Vorkath/Strategies

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A player fighting Vorkath, a powerful blue dragon enhanced by Zorgoth's experiments.

After completion of Dragon Slayer II, Vorkath can be fought again; this time, he is stronger.

Warning: Beware of Vorkath's acid pool quickfire barrage, insta-kill vertical dragonfire, and suicide spawn as each of these attacks can kill players almost immediately.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Vorkath uses several different attack styles during the fight:

Standard Attacks[edit | edit source]

  • Melee attack: If players are in range, he swipes at the player with his wings/claws (slash-based).
  • Magic attack: Launches a bright-blue projectile at the player. Protect from Magic completely negates damage.
  • Ranged attack: Launches a spiked ball at the player that hits up to 32 damage. Protect from Missiles blocks this attack. This style has been confirmed to occur more frequently than the magic attack when not in melee range[1] if in melee range, magic attack is slightly more frequent.
  • Dragonfire: Multiple dragonfire types. Vorkath's dragonfire is fairly unique, like the King Black Dragon's. The damage dealt by the dragonfire is dependent on the level of dragonfire protection used by the player, based on a combination of Protect from Magic, a dragonfire protection shield and antifire potions. An antifire potion and a dragon protection shield offers maximum protection; the same also applies for Protect from Magic and super antifire. All dragon breaths deal up to 10 damage with maximum protection.
Vorkath's deadly dragonfire attack capable of one-hitting players.
    • Normal Dragonfire: Max hit of 20 damage with Protect from Magic and extended antifire.
    • Venom Dragonfire: Dragonfire that has a chance to inflict the venom status if not venom immune.
    • Pink Dragonfire: Dragonfire that disables all prayers upon impact.
  • High-damage Dragonfire: Vertically launched dragonfire at the player's position when cast, functioning similarly to Galvek's high-damage dragonfire. This will greatly damage the player if they are directly struck by it, often lethally; half the damage is taken if adjacent.

Special attacks[edit | edit source]

Every six attacks, Vorkath alternates between one of two special attacks:

  • Acid Pool Quickfire Barrage: Launches acid around the arena and proceeds to fire a barrage of 25 dragonfires at the player. Any damage taken while standing on the acid heals Vorkath for the same amount; up to 10 damage per tick. The dragonfire, if caught in it, deals 25-41 damage. It is not affected by any level of dragonfire protection. Additionally, Vorkath takes 50% reduced damage until the special attack ends.
  • Zombified Ice Dragonfire: Vorkath freezes the player in place with seemingly harmless ice dragonfire that applies Ice Barrage, summons a zombified spawn, and is immune to all damage while the spawn is alive. The spawn moves toward the player and, if not killed first, explodes on impact dealing up to 60 damage scaling off of its remaining Hitpoints. Players should queue the Crumble Undead spell and cast on the spawn as soon as it lands to prevent damage during this special attack. Once the spawn explodes or is killed, the Ice Barrage and damage immunity is lifted via game message.

Suggested skills[edit | edit source]

  • Ranged 90+ (Ranged method)
  • Attack 90+ (Melee method)
  • Strength 90+ (Melee method)
  • Defence 75+ (85+ for Melee)
  • Prayer 70+ (74+ with Ranged)
  • Construction 82+ (for Ornate rejuvenation pool (with boost) - (optional but strongly recommended))

Equipment[edit | edit source]

The dragon hunter crossbow is the most effective ranged weapon to use against Vorkath, although its cost makes it unavailable for many players. The crossbow's passive effect damage and accuracy boosts stack with the Salve amulet (i)/Salve amulet(ei) and Void Knight equipment allowing players to hit in the 70s without special effects at 99 Ranged. Players should note, however, that the Salve amulet and Salve amulet (e) provide no bonuses to Ranged whatsoever; the amulet must be imbued to provide Ranged bonuses. In order to take the least amount of damage possible, players should use a dragonfire ward or anti-dragon shield with the dragon hunter crossbow, while praying Protect from Missiles. The dragonfire shield is an inferior option to the anti-dragon shield despite its defences, as it provides a negative Ranged bonus. Other offhand items such as the twisted buckler or book of law force players to pray Protect from Magic, causing them to take more damage each kill, and shortening their trips. With 99 Ranged and a high Defence level, players should expect anywhere from 3-6 kills with this setup. Ring of recoils do not inflict damage on Vorkath. The Toxic blowpipe is an effective method of killing Vorkath for those who cannot afford a dragon hunter crossbow. Players should use Void Knight equipment if using a defence-reduction special attack weapon or Rigour. Without either, using standard ranging armour (such as black d'hide) will usually be higher damage output and provide higher defence. Players should use Protect from Magic with the blowpipe along with a super antifire potion. Players should use a Bandos godsword or dragon warhammer at the start of the fight to reduce Vorkath's defence. After each successful Vorkath kill or failure to reduce Vorkath's defence with both special attacks, players should replenish their special attack bars with a restoration pool or better. At 99 Ranged and rune darts, it's advised to stay regardless of whether or not the player has landed a special attack.

