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This article is about the normal rune dragon. For the elite version, see Elite rune dragon.

Rune dragons are metal dragons that can be found on Mount Firewake, in Kethsi. In order to fight rune dragons (and be assigned them for a slayer task), the player must first complete the quests Ritual of the Mahjarrat and Fate of the Gods.

They won the first RuneLabs poll, alongside adamant dragons, and were first announced in the June 2015 Behind the Scenes.[1]

Rune dragons are found in the remains of Mount Firewake, where the Kethsians kept the Stone of Jas, until it was overused and awakened the Dragonkin. Also located in this area is the laboratory of the Dactyl Forcae, a disciple of Kerapac, who created the adamant and rune dragons.

If the player dies on Mount Firewake, their gravestone spawns near the World Gate.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Rune dragons have a total of 3 phases that must be completed with each kill, with the first phase requiring the use of dragonbane bolts or arrows in order to break through their metallic armour and with the second phase being unreachable with melee weapons.

As with mithril and adamant dragons, rune dragons use all three styles of combat, in addition to the standard dragonfire. Their magic and melee attacks are simply standard attacks, while their ranged attack will freeze the player for one second, which can be avoided with Freedom and Anticipation.

During their second phase, their standard dragonfire is replaced with an "enhanced" dragonfire. The "enhanced" dragonfire is not as strong as it implies; rather, it functions similarly to the Queen Black Dragon's dragonfire (even super antifires with a dragonfire shield/anti-dragon shield cannot fully block - this attack is reduced to the low 400s with full antifire protection, and 800's with standard protection) though it is avoidable.

Armoured phase[edit | edit source]

Flying phase[edit | edit source]

  • Starts with 45,045 life points. Any attacks during the transition will be reduced to 10% damage. [2] The attack which hits the phase threshold is reduced significantly.
  • The dragon begins flying and becomes immune to melee attacks. Dragonbane is no longer required to deal full damage. In addition, the dragon stops using melee attacks and replaces its standard dragonfire attack with the enhanced version.
  • Throughout this phase, the rune dragon may breathe a bright blue plume of enhanced dragonfire, dealing magic damage. This attack cannot be fully blocked by a super antifire or wyrmfire potion, and will deal a minimum of 450 magic damage. However, if the player is far enough from the dragon, a small cloud appears under the player indicating the enhanced dragonfire is being used and can be avoided by moving away from it.

Enrage phase[edit | edit source]

  • Starts with 22,522 life points. Any attacks during the transition will be reduced to 10% damage. [2]
  • The rune dragon gains a faint blue aura about its head crest after landing, indicative of this phase beginning.
  • It is again possible to attack the dragon with melee.
  • The dragon gets stronger with every attack. It stops using enhanced dragonfire and returns to standard dragonfire. It also starts using its melee attacks again.

Drops[edit | edit source]

100% drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High Alch
Reinforced dragon bones.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Reinforced dragon bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Reinforced dragon bones (m)P2P icon.png1Always18,3060
Small plated rune salvage.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Small plated rune salvage with rarity Always in quantity 1Small plated rune salvageF2P icon.png1Always14,85916,000

Charms[edit | edit source]

