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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 5,496 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).

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

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 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
1,084,506.26

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 bonesDragon bones1Always2,269
Red dragonhideRed dragonhide1Always3,227

CharmsEdit

Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
19–21%17–19%40–42%16–17%3–4%
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 5,836 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
Please add to the log.
(Only if 50 or more creatures are killed)

Armour/WeaponsEdit


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common958
Mithril javelinMithril javelin20Common1,560
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Common96
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon752
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Uncommon9,497
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon508
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow4Uncommon604
Rune dartRune dart8Uncommon800
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon18,378

Runes/TalismansEdit


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Law runeLaw rune4Uncommon1,320
Death runeDeath rune5Uncommon1,620
Blood runeBlood rune2Uncommon968

HerbsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common414
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common182
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common26
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common115
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon3,237
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon2,587
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon5,428
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon6,403
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon3,704
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon7,900
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon8,719

OtherEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 250Coins30–690CommonNot sold
Perfect red dragon scalePerfect red dragon scale1Common [1]Not sold
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake3Uncommon1,266
Adamant barAdamant bar1Uncommon2,888
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 eggDragon 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.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
Show/hide rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins50; 250–500; 3,000CommonNot sold
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common1,176
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,085
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Uncommon3,140
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1; 2; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon5,704–313,720
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon24,298
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon37,418
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1; 45–55 (noted)Uncommon14,047–772,585
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon57,875
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon35,813
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon1,384,920–1,692,680
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon38,032
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon64,265
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,912
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Uncommon21,470–26,030
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Uncommon1,120,095–1,369,005
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon69,778
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon935,350–1,179,980
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Uncommon303,420–382,776
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Uncommon104,875–146,825
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon588
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon300
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon46,845–57,255
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon249,300–304,700
Big bonesBig bones80–90 (noted)Uncommon37,600–42,300
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon408,420–499,180
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon58,200–320,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Uncommon20,430–24,970
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon242,820–296,780
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common43,320
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare389,880–476,520
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare953,460–1,165,340
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common42,681
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare640,215–782,485
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon624,420–763,180
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon409,500–500,500
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon245,295–299,805
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon186,570–228,030
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon241,752–276,288
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon316,218–361,392
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon557,772
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Uncommon1,363,100
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Uncommon33,300–40,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Uncommon12,690–15,510
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon102,150–124,850
Yew logsYew logs68–82; 675–825 (noted)Uncommon21,012–254,925
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon44,415–54,285
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Uncommon660,960–807,840
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1RareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1RareNot 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 market price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold

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