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Retaliation refers to the behaviours of players and various monsters in Old School RuneScape when attacked by players or other monsters.

Retaliation[edit | edit source]

Monster retaliation[edit | edit source]

A player using a safespot to attack a blue dragon.

Almost all monsters will retaliate when attacked, except if a player is unreachable as in safespotting. For instance, when a player attacks a monster from greater distance than the distance a monster can perform attacks, then the monster may retreat. Usually, a monster has a distance check of a specific amount of tiles, thus its roam range. That means if a player walks that amount of tiles away (starting at the tile the monster spawns), it would rather retreat when being attacked from that distance or just stop attacking a player if so is being done vice versa.

Safespots[edit | edit source]

Main article: Safespot

Safespotting can limit or prevent monster retaliation in some cases. Since monsters lack the awareness to react to safespotting, players can utilise a safespot to safely attack certain monsters with Ranged, Magic, or a halberd. When implementing this tactic, however, players should be wary of hostility and wander radius.

Player retaliation[edit | edit source]

Auto Retaliate set on.

A player has an option in the Combat tab to select whether or not they want to retaliate automatically or not. If Auto Retaliate has been enabled, and the entity attacking starts to walk or run away, the procedure would be introduced where the player follows that entity and attack in the meantime (while walking or running).

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
30 July 2015

A game engine bug affecting the retaliation of ranging/maging NPCs has been fixed. In particular, this affects Venenatis and Vet’ion and their behaviour when they have moved far from their spawn points, so it will make certain safespots considerably less effective, and will have similar effects on other NPCs with long-range attacks.

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