No charmGold charm.pngGreen charm.pngCrimson charm.pngBlue charm.png
29–33%11–14%20–23%28–31%5–7%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 1,678 kills.
4 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
Large plated rune salvage.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Large plated rune salvage with rarity 27/128 in quantity 1Large plated rune salvageF2P icon.png127/12830,61732,000
Inert adrenaline crystal.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Inert adrenaline crystal with rarity Common in quantity 1 (noted)Inert adrenaline crystal (m)P2P icon.png(noted)Common34,6692,400
Dragon platelegs.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Dragon platelegs with rarity 1/256 in quantity 1Dragon platelegs (m)P2P icon.png11/256159,448162,000
Dragon plateskirt.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Dragon plateskirt with rarity 1/256 in quantity 1Dragon plateskirt (m)P2P icon.png11/256161,340162,000
Dragon longsword.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Dragon longsword with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Dragon longsword (m)P2P icon.png14/12857,24460,000
Off-hand dragon longsword.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Off-hand dragon longsword with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Off-hand dragon longsword (m)P2P icon.png14/12856,75960,000
Rune bolts (unf).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Rune bolts (unf) with rarity 10/128 in quantity 40Rune bolts (unf)F2P icon.png4010/1287,080480
Uncut dragonstone.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity 9/128 in quantity 2 (noted)Uncut dragonstone (m)P2P icon.png(noted)9/12825,6641,200
Black dragonhide.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Black dragonhide with rarity 10/128 in quantity 9 (noted)Black dragonhideF2P icon.png(noted)10/12832,967432
Onyx bolt tips.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Onyx bolt tips with rarity 6/128 in quantity 8Onyx bolt tips (m)P2P icon.png86/12859,73643,200
Runite stone spirit.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Runite stone spirit with rarity 24/128 in quantity 3-4Runite stone spiritF2P icon.png3–424/1281,527-2,036Not alchemisable
Magic logs.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Magic logs with rarity 12/128 in quantity 30 (noted)Magic logsF2P icon.png30 (noted)12/12812,6305,760
Coins_10000.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Coins with rarity 10/128 in quantity 11000-14000CoinsF2P icon.png11,000–14,00010/12811,000-14,00011,000-14,000
Prayer potion (3).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Prayer potion (3) with rarity 2/128 in quantity 3Prayer potion (3)F2P icon.png32/1288,229273
Rocktail.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Rocktail with rarity 7/128 in quantity 2Rocktail (m)P2P icon.png27/1286,814720
Rare drop table.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Rare drop table with rarity Rare in quantity 1Rare drop tableF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Steadfast scale.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Steadfast scale with rarity 1/768 in quantity 1Steadfast scale (m)P2P icon.png11/768[3]10,722,09030,000
Glaiven wing-tip.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Glaiven wing-tip with rarity 1/768 in quantity 1Glaiven wing-tip (m)P2P icon.png11/768[3]3,475,28330,000
Ragefire gland.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Ragefire gland with rarity 1/768 in quantity 1Ragefire gland (m)P2P icon.png11/768[3]406,09130,000
Draconic visage.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Draconic visage with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Draconic visageF2P icon.png11/512[4]1,195,130450,000
  1. ^ Estimated based on 112,796 kills from the RuneMetrics drop logging project.

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity[d 1] GE price High Alch
Forcae's journal page.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Forcae's journal page with rarity 1/20 in quantity 1Forcae's journal page (m)P2P icon.png11/20[d 2]Not soldNot alchemisable
Sealed clue scroll (hard).png: RS3 Rune 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 Rune dragon drops Sealed clue scroll (elite) with rarity 2/896 in quantity 1Sealed clue scroll (elite) (m)P2P icon.png12/896[d 3]Not soldNot alchemisable
Kethsi ring.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Kethsi ring with rarity 1/1024 in quantity 1Kethsi ring (m)P2P icon.png11/1024Not soldNot alchemisable
Court summons.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Court summons with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Court summons (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
  1. ^ Estimated based on 112,796 kills from the RuneMetrics drop logging project.
  2. ^ Continues to be dropped until all 10 pages are obtained.
  3. ^ 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).

