Pay-to-play melee training

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This article provides information about effective ways to train Attack, Strength, Defence, and Hitpoints through melee combat.

This guide is organised into sections based on skill levels. For example, if the section header is Levels 20 to 30, you should begin training at the area with an Attack and Strength level of at least 20. Defence is also preferred to be at that level, but is not always required. The solution to lower Defence is to bring more food, or use food that heals more.

General training notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Waterfall Quest will give you both 30 Attack and Strength if completed at level 3 combat.
  • Strength can be trained without training Hitpoints with barbarian fishing and at the Blast Furnace pump, which requires 30 Strength.
  • Defence can be trained by using Ancient Magicks on defensive or chinchompas on Long fuse against Maniacal monkeys for more experience per hour than using melee.
  • Players can complete Slayer tasks to train Slayer while simultaneously training combat stats. This is an effective combat training method as well as providing profit in most cases.
  • When fighting dangerous monsters it is suggested to bring a teleportation tablet or if your Magic level is high enough, teleportation runes in order to quickly escape. Note that a tablet can be more easily clicked from your inventory and takes up less space than runes for a teleport spell.

Recommended quests[edit | edit source]

To start off, it is strongly recommended to complete quests that give a lot of melee experience. This allows players to wear much better equipment and have much higher damage output when they start training.

A lot of the quests are quick to complete and only have few requirements. Most of them include boss fights, which can be made trivial with protection prayers, and many of the bosses can be safespotted with Magic or Ranged. It is strongly recommended to complete Witch's House to get Hitpoints higher.

The recommended quests for early melee experience are listed in the table below. Completing all of them would give the player a total of 65,275 Attack, 27.537.5 Strength, and 15,300 Defence experience. This would get the player up to level 45 Attack, level 37 Strength, and level 31 Defence without doing any melee training.

Quest XP rewards Requirements Enemies to defeat Notes
Witch's House Hitpoints 6,325 None Witch's experiment (level 19, 30, 42 and 53) The last two forms of the Witch's experiment can be safespotted. Using Magic is recommended throughout the fight.
Waterfall Quest Attack 13,750 and Strength 13,750 None None Players need to withstand and evade attacks from level 86 Fire Giants and level 84 Moss Guardian. Having at least level 17 Hitpoints is recommended, so that the player cannot die in one hit from full Hitpoints.
Death Plateau Attack 3,000 None None Unlocks spiritual creatures as a Slayer task.
Fight Arena Attack 12,175 None Khazard scorpion (level 44), Khazard ogre (level 63), Bouncer (level 137) The bosses can be safespotted, and using Magic is recommended to defeat them.
Tree Gnome Village Attack 11,450 None Khazard Warlord (level 112) The Khazard Warlord can be safespotted, or flinched by using by walking in and out of his attack radius. Using Magic is recommended.
Vampyre Slayer Attack 4,825 None Count Draynor (level 34) Count Draynor is fairly easy to defeat with some combat stats.
The Grand Tree Attack 18,400 Agility 25 Black Demon (level 172) Completion of Tree Gnome Village is recommended for access to spirit trees. The Black Demon can be safespotted, and using Magic is recommended to defeat the monster.
Holy Grail Defence 15,300 Attack 20 , completion of Merlin's Crystal Black Knight Titan (level 120) The Black Knight Titan can be flinched by simply stepping out of his melee range.
Scorpion Catcher Strength 6,625 Prayer 31 , completion of Alfred Grimhand's Barcrawl None Requires being able to run past level 172 black demons and level 64 poison spiders.
Mountain Daughter Attack 1,000 Agility 20 The Kendal (level 70) The Kendal can be safespotted.
Horror from the Deep Strength 4,662.5 Agility 35 , completion of Alfred Grimhand's Barcrawl Dagannoth (level 100) and Dagannoth Mother (level 100) Unlocks dagannoth as a Slayer task. Having Prayer 40 is strongly recommended for Protect from Missiles against the Dagannoth Mother's Ranged attacks. This quest is a prerequisite for the final fights of Recipe for Disaster.
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio Attack 2,500 and Strength 2,500 Agility 15 , Cooking 30 , Fishing 5 , completion of Jungle Potion Monkey (level 3) Having access to fairy rings makes this quest faster.
XP rewards total Attack 65,275 , Strength 27.537.5 and Defence 15,300

Additional quests[edit | edit source]

There are also other quests that give Attack, Strength, and Defence experience, but they have higher requirements. Some of them are listed in the table below.

Once completed, the Recipe for Disaster quest gives access to the Culinaromancer's gloves. They provide significant offensive bonuses.

