Dagannoth Kings/Strategies

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A trio of players take on the mighty Dagannoth Kings.

Dagannoth Kings are a trio of bosses found in the Waterbirth Island Dungeon, known for their dragon axe, berserker ring, archers ring, warrior ring and seers ring drops. Their bones are also valuable, making them consistently rewarding to kill.

The Kings[edit | edit source]

The Kings reside on the sixth floor (the deepest) in Waterbirth Island Dungeon.

  • Dagannoth Prime: The Dagannoth King who uses magical attacks. Whenever he is attacking, Protect from Magic must be on at all costs as Prime can hit up to 50 damage and easily kill in two hits. Prime is weak to ranged attacks.
  • Dagannoth Rex: The Dagannoth King who uses melee attacks. He is extremely easy to deal with, as he can be either binded or lured to the edges of the islet where he can get stuck easily.
  • Dagannoth Supreme: The Dagannoth King who uses ranged attacks. Supreme is also easy to deal with, hitting harder than Rex but lower than Prime. Supreme's attacks can hit multiple players if they are facing his direction.
  • Spinolyps inhabit the moat surrounding the Dagannoth Kings' island. They are generally weak and have 75 Hitpoints. Their attacks are not very accurate, especially if the player has armour with high ranged defence, but their ranged attacks can inflict poison, and their magic attacks drain one prayer point if they hit. The poison damage starts at 6, so it is worth bringing Antidote++ potions. They can be used to heal with the use of Guthan's set or Saradomin godsword while waiting for the Kings to respawn.
Dagannoth Prime Dagannoth Rex Dagannoth Supreme
Uses Magical Attacks.
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Uses Melee Attacks.
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Uses Ranged Attacks.
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Dagannoth Prime.png
Dagannoth Rex.png
Dagannoth Supreme.png
Fight with Ranged Fight with Magic Fight with Melee

Suggested skills[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Prayer bonus is essential for Dagannoth Kings, and setups differ from player to player. It is best to try out DKs with another person and limit risk. Once you are comfortable, you will be able to modify your setup to your own style. It is recommended to prioritize ranged defence over melee and magical defence when choosing your armour. Prayer bonus should be your second priority after ranged defence.

Luring Rex to the south-east safespot (note that the right side of the image is north; see image below for the safespot's location on the map).

This setup is used to solo Dagannoth Rex. Rex is the easiest out of all the Kings as it can be safespotted, and offers the chance of receiving the berserker ring. Long trips can be achieved using Guthan's armour set, a Saradomin godsword or blood spells on the Spinolyps inbetween kills.

Magic is highly effective against Rex due to his extremely low magic defence. With a decent Magic level, players can wear full melee armour for the increased ranged defence and still hit Rex consistently.

The most difficult part is entering the lair and setting up the safespot. First, climb over the roots to the east of the entrance ladder and peek to check whether any other adventurers are in the lair. Turn off auto-retaliate and activate Protect from Magic, then enter the lair. The aim is to enter and not draw aggro from any of the Kings. If either Supreme or Prime starts attacking you, climb back up, wait several seconds for them to change position, and try again. Once successful, carefully move to the south-eastern corner of the lair, hugging the coastline to remain out of the Kings' aggro range. Once at the south-east safespot, attack Rex (using the long range attack style can be helpful), lure him to the location shown in the image to the right, then move south. He will become trapped, allowing the player to kill him with ease.

  1. ^ If using the Serpentine helm, antipoisons are not needed as you will be immune to poison.
  2. ^ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Guthan's should only be brought if you plan to bring the whole set for its set effect. Otherwise, Verac's equipment will do better due to its prayer bonuses.
  3. ^ If the amulet of the damned is used while using Guthan's armour set, players can heal a maximum of 10 Hitpoints above their base Hitpoints level.
  4. ^ All versions of the Ardougne cloak provide a good combination of both magic and prayer bonuses, which can be beneficial when using Magic.
  5. ^ 5.0 5.1 If using Fire Surge with a tome of fire and harmonised nightmare staff.
  6. ^ If using Flames of Zamorak or Magic Dart.
  7. ^ If using Claws of Guthix.
  8. ^ If using Iban Blast.

A detailed map of the lair and tackling the Kings.

A tribrid setup means a single player using Magic, Ranged and Melee to kill all three Dagannoth Kings. It is only recommended for people who can afford good enough equipment to be able to kill all Kings fast enough.

If the player is not experienced, an alternative to attacking all three kings is to have another person targeting Rex, while the player targets Prime and Supreme. The person targeting Rex may help defeat Prime/Supreme if needed.

Enter with Protect from Magic activated, and get Supreme as close to the ladder as possible before killing him with Piety; if Prime is a safe distance away and Supreme is very close to the ladder, you can use Protect from Missiles. This can be done by climbing the ladder up and down until he has been lured. (Otherwise, Prime will aggro you, necessitating Protect from Magic and tanking Supreme's hits, which will drain your supplies.) Afterwards, safespot and kill Rex, and since Prime will be on you, keep Protect from Magic on. Lastly, go north-east and kill Prime. The optimal spot to kill him is denoted by rocks on the ground in triangle formation.

An alternate strategy is to follow the same procedure up to Prime (i.e. kill Supreme and then Rex), but get him to as low health as possible, then wait in the east for Rex to respawn. Kill Rex again, finish off Prime, then go kill Supreme.

