Learn how to defeat a zombie dragon!
Vorkath is the penultimate boss of the Dragon Slayer II quest. According to the dragonkin language, his name translates to runt, weakling, or pathetic failure. Still, despite his name, he can be deadly as a boss, so it can be challenging for some to get OSRS gold out of him. Here are the best ways to defeat him and get that sweet loot.
As mentioned, he is like an appetizer to the final boss of the Dragon Slayer II quest. Though his creator discarded him as a failure and non-aggressive, an unprepared player can fall to his dragonfire. He was left in Ungael because of non-aggressiveness and to serve as a distraction to whoever would invade it.
The first time you encounter him, he’ll be a bit weak and easier to defeat. Afterward, he’ll have increased stats if you seek him out again.
OSRS Vorkath Battle Strategies
Vorkath has several abilities he uses in battle. Depending on your distance from him, he can use Magic, Ranged, or Melee. Like all dragons, he has dragonfire, but like the King Black Dragon, he has three types:
- Venom (chance for venom status)
- Pink (dispels prayers on impact)
He also has a high-damage version of dragonfire, one that launches vertically. You must avoid getting hit by this attack as it can one-hit KO players. It can even damage you if you’re adjacent to its landing point.
For every seventh attack, he’ll use one of two Special ones. One would be an Acid Pool Quickfire Barrage. Vorkath launches acid, leaving pools scattered across the arena, then a barrage of 25 dragonfire projectiles follows. Standing in an acid pool would heal the dragon for the same amount of damage (up to 10 points). The projectiles would deal 25-41 damage per hit.
The other would be Zombified Ice Dragonfire. Vorkath spews ice dragonfire that freezes you and applies Ice Barrage. It simultaneously summons a zombie thrall, rendering the dragon immune to damage until the minion is killed. The zombie approaches the frozen player. It explodes if allowed, dealing up to 60 damage depending on how much HP it has. Its death or explosion lifts the dragon’s immunity and the Ice Barrage status.
Vorkath alternates the use of his Special Attacks. If he uses one, you can expect he’ll use the other next time. His attack pattern would be 6 random regular attacks, then a Special, followed by 6 more normal ones and the other Special. It would repeat until you defeat him or you die. If you’re keeping count, it can be easy to predict what he will do next.
All his attacks can hit for at least 30 points, and he has high enough accuracy to hit frequently with Melee. For this reason, many guides recommend going Ranged or Magic to defeat him. It would be best if you were always prepared to click two tiles away to avoid his one-shot sure-kill dragonfire attack.
On the topic of running, it depends on your preference. Whether you want to toggle running or walking on the fly or manage dodging by just walking, it’s up to you. Go with what’s more comfortable for you.
Your optimal Protection Prayer depends on your combat style and what you’re wearing. Protect from Magic is when you’re going Melee, using a Toxic Blowpipe/Book of Law with a Super Antifire potion. Use Protect from Missiles when using a crossbow with a Dragonfire Ward, Dragonfire Shield, or Anti-Dragon Shield.
Countering the Special Attacks
While the normal ones are easy to deal with, these deserve emphasis because they’re deadly and being unprepared is fatal.
There are two ways to deal with the Acid Pool attack. One way guarantees your safety, while the other is riskier but lets you attack. The first method requires you to find at least 5 clean tiles in a line to walk on. Then, you go back and forth, dodging the barrage. There’s usually a clean spot near the exit, but you can mess up the timing and have a pool land nearby.
The other method is the ‘Woox Walk,’ a technique that lets you dodge the barrage and still attack Vorkath. This is challenging to do and will award you an achievement, ‘The Walk.’ Its mechanics require tick-perfect clicking to stay in range and get a hit in, all while moving to avoid the projectiles. This works for both Ranged and Melee attacks.
Remember to reactivate prayers and toggle run (if preferred) afterward.
