Defence pure (free-to-play)

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Defence pure
Defence pure (free-to-play) (mithril).png
MembersNo
Build typeTank
Combat level8 — 12
Primary attack styleMelee.png
Combat icon.png Example combat stats
Hitpoints icon.pngAttack icon.pngStrength icon.pngDefence icon.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.pngPrayer icon.pngAttack style icon.png
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A defence pure is a type of free-to-play combat pure account that focuses on training defence. Defence pures are very difficult to kill within their combat level brackets due to their extremely high defensive capabilities. This makes them very useful as scouts and tanks for their teams.

Free-to-play defence pures lack members-only offensive options such as using poisoned weapons, ring of recoil or the dragonfire shield special attack. However, they are still useful for clans in the deep wilderness, as they often carry supplies and perform tasks such as world hopping or luring.

Skills[edit | edit source]

Primary[edit | edit source]

Defence pures train Defence defence without restriction.

Secondary[edit | edit source]

Defence pures might choose to train Magic magic up to 25 to gain access to the Varrock Teleport spell, and to slightly improve the magic defence. This also allows them to train Ranged ranged up to 20 without affecting the combat level, unlocking the studded armour with a notable magic defence bonus.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

TrainingTanking
Mithril full helm.png
Blue cape.png
Amulet of power.png
Swift blade.png
Mithril platebody.png
Mithril kiteshield.png
Mithril platelegs.png
Leather gloves.png
Decorative boots (white).png
Attack bonusStab: +6Slash: +6Crush: +6Magic: -62Range: -27Defence bonusStab: +115Slash: +119Crush: +108Magic: -6Range: +107Other bonusesMelee strength: +6Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +1Weight icon.png 27.0 kg
Mithril full helm.png
Team-30 cape.png
Amulet of defence.png
Magic staff.png
Mithril platebody.png
Mithril kiteshield.png
Mithril platelegs.png
Leather vambraces.png
Decorative boots (red).png
Attack bonusStab: +2Slash: -1Crush: +10Magic: -58Range: -29Defence bonusStab: +117Slash: +121Crush: +106Magic: +5Range: +108Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +0Weight icon.png 27.4 kg
Mithril full helm.png
Blue cape.png
Amulet of power.png
Event rpg.png
Mithril platebody.png
Mithril platelegs.png
Leather gloves.png
Decorative boots (white).png
Attack bonusStab: +6Slash: +6Crush: +6Magic: -54Range: -24Defence bonusStab: +97Slash: +97Crush: +88Magic: -5Range: +87Other bonusesMelee strength: +6Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +1Weight icon.png 21.6 kg
TrainingTanking
Adamant full helm.png
Green cape.png
Amulet of power.png
Swift blade.png
Adamant platebody.png
Adamant kiteshield.png
Adamant platelegs.png
Leather gloves.png
Decorative boots (gold).png
Attack bonusStab: +6Slash: +6Crush: +6Magic: -62Range: -27Defence bonusStab: +160Slash: +165Crush: +150Magic: -6Range: +150Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +1Weight icon.png 34.7 kg
Adamant full helm.png
Team-38 cape.png
Amulet of defence.png
Magic staff.png
Adamant platebody.png
Adamant kiteshield.png
Adamant platelegs.png
Leather vambraces.png
Decorative boots (red).png
Attack bonusStab: +2Slash: -1Crush: +10Magic: -58Range: -29Defence bonusStab: +160Slash: +165Crush: +146Magic: +5Range: +151Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +0Weight icon.png 35.2 kg
Adamant full helm.png
Green cape.png
Amulet of power.png
Event rpg.png
Adamant platebody.png
Adamant platelegs.png
Leather gloves.png
Decorative boots (gold).png
Attack bonusStab: +6Slash: +6Crush: +6Magic: -54Range: -24Defence bonusStab: +133Slash: +134Crush: +121Magic: -5Range: +121Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +1Weight icon.png 28.0 kg
TrainingTanking
Rune full helm.png
Blue cape.png
Amulet of power.png
Swift blade.png
Rune chainbody.png
Rune kiteshield.png
Rune platelegs.png
Teal gloves.png
Decorative boots (gold).png
Attack bonusStab: +6Slash: +6Crush: +6Magic: -47Range: -12Defence bonusStab: +204Slash: +220Crush: +219Magic: -3Range: +198Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +1Weight icon.png 28.1 kg
Rune full helm.png
Team-30 cape.png
Amulet of defence.png
Magic staff.png
Hardleather body.png
Rune kiteshield.png
Rune platelegs.png
