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This article is about the elite rune dragon. For the normal version, see rune dragon.
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Elite rune dragons are a stronger version of rune dragons, which are found on Mount Firewake, in Kethsi. The completion of the quests Ritual of the Mahjarrat and Fate of the Gods is required in order to access these creatures, and the dragons are accessible through the World Gate. They won the first RuneLabs poll, and were first announced in the June 2015 BTS.[1]

Elite rune dragons appear occasionally while the player is killing regular rune dragons. When one appears, the player is notified with a chat message. The dragon will fight the player only, unless three minutes have passed without the player attacking it, or if they teleport out of the area. When either of the conditions are met, any player can attack the elite rune dragon.

Elite rune dragons share the same mechanics as their normal variants, but boast higher combat stats. Care should be taken in longer encounters during its enrage phase, as they can reach the point of easily killing a player in one hit.

The Kethsi outfit scrolls are only dropped by elite rune dragons. Slayer tasks have no effect on elite rune dragons' drops; thus it is possible to obtain the boot upgrades or Kethsi scroll whilst off-task.[2] It is a guaranteed drop from "Barry the Destroyer", a unique elite rune dragon that has a 1/512 chance of spawning in place of an elite rune dragon.[3] However players will not get a scroll if they already have one in their bank or inventory.

Strategy

Armoured phase

  • Starts with 105,188 life points
  • Dragonbane ammunition is essential on this phase, as all other attacks, including those of familiars, deal dramatically reduced damage.

Flying phase

  • Starts with 69,424 life points. Any attacks during the transition will be reduced to 10% damage.[4]
  • The dragon begins flying and becomes immune to melee attacks. Dragonbane is no longer required to deal full damage. In addition, the dragon stops using melee attacks and replaces its standard dragonfire attack with the enhanced version.
  • Throughout this phase, the rune dragon may breathe a bright blue plume of enhanced dragonfire, dealing magic damage. This attack cannot be fully blocked by a super anti-fire or wyrmfire potion, and will deal a minimum of 450 magic damage. However, if the player is far enough from the dragon, a small cloud appears under the player indicating the enhanced dragonfire is being used and can be avoided by moving away from it.

Enrage phase

  • Starts with 34,712 life points. Any attacks during the transition will be reduced to 10% damage.[4]
  • The rune dragon gains a faint blue aura about its head crest after landing, indicative of this phase beginning.
  • It is again possible to attack the dragon with melee.
  • The dragon gets stronger with every attack. It stops using enhanced dragonfire and returns to standard dragonfire. It also starts using its melee attacks again.

Drops

100% drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Reinforced dragon bonesReinforced dragon bones1Always21,881
Rune barRune bar1Always2,985

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
29–33%11–14%20–23%28–31%5–7%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 1,678 kills.
4 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 10000Coins34,000–45,000Common34,000–45,000
Rune platelegsRune platelegs1Common37,002
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Common29,002
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield1Common30,650
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon56,212
Off-hand dragon longswordOff-hand dragon longsword1Uncommon55,396
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Uncommon160,990
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Uncommon164,077
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Common8,514
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common8,955
Runite bolts (unf) 5Runite bolts (unf)70Common13,510
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon60,385
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide14 (noted)Uncommon48,748
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips16Common113,712
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Steadfast scaleSteadfast scale1Rare (1/588)[d 1]13,281,692
Glaiven wing-tipGlaiven wing-tip1Rare (1/588)[d 1]7,908,410
Ragefire glandRagefire gland1Rare (1/588)[d 1]578,526
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare (1/512)[d 2]1,187,911

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Kethsi ring (5)Kethsi ring1RareNot sold
Kethsi outfit scrollKethsi outfit scroll1Rare (1/200)[d 3]Not sold
  1. ^ a b c Mod Shauny. "Dev Blog: Revealing Drop Rates." 1 Dec 2017. Existing Game Content Forums.
  2. ^ Mod Timbo. "Revealing Drop Rates." 17 November 2017. Developers' Blogs.
  3. ^ Guaranteed drop if the elite rune dragon is named "Barry the Destroyer".[3] However the player will not get a scroll if they already own one.

Rare drop table

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common809
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,555
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,842
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,843
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare217,935–266,365
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,053
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common11,538
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,077
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare543,465–664,235
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,212
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,861
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare542,160–662,640
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,399
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,601
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,916–18,084
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,003,725–1,226,775
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,923
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,473
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare164,320–207,296
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,025–15,170
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare5,225–7,315
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common47,655–58,245
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon321,075–392,425
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,804–16,646
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare384,480–469,920
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon22,400–123,200
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common52,830–64,570
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon40,860–49,940
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common24,654–28,176
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare237,735–290,565
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare127,710–156,090
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common8,955
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare134,325–164,175
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon485,010–592,790
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon161,010–196,790
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon125,910–153,890
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon130,950–160,050
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon10,164–11,616
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon11,508–13,152
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon209,856
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare396,000
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common43,200–52,800
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common27,585–33,715
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon188,550–230,450
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,356–13,694
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare112,725–137,775
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon16,740–20,460
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare356,670–435,930
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon12,008
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*124,871
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,432,268,388
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold

Universal drops

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare5,575

Gallery

Trivia

  • Barry the Destroyer, added on 22 June 2015, is a reference to an elite rune dragon nicknamed "Barry" that killed 32 players while stuck in the enrage phase on the day of release.[5][6]
  • On 11 January 2016, the drop rate of the Kethsi outfit scroll was increased from 1/2,048 to 1/200, and was made a 100% drop from Barry.
  • On 13 November 2017, the glaiven wing-tip, ragefire gland or steadfast scale drop rate has changed to 1/196 from 1/256.[7]

References

  1. ^ Mod Osborne. RuneScape's RuneLabs #2 (video). YouTube. 13 March 2015.*
  2. ^ Mod Stu. Isn't this outfit a little *too* rare?. RuneScape subreddit. 7 December 2015. "... (always on elite, task-only on regular)."*
  3. ^ a b Jagex. Mod Stu's Twitter account. 11 January 2016. Mod Stu: "If today's update goes as planned, Kethsi outfit scroll dropchance will be 1/2048 -> 1/200, and a guaranteed drop from Barry the Destroyer."
  4. ^ a b Jagex. Patch Notes | 22/08. RuneScape Official Forums. 22 August 2016. "Made changes to rune dragons' phase transitions to allow players to continue attacking throughout. Damage that overshoots the lifepoint thresholds will no longer be healed back, but that hit, and hits during transition, are reduced to 10% power."*
  5. ^ Jagex. Mod Stu's Twitter account. 22 June 2015. Mod Stu: "Was an elite rune dragon last week that 1-hit-KOed. Players nicknamed Barry the Destroyer. Patched Tues morning."
  6. ^ Scopulus-RS. Rune Dragons too OP. reddit.com. 15 June 2015.*
  7. ^ Mod Shauny. "Dev Blog: Revealing Drop Rates." 1 December 2017. Existing Game Updates Forums.
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