King Black Dragon

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The King Black Dragon, commonly referred to as KBD, is a three-headed dragon located in his lair deep in the Wilderness. The King Black Dragon has a combat level of 276, which makes him one of the strongest dragons in Old School RuneScape. Players should not take this foe lightly, and they should always take an Anti-dragon shield as his dragonfire breath is very deadly without protection. The King Black Dragon can also be killed as an alternative for a black dragon slayer assignment.

Although he will always fight back when attacked, he has gotten bored over the centuries from adventurers attacking him as he revealed to his good friend, Bob the Cat.

While the King Black Dragon's lair is entered from within the Wilderness, his lair itself is not part of the Wilderness, so players cannot attack each other in his lair. Completion of the Wilderness Diary also does not note his bone drops, and the KBD does not count towards a black dragon slayer assignment given by Krystilia.

Players can pay 50,000 coins from their inventory to open an instanced version of the KBD lair (right-click Private option on lever), where it will be inaccessible by other players. However, once players leave, the instance will expire and they will have to pay 50,000 coins to open another instance. If players leave any items in the instance, they will disappear. This means that if a player dies or disconnects while inside a KBD instance, their items will not be retrievable.

King Black Dragon respawn time is 9 seconds.

Reaching the King Black Dragon[edit | edit source]

WARNING: As the entrance to the King Black Dragon Lair (aka KBD Lair), is located in the Wilderness, watch out for player killers!

The routes that lead up to the KBD Lair.
  • The burning amulet can be used to get to the KBD lair fast. It teleports you just south-east of the fenced area containing the entrance. This is the most reliable way to get there.
  • From Edgeville, players can bring an axe to make a Waka canoe, which requires 57 Woodcutting, at the canoe station and take it to the Wilderness. Upon arrival, the player will have to trek westward past some green dragons on the southern end of the Lava Maze before going slightly north-west toward the western part of the Lava Maze where some fenced lesser demons are. Enter their cage, and there is a ladder that will take you down to some aggressive poison spiders where a lever is pulled to finally arrive at the KBD's lair.
  • Wilderness Obelisks can also be used to get there. Be wary that using them makes the player more susceptible to encountering high-level monsters or PK'ers. Players who complete the hard Wilderness Diary can choose the obelisk they wish to teleport to. The obelisk closest to the KBD's lair is level 44. The nearest obelisk can be accessed if the player teleports to the Corporeal Beast area via a games necklace, exits the cave, and runs south-east to the obelisk.
  • North-west of Ardougne Castle, there's a lever that can be pulled that takes the player to Deserted Keep. From there, the player needs to slash some spider webs to get out, and head southward to a long fence and follow it either east or west to an opening. If following it east, then beware of the Chaos Elemental. Once out, trek westward past the northern end of the Lava Maze before going slightly south-west toward the western part of the Lava Maze where some fenced lesser demons are. Enter their cage, and there's a ladder that will take you down to some aggressive poison spiders where a lever is pulled to finally arrive at the KBD's lair.
  • The Ice Plateau or Ghorrock Teleport is among the fastest ways to get there. After teleporting, the player should run south-west to the gate opening, and run south-east to some fenced lesser demons on the west side of Lava Maze. Enter the cage, and there's a ladder that takes you down to some aggressive poison spiders where a lever is pulled to finally arrive at the KBD's lair.
  • The Arceuus spellbook's teleportation spell, Cemetery Teleport, can be used to get to the KBD lair. It teleports you to the Forgotten Cemetery, just south of the KBD lair.

The battle[edit | edit source]

A group of players take on the King Black Dragon.

The King Black Dragon can also poison and reduce the player's stats as well as inflict damage, so antipoison (Super antipoison is preferred) and stat-restoring potions, such as Super restores, are highly recommended. He has three unblockable breath attacks: Poison, Shock, and Freeze.

His normal dragonfire has a max hit of 65 with no protection, 15 with the Anti-dragon shield or Dragonfire shield, and completely blocked with both the shield and Antifire potion. Again, his dragonfire is significantly stronger than normal dragonfire, which has a max hit of 65 if unprotected, so players need to be sure they have one of the aforementioned shields equipped at all times.

His poison, shock, and freeze breaths can be reduced to 10 damage using either of the said shields. Although an antifire potion reduces 75% of all damage against these three unique attacks, it will only nullify all damage from the normal dragonfire. Thus, the player will be fully protected from the KBD's regular dragonfire with the proper shielding and an antifire, but his special breaths can still deal up to 10 damage. Protect from Magic doesn't protect against or reduce damage of dragonfire when an anti-dragon shield or equivalent is equipped.