Leather vambraces.png
Decorative boots (red).png
Attack bonusStab: +2Slash: -1Crush: +10Magic: -32Range: -6Defence bonusStab: +153Slash: +163Crush: +155Magic: +17Range: +149Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +0Weight icon.png 25.2 kg
Rune full helm.png
Blue cape.png
Amulet of power.png
Event rpg.png
Rune chainbody.png
Rune platelegs.png
Teal gloves.png
Decorative boots (gold).png
Attack bonusStab: +6Slash: +6Crush: +6Magic: -39Range: -9Defence bonusStab: +160Slash: +172Crush: +173Magic: -2Range: +152Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +1Weight icon.png 21.9 kg
Leather cowl.png
Team-30 cape.png
Amulet of defence.png
Magic staff.png
Rune chainbody.png
Rune kiteshield.png
Rune platelegs.png
Leather vambraces.png
Decorative boots (red).png
Attack bonusStab: +2Slash: -1Crush: +10Magic: -37Range: -10Defence bonusStab: +176Slash: +191Crush: +192Magic: +11Range: +172Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +0Weight icon.png 26.5 kg
TrainingTanking
Rune full helm.png
Blue cape.png
Amulet of power.png
Swift blade.png
Rune chainbody.png
Rune kiteshield.png
Rune platelegs.png
Teal gloves.png
Decorative boots (gold).png
Attack bonusStab: +6Slash: +6Crush: +6Magic: -47Range: -12Defence bonusStab: +204Slash: +220Crush: +219Magic: -3Range: +198Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +1Weight icon.png 28.1 kg
Zamorak full helm.png
Team-30 cape.png
Amulet of defence.png
Magic staff.png
Rune chainbody.png
Zamorak kiteshield.png
Zamorak platelegs.png
Leather vambraces.png
Decorative boots (red).png
Attack bonusStab: +2Slash: -1Crush: +10Magic: -43Range: -14Defence bonusStab: +204Slash: +220Crush: +215Magic: +8Range: +199Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +3Weight icon.png 28.4 kg
Rune full helm.png
Blue cape.png
Amulet of power.png
Event rpg.png
Rune chainbody.png
Rune platelegs.png
Teal gloves.png
Decorative boots (gold).png
Attack bonusStab: +6Slash: +6Crush: +6Magic: -39Range: -9Defence bonusStab: +160Slash: +172Crush: +173Magic: -2Range: +152Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +1Weight icon.png 21.9 kg
TrainingTanking
Rune full helm.png
Blue cape.png
Amulet of power.png
Swift blade.png
Rune chainbody.png
Rune kiteshield.png
Rune platelegs.png
Teal gloves.png
Decorative boots (gold).png
Attack bonusStab: +6Slash: +6Crush: +6Magic: -47Range: -12Defence bonusStab: +204Slash: +220Crush: +219Magic: -3Range: +198Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +1Weight icon.png 28.1 kg
Rune full helm.png
Team-30 cape.png
Amulet of defence.png
Magic staff.png
Hardleather body.png
Rune kiteshield.png
Rune platelegs.png
Leather vambraces.png
Decorative boots (red).png
Attack bonusStab: +2Slash: -1Crush: +10Magic: -32Range: -6Defence bonusStab: +153Slash: +163Crush: +155Magic: +17Range: +149Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +0Weight icon.png 25.2 kg
Rune full helm.png
Blue cape.png
Amulet of power.png
Event rpg.png
Rune chainbody.png
Rune platelegs.png
Teal gloves.png
Decorative boots (gold).png
Attack bonusStab: +6Slash: +6Crush: +6Magic: -39Range: -9Defence bonusStab: +160Slash: +172Crush: +173Magic: -2Range: +152Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +1Weight icon.png 21.9 kg
Leather cowl.png
Team-30 cape.png
Amulet of defence.png
Magic staff.png
Rune chainbody.png
Rune kiteshield.png
Rune platelegs.png
Leather vambraces.png
Decorative boots (red).png
Attack bonusStab: +2Slash: -1Crush: +10Magic: -37Range: -10Defence bonusStab: +176Slash: +191Crush: +192Magic: +11Range: +172Other bonusesMelee strength: +7Ranged strength: +0Magic damage: +0.0%Prayer: +0Weight icon.png 26.5 kg

Training equipment[edit | edit source]

Use a 3-tick weapon such as event rpg, swift blade or ham joint for defence training. Note that event rpg is a 2-handed weapon and does not allow to use a shield.

When training on NPCs, wear the best available metal armour and an amulet of power to maximize the accuracy.

When training on a 1 defence alt in the Castle Wars minigame, amulet of strength might be preferred as having a higher strength bonus requires less frequent castlewars brew dosage to deal 2 damage with a 3-tick weapon, but keep in mind that it lacks the accuracy bonuses. Armour is not required. The strength bonus of gold decorative boots does not seem to have an effect on damage output with 1 strength level with either amulet, although they are still worth buying for their melee defence bonuses.

