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Melee Guide: Best Experience Rates per Hour and How to Get 138 Combat Faster
Welcome to my 1–99 P2P Melee guide for RuneScape 3 in the Evolution of Combat (EoC). This guide is regularly updated to incorporate recent updates to the game. There are a few routes to consider in achieving 99 in all 3 skills, including:
- The fastest route
- The most profitable route
- The most AFKable route to 99
The combat skills are some of the easiest and most fun skills to get to 99. Getting max stats in Attack, Strength, and Defence will give 99 constitution as well since constitution gains EXP at a third of the rate as the others, so you are effectively killing four birds with three stones! See below for each of these methods.
Equipment is the most important factor for quickly leveling up in combat. The table below shows the best equipment for each level. Bear in mind that the best weapon for your level might not be the best weapon for a specific monster; always take into consideration the monster's weaknesses. Don't worry though, I will note the monsters' weaknesses throughout this guide so you don't have to look them up yourself.
Also note that a Full Void Knight Melee Set will increase melee accuracy by 10% and melee damage by 5%, therefore increasing the speed at which you can achieve 99. The set requires Level 42 in all combat stats and 22 in prayer. 42 summoning is not needed.
Bronze 2H Sword
Iron 2H Sword
Steel 2H Sword
Mithril 2H Sword
Adamant 2H Sword
Rune 2H Sword
Dragon 2H Sword
Abyssal Whip + Enhanced Excalibur
Dual Drygore Maces/Noxious Scythe
Fastest Route to 99
If you want to get 99 attack, strength, and defence as quickly as possible, this section is for you.
Levels 1–30: Troll Brutes
Levels 1–30 should take approximately one hour per skill and can be done on Troll Brutes. Here are their stats:
- Level 2
- 50 Hitpoints
- 40 EXP per kill (10 Constitution EXP included)
- Weak to air spells
Troll Brutes are found in the northernmost cave in Burthorpe. They regularly drop food which you can eat for sustenance. Although they are weak to air spells they only have 50 hitpoints so can be killed in one hit.
Levels 30–60: Rock Crabs
Levels 30–60 will take about three hours per skill, maybe a bit longer, and can be reached by fighting Rock Crabs. Here are their stats:
- Level 102
- 2,550 Hitpoints
- 233 EXP per kill (58 Constitution EXP included)
- Weak to water spells
Rock Crabs are found just north of the Fremmenik Lodestone, along the coast. They have fairly profitable drops and also drop a fair number of gold charms, which are useful for summoning. They have the best Hitpoints-to-EXP ratio at this level and can be killed in under 15 seconds with the use of abilities.
Levels 60–70: Hellhounds
Levels 60–70 will take around two hours per skill and is all done on Hellhounds. Here are their stats:
- Level 132
- 3,300 Hitpoints
- 362 EXP per kill (119 Constitution EXP included)
- