Old School Runescape: 1-99 F2P/P2P Melee Training Guide 2019 OSRS - How to Get 126 Combat and Level Up Faster

Updated on March 25, 2019


Welcome to my updated combat guide for Old School Runescape (07 'Scape). This guide will show you all of the best methods to help you achieve 99 in Attack, Strength, Defence and, as a result, Hitpoints.

Melee is one of the most important skills in the game as most money-making methods require PVM to be effective and a lot of social events are melee-based too. Here are a few basic training tips before the main guide:

  • The best way (most efficient overall) to train all combat stats is through Slayer. This will level Slayer and Melee skills as well as Ranged and Magic if you utilize monsters weaknesses
  • Always use the best weapons available to you, generally a Scimitar until you can use an Abyssal Whip however be aware that certain monsters have weaknesses that may make lower leveled weapons better for killing that particular monster
  • Try and use potions whenever possible as these will speed things up significantly, though some can be very expensive, with a Super Combat Potion currently costing around 15k gold each
  • Use prayers to give yourself offensive bonuses too, Piety gives insane melee bonuses which can improve kill speeds by around 40%

Dragon Claws - a quick damaging weapon
Dragon Claws - a quick damaging weapon


When choosing a weapon it's important to consider a few things: firstly, using the best weapon possible to you is nearly always the best option, but in some cases a monster's weakness may mean this is not the case. Secondly, using a weapon with attack speed 6 is nearly always better than equivalent alternatives, at lower levels, a scimitar of the highest tier is usually the best choice.

For armor it is a similar story, the highest tier is always the best, however some armors have quest or money requirements, so cheaper alternatives may be better. Both armor and weapons are shown in the table below.

Best Equipment At Each Level

Iron Scimitar
Black Scimitar
Mithril Scimitar
Adamant Scimitar
Rune Scimitar
Dragon Scimitar
Abyssal Whip
Abyssal Tentacle


Now that you've got your weapons and armor sorted, you should be ready to start training.

One thing to note is that you can change your attack style to train Attack, Strength or Defence, you should always prioritise Strength/Attack over Defence. The most used strategy is to train Attack until you can wield a better weapon, then train Strength up to the same level. Then when you can wield an Abyssal Whip/Tentacle, you should focus on Strength all the way to 99! An example of a training pathway is as follows:

  • A1 - S1 - D1
  • A10 - S10 - D1
  • A10 - S10 - D1
  • A20 - S20 - D1
  • A30 - S30 - D1
  • ...
  • A70 - S99 - D1
  • A99 - S99 - D1
  • A99 - S99 - D99

This pathway is the fastest and most efficient but note that as you train on higher leveled monsters the need for better armour to reduce food/prayer costs may become a necessity, so train your skills in the order you see fit. But remember to prioritize offensive skills.

As for the training methods, I'll jump right in!

Levels 1 - 30:

Completing the Waterfall Quest will get you instantly to level 30 in both Attack and Strength - it is highly recommended to do this, if not, the methods below will give alternatives.

Levels 1 - 10:

From levels 1 to 10 you should train on chickens, found in eastern Lumbridge in the Farmer's pen. This won't take very long at all and chickens drop feathers too, which can be picked up for a slight profit!

Levels 10 - 20:

From levels 10 to 20 you should focus on cows and cow calves, just east of where the chickens are found. These drop cowhides as well, which, although they are not worth as much any more, can still be sold to make a tidy profit on the Grand Exchange!

Levels 20 - 30:

For levels 20 to 30 you should train on Monks, found in the Edgeville Monastery. These give marginally more exp but can only be killed one at a time. Food is unnecessary here as the player can heal for free speaking to the Abbot to be healed for free. They only drop bones which can be buried for Prayer experience.

Levels 30 - 40:

Here you should train on Rock Crabs, found north east of Relleka. These must be brought out of their shell by standing close to them. Eventually they become unaggressive and you should run south and then back north to reset them.

Levels 40 - 60:

At these levels you should train on Experiments, which are encountered during the Creature of Fenkenstrain quest. They offer really good exp per hour, however if you have not completed the quest requirements, then you should train on Rock Crabs, found in Relleka.

Levels 60 - 99:

At this point you should train all the way to 99 using the Nightmare Zone. This is a safe minigame which rewards overloads or absorption potions in exchange for killing creatures which have already been encountered in quests. This gives very very good exp per hour and is considered the best training in the game.

A very good strategy for Nightmare Zone, and currently the meta for melee training, is to use a Dwarven Rockcake to lower yourself to 1 Hitpoint and use a Dharok's Armour Set for the massively increased damage while using the Absorption Potions which the minigame provides! This can yield around 140K combat experience per hour, not including the Hitpoints experience! It will also give you loads of Nightmare Zone Reward Points, which can be used to purchase Herb Boxes and make a large amount of money!

If you do not wish to use the Nightmare Zone, then you can train on Yaks, found in Neitiznot, or by playing the Pest Control minigame, which also offers a cash reward and the ability to purchase the Void Knight Armour set and Helms, a very useful set of gear for later in the game - useful for most high leveled PVM content!

Slayer/AFK Training

There are two other melee training methods to talk about. Firstly, Slayer.

I mentioned above that Slayer is the best way to train Melee. Not only this but it also makes a lot of money and can train up your other stats too, such as Magic, Ranged and Prayer. Unless you have a reason to not want to level Slayer, it should be your main priority.

In contrast to this, if you do not have much time or need to study or anything like that, there is a very very simple AFK method of training your melee stats - this is AFKing Bandits in the Bandit Camp. This is a 100% AFK method of training and requires Guthan's armour set and Spear to work. Staying here for long periods of time and using the armour's passive healing effect keeps the player alive and gives exp without needing to do anything! Here is a video on the method below!

What is your training method?

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Here's a cool Runescape Timelapse video - the series is called SpeedScape and new episodes are released regularly. Check it out!

Thank You

Thank you for reading my Melee 1-99 guide - I hope it helps you achieve to the max and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask them below. Check out some of my other guides too if you're stuck!


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