Quest XP rewards Requirements Enemies to defeat Notes
Dragon Slayer I Strength 18,650 and Defence 18,650 Quest points 32 Elvarg (level 83) and various other monsters Unlocks all dragon tasks for Slayer. This quest is a prerequisite for Heroes' Quest.
Heroes' Quest Attack 3,075 , Strength 3,075 , Defence 3,075 Quest points 55 , Cooking 53 , Fishing 53 , Herblore 25 , Mining 50 ; completion of Shield of Arrav, Lost City Merlin's Crystal, and Dragon Slayer I Ice Queen (level 111) and various other monsters This quest is a prerequisite for Legends' Quest, which needs to be started for the Sir Amik Varze subquest of Recipe for Disaster.
The Fremennik Trials Attack 2,812 , Strength 2,812 , Defence 2,812 Fletching 25 , Woodcutting 40 , Crafting 40 if crafting your own lyre Draugen (level 69) and Koschei the deathless Prerequisite for wearing Fremennik helmets.
The Fremennik Isles Two lots of Combat level 10,000 Combat experience (choose between Strength Strength, Attack Attack, Defence Defence or Hitpoints Hitpoints). Agility 40 , Construction 20 , completion of The Fremennik Trials Ice Troll King (level 122) Awards the helm of neitiznot and the ability to wield it.
Olaf's Quest Defence 12,000 Firemaking 40 , Woodcutting 50 , completion of The Fremennik Trials Ulfric (level 100) Unlocks brine rats as a Slayer task.
Underground Pass Attack 3,000 Ranged 25 Multiple (between level 13 and 91) Prerequisite for Legends' Quest.
Nature Spirit Defence 2,000 Completion of Priest in Peril and The Restless Ghost 3 Ghasts (level 30) Prerequisite for the Lumbridge Guide subquest of Recipe for Disaster, and unlocking fairy rings.
Fairytale I - Growing Pains Attack 2,000 Completion of Lost City and Nature Spirit Tanglefoot (level 111) Prerequisite for unlocking fairy rings.

Suggested training methods for best experience[edit | edit source]

Completing the Waterfall Quest at level 1 Attack and Strength will instantly bring the player to level 30 in each. This quest has no requirements, making it the fastest way to train a brand new account to these levels, skipping much of the slow low-level training. However, there are several aggressive and hard-hitting monsters during the quest, so players may want to train some Defence and Hitpoints levels in order to make the quest safer. See the Waterfall Quest guide for more information on how to complete this quest.

Levels 1 to 10[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Chicken North-east of Lumbridge just east of River Lum, south of River Lum in Farmer Fred's chicken coop 1 3 None
Advantages Disadvantages
  • No food required
  • Only 3 HP (12xp) per kill
  • Non-aggressive

Levels 10 to 60/70[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Ammonite Crab Fossil Island 25 100 Bone Voyage Armour and food for low levels. Digsite pendant. Build the bank chest on Fossil Island to get access to a nearby bank
Advantages Disadvantages
  • The best monster for training at low and medium combat levels
  • Very high health targets with low Defence and Attack ability, meaning you won't need much food if any
  • High in number, easy to group and kill in groups
  • Automatic aggro, meaning there are many AFK spots.
  • Often crowded
  • Stops aggro after 10 minutes. Must be reset by walking away and coming back. The distance required to reset their aggro status fluctuates but usually stays between 1 and 15 tiles. There are instances where it is further.
Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Sand Crab Beach south of Hosidius, Crabclaw Isle, Crabclaw Caves 15 60 10,000 coins to enter Crabclaw Isle, or have started The Depths of Despair to enter the Crabclaw Caves. There are also spots with no requirements. Armour and food for low levels. If you are farming on the beach south of Hosidius there is a bank chest nearby so inventory space is not a concern.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Very high health targets with low Defence and Attack ability
  • High in number, easy to group and kill in groups
  • Automatic aggro, meaning there are many AFK spots
  • Often very crowded
  • Stops aggro after about 10 min, must be reset by walking about one screen away

Levels 60/70 to 99[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Nightmare Zone North of Yanille, north-west of the bank. Varies Varies at least 5 quests that Nightmare Zone supports Please refer to the Nightmare Zone page for more info.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Fastest solo experience per hour for Attack and Strength in the game (using Dharok the Wretched's equipment).
  • Alternatively, offers the most AFK training method in the game (using normal customisable rumble setup with absorption potions).
  • Use of overload and absorption potions, gained from NMZ points which reduces need for super combat and prayer potions.
  • Points can be used for imbues which upgrade equipment, or to purchase herb boxes for some profit.
  • No competition from other players; Nightmare Zone is instanced and deaths are safe - you will not lose any items upon death/leaving apart from dropped items in the arena.
  • Requires a coin fee in order to start, and some quests in order to utilise.
  • Players may need super combat and prayer potions for the first few games as they have no points.
  • No drops other than spending points.
Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Slayer Varies Varies Varies None 100 combat to use Duradel, black mask or slayer helm, various teleports and quests
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Barrage tasks are the most efficient way to train Defence and Magic.
  • Melee tasks offer good experience rates due to the damage and accuracy bonuses of the slayer helm.
  • Trains the Slayer skill at the same time.
  • Can be profitable depending on the task list.
  • Overall, efficient Slayer training gives relatively low amount of experience in Attack and Strength, as most of the Slayer experience is gained by barraging.
  • Efficient Slayer training has many requirements, including already having high Melee stats, completing most of the game's quests to unlock teleports and blocking bad tasks.
  • Profitable Melee tasks do not give good experience rates in Slayer.
  • Only doing cannonable Melee tasks will result in a loss.
  • Many Slayer spots can often be crowded.
  • Worse Melee experience per hour than using Dharok the Wretched's equipment in Nightmare Zone.
  • Much less AFK compared to using normal customisable rumble setup with absorption potions in Nightmare Zone.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

You may use these if the above methods are too crowded or otherwise not available. However, they are not as good as the other methods.

It is not recommended to train melee for profit at low levels. It is usually better to train with crabs, Slayer, or the Nightmare Zone and do something else to make money for overall more efficient play. For example, killing Hobgoblins for two hours will give both less money and less experience than spinning flax for one hour and training on crabs for one hour. Low-level players looking to make money for early gear should check out the Money-making guide.

Here are some easy options for training melee if you do want to kill monsters for profit and still get decent experience rates.

