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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Red dragon (Dungeoneering).
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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 4,741 coins.

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

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).

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.

StrategyEdit

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 without sufficient equipment and stats. If melee is still preferred, then seek to increase your accuracy with potions and prayers.

Money makingEdit

Killing red dragons
ProfitSkill requirementsOther requirementsExperience
920,180.26

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

Elite Karamja Tasks recommended


DropsEdit

100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,693
Red dragonhideRed dragonhide1Always3,048

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
18–20%17–19%42–43%16–18%3–4%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 7,889 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
Add data to the log (requires JavaScript).

Main dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common2,562
Mithril javelinMithril javelin20Common3,400
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Common1,323
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon2,368
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Uncommon8,641
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon2,558
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow4Uncommon604
Rune dartRune dart8Uncommon1,272
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon17,500
Law runeLaw rune4Uncommon1,372
Death runeDeath rune5Uncommon870
Blood runeBlood rune2Uncommon1,138
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common117
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common165
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common32
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common78
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon3,092
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,019
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon2,316
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon5,197
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon4,927
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon3,731
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon2,669
Coins 250Coins30–690Common30–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake3Uncommon1,533
Adamant barAdamant bar1Uncommon2,633

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Perfect red dragon scalePerfect red dragon scale1Common[1]Not sold
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.
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 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common250–3,000
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common905
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,854
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,469
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,000
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare180,000–220,000
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common20,199
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common23,101
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,335
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare510,075–623,425
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,018
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,239
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,228,860–1,501,940
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare920
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,306
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare559,590–932,650
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,251
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,389
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common20,001–24,249
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,046,385–1,278,915
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,311
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare906
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare350,025–441,570
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare125,060–157,768
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare33,450–46,830
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common19,305–23,595
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon259,875–317,625
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon27,360–34,200
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare304,740–372,460
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon35,200–193,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common13,770–16,830
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon205,200–250,800
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common36,862–42,128
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare355,455–434,445
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare962,010–1,175,790
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,169
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare617,535–754,765
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon386,190–472,010
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon297,990–364,210
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon264,150–322,850
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon211,320–258,280
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon21,504–24,576
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon16,758–19,152
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon573,332
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare2,291,100
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common5,850–7,150
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common13,275–16,225
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon161,100–196,900
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,736–16,564
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare136,350–166,650
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon36,270–44,330
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare567,810–693,990
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,792
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*348,450
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*18,309,594
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

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