Strategies for Ironman Mode

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This article is a strategy guide for Ironman Mode.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

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As an Ironman, the Grand Exchange cannot be used, and trading between players is strictly limited. All supplies and equipment must therefore be obtained from their original sources, through bossing, gathering skills, and other limited ways. Coins are still needed for many exchanges within Ironman such as for paying instance fees, Managing Miscellania, and buying spirit shards for summoning. High Level Alchemy is a very useful spell to unlock early for easier access to coins. Runecrafting level of 44 is also useful to create the nature runes required for high level alchemy. Although high level alchemy can be used to produce coins, some items are not worth alchemizing and can be sold to general stores.

While coins can be valuable to strive for, quests play a big part in the early game, as many experience rewards allow players to skip multiple levels at once. In addition, quests are needed to unlock exclusive content, such as bosses or skilling methods. A good example for woodcutting would be the Dragon hatchet from the Dagannoth Kings and the Inferno adze from All Fired Up, the only two level 61 hatchets in the game.

Useful starter quests[edit | edit source]

Quest Rewards
The Knight's Sword 12,725 Smithing experience.
Fight Arena 12,175 Attack and 2,175 Thieving experience.
The Fremennik Trials Allows creation of skeletal, rock-shell, and spined armour.
Jack of Spades Access to Menaphos, mainly important early for Corrupted Scarabs.
In Search of the Myreque / In Aid of the Myreque Unlocks Temple Trekking for skilling supplies.
Temple of Ikov 10,500 Ranged and 8,000 Fletching experience.
Waterfall Quest 13,750 Attack experience, 13,750 Strength experience, two diamonds, and two gold bars.
Witch's House 6,325 Constitution experience.
Evil Dave's Big Day Out 50,000 Magic experience, 20,000 Herblore experience, 20,000 Agility experience, and 20,000 Cooking experience

Milestone quests[edit | edit source]

Players with a total of 150 quest points can unlock a free set of tier 75 hybrid armour as well as a tier 75 hybrid weapon from May's Quest Caravan, next to the Varrock lodestone.

Quest Rewards
Beneath Cursed Tides Unlock access to the Giant Oyster monthly Distraction and Diversion.
The Branches of Darkmeyer Unlock tier 70 non-degradable weapons.
Deadliest Catch Unlocks deposit chests used for gathering supplies while skilling.
King's Ransom Unlocks Piety prayers and equivalent variants.
Lunar Diplomacy Lunar equipment, Lunar spellbook
Plague's End Access to Prifddinas.
River of Blood Unlocks an augmentable sunspear.
Royal Trouble Unlocks Managing Miscellenia for skilling supplies.
Sliske's Endgame 1,250,000 experience in skill(s) level 85 and above, and a set of skilling items.
The Temple at Senntisten Unlocks Ancient Curses.
The World Wakes A plethora of rewards, including Sunshine, 8 experience lamps, and additional experience rewards, with more rewards if all the recommended quests are completed.

Milestone items (no quest requirements)[edit | edit source]

