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1.0 - Introduction

Green Dragons were already in the game in RuneScape Classic. The "metal" Dragons (Bronze, Iron and Steel) were introduced into the game along with the Slayer Update (they are Slayer Monsters). Although the metal Dragons are not very good for raising your Slayer, they offer great rewards for those brave enough to slay them. Dragons are extremely popular throughout the world of Members and their levels range hugely allowing players of almost any level to have a chance at killing them. Green, Blue, Red and Black Dragons all drop Dragonbones and Dragonhide (of their respective colour), the bones can be buried to give a lot of Prayer experience and the hides can be tanned and then crafted into DragonHide Armour. Baby Dragons only drop Baby Dragon Bones, these can also be used to effectively train Prayer.

2.0 - Basics of Dragon Slaying

Before you start out on your dragon adventure, you'll need to know about some basic things that you should take along with you in order to protect yourself from the dragons dangerous flames. To begin with, you must always be wielding an Anti-Dragonfire shield (unless you are ranging or maging the dragons, but even then it's highly recommended to use one). Anti-Dragonfire shields can be obtained from Duke Horacio in Lumbridge after completing the Dragon Slayer quest. The Anti-Dragonfire shield, however, is not fully impervious to the dragons' breath. To fully protect yourself, you can take some Anti Dragon Breath Potions.

When killing the dragons, you get dragonhides from doing so. You can use these dragonhides to make ranger armor with the crafting skill.


I'm sure you have heard about these already. Dragonhides can be obtained by killing dragons, and can be crafted into dragonhide armour. Dragonhide armour offers excellent protection for rangers and have a great magic resistance, although they don't offer much melee protection.

Picture Dragonhide Type Obtained From
Zybez Runescape Help's Image of a Green Dragonhide Green Dragonhide Green Dragon, Brutal Green Dragon
Zybez Runescape Help's Image of a Blue Dragonhide Blue Dragonhide Blue Dragon
Zybez Runescape Help's Image of a Red Dragonhide Red Dragonhide Red Dragon
Zybez Runescape Help's Image of a Black Dragonhide Black Dragonhide Black Dragon, KBD

After you have managed to get the dragonhides, you must see the tanner. He can either be found in Al Kharid, in the Crafter's Guild, Ranged Guild and Canifis. You should also bring along a couple of gp's, a needle and thread, which can be bought from the crafting stores in Al Kharid and Rimmington.


Here is a list of some miscellaneous information about dragons and slaying them:

  • Anti Dragon Fire Shields are used to lessen the damage dealt by a Dragons Fire Attack.
  • Anti Dragon Breath Potion stops the Dragon's Fire Attack from doing any damage for a limited amount of time.
  • Dragon bones give 72 Prayer Xp
  • Baby Blue Dragons drop a unique type of bone: Babydragon bones, which give 30 Prayer xp each.
  • For more information on Prayer Experience check out the Prayer Guide

3.0 - Combat Styles

For Dragons, I have found 'Slash' and 'stab' attacks to be more effective against dragons. This is why I prefer using the Dragon Longsword for fighting dragons. For your own convenience, I will list the most-used weapons, along with their advantages vs. dragons.

3.1 - Melee

Dragon Battle Axe

Definately not a good choice to use against Dragons. If you are using an Axe, the best fighting style would be 'crush'. This isn't very effective against dragons, though. It does have a high Slash stat, but even then, it is too slow to really be of any use against dragons; you should try to use your axe for armoured foes instead. It is quite accurate, and you can hit very high with this weapon.

Special attack: The Axe's special attack will temporary raise your strength, but lower your attack, defense and magic. If you use this special attack, always be sure to have a restore stat potion with you to make up for the loss of attack and defense points! It only has to be used once; your stats will slowly recover, and each time you use the special attack your stats will go back to their maximum.

Dragon Longsword

With its high Stab and Slash stats, it's very accurate, and especially powerful against certain enemies, such as dragons. The damage of the sword usually lies quite a lot lower than that of a Dragon Battle Axe, but it makes up with this because of the fact it's much faster than the axe.

Special attack: This special attack is actually very useful. If you use it, your character will strike the enemy with increased power and accuracy. I'm not sure how much harder you can hit, but I think it's +5/6. This attack can be used 4 times before your special attack bar is completely empty, so if you're lucky and don't miss too often using it you can deal a lot of damage in a short time.

