|This article is about the the standard variant; for the variant encountered while Dungeoneering, see Red dragon (Daemonheim).|
|Release date||27 February 2002 (Update)|
|XP per kill||566.4 (and 186.9 experience)|
|Always drops||Dragon bones, Red dragonhide|
|Examine text||A big powerful dragon.|
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. It is an underrated monster as the red dragonhides and dragon bones are worth large amounts of money. Money can be made by selling their drops. Collecting the hides and bones makes each kill worth approximately 9,347 coins.
These dragons do not drop the draconic visage.
- Red Dragon Isle in level 51 to 57 Wilderness (4 spawns)
- Brimhaven Dungeon (6 spawns)
- Daemonheim - Occult floors.
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 is extremely dangerous as players in that area can be a target for player killers, 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Profit||Skill requirements||Other requirements||Experience|
|1,967,319.18||Elite Karamja Tasks recommended||100,000 |
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 3,324 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
- Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Mithril 2h sword 1 Common 1,155 Mithril javelin 20 Common 1,620 Mithril hatchet 1 Common 91 Mithril kiteshield 1 Uncommon 966 Adamant platebody 1 Uncommon 9,569 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 715 Rune arrow 4 Uncommon 596 Rune dart 8 Uncommon 792 Rune longsword 1 Uncommon 18,772
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Law rune 4 Uncommon 1,292 Death rune 5 Uncommon 475 Blood rune 2 Uncommon 490
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Grimy guam 1 Common 540 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 61 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 60 Grimy harralander 1 Common 191 Grimy ranarr 1 Uncommon 1,980 Grimy irit 1 Uncommon 2,963 Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 4,863 Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 2,705 Grimy cadantine 1 Uncommon 3,301 Grimy lantadyme 1 Uncommon 10,566 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Uncommon 12,264
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 30–690 Common Not sold Perfect red dragon scale 1 Common Not sold Chocolate cake 3 Uncommon 912 Adamant bar 1 Uncommon 3,808 Red dragon tail-bone 1 Uncommon Not sold Clue scroll (hard) 1 Uncommon Not sold Spin ticket 1 Rare Not sold Dragon egg 1 Rare Not sold Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold
- ^ Only while on a Slayer challenge from Vannaka.
- ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list.
- ^ Must be 99 Summoning.
Rare drop table dropsEdit
- This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth improves the chances when equipped but is not required to access the table.
Show/hide rare drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 250 – 450, 3,000, 9,000, 10,000, 12,000 Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,674 Uncut emerald 1 Common 3,238 Uncut ruby 1 Common 4,426 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 8,413 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 24,360 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 38,813 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 16,873 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,294 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,751 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,154 Rune javelin 5 Rare 890 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,060 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,745 Rune spear 1 Very rare 10,935 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,549 Dragon dagger 50 (noted) Very rare 837,550 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,326 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,114 Shield left half 1 Very rare 66,610 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 59,686 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 13,400 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,279,050 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 Rare 22,350–74,500 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,511,800 Air orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 3,651,000 Fire orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 3,131,000 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 90,518 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 9,924 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 16,250–22,750 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 79,600–111,440 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 99 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 119 Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) Uncommon 10,500–315,000 Nature rune 20–80 Rare 5,520–22,080 Soul rune 20 Rare 2,500 Law rune 45 Rare 14,535 Death rune 50, 121 Rare 4,750–11,495 Blood rune 50 Rare 12,250 Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) Uncommon 37,625–301,000 Raw shark 250–500 (noted) Uncommon 424,000–848,000 Big bones 150–500 (noted) Uncommon 79,050–263,500 Coal 150–7,500 (noted) Uncommon 24,600–1,230,000 Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) Uncommon 467,100–2,491,200 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 10,900 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,030,000 Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) Rare 3,808,000–26,656,000 Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) Rare 13,042–1,956,300 Clean ranarr 33 (noted) Uncommon 66,297 Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) Uncommon 109,525–1,095,250 Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) Uncommon 136,530–546,120 Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) Uncommon 61,100–611,000 Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) Very rare 53,500 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 8,928 Yew seed 1–50 Rare 74,111–3,705,550 Magic seed 1–7 Rare 165,336–1,157,352 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,478,890 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 2,500 Torstol seed 1–31 Rare 20,066–622,046 Fellstalk seed 2 Rare 1,184 Yew logs 100–20,000 (noted) Rare 48,500–9,700,000 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 Very rare Not sold Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 Very rare Not sold Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 Very rare Not sold
Dragons and dragon-like races