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.

The King Black Dragon (or KBD) is one of the stronger dragons in RuneScape and should not be underestimated. It drops various sought-after items, such as Hard / Elite clue scrolls, Dragon Rider boots and gloves, King Black Dragon heads and the elusive draconic visage. Players with low combat-related levels should avoid fighting the King Black Dragon.

Location and getting there[edit | edit source]

The King Black Dragon is located slightly west of the Lava Maze, in the King Black Dragon's Lair.

Players can either access his lair from either the Wilderness or with an ancient artefact north of the Edgeville Monastery. Players who enter his lair from the Wilderness gain a 10% damage increase.

The King Black Dragon lair is just wide-open space. There is nowhere to hide.

As with against most bosses, War's Retreat is helpful. War's Retreat Teleport (requires 10 boss kills) is a useful emergency teleport and allows quick access to the Campfire (to boost max health), Altar of War (requires 200 boss kills) to restore prayer points, a bank chest, and a portal that teleports you to the Artefact (King Black Dragon) near Edgeville (one portal can be attuned without any boss kills, second boss portal unlocks at 100 boss kills). These upgrades aren't mandatory however, since you can boost max health with your own bonfire, use the altar in the Edgeville Monastery, and teleport to Edgeville via Lodestone Network.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

The King Black Dragon has various attacks. His 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 rends you with his claws). Both attacks deal the same amount of damage. If you are out of melee range, he would never move closer to use melee, instead he would always use his dragonfire; even if in melee range, he still uses dragonfire more often than melee attacks.

As with all dragons, the King Black Dragon uses normal dragonfire. He also uses special dragonfire; poisonous dragonfire can inflict poison (though it can be easily shrugged off in most cases, and does not inflict poison in f2p), freezing dragonfire binds the player for several seconds, and shocking dragonfire can lower all stats by 2 and drain Summoning points. His normal dragonfire can be dealt with the same way as with chromatic dragons, while his shocking dragonfire will still be able to deal significant damage even with full dragonfire protection. While Protect from Magic/Deflect Magic can be used to protect against his dragonfire, Devotion does not offer full protection with them against his dragonfire.

Members[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Recommended equipment for High level Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadFull slayer helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Full slayer helmetFull slayer helmet/Focus sight.png: RS3 Inventory image of Focus sightFocus sight (if on slayer task)Sirenic mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic maskSirenic maskPernix cowl.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix cowlPernix cowlArmadyl helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl helmetArmadyl helmetSuperior death lotus hood.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior death lotus hoodSuperior death lotus hood / Death lotus hood.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death lotus hoodDeath lotus hood
NeckEssence of Finality amulet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Essence of Finality amuletEssence of Finality amulet(or)Amulet of souls.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of soulsAmulet of souls(or)Amulet of fury.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of furyAmulet of fury / Dragon Rider amulet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider amuletDragon Rider amuletSaradomin's murmur.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin's murmurSaradomin's murmurAmulet of ranging.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of rangingAmulet of ranging
BackTokHaar-Kal-Xil.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-Kal-XilTokHaar-Kal-XilCompletionist cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Completionist capeCompletionist capeAva's alerter.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ava's alerterAva's alerterMax cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Max capeMax capeDefence cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Defence capeDefence cape
BodySirenic hauberk.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic hauberkSirenic hauberkPernix body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix bodyPernix bodyArmadyl chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chestplateArmadyl chestplateSuperior death lotus chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior death lotus chestplateSuperior death lotus chestplate > Death lotus chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death lotus chestplateDeath lotus chestplateKaril's top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Karil's topKaril's top
LegsSirenic chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sirenic chapsSirenic chapsDeath lotus chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death lotus chapsDeath lotus chapsPernix chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix chapsPernix chapsArmadyl chainskirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chainskirtArmadyl chainskirtKaril's skirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Karil's skirtKaril's skirt
Main handBlightbound crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blightbound crossbowBlightbound crossbowAscension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension crossbowAscension crossbowDeath lotus dart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death lotus dartDeath lotus dartChaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic crossbowChaotic crossbow / Attuned crystal chakram.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal chakramAttuned crystal chakramArmadyl crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl crossbowArmadyl crossbow
Two-handed weaponSeren godbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seren godbowSeren godbow[1]Noxious longbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious longbowNoxious longbow[1]Royal crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal crossbowRoyal crossbow[1] / Attuned crystal bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal bowAttuned crystal bow[1] / Zaryte bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zaryte bowZaryte bow[1]Hand cannon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hand cannonHand cannon[1] (with Hand cannon shot.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hand cannon shotHand cannon shot)Crystal bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal bowCrystal bow[1] / Black salamander.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black salamanderBlack salamander[1]
Off-hand weaponOff-hand Blightbound crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Blightbound crossbowOff-hand Blightbound crossbow[1]Off-hand ascension crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand ascension crossbowOff-hand ascension crossbow[1]Off-hand Death Lotus dart.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Death Lotus dartOff-hand Death Lotus dart[1]Off-hand chaotic crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand chaotic crossbowOff-hand chaotic crossbow[1] / Off-hand attuned crystal chakram.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand attuned crystal chakramOff-hand attuned crystal chakram[1]Off-hand Armadyl crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand Armadyl crossbowOff-hand Armadyl crossbow[1]
Off-hand weaponDragonfire deflector.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragonfire deflectorDragonfire deflectorAnti-dragon shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anti-dragon shieldAnti-dragon shieldN/AN/AN/A
Ammo/SpellDragonbane bolt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragonbane boltDragonbane bolt / Dragonbane arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragonbane arrowDragonbane arrowAscension bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension boltsAscension bolts / Araxyte arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Araxyte arrowAraxyte arrowRoyal bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal boltsRoyal boltsRuby bolts (e).png: RS3 Inventory image of Ruby bolts (e)Ruby bolts (e)Runite bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Runite boltsRunite bolts
GlovesDragon slayer gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon slayer glovesDragon slayer gloves(if on slayer task)/Ascension grips.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ascension gripsAscension gripsSwift gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Swift glovesSwift glovesPernix gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix glovesPernix glovesArmadyl gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl glovesArmadyl glovesTracking gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tracking glovesTracking gloves
FeetFlarefrost boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Flarefrost bootsFlarefrost bootsPernix boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pernix bootsPernix bootsArmadyl boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl bootsArmadyl bootsGlaiven boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Glaiven bootsGlaiven bootsN/A
RingAsylum surgeon's ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Asylum surgeon's ringAsylum surgeon's ring / Ring of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of deathRing of deathSixth-Age circuit.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sixth-Age circuitSixth-Age circuitOnyx ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Onyx ring (i)Onyx ring (i) / Archers' ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Archers' ring (i)Archers' ring (i)TokKul-Zo.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokKul-ZoTokKul-ZoRing of Wealth.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of WealthRing of Wealth
AuraPenance aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Penance auraPenance auraVampyrism aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vampyrism auraVampyrism auraSharpshooter aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sharpshooter auraSharpshooter auraInspiration aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Inspiration auraInspiration auraPoison purge aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Poison purge auraPoison purge aura
PocketScrimshaw of cruelty.png: RS3 Inventory image of Scrimshaw of crueltyScrimshaw of crueltySign of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of deathSign of deathSign of life.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of lifeSign of lifeN/AN/A

