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Provoke is a basic Defence ability. It requires level 24 Defence to use. It has two effects which apply depending on the situation the user is in.

  • The first effect applies to multi-combat PvP situations. For 6 seconds, both the user and the target deal 50% less damage to any other players they attack, discouraging the target from attacking other players. It has no effect when both the user and the target attack each other.
  • The second effect applies to any PvE situation. When used, the monster that the player used Provoke on will start attacking the user instead, provided that they are already in combat. This is important in situations where the monster has mechanics that requires shifting its aggression towards other players.
    • Some monsters have the Provoke Immune buff which prevents them from being provoked.
    • If used with the Taunting perk, it will cause all monsters in a 5x5 radius to attack the user.
    • Monsters in Elite Dungeons can be provoked, but will immediately return to attacking the closest player to them due to their unique aggression mechanics.

Provoke can be activated outside the global cooldown but generates no adrenaline if used this way.

Monsters that use Provoke[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 20 July 2020 (Update):
    • Provoke should now work consistently with 10 players or more.
  • patch 21 January 2019 (Update):
    • The Provoke ability can no longer accidentally be triggered when equipping a Barrows shield.
  • patch 26 November 2018 (Update):
    • Can no longer be queued whilst ability queueing isn't active.
  • patch 5 February 2018 (Update):
    • 'Provoke' can now be used during the global cooldown.
  • ninja 30 January 2017 (Update):
    • Provoke has been changed to be substantially more effective.
  • patch 9 February 2015 (Update):
    • The Provoke ability no longer grants special attack energy when used in Legacy Mode.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Provoke and Natural Instinct are the only abilities that have completely different effects depending on whether they are used against a player or a monster.