Mithril Dragon Guide
This area has been rated as EXTREMELY HIGH-RISK. You should never attempt to fight Mithril Dragons with items you are not willing to risk losing, and while there, you should expect your death as a possibility at all times.
To get to Mithril dragons, here are four recommended routes: (from fastest to slowest)
*The routes for faster fairy ring and ferocious ring teleports are displayed in the map of the caverns below.
Inside the Cavern
If you enter the Cavern through the Whirlpool, you will be located in a small room (seen in the top-right) where nothing will attack you. Here you should use your antifire potion, and activate the Protect from Magic or Protect from Range prayer, depending on what armour you are wearing. Now go down the stairs, run south past the Brutal Green Dragons, and climb the stairs located to the south-east. Once upstairs, activate your prayers/curses for combat, drink any boosting potions, and fight the dragons. This route is marked in green on the map below.
If you enter using fairy rings, you will arrive standing in the centre of the fairy ring. In this position, nothing can attack you, so you are safe from combat. However, once you leave the fairy ring, you are subject to the attacks of the nearby monsters, including Brutal green dragons, so make sure to drink a dose of antifire potion before running east to the stairs. The fairy ring route is marked in purple on the map below.
Finally, those who enter using a ferocious ring teleport should drink their antifire potion and proceed down the stairs to the north, following the red route marked on the map to get to the Mithril dragons.
It is possible to kill Mithril dragons effectively with any of the three combat styles, however magic is the most effective, offering up to 120 kills per hour. Melee is far cheaper, though this will come at the cost of a slower killing speed. Players using ranged can still kill Mithril dragons well, but it should be noted that magic and melee both are better options. Dreadnips should be used with all set-ups if possible as they will lead to a considerable increase in kills per hour.
Since you are in close combat, the Mithril dragon will not attack with ranged, meaning you will be hit by melee and magic attacks. You can use a Protection prayer to negate damage from one of these, and wear high-defence armour to protect against the other. Since they hit lower with magic, it is advised to use Protect from Melee/Deflect Melee and heal the damage taken from the magic attacks. If you stray out of the short range of the dragons melee attacks it will use ranged in addition to magic, so it is important to change briefly to Protect from Ranged/Deflect Ranged if only for a moment to pick up drops.
Magic is by far the most effective style to use for Mithril dragons, offering the fastest kill speeds at high levels, however it is the most expensive due to the cost of runes. Using a Polypore staff is cheap and effective, giving kill speeds similar to melee.
Ranged is the least effective style to use against Mithril dragons, and is only recommended if your Ranged level is significantly higher than your magic or melee stats. Players using range will employ the same tactics as those using magic.
Mithril dragons have the potential to hit hard and fast, so it is important to pay full attention while killing them. Below can be seen the attack styles of the dragon, it is important regardless of style to switch prayers between ranged or melee should you find yourself under attack by one of them. All styles tank the damage from magic hits, so rangers and mages will need to switch to protect from melee when moving close to the dragon, and players using melee should switch to protect from ranged when under attack from afar.
Below is a small map of where you will be killing the dragons, and depending on your style or weapon you should aim to kill a different set of them:
Finally, if possible it is recommended to use a beast of burden to bank bones. This may require additional food to eat when running between monsters (to not interrupt combat) or soul split flashing to recover the majority of your health. These carry added risk, however the dragon bone drops make up a significant proportion of the potential profit, meaning they should be banked whenever possible.
Tips & Tricks
Dragonfire Shield vs. Anti-dragonfire shield - For meleeing without super-antifire potions, a dragonfire shield is the superior choice. However, it carries penalties to magic and ranged attack, so players using magic or ranged are not recommended to use one unless they feel the extra defence is required.
Summoning - Summoned familiars cannot be taken into the whirlpool, however, they may be summoned from pouches once inside. In addition, the entire dungeon is single combat, so familiars that can be useful here are mainly healers or beasts of burden. All beasts of burden used should carry high-healing food, however this will only be possible when reaching Mithril dragons from the inside of the cavern. For this reason it is recommended to unlock these teleport methods if possible.
Chewed bones - If you get a chewed bone drop, keep it! Refer to the Ancient Cavern section of the Barbarian Training guide to learn how to make a pyre ship to give yourself another chance at a Dragon full helm or other useful reward.
Note: You must be careful in this cave. All creatures are high level and potentially hit you for substantial amounts of health.
Original Guide by: Cinderovo
Revised Guide by: Octarine19
Thanks to: All_Bogs, Boomstick911, Bows, Cowman_133, Darkblade986, Devildog15, Dragontotem, ExxpaniumJr, Eyehawk78, Ginger_Warrior, halo2_rocks7, Headnazgul, Jaffy1, jmill331, Juhniz, Languished, Last_to_kn0w, Master_Smither, Mchainmail, oddfaery2, Opeth, Quyneax, RayOxide, Returnofmic, richieNL1, Saladin643, sjefderat, Sk8er700, Warriormonkx, Zaaps1
Last updated by: Jaffy1
Last updated: 27-Apr-2012
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