Strength

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This article is about the Strength skill. For information on training Strength, see Melee training (F2P) (P2P).
For a list of all requirements and unlockables within the Strength skill, see Strength/Level up table.
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Strength is a player's power in melee combat. As a player raises their Strength level, they can deal more damage against opponents. A high Strength level is often favoured by player-killers over their Attack level because it raises max hit, helping to generate the burst damage necessary to kill other players faster than they can heal themselves.

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

Combat[edit | edit source]

Main article: Melee training

Players may receive Strength experience during combat, and the amount of experience gained is dependent on the attack style being used. Of the four melee attack styles available, Strength experience is only awarded when fighting in the aggressive or controlled stances.

When fighting in the aggressive stance, Strength experience is granted per hit, where is the amount of damage dealt. Fighting using the controlled stance, however, grants Strength experience per hit, where is the amount of damage dealt. For example, a player who hits a 1 would receive 4 Strength experience when fighting in the aggressive stance and 1.33 Strength experience when fighting in the controlled stance. The amount of experience received when fighting in the controlled stance is calculated in the same way that experience awarded to the Hitpoints skill is calculated.

The difference between these two stances is that the aggressive stance solely provides experience for the Strength and Hitpoints skills, whereas the controlled stance distributes experience equally among Strength, Attack, Defence, and Hitpoints. A player who hits a 1 would receive 1.33 experience in each one of these skills when in the controlled stance.

Fighting aggressively[edit | edit source]

In order to gain experience in Strength, players must choose the aggressive attack style. Fighting aggressively grants players an invisible +3 Strength bonus (as detailed below), meaning players will hit for higher levels of damage than they would if they were fighting accurately or defensively.

Strength bonus[edit | edit source]

Some weapons give players a Strength bonus. This bonus, represented as a single numerical value, represents the value of Strength gain. A +1 increase in Strength bonus is not equivalent to +1 Strength skill, but is rather an indicator of the ability of weapons and armour to allow the player to deal higher amounts of damage.

Generally speaking, more powerful weapons like two-handed swords have a significantly higher Strength bonus than weaker weapons like daggers made of the same metal. Similarly, the stronger the metal (and therefore the higher Attack level required to wield the weapon), the higher the Strength bonus. In that effect, rune weapons tend to have higher Strength bonus than mithril weapons, which tend to have a higher Strength bonus than iron weapons.

Other Strength bonuses[edit | edit source]

In addition to the normal Strength bonuses that come from weapons, there are some other wearable items that also contribute to total Strength bonus. They are as follows:

Head slot
Bonus Items
+3 Berserker helm, Helm of neitiznot,Obsidian helmet
+5 Serpentine helm (magma, tanzanite)
Cape slot
Bonus Items
+1 Mythical cape
+4 Fire cape, Fire max cape
+8 Infernal cape, Infernal max cape
Neck slot
Bonus Items
+1 Beads of the dead
+6 Amulet of the damned, Amulet of glory (t), Amulet of power, Amulet of avarice
+7 Berserker necklace
+8 Amulet of fury (or)
+10 Amulet of strength (t), Amulet of torture (or)
Torso slot
Bonus Items
+3 Obsidian platebody
+4 Bandos chestplate, Fighter torso
Shield slot
Bonus Items
+1 Steel defender
+2 Black defender, Book of war
+3 Mithril defender
+4 Adamant defender
+5 Rune defender, Toktz-ket-xil
+6 Dragon defender (t)
+7 Dragonfire shield
+8 Avernic Defender
Legs slot
Bonus Items
+1 Fremennik kilt, Obsidian platelegs
+2 Bandos tassets
Hands slot
Bonus Items
+1 Hardleather gloves, Karamja gloves 1, Karamja gloves 2, Karamja gloves 3, Karamja gloves 4
+2 Black spiky vambs, Blue spiky vambs, Bronze gloves, Chaos gauntlets, Cooking gauntlets, Goldsmith gauntlets, Green spiky vambs, Klank's gauntlets, Red spiky vambs, Spiky vambraces, Steel gauntlets
+3 Iron gloves
+4 Steel gloves
+5 Black gloves
+6 Combat bracelet, Mithril gloves
+7 Adamant gloves, Regen bracelet, Granite gloves
+8 Rune gloves
+9 Dragon gloves
+12 Barrows gloves
+14 Ferocious gloves
Feet slot
Bonus Items
+1 Adamant boots, Fremennik sea boots 4
+2 Climbing boots, Rune boots, Gilded boots
+3 Guardian boots, Granite boots
+4 Spiked manacles, Dragon boots (g)
+5 Primordial boots
Ring slot
Bonus Items
+4 Brimstone ring, Berserker ring
+8 Berserker ring (i)

Levels[edit | edit source]

In order to wield weapons, an Attack level is usually required. In some specific cases, a Strength level requirement is also in place. Notable examples are as follows:

