Hitpoints

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This article is about the Hitpoints skill. For information on training Hitpoints, see Hitpoints training (F2P) (P2P).
For a list of all requirements and unlockables within the Hitpoints skill, see Hitpoints/Level up table.
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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.

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Hitpoints level-up music
The first music that can be played when levelled up.
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Hitpoints level-up music
The second music that can be played when levelled up.

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.

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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 heal 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.
  • 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.

Death[edit | edit source]

Main article: Death

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:

Respawning[edit | edit source]

When a player dies, they will respawn in one of four possible locations. The default location is Lumbridge, but members can unlock three more locations by completing certain actions and have one active at a time:

Earning experience[edit | edit source]

To earn experience in Hitpoints, a player has to fight or complete quests which reward Hitpoints experience.

When fighting, whether it be by meleeRanged, 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]

  • Saradomin brew - Made using the Herblore skill. Drinking this brew raises Defence by 20% + 2 and Hitpoints by 15% + 2, even above maximum if a player's Hitpoints is 99, though all other combat skills decrease by 10%.
  • Anglerfish - Caught with the Fishing skill and cooked with the Cooking skill. Can boost hitpoints by up to 22 with a Hitpoints level of 99, giving it the highest possible hitpoints boost in the game.
  • Altar of Elidinis - This altar in Nardah will heal you and raise your total Hitpoints, and will also refill your Prayer. Players need to have completed Spirits of the Elid.
  • Hitpoints cape - Owners of the Hitpoints cape can boost their hitpoints by 1 every minute, by operating the cape or re-equipping it. The cape is one of the Capes of Accomplishment, and can only be bought and equipped by players with 99 Hitpoints.
  • Guthan the Infested's equipment with the amulet of the damned - When using the Guthan's armour set and the amulet of the damned, you gain the ability to boost your health by 10 over its maximum.

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.

Quests rewarding Hitpoints experience[edit | edit source]

 
Quest Experience
reward
Hitpoints req. Other requirements
A Soul's Bane 500 - -
In Search of the Myreque 600 - 25 AgilityAgility icon.png
Nature Spirit 2,000 - 18 CraftingCrafting 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
Recipe for Disaster
(Sir Amik Varze subquest)
4,000 - 107 QuestQuest point icon.png
Grim Tales 5,000 - 45 FarmingFarming icon.png, 52 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 58 ThievingThieving icon.png, 59 AgilityAgility icon.png, 71 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png
Royal Trouble 5,000 - 40 AgilityAgility icon.png, 40 SlayerSlayer icon.png
Witch's House 6,325 - -
Dream Mentor 15,000 - 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
Camelot training room
(minigame)
20,000 - 45 MagicMagic icon.png, 65 DefenceDefence icon.png
Mourning's Ends Part I 25,000 - 60 RangedRanged icon.png, 50 ThievingThieving icon.png
Total 89,312

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.

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.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
17 December 2013
(update)
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.