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Armoured Zombie

Armoured zombies are frequently killed for melee experience because they have over 6000 lifepoints, moderate defence, and are in proximity of an altar. They also have fairly decent drops, many of which are stackable. The most popular methods for killing armoured zombies are outlined below.

Protection prayer methodEdit

Armoured zombies training

Training on armoured zombies.


Please note that protection and deflection prayers were nerfed to only stop 50% of attacks. As such, it is strongly advised that you don't focus on this method. 

A player may use protection prayers to kill the zombies because of the nearby altar. The zombies use both ranged and melee attacks, but normally protect from melee is used. This strategy gives 80k-100k experience per hour. This strategy also relies on the fact that the zombies are aggressive. It is unlikely that the zombies will become tolerant (non-aggressive). If it does happen, simply climb the ladder to the altar and return. This will cause the zombies to become aggressive again.

EquipmentEdit

For maximum prayer bonus it is recommended to use the following:

Recommended Equipment for Melee
Slot Item (Most effective → least effective)
Head slot Dragon Rider helm Proselyte sallet Helm of neitiznot Seer's headband 4 / Seer's headband 3 Akrisae's hood
Neck slot Salve amulet (e) Dragon Rider amulet Holy symbol Blessed Unholy symbol Zamorak Amulet of souls
Cape slot Completionist cape Dragon Rider cape Max cape Soul Wars cape Ardougne cloak 4 / Ardougne cloak 3
Torso slot Dragon Rider body Proselyte hauberk Necromancer robe top Initiate hauberk Malevolent cuirass
Legs slot Dragon Rider chaps Proselyte cuisse / Proselyte tasset Necromancer robe bottom Initiate cuisse / Initiate tasset Akrisae's robe skirt
Weapon slot Chaotic Longsword Chaotic Rapier Korasi's Sword Abyssal whip N/A
2h slot Chaotic maul Chaotic spear Saradomin sword Staff of light Godsword
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand chaotic longsword Off-hand chaotic rapier Jessika's sword N/A N/A
Shield slot God book Divine spirit shield Blessed spirit shield Broodoo shield Bandos warshield
Ammo slot N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Bandos gloves Culinaromancer's gloves 10 (Barrows) Razorback gauntlets Torva gloves N/A
Boots slot Torva boots Bandos boots Dragon boots Rune Boots N/A
Ring slot Berserker ring Deathtouch bracelet Ring of death Explorer's ring 4 / Explorer's ring 3 Ring of life
Aura slot Vampyrism aura N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pocket slot Charming imp Bonecrusher Holy wrench N/A N/A


InventoryEdit

TacticEdit

  • Turn on auto retaliate.
  • Recharge your prayer.
  • Choose your quick selection prayers. Use protect from melee, the best stat boosting prayer possible, and a rapid heal prayer.
  • Use a dose of your stat boosting potions.
  • Summon your familiar.
  • Enter the dungeon and turn on quick prayers.
  • Let your character kill the aggressive zombies.
  • Pick up any stackable drops.
  • Use the ladder and recharge your prayer at the altar when it gets low.
  • Optional: Switch to Guthan's armour at around 30-40% health.

Tank methodEdit

The player may also tank armoured zombies. By using strong defensive armour, such as Bandos armour or Barrows equipment coupled with a healing method (such as a Bunyip or the Saradomin Godsword or Enhanced excalibur) there's little need for protection prayers or food.

