Protect from Melee

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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.

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.

A player using Protect from Melee

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 charts below.

Abilities, items and perks
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 Protect/Deflect prayers 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 Protect/Deflect prayers 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 Arch-Glacor's basic attacks. Stacks additively with amulet of souls or Essence of Finality.
Powder of protection.png: RS3 Inventory image of Powder of protectionPowder of protection Item +10% Adds an additional +10% damage reduction to any scenario. In most cases this makes protection prayers/curses block 60% damage. Does not stack with amulet of souls or Essence of Finality.
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.
NPCS
NPC name Damage reduction % Notes
Arch-Glacor.png: RS3 Inventory image of Arch-GlacorArch-Glacor 65% Protect/Deflect prayers are 65% effective against the Flurry special attack instead of the normal 50%.
Balance Elemental.png: RS3 Inventory image of Balance ElementalBalance Elemental 100%
Balfrug Kreeyath.png: RS3 Inventory image of Balfrug KreeyathBalfrug Kreeyath 100% He is K'ril Tsutsaroth's minion that attacks with Magic.
Brutish dinosaur.png: RS3 Inventory image of Brutish dinosaurBrutish dinosaur ~72% Special attack deals melee damage and Protect/Deflect Melee reduces damage by ~72%.
Corporeal Beast.png: RS3 Inventory image of Corporeal BeastCorporeal Beast 25% Unconfirmed/needs testing
Demon boss.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon bossDemon boss 0% Protect/Deflect prayers do not reduce any damage. Additionally, using any prayer increases the damage they deal by 200%.
Giant mole.png: RS3 Inventory image of Giant moleGiant mole 0% On hard mode, if she attacks a player that is trapped in mud deals around 3,000 melee damage that is not reduced by Protect/Deflect Melee.
Kalphite King.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kalphite KingKalphite King Varies Reduces normal Melee and Ranged attacks by 70%. Reduces double-mage ball Magic attack by 0%. The reduction from the melee "green" attack is much less than 50%, probably 0%.
Kerapac, the bound.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kerapac, the boundKerapac Varies The more enrage Kerapac gains during the 4th phase of the fight, the less effective your Protect/Deflect prayers are.
Legiones.png: RS3 Inventory image of LegionesLegiones 0% Their lightning area-of-denial attacks deal Magic damage but are not reduced by Protect/Deflect Magic.
Memory of Nomad.png: RS3 Inventory image of Memory of NomadMemory of Nomad 0% Gielinor's red bomb attacks deal Magic damage but are not reduced by Protect/Deflect Magic.
Nex.png: RS3 Inventory image of NexNex Unconfirmed/needs testing
Nightmare.png: RS3 Inventory image of NightmareNightmare 75% Special attack deals Ranged damage and Protect/Deflect Missiles reduces damage by 75%.
Nodon artificer.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nodon artificerNodon artificer 0% Their "Feel the flames..." special attack deals Magic damage but is not reduced by Protect/Deflect Magic.
Nodon engineer.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nodon engineerNodon engineer
Nodon enforcer.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nodon enforcerNodon enforcer
Siege engine.png: RS3 Inventory image of Siege engineSiege engine 50% Despite dealing cannonball damage, Protect/Deflect Missiles reduces damage by 50%.
Ogre shaman.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ogre shamanOgre shaman 0% Interacting with them before completing the Watchtower quest without the magic ogre potion deals Magic damage but is not reduced by Protect/Deflect Magic.
Raksha, the Shadow Colossus.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raksha, the Shadow ColossusRaksha 60%
Scopulus.png: RS3 Inventory image of ScopulusScopulus >50% One of the minions spawned at Vorago. Unconfirmed/needs testing
TzTok-Jad.png: RS3 Inventory image of TzTok-JadTzTok-Jad 100%
TokHaar-Jad.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-JadTokHaar-Jad
TzekHaar-Jad.png: RS3 Inventory image of TzekHaar-JadTzekHaar-Jad
Tormented demon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tormented demonTormented demon 100%
Vorago.png: RS3 Inventory image of VoragoVorago 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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]