Rare drop table[edit | edit source]

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
Rare drop table.png Rare drop table:
Rare drop table
Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Coins_250.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Coins with rarity Common in quantity 250-500CoinsF2P icon.png250–500Common250-500250-500
Uncut sapphire.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Uncut sapphire with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut sapphireF2P icon.png1Common43015
Uncut emerald.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Uncut emerald with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut emeraldF2P icon.png1Common77730
Uncut ruby.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Uncut ruby with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut rubyF2P icon.png1Common1,40460
Uncut diamond.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Uncut diamond with rarity Common in quantity 1Uncut diamondF2P icon.png1Common2,766120
Uncut diamond.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Uncut diamond with rarity Rare in quantity 45-55 (noted)Uncut diamondF2P icon.png45–55 (noted)Rare124,470-152,1305,400-6,600
Loop half of a key.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Loop half of a key with rarity Common in quantity 1Loop half of a key (m)P2P icon.png1Common11,2130
Tooth half of a key.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Tooth half of a key with rarity Common in quantity 1Tooth half of a key (m)P2P icon.png1Common14,7740
Uncut dragonstone.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Uncut dragonstone (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon12,832600
Uncut dragonstone.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Uncut dragonstone with rarity Rare in quantity 45-55 (noted)Uncut dragonstone (m)P2P icon.png45–55 (noted)Rare577,440-705,76027,000-33,000
Dragon longsword.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Dragon longsword with rarity Common in quantity 1Dragon longsword (m)P2P icon.png1Common57,24460,000
Dragon spear.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Dragon spear with rarity Rare in quantity 1Dragon spear (m)P2P icon.png1Rare36,18337,440
Battlestaff.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Battlestaff with rarity Rare in quantity 180-220 (noted)Battlestaff (m)P2P icon.png180–220 (noted)Rare584,820-714,780756,000-924,000
Rune javelin.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Rune javelin with rarity Rare in quantity 5Rune javelinF2P icon.png5Rare8951,870
Huge plated rune salvage.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Huge plated rune salvage with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Huge plated rune salvageF2P icon.png1Uncommon38,93540,000
Huge plated rune salvage.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Huge plated rune salvage with rarity Rare in quantity 18-22 (noted)Huge plated rune salvageF2P icon.png18–22 (noted)Rare700,830-856,570720,000-880,000
Shield left half.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Shield left half with rarity Rare in quantity 1Shield left half (m)P2P icon.png1Rare64,27166,000
Dragon helm.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Dragon helm with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Dragon helm (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon58,87160,000
Rune arrowheads.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Rune arrowheads with rarity Common in quantity 113-137Rune arrowheadsF2P icon.png113–137Common14,125-17,125678-822
Onyx bolts.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Onyx bolts with rarity Very rare in quantity 135-165Onyx bolts (m)P2P icon.png135–165Very rare1,048,275-1,281,2251,104,165-1,349,535
Water talisman.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Water talisman with rarity Rare in quantity 68-82 (noted)Water talismanF2P icon.png68–82 (noted)Rare213,452-257,398136-164
Earth talisman.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Earth talisman with rarity Rare in quantity 68-82 (noted)Earth talismanF2P icon.png68–82 (noted)Rare13,328-16,072136-164
Raw lobster.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Raw lobster with rarity Common in quantity 135-165 (noted)Raw lobsterF2P icon.png135–165 (noted)Common82,350-100,65022,950-28,050
Raw shark.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Raw shark with rarity Uncommon in quantity 225-275 (noted)Raw shark (m)P2P icon.png225–275 (noted)Uncommon267,975-327,52540,500-49,500
Big bones.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Big bones with rarity Uncommon in quantity 68-82 (noted)Big bonesF2P icon.png68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,512-15,0880
Dragon bones.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Dragon bones with rarity Rare in quantity 180-220 (noted)Dragon bonesF2P icon.png180–220 (noted)Rare426,060-520,7400
Coal stone spirit.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Coal stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 900-1100Coal stone spiritF2P icon.png900–1,100Uncommon30,600-37,400Not alchemisable
Gold stone spirit.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Gold stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 90-110Gold stone spiritF2P icon.png90–110Common6,210-7,590Not alchemisable
Adamantite stone spirit.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Adamantite stone spirit with rarity Uncommon in quantity 180-220Adamantite stone spiritF2P icon.png180–220Uncommon11,520-14,080Not alchemisable
Adamantite stone spirit.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Adamantite stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 14-16Adamantite stone spiritF2P icon.png14–16Common896-1,024Not alchemisable
Adamantite stone spirit.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Adamantite stone spirit with rarity Rare in quantity 135-165Adamantite stone spiritF2P icon.png135–165Rare8,640-10,560Not alchemisable
Runite stone spirit.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Runite stone spirit with rarity Rare in quantity 90-110Runite stone spiritF2P icon.png90–110Rare45,810-55,990Not alchemisable
Runite stone spirit.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Runite stone spirit with rarity Common in quantity 3Runite stone spiritF2P icon.png3Common1,527Not alchemisable
Runite stone spirit.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Runite stone spirit with rarity Rare in quantity 45-55Runite stone spiritF2P icon.png45–55Rare22,905-27,995Not alchemisable
Grimy torstol.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Grimy torstol with rarity Uncommon in quantity 90-110 (noted)Grimy torstol (m)P2P icon.png90–110 (noted)Uncommon737,100-900,9000
Grimy snapdragon.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Grimy snapdragon with rarity Uncommon in quantity 90-110 (noted)Grimy snapdragon (m)P2P icon.png90–110 (noted)Uncommon167,940-205,2600
