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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 task.

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.

The King Black Dragon's respawn time is 8 seconds.

Location[edit | edit source]

Location Levels Members Spawns Map Trailblazer region
King Black Dragon Lair (Wilderness)276Member icon.png1MaplinkThis monster is in the Wilderness Trailblazer region. Wilderness

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 the player to the Lava Maze just south-east of the fenced area containing the entrance. This is the most reliable way to get there, running west and going down the ladder in the lesser demon cage.
  • 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 player killers. Players who complete the hard Wilderness Diary can choose the obelisk they wish to teleport to, namely the obelisk closest to the KBD's lair at level 44 Wilderness. 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 and then south-east again to reach the KBD Lair.
  • 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. Players entering their cage will find a ladder that will lead down to some aggressive poison spiders where a lever is pulled to finally arrive at the KBD's lair.
  • 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, 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 goes 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 players 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.

In addition to his damaging attacks, the King Black Dragon can also poison the player and reduce the player's stats. It is strongly recommended to bring anti-poison (Antidote++ is preferred) and stat-restoring potions such as Super restores.

His normal dragonfire is significantly stronger than normal dragonfire, with a max hit of 65 with no protection, 15 with the Anti-dragon shield or Dragonfire shield, and is completely blocked with both the shield and Antifire potion. Because the max damage is so high, the player should always have one of these shields equipped.

In addition to his regular dragonfire, the King Black Dragon has three unblockable breath attacks: Poison, Shock, and Freeze. Although an antifire potion reduces damage from these attacks by 75%, it will only nullify all damage from the regular dragonfire. With the anti-dragon shield or equivalent equipped, they only deal up to 10 damage. Protect from Magic does not protect against or reduce damage of dragonfire when an anti-dragon shield or equivalent is equipped.

Treasure Trails[edit | edit source]

Killing the King Black Dragon for a key to open the closed chest in the north-east corner of his lair is the solution to an elite cryptic clue: Scattered coins and gems fill the floor. The chest you seek is in the north east.

Drops[edit | edit source]

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

The average King Black Dragon kill is worth 23,086.61.

The average King Black Dragon kill while on a Konar task is worth 24,531.51.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon bones.png: King Black Dragon drops Dragon bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Dragon bones1Always1,95696
Black dragonhide.png: King Black Dragon drops Black dragonhide with rarity Always in quantity 2Black dragonhide2Always6,548180

Pre-roll[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon pickaxe.png: King Black Dragon drops Dragon pickaxe with rarity 1/1,500 in quantity 1Dragon pickaxe11/1,5004,147,67658,770

Weapons and armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Rune longsword.png: King Black Dragon drops Rune longsword with rarity 10/128 in quantity 1Rune longsword110/12818,67019,200
Adamant platebody.png: King Black Dragon drops Adamant platebody with rarity 9/128 in quantity 1Adamant platebody19/1289,4569,984
Adamant kiteshield.png: King Black Dragon drops Adamant kiteshield with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Adamant kiteshield13/1282,9743,264
Dragon med helm.png: King Black Dragon drops Dragon med helm with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Dragon med helm11/12858,76960,000

Runes and ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Fire rune.png: King Black Dragon drops Fire rune with rarity 5/128 in quantity 300Fire rune3005/128; 10/128[d 1]1,500600
Air rune.png: King Black Dragon drops Air rune with rarity 10/128 in quantity 300Air rune30010/1281,500600
Iron arrow.png: King Black Dragon drops Iron arrow with rarity 10/128 in quantity 690Iron arrow69010/1283,450690
Runite bolts.png: King Black Dragon drops Runite bolts with rarity 10/128 in quantity 10-20Runite bolts10–2010/1281,640–3,2801,800–3,600
Law rune.png: King Black Dragon drops Law rune with rarity 5/128 in quantity 30Law rune305/1283,4504,320
Blood rune.png: King Black Dragon drops Blood rune with rarity 5/128 in quantity 30Blood rune305/12811,0707,200
  1. If Monkey Madness II has not been completed, the drop rate of fire runes are 10/128.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Yew logs.png: King Black Dragon drops Yew logs with rarity 10/128 in quantity 150 (noted)Yew logs150 (noted)10/12845,30014,400
Adamantite bar.png: King Black Dragon drops Adamantite bar with rarity 5/128 in quantity 3Adamantite bar35/1285,6071,152
Runite bar.png: King Black Dragon drops Runite bar with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Runite bar13/12812,4863,000
Gold ore.png: King Black Dragon drops Gold ore with rarity 2/128 in quantity 100 (noted)Gold ore100 (noted)2/12812,1009,000

