|Release date||4 January 2001 (Update)|
|Minimum level to be ranked||15 (as of 3 Feb 2023)|
|Players with 99||289,287 (as of 3 Feb 2023)|
|Players with 120||30,764 (as of 3 Feb 2023)|
|Players with 200M XP||8,765 (as of 3 Feb 2023)|
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Attack is a melee combat skill which determines the accuracy of a player's melee attacks and the types of weapons a player may wield. A higher Attack level means that players can use better weapons which possess greater damage and accuracy. As Attack is a vital skill in melee combat, increasing one's Attack level will increase one's combat level associated with melee.
History[edit | edit source]
Attack was one of the first skills available, introduced with the launch of RuneScape on 4 January 2001. Throughout the expansion and development of RuneScape, the concept for the skill has largely remained the same.
While the concept is largely unchanged, higher tiers of equipment have been released as the game has progressed. Bronze through adamant equipment were introduced with the game itself, but it was not until 26 July 2001 that rune equipment was added. On 27 February 2002, the first pieces of dragon equipment were released with the Lost City and Heroes' Quest quests, further increasing the Attack level necessary to equip all items. On 14 June 2004, special attacks were added to certain weapons. Dragon weapons and excalibur, along with a few Ranged weapons, were the first weapons to feature special attacks. Each special attack was unique to the weapon and used up a certain percentage of a player's special attack energy. Since the introduction of special attacks, several additional weapons have been added which feature unique special attacks.
However, no new weapons were introduced until after release of RuneScape 2 with the introduction of Slayer. The new skill introduced abyssal demons, monsters which dropped the abyssal whip, a powerful one-handed weapon which required 70 Attack to wield. Later that year, several other weapons were introduced which also required 70 Attack to equip. These weapons were part of different degradable armour sets of Barrows equipment, originally used by the 6 Barrows brothers. Of these 6 equipment sets, 4 were melee oriented and required 70 Attack to wield.
Nearly 2 years passed without the introduction of a higher-levelled weapon than the abyssal whip and the various Barrows weapons. On 28 August 2007, the God Wars Dungeon was introduced, featuring 4 warring factions, each protecting their respective versions of the fabled godsword. The godswords were massive two-handed weapons, offered a generous strength bonus, and required 75 Attack to wield. The reign of the godsword, however, was short lived, and on 15 October 2008, different sets of Ancient Warriors' equipment were released. The equipment was degradable, lasting for only a limited amount of time before disappearing. Although these weapons required 78 Attack to wield, they each had a "corrupt" counterpart which only required 20 Attack to equip. These corrupt versions lasted for an even shorter period of time than the normal versions. Additionally, the corrupt dragon weapons were the first new free-to-play weapons released since the introduction of rune equipment.
The release of the Dungeoneering skill marked the release of chaotic weaponry, degradable weapons available for purchase via Dungeoneering tokens. Three different melee weapons were introduced, the chaotic longsword, maul, and rapier, each requiring at least level 80 Attack to equip. The release of this new skill also introduced weapons that could only be used within Daemonheim while training Dungeoneering. This included the addition of the first set of weapons which required skill mastery in Attack to wield; the primal weapons all required 99 Attack to use, with the exception of the primal maul. These weapons were among the strongest melee weapons introduced into the game with several of them setting attack and strength bonus records.
On 12 July 2011, the whip vine was introduced. This item was released as an attachment to the abyssal whip, and when combined, resulted in an abyssal vine whip. While the abyssal vine whip offered offensive bonuses which were inferior to those of the various chaotic weapons released as rewards from the Dungeoneering skill, it nevertheless required 85 Attack and 80 Slayer to wield, a higher Attack requirement than any weapon obtainable outside of Daemonheim at the time.