Drops[edit | edit source]

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Dragon bones.png Dragon bones 1 Always 2,368
Black dragonhide.png Black dragonhide 2 Always 6,100

Weapons/Armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune longsword.png Rune longsword 1 Common 18,780
Adamant platebody.png Adamant platebody 1 Common 9,604
Adamant kiteshield.png Adamant kiteshield 1 Uncommon 2,923
Dragon med helm.png Dragon med helm 1 Rare (1/128) 59,119
Dragon pickaxe.png Dragon pickaxe 1 Very rare (1/1,500) 5,350,508


Runes/Ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Fire rune.png Fire rune 300 Common 1,500
Air rune.png Air rune 300 Common 1,500
Blood rune.png Blood rune 30 Common 8,430
Law rune.png Law rune 30 Common 8,460
Iron arrow 5.png Iron arrow 690 Uncommon 4,830
Runite bolts 5.png Runite bolts 10–25 Uncommon 2,600–6,500
Dragon dart tip.png Dragon dart tip 5–14 Uncommon 18,420–51,576
Dragon arrowtips.png Dragon arrowtips 5–14 Uncommon 6,940–19,432
Dragon javelin heads 5.png Dragon javelin heads 15 Uncommon [1] 14,175
  1. Only dropped after completion of Monkey Madness II.

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rare drop table.png Rare drop table 1 Common (1/16) Not sold
Amulet of power.png Amulet of power 1 Common 2,196
Yew logs.png Yew logs 150 (noted) Common 40,650
Shark.png Shark 4 Uncommon 3,424
Gold ore.png Gold ore 100 (noted) Uncommon 34,700
Runite limbs.png Runite limbs 1 Uncommon 9,501
Runite bar.png Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,436
Adamantite bar.png Adamantite bar 3 Uncommon 6,267
Kbd heads.png Kbd heads 1 Rare (1/128) Not sold
Clue scroll (elite).png Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/450) Not sold
Prince black dragon.png Prince black dragon 1 Very rare (1/3,000) Not sold
Draconic visage.png Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 8,688,737

Rare drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster has a 1/16 chance to access the standard rare drop table.

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000.png Coins 3,000 Uncommon (1/93.09) Not sold
Loop half of key.png Loop half of key 1 Rare (1/101.61; 1/101.34)[R 1] 8,589
Tooth half of key.png Tooth half of key 1 Rare (1/106.91; 1/106.62)[R 1] 13,381
Uncut sapphire.png Uncut sapphire 1 Rare (1/409.6; 1/307.2)[R 1] 858
Runite bar.png Runite bar 1 Rare (1/409.6) 12,436
Nature talisman.png Nature talisman 1 Rare (1/590.41; 1/564.97)[R 1] 801
Nature rune.png Nature rune 67 Rare (1/682.67) 16,951
Rune 2h sword.png Rune 2h sword 1 Rare (1/682.67) 37,961
Rune battleaxe.png Rune battleaxe 1 Rare (1/682.67) 24,574
Uncut emerald.png Uncut emerald 1 Rare (1/819.2; 1/614.4)[R 1] 908
Law rune.png Law rune 45 Very rare (1/1,024) 12,690
Death rune.png Death rune 45 Very rare (1/1,024) 11,340
Steel arrow 5.png Steel arrow 150 Very rare (1/1,024) 4,950
Rune arrow 5.png Rune arrow 42 Very rare (1/1,024) 2,646
Adamant javelin.png Adamant javelin 20 Very rare (1/1,024) 820
Rune sq shield.png Rune sq shield 1 Very rare (1/1,024) 22,662
Dragonstone.png Dragonstone 1 Very rare (1/1,024) 12,072
Silver ore.png Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare (1/1,024) 7,900
Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby 1 Very rare (1/1,638.4; 1/1,228.8)[R 1] 1,495
Rune kiteshield.png Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare (1/2,048) 32,206
Dragon med helm.png Dragon med helm 1 Very rare (1/2,048) 59,119
Rune spear.png Rune spear 1 Very rare (1/2,162.01; 1/2,154.61)[R 1] 12,094
Shield left half.png Shield left half 1 Very rare (1/4,324.02; 1/4,309.22)[R 1] 65,497
Dragon spear.png Dragon spear 1 Very rare (1/5,765.37; 1/5,745.62)[R 1] 37,409
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond 1 Very rare (1/6,553.6; 1/4,915.2)[R 1] 2,977
Rune javelin.png Rune javelin 5 Very rare (1/13,107.2; 1/9,830.4)[R 1] 755
  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 is increased when wearing a Ring of wealth.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Engaging combat with the King Black Dragon while not having an anti-dragon shield equipped gives unique messages in the player's chatbox when they are initially harmed by the various types of dragonfire:
    • Freezing: You're chilled to the bone by the dragon's icy breath!
    • Poison: You're badly scalded by the dragon's toxic breath!
    • Shocking: You're zapped by the dragon's shocking breath!
    • Standard: You're horribly burnt by the dragon's fiery breath!
  • The King Black Dragon can talk, as seen in A Tail of Two Cats. During the final cutscene, he is visited by Bob the Jagex Cat. During the chat between the King and Bob, R4ng3rNo0b889 attempts to solo the King, is unable to damage him, and is killed in one hit as he had no dragonfire protection at all.
  • As of an update on 18 February 2016, players can open instances for fighting the King Black Dragon.
  • As of 13 March 2014, the King Black Dragon has a chance of dropping the Dragon pickaxe.
  • Prior to the release of Dragon Slayer II, the examine text of the King Black Dragon was The biggest, meanest dragon around.
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