This article is about the skill. For information on training strength, see Melee training.
|Release date||4 January 2001 (Update)|
as of 18 May 2013 - update
as of 18 May 2013 - update
as of 18 May 2013 - update
Strength is a melee combat skill which increases the amount of damage a player can inflict in melee combat by one point per level. Additionally, Strength may be required to wield certain weapons and armour, access some Agility shortcuts, and complete several quests. Strength is one of the most popular skills among players, having more players of level 99 than any other skill.
The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 598,346) on the hiscores for Strength is level 15. As of 18 May 2013, there are 138,666 current members that have achieved level 99 in Strength.
Strength was among the first skills available, introduced with RuneScape's launch on 4 January 2001, along with Attack, Defence, Hitpoints (now Constitution), Ranged, Cooking, Woodcutting, Firemaking, Smithing, Mining, and As the game has progressed, the concept of the skill has remained largely untouched.
Since the skill's inception, increasingly higher tiers of equipment have been released. Bronze through adamant equipment were available since the introduction of the game itself, but rune equipment was not made available until 26 July 2001. Each successive tier of equipment offered increasing Strength bonuses, but none of them required a specific Strength level to equip. It was not until after the release of Regicide on 20 September 2004, the fourth part of the Plague City quest series, that the game saw a weapon which required a Strength level to wield. The quest introduced halberds, two handed weapons which were capable of engaging an opponent in melee combat around obstacles and from up to 2 tiles away. All halberds stronger than steel required a Strength level half of the Attack level required to wield the weapon.
Until 26 January 2005, halberds remained the only weapon type which required a Strength level to equip. However, the release of Slayer introduced gargoyles, which dropped granite mauls, two-handed weapons which required 50 Attack and 50 Strength to equip. On 9 May 2005, the Barrows minigame was added, introducing two new weapons which required a Strength level to equip. Dharok's greataxe and Torag's hammers were two of six legendary weapons originally belonging to the Barrows brothers which could be obtained as a reward from the minigame. Both of these weapons required 70 Attack and Strength to wield, further increasing the maximum Strength level required to equip a weapon. Additionally, Dharok's greataxe, boasting a +105 Strength bonus, was the first weapon to exceed a +100 Strength bonus. Later that year, the TzHaar City was released and along with it, the Tzhaar-ket-om, colloquially known as the obsidian maul, was released. This was only the second maul to be released and, like the granite maul before it, required a Strength level to equip. Yet, unlike the granite maul, the obsidian maul did not have an Attack requirement, making it the first weapon to only require Strength to use.
No new weapons which required Strength to wield were introduced until 6 March 2007, when the barrelchest anchor was released as a reward for the Great Brain Robbery quest. A powerful but slow weapon, the anchor required 40 Strength to equip, even though it offered a massive +100 Strength bonus. On 17 March 2009, another quest reward featured a weapon requiring a Strength level to use. The granite mace was the second granite weapon released, and required 50 Attack as well as Strength to wield.
A host of new weapons were released with the Dungeoneering skill on 12 April 2010. Of these new weapons, one entire weapon type featured Strength prominently in its use. Novite through primal mauls required only Strength to wield and offered extremely high Strength bonuses. With a +166 Strength bonus, the primal maul is currently the strongest weapon in RuneScape. However, its use is restricted to Daemonheim.
Before the Evolution of Combat, when fighting in the aggressive stance, Strength experience was awarded per hit, where is the amount of damage dealt. Fighting using the controlled stance, however, awards Strength experience per hit, where is the amount of damage dealt. For example, a player who hits a 10 would receive 4 Strength experience when fighting in the aggressive stance and 1.33 Strength experience when fighting in the controlled stance. The amount of experience received when fighting in the controlled stance may be calculated in the same way that experience awarded to the Constitution skill is calculated.
The difference between these two stances is that the aggressive stance solely provides experience for the Strength and Constitution skills. However, the controlled stance distributes experience equally among Strength, Attack, Defence, and Constitution. A player who hits a 10 would receive 1.33 experience in each one of these skills. Additionally, fighting using the aggressive stance provides a hidden boost of +3 to the Strength skill while using the controlled stance only provides a boost of +1.
With the release of the Evolution of combat, the strength skill was significantly changed. It boosts the base damage of your weapon by one point for each level and only plays a very very minor role in the actual process of doing damage. This means there's not much point in levelling strength beyond something like lvl80, a level at which the player can use potion boosts to comfortably use every strength ability.
Players may receive Strength experience during combat. Strength experience is only awarded when players select either Strength experience, or Attack, Strength, and Defence experience in the combat interface. Experience gains depends on the monster slain, and the total experience gained per kill will remain the same unless experience boosting items are used.
For example, if a player kills a cow while strength experince is selected, he/she will gain 34.5 strength experience and 11.5 constitution experience for a total of 46 experience, but if a player selects shared experience and uses only melee combat, they will gain 11.5 experience in strength, attack, defence, and constitution, still giving a total of 46 experience.
