|Release date||27 February 2002 (Update)|
|Always drops||Dragon bones, Black dragonhide|
|A fierce dragon with black scales!|
Black dragons are very powerful monsters, and like all other dragons, an Anti-dragon shield or Antifire potion is needed in order to protect yourself from their powerful magic-based fire. They are the most powerful chromatic dragon. They are not as popular a monster to train on as the weaker blue dragon, but their guaranteed drops, black dragonhide and dragon bones, are some of the most valuable guaranteed drops of all monsters. They are also hunted for the draconic visage.
Black dragons can only be found in four locations:
- Taverley Dungeon - requires dusty key (or 70 Agility pipe squeeze, or 80 Agility spike trap jump) - They can easily be safe-spotted at this location.
- The upper level contains 12 additional black dragons, but can only be killed while on a slayer assignment.
- Evil Chicken's Lair after starting the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster. There's a safe spot available here.
- Lava Maze Dungeon located in the heart of the Lava Maze.
Strengths and weaknessesEdit
Black dragons have an extremely high Defence, one of the highest of any monster in RuneScape. As with all dragons, an anti-dragon shield or a dragonfire shield is essential when fighting them with Melee. Without one, you can be hit extremely hard by dragonfire.
Ranged is the most advised of the method due to all dragons having high Magic Defence and the occasional accident occurring with the halberd leaving the player completely vulnerable to their very powerful dragonfire attack.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Dragon bones 1 Always 2,681 Black dragonhide 1 Always 3,233 Dragon token 1 Always  Not sold
- ↑ Only dropped during the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster if the player doesn't have one already.
Weapons and armourEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Mithril axe 1 Uncommon 192 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 827 Mithril kiteshield 1 Uncommon 1,129 Mithril 2h sword 1 Uncommon 1,318 Adamant platebody 1 Rare 9,691 Rune longsword 1 Rare 18,799
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamant dart(p) 16 Common 2,096 Adamant javelin 30; 60 Common 2,130–4,260 Fire rune 50 Common 250 Rune knife 2 Uncommon 996 Air rune 75 Uncommon 375 Law rune 10 Uncommon 2,080 Blood rune 15 Uncommon 3,405 Dragon javelin heads 10 Uncommon 9,960
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 196; 330; 690 Common Not sold Adamantite bar 1; 2 Uncommon 2,260–4,520 Chocolate cake 1 Uncommon 303 Ensouled dragon head 1 Uncommon (1/35) 10,190 Looting bag 1 Uncommon (1/30) Not sold Slayer's enchantment 1 Uncommon  3,112 Mysterious emblem 1 Uncommon (1/60) 107,201 Clue scroll (hard) 1 Rare (1/128) Not sold Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/500) Not sold Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/10,000) 8,850,797
- ↑ Only dropped by those found in the Wilderness.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Only dropped by those found in the Wilderness while on a slayer assignment given by Krystilia.
- ↑ 1/64 if a Ring of wealth (i) is worn and fought in the Wilderness.
- ↑ 1/250 if a Ring of wealth (i) is worn and fought in the Wilderness.
Rare drop table
In addition to the drops above, this monster also has access to the rare drop table.
Show/hide rare drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 3,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 900 Loop half of key 1 Common 7,414 Tooth half of key 1 Common 16,554 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 890 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,727 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 730 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 237 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 13,534 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,559 Rune spear 1 Rare 11,987 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,532 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 37,883 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,295 Rune javelin 5 Rare 535 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,700 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 1,420 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 22,598 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,100 Rune arrow 42 Rare 3,822 Law rune 45 Rare 9,360 Death rune 45 Rare 10,440 Dragonstone 1 Rare 15,143 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,247 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,095 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,192 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,191
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Elvarg||Strongest monster in RuneScape||King Black Dragon|
Dragons and dragon-like races