Recommended equipment for Ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Void ranger helm.pngVoid ranger helm Slayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (if on task and not using salve amulet) Armadyl helmet.pngArmadyl helmet Serpentine helm.pngSerpentine helm Blessed coif.gifBlessed coif
Neck Salve amulet(ei).pngSalve amulet(ei) Necklace of anguish.pngNecklace of anguish Amulet of fury.pngAmulet of fury Amulet of glory.pngAmulet of glory Amulet of power.pngAmulet of power
Back Ava's assembler.pngAva's assembler Ava's accumulator.pngAva's accumulator Ranging cape.pngRanging cape Ava's attractor.pngAva's attractor Infernal cape.pngInfernal cape
Body Elite void top.pngElite void top / Void knight top.pngVoid knight top Armadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplate Karil's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertop Blessed body.gifBlessed body Black d'hide body.pngBlack d'hide body
Legs Elite void robe.pngElite void robe / Void knight robe.pngVoid knight robe Armadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirt Karil's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirt Blessed chaps.gifBlessed chaps Black d'hide chaps.pngBlack d'hide chaps
Weapon Dragon hunter crossbow.pngDragon hunter crossbow Toxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe (with adamant or better darts) Armadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbow Dragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbow Rune crossbow.pngRune crossbow
Shield Dragonfire ward.pngDragonfire ward (crossbow only) Anti-dragon shield.pngAnti-dragon shield (crossbow only) Odium ward.pngOdium ward (crossbow only; results in slightly higher damage output at the cost of more damage taken) N/A N/A
Ammo/Spell Ruby dragon bolts (e) 5.pngRuby dragon bolts (e) (until 35% or 265 HP) + Diamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDiamond dragon bolts (e) (crossbow only) Ruby bolts (e) 5.pngRuby bolts (e) (until 35% or 265 HP) + Diamond bolts 5.pngDiamond bolts (e) (crossbow only) Rada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4 (blowpipe only) God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2 (blowpipe only) Onyx dragon bolts (e) 5.pngOnyx dragon bolts (e) / Opal dragon bolts (e) 5.pngOpal dragon bolts (e) (crossbow only)
Gloves Void knight gloves.pngVoid knight gloves Barrows gloves.pngBarrows gloves Ranger gloves.pngRanger gloves Blessed vambraces.gifBlessed vambraces Black d'hide vambraces.pngBlack d'hide vambraces
Feet Pegasian boots.pngPegasian boots Ranger boots.pngRanger boots Blessed boots.gifBlessed boots Snakeskin boots.pngSnakeskin boots Frog-leather boots.pngFrog-leather boots
Ring Archers ring (i).pngArchers ring (i) Ring of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i) Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ring Archers ring.pngArchers ring Ring of the gods (i).pngRing of the gods (i)
Special attack Toxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe Bandos godsword.pngBandos godsword (blowpipe only) Dragon warhammer.pngDragon warhammer (blowpipe only) Saradomin godsword.pngSaradomin godsword (blowpipe only) Armadyl godsword.pngArmadyl godsword (blowpipe only)

The dragon hunter lance is the most effective melee weapon to use against Vorkath. The lance's passive effect damage and accuracy boosts stack with the Salve amulet (e) or Salve amulet(ei), allowing players to hit frequently and high. Players use Protect from Magic and wear the best melee armour possible, attacking Vorkath once before moving away while taking note of his attack speed. This will ensure that the player will always avoid his melee attacks, and only take damage from dragonfire and ranged attacks. If using a Bandos godsword or dragon warhammer, players should first lower Vorkath's defences so that their attacks are more accurate.

