|Released||4 January 2001 (Update)|
as of 2 December 2020 - update
as of 2 December 2020 - update
Hitpoints (also known as "health" or "HP", "Hits" in RuneScape Classic, or "Constitution" in RuneScape 3) represents the state of a player's health. If it reaches 0, the player will die. Hitpoints is the only skill players start at level 10 in on Tutorial Island, where the player starts out with exactly 1154 experience.
Fighting[edit | edit source]
While fighting, both the opponent and the player will have a bar on top of them. This bar represents their Hitpoints.
There are two colours on the bar, green and red. The green part of the bar represents how many hitpoints a character has left, and the red part represents how much damage has been taken away from their hitpoints. So if a player is low on hitpoints, then the bar on top of them would be mostly red, meaning they are near death. Players often refer to "being redbarred" when barely surviving or only just getting a kill for this reason.
Recovering hitpoints[edit | edit source]
A player can heal to restore their hitpoints up to their maximum. There are a number of ways to do this.
- Let it recharge naturally. A player will recover one hitpoint about every minute. However, this is very slow as a means of recovering hitpoints.
- The Rapid Heal Prayer or the Hitpoints cape cause natural healing to double, healing an additional 1 per minute. These effects do not stack with each other.
- The regen bracelet doubles the amount of health restored by natural healing. This can stack with either of the above effects to increase natural healing to 4 per minute.
- Eat food. Players can eat various foods to restore their hitpoints. This is the recommended way a player heal themselves as it can be done quickly and often cheaply and food can be brought anywhere.
- The monks at the Edgeville Monastery will heal players if they ask them. They heal 8 hitpoints each time.
- The nurses at the infirmary north of Al Kharid Duel Arena will heal players if asked.
- Die. When a player dies, they respawn at full health and stats. This is recommended if the player has banked all items and wants to go to an area near their respawn point. It is also possible for one to die in safe minigames such as the Al Kharid Duel Arena or Pest Control, regaining all stats without the risk of losing any items.
- Guthan the Infested's equipment has a chance of healing the wielder an amount of hitpoints equal to the damage dealt.
- Use Blood spells, which heal the caster for 25% of the damage dealt.
- Use the toxic blowpipe's special attack which increases its damage by 50% and heals its wielder by 50% of the damage dealt.
- Use the Saradomin godsword's special attack Healing Blade which heals 50% of the damage dealt, and 25% of the damage dealt is restored to the player's Prayer. There is a minimum restoration of 10 hitpoints and 5 Prayer points, even with a hit of 1.
- Doing melee damage while wearing Amulet of blood fury has a 20% chance of healing 30% of the damage inflicted.
- Use onyx bolts (e) which has a chance of doing 20% extra damage, and heals the player by 25% of the damage dealt. However, it does not work on the undead creatures.
- Teleport to Clan Wars using a ring of dueling, and then enter the Free-for-all portal (white portal), leave the portal and your hitpoints, prayer, run energy and stats will be restored.
- The Elidinis Statuette in Nardah will fully restore a player's Prayer points, completely heal them, completely restore run energy, completely restore special attack energy, cure poison and give a temporary Hitpoints boost depending on your Hitpoints level. Players who have completed the Elite Desert Diary can take advantage of the desert amulet 4, which provides unlimited Nardah teleports and teleports the player in close proximity of the statue. It is also directly south of a Fairy ring (dlq). This statue can only be used after Spirits of the Elid is complete.
- Drink from an ornate rejuvenation pool in a player-owned house.
- Use the Dream Lunar spell to increase heal per minute by 3.