Dragon Dagger

Probably the most important thing about the Dragon dagger is the fact that it is poisonable. It's a new weapon in RS2, which is perhaps why it was so under-rated at first. However, this dagger packs quite a punch if used correctly. You can now also poison NPC's. On top of that, it never wears off unless used against other players. In other words, you can poison as many opponents you want to with this! Do keep in mind that you will not receive any xp from the damage your opponent takes from the poisoning. Most of you may think it is very weak, which is true, but it's much faster than both the Dragon axe and Longsword, and has moderate Stab and Slash stats, which makes it quite effective versus many monsters.

Another strategy with this weapon is to use it once to strike the enemy, then switch back to another weapon. Make sure that you actually hit the dragon though, meaning you have to take at least 1 hp off for the poison to take effect.

Special Attack: Comparable to the Dragon Longsword's attack - you will strike twice in a row if you use it, with increased accuracy and power. Although it's still not that strong, you will deal a lot of damage if you're lucky and hit high twice.

Dragon Mace

Perhaps the most interesting addition to this weapon is its prayer bonus you receive. Using this weapon means you can conserve prayer points a while longer, just like Monk Robes and Holy Symbols. Its speed is comparable to that of a Longsword, but the damage you can deal with this weapon lies lower. It can be used against dragons, but just like with the Axe, it has a high crush stat, so I'd recommend using it against armoured foes instead.

Special attack: Again, comparable to the Dragon Longsword's special attack. You can hit extremely high numbers with this special attack if used correctly! That means using a super strength potion, ultimate strength prayer and any other ways you might find to temporary raise your strength. Even when you don't have a high strength level and don't use a SSP, it's still a very useful move, perhaps making the Dragon mace the best weapon vs dragons.

Dragon Scimitar

The Dragon Scimitar is another great weapon for slaying dragons that ranks up with the Dragon Longsword. It has increased speed, which helps you deal damage quicker, though unfortunately you need to have completed the Monkey Madness quest to be able to wield it. As you may be able to pick from its peculiar shape, the Dragon Scimitar is best suited to Slash attacks.

Special attack: Unlike the Dragon Longsword, the Dragon Scimitar's special increases only the accuracy of your attack, rather than the power. It also uses 55% of your special power, meaning you need to wait after only using it once. All-in-all, the Dragon Scimitar's special attack is (excuse the pun) nothing special.

Abyssal Whip

The Abbysal, or Abby whip, is one of the most powerful weapons in Runescape. As well as packing a mighty punch, it also hits faster than a Longsword or Battle Axe. Because of this, the weapon is widely used and can speed up the process of Dragon slaying. Downsides to this weapon is that it is costly. It also has a weak special and does not train Strength, but if you are training for money purposes this is ideal.

Special Attack: The whips attack steals opponents energy, striking once in a twirl of white. This is not needed for Dragon slaying, and your valuable attack bar could be used for a double Dagger strike instead. The attack uses half of the bar per use.

3.2 - Ranged

Ranged is a very useful style of combat when facing up against Dragons. The main reason being, you are firing from a distance away and the Dragon cannot attack you, therefore, you don't lose any hitpoints, saving time and money collecting food. Ranged attacks are most useful against Blue and Red Dragons because you can hide in areas near their respawn places. Ranged attacks against Green Dragons are also effective, however, Green Dragons are only found in the Wilderness and therefore, taking arrows can be risky. The Crystal Bow is very effective against killing all types of Dragons, but can be quite costly. The Magic shortbow is the recommended bow. It is fairly cheap, but has a very high Ranged Bonus, and it fires quickly. It's best used in conjunction with Steel+ arrows when fighting Dragons. *Ranged is not recommended against Bronze, Iron or Steel Dragons as they use a Ranged fireball attack.

Special Attack: Same as Dragon Dagger.

3.3 - Magic

Magic is very effective against Dragons due to their low magic defence. The recommended spells are; Fire Bolt, Fire Blast and Slayer Dart. Magic is also effective for the same reasons as ranged; you don't take any damage.

However, DO NOT use magic against a KBD. It is completely useless, and will just waste your money.

4.0 - Preparing For Combat

Right, everyone knows it takes a lot of guts to take a dragon down, but what exactly do you need, apart from that? An unprepared warrior is no match for a dragon, therefore you should stock up on food, armour and other goodies before going there.

