Protect from Melee

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A player using Protect from Melee

Protect from Melee is accessible at level 43 Prayer and was the highest level prayer until the 22 August 2006 update. 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.

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.


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]

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  • 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.