|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 weaknesses
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.
If a player wishes to use melee, the best method is to use the Zamorakian hasta as it has the highest stab bonus in the game and allows you to equip an Anti-dragon shield at the same time. The only downside to this is the loss of money from using Prayer potions and the expensive price of the Zamorakian hasta itself.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Dragon bones 1 Always 2,753 Black dragonhide 1 Always 3,242 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 armour
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Mithril axe 1 Uncommon 213 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 827 Mithril kiteshield 1 Uncommon 1,124 Mithril 2h sword 1 Uncommon 1,371 Adamant platebody 1 Rare 9,655 Rune longsword 1 Rare 18,903
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Adamant dart(p) 16 Common 1,952 Adamant javelin 30; 60 Common 1,200–2,400 Fire rune 50 Common 250 Rune knife 2 Uncommon 996 Air rune 75 Uncommon 375 Law rune 10 Uncommon 2,320 Blood rune 15 Uncommon 3,240 Dragon javelin heads 10 Uncommon 10,550
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 196; 330; 690 Common Not sold Adamantite bar 1; 2 Uncommon 2,192–4,384 Chocolate cake 1 Uncommon 337 Ensouled dragon head 1 Uncommon (1/35) 9,957 Looting bag 1 Uncommon (1/30) Not sold Slayer's enchantment 1 Uncommon  2,238 Mysterious emblem 1 Uncommon (1/60) 111,768 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) 7,809,440
- ↑ 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 947 Loop half of key 1 Common 8,691 Tooth half of key 1 Common 17,873 Uncut emerald 1 Uncommon 946 Uncut ruby 1 Uncommon 1,802 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 600 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 209 Nature rune 67 Uncommon 13,936 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,475 Rune spear 1 Rare 12,181 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,636 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 37,984 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 3,451 Rune javelin 5 Rare 520 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 7,800 Adamant javelin 20 Rare 800 Rune sq shield 1 Rare 22,648 Steel arrow 150 Rare 5,400 Rune arrow 42 Rare 3,234 Law rune 45 Rare 10,440 Death rune 45 Rare 11,385 Dragonstone 1 Rare 17,549 Rune kiteshield 1 Rare 32,315 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,373 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,504 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,350
|Preceded by||Title||Succeeded by|
|Elvarg||Strongest monster in RuneScape||King Black Dragon|
Dragons and dragon-like races