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Effective ways of training magic are typically mundane and usually involve repetitive clicking. However, many players find achieving the appropriate levels for teleports, high-level jewellery enchantments, combat spells, and improved magic defences well worth the time and monetary investment. Magic is relatively easy to train, but can be time consuming and expensive. This article will go over community favorites and efficient methods.

Level 1 - 13 – Combat Edit

Cast the basic strike spells on monsters such as goblins, cows, and other weak creatures. You can also head to the Edgeville Monastery to train on Monks, as they heal themselves and do negligible damage.

Alternatively, 'splashing' Confuse or Weaken (-65 or less magic bonus) can be an effective option. This allows the spell to be cast repetitively without having to wait for the draining effect inflicted on the enemy to wear off, though it cannot be autocast. One recommended target for this strategy is the Zamorak mage behind the Varrock castle's staircase.

Players can complete the Imp Catcher and Witch's Potion quests for a total reward of 1,200 Magic experience. This allows players to quickly reach level 10 Magic without spending coins on runes.

Level 4 - 87: Enchant Crossbow Bolts (alternative) Edit

The costs below have been calculated assuming that an elemental staff is used for each cast to replace the need of basic runes.

It is possible to do between 1200-1800 casts an hour, so the calculations use an average rate of 1500 casts per hour.

Using mouse keys (for Red Topaz enchanting and up), it is possible to get upwards of 2400+ casts per hour. This can allow for 175k+ exp/hour with Ruby enchanting and up.

Spells Edit

Icon Spell Magic Level Runes Required Experience Material Cost(Runes +10 Bolts) Profit \ Loss Xp/hour Gp/XP
Opal bolts 5 Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Opal) 4 1Cosmic rune2Air rune 9 318 -228 13,500 -25.33
Sapphire bolts 5 Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Sapphire) 7 1Cosmic rune1Mind rune1Water rune 17 1,832 -1,012 25,500 -59.53
Jade bolts 5 Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Jade) 14 1Cosmic rune2Earth rune 19 Untradeable Untradeable 28,500
Pearl bolts 5 Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Pearl) 24 1Cosmic rune2Water rune 29 928 -348 43,500 -12
Emerald bolts 5 Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Emerald) 27 1Nature rune1Cosmic rune3Air rune 37 1,815 -165 55,500 -4.46
Topaz bolts 5 Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Red Topaz) 29 1Cosmic rune2Fire rune 33 1,558 -1,108 49,500 -33.58
Ruby bolts 5 Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Ruby) 49 1Blood rune1Cosmic rune5Fire rune 59 1,806 24 88,500 0.41
Diamond bolts 5 Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Diamond) 57 2Law rune1Cosmic rune10Earth rune 67 5,004 -74 100,500 -1.1
Dragon bolts 5 Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Dragonstone) 68 1Soul rune1Cosmic rune15Earth rune 78 15,310 -230 117,000 -2.95
Onyx bolts 5 Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Onyx) 87 1Death rune1Cosmic rune20Fire rune 97 87,865 235 145,500 2.42

Level 13 - 27 – Casting Fire Strike Edit

Using Fire Strike on monsters is an effective and cheap training method. Make sure to equip either a fire or air staff, since they can autocast spells and negate some of the rune costs.

Alternatively, if wealth is not an issue, a player can simply use the best available bolt spell.

Good options for training include:

Level 19 - 45/55 – Splashing Curse Edit

Starting at level 19, one could repeatedly 'splash' Curse to gain Magic experience. Note: If Curse lands on an enemy, it cannot be recast on that enemy until the effects wear off. 'Splashing' bypasses this timer, as the spell never landed on the enemy in the first place. Recommended equipment includes Staff of Earth (or alternatively a Mud battlestaff) with armour that provides negative magic bonuses (ex. Iron armour or Dragonhide, and metal shoes). A magic bonus of -65 or lower is strongly recommended. Good spots to train with Curse include the skeletons at level 1 Wilderness, the caged Monk of Zamorak at Varrock Palace, or the caged Lesser Demon inside Wizard's Tower, though with a magic bonus of -65, any monster that can be safespotted is suitable.

