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"Dragon bone" redirects here. For the ornament kit, see Dragonbone upgrade kit.
Dragon bones
Dragon bones
Release date 23 October 2002 (Update)
Members No (in Daemonheim)
Yes (elsewhere)
Quest item No
Tradeable Yes
Equipable No
Stackable No
Value Cash out:
200 coins
High alch 0 coins
Low alch 0 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 2,596 coins (info)
Buy limit 10,000
Examine These would feed a dog for months.
Weight 1.5 kg
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Dragon bones are associated with the Prayer skill, and are dropped by most adult dragons. Dragon bones give 72 Prayer experience when buried (60 experience on RuneScape Classic), 180 Prayer experience when cremated, 288 Prayer experience when offered at the Ectofuntus, or 252 Prayer experience when offered at a gilded altar with 2 burners lit. When combining gilded altars, 2 burners, and clan avatars, 267 Prayer experience is granted. The relative ease of collecting dragon bones, combined with the amount of experience earned from them, makes them widely viewed as a fast, cost-effective way to train Prayer. Free players can only obtain and use dragon bones by killing green dragons and iron dragons in the Daemonheim dungeons. They cannot buy, sell, or obtain any of these bones outside the dungeons of Daemonheim.

Members can also get dragon bones as a reward from the Soul Wars minigame by selecting the 'Gamble' option when choosing rewards. If a player gets dragon bones, they will likely be noted in quantities of 11 or 22.

Dropping monstersEdit

Levels 1 to 99Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Green dragon631Always
Blue dragon741Always
Red dragon841Always
Bronze dragon861Always
Iron dragon981Always
Zombie implingN/A (hunter)3Common
Dragon implingN/A (hunter)107–300 (noted)Uncommon

Levels 100 and aboveEdit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Black dragon1001Always
Brutal green dragon1051Always
Green dragon (Daemonheim)120; 1531Always
King Black Dragon2761Always
Mithril dragon1121Always
Steel dragon1001Always
Queen Black Dragon9008Always
Celestial dragon1271Always
Chaos Elemental3051Uncommon

Cost and XP analysisEdit

This table can be used to compare and decide on how to train with the bones for the most desired cost versus experience gained. Notice how the cost in coins per XP point varies greatly depending on how the bones are used — but also remember that the different methods have different training speeds.

Bury Gilded altar Ectofuntus Cremation
Experience 72 252 288 324 (Total) 180 (Prayer) + 144 (FM)
Cost per XP -36.1 -10.3 -9 -8 (Total) -14.4 (Prayer) or -18 (FM)


  • Green and Blue dragons are the weakest types of dragons, resulting in dragon bones mostly being accumulated by killing them.
  • Green dragons are the lowest level dragons in the game. They can be found in various places in the Wilderness, as well as in two locations in the Chaos Tunnels. Green dragons in the Chaos Tunnels are grouped together with Baby black dragons, while players may be attacked by Player Killers while fighting green dragons in the Wilderness locations.
  • The high value of dragons' drops (bones plus hides every kill for chromatic dragons) makes dragon-hunting a highly profitable combat activity. Players can make 120K to over 1M coins per hour fighting green dragons, depending on how fast they can kill the dragons and bank the loot. About 35K to 100K can be made per run on dragons (depending on inventory space /B.O.Bs), and more if more valuable items are brought back as well.
  • Baby dragons do not drop dragon bones. Instead, they drop Baby dragon bones.
  • Burying dragon bones is not recommended; usually they are best used on a Gilded altar.
  • Airut bones, Dagannoth bones, Ourg bones, Adamant dragon bones, Rune dragon bones, and Frost dragon bones are faster ways to train Prayer than Dragon bones, but cost much more per Prayer experience point.
  • While gilded altars give the fastest experience, some prefer to use the Ectofuntus due to the fact that gilded altars give 36 less XP per bone. Although it's slower, the Ectofuntus gives more experience per bone, decreasing costs, and eliminates the need to obtain marrentill and/or find a house party offering an altar.


  • A player choosing to use dragon bones all the way from 1-99 Prayer, using a gilded altar with lit burners and no other experience boosts, would, if all the bones were bought at the current medium price on the Grand Exchange, spend 134,275,329.
    • Additionally the first two bones would take them straight to level 6 Prayer.
    • Using the ectofuntus would cost 117,490,913, but would take far longer to do. Simply burying the bones would cost 469,963,652.

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