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This article is a strategy guide for Frost dragon.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.
Frost dragons are dangerous level 112 dragons residing in the Asgarnian Ice Dungeon resource dungeon. Frost dragons are often killed for their valuable frost dragon bones, worth 11,969 coins, as well as the chance of other valuable drops such as the draconic visage.

RequirementsEdit

To access the Asgarnian Ice Dungeon resource dungeon, 85 Dungeoneering is needed. It is also suggested to have a good stab weapon, 80+ in all combat stats in your choice of combat class, 70+ prayer and 52+ summoning.

StrategiesEdit

The Chaotic rapier, Blade of Avaryss, Attuned crystal dagger, Drygore rapier and Korasi's sword are, along with their off-hand variants, good for killing frost dragons because of their high stab bonuses. The Zamorakian spear/Chaotic spear is also effective.

The frost dragons' magic attack is very inaccurate, however it hits between 100-500 and can kill a player over time, therefore a familiar such as a Bunyip or Unicorn stallion will extend trips. Frost dragons always stick to ranged or magic attacks throughout the fight. The chance is random, so it is advised to change to the corresponding prayer depending on the first regular attack, whether it is a ranged attack (thin blue projectile) or a magic attack (Water spell).

The fastest method of killing the dragons is to use melee using stab weapons with the Soul Split curse and Piety/Turmoil activated. Suggested for this is Bandos armour, Torva armour or Anima Core of Zaros armour because of the additional offensive bonuses. If the player has access to Invention perks, the Dragon Slayer perk can be used for a 7% damage increase against the dragons.

Warpriest armour can prove to be a quality low level substitute to higher levelled armour as it provides respectable balanced defence from their strong varied attacks without compromising melee accuracy. In addition to a useful set effect, losing warpriest armour may be less strenuous to re-obtain than the comparable Bandos pieces.

Using Magic or Ranged is not recommended, as ranged and magic armour have a low ranged defence, and as of the Halloween 2011 update, Frost Dragons now use a ranged attack which hits up to 500 life points. Players can still use Magic or Ranged however, using sets such as Karil's, Armadyl or Ganodermic. Frost Dragons, also have high magic defence. Spells will splash very often, with the exception of Storm of Armadyl coupled with an Armadyl Battlestaff, which is slightly more effective. However, the 465 coins per cast will significantly decrease profits.

Possibly the best way to bank Frost dragon bones, as of 14 February 2012, is to have a Tokkul-Zo equipped and bank using the teleport on the ring then lodestone back to Port Sarim while restoring prayer and summoning points as you run back to the dragons.

Banking Alternative: Using Frost Dragon Bones on Magic notepaper will convert the bones to noted. Magic notepaper costs 1,481 so you will be making 10,488 a bone instead of 11,969 but will not have to bank as often. An upgraded Bonecrusher will automatically pick up the bones left behind by the dragons, which makes it easier for the player to use Magic notepaper on the bones. This also allows for more kills per hour, as the player won't have to worry about manually picking up the bones.

NOTE: Logging out in the Frost Dragon lair will put you outside of the resource dungeon entrance. If you die in the Frost Dragon lair, your gravestone will spawn outside the resource dungeon entrance.

Notes about the Orb attackEdit

Blue orb

Frost Dragon with an active blue orb circling it.

When fighting Frost Dragons, a small blue orb will occasionally appear and start circling the dragon. It is important that you do NOT attack while the orb is out, as it will rebound 80% of any damage you would've dealt.

  • The Orb appears at random, and keeps circling the dragon for 2.5 circles after which damage can then be dealt to the dragon normally.
  • Familiars can still attack the dragon during this period without any recoil damage to either the familiar or the player
  • The Orb attack only starts if the dragon is attacking you.
  • The Orb will reflect damage over time effects like Dismember, Slaughter, Combust, Fragmentation Shot, and Deadshot.