After six months of beta testing, the Evolution of Combat went live on 20 November 2012. This update dramatically changed the way players interacted with monsters and other players through combat. As the entire combat system had been reworked, many weapons had accuracy and damage adjustments to re-balance the combat triangle. As part of the weapon rework, several long-standing level requirements were changed. For example, adamant and rune weapons which had required levels 30 and 40 Attack were bumped to require levels 40 and 50 attack respectively. However, some weapon requirements were decreased, as seen with the abyssal vine whip, which had its level requirement reduced from level 85 to 75 Attack. In addition to weapon adjustments, the update introduced the use of abilities, various rechargeable attacks which helped increase overall damage throughput compared to standard auto-attacks.
Following the introduction of the Evolution of Combat, chaotic weapons once again held the highest Attack requirements to wield. This held true until 14 January 2013, with the release of the Kalphite King and drygore weaponry. The King dropped main- and off-hand drygore rapiers, maces, longswords, each requiring 90 Attack to equip. These weapons were significantly stronger and more accurate than chaotic weapons when they were first released. However, due to an update in late May which changed how weapon accuracy and damage are calculated, the accuracy difference between drygore and chaotic weapons was lessened.
With the release of Araxxi on 28 July 2014, the level-90 Noxious scythe tied Drygore weaponry for the position of the second strongest melee weapon outside of Daemonheim. Weapons requiring 85 Attack were the major releases in 2015: the Tetsu katana and wakizashi, dual-wielded swords obtained from the Player-owned port minigame were released on 26 January. The Lava whip, a one-handed weapon made by combining an abyssal whip with a Wyrm spike (a very rare drop from a Lava strykewyrm), was added on 16 February. Main- and off-hand ripper claws were included as drops from Ripper demons on 9 November.
The strongest melee weapons outside of Daemonheim are currently the tier 95 Ek-ZekKil, Dark Shard of Leng and Dark Sliver of Leng, being a two-handed and dual-wielded weapons respectively. Components for the Ek-ZekKil are dropped by TzKal-Zuk in hard mode, while components for the Dark Shard and Sliver can be obtained during the fight with the Arch-Glacor; while most of the components can be obtained in normal mode, the Frozen core of Leng is required to create them, so hard mode is required to create the weapons.
Gaining experience[edit | edit source]
Combat[edit | edit source]
Players may receive Attack experience during combat by selecting the Attack skill in the Settings interface > Gameplay tab > Combat drop-down > Combat XP menu > Attack XP checkbox. The Combat XP checkboxes may also be accessed in the Skills drop-down > Experience menu.
If using legacy combat mode, the Combat XP selection may also be made in the Combat tab.
Experience is only gained when the player slays an enemy, after which both Attack and Constitution experience are awarded dependent on the opponent's stats. It is also possible to earn experience across all melee combat skills by selecting Attack, Strength, and Defence in the experience menu. If this is chosen, the amount of experience that would have been awarded to Attack alone is evenly split among the three skills.
Experience rewards[edit | edit source]
Attack experience may be awarded after the completion of certain quests, miniquests, tasks, random events, Distractions and Diversions, and other minigames. Additionally, experience lamps, dragonkin lamps, and books of knowledge may be used to gain Attack experience.
Bonus/other experience[edit | edit source]
Several items provide bonus experience in Attack, as well as other melee skills, when equipped. Melee brawling gloves provide a 300% experience bonus to Attack (as well as Strength and Defence) when training combat in the Wilderness and a 50% bonus when training outside of the Wilderness. The brawling gloves last for approximately 100,000 experience before disintegrating.
Hati paws, a reward from a seasonal Winter event, boosts experience to combat skills during the months following the event. The amount of bonus experience rewarded is limited, however, as the paws lose charge when providing bonus experience.
Individual pieces of sacred clay equipment obtained through the Stealing Creation minigame also provide an experience bonus to Attack and other combat skills. These items double the amount of experience received through combat when equipped. Only one piece of sacred clay armour must be worn to receive this bonus. Similar to the brawling gloves, a piece will disappear after the experience threshold of 24,450 experience is reached.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
One of the main uses of the Attack skill is determining which types of weapons a player may wield. Generally, higher level weapons provide greater offensive bonuses than similar weapon types of a lower level, providing an incentive for players to train the skill.
