"Anti-dragon" redirects here. For the potion that provides immunity against dragonfire, see antifire.
|Release date||23 September 2001 (Update)|
|Quest item?||Dragon slayer|
|High Alch||12 coins|
|Low Alch||8 coins|
|Store price||Not sold|
|Exchange price||77 coins (info)|
|Examine||This provides partial protection from dragonbreath attacks.|
Obtaining an Anti-Dragon shield from Duke Horacio is also a Medium Lumbridge/Draynor Task.
The shield's life point boost is the same as the iron sq shield, however its armour rating is much lower - the same as the lowly bronze kiteshield's. The anti-dragon shield prevents a great amount of damage from the magical fire-breath of dragons. When used in combination with an antifire potion, the wearer does not take any damage from dragon breath until the potion runs out (except for the special attacks by the King Black Dragon).
Some players obtain multiple shields for the convenience of having them in the bank in case they die and lose one. Others get multiples so that they can sell them for a profit later on. Some higher-level slayers obtain multiple shields so that they can run past the blue dragons in Kuradal's Dungeon without taking dragon breath damage. They then switch to a better shield and drop the anti-dragon shield to free up an inventory slot so that a more valuable drop can be taken. After the Damage Soaking and new Hitsplats update, with the ease of obtaining the shields, the price fell significantly from around 700 coins to around 550 coins. The price has since dropped to 77 coins.
A player wielding an anti-dragon shield
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In the Dragon Slayer quest, the player will need this shield. If it is not used, Elvarg can hit up to 688 life points. It can be combined with a draconic visage via the Smithing skill or by paying Oziach to be smithed into a dragonfire shield.
The anti-dragon shield was named the dragonfire shield or "df shield" among many long-time RuneScape players because it was formerly named the dragonfire shield until its name was changed for an unknown reason sometime in late 2005 or early 2006. It is speculated that the reason for the name change is that Jagex was beginning development of the dragonfire shield, the powerfully modified anti-dragon shield, and renamed it to avoid confusion. The "df shield" nickname for the anti-dragon shield mostly died out soon after the release of the dragonfire shield, and the nickname was passed on to the newly released dragonfire shield. It also changed to a stained and clawed look with the armour update. Now, you don't need an anti-dragon shield if you have a super antifire potion, as it eliminates all fire breath from dragons regardless of equipping any shield or not.
Players with a Construction level of 47 or more can mount the shield in the Quest Hall of their house by using it, along with three teak planks, on the guild trophy hotspot. This is not very common, as most players decide to put an amulet of glory there instead, for the free transports it grants.
- The original name of the anti-dragon shield was the "dragonfire" shield, and was changed before the release of the dragonfire shield.