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Metal dragons are dragons whose armour are metallic. They generally have a high Defence against Melee and Ranged attacks though they are relatively weak against Magic attacks. Metal dragons drop metal bars when killed, which correspond to the type of metal dragon the player killed. For example, a steel dragon will drop steel bars, and an iron dragon would drop iron bars.

The powerful mithril dragon on the attack.

Unlike chromatic dragons, metal dragons will attack with a long-ranged dragonfire attack if the player moves away from Melee distance and stays out of melee range. For this reason, it is strongly advised to use antifire potions, and have either an anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield equipped while fighting them.

It should also be noted that Protect from Magic will not give any protection against dragonfire as they do against chromatic dragons, though players may fully protect themselves from any dragonfire damage by wielding either an anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield and drinking a dose of antifire. This will allow players to completely immunise themselves from all dragonfire.

All metal dragons except for bronze dragons have a chance of dropping the rare draconic visage. In addition, all metal dragons except for mithril dragons have a chance of dropping dragon platelegs and a dragon plateskirt. However, mithril dragons are the only of the metal dragons to drop the dragon full helm, which is a coveted drop.


Image Type Combat Level Attacks Locations Notes
Bronze dragon.png Bronze dragon 131 Melee, Dragonfire (long-ranged) Brimhaven Dungeon/Catacombs of Kourend Bronze dragons are the lowest-level metal dragon; however, killing them is difficult since the dragons are never by themselves.
Iron dragon.png Iron dragon 189 Melee, Dragonfire (long-ranged) Brimhaven Dungeon//Catacombs of Kourend Iron dragons are among the most commonly killed metal dragon because they are assigned in large numbers by many Slayer masters.
Steel dragon.png Steel dragon 246 Melee, Dragonfire (long-ranged) Brimhaven Dungeon/Catacombs of Kourend Steel dragons are found in the same locations as iron dragons, and are much the same except for their much higher Defence.
Mithril dragon.png Mithril dragon 304 Melee, Magic, Ranged, Dragonfire (extra long-ranged) Second level of the Ancient Cavern Mithril dragons are some of the highest-level dragons of any type and are extremely dangerous. They are the only monster to drop the extremely rare Dragon full helm.
Adamant dragon.png Adamant dragon 338 Slash, Range, Mage, Dragonfire Lithkren Vault Adamant dragons are a metal dragon accessible after completion of Dragon Slayer II. They are the only monster to drop the very rare Dragon metal slice.
Rune dragon.png Rune dragon 380 Slash, Range, Mage, Dragonfire Lithkren Vault Rune dragons are the strongest metal dragon, accessible after completion of Dragon Slayer II. They are the only monster to drop the very rare Dragon metal lump.