Safespot

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A player taking advantage of a safespot against a blue dragon underneath the Heroes' Guild.

A safespot is a position from which a monster may be attacked using Ranged or Magic combat or using a halberd over an obstacle without retaliation. Sometimes, it is possible to safespot by attacking a monster one square out of its wander radius. Making attacks in this manner is often termed "safespotting".

This works because NPCs, and some automatic player movements, always move directly toward their target and do not detour around obstacles if that would mean moving away. Larger monsters, such as dragons, may also end up snagged on a corner, even if it looks like they do have an almost direct path.

How "safe" a spot really is often depends on circumstances:

  • It is not possible to reliably use safespot tactics against other players, though a temporary advantage can be gained.
  • It is typically not possible against opponents who use a ranged or magic attack. Standing outside their patrol area will force them to retreat, luring the player from the safespot. Some opponents can be safespotted when the player's weapon has longer range than the opponent's attack.
  • It can be difficult to reach a safe position against aggressive monsters. Some safespots are only effective once the monsters have become tolerant, such as skeletal wyverns.
  • Monsters that retreat cannot be reliably safespotted; however, longbows and spells sometimes have a range long enough to hit the enemy at the farthest retreating location.
  • Common examples of safespots include fences, rocks, elevated areas and even rivers.

Notable safespots[edit | edit source]

These are widely known safespots that can significantly impact the longevity of killing monsters in a trip or activity. These safespots are almost always used in their scenario to maximise conservation of supplies.

Dagannoth Kings[edit | edit source]

Magic users who target Dagannoth Rex will lure him to the southern side of the lair and then move west or east so he is stuck on either edge, where the mager can kill him without worrying about Rex attacking back. If done correctly, Prime and Supreme will not wander near the mager; the mager will usually only be attacked by Spinolyps.

Fight Caves[edit | edit source]

There are numerous obstacles that can be used to block a monster's attacking range (Ket-Zek/Tok-Xil) or make them stuck (Yt-MejKot/Tz-Kek). This is imperative in waves where the player is facing multiple attack styles at once, since they cannot pray from all of them.

Callisto/Venenatis/Vet'ion[edit | edit source]

These three Wilderness bosses can be lured in such a way that they will become stuck and able to be attacked by the player without them retaliating back. This is taking advantage of wander radius mechanics, and players who make use of it can manage multiple kills per trip.

Safespotting in a PKing scenario[edit | edit source]

Because the concept of safespotting is a physical action and not a quirk of the game's programming, it is possible to safespot against other players. However, because there is a human, not a computer, behind the screen of another player, safespotting is nearly always a temporary tactic against humans. A computer lacks the awareness to react to safespotting whereas humans will be able to recognise that they are being safespotted and run away or move around the obstacle.

Safespotting against other players is also limited by the practicality of it. Most monsters, again, due to their computer control, lack the ability to stop a player from doing it. A human would see what the other player is doing and stop them, all the while forcing the safespotter to waste time and food. Also, safespotting, in some cases, could be dangerous as counter-safespotting is possible (once again the adaptability of humans comes to the forefront). This reverse engineering, along with adequate protection against the original safespotter's form of damage (Protect from Magic versus a Magic-using safespotter) can be extremely effective.

But in some cases, safespotting has serious advantages. The few free hits a ranger can get on a player using Melee before they can close in to attack can make the difference between victory and defeat. Indeed, when a fight comes down to a battle of attrition (when whoever has more food wins), those two or three hits can be instrumental. This process can also be called "far casting".

Edge of range[edit | edit source]

Main article: Wander radius

Another form of safespotting is the edge of a monster's patrol range, as most monsters will not pursue beyond a certain area. This is generally unreliable though, because they will often wander off, causing the player to move closer in order to continue attacking the monster, after which it will simply come back to attack them.

Obstruction by another monster or player[edit | edit source]

Most monsters will not be able to pass through another monster or player. This can be exploited in order to prevent melee-using monsters from attacking a player. A common example of this is getting the attention of (but not kill) a bat or giant rat found near Damis during Desert Treasure. Unlike the other monsters in the dungeon, the bat and giant rat do not allow other monsters to pass through them, allowing the player to stand behind the bat or giant rat with the aggressive monsters stuck behind them, being able to attack Damis with Ranged or Magic safely. However, most high level bosses that only use Melee can walk through players and other monsters, such as in God Wars Dungeon, making this method effective generally only for lower levelled monsters.

Training Ranged and Magic from safespots (or Melee with Halberd)[edit | edit source]

Players can easily train Ranged and Magic from safespots in the following places:

Other meaning[edit | edit source]

Safespot can also mean an area or spot in an otherwise dangerous area where other monsters cannot attack you (not meaning you can attack them safely). This meaning of safespots is often used to complete certain quests. For example, in the Temple of Light, safespots are considered areas where there are no Shadows nearby.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
30 July 2015
(update)
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 safe spots considerably less effective, and will have similar effects on other NPCs with long-range attacks.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 7 August 2014. (Archived from the original on 24 September 2018.) Mod Ash: "When RuneScape 2 came out, the KBD lair was mapped by the Temple of Ikov. It changed due to safe-spotting."

See also[edit | edit source]