Recommended equipment for melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Torva full helm Torva full helm Superior tetsu helm Superior
Tetsu helm Tetsu helm
Void knight melee helm Void knight melee helm Bandos helmet Bandos helmet Verac's helm Verac's helm
Neck slot Saradomin's whisper Saradomin's whisper Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Amulet of glory Amulet of glory Desert amulet 3 Desert amulet 3/
Desert amulet 4 4
N/A
Back slot Completionist cape Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Ket TokHaar-Kal-Ket Max cape Max cape Blue cape Soul Wars cape Ardougne cloak 3 Ardougne cloak 3/
Ardougne cloak 4 4
Torso slot Torva platebody Torva platebody Superior tetsu body Superior
Tetsu body Tetsu body
Void knight top Void knight top Bandos chestplate Bandos chestplate Verac's brassard Verac's brassard
Legs slot Torva platelegs Torva platelegs Superior tetsu platelegs Superior
Tetsu platelegs Tetsu platelegs
Void knight robe Void knight robe Bandos tassets Bandos tassets Verac's plateskirt Verac's plateskirt
Main hand slot Drygore rapier Drygore rapier Drygore mace Drygore mace Drygore longsword Drygore longsword Chaotic rapier Chaotic rapier Chaotic claw Chaotic claw
2h slot Chaotic spear Chaotic spear Chaotic maul Chaotic maul Zamorakian spear Zamorakian spear/
Saradomin godsword Saradomin godsword
N/A N/A
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand drygore rapier Off-hand drygore rapier Off-hand drygore mace Off-hand drygore mace Off-hand drygore longsword Off-hand drygore longsword Off-hand chaotic rapier Off-hand chaotic rapier Off-hand chaotic claw Off-hand chaotic claw
Off-hand slot Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield Chaotic kiteshield Chaotic kiteshield Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A
Gloves slot Torva gloves Torva gloves Pneumatic gloves Pneumatic gloves Void knight gloves Void knight gloves Bandos gloves Bandos gloves Ganodermic gloves Ganodermic gloves
Feet slot Torva boots Torva boots Steadfast boots Steadfast boots Bandos boots Bandos boots Ganodermic boots Ganodermic boots Dragon boots Dragon boots
Ring slot Warrior ring (i) Warrior ring (i) Onyx ring (i) Onyx ring (i) Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit Berserker ring (i) Berserker ring (i) Ring of life Ring of life
Aura slot Supreme reverence aura Supreme reverence aura Master reverence aura Master reverence aura Penance aura Penance aura Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura Knock-out aura Knock-out aura
Pocket slot Scrimshaw of vampyrism Scrimshaw of vampyrism N/A N/A N/A N/A
Overload (4)Overload (4)Super prayer (4)Super prayer (4)
Super prayer (4)Super prayer (4)Super prayer (4)Super prayer (4)
Super antifire (4)Super antifire (4)200Healing aura scroll200Magic notepaper 5
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Items:

Recommended equipment for melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Void knight melee helm Void knight melee helm N/A N/A N/A N/A
Neck slot Saradomin's whisper Saradomin's whisper Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Amulet of glory Amulet of glory N/A N/A
Back slot Completionist cape Completionist cape TokHaar-Kal-Ket TokHaar-Kal-Ket Max cape Max cape Fire cape Fire cape Constitution cape Cape of Accomplishment
Torso slot Elite void knight top (justiciar) Elite void knight top Guthan's platebody Barrows N/A N/A N/A
Legs slot Elite void knight robe (justiciar) Elite void knight robe Guthan's chainskirt Barrows N/A N/A N/A
Main hand slot Off-hand drygore longsword Drygore weaponry Off-hand chaotic longsword Chaotic weaponry Zamorakian spear Zamorakian spear N/A N/A
Gloves slot Void knight gloves Void knight gloves Culinaromancer's gloves 10 Culinaromancer's gloves 10 N/A N/A N/A
Feet slot Bandos boots Bandos boots N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ring slot Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit Ring of wealth Ring of wealth N/A N/A N/A

Items:

  • Slice
  • Sever
  • Smash
  • Cleave
  • Fury
  • Dismember
  • Punish
  • Hurricane
  • Assault
  • Shark
  • Soul Split
  • Deflect Magic

With Soul Split and a high-level weapon, you should be able to kill the dragon before the blue orb even appears. Following by keybinds, consecutively activating 6 (Dismember), 8 2H(Hurricane), 7 (Punish), 4 (Fury), 3 2H(Smash), 2 (Sever), and 1 (Slice), the dragon will probably be dead, if you did these without stopping. While those abilities are on cool-down, 9 (Assault) can kill the dragon 85% of the time.

