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Melee training is the act of leveling up the three melee skills Attack, Strength, and Defense. As these levels increase, so does your Hits level. This article is a guide on how to efficiently level up the Attack, Strength, and Defense skills.

Unlike in RuneScape 2, the amount of combat experience you receive is not based on the amount of Hits a monster has. Rather, each monster grants their own amount of experience, 1/4 of which goes to hits, and the rest to Attack, Strength, or Defense, depending on the attack style used (Controlled, Aggressive, Accurate, or Defensive). Because of this, many low level monsters, such as chickens, are ideal for training combat skills, because they can give over twice as much Hits experience than they have Hits, while most mid to high level monsters give significantly less Hits experience than they have Hits.

Weaponry ChoiceEdit

Two-handed swords give the highest damage per second of any melee weapon in RuneScape Classic, though you will miss out on a large amount of Armour bonus provided from use of a shield. These are useful in areas where defense is unnecessary at your level, or when using Prayer to train melee. Some monsters which you might train with a two-handed sword on include lesser demons or black knights.

Battleaxes provide damage per second similar to Two-handed swords and allow use of shields, but significantly reduce WeaponAim. The Dragon Battleaxe is the highest hitting weapon in the game, however the Rune Two-handed sword has the same WeaponAim bonus and the Dragon sword provides a higher bonus. These are best used on enemies that have high power but low defense, such as fire giants.

Longswords give WeaponAim exceeding that of a battleaxe and are one-handed, however a large amount of WeaponPower is sacrificed. These are best used on enemies which have high defense but hit significant amounts of damage, such as blue dragons.

Most other weapons are seldom used, as they are often considered inferior to the weapons listed above. These include maces (weapons that give only moderate WeaponAim and WeaponPower), daggers (which can be poisoned, but poison does NOT reward experience, and is only effective in pvp situations), scimitars and short swords (which are weaker than longswords).

Levels 1 to 25Edit

Creature Lvl Locations Notes
Chicken 3 Lumbridge, south of Falador, Champion's Guild, near Witchaven, Sinclair Mansion Pros
  • Low defense, resulting in fast kills.
  • Drop feathers which can be sold to other players for a good source of money.
  • Always drop bones, feathers, and raw chicken
  • Give approximately 20 experience in chosen attack style per kill and 6 hits experience (only have 3 Hits).


Cons

  • Flee when reduced to 1 hitpoint.
Gnome troop 3 Khazard Battlefield Pros
  • Rarely deal damage and have a maximum hit of 1.
  • Give approximately 20 experience in chosen attack style per kill and 6 hits experience (only have 3 Hits)
  • Always drop bones


Cons

Goblin 7 Lumbridge, Goblin Village, west of Port Sarim, near Digsite, west of Varrock Pros
  • Moderate defense, easy to kill
  • Will not retreat from battle
  • Always drop bones
  • Have a maximum hit of 1, so little to no food is required
  • Give aproximately 26 experience in chosen attack style per kill and 8 hits experience (only have 5 Hits)
  • Drop Goblin Armour, which is used during Goblin Diplomacy


Cons

  • Unvaluable drops
  • Goblins are often spaced far apart
  • If your Defense level is low or you cannot kill goblins in one hit, a small amount of food is required
Cow 8 Lumbridge Pros
  • Drop cowhides, which can be used for crafting or sold to higher levelled players
  • Only deal damage occasionally if you have decent armour, have a maximum hit of 1
  • Give aproximately 27 experience in chosen attack style per kill and 9 hits experience (only have 8 Hits)
  • Drop bones which can be used to train prayer
  • Drop raw meat, which you can cook using logs from nearby trees, removing the need for food (unless you have low defense)
  • Very close to the starting point of the game


Cons

  • May deal some damage
  • May be crowded
  • Fairly long distance from a bank (unless you use the one at Al Kharid)
Man 9 Lumbridge, Varrock, Falador Pros
  • Moderate defense, easy to kill
  • Do not retreat from battle
  • Drop bones which can be used to train prayer (3.75 experience per set of bones buried)
  • Have a maximum hit of 1, so little food is required
  • Give aproximately 29 experience in chosen attack style per kill and 9 hits experience (only have 7 Hits)
  • Drop valuable herbs often bought for good prices from high-levelled players
  • Can be pickpocketed to train thieving while training melee
  • Very close to bank


