The dragon defender is the second strongest defender in RuneScape, behind the Avernic defender. It is used for its attack and strength bonus and is held in the shield slot. It requires level 60 Defence to equip.
It can only be obtained if the player has a combined Attack and Strength of 130, or level 99 in either Attack or Strength. It is exclusively obtained as a rare drop in the basement of the Warriors’ Guild from the cyclopes that reside there. The entrance to the basement is outside, west of the building. A player must show a rune defender to Lorelai to access the cyclopes that drop the dragon defender.
Its defensive bonuses are comparable to those of an adamant square shield, with slight differences. Its strength bonus is surpassed by both the dragonfire shield and the avernic defender, which give +7 and +8 strength bonus respectively. However, the dragon defender is more commonly used, due to its superior melee attack bonuses over the dragonfire shield, and the overall rarity of the avernic defender.
, If the player dies below level 20 Wilderness, it will remain in the player’s inventory. However, the item will be unusable and must be repaired with 40,000 coins by using the item on Perdu. If the player dies above level 20 Wilderness it will drop 8,160 gold.
Players can attach a dragon defender ornament kit, obtained from master clue scrolls, to cosmetically enhance the defender, creating a dragon defender (t). This only alters its appearance, and gives no stat enhancements. It can be dismantled, returning the defender and ornament kit.
Players can upgrade a dragon defender by attaching an Avernic defender hilt to it, creating the Avernic defender, which requires an Attack and Defence level of 70 and has increased bonuses. This process can be reversed, but the hilt will be destroyed in the process.