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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 4,552 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, do not 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
878,971.33

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 bones1Always1,564
Red dragonhideRed dragonhide1Always2,988

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 sword1Common3,802
Mithril javelinMithril javelin20Common3,120
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Common1,448
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon3,848
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Uncommon9,035
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon3,720
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow4Uncommon612
Rune dartRune dart1–8Uncommon106–848
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon17,766
Law runeLaw rune4Uncommon1,492
Death runeDeath rune5Uncommon845
Blood runeBlood rune2Uncommon1,226
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common344
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common291
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common27
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common95
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon3,084
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,348
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,670
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon5,128
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon3,222
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon2,977
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon2,256
Coins 250Coins30–690Common30–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake3Uncommon2,214
Adamant barAdamant bar1Uncommon2,966

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 sapphire1Common981
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,153
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,061
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,854
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare173,430–211,970
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,827
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common21,365
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,272
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare507,240–619,960
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,724
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,759
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,088,820–1,330,780
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare875
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,719
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,785–942,975
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,843
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,870
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common28,363–34,387
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,051,380–1,285,020
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,605
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,235
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare339,885–428,778
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare94,185–118,818
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare29,975–41,965
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common23,490–28,710
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon265,275–324,225
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon16,416–20,520
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare281,520–344,080
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,200–144,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common17,370–21,230
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon267,660–327,140
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common41,524–47,456
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare400,410–489,390
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,082,880–1,323,520
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,940
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare629,100–768,900
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon347,670–424,930
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon244,170–298,430
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon256,590–313,610
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon184,005–224,895
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon8,358–9,552
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon8,498–9,712
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon399,496
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,761,280
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common14,400–17,600
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,970–14,630
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon247,500–302,500
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,532–16,318
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare134,325–164,175
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon35,145–42,955
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare405,000–495,000
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,991
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*185,069
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,804,467,420
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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