Levels 1 to 10[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Chicken North-east of Lumbridge just east of River Lum, south of River Lum in Farmer Fred's chicken coop 1 3 None
Advantages Disadvantages
  • No food required
  • Feathers are dropped in groups of 5-15 and are stackable, and can be sold for some profit
  • Bones will drop frequently, allowing the player to train their prayer as well
  • Only 3 HP (12xp) per kill
  • Non-aggressive

Levels 10 to 60[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Rock Crab North of Rellekka, Waterbirth Island 13 50 To access Waterbirth Island, you must have started The Fremennik Trials quest. If you haven't finished the quest, it will cost 1,000 coins to travel there. There are also spots with no requirements. Armour and food for low levels. Camelot teleport tabs or runes will bring you somewhat close.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Very, very high health targets with low Defence and Attack ability
  • High in number, easy to group and kill in groups
  • Often crowded
  • Stops aggro after 10-15 min
Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Experiment Experiment cave 25 100 Priest in Peril, started Creature of Fenkenstrain Armour and food for low levels. Ectophial, started Fairy Tale II - Cure a Queen for access to fairy rings (ALQ) or other teleport to Canifis for ease of access.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Identical stats to the Ammonite crabs above
  • Very, very high health targets with low Defence and Attack ability, meaning you won't need much food if any
  • Single combat area, meaning no chance of shared kills
  • Not crowded
  • Experiments are usually a few squares apart
  • Only drops bones; no other drops
  • Cannot be grouped
  • Not aggressive, will require manual clicking.

Levels 10 to 20[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Men and Women Varies, including Lumbridge 2 7 None Your best weapon and armour. Food if you try this from level 3.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Very common and weak NPC
  • Most of the profit will come from herbs, including the valuable Ranarr weed
  • Often close to banks
  • Decent amount of hp so you don't have to switch targets as often as you do when fighting chickens
  • If you are unlucky and do not get many herbs you won't make much money
  • Non-aggressive
  • Often not grouped close together

Levels 20 to 30[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Al-Kharid warrior Al Kharid Palace 9 19 None Decent but cheap food like trout or salmon. Alternatively, you can buy kebabs for 1 gp each in Al Kharid. Also bring your best armour and weapons, because they can deal some damage.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Lots of warriors to fight
  • Aggressive if one warrior is attacked — all nearby others will come and fight. This makes it easy to always be fighting something
  • Bank is very, very close by
  • They frequently drop valuable herbs
  • Often crowded
  • Reliant on herb drops for profit

Levels 30 to 60[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Chaos druid Edgeville Dungeon, Chaos Druid Tower 13 20 Decent combat, 46 thieving if fighting in Chaos Druid Tower Food. Your best weapon and armour if fighting outside of the Wilderness. Only three valuable items and a Looting bag if fighting in Edgeville dungeon.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Easiest spot to reach is in low-level Wilderness, where players may be attacked by other players or may accidentally attack another player, Skulling themselves.
  • Non-wilderness locations are far from a bank or require decent thieving
  • They deal decent damage to low level players
  • Sometimes crowded

Levels 40 to 60[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Moss giant Catacombs of Kourend, Varrock Sewers 42 60 Mid-level combat Food, armour, High alchemy runes, Teleport to house tablets for using another player's house to teleport to Kourend to reach the Catacombs, ring of dueling for banking
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Fairly high HP for level
  • Decent herb, seed, and alchable drops
  • Chance of dropping a Mossy key, which allows the player to fight Bryophyta, who also has good drops and a chance of dropping the valuable Bryophyta's staff
  • Chance of dropping pieces of the Dark totem, which allows the player to fight Skotizo once they are a higher level
  • Always drops Big bones which can be sold for guaranteed profit or used for Prayer experience while training
  • It can be hard to reach the Catacombs of Kourend for low-level players. Regular players should use the Kourend portal in the Player-owned house of another player on world 330.
  • Hits hard if you have low defence or armour
  • Without Mossy key or valuable seed drops, they are usually not worth the time and food it takes to kill

Levels 60 to 70[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Wilderness Slayer Wilderness Varies Varies None Slayer helm, Dragon defender, many Slayer points to block bad tasks, food, Burning amulet, Amulet of glory, high ranged for dragonhide armour
Advantages Disadvantages
  • The damage and accuracy bonuses of the Slayer helm often make killing your slayer task great melee xp
  • Trains the slayer skill at the same time, letting you work towards the profitable slayer monsters and bosses
  • Many slayer monsters have good drops
  • Accumulates Slayer points much quicker than normal slayer. You can save up a lot of these very quickly before starting normal slayer later on.
  • Far fewer requirements than normal slayer. Not many quests help navigate the wilderness.
  • All monsters killed on Wilderness Slayer assignments have a chance of dropping a valuable Larran's key. Players with average luck can expect to get about one per task.
  • Some slayer tasks do not give good xp/hr. If the player has not accumulated enough points to block those tasks yet they may be stuck training slowly for a while
  • The player is constantly in danger of being killed by another player, especially in greater than level 30 Wilderness. It is highly recommended to set player attack options to "Hidden" so they don't accidentally Skull
  • The player cannot bring their most expensive gear. Only ever bring three valuable items in the wilderness: a weapon, a Dragon defender, and the Slayer helm. The player can bring an additional item without losing it upon death if the prayer Protect Item is used at the time of death, bringing the total items protected up to four.
  • The player should use cheap items like Climbing boots, Dragonhide armour, and the Amulet of glory
  • Some common slayer tasks cannot be killed with melee, such as Lava dragons
Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Green dragon Wilderness in various locations 79 75 Dragonfire protection, good weapons, food, and armour Food. Only three valuable items and a Looting bag. A teleport to bank, such as a ring of dueling. A Games necklace to teleport to Corporeal Beast
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Green dragons are only easily reached in medium-level Wilderness, where players may be attacked by other players or may accidentally attack another player, Skulling themselves.
  • Dragonfire protection, such as from an anti-dragon shield, is required to fight them.
  • No good rare drops
  • They can deal heavy damage, so a lot of food is required
  • Often crowded with both other Green dragon farmers and player-killers

