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|Release date||17 January 2005 (Update)|
|XP per kill||766.3 (and 252.9 experience)|
|Assigned by||Duradel or Lapalok, Kuradal|
|Always drops||Dragon bones and 5 Steel bars|
|Examine text||Its scales seem to be made of steel.|
Steel dragons are powerful dragons made out of metal found in 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 that 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 counterparts, the iron and Bronze dragon. However the rune hatchets, maces, and limbs can generate quite a nice profit if high alched, ranging from 8k to 9.6k each.
Like most metal dragons, steel dragons have extremely high defence. Since they are made out of metal, they are fairly weak to magic attacks, so spells like Water Surge or Magic Dart 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 are a must while fighting them if using magic. The spell of a polypore staff is also very effective when used in conjunction with Mystic Might (or if possible Augury) and/or a magic potion; if taking 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. With no protection, dragonfire has a maximum hit of 490. With just a shield, it has a max hit of 50. With just a potion/mix, the max hit is reduced a bit to 250 but is still quite high, making it difficult to slay even one steel dragon without taking extensive damage.
Steel Dragons are no longer weak to stab, and as such using melee is not advised. With good enough stats and good gear, it may still be effective. However magic is best.
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, and frost dragons. Steel dragons can hit up to 229 with melee, and even harder with their breath if the player is not wearing an anti-dragon shield. However, some people bring runes to mage steel dragons while not getting hit at all by standing at least one space away from the dragon's head (being on low detail helps as you can see the floor grid), wearing an anti-dragon shield and drinking antifire potions. It is also possible to range these dragons, as rangers can kill 50 or more dragons in one trip. Players planning to range them should bring several ranging potions and anti-fire potions (usually around five ranging potions and nine anti-fire potions). Rangers should also bring blessed dragonhide armour or black dragonhide armour with several emerald bolts (e). Players seeking to melee steel dragons will need to use prayer potions to kill them effectively (typically about 10-15 per inventory). It is, however, not recommended that players kill these dragons with melee unless all their melee stats are at least level 85. Meleers should use the Protect from Melee prayer; even players with level 99 Defence will otherwise take heavy melee damage. Even with prayer, players should bring two to three pieces of high-level food just to be safe.
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. Players using super anti-fire potions are strongly recommended to drink a dose before using any of the entrances.
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 fire giants, 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 Melee 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.
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. There is a hammer spawn and an anvil present here, which allows players to smith the bars dropped. Players may be interested in smithing high demand low level ranged ammo, such as steel knives from the regular steel bar drops of the dragons, however the g.e value of these is very low, a better stackable option would be Steel arrowheads as they have a higher g.e value. Mages may be interested in smithing steel platebodies to alch for coins if they have the appropriate Smithing level. There are four anvils in the dungeon, and the steel dragons are close to one of them. Due to the Dragons being non agressive after the EoC update, it is possible to pick up all the bars after each kill and smith them if one wishes to do so
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 18,460 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 Rune hatchet 1 Uncommon 7,487 Rune mace 1 Common 8,185 Rune battleaxe 1 Rare 24,667 Rune 2h sword 1 Rare 37,922
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Adamant kiteshield 1 Uncommon 2,854 Rune full helm 1 Uncommon 20,611 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,766 Dragon plateskirt 1 Very rare 162,803 Dragon platelegs 1 Very rare 164,771
Ammo and RunesEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Blood rune 20 Common 3,320 Rune javelin 7 Common 1,785 Soul rune 5 Uncommon 615 Rune dart 9–12 Uncommon 882–1,176 Runite bolts 2–14 Uncommon 756–5,292 Rune knife 7 Uncommon 798
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 9,237 Super attack (3) 1 Common 367 Anagogic ort 20, 40 Uncommon Not sold Super defence (2) 1 Uncommon 76 Super strength (1) 1 Uncommon 318 Rune bar 1 Uncommon 13,006 Curry 1–2 Uncommon 472–944 Ferocious ring 1 Uncommon Not sold Court summons 1 Uncommon Not sold Spin ticket 1 Rare Not sold Clue scroll (hard) 1 Uncommon Not sold Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold Clue scroll (elite) 1 Very rare Not sold Draconic visage 1 Very rare 1,230,658
- ^ 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
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- 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 490. The dragon seems to hit higher more often when using its dragonfire attack from afar.
- 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.
Dragons and dragon-like races