RuneScape Debate – Bandos Armour vs. Dragon Armour

Which of the two armours in Runescape is better?

The Question

One of the biggest questions a rich, high levelled Runescape member asks is “Which is the best armour to get?” Usually they start off with something small such as Rune armour or Granite armour. Eventually they will gain enough levels and money to be able to buy some of the best armour in Runescape such as Barrows (which unfortunately degrades). Then comes the almighty question, “Which is the best non degrading armour?”

Bandos Chestplate and Tassets

Bandos is what some consider the best non-degrading armour in Runescape. It requires 65 Defence to wear and is dropped by General Graardor and his bodyguards in the God Wars Dungeon minigame. It can also be bought from other players. Some great things about the chestplate is  that it has the highest strength bonus of any non-degradable chestplate or platebody in the game (tied with the Fighter torso). It also has huge defensive bonuses and a +1 prayer bonus. 

One of the best things about the Bandos Tassets is that it is currently the only non degrading leg armour to provide a strength bonus. It has the best defence in the whole game, being much superior to the Dragon Platelegs, and gives a +1 prayer bonus.

Total Price for Bandos – ~50M 

Dragon Platebody and Platelegs (Plateskirt)

Dragon armour is also an armour that many people give the title of “The best non-degrading armour in Runescape.” Dragon armour only requires 60 Defence to wear. The Dragon Platebody is made (with 92 Smithing) from its 3 broken parts, along with 1 million coins for the blast fusion hammer. It can also be bought from other players. It has the better stab and slash bonuses compared to Bandos Chestplate but costs so much less. It does not however give any strength or prayer bonuses.

Dragon Platelegs and Skirts are dropped by Bronze, Iron and Steel Dragons which means that they are dropped a lot and have a low street price. Dragon Platelegs have great defence but no strength or prayer bonuses. The Plateskirt has the exact same stats as the Platelegs but are often bough by richer players for its aesthetics (looks).

Total Price for Dragon – ~15M with Platelegs  ~14M with Plateskirt

Final Verdict

In terms of trying to look really good and rich, Bandos armour is the way to go. With Bandos, you also feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. People with Bandos armour are usually deemed ‘rich’. But some people do prefer the look of red Dragon armour and feel more pride wearing Dragon armour. That is a personal opinion on which one you pick for looks.

In terms of being the best defensive armour : - 

Stab – Dragon armour is better by +8

Slash – Dragon armour is better by +17

Crush – Bandos armour is better by +11

Magic – Both armours are equal with a -10 stat

Ranged – Bandos armour is better by +55

Summoning – Bandos armour is better by +7

 Also Bandos has the strength bonuses and the prayer bonuses. So overall, Bandos is the better armour due to the fact that it has excellent defensive stats and its bonuses to attack. Although if you cannot afford Bandos, do not have 65 defence or have a significantly lower defense level to your attack and strength than Dragon is an excellent option.

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  1. joe
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    thank you alot spent alot of time deciding what to get im going with bandos

  2. David
    Posted May 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    bandos is the best for 65 players with defence that do not want to spend money to repair but if the player is very wealthy and has 70 defence then if they really want to pay to fix it thay should choes one of the barrow brothers.
    PS. I have bandos and i love it

  3. zezima
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    dragon is way better get dragon

  4. Dereknl
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Actually.. The Bandos Tassets aren\’t much better than Dragon Platelegs defense-wise. In fact, Dragon Platelegs have a 3 greater slash bonus which is better for PvP since most players use weapons with slash attack styles. Tassets are only 3 better against Stab and Crush styles than D legs. The only stat that the Tassets definitely outdo the D legs is the range defense bonus. But range is already weak against melee so really that\’s not important. In my humble opinon Dragon Platelegs are much better than Bandos Tassets considering the cost – and a Bandos Chestplate still looks good with Dragon Platelegs. Although the Bandos Chestplate is still overrated too..

  5. pooka ass
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    first of all ur not the real zezima. ur a noob and i can tell your not a high level rs player because of the lack of proof to go with your dim witted comment, dragon is better get dragon, therefore your answer is inadequate and you havent layed a finger on your first mil yet. bandos is much better overall. i admit not better defensively than dragon but for the strength bonus you get and defensive bonuses with bandos. bandos should be your pick. YOUR CHOICE, dragon- expensive useless armour only good for looks. BANDOS- good for pk, training, questing, god wars, plus strength bonus, all around much cheaper than dragon. id have to say choose bandos

  6. They call me Dr. Love
    Posted January 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    right now i have full dragon (platelegs, platebody, full helm, Boots) but plan to sell all of it except the boots for bandos, since dragon boots are pretty much proven better. the bonuses from bandos make the defensive advantages from dragon (stab/slash) relatively meaningless as you essentially go with the “a good offense is the best defense” expression, which can be true in most circumstances. its basically a choice between kill your opponent fast and take a bit of a beating, or kill em slow, but have some health left to kill their girlfriend too. ill kill em fast.

  7. kira
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 1:38 am

    whoever wrote this is an idiot, dragon is way better than bandos and also much more expensive becasuse this twat forgot to add the dragon full helm which cost 43m not to mention dragon boots and guantlets.

    Also i bought both on runescape to test them and its true bandos str bonus is good but not worth the amount of damage you take from it slack of deffence.

    Overall dragon is the much better choice.

  8. care
    Posted April 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    @kira Ye, the Dragon boots are so expensive, even 200k(!)

  9. Zezima THE REAL
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I have played 10 years now, Yes Im a nerd. But it is my decision to what I perferr BANDOS!!!!

  10. Posted May 26, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I have dragon but not bandos from what I have read here I might get bandos

  11. bandos vs dragon
    Posted July 23, 2011 at 6:32 am

    bandos is better as i have checked stats on the equipment builder the only things dragon have over bandos is the stab and slash defence bonus which can be overtaken by bandos when equipped with a helmet from the barrows brother\’s for example torag compared to dragon full helm the stab defence bonus becomes for bandos over takes the stab defence bonus for full dragon.

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