A strength pure is a type of low level free-to-play combat pure account that focuses on training strength without training attack.
In principle, a higher strength level allows them to achieve higher maximum melee hits, but this holds true only on low combat levels as strength pures have very poor gear progression and cannot wield any high tier weapons with significant strength bonuses. Since there are no strength-based weapons such as the obsidian maul, free-to-play strength pures are effective only early on when their damage output is similar to other builds. Because of lack of stronger melee weapons, strength pures often use combat spells as knockout attacks since magic can be trained without increasing the combat level experience and has pretty high maximum damage in low combat level brackets.
Due to their low accuracy and lack of gear progression, free-to-play strength pures remain a very niche build. High level strength pures are very uncommon in free-to-play PvP areas due to their lack of knockout potential - their knockout attacks are highly inaccurate and only slightly stronger than regular melee attacks.
In PvP combat, strength pures rely on quick 3-tick melee weapons such as event rpg to wear the opponents down. Knockout attacks are performed either with a stronger melee weapon or a combat spell of the highest available tier.
Due to small differences in strength bonuses between low tier weapons, sometimes the strongest (and the slowest) weapons are not necessary to achieve the maximum damage. This is especially relevant on low levels. For example, with both iron scimitar and iron 2h sword have the same max hit of 5 when used with 20 strength level. Keep that in mind when choosing the equipment.
Strength pures either never train attack at all or stop training attack at level 5, 10 or 20 to access steel, black or mithril weapons respectively. Since most of their combat experience comes from a single melee skill - strength - their hitpoints level is often higher than in case of other 1 defence pures, unless strength was trained with members-only methods that do not grant any hitpoints experience.
Training such accounts on NPCs often takes much longer than in case of typical 1 defence builds due to the lack of gear progression and their low accuracy. Methods involving alts or killing defenceless NPCs such as seagulls will yield the best experience gain rates. Make sure to use a 3-tick melee weapon such as event rpg, ham joint or swift blade and set the combat style to aggressive.
Strength pures use a quick melee attack to wear the opponents down. In typical 1-vs-1 duels, this would be the event rpg due to its high availability and unique movement stall. On lower combat levels combat spells can easily outdamage the strongest of melee weapons available to these pures, so they are often used as knockout attacks. Later on melee catches up to magic, but combat spells might still be used occasionally for their higher accuracy and to match the opponents' risk with runes.
Ranged attacks with weapons such as maple shortbow with adamant arrows can also be used instead of a 3-tick weapon in order to improve accuracy and allow to perform better combos. However, overusing ranged attacks can make the combat level ranged-based and force the player to train strength to make up for this and optimize the damage output within the combat level range. Also, even with 99 strength, the ranged skill can be trained only up to about 67 level without it affecting the overall combat level.
Movement stall of the event rpg can be leveraged to deliver unexpected combos. Techniques such as dodging, fake eats, delaying, backstepping and sliding can improve the chances of a successful KO.
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Strength pures can be easily converted into most other builds involving melee combat once they become obsolete. In particular, training attack to 40 level allows to convert them into melee pures.
Note that strength pures are still viable in members worlds, even on higher combat levels. See the obsidian pure guide.
- Switching the warhammers wielding requirements from attack to strength levels and increasing their bonuses to be more in line with the battleaxes are few of the recently announced changes related to equipment rebalancing. Once this change is introduced into the game, free-to-play strength pures will have access to accurate knockout weapons with considerable strength bonuses filling the same role as the members-only obsidian maul.