Damaging oneself[edit | edit source]
Players can damage themselves by trying to eat or drink one of the following items:
- Dwarven rock cake
- Cave nightshade
- Poison chalice
- Poison karambwan
- Rock cake
- Divine potions
- Zamorak brew
- Overload (-) (+)
Or by interacting with one of these items:
- Chemical compound
- Enchanted symbol
- Explosive potion
- Locator orb
- Mixed chemicals
- Strange device
Death[edit | edit source]
When a player's hitpoints reach 0, they die, dropping all the items in their inventory on the ground except their three highest valued items (based on Grand Exchange values). One more item can be saved if a player dies with the Protect Item Prayer activated. Outside of PvP areas, items dropped on death are only visible to the player who owned them and remain on the ground for one hour, after which they will vanish forever; within such areas, they remain on the ground for only two minutes and are visible to only the killer during the first minute.
If a player attacks another player in the Wilderness that hasn't engaged in combat with them, or has entered the Abyss via the Mage of Zamorak, they are given a skull that appears over their head. If a player under any circumstances dies while "skulled," they drop all the items in their inventory - the Protect Item Prayer can still be used when skulled, allowing the player to keep a single item if they die (unless the player is in a high-risk world). The skull will disappear if the player waits twenty minutes without performing any actions that would cause them to get another skull.
A ring of life can be used to automatically teleport the player safely back to their respawn point if they take a hit which causes them to fall to 10% of their maximum Hitpoints or below. Note that a ring of life will not activate if the player is hit with a blow that kills them from above 10% of their Hitpoints or if they are in above level 30 Wilderness.
There are a few "safe" areas where if a player dies, they will not lose any of their items:
- Pest Control
- Castle Wars
- Nightmare Zone
- Inside of a player-owned house
- Duelling with another player inside the Duel Arena
- TzHaar Fight Cave/Pit
- Clan Wars
- Grotesque Guardians
Respawning[edit | edit source]
When a player dies, they will respawn in one of six possible locations. The default location is Lumbridge, but members can unlock five more locations by completing certain actions and have one active at a time:
- Falador: Can be unlocked after completing the Recruitment Drive quest, by talking to Sir Tiffy Cashien in Falador Park.
- Camelot: Can be unlocked after completing the Camelot training room minigame, by talking to Merlin.
- Edgeville cemetery: Can be unlocked by paying Krystilia a one-time fee of 5,000,000 coins.
- Prifddinas: Can be unlocked by talking to Crefydd after completing Song of the Elves.
- Ferox Enclave: Can be unlocked by paying Ferox a one-time fee of 5,000,000 coins.
Earning experience[edit | edit source]
When fighting, whether it be by Melee, Ranged, or Magic, a player will earn Hitpoints experience whenever damage is dealt. For every damage point dealt, 1.33 experience is given to the player's hitpoints. However, a few monsters have greatly reduced experience due to their ability to regenerate. (An exception to this being Monkey Guards from Ape Atoll)
Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]
|Hitpoints cape||1||Visible||Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.|
|Saradomin brew||3-16||Visible||Boosts defence by and hitpoints by .|
Reduces Attack, Strength, Magic and Ranged levels by .
Hitpoints can rise above normal level with the boost.
|Anglerfish||3-22||Visible||Heals for .|
|Amulet of the damned||10||Visible||When wearing the amulet with the Guthan's set, the player is able to heal for up to 10 points above their maximum health.|
|Elidinis Statuette||5||Visible||Requires completion of Spirits of the Elid.|
Any lost Hitpoints are restored prior to the boost.
Fully restores Prayer points and Special attack.