Equipment StrengthStrength icon.png Level Other level
requirements
Notes
Black halberd.png Black halberd 5 StrengthStrength icon.png 10 AttackAttack icon.png
White halberd.png White halberd 5 StrengthStrength icon.png 10 AttackAttack icon.png
Mithril halberd.png Mithril halberd 10 StrengthStrength icon.png 20 AttackAttack icon.png
Adamant halberd.png Adamant halberd 15 StrengthStrength icon.png 30 AttackAttack icon.png
Rune halberd.png Rune halberd 20 StrengthStrength icon.png 40 AttackAttack icon.png
Dragon halberd.png Dragon halberd 30 StrengthStrength icon.png 60 AttackAttack icon.png Requires completion of the Regicide quest.
Crystal halberd.png Crystal halberd 35 StrengthStrength icon.png 70 AttackAttack icon.png
50 AgilityAgility icon.png
Requires completion of the Hard Western Provinces Diary.
Barrelchest anchor.png Barrelchest anchor 40 StrengthStrength icon.png 60 AttackAttack icon.png Requires compeltion of The Great Brain Robbery quest.
Granite maul.png Granite maul 50 StrengthStrength icon.png 50 AttackAttack icon.png
Granite armour.png Granite armour 50 StrengthStrength icon.png 50 DefenceDefence icon.png
Tzhaar-ket-om.png Tzhaar-ket-om 60 StrengthStrength icon.png
Dharok's greataxe.png Dharok's greataxe 70 StrengthStrength icon.png 70 AttackAttack icon.png
Torag's hammers.png Torag's hammers 70 StrengthStrength icon.png 70 AttackAttack icon.png
Abyssal bludgeon.png Abyssal bludgeon 70 StrengthStrength icon.png 70 AttackAttack icon.png
Elder maul.png Elder maul 75 StrengthStrength icon.png 75 AttackAttack icon.png

Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Main article: Temporary skill boost
Boost Level
increase
Visibility Other info
Strength cape.png Strength cape 1 Visible Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.
Spicy stew.png Spicy stew
(red spice)
±0-5 Visible Depending on type of stew, any skill can be boosted or reduced by 0 to 5 points randomly.
Kebab.png Kebab 1-3 Visible 4% chance to do so
Poison chalice.png Poison chalice 1, 4 Visible Has a variety of beneficial and disastrous effects.
Dragon battleaxe.png Dragon battleaxe 10-21 Visible Boosts strength by Levels_drained * 0.25 + 10.
Reduces Attack, Defence, Ranged, and Magic levels by Level * 0.1.
Blurberry special.png Blurberry special/
Premade blurb' sp.
7 Visible Reduces Attack by 5.
Drunk dragon.png Drunk Dragon/
Premade dr' dragon
7 Visible Reduces Attack by 4.
Wizard blizzard.png Wizard blizzard/
Premade wiz blz'd
6 Visible Reduces Attack by 4.
Short green guy.png Short green guy/
Premade sgg
4 Visible Reduces Attack by 3.
Beer.png Beer 0-3 Visible Boosts strength by Level * 0.04.
Reduces Attack by Level * 0.07.
Available to free players.
Black warlock (item).png Black warlock (item) 4-18 Visible Boosts strength by Level * 0.15 + 4.
Must be used on another player. Boost affects the player it is used on.
Acquired from the Hunting skill.
Strength potion.png Strength potion 3-12 Visible Boosts strength by Level * 0.1 + 3.
Available to free players.
Combat potion.png Combat potion 3-12 Visible Boosts attack and strength by Level * 0.1 + 3.
Provides the boosts of a normal attack and strength potion in one potion.
Super strength.png Super strength 5-19 Visible Boosts strength by Level * 0.15 + 5.
Increases maximum Melee damage.
Divine super strength potion.png Divine super strength potion 5-19 Visible Acts as a super strength potion.
Stat draining for strength is disabled for 5 minutes, meaning the player's strength will stay fully boosted.
After the 5 minutes are over, strength level will be restored to its base level.
Zamorak brew.png Zamorak brew 2-13 Visible Boosts attack by Level * 0.2 + 2 and strength by Level * 0.12 + 2.
Reduces Defence by Level * 0.1 + 2 and Hitpoints by Current_level * 0.12.
Super combat potion.png Super combat potion 5-19 Visible Acts as a super attack, super strength, and super defence potion in one dose.
Divine super combat potion.png Divine super combat potion 5-19 Visible Acts as a super combat potion.
Stat draining for combat skills is disabled for 5 minutes, meaning the player's combat stats will stay fully boosted.
After the 5 minutes are over, combat stats will be restored to its base level.
Overload.png Overload 5-19 Visible Boosts combat stats by Level * 0.15 + 5 (excluding hitpoints and prayer).
The boost is reapplied every 15 seconds for 5 minutes. Also damages the player for 50 Hitpoints.
(This lost health is refunded after the overload ends.)
Only usable within the Nightmare Zone or within the Chambers of Xeric

Quests[edit | edit source]

Quests requiring Strength[edit | edit source]

Quest Strength
requirement
Other skill requirements
Darkness of Hallowvale 40 StrengthStrength icon.png 22 ThievingThieving icon.png, 5 ConstructionConstruction icon.png, 20 MiningMining icon.png, 26 AgilityAgility icon.png, 32 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 33 MagicMagic icon.png
Legends' Quest 50 StrengthStrength 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 ThievingThieving icon.png, 50 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png

Quests rewarding Strength experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
reward
Strength
requirement
Other requirements
In Search of the Myreque 600 - 25 AgilityAgility icon.png
In Aid of the Myreque 2,000 - 25 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 15 MiningMining icon.png, 7 MagicMagic icon.png
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio 2,500 - 15 AgilityAgility icon.png, 30 CookingCooking icon.png, 5 FishingFishing 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
Troll Romance 4,000 - 28 AgilityAgility icon.png
Horror from the Deep 4,662.5 - 35 AgilityAgility icon.png
Scorpion Catcher 6,625 - 31PrayerPrayer icon.png
Roving Elves 10,000 - 56 AgilityAgility icon.png
Waterfall Quest 13,750 - -
Dragon Slayer 18,650 - 32 QuestQuest point icon.png
Camelot training room
(minigame)
20,000 - 45 MagicMagic icon.png, 65 DefenceDefence icon.png
Haunted Mine 22,000 - 15 AgilityAgility icon.png, 35 CraftingCrafting icon.png
Total 110,674.5

Skill choice[edit | edit source]

Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Strength. 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.