Dragon defender

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The dragon defender is the second strongest defender in Old School RuneScape, behind the Avernic defender. It is used for its attack and strength bonus and is held in the shield slot. It requires level 60 Defence to equip.

It can only be obtained as a rare drop from cyclopes in the basement of the Warriors' Guild. A player must show a rune defender to Lorelai once to gain permanent access to the cyclopes in this chamber.

Its defensive bonuses are comparable to those of an adamant square shield, with slight differences. Its strength bonus is surpassed by both the dragonfire shield and the avernic defender, which give +7 and +8 strength bonus respectively. However, the dragon defender is more commonly used than either of these for melee training, due to its superior melee attack bonuses over the dragonfire shield and the overall rarity of the avernic defender.

If the player dies below level 20 Wilderness, it will remain in the player's inventory, but will be unusable and must be repaired with 40,000 coins by using the item on Perdu. If the player dies above level 20 Wilderness, it will be dropped as 8,160 coins.

Attack icon.png Attack bonusesA player wielding a dragon defender
A player wielding a dragon defender
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Defence icon.png Defence bonuses
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Melee.png Other bonusesSlot
Strength icon.pngRanged Strength icon.pngMagic Damage icon.pngPrayer icon.pngShield slot.png

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Cyclops56; 76; 81; 106 Multicombat.png1Rare(1/100)

Upgrading[edit | edit source]

Players can attach a dragon defender ornament kit, obtained from master clue scrolls, to create a dragon defender (t). This is a cosmetic upgrade only, as it only alters its appearance and gives no stat enhancements. It can later be dismantled, returning the defender and ornament kit.

Players can upgrade a dragon defender by attaching an Avernic defender hilt to it, creating the Avernic defender, which requires an Attack and Defence level of 70 and has increased bonuses. This process can be reversed, but the hilt will be destroyed in the process.

Concept art[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
28 February 2019
(update | poll)
The defender was graphically updated, removing the pink tint.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The dragon defender is the only defender which does not require a corresponding attack level to equip.