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A Comprehensive Guide to Defeating the King Black Dragon in Old School RuneScape


In Old School RuneScape, one of the most formidable challenges for adventurers is the King Black Dragon (KBD). This powerful creature resides deep within the Wilderness and boasts great rewards for those brave enough to face it. In this guide, we will provide you with a step-by-step walkthrough to defeat the King Black Dragon, along with the necessary items and requirements to tackle this fearsome foe.


Before embarking on your journey to confront the King Black Dragon, you should ensure that you meet the following requirements:

  1. Combat level of at least 70.
  2. Completion of the Dragon Slayer quest.
  3. Adequate combat gear and supplies (recommended minimum stats: 75 Attack, 80 Strength, and 70 Defense).
  4. Access to the Edgeville lever or the Ancient Magicks teleport (for quick access to the King Black Dragon lair).

Recommended Gear and Inventory

For the best chance of success against the King Black Dragon, equip yourself with the following items:

  1. Armor: Dragonhide (Karil's or blessed d'hide), Barrows armor, or better.
  2. Weapon: A strong crush weapon, such as the dragon mace or abyssal bludgeon.
  3. Shield: Anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield.
  4. Amulet: Amulet of glory or amulet of fury.
  5. Ring: Ring of wealth (optional for increased chances of rare drops).
  6. Boots: Dragon boots or better.
  7. Cape: Ardougne cloak, fire cape, or any skillcape for an additional boost.
  8. Gloves: Barrows gloves or better.
  9. Ammunition: Diamond bolts (e) or better for ranged attacks.
  10. Food: Sharks or higher-tier healing food.
  11. Potions: Super combat potions, ranging potions, anti-dragonfire potions, and prayer potions.

Getting There

To reach the King Black Dragon's lair, you have two primary options:

  1. Edgeville Lever: Enter the Wilderness through the lever located in Edgeville. Once in the Wilderness, head northeast until you reach the lair entrance. Beware of other players who may attack you in this PvP area.
  2. Ancient Magicks Teleport: If you have unlocked Ancient Magicks, use the Lvl-44 Wilderness teleport to arrive near the King Black Dragon's lair. Be cautious, as this method also places you in the Wilderness.

Strategies for Defeating the King Black Dragon

Now that you're equipped and ready to face the King Black Dragon, here are some strategies to help you emerge victorious:

  1. Melee Strategy: Approach the King Black Dragon while protecting against dragonfire by equipping your anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield. Engage in combat using your crush weapon, focusing on dealing damage while staying aware of the dragon's attacks. Utilize special attack abilities if available. Consume food and potions as needed to sustain your health and boost your combat abilities.

    • XP Rates per Hour: Approximately 100,000-200,000 Combat XP per hour.
    • Recommended Inventory: 5-10 super combat potions, 2-4 ranging potions, 5-10 sharks, 1-2 emergency teleport tablets, and prayer potions.
  2. Ranged Strategy: Maintain a distance from the King Black Dragon to avoid its melee attacks. Equip your anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield to protect against its dragonfire. Use a ranged weapon, such as a crossbow or blowpipe, along with diamond bolts (e) or high-tier ammunition. Activate the Protect from Missiles prayer to reduce damage taken. Keep an eye out for its special attacks and adjust your strategy accordingly.

    • XP Rates per Hour: Approximately 80,000-120,000 Ranged XP per hour.
    • Recommended Inventory: 5-10 ranging potions, 2-4 emergency teleport tablets, 1-2 extended antifire potions, 5-10 sharks, and prayer potions.
  3. Mage Strategy: Equip your anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield to protect yourself from dragonfire attacks. Utilize Ancient Magicks spells or high-level standard spells to deal damage. Activate the Protect from Magic prayer to minimize incoming magic damage. Be prepared to switch between offensive and defensive spells based on the King Black Dragon's attacks.

    • XP Rates per Hour: Approximately 60,000-100,000 Magic XP per hour.
    • Recommended Inventory: 5-10 emergency teleport tablets, 1-2 extended ant