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Attack
Attack
Also known as Att
Release date 4 January 2001 (Update)
Members only No
Minimum level
for Hiscores
15
as of 12 Dec 2017
Players with
99
212,258
as of 16 Aug 2018
Players with 120 9,876
as of 26 Jun 2018
Players with
200M XP
1,725
as of 16 Aug 2018
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Attack

Attack is a melee combat skill which determines the accuracy of a player's melee attacks and the types of weapons a player may wield. The higher the Attack level, the fewer misses a player will incur during melee combat. As Attack is a vital skill in melee combat, increasing one's Attack level will increase one's combat level associated with melee.

History

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Attack level-up music

Attack was one of the first skills available, introduced with the launch of RuneScape on 4 January 2001. Throughout the expansion and development of RuneScape, the concept for the skill has largely remained the same.

While the concept is largely unchanged, higher tiers of equipment have been released as the game has progressed. Bronze through adamant equipment were introduced with the game itself, but it was not until 26 July 2001 that rune equipment was added. On 27 February 2002, the first pieces of dragon equipment were released with the Lost City and Heroes' Quest quests, further increasing the Attack level necessary to equip all items. On 14 June 2004, special attacks were added to certain weapons. Dragon weapons and excalibur, along with a few Ranged weapons, were the first weapons to feature special attacks. Each special attack was unique to the weapon and used up a certain percentage of a player's special attack energy. Since the introduction of special attacks, several additional weapons have been added which feature unique special attacks.

However, no new weapons were introduced until after release of RuneScape 2 with the introduction of Slayer. The new skill introduced abyssal demons, monsters which dropped the abyssal whip, a powerful one-handed weapon which required 70 Attack to wield. Later that year, several other weapons were introduced which also required 70 Attack to equip. These weapons were part of different degradable armour sets of Barrows equipment, originally used by the 6 Barrows brothers. Of these 6 equipment sets, 4 were melee oriented and required 70 Attack to wield.

Nearly 2 years passed without the introduction of a higher-levelled weapon than the abyssal whip and the various Barrows weapons. On 28 August 2007, the God Wars Dungeon was introduced, featuring 4 warring factions, each protecting their respective versions of the fabled godsword. The godswords were massive two-handed weapons, offered a generous strength bonus, and required 75 Attack to wield. The reign of the godsword, however, was short lived, and on 15 October 2008, different sets of Ancient Warriors' equipment were released. The equipment was degradable, lasting for only a limited amount of time before disappearing. Although these weapons required 78 Attack to wield, they each had a "corrupt" counterpart which only required 20 Attack to equip. These corrupt versions lasted for an even shorter period of time than the normal versions. Additionally, the corrupt dragon weapons were the first new free-to-play weapons released since the introduction of rune equipment.

Punch

A player punching a training dummy.

The release of the Dungeoneering skill marked the release of chaotic weaponry, degradable weapons available for purchase via Dungeoneering tokens. Three different melee weapons were introduced, the chaotic longsword, maul, and rapier, each requiring at least level 80 Attack to equip. The release of this new skill also introduced weapons that could only be used within Daemonheim while training Dungeoneering. This included the addition of the first set of weapons which required skill mastery in Attack to wield; the primal weapons all required 99 Attack to use, with the exception of the primal maul. These weapons were among the strongest melee weapons introduced into the game with several of them setting attack and strength bonus records.

On 12 July 2011, the whip vine was introduced. This item was released as an attachment to the abyssal whip, and when combined, resulted in an abyssal vine whip. While the abyssal vine whip offered offensive bonuses which were inferior to those of the various chaotic weapons released as rewards from the Dungeoneering skill, it nevertheless required 85 Attack and 80 Slayer to wield, a higher Attack requirement than any weapon obtainable outside of Daemonheim at the time.

After six months of beta testing, the Evolution of Combat went live on 20 November 2012. This update dramatically changed the way players interacted with monsters and other players through combat. As the entire combat system had been reworked, many weapons had accuracy and damage adjustments to re-balance the combat triangle. As part of the weapon rework, several long-standing level requirements were changed. For example, adamant and rune weapons which had required levels 30 and 40 Attack were bumped to require levels 40 and 50 attack respectively. However, some weapon requirements were decreased, as seen with the abyssal vine whip, which had its level requirement reduced from level 85 to 75 Attack. In addition to weapon adjustments, the update introduced the use of abilities, various rechargeable attacks which helped increase overall damage throughput compared to standard auto-attacks.

Following the introduction of the Evolution of Combat, chaotic weapons once again held the highest Attack requirements to wield. This held true until 14 January 2013, with the release of the Kalphite King and drygore weaponry. The King dropped main- and off-hand drygore rapiers, maces, longswords, each requiring 90 Attack to equip. These weapons were significantly stronger and more accurate than chaotic weapons when they were first released. However, due to an update in late May which changed how weapon accuracy and damage are calculated, the accuracy difference between drygore and chaotic weapons was lessened.