To avoid killing your target, you can bring runes for Fire Strike and set it to autocast. Using a Smoke battlestaff is recommended for this method. This method allows you to train on weak monsters without safespotting, and it also allows you to temporarily idle while still gaining a small amount of experience, though less magic XP is earned for the money spent on runes.

Each cast of Curse yields 29 experience; this yields around 33,000 experience per hour if clicked excessively.

Level 43 - 55 – Superheat Item Edit

Use Superheat Item to create steel bars. Selling the bars could allow you to break even, take a loss, or make a little bit of money depending on the prices of nature runes and steel bars. This is a favourable option if you need to also train your Smithing skill.

Level 45 - 55 – Camelot teleport Edit

Equip a Staff of Air and hold about 1,895 law runes, then repeatedly cast Camelot teleport. Players receive 55.5 experience per cast, so assuming law runes cost 200 coins each, the price per experience point is approximately 3.6 coins. This will give you about 80,000 experience per hour.

Level 55+ – High Level Alchemy Edit

Cast High Level Alchemy on various items for 65 Magic experience per cast. Popular items include those that other players massively generate through other skills, such as longbows, battlestaves, dragonhide bodies and platebodies. Buying limits and high prices limit the practicality on some of these, but yew/magic longbows and rune daggers are among the more popular items to alch.

It is common to lose money casting High Level Alchemy for the purpose of increasing experience, but astute players may break even or find profit in purchasing and alchemizing some items. Leaving offers on the Grand Exchange for long periods of time is productive to get the items cheaper if the player can afford not having the cash required available for the time being. Making gold bracelets from gold bars and alching them requires little initial investment and often breaks even, however this requires spending time which many find to be better used in other activities.

Cast High Level Alchemy on noted items whenever possible. Not only will this allow you to alch without constantly having to bank, but it also eliminates the risk of accidentally alching your worn equipment if you left-click 'wield' on an item you were trying to alch.

For macro efficiency, it is best to cast High Level Alchemy while doing other activities, such as training Agility, low-level Hunter or doing farming runs.

One may also consider participating in the Alchemist's room in the Mage Training Arena. Players receive bonus experience and are given a chance of negating rune costs when alchemizing certain items in the arena, although often with little monetary gain.

Level 55+ – Tele-alchingEdit

"Tele alching" is a method which combines the two elements of casting High Level Alchemy and teleporting. To do this, you will need to alch an item, teleport straight after, click the high alch before you spawn and click the item as soon as you spawn. This makes sure that you do not miss a tick when doing this. The teleport location to tele alch is Camelot, as the teleport icon is near the high alch icon giving you enough time to reach the other icon before the action is complete.

Tele alching at Camelot is 120,000 experience per hour and is the cheapest of the two requiring a single law rune per teleport. Tele alching at Ardougne is 152,000 experience per hour, but is a lot more expensive at the cost of an extra law rune per teleport. Additionally, if you have completed Eadgar's Ruse, have fast enough speed and good enough precision, you may consider tele alching at Trollheim.

Level 56/60/63/66+ – Charging orbsEdit

At these levels, charging water/earth/fire/air orbs becomes an option. While it is slower and more attention intensive than alching and possesses a few small risks, it does not cost money (outside of a small investment to get started) and can even make a profit, as the price of a charged orb is approximately two to three times the combined price of the Cosmic runes and the unpowered orb, returning an approximate 1000 gp of profit for each orb. Remember to use the appropriate elemental staff to eliminate the need for extra runes to save money and inventory space.

It should be noted that the path to the obelisks to charge the orbs are somewhat dangerous, as the path to fire and water obelisks in the Taverley Dungeon requires the player to pass by Blue and Black dragons, Black demons and Poison spiders, and the path to earth and air obelisks requires the player to go through low-level Wilderness in Edgeville Dungeon (player killers are common in this area) and a couple of Black demons. Due to this, a decent Defence level and a lightweight shield is recommended. When using the Taverley Dungeon, a crossbow with a mith grapple is recommended for easier banking at Catherby and going back to the dungeon, and when using the Wilderness obelisks, it's recommended to keep a few charged amulets of glory in the bank and use them to teleport back to Edgeville. When low on health, the player could eat some food while banking. Weight-reducing gear is also recommended as lots of running is required. One could also equip the Ardougne cloak for a quick trip to the Ardougne monastery to recharge prayer points before taking an amulet of glory back to Edgeville; this will allow you to have protection prayers on while traveling to the obelisks.

