The Dagannoth Kings are considered one of the best bosses to do for money. They can drop Dragon axes, Berserker rings, Archers' rings, Warrior rings and Seers' rings relatively often. Their bones also fetch a very nice price on the market.

The Kings

The Kings reside on the sixth floor (the deepest) in Waterbirth Island Dungeon.
  • Dagannoth Prime: The Dagannoth King who uses magical attacks. Whenever he is attacking, Protect from Magic must be on at all costs as Prime can hit up to 50 damage and easily kill a player in two hits. Prime is weak to ranged attacks.
  • Dagannoth Rex: The Dagannoth King who uses melee attacks. He is extremely easy to deal with, as he can be either binded or lured to the edges of the islet where he can get stuck easily.
  • Dagannoth Supreme: The Dagannoth King who uses ranged attacks. Supreme is also easy to deal with, hitting harder than Rex but lower than Prime. Supreme's attacks can hit multiple players if they are facing his direction.
  • Spinolyps inhabit the moat surrounding the Dagannoth Kings' island. They are generally weak and have 75 Hitpoints. They do not hit very high compared to the Kings or very accurately, but their ranged attacks poison you, and their magic attacks drain one prayer point if they hit. The poison damage starts at 6, so it is worth bringing Antidote++ potions. They can be used to heal with the use of Guthan's set or Saradomin godsword while waiting for the Kings to respawn.
Dagannoth Prime Dagannoth Rex Dagannoth Supreme
Uses Magical Attacks.
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Uses Melee Attacks.
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Uses Ranged Attacks.
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Suggested skills

Equipment

Prayer bonus is essential for Dagannoth Kings, and everyone's setup differs to a slight degree. It is best to try out DKS with another person and low risk. Once you are comfortable with the Kings, you will be able to modify your setup to your own style.

This setup is used by people who solo Dagannoth Rex. It is mostly used because Rex is the easiest out of all the Kings as it can be safespotted, as well as the chance of receiving the berserker ring. Using Guthan's armour set is highly recommended for very long trips; however, the Saradomin godsword and blood spells are better there because of the random effect of healing Guthan's set provides and the fact that Spinolyps may not always be within melee range. If using Flames of Zamorak, a Staff of the dead combined with the Charge spell and Zamorak cape should be used for the best damage available for the spell. If using Claws of Guthix, a Void knight mace should be used as it can autocast the spell. Use the Guthix cape with the Charge spell for 50% increased damage.

Luring Rex to a safe spot.

The most difficult part is the entry. Rex killers want to make it around to the east side without getting noticed by the other kings. Also, they can enlist the help of a suicider, which is a friend who carries some spare food and potions to trade over at a safe area (e.g. the safe peeking spot or behind the ladder at rock lobsters) and will incur aggro so that the Rex killer can make it to the east side.

As always, the player needs to have Protect from Magic on when going down, and immediately go back up if drawing attention from the other kings if not using a suicider. Once the kings are away from the ladder, the player needs to quickly head east while hugging the coastline. When luring Rex, players should take care not to go past the rocks on the map nor lure him if Prime is nearby, or they risk attracting attention from the other kings.

