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This article is about the members' guide. For the free players' guide, see Free-to-play melee training.
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This article provides information for members about effective ways to train Attack, Strength, and Constitution through melee combat. It contains some general training tips and suggestions for suitable monsters to kill for a wide range of levels. In this article, monsters are sorted according to the level of the skill being trained, not the recommended overall combat level.

This article assumes that players are training Attack, Strength, and Constitution more or less equally. If not, see the pure melee guide.

General training notesEdit

AbilitiesEdit

  • Healing abilities are a must have for extending the length of a training trip. The Resonance ability is a basic level Defence ability, that causes the next hit to heal instead of damage you. Rejuvenate is an ultimate Defence ability that restores 40% of your life points over several seconds. Regenerate is a basic Constitution ability that uses whatever adrenaline you have left to restore your health if you're not in combat.
    • Although the Resonance and Rejuvenate abilities require a shield to be equipped, you only need to equip the shield for as long as it takes to activate the ability if you prefer to dual wield or use two-handed weapons.
    • Another great healing ability is Guthix's Blessing, which will heal you 8% of your maximum life points every two seconds, up to ten seconds. This ability should only be used when not in direct combat with a monster as the summoned butterfly can be attacked and killed, ending the effect prematurely.
  • Consider using threshold abilities instead of ultimate ones; the damage done by thresholds is lower, but they use less adrenaline, meaning more than one can be used in a row.
  • Set up your action bar before you go into combat, making sure all the abilities you want to use are on there, and that all the abilities are ones you can use with the weapons you have. Remember that you can have multiple bars set up at once, and there is no penalty for changing which one you're using.

Common equipment, accessories, and setupsEdit

WeaponryEdit

  • Each melee weapon can train attack, strength, and defence. Just click on the abilities button and choose the skill you wish to train.
  • Jot down monster weaknesses and utilise them. Using a crush weapon against a monster weak to crush gives a much higher chance to hit against that monster, and significantly higher hits. Avoid monsters who have a weakness to ranged attacks, as they will have a very high defence to melee attacks.
  • Always use the best tier of weapons you can wield and afford. Better weapons ensure higher damage output and a higher chance to hit. 
  • The abyssal whip is a popular weapon for combat training due to its rapid attack speed and low cost. It can be upgraded to the abyssal vine whip (a level 75 weapon) however this requires level 80 slayer. The non-degradable off-hand equivalent for an abyssal vine whip is the enhanced excalibur .
  • The next best weapons above whip vine/excalibur are chaotic (level 80) and Drygore weaponry (level 90). However chaotic and drygore weaponry degrade with use and will incur a maintenance cost.

ArmourEdit

For extended combat training, consider wearing high defence and life point armour (such as Barrows armour). This allows for prolonged training in one sitting. However, a better choice for training would be to use offensive armour (such as Bandos armour), as it will allow you to increase your damage output and kill at a faster rate.

Barrows armour is a cheaper alternative to Bandos armour, and can be used with the corresponding weapons for powerful set effects. The trade-off, however, is that it degrades with use, meaning that it will incur a maintenance cost. Alternatively, the Void knight melee armour (from the Pest Control minigame) has a set effect of increasing your attack and strength bonuses, but at the cost of having low defensive stats. This is a viable way to train melee fast due to the increased damage output, if you are willing to use extra food or, if available, Soul Split.

Sacred clay equipment, a reward from Stealing Creation, gives a set amount of bonus experience that is rewarded as players train. This allows players to wear any armour, while still receiving the bonus experience. However, you can normally earn more experience from killing monsters than from the time it takes to get a piece of sacred clay equipment. Therefore most players choose to use their Stealing Creation on skills that cost money to train rather than combat, which is usually profitable.

Armour types:

Accessories and other equipmentEdit

Having a good set-up overall includes using the best accessories too, such as capes, rings and amulets. These items are typically the best to use:

HealingEdit

After the Evolution of Combat, food is much less necessary than it was before. Generally speaking, most of the time you will not need food if you use healing abilities such as Rejuvenate, an ultimate ability which restores 40% of your health (but requires a shield, and can only be used once every 300 seconds, due to a recent update), Regenerate, which can be used outside combat to convert remaining adrenaline into health, and Resonance, which makes the next attack that hits you heal instead of dealing damage.

