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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", a unique elite rune dragon that has a 1/512 chance of spawning.[3]

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 bones1Always16,883
Rune barRune bar1Always13,926

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
21–29%11–18%16–23%33–42%3–8%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 299 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 platelegs1Common37,034
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Common28,621
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield1Common30,880
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon57,608
Off-hand dragon longswordOff-hand dragon longsword1Uncommon56,780
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Uncommon160,239
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Uncommon164,028
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Common67,692
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,778
Runite bolts (unf) 5Runite bolts (unf)70Common65,380
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon61,970
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide14 (noted)Uncommon56,728
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips16Common112,096
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Steadfast scaleSteadfast scale1Rare (1/588)[d 1]13,656,940
Glaiven wing-tipGlaiven wing-tip1Rare (1/588)[d 1]13,821,172
Ragefire glandRagefire gland1Rare (1/588)[d 1]20,011,178
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare (1/512)[d 2]1,278,523

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".[3]

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 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,060
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,460
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,200
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,941
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare177,345–216,755
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,696
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common22,653
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,394
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare557,730–681,670
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,608
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare39,110
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,058,940–1,294,260
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare880
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,684
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,260–942,100
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,412
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,903
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common34,239–41,511
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,071,090–1,309,110
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,230
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,597
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare473,915–597,862
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare109,005–137,514
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare42,675–59,745
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common39,015–47,685
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon364,500–445,500
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon18,144–22,680
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare319,500–390,500
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon28,000–154,000
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common15,300–18,700
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon218,700–267,300
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common43,568–49,792
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare420,120–513,480
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,015,380–1,241,020
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,778
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare626,670–765,930
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon390,240–476,960
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon224,910–274,890
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon238,635–291,665
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon171,315–209,385
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon9,128–10,432
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,310–10,640
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon402,612
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,686,350
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common36,450–44,550
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common14,715–17,985
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon218,700–267,300
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,328–16,072
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare132,300–161,700
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon41,040–50,160
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare496,260–606,540
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon2,088
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*245,094
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,885,212,297
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

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Barry, added on 22 June 2015, is a reference to an elite rune dragon nicknamed "Barry the Destroyer" 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.
  • 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.