Levels 70 to 99[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Slayer Varies Varies Varies None 85 combat to use Nieve, Slayer helm, various teleports and quests
Advantages Disadvantages
  • The damage and accuracy bonuses of the Slayer helm often make killing your slayer task great melee xp
  • Trains the slayer skill at the same time, letting you work towards the profitable slayer monsters and bosses
  • Many slayer monsters have good drops
  • Accumulates Slayer points which allow you to unlock items and block tasks you don't like
  • Some slayer tasks do not give good xp/hr. If the player has not accumulated enough points to block those tasks yet they may be stuck training slowly for a while
  • Efficiently training slayer has many requirements, including completing most of the game's quests to unlock teleports and blocking bad tasks
  • Some slayer tasks cannot be killed with melee
  • Many slayer spots can often be crowded
Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Gargoyle Slayer tower 111 105 75 Slayer, Rock hammer, Priest in Peril Guthan the Infested's equipment, a Kharyrll teleport portal, access to fairy rings or a Slayer ring. Your best armour and weapons. High level alchemy runes. Gargoyle smasher slayer perk.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Consistently drops valuable items like rune armour and noted bars
  • Below-average offensive capabilities for their level. Players with high defence can easily sustain their health with Guthan's equipment, a Saradomin godsword, or food
  • Most of its drops are noted or are alchable, meaning the player can stay indefinitely without needing to bank
  • Aggressive
  • Easy to kill without paying attention with the Gargoyle smasher slayer perk
  • Above-average defence for their level, will give less xp/hr than other options
  • 75 slayer requirement
  • No rare valuable drops, just consistently good drops
  • Far from a bank
  • They can deal heavy damage to low-level players
  • Often crowded
Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Monkey Guards Marim 167 130 Started Monkey Madness I and have not completed Monkey Madness II Dharok's set
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Seldomly used, so not many players visit apart from the occasional player completing Monkey Madness I.
  • Aggressive as long as a monkey greegree is not worn (though they become tolerant like other aggressive enemies).
  • Nearby altar allows for infinite prayer points.
  • No drops
  • Non-aggressive after you have completed Monkey Madness II
  • Antipoison is required as there are poisonous level 1 spiders, which share the same aggression mechanic as the monkeys and gorillas of Ape Atoll.
  • Teleport is needed if you need to quickly leave the area if not near a staircase/ladder.

Levels 90 to 99[edit | edit source]

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Rune dragon Lithkren Vault 380 330 Dragon Slayer II High combat including prayer, Dragonfire shield, a Zamorakian hasta or Abyssal dagger, Insulated boots, Digsite pendant, armour with high defences, super combat potions, food
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Rune dragons are the most profitable non-boss monster a high level player can kill for profit with melee while not paying too much attention
  • Drops a Runite bar and Dragon bones on every kill, as well as frequently dropping valuable rune and dragon equipment
  • Has a chance of dropping several valuable rare items including the Dragon limbs
  • Is close to the Digsite pendant Lithkren teleport
  • Not too crowded
  • Requires very expensive gear and completion of Dragon Slayer II
  • The dragons deal heavy damage even with max stats and the best items in the game. Players must keep their health above 60 to avoid dying to a ranged attack and melee attack combo
  • Rune dragons can heal themselves with their unblockable special attack. If the player is unlucky or weak the dragons will heal faster than they can be killed
  • The player must frequently bank to get lots of high-level food and potions to fight the dragons effectively.
  • Their high defence yields below average xp rates
  • At this point in their account, players should have access to better money makers such as Vorkath and Zulrah

Equipment choice[edit | edit source]

Items will be listed in order of how much they increase general melee damage per second. In nearly all cases, optimising for offensive stats is more effective than optimising for defensive or balanced stats, especially when fighting the low-offence, high hp monsters on this list. In addition, optimising for strength is usually better than optimising for accuracy except against high-defence monsters.

Head-slot items in order of effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Item Attack Bonuses Defence Bonuses Other
White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png Strength icon.png Ranged Strength icon.png Magic Damage icon.png Prayer icon.png
Neitiznot faceguard.png Neitiznot faceguard 0 0 0 0 0 +36 +34 +38 +3 +34 +6 0 0% +3
Serpentine helm.png Serpentine helm 0 0 0 -5 -5 +52 +55 +58 0 +50 +5 0 0% 0
Helm of neitiznot.png Helm of neitiznot 0 0 0 0 0 +31 +29 +34 +3 +30 +3 0 0% +3
Berserker helm.png Berserker helm 0 0 0 -5 -5 +31 +29 +33 0 +30 +3 0 0% 0
Obsidian helmet.png Obsidian helmet 0 0 0 0 0 +25 +23 +26 0 +24 +3 0 0% 0

Three of these items provide the same strength bonus of +3, so choose between them based on their other stats such as their defence or availability. Note that these strength-boosting helmets are almost always better than helmets that only provide accuracy, such as the warrior helm, for general training. Also note that when training Slayer, a Slayer helm (or black mask) will always provide the greatest damage increase over any of these.