|Bloody bracer||2||Visible||Drains prayer points by 2 + 4% of the player's current prayer level.|
|Guthix rest||5||Visible||Also restores 5% of run energy and reduces venom to poison or reduces poison damage by 1.|
|Abidor Crank||15||Visible||Only found in the Temple Trekking minigame.|
Quests[edit | edit source]
Quests requiring Hitpoints[edit | edit source]
|Other skill requirements|
|Dragon Slayer II||50||75 , 70 , 68 , 62 , 60 , 60 , 50|
Quests rewarding Hitpoints experience[edit | edit source]
|A Soul's Bane||500||-||-|
|In Search of the Myreque||600||-||25|
|The Fremennik Trials||2,812||-||25 , 40 , 40 if crafting your own lyre|
|Heroes' Quest||3,075||-||55 , 53 , 53 , 25 , 50|
|Recipe for Disaster
(Sir Amik Varze subquest)
|Grim Tales||5,000||-||45 , 52 , 58 , 59 , 71|
|Royal Trouble||5,000||-||40 , 40|
|Dream Mentor||15,000||-||32 (boostable), 85 , 61 , 40 , 49 , 5 , 65 , 60 , 55|
|Camelot training room
|20,000||-||45 , 65|
|Mourning's End Part I||25,000||-||60 , 50|
Skill choice[edit | edit source]
Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Hitpoints. These rewards usually come in the form of items, such as lamps or books, and are independent of any experience rewards directly received for completing the quest.
|Skills available||Skill requirements|
|X Marks the Spot||300||Any||-|
|Client of Kourend||500 twice||Any||-|
|Fairytale II - Cure a Queen||2,500||Any skill above 30||49 , 57|
|A Tail of Two Cats||2,500 twice||Any skill above 30||-|
|The Great Brain Robbery||5,000||Any skill above 30||16 , 30 , 50|
|King's Ransom||5,000||Any skill above 50||65|
|Darkness of Hallowvale||2,000 three times||Any skill above 30||5 , 20 , 22 , 32 , 33 , 40|
|A Taste of Hope||2,500||Any skill above 35||48 , 45 , 40 , 40 , 38|
|10,000||Any skill above 40||-|
|Curse of the Empty Lord
|10,000||Any skill above 50||Some players will need 31|
|Shadow of the Storm||10,000||30|
|Dream Mentor||15,000||32 (boostable), 85 , 61 , 40 , 49 , 5 , 65 , 60 , 55|
|The Fremennik Isles||10,000 twice||20 , 40|
|One Small Favour||10,000 twice||Any skill above 30||36 , 25 , 18 , 30|
|Recipe for Disaster
(The final battle)
|20,000||Any skill above 50||175 , 48 , 50 , 53 , 53 , 25 , 59 , 40 , 50 , 40 , 40 , 10 , 10 , 36|
|Legends' Quest||7,650 four times||107 , 50 , 50 , 45 , 56 , 52 , 42 , 50 , 50 , 50 , 50|
|Monkey Madness I||35,000 or 20,000||or||-|
|Dragon Slayer II||25,000 four times||200 , 75 , 70 , 68 , 62 , 60 , 60 , 50 , 50|
|Monkey Madness II||50,000 twice||69 , 70 , 60 , 55 , 55 , 60|
|Total||394,400 or 409,400|
- The two skills chosen will receive 35,000 experience, and the other two will receive 20,000 experience.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In RuneScape Classic, all players started with level 10 Hits and 1000 XP - slightly less XP than would be required for level 10 in all other skills. When RuneScape 2 was released, accounts that had not gained the Hits XP needed to reach level 10 or higher had their Hitpoints stat "corrected" to level 9. The only way to have level 9 Hitpoints was to have created an account prior to RuneScape 2 and not to have trained the Hitpoints skill since. The minimum combat level is still 3 for those players. However, since all accounts in Old School RuneScape start fresh, no players in OSRS have 9 Hitpoints.
- Also in RSC, botters and rulebreakers were punished by having all their stats reset to 1, resulting in a Hits level of 1. This caused the creation of level 1 accounts, which still exist in RS3 today.
Changes[edit | edit source]
|2 June 2016
Corrected the capitalization in the hitpoints skill guide.
|15 January 2015
The Hitpoints skill guide now mentions venom.
|17 December 2013
The health-bars that appear during combat should now always show at least one pixel of green whenever the player or NPC has some health left; you should no longer see a completely red health-bar until their health reaches zero.