Player-versus-player combat equipment[edit | edit source]

In PvP areas, using a magic staff or any elemental staff is preferable to other weapons due their considerable defensive bonuses, especially when it comes to magic defence. Amulet of defence is also preferable to amulet of power due to its slightly higher defensive bonuses.

In order not to risk losing any expensive rune items, a single piece of rune armour is often replaced with an item that provides additional magic defence bonuses. For example, rune chainbody can be replaced with a hardleather body, rune full helm with a leather cowl and rune kiteshield with an anti-dragon shield. Bringing an entire rune set is not advisable unless the account has access to the Protect Item prayer or is guaranteed not to be attacked in multi-combat areas.

To protect from combat spells, the following items can be brought to raise the magic defence: magic staff and elemental staves (+10), amulet of defence (+7), amulet of power (+6), hardleather body (+6), zamorak monk bottom (+3), leather cowl (+2), anti-dragon shield (+2) and wooden shield (+1).

While Castle Wars boots provide the best melee defence bonuses, note that they will be lost beyond 20 level of the wilderness on death. To avoid losing boots that take a significant time to obtain like white decorative boots or gold decorative boots, it is recommended to use red decorative boots in the deep wilderness. They cost only 4 castle wars tickets and provide notable melee defensive bonuses equivalent to the steel boots. Below 20 level of the wilderness and in other areas the boots will not be lost, but keep in mind that gold decorative boots will still get damaged on death and require a repair fee.

If any prayers are used, god armours are preferable to regular rune items due to their prayer bonuses. Gilded equipment can also be used (without skulling) to perform luring.

Other items[edit | edit source]

Chronicle and skull sceptre can be used to teleport in free-to-play worlds without training magic. However, keep in mind that chronicle cannot be used in the wilderness, and skull sceptre is extremely difficult to obtain without access to members worlds.

Training[edit | edit source]

Training defence pures is rather slow due to their low damage output. During training, make sure to use a 3-tick melee weapon and set the attack style to defensive.

PvM[edit | edit source]

Seagulls are among the best NPCs to kill due to their negative defensive bonuses, 1 defence level and relatively high hitpoints. However, defence pures are commonly trained on monks due to their healing abilities - the probability of killing a monk with 1 attack and strength is very small and their damage output is negligible, so a single NPC can be trained on for hours.

PvP[edit | edit source]

Defensive pures can be trained on 1 defence alts in Clan Wars free-for-all area. This will be more click-intensive than training on monks, but allows to achieve slightly higher experience per hour rates.

Another alternative is training on 1 defence alts in Castle Wars. This requires a little bit more setup and there is a 2-minute downtime between the games, but thanks to the castlewars brew, the maximum damage with 1 strength and amulet of power or amulet of strength is increased to 2, which is a significant boost to the damage output of defence pures. This method is also worth consideration since 400 castle wars tickets are necessary to buy the best boots in the free-to-play worlds: gold decorative boots.

Other training methods[edit | edit source]

3 defence level can be obtained on the tutorial island without gaining any hitpoints experience. In order to do that, do not kill the first rat immediately and instead damage several rats until getting the 3 level.

X Marks the Spot quest can be finished to gain 300 defence or hitpoints experience via an experience lamp.

Lamps and books of knowledge from random events are among the only ways to obtain defence experience without training hitpoints in free-to-play worlds.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Members training methods can be used to train defence without gaining hitpoints experience in order to lower the combat level.

Magic[edit | edit source]

Some defence pures choose to train magic to 25 in order to gain access to the Varrock Teleport spell for a quick escape method from the wilderness and other areas. This also allows to train ranged up to 20 level without gaining any additional combat levels, which grants access to studded armour with considerable magic defence bonuses, as well as to finish the Dragon Slayer I quest without increasing the combat level, which allows to wear the rune platebody. This increases the versatility of these pures at the cost of extra combat levels.

Alternatively, skull sceptre can be obtained on members worlds with items such as ring of recoil or poisoned weapons, as it also allows to teleport under 20 level of the wilderness on free-to-play worlds.

Prayer[edit | edit source]

Getting 25 prayer level for the Protect Item prayer or 43 level for all protection prayers is worth consideration, especially if increasing the combat level is necessary. Steel Skin available at 28 prayer level also provides a considerable defence boost of 15%.

Keep in mind that even with 1 prayer level, it is possible to prayer flick the Thick Skin prayer for a 5% defence bonus, which is relatively easy due to its slow prayer drain rate.

Progression[edit | edit source]

Defence pures can be easily converted into tanks by training the offensive combat skills. This significantly raises their combat levels and allows to wear items such as rune platebody or green d'hide armour.

See also[edit | edit source]