Cape-slot items in order of effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Item Attack Bonuses Defence Bonuses Other
White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png Strength icon.png Ranged Strength icon.png Magic Damage icon.png Prayer icon.png
Infernal cape.png Infernal cape +4 +4 +4 +1 +1 +12 +12 +12 +12 +12 +8 0 0% +2
Fire cape.png Fire cape +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +11 +11 +11 +11 +11 +4 0 0% +2
Mythical cape.png Mythical cape 0 0 +6 0 0 +8 +8 +8 +8 +8 +1 0 0% +1

If the player does not have access to any of these, an obsidian cape or a Cape of Accomplishment can be used instead due to their moderate defence bonuses, however they will not increase damage. The Ardougne cloak also provides stab accuracy bonus and moderate prayer bonus.

Neck-slot items in order of effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Item Attack Bonuses Defence Bonuses Other
White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png Strength icon.png Ranged Strength icon.png Magic Damage icon.png Prayer icon.png
Amulet of torture.png Amulet of torture +15 +15 +15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +10 0 0% +2
Amulet of fury.png Amulet of fury +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 +15 +15 +15 +15 +15 +8 0 0% +5
Amulet of glory.png Amulet of glory +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +6 0 0% +3
Amulet of power.png Amulet of power +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 0 0% +1
Amulet of strength.png Amulet of strength 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +10 0 0% 0

Body-slot items in order of effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Item Attack Bonuses Defence Bonuses Other
White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png Strength icon.png Ranged Strength icon.png Magic Damage icon.png Prayer icon.png
Bandos chestplate.png Bandos chestplate 0 0 0 -15 -10 +98 +93 +105 -6 +133 +4 0 0% +1
Inquisitor's hauberk.png Inquisitor's hauberk -3 -3 +12 -11 -10 +67 +55 +71 0 +35 +4 0 0% +2
Fighter torso.png Fighter torso 0 0 0 -40 0 +62 +85 +62 -10 +67 +4 0 0% 0
Obsidian platebody.png Obsidian platebody 0 0 0 0 0 +55 +78 +56 -15 +60 +3 0 0% 0

Shield-slot items in order of effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Item Attack Bonuses Defence Bonuses Other
White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png Strength icon.png Ranged Strength icon.png Magic Damage icon.png Prayer icon.png
Avernic defender.png Avernic defender +30 +29 +28 -5 -4 +30 +29 +28 -5 -4 +8 0 0% 0
Dragon defender.png Dragon defender +25 +24 +23 -3 -2 +25 +24 +23 -3 -2 +6 0 0% 0
Rune defender.png Rune defender +20 +19 +18 -3 -2 +20 +19 +18 -3 -2 +5 0 0% 0
Adamant defender.png Adamant defender +13 +12 +11 -3 -2 +13 +12 +11 -3 -2 +4 0 0% 0
Dragonfire shield.png Dragonfire shield 0 0 0 -10 -5 +70 +75 +72 +10 +72 +7 0 0% 0
Toktz-ket-xil.png Toktz-ket-xil 0 0 0 0 0 +40 +42 +38 0 +65 +5 0 0% 0
Book of war.png Book of war 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0 0% +5
  • When fighting dragons, a Dragonfire shield is the best melee offhand item due to its ability to block dragonfire while having high strength and defence bonuses. IMPORTANT: The "Uncharged" Dragonfire shield has about 1/3 the defensive characteristics of the charged shield. If the dragonfire protection and high defence are not needed, defenders are better due to their accuracy bonuses.
  • As defenders require access to the Warriors' Guild and thus a combined Attack and Strength level of 130 (for example, level 65 in both), the Toktz-ket-xil or Dragonfire shield should be used until that requirement is met. If the required Defence levels for those items (60 and 75 respectively) isn't met, a Book of war can be used.

Legs-slot items in order of effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Item Attack Bonuses Defence Bonuses Other
White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png Strength icon.png Ranged Strength icon.png Magic Damage icon.png Prayer icon.png
Bandos tassets.png Bandos tassets 0 0 0 -21 -7 +71 +63 +66 -4 +93 +2 0 0% +1
Obsidian platelegs.png Obsidian platelegs 0 0 0 0 0 +46 +43 +41 -10 +40 +1 0 0% 0
Fremennik kilt.png Fremennik kilt 0 0 0 -21 -7 +11 +10 +10 -4 +10 +1 0 0% 0
Torag's platelegs.png Torag's platelegs 0 0 0 -21 -7 +85 +82 +83 -4 +92 0 0 0% 0
Verac's plateskirt.png Verac's plateskirt 0 0 0 -21 -7 +85 +82 +83 0 +84 0 0 0% +4
Dragon platelegs.png Dragon platelegs/skirt 0 0 0 -21 -7 +68 +66 +63 -4 +65 0 0 0% 0
Rock-shell legs.png Rock-shell legs 0 0 0 -21 -7 +51 +49 +47 -4 +49 0 0 0% 0
Rune platelegs.png Rune platelegs 0 0 0 -21 -11 +51 +49 +47 -4 +49 0 0 0% 0
  • Bandos tassets, Obsidian platelegs and Fremennik kilt are the only leg slot wearable which increase attack effectiveness. The rest are included to show defensive stats and give options which are less expensive.

