Research Article: Ghastly Dragon Tasknils (Mar 28 2013) 3 2033
Ghastly Dragon is the perfect monster for paladins: great loot, weak to physical/holy, drops soul orbs (which can be exchanged for infernal bolts), runs around fire walls, and much more.
In this article we'll detail the hunting of ghastly dragons: how profitable is it really to hunt it? What are the best tactics? When can one start to hunt it? These questions and many more will be answered here.
Also note, that this article is primarily written for royal paladins. The recorded hunts have been done on a level 230~ RP with 111 distance fighting and 93 shielding, however, these statistics shouldn't be very different for a level 100 something RP.
A recipe for success
Ghastly Dragons' natural habitat is in Zao, more specifically, the Zao Ghastly Dragon Cave. In order to get access to this place, the player has to finish WOTE mission 1.
So, what kind of supplies do you need? For a 2 hour solo session you'll need the following items:
This all adds up to around 90k in supplies.
A few combat strategies are necessary when fighting ghastlies.
Profit, Profit, Profit!
Alas, we come to the big question: how profitable is the ghastly dragon hunt? In our statistics we have killed around 3.2k ghastly dragons in 25 hunts. Here is the profitability:
As you can see, even the highest waste we had was still profit over 100k! The profit over time was also very stable.
The profit listed above does not take into consideration boss loot, only the ghastly dragons killed. So the overall profit is somewhat higher if you include boss loot.
Comparison with other creatures
If you compare ghastly dragons to other creatures, ghastlies are probably the most profitable monsters to paladins (even though draken abominations have better over all loot). Monsters that are almost as profitable are Destroyers, Draken Elites, and Dark Torturers.
Grizzly Adams 500 Task
The task of killing 500 ghastly dragons is highly recommended to royal paladins, as it's very profitable and grants access to the boss Ethershreck, who drops good loot (sometimes Golden Can of Oil). If you have solo access to the cave you will have around 60 kills per hour, which means you can finish the task in about 8 hours.
So what about experience?
Ghastly Dragons are mainly meant to be hunted for profit. The experience, however, is decent; landing at around 460-540k/h with bonus stamina.
That's all for now. If you have any questions or comments regarding ghastly dragons, be sure to leave them in the comments below.
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