For red dragons found in Daemonheim, see Red dragon (Daemonheim).
|Release date||27 February 2002 (Update)|
|XP per kill||566.4 (and 186.9 experience)|
|Always drops||Dragon bones, Red dragonhide|
|Examine text||A big powerful dragon.|
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. It is an underrated monster as the red dragonhides and dragon bones are worth large amounts of money. Money can be made by selling their drops. Collecting the hides and bones makes each kill worth approximately 5,148 coins.
- Red Dragon Isle in level 37 to 42 Wilderness (4 spawns)
- Brimhaven Dungeon (6 spawns)
- Daemonheim - Occult floors.
Strengths and weaknessesEdit
Like all chromatic dragons, Red dragons have high defence against melee and are weak to arrows. In order to take advantage of their weakness, however, the Protect from Magic prayer or Super antifire potions are required, as there is currently no bow that can provide dragonfire protection on its own. Alternatively, thrown weapons or one-handed crossbows can be used with an anti-dragon shield, but arrows will always give the fastest kill rates, particularly if using a stronger bow such as the Crystal bow or Zaryte bow, and should always be used if the player is willing to pay for the necessary potions.
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 is extremely dangerous as players in that area can be a target for player killers, and players can only keep one item on death (if using Protect Item).
The Brimhaven Dungeon location is a safer place to combat 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. The biggest issue for players less than level 101 combat is the interference from the nearby level 50 Wild dogs. It can be useful to bring Bones to Peaches tablets to turn bones from a few dogs into food. After some time the dogs stop being aggressive, so longer sessions at the dragons have fewer such interruptions and make it a lot safer to collect the drops as long as a player stays within a fairly limited area.
You can also melee them, but this is not recommended as they have fairly high melee defence. In order to get a consistent kill rate, you will require at least level 80 Attack and Strength, high level armour, and a strong weapon such as a Chaotic rapier or abyssal whip. You will also need to bring least a super set, good food, and maintain a careful rotation of both offensive and defensive abilities, as you will be at a disadvantage on the combat triangle. Eating monkfish is recommended when your constitution level is below 70 and gives a fair profit.
These dragons do not drop the draconic visage.
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 2,724 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
- Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Mithril 2h sword 1 Common 1,265 Mithril javelin 20 Common 1,160 Mithril hatchet 1 Common 190 Mithril kiteshield 1 Uncommon 1,024 Adamant platebody 1 Uncommon 9,748 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 793 Rune arrow 4 Uncommon 796 Rune dart 8 Uncommon 792 Rune longsword 1 Uncommon 18,711
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Law rune 4 Uncommon 700 Death rune 5 Uncommon 465 Blood rune 2 Uncommon 328
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Grimy guam 1 Common 568 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 44 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 258 Grimy harralander 1 Common 684 Grimy ranarr 1 Uncommon 2,322 Grimy irit 1 Uncommon 1,750 Grimy avantoe 1 Uncommon 4,033 Grimy kwuarm 1 Uncommon 2,518 Grimy cadantine 1 Uncommon 2,563 Grimy lantadyme 1 Uncommon 8,349 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Uncommon 7,998
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 30–690 Common Not sold Perfect red dragon scale 1 Common Not sold Chocolate cake 3 Uncommon 744 Adamant bar 1 Uncommon 3,231 Red dragon tail-bone 1 Uncommon Not sold Clue scroll (hard) 1 Uncommon Not sold Spin ticket 1 Rare Not sold Dragon egg 1 Rare Not sold Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold
- ^ Only while on a Slayer challenge from Vannaka.
- ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list.
- ^ Must be 99 Summoning.
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