Temporary skill boost

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Not to be confused with Booster.

A temporary skill boost is anything caused by an item or action that temporarily raises a player's level in one or more skills. It allows the player to do things above their current level. For example, a magic potion, which boosts a player's Magic level by four, will let the player cast High Level Alchemy (which requires 55 Magic) with a Magic level of 51 to 55.

It should be noted that temporary skill boosts do not work on certain quest and diary requirements, and do not work on minigame requirements at all.

Temporary boosts do not stack - for example, a dwarven stout provides +1 Mining and Smithing, and a mature dwarven stout provides +2 to the same skills; using them together will not produce +3, but +2, as that is the maximum boost.

Uses[edit | edit source]

  • Entering a guild that requires a certain skill level, such as drinking a dwarven stout to enter the Mining Guild. This does not work for the Warriors' Guild.
  • Doing an action that requires a higher level than the player is currently at, such as using a fishing potion to fish sharks.
  • Meeting the skill requirements of some quests. Players should keep in mind that temporary boosts do not work on all quests.
  • Increases speed of gathering skills slightly. Visible skill boosts have no effect after level 99. Example dragon axe special boosts players woodcutting level to 102 from 99. Player will not gain any benefit from this. Level 102 is the same as level 99 at gathering speed. An exception to this is when the boost is used in the Woodcutting, Mining, and Fishing Guilds. Boosts above 99 such as from the Woodcutting Cape or dragon axe do affect gathering speed when inside these guilds. [1]

Note: A visible stat-boosting effect will decrease a level every minute. For example, using a botanical pie gives a player 4 levels in Herblore but decreases in the next minute, giving the player only 3 levels.

The one-minute interval between stats decreasing or increasing by 1 towards their normal level does not start when you use the boost; it happens at a fixed interval set by the game. This interval is unique to all players, and is not on a global timer. This means that from the moment one logs in, a 60-second timer starts and continues to cycle regardless of whether or not said player has a boost active. This effect also applies to skill reductions, which means that if you boost a level up, it will decrease by 1 in 60 seconds or less.

In order to check when your stats will go down again, one of the simplest methods is to drink a very cheap boost (such as beer), wait for it to decrease 1 level, then quickly use the desired boost.

Invisible boosts[edit | edit source]

Invisible boosts are not visible on the player's stats screen, and most of them cannot allow a player to perform activities above his or her base level (an exception is the crystal saw). For example, the Woodcutting Guild provides an invisible Woodcutting boost of seven levels, but does not allow a player with 73 Woodcutting to chop magic trees, which require 75 Woodcutting; instead it allows the player to chop trees with the same speed as if they were seven levels higher. Invisible boosts do stack with visible boosts.

Items that give temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

  • Potions, such as the hunter potion which boosts a player's Hunter level by three.
  • Food, such as the garden pie which boosts a player's Farming level by three.
  • Drinks, such as the Wizard's mind bomb which boosts a player's Magic level by two or three depending on the player's Magic level.
  • Spicy stews - can only be accessed with completion of Evil Dave's section in the quest Recipe for Disaster. These are random and can boost OR lower a skill by up to five.
  • Crystal saw, which provides an invisible boost of three to a player's Construction level. It allows players to build items as if their Construction level was three levels higher; this is an invisible boost and so can be used in conjunction with tea or stews.
  • Capes of Accomplishment boost the corresponding skill level to 100/99 when the cape is equipped or operated. Prayer and Hitpoints skillcapes have a cool down period of one minute.

List of boosts affecting multiple skills[edit | edit source]

For a list of free to play only temporary skill boosts, see Temporary skill boost (free-to-play).

Image Boost Skill Level
increase
Visibility Other info
Ranging cape.png Skillcape Any skill 1 Visible Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.
Spicy stew.png Red spice (4).png Spicy stew with red spice Attack, Strength, Defence, Ranged, Magic up to ±5 (though the chance at 5 is rare at 8%[2]) with 3 spice doses,
up to ±3 with 2 spice doses,
up to ±1 with 1 spice added.
Visible Depending on type of stew, any skill can be boosted or reduced by 1 to 5 points randomly.
Orange spice (4).png Spicy stew with orange spice Smithing, Crafting, Fletching, Runecraft, Cooking, Construction, Firemaking
Yellow spice (4).png Spicy stew with yellow spice Agility, Hunter, Slayer, Thieving, Prayer
Brown spice (4).png Spicy stew with brown spice Woodcutting, Farming, Fishing, Mining, Herblore
Overload (4).png Overload All combat skills but Hitpoints and Prayer 5-19 (5 + 15% of level, rounded down) Visible The boost is reapplied every 15 seconds for 5 minutes. Also damages the player for 50 Hitpoints. (This lost health gets refunded after the overload ends.)
Only usable within the Nightmare Zone or within the Chambers of Xeric