EquipmentEdit

Recommended Equipment for Melee
Slot Item (Most effective → least effective)
Head slot Malevolent helm Superior tetsu helm / Tetsu helm Statius's full helm Torva full helm Dharok's helm (Any melee barrows helm)
Neck slot Salve amulet (e) / Salve amulet Amulet of souls Amulet of fury Amulet of glory N/A
Cape slot Superior reefwalker's cape / Reefwalker's cape Completionist cape Max cape TokHaar-Kal-Ket Skill Cape
Torso slot Malevolent cuirass Superior tetsu body / Tetsu body Statius's platebody / Vesta's chainbody Torva platebody Dharok's platebody (Any melee barrows body)
Legs slot Malevolent greaves Superior tetsu platelegs / Tetsu platelegs Statius's platelegs / Vesta's plateskirt Torva platelegs Dharok's platelegs (Any melee barrows body)
Weapon slot Chaotic Longsword Chaotic Rapier Korasi's Sword Abyssal whip N/A
2h slot Chaotic maul Chaotic spear Saradomin sword Staff of light Godsword
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand chaotic longsword Off-hand chaotic rapier Jessika's sword N/A N/A
Shield slot Malevolent kiteshield / Vengeful kiteshield Chaotic kiteshield Divine spirit shield Bandos warshield Blessed spirit shield
Ammo slot N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Pneumatic gloves Razorback gauntlets Goliath gloves Torva gloves Bandos gloves
Boots slot Steadfast boots Torva boots Bandos boots Dragon boots Rune boots
Ring slot Superior leviathan ring Onyx ring (i) Berserker ring (i) / Berserker ring Dragonstone ring (i) Sixth-Age circuit
Aura slot Vampyrism aura N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pocket slot Charming imp Bonecrusher Holy wrench N/A N/A


InventoryEdit

TacticEdit

  • Turn on auto retaliate.
  • Recharge your prayer.
  • Choose your quick selection prayers. Use protect from melee, the best stat boosting prayer possible, and a rapid heal prayer.
  • Use a dose of your stat boosting potions.
  • Summon your familiar.
  • Enter the dungeon and turn on quick prayers.
  • Let your character kill the aggressive zombies.
  • Pick up any stackable drops.
  • Use the ladder and recharge your prayer at the altar when it gets low.

Dungeoneering prayer methodEdit

This method requires a Bonecrusher and any of the prayer restoring Dungeoneering necklaces. When killing zombies, the Bonecrusher will automatically bury the bones and the necklace will restore ten prayer points per bone buried. This allows the player to have almost infinite prayer points and requires many less trips to the altar. The only downside is that the player cannot also wear the stat boosting Salve amulet (e). This disadvantage makes it somehow not worth the usage because the amulet will already give the boosts close to piety/turmoil already so removing infinite 20% of the amulet to have infinite amount of piety/turmoil alone doesn't make it worth it that much.

EquipmentEdit

For maximum prayer bonus it is recommended to use the following:

Recommended Equipment for Melee
Slot Item (Most effective → least effective)
Head slot Dragon Rider helm Proselyte sallet Helm of neitiznot Seer's headband 4 / Seer's headband 3 Akrisae's hood
Neck slot Twisted bird skull necklace Split dragontooth necklace Demon horn necklace Salve amulet (e) N/A
Cape slot Completionist cape Dragon Rider cape Max cape Soul Wars cape Ardougne cloak 4 / Ardougne cloak 3
Torso slot Dragon Rider body Proselyte hauberk Necromancer robe top Initiate hauberk Malevolent cuirass
Legs slot Dragon Rider chaps Proselyte cuisse / Proselyte tasset Necromancer robe bottom Initiate cuisse / Initiate tasset Akrisae's robe skirt
Weapon slot Chaotic Longsword Chaotic Rapier Korasi's Sword Abyssal whip N/A
2h slot Chaotic maul Chaotic spear Saradomin sword Staff of light Godsword
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand chaotic longsword Off-hand chaotic rapier Jessika's sword N/A N/A
Shield slot God book Divine spirit shield Blessed spirit shield Broodoo shield Bandos warshield
Ammo slot N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Bandos gloves Culinaromancer's gloves 10 (Barrows) Razorback gauntlets Torva gloves N/A
Boots slot Torva boots Bandos boots Dragon boots Rune Boots N/A
Ring slot Berserker ring Deathtouch bracelet Ring of death Explorer's ring 4 / Explorer's ring 3 Ring of life
Aura slot Vampyrism aura N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pocket slot Bonecrusher Holy wrench Charming imp N/A N/A


InventoryEdit

TacticEdit

  • Turn on auto retaliate.
  • Recharge your prayer.
  • Choose your quick selection prayers. Use protect from melee, the best stat boosting prayer possible, and a rapid heal prayer.
  • Use a dose of your stat boosting potions.
  • Summon your familiar.
  • Enter the dungeon and turn on quick prayers.
  • Let your character kill the aggressive zombies.
  • Pick up any stackable drops.
  • Use the ladder and recharge your prayer at the altar when it gets low.