Item Usefulness
Nature talisman.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nature talismanNature talisman Allows crafting of Nature runes, especially useful for casting the High Level Alchemy spell.
Ring of life.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of lifeRing of life, Sign of life.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sign of lifeSign of life Reduces the chance of death, extremely important for Hardcore Ironmen.
Bonecrusher.png: RS3 Inventory image of BonecrusherBonecrusher, Twisted bird skull necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Twisted bird skull necklaceTwisted bird skull necklace Awards free Prayer experience while killing monsters that drop bones, and allows use of prayers in combat without using prayer potions.
Dragon hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon hatchetDragon hatchet Requires killing Dagannoth rex to obtain, and greatly speeds up levelling Woodcutting.
Dragon mattock.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon mattockDragon mattock Dropped by dinosaurs in Big Game Hunter. Players that wish to create a Mattock of Time and Space will need to get two dragon mattocks.
Scroll of cleansing.png: RS3 Inventory image of Scroll of cleansingScroll of cleansing Helps to save valuable herbs and secondary ingredients when making potions.
Charming imp.png: RS3 Inventory image of Charming impCharming imp Makes charm collecting much easier.
Greater runic staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Greater runic staffGreater runic staff Non-degradable tier 75 staff, earned through Runespan.
Chaotic staff.pngChaotic equipment (staff recommended) Degradable tier 80 weaponry, cost Dungeoneering tokens to obtain, and require level 80 Dungeoneering to use.
Guthix staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Guthix staffGuthix staff Tier 60 staff obtained from the Mage arena minigame. This staff is extremely popular due to its powerful special attack 'Claws of Guthix', which lowers target's defence by 5% and increases the target's affinity by 2.
Saradomin godsword (passive).png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin godsword (passive)Saradomin godsword (passive) Non-degradable tier 75 sword, created by combining a Saradomin hilt with a godsword, and then using the sword on Zilyana's altar. The sword's special attack has a high chance to restore both life and prayer points, allowing for strong AFK potential and reducing the need for supplies.
Decimation.png: RS3 Inventory image of DecimationDecimation Tier 87 chargebow obtained from Slayer bounty. Has a powerful special attack and useful for getting into high level PVM.
Seedicide.png: RS3 Inventory image of SeedicideSeedicide Can be earned through Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza or bought with Thaler, or be bought from Farmers' Market. Consumes seed drops in exchange for Farming experience.
Spring cleaner.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spring cleanerSpring cleaner Made through Invention. Converts alchable drops from monsters into raw materials which are sent directly to the player's bank. As the raw materials are usually high level, the spring cleaner is primarily useful for players with high Smithing and Crafting levels.

Useful early archaeology relics[edit | edit source]

Relic powers can be unlocked through the archaeology skill. These relics require levels 5-25 archaeology and are easily acquirable. They each provide a passive boost until changed or unharnessed. Up to three relics can be active at the same time.

Relics Usefulness
Font of Life.png Font of Life Increases life points by a flat 500. Good for early combat training, questing and other early game activities such as Corrupted Scarab slayer training and Soul obelisk for reputation.
Unexpected Diplomacy.png Unexpected Diplomacy This increases your Mazcab reputation from daily Nemi Forest and Trink's tasks. Helps to unlock raids re-rolls quicker, as well as gather more Menaphos reputation from Corrupted Scarabs and Soul obelisks to unlock the VIP skilling area and additional Menaphos quests.
Ring of Luck (relic power).png Ring of Luck (relic power) Grants the effect of T1 luck so you can wear a more useful ring, such as the Explorer's ring.

Money making[edit | edit source]

Early money making[edit | edit source]

Mid-level money making[edit | edit source]

High-level money making[edit | edit source]

Food and potions[edit | edit source]

