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This article is about the pay-to-play guide. For the free players' guide, see Free-to-play melee training.

This article provides information about effective ways to train Attack, Strength, Defence, and Hitpoints through melee combat.

This guide is organised into sections based on skill levels. For example, if the section header is Levels 20 to 30, you should begin training at the area with an Attack and Strength level of at least 20. Defence is also preferred to be at that level, but is not always required. The solution to lower Defence is to bring more food, or use food that heals more.

General training notesEdit

  • Use the best equipment you have and a weapon that has a style the monster you are fighting is weak to. For example, moss giants are weak to slash attacks, so it is a good idea to attack them with weapons that have a slash Attack type.
  • Members can complete Slayer tasks whenever possible to train Slayer while simultaneously training combat stats.
  • If your Magic level is high enough, it is suggested to bring teleportation runes if a quick escape is needed.
  • The Waterfall Quest will give you both 30 Attack and Strength if completed at level 3.

Weapon Choice Edit

Some general rules to keep in mind when choosing a weapon: Edit

  • In nearly all cases, choosing a weapon with an attack speed of 6 (2.4 second interval) will be the best choice.
  • During the lower levels, the best choice is likely the highest level scimitar that you are able to wield, due to its attack speed of 6.
  • Monster vulnerability may cause certain weapons to perform better than usual.

Training Weapons in Order of Effectiveness: Edit

*Note: All 1-Handed Weapons will assume being paired with a Dragon Defender, due to its offensive bonuses. If you do not own one, the list will still hold true for the most part, but should serve more as a guideline. A notable alternative for higher leveled players is the Dragonfire Shield, however its 1 additional strength bonus does not outweigh the offensive bonuses of the Dragon Defender.

**The two lower leveled weapons listed here, the Brine Sabre, and Rune Scimitar, will not include the bonuses of the Dragon Defender, as it is unlikely that someone using a Brine Sabre or Rune Scimitar will have access to it.

Weapon Name Requirements Primary Attack Style Primarily Used to Train Attack & Strength Bonus(With Dragon Defender if applicable) Notes
Abyssal Tentacle 75 Attack Slash Attack, Defense +114 Slash

+92 Strength

While being the single strongest weapon in the game, the high cost associated with the abyssal tentacle makes it unfeasible for training.
Abyssal Whip 70 Attack Slash Attack, Defense,

All stats on Controlled

+106 Slash

+88 Strength

The perennial training weapon. The whip is the strongest non-degradable attack and defense training weapon in the game. It should also be noted that using this weapon on Controlled is the most efficient way to 99 Attack, Strength, and Defense.
Blessed Saradomin Sword 75 Attack Slash Strength +100 Slash

+88 Strength

Similar to the Abyssal Tentacle, the high cost of using the Blessed variant of the Saradomin Sword makes it unfeasible for training.
Abyssal Bludgeon 70 Attack

70 Strength

Crush Strength +102 Crush

+85 Strength

The best non-degradable strength training weapon, although also not as popular due to its high cost. It should also be noted that, due to being a Crush weapon, it is especially useful against monster with a Crush vulnerability.
Zamorakian Hasta Barbarian Traning Stab All stats on Controlled +110 Stab+81 Strength Primarily used against monsters a weakness to Stab, such as all types of Dragons and Vet'ion. This weapon is not generally chosen for everyday training due to only being able to train on controlled, and is inferior to an Abyssal Whip, as well as being more expensive.
Abyssal Dagger 70 Attack Stab Strength +100 Stab

+81 Strength

The best one-handed Strength training weapon. Doubly useful in that it is a stab weapon with a damaging special attack, unlike the Hasta and Whip.
Staff of the Dead 75 Attack

75 Magic

Slash Strength +94 Slash

+78 Strength

The second best one-handed Strength training weapon. A cheaper alternative to the Abyssal Dagger, this weapon can also be used to cast spells, increases magic damage by 15%, and has a 12.5% chance to refund rune cost.
Saradomin Sword 70 Attack Slash Strength +82 Slash