Melee + Soul Split (medium level)Edit

The inventory should contain a significant amount of prayer potions, so keep this in mind when preparing. With this method 6-7 Prayer Potions (4) is easily enough for a single trip.

This method is at a medium level, low-medium cost that should earn players upwards of 2m/hour (when Frost dragon bones are 12k+) with efficient banking. This is a good place for players who can't afford the prayer Soul Split, smithing Tetsu equipment, or herblore levels for overloads, super antifires to start earning gold. (Please note that this method is NOT intended for players with particularly low melee stats, rather, low auxiliary stats and low incomes which make other methods less accessible).

85 in all melee stats is strongly recommended. The inventory should contain one normal antifire potions and enough food to heal around 1000 damage per dragon (Lobsters are cheap, but effective) (27 lobsters may be too many, but they make very little dent in the player's profits if dropped/wasted. Less food will be required as you become more adept at timing the use of threshold abilities and sacrifice.

High level gear and dual wield weaponry will be ignored for this section, since players with access to better weaponry are likely to be able to take advantage of superior methods. This was tested with the minimum suggested buyable gear requirements, so any higher-rated gear will likely improve yields.

Recommended equipment for Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Bandos helmet Bandos helmet Guthan's helm Barrows helm Mighty slayer helmet Mighty slayer helmet (off-task) N/A N/A
Neck slot Saradomin's whisper Saradomin's whisper Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Amulet of glory Amulet of glory N/A N/A
Back slot TokHaar-Kal-Ket TokHaar-Kal-Ket Constitution cape Skillcape Obsidian cape Obsidian cape N/A N/A
Torso slot Bandos chestplate Bandos chestplate N/A N/A N/A N/A
Legs slot Bandos tassets Bandos tassets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Main hand slot Chaotic spear Chaotic spear Zamorakian spear Zamorakian spear N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Bandos gloves Bandos gloves Culinaromancer's gloves 10 Culinaromancer's gloves 10 Rock-shell gloves Rock-shell gloves N/A N/A
Feet slot Bandos boots Bandos boots Dragon boots Dragon boots Rock-shell boots Rock-shell boots N/A N/A
Ring slot TokKul-Zo TokKul-Zo (for quick banking) Ring of wealth Ring of wealth N/A N/A N/A
Aura slot Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura
(Useful but entirely unnecessary)
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Recommended equipment for Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Verac's helm Verac's helm Torag's helm Torag's helm N/A N/A N/A
Neck slot Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Amulet of glory Amulet of glory N/A N/A N/A
Back slot Bandos cloak vestment cloak Fire cape Fire cape Constitution cape Skill Cape N/A N/A
Torso slot Torag's platebody Torag's,
Dharok's platebody Dharok's

Guthan's platebody Guthan's Platebody

N/A N/A N/A N/A
Legs slot Verac's plateskirt Verac's plateskirt N/A N/A N/A N/A
Main hand slot Drygore rapier Drygore rapier/Drygore mace mace Drygore longsword Drygore longsword Chaotic rapier Chaotic rapier Chaotic longsword Chaotic longsword N/A
Off-hand weapon slot Dragon defender Dragon defender
(if using super antifires)
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Off-hand slot N/A Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield N/A N/A
Gloves slot Culinaromancer's gloves 10 Culinaromancer's gloves 10 Regen bracelet Regen bracelet N/A N/A N/A
Feet slot Bandos boots Bandos boots Dragon boots Dragon boots N/A N/A N/A
  • The ability rotation for the previous melee setups will suffice, though the addition of sacrifice, if unlocked, would be beneficial.

