This article will provide non-members with information for training Attack, Strength, Defence, and Constitution effectively. Members can use this, but it is recommended to use the Pay-to-play Melee training. It will explain which monsters are the best to kill at a certain level, providing the pros and cons of training on each monster. It will also provide tips and suggests suitable monsters to kill at a wide range of levels. This article assumes players are training attack, strength, and defence equally, or close to equal.
General training notes
It is highly recommended that players use the best equipment available to them at their level. For example, if whilst training you reach an Attack level of 40, it is worth going to the GE immediately to purchase an adamant weapon.
Try to match your attack style to the monster's weakness for maximum damage, and therefore exp/hour; a player attacking a slash-weak monster with a crushing weapon will train slower than a player who attacks with a slashing weapon.
Depending on the monster's combat level and stats, food may be necessary.
Try to fight monsters with low defence. Lower defence means the monster is easier to hit, so less time is spent out of combat, therefore providing more experience.
If your Magic level is high enough for a teleport spell, it is advised you carry teleport runes, just in case. (This may or may not apply, as you can now access the lodestone network for teleporting purposes. It is still a good idea to bring some in case of an emergency.)
When fighting monsters that are aggressive, turn on Auto Retaliate for an easier training experience.
Training in the Wilderness is generally a bad idea, due to the threat of player killers. Most monsters that are found in the Wilderness have better alternatives in non-Wilderness locations.
Two ultimate abilities can be chosen. Rejuvenate lessens the need for food somewhat, but requires constant monitoring in game and the player must have a shield equipped. Overpower deals an accurate blow with high damage.
Some players have developed a method which equips between two-handed sword and a shield, they are benefited from heightened attack power and not losing the rejuvenation ability. Those players finish a fight with full adrenaline, change to a shield and immediately queue Rejuvenate. The downside is they cannot attack during the 10 seconds in rejuvenation, which is of little concern as most monsters are not aggressive.
It is recommended to train against monsters that are weak to melee attacks. This is generally more effective than fighting monsters that are weak to ranged or weak to magic.
Common equipment, accessories, and setups
Since the Evolution of Combat, melee weapons are effectively balanced. While damage output over time is roughly the same for any weapon, the accuracy greatly depends on the properties of the targeted monsters. Monsters with high defence need weapons with high hit bonus and suitable attack style, while weak ones are quite free on the choices. Each weapon only has one of three attack methods: stab, slash or crush. The player can choose which skill to train as mentioned before.
Prior to the Evolution of Combat, a weapon could have 2 to 4 attack choices, each choice consisting of one method plus one skill choice. Players could switch attack method without using another weapon, but weapons had varying bonuses according to their attack methods. Players also had limitations on which skill they could train, as some skill-specific styles were unavailable on some weapons.
Two-handed weapons or dual-wielded weapons are recommended for their 50% damage boost over using a weapon and a shield.
Weapons and armour
Remember to keep your equipment up to par. As you train, you will start to be able to use better and more powerful combat items. Once you can use a better combat weapon, try to save up the money for it. (The ideal path to take for your choice of equipment is as follows: bronze, iron, steel, black, mithril, adamant, rune. The armour sets from bronze to steel are actually fairly lackluster and unnecessary, provided that you only train on the weak monsters such as adolescent white wolves.) It is strongly recommended that you wield the best weapon and armour available to you.
A better weapon means more damage and increased accuracy, which results in more experience gained in a shorter period of time. Better armour reduces the likelihood of enemies damaging you, which allows you to stay at a training spot for a longer time with less food. Better armour also provides a larger life point bonus. Two handed weapons are often used in player versus player combat because of their ability to inflict larger amounts of damage in a single hit. It is also advised to wear an amulet of strength, as it gives a Strength bonus of 18, compared to the 15 of an Amulet of power. The amulet of defence provides a Strength bonus of 8, while also providing a small armour bonus, but it is also inferior to an amulet of strength.
Inventory and drops
For players with at least 52 Defence, the Rejuvenate ability makes food less useful for training, though some will still be useful against enemies that often hurt you, deal enough damage during the cooldown to outpace it, or to avoid wasting adrenaline.
Finding a good balance of food to bring is a necessity for any player. Filling up with food may sound good for training, but inventory space may be needed for potential drops, especially if you are against low-level monsters where food is rarely consumed. If you are looking to make money while training, remember to consider the cost of the food you bring.
Swordfish and anchovy pizza are the two best foods for training as a free player, as they are the highest-healing foods available to free players and only cost 240 and 717 coins respectively. An emergency teleportation item, such as an explorer's ring or a ring of kinship, is recommended for training in areas with aggressive and/or high-level monsters. If a monster gets a lucky streak and manages to hit you hard, you may find yourself with a small number of life points, and a method of quick escape may be necessary. Since combat experience increases with kill rate, attack and strength potions are strongly recommended for all players, although they are not necessary. Defence potions are also recommended as they effectively extend the duration of trips.
Some players choose to also collect bones, but this is not recommended for players with Prayer levels of 45 or higher as it decreases exp/hour. While collecting bones is often tedious and can be boring at times, it can be helpful since burying bones can lead to more powerful Prayers. Bones can be buried for 4.5 Prayer experience each, or sold for 188 coins on the Grand Exchange, for a total of 5,264 coins per inventory. Big bones can be buried for 15 Prayer experience each, or sold for 362 coins on the Grand Exchange, for a total of 10,136 coins per inventory.
Train Attack, Strength, and Defence as you see fit – this preference is different for every player. Generally, high Attack will be vital against opponents with high Defence as it increases accuracy; high Strength will be best if you want to do more damage; and high Defence will alleviate the need for food, as you will be hit less often. If you're not sure what to raise, raise them equally. This method works extremely well in the long run. For most training methods, raising Strength, Attack, and then Defence will provide the fastest experience, although you may want to train Attack to a decent level first to increase your chances of hitting the monster before you raise your Strength level.
A very successful method is to train Attack until you can use the next tier weapon, and thus use a superior two-handed sword. That new weapon has higher stats and allows one to get bigger hits and train much faster. Then train Strength to the level of Attack. Finally, train Defence to the level of Attack and Strength. Now purchase the armour of the newly-unlocked tier and repeat.
The levels below refer to individual combat stat levels, not your overall combat level (so a player with level 15 Strength would refer to the section titled "Level 1 to 20").
Level 1 to 30
As your Attack and Defence levels progress, upgrade your equipment from bronze to iron to steel etc.
One of the most efficient areas to train is the Abandoned Burthorpe mine (north of Burthorpe) yielding a vast number of level-2 Troll Chuckers, Troll Brutes and Troll Shamans. Upon death these NPCs earn you 40 experience per kill and are normally one-shot kills, making this an extremely efficient area for rapid combat training. This will allow you to get up to 20 in all combat skills effectively. Along with their high numbers they also have an extremely fast respawn rate (between 20-30 seconds). You will never run out.