Combat spells

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A snapshot of a Fire Wave cast.

All combat spells result in a spell-related amount of experience when cast, but they also give experience depending on the amount of damage caused to the opponent. Each damage point caused by a combat spell yields 2 Magic experience points (i.e. hitting a 30 with a spell yields the spell's base XP + 60 Magic XP) and 1.33 Hitpoint experience points. Generally, most combat spells use some Air runes in combination with some other "Combat" runes, though there are exceptions with the special spells such as Magic Dart.

A shield icon under the spell interface, represents 'defensive casting'. If this button is clicked instead of the regular option, the player will gain Defence experience whenever combat spells are cast at the cost of receiving a reduced amount of Magic experience. Rather than 2 Magic experience points, defensive casting yields 1.33 Magic experience points and 1 Defence experience point for every damage point inflicted as well as the usual 1.33 Hitpoint experience points and base Magic experience that is earned for each cast.

Combat spells will occasionally splash upon contact with a target (i.e. they will do no damage). When splashing, the caster will receive only the base experience for that spell and no additional experience. As a result, there is no physical difference between splashing with a spell and hitting a 0 with the same spell. The splash rate depends on five things:

  • The caster's Magic level
  • The Magic attack bonus of the equipment the caster is wearing
  • The target's Magic level
  • The target's Defence level (PvP only)
  • The Magic defence bonus of the equipment the target is wearing

All spells have equal accuracy, and the magical accuracy is only derived from the current Magic level (and applicable boosts such as from potions or prayer) and Magic accuracy bonus from equipment. To maximise accuracy, especially in training and player killing, players are advised to equip magic-boosting equipment, unequip magic-lowering equipment, and raise Magic levels.

Some monsters are more vulnerable to certain types of spells such as ice monsters which are generally weaker to Fire spells. As well as this, some monsters are immune to all Magic damage except certain types of spells e.g. The Mage Arena II bosses can only be damaged via Magic by the corresponding God spell of the god they represent, Salarin the twisted who can only be harmed by Strike spells, and Fareed who can only be harmed by Water spells via Magic.

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Spell Magic Level Members only Runes Required Experience Base Max hit[1] Casting cost Notes
Wind Strike.png
Wind Strike icon (mobile).png
Wind Strike 1 No 1Air 1Mind 5.5 2 9 Members wishing to kill Salarin the twisted will have to use this or any other Strike spell, as only strike spells can damage him; no other form of magic has an effect.
Water Strike.png
Water Strike icon (mobile).png
Water Strike 5 No 1Air 1Water 1Mind 7.5 4 14 Members wishing to kill Salarin the twisted will have to use this or any other Strike spell, as only strike spells can damage him; no other form of magic has an effect.
Earth Strike.png
Earth Strike icon (mobile).png
Earth Strike 9 No 1Air 2Earth 1Mind 9.5 6 19 Members wishing to kill Salarin the twisted will have to use this or any other Strike spell, as only strike spells can damage him; no other form of magic has an effect.
Fire Strike.png
Fire Strike icon (mobile).png
Fire Strike 13 No 2Air 3Fire 1Mind 11.5 8 24 Members wishing to kill Salarin the twisted will have to use this or any other Strike spell, as only strike spells can damage him; no other form of magic has an effect.
Wind Bolt.png
Wind Bolt icon (mobile).png
Wind Bolt 17 No 2Air 1Chaos 13.5 9 79 Can hit a maximum of 12 after Family Crest if the player chooses to wear the Chaos gauntlets.
Water Bolt.png
Water Bolt icon (mobile).png
Water Bolt 23 No 2Air 2Water 1Chaos 16.5 10 89 Can hit a maximum of 13 after Family Crest if the player chooses to wear the Chaos gauntlets.
Earth Bolt.png
Earth Bolt icon (mobile).png
Earth Bolt 29 No 2Air 3Earth 1Chaos 19.5 11 94 Can hit a maximum of 14 after Family Crest if the player chooses to wear the Chaos gauntlets.
Fire Bolt.png
Fire Bolt icon (mobile).png
Fire Bolt 35 No 3Air 4Fire 1Chaos 22.5 12 104 Can hit a maximum of 15 after Family Crest if the player chooses to wear the Chaos gauntlets.
Crumble Undead.png
Crumble Undead icon (mobile).png
Crumble Undead 39 No 2Air 2Earth 1Chaos 24.5 15 89 Will only work on undead i.e. Zombies, Skeletons, etc. Can only be autocast with the Slayer's staff, Void Knight mace or any variation of the Staff of the dead.
Wind Blast.png
Wind Blast icon (mobile).png
Wind Blast 41 No 3Air 1Death 25.5 13 219 Used to kill Chronozon during the Family Crest quest.
Water Blast.png
Water Blast icon (mobile).png
Water Blast 47 No 3Air 3Water 1Death 28.5 14 234 Used to kill Chronozon during the Family Crest quest.
Iban Blast.png
Iban Blast icon (mobile).png
Iban Blast 50 Yes 5Fire 1Death + Iban's staff.png 30 25 229 Must complete Underground Pass quest, the regular staff has 120 charges, but the upgraded one has 2,500 charges. Using Iban Blast on any NPC will use one charge. Using the spell on a player will use 2 charges. When all the charges are used up, you have to recharge the staff by using it on the well in the Underground Pass, past the three paladins, or pay the dark mage to repair it for you. The casting cost does not include the value of a charge.
Magic Dart.png
Magic Dart icon (mobile).png
Magic Dart 50 Yes 1Death 4Mind + Slayer's staff.png / Staff of the dead.png / Staff of light.png / Staff of balance.png / Toxic staff of the dead.png 30 15-30 220 Must have level 55 Slayer to use. Requires Slayer's staff or any variation of the Staff of the dead.

