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Red dragons are the second strongest chromatic dragons. They primarily attack using a Fire Bolt spell, but as with all dragons, they can use a magic-based dragonfire attack. They also use melee if the player gets within melee range. The dragonbreath attack can hit from a distance as well as up close, so an anti-dragon shield, the Protect from Magic prayer, or an antifire potion are essential when fighting them as they can otherwise hit over 1500. Money can be made by selling their drops. Collecting the hides and bones makes each kill worth approximately 4,604 coins.

If assigned red dragons as a slayer task, baby red dragons may be killed as an alternative.


The Red Dragon Isle is recommended for players willing to risk death and the loss of all their items, because it provides a relatively unused area but unfortunately it is extremely dangerous as players in that area can be a target for player killers, it is very deep in the wilderness, and players can only keep one item on death (if using Protect Item).

The Brimhaven Dungeon location is a safer place to fight Red dragons. If you are fighting them here, you will need 875 coins for the entrance fee, or alternatively Karamja gloves 3 which also provide a teleport. You will also need 30 agility or Karamja gloves 4. It can be useful to bring Bones to Peaches tablets to turn bones from wild dogs in the area into food.


As with all dragons, protection from their dragonfire is required. An Anti-dragon shield or type of dragonfire shield can be combined with an antifire potion and a one-handed weapon to negate the deadly breath. With 85 herblore, super antifire potions allow the use of offhand or two-handed weapons.

Using RangedEdit

Red dragons are weak to bolts, although other ranged weapons will prove effective. Ranged armour will protect you from their magic attacks, and you can place yourself out the range of their melee attacks. With a Dragonfire deflector and at least Royal dragonhide armour, one can completely negate the need to bring food with moderate use of the Rejuvenate ability.

Using MagicEdit

If magic is your preference, you should use the highest levelled wand you can wield, in tandem with an anti-dragon shield. Without a specific magical weakness, use the most damaging spell you can cast.

Using MeleeEdit

Due to their classification as mages, it is not recommended to engage these monsters in melee combat. If melee is still preferred, then seek to increase your accuracy with potions and prayers.

Money makingEdit

Killing red dragons
ProfitSkill requirementsOther requirementsExperience

85 Herblore-icon recommended
80 Ranged-icon recommended
70 Defence-icon recommended
67 Summoning-icon recommended
30 Agility-icon
28+ Divination-icon

Elite Karamja Tasks recommended


100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,631
Red dragonhideRed dragonhide1Always2,973


No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 7,789 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common2,322
Mithril javelinMithril javelin20Common4,520
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Common1,101
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon2,265
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Uncommon8,880
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon2,427
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow4Uncommon608
Rune dartRune dart8Uncommon2,688
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon17,784


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Law runeLaw rune4Uncommon864
Death runeDeath rune5Uncommon830
Blood runeBlood rune2Uncommon924


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common89
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common118
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common36
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common81
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon2,493
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon2,961
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon2,448
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon4,799
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon5,020
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon3,585
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon3,438


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 250Coins30–690Common30–690
Perfect red dragon scalePerfect red dragon scale1Common[1]Not sold
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake3Uncommon1,941
Adamant barAdamant bar1Uncommon2,361
Black dragon tail-boneRed dragon tail-bone1Uncommon[2]Not sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Red dragon eggRed dragon egg1Rare[3]Not sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Only while on a Slayer challenge from Vannaka.
  2. ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list.
  3. ^ Requires 99 Summoning

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
A ring of wealth, luck potion or collector's insignia 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 sapphire1Common871
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,591
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,555
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,926
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare176,670–215,930
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,802
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common25,172
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,874
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare534,330–653,070
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,511
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,254
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,267,020–1,548,580
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare915
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,590
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare563,850–939,750
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,809
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,504
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common19,436–23,564
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,078,920–1,318,680
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare71,285
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,141
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare991
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare371,930–469,204
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare109,980–138,744
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare37,575–52,605
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common13,500–16,500
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon232,200–283,800
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon25,704–32,130
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare293,580–358,820
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon36,200–199,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common13,230–16,170
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon233,100–284,900
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common33,054–37,776
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare318,735–389,565
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,036,080–1,266,320
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,994
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare629,910–769,890
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon387,720–473,880
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon357,030–436,370
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon223,875–273,625
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon144,045–176,055
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon13,762–15,728
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon14,028–16,032
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon478,572
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,715,220
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common4,500–5,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,990–12,210
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon177,750–217,250
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon12,648–15,252
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare125,550–153,450
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon28,845–35,255
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare566,190–692,010
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
Facts about "Red dragon"RDF feed
All Combat experience404 +
All Combat level84 +
All Is members onlytrue
All Release date27 February 2002 +
Combat experience404 +
Combat level84 +
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Drops itemDragon bones +, Red dragonhide +, Mithril 2h sword +, Mithril javelin +, Mithril hatchet +, Mithril kiteshield +, Adamant platebody +, Mithril battleaxe +, Rune arrow +, Rune dart +, Rune longsword +, Law rune +, Death rune +, Blood rune +, Grimy guam +, Grimy marrentill +, Grimy tarromin +, Grimy harralander +, Grimy ranarr +, Grimy irit +, Grimy avantoe +, Grimy kwuarm +, Grimy cadantine +, Grimy lantadyme +, Grimy dwarf weed +, Coins +, Perfect red dragon scale +, Chocolate cake +, Adamant bar +, Red dragon tail-bone +, Clue scroll (hard) +, Spirit sapphire +, Spirit emerald +, Spirit ruby +, Red dragon egg +, Starved ancient effigy + and Key token +
Drops item from RDTCoins +, Uncut sapphire +, Uncut emerald +, Uncut ruby +, Uncut diamond +, Loop half of a key +, Tooth half of a key +, Uncut dragonstone +, Dragon longsword +, Dragon spear +, Battlestaff +, Rune javelin +, Rune platebody +, Shield left half +, Dragon helm +, Rune arrowheads +, Onyx bolts +, Vecna skull +, Chaos talisman +, Nature talisman +, Water talisman +, Earth talisman +, Fire talisman +, Raw lobster +, Raw shark +, Big bones +, Dragon bones +, Coal +, Gold ore +, Adamantite ore +, Adamant bar +, Runite ore +, Rune bar +, Grimy torstol +, Grimy snapdragon +, Super restore (4) +, Prayer potion (4) +, Lantadyme seed +, Dwarf weed seed +, Magic seed +, Palm tree seed +, Flax +, Molten glass +, Soft clay +, Yew logs +, Teak plank +, Mahogany plank +, Brawling gloves (Melee) +, Brawling gloves (Magic) +, Brawling gloves (Ranged) +, Brawling gloves (Agility) +, Brawling gloves (Cooking) +, Brawling gloves (FM) +, Brawling gloves (Fishing) +, Brawling gloves (Hunter) +, Brawling gloves (Mining) +, Brawling gloves (Prayer) +, Brawling gloves (Smithing) +, Brawling gloves (Thieving) +, Brawling gloves (WC) +, Crystal triskelion fragment 1 +, Crystal triskelion fragment 2 + and Crystal triskelion fragment 3 +
Is members onlytrue
Release date27 February 2002 +

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