As for the Zombified Ice Dragonfire, you should queue up a Crumble Undead spell and carefully click the zombie spawn. Be accurate in targeting the spawn because the alternative is getting hurt. There may not be enough time to prepare another spell. Make sure your one chance counts.
Ensure you’re not still attacking Vorkath when this attack starts. Otherwise, it will result in a delay in the casting, wasting precious time. Crumble Undead is preferred because it will kill the spawn with one shot if your Magic bonus isn’t at -64 and lower.
There are many styles and combat strategies you can use, but only a few effective weapons and armor you can bring.
|Void Ranger Helm
|Masori Mask (f)
|Torva Full Helm
|Elite Void/Void Knight
|Masori Body (f)
|Elite Void/Void Knight
|Masori Chaps (f)
|Dragon Hunter Crossbow
|Toxic Blowpipe (Amethyst Darts or better) (Special Attack: Bandos Godsword)
|Dragon Hunter Lance (Special Attack: Dragon Claws)
|Ruby Dragon Bolts (e) and Diamond Dragon Bolts (e)
|Rada’s Blessing 4
|Rada’s Blessing 4
|Ring of Suffering
|Berserker Ring (i)
Blowpipe users can also use Void equipment with less efficiency. Similarly, Crossbow users can use Masori equipment with the same effects. The first two equipment sets can switch around some parts and still be viable for this fight.
The blowpipe recommendations are for those who can’t afford the Dragon Crossbow, which explains the overlap between the two.
In general, you should have at least one Antifire potion if you’re not using any of the dragonfire shields. The rest of your inventory should be filled with HP regen food, such as Sharks. You should also have your alternate ammunition and Special Attack weapon when applicable. A Rune Pouch with the runes to cast Crumble Undead is necessary for the Zombified Ice Dragonfire attack.
Vorkath will always drop Superior Dragon Bones and Blue Dragonhide. Depending on the current market climate, you can sell those valuable materials on the GE for (depending on the current market climate) 21k and 3k OSRS gold. Other notable drops are weapons such as the Rune Longsword, Rune Kiteshield, and even the Battlestaff.
You can also get the chance for dragon loot (Dragon Battleaxe, Dragon Longsword, Dragon Platelegs, Dragon Plateskirt). You can use them yourself or put those OSRS items for sale on the GE. They’re pretty valuable, after all.
Runes and other kinds of dragonhide can be looted from his corpse. Vorkath can drop Black Dragonhide, which is the most expensive of all. He can also drop various Fletching materials, such as bolt tips and unfinished Dragon Bolts.
Although rare, Vorkath also drops seeds, the most expensive of which are Dragonfruit Tree Seeds, Celastrus Seeds, and Magic Seeds. In addition to those, you can get coins, Manta Rays, Dragon Bones, Diamonds, and Dragonstones.
By performing various actions, you can get achievements while battling Vorkath.
- Zombie Destroyer – Kill the zombie spawn without using Crumble Undead.
- Stick ’em With the Pointy End – Defeat Vorkath using melee weapons only.
- Vorkath Veteran – Win 50 battles against him.
- Vorkath Speed-Chaser – Win an encounter within 1 minute and 15 seconds.
- Vorkath Master – Defeat him 100 times.
- The Walk – Hit the boss 12 times during his Acid Pool attack without getting hit.
- Dodging the Dragon – Kill Vorkath 5 times without getting damaged by his special attacks and/or leaving the arena.
- Extended Encounter – Win 10 times without leaving the arena.
- The Fremennik Way – Defeat the boss using only fists.
- Vorkath Speed-Runner – Kill him within 54 seconds.
- Faithless Encounter – Win without losing any Prayer Points.
Have Fun While Bossing!
While defeating bosses can be hard work, you can find things to enjoy about it, such as: succeeding in the Woox Walk or just a job well done defeating Vorkath.
OSRS Vorkath Combat Achievement Guide
Enjoy your new riches and stuff from defeating the boss!