Defence cape

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Defence cape
Defence cape.png
Released18 October 2006 (Update)
Quest itemNo
OptionsWear, Toggle Effect, Toggle Respawn
Worn optionsBoost, Toggle Effect, Toggle Respawn
ExamineThe cape worn by masters of the art of Defence.
Value99,000 coins
High alch59,400 coins
Low alch39,600 coins
Weight0.453 kg
Advanced data
Item ID9753
Defence cape detail.png
Defence cape(t) detail.png

The Defence cape is a Cape of Accomplishment that players can purchase only when they've reached level 99 in the Defence skill. It can be bought from Harlan, the Melee combat tutor, for 99,000 coins from where he resides, close to the Lumbridge general store.

A player performing the defence cape's emote.

Like all skill capes, the Defence cape gives +9 to all defensive stats, and also a +4 bonus to prayer if it is trimmed, which requires a separate skill at level 99. The cape is automatically trimmed if this condition is met.

When the defence cape is equipped, players can enable the cape to act as a ring of life. This option is toggle-able, and can be enabled/disabled by the player at any given time. When the effect occurs, the wearer will receive the message Your cape saves you.. Upon completion of the medium Ardougne diary, the respawn point of this effect can be toggled to Ardougne. However, an actual death will result in the player respawning to their respawn point.

This item can be stored in the cape rack of a costume room, as part of the Defence cape set, along with the hood. Ultimate Ironmen will be unable to retrieve individual pieces until the full set is stored.

As of 1 February 2023, there are 244,557 players that have achieved level 99 in Defence.

Attack icon.png Attack bonusesDefence cape equipped.pngDefence cape equipped female.png
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Defence icon.png Defence bonuses
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Melee.png Other bonusesSlot
Strength icon.pngRanged Strength icon.pngMagic Damage icon.pngPrayer icon.pngCape slot.png

Shop locations[edit | edit source]

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Used in recommended equipment[edit | edit source]

Not trimmed[edit | edit source]

5Dagannoth Kings/Strategies (Magic (Rex only))
4General Graardor/Strategies (Solo (Melee))
3Giant Mole/Strategies (Magic)
2Krystilia/Strategies (Magic)
1Krystilia/Strategies (Defence and Prayer)
4Lizardman shaman/Strategies (Melee)
4Metal dragons/Strategies (Melee)
3Mithril dragon/Strategies (Magic)
5Mithril dragon/Strategies (Melee)
3Phantom Muspah/Strategies (Magic & Ranged)
3Phantom Muspah/Strategies (Ranged)
2Revenants/Strategies (Melee)
2Revenants/Strategies (Prayer)
5Slayer task/Jellies (Melee)
4Slayer training (Magic (Barrage))
5Slayer training (Melee)
3TzHaar Fight Cave/Strategies (Melee)
3TzHaar Fight Cave/Strategies (Early-game iron)
3TzHaar Fight Cave/Strategies (Pure)
3TzHaar Fight Cave/Strategies (Magic)
3, 4Ultimate Ironman Guide/Equipment
4Vet'ion/Strategies (Recommended)
4Vet'ion/Strategies (Safespot)
3Zulrah/Strategies (Magic & Ranged)
3Zulrah/Strategies (Magic)

Trim[edit | edit source]

1Abyss/Strategies (Defence)
4Adamant dragon/Strategies (Magic)
5Adamant dragon/Strategies (Melee)
4Ancient Wyvern/Strategies (Melee)
2Ancient Wyvern/Strategies (Prayer)
4Basilisk Knight/Strategies (Melee)
3Chaos Elemental/Strategies (Melee)
5Dark beast/Strategies (Melee)
3Demonic gorilla/Strategies (upgrades and downgrades)
4Deranged archaeologist/Strategies
4Drake/Strategies (Melee)
4Gout tuber/Strategies (Tank)
5Green dragon/Strategies (Melee)
4K'ril Tsutsaroth/Strategies (Melee attacker)
4Kraken/Strategies (Magic)
3Lava dragon/Strategies (Magic)
3Lava dragon/Strategies (Ranged)
4Maniacal monkey/Strategies (Magic - Ice Burst)
4Maniacal monkey/Strategies (Ranged)
4Maniacal monkey/Strategies (Magic - Ice Barrage)
5Nightmare Zone/Strategies (Melee (Prayer))
5Nightmare Zone/Strategies (Magic)
4Nightmare Zone/Strategies (Melee (Dharok's))
4Nightmare Zone/Strategies (Melee)
4Nightmare Zone/Strategies (Melee (Absorption, AFK))
4Rune dragon/Strategies (Magic)
5Rune dragon/Strategies (Melee)
3Sarachnis/Strategies (Melee Tank)
5Vorkath/Strategies (Melee)

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
2 March 2022

The cape's ring of life effect now works in the following areas for Hardcore Group Ironman players:

3 December 2015
(update | poll)
  • The "Toggle Effect" option was added, which makes the Defence cape act as a permanent Ring of Life when equipped.
  • The "Toggle Respawn" option was added, allowing players to change the respawn point of this effect to Ardougne.