This article is about the elite rune dragon. For the normal version, see rune dragon.

Elite rune dragons are a stronger version of rune dragons, which are found on Mount Firewake, in Kethsi. The completion of the quests Ritual of the Mahjarrat and Fate of the Gods is required in order to access these creatures, and the dragons are accessible through the World Gate. They won the first RuneLabs poll, and were first announced in the June 2015 BTS.[1]

Elite rune dragons appear occasionally while the player is killing regular rune dragons. When one appears, a flashing arrow will indicate where it is, and will fight the player only, unless three minutes have passed without the player attacking it, or if they teleport out of the area. When either of the conditions are met, any player can attack the elite rune dragon.

Elite rune dragons share the same mechanics as their normal variants, but boast higher combat stats. Care should be taken in longer encounters during its enrage phase, as they can reach the point of easily killing a player in one hit.

The Kethsi ring and Kethsi outfit scroll is only dropped by Elite rune dragons. Slayer tasks have no effect on Elite rune dragons thus it is possible to obtain the boot upgrades or Kethsi drops whilst off task.


Armoured phaseEdit

  • Starting lifepoints: 105,188 LP
  • Dragonbane ammunition is essentially required this phase, as all other sources of damage including that of familiars will deal drastically reduced damage.

Flying phaseEdit

  • Starting lifepoints: 69,424 LP
  • The dragon will begin flying, meaning melee is not an option. If the dragon was damaged below the threshold it will heal back to 69,424. The dragon will stop using melee attacks and its standard dragonfire will be replaced with its enhanced one.
  • Throughout this phase, the rune dragon may breathe a bright blue plume of enhanced dragonfire onto your character, dealing 450 magic damage. This attack will still deal a portion of its full damage even if the player is protected by a super anti-fire or wyrmfire potion. However, if the player is far enough from the dragon, a small cloud appears under the player indicating the enhanced dragonfire is being used and can be avoided by moving away from it.

Enrage phaseEdit

  • Starting lifepoints: 34,712 LP. If the dragon was damaged below this threshold it will heal back to 34,712.
  • The elite rune dragon will gain a blue aura about its head crest after landing; indicative of this phase beginning.
  • The dragon will land, making melee possible again. It will get stronger with every attack, so killing it quickly is important.
  • The dragon will resume using melee attacks. In addition, the enhanced dragonfire is swapped out for standard dragonfire.


100% dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity
File:Rune dragon bones.pngRune dragon bones1Always
Rune barRune bar1Always


Template:Charm:Elite rune dragon


Item Quantity Rarity
Rune platelegsRune platelegs1Common
Rune chainbodyRune chainbody1Common
Rune kiteshieldRune kiteshield1Common
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Uncommon
Dragon platelegsDragon platelegs1Uncommon
Dragon plateskirtDragon plateskirt1Uncommon


Item Quantity Rarity
Runite oreRunite ore6 (noted)Common
Rune barRune bar5 (noted)Common
File:Runite bolts (unf).pngRunite bolts (unf)70Common
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone5 (noted)Uncommon
File:Black dragonhide.pngBlack dragonhide14 (noted)Uncommon
File:Onyx bolt tips.pngOnyx bolt tips16Rare
Draconic visageDraconic visage1Rare


Item Quantity Rarity
File:Steadfast scale.pngSteadfast scale1Rare
File:Glaiven wing-tip.pngGlaiven wing-tip1Rare
File:Ragefire gland.pngRagefire gland1Rare
Kethsi ringKethsi ring1Rare
File:Kethsi outfit scroll.pngKethsi outfit scroll1Very rare[2]

Rare drop table dropsEdit

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
The ring of wealth is not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Coins 1000Coins250–500; 3,000Common
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Uncommon
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Uncommon
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common
Dragon spearDragon spear1Uncommon
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Uncommon
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare
Shield left halfShield left half1Uncommon
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon
File:Rune arrowheads.pngRune arrowheads113–137Common
File:Onyx bolts.pngOnyx bolts135–165Rare
Vecna skullVecna skull1Uncommon
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Uncommon
Nature talismanNature talisman1Uncommon
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Uncommon
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon
Big bonesBig bones79–90 (noted)Uncommon
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Uncommon
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon
Adamant barAdamant bar15 (noted)Common
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare
Rune barRune bar3 (noted)Common
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare
File:Grimy torstol.pngGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon
File:Lantadyme seed.pngLantadyme seed14–16Uncommon
File:Dwarf weed seed.pngDwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon
File:Magic seed.pngMagic seed4Uncommon
File:Palm tree seed.pngPalm tree seed10Rare
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon
Yew logsYew logs68–82Uncommon
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Rare
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Rare
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Rare
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Rare
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rare
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rare
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rare

Universal dropsEdit



  • As of 22 June 2015, there is a rare chance that an Elite rune dragon will spawn with the name "Barry", which is a reference to a player-named max-enraged Elite rune dragon that was spawned on the day of release and 1-hit killed 32 players.[3]


  1. Mod Osborne. RuneScape's RuneLabs #2 (video). YouTube. 13 March 2015.*
  2. Kethsi scrolls are a little more than double the chance of getting a boot upgrade, visage or Kethsi ring.
  3. Jagex. Mod Stu's Twitter account. Mod Stu: "Was an elite rune dragon last week that 1-hit-KOed. Players nicknamed Barry the Destroyer. Patched Tues morning."

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