|Release date||4 January 2018 (Update)|
|Always drops||Dragon bones|
|Its scales seem to be made of runite.|
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 is Water Wave), as well as two unique 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 8,306 Rune scimitar 1 Common 15,119 Rune longsword 1 Common 18,739 Rune warhammer 1 Common 24,570 Rune platebody 1 Common 38,588 Rune platelegs 1 Common 37,914 Dragon platelegs 1 Rare 161,433 Dragon plateskirt 1 Rare 161,399 Dragon med helm 1 Rare 59,354
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune arrow 30–42 Common 2,250–3,150 Chaos rune 76–150 Common 7,676–15,150 Death rune 40–100 Common 10,520–26,300 Wrath rune 30–50 Uncommon 12,450–20,750
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy avantoe 1 (noted) Uncommon 2,178 Grimy snapdragon 1 (noted) Uncommon 8,495 Grimy torstol 1 (noted) Uncommon 10,496 Grimy ranarr weed 1 (noted) Uncommon 7,587
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Rune javelin heads 21–29 Common 12,495–17,255 Dragon javelin heads 32–40 Common  35,488–44,360 Dragonstone 1 (noted) Common 11,726 Runite ore 2–5 (noted) Uncommon 22,608–56,520 Runite bolts (unf) 20–40 Uncommon 9,280–18,560 Dragon bolts (unf) 20–40 Rare 29,260–58,520 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,451
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Wrath talisman 1 Rare 448 Clue scroll (elite) 1 Rare (1/300) Not sold Dragon limbs 1 Rare (1/800) 8,245,311 Dragon metal lump 1 Very rare (1/5,000) 3,247,590 Draconic visage 1 Very rare (1/8,000) 6,799,353
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 8,331 Tooth half of key 1 Rare 15,793 Uncut sapphire 1 Rare 977 Runite bar 1 Rare 12,451 Unknown talisman
1 Very rare Error Nature rune 67 Very rare 15,946 Rune 2h sword 1 Very rare 37,841 Rune battleaxe 1 Very rare 24,555 Uncut emerald 1 Very rare 928 Law rune 45 Very rare 10,125 Death rune 45 Very rare 11,835 Steel arrow 150 Very rare 6,900 Rune arrow 42 Very rare 3,150 Adamant javelin 20 Very rare 1,180 Rune sq shield 1 Very rare 22,605 Dragonstone 1 Very rare 11,726 Silver ore 100 (noted) Very rare 7,800 Uncut ruby 1 Very rare 1,788 Rune kiteshield 1 Very rare 32,187 Dragon med helm 1 Very rare 59,354 Rune spear 1 Very rare 12,050 Shield left half 1 Very rare 65,564 Dragon spear 1 Very rare 37,686 Uncut diamond 1 Very rare 3,746 Rune javelin 5 Very rare 635
- 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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