Berserker methodEdit

This Method relies on maximum damage output to recover health.  By utilising the combined bonus' of void knight and the salve amulet (e) coupled with the Saradomin Godsword's passive healing ability (and soul split) there is little need for food due to the massive potential for damage.

EquipmentEdit

Recommended Equipment for Melee
Slot Item (Most effective → least effective)
Head slot void knight melee helm Torva full helm N/A N/A N/A
Neck slot Salve amulet (e) / Salve amulet Amulet of souls Saradomin's whisper Amulet of fury Amulet of glory
Cape slot TokHaar-Kal-Ket Completionist cape Max cape Fire Cape Skill Cape
Torso slot Void Knight Top Bandos chestplate torva platebody N/A N/A
Legs slot Void Knight Robe Torva platelegs Bandos tassets N/A N/A
Weapon slot Chaotic Longsword Chaotic Rapier Korasi's Sword Abyssal whip N/A
2h slot Chaotic maul Chaotic spear Saradomin sword Staff of light Godsword
Off-hand weapon slot Off-hand chaotic longsword Off-hand chaotic rapier Jessika's sword N/A N/A
Shield slot Malevolent kiteshield / Vengeful kiteshield Chaotic kiteshield Divine spirit shield Bandos warshield Blessed spirit shield
Ammo slot N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gloves slot Void knight gloves Torva gloves Pneumatic Gloves Static gloves Ganodermic gloves
Boots slot Steadfast boots Torva boots Ragefire Boots Ganodermic Boots Dragon boots
Ring slot Superior leviathan ring warrior ring (i) / warrior ring onyx ring (i) sixth-age circuit Berserker ring (i)
Aura slot Vampyrism aura N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pocket slot Charming imp Bonecrusher Holy wrench N/A N/A


TacticEdit

  • Turn on auto retaliate.
  • Recharge your prayer.
  • Choose your quick selection prayers. Use protect from melee, the best stat boosting prayer possible, and a rapid heal prayer.
  • Use Soul split when health gets low.
  • Use a dose of your stat boosting potions.
  • Enter the dungeon and turn on quick prayers.
  • Let your character kill the aggressive zombies.
  • Pick up any stackable drops.
  • Use the ladder and recharge your prayer at the altar when it gets low.

Tips for all methodsEdit

  • It is more important to wear armour with high strength and prayer bonuses rather than defence bonuses.
  • Use a fast attacking weapon. Slow weapons such as the Godsword are not recommended because they result in less experience per hour.
  • To minimise trips to the bank, utilise many healing methods including the Enhanced excalibur, Guthan's warspear, Soul Split, and Summoning familiars. (Bunyip, Unicorn stallion)
  • Using stat boosting prayers increases the experience per hour.
  • Only pick up the stackable drops to save inventory space.
  • Bring one dose of summoning potion for each familiar pouch.
  • There is only one zombie that uses ranged located near the entrance. Further in, however, there are more.
  • The experience per hour drops drastically when there are three or more people. On the other hand, it is recommended to use a populated world for the faster respawn rate. If too many people show up, simply leave, and find a new world. Try non-English servers.
  • Logging out near the altar will cause you to return to Hartwin when you log back in. Near the starting point, there is a safe area where players can log out, and stay inside Zemouregal's Base upon logging back in. This is useful for when server hopping.
  • It is sometimes difficult to see the colour of the crest on the zombies' heads through the clouds of mist, so the player may want to turn on the sound effects. The melee zombies attack with a trademark zombie grunting sound. Ranged zombies attack with a spinning, hissing sound. Players may try lowering the camera angle and adjusting monitor brightness.
  • Climb back up the ladder at around 50 prayer points remaining to ensure maximum points are spent in the dungeon each trip.
  • For those who desire to train effortlessly, travel deeper into the tunnels where fewer players are found. This area requires little to no attention. However, it is recommended only for high levels and those using the tank method.
  • The Bones to Peaches spell or tablet is also effective here. Not only do the zombies have a 100% drop of bones, but multiple sets of bones respawn around the altar outside the dungeon. This can be a source of infinite health.
  • Using an Obsidian Golem and the Volcanic Strength scroll doesn't boost as much as a super strength potion but it's a cheaper alternative.
  • Elite Void Knight equipment can be used in place of prayer boosting armours.

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