This cape has a trimmed, hooded, hooded trimmed, and master version.
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Defence cape detail

The Defence cape is the Cape of Accomplishment for the Defence skill. It can be purchased for 99,000 coins alongside the Defence hood from Harlan the Melee instructor by players who have achieved level 99 Defence.

The Defence cape can be easy to acquire compared to other combat skill capes because it can be trained with every combat style.

The cape also has an emote, lasting 5.42 seconds, during which the player uses shields to defend from various attacks such as arrows and rocks. The Defence cape must be equipped in order to perform this emote.

Should a player achieve skill mastery in a second skill after Defence, the Defence cape will turn into a Defence cape (t), which is the trimmed version of the original cape. The Defence cape (t) has a cream-coloured trim.

The defence hood can be attached to the cape by using one on the other, creating either a hooded defence cape or a hooded defence cape (t). It can be detached with a right-click option.

Talking to Harlan gives an option to toggle the appearance of the cape to a retro version, overriding the normal appearance and making it look similar to how it did before the 2015 graphical update. Despite it not being a new item, the retro cape can be used with a dragon keepsake key.

Combat Stats
Defence cape equippedRetro defence cape equipped
99 Defence75
CombatSwords AllBack slotDefenceArmour33
ConstitutionLife points0
Damage--Damage reduction
Accuracy--PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
Style-Style bonuses


The Defence cape's perk provides the effects of a sign of life/portent of life whilst it is not on cooldown. All Capes of Accomplishment can be added to a max cape, completionist cape, or trimmed completionist cape, after which players may choose to enable up to three perks.

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Seller Cost Currency Base stock Members?
Harlan99,000Coins 100Coins No


  • Currently, 207,805 people are able to own this cape (as seen on the highscores).
  • The lowest combat level possible to achieve 99 Defence at is 27.
  • This cape's emote was changed and received a graphics update as well on 25 May 2010.
  • This cape is one of the capes that got an almost completely different emote. The others were the Attack capeThieving cape, and Constitution cape.
  • The Defence cape still bears the old Defence skill icon.
  • With the skill capes perk update on 21 February 2017 update, the Defence cape now acts as a Sign of life, sharing the same cooldowns as with the sign of life/death. This essentially makes it similar to the Portent of life for players who do not have 99 Divination.

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