|Release date||15 January 2008 (Update)|
|Food||Raw meat and/or fish|
|Examine|| (hatchling) A hatchling <dragon colour> dragon.|
(baby) A baby <colour> dragon.
Baby dragons are high-level Summoning pets, released on 15 January 2008 with the Summoning skill. Requiring level 99 Summoning to obtain and raise, they are tied with TzRek-Jad and Frosty for the position of highest-level pet. A baby dragon is obtained by hatching a dragon egg in an incubator, found in the pet shops in Taverley and Yanille. The eggs are rare drops from green, blue, red, and black dragons, and they can only be obtained by players with 99 Summoning. Consequently, there are four colours of baby dragons: Green, blue, red, and black.
Approximately one hour after being placed in an incubator, a hatchling dragon will hatch from the egg. The hatchling is about half the size of a baby dragon. Based on an observed growth rate of 1% size gain for 15% hunger gain, a hatchling dragon takes approximately 8 hours, 53 minutes, and 20 seconds to grow into a baby dragon. Baby dragons will never grow into adult dragons; this is possibly because of issues with size that would be caused by adult dragons following players around.
It is currently impossible to understand hatchling or baby dragons, even with a +10 Summoning boost from a Clan Citadel battlefield.
Players may obtain multiple dragon eggs as drops. However, in order to hatch and raise more than one baby dragon, any existing baby dragons must be stored in the Menagerie of a player-owned house. Prior to the release of Menageries, players could only own one baby dragon at a time.
- Baby dragons are the only pets that cannot be understood under any circumstances. While the chameleon and pet monkey both require 90 or higher Summoning, players can speak to these pets by boosting Summoning to 100 or by using a monkeyspeak amulet or equivalent, respectively. TzRek-Jad may be spoken to normally, without need for any boosts. Baby dragons were released before it was possible to boost Summoning in any form except via the Summoning cape, so there is no dialogue scripted for them.
- Cyrisus and Tim own pet dragons. Cyrisus mentions this if he is contacted via NPC Contact.
- Hatchling dragons do not seem to get hungry or grow in the Dragontooth Island resource dungeon. This is possibly because of the Celestial dragon's time-trap ability.