Recommended equipment for Melee
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Neitiznot faceguard.pngNeitiznot faceguard Slayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i) (if on task, using fire cape, and not using Salve amulet) Serpentine helm.pngSerpentine helm Helm of neitiznot.pngHelm of neitiznot / Obsidian helmet.pngObsidian helmet Justiciar faceguard.pngJusticiar faceguard
Neck Salve amulet (e).pngSalve amulet(e) Amulet of torture.pngAmulet of torture (if on task + using slayer helm) Amulet of fury.pngAmulet of fury Amulet of glory.pngAmulet of glory / Amulet of the damned.pngAmulet of the damned Amulet of power.pngAmulet of power
Back Infernal cape.pngInfernal cape Fire cape.pngFire cape Ardougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak 4 Ardougne cloak 3.pngArdougne cloak 3 Capes of accomplishments (trimmed).gifCape of accomplishment
Body Bandos chestplate.pngBandos chestplate Fighter torso.pngFighter torso Obsidian platebody.pngObsidian platebody Justiciar chestguard.pngJusticiar chestguard Inquisitor's hauberk.pngInquisitor's hauberk
Legs Bandos tassets.pngBandos tassets Obsidian platelegs.pngObsidian platelegs Justiciar legguards.pngJusticiar legguards Verac's plateskirt.pngVerac's plateskirt / Dharok's platelegs.pngDharok's platelegs / Torag's platelegs.pngTorag's platelegs Fremennik kilt.pngFremennik kilt
Weapon Dragon hunter lance.pngDragon hunter lance Ghrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapier Zamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hasta Abyssal dagger.pngAbyssal dagger Leaf-bladed sword.pngLeaf-bladed sword
Shield Avernic defender.pngAvernic defender Dragon defender.pngDragon defender Dragonfire shield.pngDragonfire shield Toktz-ket-xil.pngToktz-ket-xil Rune defender.pngRune defender
Ammo/Spell Rada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4 God blessing.gifGod blessing / Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2 N/A N/A N/A
Gloves Ferocious gloves.pngFerocious gloves Barrows gloves.pngBarrows gloves Dragon gloves.pngDragon gloves Rune gloves.pngRune gloves Granite gloves.pngGranite gloves
Feet Primordial boots.pngPrimordial boots Dragon boots.pngDragon boots Guardian boots.pngGuardian boots Granite boots.pngGranite boots Bandos boots.pngBandos boots
Ring Berserker ring (i).pngBerserker ring (i) Ring of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i) Ring of the gods (i).pngRing of the gods (i) Treasonous ring (i).pngTreasonous ring (i) Ring of life.pngRing of life
Special attack Dragon claws.pngDragon claws Bandos godsword.pngBandos godsword Dragon warhammer.pngDragon warhammer Saradomin godsword.pngSaradomin godsword Armadyl godsword.pngArmadyl godsword

Inventory recommendations[edit | edit source]

Diamond dragon bolts (e) 5.pngDivine bastion potion(4).pngExtended super antifire(4).pngAnti-venom+(4).png
Toxic blowpipe.pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Manta ray.pngGuthix rest(4).pngGuthix rest(4).pngGuthix rest(4).png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Rune pouch.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Law rune.pngDust rune.pngChaos rune.png

Setup #1.

Tip: Players may use their antifire and stat boost potions at a bank to create more room for food.

Tip: If you find yourself misclicking on Teleport to House often while trying to cast Crumble Undead, consider switching dust runes to air runes and using house tablets or a Construction cape to teleport back to your player-owned house.

Slayer's staff.pngDivine super combat potion(4).pngExtended super antifire(4).pngAnti-venom+(4).png
Dragon claws.pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).pngSuper restore(4).png
Anglerfish.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngRune pouch.png
Law rune.pngDust rune.pngChaos rune.png

Setup #2.

Tip: Players may use their antifire and stat boost potions at a bank to create more room for food.

Tip: If choosing not to use a staff to autocast Crumble Undead, make sure that your magic bonus is higher than -64, otherwise you will occasionally splash on the spawn.

