Rune dragon/Strategies

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A player fights a rune dragon in the Lithkren Vault.

After completion of Dragon Slayer II, Rune dragons make residence in the Lithkren Vault and can be fought. They are the strongest metal dragons, so caution should be exercised at all times.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Rune dragons use standard dragonfire, multiple attacks during battle and attack from all sides of the combat triangle, similar to their mithril and adamant counterparts. They also have two unique special attacks:

  • Electricity: Signaled by throwing two small balls that appear to be electricity on the floor, which will then arc to other tiles around the player, dealing small but rapid damage if the player doesn't move. Can be mitigated with insulated boots.
  • Leeching ranged attack: An augmented ranged attack that takes the effect of enchanted onyx bolts, which hits through Protect from Missiles, and heals the dragon for whatever it hits on the player.

Transportation[edit | edit source]

The fastest way to get there is by using a Digsite Pendant teleport to Fossil Island, using the magic mushtree to Mushroom Meadow, traveling southwest to the shore and taking the boat to the Lithkren island and entering the vault.

Suggested skills[edit | edit source]

  • Attack 90+
  • Strength 90+
  • Defence 90+
  • Magic 94+ (optional)
  • Ranged 90+
  • Prayer 70+

Equipment[edit | edit source]

With base 90 Melee stats and a Ghrazi rapier or Dragon hunter lance, using melee against rune dragons is a reliable option. With worse weapons magic or ranged may be more effective. Rune Dragons have accurate and strong attacks, so Bandos, Justiciar or Barrows equipment is recommended along with Protect from Magic and Piety in tandem to reduce damage taken. Also, Vengeance can be used for dealing with their healing Ranged attacks. As soon as a number appears in a purple hitsplat on the dragon, prepare Vengeance.

Recommended equipment for Melee
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (on task)Justiciar faceguard.pngJusticiar faceguard (set effect)Neitiznot faceguard.pngNeitiznot faceguardHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotFighter hat.pngFighter hat
NeckAmulet of torture.pngAmulet of tortureAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/AN/A
BackInfernal cape.pngInfernal capeFire cape.pngFire capeArdougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak 4Ardougne cloak 3.pngArdougne cloak 3Capes of accomplishments (trimmed).gifCape of accomplishment
BodyBandos chestplate.pngBandos chestplateJusticiar chestguard.pngJusticiar chestguardTorag's platebody.pngBarrows bodyFighter torso.pngFighter torsoObsidian platebody.pngObsidian platebody
LegsBandos tassets.pngBandos tassetsJusticiar legguards.pngJusticiar legguardsVerac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirtObsidian platelegs.pngObsidian platelegsN/A
WeaponDragon hunter lance.pngDragon hunter lanceGhrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapierZamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hastaAbyssal dagger.pngAbyssal daggerDragon sword.pngDragon sword
ShieldAvernic defender.pngAvernic defenderDragon defender.pngDragon defenderDragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shieldN/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 glovesDragon gloves.pngDragon glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen bracelet
BootsInsulated boots.pngInsulated bootsPrimordial boots.pngPrimordial bootsDragon boots.pngDragon bootsGuardian boots.pngGuardian bootsBandos boots.pngBandos boots
RingBerserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i)Treasonous ring (i).pngTreasonous ring (i)Ring of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringN/A
Special attackDragon claws.pngDragon clawsDragon warhammer.pngDragon warhammer / Bandos godsword.pngBandos godswordN/AN/AN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Dragon warhammer.pngDigsite pendant.pngExtended super antifire(2).pngDivine super combat potion(2).png
Prayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngTeleport to house (tablet).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngRune pouch.png

With level 90 Ranged and a dragon hunter crossbow, rune dragons can easily be killed due to the crossbow's passive effect, as well as circumventing their melee attack. Armadyl or Karil's equipment is recommended along with Protect from Missiles and Rigour or Eagle Eye in tandem. Also, Vengeance could be used for dealing with their healing Ranged attacks, which hits through Protect from Missiles. As soon as a number appears in a purple hitsplat on the dragon, prepare Vengeance.

Recommended equipment for Ranged
SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (on task)Armadyl helmet.pngArmadyl helmetHelm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznotVoid ranger helm.pngVoid ranger helmN/A
NeckNecklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguishAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/AN/A
BackAva's assembler.pngAva's assemblerRanging cape.pngRanging capeAva's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorN/AN/A
BodyArmadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplateKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertopArmadyl d'hide body.pngBlessed bodyElite void top.pngElite void topN/A
LegsArmadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirtArmadyl chaps.pngBlessed chapsElite void robe.pngElite void robeN/A
WeaponDragon hunter crossbow.pngDragon hunter crossbowArmadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbowDragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbowN/AN/A
ShieldDragonfire ward.pngDragonfire wardTwisted buckler.pngTwisted bucklerAnti-dragon shield.pngAnti-dragon shieldN/AN/A
Ammo/SpellDiamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDiamond dragon bolts (e)Runite bolts 5.pngRunite boltsDiamond bolts 5.pngDiamond bolts (e)N/AN/A
GlovesBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesDragon gloves.pngDragon glovesRune gloves.pngRune glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen braceletVoid knight gloves.pngVoid knight gloves
BootsInsulated boots.pngInsulated bootsPegasian boots.pngPegasian bootsArmadyl d'hide boots.pngBlessed bootsN/AN/A
RingArchers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i)Ring of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Ring of the gods (i).pngRing of the gods (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringN/A

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Divine ranging potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngExtended antifire(1).png
Digsite pendant.pngPrayer potion(4).pngPrayer potion(4).pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngTeleport to house (tablet).png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngRune pouch.png