  1. ^ Wearing the serpentine helm provides immunity to poison.
  2. ^ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Only recommended if using a bow of Faerdhinen (c) or crystal bow.
  3. ^ Only recommended if using crystal armour. Does not require Ava's device.
  4. ^ Should be brought only if the player is not using a scythe of Vitur.
  5. ^ If using a twisted bow.
  6. ^ 6.0 6.1 If using a toxic blowpipe or [bow of Faerdhinen (c).
  7. ^ If the player cannot afford a twisted bow, pegasian boots should be worn instead.
  8. ^ Although the granite boots have 1 smaller strength bonus, they have a handy +8 ranged defence bonus.

This is a minimum viable setup for lower-levelled players who want to kill Rex with budget gear. It could be used by Ironmen wishing to get a Berserker ring early in the game. So this setup focuses on items that are accessible without high skill requirements or items obtained from boss drops. In your inventory, take a Rune thrownaxe, Pet rock, 2-3 Prayer potions, and 2-3 Superantipoison or better. Optionally also bring High alchemy runes and an Ancient mace to recharge prayer. Any remaining space should be the highest-healing food you have access to. If you have access to Ancient Magicks, consider using blood spells for healing. Make sure you have a means of teleporting out, either worn or inventory.

  1. ^ 1.0 1.1 1.2 All versions of the Ardougne cloak provide a good combination of both magic and prayer bonuses, which can be beneficial when using Magic.
  2. ^ 2.0 2.1 If using blood spells.
  3. ^ 3.0 3.1 If using Iban Blast.
  4. ^ 4.0 4.1 If using Magic Dart.

This is an advanced viable setup for higher-leveled players who want to kill Prime with medium-high level gear. It could be used by Ironmen wishing to get a dragon axe late in the game. So this setup focuses on items that are accessible with high skill requirements or items obtained from boss drops. In your inventory, take a Rune thrownaxe, Pet rock, 2-3 Prayer potions, and 2-3 Superantipoison or better. Optionally also bring High alchemy runes and an Ancient mace to recharge prayer. Any remaining space should be the highest-healing food you have access to. If you have access to Ancient Magicks, consider using blood spells for healing. Make sure you have a means of teleporting out, either worn or inventory.

  1. ^ If using crystal armour.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Your inventory should consist of the following:

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Twisted bow.pngNecklace of anguish.pngTumeken's shadow.pngOccult necklace.png
Ava's assembler.pngZaryte vambraces.pngTormented bracelet.pngRune pouch.png
Saradomin godsword.pngSuper combat potion(4).pngSuper combat potion(4).pngImbued heart.png
Antidote++(4).pngRanging potion(4).pngRanging potion(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Super restore(4).pngExplorer's ring 4.pngRune thrownaxe.pngPet rock.png

Alternate inventory[edit | edit source]

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Guthan's warspear.pngImbued heart.pngStamina potion(4).pngAntidote++(4).png
Guthan's helm.pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngAntidote++(4).png
Guthan's platebody.pngPrayer potion(4).pngAntidote++(4).pngAntidote++(4).png
Guthan's chainskirt.pngShark.pngShark.pngAntidote++(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngAntidote++(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngTeleport to house (tablet).png
Herb sack.pngPet rock.pngRune thrownaxe.pngRune pouch.png

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Superantipoison(4).pngSuperantipoison(4).pngSuperantipoison(4).pngRune thrownaxe.png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPet rock.png
Super defence(4).pngAncient mace.pngPineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.png
Pineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.png
Pineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.png
Pineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.pngTeleport to house (tablet).png
Pineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.pngPineapple pizza.pngRune pouch.png

Tips and tricks[edit | edit source]

  • The use of the dwarf multicannon with 1-2k cannonballs to kill Dagannoth Prime can be helpful to smooth out the rotation when fighting all three Kings. Place the cannon on Prime's spawning area, and only load 30 cannonballs when it spawns; do not keep reloading, as it is less effective on Rex and Supreme and will cause them to attack you immediately upon being struck by a cannonball.
  • Attune a portal in your house to Waterbirth. This will make travel time significantly easier and will negate the need of having to have your house in Rellekka or have redirecting scrolls for it.
  • The suggested food is Super restore potions and Saradomin brews, although for simplicity and cost-effectiveness, sharks and a few Saradomin brews/Super restores for emergency will suffice. Bringing Guthan's set and Saradomin godsword can help reduce the use of food.
  • Even if bringing Saradomin brews for food, it still helps to bring a potion to boost your hits. However, it is debatable whether that extra space could be used for another brew instead is more helpful or not in the long run.
  • Various Ancient Magicks can prove useful: Ice Barrage can be used to freeze Dagannoth Rex and Blood spells can be used in combination with a Trident of the seas or swamp to heal.
  • Antipoisons are important to bring, as the Spinolyps residing in the water around the lair will poison players. This is not the case if the player wears a Serpentine helm throughout the trip. Sanfew serums are also useful, as they function as both an antipoison and a super restore.
  • There is a safe spot if you jump over the root slightly east of the Dagannoth Kings' ladder where you can 'peek' to see if there is someone within the arena. This is also a convenient spot to hop worlds looking for a vacant lair.
  • Completion of the elite Fremennik Diary will cause Dagannoth Kings' bones to drop in noted form, substantially increasing the profitability of extended trips.
  • Bringing an explorer's ring in place of a stamina potion for high alchemy will bring a bit more profit.
  • If your melee stats are high enough (80+) and you're on a dagannoth task, consider using a Saradomin godsword or any other godsword as your spec weapon and your melee weapon to kill Supreme with, saving an inventory space.