List of temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Image Boost Skill Level
increase
Visibility Other info
Agility potion(4).png Agility potion Agility 3 Visible Can increase the success rate of Agility obstacles.
Summer pie.png Summer pie Agility 5 Visible Consists of 2 bites. Also heals 11 Hitpoints per bite.
Attack potion(4).png Attack potion Attack 10% + 3 Visible Allows a player to hit more often with Melee attacks.
Cup of tea.png Cup of tea Attack 2 Visible Heals 3 Hitpoints.
Ruby harvest (item).png Ruby harvest (item) Attack 15% + 4 Visible Must be used on another player. Boost affects the player it is used on. Acquired from the Hunting skill.
Super attack(4).png Super attack Attack 15% + 5 Visible Allows a player to hit more often with melee attacks.
Zamorak brew(4).png Zamorak brew Attack and Strength Attack: 20% + 2
Strength: 12% + 2
Visible Decreases Defence by 2 + 10% and remaining Hitpoints by 2 + 10% (Mix reduces life points by 10% - (1 to 4)).
Combat potion(4).png Combat potion Attack and Strength 10% + 3 Visible Provides the boosts of a normal attack and strength potion in one potion.
Cup of tea.png POH Cup of tea Construction 1, 2 or 3 Visible Boost depends on the shelf the cup used was obtained from.
Crystal saw.png Crystal saw Construction 3 Invisible Only applies to items requiring a saw (e.g. not rooms or plants).
Chef's delight.png Chef's delight Cooking 5% + 1 Visible Reduces Attack and Strength by 2 or more.
Chef's delight(m).png Chef's delight(m) Cooking 5% + 2 Visible Reduces Attack and Strength by 2 or more.
Poison chalice.png Poison chalice Crafting 1 Visible Can cause up to 50 Hitpoints damage among other effects.
Mushroom pie.png Mushroom pie Crafting 4 Visible Can be made by adding a Sulliuscep cap to a pie shell and baked with 60 cooking.
Defence potion(4).png Defence potion Defence 10% + 3 Visible Reduces the chance of receiving damage. Defence boosts do not allow players to equip higher level armour. For example, 59 Defence with a boost does not allow you to equip Dragon armour.
Sapphire glacialis (item).png Sapphire glacialis (item) Defence 15% + 4 Visible Must be used on another player. Boost affects the player it is used on. Acquired from the Hunting skill.
Super defence(4).png Super defence Defence 15% + 5 Visible Reduces the chance of receiving damage. Defence boosts do not allow players to equip higher level armour.
Saradomin brew(4).png Saradomin brew Defence and Hitpoints Defence: 20% + 2

