Total level: 2496
Total level is the sum of the levels of all of a player's Skills. The current maximum for members is 2496, the first player to reach the current maximum total level is Telmomarques. The maximum for free players is 1614. Total level is a common way for players to compare their stats.
The opening page on the Hiscores ranks players by their total level, then by experience. Other than when new skills have been recently released, the top ranked players in the hiscores are generally listed in order of experience rather than rank. The number one player won't have a higher level than the number two player, but certainly more experience. The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 671,022) on the hiscores for Overall is level 34.
After the updates on 21 May 2008, players would be informed when their total levels reached important milestones. Free players who used to be members would still receive a message stating that they've reached the highest total level possible on free-to-play worlds when they reached a total level of 1614. When Players receive this message there is also a short animation with 6 large fireworks shooting out from the player.
In RuneScape Classic, the maximum total level was 1,782 (1395 for free players). The addition of Runecrafting (1881), Slayer (1980), Farming (2079), Construction (2178), Hunter (2277), Summoning (2,376) and the newest skill, Dungeoneering, brought the maximum total level to 2496 (1614 for non-members).
Jagex later added two additional skill total worlds for 2000+ and 2400+.
Very rarely, if an RSC account with 9hp has all other levels at 1, a total level of 33 is achieved.
First Players to Achieve Landmark Total LevelsEdit
Achievement (Members) Date Achieved Player 500 Overall January 2001 Lightning 600 Overall January 2001 Lightning 700 Overall February 2001 Lightning 800 Overall April 2001 Lightning 900 Overall June 2001 Mysticsmagic 1000 Overall 2001 Tiwi 1100 Overall March 2002 L6vi 1200 Overall 2002 L6vi 1300 Overall 2002 L6vi 1400 Overall 2002 Tks 1500 Overall 2003 Tks 1600 Overall October 2003 Bonebreaker6 1980 Overall 9 July 2005 Zezima 2079 Overall 4 October 2005 Zezima 2178 Overall 11 June 2006 N0valyfe 2277 Overall December 2006 Thehate 2376 Overall 12 February 2008 Kingduffy 1 2475 Overall 7 May 2010 Skiller 703 2496 Overall 22 August 2010 Telmomarques Achievement (Free-to-Play) Date Achieved Player 1494 Overall 28 January 2008 Syzygy 1593 Overall 11 June 2010 S Diamant Y 1614 Overall El Popo1 Achievement (Skill Pure) Date Achieved Player 1601 Overall 2 April 2010 Magnus 1700 Overall 27 June 2010 Magnus 1721 Overall 14 December 2010 Magnus