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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Red dragon (Dungeoneering).
For the Dragonkin Laboratory monster, see Red dragon (Dragonkin Laboratory).
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Red dragons are the second strongest chromatic dragons. They primarily attack using a Fire Bolt spell, but as with all dragons, they can use a magic-based dragonfire attack. They also use melee if the player gets within melee range. The dragonbreath attack can hit from a distance as well as up close, so an anti-dragon shield, the Protect from Magic prayer, or an antifire potion are essential when fighting them as they can otherwise hit over 1500. Money can be made by selling their drops. Collecting the hides and bones makes each kill worth approximately 5,145 coins.

If assigned red dragons as a slayer task, baby red dragons may be killed as an alternative.

Locations

The Red Dragon Isle is a dangerous place to kill red dragons, but is relatively empty. If killing them there, only bring items you are willing to lose, as it is a multi-combat area.

The Brimhaven Dungeon location is a safer place to fight Red dragons. If you are fighting them here, you will need 875 coins for the entrance fee, or alternatively Karamja gloves 3 which also provide a teleport. You will also need 30 agility or Karamja gloves 4. It can be useful to bring Bones to Peaches tablets to turn bones from wild dogs in the area into food.

Strategy

As with all dragons, protection from their dragonfire is required. An Anti-dragon shield or type of dragonfire shield can be combined with an antifire potion and a one-handed weapon to negate the deadly breath. With 85 herblore, super antifire potions allow the use of off-hand or two-handed weapons.

Using Ranged

Red dragons are weak to bolts, although other ranged weapons will prove effective. Ranged armour will protect you from their magic attacks, and you can place yourself out the range of their melee attacks. With a Dragonfire deflector and at least Royal dragonhide armour, one can completely negate the need to bring food with moderate use of the Rejuvenate ability.

Using Magic

If magic is your preference, you should use the highest levelled wand you can wield, in tandem with an anti-dragon shield. Without a specific magical weakness, use the most damaging spell you can cast.

Using Melee

Due to their classification as mages, it is not recommended to engage these monsters in melee combat without sufficient equipment (level 60 or higher) and stats. If melee is still preferred, then seek to increase your accuracy with potions and prayers.

Money making

Killing red dragons
ProfitSkill requirementsOther requirementsExperience
1,011,661.7 30 Agility
85 Herblore recommended
80 Ranged recommended
70 Defence recommended
67 Summoning recommended
28+ Divination recommended
Elite Karamja Tasks recommended 100,000 Combat
33,000 Constitution


Drops

100% drop

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,800
Red dragonhideRed dragonhide1Always3,345

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
18–19%17–18%43–44%17–18%3–4%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 10,579 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Mithril 2h swordMithril 2h sword1Common3,569
Mithril javelinMithril javelin20Common1,500
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet1Common1,673
Mithril kiteshieldMithril kiteshield1Uncommon3,726
Adamant platebodyAdamant platebody1Uncommon8,975
Mithril battleaxeMithril battleaxe1Uncommon3,550
Rune arrow 5Rune arrow4Uncommon604
Rune dartRune dart1–8Uncommon79–632
Rune longswordRune longsword1Uncommon17,883
Law runeLaw rune4Uncommon1,748
Death runeDeath rune5Uncommon630
Blood runeBlood rune2Uncommon1,242
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common335
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common375
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common31
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Common68
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon1,515
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,896
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon769
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon5,793
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon2,797
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon3,973
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon3,876
Coins 250Coins30–690Common30–690
Chocolate cakeChocolate cake3Uncommon978
Adamant barAdamant bar1Uncommon2,023
Red dragon egg (unchecked)Red dragon egg (unchecked)1Very rare[1]788,400

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Perfect red dragon scalePerfect red dragon scale1Common[2]Not sold
Black dragon tail-boneRed dragon tail-bone1Uncommon[3]Not sold
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Red dragon eggRed dragon egg1Rare[4]Not sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
  1. ^ Only after completing the Player Owned Farm tutorial
  2. ^ Only while on a Slayer challenge from Vannaka.
  3. ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list.
  4. ^ Requires 99 Summoning

Rare drop table drops

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 sapphire1Common435
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common1,406
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,184
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,731
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare122,895–150,205
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common13,364
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common12,955
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon11,774
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare529,830–647,570
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,084
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,043
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare1,120,500–1,369,500
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare900
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,202
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,877
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common18,871–22,879
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,065,825–1,302,675
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare986
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare943
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare567,580–716,024
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare138,775–175,070
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare49,125–68,775
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common20,115–24,585
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon213,075–260,425
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,872–16,728
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare324,000–396,000
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon17,000–93,500
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common10,530–12,870
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon97,200–118,800
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common28,322–32,368
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare273,105–333,795
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare521,460–637,340
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common24,033
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare360,495–440,605
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon311,220–380,380
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon87,390–106,810
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon124,110–151,690
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon107,460–131,340
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon2,660–3,040
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,368–4,992
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon178,692
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare495,910
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common32,850–40,150
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common6,975–8,525
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon162,900–199,100
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon8,704–10,496
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare86,400–105,600
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon17,190–21,010
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare247,860–302,940
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,517
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*190,263
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*2,138,409,151
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 rare5,260

Trivia

  • Red dragons come in different colours other than red.