The Barrows dragon is an extremely dangerous and strong monster to fight and shares the position of strongest metal dragon with the Crystal dragon. It is advised to only take what you know you are most likely going to lose if attempting to fight the dragon. This dragon is even able to break down Dragonfire shields. With each hit, the charges of the dragonfire shield is decreased by 1. After it has reached 0 charges, it will break after the next hit (the draconic visage will appear in your inventory with an anti-dragon shield left on your hand). Due to this, it is advised to bring two, or even three fully charged Dragonfire shields each trip, and repairing them after the fight. Unlike other metal dragons, this dragon will run towards you and stunning you for 5 seconds if you are a distance away from it. So no matter what, you'll have to tank it's melee hits, which can hit as high as 2,300.

You need a Dragonfire shield to resist the dragons long ranged dragon breath attacks. A normal anti-dragon shield will not work. Alternatively, you could use a Supreme dragonfire shield to protect against the Barrows dragons as it does not lose charges like the Dragonfire shield, but it is very expensive.

The dragon can hit very high damage and it has incredibly high accuracy, so any armor with high level melee and range is a must, since the dragon rarely attacks with its magic attack and because its melee and ranged attacks are much stronger. However, the dragon doesn't have much lp and its defence is very low. Players should be able to hit constantly with a chaotic weapon (or better). The Crystal dragon is on the other hand, the complete opposite, as it has lower accuracy and damage, but its defence and hp are very high.


  • Radiver's Dungeon (level 72 Slayer required) (again player may not always encounter a Barrows dragon at the end of the dungeon but might instead encounter a variety of other dragons).


While fighting the dragon, you would have to fight through 6 different phases.

The Blighted phase

In this phase, each of the dragons attacks will have a 20% chance of lowering the players strength down by 5 levels, so bringing an overload or super overload, will make this phase easier to get through. Players who do not have the Herblore level to make these will just have to bring a lot of super restores.

The Wretched phase

In this phase, the dragons attacks slow down to an attack speed of 3 (which is half as fast as it usually attacks), but its attacks become incredibly powerful, whereby its melees maximum damage rises to 4,000, ranged maximum rises to 3,500 but its magic attack remains the same. On the bright side, the dragons defence lowers, so the players main motive is to kill the dragon through this phase as fast as they can.

The Infested phase

In this phase, each of the dragons attacks will have a 20% to regenerate half the damage it dealt to the player.

The Tainted phase

Similar to the blighted phase, the dragon will have a 20% chance to lower one of the players stats, this time being the players magic stat. So again an overload or Super overload will help counter this.

The Corrupted phase

The dragon drains all of the players adrenaline and stops the layer from regenerating any more adrenaline, so players are unable to use abilities throughout this phase.

The Defiled phase

The dragon starts hitting through the players armor, meaning that even with very good gear, the dragon will be constantly be hitting 2000 damage on the player. After killing the dragon in this last phase, it collapses to the ground and its drops appear.

Recommended Equipment





  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Ancient dragon bones Ancient dragon bones 1 1 Always Not sold


  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Rune 2h sword Rune 2h sword 1 2 Common 37,740
Ahrim's staff Ahrim's staff 1 3 Uncommon 334,817
Ahrim's wand Ahrim's wand 1 3 Uncommon 4,554,462
Ahrim's book of magic Ahrim's book of magic 1 3 Uncommon 10,178,243
Dharok's greataxe Dharok's greataxe 1 3 Uncommon 535,846
Torag's hammer Torag's hammer 1 3 Uncommon 166,103
Verac's flail Verac's flail 1 3 Uncommon 217,034
Guthan's warspear Guthan's warspear 1 3 Uncommon 1,345,611
Karil's crossbow Karil's crossbow 1 3 Uncommon 509,762
Karil's pistol crossbow Karil's pistol crossbow 1 3 Uncommon 3,868,357
Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow 1 3 Uncommon 752,387
Dragon 2h sword Dragon 2h sword 1 3 Uncommon 133,241
Dragon warhammer Dragon warhammer 1 3 Uncommon 156,484
Dragon battleaxe Dragon battleaxe 1 3 Uncommon 124,681
Dragon hatchet Dragon hatchet 1 4 Rare 4,472,889
Dragon pickaxe Dragon pickaxe 1 4 Rare 15,902,684
Dragon claw Dragon claw 1 4 Rare 212,784
Off-hand dragon claw Off-hand dragon claw 1 4 Rare 848,254


