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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. It is a guaranteed drop from "Barry", a unique elite rune dragon that has a 1 in 512 chance of spawning.[2]

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. [3]
  • 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. [3]
  • 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 bones1Always17,846
Rune barRune bar1Always13,778

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 platelegs1Common37,002
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Common28,518
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield1Common31,080
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon57,279
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Uncommon160,178
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Uncommon160,831
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Common67,980
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,334
Runite bolts (unf) 5Runite bolts (unf)70Common68,600
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon57,555
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide14 (noted)Uncommon49,742
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips16Common108,224
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Steadfast scaleSteadfast scale1Rare[notes 1]17,127,645
Glaiven wing-tipGlaiven wing-tip1Rare[notes 1]18,654,489
Ragefire glandRagefire gland1Rare[notes 1]22,618,684
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare[notes 2]1,231,415

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Kethsi ring (5)Kethsi ring1RareNot sold
Kethsi outfit scrollKethsi outfit scroll1Rare[notes 3]Not sold
  1. ^ a b c 1/588 drop chance, no task required.[4][5]
  2. ^ 1/512 drop chance.[6]
  3. ^ 1/200 drop chance; guaranteed drop if the elite rune dragon is named "Barry"[2]

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 sapphire1Common918
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,902
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,077
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,789
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare170,505–208,395
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common21,216
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common25,057
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,511
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare517,995–633,105
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,279
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,119
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,080,180–1,320,220
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare850
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,679
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,185–941,975
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,101
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,738
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common29,493–35,757
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,053,675–1,287,825
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,313
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,177
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare369,980–466,744
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare102,895–129,806
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare29,250–40,950
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common24,705–30,195
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon278,100–339,900
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon13,896–17,370
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare296,640–362,560
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon27,800–152,900
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common16,110–19,690
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon262,800–321,200
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common42,812–48,928
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare412,830–504,570
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,019,700–1,246,300
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,334
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare620,010–757,790
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon356,940–436,260
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon222,210–271,590
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon235,080–287,320
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon176,490–215,710
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon7,980–9,120
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon8,974–10,256
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon405,992
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,710,670
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common15,750–19,250
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,385–13,915
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon216,450–264,550
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,396–16,154
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare132,975–162,525
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon36,180–44,220
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare441,990–540,210
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,991
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*207,972
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,804,467,420
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.[7][8]
  • On 11 January 2016, the drop rate of the Kethsi outfit scroll was increased from 1/2048 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.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mod Osborne. RuneScape's RuneLabs #2 (video). YouTube. 13 March 2015.*
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ 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."*
  4. ^ Mod Shauny. "Dev Blog: Revealing Drop Rates." 1 Dec 2017. Existing Game Content Forums.
  5. ^ Mod Stu. Isn't this outfit a little *too* rare?. RuneScape subreddit. 7 December 2015. "... (always on elite, task-only on regular)."*
  6. ^ Mod Timbo. Dev Blog: Revealing Drop Rates.*
  7. ^ 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."
  8. ^ Scopulus-RS. Rune Dragons too OP. reddit.com. 15 June 2015.*
  9. ^ Mod Shauny. "Dev Blog: Revealing Drop Rates." 1 December 2017. Existing Game Updates Forums.

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