Skill mastery

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For the relative total rankings of different skills, see HiScores.
Skill Players with
99s
Ironmen with
99s
Attack 260,787 6,073
Constitution 291,452 8,604
Mining 185,113 8,368
Strength 283,964 5,866
Agility 140,235 3,759
Smithing 188,661 7,027
Defence 275,208 8,093
Herblore 200,727 5,189
Fishing 185,839 5,857
Ranged 254,571 6,537
Thieving 159,583 8,098
Cooking 236,468 5,046
Prayer 203,667 5,215
Crafting 157,961 5,046
Firemaking 238,259 4,671
Magic 286,476 9,006
Fletching 214,146 4,261
Woodcutting 213,584 4,703
Runecrafting 135,787 4,532
Slayer 183,232 6,399
Farming 151,037 6,664
Construction 137,373 3,792
Hunter 140,277 4,554
Summoning 183,723 4,923
Dungeoneering 151,011 4,727
Divination 133,260 5,805
Invention 124,222 6,009
Archaeology 43,895 2,476
As of 04 July 2020 for all players[nb 1]
As of 04 July 2020 for ironmen[nb 2]

Skill mastery is achieved by reaching level 99 in any skill. Level 99 is achieved by reaching 13,034,431 experience in a skill, except for Invention (36,073,511 experience to reach skill mastery). Level 99 is the maximum level in most skills. Dungeoneering, Invention, Slayer, Herblore, Farming, and Archaeology are the only skills with a maximum level of 120 (referred to as true skill mastery), achieved at 104,273,167 experience for Dungeoneering and 80,618,654 for Invention. The current maximum total level is 2,898 (level 99 in all skills and level 120 in Dungeoneering, Invention, Slayer, Farming, Herblore, and Archaeology). When level 99 is reached in any skill, there is a different fireworks animation that can be heard by everyone nearby.

Members reaching level 99 in a skill are entitled to wear a skillcape. These capes can be bought from a specific skill master for 99,000 coins. Every skillcape gives access to a unique emote. Furthermore, they can be used to boost the corresponding skill's level to 100 for a short time. Every skillcape has its own unique perk, some of which can be activated by right-clicking on the cape; others are passive. If the player reaches level 99 in more than one skill, the player's skillcape becomes trimmed, and any additional skillcapes the player obtains will also become trimmed.

Before the Skill interface update, players with a level 99 in a skill could view the experience needed to earn level 100. With the virtual levels update, players could once again view the experience needed all the way to level 120.

In RuneScape Classic, the maximum total level was 1,782. With the addition of Runecrafting (1,881), Slayer (1,980), Farming (2,079), Construction (2,178), Hunter (2,277), Summoning (2,376), Dungeoneering (2,496), Divination (2,595), Invention (2,715), the increase of Slayer from level 99 to 120 (2,736), the increase of Farming and Herblore from level 99 to 120 (2,778), and the addition of Archaeology, the maximum total level is now 2,898.

Announcements[edit | edit source]

A player gaining level 99 in a skill
A player reaching level 99 in Cooking.

When a player achieves level 99 in a skill, a message will appear in orange text to the other players on the same server. However, one may only see another player's achievements if they have the 'Broadcast Messages' button toggled to on, located next to the trade and assist button. Broadcasts may be disabled by untoggling the 'Broadcast Messages' button.

Achieving level 120 in Dungeoneering, Invention, Slayer, Herblore, Farming, or Archaeology, reaching 99 in every skill, or earning the right to wear the Completionist cape or its trimmed version will be announced on all of RuneScape's servers by default in red text. Being the first to achievement a milestone on either a regular, ironman, or hardcore ironman account also grants a global broadcast: Congratulations to Player for being the first to reach level skill!

When a player achieves a 99 and their private chat is set at least on 'friends', it will be announced in green text to all logged-in players on their friends list regardless of whether they are on the server.

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Level 99 Jingle
Sound acquired at any level 99 skill.

First players to achieve level 99[edit | edit source]

When level 99 skills first started appearing, players with such stats were often well known around the RuneScape community since they were one of the few to have achieved a skill mastery.

Below is a chronological list of the known first players to reach level 99 and level 120 in their respective skill.