A Slayer staff (e) must be used to hit 30+

Earth Blast.png
Earth Blast icon (mobile).png
Earth Blast 53 No 3Air 4Earth 1Death 31.5 15 239 Used to kill Chronozon during the Family Crest quest.
Fire Blast.png
Fire Blast icon (mobile).png
Fire Blast 59 No 4Air 5Fire 1Death 34.5 16 249 The best combat spell for free players. Used to kill Chronozon during the Family Crest quest.
Saradomin Strike.png
Saradomin Strike icon (mobile).png
Saradomin Strike 60 Yes 4Air 2Fire 2Blood + Saradomin staff.png / Staff of light.png 61 20 / 30 806 See Charge, and Mage Arena guide. Can only be autocast by a Staff of light.
Claws of Guthix.png
Claws of Guthix icon (mobile).png
Claws of Guthix 60 Yes 4Air 1Fire 2Blood + Guthix staff.png / Void knight mace.png / Staff of balance.png 61 20 / 30 801 See Charge, and Mage Arena guide. Can only be autocast by a Void Knight Mace or a Staff of balance.
Flames of Zamorak.png
Flames of Zamorak icon (mobile).png
Flames of Zamorak 60 Yes 1Air 4Fire 2Blood + Zamorak staff.png / Staff of the dead.png / Toxic staff of the dead.png 61 20 / 30 801 See Charge, and Mage Arena guide. Can only be autocast by a Staff of the dead or Toxic staff of the dead .
Wind Wave.png
Wind Wave icon (mobile).png
Wind Wave 62 Yes 5Air 1Blood 36 17 413 High level elemental spell.
Water Wave.png
Water Wave icon (mobile).png
Water Wave 65 Yes 5Air 7Water 1Blood 37.5 18 448 High level elemental spell.
Earth Wave.png
Earth Wave icon (mobile).png
Earth Wave 70 Yes 5Air 7Earth 1Blood 40 19 448 High level elemental spell.
Fire Wave.png
Fire Wave icon (mobile).png
Fire Wave 75 Yes 5Air 7Fire 1Blood 42.5 20 448 High level elemental spell.
Wind Surge.png
Wind Surge icon (mobile).png
Wind Surge 81 Yes 7Air 1Wrath 44.5 21 439 High level elemental spell.
Water Surge.png
Water Surge icon (mobile).png
Water Surge 85 Yes 7Air 10Water 1Wrath 46.5 22 489 High level elemental spell.
Earth Surge.png
Earth Surge icon (mobile).png
Earth Surge 90 Yes 7Air 10Earth 1Wrath 48.5 23 489 High level elemental spell.
Fire Surge.png
Fire Surge icon (mobile).png
Fire Surge 95 Yes 7Air 10Fire 1Wrath 50.5 24 489 Best elemental spell.
  1. Max hit may be increased by using equipment which increases magic damage.