4.1 - Food

Ah yes, this is without a doubt the one thing that will give you the true advantage over the dragon. The ability to heal yourself by eating food at an incredibly fast rate. Now, not just any food will do. I will agree with you when you tell me Apple pies are delicious, but there is better food out there, although it doesn't taste nearly as good.

  • Lobsters: Probably the most-used food. Get them from Karamja, Catherby or the Fishing guild. Lobsters heal 12Hp so you won't last very long with these. However, they are easy to fish.
  • Swordfish: The best food available on F2P, and definetly the kind you will need to defeat Elvarg. However, it is hard to fish and you burn them a lot until higher cooking levels. They heal 14hp.
  • Anchovie/Pineapple Pizzas: Takes a long time to prepare, but the worst thing is that you have to eat them in 2 pieces, thus you will have to skip 2 combat rounds. Not recommended.
  • Gnome Food: Not used a lot and quite hard to prepare, there are several Gnome recipes which heal much hp, ranging from 7-15.
  • Sharks: That's right, in this game your character can eat over 100 sharks in 1 minute. Sharks are hard to catch, and require a high fishing and cooking level, but they heal 20HP each. These huge fish are often used when fighting the stronger dragons, such as the Black and King Black Dragon.
  • Ughtanki kebabs: They require some time to prepare, but it's worth it: they heal 19Hp each. You have to kill Ughtanki Camels in the desert south of Al Kharid, cook their meat, and get the other various ingredients to ultimately get a kebab.
  • Monkfish: These can be fished at the completion of the Swan Song quest. They heal 16HP each.
  • Tuna & Sweetcorn potatoes: These heal 22Hp each, but take a very long time to prepare.

4.2 - Equipment

Anti-Dragonfire Shield

Of course, you can't do a thing without this shield. It is part of the Dragon Slayer quest, in which you will receive it from the Duke of Lumbridge. Don't worry - even if you have lost it, you can get an unlimited amount of shields back from the Duke! A good trick to stock up on them is to drop the shield, and talk to him again. Drop the other shield, and talk to him again. Repeat until you get the desired amount.

Dragonfire Potion

These potions are commonly used when fighting Bronze, Iron and Steel Dragons. You will have to make these potions in order to prevent the Dragon's breath from hurting you. If you have Protect from Melee enabled, are wielding an Anti-Dragonfire shield and have drunk a dose of this potion, you can kill the dragon without any problems, and without losing a single hitpoint yourself.

First of all, they are P2P only. This means that Free players won't get hold of them in any way, thus they will have accept the additional damage they may receive from the dragon's breath. How does one make such a potion, you may be wondering? First, you must obtain the herb Lantadyme. Put the herb in a water-filled potion, and put a ground Blue Dragon Scale in it (69 Herblore required). These can be acquired from the Blue Dragons' nest, located in the Members Dungeon nearby Taverley. For more information on how to make this potion, visit the Zybez Herblore Guide


Ah yes, this isn't required to kill the Dragons, but it sure helps you out a lot. Let's just say you can kill 5 dragons on average without prayer, and over 20 with prayer. However, your prayer will drain soon if you keep using Protect from Melee. The simple, yet expensive solution to this: Restore Prayer potions. To make these, mix Ranarr weed with some Snape Grass (38 herblore required). You should have about 50 Prayer Potions before you start your dragon killing spree.

Armour & Weapons

Of course, you can't fight a dragon with your bare hands. Instead, to effectively kill them, you should get yourself some good Dragon - how ironic - weapons. If you need some help deciding what weapon to use, refer to the "New Combat System" section. If you have skipped it, it all comes down to this: a Dragon Longsword/Poisoned Dagger should work the best. As for armour, you should just get the best you have. Although you should think twice before taking a Dragon Medium or Dragon Square! It's ok to take it if you know you can take some of the lower-level dragons down, but don't take it to the KBD's lair! Sometimes it would be best to '3-item', so please read section VERY thoroughly, so you know where to be extra careful.

