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Steel dragon POH

A Steel Dragon in a treasure room

Steel dragons are metal dragons and can be found in the Brimhaven Dungeon, Kuradal's Dungeon and the Fortress of Ghorrock. They can also be bought as a guard for player-owned dungeons (only for the treasure room) for 10 million coins if the player's Construction level is 95 (see Steel dragon (POH)).

Please note that as with all player-owned dungeon monsters, the monsters in the dungeon will not drop any items and will not give any experience in combat.

Steel dragons drop the draconic visage. They also drop rune items, and drop the dragon platelegs/plateskirt more often than iron and bronze dragons. These beasts also drop a variety of metal items, including rune hatchets, maces and limbs, which can be alched for a decent profit.

Weaknesses

Like most metal dragons, steel dragons have a high defence. Since they are made out of metal, they are fairly weak to magic. Their main weakness is water spells, so spells like Ice Barrage or Water Surge are useful against them. The use of a wand is recommended if the player does not have access to super antifires.  Anti-fire potions and an anti-fire shield or a dragonfire shield are a must. The spell of a polypore staff is also very effective when used in conjunction with Mystic Might (or, if possible, Augury and, at best, Torment if a player is on the curses prayerbook) and/or a magic potion, but at the cost of accuracy due to being an air spell rather than a water spell. If using none of these, then a high Magic level of at least 85 is suggested. An anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield will reduce most damage from dragonfire, an antifire potion or antifire mix reduces some dragonfire damage, and an appropriate shield and potion/mix used together negate all damage from dragonfire. Dragonfire damage can also be negated with the use of protection from magic prayers.

Melee tactics

Steel dragons are no longer weak to stab, or any melee attacks, for that matter. Despite this, melee can be almost as effective as magic at higher levels if chaotic or drygore weapons are used. Nevertheless, it is generally slightly less effective than using water spells, particularly with higher-levelled magic weapons.

Cautions

Steel dragons also have the ability to use their fire breath from a distance, an ability shared with other metal dragons, Elvarg during the Dragon Slayer quest, brutal green dragons, Celestial Dragons, the King Black Dragon, the Queen Black Dragon and frost dragons. This is their only danger; however, super antifires can negate their effect and make them easier to kill.

It is recommended to put the game setting (under the chat box) on "filter". Otherwise, the message stating that the player's dragonfire resistance is running out may get lost.

Locations

Kuradal's Dungeon

One of the best locations to kill steel dragons (if assigned by Kuradal or Morvran) is in Kuradal's Dungeon, due to its close proximity to a Fairy ring (code BJQ) and the ferocious ring's bonus in the dungeon. However, cannons cannot be used in Kuradal's Dungeon. Players with at least level 86 or 90 Agility will find shortcuts in the dungeon, reducing the time required to reach the dragons. There are four steel dragons in this location; the dragons are tightly grouped together, and the area in which they are located is rather small.

Ghorrock

The fortress of Ghorrock, at the far north-west corner of the Wilderness, is accessible once a certain point has been reached in the Temple at Senntisten. It contains several spawns of both iron and steel dragons. Like in Kuradal's Dungeon, the two species occupy the same space without mingling, allowing players to kill one type with minimum interference from the other. Steel dragons occupy the northern and western sides of the outer courtyard of the fortress. It is within the area where the Stone of Jas' residual effects will boost damage, making it an appealing option.

The dragons in this area, however, are quite spread out despite the large numbers and few players. The best area to kill these dragons is the northern area, as there are no iron dragons and the steel dragons here are quite close, allowing for higher kill rates.

The fortress can be reached in several ways. The quickest safe way requires completion of Ritual of the Mahjarrat; by using the fairy ring code dkq to the Glacor Cave (gaining the damage-boosting effect of the Stone of Jas energy as well), exiting the cave and running directly north over the Ritual Plateau, players can enter the fortress among the iron dragons and run west to the steel dragons. A slower safe option is to go to the dks fairy ring, run north to the canoe at the west edge of the snowy hunter area and then run east from the landing point to enter the fortress from the west.

The other ways to access Ghorrock are from the east side, through the Wilderness. Players with 89 Magic can use Ice Plateau Teleport (Lunar Spellbook), while players with 96 Magic can use Ghorrock Teleport (Ancient Spellbook) to teleport slightly south of the entrance. Those without access to these spells can use the Wilderness obelisks to try and reach the level 44 obelisk and run north-west, although this method is subject to random chance. The final and most risky method is to use the Ardougne or Edgeville teleport lever to reach the Deserted Keep and run west past the Mage Arena and Wilderness Agility Course.

Brimhaven Dungeon

See Brimhaven Dungeon for how to get there efficiently.