More recently, with the release of Araxxi on 28 July 2014, the level-90 Noxious scythe tied Drygore weaponry for the position of the strongest melee weapons outside of Daemonheim. Weapons requiring 85 Attack were the major releases in 2015: the Tetsu katana and wakizashi, dual-wielded swords obtained from the Player-owned port minigame were released on 26 January. The Lava whip, a one-handed weapon made by combining an abyssal whip with a Wyrm spike (a very rare drop from a Lava strykewyrm), was added on 16 February. Main- and off-hand ripper claws were included as drops from Ripper demons on 9 November.

Gaining experience

Combat

Combat Experience melee

Players may receive Attack experience during combat by selecting the Attack skill in the interface under the Combat tab. Experience is only gained when the player slays an enemy, after which both Attack and Constitution experience are awarded dependent on the opponent's stats. It is also possible to earn experience across all melee combat skills by selecting Attack, Strength, and Defence in the experience menu. If this is chosen, the amount of experience that would have been awarded to Attack alone is evenly split among the three skills.

Experience rewards

Attack 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 Attack experience.

Bonus/other experience

Several items provide bonus experience in Attack, as well as other melee skills, when equipped. Melee brawling gloves provide a 300% experience bonus to Attack (as well as Strength 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.

Hati paws, a reward from a seasonal Winter event, boosts experience to combat skills during the months following the event. The amount of bonus experience rewarded is limited, however, as the paws lose charge when providing bonus experience.

Individual pieces of sacred clay equipment obtained through the Stealing Creation minigame also provide an experience bonus to Attack 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.

Equipment

One of the main uses of the Attack skill is determining which types of weapons a player may wield. Generally, higher level weapons provide greater offensive bonuses than similar weapon types of a lower level, providing an incentive for players to train the skill.

Common weapon types

Below is a list of some common types of weapons available through the use of the Attack skill.

Weapon type Attack level Notes
Bronze longsword Bronze 1 Bronze weapons are among the weakest weapons available.
Iron longsword Iron 10 Iron weapons are stronger than bronze weapons.
Steel longsword Steel 20 Steel weapons are stronger than iron weapons.
Vesta's longsword Corrupt Ancient Warriors' (m) 20 Corrupt Ancient Warriors' equipment consists of several degradable weapons and only last for 15 minutes.
Black longsword Black 25 Black weapons are stronger than steel weapons. They cannot be created with the Smithing skill.
White longsword White (m) 25 White weapons have the same offensive bonuses as black weapons, but white weapons include a small Prayer bonus. White weapons require completion of the Wanted! quest and a certain Knight ranking to purchase from Sir Vyvin. They cannot be created with the Smithing skill.
Mithril longsword Mithril 30 Mithril weapons are stronger than black weapons.
Adamant longsword Adamant 40 Adamant weapons are stronger than mithril weapons.
Rune longsword Rune 50 Rune weapons are stronger than adamant weapons.
Sacred clay scimitar Sacred clay (m) 50 The sacred clay scimitar provides the same offensive bonuses as a rune scimitar.
Gravite longsword Gravite 55 Gravite weapons are obtained from the rewards trader for a cost of 40,000 Dungeoneering tokens, requiring 45 Dungeoneering to purchase. The weapons last for 10 hours of combat before needing to be recharged.
Granite mace Granite (m) 55 Granite weapons include the Granite maul and Granite mace and require 55 Attack and Strength to wield. These weapons only provide crush style attacks.
Toktz-xil-ak Obsidian (m) 60 Obsidian weapons are stronger than rune weapons. All of these weapons require 60 Attack to wield with the exception of the tzhaar-ket-om, which requires 60 Strength.
Dragon longsword Dragon (m) 60 Dragon weapons are stronger than rune weapons.
Corrupt dragon longsword Dragon (corrupt) 60 Corrupt dragon weapons provide the same stats as regular dragon weapons, but the corrupt versions have a limited existence. Each weapon lasts for 30 minutes of being equipped and turn into dust after the 30 minutes.
Dharok's greataxe Barrows (m) 70 Barrows equipment features item sets used by the 6 Barrows brothers. When all of the items of a particular set are equipped, there is a chance of activating the equipment set's "set effect".
Abyssal whip Abyssal whip (m) 70 The abyssal whip is a fairly powerful one-handed weapon with a high attack speed, same as that of scimitars.
Saradomin godsword God Wars Dungeon-related (m) 75 The Saradomin sword, Zamorakian spear, and the four Godswords are two-handed weapons obtained in the God Wars Dungeon. There are four types of godswords, each type offers the same offensive bonuses but different passive effects. The Godswords are the strongest non-degradable weapons available.
Vesta's longsword Ancient Warriors' (m) 78 Ancient Warriors' equipment includes powerful, degradable weapons which only last for 1 hour of being equipped.
Chaotic rapier Chaotic (m) 80 Chaotic weapons require 80 Dungeoneering and 200,000 Dungeoneering tokens to purchase. The weapons last for 10 hours of combat before needing to be recharged.
Tetsu katana Tetsu (m) 85 Tetsu weapons can be made from resources in the Player-owned port minigame. The weapons last for 10 hours of combat before needing to be recharged.
Drygore rapier Drygore (m) 90 Drygore main and off-hand weapons are degradable weapons dropped by the Kalphite King. They may be repaired using chitin scraps.

