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See Hiscores for the relative total rankings of the different skills.
Skill Players at 99
Attack-icon 188,915
Constitution-icon 214,210
Mining-icon 95,076
Strength-icon 220,571
Agility-icon 70,211
Smithing-icon 89,484
Defence-icon 193,303
Herblore-icon 122,835
Fishing-icon 117,751
Ranged-icon 183,052
Thieving-icon 82,028
Cooking-icon 193,862
Prayer-icon 127,509
Crafting-icon 84,310
Firemaking-icon 176,178
Magic-icon 217,047
Fletching-icon 155,296
Woodcutting-icon 167,007
Runecrafting-icon 76,925
Slayer-icon 107,891
Farming-icon 71,664
Construction-icon 70,907
Hunter-icon 70,298
Summoning-icon 110,346
Dungeoneering-icon 99,859
Divination-icon 57,943
Invention-icon 18,739
Stats Overall icon highscores 10,000
As of 25 May 2016[nb 1]

Skill mastery is achieved by reaching level 99 in any skill. Level 99 is achieved by reaching 13,034,431 experience points in a skill with the exception being Invention (36,073,511 experience to reach skill mastery). Level 99 is the maximum level in most skills. Dungeoneering and Invention are only skills with a maximum level of 120 (refered to as true skill mastery), achieved at 104,273,167 experience points for Dungeoneering and 80,618,654 for Invention. The current maximum total level is 2,715 (level 99 in all skills and level 120 in Dungeoneering and Invention). When level 99 is reached in any skill, there is a different fireworks animation that can be heard by everyone nearby.

Pay-to-play players reaching level 99 in a skill are entitled to wear a Cape of Accomplishment for that particular skill. This cape is bought from a specific skill master for 99,000 coins. Every Cape of Accomplishment gives access to a unique emote. Furthermore, it can be used to boost the corresponding skill's level to 100 for a short time. If the player reaches level 99 in more than one skill, the player's skill cape becomes trimmed and any more skill capes the player obtains will also become trimmed along with the newly received cape.

Before the Skill interface update, players with a level 99 skill could view the experience needed to earn level 100. With the virtual levels update, players could once again view the experience needed, all the way to level 120.

In RuneScape Classic, the maximum total level was 1,782. With the addition of Runecrafting (1,881), Slayer (1,980), Farming (2,079), Construction (2,178), Hunter (2,277), Summoning (2,376), Dungeoneering (2,496), Divination (2,595), and the newest skill, Invention, the maximum total level is now 2,715.

Rarity of level 99sEdit

Strength is currently the most common 99 skill in the game, followed by Magic, Constitution, and Cooking. Currently, the rarest 99 skill is Invention, since it was just released on January 25, 2016. Otherwise, the rarest are Divination, Construction, Agility, and Hunter. Most people consider Cooking and Fletching to be the easiest 99s to achieve. It should be noted however, that although they are considered the easiest by many people, they are not necessarily the fastest. For example, it is possible to earn several hundred thousand Construction experience points per hour, but only by using extremely expensive methods. Opinions on skills vary greatly, so it comes down to the individual to decide for themselves which they prefer and dislike.


When a player achieves level 99 in a skill, a message will appear in orange text to the other players on the same server. However, one may only see another player's achievements if they have the 'Broadcast Messages' button toggled to on, located next to the trade and assist button. Broadcasts may be disabled by untoggling the 'Broadcast Messages' button.

Achieving 120 Dungeoneering or Invention, reaching 99 in every skill, or earning the right to wear the Completionist cape or its trimmed version will be announced on all of RuneScape's servers in red text. A similar message, again in red text, was displayed when the first player reached 99 in Divination (on 29 August 2013) reading: "Congratulations to Im Choice for being the first to reach 99 Divination!"

When a player achieves a 99 and their private chat is set at least on 'friends', it will be announced in green text to all logged-in players on their friends list regardless of whether they are on the server.

Level 99 partiesEdit

Audio options icon
Level 99 Jingle
Sound acquired at any level 99 skill.

A level 99 party may be held by a player to celebrate his/her achievement in getting a level 99 in a skill. This party can happen anywhere; many players have them at their POH, and some choose to be near the skill master so they can get their cape quicker.

Players tend to invite friends to follow them as they level up from 98 to 99. After levelling, they usually head to the master of that skillcape. The player will then buy the cape (value of 99,000) of the 99 skill and equip it.

