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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, who created the adamant and rune dragons.

If the player dies on Mount Firewake, their gravestone spawns 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 phase being unreachable with melee weapons.

As with mithril and adamant dragons, rune dragons use all three styles of combat, in addition to the standard dragonfire. 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.

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 and becomes immune to melee attacks. Dragonbane is no longer required to deal full damage. In addition, the dragon 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, dealing magic damage. This attack cannot be fully blocked by a super anti-fire or wyrmfire potion, and will deal 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 faint blue aura about its head crest after landing, indicative of this phase beginning.
  • It is again possible to attack the dragon with melee.
  • The dragon gets stronger with every attack. It 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
Reinforced dragon bonesReinforced dragon bones1Always13,622
Rune barRune bar1Always13,722

CharmsEdit

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
30–35%11–14%19–23%27–31%4–6%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 1,332 kills.
4 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Rune platelegsRune platelegs1Common36,723
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Common28,130
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield1Common30,608
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon54,831
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Rare160,108
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Rare161,835
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Common44,144
Runite bolts (unf) 5Runite bolts (unf)40Common38,400
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,166
Magic logsMagic logs30 (noted)Uncommon16,290
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon26,058
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide(noted)Uncommon37,557
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips8Uncommon52,360
Coins 10000Coins11,000–14,000Uncommon11,000–14,000
Prayer potion (3)Prayer potion (3)3Uncommon11,685
RocktailRocktail2Uncommon5,934
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Steadfast scaleSteadfast scale1Rare[d 1]14,864,973
Glaiven wing-tipGlaiven wing-tip1Rare[d 1]17,338,380
Ragefire glandRagefire gland1Rare[d 1]18,462,276
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare1,221,567

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.
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 sapphire1Common1,077
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,328
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,781
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,676
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare210,420–257,180
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common19,260
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common24,920
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon13,029
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare586,305–716,595
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common54,831
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,130
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,231,020–1,504,580
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare890
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,164
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare557,460–929,100
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,249
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,211
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common22,148–26,852
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,048,680–1,281,720
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,874
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,703
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare413,205–521,274
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare136,045–171,626
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare38,350–53,690
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,520–25,080
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon324,675–396,825
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon28,152–35,190
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare260,280–318,120
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon32,000–176,000
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common14,490–17,710
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon229,500–280,500
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common43,540–49,760
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare419,850–513,150
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare993,240–1,213,960
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,166
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare617,490–754,710
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon409,230–500,170
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon314,910–384,890
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon284,265–347,435
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon239,715–292,985
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon15,246–17,424
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon12,082–13,808
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon467,312
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare2,097,200
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common7,200–8,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,880–14,520
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon320,850–392,150
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,056–15,744
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare129,600–158,400
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon51,075–62,425
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare669,870–818,730
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,820
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*197,461
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*69,592,674
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 third phase. This caused them to easily kill players in a single hit. This bug was patched the following day. Without growing their rage, rune dragons will still keep their rage for a long time after leaving combat. If one leaves for a bank trip, it is common to find their already damaged dragon in the same state as it was before leaving.
  • 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 fewer 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.
  • Originally, as a rune dragon had to reach a specific threshold of life points to move to the next phase, overhitting the mark would result in the dragon regenerating all lost health back 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 a Slayer assignment, it would have 34,000 life points; the next hit would result in its health returning to the transition threshold of 45,050 life points).[4] In addition, rune dragons could not be attacked during phase transition. This was changed on 22 August 2016 due to player complaints.
  • If a rune dragon is forced into its next phase via indirect damage, it will turn aggressive towards the player that caused the phase transition.
  • Rune dragons (and their elite variant) are the only metallic dragons to have no weaknesses.

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)."*
  4. ^ Jagex. Mod Stu's Twitter account. 3 November 2015. Mod Stu: "Yep, guilty, and I'm aware they regenerate at transition thresholds. Intended mechanic; no plans to change it."

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