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The dragonfire shield is an anti-dragon shield that has been fused with a draconic visage. Requiring 70 Defence to equip; when charged the dragonfire shield is one of the best melee shields in the game. The shield surpasses the dragon kiteshield and equivalent in strength to the Blessed Spirit Shield.

Much like the anti-dragon shield from which it is made, the dragonfire shield provides partial protection from dragonfire attacks; however, it also provides the same partial protection from the ice breath of skeletal wyverns that an elemental shield or equivalent would offer.

The dragonfire shield cannot be lent. Additionally, it can only be traded when completely uncharged.

Creation

The dragonfire shield is created by attaching a draconic visage to an anti-dragon shield at any anvil. The process requires 90 Smithing and a hammer, giving 2,000 Smithing experience and an uncharged dragonfire shield. There are 3 types of dragonfire shields you can smith, you will be given the option to choose either melee, range or magic dragonfire shield. Players who do not have the required Smithing level to make the shield may seek help through the Assist System; alternately, Oziach in Edgeville will smith the shield for any player at a cost of 1,250,000 coins.

It is possible to change between the different uncharged versions by using the dragonfire shield at the dragon forge located in the Ancient Cavern. A blast fusion hammer, which costs 1,000,000 gp, purchaseable from the Blast Furnace Foreman is required. This requires level 92 smithing.

The draconic visage is dropped by most high-level dragons, including black dragons, iron dragons, steel dragons, mithril dragons, frost dragons, skeletal wyverns, King Black Dragon and the Queen Black Dragon. However, green dragons, blue dragons, red dragons, bronze dragons, brutal green dragons, and all baby dragons do not drop the draconic visage.

For a time until an update on 16 June 2009, the shield itself was a possible drop from other players on PvP Worlds. Additionally, between 4 January and 11 January 2012, the draconic visage could be obtained from the Barrows activity.

Dragonfire charges

Charging

Dfs Charging

A player charging the dragonfire shield.

As it absorbs the dragonfire attacks of adult dragons, the dragonfire shield builds charges. The shield can also be charged by absorbing the breath attacks of skeletal wyverns, although it will still discharge dragonfire. Each breath attack gives the shield one charge. The shield can hold up to 50 charges. While the shield is in the inventory, right-clicking the Inspect option can be used to check its current number of charges.

A quick and efficient way to charge an uncharged dragonfire shield is to be attacked by a metal dragon's long-range dragonfire attack, which is not only quicker than a chromatic dragon's attacks, but also will not include melee attacks. Use of food or an antifire potion is recommended due to the fact that 50 dragonfire attacks, even significantly weakened by the dragonfire shield, can build up and cause substantial damage. Food isn't necessary with an antifire potion. The artefact teleport, located north of Edgeville monastery, that teleports to the King Black Dragon lair is one of the fastest way to charge the shield. Players can drain all of the dragonfire shield's charges at once by right-clicking the shield in the inventory and selecting Empty. This will release all of the shield's charges in a harmless burst. This function is useful when selling or trading the shield, as it can only be traded when completely uncharged.Also, if dropped on death in an unsafe environment, when recovered the dragonfire shield will be completely uncharged. This is not recommended as you may lose the shield. As it absorbs the dragonfire attacks of adult dragons, the dragonfire shield builds charges. The shield can also be charged by absorbing the breath attacks of skeletal wyverns, although it will still discharge dragonfire. Each breath attack gives the shield one charge. The shield can hold up to 50 charges. While the shield is in the inventory, right-clicking the Inspect option can be used to check its current number of charges.

Another very fast and efficient way of charging the shield is by taking it to the lair of the Queen Black Dragon since her fire-breath attack is very powerful and can charge the shield from just one attack. If you stand towards the back and pray range protection, it increases your chance that she is going to do her fire attack. Be wary though as you have a high risk of dying and possibly losing your items. This is the fastest method for charging the Dragonfire shield currently, but requires a Summoning level of at least 60 to enter the Queen Black Dragon's lair, and agility 50 allows a shortcut that speeds the process up.

