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 lair is just wide-open space. There is nowhere to hide.

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.

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. Hardcore Ironmen are advised to use Super Antifire to nullify his normal dragonfire attacks and reduce the damage taken by his special dragonfire. He uses three types of 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 melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Slayer helmetSlayer helmet/Black mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black maskBlack mask (if on slayer task)Custom-fit trimmed masterwork helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Custom-fit trimmed masterwork helmCustom-fit trimmed masterwork helmMasterwork helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Masterwork helmMasterwork helmTorva full helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torva full helmTorva full helmBandos helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos helmetBandos helmet
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)Brawler's knockout necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Brawler's knockout necklaceBrawler's knockout necklaceAmulet 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 whisper.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin's whisperSaradomin's whisper
BackTokHaar-Kal-Ket.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-Kal-KetTokHaar-Kal-KetCompletionist cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Completionist capeCompletionist capeAbomination cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abomination capeAbomination capeMax cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Max capeMax capeStrength cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Strength capeStrength cape
BodyCustom-fit trimmed masterwork platebody.png: RS3 Inventory image of Custom-fit trimmed masterwork platebodyCustom-fit trimmed masterwork platebodyMasterwork platebody.png: RS3 Inventory image of Masterwork platebodyMasterwork platebodyTorva platebody.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torva platebodyTorva platebodyBandos chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos chestplateBandos chestplateSuperior tetsu body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior tetsu bodySuperior tetsu body > Tetsu body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tetsu bodyTetsu body
LegsCustom-fit trimmed masterwork platelegs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Custom-fit trimmed masterwork platelegsCustom-fit trimmed masterwork platelegsMasterwork platelegs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Masterwork platelegsMasterwork platelegsTorva platelegs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torva platelegsTorva platelegsBandos tassets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos tassetsBandos tassetsSuperior tetsu platelegs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior tetsu platelegsSuperior tetsu platelegs > Tetsu platelegs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tetsu platelegsTetsu platelegs
Main handKhopesh of Tumeken.png: RS3 Inventory image of Khopesh of TumekenKhopesh of TumekenDrygore weaponry.png: RS3 Inventory image of Drygore weaponryDrygore weaponryLava whip.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lava whipLava whip / Tetsu katana.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tetsu katanaTetsu katanaChaotic weaponry.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic weaponryChaotic weaponry / Attuned crystal dagger.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal daggerAttuned crystal daggerKorasi's sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Korasi's swordKorasi's sword / Abyssal vine whip.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal vine whipAbyssal vine whip
Two-handed weaponZaros godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zaros godswordZaros godsword[1]Noxious scythe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious scytheNoxious scythe[1]Dragon Rider lance.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon Rider lanceDragon Rider lance[1]Dragon bane 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon bane 2h swordDragon bane 2h sword[1]Godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of GodswordGodsword[1]
Off-hand weaponKhopesh of Elidinis.png: RS3 Inventory image of Khopesh of ElidinisKhopesh of Elidinis[1]Drygore weaponry.png: RS3 Inventory image of Drygore weaponryDrygore weaponry[1]Tetsu wakizashi.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tetsu wakizashiTetsu wakizashi[1]Chaotic weaponry.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic weaponryChaotic weaponry[1] / Off-hand attuned crystal dagger.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand attuned crystal daggerOff-hand attuned crystal dagger[1]Jessika's sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Jessika's swordJessika's sword[1]
Off-hand weaponDragonfire shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragonfire shieldDragonfire shieldAnti-dragon shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anti-dragon shieldAnti-dragon shieldN/AN/AN/A
GlovesDragon slayer gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon slayer glovesDragon slayer gloves (if on slayer task)/ Custom-fit trimmed masterwork gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Custom-fit trimmed masterwork glovesCustom-fit trimmed masterwork glovesRazorback gauntlets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Razorback gauntletsRazorback gauntlets/Masterwork gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Masterwork glovesMasterwork glovesGoliath gloves (black).png: RS3 Inventory image of Goliath gloves (black)Goliath gloves (black)Torva gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torva glovesTorva glovesBandos gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos glovesBandos gloves
FeetCustom-fit trimmed masterwork boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Custom-fit trimmed masterwork bootsCustom-fit trimmed masterwork bootsEmberkeen boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Emberkeen bootsEmberkeen boots/Masterwork boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Masterwork bootsMasterwork bootsTorva boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torva bootsTorva bootsBandos boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos bootsBandos bootsSteadfast boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steadfast bootsSteadfast boots
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) / Warrior ring (i).png: RS3 Inventory image of Warrior ring (i)Warrior ring (i)TokKul-Zo.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokKul-ZoTokKul-ZoRing of Wealth.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of WealthRing of Wealth
AuraVampyrism aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vampyrism auraVampyrism auraPenance aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Penance auraPenance auraInvigorate aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Invigorate auraInvigorate auraPoison purge aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Poison purge auraPoison purge auraN/A
PocketSign of death.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of deathSign of deathSign of life.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of lifeSign of lifeScrimshaw of vampyrism.png: RS3 Inventory image of Scrimshaw of vampyrismScrimshaw of vampyrismIlluminated Book of Law.png: RS3 Inventory image of Illuminated Book of LawIlluminated Book of LawN/A

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)Rune bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune boltsRune 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 103, or Invention Invention 86+ with extreme invention potions. All prices factor in the number of tries required to get each perk at level 103.

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Main hand slot.png Main-hand Precise.png Precise 6 1,404,547 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 4 651,755 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 1,424,252 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 1,424,252 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 4 500,911 for 2 x Ganodermic gloves Absorbative gives a 20% chance of reducing damage by 5% per rank.
Mobile.png Venomblood.png Mobile + Venomblood 423,791 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 5,675,322

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 1,404,547 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 4 651,755 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 2,826,759 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 4,460,651 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)
1,869,996 for 0.2 x Virtus wand (level 9+)
2,524,036 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 3,589,591 using 700 x Crystal flask Gives a chance on each hit of replicating the Devotion ability for 3 seconds.
Total cost per set 17,327,335

A recommended perk for a shield is:

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Off-hand slot.png Shield Turtling.png Turtling 4 873,528 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 5,023,035 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 2,820,939 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 1,192,139 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 64,012,037 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 48,777,254 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 25,033,239 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 12,126,597 for 1.5 x Virtus wand (level 9+)
2,524,036 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 3,589,591 using 700 x Crystal flask Gives a chance on each hit of replicating the Devotion ability for 3 seconds.
Total cost per set 157,254,893

A recommended perk for a shield is:

Slot Icons Perk Cost Effect
Off-hand slot.png Shield Turtling.png Turtling 4 873,528 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 28,504,255 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 2,820,939 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 24,590,158 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 2 192,046,349 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 216,636,507

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. Keep in mind that this strategy is not feasible on member-worlds because members have an additional mechanic to deal with. Protect from Magic 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.
  • Using 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 possible to run out of prayer before finishing 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.