play. Please see below for free-to-play specific recommendations.
Level recommendations
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It is recommended to have at least level 65+ in your chosen combat style (Attack & Strength, Ranged or Magic).
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It is recommended to have at least level 65+ Defence.
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At least 43 Prayer is recommended to use protection prayers against this boss' attacks.
Gameplay
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This boss attacks using all three combat styles, so use any protection prayer if you do not have Soul Split.
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If you deal high damage, you can use soul split during the fight instead of protection prayers.
Equipment recommendations
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This boss has no particular weakness, so you can use any combat style during this fight.
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Use tier 70 weaponry or better
(see recommendations).
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Protection such as super antifires or elder overload salves is required to protect against this boss's dragonfire attacks.
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Protection such as super antipoisons or elder overload salves is recommended to protect against this boss's poison attacks.
Optional boosts
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Use a damage-boosting familiar to increase your damage: Ripper demon, Kal'gerion demon, Blood reaver, or Steel titan.
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This boss is a dragon and dragon slayer effects provide additional damage against it.
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This boss counts as a slayer task for 'black dragons'. The slayer helmet provides additional damage and accuracy if you are on task.
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This boss is poisonable, and cinderbane gloves and weapon poisons deal additional damage.
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The inquisitor staff deals +12.5% ability damage and has a flat +10% hitchance when used against this boss.
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The Seren godbow's special attack is very strong against this target with all combat styles as it is a 5x5+ target.
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Entering the arena using the Wilderness artefact grants a 10% damage increase, but you must avoid being killed by other players.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The King Black Dragon fight is simple and does not require the player to respond to attacks unless they are using stat restoring potions to counter the effects of the shocking dragonfire. Ensure that your protection against regular dragonfire is maintained: if you turn off your prayer or your potion runs out, the dragonfire can hit you for up to 2,700 damage.

The King Black Dragon's melee attacks include a lunge attack (in which the middle head lunges forward to attack you) and a slashing attack (in which the King Black Dragon jumps and slashes at you with his claws). Both attacks deal the same amount of damage.

He also uses regular dragonfire attacks and three types of special dragonfire:

  • Freezing dragonfire that binds the player in place for several seconds
  • Shocking dragonfire that lowers all stats by 2 and drains Summoning points
  • Poisonous dragonfire that inflicts poison damage (is not used in free-to-play)

If you are out of melee range the King Black Dragon will not move closer to you to attack with melee and will instead attack only with his dragonfire attacks. Even if you are attacking from within his melee range, he will still use dragonfire more often than melee attacks.

Free-to-play[edit | edit source]

The King Black Dragon can be killed in free-to-play, however it should not be attempted at low combat levels due to the lack of options to fully protect against taking damage from dragonfire. Players with at least level 100 combat should be able to kill him reliably. Free-to-play players have the option of using an anti-dragon shield or the Protect from Magic to give partial protection against regular dragonfire, but these do not stack together to give full protection.

Use of Protect from Magic allows you to use powerful two-handed or dual wielding weapons to increase your damage. Prayer potions should be used to maintain the prayer. Food and stat-boosting potions are also recommended. Completing the Archaeology tutorial and activating Font of Life can also be useful. It is the only relic power available in free-to-play and provides a permanent 500 life points boost.

Equipment recommendations[edit | edit source]

Slot Item(s): best to worst
Weapon Corrupt dragon equipment.png: RS3 Inventory image of Corrupt dragon equipmentCorrupt dragon weaponry
Degrade to dust after around 30 minutes of use.
Gud raider axe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gud raider axeGud raider axe
30,656,672
Main-hand only
Gravite weaponry.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gravite weaponryGravite weaponry
Obtained through and recharged by using Dungeoneering tokens.
Rune weapons.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune weaponsRune weaponry
Head/body/legs Corrupt dragon helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Corrupt dragon helmCorrupt dragon helm
Corrupt dragon chainbody.png: RS3 Inventory image of Corrupt dragon chainbodyCorrupt dragon chainbody
Corrupt dragon platelegs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Corrupt dragon platelegsCorrupt dragon platelegs
181,391 for the full set
Degrade to dust after around 30 minutes of use. The only power armour set available in free-to-play.
Gud raider chainbody.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gud raider chainbodyGud raider chainbody
56,973,757
It is power armour and provides a 20.3 Strength bonus.
Rune full helm + 3.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune full helm + 3Rune full helm + 3
Rune platebody + 3.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune platebody + 3Rune platebody + 3
Rune platelegs + 3.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune platelegs + 3Rune platelegs + 3
367,825
Is tank armour rather than power armour, so provides no damage bonus.
Hands Rune gauntlets + 3.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune gauntlets + 3Rune gauntlets + 3
32,005
Feet Rune armoured boots + 3.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune armoured boots + 3Rune armoured boots + 3
42,097
Cape Team cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Team capeTeam cape
612
Any team cape gives a 1.5 bonus in all styles.
Bladestorm drape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bladestorm drapeBladestorm drape
865
Gives a 1.5 Strength bonus.
Necklace Brawler's hook necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Brawler's hook necklaceBrawler's hook necklace
Bought for 15,500 Dungeoneering tokens with level 50 Attack and Dungeoneering.
Gives a 24.3 Strength bonus.
Amulet of strength.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of strengthAmulet of strength
3,683
Gives a 18.7 Strength bonus.
Ring Explorer's ring 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Explorer's ring 4Explorer's ring 4
Obtained from completing the Hard Lumbridge achievements
Gives a 10.7 bonus in all combat styles
Asylum doctor's ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Asylum doctor's ringAsylum doctor's ring
Obtained from completing Broken Home
Gives a 7.7 bonus in all combat styles.
Ring of Luck.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of LuckRing of Luck
4,113
Gives a 3.6 bonus in all combat styles.

