Dragonfire

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The King Black Dragon utilising his dragonfire attacks.

Dragonfire is the fiery breath attack used by most dragons, hence the name. It can deal considerable damage to players without an antifire potion in conjunction with an anti-dragon shield, dragonfire shield, ancient wyvern shield or dragonfire ward.

Overview[edit | edit source]

An adult dragon can deal up to 50 damage to players without the proper equipment. Regular armour doesn't offer any additional protection from the flames. However, there is a chance that the player will "resist some of the dragonfire", which usually causes the dragonfire to not inflict much damage when this occurs.

Normal chromatic dragons (green, blue, red, and black) only use close-ranged dragonfire attacks, meaning that the dragons will only use it if the player is in melee distance from the dragon.

Some dragons, like the King Black Dragonbrutal dragons (green, blue, red and black), Elvarg and metal dragons, have long-ranged dragonfire, and use it in both close or long-ranged combat situations. Metal dragon dragonfire is unique for not being reduced by Protect from Magic.

The King Black Dragon is able to use additional kinds of dragonfire besides standard, each with a different effect, including freezing, poisoning and stat-reducing. Vorkath also possesses different kinds of dragonfire; venomous, Prayer-deactivating, freezing, rapid-fire, as well as a slow but high damaging attack. Not having a form of dragonfire protection while fighting Vorkath can result in the player being hit for most if not all of their maximum hitpoints.

Baby dragons cannot use dragonfire.

Wyverns don't use dragonfire; instead, they use an ice-type breath, which is even more dangerous. It can reduce the stats of a player and prevent them from moving.

Protection[edit | edit source]

There are several methods to protect oneself against dragonfire. All methods apart from Protect from Magic require the player to have started Dragon Slayer to be used.

Icon Name Effect Note
Protect from Magic.png Protect from Magic Offers more or less the same protection as wielding an anti-dragon shield, but only against the four basic chromatic dragons. If used in conjunction with antifire potions against brutal dragons, all dragonfire damage is negated. Requires 37 PrayerPrayer icon.png.
Anti-dragon shield.png Anti-dragon shield Significantly reduces the damage taken from most dragonfire. When combined with an antifire potion, provides complete protection against most dragonfire. Obtained during Dragon Slayer.
Elemental shield.pngMind shield.png Elemental or Mind shield Provides significant protection from Wyvern ice breath. Obtained during Elemental Workshop I and II.
Dragonfire shield.png Dragonfire shield A strong melee variant of the Anti-dragon shield. Significantly reduces the damage taken from most dragonfire. When combined with an antifire potion, provides complete protection against most dragonfire. Also provides significant protection from Wyvern ice breath. Requires 90 SmithingSmithing icon.png, an Anti-dragon shield, and a Draconic visage to create.
Ancient wyvern shield.png Ancient wyvern shield A strong magic variant of the Elemental shield. Significantly reduces the damage taken from most dragonfire. When combined with an antifire potion, provides complete protection against most dragonfire. Also provides significant protection from Wyvern ice breath and blocks their freeze attack. Requires 66 SmithingSmithing icon.png, 66 MagicMagic icon.png, an Elemental shield, and a Wyvern visage to create.
Dragonfire ward.png Dragonfire ward A strong ranged variant of the Anti-dragon shield. Significantly reduces the damage taken from most dragonfire. When combined with an antifire potion, provides complete protection against most dragonfire. Also provides significant protection from Wyvern ice breath. Requires 90 SmithingSmithing icon.png, an Anti-dragon shield, and a Skeletal visage to create.
Antifire potion(4).png Antifire potion Reduces the damage taken from most dragonfire for 6 minutes. Rarely, chromatic dragons can still "horribly burn" you when only using an Antifire potion. When combined with an Anti-dragon shield, Dragonfire shield, Ancient wyvern shield, or Dragonfire ward, provides full protection from most dragonfire. Requires 69 HerbloreHerblore icon.png to create.
Extended antifire(4).png Extended antifire Provides the same protection as the regular Antifire potion for 12 minutes. Requires 84 HerbloreHerblore icon.png to create.
Super antifire potion(4).png Super antifire potion Provides full protection from dragonfire for 3 minutes, freeing up your offhand for other items. This excludes Galvek's and Vorkath's attacks and the King Black Dragon's poisonous/shocking/freezing dragonbreath. Requires 92 HerbloreHerblore icon.png and completion of Dragon Slayer II to create.
Extended super antifire(4).png Extended super antifire Provides the same protection as the regular super antifire potion for 6 minutes. Requires 98 HerbloreHerblore icon.png and completion of Dragon Slayer II to create.
Anti-dragon shield.png Antifire potion(4).png Shield and an antifire potion Provides immunity against normal dragon fire.
Anti-dragon shield.pngSuper antifire potion(4).png Shield and a super antifire potion Provides immunity against Vorkath's special dragon breaths.