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae It is dangerous to use an off-hand or two-handed weapon unless you are using super antifires.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Teleport to house.pngOverload (4).pngSuper antifire (4).pngPrayer renewal (4).png
Prayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).png
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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 1,610,243 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 4 647,017 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 1,086,033 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 1,086,033 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 4 577,109 for 2 x Ganodermic gloves Absorbative gives a 20% chance of reducing damage by 5% per rank.
Mobile.png Venomblood.png Mobile + Venomblood 352,413 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 5,180,831

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 1,610,243 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 4 647,017 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 1,581,109 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 4,659,526 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)
1,728,543 for 0.2 x Virtus wand (level 9+)
2,258,289 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 3,036,213 using 700 x Crystal flask Gives a chance on each hit of replicating the Devotion ability for 3 seconds.
Total cost per set 15,520,939

A recommended perk for a shield is:

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Off-hand slot.png Shield Turtling.png Turtling 4 1,018,262 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 4,431,430 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 2,750,269 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 1,373,451 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 58,652,031 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 45,309,786 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 18,771,831 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 10,328,453 for 1.5 x Virtus wand (level 9+)
2,258,289 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 3,036,213 using 700 x Crystal flask Gives a chance on each hit of replicating the Devotion ability for 3 seconds.
Total cost per set 139,730,053

A recommended perk for a shield is:

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Off-hand slot.png Shield Turtling.png Turtling 4 1,018,262 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 25,748,440 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 2,750,269 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 23,249,272 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 2 175,955,247 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 199,204,519

Free-to-play[edit | edit source]

An alternative to using an anti-dragon shield is using Protect from Magic, which allows you to use powerful two-handed or dual wielding weapons to greatly increase your damage. It similarly mitigates most dragonfire damage, but be wary, as if you accidentally switch it off or prayer points run out, the dragonfire will hit you extremely hard. A free player with 100+ combat should not have too much trouble soloing him with prayer and an inventory of food, although lower levelled players may want to bring other players.

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.

The King Black Dragon has higher defences than the giant mole and no weaknesses. This can cause tier 50+ weapons hard to hit unless you have very high combat levels.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Prayer potion (4).pngDefence potion (4).pngExpensive spices.pngSwordfish.png
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  • Inventory space is not much of an issue due to the ease of banking. Bring all the food you can anyway, since you will likely need most of an inventory of food for one kill unless you have very high combat stats. KBD takes 30 seconds to respawn after being killed, so it is recommended to use that time to restock and return via War's Retreat. If you can't finish a kill, you can restock and return and he will still have reduced health from the previous encounter.
  • Use of stat boosting prayers (e.g. Ultimate Strength and Incredible Reflexes for melee) is highly recommended. If using both stat boosting prayers and Protect from Magic, it is a risk you would run out of prayer before you can finish a single kill - so bring a prayer potion as well. Keeping Protect from Magic on is vital if you are not using an anti-dragon shield or the KBD could easily kill you.
  • Bring offensive potions pertaining to your combat style (e.g. bring ranging potion if using Ranged).
  • If using magic, bring runes for combat spells (since the KBD is not weak to any specific style, air spells are recommended)
  • If you have a more powerful ring for combat (e.g. Explorer's ring 4), you can wear it throughout the fight, then switch to ring of luck right before you kill the KBD for a slight increase in chance of a rare drop.