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 8,242 Rune scimitar 1 Common 15,055 Rune longsword 1 Common 18,708 Rune warhammer 1 Common 25,328 Rune platebody 1 Common 38,541 Rune platelegs 1 Common 37,880 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare 161,295 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare 161,299 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 58,973
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune arrow 30–42 Common 1,860–2,604 Chaos rune 76–150 Common 5,776–11,400 Death rune 40–100 Common 8,520–21,300 Wrath rune 30–50 Uncommon 11,580–19,300
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy avantoe 1 (noted) Uncommon 2,018 Grimy snapdragon 1 (noted) Uncommon 9,007 Grimy torstol 1 (noted) Uncommon 7,503 Grimy ranarr weed 1 (noted) Uncommon 7,897
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune javelin heads 21–29 Common 12,327–17,023 Dragon javelin heads 32–40 Common  30,368–37,960 Dragonstone 1 (noted) Common 11,713 Runite ore 2–5 (noted) Uncommon 22,700–56,750 Runite bolts (unf) 20–40 Uncommon 9,040–18,080 Dragon bolts (unf) 20–40 Rare 20,620–41,240 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,445
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Wrath talisman 1 Rare 806 Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/300) Not sold Dragon limbs 1 Rare (1/800) 3,237,882 Dragon metal lump 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 2,998,477 Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/8,000) 5,474,517
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 9,744 Tooth half of key 1 Rare 9,565 Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 534 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,445 Unknown talisman
1 Very rare Error Nature rune 67 Very rare 14,271 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,872 Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,567 Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 732 Law rune 45 Very rare 7,155 Death rune 45 Very rare 9,585 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,800 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 2,604 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,200 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,518 Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,713 Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 5,900 Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,388 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,134 Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 58,973 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,980 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,514 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,033 Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,742 Rune javelin 5 Very rare 820
- 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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