When used against dragons, these arrows deal 40% more damage with auto-attacks and 25% more damage with abilities, and they gain 30% hit chance bonus. Dragonbane arrows or bolts are necessary in order to break through the armour of a rune dragon and weaken it.
In terms of damage, dragonbane arrows are less effective than Araxyte arrows. This is because Araxyte arrows provide 864 damage while with the extra 25% applied to abilities the dragonbane arrows only provides 720 damage. This means that, if accuracy is not an issue, Araxyte arrows are superior. However, due to the inherently high accuracy of the noxious bows, players should find that Araxyte arrows would be better against normal dragons, if only slightly so. When fighting a dragon like the Queen Black Dragon the dragonbane arrows are of much more use due to the increased accuracy. In addition, Araxyte arrows are less time-consuming to acquire.
In any other case, dragonbane arrows are generally better. It should also be noted that rune dragons take immensely reduced damage if hit by anything besides dragonbane bolts/arrows, so much that they are required to kill them effectively.