Strength experience may be awarded after the completion of certain quests, miniquests, tasks, random events, Distractions and Diversions, and other minigames. Additionally, experience lamps, dragonkin lamps, and books of knowledge may be used to gain Strength experience.
Several items provide bonus experience in Strength, as well as other melee skills, when equipped. Melee brawling gloves provide a 300% experience bonus to Strength (as well as Attack and Defence) when training combat in the Wilderness and a 50% bonus when training outside of the Wilderness. The brawling gloves last for approximately 100,000 experience before disintegrating.
Individual pieces of sacred clay equipment obtained through the Stealing Creation minigame also provide an experience bonus to Strength and other combat skills. These items double the amount of experience received through combat when equipped. Only one piece of sacred clay armour must be worn to receive this bonus. Similar to the brawling gloves, a piece will disappear after the experience threshold of 24,450 experience is reached.
|Familiar||Combat level||Summoning level required|
|Familiar||Combat level||Summoning level required|
A secondary use of the Strength skill is determining which weapons a player may wield in combat. Generally, weapons which require a higher level to equip confer greater combat bonuses, providing some incentive for players to train the skill. All of the weapons in the following table are members only.
|Weapon||Attack level||Strength level|
Conventional weapons used throughout Gielinor are not allowed in Daemonheim, so a separate set of metals is used during Dungeoneering. The metal types are classified by their "tiers", with tier 1 being the weakest and tier 11 being the strongest. Tiers 1 through 10 weapons may be player made or received as a drop from several monsters, but tier 11 items may only be received as a drop from boss monsters. Of the Dungeoneering weapon types, only mauls require a Strength level. Members-only weapons are indicated by (m).
|Tier||Maul type||Strength level|
Certain pieces of armour require a Strength level to wear. Though uncommon, a few such pieces exist. All of the pieces of armour in the following table are members only.
|Armour||Strength level||Other requirement(s)|
|Black mask||20||10 Defence|
|Full slayer helmet||20||10 Defence, 20 Magic and Ranged, and completion of Smoking Kills|
|Void Knight equipment||42||42 Attack, Defence, Constitution, Magic and Ranged, 22 Prayer, and up to 250 commendation points per piece|
|Granite equipment||55||55 Defence|
|Torva armour||80||80 Defence and 80 Constitution|
Strength levels are required for various other aspects of the game, including quests, tasks, Agility shortcuts involving grapples, barbarian fishing, minigames, and access to certain areas. Some of these requirements are listed below.
|River crossing from Al Kharid to Lumbridge Swamp||19||15 Agility and 48 Fishing|
|Grapple shortcut from Water Obelisk Island to Catherby||22||36 Agility and 39 Ranged|
|Ability to catch leaping salmon barehanded||30||30 Agility, 58 Fishing, and completion of barbarian fishing training|
|Ability to climb the cliff on White Wolf Mountain from Catherby||35||Completion of Fishing Contest|
|Ability to catch tuna barehanded||35||55 Fishing and completion of barbarian fishing training|
|Falador wall shortcut north of Falador Park||37||11 Agility and 19 Ranged|
|Yanille wall shortcut south of the Dragon Inn||38||39 Agility and 21 Ranged|
|Ability to catch leaping sturgeon barehanded||45||45 Agility, 70 Fishing, and completion of barbarian fishing training|
|Ability to catch swordfish barehanded||50||70 Fishing and completion of barbarian fishing training|
|Access to the statues in Bandos's throne room||60||Completion of The Chosen Commander|
|Access to the God Wars Dungeon via the boulder||60||None|
|Access to Bandos's Stronghold in the God Wars Dungeon||70||A hammer|
|Ability to catch shark barehanded||76||96 Fishing and completion of barbarian fishing training|
|Ability to cross the cave south of Dorgesh-Kaan||80||Completion of Death to the Dorgeshuun|
|Keep big rock and use for an emote after King of the Dwarves||90||Completion of King of the Dwarves|
The Warriors' Guild is a guild for players who have attained mastery or near mastery of melee combat skills. Entrance to the guild requires either 99 Attack, 99 Strength, or a sum of 130 in Attack and Strength. The guild features several activities which involve combat and combat experience, including the shot put room. In this room, players may practice throwing differently weighted balls for Strength experience.
Level 99 is the maximum level a player may achieve in Strength, attained at 13,034,431 experience. The amount of experience players may gain is capped at 200 million, but acquiring additional experience until 200 million experience will not increase the Strength level beyond level 99.
As with all skills, players who achieve level 99 in Strength may purchase a Cape of Accomplishment from the skill's master. The Strength cape and hood are sold by Sloane (or Yadech Strongarm after While Guthix Sleeps) in the Warriors' Guild for 99,000 coins. Players with more than 1 skill at level 99 will receive a red trim on the sides of the cape along with a +4 prayer bonus. However, players with only 1 level 99 skill will receive an untrimmed version of the cape.