Common weapon types[edit | edit source]
Below is a list of some common types of weapons available through the use of the Attack skill.
|Weapon type||Attack level||Notes|
|Bronze||1||Bronze weapons are among the weakest weapons available.|
|Iron||10||Iron weapons are stronger than bronze weapons.|
|Steel||20||Steel weapons are stronger than iron weapons.|
|Corrupt Ancient Warriors'||20||Corrupt Ancient Warriors' equipment consists of several degradable weapons and only last for 15 minutes.|
|Black||25||Black weapons are stronger than steel weapons. They cannot be created with the Smithing skill.|
|White||25||White weapons have the same offensive bonuses as black weapons, but white weapons include a small Prayer bonus. White weapons require completion of the Wanted! quest and a certain Knight ranking to purchase from Sir Vyvin. They cannot be created with the Smithing skill.|
|Mithril||30||Mithril weapons are stronger than black weapons.|
|Adamant||40||Adamant weapons are stronger than mithril weapons.|
|Rune||50||Rune weapons are stronger than adamant weapons.|
|Sacred clay||50||The sacred clay scimitar provides the same offensive bonuses as a rune scimitar.|
|Gravite||55||Gravite weapons are obtained from the rewards trader for a cost of 40,000 Dungeoneering tokens, requiring 45 Dungeoneering to purchase. The weapons last for 10 hours of combat before needing to be recharged.|
|Granite||55||Granite weapons include the Granite maul and Granite mace and require 55 Attack and Strength to wield. These weapons only provide crush style attacks.|
|Obsidian||60||Obsidian weapons are stronger than rune weapons. All of these weapons require 60 Attack to wield with the exception of the TzHaar-Ket-Om, which requires 60 Strength.|
|Dragon||60||Dragon weapons are stronger than rune weapons.|
|Dragon (corrupt)||60||Corrupt dragon weapons provide the same stats as regular dragon weapons, but the corrupt versions have a limited existence. Each weapon lasts for 30 minutes of being equipped and turn into dust after the 30 minutes.|
|Barrows||70||Barrows equipment features item sets used by the 6 Barrows brothers. When all of the items of a particular set are equipped, there is a chance of activating the equipment set's "set effect".|
|Abyssal whip||70||The abyssal whip is a fairly powerful one-handed weapon with a high attack speed, same as that of scimitars.|
|God Wars Dungeon-related||75||The Saradomin sword, Zamorakian spear, and the four Godswords are two-handed weapons obtained in the God Wars Dungeon. There are four types of godswords, each type offers the same offensive bonuses but different passive effects. The Godswords are the strongest non-degradable weapons available.|
|Ancient Warriors'||78||Ancient Warriors' equipment includes powerful, degradable weapons which only last for 1 hour of being equipped.|
|Chaotic||80||Chaotic weapons require 80 Dungeoneering and 200,000 Dungeoneering tokens to purchase. The weapons last for 10 hours of combat before needing to be recharged.|
|Tetsu||85||Tetsu weapons can be made from resources in the Player-owned port minigame. The weapons last for 10 hours of combat before needing to be recharged.|
|Drygore||90||Drygore main and off-hand weapons are degradable weapons dropped by the Kalphite King. They may be repaired using chitin scraps.|
|Zaros godsword||92||A two-handed weapon, whose components are dropped by Telos, the Warden.|
|Khopesh of Tumeken||92||Alongside its off-hand component, the Khopesh of Elidinis, are main and off-hand weapons with components being found in the Sophanem Slayer Dungeon and Shifting Tombs respectively.|
|Dark Shard of Leng||95||Alongside its off-hand component, the Dark Sliver of Leng, are main and off-hand weapons with components dropped by the Arch-Glacor.|
Miscellaneous weapons[edit | edit source]
Many miscellaneous weapons all over RuneScape do not fit into any particular category, such as quest and minigame rewards. All of the weapons listed are members only.
