Steel dragon

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Steel dragons are powerful dragons found in the Brimhaven Dungeon and the Catacombs of Kourend. Steel dragons are the fourth strongest of the six kinds of metallic dragons, behind mithril dragons, adamant dragons and rune dragons. They have a chance of dropping the draconic visage, which is the motivation of many steel dragon killers. Like their fellow metallic brethren, steel dragons can use long-range dragonfire in addition to using melee. The steel dragon boasts a higher max hit and accuracy compared to the iron dragon, although it is far weaker than a mithril dragon.

When given a task of steel dragons for Slayer, they can be an extremely hard and long task for unprepared players. The cheapest way for players to kill them are using bolt spells with chaos gauntlets to increase damage. Players can also use a slayer's staff (e) and Magic Dart. Alternatively, players can use ranged with an imbued slayer helmet to cover up lost accuracy against the dragon's high ranged defence. Higher levelled players can use the Zamorakian hasta or trident of the seas/swamp to kill steel dragons.

They drop rune items frequently and have an increased chance of dropping dragon platelegs and dragon plateskirts over their weaker metal counterparts (being the iron and bronze dragons). The runite limbs, axes and maces generate quite a nice sum of coins when high-alched to conserve inventory space.

Players can pick up the steel bars they drop to make profit, as they drop 5 at a time. However, this is unviable because players will need to bank after 4-5 kills which can hamper kill rates. Even with the completion of the Elite Karamja Diary, which notes their steel bars, it is somewhat impractical as they are surrounded by many iron dragons.

If they are fought without complete dragonfire protection, it is recommended to stay in melee range and use Protect from Melee, to reduce the amount of dragonfire damage taken.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Drops[edit | edit source]

Drop rates estimated based on 60,809 kills from the Old School RuneScape Wiki drop log project, unless otherwise cited.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon bones.png: Steel dragon drops Dragon bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Dragon bones1Always2,27896
Steel bar.png: Steel dragon drops Steel bar with rarity Always in quantity 5Steel bar5Always1,920300

Unique[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Dragon plateskirt.png: Steel dragon drops Dragon plateskirt with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Dragon plateskirt11/512[d 1][1]161,355162,000
Dragon platelegs.png: Steel dragon drops Dragon platelegs with rarity 1/512 in quantity 1Dragon platelegs11/512[d 1][1]161,437162,000
  1. 1.0 1.1 The drop rate is 1/512 for a specific legging, or 1/256 for any leggings

Weapons and Armour[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Rune mace.png: Steel dragon drops Rune mace with rarity 4/128 in quantity 1Rune mace14/1288,2158,640
Adamant kiteshield.png: Steel dragon drops Adamant kiteshield with rarity 2/128 in quantity 1Adamant kiteshield12/1282,9713,264
Rune knife.png: Steel dragon drops Rune knife with rarity 3/128 in quantity 7Rune knife73/1281,477700
Rune axe.png: Steel dragon drops Rune axe with rarity 2/128 in quantity 1Rune axe12/1287,2437,680
Rune full helm.png: Steel dragon drops Rune full helm with rarity 1/128 in quantity 1Rune full helm11/12820,63721,120

Runes and Ammunition[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Blood rune.png: Steel dragon drops Blood rune with rarity 19/128 in quantity 20Blood rune2019/1286,8404,800
Rune javelin.png: Steel dragon drops Rune javelin with rarity 20/128 in quantity 7Rune javelin720/1281,1621,680
Dragon javelin heads 5.png: Steel dragon drops Dragon javelin heads with rarity 5/128 in quantity 12Dragon javelin heads125/128[d 1][2]11,36414,040
Runite bolts.png: Steel dragon drops Runite bolts with rarity 6/128 in quantity 2-12Runite bolts2–126/128844-5,064360-2,160
Rune dart(p).png: Steel dragon drops Rune dart(p) with rarity 7/128 in quantity 12Rune dart(p)127/12812,2042,520
Soul rune.png: Steel dragon drops Soul rune with rarity 5/128 in quantity 5Soul rune55/128730900
  1. Only dropped after completion of Monkey Madness II

Coins[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_250.png: Steel dragon drops Coins with rarity 17/128 in quantity 470Coins47017/128470470
Coins_250.png: Steel dragon drops Coins with rarity 5/128 in quantity 650Coins6505/128[d 1][2]650650
  1. Only dropped if Monkey Madness II isn't completed

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Runite limbs.png: Steel dragon drops Runite limbs with rarity 8/128 in quantity 1Runite limbs18/1289,2869,600
Super attack(3).png: Steel dragon drops Super attack(3) with rarity 13/128 in quantity 1Super attack(3)113/128160108
Curry.png: Steel dragon drops Curry with rarity 2/128 in quantity 1-2Curry1–22/128718-1,43612-24
Runite bar.png: Steel dragon drops Runite bar with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Runite bar13/12812,4463,000
Super defence(2).png: Steel dragon drops Super defence(2) with rarity 3/128 in quantity 1Super defence(2)13/128387118

Rare and Gem drop table[edit | edit source]

There is a 4/128 chance of rolling the rare drop table. There is also a 4/128 chance of directly rolling the gem drop table.