5.0 - Dragons

5.1 - Normal Dragons

Green Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Green Dragon
Combat Level: 79
Hitpoints: 75
Location: Wilderness (Level 37, 13, 24, NW of Ice Mountain)

Drops: Coins (1-440), Rune Full Helmet, Rune Dagger, Rune Javelin (5), Adamantite Full Helmet, Adamantite Ore, Mithril Kite, Mithril Spear, Mithril Hatchet, Steel Plate Legs, Steel Battle Axe, Dragon Spear, Dragon Left Half Shield, Water Rune (75), Fire Rune (37), Nature Runes (4-15), Law Rune (3), Herbs, Clue Scroll (Level 3), Nature Talisman, Cooked Bass, Half Key, Dragon Bones and Green Dragon hide (100%).
Recommended Skill Levels: 60 Attack, 60 Defense, 60 Strength, 60 Hitpoints, 60 Ranged.
Suggested Killing Method: Melee or Range
Other Notes: Only found in the Wilderness. Anti-Dragonfire Shield is a must for Warriors. Ranging is only recommended at the Dragons North of the Graveyard.

Brutal green dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Green Dragon
Combat Level: 227
Hitpoints: 175
Location: Ancient Cavern

Drops: Rune chainbody, Rune sq shield, Rune full helm, Dragon spear, Shield left half, Dragon bone (100%), Green dragonhide (2), Coins (200-700), Steam rune (37), Lava rune (35), Rune throwing axe (8), Blood rune (20), Mithril hasta, Adamant knife (8), Adamant dart (p) (25), Mithril ore (5), Nature rune (25-30),
Recommended Skill Levels: 80 Attack, 80 Defense, 80 Strength, 80 Hitpoints, 80 Ranged.
Suggested Killing Method: Melee or Range
Other Notes: Anti-Dragonfire Shield is a must for Warriors

Baby Blue Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Baby Blue Dragon
Combat Level: 48
Hitpoints: 51
Location: Taverley Dungeon

Drops: Baby Dragon Bones (100%)
Recommended Skill Levels: 50 Attack, 50 Defense, 50 Strength.
Suggested Killing Method: Melee
Other Notes: No Anti-Dragonfire Shield is needed but recommended in case you run into a large Blue Dragon. You require a Dusty Key to enter their Lair.

Blue Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Blue Dragon
Combat Level: 111
Hitpoints: 109
Location: Hero's Guild (Basement), Taverley Dungeon, Ogres Cave.

Drops: Rune Dagger, Rune Spear, Rune Javelins, Adamantite bar, Adamantite Full Helmet, Adamantite Ore, Mithril Kite, Mithril Hatchet, Mithril Mace, Mithril Spear, Steel Hatchet, Steel Platebody, Steel platelegs, Steel Battleaxe, Chaos Talisman, Dragon Spear, Dragon Medium, Dragon Left Half Shield, Herbs, Nature Runes (15), Clue Scroll (Level 3), Fire Runes (37), Iron Arrows, Water Runes (75), Law Runes (3), Coins, Gems, Bass, Half Key, Nature Talisman, Dragon Bones and Blue Dragon hide (100%).
Recommended Skill Levels: 70 Attack, 70 Defense, 70 Strength, 70 Hitpoints, 70 Ranged.
Suggested Killing Method: Melee or Ranged
Other Notes: Anti-Dragonfire Shield is a must. Whip or Dragon Scimitar along with Dragon Dagger Posion is recommended. If ranging, Magic Short Bow (Steel Arrows+) or Crystal Bow.

Baby Red Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Baby Red Dragon
Combat Level: 65
Hitpoints: 68
Location: Brimhaven Dungeon

Drops: Baby Dragon Bones (100%)
Recommended Skill Levels: 60 Attack, 60 Strength, 60 Defense.
Suggested Killing Method: Melee
Other Notes: Better off killing Baby Blue Dragons; Drops are the same and they alot easier to get to.

Red Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Red Dragon
Combat Level: 152
Hitpoints: 145
Location: Red Dragon Isle (39 Wilderness), Brimhaven Dungeon.

Drops: Coins (10-690), Half Key, Rune Longsword, Adamantite Plate, Adamantite Bar, Mithril Two-Hander, Mithril Battleaxe, Mithril Kite, Mithril Hatchet, Herb, Gem, Fire Rune (50), Air Rune (50), Law Rune (4), Death Rune (5), Blood Rune (2), Shield left half, Chocolate Cake (3), Rune Arrows (4), Nature Talisman, Treasure Trail Clue (Level 3), Rune Javelins (20), and Rune Darts (8), Dragon Bones, Red Dragon hide (100%)
Recommended Skill Levels: 75 Attack, 75 Defense, 75 Strength, 80 Hitpoints, 75 Ranged.
Suggested Killing Method: Melee and/or Range with Mithril+ Arrows in Brimhaven.
Other Notes: Anti-Dragonfire Shield is a must. Whip or Dragon Scimitar along with Dragon Dagger Posion is recommended.