+82 Strength

It is debatable whether the Saradomin Sword outdoes the Staff of the Dead in terms of strength training. Against lower defense monsters, the Saradomin Sword will on average do higher damage per second. However, the versatility of the Staff of the Dead, being 1-handed, as well as its substantially higher accuracy bonus, will in many cases make it the better (albeit more expensive) option.
Dragon Scimitar 60 Attack

Monkey Madness

Slash All Stats +91 Slash

+72 Strength

Likely the most common Strength training weapon, the Dragon Scimitar is a much cheaper alternative to those listed above, and available much earlier, making it very popular among players.
Dragon Longsword 60 AttackLost City Slash All Stats +93 Slash

+77 Strength

*5 ATS*

A viable alternate training weapon before being able to use the Dragon Scimitar. It should be noted that the Dragon Longsword attacks 1 game tick slower than the Dragon Scimitar, making it a worse training weapon.
Brine Sabre 40 Attack Slash All Stats +47 Slash

+46 Strength (No Defender)

A more expensive alternative to the Rune Scimitar, the Brine Sabre boasts 2 additional slash and strength bonus, while also possessing a special attack. This makes it a popular training weapon for those who have the money.
Rune Scimitar 40 Attack Slash All Stats +45 Slash

+44 Strength (No Defender)

The prototypical Runescape Weapon. This is your best bet for training in the lower to middle levels, due to its high slash bonuses, while preserving a 6 Attack Speed.

*Before reaching the Rune Scimitar, it is recommended to train with the highest level Scimitar that is available to your level*

Suggested training monstersEdit

Levels 1 to 10Edit

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Chicken North-east of Lumbridge just East of River Lum, South of River Lum in Farmer Fred's chicken coop 1 3 None
Advantages Disadvantages
  • No food required
  • Feathers are dropped in groups of 5-15 and are stackable
  • Only 3 Hp (12xp) per kill

Levels 10 to 20Edit

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Cow, Cow calf The pasture North-east of Lumbridge, South of River Lum in Farmer Fred's paddock, North of Port Sarim in the large paddock 2 8, 6 None None
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Easy to kill, abundant, provide raw beef which can be cooked for food if needed while training
  • Cowhides that are dropped can often be sold for a decent profit to middle and high-level players looking to level Crafting, providing an early sustainable source of income for lower-levelled players
  • Often crowded

Levels 20 to 30Edit

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Monks Edgeville Monastery 5 15 None Food is unnecessary as players can speak to the abbot in the south-east of the monastery to be healed for free. It is also suggested to purchase a mithril scimitar from Zeke's Superior Scimitars just north of the palace in Al Kharid. In addition, some players like to purchase a set of mithril armour to use until they can equip rune armour at level 40 Defence. However, armour is not overly important when fighting monks.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Monks heal themselves frequently meaning that it is possible to fight a single monk for an extended period of time
  • They inflict negligible amounts of damage, but players who need healing need only speak with the abbot as detailed in the recommendations section
  • Often crowded
  • They are not aggressive
  • They do not drop anything other than bones
  • The Edgeville Monastery is not a multi combat area
Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Al-Kharid warrior Al Kharid Palace 9 19 None Take a decent food item, preferably trout or salmon. Alternatively, you can buy kebabs for 1 gp each in Al Kharid. It is also suggested to invest in a mithril scimitar from Zeke's Superior Scimitars just North of the palace. In addition, some players like to purchase a set of mithril armour to use until they can use/afford rune armour at level 40 Defence.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Lots of warriors to fight
  • They are aggressive, which means if one warrior is attacked, all nearby others will come and do the same. This makes it easy to always be fighting something
  • Bank is very, very close by
  • They frequently drop Herbs, which are an excellent source of income while training.
  • Often crowded

