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Steel dragon POH

A Steel Dragon in a treasure room.

Steel dragons are powerful dragons composed of metal and can be found in the Brimhaven Dungeon, Kuradal's Dungeon and the Fortress of Ghorrock. They can also be bought as a guard for player-owned dungeons (only for the treasure room) for 10 million coins if the player's Construction level is 95 (see Steel dragon (POH)).

Please note that as with all player-owned dungeon monsters, the monsters in the dungeon will not drop any items and will not give any experience in combat.

Steel dragons DO drop the famous draconic visage. They also drop rune items, and drop the dragon platelegs/plateskirt more often than their iron and bronze counterparts. These beasts also drop a variety of metal items (including rune hatchets, maces, and limbs), which can be alched for a decent profit.

WeaknessesEdit

Like most metal dragons, steel dragons have a high defence. Since they are made out of metal, they are fairly weak to magic. Their main weakness is water spells, so spells like Ice Barrage or Water Surge are useful against them. With staves now being 2-handed, the use of a wand is recommended if the player does not have access to super antifires.  Anti-fire potions and an anti-fire shield or a dragonfire shield are a must. The spell of a polypore staff is also very effective when used in conjunction with Mystic Might (or if possible Augury and at best, Torment if a player is on the curses prayerbook) and/or a magic potion, but at the cost of accuracy due to being an air spell rather than a water spell. If using none of these then a high Magic level of at least 85 is suggested. An anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield will reduce most damage from dragonfire, an antifire potion or antifire mix reduces some dragonfire damage, and an appropriate shield and potion/mix used together negate all damage from dragonfire. Dragonfire damage can also be negated with the use of protection from magic prayers after the Evolution of Combat updates. 

Melee tacticsEdit

Steel dragons are no longer weak to stab (or any melee for that matter). Despite this, melee can be almost as effective as magic at higher levels, if chaotic or drygore weapons are used. Nevertheless, it is generally slightly less effective than using water spells, particularly with higher-levelled magic weapons.

CautionsEdit

Steel dragons also have the ability to use their fire breath from a distance, an ability shared with the other metal dragons, Elvarg during the Dragon Slayer quest, brutal green dragons, the King Black Dragon, the Queen Black Dragon, and frost dragons. This is their only danger; however, super antifires can negate their effect and make them easy to kill.

It is recommended to put the game setting (under the chat box) on "filter". Otherwise, the message stating that the player's dragonfire resistance is running out may get lost.

LocationsEdit

Kuradal's DungeonEdit

One of the best locations to kill steel dragons (if assigned by Kuradal) is Kuradal's Dungeon, due to its close proximity to a fairy ring and the ferocious ring's bonus in the dungeon. However, cannons cannot be used in Kuradal's Dungeon. Players with at least level 86 and/or 90 Agility will find shortcuts in the dungeon, reducing the time required to reach the dragons. This location is fairly popular and can become crowded with more slayers than there are spawns. There are four steel dragons in this location; the dragons are tightly grouped together, and the area in which they are located is rather small.

GhorrockEdit

The fortress of Ghorrock, at the far north-west corner of the Wilderness is accessible once a certain point has been reached in the Temple at Senntisten, contains several spawns of both iron and steel dragons. Like in Kuradal's Dungeon the two species occupy the same space without mingling, allowing players to kill one type with minimum interference from the other. Steel dragons occupy the north and west sides of the outer courtyard of the fortress. It is within the area where the Stone of Jas' residual effects will boost damage, making it an appealing option.

The dragons in this area however, are quite spread out despite the large numbers and few players. The best area to kill these dragons is the northern area, as there are no iron dragons and the steel dragons here are quite close allowing for easier kill rates.

The fortress can be reached in several ways. The quickest safe way requires completion of Ritual of the Mahjarrat; by using the fairy ring code d•k•q to the Glacor Cave (gaining the damage-boosting effect of the Stone of Jas energy as well), exiting the cave and running directly north over the Ritual Plateau players can enter the fortress among the iron dragons and run west to the steel dragons. A slower safe option is to go to the d•k•s fairy ring, run north to the canoe at the west edge of the snowy hunter area and then run east from the landing point to enter the fortress from the west.