Baby Black Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Baby Black Dragon
Combat Level: 83
Hitpoints: 81
Location: Lair of the Evil Chicken

Drops: Baby Dragon Bones (100%)
Recommended Skill Levels: 70 Attack, 70 Defense, 70 Strength, 70 Hitpoints.
Suggested Killing Method: Melee
Other Notes: Anti-Dragonfire Shield is not needed. Better off killing Baby Blue Dragons as the drops are the same.

Black Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Black Dragon
Combat Level: 227
Hitpoints: 199
Location: Members Dungeon, Wilderness Dungeon, Evil Chicken Lair

Drops: Adamantite Bars (1,2), Adamantite Darts[p](16), Adamantite Javelins (30), Adamantite Plate, Air Runes (50), Blood Runes (15), Death Runes (3,30), Fire Runes (50), Law Runes (3,10,30), Black Hatchet, Chaos Talisman, Chocolate Cake (1,2), Coins (16-3,000), Draconic Visage, Dragon Medium Helm, Dragon Spear, Half Key, Dragonstone, Herbs, Mithril Two-Hander, Mithril Hatchet, Mithril Battleaxe, Mithril Kite, Mithril Square, Nature Taislman, Rune Chain, Rune Two-Hander, Rune Arrows (67), Rune Bar, Rune Boots, Rune Kite, Rune Knives (2), Rune Spear, Rune Square, Rune Legs, Rune Battleaxe, Rune Longword, Dragon Shield Left Half, Silver Notes (100), Clue Scroll (Level 3), Gems, Dragon Bones and Black Dragon Hide (100%)
Recommended Skill Levels: 80 Attack, 80 Strength, 80 Defense, 85 Hitpoints, 85 Ranged.
Suggested Killing Method: Melee and/or Ranged
Other Notes: AntiDragonfire Shield is a must. They can be safey ranged in the Members Dungeon (still bring anti-fire shield).

5.2 - Metal Dragons

Metal Dragon are weak to CRUSH attacks.
For more information about the Metal Dragon Killing check out the Brimhaven Dungeon Guide.

Bronze Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Bronze Dragon
Combat Level: 131
Hitpoints: 130
Location: Brimhaven Dungeon

Drops: Adamant Bar, Adamant Platebody, Adamant Dart (16), Adamant Dart [p] (16), Adamant Javelin (30-60) [Common], Air Rune (50), Blood Rune (15), Law Rune (10), Nature Rune (67), Death Rune (25), Fire Rune (50), Chaos Talisman, Clue Scroll [Level-3], Coins (1-3,000), Dragon Medium Helmet, Dragon Platelegs, Dragon Plateskirt, Half of a Key, Left Half Shield, Mithril Two Handed Sword, Mithril Hatchet, Mithril Battle Axe, Mithril Kiteshield, Mithril Warhammer, Rune Two Handed Sword, Rune Arrows (42), Rune Battleaxe, Rune Kiteshield, Rune Knife (2), Rune Longsword, Rune Medium Helmet, Super Strength Potion (1 dose), Swordfish (2-noted), Uncut gems (Sapphire-Diamond), Dragon Bones (100%)
Recommended Skill Levels: 70 Attack, 70 Strength, 70 Defense, 75 Hitpoints, 50 Prayer
Suggested Killing Method: Melee or Mage
Other Notes: Prayer helps a great deal.

Iron Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Iron Dragon
Combat Level: 189
Hitpoints: 173
Location: Brimhaven Dungeon

Drops: Adamant Two Handed Sword, Adamant Hatchet, Adamant Battleaxe, Adamant Kiteshield, Adamant Square Shield, Adamant Bar (2), Clue Scroll [Level-3], Coins (270), Curry (2), Death Rune (15), Nature Rune (67), Law Rune (45), Soul (3), Draconic Visage, Blood Rune (10-30), Dragon dagger, Dragon medium helmet, Dragon Platelegs, Dragon Plateskirt, Dragon Spear, Dragon Stone, Half of Key, Mithril darts (5), Rune Axe, Rune battleaxe, Rune darts (9), Rune darts [p] (9), Rune Javelins (4), Rune knife (2-7), Rune medium helmet, Rune square shield, Runite Bar, Dragon shield left half, Super Attack potion, Super Strength Potion, Adamant Bolts, Gems (Sapphire-Diamond), Dragon Bones (100%)
Recommended Skill Levels: 80 Attack, 80 Strength, 80 Defense, 80 Hitpoints, 60 Prayer
Suggested Killing Method: Melee or Mage
Other Notes: Anti Fire Breath potions are a must.

