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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 bones1Always12,484
Rune barRune bar1Always2,168

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 longsword1Uncommon57,659
Off-hand dragon longswordOff-hand dragon longsword1Uncommon56,781
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Uncommon159,796
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Uncommon160,831
Runite oreRunite ore(noted)Common6,270
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,504
Runite bolts (unf) 5Runite bolts (unf)70Common12,530
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone(noted)Uncommon63,275
Black dragonhideBlack dragonhide14 (noted)Uncommon52,192
Onyx bolt tips 5Onyx bolt tips16Common122,704
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold
Steadfast scaleSteadfast scale1Rare (1/588)[d 1]10,847,354
Glaiven wing-tipGlaiven wing-tip1Rare (1/588)[d 1]2,830,475
Ragefire glandRagefire gland1Rare (1/588)[d 1]1,088,952
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare (1/512)[d 2]1,197,465

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 sapphire1Common420
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common820
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,297
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,792
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare125,640–153,560
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,753
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common15,227
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,655
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare569,475–696,025
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,659
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare34,284
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare658,440–804,760
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare900
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,894
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,009
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,464–17,536
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,065,690–1,302,510
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,354
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,190
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare246,090–310,452
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare11,570–14,596
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare7,850–10,990
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common59,805–73,095
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon201,600–246,400
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,084–13,366
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare338,580–413,820
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon23,600–129,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,030–40,370
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon44,820–54,780
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common19,852–22,688
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare191,430–233,970
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare94,050–114,950
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,504
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare97,560–119,240
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon703,890–860,310
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon171,540–209,660
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon180,180–220,220
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon172,755–211,145
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon14,532–16,608
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon12,026–13,744
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon203,512
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare499,440
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common40,950–50,050
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common12,060–14,740
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon266,850–326,150
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,308–14,842
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare122,175–149,325
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon15,525–18,975
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare234,900–287,100
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon16,746
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*74,132
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,590,640,621
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 rare9,031

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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