Super restore (4).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Super restore (4) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 45-55 (noted)Super restore (4) (m)P2P icon.png45–55 (noted)Uncommon150,165-183,5358,100-9,900
Prayer potion (4).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Prayer potion (4) with rarity Uncommon in quantity 45-55 (noted)Prayer potion (4)F2P icon.png45–55 (noted)Uncommon183,870-224,7305,130-6,270
Lantadyme seed.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Lantadyme seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 14-16Lantadyme seed (m)P2P icon.png14–16Uncommon37,548-42,912532-608
Dwarf weed seed.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Dwarf weed seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 14-16Dwarf weed seed (m)P2P icon.png14–16Uncommon20,944-23,936532-608
Magic seed.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Magic seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 4Magic seed (m)P2P icon.png4Uncommon391,0521,012
Palm tree seed.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Palm tree seed with rarity Rare in quantity 10Palm tree seed (m)P2P icon.png10Rare912,6601,520
Flax.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Flax with rarity Common in quantity 450-550 (noted)FlaxF2P icon.png450–550 (noted)Common43,200-52,8001,350-1,650
Molten glass.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Molten glass with rarity Common in quantity 45-55 (noted)Molten glass (m)P2P icon.png45–55 (noted)Common14,355-17,54545-55
Soft clay.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Soft clay with rarity Uncommon in quantity 450-550 (noted)Soft clayF2P icon.png450–550 (noted)Uncommon229,500-280,500450-550
Yew logs.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Yew logs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 68-82 (noted)Yew logsF2P icon.png68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,804-16,6466,528-7,872
Yew logs.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Yew logs with rarity Rare in quantity 675-825 (noted)Yew logsF2P icon.png675–825 (noted)Rare137,025-167,47564,800-79,200
Teak plank.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Teak plank with rarity Uncommon in quantity 45-55 (noted)Teak plank (m)P2P icon.png45–55 (noted)Uncommon15,075-18,42513,500-16,500
Mahogany plank.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Mahogany plank with rarity Rare in quantity 270-330 (noted)Mahogany plank (m)P2P icon.png270–330 (noted)Rare241,380-295,020243,000-297,000
Vecna skull.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Vecna skull with rarity Rare in quantity 1Vecna skull (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[d 1]96,5806,000
Blurberry Special.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Blurberry Special with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Blurberry Special (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare[d 2]14,77518
Cheese+tom batta.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Cheese+tom batta with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Cheese+tom batta (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare[d 3]4121
Hazelmere's signet ring.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Hazelmere's signet ring with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Hazelmere's signet ring (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare[d 4]1,621,945,897300,000
Brawling gloves (Melee).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Melee) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Melee) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (Magic).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Magic) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Magic) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (Ranged).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Ranged) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Ranged) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (Agility).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Agility) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Agility) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (Cooking).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Cooking) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Cooking) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (FM).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (FM) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (FM) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (Fishing).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Fishing) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Fishing) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (Hunter).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Hunter) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Hunter) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (Mining).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Mining) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Mining) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (Prayer).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Prayer) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Prayer) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (Smithing).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Smithing) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Smithing) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (Thieving).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (Thieving) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (Thieving) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Brawling gloves (WC).png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Brawling gloves (WC) with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Brawling gloves (WC) (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 1.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Crystal triskelion fragment 1 with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 1 (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 2.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Crystal triskelion fragment 2 with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 2 (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
Crystal triskelion fragment 3.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Crystal triskelion fragment 3 with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Crystal triskelion fragment 3 (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Timbo's Twitter account. 19 January 2018. (Archived from the original on 22 January 2019.) Mod Timbo: "1/1280 if you hit the RDT, requires T4 luck to be worn in order to get a hold of it. Of course there are tons of different ways to access the RDT so it changes massively depending on what you're fighting, what you're wearing etc."
  2. ^ Indicates a failed 1/10 roll for Hazelmere's signet ring.
  3. ^ Indicates a roll for Hazelmere's signet ring without tier 4 luck.
  4. ^ Requires tier 4 luck. Rarer than the vecna skull.

