Killing the Dragon is Dio's ninth studio album. It was released May 21, 2002 through Spitfire Records and was produced by front man Ronnie James Dio. A re-release in 2007 puts Killing the Dragon together with Magica.

Killing the Dragon introduces guitarist Doug Aldrich to the band. He had previously performed with Burning Rain and subsequently went on to join the band Whitesnake. Previous guitarist, Craig Goldy, co-wrote some of the songs before leaving the band. He returned for 2004's Master of the Moon.