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.
The chaotic rapier, chaotic crossbow, drygore rapier, as well as the lower powered brackish blade and Korasi's sword are good for killing frost dragons because of their high stab bonuses. The Zamorakian spear is also effective.
Their magic attack is very accurate, making it incredibly dangerous for players not using Protect from Magic or Deflect magic. Frost dragons always stick to ranged or magic attacks throughout the fight. Use your prayers accordingly. However, when the frost dragon is killed, immediately switch to Protect from / Deflect magic if you have been using Protect from missiles or Deflect missiles, as their magic attack is far more dangerous.
The fastest method of killing them is to use armour with high melee defence bonuses with the Soul Split curse or Deflect Magic/Protect from Magic and Piety/Turmoil activated. Suggested for this is Superior Tetsu armour because of the hefty defence bonuses it offers. The Tokhaar-Kal is a great cape to use because of its Melee Crit rating, as well as the Max Cape and the Completionist Cape.
Trying to tank their magic attacks and pray against melee is NOT advised as their magic attack is heavy hitting and highly accurate. Even with incredibly high magic defence stats, heavy damage will be taken. Players with lower than 70 defence should not use melee as the dragon can hit up to 220 with melee which requires significant food. Also, players with a large amount of lag should not attempt to kill them, because depending on your max hit and attack level, you can end up getting killed without you even knowing it.
Warpriest armour can prove to be a quality low level substitute to higher leveled armour as it provides respectable balanced defense 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.
Notes about the Orb attackEdit
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 fully rebound 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. For that reason, do NOT use any abilities that cause bleed effects!
Recommended Melee Equipment:
- Helm: Torva full helm/(Superior) Tetsu helm > Void melee helm > Bandos helmet > Verac's Helm >Torag's Helm
- Body: Torva platebody/(Superior) Tetsu body > Void robe top > Bandos chesplate > Verac's Brassard > Torag's Platebody
- Legs: Torva platelegs/(Superior) Tetsu legs > Void robe bottom > Bandos tassets > Verac's Plateskirt > Torag's Platelegs
- Boots: Nex boots/Glacor boots > Bandos boots > Ganodermic Boots > Dragon boots
- Amulet: Saradomin's whisper > Amulet of fury > Amulet of glory > Desert amulet 3/4
- Gloves: Torva gloves/Pneumatic Gloves > Void gloves > Bandos gloves > Ganodermic gloves
- Ring: Warrior ring (i) > Onyx ring (i) > Sixth-Age circuit > Berserker ring (i) > Ring of life > Any Explorer's ring (for the prayer bonus)
- Cape: Completionist Cape > Tokhaar-Kal> Max Cape> Soul Wars cape > Ardougne cloak 3/4 > Fire cape > Any Skillcape (t)
- Shield:Dragonfire shield > Chaotic shield> Anti-dragon shield
- Aura: Master reverence > Greater reverence > Penance/Vampyrism > Knock-out
- Weapon: Drygore rapier/mace/ > Drygore longsword > Chaotic rapier>Chaotic claw >Chaotic maul>Zamorakian spear
- Offhand melee weapon: Off-hand drygore rapier/mace > Off-hand drygore longsword > Offhand chaotic rapier>Off hand chaotic claw
- Familiar: Best Beast of Burden you can use > Best Healer you can use
- Quick Prayers: 1. Soul Split, Turmoil, Berserker 2. Piety/Chivalry, Protect from Magic 3. Protect/Deflect Magic
- 1-2 Overloads or Extreme attack and Extreme Strength/Super attack and Strength
- 4-10 (Super) Prayer potion, Prayer renewal
- 1-3 (Super) Antifire
- 4 Summoning potion
- High-healing foods like Pineapple pizzas, Sharks, Rocktails, Cavefish, Summer pies, or Monkfish (if using Magic Prayers)
- House teletabs or Explorer's ring
- Beast of Burden filled with high-grade food (Little-to-no food is needed if Soul Split is accessible especially while attacking a ranging dragon with good defensive armour like full Verac's.)
- 200 Winter Storage Scrolls if using Pack Yak/ Magic notepaper if planned for longer trips
- Healing Aura Scrolls if using Unicorn Stallion
- (Elite) Enhanced Excalibur (only if combined with Super Antifire, however this method is rather inefficient)
- Holy Wrench (optional)
Soul Split methodEdit
- Helm: Void melee helm
- Amulet: Saradomin's whisper > amulet of fury > amulet of glory
- Cape: Completionist cape > Tokhaar-Kal> Max Cape> fire cape > cape of accomplishment
- Body: Elite void knight top > Barrows
- Main Hand: Drygore weaponry > chaotic weaponry > Zamorakian spear
- Legs: Elite void knight robe > Barrows legs
- Gloves: Void knight gloves > Culinaromancer's gloves 10
- Boots: Bandos boots
- Ring: Sixth-Age circuit > Ring of wealth
- Holy wrench
- Super antifire > antifire
- Prayer potion
- Prayer renewal
- Pack yak > war tortoise
- 4-5 shark
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 (Hurricane), 7 (Punish), 4 (Fury), 3 (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.
Fixed protect from magic - melee setup - medium level
- Drygore rapier/mace > Drygore longsword > Chaotic rapier > Chaotic longsword
- Torag's /Dharok's /Guthan's platebody
- Verac's plateskirt
- Verac's helm > Torag's helm
- A god cloak
- Amulet of fury > Amulet of glory
- Dragon defender (if using super antifires) > Dragonfire shield > Anti-dragon shield
- Bandos boots > Dragon boots
- Barrows gloves > Regen bracelet
As soon as you enter the dungeon you should activate and keep active protect from magic for your whole stay. The inventory, therefore, would require 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.
