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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 5,209 coins.

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

LocationsEdit

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.

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 off-hand 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
1,027,057.69

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 bones1Always1,876
Red dragonhideRed dragonhide1Always3,333

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.
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Main dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common4,164
Mithril javelinMithril javelin20Common3,020
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Common1,783
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon4,179
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Uncommon9,128
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon4,034
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow4Uncommon608
Rune dartRune dart1–8Uncommon110–880
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon18,025
Law runeLaw rune4Uncommon1,220
Death runeDeath rune5Uncommon740
Blood runeBlood rune2Uncommon1,134
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common251
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common397
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common26
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common84
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon3,184
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,856
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,884
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon5,509
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon3,615
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon3,511
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon2,768
Coins 250Coins30–690Common30–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake3Uncommon3,264
Adamant barAdamant bar1Uncommon3,097

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 sapphire1Common1,006
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,367
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,281
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,056
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare182,520–223,080
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,810
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common22,701
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,938
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare582,210–711,590
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,310
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,450
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,065,960–1,302,840
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare885
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,628
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare564,420–940,700
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,303
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,079
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common24,408–29,592
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,070,415–1,308,285
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,403
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,169
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare432,055–545,054
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare108,355–136,694
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare37,375–52,325
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common28,620–34,980
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon334,575–408,925
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon17,208–21,510
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare337,680–412,720
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon28,600–157,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common15,390–18,810
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon226,440–276,760
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common43,358–49,552
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare418,095–511,005
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,033,110–1,262,690
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,493
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare622,395–760,705
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon395,730–483,670
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon247,680–302,720
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon245,340–299,860
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon181,215–221,485
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon8,092–9,248
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon7,392–8,448
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon425,272
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,715,100
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common21,600–26,400
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common13,995–17,105
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon249,750–305,250
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,328–16,072
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare132,300–161,700
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon42,435–51,865
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare502,200–613,800
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon2,088
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*241,446
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,885,212,297
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

Trivia Edit

  • Red dragons come in different colours other than red.

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