Metal dragons/Strategies

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For a guide on killing Mithril dragons, see Mithril dragon/Strategies.

Bronze, Iron and Steel Metal dragons can be killed with all three combat styles.

Suggested skills[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Melee is an efficient way of killing them, especially with a Dragon hunter lance (the best stab weapon against Dragons and draconic creatures) and using Proselyte armour for Prayer or high-tier armour, such as Bandos or Barrows equipment, for Defence. The Dragon hunter lance is the best choice followed by the Ghrazi rapier, the Zamorakian hasta and lastly followed by Dragon sword. Using slash weapons, such as an Abyssal whip, is not recommended due to their high slash defences. As their Defence is extremely high, the higher the stab bonus the faster the kills will be, thus using fewer supplies.

Recommended equipment for Melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet.pngSlayer helmetNeitiznot faceguard.pngNeitiznot faceguardHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotBerserker helm.pngBerserker helmN/A
NeckAmulet of torture.pngAmulet of tortureAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of power.pngAmulet of powerN/A
BackInfernal cape.pngInfernal capeFire cape.pngFire capeArdougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak 4Capes of accomplishments (trimmed).gif Cape of AccomplishmentObsidian cape.pngObsidian cape
BodyBandos chestplate.pngBandos chestplateFighter torso.pngFighter torsoProselyte hauberk.pngProselyte hauberk [1]N/AN/A
LegsBandos tassets.pngBandos tassetsProselyte cuisse.pngProselyte cuisse [1]N/AN/AN/A
WeaponDragon hunter lance.pngDragon hunter lanceGhrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapierZamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hastaAbyssal dagger (p++).pngAbyssal dagger (p++)Dragon sword.pngDragon sword
ShieldDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldAnti-dragon shield.pngAnti-dragon shieldAvernic defender.pngAvernic defender[2]N/AN/A
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2N/AN/AN/A
GlovesFerocious gloves.pngFerocious glovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesN/AN/AN/A
BootsPrimordial boots.pngPrimordial bootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsClimbing boots.pngClimbing bootsN/AN/A
RingBerserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i)Treasonous ring (i).pngTreasonous ring (i)Berserker ring.pngBerserker ringExplorer's ring 1.pngExplorer's ringN/A
  1. 1.0 1.1 This may be used over other options to reduce prayer drain
  2. Requires (extended) super antifire potions

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Super combat potion(4).pngExtended super antifire(4).pngExtended super antifire(4).pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Rune pouch.png

Ranged can be feasible and very economical if using broad bolts, but using Diamond bolts (e) can be faster at a greater cost. Always keep a distance of several spaces away from the dragon to avoid its melee attack. All you have to do is make sure your antifire is active, and snipe away at a distance.

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i)Armadyl helmet.pngArmadyl helmetKaril's coif.pngKaril's coifArcher helm.pngArcher helm
NeckNecklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of power.pngAmulet of power
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerAva's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorAva's attractor.pngAva's attractorRanging cape.pngRanging cape
BodyArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplateKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertopBlessed body.gifBlessed bodyBlack d'hide body.pngBlack d'hide body
LegsArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirtBlessed chaps.gifBlessed chapsBlack d'hide chaps.pngBlack d'hide chaps
WeaponDragon hunter crossbow.pngDragon hunter crossbowArmadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowDragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbowRune crossbow.pngRune crossbow
ShieldDragonfire ward.pngDragonfire wardAnti-dragon shield.pngAnti-dragon shieldN/AN/A
Ammo/SpellDiamond bolts 5.pngDiamond bolts (e)Broad bolts 5.pngBroad boltsN/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesBlessed vambraces.gifBlessed vambracesBlack d'hide vambraces.pngBlack d'hide vambracesN/A
BootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsRanger boots.pngRanger bootsBlessed boots.gifBlessed bootsSnakeskin boots.pngSnakeskin boots
RingArchers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringArchers ring.pngArchers ringExplorer's ring 1.pngExplorer's ring

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Extended antifire(4).pngRanging potion(4).pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Rune pouch.png
  • 1-2 Prayer potions (optional) Unlike melee, Prayer potions are really not needed when using range unless Eagle Eye or Rigour is used
  • 30+ Nature runes and 150+ Fire runes for Alchs (optional)
  • Food is not necessary when fighting bronze, iron or steel dragons from a distance.

Magic is one of the quickest ways to kill metal dragons cheaply, and can be done without taking damage. All the caster has to do is make sure their antifire is active, anti-dragon shield is equipped and attack them at a distance. Although players can opt for better setups if maging, Void mage can be used as well for accounts below 70 Defence. However, Ahrim's will prove to be better when players have level 70 Defence or higher.

Recommended equipment for Magic
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i)Black mask (i).pngBlack mask (i)Ancestral hat.pngAncestral hatAhrim's hood.pngAhrim's hoodVoid mage helm.pngVoid mage helm
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklaceAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryAmulet of magic.pngAmulet of magicAmulet of power.pngAmulet of power
BackImbued god capes.gif Imbued God capeGod capes.gif God capeN/AN/AN/A
BodyAncestral robe top.pngAncestral robe topAhrim's robetop.pngAhrim's robetopVoid knight top.pngVoid knight topMystic robe top.pngMystic robe topN/A
LegsAncestral robe bottom.pngAncestral robe bottomAhrim's robeskirt.pngAhrim's robeskirtVoid knight robe.pngVoid knight robeMystic robe bottom.pngMystic robe bottomN/A
WeaponHarmonised nightmare staff.pngHarmonised nightmare staffSanguinesti staff.pngSanguinesti staffTrident of the swamp.pngTrident of the swampTrident of the seas.pngTrident of the seasIban's staff.pngIban's staff
ShieldAncient wyvern shield.pngAncient wyvern shieldAnti-dragon shield.pngAnti-dragon shieldN/AN/AN/A
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2N/AN/AN/A
GlovesTormented bracelet.pngTormented braceletBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesVoid knight gloves.pngVoid knight glovesMystic gloves.pngMystic glovesN/A
BootsEternal boots.pngEternal bootsInfinity boots.pngInfinity bootsWizard boots.pngWizard bootsMystic boots.pngMystic bootsN/A
RingSeers ring (i).pngSeers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringSeers ring.pngSeers ringLunar ring.pngLunar ring / Beacon ring.pngBeacon ringExplorer's ring 1.pngExplorer's ring

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Extended antifire(4).pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Rune pouch.png
  • 1-2 Prayer potions (optional) Unlike Melee, Prayer potions are really not needed when using Magic unless Mystic Might or Augury is used
  • 30+ Nature runes and 150+ Fire runes for Alchs (optional)
  • Food is not necessary when fighting bronze, iron or steel dragons from a distance.