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Steel dragons are powerful dragons found in the Brimhaven Dungeon and the Catacombs of Kourend. Steel dragons are the fourth strongest of the six kinds of metallic dragons, behind mithril dragons, adamant dragons and rune dragons. They have a chance of dropping the draconic visage, which is the motivation of many steel dragon killers. Like their fellow metallic brethren, steel dragons can use long-range dragonfire in addition to using melee. The steel dragon boasts a higher max hit and accuracy compared to the iron dragon, although it is far weaker than a mithril dragon.

When given a task of steel dragons for Slayer, they can be an extremely hard and long task for unprepared players. The cheapest way for players to kill them are using bolt spells with chaos gauntlets to increase damage. Players can also use a slayer's staff (e) and Magic Dart. Alternatively, players can use ranged with an imbued slayer helmet to cover up lost accuracy against the dragon's high ranged defence. Higher levelled players can use the Zamorakian hasta or trident of the seas/swamp to kill steel dragons.

They drop rune items frequently and have an increased chance of dropping dragon platelegs and dragon plateskirts over their weaker metal counterparts (being the iron and bronze dragons). However, the runite limbs, axes and maces generate quite a nice sum of coins when high-alched to conserve inventory space.

Players can pick up the steel bars they drop to make profit, as they drop 5 at a time. However, this is unviable because players will need to bank after 4-5 kills which can hamper kill rates. Even with the completion of the Elite Karamja Diary, which notes their steel bars, it is somewhat impractical as they are surrounded by many iron dragons.

If they are fought without complete dragonfire protection, it is recommended to stay in melee range and use Protect from Melee, to reduce the amount of dragonfire damage taken.




Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Dragon bones Dragon bones 1 Always 2,233
Steel bar Steel bar 5 Always 2,080


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune mace Rune mace 1 Common 8,230
Adamant kiteshield Adamant kiteshield 1 Uncommon 2,958
Rune knife Rune knife 5–7 Uncommon 1,355–1,897
Rune axe Rune axe 1 Rare 7,256
Rune full helm Rune full helm 1 Rare 20,658
Dragon plateskirt Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare (1/512)[1] 161,323
Dragon platelegs Dragon platelegs 1 Rare (1/512)[1] 161,334


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Blood rune Blood rune 15; 20 Common 5,040–6,720
Rune javelin Rune javelin 2–7 Common 344–1,204
Dragon javelin heads 5 Dragon javelin heads 12 Uncommon [2] 11,940
Runite bolts 5 Runite bolts 2–12 Uncommon 950–5,700
Rune dart(p) Rune dart(p) 9–12 Uncommon 9,351–12,468  
Soul rune Soul rune 5 Uncommon 735


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Runite limbs Runite limbs 1 Common 9,335
Super attack(3) Super attack(3) 1 Common 168
Coins 250 Coins 470; 650 Uncommon Not sold
Curry Curry 1–2 Uncommon 865–1,730
Runite bar Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,466
Super defence(2) Super defence(2) 1 Uncommon 363
Super strength(1) Super strength(1) 1 Uncommon 323
Gem drop table Gem drop table 1 Uncommon (1/32) Not sold
Clue scroll (hard) Clue scroll (hard) 1 Uncommon (1/64) Not sold

Tertiary drops

These items are dropped alongside the other items listed above.

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Ancient shard Ancient shard 1 Rare (1/166.66)[3] Not sold
Dark totem base Dark totem base 1 Rare (1/290)[3] Not sold
Dark totem middle Dark totem middle 1 Rare (1/290)[3] Not sold
Dark totem top Dark totem top 1 Rare (1/290)[3] Not sold
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/500) Not sold
Draconic visage Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/10,000) 5,444,789

Gem drop table

In addition to the drops above, this monster has a 1/32 chance to access the gem drop table.

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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 1 Rare
(1/128; 1/96)[G 1]
Uncut emerald Uncut emerald 1 Rare
(1/256; 1/192)[G 1]
Uncut ruby Uncut ruby 1 Rare
(1/512; 1/384)[G 1]
Chaos talisman Chaos talisman 1 Very rare
(1/1,365.33; 1/1,024)[G 1]
Uncut diamond Uncut diamond 1 Very rare
(1/2,048; 1/1,536)[G 1]
Rune javelin Rune javelin 5 Very rare
(1/4,096; 1/3,072)[G 1]
Loop half of key Loop half of key 1 Very rare
(1/4,096; 1/3,072)[G 1]
Tooth half of key Tooth half of key 1 Very rare
(1/4,096; 1/3,072)[G 1]
Rune spear Rune spear 1 Very rare
(1/65,536; 1/5,760)[G 1]
Shield left half Shield left half 1 Very rare
(1/131,072; 1/11,520)[G 1]
Dragon spear Dragon spear 1 Very rare
(1/174,762.67; 1/15,360)[G 1]
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The drop rate is increased when wearing a Ring of wealth.


  1. 1.0 1.1 The drop rate is 1/512 for a specific legging, or 1/256 for any leggings.
  2. Only dropped after completion of Monkey Madness II.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Only dropped by those found within the Catacombs of Kourend.

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