  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Dragon slayer gloves (e) Dragon slayer gloves (e) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Ahrim's hood Ahrim's hood 1 3 Uncommon 399,652
Ahrim's robe top Ahrim's robe top 1 3 Uncommon 697,104
Ahrim's robe skirt Ahrim's robe skirt 1 3 Uncommon 708,198
Dharok's helm Dharok's helm 1 3 Uncommon 310,405
Dharok's platebody Dharok's platebody 1 3 Uncommon 293,331
Dharok's platelegs Dharok's platelegs 1 3 Uncommon 338,906
Guthan's helm Guthan's helm 1 3 Uncommon 475,407
Guthan's platebody Guthan's platebody 1 3 Uncommon 462,264
Guthan's chainskirt Guthan's chainskirt 1 3 Uncommon 525,205
Karil's coif Karil's coif 1 3 Uncommon 552,533
Karil's top Karil's top 1 3 Uncommon 466,083
Karil's skirt Karil's skirt 1 3 Uncommon 541,846
Torag's helm Torag's helm 1 3 Uncommon 187,883
Torag's platebody Torag's platebody 1 3 Uncommon 271,248
Torag's platelegs Torag's platelegs 1 3 Uncommon 303,838
Verac's helm Verac's helm 1 3 Uncommon 246,039
Verac's brassard Verac's brassard 1 3 Uncommon 299,674
Verac's plateskirt Verac's plateskirt 1 3 Uncommon 290,662
Dragon full helm Dragon full helm 1 4 Rare 6,235,268
Dragon platebody Dragon platebody 1 4 Rare 1,790,999
Dragon plateskirt Dragon plateskirt 1 3 Uncommon 162,403
Dragon platelegs Dragon platelegs 1 3 Uncommon 161,739
Barrows defender Barrows defender 1 3 Uncommon Not sold
Barrows spinyhelm Barrows spinyhelm 1 3 Uncommon Not sold
Ancient platebody Ancient platebody 1 5 Very rare 50,000,000
Ancient platelegs Ancient platelegs 1 5 Very rare 35,000,000
Ancient helm Ancient helm 1 5 Very rare 70,000,000
Ancient kiteshield Ancient kiteshield 1 5 Very rare 60,000,000


  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Bolt rack Bolt rack 150–300 2 Common 112,350–224,700
Dragon javelin Dragon javelin 20–40 2 Common 17,000–34,000
Dragon arrow Dragon arrow 45–70 3 Uncommon 10,800–16,800
Onyx bolts (e) 5 Onyx bolts (e) 10–27 3 Uncommon 84,630–228,501
Oceanstone bolts Oceanstone bolts (e) 20–37 4 Rare Not sold


  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Dragon limbs Dragon limbs 1 4 Rare 10,712,046
Coins Coins 5,000–20,000 2 Common 5,000–20,000
Water talisman Water talisman 1–6 (noted) 2 Common 11,445–68,670
Rune bar Rune bar 6–12 (noted) 2 Common 77,742–155,484
Shark Shark 8–20 2 Common 12,008–30,020
Rocktail Rocktail 6–16 3 Uncommon 15,534–41,424
Ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 3 Uncommon Not sold
Clue scroll Clue scroll (hard) 1 3 Uncommon Not sold
Clue scroll (elite) Clue scroll (elite) 1 4 Rare Not sold
Shield left half Shield left half 1 4 Rare 64,793
Draconic visage Draconic visage 1 4 Rare 1,290,684
Supreme draconic visage Supreme draconic visage 1 5 Very rare 32,000,000
Uncut onyx Uncut onyx 1–2 4 Rare 1,136,092–2,272,184

Charm drop percentages

Always 11 dropped at a time

No charms Gold charm Green charm Crimson charm Blue charm
10% 15% 20% 25% 30%


  • Between the release of the Crystal dragon and the Barrows dragon, many people thought that the Crystal dragon is in fact the Barrows dragon (because Jagex said, there will be a new metal dragon, stronger then the dragonite dragon). At the Barrows dragon release, Jagex noted, that the Crystal dragon is only half-metal.
  • Three days after release, there was a bug, allowing you to have your dragonfire shield charges getting into the negative numbers, making it much easier to kill it. This bug has now been fixed.
  • The barrows dragon is known to drop dragon weapons more often then dragon armour, making it the counterpart of the crystal dragon (as it drops dragon armour more often the dragon weapons).
  • If you're lucky, it is possible to kill this dragon with just one dragonfire shield. This happens if the dragon is using it's dragon breath attack often enough to charge your shield.
  • Defeating the Barrows dragon is as hard as defeating the Crystal dragon. Other then the Crystal dragon, it requires more money to kill, and the crystal dragon requires higher skills and quests.
  • A barrows defender can only be received as a drop from the dragon, but it will only drop if a Dragon defender is in the players inventory.

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