Fixed protect from magic - melee setup - high level
- Drygore rapier/mace > Drygore longsword > Chaotic rapier > Chaotic longsword
- Off-hand drygore rapier/mace > Off-hand drygore longsword > Offhand chaotic rapier > Off-hand chaotic longsword (if using super antifires)
- Completionist Cape > Max Cape > TokHaar-Kal
- Saradomin's whisper > Amulet of fury
- Torva Platebody > Bandos chestplate
- Torva Platelegs > Bandos tassets
- Torva boots > Steadfast boots > Bandos boots
- Torva Gloves> Pneumatic gloves > Goliath gloves > Barrows Gloves
- Torva helm > Bandos helm > Verac's helm
Again you will need a considerable amount of prayer potions, but to counter this you should bring some prayer renewal potions to counter the drain. The Reverence aura is also highly recommended for this setup to counter the high rate of prayer drain. Any stat boosting potions will significantly increase your kills per hour, but be careful when using overloads and being attacked by a dragon at the same time, as the two factors can easily down a player swiftly. An Enhanced Excalibur is recommended for players who are confident on their abilities and who wish to stay for far longer. PROTECT FROM MAGIC WILL NOT DEFEND AGAINST ALL THE DRAGONFIRE, ANTIFIRE POTIONS ARE STILL REQUIRED!
It is now advised not to use range. This is because ranged armour has a low ranged defence, and as of the Halloween 2011 update, Frost Dragons now use a ranged attack which hits up to 220 lifepoints. Players can still use range, if they choose, with strong ranged defensive armour, such as Karil's or Armadyl sets. However, prayer-boosting armour, such as initiate, is not recommended, as it has less ranged defence than Black d'hide.
Using Magic is also not recommended against Frost Dragons, as, like most chromatic dragons, they 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 326 coins per cast will significantly decrease profits. Also, ranged damage from the Frost Dragons will be significant due to the low ranged defence of Magic armour, unless a player wishes to use Ganodermic armour with the use of Protect/Deflect ranged, which is useful as it will give high magic defence and soak from their damage and you will block all Ranged attacks.
A decent way to bank frost dragon bones and replenish supplies is to use an Explorer's Ring 3 or 4 to enable quick banking at Draynor Village. Along with that, players coming from the north can use the small church nearby to recover any prayer points, if needed. An even better way is to use a Ring of Duelling or Ring of kinship paired with a Ring of slaying to give almost instant access to a bank and fairy ring. Since Mudskipper Point is the first on the fairy ring travel log, you can travel there very quickly. They can also use the Teleport to House tab if their PoH is in Rimmington. This is effective, but players will need to stock on Teleport to House tabs.
Possibly the best way as of March 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.
After the October 2011 update with the new ranged attack, the Frost Dragon will only use either its ranged or magic attack for the entire 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), and you will not receive any damage from the regular attacks.
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.
This is recommended for players who want to get a dragon before another player gets to it. Even against their ranged attack, a good ranged setup can block most of the dragon's ranged attack, and it is rare to get hit over 200. The other good reason is because players cannot hit too high for the hit to kill themselves, unlike hitting too high with melee and killing yourself or wounding you badly.
- Helm: Pernix cowl > Armadyl helmet > Helm of neitiznot > Any Blessed dragonhide coif
- Body: Pernix body > Armadyl chestplate > Royal d'hide body > Karil's top > Black d'hide body
- Legs: Pernix chaps > Armadyl Chainskirt > Royal d'hide chaps > Karil's skirt > Black d'hide chaps > Verac's Plateskirt
- Shield: Dragonfire shield > Anti-dragon shield > Eagle-eye kiteshield > Divine spirit shield
- Weapon: Zaryte Bow > Royal Crossbow > Crystal Bow > Chaotic crossbow > Dragon crossbow >Rune crossbow
- Ammo: Dragonbane bolts** > Royal bolts (If using Royal Crossbow) > Broad-tipped bolts
- Cape: Completionist cape > Ava's device (Alerter > Accumulator > Attractor)
- Boots: Pernix boots > Glaiven boots > Ranger boots > Snakeskin boots
- Ring: Archers' ring (i) > Onyx ring (i) > Sixth-Age circuit > Berserker ring (i) > Tokkul-Zo > Explorer's ring 4 or Explorer's ring 3 > Ring of wealth
- Amulet: Saradomin's murmur > Amulet of ranging > Amulet of fury > Amulet of glory
- Gloves: Pernix gloves > Tracking gloves > Swift gloves > Mercenary's Gloves > Culinaromancer's gloves 10 > Black d'hide vambraces
- Aura: Greater reverence > Penance > Knock-out
- Familiar: Best Beast of Burden you can use > best Healer you can use
- Quick Prayers: 1. Soul Split/Deflect Magic, Berserker/Sap Curses 2. Rigour/Eagle Eye, Protect from Magic 3. Protect/Deflect Magic
- 1-3 Overloads or 1-3 Extreme ranging potions or Super Ranging potions
- 3-6 (Super) Prayer potions, Prayer renewals
- 1-2 (Super) Antifire
- 4-6 high level food ( rocktails, cavefish, Sharks, Pineapple pizzas, wild pies)
- Enhanced excalibur (if you decide to use it as an off-hand)
Your familiar should have:
- 2-3 high level food
Keep all the other spaces for your frost dragon bones or any other valuable item(s).