Recommended equipment for Magic (Rex only)
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png Slayer helmet (i) / Black mask (i).png Black mask (i) (both on task) Serpentine helm.png Serpentine helm[1] Verac's helm.png Verac's helm Guthan's helm.png Guthan's helm[2] Torag's helm.png Torag's helm
Neck Occult necklace.png Occult necklace Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury Amulet of the damned.png Amulet of the damned[3] Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory Armadyl stole.png God stole
Back God capes.gif God cape Ardougne cloak 4.png Ardougne cloak 4[4] Fire cape.png Fire cape Capes of accomplishments (trimmed).gif Cape of Accomplishment Capes of accomplishments.gif Cape of Accomplishment
Body Torag's platebody.png Torag's platebody / Dharok's platebody.png Dharok's platebody Guthan's platebody.png Guthan's platebody[2] Verac's brassard.png Verac's brassard Bandos chestplate.png Bandos chestplate Dragon chainbody.png Dragon chainbody
Legs Verac's plateskirt.png Verac's plateskirt Guthan's chainskirt.png Guthan's chainskirt[2] Torag's platelegs.png Torag's platelegs Bandos tassets.png Bandos tassets Dragon platelegs.png Dragon platelegs / Dragon plateskirt.png Dragon plateskirt
Weapo Trident of the swamp.png Trident of the swamp / Trident of the seas.png Trident of the seas Toxic staff of the dead.png Toxic staff of the dead[5] Void knight mace.png Void knight mace[6] Iban's staff (u).png Iban's staff (u)[7] Slayer's staff.png Slayer's staff[8]
Shield Elysian spirit shield.png Elysian spirit shield Spectral spirit shield.png Spectral spirit shield Blessed spirit shield.png Blessed spirit shield Dragonfire ward.png Dragonfire ward Crystal shield.png Crystal shield (i)[9]
Gloves Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png Rune gloves Adamant gloves.png Adamant gloves Combat bracelet.png Combat bracelet
Feet Holy sandals.png Holy sandals Eternal boots.png Eternal boots Infinity boots.png Infinity boots Wizard boots.png Wizard boots Mystic boots (blue).png Mystic boots
Ring Ring of the gods (i).png Ring of the gods (i) / Ring of suffering (i).png Ring of suffering (i) Ring of the gods.png Ring of the gods / Ring of suffering.png Ring of suffering Explorer's ring 4.png Explorer's ring Seers ring (i).png Seers ring (i) Seers ring.png Seers ring
  1. If using the Serpentine helm, antipoisons are not needed as you will be immune to poison as long as its worn.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Guthan's should only be brought if you plan to bring the whole set for its set effect. Otherwise, Verac's equipment will do better due to its prayer bonuses.
  3. If the amulet of the damned is used while using Guthan's armour set, players can heal a maximum of 10 Hitpoints above their base Hitpoints level.
  4. All versions of the Ardougne cloak provide a good combination of both magic and prayer bonuses, which can be beneficial when using Magic.
  5. (if using Flames of Zamorak / Slayer dart
  6. (if using Claws of Guthix)
  7. (if using Iban Blast)
  8. (if using Magic dart)
  9. It is highly recommended to imbue your crystal shield as an imbued version does not decrease in stats as it loses a charge, allowing you to keep the highest stats until it degrades.

A tribrid setup means using Magic, Ranged and Melee all in one per person, it is only recommended for people who are experienced and a minimum of two people generally best with three. If doing a duo, an alternative to attacking all three kings is to have one person targeting Rex, whilst the other targets Prime and Supreme. The person targeting Rex may help defeat Prime/Supreme if they need help.

A detailed map of the lair and tackling the Kings.

For soloers, enter with Protect from Magic activated, and get Supreme as close to the ladder as possible before killing him with Piety; if Prime is a safe distance away and Supreme is very close to the ladder, you can use Protect from Missiles. This can be done by climbing the ladder up and down until he has been lured. Otherwise, Prime will get on you prompting you to keep Protect from Magic on and tank Supreme's hits, which will drain your supplies. Afterwards, safe-spot and kill Rex, and since Prime will be on you, keep Protect from Magic on. Lastly, go north-east and kill Prime. The optimal spot to kill him is denoted by rocks on the ground in triangle formation.

An alternate strategy for soloers is to follow the same procedure up to Prime (i.e. kill Supreme and then Rex), but get him to as low health as possible, and wait in the east for Rex to respawn. Kill Rex again, finish off Prime, and go kill Supreme.

