|Released||17 January 2005 (Update)|
|Always drops||Dragon bones, 5 Steel bars|
|Its scales seem to be made of steel.|
|Max hit||22 (Melee)|
|Weakness||Stab, Magic, dragonbane weapons|
|Attack style||Melee (slash), Dragonfire (long-ranged)|
|+0||+0||+0||+0%||Not immune||Not immune|
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). However, 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]
- Brimhaven Dungeon (13 spawns)
- 4 spawns in the main area of the dungeon, with an additional 9 spawns in a task-only area
- Catacombs of Kourend (2 spawns)
Drops[edit | edit source]
100%[edit | edit source]
Weapons/Armour[edit | edit source]
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune mace 1 Common 8,288 Adamant kiteshield 1 Uncommon 3,015 Rune knife 5–7 Uncommon 1,465–2,051 Rune axe 1 Rare 7,332 Rune full helm 1 Rare 20,723 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare (1/512) 161,405 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare (1/512) 161,420
Runes/Ammunition[edit | edit source]
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Blood rune 15; 20 Common 4,320–5,760 Rune javelin 2–7 Common 324–1,134 Dragon javelin heads 12 Uncommon  11,808 Runite bolts 2–12 Uncommon 698–4,188 Rune dart(p) 9–12 Uncommon 9,837–13,116 Soul rune 5 Uncommon 735
Other[edit | edit source]
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Runite limbs 1 Common 9,340 Super attack(3) 1 Common 253 Coins 470; 650 Uncommon Not sold Curry 1–2 Uncommon 800–1,600 Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,455 Super defence(2) 1 Uncommon 361 Super strength(1) 1 Uncommon 383 Gem drop table 1 Uncommon (1/32) Not sold Clue scroll (hard) 1 Uncommon (1/64) Not sold
Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]
These items are dropped alongside the other items listed above.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Brimstone key 1 Varies  Not sold Ancient shard 1 Rare (1/166.66) Not sold Dark totem base 1 Rare (1/290) Not sold Dark totem middle 1 Rare (1/290) Not sold Dark totem top 1 Rare (1/290) Not sold Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/500) Not sold Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/10,000) 6,913,084
Gem drop table
In addition to the drops above, this monster has a 1/32 chance to access the gem drop table.
Show/hide gem drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Uncut sapphire 1 Rare (1/128; 1/64)[G 1] 616 Uncut emerald 1 Rare (1/256; 1/128)[G 1] 806 Uncut ruby 1 Rare (1/512; 1/256)[G 1] 1,376 Chaos talisman 1 Very rare (1/1,365.33; 1/682.67)[G 1] Not sold Uncut diamond 1 Very rare (1/2,048; 1/1,024)[G 1] 2,943 Rune javelin 5 Very rare (1/4,096; 1/2,048)[G 1] 810 Loop half of key 1 Very rare (1/4,096; 1/2,048)[G 1] 12,123 Tooth half of key 1 Very rare (1/4,096; 1/2,048)[G 1] 9,664 Rune spear 1 Very rare (1/65,536; 1/7,680)[G 1] 12,050 Shield left half 1 Very rare (1/131,072; 1/15,360)[G 1] 65,700 Dragon spear 1 Very rare (1/174,762.67; 1/20,480)[G 1] 37,128
- The drop rate is increased when wearing a Ring of wealth.
References[edit | edit source]
Dragons and dragon-like races