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Exit from the lair

The Grotworm Lair is a large dungeon filled with venomous worms at the bottom of which lies the Queen Black Dragon. Players of all levels can train their Slayer and Combat Skills here, but only the most powerful can try to put the Queen Black Dragon back to sleep.

Location

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The dungeon's location

The Grotworm Lair is found North-East of Rimmington at the White Knight Camp.

Points of Interest

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Level 1
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Exit to level 2 Entrance
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Corpses

The shortcut leads to Level 3 and requires 50 Agility.

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Level 2
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Entrance to level 1 Exit to Level 3
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Level 3
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Entrance to level 2 Exit to Queen Black Dragon

The shortcut leads to Level 1 and requires 50 Agility.

Requirements

There are no requirements to enter the lair itself, however, to enter the Queen Black Dragon's cave, you will need at least 60 Summoning. You don't have to have completed Song from the Depths, but if you do, you will take less damage from the Queen Black Dragon's attacks.

If you wish to make it all the way to the boss, a high combat level, with combat stats exceeding 90 recommended. High level armour, resources and weaponry recommended. A combat level of over 120 is advisable for those wishing to take on the Queen Black Dragon.

Quests

There are no quests to start in the Grotworm Lair.

Cave Inhabitants

Young grotworm (Level 10) Grotworm (Level 91)
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These worms either use a venomous magic attack, or bite you as their melee attack.
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These worms either use a venomous magic attack, or bite you as their melee attack.
Young grotworms are found on level 1. Grotworms are found on level 2.
Mature grotworm (Level 167)
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These worms either use a venomous magic attack, or bite you as their melee attack.
Mature grotworms are found on level 3.
Giant worms (Level 123) Tortured soul (level 147)
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Summoned by the Queen Black Dragon, these worms either use a venomous magic attack, or bite you as their melee attack.
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Summoned by the Queen Black Dragon, these wraiths will attack you with several attacks (see below).
Giant worms are found on level 4 Tortured souls are found on level 4
Queen Black Dragon (Level 2100)
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The Queen has awoken from her slumber and needs to be put back under. She is too dangerous to be left alive, but far too tough to kill.

She will not reconsider any action she takes, and will show no remorse, often summoning the souls of those she has absorbed to fight for her - the Tortured souls.

Defeating the Queen Black Dragon

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The Queen Black Dragon boss fight is not a traditional fight - the objective is not to kill her, but to activate 4 magical artefacts that will put her back into a forced sleep. The artefacts can only be activated when the QBD is distracted - during a convulsion phase.

The layout of the 4 artefacts is shown in the image to the left.

There are 4 combat phases, each lasting until she takes a certain amount of damage, at which point she will start a convulsion phase. This is preceded by the message "The Queen Black Dragon's concentration wavers; the [first/second/third/last] artefact is now unguarded.".

While the queen is distracted, click on the appropriate artefact for the phase you are on to activate it. Artefacts that are away from the main platform will have magical bridges appear so that you can reach them. You will take damage while on these platforms so be quick! Note that during the convulsion phase, the queen will shake worms from her rotting flesh so you will be under attack and you cannot attack the queen.



The Queen Black Dragon has several attacks:

  • Breath Attack: This will cause dragonfire damage and can affect anywhere on the platform.
  • Bite Attack: This attack only happens if you are close enough to her head.
  • Head Swipe: The queen whips her head across the platform.
  • Fire Wave: This is a wave of fire that will be preceded with the message: “The Queen Black Dragon takes a huge breath.” There will be a gap within the wave so do your best to stand there. The fire wall is quite deep and will do a large amount of damage to you if you stand in its way.
  • Hardened carapace: The queen will become resistant to melee damage. This is preceded by the message: “The Queen Black Dragon hardens her carapace”. The queen will be more vulnerable to magic during this defensive maneuver.
  • Crystal Form: The queen will become resistant to magical damage. This is preceded by the message: “The Queen Black Dragon takes on the consistency of crystal”. The queen will be more vulnerable to melee during this defensive maneuver.
  • Forging Fire: This is a dome of fire that will be preceded with the message: “The Queen Black Dragon gathers her strength to breathe extremely hot flames.”
  • Summon Tortured souls: The queen will summon the souls of those she has absorbed to fight for her. She will summon more as you activate more artefacts. This is preceded by the message: “The Queen Black Dragon summons the captive souls of mages.”
  • Siphon Life: The queen will drain the life of all existing Tortured souls. This is preceded by the message: “The Queen Black Dragon starts to siphon the energy of her mages.”. Kill them quickly before the queen regains too much health.

The Tortured souls have two attacks:

  • Arcane Waves: All the currently alive Tortured souls teleport around you and each release an arcane wave, which homes in on you. It does damage to whatever it hits so try to guide it towards a monster.
  • Time Stop: One random Tortured soul will teleport away and begin to cast a spell. This will be preceded with the message: “Kill me... mortal... quickly! HURRY! BEFORE THE SPELL IS COMPLETE!”. If you do not kill them, you will not be able to move for several seconds and all damage you receive until the spell has ended will stack.

Unique Rewards

Please note that the damage and life bonus values will be divided by 10 (and rounded down) when using the Legacy combat system.

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Royal cape Members icon 0 Combat icon 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0% 0%
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Royal dragonhide
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Royal bolts
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Dragonbone upgrade kit
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First dragonkin journal
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Second dragonkin journal
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Third dragonkin journal
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Fourth dragonkin journal
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Royal frame
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Royal sight
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Bolt stabiliser
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Torsion spring

Development Team

Content Team
Developer: Nicolas L
Design: (Project Lead:Dave O) Matthew H, Seb D
Graphics Team
Graphics: Matt M, Mark B, Rakesh M
Animation: (Project Lead:Paul B) Wing C
Quality Assurance Team
Head of RuneScape QA: Steven B
Lead of Core Testers: Vicki M
Core Testers: (Project Lead:Stacey N) James H, Ashley S, Lewis R, Jedd S
Audio Team
Audio: (Project Lead:Stephen L) Ian T


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