Additionally, there are several ways to charge a dragonfire shield in complete safety.As it absorbs the dragonfire attacks of adult dragons, the dragonfire shield builds charges. The shield can also be charged by absorbing the breath attacks of skeletal wyverns, although it will still discharge dragonfire. Each breath attack gives the shield one charge. The shield can hold up to 50 charges. While the shield is in the inventory, right-clicking the Inspect option can be used to check its current number of charges.

Discharging

Emptying dragonfire shield

A player emptying all charges.

Players can drain all of the dragonfire shield's charges at once by right-clicking the shield in the inventory and selecting Empty. This will release all of the shield's charges in a harmless burst. This function is useful when selling or trading the shield, as it can only be traded when completely uncharged.When bought or smithed, the shield will be uncharged. A partially charged Dragonfire shield will have the same defensive bonuses as a fully charged shield.Additionally, there are several ways to charge a dragonfire shield in complete safety.

Also, if dropped on death in an unsafe environment, when recovered the dragonfire shield will be completely uncharged. This is not recommended as you may lose the shield. As it absorbs the dragonfire attacks of adult dragons, the dragonfire shield builds charges. The shield can also be charged by absorbing the breath attacks of skeletal wyverns, although it will still discharge dragonfire. Each breath attack gives the shield one charge. The shield can hold up to 50 charges. While the shield is in the inventory, right-clicking the Inspect option can be used to check its current number of charges.

Bonuses

When bought or smithed, the shield will be uncharged. A partially charged Dragonfire shield will have the same defensive bonuses as a fully charged shield.Additionally, there are several ways to charge a dragonfire shield in complete safety.

Uncharged
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DefenceArmour140PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
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DefenceArmour373PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
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Trivia

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  • In November 2012, the Evolution of Combat was released and with it two new forms of the Dragonfire Shield - Dragonfire shield (magic) and Dragonfire shield (ranged).
  • In July 2010, the shield's appearance was updated so that both sides of the shield, the parts that were not covered by the visage, were orange. Previously, one side of the shield was orange, and the other side was the same colour as the visage.
  • Depending on current prices, players can smith dragonfire shields for profit. Currently, buying a draconic visage and anti-dragon shield, and smithing and selling a dragonfire shield, results in a profit/loss of Expression error: Unexpected < operator. coins (amounting to a profit/loss of Expression error: Unexpected < operator. coins per Smithing experience point).
  • Dragonfire shields will only stack in the bank when completely uncharged. Shields with any number of charges will each take up one bank space. Using the withdraw-all option in a bank will withdraw all dragonfire shields with matching charges even though they don't stack.
    Dragonfire shield detail

    The dragonfire shield(uncharged) as of 6 March 2012.

Operating dragonfire shield

A player discharging dragonfire from her dragonfire shield prior to the Evolution of Combat.

  • Before the Evolution of Combat, casting a Dragonfire charge, if it hit, would cause a Magic attack on the foe and give Magic XP, despite dragonfire from chromatic and metallic dragons not having any type of combat style for their dragonfire.
  • The dragonfire shield's appearance was updated on 6 March 2012 along with the armour graphical rework.
  • On 6 March 2012 the Dragonfire shield's graphic was updated. There was a minor glitch with the uncharged version of the shield where it would float freely from the player in any movement. This has since been fixed.
  • As of 7 March 2012, there is a bug in which the "fire" in the charged Dragonfire shield retains the blueish colour after completing the Nature Spirit's grotto event in Temple Trekking, this is only visible for the player wielding the shield.
  • There is currently a glitch when dancing on the dance-floor of a citadel. There will be a ball of fire around the character's left hand.
  • There is a glitch when a player fails to pass the log crossing west of the north bank near the lodestone in Ardougne, a ball of fire is seen when the player swims back to safety.
  • There is a glitch during Temple Trekking in the bog event, where if a player with a Dragonfire Shield falls, his or her hand glows orange.

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