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 8,186 Rune scimitar 1 Common 14,998 Rune longsword 1 Common 18,661 Rune warhammer 1 Common 24,459 Rune platebody 1 Common 38,454 Rune platelegs 1 Common 37,837 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare 161,248 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare 161,155 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,032
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune arrow 30–42 Common 2,160–3,024 Chaos rune 76–150 Common 6,232–12,300 Death rune 40–100 Common 8,320–20,800 Wrath rune 30–50 Uncommon 12,240–20,400
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy avantoe 1 (noted) Uncommon 2,097 Grimy snapdragon 1 (noted) Uncommon 9,874 Grimy torstol 1 (noted) Uncommon 7,453 Grimy ranarr weed 1 (noted) Uncommon 8,044
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune javelin heads 21–29 Common 11,907–16,443 Dragon javelin heads 32–40 Common  29,952–37,440 Dragonstone 1 (noted) Common 11,738 Runite ore 2–5 (noted) Uncommon 22,570–56,425 Runite bolts (unf) 20–40 Uncommon 10,560–21,120 Dragon bolts (unf) 20–40 Rare 19,180–38,360 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,371
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Wrath talisman 1 Rare 759 Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/300) Not sold Dragon limbs 1 Rare (1/800) 2,843,004 Dragon metal lump 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 2,155,246 Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/8,000) 5,365,934
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 10,085 Tooth half of key 1 Rare 9,427 Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 530 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,371 Unknown talisman
1 Very rare Error Nature rune 67 Very rare 16,013 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,693 Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,474 Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 711 Law rune 45 Very rare 7,965 Death rune 45 Very rare 9,360 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,950 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 3,024 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,460 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,431 Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,738 Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 6,300 Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,395 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,045 Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 59,032 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,836 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,497 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,989 Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,950 Rune javelin 5 Very rare 870
- 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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