Recommended equipment for Tribrid (All Kings)
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Slayer helmet (i).png Slayer helmet (i) / Black mask (i).png Black mask (i) (both on task) Serpentine helm.png Serpentine helm Verac's helm.png Verac's helm Guthan's helm.png Guthan's helm[1] Torag's helm.png Torag's helm
Neck Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory Occult necklace.png Occult necklace Amulet of the damned.png Amulet of the damned Amulet of power.png Amulet of power
Back Ava's assembler.png Ava's assembler / Ranging cape.png Ranging cape Ava's accumulator.png Ava's accumulator Ardougne cloak 4.png Ardougne cloak 4 Fire cape.png Fire cape God capes.gif God cape
Body Guthan's platebody.png Guthan's platebody[1] (Melee/Magic) / Armadyl chestplate.png Armadyl chestplate (Ranged) Torag's platebody.png Torag's platebody / Dharok's platebody.png Dharok's platebody (Melee/Magic) / Karil's leathertop.png Karil's leathertop (Ranged) Verac's brassard.png Verac's brassard (Melee/Magic) / Armadyl d'hide.png Blessed body (Ranged) Bandos chestplate.png Bandos chestplate (Melee/Magic) / Black d'hide body.png Black d'hide body (Ranged) Dragon chainbody.png Dragon chainbody (Melee/Magic)
Legs Verac's plateskirt.png Verac's plateskirt Torag's platelegs.png Torag's platelegs / Dharok's platelegs.png Dharok's platelegs Guthan's chainskirt.png Guthan's chainskirt[1] Bandos tassets.png Bandos tassets Dragon platelegs.png Dragon platelegs / Dragon plateskirt.png Dragon plateskirt
Weapo Saradomin godsword.png Saradomin godsword (Melee) / Trident of the swamp.png Trident of the swamp / Trident of the seas.png Trident of the seas (Magic) / Armadyl crossbow.png Armadyl crossbow / Toxic blowpipe.png Toxic blowpipe (Ranged) Any other Godsword (Melee) / Toxic staff of the dead.png Toxic staff of the dead[2] (Magic) / Rune crossbow.png Rune crossbow (Ranged) Abyssal tentacle.png Abyssal tentacle (Melee) / Void knight mace.png Void knight mace[3] (Magic) / Crystal bow.png Crystal bow (i) (Ranged) Abyssal whip.png Abyssal whip (Melee) / Iban's staff (u).png Iban's staff (u)[4] (Magic) / Crystal bow.png Crystal bow (Ranged) Toxic staff of the dead.png Toxic staff of the dead[5] / Guthan's warspear.png Guthan's warspear[1] (Melee) / Slayer's staff.png Slayer's staff[6] (Magic)
Shield Elysian spirit shield.png Elysian spirit shield Spectral spirit shield.png Spectral spirit shield Blessed spirit shield.png Blessed spirit shield Dragonfire shield.png Dragonfire shield Crystal shield.png Crystal shield (i)[7]
Ammo/Spell None or God blessing if using Blowpipe Diamond bolts 5.png Diamond bolts (e) Broad bolts 5.png Broad bolts Adamant bolts 5.png Adamant bolts Emerald bolts (e) 5.png Emerald bolts (e)
Gloves Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves Rune gloves.png Rune gloves Adamant gloves.png Adamant gloves Combat bracelet.png Combat bracelet
Feet Holy sandals.png Holy sandals Bandos boots.png Bandos boots Eternal boots.png Eternal boots Infinity boots.png Infinity boots Wizard boots.png Wizard boots
Ring Ring of the gods (i).png Ring of the gods (i) / Ring of suffering (i).png Ring of suffering (i) Ring of the gods.png Ring of the gods / Ring of suffering.png Ring of suffering Archers ring (i).png Archers ring (i) / Seers ring (i).png Seers ring (i) / Berserker ring (i).png Berserker ring (i) Archers ring.png Archers ring / Seers ring.png Seers ring / Berserker ring.png Berserker ring Ring of life.png Ring of life
Special attack Saradomin godsword.png Saradomin godsword Crystal halberd.png Crystal halberd Toxic blowpipe.png Toxic blowpipe Dragon halberd.png Dragon halberd N/A
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Guthan's should only be brought if you plan to bring the whole set for its set effect. Otherwise, Verac's equipment will do better due to its prayer bonuses.
  2. (if using Flames of Zamorak / Slayer dart
  3. (if using Claws of Guthix)
  4. (if using Iban Blast)
  5. The Staff of the dead offers the same attack speed as the Abyssal whip and stats comparable to the Dragon longsword when used in Melee. Thus, it can double up as both a Magic and Melee weapon and be a viable alternative in weaponry.
  6. (if using Magic dart)
  7. It is highly recommended to imbue your crystal equipment as an imbued version does not decrease in stats as it loses a charge, allowing you to keep the highest stats until it degrades.

