Rune dragons are metal dragons first encountered during Dragon Slayer II, in which the player must fight against one during Zorgoth's assault. After completion of the quest, they can be found in the eastern chamber of the Lithkren Vault.
To get back to the laboratory underneath Lithkren, players can travel using the rowboat from the quest or, after completion, taking a digsite pendant and using it on the strange machine north of the rune dragon room, adding a teleport straight to Lithkren on it.
Rune dragons are the result of a side project of Zorgoth's after being inspired by another dragonkin, Forcae, which involves infusing dragon eggs with various metals. While Forcae's metal dragons were created to find a solution to the dragonkin's infertility, Zorgoth had bred his metal dragons for his war against humanity.
Rune dragons have multiple attacks, similar to mithril and adamant dragons. Along with standard dragonfire attacks, they have a standard melee, ranged and magic attack (which resembles Water Wave), as well as two special attacks.
The first attack is two small electric bolts, which are launched around the player's position and homes in on them. This deals 4-7 damage per tick for a few seconds. If a player is wearing insulated boots this damage is reduced to 1-2 per tick. Players can avoid the attack entirely by running four to five squares away from their original position when the attack was launched.
The second attack is a Ranged attack that hits through Protect from Missiles, and uses the Life Leech effect from enchanted onyx bolts, where the dragon will heal itself for 100% of the damage dealt to the player.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune mace 1 Common 8,171 Rune scimitar 1 Common 14,988 Rune longsword 1 Common 18,666 Rune warhammer 1 Common 25,373 Rune platebody 1 Common 38,360 Rune platelegs 1 Common 37,825 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare 161,187 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare 161,170 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,134
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune arrow 30–42 Common 1,980–2,772 Chaos rune 76–150 Common 5,396–10,650 Death rune 40–100 Common 8,200–20,500 Wrath rune 30–50 Uncommon 12,450–20,750
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy avantoe 1 (noted) Uncommon 1,871 Grimy snapdragon 1 (noted) Uncommon 10,120 Grimy torstol 1 (noted) Uncommon 7,859 Grimy ranarr weed 1 (noted) Uncommon 7,883
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune javelin heads 21–29 Common 11,886–16,414 Dragon javelin heads 32–40 Common  30,752–38,440 Dragonstone 1 (noted) Common 11,594 Runite ore 2–5 (noted) Uncommon 22,006–55,015 Runite bolts (unf) 20–40 Uncommon 11,380–22,760 Dragon bolts (unf) 20–40 Rare 18,340–36,680 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,342
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Wrath talisman 1 Rare 779 Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/300) Not sold Dragon limbs 1 Rare (1/800) 2,829,170 Dragon metal lump 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 1,682,058 Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/8,000) 5,061,224
Rare drop tableIn addition to the drops above, this monster has access to the standard rare drop table.
Show/hide rare drop table Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Coins 3,000 Rare Not sold Loop half of key 1 Rare 9,643 Tooth half of key 1 Rare 9,770 Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 487 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,342 Unknown talisman
1 Very rare Error Nature rune 67 Very rare 15,008 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,773 Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,491 Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 684 Law rune 45 Very rare 7,200 Death rune 45 Very rare 9,225 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,800 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 2,772 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,600 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,468 Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,594 Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 5,400 Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,339 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,117 Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 59,134 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,987 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,535 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,759 Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,932 Rune javelin 5 Very rare 860
- Upon release, rune dragons had a 1/3 chance of their dragon bones drop being replaced by superior dragon bones. This was removed from their drop table in an update on 25 January 2018 as part of a balancing change.
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