Cons

  • If your Defense level is low, then you will need some food to train here
  • You may accidently select "Talk to" a man, and be forced to listen to his conversation
  • May be crowded

Levels 26-40Edit

Creature Lvl Location(s) Notes
Dwarf 18 Dwarven Mines, Ice Mountain Pros
  • Can drop valuable gems
  • Have a maximum hit of only 3, so little food is required
  • Rarely crowded
  • Give aproximately 42 experience in chosen attack style per kill and 14 hits experience (have 16 Hits)
  • Drop bones which can be used for Prayer, rewarding 3.75 experience


Cons

  • Are sometimes placed far apart
Monk 13 Monastery north of Barbarian Village Pros
  • No food is required - they hit a maximum of 1, and you can heal yourself by talking to them
  • Very low defense
  • Give aproximately 35 experience in chosen attack style per kill and 11 hits experience (have 15 Hits)
  • Drop bones which can be used for Prayer, rewarding 3.75 experience
  • Nearby altar, so prayers can be used to boost stats


Cons

  • May be crowded
  • Only four monks are in this area
  • Only drop bones
  • They retreat from combat
Barbarian 16 Barbarian Village Pros
  • No food is required, as Beer and cookedmeat spawn on the tables (Note: beer increases your Strength but decreases your Attack)
  • Fairly low defense
  • Give aproximately 39 experience in chosen attack style per kill and 13 hits experience (have 14 Hits)
  • Drop bones which can be used for training Prayer, rewarding 3.75 experience
  • Drop rubies, used to make Ruby amulets of strength
  • Close to bank (Edgeville)
  • Barbarians only hit a maximum of 2 damage


Cons

  • May be crowded with Rangers who will shoot your barbarians from across tables
Darkwizard 13 Draynor Village Pros
  • Fairly weak, have a maximum hit of around 2
  • Low defense
  • Give aproximately 35 experience in chosen attack style per kill and 11 hits experience (have 12 Hits)
  • Drop bones which can be used to train Prayer, rewarding 3.75 experience
  • Drop valuable runes which can be sold to other players for high prices
  • Very close to bank (Draynor Village)


Cons

  • May be spaced far apart
  • Low Hits compared to other monsters
  • Some food is required, unless you have a Defense level of 20 or more with Mithril armour

Levels 40 to 60Edit

Creature Lvl Location(s) Notes
Giant 37 Edgeville dungeon

Pros

  • Little to no food required at 60+ Defense
  • Good drops such as nature runes, law runes and limpwurt roots, and a very low chance at a half key
  • Drop big bones which can be used for Prayer
  • Excellent experience

Cons

  • High chance of bots
Hobgoblins 32 Rimmington 

Pros

  • Little to no food required at 60+ Defense
  • Good drops such as nature runes, law runes and limpwurt roots
  • Drop bones which can be used for Prayer, rewarding 3.75 experience
  • Nearby snape grass spawn

Cons

  • Fairly far from a bank
Skeletons 54 Edgeville dungeon

Pros

  • Good drops including herbs, mid-high level runes and gems
  • Lots of xp per kill
  • Close to a bank
  • Bones

Cons

  • Might need food
  • Wilderness
  • Near by spiders might attack
  • Somewhat high Defense

Levels 60 to 99Edit

Creature Lvl Location(s) Notes
Lesser Demons 79 Karamja Volcano

Cons

  • Very far from a bank
  • Food required
  • Doesn't drop bones


Pros

  • Exellent drops, gems, herbs, gold ore, half keys, 40 fire runes, death runes, chaos runes, law runes and a rune medium
  • Lots of xp per kill
Fire giants 109 Waterfall dungeon

Cons

  • Very far from a bank
  • Food required


Pros

  • Exellent drops
  • Lots of xp per kill
  • Drops big bones
Blue Dragons 105

Heroes' Guild

Taverly dungeon

Cons

  • Far from a bank
  • Need food or prayer
  • Anti-dragon shield


Pros

  • Dragon bones
  • Decent xp
  • Good drops, runes, gems, adamant ore, rune dagger, herbs and a rare chance at a dragon medium and key left halves
  • Nearby Blue dragon scale spawn

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