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 Rune dragon drops Key token with rarity Rare in quantity 1Key tokenF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Mimic kill token.png: RS3 Rune dragon drops Mimic kill token with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Mimic kill token (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare6,652Not alchemisable

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 19 August 2019 (Update):
    • Metallic Dragon trinkets now correctly note reinforced dragon bones after killing elite rune dragons.
  • patch 28 May 2019 (Update):.
    • Players fighting rune dragons will no longer be warned about using dragon bane weaponry when non weapon damage is dealt.
  • patch 21 January 2019 (Update):
    • The phase transitions for Rune Dragons has been vastly improved and made smoother.
    • The book of death effect should now correctly work when fighting Rune Dragons.
  • patch 7 January 2019 (Update):
    • Rune dragons no longer drop Rune bars, and instead drop Small plated rune salvage
      • Prior to the Mining and Smithing rework update, rune dragons dropped one rune bar upon death. This was changed to a small plated rune salvage (which requires two bars) to maintain the value of their 100% drop.
  • ninja 13 November 2017 (Update):
    • Tier 90 boot component drops from Rune Dragons and Elite Rune Dragons are now more common.
  • ninja 22 August 2016 (Update):
    • Made changes to rune dragons' phase transitions to allow players to continue attacking throughout. Damage that overshoots the lifepoint thresholds will no longer be healed back, but that hit, and hits during transition, are reduced to 10% power.
      • Originally, as a rune dragon had to reach a specific threshold of life points to move to the next phase, overhitting the mark would result in the dragon regenerating all lost health back to the specific health mark (e.g if the rune dragon had 46,000 life points and was hit by a Tuska's Wrath on a Slayer assignment, it would have 34,000 life points; the next hit would result in its health returning to the transition threshold of 45,050 life points).[5] In addition, rune dragons could not be attacked during phase transition. This was changed with this update due to player complaints.
  • patch 6 July 2015 (Update):
    • The early bird bonus for rune and adamant dragons has now ended.
    • The slayer masters' tip for celestial dragons has been tweaked, as rune dragons have usurped them as the strongest dragons.
    • A rune dragon that spawned in an inaccessible corner of Mount Firewake has been moved further north.
  • patch 22 June 2015 (Update):
    • Adamant & rune dragons have been added to the "I have killed ..." quickchat.
    • More rune dragons have been added to Mount Firewake.
    • Elite rune dragons will no longer spawn in safe zones.
    • The Adventurer's Log will now show rune dragon drops.
    • Rune dragons are no longer aggressive.
    • Whoever inflicts the most damage on a rune dragon will now get the drop, rather than the first person to attack. Note that - although this is a mechanic typical of boss monsters - rune dragons are still affected by Tuska's Wrath.
    • Rune dragons no longer regenerate when out of combat.
    • Slayer and combat XP from rune dragons has been increased.
    • The enhanced blue dragonbreath used in the flying phase of rune dragons now inflicts fixed damage rather than randomised damage.
    • Barry lives! There is now a rare chance that an elite dragon will spawn with the name 'Barry', in honour of the draconic slayer of dragon slayers.
      • This is a reference to an elite rune dragon nicknamed "Barry" that killed 32 players while stuck in the enrage phase on the day of release.[6][7]
    • The quantity of summoning charms dropped by adamant dragons & rune dragons has been increased from 3 to 4, to be in line with the desired maximum from mithril dragons.
  • patch 22 June 2015 (Update):
    • The Early Bird Bonus for adamant and rune dragons has been extended until the 29th of July - that's increased spawn rates on both types of dragon, increased change for elites to spawn, and twice the chance to get an adamant or rune dragon slayer assignment.
  • hotfix 16 June 2015:
    • Rune dragons will no longer build up rage outside of combat.[8]
      • Upon release, there was a bug that caused rune dragons to build up their rage outside of combat, due to players leaving combat during the third phase. This caused them to easily kill players in a single hit. This bug was patched the following day. Without growing their rage, rune dragons will still keep their rage for a long time after leaving combat. If one leaves for a bank trip, it is common to find their already damaged dragon in the same state as it was before leaving.
  • update 15 June 2015 (Update):
    • Rune dragons and Adamant dragons added to game.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There is currently a glitch where damage from a dwarf multicannon deals full damage for phase one of the fight, even though dragonbane ammo is required in order to harm them. 
  • Using Tuska's Wrath in phase 1 or 2 on a Slayer assignment forces the rune dragon to immediately phase but retain its life points. In phase 3 however, Tuska's Wrath deals full damage.
  • If a rune dragon is forced into its next phase via indirect damage, it will turn aggressive towards the player that caused the phase transition.
  • Rune dragons (and their elite variant) are the only metallic dragons to have no weaknesses.
  • As of 1 February 2018, the highest kill count for these monsters was 69,056 kills[9].

