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Black dragons are very powerful monsters, and like all other dragons, an anti-dragon shield or equivalent or Antifire potion is recommended in order for the player to protect themselves from their dragonfire. They are also the strongest common chromatic dragon in-game. Black dragons are the only common chromatic dragons that drop the draconic visage. Notably, the stronger level 247 variant in the Revenant Caves drops the draconic visage at a rate of 1 in 5,000, the most common out of any dragon tied with the King Black Dragon and Vorkath.

Baby black dragons, Brutal black dragons and the King Black Dragon may be killed in place for black dragons on a slayer task. Although they drop black dragonhide, Lava dragons do not count towards a black dragon task.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Location comparisons[edit | edit source]

In Taverley Dungeon, black dragons are found in the western wing of the dungeon. There are two spots; a common and slayer area. The common area only contains two black dragons, while the slayer area has twelve black dragons. The black dragons in the slayer only area can only be killed when assigned black dragons; players will be stopped by Slieve if they attempt to attack them off-task. The common area requires a dusty key or 70 Agility (boostable) to reach the dragons, while the slayer area can be accessed by steps near the entrance.

The Evil Chicken's Lair has four black dragons, the most out of any common area. Black dragons here require starting Sir Amik Varze's subquest in Recipe for Disaster, and until the dragon token is redeemed, they will only drop it and their 100% drops. Accessing this area requires a raw chicken offered to the chicken shrine in Zanaris.

Two dragons may be found in the Corsair Cove Dungeon. Accessing this area requires completion of Dragon Slayer II, but it is the closest location to a bank.

Black dragons may also be found in the Wilderness in two locations; the Lava Maze Dungeon and Revenant Caves. There are two dragons in the Lava Maze Dungeon, and accessing them requires a lengthy trek through the Lava Maze, requiring a sharp weapon to cut webs. Some antipoison may be needed due to the presence of poison spiders near the dragons. There are also three dragons in the Revenant Caves; these dragons are slightly stronger to those found in the other locations mentioned above, and are the only ones that reside in a Multicombat area. These dragons are avoided due to being next to revenants, a high traffic area and with little means to escape if attacked by other players. Players are not recommended to kill black dragons in the Wilderness unless part of a Wilderness slayer assignment, as doing so runs the risk of being killed by other players.

Drops[edit | edit source]

The following drop rates are provided by Jagex, unless otherwise specified.

The average value per kill of a black dragon is 7,972.2.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon bones.png: Black dragon drops Dragon bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Dragon bones1Always[d 1]2,80396
Black dragonhide.png: Black dragon drops Black dragonhide with rarity Always in quantity 1Black dragonhide1Always3,06690
  1. Dragon bones are dropped in bank note form if players have completed the Wilderness Diary and are killing black dragons in the Wilderness.

Pre-roll[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon token.png: Black dragon drops Dragon token with rarity Always in quantity 1Dragon token1Always[d 1]Not sold0
  1. The dragon token overrides normal drops, and is only dropped during the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster if the player doesn't have one already.

Weapons and armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Mithril 2h sword.png: Black dragon drops Mithril 2h sword with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Mithril 2h sword14/1281,2161,560
Mithril axe.png: Black dragon drops Mithril axe with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Mithril axe13/12894312
Mithril battleaxe.png: Black dragon drops Mithril battleaxe with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Mithril battleaxe13/1287111,014
Rune knife.png: Black dragon drops Rune knife with rarity 3/128 in quantity 2Rune knife23/128666200
Mithril kiteshield.png: Black dragon drops Mithril kiteshield with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Mithril kiteshield11/1281,0231,326
Adamant platebody.png: Black dragon drops Adamant platebody with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Adamant platebody11/1289,4189,984
Rune longsword.png: Black dragon drops Rune longsword with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Rune longsword11/12818,67219,200

