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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. Ritual of the Mahjarrat and Fate of the Gods are required to access the dragons, and they are accessible through the World Gate. 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.

Upon death, players' 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.

In addition to magic and melee attacks, rune dragons use a very powerful dragonfire attack during their second phase that cannot be completely blocked even by a Dragonfire shield or Super antifire potions; however, full protection reduces the damage to around 450. Their ranged attack freezes the player for one second.

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 425 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 instead use standard dragonfire. It also starts using its melee attacks again.

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Rune dragon bonesRune dragon bones1Always12,894
Rune barRune bar1Always14,108

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 platelegs1Common37,071
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Common28,711
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield1Common30,965
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon56,738
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Rare159,796
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Rare160,665
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Common44,680
Runite bolts (unf) 5Runite bolts (unf)40Common23,080
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common42,324
Magic logsMagic logs30 (noted)Uncommon20,040
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon24,992
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide(noted)Uncommon33,246
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips8Uncommon56,472
Coins 10000Coins14,000Uncommon14,000
Prayer potion (3)Prayer potion (3)3Uncommon7,428
RocktailRocktail2Uncommon5,278
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Steadfast scaleSteadfast scale1Rare[d 1]25,072,688
Glaiven wing-tipGlaiven wing-tip1Rare[d 1]23,199,783
Ragefire glandRagefire gland1Rare[d 1]23,613,618
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare1,250,337

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 sapphire1Common919
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,575
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,741
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,967
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare178,515–218,185
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common17,376
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common24,187
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,496
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare562,320–687,280
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,738
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,596
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,251,000–1,529,000
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,734
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare566,010–943,350
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,216
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,434
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common21,470–26,030
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,043,415–1,275,285
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare77,794
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,619
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,191
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare400,530–505,284
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare113,165–142,762
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare39,150–54,810
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common14,715–17,985
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon229,275–280,225
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon25,344–31,680
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare292,500–357,500
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon44,800–246,400
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common13,050–15,950
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon280,800–343,200
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common33,278–38,032
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare320,895–392,205
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare1,005,300–1,228,700
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common42,324
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare634,860–775,940
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon387,450–473,550
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon367,290–448,910
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon232,920–284,680
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon166,050–202,950
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon10,234–11,696
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon8,890–10,160
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon433,144
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,793,180
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common4,500–5,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common7,920–9,680
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon165,150–201,850
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,056–15,744
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare129,600–158,400
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon34,065–41,635
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare573,750–701,250
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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