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For the pet, see King Black Dragonling.
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The King Black Dragon (named Shakorexis by Hannibus) is an enormous, three-headed black dragon. He was the second dragon ever, created by Kerapac's fellow dragonkin Phalaks; a failed project intended to replicate the powerful Queen Black Dragon[1] some time in or before the First Age. One decade later, he was released into the Wilderness.

Killing the King Black Dragon at least once is one of the requirements of redeeming the Dragonkin lamp from Mr. Mordaut.

Getting thereEdit

There are two ways that players can reach the King Black Dragon's Lair;

  • Northwest of the Edgeville lodestone is an Artefact. Activating it teleports the player to the lair.
  • There is a ladder in level 43 of the Wilderness, near the western part of the Lava Maze. Wilderness Obelisks may be useful in reaching it. Players using this method may want to bring an antipoison for the poison spiders that they will encounter. Entering the lair via the Wilderness will give players a 10% damage boost against the King Black Dragon. Players must be wary of player killers while using this path.

HistoryEdit

The Third dragonkin journal mentions that another dragonkin created the King Black Dragon after seeing Kerapac's Queen Black Dragon. Although Kerapac noted that he was much smaller, he supposed that they could be used for breeding strong dragons which were immune to Jas' curse. The Fourth dragonkin journal mentions, however that the new dragons were too "beastial" and "broken", so the King Black Dragon was released into what would then be called the Wilderness.

Sometime during the Second Age, Zaros brought the Ilujanka to Gielinor after seeing them ride a similar race to the dragons. Calling them Dragon Riders, they were feared by their enemies due to their dragon-riding skills. It is shown through the Last riders book that Hannibus rode the King Black Dragon. However, due to Zaros failing to fulfill his promise, two of them decided to side with Zaros and another two with Zamorak. Hannibus and the King Black Dragon stayed neutral and watched as the others were killed off by both sides due to confusion. Hannibus and the King Black Dragon stayed in the room which they had been brought in, which is where the King Black Dragon resides to this day. However, the Mahjarrat Enakhra was determined to capture Hannibus. To increase the King Black Dragon's chances of survival, Hannibus left him and was eventually captured by Enakhra.

The King Black Dragon is also featured in some quests. In A Tail of Two Cats, Bob and Neite visit the King Black Dragon and ask him how he is feeling. He replies with adventurers trying to kill him all day, and then the player spoof R4ng3rNo0b889 arrives and attacks him, calling him a "noob". He then kills him with his dragonfire.

In One of a Kind, the player and Hannibus return to the King Black Dragon's lair after finding no leads on how to return to his homeworld. The King Black Dragon meets the player (if they had not killed him at least once), but also is shocked to find Hannibus with them, calling him an "old friend", and that they haven't met in a long time. After hearing the problem from Hannibus, he thinks he has a solution and leads them from his lair to some mysterious ruins, which also protects the two from any potential attackers. He tells them that their solution is behind the door and returns to his lair afterwards.

AttacksEdit

The King Black Dragon uses melee when fighting and also uses four different types of dragon breath attack that have fairly devastating effects, which makes him a well-rounded and difficult foe. His dragon breath attacks are:

  • Regular dragonfire
  • Shock-like breath that can reduce your stats. It is suggested that you have 70 Defence or higher and good magic defence armour. All stats will be lowered by 1 or 2 points. Super restores could come in handy here but are not required for players with high combat levels or bringing potions such as overloads.
  • Ice breath that can stop players from moving or attacking.
  • Poison breath that will deal 100 poison damage. You should bring at least 1 anti poison potion if you want to kill him.
  • There is no way to block the special dragonfire attacks, although the normal Dragonfire can be negated as normal. The breaths can deal various damage, though using an Anti-dragon shield and a dose of Antifire or Super antifire will take the damage from the special breaths down to 100. The attack also has a chance to do its special ability.

Suggestions for fightingEdit

See main article: King Black Dragon/Strategies
File:King Black Dragon fight.png

An anti-dragon/dragonfire shield in conjunction with an antifire potion are essential to fight the King Black Dragon, as without the shield he can hit well over 4,000. Make sure to have both the shield and antifire potion, otherwise the dragon can still hit over 2,000. If super antifire potions are used, a shield is not needed.

With a high defence level (recommended 70+) and Protect/Deflect Magic, like all chromatic dragons, the King Black Dragon's breath attack damage is significantly mitigated, even without armour. Using decent ranged armour, Protect/Deflect Magic, a method of prayer restoration (super restores recommended due to stat drain breath), it is easily possible to tank the dragonfire solo without using an anti-dragon shield with only low to mid tier food (Lobsters, Swordfish, Monkfish). Players should be wary to maintain their prayer points and defence level, and not enter melee range throughout the fight.

There are no specific levels required to fight this monster, but for players wishing to solo, having a combat level around 80 and level 60-70 weapons should be enough for a few kills. For those fighting in a team, it is recommended for players to stand on either side of the dragon, causing it to turn around constantly to attack. Though ranged is a very good way to kill the dragon, melee and magic can be used as he does not have a specific weakness other than dragonbane ammunition.

