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This article is about the normal rune dragon. For the elite version, see Elite rune dragon.
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Rune dragons are metal dragons that can be found on Mount Firewake, in Kethsi. In order to fight rune dragons (and be assigned them for a slayer task), the player must first complete the quests Ritual of the Mahjarrat and Fate of the Gods.

They won the first RuneLabs poll, alongside adamant dragons, and were first announced in the June 2015 Behind the Scenes.[1]

Rune dragons are found in the remains of Mount Firewake, where the Kethsians kept the Stone of Jas, until it was overused and awakened the Dragonkin. Also located in this area is the laboratory of the Dactyl Forcae, a disciple of Kerapac, that created the adamant and rune dragons.

If the player dies, their gravestones spawn near the World Gate.

StrategyEdit

Rune dragons have a total of three phases that must be completed with each kill, with the first phase requiring the use of dragonbane bolts or arrows in order to break through their metallic armour and with the second being unreachable with melee weapons.

As with mithril and adamant dragons, rune dragons use all three forms of combat, in addition to the standard dragonfire that all dragons have. Their magic and melee attacks are simply standard attacks, while their ranged attack will freeze the player for one second, which can be avoided with Freedom and Anticipation. During their second phase, their standard dragonfire is replaced with an "enhanced" dragonfire. The "enhanced" dragonfire is not as strong as it implies; rather, it functions similarly to the Queen Black Dragon's dragonfire, though it is avoidable.

During each phase, be careful of dealing too much damage past each threshold. If you deal damage that goes past the threshold, the rune dragon will automatically start the next phase, but will not lose any life points from your attack(s).

Armoured phaseEdit

  • Starts with 68,250 life points
  • Dragonbane ammunition is essential on this phase, as all other attacks, including those of familiars, deal dramatically reduced damage.

Flying phaseEdit

  • Starts with 45,045 life points. Any attacks during the transition will be reduced to 10% damage. [2]
  • The dragon begins flying, during which time it is immune to melee attacks. Dragonbane is no longer required to deal full damage. In addition, it stops using melee attacks and replaces its standard dragonfire attack with the enhanced version.
  • Throughout this phase, the rune dragon may breathe a bright blue plume of enhanced dragonfire onto your character, dealing magic damage. This attack still deals a portion of its full damage even if the player is protected by a super anti-fire or wyrmfire potion (a minimum of 450 magic damage). However, if the player is far enough from the dragon, a small cloud appears under the player indicating the enhanced dragonfire is being used and can be avoided by moving away from it.

Enrage phaseEdit

  • Starts with 22,522 life points. Any attacks during the transition will be reduced to 10% damage. [2]
  • The rune dragon gains a blue aura about its head crest after landing, indicative of this phase beginning.
  • The dragon lands, making melee possible again. It gets stronger with every attack, so killing it quickly is important.
  • The dragon stops using enhanced dragonfire and returns to standard dragonfire. It also starts using its melee attacks again.

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Rune dragon bonesRune dragon bones1Always13,049
Rune barRune bar1Always13,929

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
31–35%11–14%19–23%26–30%4–6%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 1,190 kills.
4 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Rune platelegsRune platelegs1Common36,771
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Common28,520
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield1Common30,995
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon55,753
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Rare160,954
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Rare162,704
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Common44,916
Runite bolts (unf) 5Runite bolts (unf)40Common33,160
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,787
Magic logsMagic logs30 (noted)Uncommon19,740
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon22,360
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide(noted)Uncommon33,075
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips8Uncommon54,552
Coins 10000Coins14,000Uncommon14,000
Prayer potion (3)Prayer potion (3)3Uncommon10,770
RocktailRocktail2Uncommon5,898
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Steadfast scaleSteadfast scale1Rare[d 1]22,437,730
Glaiven wing-tipGlaiven wing-tip1Rare[d 1]20,597,075
Ragefire glandRagefire gland1Rare[d 1]21,406,529
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare1,229,361

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Forcae's journal pageForcae's journal page1Uncommon[d 2]Not sold
Clue scroll (hard)Clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Clue scroll (elite)Clue scroll (elite)1RareNot sold
Kethsi ring (5)Kethsi ring1RareNot sold
Court summonsCourt summons1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ a b c 1/512 drop chance, while on Slayer task only[3]
  2. ^ 1/20 drop chance. Continues to be dropped until all 10 pages are obtained.

Rare drop tableEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
A ring of wealth, luck potion or collector's insignia 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 sapphire1Common1,019
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,187
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,723
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,072
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare183,240–223,960
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common18,714
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common25,177
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,180
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare503,100–614,900
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,753
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,142
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,222,560–1,494,240
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare920
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,487
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,305–937,175
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,821
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,309
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,758–22,742
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,046,115–1,278,585
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare52,200
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,437
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,047
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare346,255–436,814
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare108,680–137,104
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare35,400–49,560
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common13,770–16,830
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon231,300–282,700
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon25,128–31,410
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare292,320–357,280
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon37,200–204,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common12,960–15,840
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon200,700–245,300
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common36,750–42,000
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare354,375–433,125
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,010,610–1,235,190
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,787
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare626,805–766,095
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon374,580–457,820
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon285,120–348,480
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon255,015–311,685
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon221,355–270,545
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon30,296–34,624
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon25,466–29,104
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon424,012
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,905,040
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common5,400–6,600
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,520–14,080
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon155,250–189,750
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon14,484–17,466
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare143,775–175,725
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon31,995–39,105
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare568,350–694,650
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

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Upon release, there was a bug that caused Rune Dragons to build up their rage outside of combat, due to players leaving combat during the 3rd phase. This caused them to easily kill players in a single hit. This bug was patched the following day.
  • There is currently a glitch where damage from a dwarf multicannon deals full damage for phase one of the fight, even though dragonbane ammo is required in order to harm them. 
  • On release, rune dragons were aggressive and had less spawns. With the Patch Notes update on 22 June 2015, several changes were implemented, such as increased experience, tolerance towards players, more spawns and reduced damage from their enhanced dragonfire.
  • For a while, rune dragons' phase transition was bugged. As the dragon had to reach a specific "set" of life points to move to the next phase, overhitting the mark would result in the rune dragon healing all lost health to the specific health mark (e.g if the rune dragon had 46,000 life points and was hit by a Tuska's Wrath on task, it would have 34,000 hipoints; the next hit would result in its health returning to 45,050 life points). In addition, the rune dragon could not be attacked during phase transition. This was changed on 22 August 2016 due to player complaints as other monsters that had a similar mechanic did not have this problem.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mod Osborne. RuneScape's RuneLabs #2 (video). YouTube. 13 March 2015.*
  2. ^ a b Jagex. Patch Notes | 22/08. RuneScape Official Forums. 22 August 2016. "Made changes to rune dragons' phase transitions to allow players to continue attacking throughout. Damage that overshoots the lifepoint thresholds will no longer be healed back, but that hit, and hits during transition, are reduced to 10% power."*
  3. ^ Mod Stu. Isn't this outfit a little *too* rare?. RuneScape subreddit. 7 December 2015. "... level 90 boot upgrades are 1 in 512 from rune dragons (always on elite, task-only on regular)."*

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