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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Red dragon (Dungeoneering).
For the Dragonkin Laboratory monster, see Red dragon (Dragonkin Laboratory).
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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 4,640 coins.

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

Locations

The Red Dragon Isle is a dangerous place to kill red dragons, but is relatively empty. If killing them there, only bring items you are willing to lose, as it is a multi-combat area.

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.

Strategy

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 off-hand or two-handed weapons.

Using Ranged

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 Magic

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 Melee

Due to their classification as mages, it is not recommended to engage these monsters in melee combat without sufficient equipment (level 60 or higher) and stats. If melee is still preferred, then seek to increase your accuracy with potions and prayers.

Money making

Killing red dragons
ProfitSkill requirementsOther requirementsExperience
898,951.59 30 Agility
85 Herblore recommended
80 Ranged recommended
70 Defence recommended
67 Summoning recommended
28+ Divination recommended
Elite Karamja Tasks recommended 100,000 Combat
33,000 Constitution


Drops

100% drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,735
Red dragonhideRed dragonhide1Always2,905

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
18–19%17–18%43–44%17–18%3–4%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 10,579 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,646
Mithril javelinMithril javelin20Common1,640
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Common1,567
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon3,577
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Uncommon8,955
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon3,575
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow4Uncommon608
Rune dartRune dart1–8Uncommon105–840
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon18,009
Law runeLaw rune4Uncommon1,484
Death runeDeath rune5Uncommon705
Blood runeBlood rune2Uncommon1,218
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common328
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common210
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common24
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common90
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon1,936
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,159
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon933
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon4,372
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon2,476
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon2,622
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon2,128
Coins 250Coins30–690Common30–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake3Uncommon1,428
Adamant barAdamant bar1Uncommon2,686
Red dragon egg (unchecked)Red dragon egg (unchecked)1Very rare[1]530,466

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Perfect red dragon scalePerfect red dragon scale1Common[2]Not sold
Black dragon tail-boneRed dragon tail-bone1Uncommon[3]Not sold
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Red dragon eggRed dragon egg1Rare[4]Not sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Only after completing the Player Owned Farm tutorial
  2. ^ Only while on a Slayer challenge from Vannaka.
  3. ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list.
  4. ^ Requires 99 Summoning

Rare drop table drops

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 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common683
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,575
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,181
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,147
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare96,615–118,085
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,695
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common19,243
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon10,932
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare491,940–601,260
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,024
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,204
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,094,760–1,338,040
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,905
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare568,575–947,625
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,688
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,863
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,035–26,715
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,070,010–1,307,790
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,526
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,437
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare473,915–597,862
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare151,385–190,978
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare45,550–63,770
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,925–25,575
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon231,300–282,700
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon16,592–20,008
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare312,300–381,700
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,800–147,400
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,850–18,150
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon261,720–319,880
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common37,604–42,976
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare362,610–443,190
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,052,640–1,286,560
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common40,881
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare613,215–749,485
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon286,200–349,800
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon88,650–108,350
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon130,230–159,170
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon140,940–172,260
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon5,306–6,064
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,254–10,576
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon394,820
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare859,470
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common18,900–23,100
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common8,820–10,780
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon216,000–264,000
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,336–12,464
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare102,600–125,400
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon33,660–41,140
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare287,550–351,450
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon7,734
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*241,411
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*2,052,582,424
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 drops

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
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare10,059

Trivia

  • Red dragons come in different colours other than red.