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Amulet of power.png: King Black Dragon drops Amulet of power with rarity 7/128 in quantity 1Amulet of power17/1282,1762,115
Dragon arrowtips.png: King Black Dragon drops Dragon arrowtips with rarity 5/128 in quantity 5-14Dragon arrowtips5–145/1282,905–8,1341,500–4,200
Dragon dart tip.png: King Black Dragon drops Dragon dart tip with rarity 5/128 in quantity 5-14Dragon dart tip5–145/12812,265–34,342750–2,100
Dragon javelin heads.png: King Black Dragon drops Dragon javelin heads with rarity 5/128 in quantity 15Dragon javelin heads155/128[d 1]13,56017,550
Runite limbs.png: King Black Dragon drops Runite limbs with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Runite limbs14/1289,2699,600
Shark.png: King Black Dragon drops Shark with rarity 4/128 in quantity 4Shark44/1282,484408
  1. Dragon javelin heads are only dropped after completion of Monkey Madness II.

Rare and Gem drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 8/128 chance of rolling the rare drop table. There is also a 2/128 chance of rolling the gem drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
This does not exist.NothingN/A1/52.25; Never[d 1]N/AN/A
Coins_1000.png: King Black Dragon drops Coins with rarity 1/97.52 in quantity 3000Coins3,0001/97.523,0003,000
Loop half of key.png: King Black Dragon drops Loop half of key with rarity 1/100.36 in quantity 1Loop half of key11/100.36; 1/98.46[d 2]11,00560
Tooth half of key.png: King Black Dragon drops Tooth half of key with rarity 1/100.36 in quantity 1Tooth half of key11/100.36; 1/98.46[d 2]11,12360
Uncut sapphire.png: King Black Dragon drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 1/157.54 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire11/157.54; 1/80[d 2]41215
Runite bar.png: King Black Dragon drops Runite bar with rarity 1/409.6 in quantity 1Runite bar11/409.612,4863,000
Nature rune.png: King Black Dragon drops Nature rune with rarity 1/682.67 in quantity 67Nature rune671/682.6712,6637,236
Rune 2h sword.png: King Black Dragon drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 1/682.67 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword11/682.6737,83938,400
Rune battleaxe.png: King Black Dragon drops Rune battleaxe with rarity 1/682.67 in quantity 1Rune battleaxe11/682.6724,52824,960
Uncut emerald.png: King Black Dragon drops Uncut emerald with rarity 1/315.08 in quantity 1Uncut emerald11/315.08; 1/160[d 2]65130
Law rune.png: King Black Dragon drops Law rune with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 45Law rune451/1,0245,1756,480
Death rune.png: King Black Dragon drops Death rune with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 45Death rune451/1,0248,7754,860
Steel arrow.png: King Black Dragon drops Steel arrow with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 150Steel arrow1501/1,0242,1001,050
Rune arrow.png: King Black Dragon drops Rune arrow with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 42Rune arrow421/1,0242,18410,080
Adamant javelin.png: King Black Dragon drops Adamant javelin with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 20Adamant javelin201/1,0241,3201,920
Rune sq shield.png: King Black Dragon drops Rune sq shield with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 1Rune sq shield11/1,02422,55323,040
Dragonstone.png: King Black Dragon drops Dragonstone with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 1Dragonstone11/1,02411,7226,000
Silver ore.png: King Black Dragon drops Silver ore with rarity 1/1,024 in quantity 100 (noted)Silver ore100 (noted)1/1,0243,9004,500
Uncut ruby.png: King Black Dragon drops Uncut ruby with rarity 1/630.15 in quantity 1Uncut ruby11/630.15; 1/320[d 2]1,24960
Rune kiteshield.png: King Black Dragon drops Rune kiteshield with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 1Rune kiteshield11/2,04832,12332,640
Dragon med helm.png: King Black Dragon drops Dragon med helm with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 1Dragon med helm11/2,04858,76960,000
Rune spear.png: King Black Dragon drops Rune spear with rarity 1/2,126.93 in quantity 1Rune spear11/2,126.93; 1/243.04[d 2][d 3]11,94212,480
Shield left half.png: King Black Dragon drops Shield left half with rarity 1/4,253.86 in quantity 1Shield left half11/4,253.86; 1/486.08[d 2][d 3]65,21566,000
Nature talisman.png: King Black Dragon drops Nature talisman with rarity 1/1,680.41 in quantity 1Nature talisman11/1,680.41; 1/853.33[d 2]6562
Dragon spear.png: King Black Dragon drops Dragon spear with rarity 1/5,671.81 in quantity 1Dragon spear11/5,671.81; 1/648.1[d 2][d 3]37,78637,440
Uncut diamond.png: King Black Dragon drops Uncut diamond with rarity 1/2,520.62 in quantity 1Uncut diamond11/2,520.62; 1/1,280[d 2]2,625120
Rune javelin.png: King Black Dragon drops Rune javelin with rarity 1/5,041.23 in quantity 5Rune javelin51/5,041.23; 1/2,560[d 2]8001,200
  1. The "nothing" drop is removed while wearing a ring of wealth.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 The drop rate is increased while wearing a ring of wealth due to the "nothing" drop being removed.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Slightly reduced chance of dropping if Legends' Quest has not been completed.

