Killing lava dragons

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The methods in this guide may involve considerable risk, including (but not limited to): loss of money/items, unstable prices, and/or slow GE resale.
Reason: Takes place in the Wilderness
Killing lava dragons
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Ranged 80+ recommended
Magic 75+ recommended
Defence 70+ recommended
Prayer 43+ recommended


Protection against dragonfire (Anti-dragon shield recommended)
3-iteming gear to use either Ranged or Magic
12-15 pieces of food (lobsters or better)
A knife to slash spider webs (not needed if using the shortcut)
Looting bag
Pestle and mortar for grinding lava scales (optional)
Super energy or Stamina potion (optional)


Completion of the hard Wilderness tasks and Agility 74 (optional but yields a handy shortcut to the south)
An Amulet of glory and Games necklace for easier commuting if said shortcut is unlocked
Slayer 55 for Broad bolts recommended if using Ranged (optional)

ProfitExperience gained
761,294.65Combat 18,400
Hitpoints 6,118
Inputs (2,145)Outputs (763,439.65)
15 × Lobster.png Lobster (2,145)45 × Black dragonhide.png Black dragonhide (128,295)45 × Lava dragon bones.png Lava dragon bones (221,085)202.5 × Lava scale shard 5.png Lava scale shard (107,932.5)0.0045 × Draconic visage.png Draconic visage (19,711.15)36 × Onyx bolt tips 5.png Onyx bolt tips (286,416)
Reaching the lava dragons.

This guide assumes 20-45 kills per hour. Your profit per hour may vary depending on your speed.

Lava dragons reside on their isle in level 37-42 Wilderness. A successful kill can take roughly 90 seconds to three minutes long. They are one of the most lucrative sources of income for high-level players if players can survive being intercepted and interrupted by PK clans. Aside from the dangers involved, willing players can travel there and safespot the dragons, and loot can also be telegrabbed from outside if the player chooses not to enter. Additionally, it is not recommended to go anywhere near them since they can easily kill you with their dragonfire breath if you chose a God book over the Anti-dragon shield. You will have to bring items you are willing to risk, thus wearing only 3-4 items is strongly recommended. Anything else should be expendable and easily obtainable like a God cape, book, or Achievement Diary items. Magic bonuses are not required due to the low magic level of the dragons. Instead you should take Magic strength gear and the rest of your set up as tanking gear, for example an occult necklace, imbued god cape, and your weapon as your three risk slot items, with black d'hide body and black d'hide chaps in order to tank pkers. Lava dragons are prone to Magic and fire spells, so it's recommended to use them, but the Trident of the swamp is the ideal weapon of choice. At 74 Agility, or 69 with a summer pie boost, and with the hard Wilderness Diary completed, an Agility shortcut becomes available for quickly accessing the dragons and escaping an onslaught. You can use a waka canoe to travel to the wilderness pond and run East to the shortcut, or a games necklace to teleport to the Corporeal Beast's lair, go north to the shortcut, kill some dragons, leave via the shortcut, go south into level 30 Wilderness, teleport to Edgeville with an amulet of glory, and repeat. Otherwise, you'll just have to traverse the deep Wilderness going to and from the Mage Arena bank, which is more dangerous and risky.

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