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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 4,870 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
951,974.8

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 bones1Always1,726
Red dragonhideRed dragonhide1Always3,144

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 sword1Common4,393
Mithril javelinMithril javelin20Common2,540
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Common1,727
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon4,429
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Uncommon9,070
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon4,407
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow4Uncommon608
Rune dartRune dart1–8Uncommon133–1,064
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon18,226
Law runeLaw rune4Uncommon1,336
Death runeDeath rune5Uncommon725
Blood runeBlood rune2Uncommon1,222
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common347
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common397
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common29
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common91
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon2,470
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,159
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,306
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon5,088
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon2,685
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon2,788
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon1,917
Coins 250Coins30–690Common30–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake3Uncommon1,752
Adamant barAdamant bar1Uncommon2,808

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 sapphire1Common850
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,962
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,680
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,499
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare157,455–192,445
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,563
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common22,867
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,530
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare518,850–634,150
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,821
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare37,333
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,094,940–1,338,260
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare900
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,726
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare565,890–943,150
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,182
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,801
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common29,945–36,305
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,068,390–1,305,810
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,666
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,126
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare426,725–538,330
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare124,020–156,456
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare41,325–57,855
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common30,510–37,290
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon258,975–316,525
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,192–15,908
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare310,680–379,720
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon26,600–146,300
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common16,920–20,680
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon225,000–275,000
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common39,312–44,928
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare379,080–463,320
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,048,230–1,281,170
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,379
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare620,685–758,615
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon313,740–383,460
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon167,850–205,150
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon188,190–230,010
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon177,210–216,590
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon10,066–11,504
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon10,094–11,536
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon403,312
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,064,760
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common16,650–20,350
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common12,375–15,125
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon202,050–246,950
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,852–15,498
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare127,575–155,925
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon32,400–39,600
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare364,230–445,170
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon3,652
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*295,839
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
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare17,947

Trivia Edit

  • Red dragons come in different colours other than red.