Killing rune dragons

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Killing rune dragons
RequirementsFighting rune dragon.png
Hitpoints 90+ , Attack , Strength , Defence recommended
Magic 75+ , Prayer recommended

For recommended equipment and recommended inventory, see this page:
Rune dragon strategies (Equipment)

Dragon Slayer II
ProfitExperience gained
1,437,548Combat level 65,340 Hitpoints 21,780 Slayer 16,335
Inputs (209,370)Outputs (1,646,918)
15 × Prayer potion(4).png Prayer potion(4) (122,070)5 × Divine super combat potion(2).png Divine super combat potion(2) (40,685)5 × Extended antifire(1).png Extended antifire(1) (590)100 × Cooked karambwan.png Cooked karambwan (42,200)1 × Digsite pendant.png Digsite pendant (1,500)5 × Teleport to house (tablet).png Teleport to house (tablet) (2,325)45 × Runite bar.png Runite bar (557,055)45 × Dragon bones.png Dragon bones (89,685)0.0056 × Draconic visage.png Draconic visage (20,291)0.009 × Dragon metal lump.png Dragon metal lump (1,927)0.056 × Dragon limbs.png Dragon limbs (113,246)3.19 × Rune platebody.png Rune platebody (122,402)2.83 × Rune longsword.png Rune longsword (52,625)2.48 × Rune mace.png Rune mace (20,118)2.48 × Rune scimitar.png Rune scimitar (36,944)2.48 × Rune warhammer.png Rune warhammer (64,317)2.13 × Rune platelegs.png Rune platelegs (80,332)0.35 × Dragon platelegs.png Dragon platelegs (57,134)0.35 × Dragon plateskirt.png Dragon plateskirt (57,115)0.35 × Dragon med helm.png Dragon med helm (20,883)113 × Wrath rune.png Wrath rune (38,891)279 × Chaos rune.png Chaos rune (14,789)186 × Death rune.png Death rune (35,903)97.44 × Runite bolts (unf) 5.png Runite bolts (unf) (14,714)88.58 × Rune javelin heads 5.png Rune javelin heads (47,480)99.21 × Rune arrow 5.png Rune arrow (4,564)62.01 × Dragon javelin heads 5.png Dragon javelin heads (56,117) Only after completion of Monkey Madness II10.63 × Dragon bolts (unf) 5.png Dragon bolts (unf) (8,919)0.89 × Grimy avantoe.png Grimy avantoe (1,450)0.71 × Grimy ranarr weed.png Grimy ranarr weed (4,303)0.71 × Grimy snapdragon.png Grimy snapdragon (6,331)0.53 × Grimy torstol.png Grimy torstol (4,417)2.48 × Dragonstone.png Dragonstone (29,516)7.44 × Runite ore.png Runite ore (82,327)0.35 × Wrath talisman.png Wrath talisman (238)0.35 × Rare drop table.png Rare drop table (2,886)
Dragon warhammer.pngDigsite pendant.pngDivine super combat potion(2).pngExtended antifire(1).png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Cooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.png
Cooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.png
Cooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.png
Cooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngTeleport to house (tablet).png
Cooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngRune pouch.png
Nature rune.png1000Fire rune.png5000

The average rune dragon kill, including its unique drops, is worth 37,111.25. Without the unique drops, the average kill is worth 34,100.

This guide assumes 9 kills per trip and 5 trips per hour, for around 45 kills per hour. Your profit per hour may vary depending on your speed. At lower levels and equipment, you might get 33-38 kills per hour, while at maximum efficiency, it is possible to obtain 55-60 kills per hour. The most common strategy for rune dragons is to pay little to moderate attention using melee, 90+ combat stats, praying piety + protect from magic, and wearing Justiciar armour + Dragonfire shield + Dragon hunter lance for an average of 45 kills per hour. See the talk page for more info.

To get back to the laboratory underneath Lithkren, players can travel using the rowboat from the quest; on the west side of the island or, after completion, taking a digsite pendant and using it on the strange machine north of the rune dragon room, adding a teleport straight to Lithkren on it. Players can also use the digsite pendant to create a mounted digsite pendant in the Nexus room of their POH. Using the (mounted) digsite pendant makes getting back to the laboratory underneath Lithkren so fast (less than a minute) that min-maxing to stay as long as possible is generally not worth it. Instead players should pick up all loot (including dragon bones) then bank and return.

Defenders are higher profit per hour even with the cost of extended super antifire(2) but most players use a dragonfire shield + extended antifire(1) because it is less attention intensive. This setup allows players to not worry about their anti-fire running out in the middle of a trip (due to not paying attention) thus preventing getting hit by Dragonfire. Additionally the dragonfire shield gives higher defence bonuses which leads to a lower chance of getting hit. Using Bandos armour + Helm of neitiznot/Neitiznot faceguard is also higher profit per hour but most players use Justiciar armour because of its set effect and high defence bonuses. See the talk page for more info.

Using Anglerfish as food is an uncommon strategy. Anglerfish allow the player to heal above their max HP. This allows a player to look away from their screen for longer periods without worrying about dying. Anglerfish require less attention but are more expensive while Cooked karambwan are cheaper but need to be eaten more often. Over time using Anglerfish can cost millions more GP than just using Cooked karambwan.

Some tips for lower investments:

Rune dragons have multiple attacks, similarly to mithril and adamant dragons. Along with standard dragonfire attacks, they have a standard melee, ranged and magic attack (which resembles Water Wave), as well as two special attacks.

The first attack is two small electric bolts, which are launched around the player's position and homes in on them. This deals 4-7 damage per tick for a few seconds. If a player is wearing insulated boots this damage is reduced to 1-2 per tick.

The second attack is a ranged attack that hits through Protect from Missiles, and uses the Life Leech effect from enchanted onyx bolts, where the dragon will heal itself for 100% of the damage dealt to the player.

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