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Why Clear Dragons Den?
Dragons Den is usually cleared for the Ancient Crossbow, (U) Ancient D-hide Vambraces, and (U) Ancient D-hide Shield because they are wanted for the Air and Water God Dungeons. The (U) Ancient D-hide Shield can be upgraded into the Scaled Shield, a bis ranged shield for a very long time.
Other parts of the Ancient set are of little importance because you will use the Aeris God Armour for the Water God Dungeon. Keep them only if you didn't already get your Ranged to level 85.
Gear to idle
Because all enemies in Dragons Den are Melee, it is advised to use a Magic or Melee build due to the Combat Triangle.
This guide assumes that you have Auto Eat - Tier III. Crabs were used as a food of choice to reflect the approximate cooking level at the time of clearing the dungeon.
The simulations are run on a character with lvl 80 in all combat skills except Hitpoints.
Due to the wide range of cases, it is recommended to use the Combat Simulator to compare the options tailored for your situation.
The ring slot in the given builds is free. It is suggested to use Ring of Wealth if you have it or Aorpheat's Signet Ring otherwise.
According to the simulation - it takes, on average, 506 Elder Chest opens to obtain all items from the Dragons Den. It takes 657 opens to obtain all items from the Dragons Den with a 75% probability and 1165 opens to obtain all items with a 95% probability.
Below is a basic build that needs Level 90 to create, Level 78 to wear, and 870 HP to idle.
The spell of choice is Fire Surge with combination runes.
The following build needs Level 99 to create, Level 70 to wear, and 780 HP to idle.
For comparison, here's the magic build that takes less time to acquire than the Ancient Claw and needs 860 HP to idle.
Adjusted Clear Time
Adjusted clear time is the time it takes to prepare all needed food and runes plus the time of the clear itself.
Advanced Magic is the clear leader, therefore it is recommended to farm the Dragons Den dungeon with the Advanced Magic build.
The bulk of time is spent on preparing food, so it's heavily recommended to level your food-producing methods when possible. As an example, with some upgrades ( Fishing Skillcape, Cooking Skillcape, 99 mastery, top fishing rod, Amulet of Fishing), the fishing and cooking times are the following:
||Fishing time (s)
||Cooking time (s)
||HP per second
| Whale (Perfect)
In other words, if you prepare Whales instead of Crabs, you would more than double your speed of food preparation, which is a huge boost to the clear time.