Dragonfire is much more powerful than regular fire or the fire from fire spells. A dragon can deal up to 6000 damage to players without proper equipment. Dragonfire is unique in the fact that it defies the combat triangle. It is a different form of attack in itself, however, it can still be partially resisted by using the Protect from Magic prayer or the Deflect Magic curse. This is only a small part, however, and even then it can hit up to 400+ damage. Familiars are not affected by dragonfire.
Depending on what the game message says, and if you used anything, damage will be calculated as this:
- "You manage to resist some of the dragonfire." - Approximately 150-300 damage will be dealt.
- "You are horribly burned by the dragonfire!" - More than 300 damage dealt, unless an antifire potion is used.
- "Your prayers resist some of the dragonfire." - Damage ranging from 0-150.
All dragons, including chromatic dragons and metal dragons, are able to use ranged dragonbreath and will use the attack when both close or far away from the target. The King and Queen Black Dragon are even able to use multiple types of dragonfire. The king's dragonfires may include the added effects of freezing, poisoning and stat-reduction. Baby and pet dragons are not able to use dragonfire.
The skeletal wyverns don't use dragonfire, instead, they use an ice-type breath which is even more dangerous. It can reduce the stats of a player and prevent them from moving. This breath can only be negated with the use of an elemental shield or dragonfire shield.
There are several methods to protect oneself against dragonfire.
|Protect from Magic|
|Increases your resistance to dragonfire, although you will still take most of the damage.||Does not work for a metal dragon's dragonfire. Also does not stack with other dragonfire protection, contrary to popular belief. This prayer is mandatory if exploiting the weakness of Chromatic dragons (arrows), unless the player has access to Super antifires (see below).|
|Antifire||This potion offers protection for 6 minutes and can be made by those with 69 herblore using a lantadyme and dragon scale dust on a vial of water. All by itself it does not offer good protection and should not be used as sole protection in battle.||If used with an antidragon shield it will offer full protection, this is often done against stronger dragons.|
|Antifire mix||A max of 2 doses of antifire can be mixed with caviar to create an anti-fire mix. This is potion's effect is identical to the one above.||Also heals the player 200 LP|
|Super antifire||Those with level 85 herblore can combine a 3 dose antifire with a desert phoenix feather to create a super antifire. Super antifire offers full protection against dragonfire, hence no other protection is needed (like the Dragon/anti-fire shields). However, they should mind the 6 minute limit of the potion, and be prepared to drink another dose.||This potion is untradeable and the assist system can not be used to make it.|
|Anti-dragon shield||An anti-dragon shield reduces the damage from dragonfire down to around 30, making it the most used way of protection. This shield can be obtained during the Dragon Slayer quest and thus players must have completed this quest in order to increase their chance against a dragon greatly.||If used with an antifire (mix) it will offer full protection, this is often done against stronger dragons.|
Important: This shield does not provide protection from the icebreath of Skeletal wyverns.
|Same as the one above, with increased defensive stats and it can be charged with dragonfire. Each dragonfire attack provides the shield with one charge, and each charge improves the shield's defence and health bonuses. The shield can carry up to 50 charges. Players can also discharge the shield against monsters or other players to deal dragonfire damage.|
Making it requires a draconic visage, an anti-dragon shield and 90 smithing. Alternatively, it can be traded between players. The draconic visage is an extremely rare drop from stronger dragons like frost dragons or metal ones. The visage is not dropped by any chromatic dragons except black dragons, nor are they dropped by bronze dragons.
|If used with a antifire (mix) it will offer full protection, this is often done against stronger dragons.|
Also, unlike the anti-dragon shield, the dragonfire shield does provide protection from the icebreath of Skeletal wyverns.
Players can also use dragonfire in combat, but only under one condition. The dragonfire used by players has the same effect as dragonfire used by dragons. Therefore, it can hit very high against players without proper protection.
The only way to use dragonfire is by using enchanted dragon bolts in ranged. These bolts have, like other enchanted bolts, a special attack. This special attack enables the wearer to occasionally hit the opponent with a blast of Dragonfire, dealing 400 to 710 damage. The amount of damage dealt is based on the opponent's Defence level.
Just like regular dragonfire, this methods will not cause damage if the opponent is a fire monster or a dragon. In PvP situations, if the opponent is wearing an Anti-dragon shield or under the effects of Antifire potions (or both) the damage is reduced significantly.
Magical fire is not considered as dragonfire. The protection needed for dragonfire doesn't provide protection against fire spells.
- The message when you are partially protected from dragonfire is different depending on what kind of protection you have. For example: If you are using an anti-fire shield, it will say "the shield protects you from the heat". If you are using just an antifire potion, it will say "the anti-fire potion protects you from the fiery substance". This implies that dragonfire is made up of several different factors, such as heat, substance and even magic.
- Prior to EoC, players could use a Dragonfire Shield to hit a player with Dragon breath, just like an enchanted dragon bolt. The Dragonfire shield stores 50 charges, thus allowing the player up to 50 uses of Dragonfire, but with a cooldown time between each use. Also, each use would reduce the defense of the Dragonfire shield by 1.