The bonuses of the slayer helmet and the dragon slayer gloves apply on this monster if on a black dragon task. Players can gain a decent damage bonus on the King Black Dragon if they use all of these bonuses. This boost can be increased with a dominion marker. He also has a damage cap of 5,000 for a normal attack, and 6,000 on a critical hit. Players should take this cap into account when using Incendiary Shot.

It is not possible to use a dwarf multicannon in the lair - it will be destroyed.

DropsEdit

100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always
File:Black dragonhide.pngBlack dragonhide1Always

CharmsEdit

Template:Charm:King Black Dragon

WeaponsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon
Rune battleaxeRune battleaxe1Uncommon
Rune 2h swordRune 2h sword1Uncommon

Ammo and runesEdit

Item Quantity Rarity
Blood runeBlood rune30–50Common
Death runeDeath rune50Common
Law runeLaw rune50Uncommon
File:Mithril arrow.pngMithril arrow250Uncommon
File:Rune arrow.pngRune arrow50Uncommon
File:Runite bolts.pngRunite bolts25Uncommon

ArmourEdit

Item Quantity Rarity
Rune sq shieldRune sq shield1Uncommon
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon
Dragon helmDragon helm1Rare
Dragon rider bootsDragon rider boots1Very rare
Dragon rider glovesDragon rider gloves1Very rare

Ores and barsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity
Adamant barAdamant bar5 (noted)Uncommon
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Uncommon
Silver oreSilver ore100 (noted)Uncommon
Gold oreGold ore50 (noted)Uncommon
Runite oreRunite ore3 (noted)Uncommon

OtherEdit

Item Quantity Rarity
Coins 1000Coins1,000–3,000Common
Yew logsYew logs50 (noted)Common
Magic logsMagic logs10 (noted)Common
File:Black dragon tail-bone.pngBlack dragon tail-bone1Uncommon[1]
Kbd headKbd head1Rare
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Rare
File:Court summons.pngCourt summons1Rare
File:Clue scroll (hard).pngClue scroll (hard)1Rare
Last ridersLast riders1Very rare[2]
File:Clue scroll (elite).pngClue scroll (elite)1Very rare
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Very rare[3]
Dragon kite ornament kit (or)Dragon kite ornament kit (or)1Very rare
Dragon kite ornament kit (sp)Dragon kite ornament kit (sp)1Very rare
File:King black dragon scale.pngKing black dragon scale1Very rare[4]
  1. Tail-bone drops only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list
  2. Last Riders is dropped to all players (regardless of whether they participate in the kill, or are even in the room) when Dragon rider gloves or boots are dropped. It remains for approximately one minute before disappearing.
  3. Estimated at 1/4,754 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  4. Has a base drop rate of 1/2,500 with a threshold of 500.

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
Show/hide rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon
File:Rune arrowheads.pngRune arrowheads113–137Common
File:Onyx bolts.pngOnyx bolts135–165Rare
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare
File:Grimy torstol.pngGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon
File:Lantadyme seed.pngLantadyme seed14–16Uncommon
File:Dwarf weed seed.pngDwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon
File:Magic seed.pngMagic seed4Uncommon
File:Palm tree seed.pngPalm tree seed10Rare
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Rare
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Rare
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Rare
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rare
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rare
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rare

Universal dropsEdit

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

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  • 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.
  • The King Black Dragon received a graphical update, along with more refined drops that a player would expect from a high level monster. Before the update, the drops of the King Black Dragon were similar to that of the Giant Mole.
  • Flametongue, a King Black Dragon that fought during the God Wars, shows that the King Black Dragon may not be the only of his kind.
    • If the Kbd head is given to the Taxidermist, she will say that it is the head of a King Black Dragon, rather then the King Black Dragon. This also supports the fact that there may be more then one of his kind, even though the third and Fourth dragonkin journal suggests otherwise, although this is non-canon.
  • For a while after the Evolution of Combat, despite being a boss monster, the King Black Dragon could be tagged, allowing the player who hit him first to receive the drop even if they did little or no damage. This has been fixed.
  • In a letter in the Postbag from the Hedge, the King Black Dragon makes references to "The Kin", possibly referring to the Dragonkin.
  • It was revealed in the April 2011 BTS that the Kalphite Queen and the King Black Dragon were due to be married on 29 April 2011, to coincide with the wedding of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton in the United Kingdom. However this turned out to be a marketing ploy by Diango.
  • The examine text "The biggest, meanest dragon around" wasn't true after Queen Black Dragon was released, as the Queen Black Dragon is much, much bigger and stronger than the King Black Dragon. His examine was changed due to this, to "Was the biggest, meanest dragon around."
    • A while after the Queen Black Dragon was released, when you killed a King Black Dragon, the Adventurer's log said: "I killed a King Black Dragon, the biggest, meanest dragon around." After its graphical update the adventurer's log was also changed to "I killed a King Black Dragon, which was once the biggest, meanest dragon around."
  • According to the Last Riders book, Hannibus rode the King Black Dragon.
  • According to his Top Trumps card, he is 10 meters tall and is over 13,000 years old, meaning he was created in or before the First Age, assuming that the commonly assumed lengths of the ages are accurate.
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