Inventory

Your inventory should consist of the following:

Assuming the player wishes to use Guthan's but is wearing other best-in-slot gear instead, Guthan's set would be in the inventory. If any piece of Guthan's is worn, however, then the remaining pieces would be in the player's inventory along with any switching gear the player has chosen.


Saradomin godsword.png Toxic blowpipe.png Super combat potion(4).png Ranging potion(4).png
Guthan's warspear.png Trident of the swamp.png Super combat potion(4).png Ranging potion(4).png
Guthan's helm.png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Stamina potion(4).png
Guthan's platebody.png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png
Guthan's chainskirt.png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png
Anglerfish.png Saradomin brew(4).png Sanfew serum(4).png Teleport to house.png
Anglerfish.png Anglerfish.png Antidote++(4).png Rune pouch.png

The player could choose to either bring Guthan's armour and/or wear it. Otherwise, more food could be brought in lieu of Guthan's.


Guthan's warspear.png Imbued heart.png Stamina potion(4).png Antidote++(4).png
Guthan's helm.png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Antidote++(4).png
Guthan's platebody.png Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4).png Antidote++(4).png
Guthan's chainskirt.png Shark.png Shark.png Antidote++(4).png
Shark.png Shark.png Shark.png Antidote++(4).png
Shark.png Shark.png Teleport to house.png
Rune pouch.png





Alternate inventory

Solo Rex inventory

Tips and tricks

  • Bringing dwarf multicannons with 1-2k cannonballs can increase trips greatly since it will kill off Dagannoth Prime very quickly. Place the cannon on Prime's spawning area, and only load 30 cannonballs when it spawns; do not keep reloading, as it is less effective on Rex and Supreme and will cause them to attack you immediately upon being struck by a cannonball.
  • Attune a portal in your house to Waterbirth. This will make travel time significantly easier and will negate the need of having to have your house in Rellekka or have redirecting scrolls for it.
  • The suggested food for a trip to the DKS is Super restore potions and Saradomin brew, although for simplicity and cost-effectiveness, sharks and a few Saradomin brews/Super restores for emergency will suffice. Bringing Guthan's set and Saradomin godsword can help reduce the use of food.
  • Even if bringing Saradomin brews for food, it still helps to bring a potion to boost your hits. However, it is debatable whether that extra space could be used for another brew instead is more helpful or not in the long run.
  • Ice Barrage can be used to freeze Dagannoth Rex, as well as the use of Blood spells can also be used in combination with a Trident of the seas or swamp to heal.
  • Antipoisons are important to bring, as anyone going will be poisoned more than in any other boss (because of the Spinolyps residing in the water around the lair). This is not the case if the player wears a Serpentine helm throughout the trip. Sanfew serums are also useful, as they function as both an antipoison and a super restore.
  • There is a safe-spot if you jump over the root slightly east of the dagannoth kings' ladder where you can 'peek' to see if there is someone already killing the kings a little past the ladder. You can also hop worlds there.
  • Completion of the elite Fremennik Diary is recommended, as the Fremennik sea boots 4 will turn the Dagannoth Kings' bone drops into note form, allowing you to extend profits greatly.
  • Usage of blood spells can greatly prolong trips to the DKS as it can provide infinite healing.


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