Dragonbane arrow

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Not to be confused with Jas dragonbane arrow.
Dragonbane arrow 5 detail.png

Dragonbane arrows are arrows that do additional damage to dragons. They are created by attaching dragonbane arrowheads to headless arrows, requiring level 76 Fletching, giving 187.5 experience per set of 15 feathered.

Dragonbane arrows can be used with:

Combat stats[edit | edit source]

Damage Analysis[edit | edit source]

The 40% damage boost from any type of bane ammunition applies only to the variable portion (the damage between the ability's minimum and maximum hit) of damage. Typically, abilities have ability damage ranges where the maximum hit is 5 times the minimum hit. For example, for an ability with a damage range of 20% to 100%, the damage boost will not apply to first 20% of ability damage, but will modify the additional damage over that. With the exception of auto attacks, this means that bane ammunition will always provide a total lower damage increase than displayed. In addition, it also provides +30% to the player's hit chance.

Average damage increase based on ability
Skill Ability Bane ammunition
damage boost
Name Min hit Max hit
and standard abilities
Auto-attacks 0% 100% 40.00%
Standard abilities[note 1] 20% 100% 26.67%
Snipe.png Snipe 125% 219% 10.93%
Snap Shot.png Snap Shot (Hit #1)[note 2] 100% 120% 3.64%
Tuska's Wrath.png Tuska's Wrath 30% 110% 22.86%
  1. ^ "Standard abilities" are abilities where the maximum hit is 5 times the minimum hit.
    • Examples:
  2. ^ Due to the way the damage range of the second hit of Snap Shot is calculated, it does not receive the damage boost.

Creation[edit | edit source]

Using Kethsian smithing to smith Dragonbane arrows


The Magic, Smithing, and Fletching requirements can be boosted or assisted. Therefore, using spicy stews and an extreme magic potion, the lowest levels possible to obtain these arrows are 76 Mining (required to complete the quest), 80 Magic, 74 Smithing and 70 Fletching.

Full creation steps[edit | edit source]

  1. Mine banite ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of banite orebanite ore at any of the following locations, or purchase the ore from the Grand Exchange at 4,334 apiece. To skip the next step, cast the spell Tune Banite Ore directly on the rock, which will allow the player to mine dragonbanite ore directly from the rock.
  2. Switch to the Lunar spellbook. The Magic cape can be used to switch magic books at a bank.
  3. Create dragonbanite ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of dragonbanite oredragonbanite ore by casting the Tune Banite Ore lunar spell on an item from a dragon, such as dragon bones or dragonhide.
  4. Smelt the ore into dragonbane bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of dragonbane bardragonbane bars at any furnace, such as the one at Lumbridge.
  5. Use the sixth-age circuit to teleport to the World Gate and then use it to travel to Kethsi (faster) or use DIR then AKS (slower)
  6. Use the Kethsian anvil on the upper level to make 75 dragonbane arrowheads.png: RS3 Inventory image of dragonbane arrowheadsdragonbane arrowheads per bar.
    • The item can be found under the 'Kethsian smithing' section, under the 'Misc Smithing' header. (see picture)
    • Periodically use the Kethsian forge, re-heating the unfinished smithing item in order to smith it faster.
  7. Add headless arrows to the dragonbane arrowheads to craft the finished dragonbane arrows.

Creation[edit | edit source]

Dragonbane arrow.png Dragonbane arrow ×15
Fletching-Hourglass.pngMake-X GE icon.png
187.5 XP-2 (1.2s) -
Fletching Fletching level76
Quests Partial completion of Ritual of the Mahjarrat after finding the tune banite ore scroll
P2P icon.png Members only
Dragonbane arrowheads.pngDragonbane arrowheads15N/A-
Headless arrow.pngHeadless arrow1552780

Effectiveness[edit | edit source]

In terms of damage, dragonbane arrows are less effective than Araxyte arrows. This is because Araxyte arrows provide 864 damage while with the extra 25% applied to abilities the dragonbane arrows only provides 720 damage. This means that, if accuracy is not an issue, Araxyte arrows are superior. Due to the inherently high accuracy of the Noxious longbow, players should find that Araxyte arrows are better against normal dragons, if only slightly so. When fighting a dragon like the Queen Black Dragon, dragonbane arrows are of much more use due to their increased accuracy. In addition, dragonbane arrows are less time-consuming to acquire.

In any other case, dragonbane arrows are generally better. It should also be noted that rune dragons take immensely reduced damage in their first phase if hit by anything besides dragonbane bolts/arrows, so much that they are required to kill them effectively.

Disassembly[edit | edit source]

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!
  • patch 7 February 2022 (Update):
    • Addressed feedback regarding the combat item tooltips from last month's Ninja Strike:
      • Clarified that the bonus ability damage from Bane Ammunition depends on the ability used.
  • patch 4 March 2019 (Update):
    • Chargebows now take into account arrows equipped or held in an equipped quiver, so special effects like those of dragonbane and black stone arrows can be used with them. Damage will be reduced to the lowest tier of the arrow or chargebow. Chargebows will work as usual when no arrows or another type of ammunition is held in the ammo slot.
  • patch 9 November 2015 (Update):
    • The XP given when crafting dragonbane arrows has been altered to match the Make X interface.