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Coins_1000.png: Steel dragon drops Coins with rarity 1/195.05 in quantity 3000Coins3,0001/195.053,0003,000
Loop half of key.png: Steel dragon drops Loop half of key with rarity 1/193.61 in quantity 1Loop half of key11/193.61; 1/183.87[d 1]9,68660
Tooth half of key.png: Steel dragon drops Tooth half of key with rarity 1/193.61 in quantity 1Tooth half of key11/193.61; 1/183.87[d 1]9,68660
Uncut sapphire.png: Steel dragon drops Uncut sapphire with rarity 1/110.7 in quantity 1Uncut sapphire11/110.7; 1/56.22[d 1]55115
Runite bar.png: Steel dragon drops Runite bar with rarity 1/819.2 in quantity 1Runite bar11/819.212,4463,000
Nature rune.png: Steel dragon drops Nature rune with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 67Nature rune671/1,365.3314,2717,236
Rune 2h sword.png: Steel dragon drops Rune 2h sword with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 1Rune 2h sword11/1,365.3337,86838,400
Rune battleaxe.png: Steel dragon drops Rune battleaxe with rarity 1/1,365.33 in quantity 1Rune battleaxe11/1,365.3324,54824,960
Uncut emerald.png: Steel dragon drops Uncut emerald with rarity 1/221.41 in quantity 1Uncut emerald11/221.41; 1/112.43[d 1]73530
Law rune.png: Steel dragon drops Law rune with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 45Law rune451/2,0487,2006,480
Death rune.png: Steel dragon drops Death rune with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 45Death rune451/2,0489,6754,860
Steel arrow.png: Steel dragon drops Steel arrow with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 150Steel arrow1501/2,0484,8001,050
Rune arrow.png: Steel dragon drops Rune arrow with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 42Rune arrow421/2,0482,56210,080
Adamant javelin.png: Steel dragon drops Adamant javelin with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 20Adamant javelin201/2,0481,1601,920
Rune sq shield.png: Steel dragon drops Rune sq shield with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 1Rune sq shield11/2,04822,58523,040
Dragonstone.png: Steel dragon drops Dragonstone with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 1Dragonstone11/2,04811,3566,000
Silver ore.png: Steel dragon drops Silver ore with rarity 1/2,048 in quantity 100 (noted)Silver ore100 (noted)1/2,0485,7004,500
Uncut ruby.png: Steel dragon drops Uncut ruby with rarity 1/442.81 in quantity 1Uncut ruby11/442.81; 1/224.86[d 1]1,34860
Rune kiteshield.png: Steel dragon drops Rune kiteshield with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 1Rune kiteshield11/4,09632,14132,640
Dragon med helm.png: Steel dragon drops Dragon med helm with rarity 1/4,096 in quantity 1Dragon med helm11/4,09659,14260,000
Rune spear.png: Steel dragon drops Rune spear with rarity 1/4,056.39 in quantity 1Rune spear11/4,056.39; 1/444.52[d 1][d 2]11,98412,480
Shield left half.png: Steel dragon drops Shield left half with rarity 1/8,112.77 in quantity 1Shield left half11/8,112.77; 1/889.05[d 1][d 2]65,42766,000
Nature talisman.png: Steel dragon drops Nature talisman with rarity 1/1,180.83 in quantity 1Nature talisman11/1,180.83; 1/599.64[d 1]6882
Dragon spear.png: Steel dragon drops Dragon spear with rarity 1/10,817.03 in quantity 1Dragon spear11/10,817.03; 1/1,185.4[d 1][d 2]37,09037,440
Uncut diamond.png: Steel dragon drops Uncut diamond with rarity 1/1,771.24 in quantity 1Uncut diamond11/1,771.24; 1/899.46[d 1]2,767120
Rune javelin.png: Steel dragon drops Rune javelin with rarity 1/3,542.49 in quantity 5Rune javelin51/3,542.49; 1/1,798.92[d 1]8301,200
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The drop rate of this item is increased when wearing a Ring of wealth.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Rune spear, Shield left half and Dragon spear will only be dropped if Legend's Quest has been started, or else a talisman will be dropped as a replacement.

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Brimstone key.png: Steel dragon drops Brimstone key with rarity 1/70.8 in quantity 1Brimstone key11/70.8; 1/65.2[d 1][3]Not soldN/A
Ancient shard.png: Steel dragon drops Ancient shard with rarity 1/166.66 in quantity 1Ancient shard11/166.66[d 2]Not sold122
Dark totem base.png: Steel dragon drops Dark totem base with rarity 1/290 in quantity 1Dark totem base11/290[d 2]Not sold123
Dark totem middle.png: Steel dragon drops Dark totem middle with rarity 1/290 in quantity 1Dark totem middle11/290[d 2]Not sold123
Dark totem top.png: Steel dragon drops Dark totem top with rarity 1/290 in quantity 1Dark totem top11/290[d 2]Not sold123
Clue scroll (elite).png: Steel dragon drops Clue scroll (elite) with rarity 1/500 in quantity 1Clue scroll (elite)11/500[1]Not sold12
Draconic visage.png: Steel dragon drops Draconic visage with rarity 1/10,000 in quantity 1Draconic visage11/10,000[1]5,961,219450,000
Clue scroll (hard).png: Steel dragon drops Clue scroll (hard) with rarity 1/64 in quantity 1Clue scroll (hard)11/64[1]Not sold12
  1. Only dropped if killed on a slayer assignment given by Konar quo Maten
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Only dropped by those found within the Catacombs of Kourend

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Envision. "Drop Rates V2." RuneScape Forums.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 17 Jul 2018. (Archived from the original on 6 Apr 2019.) Mod Ash: "No, they replace a 2200 coin drop with the dragon javelin tip drop."
  3. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 16 January 2019. Mod Kieren: "It follows a curve up until level 100 then scales linearly between those 2 values upto level 350 combat. Creatures over thsi[sic] will cap at 1/50. [1]"