Hands-slot items in order of effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Item Attack Bonuses Defence Bonuses Other
White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png Strength icon.png Ranged Strength icon.png Magic Damage icon.png Prayer icon.png
Ferocious gloves.png Ferocious gloves +16 +16 +16 -16 -16 0 0 0 0 0 +14 0 0% 0
Barrows gloves.png Barrows gloves +12 +12 +12 +6 +12 +12 +12 +12 +6 +12 +12 0 0% 0
Dragon gloves.png Dragon gloves +9 +9 +9 +5 +9 +9 +9 +9 +5 +9 +9 0 0% 0
Rune gloves.png Rune gloves +8 +8 +8 +4 +8 +8 +8 +8 +4 +8 +8 0 0% 0
Regen bracelet.png Regen bracelet +8 +8 +8 +3 +7 +6 +6 +6 +3 +6 +7 0 0% 0
Adamant gloves.png Adamant gloves +7 +7 +7 +4 +7 +7 +7 +7 +4 +7 +7 0 0% 0
Granite gloves.png Granite gloves +5 +5 +9 -3 -1 +8 +8 +8 -3 +5 +7 0 0% 0
Combat bracelet.png Combat bracelet +7 +7 +7 +3 +7 +5 +5 +5 +3 +5 +6 0 0% 0
Mithril gloves.png Mithril gloves +6 +6 +6 +3 +6 +6 +6 +6 +3 +6 +6 0 0% 0

Feet-slot items in order of effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Item Attack Bonuses Defence Bonuses Other
White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png Strength icon.png Ranged Strength icon.png Magic Damage icon.png Prayer icon.png
Primordial boots.png Primordial boots +2 +2 +2 -4 -1 +22 +22 +22 0 0 +5 0 0% 0
Dragon boots.png Dragon boots 0 0 0 -3 -1 +16 +17 +18 0 0 +4 0 0% 0
Spiked manacles.png Spiked manacles 0 0 0 -3 -1 0 0 0 -4 0 +4 0 0% 0
Guardian boots.png Guardian boots 0 0 0 -3 -1 +32 +32 +32 -3 +24 +3 0 0% +2
Granite boots.png Granite boots 0 0 0 -3 -1 +15 +16 +17 -0 +8 +3 0 0% 0
Rune boots.png Rune boots 0 0 0 -3 -1 +12 +13 +14 0 0 +2 0 0% 0
Climbing boots.png Climbing boots 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 +2 0 0 +2 0 0% 0
Adamant boots.png Adamant boots 0 0 0 -3 -1 +10 +11 +12 0 0 +1 0 0% 0

Ring-slot items in order of effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Item Attack Bonuses Defence Bonuses Other
White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png White dagger.png White scimitar.png White warhammer.png Magic icon.png Ranged icon.png Strength icon.png Ranged Strength icon.png Magic Damage icon.png Prayer icon.png
Berserker ring (i).png Berserker ring (i) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +8 0 0 +8 0 0% 0
Brimstone ring.png Brimstone ring +4 +4 +4 +6 +4 +4 +4 +4 +6 +4 +4 0 0% 0
Berserker ring.png Berserker ring 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +4 0 0 +4 0 0% 0
Warrior ring.png Warrior ring 0 +4 0 0 0 0 +4 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0
Tyrannical ring.png Tyrannical ring 0 0 +4 0 0 0 0 +4 0 0 0 0 0% 0
Treasonous ring.png Treasonous ring +4 0 0 0 0 +4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0
  • Rings should be imbued at the Nightmare Zone as soon as possible. Also note that the Warrior, Tyrannical, and Treasonous rings only benefit one attacking style each, while the Brimstone ring benefits all melee combat. If the player cannot afford any of these rings, a ring of wealth is a decent alternative to help improve rare drop table rolls and pick up coins, but it does not increase damage. Low level players can benefit from a Ring of recoil, as 10% + 1 of the damage received by the player (rounded down) is dealt to the attacker, and always recoils at least 1 damage when the player is hit.

Weapon choice[edit | edit source]

Choosing a weapon[edit | edit source]

  • In most cases, choosing a weapon with an attack speed of 4 (2.4 second interval) will be the best choice for dealing the highest damage per second. Slower weapons almost always give less experience overall against low defence monsters, even if they do more damage per hit, but may deal more against high defence monsters.
  • Monster vulnerability may cause certain weapons to perform better than their stats suggest. For example, most Dragons are weak to Stab, making the otherwise weaker Zamorakian hasta a better choice than the Abyssal whip when fighting them. Check a monster's wiki page to see its defensive bonuses and consider picking a weapon it is weak to.

Training weapons in order of effectiveness[edit | edit source]

  • Note: All one-handed weapons in this table will have their stats displayed as if they were paired with an Avernic defender to make a fair comparison to two-handed weapons.

If you do not have access to a shield at all, such as if you do not want to risk an additional item in the Wilderness or you have not yet unlocked the requirements for a certain offhand equipment, some fast two-handed weapons like the Saradomin sword become worth using.

The weapons listed here with level requirements of less than 70 Attack will include the Dragon defender bonuses instead of the Avernic one, while weapons with a requirement of less than 60 will not include the bonuses of a defender, as it is unlikely that someone using one of these low level weapons would have access to one due to the 130 Attack+Strength requirement. As noted above, players with 60 Defence without access to defenders should be using the Toktz-ket-xil.