Other methods of healing include:

PotionsEdit

EquipmentEdit

Level 1
Bronze armour set (lg) equipped
Bronze armor
Levels required
None
Typical weapons
Bronze longsword

Bronze battleaxe

Bronze 2h
Level 10
Iron armour set (lg) equipped
Iron armor
Levels required
Defence 10 Defence
Typical weapons
Iron longsword

Iron battleaxe

Iron 2h
Level 20
Steel armour set (lg) equipped
Steel armor
Levels required
Defence 20 Defence
Typical weapons
Steel longsword

Steel battleaxe

Steel 2h
Level 30
Mithril armour set (lg) equipped
Mithril armor
Levels required
Defence 30 Defence
Typical weapons
Mithril longsword

Mithril battleaxe

Mithril 2h
Level 40
Adamant armour (t) (lg) equipped
Adamant armor
Levels required
Defence 40 Defence
Typical weapons
Adamant longsword

Adamant battleaxe

Adamant 2h
Level 50
Rune armour set (lg) equipped
Rune armor
Levels required
Defence 50 Defence
Typical weapons
Rune longsword

Rune battleaxe

Rune 2h
Level 60
Dragon plate armour set (lg) equipped
Dragon armor
Levels required
Defence 60 Defence
Typical weapons
Dragon scimitar

Dragon battleaxe

Dragon 2h
Level 60
Dragonbone armour equipped
Dragonbone armor
Levels required
Defence 60 Defence
Typical weapons
Dragon scimitar

Dragon battleaxe

Dragon 2h
Level 70
Bandos armour equipped male
Bandos armor
Levels required
Defence 70 Defence
Typical weapons
Abyssal whip

Saradomin godsword

Bandos godsword
Level 70
Guthans equipped
Guthan's armor
Levels required
Defence 70 Defence
Typical weapons
Abyssal whip

Guthan's warspear

Dharok's greataxe
Level 80
Torva armour male
Torva armor
Levels required
Defence 80 Defence
Typical weapons
Chaotic maul

Jessika's sword

Chaotic kiteshield
Level 90
Malevolent armour set equipped
Malevolent armor
Levels required
Defence 90 Defence
Typical weapons
Drygore longsword

Drygore mace

Noxious scythe

MonstersEdit

Level 1-40Edit

Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Goblin level 5 Goblins 2 100 25 (and 8.2 Constitution-icon experience) Runes and Grapes
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Gives good xp when compared to the difficulty of killing them.
  • Decent drops for this level such as grapes.
  • Drops lower tier runes frequently.

Very boring and can sometimes be crowded.

Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Cockroach drone Cockroach drone 4 150 25.5 (and Constitution 8.4 experience)
Advantages Disadvantages

Really good drops for this level.

Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Mountain troll (Troll Invasion) Mountain Troll Varies to your combat level 470, 580, 660, 780
Advantages Disadvantages

Gives great xp, very easy to kill.

Compared to other creatures it is a little more out of the way.

Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Troll chucker Troll Chucker 1 50 30 (and Constitution 10 experience)
Advantages Disadvantages

Good xp extremely easy to kill.

Extremely boring.

Level 40-60Edit

Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Gnome troop Gnome troops 47 1,600 75xp
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Low life points, making for quick kills.
  • You can one-hit these, leveling up quickly.
  • No drops since on a battlefield.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Guthixian moss giant Moss giant 51 3,700 136.5 (and Constitution 45 experience)
Advantages Disadvantages
  • They are weak to slash.
  • Low life points, making for quick kills.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Ghoul Ghoul 64 2,300 184-185xp
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Low Hp
  • Lots of them in 1 small place
  • High Defence
  • Terrible Drops
  • Will need to heal often at low levels
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Ogre Ogre 67 4,800 302-303xp
Advantages Disadvantages
  • They can be safespotted while using a halberd,  negating the need for food.
  • They have a rather better percentage of dropping Gold Charms than Rock Crabs
  • Not very good Drops
  • Aggressive but glitchy not
  • Good for AFK
  • Pretty high defence

Level 60-70Edit

Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Jungle Spider Jungle spider (green) 86 3100 298 Melee XP + 98.3Constitution XP Spider carcass
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Since they are weak to crush weapons, Use the Tzhaar-ket-om and the optimal 2-handed Action bar preset.
  • You can use Overpower to instantly kill every 10th spider (when your adrenaline is at 100%)
  • Fairy ring very close for easy access
  • Drop Spider carcass, which sells for a good amount on the GE, making this a good spot for money making as well as training
  • Out of the way if you don't have access to a fairy ring or watchtower teleport
  • Not aggressive, first option is walk here, being an inconvenience.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Deadly red spider Deadly red spiders  95 3,400 399 Melee XP, 131.6 Constitution XP None
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Since they are weak to crush weapons, Use the Tzhaar-ket-om and the optimal 2-handed Action bar preset.
  • You can use Overpower to instantly kill every 10th spider (when your adrenaline is at 100%)
  • Killing deadly red spiders can be a good source of charms.
  • Normally red spider eggs spawn near red spiders and it is good money making
  • They have no drops other than charms and effigies.
  • Their ranged attacks can hit fairly hard even against melee armour.
  • At lower levels, using anything other than crush attacks can hamper experience rates.
  • They are very frequently crowded, which means there will often be less for you to fight.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Tzhaarmejlor TzHaar Fight Cave Varies depending on the creature. Varies. Varies.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Being a safe minigame, dying is no cause for worry.
  • Tokkul can be earned from playing this, and can be spent on valuable rewards from Tz-Haar shops.
  • The creatures do not drop anything, You can get drops of tokkul from the creatures outside the fight cave as a drop but do not fight them at this level.
  • You can get Obsidian Cape and Onyx with tokkul from the Tz-Haar Shops.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Shifter Pest Control Varies depending on the creature. Varies. Varies.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Commendation points gained from this game can be spent on additional exp.
  • If you die during the game, you will respawn safely with all your items.
  • Games last shortly, and the coins gained is ten times your combat level.
  • This minigame can become somewhat repetitive over time.
  • There is little direct monetary gain from this method.
  • All combat experience earned from this minigame is halved.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Hellhound Hellhounds  92 3,300 361 Melee XP,