The first player to reach level 99 in any skill and in Woodcutting.
The first player to reach level 99 in Smithing.
The first player to reach level 99 in all melee stats.
The first player to reach level 99 in Crafting.
Achievement Date achieved Player
99 Woodcutting icon highscores.png Woodcutting 28 August 2001[1] Everdred
99 Magic icon highscores.png Magic 28 September 2001[2] Bluerose13x
99 Smithing icon highscores.png Smithing 13 December 2001 Bluerose13x
99 Cooking icon highscores.png Cooking January 2002 Tks
99 Attack icon highscores.png Attack January-May 2002 Ladykilljoy[notes 1]
99 Strength icon highscores.png Strength January-May 2002 Ladykilljoy [notes 1]
99 Fishing icon highscores.png Fishing 23 May 2002[3] Tks
99 Defence icon highscores.png Defence 5 June 2002[4] Zonghui[notes 1]
99 Constitution icon highscores.png Constitution June 2002 Zonghui
99 Firemaking icon highscores.png Firemaking April-September 2002 Cowchicken or Dragoon 787 [notes 2]
99 Thieving icon highscores.png Thieving June-September 2002 Swedemike
99 Mining icon highscores.png Mining June-September 2002 Joe Bill64
99 Ranged icon highscores.png Ranged 11 October 2002 Snake Slava
99 Agility icon highscores.png Agility 23 March 2003 Thehate
99 Crafting icon highscores.png Crafting 30 March 2003[5] Ltangel
99 Fletching icon highscores.png Fletching March/April 2003 Chilipeppers
99 Herblore icon highscores.png Herblore May-July 2003 Halw Gnun
99 Prayer icon highscores.png Prayer 12 May 2004[6] Lilyuffie88
99 Runecrafting icon highscores.png Runecrafting 15 September 2004 Kale Stille
99 Slayer icon highscores.png Slayer 9 July 2005 Zezima
99 Farming icon highscores.png Farming 27 September 2005 0xpx0
99 Construction icon highscores.png Construction 6 June 2006 Cursed You
99 Hunter icon highscores.png Hunter 2 December 2006 Darkforest67
99 Summoning icon highscores.png Summoning 8 February 2008 Nercychlidae
99 Dungeoneering icon highscores.png Dungeoneering 7 May 2010 Skiller 703
120 Dungeoneering icon highscores.png Dungeoneering 22 August 2010 Telmomarques
99 Divination icon highscores.png Divination 29 August 2013 Im Choice
99 Invention icon highscores.png Invention 26 January 2016 Scuzzy5
120 Invention icon highscores.png Invention 27 January 2016 Scuzzy5
99 Archaeology icon highscores.png Archaeology 4 April 2020 le me
120 Archaeology icon highscores.png Archaeology 10 April 2020 le me
  1. ^ a b c Attack, Strength, and Defence did not appear on the hiscores until 2004, making it impossible to track who achieved 99 in these skills.
  2. ^ Cowchicken and Dragoon 787 reached level 99 Firemaking on the same day.

Ironmen and Hardcore Ironmen[edit | edit source]

First players to reach maximum skill totals[edit | edit source]

Achievement (Members) Date achieved Player
1980 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 9 July 2005 Zezima
2079 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 4 October 2005 Zezima
2178 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 11 June 2006 N0valyfe
2277 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 8 December 2006 Thehate
2376 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 12 February 2008 Kingduffy 1
2475 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 7 May 2010 Skiller 703
2496 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 22 August 2010 Telmomarques
2595 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 29 August 2013 Im Choice
2694 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 25 January 2016 Scuzzy5
2715 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 27 January 2016 Scuzzy5
2877 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 4 April 2020 le me
2898 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 10 April 2020 le me
Achievement (Free-to-play) Date achieved Player
1494 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 28 January 2008 Syzygy
1593 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 11 June 2010 S Diamant Y
1614 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 9 October 2010 El Popo1
1750 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 9 October 2017 Meneer Naab
1770 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 30 March 2020 Naruto 1001
Achievement (Ironman) Date achieved Player
2574 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 13 March 2015 Dreyri
2595 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 6 May 2015 Sausage
2694 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 29 January 2016 Sausage
2715 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 3 February 2016 Llama Ore
2877 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 6 April 2020 Aj
2898 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 19 April 2020 Gecu
Achievement (Hardcore Ironman) Date achieved Player
2574 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 13 March 2015 Dreyri
2595 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 6 May 2015 Sausage
2694 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 29 January 2016 Sausage
2715 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 3 February 2016 Sausage
2877 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall Unknown Unknown
2898 Stats Overall icon highscores.png Overall 24 April 2020 devlar

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ These numbers only include players who are listed on the hiscores.
  2. ^ These numbers only include ironmen players who are listed on the hiscores.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Players sometimes hold parties with their friends to celebrate their achievements in mastering a skill, usually at their player-owned house. This was extremely common prior to 2013, where mastering a skill was a rarer achievement for someone to have.

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