Food Potions
Cake.png: RS3 Inventory image of CakeCake - Thieving stall south of Catherby bank. Antipoison (3).png: RS3 Inventory image of Antipoison (3)Antipoison (3) - Jiminua's Jungle Store 10 stock.
Premade ttl.png Premade gnome food - Up to 1500 healing food from Gnome Waiter. 10 stock of each food. Antipoison++ (4).png Antipoison++ Dropped 40 at a time from Corporeal Beast.
Tuna.pngSwordfish.png - Cooked tuna and swordfish can be obtained from Managing Miscellania. Super attack (1).pngSuper strength (1).pngSuper defence (1).pngSuper ranging potion (1).pngSuper magic potion (1).png Super potion set (1) - Can be obtained from thieving Iorwerth and Cadarn clans in Prifddinas.
Desert sole.pngCatfish.pngBeltfish.png Desert sole, Catfish, and Beltfish - heal 1450, 1500, and 1650 respectively. Super attack (4).pngSuper strength (4).pngSuper defence (4).pngSuper ranging potion (4).pngSuper magic potion (4).png Super potion set (4) - Bought from Mazcab Emergency Merchants 1 x stock of each, restocking once every 2 minutes.
Cooked eeligator.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cooked eeligatorCooked eeligator - 1875 healing food from Mazcab Emergency Merchants for 3750 coins each. Super restore (4).pngSummoning potion (4).png Super restore (4) and Summoning potion (4) - Mazcab Emergency Merchants 3 x stock of super restores, 1 stock of summoning potions. restocking one potion every 2 minutes.
Raw shark.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw sharkRaw shark - 2000 healing food from Temple trekking 8-54 received (depending on reward token tier). Saradomin brew (4).png Saradomin brew - Dropped from Nex in a 30:10 or 10:30 ratio in conjunction with super restores. Queen Black Dragon and Mature grotworms drop (2) dose Saradomin brews. Araxxi drops up to 18 Saradomin brew flask a kill.
Tuna potato.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tuna potatoTuna potato - Potato with butter from Rorarius, grow sweetcorn (seeds from Taverley Farming tutor), tuna from Managing Miscellania. Overload flask (6).png Overload flask - Can be obtained as a drop from Araxxi after the player has at least 90 herblore.
Rocktail.png: RS3 Inventory image of RocktailRocktail - Dropped up to 10 at a time from Queen Black Dragon.
Sailfish.png: RS3 Inventory image of SailfishSailfish - Swarm fishing is a great method to gain access to some of the best high level food available, including blue blubber jellyfish and sailfish.

Dailies[edit | edit source]

These are the recommended dailies for an Ironman account:

Skills[edit | edit source]

Archaeology-icon.pngArchaeology[edit | edit source]

Archaeology training

Most of the normal guide will apply to Ironman as well. Ensure that you take advantage of the Pylon when it's active, as this will increase your chances of finding the elusive Inquisitor's Staff and Spear of Annihilation pieces, as well as experience buffs.

More information to come

Construction-icon.pngConstruction[edit | edit source]

Complete Throne of Miscellania and Royal Trouble as early as possible, putting 10 subjects into hardwood. Mahogany logs are more Construction XP per day, but cost a lot more. If money is not an issue, it is highly suggested to pick mahogany. Converting mahogany logs into planks costs Coins 10000.png 155,500 more than teaks, but grant 1,470 more experience. After 114 Invention, mahogany logs can be converted to planks at a very small cost of divine charges, making mahogany logs a very viable option for every Ironman that will get 114 Invention before 99 Construction.

At low levels, planks can be bought from Razmire General Store in Mort'ton, or made from logs at the Plank Maker next to the house portal in the north of Rimmington. By moving one's house to Rimmington and using the House Teleport spell, the Plank maker can be reached very quickly.

Complete the Deadliest Catch and Monkey Madness Quests.

Alternatively, Construction Contracts can be completed by players with 40+ Construction, awarding 10,000 base experience per contract in addition to the experience gained for the 5 furniture pieces built for the contract. This method is slower but more AFK, uses less Construction materials and costs less, greatly benefiting Ironmen. Using the most cost-effective method of teak planks, one can reasonably expect to achieve 250,000+ XP per hour at 60+ Construction. Contract Credits awarded for completing the contract can be used to buy a plank box that saves inventory space.

Extend Construction daily challenges.

Crafting-icon.pngCrafting[edit | edit source]

  • Levels 1-11 - Complete Murder Mystery.
  • Levels 11-23/99 - Craft protoleather bodies from Protomastyx hide from the Smuggler in Dungeoneering. High alch charms and other drops for Rusty coins.
  • Levels 11-75 - Mine uncut gems from gem rocks and cut them. Experience per hour scales with the mining level, but uncommon gem rocks provide the fastest rates of both gems and XP, and are therefore most popular. If gems are kept for e.g. porters or teleportation jewellery, a gem bag will come in handy. If you are dropping the gems after you cut them, you can cut the gems as you drop them to save time and boost your XP/h.
  • Levels 75-99 - Play harps in Prifddinas during Ithell Voice of Seren.

