Due to the Evolution of Combat, the Toktz-ket-xil has the exact armour rating and life point boost, and is cheaper and lighter, thus making the dragon kiteshield a more expensive alternative. Compared with the Dragon sq shield, which is around the same price as the kiteshield, it is more convenient to use the kiteshield as there is no need for players to complete Legends' Quest to equip it, alongside having slightly superior stats.
The shield's release was first confirmed definitively in a post by Mod Ajd on Jagex's Youtube channel in the summer of 2010. However, the post emphasized that it would not be added until an ideal method of releasing it was developed.
The shield was initially introduced with a median price of 800,000 coins. However, due to high demand, it was impossible to secure the item from the Grand Exchange at the introductory price, and the shield saw a tremendous price increase over the following days.
The dragon kiteshield has been requested and spoken of by players since the introduction of dragon equipment. Jagex referenced this through an April Fools joke on 1 April2008, during which Diango was said to be selling "dragon kites," a slang term often applied to dragon kiteshields. When Diango was spoken to, it was revealed that these were in fact toy kites bearing a dragon symbol.