The other ways to access Ghorrock are from the east side, through the Wilderness. Players with 89 Magic can use Ice Plateau Teleport (Lunar Spellbook) or players with 96 Magic can use Ghorrock Teleport (Ancient Spellbook) to teleport slightly south of the entrance. Those without access to these spells can use the Wilderness obelisks to try and reach the level 44 obelisk and run north-west, although this method is subject to random chance. The final method, and most risky, is to use the Ardougne or Edgeville teleport lever to reach the Deserted Keep and run west past the Mage Arena and Wilderness Agility Course.

Brimhaven DungeonEdit

See Brimhaven Dungeon for how to get there efficiently.

Players who haven't earned Karamja gloves 3 (which do not need to be worn to enter the dungeon) must pay Saniboch 875 coins to enter Brimhaven Dungeon. This location is not recommended for players that have access to any of the other options, due to the low number of steel dragons available and how spread out they are from each other. However, this location may be safer/easier to reach if the player is unable to access Kuradal's (this requires a Slayer task of Steel dragons from her) or Ghorrock (if they haven't started the quest yet). The location has also been made easier to access with the addition of a Karamjan Lodestone to the southeast.

Brimhaven Resource DungeonEdit

Located within Brimhaven Dungeon, this is a much less crowded location available to players with level 80 Dungeoneering. The Brimhaven Dungeon resource dungeon houses about five steel dragons south of the entrance and about seven iron dragons to the northeast. The dragons here are somewhat spread out, more spread then the ones in Kuradal but less than the others found in other places. The lack of players in this location (since you do have to pay the fee if you don't have the gloves), and the requirement of 80 Dungeoneering usually results in less players coming in than in other places. There are also several anvils throughout the area, allowing players to smith their 100% drops of Steel bars into alchable items or stackable items to improve the profit generated per trip. The resource dungeon is much better than the regular dungeon, and should be used if the player can reach this area but not reach the other two areas.

DropsEdit

100% dropsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Dragon bones Dragon bones 1 1 Always 3,483
Steel bar Steel bar 5 1 Always 5,325

CharmsEdit

Charm drop percentages
No charms Gold charm Green charm Crimson charm Blue charm

33–34%

14%

35%

14%

3%

Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 30,362 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.

Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).


WeaponsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Adamant battleaxe Adamant battleaxe 1 2 Common 1,956
Rune hatchet Rune hatchet 1 3 Uncommon 7,186
Rune mace Rune mace 1 2 Common 7,855

ArmourEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Adamant kiteshield Adamant kiteshield 1 3 Uncommon 2,678
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 3 Uncommon 20,481
Dragon plateskirt Dragon plateskirt 1 4 Rare [1] 160,944
Dragon platelegs Dragon platelegs 1 4 Rare [2] 161,943

Ammunition and runesEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Blood rune Blood rune 20 2 Common 5,000
Rune javelin Rune javelin 7 2 Common 1,274
Soul rune Soul rune 3–5 3 Uncommon 435–725
Rune dart Rune dart 9–12 3 Uncommon 819–1,092
Runite bolts 5 Runite bolts 2–14 3 Uncommon 878–6,146
Rune knife Rune knife 7 3 Uncommon 455

