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.

Magic is one of the 3 combat styles.

Armour[edit | edit source]

Tier Requirements Equipment Obtaining Type
1 - Wizard robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wizard robe top Wizard equipment Betty's Magic Emporium Tank
10 - First tower robe top (grey).png: RS3 Inventory image of First tower robe top (grey) First tower robes Rune memories Tank
N/A - Amulet of magic.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of magic Amulet of magic Easy casket or 7 Magic and 24 Crafting Amulet
10 10 Defence Imphide robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Imphide robe top Imphide robes Betty's Magic Emporium Tank
20 20 Defence Spider silk robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spider silk robe top Spider silk robes Betty's Magic Emporium Tank
30 30 Defence Batwing torso.png: RS3 Inventory image of Batwing torso Batwing equipment Betty's Magic Emporium Tank
40 40 Defence Splitbark body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Splitbark body Splitbark equipment Have made by Wizard Jalarast or dropped by Ravenous ghoul, Can get fine cloth and bark from Zaff. Tank
50 50 Defence Mystic robe top (blue).png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic robe top (blue) Blue mystic robes Marvellous Mysticism + Oziach's Armour Tank
50 50 Defence Skeletal top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Skeletal top Skeletal armour Wallasalki drops Power
N/A 60 Magic Guthix cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Guthix cape Saradomin cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin cape Zamorak cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zamorak cape God capes Mage arena Cape
60 65 Magic 40 Defence Lunar torso.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lunar torso Lunar equipment Lunar Diplomacy Power
65 65 Defence Superior skeletal top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior skeletal top Superior skeletal armour set 1000 deathmatch points or Wilderness shared loot table + skeletal armour Power, degrade to dust
70 70 Defence Garb of subjugation.png: RS3 Inventory image of Garb of subjugation Robes of Subjugation K'ril Tsutsaroth Power, augmentable
80 80 Defence Anima core body of Seren.png: RS3 Inventory image of Anima core body of Seren Anima Core of Seren Helwyr Power, augmentable
80 80 Defence 80 Constitution Virtus robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Virtus robe top Virtus armour Nex Power, augmentable
85 85 Defence 90 Runecrafting Superior seasinger's robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior seasinger's robe top Seasinger's equipment Player-owned Ports Tank, augmentable
88 88 Defence Superior Zuriel's robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Zuriel's robe top Superior Zuriel's equipment Wilderness slayer revenant task drop/Wilderness shared loot table + revenant/Chaos Elemental drop Power, augmentable, degrade to dust
90 90 Defence 93 Runecrafting Tectonic robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tectonic robe top Tectonic armour Vorago Power, augmentable, degrade to dust
92 (95 damage) 92 Defence Elite tectonic robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elite tectonic robe top Elite tectonic armour Vorago + Dragonkin Laboratory Power, augmentable, degrade to dust (outside Elite Dungeons)

Magic weapons[edit | edit source]

