Protect from Melee

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A player using Protect from Melee

Protect from Melee is accessible at level 43 Prayer. When used, the player receives a 50% damage reduction from Melee attacks used by monsters and players. However, some monsters do have the ability to hit through Protect from Melee. Players using this prayer will have a sword icon above their character.

It was the highest level prayer until the 22 August 2006 update.

Players should note that it can not be used in conjunction with Protect from Magic or Protect from Missiles; however, it can be used with Protect from Summoning.

Protect from Melee cannot negate the damage done by Kharid scorpions, the Troll guard when he pushes players down the hill and inflicts 300 life points, the swarms of insects that assault the player when they extinguish their light source, and the blows of the NPCs whom players pickpocket through Thieving.

Additionally, the protection of this Prayer can be pierced by certain high-level NPCs, such as K'ril Tsutsaroth, whose more powerful Melee attacks can actually "slam through" the Protect from Melee Prayer, as well as draining your Prayer points, and the Death spawn summoned by a Nechryael. However, it can reduce the damage dealt by undead trees.

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 all of Arch-Glacor's attacks. This only requires the ring to be upgraded, it does not require the ring to be worn. 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.

History[edit | edit source]

On RuneScape Classic, this prayer was known as "paraly​ze monster". It required a Prayer level of 37 to use and was 100% effective on all NPCs (since NPCs did not use magic or ranged on RuneScape Classic). This prayer did not work on players in the Wilderness or in duels. Before the Evolution of Combat, this prayer prevented all melee damage from monsters and blocked 40% of melee damage from other players.

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 15 June 2020 (Update):
    • Protection prayers now have descriptions that match the effect they have when used by NPCs.
  • patch 10 February 2009 (Update):
    • A bug has been fixed involving combat with NPCs while using prayers and the divine spirit shield. You should no longer lose Prayer points when you negate melee or ranged damage with active protection Prayer effects rather than the shield.