|Basic decorative sword||5|
|Detailed decorative sword||20|
|Intricate decorative sword||30|
|Profound decorative sword||40|
|Void knight equipment||42|
|Ring of vigour||62|
|Penance master trident||70|
|Abyssal vine whip||75|
Dungeoneering weapons[edit | edit source]
Conventional weapons used throughout Gielinor are not allowed in Daemonheim, so a separate set of metals is used during Dungeoneering. The metal types are classified by their "tiers", with tier 1 being the weakest and tier 11 being the strongest. Tiers 1 through 10 weapons may be player made or received as a drop from several monsters, but tier 11 items may only be received as a drop from boss monsters.
|Tier||Weapon type||Attack level|
Fun weapons[edit | edit source]
Some weapons do not give any or give very little accuracy and damage bonuses. These weapons are often referred to as fun weapons as they are often impractical for use in any combat situation. As these weapons do not exist necessarily for use in combat; they exist merely for aesthetic purposes.
Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]
Various items, potions, prayers, and familiars provide temporary boosts. Below is a list of all possible boosts to Attack. Click on a category to sort.
Visible[edit | edit source]
Visible boosts are indicated in the stats interface by showing a level increase from the base level.
Potions[edit | edit source]
|Potion||Members||Level increase||Level to make||Notes|
|Attack potion||1 + 8%||1|
|Attack mix||4||Heals 300 Life points.|
|Combat potion||1 + 8%||36|
|Combat mix||40||Heals 300 Life points.|
|Super attack||2 + 12%||45|
|Super attack mix||47||Heals 600 Life points.|
|Zamorak brew||1 + 8%||78||Also boosts Strength.|
|Zamorak mix||85||Also boosts Strength, heals 600 Life points and drains 12% of current life points.|
|Super warmaster's potion||2 + 12%||85||Also boosts Strength, Magic, Ranged and Defence by the same amount|
|Super melee potion||2 + 12%||81||Also boosts Strength and Defence by the same amount|
|Grand attack potion||2 + 14%||78|
|Extreme attack||3 + 15%||88|
|Overload||96||Non-tradeable. Also boosts Strength, Ranged, Magic and Defence, lasting 6 minutes.|
|Supreme overload potion||4 + 16%||98||Non-tradeable. Also boosts Strength, Ranged, Magic and Defence, lasting 6 minutes. Requires Plague's End.|
|Elder overload potion||5 + 17%||106||Non-tradeable. Also boosts Attack, Strength, Ranged and Defence, lasting 6 minutes. Requires Plague's End.|
Other[edit | edit source]
|Cup of tea||+3||20||Heals up to 375 Life points, clears the effect of Aggression potion and can drain adrenaline.|
|Spicy stew||-5 to +6||25||Non-tradeable. After Evil Dave's Big Day Out it grants a +2 minimum boost.|
|Cavefish||+2||88||Heals up to 2200 Life points, may randomly boosts other combat skills besides Attack.|
|Rumberry||+2||86||Non-tradeable. Also reduces defence by -1.|
|Attack cape||+1||99||Non-tradeable. Requires Skill mastery to equip.|
|Dominion marker||Varies||110 combat level||Non-tradeable. Boosts depends on marker stage, also boosts Strength, Ranged, Magic and Defence.|
|God banner||+5||55 or 55 or 55||Non-tradeable. Usable once per day for 30 minutes, also boosts Strength, Ranged, Magic and Defence.|
Invisible[edit | edit source]
Invisible boosts are not indicated in the stats interface, but they are applied in combat calculations nevertheless.
