Adamant and rune dragons are here! Courtesy of Dragonforcae 4rsgold and voted for by you, they're fresh from RuneLabs and ready for battle.
Delve beneath Brimhaven and jaunt through the World Gate to Kethsi to face these new monsters in high-level combat.
Earn new rewards such as upgrades to make level 90 power boots, a dragon slaying ring and rare, prestigious cosmetics. Learn forgotten lore, too, as you uncover the lost secrets of the Dragonkin.
This week we've also got two new bank boosters in Solomon's Store – available free to members – details of the week's streams and news on the winners of our recent community competitions.
How to Start
Adamant dragons can be found in Brimhaven Dungeon. They're formidable foes, so you'll need high combat levels and anti-dragon breath equipment to survive. You'll find more dragons behind magical barriers – passable at 70, 80 and 90 Slayer. Adamant dragons are available as a slayer assignment from Kuradal or Morvran.
Rune dragons are farther away – on Mount Firewake on the world of Kethsi. This new area is only accessible through the World Gate south of Eagle's Peak, once you've completed Fate of the Gods and Ritual of the Mahjarrat. The only slayer master who will assign them is Morvran.
To stand a chance against these mightiest of monsters, you'll – of course - need anti-dragon gear. It's also wise to come packing dragonbane ammo, as anything else will deal greatly reduced damage until the rune dragons' armour plating is breached.
Rune dragons also have a flight phase – all the more reason to come geared for range – and an enrage phase where their maximum damage increases with each attack.
Regular rune dragons are challenging enough, but elite rune dragons can also spawn on their death. These have all the deadly abilities of their kin, with a significant boost in power – and more lucrative loot.
For two weeks following today's release, there are increased spawn rates on both adamant and rune dragons, and an increased chance for elites to spawn when rune dragons are killed. There's also twice the chance to get an adamant or rune dragon slayer assignment.
Speaking of loot, there are bags of it to be had for intrepid dragon slayers. Their drop tables are brimming with valuables, including some all-new rewards unavailable anywhere else.
Rune dragons can drop items to upgrade steadfast, glaiven or ragefire boots, making level 90 power boots in all three styles. You'll need two of the appropriate item to make an upgrade. The boots degrade, eventually reverting to their level-85 base items. Note that rune dragons only drop the upgrade components while on a Slayer task from Morvran. Elite rune dragons always have a chance to drop them.
The Kethsi ring is a possible drop from elite rune dragons, and imparts a 4% damage boost against metallic dragons when worn – 8% against those in Kuradal's dungeon. It also gives teleports to adamant or rune dragons – which can be shared by a social slayer partner, if they're also able to reach the dragons. The ring has five teleport charges, and is destroyed when those are used up.
Elite dragons will – rarely – drop a Kethsi scroll, which unlocks part of the cosmetic Kethsi outfit – styled after the long-dead mages of that world.
There are murals in Brimhaven and on Kethsi which can be cleansed with a fully charged dragonfire shield at 60 and 80 Firemaking. This grants a lump of Firemaking XP, and adds words to your Dragonkin primer.
Adamant and rune dragons also drop pages of the journal of a Dactyl Dragonkin who continued Kerapac's experiments on metal dragons.
Check in at RuneLabs!
Today's update really shows the awesome things we can accomplish through RuneLabs.
This month, we're looking for similarly monstrous high-level mobs - keep submitting, keep supporting, and look forward to more RuneLabs content in the future!
The RuneScape 'Guardians' Team
Solomon's Store – Bank Boosters
Solomon's offering two more free bank boosters for RuneScape!
Active RuneScape members can claim these two new bank boosters at no cost by simply log into the store and do so! They're are also available for free players to purchase, as normal.
On top of that, all bank boosters on the store are available at a 50% discount this week, so it's a great time to complete the set!
Enjoy! If you need more RuneCoins, you can get them by redeeming Bonds in-game, clicking 'Earn' within the store, or purchasing via the website.
This Week's Live Streams
There are dragons aplenty this week, over on our Twitch channel:
Developer Q&A & Beach Teaser | 16:00 UTC, Tuesday 16th June
Mod Pi, Mod Stu and Mod Kelpie are ensconced on the sofa this week to answer all your dragon-related questions, and for a cheeky preview of the Lumbridge Crater Beach content!
Ask your questions on the Q&A forum thread, on Reddit, or on Twitter using the hashtag RSDevQA.
Here Be Dragons! | 20:00 UTC, Tuesday 16th June
Not quite ready to take on the adamant and rune dragons yet? Never fear – Mod Stu will be taking us to meet them in a hands-on stream, as well as answering any additional questions you may have.
There have been some awesome community competitions on offer over the last couple of months. Huge congratulations to these lucky winners!
This prize draw offered some awesome gaming loot:
1st Place | Alienware Gaming Laptop: Truss
2nd Place | Razer Chroma Suite: Fort40
3rd Place | Razer Goodie Bag: mastercjason
Community Road Trip
A month-long quiz and contest marathon with Cooler Master gaming peripherals, Bonds and RS merchandise as the prize:
1st Place | Ezra Scarlet
2nd Place | Haertew
Name Our Beach Boss
Last week, we offered you the chance to write yourself into RuneScape folklore by naming our new Beach Boss, hitting Lumbridge Crater this June.
We had loads and loads of fantastic entries, but the winning name - Clawdia - came from Sunwheel, who won some signed Tuska concept art.
Want to win prizes like this? Keep an eye on the news and the forums for more competitions coming this summer.
In Other News
If you haven't already, check out Team Omega's Dev Blog for a bumper preview of the Lumbridge Crater Beach update!
The experience given while participating in the Tuska World Event has been increased by up to 100%.
Players may now enter a Tuska world event once per day outside of the usual hourly time slot.
Gold Premier Club members will be given the remaining pieces of the lava outfit over the course of this week. Keep an eye out on log-in for notification of when it is added to your Wardrobe.
Read the patch notes for other updates released today.