Steel Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Steel Dragon
Combat Level: 246
Hitpoints: 220
Location: Brimhaven Dungeon

Drops: Adamant Two Handed Sword, Draconic Visage, Adamant Kiteshield, Blood Rune (15-20), Soul Rune (5), Rune knife (7), rune arrows (42) Clue Scroll [Level-3], Coins (300-3000), Rune Limbs, Curry, Dragon medium helm, Dragon platelegs, Dragon plateskirt, Dragonstone, Gems (Sapphire-Diamond), Rune square shield, Rune battleaxe, Super strength potion(1), Super attack potion(3), Super defence potion (2).
Recommended Skill Levels: 85 Attack, 85 Strength, 85 Defense, 85 Hitpoints, 65 Prayer
Suggested Killing Method: Melee or Mage
Other Notes: Anti Fire Breath potions are a must.

Mithril Dragon
Picture of Mithril dragon
Combat Level: 304
Hitpoints: 250
Location: Ancient Cavern

Drops: Dragon full helm, Dragon med helm, Dragon spear, Shield left half, Draconic visage, Clue scroll (level-3), Half keys, Rune battleaxe, Rune full helm, Rune arrows (8), Rune darts p (13-21), Rune javelin (8-14), Rune mace, Rune spear, Rune knife, Rune 2h sword, Rune bolts (11-21) Mithril bar (3) and Dragon bones (100%), Chewed bones, Ancient page, Coins (600-3000), Adamant dart p (14), Rune med helm, Soul runes (10), Blood runes (27), Nature runes (67), Super attack mix, Super strength mix, Super defence mix, Prayer mix, Uncut gems, Runite bar (1-2), Shark (1-6), noted Silver ore (100)
Recommended Skill Levels: 90 Attack, 90 Strength, 85 Defense, 90 Hitpoints, 65 Prayer
Suggested Killing Method: Range or Magic
Other Notes: Anti Fire Breath potions are a must. It also shoots bolts at you so range prayer is a must.

5.3 - Elvarg

Elvarg is the Dragon that needs to be defeated in order for you to complete the Dragon Slayer Quest. Although her combat level isn't too high, she has 120 hitpoints and can hit up to 40 damage when she uses her fire breath attack. Lobsters are the recommended food and you should take some combat potions aswell.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Elvarg
Combat Level: 83
Hitpoints: 120
Location: Crandor Isle

Drops: None
Recommended Skill Levels: 50 Attack, 50 Defense, 50 Strength, 55 Hitpoints, 50 Ranged, 35 Magic.
Suggested Killing Method: Melee, Mage or Range
Other Notes: An Anti-Dragon Fire Shield is a must! If you plan on Ranging you will have to wield a cross-bow and shield in order to kill Elvarg.

5.4 - The King Black Dragon

The King Black Dragon is one of RuneScape's fiercest foes, at a whopping level 276. It's three heads prove to be extremely tough to defeat, and its desolate locale doesn't make it any easier, what with the possibility of PKer's, and distance from banks. It is suggested that no one under level 100 attempt to challenge the KBD alone.

King Black Dragon
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the King Black Dragon
Combat Level: 276
Hitpoints: 242
Location: Lava Maze (Level 41 Wilderness)

Drops: Coins (3,000), noted Yew logs (100), Law runes (14-35), Mithril battleaxe, Adamant platebody, Adamantite bar, Uncut Gems, Half keys, Dragon Spear, Dragon med helm, Shield left half, Dragonic Visage, King black dragon head, Dragon Bones (100%).
Recommended Skill Levels: 75 Attack, 75 Defense, 75 Strength, 85 Hitpoints, 75 Magic, 60 Prayer
Suggested Killing Method: Melee, Mage or Range
Other Notes: The King Black Dragon uses melee attacks and magic fireballs aswell as ranged attacks. He is extremely dangerous and should be approached with caution.

Flying Solo

Defeating the KBD by yourself is a taxing task. It can take a number of trips to the bank to restock supplies so you are able to continue fighting it.