This method is very simple: Drink your antifire and kill the frost dragons (Using revolution, thresholds when available). More often than not, you will kill the dragon before the blue orb appears, meaning you take around 1000 damage per dragon unless you're particularly unlucky. Cheap food is a suitable substitute for curses and untradeable potions. Players may wish to exhaust their prayer points with protect from magic in order to further reduce damage from the dragonfire and restore them when they bank, though bringing prayer potions to restore them in the dungeon is an unnecessary expense (If, however, you find yourself taking more damage than expected, protection prayers are a good way to increase your durability).

Beast of burden familiars can be used to extend the trip duraton. It is worth noting, however, that a single four dose antifire potion can cover up to two full inventories, with fast kills and minimal competition on-world.

Healing familiars can be used to somewhat replace food (though it is unlikely players unable to take advantage of superior methods would have the summoning level required for a Unicorn Stallion)

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Recommended equipment for ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head slot Pernix cowl Pernix cowl Armadyl helmet Armadyl helmet Helm of neitiznot Helm of neitiznot Any Blessed dragonhide coif (Armadyl) Blessed dragonhide coif N/A
Neck slot Saradomin's murmur Saradomin's murmur Amulet of ranging Amulet of ranging Amulet of fury Amulet of fury Dragon Rider amulet Dragon Rider amulet Amulet of glory Amulet of glory
Back slot Completionist cape Completionist cape Ava's alerter Ava's alerter N/A N/A N/A
Torso slot Pernix body Pernix body Armadyl chestplate Armadyl chestplate Royal dragonhide body Royal dragonhide body Karil's top Karil's top Black dragonhide body Black dragonhide body
Legs slot Pernix chaps Pernix chaps Armadyl chainskirt Armadyl chainskirt Royal dragonhide chaps Royal dragonhide chaps Karil's skirt Karil's skirt Black dragonhide chaps Black dragonhide chaps
Main hand slot Ascension crossbow Ascension crossbow Shadow glaive Shadow glaive Chaotic crossbow Chaotic crossbow/
Attuned crystal chakram Attuned crystal chakram
Armadyl crossbow Armadyl crossbow N/A
2h slot Noxious longbow Noxious longbow Wyvern crossbow Wyvern crossbow Royal crossbow Royal crossbow Zaryte bow Zaryte bow/
Attuned crystal bow Attuned crystal bow
Sunspear (ranged) Sunspear (ranged)
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand shadow glaive Off-hand shadow glaive Off-hand chaotic crossbow Off-hand chaotic crossbow/
Off-hand attuned crystal chakram Off-hand attuned crystal chakram
Off-hand Armadyl crossbow Off-hand Armadyl crossbow N/A
Off-hand slot Dragonfire deflector Dragonfire deflector Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield Vengeful kiteshield Vengeful kiteshield Elysian spirit shield Elysian spirit shield N/A
Ammo slot Dragonbane bolt 5 Dragonbane ammo Araxyte arrow 5 Araxyte arrows/
Ascension bolts 4 Ascension bolts
Royal bolts 5 Royal bolts (crossbow only) Diamond bolts (e) 5 Diamond bolts (e) (crossbow only) N/A
Gloves slot Ascension grips Ascension grips Nightmare gauntlets Nightmare gauntlets Swift gloves (red) Swift gloves Pernix gloves Pernix gloves Armadyl gloves Armadyl gloves
Feet slot Pernix boots Pernix boots Glaiven boots Glaiven boots Armadyl boots Armadyl boots Ranger boots Ranger boots Snakeskin boots Snakeskin boots
Ring slot Archers' ring (i) Archers' ring (i) Onyx ring (i) Onyx ring (i) Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuit Berserker ring (i) Berserker ring (i) TokKul-Zo TokKul-Zo
Aura slot Supreme reverence aura Supreme reverence Penance aura Penance Knock-out aura Knock-out Supreme sharpshooter aura Supreme sharpshooter Master sharpshooter aura Master sharpshooter

Items:

Your familiar should have:

  • High level food

Keep all the other spaces for your frost dragon bones or any other valuable item(s).