Weapon Name Requirements Primary Attack Style Primarily Used to Train Attack & Strength Bonus (with Avernic defender, if applicable) Price Notes
Ghrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapier 75 Attack Stab All Stats +124 Stab

+97 Strength

96,681,333 This is one of the best melee training weapons. Its strength bonus is tied with the Inquisitor's mace and the Blade of saeldor. It does not degrade and it primarily uses the Stab attack style.
Inquisitor's mace.pngInquisitor's mace 75 Attack Crush All Stats +123 Crush

+97 Strength

492,155,815 This is one of the best melee training weapons. Its strength bonus is tied with the Ghrazi rapier and the Blade of saeldor. It does not degrade and it primarily uses the Crush attack style.
Blade of saeldor.pngBlade of saeldor 75 Attack Slash All Stats +123 Slash

+97 Strength

161,723,035 This is one of the best melee training weapons. Its strength bonus is tied with the Ghrazi rapier and the Inquisitor's mace. However, it must be charged with Crystal shards, which can be obtained from either doing various activities around Prifddinas, or from exchanging certain crystal seeds with Amrod. This effectively makes the sword require Song of the Elves to use. Each shard grants 100 charges; the weapon can store up to 20,000 charges and loses one charge with each hit (regardless of whether the hit is successful or not.) One can bring it and 1,000 crystal shards to a singing bowl to make Blade of saeldor (c), which is non-degradeable and non-tradeable (requires Lv.82 Crafting and Smithing).
Abyssal tentacle.pngAbyssal tentacle 75 Attack Slash Attack, Defence +119 Slash

+94 Strength

2,702,985 While it is the fourth strongest weapon in the game, the tentacle's high cost per attack makes training far more expensive, but provides a boost of +8 Slash and +4 Strength.

Not specifically for sale in the Grand Exchange. Created by combining an Abyssal whip with a Kraken tentacle.

Abyssal whip.pngAbyssal whip 70 Attack Slash Attack, Defence,

All stats on Controlled

+111 Slash

+90 Strength

2,331,977 This is the most common training weapon, especially considering that it is affordable and does not degrade. The whip is the second-strongest non-degradable Attack and Defence training weapon in the game. Using this weapon on Controlled is an easy, but slower way to reach 99 Attack, Strength, and Defence since all the experience is spread across these three skills. One disadvantage of the abyssal whip is that it cannot train strength without training Attack and Defence at the same time, so pures should avoid using it to train.
Saradomin's blessed sword.pngSaradomin's blessed sword 75 Attack Slash Strength +100 Slash

+88 Strength

5,182,411 Similar to the Abyssal tentacle, the high cost of attacking with the Blessed variant of the Saradomin sword makes it infeasible for training. However, it is the third-best Strength training weapon in the game should you choose to use it anyway.

Not specifically for sale in the Grand Exchange. Created by combining a Saradomin sword with a Saradomin's tear.

Abyssal bludgeon.pngAbyssal bludgeon 70 Attack

70 Strength

Crush Strength +102 Crush

+85 Strength

28,132,424 This is the second-best non-degradable Strength training weapon. It is very useful when fighting a monster with a vulnerability to Crush weapons, such as Revenants and Vet'ion. However, its fairly high cost and only slight upgrade over more affordable weapons make it less popular than them.
Zamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hasta 70 Attack

Barbarian training

Stab Defence

All stats on Controlled

+115 Stab

+83 Strength

10,129,667 This weapon is not generally chosen for everyday training due to only being able to train on controlled or defensive. It is both weaker and more expensive than the Abyssal whip. It is primarily used against monsters with a weakness to Stab, such as all types of dragons. It also has a decent Crush bonus, so it can be used as an alternative to the Abyssal bludgeon for fighting Crush-weak enemies like Kalphites and Vet'ion.
Abyssal dagger.pngAbyssal dagger 70 Attack Stab Strength +105 Stab

+83 Strength

2,833,489 The fourth-best one-handed Strength training weapon. It should not be used for Attack training unless a Stab weapon is needed.
Staff of the dead.pngStaff of the dead 75 Attack

75 Magic

Slash Strength +99 Slash

+80 Strength

3,875,054 The fifth-best one-handed Strength training weapon. It is more accurate with a defender than the next-best Strength training weapon, the Saradomin sword, but has lower strength. This makes the staff better against high-defence monsters, but it is much less affordable. Also it is strictly worse than the Abyssal dagger, which should usually be used instead unless slash is needed.
Saradomin sword.pngSaradomin sword 70 Attack Slash Strength +82 Slash

+82 Strength

282,768 The Saradomin sword is a much more affordable Strength training weapon than anything above it on this list. Against lower defence monsters such as Yaks, the Saradomin sword will on average do higher damage per second than the Staff of the dead due to its higher strength. However, this sword's lack of a shield and the staff's magic capabilities and melee accuracy make the staff usually more desirable if you can afford it.
Sarachnis cudgel.pngSarachnis cudgel 65 Attack Crush Strength +93 Crush

+76 Strength (dragon defender)

286,066 The Sarachnis cudgel is typically not used for training, as it has only minor benefits over the Dragon scimitar and has a 5 Attack higher requirement to wield, and when compared to the higher tier weapons that require 70+ Attack such as the Saradomin sword and Staff of the dead it's outclassed in terms of melee strength. However, the cudgel can pull ahead in rare cases where the target is vulnerable to crush.
Viggora's chainmace.pngViggora's chainmace 60 Attack
Crush Strength +91 Crush

+72 Strength (dragon defender)

8,846,397 This is tied for the best training weapon for all attack styles at level 60 with the Dragon Scimitar, without having to be charged or do any quests. If charged, an additional 50% melee accuracy and damage boost is applied when attacking any NPC in the Wilderness, making this weapon often better than every other weapon as the fastest way to train if done in the wilderness. However, it is significantly more expensive than the Dragon Scimitar and poses a threat of money loss (in charges) if killed in the wilderness. Additionally, the mace is slightly less accurate than the Dragon Scimitar when paired with one of the various defenders, as defenders generally provide higher offensive stab/slash bonus than crush bonus.
Dragon scimitar.pngDragon scimitar 60 Attack

