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 8,373 Rune scimitar 1 Common 15,183 Rune longsword 1 Common 18,806 Rune warhammer 1 Common 24,717 Rune platebody 1 Common 38,664 Rune platelegs 1 Common 38,025 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare 161,412 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare 161,531 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,432
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune arrow 30–42 Common 2,610–3,654 Chaos rune 76–150 Common 7,676–15,150 Death rune 40–100 Common 11,560–28,900 Wrath rune 30–50 Uncommon 14,340–23,900
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy avantoe 1 (noted) Uncommon 2,140 Grimy snapdragon 1 (noted) Uncommon 9,091 Grimy torstol 1 (noted) Uncommon 11,371 Grimy ranarr weed 1 (noted) Uncommon 7,970
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune javelin heads 21–29 Common 12,243–16,907 Dragon javelin heads 32–40 Common  30,496–38,120 Dragonstone 1 (noted) Common 12,225 Runite ore 2–5 (noted) Uncommon 21,794–54,485 Runite bolts (unf) 20–40 Uncommon 11,560–23,120 Dragon bolts (unf) 20–40 Rare 29,620–59,240 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,370
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Wrath talisman 1 Rare 693 Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/300) Not sold Dragon limbs 1 Rare (1/800) 8,901,844 Dragon metal lump 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 4,927,343 Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/8,000) 8,245,278
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 9,287 Tooth half of key 1 Rare 14,705 Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 980 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,370 Unknown talisman
1 Very rare Error Nature rune 67 Very rare 17,554 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,947 Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,592 Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 976 Law rune 45 Very rare 12,465 Death rune 45 Very rare 13,005 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 5,100 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 3,654 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,240 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,619 Dragonstone 1 Very rare 12,225 Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 8,000 Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,812 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,223 Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 59,432 Rune spear 1 Very rare 12,029 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,358 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,413 Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 3,737 Rune javelin 5 Very rare 745
- 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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