Level 70+ – Ice BurstEdit

Casting Ice Burst on maniacal monkeys at Ape Atoll, which requires having started chapter II of the quest Monkey Madness II, is a very fast although an expensive way to train Magic and Hitpoints. Maniacal monkeys frequently drop 1-dose prayer potions which can negate the cost of using Protect from Melee. Players who don't have access to maniacal monkeys can alternatively burst skeletal monkeys in the Ape Atoll Dungeon, however this is slightly slower and more expensive compared to maniacal monkeys.

Players can also cast Ice Burst on certain Slayer tasks, such as dust devils and Greater Nechryaels in the Catacombs of Kourend. In addition to having access to 15% accuracy and damage boost of Slayer helmet (i) while on task, both monsters frequently drop valuable items, making bursting aforementioned monsters significantly cheaper than maniacal monkeys.

Players can also use this method in Pest Control, as of 18 December 2014, Pest Control gives full experience from casting spells.

Level 78+ – Tan Leather Edit

Tan Leather inventory setup

Runes (red), filler (blue) and rest filled with hides

Alternatively, players that have access to the lunar spellbook and also completed Fremennik Diary Hard (requires Easy and Medium as well) can use Tan Leather that grants 81 experience points per cast and can tan up to 5 leather. It is suggested to have 25 spaces open for the leather, 2 for the runes, and have any item to act as a filler to fill up the last inventory slot to prevent the extra loss of gold from runes (Take a look at the image to see how it is set up). With this technique, it is possible that the player can gain very small profit if using dragonhide to tan. It is recommend to be at the Grand Exchange while doing this technique to constantly buy leather and to sell them. This technique can gain over 80,000 experience per hour or even higher if focused.

Level 80+ – Stun-alchingEdit

At level 80 Magic, Stun-alching becomes available, but does cost much more than high alchemy which is generally free or low loss. The player is to cast High Alchemy, then cast Stun on an NPC, and repeat until desired. For this, you'll want a mud staff (provides free earth/water runes), and find a suitable NPC to safespot. Experiences rates of 184,000 per hour are possible.

It is possible to add in a teleport to this rotation without missing any game ticks. Using Ardougne Teleport as your choice keeps you within the range of a guard at all times to stun, and with this experience rates of up to 256,000 per hour are possible. This method is immensely click intensive, so it may not be desirable.

Level 80+ – String Jewellery Edit

Alternatively, players who have access to the lunar spellbook can cast String Jewellery. The spell takes 1.8 seconds per amulet strung, or 48.6 seconds for an inventory, and gives 4 crafting experience and 83 magic experience per amulet. Once clicked, it will string each amulet one by one in your inventory, giving you experience for each amulet strung. Using a mud battlestaff is recommended.

Experience rates peak up to 130,000 Magic (along with 6,265 Crafting) experience per hour.

Level 82+ – Magic Imbue Edit

At level 82, a player unlocks Magic Imbue on the Lunar spellbook. High efficiency players use this spell to train magic while doing other activities. The benefit of this spell is that it only requires one inventory space and an equipped steam battlestaff to be cast. The downside of this spell is that it may only be cast once every 12.6 seconds. A player can cast it for example when changing fishing spots or while running to a bank.

Level 86+ – Plank Make Edit

One may begin casting Plank Make spell from the Lunar spellbook at level 86 Magic. The spell turns one log at a time in the player's inventory into planks, though coins are also required. To access the spell player must complete Dream Mentor in addition to Lunar Diplomacy, however. With decent concentration players can achieve 166,000 experience per hour, and using mahogany planks may even yield slight amounts of profit.

Level 94+ – Ice Barrage Edit

At level 94, players can cast Ice Barrage on maniacal monkeys at Ape Atoll, similar to ice bursting. However, it is better to stick with Ice Burst unless you have plenty of money to burn, as Ice Barrage is much more expensive.


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