Void melee helm.pngInfernal cape.pngPrimordial boots.pngBerserker ring (i).png
Bandos godsword.pngExtended super antifire(4).pngAnti-venom+(4).pngDivine bastion potion(4).png
Super restore(4).pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Cooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.pngCooked karambwan.png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Manta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngManta ray.png
Super combat potion(4).pngManta ray.pngManta ray.pngRune pouch.png
Law rune.pngDust rune.pngChaos rune.png

Setup #3.

Note: This setup requires you to have 90 Ranged, Attack, Hitpoints, 74+ prayer with elite void, Salve amulet (ei), Bandos godsword, and the toxic blowpipe.

  • Melee gear for 2 special attacks. If using dragon warhammer, mythical cape is better for the higher crush accuracy compared to the fire cape.
  • 1 super anti-fire potion
  • 1 anti-venom+ potion
  • 1 divine bastion or ranging potion
  • 1 super combat potion
  • 1-2 prayer potions
  • 13 sharks or better
  • 4 karambwans for combo eating
  • Chaos and dust runes to cast Crumble Undead (in rune pouch)
  • Law runes (in rune pouch) or house tablets to teleport to house to refill special attack after the fight

Note: This setup is only recommended if you cannot afford a dragon hunter crossbow or dragon hunter lance.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Upon awakening, Vorkath's attack pattern consists of six random standard attacks, one special attack, six random attacks, then the other special attack and so on until defeated. Players should keep run off throughout the kill and use control click to run when needed.

Offensively, Vorkath has 560 Attack, 308 Strength/Ranged, and 150 Magic, alongside +16 melee, +150 magic and +78 ranged accuracy. Defensively, Vorkath has a Defence level of 214, with +26 stab/ranged, +108 slash/crush and +240 magic defence bonus. This makes Vorkath similar to most dragons in that he is weak against stab melee and ranged.

The optimal protection prayer to use depends on the gear being used:

Vorkath can hit up to 30 with magic, and 32 with melee and ranged. His high attack level means his melee attacks are very accurate, although it is less common compared to magic and ranged, and is only performed in melee distance. Players should have quick-prayers set according to their combat style and weapon type to reactivate prayers when deactivated by the pink dragonfire. Players should also be prepared to click at least two spaces away if Vorkath uses his insta-kill vertical dragonfire lob.

Vorkath is capable of envenoming players with his venom dragonfire (as such, bring appropriate venom protection). The pink dragonfire turns every single active prayer off, including Preserve; for this reason, divine potions are recommended over normal potions.

Recoil damage, such as Vengeance and rings of recoil, does not work on Vorkath.

Acid Pool Quickfire Barrage[edit | edit source]

A player dealing with Vorkath's acid pool and dragonfire barrage.

When Vorkath spits poison pools on the ground, players should continuously walk on clean ground to avoid damage. As long as players are moving, Vorkath's quick-fire barrage will not deal damage. Standing or moving over an acid pool leeches health from the player and heals Vorkath. Protective prayers may be turned off to reduce prayer drain, as they do not affect these attacks.

There are two ways to deal with this attack:

Using tick-perfect movement to deal damage while taking none
  • Players can find a line (at least five tiles free of acid) and walk back and forth the said line. This is relatively safe but no damage will be dealt to Vorkath in the process.
  • A more difficult tactic involves a tick-perfect walking method; the player attacks Vorkath, but quickly moves away to avoid being hit by the dragonfire barrage.
    • For players using melee, as soon your weapon hits Vorkath, quickly move two spaces back and click on Vorkath again, repeating until the attack is over.
    • For players using ranged, there are two options:
      • Blowpipe - With the blowpipe, this requires at least two tiles free of acid. As the blowpipe has a range of 5 when used on "Accurate" and "Rapid", stand six tiles away from Vorkath. As soon as you attack Vorkath, your character will automatically walk one tile towards it - quickly click back on the tile that you stood on, and repeat.
      • Crossbow - A crossbow is significantly trickier to use compared to a blowpipe - with a range of 8, players need to stand towards the outer rim of the arena. Similar to the blowpipe method, as soon as you attack Vorkath, your character will automatically walk one tile towards it - quickly click back on the tile that you stood on, and repeat.
    • This method is generally easier to learn with sounds enabled, as you should click every time you hear Vorkath shoot his fireball. Practicing the moves throughout the fight is also useful for learning with no punishment upon mistakes.