Tier Requirements Equipment Obtaining Type
5 - Staff of air.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of airStaff of air Zaff Elemental staff (when given the choice, air is the best one for combat)
6 - Tower mindspike (air).png: RS3 Inventory image of Tower mindspike (air)Tower mindspike (air) Rune Mysteries Elemental staff
10 5 Magic Mindspike (air).png: RS3 Inventory image of Mindspike (air)Mindspike (air) Gudrik Elemental staff
20 20 Magic Spider wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spider wandSpider wand & Spider orb.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spider orbSpider orb Betty's Magic Emporium Dual wield
30 30 Magic Battlestaff.png: RS3 Inventory image of BattlestaffBattlestaff Naff Staff
40 40 Magic Splitbark wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Splitbark wandSplitbark wand & Splitbark orb.png: RS3 Inventory image of Splitbark orbSplitbark orb 4 Bark at Wizard Jalarast (Bark from Zaff) Dual wield
40 40 Magic Mystic air staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic air staffMystic air staff Take an elemental battlestaff to Thormac after Scorpion Catcher Elemental staff
50 50 Magic Mystic wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic wandMystic wand & Mystic orb.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic orbMystic orb 57 Crafting or Champion's Guild Dual wield
50 50 Magic Ancient staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ancient staffAncient staff Talk to Eblis after Desert Treasure/Mummy in DT pyramid Staff
60 60 Magic Guthix staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Guthix staffGuthix staff Mage Arena Staff
60 60 Magic Toktz-mej-tal.png: RS3 Inventory image of Toktz-mej-talToktz-mej-tal 52,500 Tokkul Staff
70 70 Magic Ahrim's staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ahrim's staff Ahrim weapons Barrows Augmentable staff/dual wield
70 70 Magic Blisterwood staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blisterwood staffBlisterwood staff Branches of Darkmeyer Staff
75 75 Magic 150 Quest.png Vanquish (magic).png: RS3 Inventory image of Vanquish (magic)Vanquish (magic) May's Quest Caravan Staff
78 78 Magic Sunspear (magic).png: RS3 Inventory image of Sunspear (magic)Sunspear (magic) River of Blood Augmentable staff
80 80 Magic 80 Dungeoneering Chaotic staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic staffChaotic staff Dungeoneering tokens Augmentable staff
82 82 Magic Staff of limitless air.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of limitless airStaff of limitless air Master clue reward + mystic air staff Augmentable elemental staff
90 accuracy 80 damage 85 Magic Wand of the Cywir elders.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wand of the Cywir eldersWand of the Cywir elders & Orb of the Cywir elders.png: RS3 Inventory image of Orb of the Cywir eldersOrb of the Cywir elders Helwyr Augmentable dual wield
88 85 Magic 92 Runecrafting Elite seasinger kiba.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elite seasinger kibaElite seasinger kiba & Elite seasinger makigai.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elite seasinger makigaiElite seasinger makigai Player-owned ports (last region) + Temple of Aminishi Augmentable dual wield
90 90 Magic Noxious staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious staffNoxious staff Araxxor Augmentable staff
90 90 Magic Seismic wand.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seismic wandSeismic wand & Seismic singularity.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seismic singularitySeismic singularity Vorago Augmentable dual wield
92 92 Magic Staff of Sliske.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of SliskeStaff of Sliske Telos Augmentable staff
92 92 Magic Wand of the praesul.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wand of the praesulWand of the praesul & Imperium core.png: RS3 Inventory image of Imperium coreImperium core Angel of Death Augmentable dual wield.

2-handed versus dual wield[edit | edit source]

Within the same tier, dual wield deals more damage when using full manual, while staves deal more damage when using revolution and consume less runes on legacy. 4-tick auto attacking is an advanced active technique that makes use of both dual wield and a staff and deals significantly more damage than automatically using abilities.

Other equipment[edit | edit source]

Equipment Requirements Obtaining Effect
Blast diffusion boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blast diffusion bootsBlast diffusion boots 80 Defence Raksha, the Shadow Colossus/Vileblooms Decreases the time it takes for Detonate to charge.
Elemental battlestaff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elemental battlestaffElemental battlestaff 30 Magic Master clue reward Provides free runes of all types. Not very useful for combat but very useful for enchanting, doing clues or teleporting.
Inquisitor staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Inquisitor staffInquisitor staff 80 Magic 114 Archaeology Rarely obtain a piece while excavating in the Kharid-et - Praetorium excavation site Augmentable staff with high damage against certain enemies, including Telos, Angel of Death and more.
Spellcaster gloves (black).png: RS3 Inventory image of Spellcaster gloves (black)Spellcaster gloves (black) See page Dominion tower Deals additional damage, lowers stats and binds but degrades quickly.
Superior scrimshaw of the elements.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior scrimshaw of the elementsSuperior scrimshaw of the elements 80 Magic 92 Fletching Player-owned Ports Increases damage by 6.66% for 4 hours.

Unlockable abilities[edit | edit source]

Ability Unlocking Level Type Effect
Corruption Blast Liberation of Mazcab drop 70 Magic Additional basic Deals high damage over time, spreading to adjacent targets.
Greater Chain Raksha, the Shadow Colossus 45 Magic Replacement basic Adds area of effect damage to chain.
Shock/Horror Unspeakable horrors 58 Slayer Additional basic/threshold Knocks back target.
Smoke Tendrils The Dig Site 75 Magic Additional threshold Slow combo threshold with relatively low damage, deals self damage.
Sunshine The World Wakes 85 Magic Additional ultimate Adds 50% damage for 30 seconds as long as the user stays in a 5 by 5 area.

Training the skill[edit | edit source]

Ideally, the skill is trained while collecting resources or training Slayer or Prayer. If that's not desired, see pay-to-play Magic training.