Runes and ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Adamant javelin.png: Black dragon drops Adamant javelin with rarity 20/128 in quantity 30Adamant javelin3020/1282,0402,880
Fire rune.png: Black dragon drops Fire rune with rarity 8/128 in quantity 50Fire rune508/128250100
Blood rune.png: Black dragon drops Blood rune with rarity 3/128 in quantity 15Blood rune153/1284,4253,600
Air rune.png: Black dragon drops Air rune with rarity 1/128 in quantity 75Air rune751/128375150

Coins[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_100.png: Black dragon drops Coins with rarity 40/128 in quantity 196Coins19640/128196196
Coins_250.png: Black dragon drops Coins with rarity 10/128 in quantity 330Coins33010/128330330
Coins_250.png: Black dragon drops Coins with rarity 1/128 in quantity 690Coins6901/128690690

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon javelin heads.png: Black dragon drops Dragon javelin heads with rarity 6/128 in quantity 10Dragon javelin heads106/128[d 1]9,58011,700
Adamantite bar.png: Black dragon drops Adamantite bar with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Adamantite bar13/1281,939384
Chocolate cake.png: Black dragon drops Chocolate cake with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Chocolate cake13/12823242
  1. Dragon javelin heads are only dropped after completion of Monkey Madness II. If players have not completed the quest, they will receive nothing.

Rare and Gem drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 2/128 chance of rolling the rare drop table. There is also a 3/128 chance of rolling the gem drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_1000.png: Black dragon drops Coins with rarity 1/390.1 in quantity 3000Coins3,0001/390.13,0003,000
Loop half of key.png: Black dragon drops Loop half of key with rarity 1/378.27 in quantity 1Loop half of key11/378.27; 1/352.17[d 1]9,89660
Tooth half of key.png: Black dragon drops Tooth half of key with rarity 1/378.27 in quantity 1Tooth half of key11/378.27; 1/352.17[d 1]9,86160
Uncut sapphire.png: Black dragon drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 1/154.57 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire11/154.57; 1/78.49[d 1]47015
Runite bar.png: Black dragon drops Runite bar with rarity 1/1,638.4 in quantity 1Runite bar11/1,638.412,3463,000
Nature rune.png: Black dragon drops Nature rune with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 67Nature rune671/2,730.6715,6117,236
Rune 2h sword.png: Black dragon drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword11/2,730.6737,82338,400
Rune battleaxe.png: Black dragon drops Rune battleaxe with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Rune battleaxe11/2,730.6724,51124,960
Uncut emerald.png: Black dragon drops Uncut emerald with rarity 1/309.13 in quantity 1Uncut emerald11/309.13; 1/156.98[d 1]68530
Law rune.png: Black dragon drops Law rune with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 45Law rune451/4,0967,5156,480
Death rune.png: Black dragon drops Death rune with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 45Death rune451/4,0969,5854,860
Steel arrow.png: Black dragon drops Steel arrow with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 150Steel arrow1501/4,0964,8001,050
Rune arrow.png: Black dragon drops Rune arrow with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 42Rune arrow421/4,0962,73010,080
Adamant javelin.png: Black dragon drops Adamant javelin with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 20Adamant javelin201/4,0961,3601,920
Rune sq shield.png: Black dragon drops Rune sq shield with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 1Rune sq shield11/4,09622,52323,040
Dragonstone.png: Black dragon drops Dragonstone with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 1Dragonstone11/4,09611,6336,000
Silver ore.png: Black dragon drops Silver ore with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 100 (noted)Silver ore100 (noted)1/4,0965,4004,500
Uncut ruby.png: Black dragon drops Uncut ruby with rarity 1/618.26 in quantity 1Uncut ruby11/618.26; 1/313.96[d 1]1,28060
Rune kiteshield.png: Black dragon drops Rune kiteshield with rarity 1/8,192 in quantity 1Rune kiteshield11/8,19232,10232,640
Dragon med helm.png: Black dragon drops Dragon med helm with rarity 1/8,192 in quantity 1Dragon med helm11/8,19259,08460,000
Rune spear.png: Black dragon drops Rune spear with rarity 1/7,869.24 in quantity 1Rune spear11/7,869.24; 1/841.11[d 1][d 2]11,90612,480
Shield left half.png: Black dragon drops Shield left half with rarity 1/15,738.48 in quantity 1Shield left half11/15,738.48; 1/1,682.22[d 1][d 2]65,58566,000
Chaos talisman.png: Black dragon drops Chaos talisman with rarity 1/1,648.7 in quantity 1Chaos talisman11/1,648.7; 1/837.23[d 1]7962
Dragon spear.png: Black dragon drops Dragon spear with rarity 1/20,984.64 in quantity 1Dragon spear11/20,984.64; 1/2,242.97[d 1][d 2]37,50937,440
Uncut diamond.png: Black dragon drops Uncut diamond with rarity 1/2,473.06 in quantity 1Uncut diamond11/2,473.06; 1/1,255.85[d 1]2,801120
Rune javelin.png: Black dragon drops Rune javelin with rarity 1/4,946.11 in quantity 5Rune javelin51/4,946.11; 1/2,511.7[d 1]8701,200
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The drop rate of this item is increased when wearing a Ring of wealth.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The rune spear, shield left half and dragon spear will only be dropped from the Gem Drop Table if Legend's Quest has been started, or else a talisman will be dropped as a replacement. This monster also has access to the Rare Drop Table, so these can still be received as drops.

