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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 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 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 bones1Always12,974
Rune barRune bar1Always13,964

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 platelegs1Common36,683
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Common28,035
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield1Common30,744
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon55,243
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Rare159,679
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Rare161,545
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Common43,340
Runite bolts (unf) 5Runite bolts (unf)40Common34,120
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,892
Magic logsMagic logs30 (noted)Uncommon19,860
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon24,128
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide(noted)Uncommon35,982
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips8Uncommon54,496
Coins 10000Coins14,000Uncommon14,000
Prayer potion (3)Prayer potion (3)3Uncommon10,755
RocktailRocktail2Uncommon5,750
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Steadfast scaleSteadfast scale1Rare[d 1]21,490,049
Glaiven wing-tipGlaiven wing-tip1Rare[d 1]20,060,450
Ragefire glandRagefire gland1Rare[d 1]20,733,834
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare1,262,842

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 sapphire1Common979
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,311
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,852
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,300
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare193,500–236,500
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common19,735
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common22,606
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,064
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare542,880–663,520
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,243
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare37,295
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,243,440–1,519,760
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare895
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon36,844
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare552,660–921,100
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,949
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,568
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common21,583–26,167
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,050,570–1,284,030
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,590
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,042
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare379,600–478,880
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare126,750–159,900
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare39,675–55,545
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common15,795–19,305
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon258,975–316,525
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon26,856–33,570
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare310,320–379,280
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon35,600–195,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common13,590–16,610
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon230,580–281,820
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common44,156–50,464
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare425,790–520,410
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare975,150–1,191,850
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,892
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare628,380–768,020
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon408,960–499,840
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon309,870–378,730
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon264,285–323,015
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon224,055–273,845
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon28,700–32,800
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon26,572–30,368
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon442,952
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare2,030,790
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common5,400–6,600
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common15,570–19,030
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon175,500–214,500
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon14,144–17,056
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare140,400–171,600
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon39,645–48,455
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare656,100–801,900
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,792
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*67,590
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*15,689,056
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.
  • 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.

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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