Lava dragons are former red dragons that have been transformed after being surrounded by lava for too long. They reside in the Lava Dragon Isle in the Wilderness (between level 36 and 42 Wilderness), and attack with melee as well as with dragonfire. Due to their low magic level, they are particularly weak to magic, thus making Fire Bolt a slow but profitable method of killing them.
Lava dragons can be safespotted both inside and outside their isle. The many piles of skeletons and edges at the isle allow for players to safespot them inside. Alternatively, players can camp some of the southern spawns outside the isle, although they should be careful as Vet'ion can walk to their safespot and attack the players. Having 74 Agility and the hard Wilderness Diary completed is recommended when killing them to use the stepping stones to escape the isle, as the area is frequented by player killers.
Bringing a pestle and mortar is optional to grind the scales into shards, in addition to High Level Alchemy runes to alch their common adamant and rune equipment drops. If killing them from outside the isle, Telekinetic Grab will be needed to grab their drops. Although it is possible to stay at the isle indefinitely using this method, it is advisable to bank every 10–20 minutes as the isle is commonly targeted by player killers.
Lava dragons are the only monsters to drop the lava dragon bones, which give 85 Prayer experience when buried. However, burying them on Lava Dragon Isle grants 340 Prayer experience instead.
Although they drop black dragonhide, they do not count as black dragons for a Slayer task.
Reaching the lava dragons.
|Onyx bolt tips||12||Uncommon||97,764||7,200|
|Dragon javelin heads||15||Uncommon[d 1]||14,400||17,550|
|Adamant 2h sword||1||Uncommon||3,501||3,840|
|Rune med helm||1||Uncommon||11,131||11,520|
|Rune full helm||1||Uncommon||20,645||21,120|
Two herbs are dropped when the herb table is rolled.
|Grimy guam leaf||1–2||Uncommon||17-34||7-14|
|Grimy ranarr weed||1–2||Uncommon||7,763-15,526||18-36|
|Grimy irit leaf||1–2||Uncommon||941-1,882||10-20|
|Grimy dwarf weed||1–2||Rare||503-1,006||14-28|
|Fire orb||15 (noted)||Uncommon||20,085||2,700|
|Looting bag||1||1/30||Not sold||N/A|
|Larran's key||1||Rare[d 1]||Not sold||54|
|Mysterious emblem||1||1/40[d 1]||68,702||30,000|
|Slayer's enchantment||1||1/136[d 1]||1,089||720|
|Clue scroll (elite)||1||1/250; 1/125[d 2]||Not sold||12|
Rare drop table
In addition to the drops above, this monster has access to the standard rare drop table.
|Loop half of key||1||Rare||9,826||60|
|Tooth half of key||1||Rare||9,727||60|
|Nature rune||67||Very rare||14,070||7,236|
|Rune 2h sword||1||Very rare||37,834||38,400|
|Rune battleaxe||1||Very rare||24,581||24,960|
|Uncut emerald||1||Very rare||734||30|
|Law rune||45||Very rare||7,110||6,480|
|Death rune||45||Very rare||9,360||4,860|
|Steel arrow||150||Very rare||4,800||1,050|
|Rune arrow||42||Very rare||2,562||10,080|
|Adamant javelin||20||Very rare||1,160||1,920|
|Rune sq shield||1||Very rare||22,503||23,040|
|Silver ore||100 (noted)||Very rare||5,800||4,500|
|Uncut ruby||1||Very rare||1,387||60|
|Rune kiteshield||1||Very rare||32,094||32,640|
|Dragon med helm||1||Very rare||59,077||60,000|
|Rune spear||1||Very rare||11,952||12,480|
|Shield left half||1||Very rare||65,229||66,000|
|Nature talisman||1||Very rare||Not sold||2|
|Dragon spear||1||Very rare||37,567||37,440|
|Uncut diamond||1||Very rare||2,858||120|
|Rune javelin||5||Very rare||835||1,200|
- ↑ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 7 June 2017. (Archived from the original on 25 Mar 2019.) Mod Ash: "It's calculated off the HP: 1 in (155 - (HP/2)) There's none with HP over 300, but it'd disregard values higher than that."
- ↑ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 14 March 2018. (Archived from the original on 5 June 2019.) Mod Ash: "For nastier bosses (e.g. Callisto) it's 1/30. For other things it scales between 1/320 and 1/80 as the NPC's HP scales from 0 to 300."