Farming-icon.png Farming[edit | edit source]

Supercompost can be created from pineapples bought from Arhein's Store in Catherby, or picked from pineapple plants north of Karamja lodestone.
Seeds for levels 1-17 can be obtained from Head Farmer Jones or Draynor Seed Market.
  • Levels 17-99 - Player-owned farm.
    • Levels 17-28 - Breed the rabbits you got from the Player-owned farm tutorial. Let them age to elder for 250 experience per rabbit and sell them to Myfi. The cheapest food for rabbits that can be bought in bulk are woad leafs from Wyson the gardener in Falador Park for 25 coins each.
    • Levels 28, 35, 49 - Chickens, sheeps and cows can be bought from the Farmers' Market, raised to the elder stage and sold for a small profit to the buyers. Alternatively, grow them to adolescence and sell them for a higher profit.
    • Levels 28-54 - Build both small pens if possible. Buy 12 chicken eggs from the Farmers' Market each day, grow them to elder for 15,000 experience and sell them to Henrietta.
    • To reduce the time hunting for unchecked animals hire the farmhand Adam Antite for 5,000 beans as soon as possible. Send him off for 100 beans as often as you can afford.
    • Levels 54-120 - Buy the abilities for animals to breed in every pen. Breed, grow and sell the best animals you have for each pen size.

Grow any herb seeds you get, prioritizing herbs used in overload potions. Players with 81 Archaeology may wish to activate the Pharm Ecology perk which guarantees that herb and mushroom patches will no longer die.

Fishing-icon.png Fishing[edit | edit source]

See Ironman Mode/Strategies/Fishing.

Herblore-icon.png Herblore[edit | edit source]

See Ironman Mode/Strategies/Herblore.

Invention-icon.png Invention[edit | edit source]

See Ironman Mode/Strategies/Invention.

Prayer-icon.png Prayer[edit | edit source]

Mining-icon.png Mining[edit | edit source]

Mining and Smithing are best trained together, especially if both skills happen to be on the same level tier.

Smithing-icon.png Smithing[edit | edit source]

See Ironman Mode/Strategies/Smithing.

Where to gather ingredients/items[edit | edit source]

Quest items[edit | edit source]

See Ironman Mode/Strategies/Quests.

Achievement items[edit | edit source]

See Ironman Mode/Strategies/Achievements.

Seeds and herbs[edit | edit source]

Seed Sources
Avantoe seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Avantoe seedAvantoe seed Automatons, Edimmu, Vyres, Dark beasts
Cadantine seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cadantine seedCadantine seed Edimmu, Moss Golems, Kal'gerion demons, Turoth
Dwarf weed seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dwarf weed seedDwarf weed seed Araxxor, Barrows: Rise of the Six, Vyres
Fellstalk seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fellstalk seedFellstalk seed Dark beasts, Mature grotworms, Aberrant spectres
Irit seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Irit seedIrit seed Vyres, Dark beasts, Cave horror
Kwuarm seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kwuarm seedKwuarm seed Automatons, Ice strykewyrms, Vyres, Dark beasts
Lantadyme seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lantadyme seedLantadyme seed K'ril Tsustaroth, Exhiled kalphite marauders
Ranarr seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ranarr seedRanarr seed Vyres, Aberrant Spectres
Snapdragon seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Snapdragon seedSnapdragon seed Vyres, Kalphite King, Dark beasts
Toadflax seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Toadflax seedToadflax seed Vyres, Dark beasts
Torstol seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Torstol seedTorstol seed Nex, Kalphite King, Vorago, Vyres, Queen Black Dragon
Herb Sources
Grimy avantoe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe Araxxi, Nex, Aberrant spectres, Vyres
Grimy cadantine.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine Nex:AoD, Solak, Moss golems, Smoke nihils
Grimy dwarf weed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed Telos, Araxxor, Nex, Raids, GWD2
Grimy fellstalk.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy fellstalkGrimy fellstalk Farming, Divine Herb 3
Grimy irit.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy iritGrimy irit Solak, Aberrant Spectres, Crystal Shapeshifters
Grimy kwuarm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm Solak, Kalphite King, Aberrant Spectres, Crystal Shapeshifters
Grimy lantadyme.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme Telos, Helwyr, Araxxi, Beastmaster Durzag, Camel warriors
Grimy ranarr.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr Vyres, Aberrant Spectres, Chaos Giants
Grimy snapdragon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon Nex:AoD, Vyres, Kalphite King
Grimy toadflax.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy toadflaxGrimy toadflax Telos, Vyres, Crystal Shapeshifters
Grimy torstol.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grimy torstolGrimy torstol Telos, Nex, Vorago, Queen Black Dragon

