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 8,238 Rune scimitar 1 Common 14,969 Rune longsword 1 Common 18,606 Rune warhammer 1 Common 24,832 Rune platebody 1 Common 38,473 Rune platelegs 1 Common 37,828 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare 161,162 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare 161,137 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,488
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune arrow 30–42 Common 2,100–2,940 Chaos rune 76–150 Common 6,764–13,350 Death rune 40–100 Common 8,120–20,300 Wrath rune 30–50 Uncommon 12,480–20,800
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy avantoe 1 (noted) Uncommon 1,814 Grimy snapdragon 1 (noted) Uncommon 8,405 Grimy torstol 1 (noted) Uncommon 8,341 Grimy ranarr weed 1 (noted) Uncommon 7,640
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune javelin heads 21–29 Common 12,495–17,255 Dragon javelin heads 32–40 Common  30,528–38,160 Dragonstone 1 (noted) Common 11,932 Runite ore 2–5 (noted) Uncommon 22,338–55,845 Runite bolts (unf) 20–40 Uncommon 9,220–18,440 Dragon bolts (unf) 20–40 Rare 22,980–45,960 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,368
- Only dropped after completion of Monkey Madness II.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Wrath talisman 1 Rare 917 Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/300) Not sold Dragon limbs 1 Rare (1/800) 2,919,241 Dragon metal lump 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 1,251,182 Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/8,000) 4,940,340
Rare drop table
In 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 10,307 Tooth half of key 1 Rare 10,840 Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 455 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,368 Unknown talisman
1 Very rare Error Nature rune 67 Very rare 14,539 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,758 Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,487 Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 679 Law rune 45 Very rare 7,470 Death rune 45 Very rare 9,135 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,800 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 2,940 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,220 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,459 Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,932 Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 7,000 Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,249 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,015 Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 58,488 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,933 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,697 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,226 Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,627 Rune javelin 5 Very rare 875
- 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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