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Elite rune dragons are a stronger version of rune dragons, which are found on Mount Firewake, in Kethsi. The completion of the quests Ritual of the Mahjarrat and Fate of the Gods is required in order to access these creatures, and the dragons are accessible through the World Gate. They won the first RuneLabs poll, and were first announced in the June 2015 BTS.[1]

Elite rune dragons appear occasionally while the player is killing regular rune dragons. When one appears, the player is notified with a chat message. The dragon will fight the player only, unless three minutes have passed without the player attacking it, or if they teleport out of the area. When either of the conditions are met, any player can attack the elite rune dragon.

Elite rune dragons share the same mechanics as their normal variants, but boast higher combat stats. Care should be taken in longer encounters during its enrage phase, as they can reach the point of easily killing a player in one hit.

The Kethsi outfit scrolls are only dropped by elite rune dragons. Slayer tasks have no effect on elite rune dragons' drops; thus it is possible to obtain the boot upgrades or Kethsi scroll whilst off-task.[2] It is a guaranteed drop from "Barry the Destroyer", a unique elite rune dragon that has a 1/512 chance of spawning in place of an elite rune dragon.[3] However players will not get a scroll if they already have one in their bank or inventory.

StrategyEdit

Armoured phaseEdit

  • Starts with 105,188 life points
  • Dragonbane ammunition is essential on this phase, as all other attacks, including those of familiars, deal dramatically reduced damage.

Flying phaseEdit

  • Starts with 69,424 life points. Any attacks during the transition will be reduced to 10% damage.[4]
  • The dragon begins flying and becomes immune to melee attacks. Dragonbane is no longer required to deal full damage. In addition, the dragon stops using melee attacks and replaces its standard dragonfire attack with the enhanced version.
  • Throughout this phase, the rune dragon may breathe a bright blue plume of enhanced dragonfire, dealing magic damage. This attack cannot be fully blocked by a super anti-fire or wyrmfire potion, and will deal a minimum of 450 magic damage. However, if the player is far enough from the dragon, a small cloud appears under the player indicating the enhanced dragonfire is being used and can be avoided by moving away from it.

Enrage phaseEdit

  • Starts with 34,712 life points. Any attacks during the transition will be reduced to 10% damage.[4]
  • The rune dragon gains a faint blue aura about its head crest after landing, indicative of this phase beginning.
  • It is again possible to attack the dragon with melee.
  • The dragon gets stronger with every attack. It stops using enhanced dragonfire and returns to standard dragonfire. It also starts using its melee attacks again.

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Reinforced dragon bonesReinforced dragon bones1Always14,579
Rune barRune bar1Always13,813

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
29–33%11–14%20–23%28–31%5–7%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 1,678 kills.
4 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 10000Coins34,000–45,000Common34,000–45,000
Rune platelegsRune platelegs1Common37,131
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Common28,603
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield1Common31,450
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon58,262
Off-hand dragon longswordOff-hand dragon longsword1Uncommon57,509
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Uncommon161,254
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Uncommon160,556
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Common70,686
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,439
Runite bolts (unf) 5Runite bolts (unf)70Common81,480
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon56,610
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide14 (noted)Uncommon49,560
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips16Common108,960
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Steadfast scaleSteadfast scale1Rare (1/588)[d 1]18,191,248
Glaiven wing-tipGlaiven wing-tip1Rare (1/588)[d 1]17,133,573
Ragefire glandRagefire gland1Rare (1/588)[d 1]30,360,663
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare (1/512)[d 2]1,322,551

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Kethsi ring (5)Kethsi ring1RareNot sold
Kethsi outfit scrollKethsi outfit scroll1Rare (1/200)[d 3]Not sold
  1. ^ a b c Mod Shauny. "Dev Blog: Revealing Drop Rates." 1 Dec 2017. Existing Game Content Forums.
  2. ^ Mod Timbo. "Revealing Drop Rates." 17 November 2017. Developers' Blogs.
  3. ^ Guaranteed drop if the elite rune dragon is named "Barry the Destroyer".[3] However the player will not get a scroll if they already own one.

Rare drop tableEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common667
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,951
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,527
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,970
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare133,650–163,350
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common16,811
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common19,225
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,322
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare509,490–622,710
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,262
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,732
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,088,280–1,330,120
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare880
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,790
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare566,850–944,750
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,930
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,842
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,713–27,537
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,074,330–1,313,070
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,643
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,737
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare484,640–611,392
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare136,825–172,610
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare48,750–68,250
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common28,890–35,310
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon232,200–283,800
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,396–16,154
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare309,420–378,180
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon25,600–140,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,760–18,040
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon233,460–285,340
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common37,660–43,040
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare363,150–443,850
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,060,290–1,295,910
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,439
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare621,585–759,715
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon312,210–381,590
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon138,600–169,400
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon179,010–218,790
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon152,865–186,835
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon7,952–9,088
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,590–10,960
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon361,408
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,026,570
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common16,200–19,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common8,955–10,945
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon190,800–233,200
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,560–13,940
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare114,750–140,250
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon34,920–42,680
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare363,150–443,850
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon5,076
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*373,774
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,967,717,757
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare14,882

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Barry the Destroyer, added on 22 June 2015, is a reference to an elite rune dragon nicknamed "Barry" that killed 32 players while stuck in the enrage phase on the day of release.[5][6]
  • On 11 January 2016, the drop rate of the Kethsi outfit scroll was increased from 1/2,048 to 1/200, and was made a 100% drop from Barry.
  • On 13 November 2017, the glaiven wing-tip, ragefire gland or steadfast scale drop rate has changed to 1/196 from 1/256.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mod Osborne. RuneScape's RuneLabs #2 (video). YouTube. 13 March 2015.*
  2. ^ Mod Stu. Isn't this outfit a little *too* rare?. RuneScape subreddit. 7 December 2015. "... (always on elite, task-only on regular)."*
  3. ^ a b Jagex. Mod Stu's Twitter account. 11 January 2016. Mod Stu: "If today's update goes as planned, Kethsi outfit scroll dropchance will be 1/2048 -> 1/200, and a guaranteed drop from Barry the Destroyer."
  4. ^ a b Jagex. Patch Notes | 22/08. RuneScape Official Forums. 22 August 2016. "Made changes to rune dragons' phase transitions to allow players to continue attacking throughout. Damage that overshoots the lifepoint thresholds will no longer be healed back, but that hit, and hits during transition, are reduced to 10% power."*
  5. ^ Jagex. Mod Stu's Twitter account. 22 June 2015. Mod Stu: "Was an elite rune dragon last week that 1-hit-KOed. Players nicknamed Barry the Destroyer. Patched Tues morning."
  6. ^ Scopulus-RS. Rune Dragons too OP. reddit.com. 15 June 2015.*
  7. ^ Mod Shauny. "Dev Blog: Revealing Drop Rates." 1 December 2017. Existing Game Updates Forums.