Slot Item(s): best to worst
Weapon Gravite weaponry.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gravite weaponryGravite weaponry
Obtained through Dungeoneering using Dungeoneering tokens.
Mystic wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic wandMystic wand and Mystic orb.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic orbMystic orb
40,852
Head/body/legs Battle hood.png: RS3 Inventory image of Battle hoodBattle hood
Battle robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Battle robe topBattle robe top
Battle robe bottom.png: RS3 Inventory image of Battle robe bottomBattle robe bottom
9,728,962 for the full set
Obtained in uncharged state and is degradeable - must be repaired using Fist of Guthix tokens after around 6 hours of use. It is PvP armour and gives both an armour bonus and Magic style bonus.
Druidic mage hood.png: RS3 Inventory image of Druidic mage hoodDruidic mage hood
Druidic mage top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Druidic mage topDruidic mage top
Druidic mage bottom.png: RS3 Inventory image of Druidic mage bottomDruidic mage bottom
168,463 for the full set
Obtained in uncharged state and is degradeable - must be repaired using Fist of Guthix tokens after around 6 hours of use. It is PvP armour and gives both an armour bonus and Magic style bonus.
Mystic hat (blue).png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic hat (blue)Mystic hat (blue)
Mystic robe top (blue).png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic robe top (blue)Mystic robe top (blue)
Mystic robe bottom (blue).png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic robe bottom (blue)Mystic robe bottom (blue)
43,900
Is tank armour rather than power armour, so provides no damage bonus.
Hands Mystic gloves (blue).png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic gloves (blue)Mystic gloves (blue)
5,638
Feet Mystic boots (blue).png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic boots (blue)Mystic boots (blue)
5,893
Cape Team cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Team capeTeam cape
612
Any team cape gives a 1.5 bonus in all styles.
Spellstorm drape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spellstorm drapeSpellstorm drape
354
Gives a 1.5 Magic bonus.
Necklace Arcane blast necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Arcane blast necklaceArcane blast necklace
Bought for 15,500 Dungeoneering tokens with level 50 Magic and Dungeoneering.
Gives a 24.3 Magic bonus.
Amulet of magic.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of magicAmulet of magic
1,923
Gives a 18.7 Magic bonus.
Ring Explorer's ring 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Explorer's ring 4Explorer's ring 4
Obtained from completing the Hard Lumbridge achievements
Gives a 10.7 bonus in all combat styles
Asylum doctor's ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Asylum doctor's ringAsylum doctor's ring
Obtained from completing Broken Home
Gives a 7.7 bonus in all combat styles.
Ring of Luck.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of LuckRing of Luck
4,113
Gives a 3.6 bonus in all combat styles.

Slot Item(s): best to worst
Weapon Gravite weaponry.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gravite weaponryGravite weaponry
Obtained through Dungeoneering using Dungeoneering tokens.
Magic shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic shortbowMagic shortbow
1,483
Rune weapons.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune weaponsRune weaponry
Head/body/legs Blue dragonhide coif.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blue dragonhide coifBlue dragonhide coif
Blue dragonhide body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blue dragonhide bodyBlue dragonhide body
Blue dragonhide chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blue dragonhide chapsBlue dragonhide chaps
11,942 for the full set
Is tank armour rather than power armour, so provides no damage bonus.
Hands Blue dragonhide vambraces.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blue dragonhide vambracesBlue dragonhide vambraces
2,011
Feet Blue dragonhide boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blue dragonhide bootsBlue dragonhide boots
2,122
Cape Team cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Team capeTeam cape
612
Any team cape gives a 1.5 bonus in all styles.
Arrowstorm drape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Arrowstorm drapeArrowstorm drape
2,924
Gives a 1.5 Ranged bonus.
Necklace Farsight snap shot necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Farsight snap shot necklaceFarsight snap shot necklace
Bought for 15,500 Dungeoneering tokens with level 50 Ranged and Dungeoneering.
Gives a 24.3 Ranged bonus.
Amulet of power.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of powerAmulet of power
5,051
Gives a 15.8 bonus in all combat styles.
Ring Explorer's ring 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Explorer's ring 4Explorer's ring 4
Obtained from completing the Hard Lumbridge achievements
Gives a 10.7 bonus in all combat styles
Asylum doctor's ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Asylum doctor's ringAsylum doctor's ring
Obtained from completing Broken Home
Gives a 7.7 bonus in all combat styles.
Ring of Luck.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of LuckRing of Luck
4,113
Gives a 3.6 bonus in all combat styles.