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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 bones1Always2,579
Steel barSteel bar5Always3,445

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 battlestaff1Uncommon8,022
Rune hatchetRune hatchet1Rare7,921
Adamant kiteshieldAdamant kiteshield1Uncommon7,314
Rune full helmRune full helm1Uncommon20,892
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Rare[1]160,838
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Rare[2]161,445
Rune javelinRune javelin7Common1,239
Soul runeSoul rune5Uncommon4,900
Rune dartRune dart9–12Uncommon531–708
Runite bolts 5Runite bolts2–14Uncommon350–2,450
Rune knifeRune knife7Uncommon2,506
Coins 250Coins470; 650Common470–650
Runite limbsRunite limbs1Common6,895
Super attack (3)Super attack (3)1Common4,663
Super defence (2)Super defence (2)1Uncommon3,939
Super strength (1)Super strength (1)1Uncommon4,073
Rune barRune bar1Uncommon1,932
CurryCurry1–2Uncommon178–356

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]1,190,464
  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 sapphire1Common630
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common949
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,254
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,609
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare117,405–143,495
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,047
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common13,830
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,000
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare540,000–660,000
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common56,874
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,777
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare528,840–646,360
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare885
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,791
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon57,743
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common13,108–15,892
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,012,905–1,237,995
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,120
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,692
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare160,160–202,048
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare10,465–13,202
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare7,575–10,605
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common78,570–96,030
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon389,250–475,750
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon18,836–22,714
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare464,220–567,380
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon20,200–111,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common32,310–39,490
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon45,000–55,000
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common19,852–22,688
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare191,430–233,970
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare90,450–110,550
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common5,796
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare86,940–106,260
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon552,510–675,290
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon125,910–153,890
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon131,985–161,315
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon153,405–187,495
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon26,040–29,760
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon12,600–14,400
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon274,472
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare860,540
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common51,750–63,250
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common15,750–19,250
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon274,950–336,050
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon14,960–18,040
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare148,500–181,500
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon15,300–18,700
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare245,430–299,970
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon13,399
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*116,132
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,686,657,284
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 rare7,888

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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