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The attack types are the different ways in which a player or non-player character may attack another player, another NPC, or a piece of interactive scenery that can be attacked. The ten types are: Stab, Slash, Crush, Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Arrow, Bolt, and Thrown. Equipment gives players attack bonuses towards each specific attack type, as well as defence bonuses against each type's combat class. Attack types are no longer selected from the combat menu, and are now assigned to individual weapons. Nearly every monster has a set weakness to an attack type, represented by an icon which is displayed next to its name in the combat tab. Each weakness is represented by a different icon; for example, a monster with a weakness against Slash has a battleaxe icon next to its name, whereas a monster weak to Thrown has a javelin icon, a monster weak to Air spells has an Air Surge icon, etc.

MeleeEdit

Melee weakness icon Melee combat is generally used against monsters that use ranged attacks, and is less effective against monsters that fight with magic.

Icon Type Examples
Stab weakness icon Stab Daggers, swords, rapiers, spears, and hastae.
Crush weakness icon Crush Maces, warhammers, mauls, the Saradomin sword, bare hands.
Slash weakness icon Slash Longswords, scimitars, battleaxes, two-handed swords, halberds, claws and whips.

RangedEdit

Ranged weakness icon Ranged combat is generally used against monsters that attack using magic spells. However, it is not as effective when used against monsters that fight primarily with melee attacks.

Icon Type Examples
Arrow weakness icon Arrow Shortbows, shieldbows, the Seercull, the Dark bow, the Crystal bow, and the Zaryte bow.
Bolt weakness icon Bolt Crossbows and two-handed crossbows, Hand cannons and salamanders.
Thrown weakness icon Thrown Knives, darts, thrownaxes, Blisterwood stakes, bolas, javelins, chinchompas.

MagicEdit

Magic weakness icon Magic combat is generally used against monsters that fight primarily with melee, but is less effective against monsters that attack with ranged.

Element Examples from spellbooks
Icon Name Standard magic Ancient Magicks All spellbooks
Air weakness icon Air Air spells, Slayer Dart, Divine Storm, Storm of Armadyl Smoke spells Polypore Strike
Water weakness icon Water Water spells Ice spells
Earth weakness icon Earth Earth spells Shadow spells
Fire weakness icon Fire Fire spells Blood spells

OtherEdit

Icon Type Examples
Dragonfire icon Dragonfire Dragons, Dragonstone bolts (e)

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