Monkey Madness I

Slash All Stats +91 Slash

+72 Strength (dragon defender)

59,444 This is tied for the best training weapon for all attack styles at level 60 with the Viggora's Chainmace. In addition, the Dragon scimitar is a much cheaper alternative to all of the weapons listed above, making it very popular even among some high level players. For Attack and Defence training, it should be replaced with the Abyssal whip as soon as one can afford and equip it.
Dragon sword.pngDragon sword 60 Attack Stab All Stats +90 Stab
+69 Strength (dragon defender)
46,653 This is comparable to the Dragon scimitar in stats, but without the quest requirement of Monkey Madness I.
Leaf-bladed battleaxe.pngLeaf-bladed battleaxe 65 Attack

55 Slayer

Crush Strength +96 Slash

+95 Crush +98 Strength (dragon defender)

57,306 This weapon has the highest strength bonus in the game for a single handed weapon. It also has the second highest Crush attack bonus for a single handed weapon. This weapon is great to use against beasts which are weak to crush.
Dragon longsword.pngDragon longsword 60 Attack

Lost City

Slash All Stats +93 Slash

+77 Strength (dragon defender)

59,246 A viable alternate training weapon before being able to use the Dragon scimitar since Monkey Madness I is a much longer and harder quest than Lost City. It should be noted that the Dragon longsword attacks 1 game tick slower than the Dragon scimitar, making it less damage per second than the Dragon scimitar for training.
Leaf-bladed sword.pngLeaf-bladed sword 50 Attack

55 Slayer

Stab All Stats +67 Stab
+50 Strength (no defender)
40,298 This weapon is decent at 50 Attack, but worse than the Granite longsword and the Granite hammer, making it a good choice for those who don't have the money for the Granite weapons. This also requires 55 Slayer, so it's not used often outside of killing Turoths and Kurasks.
Granite hammer.pngGranite hammer 50 Attack

50 Strength

Crush All Stats +57 Crush

+56 Strength (no defender)

94,120 This is the best melee training weapon at 50 Attack and Strength. However, it is significantly more expensive than other weapons at this level.
Brine sabre.pngBrine sabre 40 Attack Slash All Stats +47 Slash

+46 Strength (no defender)

187,112 A more expensive alternative to the Rune scimitar, the Brine sabre boasts 2 additional slash and strength bonus, while also possessing a special attack. This makes it a popular training weapon for those who have the money.
Rune scimitar.pngRune scimitar 40 Attack Slash All Stats +45 Slash

+44 Strength (no defender)

14,896 The prototypical RuneScape weapon. This is your best bet for a cheap and effective training weapon at this level.
Granite longsword.pngGranite longsword 50 Attack

50 Strength

Slash All Stats +65 Slash
+62 Strength (no defender)
22,007 This weapon is an okay option at level 50 Attack and Strength, but attacks slower than the Granite hammer and Rune scimitar, making it usually worse overall.
Other Scimitars < 40 Attack Slash All Stats Varies Varies Before reaching 40 Attack, it is recommended to train with the highest level scimitar that is available at your Attack level.

Other equipment options[edit | edit source]

Obsidian equipment + Berserker necklace[edit | edit source]

Wearing the Obsidian platebody, Obsidian platelegs, and the Obsidian helmet gives a 10% damage and accuracy bonus to melee Obsidian weapons. Wearing the Berserker necklace also gives another 20% damage and accuracy bonus to Obsidian weapons. Combining all four of these items with the Toktz-xil-ak (Obsidian sword) can actually give faster experience rates than anything in the table above against low-defence monsters, such as those in the Nightmare Zone. However, the set has below-average defence and does not allow the use of a Slayer helmet. If the player cannot use all five items, they should not be using the Toktz-xil-ak.

Void knight equipment[edit | edit source]

Wearing the Void melee helm with the full Void Knight equipment set gives a 10% melee damage and accuracy bonus. This bonus accuracy makes it good against certain high-defence monsters like the Corporeal Beast. It is a good alternative for players with 42 combat stats who do not have access to high-strength gear. However, this set gives less strength than other melee equipment and has significantly lower melee and ranged defence, making it usually worse for training than high strength gear.

Dharok the Wretched's equipment[edit | edit source]

Wearing a full set of Dharok the Wretched's equipment gives the set effect of increasing the player's damage the lower their remaining hitpoints are. Using a dwarven rock cake or locator orb the player can intentionally keep their health at 1 hp while using Protection prayers to block all forms of damage. If the player has a source of prayer or damage block, such as by using prayer potions, absorptions (Nightmare Zone only), or an altar, the player can safely use the set's effect to deal very high amounts of damage and gain fast experience. However, the set degrades after 15 hours of use and must be repaired in order to keep its stats.

Guthan the Infested's equipment[edit | edit source]

Wearing a full set of Guthan the Infested's equipment gives the set effect of a 25% chance to heal the player by the damage dealt. This set deals less damage than some of the best options on the list, but it allows players to train for long periods of time without banking to heal. Players can bring the four pieces in their inventory, train on their normal high-strength equipment, and switch to the Guthan's equipment only when their health gets low. Popular monsters for this tactic are gargoyles, nechryael, and bandits. However, the set degrades after 15 hours of use and must be repaired in order to keep its stats.