Hitpoints: 15% + 2

Visible Decreases Attack, Strength, Magic and Ranged levels by 10% + 2. Hitpoints can rise above normal level with the boost.
Cabbage.png Draynor Manor Cabbage Defence 1 or 2 Visible Also heals 2 Hitpoints.
Cider.png Cider Farming 1 Visible Reduces Attack and Strength by 2.
Mature cider.png Mature cider Farming 2 Visible Reduces Attack and Strength by 5.
Garden pie.png Garden pie Farming 3 Visible Consists of 2 bites.
Fishing icon.png Fishing Guild Fishing 7 Invisible The boost takes effect while player is within the Fishing Guild.
Dragon harpoon.png Dragon harpoon Fishing 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar.
Fishing potion(4).png Fishing potion Fishing 3 Visible Created through the Herblore skill.
Fish pie.png Fish pie Fishing 3 Visible Also heals Hitpoints and consists of 2 bites.
Admiral pie.png Admiral pie Fishing 5 Visible Also heals Hitpoints and consists of 2 bites.
Dragonfruit pie.png Dragonfruit pie Fletching 4 Visible Also heals Hitpoints and consists of 2 bites.
Greenman's ale.png Greenman's ale Herblore 1 Visible Reduces Attack, Strength and Defence by 2 or more.
Greenman's ale(m).png Mature Greenman's ale Herblore 2 Visible Reduces Attack, Strength and Defence by 2 or more. (m) brews are created through brewing which is found under the Cooking skill.
Botanical pie.png Botanical pie Herblore 4 Visible Also heals 6 Hitpoints per bite.
Statuette (Spirits of the Elid).png Elidinis Statuette Hitpoints 5 Visible Requires completion of Spirits of the Elid. Any lost Hitpoints are restored prior to the boost. Also restores Prayer points and Special attack.
Hunter potion(4).png Hunter potion Hunter 3 Visible Made through the Herblore skill.
Wizard's mind bomb.png Wizard's mind bomb Magic 2 or 3 Visible Also heals 3 Hitpoints. +3 boost only applies if the player's Magic level is at least 50. Reduces Attack, Strength and Defence by 1 or more. Is available to free players.
Magic essence potion.png Magic essence potion Magic 3 Visible Also used for the Fairytale II - Cure a Queen quest.
Mature wmb.png Mature Wizard's mind bomb Magic 3 or 4 Visible 4 boost only applies if the player's Magic level is at least 50. Reduces Attack, Strength and Defence.
Magic potion(4).png Magic potion Magic 4 Visible Allows for the use of higher level magical spells.
Imbued heart.png Imbued heart Magic 10% + 1 Visible Allows for the use of higher level magical spells. Only usable once every 7 minutes.
Super magic potion (4).png Super magic potion Magic 15% + 5 Visible Allows for the use of higher level magical spells.
Only usable within the Nightmare Zone.
Dragon pickaxe.png Dragon pickaxe Mining 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar.
Infernal pickaxe.png Infernal pickaxe Mining 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar.
Dwarven stout.png Dwarven stout Mining, Smithing 1 Visible Is available to free players.
Dwarven stout(m).png Mature dwarven stout Mining, Smithing 2 Visible Attack, Strength and Defence by 2 or more.
Mining icon.png Mining Guild Mining 7 Invisible The boost takes effect while player is within the pay to play area of the Mining Guild.
Gilded altar icon.png Edgeville Monastery altar, Nature Grotto, God Wars Dungeon altars Prayer 2+ Visible Monastery requires 31 Prayer, and is available to free players. Altar of nature requires completion of Nature Spirit.
God Wars Dungeon altars require a god item in correspondence to the aligned god, restoring +1 for every item worn (e.g. 2 Armadyl items worn restores +2 extra prayer if praying at the Armadyl altar). Note: Boosted prayer points does *not* enable use of a higher level prayer.
Ranging potion(4).png Ranging potion Ranged 10% + 4 Visible Increases ranged accuracy and damage.
Super ranging (4).png Super ranging potion Ranged 15% + 5 Visible Increases ranged accuracy and damage.
Only usable within the Nightmare Zone.
Wild pie.png Wild pie Ranged, Slayer 4, 5 Visible Also heals 11 Hitpoints per bite.
Slayer's respite.png Slayer's respite Slayer 2 Visible Reduces Attack and Strength by 2 or more.
Slayer's respite(m).png Mature slayer's respite Slayer 4 Visible Reduces Attack and Strength by 2 or more.
Dragon battleaxe.png Dragon battleaxe Strength 10 + (levels drained / 4) Visible Also reduces Attack, Defence, Ranged, and Magic levels by 10%
Blurberry special.png Blurberry special/Premade blurb' sp. Strength 7 Visible Also reduces Attack by 5.
Drunk dragon.png Drunk Dragon/Premade dr' dragon Strength 7 Visible Also reduces Attack by 4.
Wizard blizzard.png Wizard blizzard/Premade wiz blz'd Strength 6 Visible Also reduces Attack by 4.
Short green guy.png Short green guy/Premade sgg Strength 4 Visible Also reduces Attack by 3.
Beer.png Beer Strength 4% Visible Also reduces Attack by 7%. Is available to free players.
Strength potion(4).png Strength potion Strength 10% + 3 Visible Strength potions are available to free players.
Black warlock (item).png Black warlock (item) Strength 15% + 4 Visible Must be used on another player. Boost affects the player it is used on. Acquired from the Hunting skill.
Super strength(4).png Super strength Strength 15% + 5 Visible Increases maximum Melee damage.
Bandit's brew.png Bandit's brew Thieving 1 Visible None.
Spring sq'irkjuice.png Spring sq'irkjuice Thieving 1 Visible 20% run energy boost.
Autumn sq'irkjuice.png Autumn sq'irkjuice Thieving 2 Visible 30% run energy boost.
Summer sq'irkjuice.png Summer sq'irkjuice Thieving 3 Visible 40% run energy boost.
Axeman's folly.png Axeman's folly Woodcutting 1 Visible Can only be bought or made through brewing.
Axeman's folly(m).png Mature axeman's folly Woodcutting 2 Visible Can only be bought or made through brewing.
Dragon axe.png Dragon axe Woodcutting 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar.
Infernal axe.png Infernal axe Woodcutting 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar.
Woodcutting icon.png Woodcutting Guild Woodcutting 7 Invisible The boost takes effect while player is within the Woodcutting Guild. Stacks with visible boosts.
Super combat potion(4).png Super combat potion Attack, Strength, and Defence 15% + 5 Visible Acts as a super attack, super strength, and super defence potion in one dose.
Notes
  • A percentage boost is always rounded down, with exception of the chef's delight, which is rounded up.
  • A reduction of x or more levels means the actual amount reduced depends on the player's level in the skills listed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to the update which released the Preserve prayer, players who had temporarily boosted a stat were able to log out before a stat would be restored towards its base level, allowing players to keep the boost for another 60 seconds.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 10 July 2017. Mod Ash: "That's inconsistent with how stat-boosting normally works, but we were being generous with the guild rules."
  2. As represented on spicy stew § probability.