Defence

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This article is about the Defence skill. For information on training Defence, see Defence training.
For a list of all requirements and unlockables within the Defence skill, see Defence/Level up table.
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Defence (spelled "Defense" in RuneScape Classic; oftentimes abbreviated as Def) is one of the primary combat skills that grants players protection in all forms of combat. Defence is one of the skills that will raise the combat level of a player regardless of other skill levels. For this reason, many pures leave their defence at a certain level and stop training it. They range from 1 Defence pures, to Initiate pures (level 20-25), rune pures (level 40/42), Berserker pures (level 45), and Barrows pures (level 70). All of the above may be considered as a type of 'pure'. Some players may choose to only train Defence, and are known as just 'Defence pures'.

The higher a target's Defence level, the less likely one is to land successful attacks (damage greater than zero) against said target. As such, it is a vital skill in high-level PvM and PvP situations. Defence does not decrease the amount of damage that an opponent can deal against you.

Magical defence is different - it is based on 70% of the player's Magic level, while the remaining 30% is the player's Defence level, which is then followed by the player's magical defence bonus from their armour.

A player's Defence level also determines which equipment they are able to wear, as most pieces of armour or other equipment have a Defence level requirement.

Audio options icon.png
Defence level-up
The music that plays when levelled up.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Almost every single piece of combat equipment (except for the ones that go on the weapon, cape, ring, and amulet slots) requires a certain Defence level to wear. Here are links to tables of armour and equipment that require a Defence level to wear:

  • Armour - For an overview on the different types of Armour.
  • Melee armour - An overview of the different types of Melee armour.
  • Magic armour - An overview of the different types of Magic armour.
  • Ranged armour - An overview of the different types of Ranged armour.
  • Prayer armour - An overview of the different types of Prayer armour.
  • Defenders - A weapon that goes on the shield slot and provides offensive bonuses while also having an Attack and Defence levels requirement. The rune defender provides the same strength bonus as an obsidian shield, while only requiring 40 defence as opposed to 60.

Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Main article: Temporary skill boost
Boost Level
increase
Visibility Other info
Defence cape.png Defence cape 1 Visible Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.
Spicy stew.png Spicy stew
(red spice)
±0-5 Visible Depending on type of stew, any skill can be boosted or reduced by 0 to 5 points randomly.
Kebab.png Kebab 1-3 Visible 4% chance to do so
Poison chalice.png Poison chalice 1, 4 Visible Has a variety of beneficial and disastrous effects.
Defence potion(4).png Defence potion 3-12 Visible Boosts defence by Level * 0.1 + 3.
Defence boosts do not allow players to equip higher level armour.
Sapphire glacialis (item).png Sapphire glacialis (item) 4-18 Visible Boosts defence by Level * 0.15 + 4.
Must be used on another player. Boost affects the player it is used on.
Acquired from the Hunting skill.
Super defence.png Super defence 5-19 Visible Boosts defence by Level * 0.15 + 5.
Reduces the chance of receiving damage.
Defence boosts do not allow players to equip higher level armour.
Divine super defence potion.png Divine super defence potion 5-19 Visible Acts as a super defence potion.
Stat draining for defence is disabled for 5 minutes, meaning the player's defence will stay fully boosted.
After the 5 minutes are over, defence level will be restored to its base level.
Battlemage potion.png Battlemage potion 5-19 Visible Boosts defence by Level * 0.15 + 5.
Allows for the use of higher level magical spells.
Bastion potion.png Bastion potion 5-19 Visible Boosts defence by Level * 0.15 + 5.
Boosts ranged by Level * 0.1 + 4.
Saradomin brew(4).png Saradomin brew 2-21 Visible Boosts defence by Level * 0.2 + 2 and hitpoints by Level * 0.15 + 2.
Reduces Attack, Strength, Magic and Ranged levels by Level * 0.1 + 2.
Hitpoints can rise above normal level with the boost.
Cabbage.png Draynor Manor Cabbage 1 or 2 Visible Restores 2 Hitpoints.
Super combat potion.png Super combat potion 5-19 Visible Acts as a super attack, super strength, and super defence potion in one dose.
Divine super combat potion.png Divine super combat potion 5-19 Visible Acts as a super combat potion.
Stat draining for combat skills is disabled for 5 minutes, meaning the player's combat stats will stay fully boosted.
After the 5 minutes are over, combat stats will be restored to its base level.
Overload.png Overload 5-19 Visible Boosts combat stats by Level * 0.15 + 5 (excluding hitpoints and prayer).
The boost is reapplied every 15 seconds for 5 minutes. Also damages the player for 50 Hitpoints.
(This lost health is refunded after the overload ends.)
Only usable within the Nightmare Zone or within the Chambers of Xeric

Quests[edit | edit source]

Quests requiring Defence[edit | edit source]

Quest Defence
requirement
Other skill requirements
Rag and Bone Man II 20 DefenceDefence icon.png 40 SlayerSlayer icon.png
Between a Rock... 30 DefenceDefence icon.png 40 MiningMining icon.png, 50 SmithingSmithing icon.png
Lunar Diplomacy 40 DefenceDefence icon.png 61 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 49 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png, 5 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 65 MagicMagic icon.png, 60 MiningMining icon.png, 55 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png
King's Ransom 65 DefenceDefence icon.png 45 MagicMagic icon.png

