The dragon helm was the first piece of dragon armour to be released into the game. Upon its release in 27 February2002, it was the most powerful melee helm in the game, surpassing the previous record holder, the rune full helm. As the rare drop table did not exist at the time, very few monsters were able to drop the dragon helm; this low supply combined with high demand pushed its price to over 3 million coins. However, its price gradually declined with the release of competing helmets such as the Barrows helms, the helm of neitiznot, and the dragon full helm, as well as the release of the rare drop table. Today, the dragon helm's price is very close to its High Level Alchemy value. While having lost much of its former popularity, it is still a commonly used piece of armour due to its relatively low price and decent bonuses.