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 15,030 Rune longsword 1 Common 18,669 Rune warhammer 1 Common 25,357 Rune platebody 1 Common 38,482 Rune platelegs 1 Common 37,847 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare 161,199 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare 161,188 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,114
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune arrow 30–42 Common 1,920–2,688 Chaos rune 76–150 Common 4,864–9,600 Death rune 40–100 Common 8,640–21,600 Wrath rune 30–50 Uncommon 14,160–23,600
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy avantoe 1 (noted) Uncommon 1,970 Grimy snapdragon 1 (noted) Uncommon 9,594 Grimy torstol 1 (noted) Uncommon 8,069 Grimy ranarr weed 1 (noted) Uncommon 8,568
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune javelin heads 21–29 Common 12,117–16,733 Dragon javelin heads 32–40 Common  30,176–37,720 Dragonstone 1 (noted) Common 11,811 Runite ore 2–5 (noted) Uncommon 22,246–55,615 Runite bolts (unf) 20–40 Uncommon 11,000–22,000 Dragon bolts (unf) 20–40 Rare 26,720–53,440 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,423
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Wrath talisman 1 Rare 713 Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/300) Not sold Dragon limbs 1 Rare (1/800) 2,928,000 Dragon metal lump 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 1,666,196 Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/8,000) 5,583,696
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 9,767 Tooth half of key 1 Rare 9,746 Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 468 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,423 Unknown talisman
1 Very rare Error Nature rune 67 Very rare 17,554 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,832 Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,476 Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 741 Law rune 45 Very rare 6,840 Death rune 45 Very rare 9,720 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 4,950 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 2,688 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,260 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,465 Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,811 Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 4,800 Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,370 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,093 Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 59,114 Rune spear 1 Very rare 11,948 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,407 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,209 Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 2,890 Rune javelin 5 Very rare 880
- 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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