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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 bones1Always13,409
Rune barRune bar1Always13,776

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 platelegs1Common36,739
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Common28,352
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield1Common30,582
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon55,571
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Rare159,888
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Rare161,175
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Common43,232
Runite bolts (unf) 5Runite bolts (unf)40Common31,880
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,328
Magic logsMagic logs30 (noted)Uncommon16,650
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon23,794
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide(noted)Uncommon34,632
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips8Uncommon53,880
Coins 10000Coins14,000Uncommon14,000
Prayer potion (3)Prayer potion (3)3Uncommon10,755
RocktailRocktail2Uncommon5,956
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Steadfast scaleSteadfast scale1Rare[d 1]15,991,355
Glaiven wing-tipGlaiven wing-tip1Rare[d 1]18,191,336
Ragefire glandRagefire gland1Rare[d 1]18,937,120
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare1,202,573

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 sapphire1Common950
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,958
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common2,384
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,152
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare186,840–228,360
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common19,084
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common23,048
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,897
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare535,365–654,335
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common55,571
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,034
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,233,540–1,507,660
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare830
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,274
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare559,110–931,850
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare73,103
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,413
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,871–22,879
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,035,855–1,266,045
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare928
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,125
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare349,765–441,242
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare122,850–154,980
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare32,750–45,850
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,250–24,750
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon312,525–381,975
Big bonesBig bones72–90 (noted)Uncommon27,360–34,200
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare295,560–361,240
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon33,600–184,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common17,010–20,790
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon185,580–226,820
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common36,862–42,128
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare355,455–434,445
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare972,720–1,188,880
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common41,328
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare619,920–757,680
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon390,330–477,070
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon304,560–372,240
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon275,715–336,985
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon225,630–275,770
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon16,086–18,384
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon18,088–20,672
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon442,464
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare1,748,380
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common6,300–7,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common14,805–18,095
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon207,450–253,550
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon13,124–15,826
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare130,275–159,225
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon37,755–46,145
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare596,970–729,630
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Uncommon1,805
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*277,741
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*37,551,185
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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