Other itemsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 10000 Coins 265–12,650 2 Common Not sold
Black dragon tail-bone Steel dragon tail-bone 1 2 Common [3] Not sold
Runite limbs Runite limbs 1 2 Common 9,096
Super attack (3) Super attack (3) 1 2 Common 1,589
Anagogic ort Anagogic ort 20, 40 3 Uncommon Not sold
Super defence (2) Super defence (2) 1 3 Uncommon 230
Super strength (1) Super strength (1) 1 3 Uncommon 1,143
Rune bar Rune bar 1 3 Uncommon 14,196
Curry Curry 1–2 3 Uncommon 545–1,090
Ferocious ring Ferocious ring 1 3 Uncommon [4] Not sold
Court summons Court summons 1 3 Uncommon Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (hard) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (elite) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Draconic visage Draconic visage 1 5 Very rare [5] 1,259,915
  1. ^ Estimated at 1/543 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  2. ^ Estimated at 1/531 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  3. ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list.
  4. ^ Only in Kuradal's Dungeon
  5. ^ Estimated at 1/10,505 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
Show/hide rare drop table
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Coins 250 Coins 250 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
2 Common Not sold
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 2 Common 1,347
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 2 Common 2,755
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 2 Common 3,732
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 3 Uncommon 6,516
Loop half of a key Loop half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 18,501
Tooth half of a key Tooth half of a key 1 3 Uncommon 42,045
Uncut dragonstone Uncut dragonstone 1 4 Rare 16,126
Dragonstone Dragonstone 1 4 Rare 9,935
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 1 3 Uncommon 16,481
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 1 4 Rare 24,122
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 4 Rare 910
Adamant javelin Adamant javelin 20 5 Very rare 1,220
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 5 Very rare 37,457
Rune spear Rune spear 1 5 Very rare 11,462
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 5 Very rare 36,456
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger 50 (noted) 5 Very rare 824,050
Rune sq shield Rune sq shield 1 5 Very rare 22,324
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 31,815
Shield left half Shield left half 1 5 Very rare 64,696
Dragon helm Dragon helm 1 5 Very rare 58,911
Adamant bolts 5 Adamant bolts 200 3 Uncommon 19,200
Onyx bolts 5 Onyx bolts 150 4 Rare 1,264,500
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 4 Rare 22,650–75,500
Battlestaff Battlestaff 200 (noted) 4 Rare 1,606,200
Vecna skull Vecna skull 1 5 Very rare 89,852
Water talisman Water talisman 1 3 Uncommon 13,090
Earth talisman Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 97,875–137,025
Fire talisman Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) 3 Uncommon 94,875–132,825
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 3 Uncommon 1,040
Nature talisman Nature talisman 1 3 Uncommon 242
Pure essence Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 7,500–225,000
Nature rune Nature rune 20–80 4 Rare 5,280–21,120
Soul rune Soul rune 20 4 Rare 2,900
Law rune Law rune 45 4 Rare 11,700
Death rune Death rune 50, 121 4 Rare 7,800–18,876
Blood rune Blood rune 50 4 Rare 12,500
Raw swordfish Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) 3 Uncommon 48,625–389,000
Raw shark Raw shark 250–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 473,500–947,000
Big bones Big bones 150–500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 95,400–318,000
Coal Coal 150–7,500 (noted) 3 Uncommon 35,550–1,777,500
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) 3 Uncommon 286,950–1,530,400
Silver ore Silver ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 9,700
Runite ore Runite ore 100 (noted) 4 Rare 1,116,900
Adamant bar Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) 4 Rare 3,079,000–21,553,000
Rune bar Rune bar 1, 50 (noted) 4 Rare 14,196–709,800
Clean toadflax Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) 3 Uncommon 131,950–1,319,500
Clean snapdragon Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) 3 Uncommon 128,460–513,840
Clean torstol Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) 3 Uncommon 83,590–835,900
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 3 3 Uncommon 6,282
Yew seed 5 Yew seed 1–50 4 Rare 66,686–3,334,300
Magic seed 5 Magic seed 1–7 4 Rare 128,280–897,960
Palm tree seed 5 Palm tree seed 10 4 Rare 1,090,040
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 1,784
Yew logs Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) 4 Rare 20,100–8,040,000
Crystal triskelion fragment 1 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2 Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3 Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Melee) Brawling gloves (Melee) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Magic) Brawling gloves (Magic) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged) Brawling gloves (Ranged) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Agility) Brawling gloves (Agility) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking) Brawling gloves (Cooking) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (FM) Brawling gloves (FM) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing) Brawling gloves (Fishing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter) Brawling gloves (Hunter) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Mining) Brawling gloves (Mining) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer) Brawling gloves (Prayer) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing) Brawling gloves (Smithing) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving) Brawling gloves (Thieving) 1 5 Very rare Not sold
Brawling gloves (WC) Brawling gloves (WC) 1 5 Very rare Not 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 Market Price
Key token Key token 1 4 Rare Not sold

TriviaEdit

  • As with all POH dungeon monsters, Steel dragons that are purchased and placed in dungeons do not drop items when they die. However, the dragon's dragonfire can still be used to charge the dragonfire shield, making the dragon a highly desired guardian.
  • The steel dragon's max hit with dragonfire against an unprotected player is 2500+. The dragon seems to hit higher more often when using its dragonfire attack from afar.
  • As with most dragons, Steel dragons have a graphical glitch where if they use their dragonfire two times in a row in melee range, the second dragonfire will not be seen.
  • Steel dragons, like all other metallic dragons, received a voice update. Instead of hearing large noise when you hit it, it makes a smaller, softer noise.

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