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UIM Guide
Ultimate Ironman Guide/Item Management Ultimate Ironman Guide/Equipment Ironman Moneymaking Guide
Ultimate Ironman Guide/Quests Ultimate Ironman Guide/Minigames
Ultimate Ironman Guide/Melee Ultimate Ironman Guide/Hitpoints Ultimate Ironman Guide/Mining
Ultimate Ironman Guide/Melee Ultimate Ironman Guide/Agility Ultimate Ironman Guide/Smithing
Ultimate Ironman Guide/Defence Ultimate Ironman Guide/Herblore Ultimate Ironman Guide/Fishing
Ultimate Ironman Guide/Ranged Ultimate Ironman Guide/Thieving Ultimate Ironman Guide/Cooking
Ultimate Ironman Guide/Prayer Ultimate Ironman Guide/Crafting Ultimate Ironman Guide/Firemaking
Ultimate Ironman Guide/Magic Ultimate Ironman Guide/Fletching Ultimate Ironman Guide/Woodcutting
Ultimate Ironman Guide/Runecraft Ultimate Ironman Guide/Slayer Ultimate Ironman Guide/Farming
Ultimate Ironman Guide/Construction Ultimate Ironman Guide/Hunter

Playing as an Ultimate Ironman is full of unique and interesting challenges, and is very different from a regular account or normal Ironman. In addition to the restrictions given to regular Ironman, Ultimate Ironmen cannot use banks. This guide aims to give general advice, tips, and suggestions for playing as an Ultimate Ironman.

This page has a quick introduction to the Ultimate Ironman mode, as well as some guidance on getting started on a new Ultimate Ironman account. More in-depth skill training methods, quest tips, equipment suggestions, and more can be found on their respective pages. These pages can be navigated to using the icons in the top-right of each page, or by the links further down on this page.

On Tutorial Island, Paul can change a player's account mode to Ultimate Ironman mode. Once off of Tutorial Island, it is impossible to become an Ultimate Ironman. It is possible to "downgrade" an Ultimate Ironman to a normal Ironman or regular account by talking to Adam in Lumbridge.

Restrictions[edit | edit source]

Before getting started as an Ultimate Ironman, it is important to understand all of the unique restrictions of the game mode. Besides the restrictions given to every Ironman, Ultimate Ironmen are not able to do the following:

Other than these, some storage systems such as the Costume room and STASH units are still useable by Ultimate Ironmen. For more information on the systems that are not restricted in this gamemode, see the UIM item management guide.

Getting started[edit | edit source]

A player wearing Ultimate ironman armour.

The Ultimate Ironman Guide/Step-by-step to Prifddinas provides a step-by-step walkthrough from account creation through the completion of Song of the Elves.

Players who wish to forge their own path, here are a few useful early game tips.

  • Completing the Stronghold of Security rewards 10,000 coins. This is an excellent source of early coins with no requirements.
  • Quest experience rewards can be a great way to jump-start skill training.
  • Some quests like Recruitment Drive have strict inventory restrictions, so it can be easier to complete them early on with fewer items to manage.
  • Wintertodt deals damage based on the player's Hitpoints level. This makes it easier to do with low Hitpoints, as you can buy pineapples from Trader Crewmembers and note them via the Tool Leprechaun; then by using a knife on the unnoted Pineapple, it will create four pineapple rings which heal two Hitpoints each - therefore providing an excellent source of noted food early on.
  • Training Agility will unlock various useful shortcuts. The increased run energy recharge rate is also helpful for many other training methods, quests, and activities. The skill also gives access to the Agility Pyramid for early money making.
  • Training Thieving with blackjacking is one of the fastest methods for making money early on.
  • The Ardougne cloak 1 is very useful for early transportation to the area. It also provides fairly fast access to a spirit tree and a fairy ring.

Item management[edit | edit source]

Ultimate Ironman players use a variety of creative options to store items beyond the usual 28 inventory spaces available. The most common storage options are the looting bag, Item Retrieval Services, the costume room in the player-owned house, and various STASH units around the world. There are also a number of other niche tools and methods for storing various items.

For more information about item management, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Item Management.

Money making[edit | edit source]

Making money on Ultimate Ironman accounts is fundamentally different from regular accounts. Ultimate Ironmen have to do activities that specifically generate coins in some way, as they cannot use the Grand Exchange to simply trade the items in exchange for coins. For example, a regular account could kill Zulrah, receive a tanzanite fang and then sell it to the Grand Exchange for 3,649,441 and the player would have that amount in coins, but an Ultimate Ironman would only get 66,000 coins from its High Alchemy value.

Because of the restrictions an Ultimate Ironman is placed under, many traditional money making methods are difficult or impossible to perform. Most money making methods typically involve casting High Level Alchemy to convert items into coins. At very low levels, players can also sell various alchable items to shops, but once the player can use High Level Alchemy and has the money to buy the nature runes, it is better to alch the items as it generates more profit and it can be done in "zero time". Setting level 55 Magic as a short-term goal is therefore recommended for low-level Ultimate Ironmen.

Combat[edit | edit source]

Combat often requires preparation with very limited inventory space. Because of this, Ultimate Ironmen usually rely on buyable or noted food.

Potions needed for combat are typically made and noted at a decanter beforehand, as preparing them on the go would be needlessly inconvenient and slow. Players can then simply unnote whatever potions they need. For Melee combat, players can buy regular attack and strength potions at the Warriors' Guild if they don't have their own supplies. Alternatively, the dragon battleaxe special attack can be used with attack or super attack potions.

The most important factors for choosing combat equipment are strength, availability, and storability. Non-storable options have a significant opportunity cost, as the looting bag space could be allocated for other very useful items. Because of this, a weaker but a storable or easily obtainable piece of equipment can often be a better choice for general use. Untradeable items cannot be stored into the looting bag, so tradeable alternatives are often preferred.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Equipment.

Skill training[edit | edit source]

Depending on the skill and the method, training skills on an Ultimate Ironman can be very similar to that of regular accounts, or wildly different. For example, Agility and Thieving training are done much like on any other account. On the other hand, training skills like Construction, Smithing, and Prayer must utilise creative methods to get around inventory limitations.

Because of the limitations, it is sometimes best to stick to training one skill for a long period of time. Some skill training methods require a specific inventory layout, and preparing for a certain type of inventory layout takes time. This makes switching from one skill to another inconvenient, or impossible in some cases. However, skillhopping is still possible with skills that require little to no preparation, such as Fishing and Agility.

Potentially dangerous skill training methods may require being able to fit most of the items into the looting bag. These methods include subduing Wintertodt, training Slayer, killing dragons for Prayer, and chinning Ranged. Having more space is beneficial for these methods, and they can become unviable if players have a lot of extra items in their inventory. Safe methods require much less preparation and planning, because players can simply deathbank their items for extra storage and do not have to worry about potentially losing their items.

For more information about skills and their training methods, the dedicated pages are listed in the table below.

Agility Agility
Construction Construction
Cooking Cooking
Crafting Crafting
Farming Farming
Firemaking Firemaking
Fishing Fishing
Fletching Fletching
Herblore Herblore
Hunter Hunter
Magic Magic
Combat level Melee
Mining Mining
Prayer Prayer
Ranged Ranged
Runecraft Runecraft
Smithing Smithing
Slayer Slayer
Thieving Thieving
Woodcutting Woodcutting

Quests and minigames[edit | edit source]

Many quests and minigames have various restrictions placed on the player. The island of Entrana is a classic example where you cannot bring any weapons or armour to the island, not even in a looting bag. These restrictions are highlighted below in their dedicated pages.