A table showing the max hits of various types of dragonfire breathing monsters when using different types of dragonfire protection.

Protections Used Max Hits
Icons Names Metallic Chromatic Brutal King Black Dragon Vorkath
- None 50 50 50 65 73
Anti-dragon shield.png Anti-Fire Shield 5 5 5 15 20
Protect from Magic.png Magic Prayer 50 10 10 20 73
Antifire potion(4).png Anti-Fire Potion 50 50 50 65 73
Super antifire potion(4).png Super Anti-Fire Potion 0 0 0 65 73
Antifire potion(4).pngProtect from Magic.png Anti-Fire Potion +

Magic Prayer

50 0 0 15 20
Antifire potion(4).pngAnti-dragon shield.png Anti-Fire Potion +

Anti-Fire Shield

0 0 0 10 10
Super antifire potion(4).pngProtect from Magic.png Super Anti-Fire Potion +

Magic Prayer

0 0 0 15 10
Super antifire potion(4).pngAnti-dragon shield.png Super Anti-Fire Potion +

Anti-Fire Shield

0 0 0 10 0
Anti-dragon shield.pngProtect from Magic.png Anti-Fire Shield +

Magic Prayer

5 5 5 15 20
Antifire potion(4).pngProtect from Magic.pngAnti-dragon shield.png Anti-Fire Potion +

Magic Prayer + Anti-Fire Shield

0 0 0 10 10
Super antifire potion(4).pngProtect from Magic.pngAnti-dragon shield.png Super Anti-Fire Potion +

Magic Prayer + Anti-Fire Shield

0 0 0 10 0

Using dragonfire[edit | edit source]

Players can also use dragonfire in combat through the use of certain attacks. The dragonfire used by players has the same effect as dragonfire used by dragons. Therefore, it can hit very high against players without proper protection.

The dragonstone bolts special.

One way to use dragonfire is by using enchanted dragon bolts in Ranged. These bolts have, like other enchanted bolts, a special attack. This special attack enables the wearer to occasionally hit the opponent with a blast of dragonfire, adding extra damage to a bolt hit (visible Ranged level * 20%).

Dragonfire discharged from the dragonfire shield.

Just like regular dragonfire, these methods will not cause damage if the opponent is a fire monster or a dragon. In PvP situations, if the opponent is wearing an anti-dragon shield, dragonfire shield or under the effects of antifire potions (or both), the special effect will not activate.

The following potions give full immunity against the enchanted dragon bolt special attack for the respective times:

Potion Minutes
(per dose)
Cost/Minute
1 dose 2 dose 3 dose 4 dose
Antifire potion.png Antifire potion 6 9.33 9.33 8.22 12.08
Extended antifire.png Extended antifire 12 10.92 11.67 9.75 7.38
Super antifire potion.png Super antifire potion 3 981.67 955 1,103.78 1,126.58
Extended super antifire.png Extended super antifire 6 540.33 569.08 610.06 556.71

Magical fire is not considered as dragonfire. The protection needed for dragonfire doesn't provide protection against fire spells.

Players are able to discharge a blast of dragonfire with the dragonfire shield by right clicking the shield.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The message when you are partially protected from dragonfire is different depending on what kind of protection you have.