Players may take videos or get a friend to take a video of their journey to 99 and of them getting their cape. These videos are some of the most common RuneScape videos shown on sites such as YouTube. These videos are made to congratulate, or in memory of another user, or the owners themselves and to commemorate their efforts in receiving 99 in the particular skill they have achieved.

First players to achieve level 99Edit

When level 99 skills first started appearing, players with such stats were often well known around the RuneScape community since they were one of the few to have achieved a skill mastery.

Below is a chronological list of the known first players to reach level 99 and level 120 in their respective skill.

Everdred 99

The first player to reach level 99 in any skill and in Woodcutting.


The first player to reach level 99 in Smithing.

2002 - zonghui - 99melee

The first player to reach level 99 in all melee stats.

2003-03-23 - ltangel - 99 crafting

The first player to reach level 99 in Crafting.

Achievement Date achieved Player
99 Woodcutting icon highscores Woodcutting 28 August 2001 Everdred
99 Magic icon highscores Magic 21 October 2001 Bluerose13x
99 Smithing icon highscores Smithing 13 December 2001 Bluerose13x
99 Cooking icon highscores Cooking 8 January 2002 Tks
99 Firemaking icon highscores Firemaking 5 April 2002 Cowchicken [notes 1]
99 Fishing icon highscores Fishing 16 May 2002 Tks
99 Attack icon highscores Attack 16 May 2002 Zonghui [notes 2]
99 Strength icon highscores Strength 7 June 2002 Ladykilljoy [notes 2]
99 Hitpoints icon highscores Constitution 7 June 2002 Zonghui
99 Defence icon highscores Defence 7 June 2002 Zonghui [notes 2]
99 Thieving icon highscores Thieving 3 August 2002 Swedemike
99 Mining icon highscores Mining 11 October 2002 Joe Bill64
99 Ranged icon highscores Ranged 17 November 2002 Snake Slava
99 Agility icon highscores Agility 23 March 2003 Thehate
99 Crafting icon highscores Crafting 30 March 2003 Ltangel
99 Fletching icon highscores Fletching 9 April 2003 Chilipeppers
99 Herblore icon highscores Herblore 9 June 2003 Halw Gnun
99 Prayer icon highscores Prayer 17 May 2004 Lilyuffie88
99 Runecrafting icon highscores Runecrafting 15 September 2004 Kale Stille
99 Slayer icon highscores Slayer 9 July 2005 Zezima
99 Farming icon highscores Farming 27 September 2005 0xpx0
99 Construction icon highscores Construction 6 June 2006 Cursed You
99 Hunter icon highscores Hunter 2 December 2006 Darkforest67
99 Summoning icon highscores Summoning 8 February 2008 Nercychlidae
99 Dungeoneering icon highscores Dungeoneering 7 May 2010 Skiller 703
120 Dungeoneering icon highscores Dungeoneering 22 August 2010 Telmomarques
99 Divination-icon Divination 29 August 2013 Im Choice
99 Invention icon highscores Invention 26 January 2016 Scuzzy
120 Invention icon highscores Invention 27 January 2016 Scuzzy
  1. ^ Cowchicken and Dragoon 787 reached level 99 Firemaking on the same day, but it is commonly accepted that Cowchicken reached it earlier.
  2. ^ a b c Attack, Strength and Defence did not appear on the hiscores until 2004, making it very difficult to track who achieved 99 in these skills.

Ironmen and Hardcore IronmenEdit

First players to reach maximum skill totalsEdit

Achievement (Members) Date achieved Player
1980 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 9 July 2005 Zezima
2079 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 4 October 2005 Zezima
2178 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 11 June 2006 N0valyfe
2277 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 8 December 2006 Thehate
2376 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 12 February 2008 Kingduffy
2475 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 7 May 2010 Skiller 703
2496 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 22 August 2010 Telmomarques
2595 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 29 August 2013 Im Choice
2694 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 25 January 2016 Scuzzy
2715 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 27 January 2016 Scuzzy
Achievement (Free-to-play) Date achieved Player
1494 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 28 January 2008 Syzygy
1593 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 11 June 2010 S Diamant Y
1614 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 9 October 2010 El Popo1
Achievement (Ironman) Date achieved Player
2574 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 13 March 2015 Dreyri
2595 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 6 May 2015 Sausage
2694 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 29 January 2016 Sausage
2715 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 3 February 2016 Llama Ore
Achievement (Hardcore Ironman) Date achieved Player
2574 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 13 March 2015 Dreyri
2595 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 6 May 2015 Sausage
2694 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 29 January 2016 Sausage
2715 Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 3 February 2016 Sausage


  1. ^ These numbers only include players who are listed on the hiscores.

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