Levels 30 to 50Edit

Members option Edit

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Rock crab North of Rellekka, Waterbirth Island 13 50 None At least mithril armour is suggested, food (at least trout, lobster would be ideal). Level 45 Magic for Camelot Teleport would be good to have for quick banking, but is not necessary. An alternative would be to purchase a few Camelot teleport tablets.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Very, very high health targets with low Defence and Attack ability
  • High in number, easy to group and kill in groups
  • Often crowded
  • Stops Aggro after 10-15 min

Levels 50 to 60Edit

Free-to-play optionEdit

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Moss Giant Varrock Sewer 42 60 None By this point, rune armour is essentially required. Otherwise, food usage would be too often. It is recommended to use rune chainbody over rune platebody, as it has a higher crush defence stat.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Decent drops and experience
  • Not as many spawn points

Levels 40 to 75 Edit

Members option Edit

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Experiment Fenkenstrain's Castle Dungeon 25 101 Completion of the Priest in Peril quest. Partial completion of the Creature of Fenkenstrain quest. A Rune Scimitar or better is efficient against Experiments.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Very little Defence requirement
  • Lots of Experiments in one area
  • Huge amounts of health for maximum experience gain
  • No food required
  • Often crowded
  • Quest requirements to gain access to the dungeon
  • Only drops bones

Levels 60 to 99Edit

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Yak Neitiznot 22 50 Started The Fremennik Isles, requires completing The Fremennik Trials Best strength gear
Advantages Disadvantages
  • High xp/hr
  • Bank is very close
  • Could collect hides for crafting xp, not recommended though

No drops, Quest Required

Monster name Location(s) Combat level Hitpoints Requirements Recommendations
Nightmare Zone North of Yanille, northwest of the bank. varies varies at least 5 quests that Nightmare Zone supports Please refer to the Nightmare Zone wiki page for more info.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Monsters are extremely weak to melee.
  • Use of overloads, gained from NMZ points reduces need for super combat potions.
  • One of the best xp/h areas.
  • Points gained can be used for imbues which help later on.
  • Requires a coin fee in order to start.

Alternative option Edit

This method is for players looking to train melee skills (preferably Strength) from levels 70 to 99 quickly. Players are required to first complete the quest Monkey Madness if not already done, must have 70 Attack and Defence, must have a full set of Dharok the Wretched's equipment, and at least 43 Prayer for Protect from Melee is required.

Players are to travel to the Temple of Marimbo in Ape Atoll, and lower their health to inflict more damage with the Dharok's set (lowering health more significantly is better, but more dangerous) and activate the Protect from Melee prayer (note that Prayer potions are not needed because there is an altar in the Temple, so Prayer points are practically unlimited.) You can also activate skill-boosting Prayers such as Piety, or a combination of Ultimate Strength and Incredible Reflexes. Players will then proceed to attack the Monkey Guards there (beware that this is a multicombat area, so you can be attacked by more than one Guard at a time.) Another thing to take in to consideration is that you can not go through the Guards, you must go around them so make sure they don't lock you into one place (this is similar to the Brawler in the minigame Pest Control.) With the Dharok's set and lowered health you will inflict very high amounts of damage (possibly over 100 if you have boosting potions) thus you will gain massive amounts of experience. They also recharge their health every now and then, which provides even more experience. You will not be hit by the Guards because of your Protect from Melee prayer, but make sure you remember to recharge your Prayer points at the altar in the Temple every now and then when you are almost running out. Bring an anti-poison because there will be spiders that can poison you in the temple.

It is not advised to train here if you are a lower level player and/or do not have a Dharok's set because the Monkey Guards are level 167, have high Defence levels, and recharge health so they are hard to hit without a strong weapon. Their attacks are quite accurate, with a max hit of 14 (which doesn't seem like a lot, but they attack in groups and can lock you into one place which can be very devastating without the Protect from Melee prayer, so remember to bring teletabs and/or runes for teleportation spells and food just in case such a scenario happens.


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