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This article is about the the standard variant; for the variant encountered while Dungeoneering, see Red dragon (Daemonheim).
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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 6,859 coins.

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

These dragons do not drop the draconic visage.

LocationsEdit

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). Note: "Upon dying in the Wilderness, be it to player or monster, all items are dropped (unless the Protect Item prayer is active, in which case one item is kept)."


The Brimhaven Dungeon location is a safer place to combat 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.The biggest issue for players less than level 101 combat is the interference from the nearby level 50 Wild dogs. It can be useful to bring Bones to Peaches tablets to turn bones from a few dogs into food. After some time the dogs stop being aggressive, so longer sessions at the dragons have fewer such interruptions and make it a lot safer to collect the drops as long as a player stays within a fairly limited area.

StrategyEdit

Red dragon display

A simulated Red dragon, found at an exhibit in the Varrock Museum.

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.

Using MagicEdit

If magic is your preference, you should use the highest leveled 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
Coins 1000 1,396,620.97

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


DropsEdit

100% dropEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Dragon bones Dragon bones 1 1 Always 3,377
Red dragonhide Red dragonhide 1 1 Always 3,482

CharmsEdit

Charm drop percentages
No charms Gold charm Green charm Crimson charm Blue charm

19–21%

17–19%

40–42%

16–17%

3–4%

Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 5,634 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.

Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).


Armour/WeaponsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Mithril 2h sword Mithril 2h sword 1 2 Common 1,046
Mithril javelin Mithril javelin 20 2 Common 1,860
Mithril hatchet Mithril hatchet 1 2 Common 104
Mithril kiteshield Mithril kiteshield 1 3 Uncommon 786
Adamant platebody Adamant platebody 1 3 Uncommon 9,590
Mithril battleaxe Mithril battleaxe 1 3 Uncommon 535
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 4 3 Uncommon 604
Rune dart Rune dart 8 3 Uncommon 728
Rune longsword Rune longsword 1 3 Uncommon 18,366

Runes/TalismansEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Law rune Law rune 4 3 Uncommon 1,356
Death rune Death rune 5 3 Uncommon 1,030
Blood rune Blood rune 2 3 Uncommon 648

HerbsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Grimy guam Grimy guam 1 2 Common 732
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 2 Common 116
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 2 Common 40
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 2 Common 155
Grimy ranarr Grimy ranarr 1 3 Uncommon 2,982
Grimy irit Grimy irit 1 3 Uncommon 2,732
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 3 Uncommon 4,726
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 3 Uncommon 4,337
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 3 Uncommon 2,090
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 3 Uncommon 9,390
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 3 Uncommon 9,693

OtherEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 1000 Coins 30–690 2 Common Not sold
Perfect red dragon scale Perfect red dragon scale 1 2 Common [1] Not sold
Chocolate cake Chocolate cake 3 3 Uncommon 1,614
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1 3 Uncommon 3,636
Black dragon tail-bone Red dragon tail-bone 1 3 Uncommon [2] Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (hard) 1 3 Uncommon Not sold
Spirit sapphire Spirit sapphire 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit emerald Spirit emerald 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit ruby Spirit ruby 1 4 Rare Not sold
Red dragon egg Dragon egg 1 4 Rare [3] Not sold
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 5 Very rare Not sold
  1. ^ Only while on a Slayer challenge from Vannaka.
  2. ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list.
  3. ^ Must be 99 Summoning.

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 250 Coins 250 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,609
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,808
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 4,126
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 6,313
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 17,750
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 39,006
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 15,284
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 10,562
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,624
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,208
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 865
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,220
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,453
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,470
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,913
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 831,200
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,198
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,933
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,320
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 59,131
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 13,400
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,258,050
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 4 Rare 22,650–75,500
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,601,800
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 104,649
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 13,247
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 72,750–101,850
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 72,925–102,095
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 990
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 363
Pure essence Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 10,000–300,000
Nature rune Nature rune 20–80 4 Rare 5,760–23,040
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 5,060
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 15,255
Death rune Death rune 50, 121 4 Rare 10,300–24,926
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 16,200
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 51,625–413,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 466,250–932,500
Big bones Big bones 150–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 107,700–359,000
Coal Coal 150–7,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 40,500–2,025,000
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) 3 Uncommon 335,400–1,788,800
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 8,900
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,126,900
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) 4 Rare 3,636,000–25,452,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1, 50 (noted) 4 Rare 14,392–719,600
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 132,650–1,326,500
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 143,820–575,280
Clean torstol Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 97,900–979,000
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 7,959
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 1–50 4 Rare 69,971–3,498,550
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–7 4 Rare 139,865–979,055
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,339,420
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 1,549
Yew logs Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) 4 Rare 21,000–8,400,000
Crystal triskelion fragment 1 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2 Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3 Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Melee) Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) Brawling gloves (FM) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) Brawling gloves (WC) 1 5 Very rare Not 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 Market Price
Key token Key token 1 4 Rare Not sold

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