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 8,203 Rune scimitar 1 Common 14,986 Rune longsword 1 Common 18,658 Rune warhammer 1 Common 24,707 Rune platebody 1 Common 38,471 Rune platelegs 1 Common 37,864 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare 161,216 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare 161,219 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,963
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune arrow 30–42 Common 2,130–2,982 Chaos rune 76–150 Common 5,928–11,700 Death rune 40–100 Common 9,600–24,000 Wrath rune 30–50 Uncommon 13,650–22,750
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy avantoe 1 (noted) Uncommon 1,766 Grimy snapdragon 1 (noted) Uncommon 13,121 Grimy torstol 1 (noted) Uncommon 8,099 Grimy ranarr weed 1 (noted) Uncommon 11,558
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune javelin heads 21–29 Common 11,802–16,298 Dragon javelin heads 32–40 Common  30,144–37,680 Dragonstone 1 (noted) Common 11,913 Runite ore 2–5 (noted) Uncommon 22,652–56,630 Runite bolts (unf) 20–40 Uncommon 9,360–18,720 Dragon bolts (unf) 20–40 Rare 21,620–43,240 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,465
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Wrath talisman 1 Rare 1,129 Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/300) Not sold Dragon limbs 1 Rare (1/800) 3,004,818 Dragon metal lump 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 1,768,084 Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/8,000) 5,187,286
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 9,788 Tooth half of key 1 Rare 9,830 Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 471 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,465 Unknown talisman
1 Very rare Error Nature rune 67 Very rare 19,430 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,873 Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,452 Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 720 Law rune 45 Very rare 7,920 Death rune 45 Very rare 10,800 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,950 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 2,982 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,220 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,520 Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,913 Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 5,900 Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,423 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,086 Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 58,963 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,949 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,294 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,308 Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,932 Rune javelin 5 Very rare 745
- 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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