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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 4,886 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 (level 60 or higher) 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
955,541.58 30 Agility
85 Herblore recommended
80 Ranged recommended
70 Defence recommended
67 Summoning recommended
28+ Divination recommended
Elite Karamja Tasks recommended 100,000 Combat
33,000 Constitution


DropsEdit

100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,686
Red dragonhideRed dragonhide1Always3,200

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
18–20%17–18%42–44%16–18%3–4%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 8,389 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,735
Mithril javelinMithril javelin20Common2,080
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Common1,539
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon3,772
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Uncommon9,143
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon3,559
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow4Uncommon608
Rune dartRune dart1–8Uncommon101–808
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon18,141
Law runeLaw rune4Uncommon1,428
Death runeDeath rune5Uncommon675
Blood runeBlood rune2Uncommon1,108
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common285
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common271
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common22
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common101
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon2,162
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,412
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,353
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon5,328
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon2,991
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon2,993
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon2,104
Coins 250Coins30–690Common30–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake3Uncommon2,025
Adamant barAdamant bar1Uncommon2,678

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
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed 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 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common707
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,158
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,665
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,057
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare137,565–168,135
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,283
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common19,834
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,892
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare535,140–654,060
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,949
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare37,027
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,090,980–1,333,420
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare890
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,879
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare568,185–946,975
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,103
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,542
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common21,244–25,756
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,072,305–1,310,595
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,318
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,947
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare517,205–652,474
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare158,600–200,080
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare54,550–76,370
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common27,810–33,990
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon240,075–293,425
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,736–16,564
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare303,480–370,920
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,800–147,400
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common15,750–19,250
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon274,680–335,720
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common37,492–42,848
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare361,530–441,870
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,084,230–1,325,170
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,589
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare623,835–762,465
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon339,030–414,370
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon136,170–166,430
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon143,190–175,010
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon145,890–178,310
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon8,862–10,128
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon9,282–10,608
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon393,328
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare979,650
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common18,450–22,550
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common8,235–10,065
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon196,200–239,800
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,288–13,612
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare112,050–136,950
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon33,840–41,360
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare379,350–463,650
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon5,678
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*356,731
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,967,717,757
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
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare17,837

Trivia Edit

  • Red dragons come in different colours other than red.