Miscellaneous weapons

Many miscellaneous weapons all over RuneScape do not fit into any particular category, such as quest and minigame rewards. All of the weapons listed are members only.

Type Level
Basic decorative sword Basic decorative sword 5
Ogre club Ogre club 5
Ancient mace Ancient mace 15
Excalibur Detailed decorative sword 20
Detailed decorative sword Excalibur 30
Intricate decorative sword Intricate decorative sword 30
Fremennik blade Fremennik blade 30
Brine sabre Brine sabre 40
Profound decorative sword Profound decorative sword 40
Void knight mace Void Knight equipment 42
Leaf-bladed spear Leaf-bladed spear 50
Leaf-bladed sword Leaf-bladed sword 50
Keris Keris 50
Barrelchest anchor Barrelchest anchor 60
Brackish blade Brackish blade 60
Balmung Balmung 60
Ring of vigour Ring of vigour 62
Penance master trident Penance master trident 70
Abyssal vine whip Abyssal vine whip 75
Korasi's sword Korasi's sword 78
Lava whip Lava whip 85

Dungeoneering weapons

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.

Tier Weapon type Attack level
1 Novite longsword Novite 1
2 Bathus longsword Bathus 10
3 Marmaros longsword Marmaros 20
4 Kratonite longsword Kratonite 30
5 Fractite longsword Fractite 40
6 Zephyrium longsword Zephyrium 50
7 Argonite longsword Argonite 60
8 Katagon longsword Katagon (m) 70
9 Gorgonite longsword Gorgonite (m) 80
10 Promethium longsword Promethium (m) 90
11 Primal longsword Primal (m) 99

Fun weapons

Rubber chicken detail

The rubber chicken, one of many fun weapons.

Some weapons do not give any or give very little accuracy and damage bonuses. These weapons are often referred to as fun weapons as they are often impractical for use in any combat situation. As these weapons do not exist necessarily for use in combat; they exist merely for aesthetic purposes.

Warriors' Guild

Main article: Warriors' Guild

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, one of which is the cyclops room, run by Kamfreena. Here, players may obtain defenders as drops from the cyclops and cyclossi. Additionally, Attack may be trained on the animation room of the Warriors' Guild, granting 15 experience per successful hit to a dummy.

Skill mastery

Attack Emote

A player performing the Attack cape's emote.

Main article: Skill mastery

Level 99 is the maximum level a player may achieve in Attack, 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 Attack level beyond level 99.

As with all skills, players who achieve level 99 in Attack may purchase a Cape of Accomplishment from the skill's master. The Attack cape and hood are sold by Ajjat in the Warriors' Guild for 99,000 coins. Players with more than 1 skill at level 99 will receive a golden trim on the sides of the cape along with a +2 prayer bonus. However, players with only 1 level 99 skill will receive an untrimmed version of the cape.

Currently, there are 212,258 players with level 99 Attack and 1,725 players with 200 million experience in Attack.

Temporary boosts

Main article: Temporary skill boost

Various items, potions, prayers, and familiars provide temporary boosts. Below is a list of all possible boosts to Attack. Click on a category to sort.

Visible

Visible boosts are indicated in the stats interface by showing a level increase from the base level.