Recommended Equipment

Helm: The helm can be substituted for a Mystic hat or any other hat which gives Magic defence bonus. Since you are going into the wilderness you may only want to use Mystic to not risk losing valuable armour.
Cape: The cape can substituted for an Obsidian cape or any other cape which you choose; the bigger bonus the better.
Amulet: The amulet can be substituted for any amulet which you feel will give you good attack/defence bonuses, yet let me remind you again; since you are going into the wilderness you may not want to risk valuable armour.
Robe Top: The robe top can be substituted for a Mystic top, Dragonhide body or any top which you feel gives good magic defence bonuses.
Weapon: The weapon can be substituted for a Abyssal whip, Dragon 2h or any other Melee weapon which you feel like using. NOTE! subsituting for a 2H weapons is not recommended since it means you loose out on a shield!
Shield: An anti-dragon breath shield is a MUST! Without this you get hit for 40+ and will die easily.
Robe Bottom: The robe bottom can be substituted for a Mystic bottom, Dragonhide chaps or any other bottom which you feel gives good Magic defence bonuses.
Gloves: The gloves can be substituted for Barrows gloves or any gloves which you feel gives good magic defence bonuses and/or Melee attack bonuses.
Boots: The boots can be substituted for Rune boots or any boots which you feel gives good magic defence bonuses. Those boots are wizard boots.
Ring: The ring can be substituted for a ring of life or ring of recoil, for their different special effects.
Note: Ahrims is useful as it provides high magic attack and defence bonuses

Bayney's Equipment Screenshot Bayney's Inventory Screenshot

Recommended Inventory

There is nothing you can really change here, except for the amount of Prayer and Anti-fire potions you take.

The prayer potions are there for obvious reasons: to keep your prayer points above 0 and keep your prayers active. The Super antipoisons are in case you get poisoned due to the poisonous spiders or the KBD's magic attacks. One Dose of a Super Antipoison lasts quite a long time so you don't really need to worry about more than two potions. The Super attack and strength potions are so you hit the KBD harder and quicker, rather than needing to teleport out before you kill it.

You can bring a teleport tablet, ectophial or any other teleport you want. You could bring a weapon such as a mace, dragon dagger(p++), dragon halberd or any other weapon which has a good strong special you could use at the start.

The Slaying

ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR PLAYER KILLERS! Once you pass level 20 wilderness you won't be able to teleport out quickly, so make sure you are aware and ready to run (You may teleport at 30 or below wilderness with the Amulet of Glory).

One boost you could use providing you have 100+ Combat and 70+ Slayer is go to the shilo village master and do tasks until you have black dragons, then bring along a black mask and it will increase your attack and strength by 15% while fighting the dragon, also if it is fully charged it may lower the dragons defense by 15%.

Once you reach the entrance to the KBD's lair, stand outside the gate and use your potions. Take one dose of the: Super attack, Super strength, Super antipoison and antifire potions. Once you've drunk a dose of each, enable protect from melee, open the door and climb down the ladder. Quickly go and pull the lever, then run and attack the KBD. Use your weapons special (if it has one) and then switch to your normal weapon and hit away. You may get hit a bit, but never freak out. Stay calm and you can react faster than if you're freaking out and don't know what to do. Always use Protect from Melee while with the KBD, as it hits a LOT harder with Melee than Magic. Heal when your health gets low and always watch your prayer. There is no real strategy on where to stand, just hit him. Don't run away unless you have no prayer and are about to die. Sometimes it takes two trips, but most of the time it only takes one trip.

You will most probably only be able to make one trip (kill him once) and then you will have to teleport out. That is alright, just go back and kill it again. Pick up the drops (it drops a Black dragonhide, and a Dragon bone 100% of the time) and teleport out.


Here it gets a little bit easier. The more players you have on your team, the lower combat level you need to kill it. With 2-4 people I suggest around 90 combat, 5+ people you could be anywhere from 80 combat and above, or lower.

Recommended Equipment

There is no real change between the equipment you take if you solo the KBD or if you team it, you just don't necessarily have to bring equipment that is as expensive because you won't take as much damage. Your best dragonhide or mystic armour is great as it won't matter if you die and you can still kill it relatively easy.

Recommended Inventory

Again, the inventory doesn't have to change whether you're teaming or solo'ing the KBD. The main changes you could have would be more Super attack/strength potions, less Sharks, more Prayer potios and a weapon, for its special attack. Note that you will probably be killing it more than once in a trip depending on your team's combat levels, so make the changes you feel are necessary.