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Looting bag.png: Black dragon drops Looting bag with rarity 1/3 in quantity 1Looting bag11/3[d 1]Not soldN/A
Ensouled dragon head.png: Black dragon drops Ensouled dragon head with rarity 1/35 in quantity 1Ensouled dragon head11/359,116390
Brimstone key.png: Black dragon drops Brimstone key with rarity 1/74.6 in quantity 1Brimstone key11/74.6[d 2]Not soldN/A
Clue scroll (hard).png: Black dragon drops Clue scroll (hard) with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Clue scroll (hard)11/128; 1/64[d 3]Not sold12
Clue scroll (elite).png: Black dragon drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)11/500; 1/250[d 4]Not sold12
Draconic visage.png: Black dragon drops Draconic visage with rarity 1/10,000 in quantity 1Draconic visage11/10,0005,094,415450,000
  1. Looting bags are only dropped by those found in the Wilderness.
  2. Brimstone keys are only dropped if killed on a slayer assignment given by Konar quo Maten.
  3. The hard clue scroll rarity changes to 1/64 if a Ring of wealth (i) is worn.
  4. The elite clue scroll rarity changes to 1/250 if a Ring of wealth (i) is worn.

Wilderness Slayer tertiary[edit | edit source]

The following drops are only accessible while on a slayer assignment given by Krystilia.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Larran's key.png: Black dragon drops Larran's key with rarity 1/72 in quantity 1Larran's key11/72Not sold54
Slayer's enchantment.png: Black dragon drops Slayer's enchantment with rarity 1/336 in quantity 1Slayer's enchantment11/3361,104720
Ring of wealth scroll.png: Black dragon drops Ring of wealth scroll with rarity 1/504 in quantity 1Ring of wealth scroll11/50435,8503,000
Magic shortbow scroll.png: Black dragon drops Magic shortbow scroll with rarity 1/1,008 in quantity 1Magic shortbow scroll11/1,00855,8863,000

Deadman mode[edit | edit source]

The following drops and rarities only apply to Deadman Mode.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Draconic visage.png: Black dragon drops Draconic visage with rarity 1/2,500 in quantity 1Draconic visage11/2,5005,094,415450,000

Revenant Caves drops[edit | edit source]

The following drop rates are provided by Jagex, unless otherwise specified.