Currently, there are 138,666 players with level 99 Strength and 101 players with 200 million experience in Strength.
Various items, potions, prayers, and familiars provide temporary boosts. Below is a list of all possible boosts to Strength.
Visible boosts are indicated in the stats interface by showing a level increase from the base level. Members-only boosts are indicated by (m).
|Level to make||Notes|
|Strength potion (or mix (m))||Strength||3 + 10%||12 (14)||Mix version heals 30 life points.|
|Combat potion (m) (or mix (m))||Strength and Attack||3 + 10%||36 (40)||Mix also heals 60 life points.|
|Super strength (m) (or mix (m))||Strength||5 + 15%||55 (59)||Mix version heals 60 life points.|
|Zamorak brew (m) (or mix (m))||Strength and Attack||2 + 12% (Strength), 2 + 20% (Attack)||78 (85)||Decreases Defence and remaining life points by 2 + 10% (Mix reduces life points by 10% - (10 to 40)).|
|Extreme strength potion (m)||Strength||5 + 22%||89||Not tradeable.|
|Overload (m)||Strength, Attack, Defence, Ranged, and Magic||Constant boost of 5 + 22% for 5 minutes||96||Not tradeable.|
|Level to make||Notes|
|Wizard blizzard/Premade wiz blz'd (m)||Strength||6||18||Lowers Attack by 4.|
|Short green guy/Premade sgg (m)||Strength||4||20||Lowers Attack by 3.|
|Asgarnian ale (m)||Strength||2||24||Lowers Attack by 4.|
|Red spicy stew (m)||Strength, Attack, Defence, Ranged, Magic||-6 to 6||25||The stew may boost or reduce levels by 1 to 6 points randomly. +6 boost are extremely rare.|
|Drunk dragon/Premade dr' dragon (m)||Strength||7||32||Lowers Attack by 4.|
|Blurberry special/Premade blurb' sp. (m)||Strength||7||37||Lowers Attack by 5.|
|Dragon bitter (m)||Strength||2||39||Lowers Attack by 1.|
|Cavefish (m)||Strength, Attack, Defence, Magic, or Ranged||2||88||Heals 200 life points.|
|Level to obtain||Notes|
|Beer||Strength||2||N/A||Lowers Attack by 4.|
|Tankard of beer (m)||Strength||2||N/A||Lowers Attack by 4.|
|Keg of beer (m)||Strength||10||N/A||Lowers Attack by 40.|
|Grog (m)||Strength||3||N/A||Lowers Attack by 6.|
|Braindeath 'rum'||Strength, Mining||3||N/A||Also decreases Attack, Defence, Prayer, Magic, Agility and Herblore by 5%.|
|Volcanic strength scroll (m)||Strength||9||73||Special attack of the obsidian golem.|
|Strength cape (m)||Strength||1||99||Requires Skill mastery to equip.|
Invisible boosts are not indicated in the stats interface, but they are applied in combat calculations nevertheless. Members-only boosts are indicated by (m).
|Level to use||Notes|
|Burst of Strength||Strength||5%||4||Standard Prayer.|
|Superhuman Strength||Strength||10%||13||Standard Prayer.|
|Ultimate Strength||Strength||15%||31||Standard Prayer.|
|Chivalry (m)||Strength, Attack, and Defence||18% Strength, 15% Attack, and 20% Defence||60||Requires completion of the Camelot training room.|
|Piety (m)||Strength, Attack, and Defence||23% Strength, 20% Attack, and 25% Defence||70||Requires completion of the Camelot training room.|
|Leech Strength (m)||Strength||5%, increasing to 10% over time||82||Requires completion of The Temple at Senntisten.|
|Turmoil (m)||Strength, Attack, and Defence||23% plus 10% of enemy's level (Strength), 15% plus 15% of enemy's level (Attack and Defence)||95||Requires completion of The Temple at Senntisten.|
|Level to obtain (without trading)||Notes|
|Black Warlock (m)||Strength||20%||45||Boost affects the player it is used on; may only be used in a multi-combat zone.|
|Black mask (m)||Strength; Attack||15%||58||Boost only applies when fighting monsters assigned by a Slayer Master.|
|Salve amulet (m)||Strength and Attack||16.67%||35||Boost only applies when fighting undead monsters. Requires partial completion of Haunted Mine.|
|Salve amulet (e) (m)||Strength and Attack||20%||40||Boost only applies when fighting undead monsters. Requires completion of The Lair of Tarn Razorlor.|
|Wretched Strength (Dharok's set effect) (m)||Strength||(Max - current life points) * 0.1%||70; 70; 70||Full set must be worn for special effect to take place.|
- Experience rewards - Strength
- Free-to-play Melee training, a guide to training Strength for free-to-play players
- Pay-to-play Melee training, a guide to training Strength for pay-to-play players
- Combat Calculator