Deflect Melee

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Deflect Melee is a curse which is similar to Protect from Melee, except that it has a chance of deflecting some damage back to the attacker. This is considered to be one of the most useful prayers in the game, along with Protect from Melee, as a great majority of the players and monsters in RuneScape use Melee. While having Deflect Melee active, it is possible to take half the melee damage from most NPCs (Notable exceptions include monsters in the Fight Kiln).

Along with the curses Turmoil and Soul Split, the deflection curses are a primary reason for players to switch from the normal prayer set to the curses (provided they have the prayer level to use the deflect curses), as they have the same drain rate as their respective protection prayers, but can deflect some of the damage they would have received back.

Deflect curses will grant you 50% damage reduction against most attacks from players and monsters. Deflect curses have a chance to reflect damage back at your attacker, and the damage reflected is 10% of the damage the attack would have done if not blocked by the deflect curse.

In order to use this curse, you must have the Ancient Curses activated, which requires completion of The Temple at Senntisten quest.

Exceptions to prayers and curses blocking 50% damage.[edit source]

Protection prayers and curses give 50% damage reduction in most scenarios. However, there are a number of exceptions that are outlined in the chart below.

Modifier Type Damage reduction % Notes
Devotion.png: RS3 Inventory image of DevotionDevotion Ability 100% (75% in pvp) Lasts for 10 seconds when activated and can be extended by an additional 10 seconds.
Amulet of souls.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of soulsAmulet of souls Item +10% Adds an additional +10% damage reduction to any scenario. In most cases this makes protection prayers/curses block 60% damage.
Essence of Finality amulet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Essence of Finality amuletEssence of finality Item +10% Adds an additional +10% damage reduction to any scenario. In most cases this makes protection prayers/curses block 60% damage.
Pontifex Shadow Ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pontifex Shadow RingPontifex Shadow Ring Item +10% Adds an additional +10% damage reduction against all of Arch-Glacor's attacks. Stacks additively with essence of finality/amulet of souls.
Devoted.png: RS3 Inventory image of DevotedDevoted Perk 100% (75% in pvp) Has a chance to activate for 3 seconds every time you get hit.
Enhanced Devoted.png: RS3 Inventory image of Enhanced DevotedEnhanced Devoted Perk 100% (75% in pvp) Has a chance to activate for 3 seconds every time you get hit. Greater chance than Devoted.
Arch-Glacor.png: RS3 Inventory image of Arch-GlacorArch-Glacor NPC 65% Prayers are 65% effective against the flurry special attack instead of the normal 50%.
Balfrug_Kreeyath.png: RS3 Inventory image of Balfrug_KreeyathBalfrug Kreeyath NPC 100% He is K'ril Tsutsaroth's minion that attacks with magic.
Kalphite King.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kalphite KingKalphite King NPC 0% His double-mage ball magic attack.
Kerapac, the bound.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kerapac, the boundKerapac NPC Varies The more enrage Kerapac gains during the 4th phase of the fight, the less effective your protection prayers are.
Legiones.png: RS3 Inventory image of LegionesLegiones NPC 0% Their lightning area-of-denial attacks are not blocked at all by protect/deflect magic.
Raksha, the Shadow Colossus.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raksha, the Shadow ColossusRaksha NPC 60%
Scopulus.png: RS3 Inventory image of ScopulusScopulus NPC >50% One of the minions spawned at Vorago. Unconfirmed/needs testing
TokHaar-Jad.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-JadTokHaar-Jad NPC 100%
Tormented_demon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tormented_demonTormented demon NPC 100% Prayers are 100% effective against their melee attacks.
TzTok-Jad.png: RS3 Inventory image of TzTok-JadTzTok-Jad NPC 100%
Vorago.png: RS3 Inventory image of VoragoVorago NPC 30% Testing has confirmed that protection prayers are ~30% effective against blue bombs. Vorago's melee hits might also have abnormal values. Needs testing.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 4 February 2014 (Update):
    • An issue where using a hotkey would not activate Deflect Magic and Deflect Melee from the action bar has been resolved.
  • patch 24 June 2010 (Update):
    • Adjusted the curse deflect animations to be faster. This was an animation issue only; running/walking is still the same with or without curses active.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to the ancient hymnal, Deflect Melee's verbal incantation is "Arceto impetum gladiatorum." (I hinder the attack of swords.)
  • The deflecting animation does not always occur.

See also[edit | edit source]