Herblore

Item Members Level increase Level to make Notes
Attack potion (4) Attack potion F2P icon 1 + 8% 1 Herblore
Attack mix (2) Attack mix P2P icon 4 Herblore Heals 300 Life points.
Combat potion (4) Combat potion P2P icon 1 + 8% 36 Herblore
Combat mix (2) Combat mix P2P icon 40 Herblore Heals 300 Life points.
Super attack (4) Super attack P2P icon 2 + 12% 45 Herblore
Super attack mix (2) Super attack mix P2P icon 47 Herblore Heals 600 Life points.
Zamorak brew (4) Zamorak brew P2P icon 1 + 8% 78 Herblore Also boosts Strength.
Zamorak mix (2) Zamorak mix P2P icon 85 Herblore Also boosts Strength, heals 600 Life points and drains 12% of current life points.
Extreme attack (4) Extreme attack P2P icon 3 + 15% 88 Herblore Non-tradeable
Overload (4) Overload P2P icon 96 Herblore Non-tradeable. Also boosts Strength, Ranged, Magic and Defence, lasting 6 minutes.
Supreme overload potion (6) Supreme overload potion P2P icon 4 + 16% 98 Herblore Non-tradeable. Also boosts Strength, Ranged, Magic and Defence, lasting 6 minutes. Requires Plague's End.

Other

Item Members Level increase Level to make Notes
Cup of tea Cup of tea F2P icon +3 20 Cooking Heals up to 375 Life points, clears the effect of Aggression potion and can drain adrenaline.
Spicy stew Spicy stew P2P icon -5 to +5 25 Cooking Non-tradeable. After Evil Dave's Big Day Out it grants a +2 minimum boost.
Cavefish Cavefish P2P icon +2 88 Cooking Heals up to 2200 Life points, may randomly boosts other combat skills besides Attack.
Rumberry Rumberry P2P icon +2 86 Farming Non-tradeable. Also reduces defence by -1.
Attack cape Attack cape P2P icon +1 99 Attack Non-tradeable. Requires Skill mastery to equip.
Dominion marker (stage 4) Dominion marker P2P icon Varies 110 combat level Non-tradeable. Boosts depends on marker stage, also boosts Strength, Ranged, Magic and Defence.

Invisible

Invisible boosts are not indicated in the stats interface, but they are applied in combat calculations nevertheless.

Prayer

Prayer Members Boost Level to use Notes
Clarity of Thought Clarity of Thought F2P icon +2 7 Prayer Standard prayer book.
Improved Reflexes Improved Reflexes F2P icon +4 16 Prayer Standard prayer book.
Incredible Reflexes Incredible Reflexes F2P icon +6 16 Prayer Standard prayer book.
Chivalry Chivalry P2P icon +7 60 Prayer Standard prayer book, also boosts Strength and Defence. Requires completion of the Camelot training room.
Piety Piety P2P icon +8 70 Prayer Standard prayer book, also boosts Strength and Defence. Requires completion of the Camelot training room.
Sap Warrior Sap Warrior P2P icon -2 to -6 50 Prayer Ancient Curses prayer book, only decreases enemy accuracy levels over time. Requires completion of The Temple at Senntisten.
Leech Attack Leech Attack P2P icon +2 to +5 74 Prayer Ancient Curses prayer book, decreases enemy accuracy levels over time by -4 to -8, while boosting yours. Requires completion of The Temple at Senntisten.
Turmoil Turmoil P2P icon +10 95 Prayer Ancient Curses prayer book, decreases enemy accuracy levels over time by -6 to -10, while boosting yours. Requires completion of The Temple at Senntisten.
Malevolence Malevolence P2P icon +12 99 Prayer Ancient Curses prayer book, decreases enemy accuracy levels over time, while boosting yours. Requires completion of The Temple at Senntisten and unlocking by using a praesul codex.

Other

Item Members Level increase Level to make Notes
Ruby harvest Ruby harvest P2P icon 20% 15 Hunter Boost only affects the other player it is used on.
Salve amulet Salve amulet P2P icon 15% accuracy and damage 35 Crafting Non-tradeable. Boost only applies when fighting undead monsters. Requires partial completion of Haunted Mine.
Salve amulet (e) Salve amulet (e) P2P icon 20% accuracy and damage 40 Slayer Non-tradeable. Boost only applies when fighting undead monsters. Requires completion of The Lair of Tarn Razorlor and the Salve amulet.
Black mask Black mask P2P icon 12.5% accuracy and damage 58 Slayer Boost only applies when fighting monsters assigned by a Slayer Master.
Dragon slayer gloves Dragon slayer gloves P2P icon 10% 70 Slayer Non-tradeable. Boost only applies when fighting monsters assigned by a Slayer Master. Boost stacks with Black Mask.
Dharok's armour set equipped

Wretched Strength

P2P icon Varies conform Life points 70 Strength
70 Attack

70 Defence

Full set must be worn for special effect to take place.

Skilling pet

Sifu chathead
Main article: Sifu

Like all skills, there is a skilling pet obtainable from training this skill. For Attack, the pet is called Sifu.

Trivia

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The old attack level-up music

The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 1,315,698) on the hiscores for Attack is level 15. As of 16 August 2018, there are 212,258 current members that have achieved level 99 in Attack. There are 9,876 current members that have achieved level 120 in Attack.

See also