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A detailed Dragon dagger.

The Dragon dagger is the strongest dagger available and can be wielded only by members who have at least level 60 Attack and have completed the Lost City quest. Dragon Daggers are affordable, accurate, fast, poison-able weapons that have a special attack, called Puncture, which consists of two quick strikes at your opponent, with slightly increased accuracy and damage than normal. Puncture uses 25% of the special attack bar. The Dragon dagger is extremely popular among players of all combat levels. Because of its special attack, it is a popular weapon in PvP combat as it's cheap but very effective. It is currently the most popular p2p PvP weapon.

Prices for a Dragon dagger vary according to its poison level. The un-poisoned dagger can be purchased in the Zanaris marketplace for 30,000 coins, from the travelling merchant Rasolo standing by the Baxtorian falls for 30,000 coins, at Blades by Urbi in Sophanem for 45,000 coins (from the player's own stock), and at the Grand Exchange in Varrock.

Alternatively, players with a high enough Hunter skill level can hunt Magpie Implings in the Impetuous Impulses minigame and potentially receive one as loot. The Dragon dagger is also a drop from a few high-levelled Revenants, found in the Wilderness.

With the release of the Dragon Claws the price of the dragon dagger has dropped. This is probably because the claws can hit harder (a +56 strength bonus compared to the +40 of the dragon dagger), are just as fast, and have an arguably better special attack. However, the sheer availability and much lower price of the dragon dagger remain a big selling point. Furthermore, Dragon claws are two-handed and lack the ability to be poisoned. The claws can hit up to around 46-23-12-10 (92) under perfect conditions, which equals a 184 with both specials, while under the same conditions, the dragon dagger can hit 50-50 four times for a total of 400 damage from 4 specials. However, in PvP, this damage would not be possible. When PKing, a dragon dagger is highly dependent on the player's attack bonuses and Attack level.

As of 13 January 2009, the dragon dagger and all its poisoned variants are now split on Coinshare.

Dragon daggers are usually very difficult to buy on the grand exchange and are often sold for over 50k to people with a high enough trade limit. People with a low trade limit often have to advertise buying the dagger for longer to people who don't want as much money for one.


Special attack

The Dragon dagger's special attack, Puncture, consists of two quick strikes at your opponent, with slightly increased accuracy and damage than normal. High-level players, if lucky, can hit over 100 with a single special attack bar. Due to the fact that the special only uses 25% of the special attack bar, even a high-level opponent could be killed in a matter of seconds. This special is considered one of the best special attacks of the more affordable weapons in the game, and players will sometimes carry a dragon dagger in addition to their main weapon to cause 8 quick hits and a considerable chance of inflicting poison on their foe.

The highest known unglitched special so far is 56-56 which was done using a Castle Wars bracelet Turmoil ,Vesta's Body and legs, berserker ring (i), barrow gloves, dragon boots, an amulet of Strength, and a Dragonfire Shield . In normal conditions (e.g., in player-versus-player combat) 56-56 would not be possible.

Both Dragon daggers and Dragon longswords can only be used after completing the Lost City quest.

As with all Dragon equipment this item cannot be made from raw materials using the smithing skill. The Dragon platebody and the Dragon sq shield can be smithed from their component parts.

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A player wielding a Dragon Dagger.
A player wielding a Dragon Dagger.
A player using the Puncture special attack.
A player using the Puncture special attack.
  Attack bonus  
Stab Slash Crush Magic Ranged
+40 +25 -4 +1 0
  Defence bonus  
Stab Slash Crush Magic Ranged Summoning
0 0 0 +1 0 0
Other bonuses
Strength Ranged Strength Prayer Magic Damage (%)
+40 0 0 +0%
Speed: File:speed4.gif

Combat styles

Image:CombatStyles_Daggers.png Name Combat style Type Melee experience
Stab Accurate Stab Attack
Lunge Aggressive Stab Strength
Slash Aggressive Slash Strength
Block Defensive Stab Defence

Poisoned versions

A player wielding a Poisoned Dragon Dagger
Item name Exchange price Poison
Dragon dagger 30,400 coins update none
Dragon dagger (p) 36,600 coins update Weapon poison
Dragon dagger (p+) 32,000 coins update Weapon poison+
Dragon dagger (p++) 37,000 coins update Weapon poison++

Dragon daggers are commonly used with their special attack to hit double four times; this is often seen with the poisonous version in PvP or Clan Wars.


A detailed Dragon dagger(p++).
  • When wielded, the Dragon dagger, along with its poisoned varieties, are the only daggers (along with the Keris) to be held with a reverse grip (blade pointing downwards).
  • Formerly, the Dragon dagger(p++)'s suffix, as with all super-poisoned items, was (s). This caused many players to call it "DDS", short for Dragon Dagger (s). This was changed to what it is today in an update on 22 August, 2006 when Jagex alleged that it could potentially be confused with an admittedly uncommon nickname for Saradomin armour -- "rune (s)".
  • Due to the longer suffix after the update to its name, the full name of the Dragon dagger(p++) became too long to use as an item name. Because of this, its name was shortened to Drag dagger(p++). When the Grand Exchange came out over a year later, many players were unable to find the dragon dagger(p++) because they had never noticed the abbreviated name. This led to many players instead purchasing a Dragon dagger(p+), which was the best poisoned version they could find. The name was eventually changed back to Dragon dagger(p++).
  • A Saradomin Wizard from Treasure Trails wields a dragon dagger(p++). If a player uses the Protect from Melee prayer, the Wizard will cast Saradomin Strike, and if they use Protect from Magic, he will use the dragon dagger. Interestingly, the Wizard can cast Saradomin Strike while wielding a dragon dagger, even though players can only cast the spell while wielding a Saradomin staff.
  • The stab bonus is the same as the Keris.
  • The maximum hit known with the dagger is 62-61, but this was done with a glitch called "Jullage". A player found a glitch that would let him combine the range attack bonus with his strength bonus: thus he would wear armour with high ranged attack bonus and fair strength bonus to get over 200 strength bonus.
  • Surprisingly the dragon dagger (p+) costs less than the dragon dagger (p)
  • Currently, people who buy the dagger from Zanaris spend 45k buying a dagger if they buy a diamond from the grand exchange.

See also



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