Summoning ingredients[edit | edit source]

Mini-guides[edit | edit source]

Mort myre fungus detail.png Mort myre fungus gathering[edit | edit source]

Collecting mort myre fungus
Deadliest Catch and Nature Spirit quest and Easy Morytania Tasks required
  1. Wield an ivandis flail/silver sickle (b) and Morytania legs 1, bring 2 prayer renewal flask/prayer flasks.
  2. Teleport to Morytania via fairy ring code BKR and running west, or by opening the gate south-west of Canifis and running south.
  3. Stand just south of the deposit chest in between the rotten logs (as pictured) and cast bloom.
The sickle and Ivandis flail can be keybound on the ability bar

This can be up to 2500 Mort myre fungus an hour or upwards if the uncapped potential perk from Player-owned farm is active.

Papaya fruit detail.png Papaya fruit gathering[edit | edit source]

The banker on Mazcab
Fruit bats are summoning familiars that require 69 summoning to create and summon

Papayas are used in creating adrenaline potions or for protecting palm trees.

  1. Create fruit bat pouchs, and convert some of them into scrolls. (It is recommended to create at least 20 times more scrolls than pouches)
  2. Teleport to Mazcab via Grouping System interface, Mazcab Teleport spell, or by simply walking to Wizard Chambers.
  3. Run to Kanatah (East) and stand near the banker (as pictured).
  4. Summon a fruit bat and cast fruitfall
  5. You can buy summoning potions to replenish summoning points
  6. Buying all the potions can be very useful for making extreme potions and ultimately overloads
Buying every potion from the shop costs 1,601,250 an hour

This can be up to 600 papaya fruits an hour.

This can be done at the same time as training other skills. It is recommended to dismantle, fletch, or create unfinished potions while casting Fruitfall.

Teak logs detail.png Cutting teak logs[edit | edit source]

Cutting a teak tree
Deadliest Catch and Monkey Madness quest required, as well as 35 Woodcutting. It is highly recommended to have the highest tiered hatchet available to you.
Alternative to Deadliest Catch, the Evil Tree Distraction and Diversion log-banking bonus can be used instead.
  1. Bring a hatchet, preferably an augmented crystal hatchet with Refined and Polishing perks
  2. A beaver familiar with extra pouches (and super restore), decorated woodcutting urns, lumberjack clothing and lumberjack aura are also very helpful.
  3. After a full inventory, run to the bank chest and deposit the logs. The area running back to the trees is a straightway allowing full surge capability.
  4. There is a small chance that you will cut a special teak log. Two of these special teak logs can be exchanged to a sawmill operator (bring noted) along with 27 normal teak logs for 27 teak planks, for free.

A teak tree grants 85 Woodcutting and 90 Construction experience per log cut.

Vyrelord.png Killing vyres[edit | edit source]

Possible locations of stray vyres marked in red.

Vyres are essential to an ironman account, as it is a great supply of Herblore supplies and money, as well as combat, Prayer, Firemaking, Farming (with seedicide), and Invention experience.

