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KBD Special Breaths

The King Black Dragon utilising his special dragonfire attacks.

Dragonfire is the fiery breath attack used by dragons, hence the name. It can deal considerable damage to players without an antifire potion in conjunction with an anti-dragon shield, dragonfire shield, skeletal visage or dragonfire ward often hitting into the 50s.

Abilities

An adult dragon can deal up to 60 damage to players without the proper equipment. Regular armour doesn't offer any additional protection from the flames. However, there is a chance that one will "resist some of the dragonfire". As such, the amount of damage negated is usually small, however, and even then, it can hit up to 40+ damage.

Normal chromatic dragons (green, blue, red, and black) only use close-ranged dragonfire attacks, meaning that the dragons will only use it if the player is in melee distance from the dragon. Stronger dragons, like the King Black Dragonbrutal dragons (green, blue, red and black), Elvarg and metal dragons, have long-ranged dragonfire, and use it in both close or long-ranged combat situations. The King Black Dragon is even able to use different kinds of dragonfire, each with a different effect, including freezing, poisoning and stat-reducing. Baby dragons cannot use dragonfire.

The wyverns don't use dragonfire, instead, they use an ice-type breath, which is even more dangerous. It can reduce the stats of a player and prevent them from moving.

Protection

There are several methods to protect oneself against dragonfire. All methods apart from Protect from Magic require the player to have started Dragon Slayer to be used.

Icon Name Effect Note
Protect from Magic Protect from Magic Offers more or less the same protection as wielding an anti-dragon shield, but only against the four basic chromatic dragons. Requires 37 Prayer icon.
Anti-dragon shield Anti-dragon shield Significantly reduces the damage taken from most dragonfire. When combined with an antifire potion, provides complete protection against most dragonfire. Obtained during Dragon Slayer.
Elemental shieldMind shield Elemental or Mind shield Provides full protection from Wyvern ice breath. Obtained during Elemental Workshop I and II.
Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield A strong melee variant of the Anti-dragon shield. Significantly reduces the damage taken from most dragonfire. When combined with an antifire potion, provides complete protection against most dragonfire. Also provides full protection from Wyvern ice breath. Requires 90 Smithing icon, an Anti-dragon shield, and a Draconic visage to create.
Ancient wyvern shield Ancient wyvern shield A strong magic variant of the Elemental shield. Significantly reduces the damage taken from most dragonfire. When combined with an antifire potion, provides complete protection against most dragonfire. Also provides full protection from Wyvern ice breath. Requires 66 Smithing icon, 66 Magic icon, an Elemental shield, and a Wyvern visage to create.
Dragonfire ward Dragonfire ward A strong ranged variant of the Anti-dragon shield. Significantly reduces the damage taken from most dragonfire. When combined with an antifire potion, provides complete protection against most dragonfire. Also provides full protection from Wyvern ice breath. Requires 90 Smithing icon, an Anti-dragon shield, and a Skeletal visage to create.
Antifire potion(4) Antifire potion Reduces the damage taken from most dragonfire. When combined with an Anti-dragon shield, Dragonfire shield, Ancient wyvern shield, or Dragonfire ward, provides full protection from most dragonfire. Requires 69 Herblore icon to create.
Extended antifire(4) Extended antifire Provides the same protection as the regular Antifire potion for 12 minutes. Requires 84 Herblore icon to create.
Super antifire potion(4) Super antifire potion Provides full protection from dragonfire for 3 minutes, freeing up your offhand for other items. This excludes Galvek's and Vorkath's attacks and the King Black Dragon's poisonous/shocking/freezing dragonbreath. Requires 92 Herblore icon and completion of Dragon Slayer II to create.
Extended super antifire(4) Extended super antifire Provides the same protection as the regular super antifire potion for 6 minutes. Requires 98 Herblore icon and completion of Dragon Slayer II to create.
Anti-dragon shield Antifire potion(4) Shield and an antifire potion Provides immunity against normal dragon fire.
Anti-dragon shieldSuper antifire potion(4) Shield and a super antifire potion Provides immunity against Vorkath's special dragon breaths.

Using dragonfire

Players can also use dragonfire in combat, but only under one condition. The dragonfire used by players has the same effect as dragonfire used by dragons. Therefore, it can hit very high against players without proper protection.

Dragonstone bolts special

The dragon bolt special.

One way to use dragonfire is by using enchanted dragon bolts in Ranged. These bolts have, like other enchanted bolts, a special attack. This special attack enables the wearer to occasionally hit the opponent with a blast of dragonfire, adding extra damage to a bolt hit (visible Ranged level * 20%).

Operating dragonfire shield

Dragonfire discharged from the dragonfire shield.

Just like regular dragonfire, this methods will not cause damage if the opponent is a fire monster or a dragon. In PvP situations, if the opponent is wearing an anti-dragon shield, dragonfire shield or under the effects of antifire potions (or both), the special effect will not activate.

Magical fire is not considered as dragonfire. The protection needed for dragonfire doesn't provide protection against fire spells.

Players are able to discharge a blast of dragonfire with the dragonfire shield by right clicking the shield.

Trivia

  • The message when you are partially protected from dragonfire is different depending on what kind of protection you have.