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Four tick auto-attacking, abbreviated as 4taa, is an exploitation of RuneScape's tick system which is possible due to differences between two-handed and dual wield weapon attack speeds. An auto attack is cast every 4 ticks (2.4 seconds) for a dual wield weapon with "Fastest" attack speed, whereas a two-handed weapon with "Average" attack speed is 6 ticks (3.6 seconds). Four tick auto-attacking allows the player to auto attack with the speed of a dual wield weapon, with the increased damage of the two-handed weapon.

4 tick auto attack

A player demonstrating four tick auto-attacking

A weapon auto-attack will always be based off the speed of the weapon used for the attack prior. For example: a wand is equipped and is auto casting every 4 game ticks, then a staff gets equipped, the staff's first auto attack will be on the 4th tick, and every auto attack following will be every 6 ticks.

With the introduction of the Evolution of Combat, a magic spell can be placed on the action bar. Due to the ability bar not cancelling most player actions, auto-attacks and abilities can be cast on the same tick, despite the 1 tick cooldown between auto attacks and abilities. Auto-attacks and abilities paired together can be very powerful, and four tick auto-attacking can be up to a 10% increase in damage per second if done with little error.

Jagex has planned to remove 4 tick autoattacking by changing the way autoattacks and ticks interact with abilities and replace it with a Magic threshold ability that temporarily allows the usage of autottacks in between dual-wielded magic abilities. Ranged and Melee will also be receiving changes that increase combat's APM in return for higher DPS.[1]

UsageEdit

It is recommended to have a mouse with extra buttons, which can be remapped to equip a wand, orb, and staff.

  • Place the desired spell on an action bar, and keybind it.
  • It's suggested to keybind the spell with a key that is easily accessible, such as V or C.
  • Use an ability with dual wield weapons.
  • In between the global cooldown swap to a staff.
  • After the global cooldown has finished, wait 1 game tick (0.6 seconds) and press the keybound spell and an ability at the same time.
This can be done easier by spam pressing the spell and waiting for the white flash of the ability bar as a signal to use the next ability.

Continuous 4taaEdit

4 tick auto attack (continuous)

Continuous four tick auto-attacking

Continuous four tick auto-attacking, abbreviated as c4taa, can be done the same way as normal four tick auto-attacking, but instead of using an ability with a staff, a wand and orb get equipped and an ability is used in the same tick. This allows a staff auto-attack to be cast every 4 ticks instead of every 7 ticks, increasing damage per second even more, but requiring a lot more actions per ability.

Cost per autocastEdit

Air SurgeEdit

InputCost
5Air rune140
Combo runes
5Dust rune3,600
5Smoke rune3,930
5Mist rune3,885

Blood BlitzEdit

InputCost
5Fire rune1Blood rune954
Combo runes
1Blood rune5Lava rune4,329
1Blood rune5Smoke rune4,514
1Blood rune5Steam rune4,894

Limitations Edit

  • It is currently only possible to four tick auto-attack with Magic, as there is no way to auto attack from the ability bar with Melee or Ranged.
  • Four tick auto-attack can be done on full manual or revolution, but due to the difficulty of controlling auto-attacks in revolution, it is highly recommended to use full manual when using four tick auto-attacks.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mod Pi. "Update on the status of 4taa." 16 Jan 2018. Combat Council Forums.