120 Constitution XP

Advantages Disadvantages
  • They are weak to slash.
  • Killing hellhounds can be a good source of charms and hard clues.
  • This method is both fast and requires little attention.
  • Can be safe-spotted with a halberd.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Abyssal leech Abyssal creatures 72, 77, 79 2600, 2750, 2850
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Multiple enemies may cause a lot of damage to lower level players.
  • Run through wilderness can be risky
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Fire giant Fire giants 85 6,700 565 XP(425 Melee XP, 140 Constitution XP) *Uncommon Rune Arrows x12
  • Rare Rune chainBody
  • Runes
  • Grimy
  • Fire Battlestaff
  • Rune Scimmy
Advantages Disadvantages
  • They can do moderate damage with their ranged attacks, and require food at lower levels.

Level 70-80Edit

Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
TzHarr ketTzHarr xilTzHaar-MejTzHarr hur TzHaar creatures 86 Varies depending on the creature. Varies. *Tokkul
  • Onyx tips
Advantages Disadvantages
  • The drops from these creatures are somewhat valuable, such as Tokkul for the valuable onyx.
  • There is a bank nearby.
  • The monsters can hit quite high on lower levelled players.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Dagannoth melee Dagannoth 110 and 112 2,750 and 2,800 295 and 310 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Due to the large number of them, a player could easily be piled and killed.
  • The money return from these monsters isn't that great.
  • An update reduced the aggression range of the ones in Waterbirth, hampering xp rates. A cannon can be used to bypass this, but the cannonball usage can be very costly.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Dust Devil Dust devils 85 8,000 446 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Living rock patriarch Living Rock Creatures Varies depending on the creature. Varies. Varies.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • The drops can be quite profitable.
  • They aren't exceptionally crowded.
  • They have a low defence level and low life points.
  • The living rock strikers are weak to crush.
  • The creatures can hit very accurately, and food could be needed for lower levelled players.
  • They are fairly spread out throughout the caverns.
  • Spawn rates are completely dependent on the player; they take longer to spawn if their remains are not mined.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Frost dragon Frost dragons Level 112 8,500 1141.2 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • They require 85 Dungeoneeering to access.
  • Being careless or not paying attention can lead to a swift death.
  • The dragons hit high and accurately, so good method of restoring life points is necessary.
  • Super antifire potions are also a semi-requirement, as they will increase kills per hour significantly.
  • Their defence is fairly high, and using anything other than stab weapons can hamper experience rates.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Armoured Zombie Armoured zombies 86 6,200 469 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • The zombies don't hit very high if using higher end gear, making food optional.
  • Drops can be somewhat valuable.
  • There is a prayer altar nearby to recharge prayer points.
  • They require partial completion of Defender of Varrock to fight.
  • Weak to magic, strong against melee.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Mighty banshee Mighty Banshee 91 3,250 344.4 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Commonly drops Swordfish.
  • Good source of charms.
  • Low health makes it possible to kill large amounts in a small amount of time.
  • Banshee has low defense to melee.
  • Drops can be somewhat valuable.
  • Requires completion of Smoking Kills.
  • Requires 15 Slayer to kill, and facial mask and earmuffs (or better), which eliminates possible use of full set bonuses

Level 80-90Edit

Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Mutated jadinko male Mutated jadinkos Baby:93,