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Osborne. RuneScape's RuneLabs #2 (video). YouTube. 13 March 2015.*
  2. ^ a b Jagex. Patch Notes | 22/08. RuneScape Official Forums. 22 August 2016. "Made changes to rune dragons' phase transitions to allow players to continue attacking throughout. Damage that overshoots the lifepoint thresholds will no longer be healed back, but that hit, and hits during transition, are reduced to 10% power."*
  3. ^ a b c Mods Timbo & Orion. "Drop Rates Revealed - Miscellaneous Edition." 1 December 2017. Developers' Blogs.
  4. ^ Mod Timbo. "Revealing Drop Rates." 17 November 2017. Developers' Blogs.
  5. ^ Jagex. Mod Stu's Twitter account. 3 November 2015. (Archived from the original on 30 October 2019.) Mod Stu: "Yep, guilty, and I'm aware they regenerate at transition thresholds. Intended mechanic; no plans to change it."
  6. ^ Jagex. Mod Stu's Twitter account. 22 June 2015. (Archived from the original on 30 October 2019.) Mod Stu: "Was an elite rune dragon last week that 1-hit-KOed. Players nicknamed Barry the Destroyer. Patched Tues morning."
  7. ^ Scopulus-RS. Rune Dragons too OP. reddit.com. 15 June 2015.
  8. ^ Jagex. Mod Stu's Twitter account. 22 June 2015. (Archived from the original on 30 October 2019.) Mod Stu: "Was an elite rune dragon last week that 1-hit-KOed. Players nicknamed Barry the Destroyer. Patched Tues morning."
  9. ^ Mod Shauny. Top 10 killers per Boss. 2 Feb 2018. "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!"*
  10. ^ Mod Shauny. Top Slayer Killers - 6th May 2018. 6 May 2018. "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!"*