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|Release date||17 January 2005 (Update)|
|Combat level|| 144|
|XP per kill||729 (and 240.5 experience)|
|Always drops||Dragon bones and 5 Steel bars|
|Examine text||Its scales seem to be made of steel.|
|Assigned by||Duradel or Lapalok, Kuradal|
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 drop the famous draconic visage, however this is a very rare occurrence. They also drop rune items, and have an greater chance of dropping dragon platelegs/plateskirt when compared with their iron and bronze counterparts. The rune hatchets, maces, and limbs can be alched to make a decent profit, upwards of 8,000gp per item.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 23,557 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.
- Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Adamant battleaxe 1 Common 1,951 Rune hatchet 1 Uncommon 7,088 Rune mace 1 Common 7,939
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Adamant kiteshield 1 Uncommon 2,675 Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,259 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare 161,515 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare 161,451
Ammunition and runesEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Blood rune 20 Common 5,400 Rune javelin 7 Common 1,253 Soul rune 5 Uncommon 765 Rune dart 9–12 Uncommon 810–1,080 Runite bolts 2–14 Uncommon 884–6,188 Rune knife 7 Uncommon 1,029
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 265–12,650 Common Not sold Steel dragon tail-bone 1 Common Not sold Runite limbs 1 Common 9,074 Super attack (3) 1 Common 1,215 Anagogic ort 20, 40 Uncommon Not sold Super defence (2) 1 Uncommon 88 Super strength (1) 1 Uncommon 407 Rune bar 1 Uncommon 13,146 Curry 1–2 Uncommon 474–948 Ferocious ring 1 Uncommon Not sold Court summons 1 Uncommon Not sold Clue scroll (hard) 1 Rare Not sold Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold Clue scroll (elite) 1 Very rare Not sold Draconic visage 1 Very rare 1,225,091
- ^ Estimated at 1/543 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
- ^ Estimated at 1/531 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
- ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list.
- ^ Only in Kuradal's Dungeon
- ^ 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 – 450; 3,000;
9,000; 10,000; 12,000
Common Not sold Uncut sapphire 1 Common 1,736 Uncut emerald 1 Common 3,018 Uncut ruby 1 Common 4,002 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 8,493 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 26,385 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 42,768 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 17,354 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,903 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,714 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,010 Rune javelin 5 Rare 895 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,020 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,408 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,186 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,596 Dragon dagger 50 (noted) Very rare 835,700 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,299 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 31,824 Shield left half 1 Very rare 64,933 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 60,581 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 16,800 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,250,250 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 Rare 22,500–75,000 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,567,800 Air orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 2,922,000 Fire orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 2,356,000 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 145,761 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 11,282 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 35,150–49,210 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 69,600–97,440 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 195 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 395 Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) Uncommon 8,000–240,000 Nature rune 20–80 Rare 6,600–26,400 Soul rune 20 Rare 3,060 Law rune 45 Rare 13,410 Death rune 50, 121 Rare 5,600–13,552 Blood rune 50 Rare 13,500 Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) Uncommon 48,750–390,000 Raw shark 250–500 (noted) Uncommon 444,750–889,500 Big bones 150–500 (noted) Uncommon 83,700–279,000 Coal 150–7,500 (noted) Uncommon 28,350–1,417,500 Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) Uncommon 428,550–2,285,600 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 11,400 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,051,200 Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) Rare 3,882,000–27,174,000 Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) Rare 13,146–1,971,900 Clean ranarr 33 (noted) Uncommon 104,082 Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) Uncommon 101,400–1,014,000 Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) Uncommon 112,860–451,440 Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) Uncommon 49,480–494,800 Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) Very rare 118,250 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 8,052 Yew seed 1–50 Rare 84,710–4,235,500 Magic seed 1–7 Rare 192,980–1,350,860 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,222,540 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 1,952 Torstol seed 1–31 Rare 18,215–564,665 Fellstalk seed 2 Rare 1,488 Yew logs 50–20,000 (noted) Rare 28,250–11,300,000 Crystal triskelion fragment 1 1 Very rare Not sold Crystal triskelion fragment 2 1 Very rare Not sold Crystal triskelion fragment 3 1 Very rare Not sold
- Universal drops are dropped by every monster outside of Daemonheim.
- These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Key token 1 Rare Not sold
- 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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