Players using a dragon hunter crossbow may take this opportunity to use the toxic blowpipe special attack to heal, as they are safe from dragonfire damage (provided that they do not stop moving at any point). Despite the damage reduction, the special attack heals as normal, as if the damage was not reduced.

After the attack, remember to re-enable your protection prayer (if you toggled it off), and toggle run on (according to preference).

Zombified Ice Dragonfire[edit | edit source]

A player deals with Vorkath's Zombified Spawn.

Vorkath's other special attack is the zombified ice dragonfire. Vorkath will launch white dragonfire at the player, applying an Ice Barrage effect.

Vorkath then lobs a Zombified Spawn into the air which lands several spaces away and crawls towards the player. Vorkath channels immunity from the spawn. If the spawn touches the player, it will explode and deal damage based on a percentage of its health when it did so, dealing up to 60 damage if left untouched. The spawn has 38 health, but the Crumble Undead spell will instantly kill it regardless of your magic attack bonus, as long as it is not -64 or lower (although it is still possible to splash at -63 or higher, it is extremely unlikely). Some players choose to damage and Vengenance the damage back to Vorkath, but this is generally unnecessary and less efficient than Crumble Undead.

The slayer's staff can auto-cast Crumble Undead, so a click is only required if the staff is taken.

When the spawn dies, either by the player or exploding on them, the Ice Barrage effect is lifted, and Vorkath can be harmed again. Make sure not to attack Vorkath immediately as soon as the spawn dies however. A message will appear after the spawn explodes or is killed, indicating the bind and damage immunity effect has been lifted.

Vorkath trip efficiency[edit | edit source]

Toxic blowpipe special attack methods[edit | edit source]

If using the Toxic blowpipe, players should lower Vorkath's Defence with the Bandos godsword or dragon warhammer special attacks before each kill. Players who fail to hit at least one Dragon warhammer special attack or deal at least 64 damage with the Bandos godsword special attacks should teleport out and replenish their special attack energy, unless the player has a high Ranged level - in this case, players should stay for the fight, instead of wasting time replenishing their special attack at their POH and running all the way back to Vorkath.

Note: Vorkath has the same slash and crush Defence bonuses. However, the Bandos godsword's high accuracy makes it better than a single successful dragon warhammer + dragon defender special attack, provided the Bandos godsword deals at least 64 damage.

Banking and getting there quickly[edit | edit source]

It is recommended to use Fremennik sea boots 4, have your house in Rellekka, use an Enchanted lyre (or Enchanted lyre(i)), use a Rellekka teleport, or have a portal attuned to Lunar Isle or Waterbirth Island. After each successful Vorkath attempt using the toxic blowpipe, or once out of supplies with the dragon hunter crossbow, players should re-gear with one of the following methods:

  • POH with pool: Teleport to your player-owned house with a house tablet, runes in your rune pouch or max cape/construction cape, and use an ornate rejuvenation pool.
    • Players may teleport to Lunar Isle through a portal and bank with 'Birds-Eye' Jack, then talk to any other person to get kicked off back to Rellekka, or by using the Return orb next to the bank booth
  • Clan Wars Free For All: Teleport to Clan Wars with a ring of dueling, use the Clan Wars bank to re-gear, and enter the FFA portal. Then, return to Vorkath using Fremennik sea boots 4, or teleporting to POH located in Rellekka. Note: this does not restore special attack, and resets any stats (boosted or drained) upon exiting.
  • Chambers of Xeric: Use the Xeric's Honour teleport on Xeric's amulet or in your POH, start a raiding party, enter a raid, leave the raid. Note This does not restore special attack, resets any stats (boosted or drained) upon exiting, and requires you to be ranked in the Clan Chat you are in.
  • Nardah: Teleport to Nardah with your Desert Amulet 4 and pray at the Elidinis Statuette there, which provides the same benefits as an Ornate rejuvenation pool, as well as a temporary boost to hit points above the player's maximum based on level. A bank is located nearby to the south. This method requires completion of the elite Desert Diary.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 20 February 2018. (Archived from the original on 29 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "Relative weightings of 3 for magic, 4 for ranged."