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|Release date||17 January 2005 (Update)|
|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 have a chance to drop the famous draconic visage, but as a very rare drop. They can drop rune items, and have an increased chance of dropping dragon platelegs/skirt over its metal dragon counterparts, the Iron and Bronze dragon. However, the rune hatchets, maces, and limbs that are obtained whilst killing it can generate quite a nice profit if high alched, ranging from 8k to 9.6k each.
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 Wands 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 spellbook) 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 EoC (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 caution, 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 dkq 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 dks 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. There are aggressive wild dogs, black demons and iron dragons between the entrance and the steel dragon. Players using the pipe shortcut from the red dragons should activate Protect from/Deflect Magic before using the shortcut, due to the risk of being attacked by a black demon immediately upon exit of the pipe.
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 more easier to get to with the addition of a Karajaman Lodestone in the area.
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 21,078 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 2,149 Rune hatchet 1 Uncommon 7,315 Rune mace 1 Common 8,089
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Adamant kiteshield 1 Uncommon 2,941 Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,452 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare 160,641 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare 160,779
Ammunition and runesEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Blood rune 20 Common 4,480 Rune javelin 7 Common 1,232 Soul rune 5 Uncommon 635 Rune dart 9–12 Uncommon 855–1,140 Runite bolts 2–14 Uncommon 368–2,576 Rune knife 7 Uncommon 707
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 470–12,650 Common Not sold Steel dragon tail-bone 1 Common Not sold Runite limbs 1 Common 9,022 Super attack (3) 1 Common 1,298 Anagogic ort 20, 40 Uncommon Not sold Super defence (2) 1 Uncommon 70 Super strength (1) 1 Uncommon 274 Rune bar 1 Uncommon 13,008 Curry 1–2 Uncommon 479–958 Ferocious ring 1 Uncommon Not sold Court summons 1 Uncommon Not sold Spin ticket 1 Rare 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 1,340,023
- ^ 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 improves the chances when equipped but 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 1,752 Uncut emerald 1 Common 3,259 Uncut ruby 1 Common 4,669 Uncut diamond 1 Uncommon 8,651 Loop half of a key 1 Uncommon 24,402 Tooth half of a key 1 Uncommon 39,824 Uncut dragonstone 1 Rare 16,883 Dragonstone 1 Rare 10,204 Dragon dagger 1 Uncommon 16,622 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,326 Rune javelin 5 Rare 880 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,060 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,428 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,185 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 36,452 Dragon dagger 50 (noted) Very rare 831,100 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,417 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 31,363 Shield left half 1 Very rare 66,362 Dragon helm 1 Very rare 59,680 Adamant bolts 200 Uncommon 12,400 Onyx bolts 150 Rare 1,269,900 Rune arrow 150–200, 500 Rare 22,350–74,500 Battlestaff 200 (noted) Rare 1,511,800 Air orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 4,082,000 Fire orb 1,000 (noted) Rare 3,286,000 Vecna skull 1 Very rare 89,088 Water talisman 1 Uncommon 10,979 Earth talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 16,875–23,625 Fire talisman 25–35 (noted) Uncommon 83,550–116,970 Chaos talisman 1 Uncommon 99 Nature talisman 1 Uncommon 132 Pure essence 500–15,000 (noted) Uncommon 10,500–315,000 Nature rune 20–80 Rare 5,640–22,560 Soul rune 20 Rare 2,540 Law rune 45 Rare 15,975 Death rune 50, 121 Rare 4,900–11,858 Blood rune 50 Rare 11,200 Raw swordfish 125–250, 1,000 (noted) Uncommon 37,500–300,000 Raw shark 250–500 (noted) Uncommon 454,000–908,000 Big bones 150–500 (noted) Uncommon 83,250–277,500 Coal 150–7,500 (noted) Uncommon 24,450–1,222,500 Adamantite ore 150–800 (noted) Uncommon 454,200–2,422,400 Silver ore 100 (noted) Rare 11,200 Runite ore 100 (noted) Rare 1,028,200 Adamant bar 1,000–7,000 (noted) Rare 3,822,000–26,754,000 Rune bar 1, 50, 150 (noted) Rare 13,008–1,951,200 Clean ranarr 33 (noted) Uncommon 67,386 Clean toadflax 25–250 (noted) Uncommon 109,025–1,090,250 Clean snapdragon 30–120 (noted) Uncommon 135,330–541,320 Clean torstol 10–100 (noted) Uncommon 59,610–596,100 Saradomin brew (4) 250 (noted) Very rare 52,250 Watermelon seed 3 Uncommon 8,943 Yew seed 1–50 Rare 72,350–3,617,500 Magic seed 1–7 Rare 157,799–1,104,593 Palm tree seed 10 Rare 1,536,690 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 2,509 Torstol seed 1–31 Rare 20,025–620,775 Fellstalk seed 2 Rare 1,052 Yew logs 100–20,000 (noted) Rare 48,600–9,720,000 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
- 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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