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Normal Catacombs of Kourend

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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.png Dragon bones 1 Always 2,713
Steel bar.png Steel bar 5 Always 2,365


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Rune mace.png Rune mace 1 Common 8,238
Adamant kiteshield.png Adamant kiteshield 1 Uncommon 2,950
Rune knife.png Rune knife 5–7 Uncommon 1,565–2,191
Rune axe.png Rune axe 1 Rare 7,181
Rune full helm.png Rune full helm 1 Rare 20,588
Dragon plateskirt.png Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare (1/512)[1] 161,137
Dragon platelegs.png Dragon platelegs 1 Rare (1/512)[1] 161,162


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Blood rune.png Blood rune 15; 20 Common 5,505–7,340
Rune javelin.png Rune javelin 2–7 Common 350–1,225
Dragon javelin heads 5.png Dragon javelin heads 12 Uncommon [2] 11,448
Runite bolts.png Runite bolts 2–12 Uncommon 806–4,836
Rune dart(p).png Rune dart(p) 9–12 Uncommon 9,882–13,176  
Soul rune.png Soul rune 5 Uncommon 730


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Runite limbs.png Runite limbs 1 Common 9,428
Super attack(3).png Super attack(3) 1 Common 109
Coins 250.png Coins 470; 650 Uncommon Not sold
Curry.png Curry 1–2 Uncommon 974–1,948
Runite bar.png Runite bar 1 Uncommon 12,368
Super defence(2).png Super defence(2) 1 Uncommon 287
Super strength(1).png Super strength(1) 1 Uncommon 376
Gem drop table.png Gem drop table 1 Uncommon (1/32) Not sold
Clue scroll (hard).png 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.png Ancient shard 1 Rare (1/166.66)[3] Not sold
Dark totem base.png Dark totem base 1 Rare (1/290)[3] Not sold
Dark totem middle.png Dark totem middle 1 Rare (1/290)[3] Not sold
Dark totem top.png Dark totem top 1 Rare (1/290)[3] Not sold
Clue scroll (elite).png Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/500) Not sold
Draconic visage.png Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/10,000) 4,940,340

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.png Uncut sapphire 1 Rare
(1/128; 1/96)[G 1]
Uncut emerald.png Uncut emerald 1 Rare
(1/256; 1/192)[G 1]
Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby 1 Rare
(1/512; 1/384)[G 1]
Chaos talisman.png Chaos talisman 1 Very rare
(1/1,365.33; 1/1,024)[G 1]
Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond 1 Very rare
(1/2,048; 1/1,536)[G 1]
Rune javelin.png Rune javelin 5 Very rare
(1/4,096; 1/3,072)[G 1]
Loop half of key.png Loop half of key 1 Very rare
(1/4,096; 1/3,072)[G 1]
Tooth half of key.png Tooth half of key 1 Very rare
(1/4,096; 1/3,072)[G 1]
Rune spear.png Rune spear 1 Very rare
(1/65,536; 1/5,760)[G 1]
Shield left half.png Shield left half 1 Very rare
(1/131,072; 1/11,520)[G 1]
Dragon spear.png 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.