Quests rewarding Defence experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
reward
Defence
requirement
Other requirements
A Soul's Bane 500 - -
In Search of the Myreque 600 - 25 AgilityAgility icon.png
In Aid of the Myreque 2,000 - 25 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 15 MiningMining icon.png, 7 MagicMagic icon.png
Nature Spirit 2,000 - 18 CraftingCrafting icon.png if crafting your own sickle
What Lies Below 2,000 - 35 RunecraftRunecraft icon.png
The Fremennik Trials 2,812 - 25 FletchingFletching icon.png, 40 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png, 40 CraftingCrafting icon.png if crafting your own lyre
Heroes' Quest 3,075 - 55 QuestQuest point icon.png, 53 CookingCooking icon.png, 53 FishingFishing icon.png, 25 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 50 MiningMining icon.png
Between a Rock... 5,000 30 DefenceDefence icon.png 40 MiningMining icon.png, 50 SmithingSmithing icon.png
Olaf's Quest 12,000 - 40 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png, 50 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png
Holy Grail 15,300 - 20 AttackAttack icon.png
Dragon Slayer 18,650 - 32 QuestQuest point icon.png
Camelot training room
(minigame)
20,000 65 DefenceDefence icon.png 45 MagicMagic icon.png
King's Ransom 33,000 65 DefenceDefence icon.png 45 MagicMagic icon.png
Total 116,937

Skill choice[edit | edit source]

Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Defence. 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.

Quest Experience
reward
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 FarmingFarming icon.png, 57 HerbloreHerblore icon.png
A Tail of Two Cats 2,500 twice Any skill above 30 -
The Great Brain Robbery 5,000 Any skill above 30 16 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 30 ConstructionConstruction icon.png, 50 PrayerPrayer icon.png
King's Ransom 5,000 Any skill above 50 65 DefenceDefence icon.png
Darkness of Hallowvale 2,000 three times Any skill above 30 5 ConstructionConstruction icon.png, 20 MiningMining icon.png, 22 ThievingThieving icon.png, 32 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 33 MagicMagic icon.png, 40 StrengthStrength icon.png
A Taste of Hope 2,500 Any skill above 35 48 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 45 AgilityAgility icon.png, 40 AttackAttack icon.png, 40 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 38 SlayerSlayer icon.png
Architectural Alliance
(miniquest)
10,000 Any skill above 40 -
Curse of the Empty Lord
(miniquest)
10,000 Any skill above 50 Some players will need 31 PrayerPrayer icon.png
Shadow of the Storm 10,000 AttackAttack icon.png StrengthStrength icon.png DefenceDefence icon.png MagicMagic icon.png RangedRanged icon.png HitpointsHitpoints icon.png 30 CraftingCrafting icon.png
Contact! 7,000 twice AttackAttack icon.png StrengthStrength icon.png DefenceDefence icon.png MagicMagic icon.png RangedRanged icon.png HitpointsHitpoints icon.png -
Dream Mentor 15,000 StrengthStrength icon.png DefenceDefence icon.png MagicMagic icon.png RangedRanged icon.png HitpointsHitpoints icon.png 32 AgilityAgility icon.png (Boostable), 85 CombatMulticombat.png, 61 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 40 DefenceDefence icon.png, 49 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png, 5 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 65 MagicMagic icon.png, 60 MiningMining icon.png, 55 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png
The Fremennik Isles 10,000 twice AttackAttack icon.png StrengthStrength icon.png DefenceDefence icon.png HitpointsHitpoints icon.png 20 ConstructionConstruction icon.png, 40 AgilityAgility icon.png
One Small Favour 10,000 twice Any skill above 30 36 AgilityAgility icon.png, 25 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 18 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 30 SmithingSmithing icon.png
Recipe for Disaster
(The final battle)
20,000 Any skill above 50 175 QuestQuest point icon.png, 48 AgilityAgility icon.png, 50 MiningMining icon.png, 53 FishingFishing icon.png, 53 ThievingThieving icon.png, 25 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 59 MagicMagic icon.png, 40 SmithingSmithing icon.png, 50 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png, 40 RangedRanged icon.png, 40 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 10 FletchingFletching icon.png, 10 SlayerSlayer icon.png, 36 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png
Legends' Quest 7,650 four times AttackAttack icon.png StrengthStrength icon.png DefenceDefence icon.png MagicMagic icon.png HitpointsHitpoints icon.png PrayerPrayer icon.png WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png CraftingCrafting icon.png SmithingSmithing icon.png HerbloreHerblore icon.png AgilityAgility icon.png ThievingThieving icon.png 107 QuestQuest point icon.png, 50 AgilityAgility icon.png, 50 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 45 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 56 MagicMagic icon.png, 52 MiningMining icon.png, 42 PrayerPrayer icon.png, 50 SmithingSmithing icon.png, 50 StrengthStrength icon.png, 50 ThievingThieving icon.png, 50 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png
Monkey Madness I 35,000 or 20,000[1] AttackAttack icon.png DefenceDefence icon.png or StrengthStrength icon.png HitpointsHitpoints icon.png -
Dragon Slayer II 25,000 four times AttackAttack icon.png StrengthStrength icon.png DefenceDefence icon.png MagicMagic icon.png RangedRanged icon.png HitpointsHitpoints icon.png 200 QuestQuest point icon.png, 75 MagicMagic icon.png, 70 SmithingSmithing icon.png, 68 MiningMining icon.png, 62 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 60 AgilityAgility icon.png, 60 ThievingThieving icon.png, 50 ConstructionConstruction icon.png, 50 HitpointsHitpoints icon.png
Monkey Madness II 50,000 twice AttackAttack icon.png StrengthStrength icon.png DefenceDefence icon.png MagicMagic icon.png RangedRanged icon.png HitpointsHitpoints icon.png 69 SlayerSlayer icon.png, 70 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 60 HunterHunter icon.png, 55 AgilityAgility icon.png, 55 ThievingThieving icon.png, 60 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png
Total 394,400 or 409,400
  1. The two skills chosen will receive 35,000 experience, and the other two will receive 20,000 experience.