For lower levels

  1. Equip a Blisterwood weapon or Sunspear and your Darkmeyer disguise.
  2. Find and kill stray vyres (possible locations marked by red squares).
  3. Stand in the middle of the 3 vyres that spawn east of the tree.
  4. Prioritise AoE abilities such as hurricane (melee), bombardment (range), and dragonbreath (magic).
  5. It is recommended to enable auto-retaliate and area looting

For free prayer and health restoration, you can run to the bank and prayer altar to the north.

This method is around 85,000 prayer experience an hour.

For higher levels

Where to stand when killing the vyres

These experience rates are assuming Soulsplit and Morytania legs 4 are used

  1. Set up your seedicide to crush seeds like belladonna seeds, poison ivy seeds, and cactus seeds. Other seeds are optional.
  2. Stand on the tile north-east of the tree as pictured (this is so all 6 vyres can reach you).
  3. Prioritise AoE's such as corruption blast or hurricane.
  4. It is recommended to enable auto-retaliate and area looting.
It is important to not move from the square. In order to pick up loot, drop an item below you and area loot your item back, along with surrounding loot. Alternatively, the area loot screen may be keybound under controls.
This method is around 320,000 Prayer experience an hour.
Holy overload potion (6).pngPrayer potion (4).pngPrayer potion (4).pngSmall rune pouch.png
Spring cleaner.pngEnhanced Excalibur.pngDrakan's medallion.pngSeedicide.png
Recommended Equipment[edit | edit source]
  • 31x Augmented Sunspear - Cheap, hybrid, augmentable, easily replaceable and the highest tier weapon for vyres make this a popular choice for Invention training and mid-level slayer.
  • Berserk blood essence.png Berserk blood essence - good pocket slot item for boosting offensive stats, used before overloads.
  • Holy wrench.png Holy wrench - main pocket slot item while slaying, for preserving prayer and super restore potions.
  • Morytania legs 4.png Morytania Elite Tasks - 50%+ increase in Prayer experience
  • Corruption aura.pngSalvation aura.pngHarmony aura.png Corruption, salvation, and harmony auras - Every 500 prayer experience gained, 3-10% (depending on tier) of prayer points are restored.
  • Perks - Aftershock.png Aftershock 3 Precise.png Precise 5 Scavenging.pngScavenging 4 Biting.png Biting 3
Fire and Nature runes in rune pouch for high alchemy

Decorated fishing urn.pngCreating decorated urns[edit | edit source]

Urns can be a great way of augmenting skilling experience per hour. When mining in Prifddinas with the Ithell Voice of Seren active, there is a 50% chance for each mined soft clay to be transported directly to the player's bank. This takes precedence over sign of the porter effects.

After the soft clay has been gathered, it is now time to create urns. Down below is a calculator, which will tell you approximately how many urns you need to create for the inputted goal level (automatically set to 99). The calculator does not take into account any bonus experience you may have, such as a skilling outfit or the wise perk.

It is highly recommended to make Cooking, Fishing, Runecrafting, Farming and Woodcutting urns first before any other urns.

Urn calculator[edit | edit source]

Templates used
Urn calculator
The calculator form will appear here soon. You will need JavaScript enabled.
The result will appear here when you submit the form.

Type in any skill level and you will see a list of all the highest tiered urns and the amount needed to achieve your goal level.

Protoleather body.pngDungeoneering crafting[edit | edit source]

Up to 100k Crafting experience an hour along with 100k Dungeoneering experience (rates for 99+ dungeoneering), with some experience in a multitude of skills such as Woodcutting, Fishing, Fletching, Summoning and combat. It is recommended to buy the Scroll of dexterity as early as possible to save hides while doing this method.