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Key (elite).png: King Black Dragon drops Key (elite) with rarity Always in quantity 1Key (elite)1Always[d 1]Not soldN/A
Brimstone key.png: King Black Dragon drops Brimstone key with rarity 1/64 in quantity 1Brimstone key11/64[d 2]Not soldN/A
Kbd heads.png: King Black Dragon drops Kbd heads with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Kbd heads11/128Not sold30,000
Clue scroll (elite).png: King Black Dragon drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/450 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)11/450Not sold12
Prince black dragon.png: King Black Dragon drops Prince black dragon with rarity 1/3,000 in quantity 1Prince black dragon11/3,000Not soldN/A
Draconic visage.png: King Black Dragon drops Draconic visage with rarity 1/5,000 in quantity 1Draconic visage11/5,0004,081,881450,000
  1. The key is only dropped when completing an elite clue scroll asking you to kill the King Black Dragon.
  2. Brimstone keys are only dropped while on a Slayer task given by Konar quo Maten.

Deadman mode[edit | edit source]

The following drops and rarities only apply to Deadman Mode.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon pickaxe.png: King Black Dragon drops Dragon pickaxe with rarity 1/750 in quantity 1Dragon pickaxe11/7504,147,67658,770
Draconic visage.png: King Black Dragon drops Draconic visage with rarity 1/1,250 in quantity 1Draconic visage11/1,2504,081,881450,000

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
17 October 2019
(update)

King Black Dragon boss tasks are no longer offered to players until they've started Dragon Slayer and gained access to anti-dragon equipment.

4 January 2018
(update)

The examine text was changed. Previously, it was The biggest, meanest dragon around.

16 February 2017
(update | poll)

The King Black Dragon respawn timer has been reduced to 10 seconds.

18 February 2016
(update | poll)

The lever which teleports you into the lair of the King Black Dragon has a new option to open up a private instance of the lair.

25 June 2015
(update | poll)

Added a 'peek' option to the entrance of this boss.

17 July 2014
(update | poll)

Players can now receive a pet version of this boss after defeating it.

13 March 2014
(update | poll)

The King Black Dragon and Chaos Elemental have had their drop tables improved and both have a chance of dropping the Dragon Pickaxe.

6 February 2014
(update | poll)

The Kalphite Queen, King Black Dragon, the Chaos Elemental and the Dagannoth Kings now notify all nearby players of the loot they're dropping.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

King Black Dragon as he appears on the Postbag from the Hedge stamp.
  • King Black Dragon appears on one of the seven Postbag from the Hedge stamps.
  • Engaging in combat with the King Black Dragon while not having any form of dragonfire protection gives unique messages in the player's chatbox when they are 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!
    • Burning: 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.
Predecessor Title Successor
Black dragon Strongest monster in RuneScape Kalphite Queen