The average value per kill of a black dragon in the Revenant Caves is 11,723.15.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon bones.png: Black dragon drops Dragon bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Dragon bones1Always2,80396
Black dragonhide.png: Black dragon drops Black dragonhide with rarity Always in quantity 1Black dragonhide1Always3,06690

Weapons and armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Adamant platebody.png: Black dragon drops Adamant platebody with rarity 20/128 in quantity 1Adamant platebody120/1289,4189,984
Rune knife.png: Black dragon drops Rune knife with rarity 7/128 in quantity 15Rune knife157/1284,9951,500
Rune knife.png: Black dragon drops Rune knife with rarity 6/128 in quantity 10Rune knife106/128[d 1]Not sold1,000
Adamant 2h sword.png: Black dragon drops Adamant 2h sword with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Adamant 2h sword14/1283,4853,840
Adamant battleaxe.png: Black dragon drops Adamant battleaxe with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Adamant battleaxe13/1282,1602,496
Rune axe.png: Black dragon drops Rune axe with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Rune axe13/1287,2207,680
Rune knife.png: Black dragon drops Rune knife with rarity 3/128 in quantity 5Rune knife53/1281,665500
Rune med helm.png: Black dragon drops Rune med helm with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Rune med helm11/12811,07811,520
Rune kiteshield.png: Black dragon drops Rune kiteshield with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Rune kiteshield11/12832,10232,640
Rune longsword.png: Black dragon drops Rune longsword with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Rune longsword11/12818,67219,200
  1. 10 rune knives are only dropped if Monkey Madness II has not been completed.

Runes and ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Death rune.png: Black dragon drops Death rune with rarity 8/128 in quantity 10Death rune108/1282,1301,080
Law rune.png: Black dragon drops Law rune with rarity 5/128 in quantity 10Law rune105/1281,6701,440
Blood rune.png: Black dragon drops Blood rune with rarity 3/128 in quantity 10Blood rune103/1282,9502,400
Chaos rune.png: Black dragon drops Chaos rune with rarity 1/128 in quantity 25Chaos rune251/1281,7501,350

Coins[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_250.png: Black dragon drops Coins with rarity 40/128 in quantity 500-999Coins500–99940/128500-999500-999
Coins_1000.png: Black dragon drops Coins with rarity 10/128 in quantity 1000-1999Coins1,000–1,99910/1281,000-1,9991,000-1,999
Coins_250.png: Black dragon drops Coins with rarity 1/128 in quantity 690Coins6901/128690690

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon javelin heads.png: Black dragon drops Dragon javelin heads with rarity 6/128 in quantity 25Dragon javelin heads256/128[d 1]23,95029,250
Adamantite bar.png: Black dragon drops Adamantite bar with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1 (noted)Adamantite bar(noted)3/1281,939384
Monkfish.png: Black dragon drops Monkfish with rarity 3/128 in quantity 2Monkfish23/128724276
  1. Only dropped after completion of Monkey Madness II. If players have not completed the quest, they will receive 10 rune knives instead.