Prayers and Ancient Curses[edit | edit source]
|Prayers||Clarity of Thought||7||+2|
|Ancient Curses||Leech Attack||74||+2 to +5|
Other[edit | edit source]
|Item||Members||Level increase||Level to make||Notes|
|Ruby harvest||20%||15||Boost only affects the other player it is used on.|
|Salve amulet||15% accuracy and damage||35||Non-tradeable. Boost only applies when fighting undead monsters. Requires partial completion of Haunted Mine.|
|Salve amulet (e)||20% accuracy and damage||40||Non-tradeable. Boost only applies when fighting undead monsters. Requires completion of Lair of Tarn Razorlor (miniquest) and the Salve amulet.|
|Black mask||12.5% accuracy and damage||58||Boost only applies when fighting monsters assigned by a Slayer Master.|
|Slayer helmet||12.5% to 14.5% accuracy and damage||35
|Boost depends on the tier of the helmet, and only applies when fighting monsters assigned by a Slayer Master.|
|Dragon slayer gloves||10%||70||Non-tradeable. Boost only applies when fighting monsters assigned by a Slayer Master. Boost stacks with Black Mask.|
|Dharok the Wretched's equipment||Varies conform Life points||70
|Full set must be worn for special effect to take place.|
Warriors' Guild[edit | edit source]
The Warriors' Guild is a guild for players who have attained mastery or near mastery of melee combat skills. Entrance to the guild requires either 99 Attack, 99 Strength, or a sum of 130 in Attack and Strength. The guild features several activities which involve combat and combat experience, one of which is the cyclops room, run by Kamfreena. Here, players may obtain defenders as drops from the cyclops and cyclossi. Additionally, Attack may be trained on the animation room of the Warriors' Guild, granting 15 experience per successful hit to a dummy.
Cape of Accomplishment[edit | edit source]
As with all skills, players who achieve level 99 in Attack may purchase a Cape of Accomplishment from the skill's master. The Attack cape and hood are sold by Ajjat in the Warriors' Guild for 99,000 coins. Players with more than 1 skill at level 99 will receive a golden trim on the sides of the cape. However, players with only 1 level 99 skill will receive an untrimmed version of the cape. The Attack cape's perk gives a 2% chance for degradable items not to degrade (this does not apply to augmented items, except those that degrade to dust).
Skilling pet (Sifu)[edit | edit source]
Like all skills, there is a skilling pet obtainable from training this skill. For Attack, the pet is called Sifu.
Quests with an Attack requirement[edit | edit source]
Quests for Attack experience[edit | edit source]
|The Blood Pact||100||N/A||N/A|
|A Shadow over Ashdale||300||N/A||N/A|
|In Search of the Myreque||600||N/A||
|A Fairy Tale I - Growing Pains||2,000||N/A||N/A|
|In Aid of the Myreque||2,000||12|
|The Fremennik Trials||2,812||N/A|
|Quiet Before the Swarm||4,000||35||
|Tree Gnome Village||11,450||N/A||N/A|
|The Mighty Fall||80,000||79|
Update history[edit | edit source]
- patch 13 January 2014 (Update):
- The stated Attack level for Excalibur has been amended in the skill guide.
- patch 20 August 2013 (Update):
- patch 4 March 2013 (Update):
- The Attack Skill Advance Guide now clarifies that the requirements for Daemonheim weapons don't apply to mauls.
- patch 28 February 2012 (Update):
- patch 9 June 2009 (Update):
- Clarified the requirements to wield a leaf-bladed sword in the Attack skill guide.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the early days of RuneScape Classic, players who chose to be a warrior in their character creation process started out with level 4 Attack, and players who chose to be an adventurer started out with level 3 Attack.
- The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 1,431,338) on the HiScores for Attack is level 15. As of 03 February 2023, there are 289,287 current members that have achieved level 99 in Attack. There are 30,764 current members that have achieved level 120 in Attack.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Free-to-play Melee training, a guide to training Attack for free-to-play players
- Pay-to-play Melee training, a guide to training Attack for pay-to-play players
- Attack/Level up table
- Combat calculator
- Quest experience rewards - Attack
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ Silverion. Classes – starting stats. Tip.It. 15 February 2001. (Archived from the original on 3 March 2001.) "Warrior: Attack /Strength /Defense +3"
- ^ Silverion. Classes – starting stats. Tip.It. 15 February 2001. (Archived from the original on 3 March 2001.) "Adventurer: Attack /Strength /Defense +2"