The Slaying

Do the same start as you would solo'ing the KBD. Once you reach the entrance to the lair, stand outside the gate and pot up. Take one dose of the: Super Attack, Super Strength, Super Antipoison and Antifire. After you've finished potting up, chuck on Protect from Melee, open the door and climb down the ladder. Quickly go and pull the lever, and run and attack the KBD. Use your weapons special (if you have one) and then switch to your normal weapon and hit away. The difference here is you and your team should split up and surround it from different sides. This way, it spends more time spinning around.

Same goes if you were solo'ing the KBD; heal when needed, take a dose of your prayer potion when needed, and do this until you kill it. Once dead, pick up the loot, run about 10-15 squares away from the respawn area and turn off your prayer. Remain focused at all times as you can still easily die next time. As soon as the KBD spawns, turn on protect from melee, run to it and attack it. If you need to drink more of your potions, do it while attacking him rather than just as it respawns because you may get hit. Again, separate your group so it spends more time spinning around. I must stress this: do not think that because you're owning it, you can just relax. Remain on CONSTANT alert and watch your Prayer points and your Hit points. If you do this and heal/pot when necessary you should be fine. Pick up the drops and teleport out when you're all out of Potions and food. A tip would be to share food in case someone is getting attacked a lot and is low while you're very high.

6.0 - Money Making

There are several ways that you can make a great deal of money by slaying these dragons, but there are mainly only two dragon types that are really popular to make money from.

Green Dragons

There are several locations in the Wilderness where Green Dragons are found. The most easily accessible are the three Green Dragons that lie North-West of Edgeville. Here there are three Green Dragons.

For these Dragons I recommend that you melee them. When you go to fight them bring the item's listed above in the "Inventory Set-up" section of this guide. I also recommend you bring a form of teleportation because there can be Pk'ers lurking there.

If you have a higher magic level, you may also have easy access to the Green Dragons, north-west of the Graveyard (Located at ~23 Wilderness). Here you may use Ancient Magicks (Level 84, Carrallangar Teleport) to teleport yourself to Level 20 wilderness. From there, walk just a little north-west, and you have reached another accessable Dragon Slaying area.

Killing them is quite simple. All you have to really do it drink your potions and then kill them. I would recommend that you only pick up their Bones and Hides and leave the other items dropped unless they are worth more than 2,000gp. When you have a full inventory; teleport to Edgeville by using your Amulet of Glory. Bank and repeat. If you kill the Dragon's effectively you can make upwards of 100,000 GP an hour. The hides can be sold for around 1,600gp each and the Bones for about 1,500gp each.

Blue Dragons

Blue Dragons are found in various locations around the map. To kill them you can use any of the Melee, Range or Mage combat styles. A very effective weapon to use is a Halberd, which allows you to Melee attack Dragons from a distance without getting hurt. The best locations for killing Blue Dragons are the Hero's Guild and the Gu'Tanoth dungeon, which is south of Yanille (requires completion of Watchtower Quest).

If you are planning to Range them I recommend you have 70+ Ranged and use Steel+ Arrows. If you are a Mage then Fire Bolts and/or Blasts are very effective. To kill them efficiently you need to have about 80+ Combat if you are going to Melee them. And 70+ Combat if you plan to Halberd them. Killing Blue Dragons can make you about 140,000 GP an hour if you are very efficient. Their hides sell for around 1,900gp each and their Bones for around 1,500gp each

Blue Dragons are more efficient for Money Making than Greens if you are a lower level because they are not located in the Wilderness and you can use the three different Attack Styles.

7.0 - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much damage can Dragons do?

A: Dragons can hit up to 50 damage with their Fire Attacks if you don't have an Anti Fire Shield or Potion.

Q: Do Dragons 1-hit me if I am not wearing a shield?

A: They are able to do so, but it is not 100%. They can hit very high if you don't use the shield, but a 1-hit is not automatic. Still, it's a possibility, so be careful.

Q: I have a low/medium/high combat level, which dragon should I train on?

A: Low - Probably best if you start fighting baby blue dragons with good armor, good food and teleport runes.
Medium - Baby blue dragons are going to become less of a challenge to you, so you could start with the blue dragons, bring your trusty antifire shield, good food, weapons and teleport runes.
High - You could pretty much battle most of the dragons. Black dragons could be entertaining, if you bring your antifire shield and food then you can have a go at them.

Author: Cyrax, Tha Hanzz

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