Guard:96, Male:100

3350, 6000, 6000 379, 569, 646
Advantages Disadvantages
  • The drops are somewhat profitable, and they drop food commonly.
  • Very easy to kill, allowing for very fast experience rates.
  • The untradeable drops can be used to train at the Herblore Habitat.
  • They are weak to stab.
  • They require a Slayer level of 80, 86 and 91 to kill respectively.
  • Their melee attacks are very accurate and can cause consistent damage.
  • They will use hard-hitting magic attacks if you try to run away.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Spiritual ranger (Saradomin) Spiritual Rangers  98 7,000 661 
Advantages Disadvantages
  • They are weak to melee, making kills quick.
  • They require a Slayer level of 63 to kill.
  • Residing in the God Wars Dungeon, precautions relating to the location must be taken.
  • Are fairly spread out, and lack profitable drops.
  • The Armadylean rangers cannot be fought with melee.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
TokHaar-Hok Fight Cauldron Varies depending on the creature. Varies. Varies.
Advantages Disadvantages
  • A safe minigame, death should be of little concern.
  • Considered the best exp in the game, this minigame allows for very quick levelling.
  • Obsidian shards can be obtained, which with suitable Smithing levels can be made into Obsidian armour.
  • Requires completion of The Brink of Extinction to access.
  • Some monsters aren't weak to melee, hampering the exp/hour.
  • The monsters that are weak to melee are weak to crush, and using stabbing or slashing weapons can hamper rates further at lower levels.
  • Dying will result in half the obsidian shards earned during the minigame being lost.
  • Heated tiles can force you to move out of melee range.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Nechryael Nechryael  96 8,000 661 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Killing them in the Slayer Tower with a contract can give good experience and money.
  • They are weak to crush.
  • Food may be required.
  • They require a Slayer level of 80 to kill.
  • The death spawns that they summon can be an annoyance if the player chooses to kill them.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Exiled kalphite guardian Exiled kalphite guardians  98 7,000 879 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Very good charm drops can be obtained.
  • The money gained from killing these is quite good.
  • The area to kill them could be dangerous, especially if piled by multiple creatures.
  • They can cause poison, though it is mild and generally ignored.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Abyssal demon Abyssal demons  98 8,500 661  XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Killing them in the Slayer Tower with a contract can give good experience and money.
  • They have good drops.
  • They are weak to slash.
  • Higher stats will give better experience rates. As such, melee stats of 85+ are a semi-requirement.
  • They require a Slayer level of 85 to kill.
  • Players will need food as they can hit hard and very accurately.
  • Some of the better drops require the player to be on a Slayer assignment.

Level 90-99Edit

At this level, almost any monster that you wish can be killed, but some of the more preferred ones are listed below. It is recommended to have drygore weapons to kill these monsters for optimum xp rates, without drygore weapons it may be advisable to kill level 80-90 creatures

Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
General Graardor God Wars Dungeon Bosses (excluding Nex/Kree'arra) 210 40,000 to 55,000 4,430 to 5,630 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Drops can be very valuable.
  • At high levels, the bosses are entirely soloable.
  • Using an instance can create very fast kills (provided that the spawn setting is on fast).
  • Risk of dying is incredibly high; this may result in high costs to buy back items.
  • A killcount hampers exp gain, as it takes time between banking trips.
  • Sidenote: Orks in God Wars Dungeon north of the entrance near the Bandos entrance become aggressive after killing one, and it resets after every killing, providing 100% AFK and averaging about 275,000 melee experience per hour. Bonecrusher, a Split Dragontooth or Demon Horn necklace, and Soul Split make your trips last as long as you like.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Automaton Tracer Automaton Tracer 115 20,000 1,261 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • All loots are noted, allowing for long trips.
  • They are weak to crush.
  • Can drop the Pneumatic gloves, worth 2,466,345 coins.
  • Can be easily accessed with the Sixth-age circuit.
  • Can take a while to kill because of their high life points.
  • Can only be killed when all parts of The World Wakes are completed.
  • The shockwave special can easily kill you.
  • Using anything other than crushing attacks can hamper experience rates.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Airut Airut 122 16,875 1,980 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Valuable drops, including Razorback gauntlets.
  • Most loots are noted or can be alchemised.
  • They have a very dangerous special attack if not paying attention.
    • Dual wielded melee weapons are also required to counter this special attack.
  • Their defence is high, and they will increase it further during the fight, resulting in longer kill times and reduced experience rates.
  • They require a slayer level of 92 to damage.
  • The player must be on a Slayer assignment to receive Razorback gauntlets as a drop.
Image Monster name Zero weakness icon Level Constitution Life points Experience Drops
Crystal Shapeshifter Crystal shapeshifter 112 30,000 2,894.4 XP
Advantages Disadvantages
  • Decent drops for their level.
  • Most loots are noted or can be alchemised.
  • They will change combat styles depending on the player's combat style, equipment and prayers, which in turn changes their defense values.
  • Can use abilities which can deal heavy damage, and if their aggression is not toggled by Angof, can easily kill the player if several are attacking at once.
  • Requires completion of The Light Within in order to access.

Alternative methods of gaining experience Edit

Completing quests Edit

Visit the links below for a list of quests granting experience in the respective melee skill on completion:

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