  1. Start a complexity 6 small floor and complete the dungeon while picking up drops, cutting trees, fishing, opening the chests, and infusing/high alching summoning pouches. Cookie-cutter: F1-30 c6 small and 30+ c6 med.
  2. Gather as many rusty coins as possible. This is to purchase Protomastyx hide from the Smuggler
  3. Purchase some thread and Protomastyx hide. Craft Protoleather bodies and sell them to the Smuggler. Repeat until you no longer have enough rusty coins to continue crafting. Alternatively, High Level Alchemy can be used to get more rusty coins per body than selling to the Smuggler, but this is a much slower process than selling a full inventory at once and requires having nature runes.
  4. Upgrade your ring of kinship into the artisan variant, which gives a chance of saving resources while skilling, with gatherer, which gives a chance of gaining resources as a secondary.
Training dungeoneering as an ironman is different than a main, because as an ironman you want to maximise free experience gain
The hide can be keybound to the ability bar speeding up the process of crafting a large quantity of hides at a time.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • Pathfinder jacket.pngPathfinder equipment can be obtained by following the Path. It is potentially the best gear you'll have for many levels.
  • Platebody of Trials.pngThe Trials equipment can obtained from May's Quest Caravan, next to the Varrock lodestone, by allocating quest points to the combat track. It has a set effect that can be helpful while doing quests involving combat.
  • Warpriest of Tuska cuirass (75).pngTuska warpriest armour can be obtained from the Tuska Comes minigame. It has level 25, 50 and 75 variants, and adapts to the player's Defence level. The minigame also gives some nice experience to a variety of skills.
  • Warpriest of Armadyl cuirass (75).pngWarpriest armour is also a hybrid armour, dropped by monsters in the God Wars Dungeon. Like Tuska warpriest armour, it adapts to the player's Defence level. It also acts as god equipment, protecting a player from the aligned faction in the dungeon.
  • Ghost hunter body (70).pngGhost hunter equipment is a set of hybrid armour dropped by various ghost-like creatures. It has level 20, 50 and 70 variants, and also adapts to the player's Defence level, similarly to warpriest armour.
  • Skeletal top.pngFremennik armour is made from the raw materials dropped by monsters in the Waterbirth Island Dungeon. This is power armour, and is potentially the best armour until God Wars Dungeon. Completion of the quest The Fremennik Trials is required to wear the armour.
  • Superior skeletal top.pngSuperior Fremennik armour can be created by using a Fremennik equipment patch, obtainable from the Wilderness drop table, to upgrade pieces of Fremennik armour to their tier-65 degrade-to-dust variants, excellent for higher tier monsters like generals in the God Wars Dungeon.
  • Bandos chestplate.pngGod Wars Dungeon armour (Bandos equipment, for example) is powerful armour sufficient for most purposes. It's the second highest level power armour that doesn't degrade.
  • Anima core body of Zaros.pngHeart of Gielinor armour (Anima core of Zaros armour, for example) is almost best in slot for most purposes, and is the best power armour that doesn't degrade.
This is a table of viable capes for an ironman, in order of worst to best. For a more complete list see Capes.
Combat styles
AttributeStyle bonus
Pathfinder cape.pngPathfinder capeCombatSwords.png--4.8-----
Bladestorm drape.pngBladestorm drapeMelee weakness icon.png--4.5--1.5--
Arrowstorm drape.pngArrowstorm drapeRanged weakness icon.png--4.5---1.5-
Spellstorm drape.pngSpellstorm drapeMagic weakness icon.png--4.5----1.5
Ardougne cloak 1.pngArdougne cloak 1CombatSwords.png--7.7-
Jerrod's cape.pngJerrod's capeCombatSwords.png--13.6--
Ava's attractor.pngAva's attractorRanged weakness icon.png-3013.6---9.7-
Ardougne cloak 2.pngArdougne cloak 2CombatSwords.png--11.4-
Cape of legends.pngCape of legendsCombatSwords.png--16--17.317.317.3
Ardougne cloak 3.pngArdougne cloak 3CombatSwords.png--16-4151515
Obsidian cape.pngObsidian capeCombatSwords.png--18.8--13.413.413.4
Ava's accumulator.pngAva's accumulatorRanged weakness icon.png-5025.5---17.3-
Lunar cape.pngLunar capeMagic weakness icon.png406029.4----21.6
Quest point cape.pngCape of AccomplishmentCombatSwords.png--33.9-221.621.621.6
Ava's alerter.pngAva's alerterRanged weakness icon.png-5033.9---26.3-
Fire cape.pngFire capeMelee weakness icon.png--25.5-226.3--
Abomination cape.pngAbomination capeMelee weakness icon.png75-50.8--28.1--
Guthix cape.pngGuthix capeMagic weakness icon.png-6025.5----31.5
TokHaar-Kal-Ket.pngTokHaar-Kal-KetMelee weakness icon.png--44.5-233.5--
TokHaar-Kal-Xil.pngTokHaar-Kal-XilRanged weakness icon.png--44.5-2-33.5-
TokHaar-Kal-Mej.pngTokHaar-Kal-MejMagic weakness icon.png--44.5-2--33.5
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Melee Weapons
This is a brief list of viable options for ironmen. For a full list see Weapon/Melee weapons.

