Celestial dragon

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Celestial dragons are modified white dragons that use temporal abilities to stun their opponents. They can be found in the Dragontooth Island resource dungeon after the One of a Kind quest is complete or within the Dragonkin Laboratory.

During the quest, an instanced version of the resource dungeon is visited with around six attackable celestial dragons which drop only dragon bones - they do not appear to respawn. After that stage is complete, the full version of the dungeon is available.

The celestial dragon was the winner of one of the January 2014 Power to the Players ruby-tier polls, beating the alchemical, gemstone, and gold dragons, which were the other options.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Getting there[edit | edit source]

The two quickest ways to get to them is by either using the Dungeoneering cape perk, or by teleporting to the Dragontooth Island resource dungeon with a Hoardstalker ring, Big Book o' Piracy, or the skill portal in the Max Guild. An alternative method would be to teleport to Port Phasmatys with an Ectophial and then running south-east to the boat that travels to Dragontooth Island. A ghostspeak amulet, or completion of the Hard Morytania achievements, is required to talk to the ghost captain.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Celestial dragons function similarly to metal dragons in that their dragonfire cannot be blocked with Protect/Deflect Magic, using melee only if players are next to it and dragonfire otherwise. Therefore, antifire protection is required when killing them from a distance. Players lacking super antifire will either have to opt for anti-dragon or dragonfire shields, both of which significantly drop DPS, or tank the dragon's melee hits if using two-handed weaponry.

After attacking 5-7 times, the dragon will raise its head and wings upwards to channel abyssal energy onto the player, applying a three second stun and bind once the animation ends, along with the text message The celestial dragon traps you in time. Freedom does cancel the stun, but it has to be activated after the stun applies; using it before will only cancel the bind. The effect will not apply either if the dragon is killed before the message appears. The auto-attack count carries over even if the dragon had been previously engaged in combat but left afterwards, similarly to automatons.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Drop rates estimated based on 396,817 kills from the Drop Log Project, unless otherwise cited.

The average Celestial dragon kill is worth 15,071 coins.

100% drops[edit | edit source]

Charms[edit | edit source]

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Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 29,383 kills.
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Main drop[edit | edit source]

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ This drop only attempts to roll should you fail to roll a hard clue, should you get this item, there's a 1% chance it'll be upgraded to a sealed clue scroll (master).
  2. ^ Only while on a Slayer assignment.

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster and skilling action outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • ninja 25 April 2016 (Update):
    • Improved respawn rates for Celestial Dragons.
  • patch 7 March 2016 (Update):
    • The time stop attack from celestial dragons will no longer occur if they have died.
  • patch 11 January 2016 (Update):
    • Celestial dragons can no longer time-stop players that have left the area.
  • ninja 14 December 2015 (Update):
    • Added quick chat options for declaring celestial dragon, wyvern, ripper demon, camel warrior and Acheron mammoth kills.
  • patch 1 November 2014 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to walk on lava in the celestial dragon resource dungeon.
  • patch 29 September 2014 (Update):
    • Familiars will no longer recall when the player is stunned by a celestial dragon.
  • patch 18 August 2014 (Update):
    • Celestial dragons no longer get bored of fighting after freezing players in time.
  • patch 17 March 2014 (Update):
    • Using an item on a Celestial Dragon no longer causes it to consistently play an attack animation.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There is a glitch where, if a dragon is killed just as the player is about to be trapped in time, no death animation occurs.
  • Celestial dragons originally counted as steel dragons for slayer assignments. With the update on 14 April 2014, they were made a category of their own.
  • The time stop ability used to make any followers or familiars temporarily disappear for the duration of the move. Dreadnips would not, as they are not actual followers.
    • This ability also seemed to negate the effects of the spring cleaner for that kill. If the dragon dropped a Rune platebody, the spring cleaner would not dismantle/convert into xp.
  • Prior to 5 January 2015, the dragon slayer gloves did not work against them, despite the fact that they are dragons.
  • For a long time after release, the dragon would leave combat with the player if the player did not resume attacking within a certain period of time after its time trap wore off. This was fixed as of 18 August 2014.
  • If the dragon uses its time stop ability, players will suffer a 3 second stun and bind. If they use Freedom during or before the time stop, provided that the effects of Freedom are still in effect, only the stun effect will take place, with the bind effect being prevented or removed. This does not work with Anticipate, and may be a glitch.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for this monster was 115,028 kills.[1]
    • This had not increased by 6 May 2018.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Slayer Creature. Reddit. 2 February 2018. (Archived from the original on 28 February 2020.) Mod Shauny: "Here are the top 10 kills for each Slayer creature in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"
  2. ^ Mod Shauny. Top Slayer Killers - 6th May 2018. Reddit. 6 May 2018. (Archived from the original on 28 February 2020.) Mod Shauny: "Here are the top 10 kills for each Slayer creature in RuneScape, be aware that we've not listed display names for privacy purposes however if you wish to brag about one number being yours then we won't stop you!"