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.

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]

The celestial dragons' special ability is to freeze the player in time for a short duration. The time freeze effect lasts for approximately three seconds and stops any channeled abilities the player is performing, such as rapid fire. It also traps familiars and followers in space and time, making it disappear from the current realm for the duration of the freeze, at the end of which it returns. The animation for this ability shows the dragon raising its wings as it casts a spell, followed by a green orb expanding around you. The player will also receive a message in the chat box saying, "The celestial dragon traps you in time." Anticipation will not stop the stun from occurring, but Freedom can be used to break free from the stun.

Celestial dragons seem to use their time trapping ability after every 5 auto attacks and always attack with dragonfire or melee (depending on the player's distance away). As such, if the player can deal enough damage to kill the dragon in a short period of time, this attack can be avoided altogether. One may stun a dragon with Binding Shot to delay its next attack, effectively delaying the time trap. 

The time trap ability does not reset if the dragon has been left alone. Therefore, if a dragon attacks four times and is left alone (full life point restoration), the next attack or second attack from the dragon when attacked results in a time trap.

Because players take no damage from celestial dragons other than dragonfire when outside melee distance, it is recommended to use the gear with the best damage bonuses specific to the style used.

These dragons can be killed very quickly when using ranged power armour, super antifire potions or wyrmfire potions, a crystal or higher bow, and super or higher ranging potions. Standing at least a few spaces away from the dragon and drinking a dose of super antifire/wyrmfire, will remove all risk of damage. A healing familiar will not be needed, so a combat familiar such as a shadow nihil can be used for faster kills.

As these dragons are weak to arrows and have very high defence, it is important to note that magic and bolt-firing weapons (unless used with dragonbane bolts) are not as effective as arrow-firing weapons. A player who does not have the required level to make super antifires will find it very long and time consuming to kill those dragons. A good strategy for players who do not have access to these potions is to fight the dragons in melee range with a bow and regular antifires, while having a melee protection prayer on. When combined with a healing familiar, this strategy will be almost as effective as super antifires, the only downside being the damage taken.

Drops[edit | edit source]

The average Celestial dragon kill is worth 13,777.47 coins.

100% drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Dragon bones.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Dragon bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Dragon bonesF2P icon.png1Always2,5770

Charms[edit | edit source]

No charmGold charm.pngGreen charm.pngCrimson charm.pngBlue charm.png
4–5%3%9–10%74–75%8–9%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 29,043 kills.
2 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main drop[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity[d 1] GE price High Alch
Steel ingot.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Steel ingot with rarity 8/128 in quantity 8 (noted)Steel ingotF2P icon.png(noted)8/12831,5684,000
Huge plated rune salvage.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Huge plated rune salvage with rarity 8/128 in quantity 1Huge plated rune salvageF2P icon.png18/12838,64340,000
Fire talisman.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Fire talisman with rarity 8/128 in quantity 4 (noted)Fire talismanF2P icon.png(noted)8/1281,1888
Water talisman.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Water talisman with rarity 6/128 in quantity 2 (noted)Water talismanF2P icon.png(noted)6/1285,0484
Coins_1000.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Coins with rarity 27/128 in quantity 2000-2500; 4000-5000CoinsF2P icon.png2,000–2,500; 4,000–5,00027/1282,000-5,0002,000-5,000
Unicorn horn.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Unicorn horn with rarity 8/128 in quantity 4 (noted)Unicorn horn (m)P2P icon.png(noted)8/12812,59248
Adamantite stone spirit.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Adamantite stone spirit with rarity 18/128 in quantity 4Adamantite stone spiritF2P icon.png418/128220Not alchemisable
Green dragonhide.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Green dragonhide with rarity 12/128 in quantity 2 (noted)Green dragonhideF2P icon.png(noted)12/1283,34224
Blue dragonhide.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Blue dragonhide with rarity 10/128 in quantity 2 (noted)Blue dragonhideF2P icon.png(noted)10/1284,91648
Red dragonhide.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Red dragonhide with rarity 8/128 in quantity 2 (noted)Red dragonhideF2P icon.png(noted)8/1285,62672
Black dragonhide.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Black dragonhide with rarity 6/128 in quantity 2 (noted)Black dragonhideF2P icon.png(noted)6/1287,12696
Dagannoth hide.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Dagannoth hide with rarity 6/128 in quantity 4 (noted)Dagannoth hide (m)P2P icon.png(noted)6/12820,056144
  1. ^ Estimated based on 396,817 kills from the RuneMetrics drop logging project.

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity[d 1] GE price High Alch
Sealed clue scroll (hard).png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Sealed clue scroll (hard) with rarity 14/896 in quantity 1Sealed clue scroll (hard) (m)P2P icon.png114/896Not soldNot alchemisable
Sealed clue scroll (elite).png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Sealed clue scroll (elite) with rarity 2/896 in quantity 1Sealed clue scroll (elite) (m)P2P icon.png12/896[d 2]Not soldNot alchemisable
Draconic visage.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Draconic visage with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Draconic visageF2P icon.png11/5121,191,467450,000
Dragon Rider kit.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Dragon Rider kit with rarity 1/5120 in quantity 1Dragon Rider kit (m)P2P icon.png11/5120736,961Not alchemisable
Starved ancient effigy.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Starved ancient effigy with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Starved ancient effigy (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Celestial handwraps.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Celestial handwraps with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Celestial handwraps (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare[d 3]274,24630,000
Dragon Rider body.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Dragon Rider body with rarity 1/5120 in quantity 1Dragon Rider body (m)P2P icon.png11/5120176,54175,000
Dragon Rider cape.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Dragon Rider cape with rarity 1/5120 in quantity 1Dragon Rider cape (m)P2P icon.png11/5120193,18736,000
Dragon Rider chaps.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Dragon Rider chaps with rarity 1/5120 in quantity 1Dragon Rider chaps (m)P2P icon.png11/5120170,11560,000
Dragon Rider helm.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Dragon Rider helm with rarity 1/5120 in quantity 1Dragon Rider helm (m)P2P icon.png11/5120112,94945,000
Congealed blood.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Congealed blood with rarity 3/64 in quantity 3-14Congealed blood (m)P2P icon.png3–143/64177-826Not alchemisable
  1. ^ Estimated based on 396,817 kills from the RuneMetrics drop logging project.
  2. ^ 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).
  3. ^ Only while on a Slayer assignment.

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Key token.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Key token with rarity Rare in quantity 1Key tokenF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Mimic kill token.png: RS3 Celestial dragon drops Mimic kill token with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Mimic kill token (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare7,595Not alchemisable

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • ninja 25 April 2016 (Update):
    • Improved respawn rates for Celestial Dragons.
  • 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.

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!"