Players who haven't earned Karamja gloves 3 (which do not need to be worn to enter the dungeon) must pay Saniboch 875 coins to enter Brimhaven Dungeon. This location is not recommended for players that have access to any of the other options, due to the low number of steel dragons available and how spread out they are from each other. However, this location may be safer/easier to reach if the player is unable to access Kuradal's Dungeon, as this requires a Slayer task of Steel dragons from her, or Ghorrock, should they not have started the quest yet. The location has also been made easier to access with the addition of the Karamjan lodestone to the southeast.

Brimhaven Resource Dungeon

Located within Brimhaven Dungeon, this is a location available to players with level 80+ Dungeoneering. The Brimhaven Dungeon resource dungeon houses about five steel dragons south of the entrance and about seven iron dragons to the northeast. The dragons here are somewhat spread out, more so than the ones in Kuradal's Dungeon, but less so than the others found in other places. There are also several anvils throughout the area, allowing players to smith their 100% drops of Steel bars into alchable items or stackable items to improve the profit generated per trip. The resource dungeon is more effective than the regular dungeon and should be used if the player can reach this area but cannot reach or does not wish to go to the other two areas.

Drops

100% drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Dragon bonesDragon bones1Always1,759
Steel barSteel bar5Always3,730

Charms

No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
33–34%14%35–36%14–15%3%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 39,039 kills.
3 charms are dropped at a time.
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Main drop


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Adamant battleaxeAdamant battleaxe1Common5,541
Rune maceRune mace1Common7,165
Fire battlestaffFire battlestaff1Uncommon8,369
Rune hatchetRune hatchet1Rare8,327
Adamant kiteshieldAdamant kiteshield1Uncommon7,314
Rune full helmRune full helm1Uncommon20,892
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Rare[1]161,040
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Rare[2]160,957
Rune javelinRune javelin7Common1,274
Soul runeSoul rune5Uncommon2,420
Rune dartRune dart9–12Uncommon765–1,020
Runite bolts 5Runite bolts2–14Uncommon340–2,380
Rune knifeRune knife7Uncommon2,849
Coins 250Coins470; 650Common470–650
Runite limbsRunite limbs1Common8,308
Super attack (3)Super attack (3)1Common4,805
Super defence (2)Super defence (2)1Uncommon4,226
Super strength (1)Super strength (1)1Uncommon2,813
Rune barRune bar1Uncommon2,277
CurryCurry1–2Uncommon208–416

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Black dragon tail-boneSteel dragon tail-bone1Common[3]Not sold
Ferocious ring (5)Ferocious ring1Uncommon[4]Not sold
Court summonsCourt summons1UncommonNot sold
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot sold
Sealed clue scroll (elite)Sealed clue scroll (elite)1Rare[5]Not sold
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Very rare[6]1,192,165
  1. ^ Estimated at 1/543 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  2. ^ Estimated at 1/531 using gathered Adventurer's Log data as of 18 September 2012.
  3. ^ Only during the Fur 'n' Seek wish list
  4. ^ Only in Kuradal's Dungeon
  5. ^ There is a 1% chance of this being a sealed clue scroll (master) instead
  6. ^ (1/10000) http://services.runescape.com/m=forum/forums.ws?74,75,52,65949497,goto,21#205

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 sapphire1Common454
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common796
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,230
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,660
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare119,700–146,300
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,559
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,868
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,511
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare562,995–688,105
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,096
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,238
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare653,580–798,820
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,988
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,012
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,690–17,810
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,069,335–1,306,965
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,143
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,156
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare242,255–305,614
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare12,740–16,072
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare10,700–14,980
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common50,760–62,040
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon202,500–247,500
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,016–13,284
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare316,620–386,980
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon21,600–118,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common33,300–40,700
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,840–52,360
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common19,992–22,848
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare192,780–235,620
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare91,800–112,200
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,831
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare102,465–125,235
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon690,480–843,920
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon191,250–233,750
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon180,495–220,605
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon153,450–187,550
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon7,798–8,912
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon5,992–6,848
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon145,656
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare399,730
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common42,300–51,700
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,925–14,575
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon251,100–306,900
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,628–14,022
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare115,425–141,075
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,725–16,775
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare222,480–271,920
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon9,513
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*98,968
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 rare9,568

Trivia

  • As with all POH dungeon monsters, steel dragons that are purchased and placed in dungeons do not drop items when they die. However, the dragon's dragonfire can still be used to charge the dragonfire shield, making the dragon a highly desired guardian.
  • As with most dragons, steel dragons have a graphical glitch where, if they use their dragonfire two times in a row in melee range, the second dragonfire will not be seen.
  • Steel dragons, like all other metallic dragons, received a voice update. Instead of hearing large noise when you hit one, it makes a smaller, softer noise.
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