The beginning tier of weapons can be skipped after completing Waterfall Quest, which rewards enough experience to level your Attack and Strength to level 30 if done at level 1.

For magic equipment, see Ironman Mode/Strategies/Magic.

For ranged equipment, see Ironman Mode/Strategies/Ranged.

Boss strategies[edit | edit source]

Ironmen can't purchase most of their equipment so they may kill bosses outside of the recommended stats and gear. To make up for this, different strategies are sometimes used.

Dagannoth Rex[edit | edit source]

Out of all the Dagannoth Kings, Dagannoth Rex is the easiest to safe-spot. This makes it possible for lower levels to get easy kills. His notable drops are the warrior ring, berserker ring and some pieces of rock-shell armour. Not only those drops, but all Dagannoth Kings drop dragon hatchet, and dagannoth hide.

Dagannoth Rex safespot example with labels.

Recommended gear

To start a Dagannoth Kings instance, it's recommended to use the fastest spawn speed as only one of the Kings is to be killed. Upon entering the instance, quickly move to spot 1, surging along the way. Attack Dagannoth Rex when he spawns with Combust, and move back into spot 1, wait, and use Resonance to heal off his first, and hopefully only successful hit. Move into spot 2 once Rex is in range, indicated by his hitting the player. Kill him without worry, as the other Kings won't come into attack range. Once Rex is dead, collect the loot and either wait in the complete safety of spot 2 for around 10 seconds then move to spot 1, or move directly into spot 1. Either way, before Rex spawns again, use Regenerate to convert your remaining adrenaline into health, or stall your adrenaline for the next kill by killing the minions in the water or using Anticipation, Freedom, and Preparation. If done right you shouldn't end up using any food besides the occasional agro by one of the other two Kings. If that does happen, it's advised to quickly exit via the entrance while using protect from ranged, or protect from magic if the more damaging, Dagannoth Prime happens to attack on the way out.

Kiting bosses[edit | edit source]

A player kiting Durzag

Kiting is when you run away from a melee-based opponent being out of reach of the target, resulting in them being unable to attack you. This is most effective when used at bosses that only melee, but still can be used on bosses that attack with multiple styles. An under-geared Ironman would want to do this because it allows them to continue to kill a boss for extended periods of time with minimal supply use, albeit slower kills due to the inability to take full advantage of abilities such as Sunshine or Asphyxiate. Popular bosses to kite as a low level Ironman are:

Beastmaster Durzag's primary method of attacking is by throwing melee punches and slams, increasing enrage to the aggression holder if multiple hits are dealt. He can also send range attacks to many of the players in the arena, including to the person holding aggression if the beastmaster can't hit them, but these attacks do not increase enrage. A player can take advantage of this by running around the arena to substantially decrease the enrage stack gain. If the player has not been hit by a melee attack for more than 15 seconds, the enrage resets back to 0. This allows a single player to tank Beastmaster Durzag for a long period of time without the need of a backup tank.

Recommended gear[edit | edit source]