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 or dragonfire shield, often hitting into the 50s.
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 Dragon, brutal 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.
There are several methods to protect oneself against dragonfire.
|Protect from Magic||One way to protect yourself is by using the Protect from Magic prayer, which offers more or less the same protection as wielding an anti-fire shield.||It should be noted, however, that this prayer will only offer protection against chromatic dragons (excluding the King Black Dragon). Protect from Magic will offer no protection from metal dragons' dragonfire attacks; therefore, it is strongly advised to bring either an anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield along with antifire potions.|
|Antifire potion||Another way to protect yourself from dragonfire is the Antifire potion. This potion offers protection for six minutes and can be made by those with 69 Herblore using a lantadyme herb and dragon scale dust on a vial of water. However, the potion doesn't offer good protection against dragonfire and is not advised to use in battle as your only protection.||An antifire potion is instead used in combination with an anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield, causing the bit of protection the shield doesn't offer to be offered by the potion, providing full protection to the player. Antifires and an anti-dragon shield is often used against the King Black Dragon, metal dragons or other stronger dragons.|
|Antifire mix||Two doses of antifire can be mixed with caviar to create an anti-fire mix, which, next to its normal effect, also heals 6 Hitpoints of the player.||If used with either an antidragon shield or dragonfire shield, it will offer full protection–this is often done against stronger dragons.|
|Extended antifire||Another way to protect yourself from dragonfire is extended antifire. This potion offers protection for 12 minutes and can be made by those with 84 Herblore using lava scale shards on an antifire potion. However, the potion doesn't offer good protection against dragonfire and is not advised to use in battle as your only protection.||An extended antifire is instead used in combination with an anti-dragon shield or dragonfire shield, causing the bit of protection the shield doesn't offer to be offered by the potion, providing full protection to the player. Antifires and an anti-dragon shield is often used against the King Black Dragon, metal dragons or other stronger dragons.|
|Extended antifire mix||Two doses of extended antifire can be mixed with caviar to create an extended antifire mix, which, next to its normal effect, also heals 6 Hitpoints of the player.||If used with either an antidragon shield or dragonfire shield, it will offer full protection–this is often done against stronger dragons.|
|Anti-dragon shield||The much more useful way is using an anti-dragon shield. An anti-dragon shield reduces the damage from dragonfire down to around 3, making it the most used way of protection. This shield can be obtained during the Dragon Slayer quest, and thus, players must have started this quest in order to increase their chance against a dragon greatly.||This shield does not provide protection from the icy breath of wyverns, but it offers full protection from dragonfire if used with an antifire.|
|Dragonfire shield||Those with 90 Smithing have the ability to upgrade their anti-dragon shield to a dragonfire shield using a draconic visage. Alternatively, it can be traded between players. The draconic visage is an extremely rare drop from stronger dragons like metal dragons and the King Black Dragon. The visage is not dropped by any chromatic dragons except black dragons. A dragonfire shield can be charged with dragonfire. Each dragonfire attack provides the shield with one charge, and each charge improves the shield's Defence bonuses by 1. The shield can carry up to 50 charges. Players can also discharge the shield.||A dragonfire shield also offers protection from the icy breath of wyverns, and it will offer full protection from dragonfire if used with an antifire.|
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.
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, dealing 45% extra damage.
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.
Players are able to discharge a blast of dragonfire with the dragonfire shield by right clicking the shield.
- The message when you are partially protected from dragonfire is different depending on what kind of protection you have.