Safe spot

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A safe spot used against a guard in Varrock, who is blocked by the fence.

A safe spot is a position from which a monster may be attacked using Ranged or Magic combat or using a halberd over an obstacle without retaliation from a melee opponent. Making attacks in this manner is often termed "safe spotting", "farcasting" or simply "safe-ing". Common examples of safe spots include fences, rocks, elevated areas and even rivers.

This works because NPCs, and some automatic player movements, always move directly toward their target and do not detour around obstacles if that would mean moving away. Larger monsters may also end up snagged on a corner, even if it looks like they do have an almost direct path.

How "safe" a spot really is often depends on circumstances:

  • It is not possible to reliably use safe spot tactics against other players, though a temporary advantage can be gained.
  • It is not possible against opponents, whether a player or a monster, who use a ranged or magic attack. A few monsters (e.g. giant bats and King Scorpions) normally only use melee, so they can be trapped but if a player attempts to safespot them, they would retaliate with magic and ranged respectively.
  • It can be difficult to reach a safe position against aggressive monsters. Some safe spots are only effective once the monsters have become tolerant.
  • Monsters that retreat at low health cannot be reliably safe spotted, although a long attack range may aid in hitting the enemy at the farthest retreating location.
  • Attacking from outside a monster's wander radius will force them to retreat, luring the player from the safespot. However, especially with a long attack range, it is sometime possible to pin a retreating enemy against an obstacle (which prevents it from retreating further), creating an alternate form of safe spotting.

Safe spotting in a PKing scenario[edit | edit source]

Because the concept of safespotting is a physical action (i.e. it is recreatable in a real-life scenario) and not a quirk of the game's programming, it is possible to safe spot against other players. However, because there is a human, not a computer, behind the screen of another player, safe spotting is nearly always a temporary tactic against humans. A computer lacks the awareness to react to safe spotting whereas humans will be able to recognise that they are being safe spotted and run away or move around the obstacle.

Safe spotting against other players is also limited by the practicality of it. Most monsters, again, due to their computer control, lack the ability to stop a player from doing it. A human would see what the other player is doing and stop them, all the while forcing the safe spotter to waste time and food. Also, safe spotting, in some cases, could be dangerous as counter-safe spotting is possible (once again the adaptability of humans comes to the forefront). This reverse engineering, along with adequate protection against the original safe spotter's form of damage (Protect from Magic versus a magic-using safe spotter) can be extremely effective.

But in some cases safe spotting has serious advantages. The few free hits a ranger can get on a player using melee before they can close in to attack can make the difference between victory and defeat. Indeed, when a fight comes down to a battle of attrition (when whoever has more food wins), those two or three hits can be instrumental.

This tactic's implications are of course somewhat obvious and as such there is a small, programmed in, defence against a safe spotter in the Wilderness or anywhere. When a warrior is retaliating against (not attacking), a distanced attack, they will, during their headlong charge, apparently make their first hit on their enemy 3-4 squares before they are in melee range. This is because of the way the game is programmed, a running character is treated by the server as a few squares ahead of where they appear to be.

Training Range and Magic from Safespots (or Melee with Halberd)[edit | edit source]

Players can easily train range and magic from safespots in the following places:

Other Meaning[edit | edit source]

Safe spot can also mean an area or spot in an otherwise dangerous area where other monsters cannot attack the player (not meaning that the player can attack them safely). This meaning of safe spots are often used to complete certain quests. For example, in the Temple of Light, safe spots are considered areas where there are no Shadows nearby.

Dungeoneering[edit | edit source]

An ice giant retreating as a player is using a safespot.

Safespots are ineffective while Dungeoneering because creatures will retreat as if the player was attacking out of their wander range, forcing the player to have to go after them. This makes Daemonheim monsters unique, because most other RuneScape monsters do not retreat when unable to retaliate. However, if the player can manage trap a creature in a corner and then safespot it, the monster will be unable to retreat back, allowing the player to continue hitting it without it running back out of their weapon's range. However, even this may not be effective as NPCs could wander off the corner after a while, also forcing the player to run after them or allowing them to go around the player's safespot.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 11 December 2012 (Update):
    • Some safe spots in the Barrows tombs have been removed.
  • patch 24 October 2012 (Update):
    • Several safespots have been removed from Soul Wars.