Rare and Gem drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 2/128 chance of rolling the rare drop table. There is also a 3/128 chance of rolling the gem drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_1000.png: Black dragon drops Coins with rarity 1/390.1 in quantity 3000Coins3,0001/390.13,0003,000
Loop half of key.png: Black dragon drops Loop half of key with rarity 1/378.27 in quantity 1Loop half of key11/378.27; 1/352.17[d 1]9,89660
Tooth half of key.png: Black dragon drops Tooth half of key with rarity 1/378.27 in quantity 1Tooth half of key11/378.27; 1/352.17[d 1]9,86160
Uncut sapphire.png: Black dragon drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 1/154.57 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire11/154.57; 1/78.49[d 1]47015
Runite bar.png: Black dragon drops Runite bar with rarity 1/1,638.4 in quantity 1Runite bar11/1,638.412,3463,000
Nature rune.png: Black dragon drops Nature rune with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 67Nature rune671/2,730.6715,6117,236
Rune 2h sword.png: Black dragon drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword11/2,730.6737,82338,400
Rune battleaxe.png: Black dragon drops Rune battleaxe with rarity 1/2,730.67 in quantity 1Rune battleaxe11/2,730.6724,51124,960
Uncut emerald.png: Black dragon drops Uncut emerald with rarity 1/309.13 in quantity 1Uncut emerald11/309.13; 1/156.98[d 1]68530
Law rune.png: Black dragon drops Law rune with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 45Law rune451/4,0967,5156,480
Death rune.png: Black dragon drops Death rune with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 45Death rune451/4,0969,5854,860
Steel arrow.png: Black dragon drops Steel arrow with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 150Steel arrow1501/4,0964,8001,050
Rune arrow.png: Black dragon drops Rune arrow with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 42Rune arrow421/4,0962,73010,080
Adamant javelin.png: Black dragon drops Adamant javelin with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 20Adamant javelin201/4,0961,3601,920
Rune sq shield.png: Black dragon drops Rune sq shield with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 1Rune sq shield11/4,09622,52323,040
Dragonstone.png: Black dragon drops Dragonstone with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 1Dragonstone11/4,09611,6336,000
Silver ore.png: Black dragon drops Silver ore with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 100 (noted)Silver ore100 (noted)1/4,0965,4004,500
Uncut ruby.png: Black dragon drops Uncut ruby with rarity 1/618.26 in quantity 1Uncut ruby11/618.26; 1/313.96[d 1]1,28060
Rune kiteshield.png: Black dragon drops Rune kiteshield with rarity 1/8,192 in quantity 1Rune kiteshield11/8,19232,10232,640
Dragon med helm.png: Black dragon drops Dragon med helm with rarity 1/8,192 in quantity 1Dragon med helm11/8,19259,08460,000
Rune spear.png: Black dragon drops Rune spear with rarity 1/7,869.24 in quantity 1Rune spear11/7,869.24; 1/841.11[d 1][d 2]11,90612,480
Shield left half.png: Black dragon drops Shield left half with rarity 1/15,738.48 in quantity 1Shield left half11/15,738.48; 1/1,682.22[d 1][d 2]65,58566,000
Chaos talisman.png: Black dragon drops Chaos talisman with rarity 1/1,648.7 in quantity 1Chaos talisman11/1,648.7; 1/837.23[d 1]7962
Dragon spear.png: Black dragon drops Dragon spear with rarity 1/20,984.64 in quantity 1Dragon spear11/20,984.64; 1/2,242.97[d 1][d 2]37,50937,440
Uncut diamond.png: Black dragon drops Uncut diamond with rarity 1/2,473.06 in quantity 1Uncut diamond11/2,473.06; 1/1,255.85[d 1]2,801120
Rune javelin.png: Black dragon drops Rune javelin with rarity 1/4,946.11 in quantity 5Rune javelin51/4,946.11; 1/2,511.7[d 1]8701,200
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The drop rate of this item is increased when wearing a Ring of wealth.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The rune spear, shield left half and dragon spear will only be dropped from the Gem Drop Table if Legend's Quest has been started, or else a talisman will be dropped as a replacement. This monster also has access to the Rare Drop Table, so these can still be received as drops.

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Note that Black dragons in the Revenant caves do not drop wilderness slayer tertiaries, unlike regular Black dragons.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Looting bag.png: Black dragon drops Looting bag with rarity 1/3 in quantity 1Looting bag11/3Not soldN/A
Ensouled dragon head.png: Black dragon drops Ensouled dragon head with rarity 1/35 in quantity 1Ensouled dragon head11/359,116390
Clue scroll (hard).png: Black dragon drops Clue scroll (hard) with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Clue scroll (hard)11/128; 1/64[d 1]Not sold12
Clue scroll (elite).png: Black dragon drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)11/500; 1/250[d 2]Not sold12
Draconic visage.png: Black dragon drops Draconic visage with rarity 1/5,000 in quantity 1Draconic visage11/5,0005,094,415450,000
  1. The hard clue scroll rarity changes to 1/64 if a Ring of wealth (i) is worn.
  2. The elite clue scroll rarity changes to 1/250 if a Ring of wealth (i) is worn.

Deadman mode[edit | edit source]

The following drops and rarities only apply to Deadman Mode.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Draconic visage.png: Black dragon drops Draconic visage with rarity 1/1,250 in quantity 1Draconic visage11/1,2505,094,415450,000

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Elvarg Strongest monster in RuneScape King Black Dragon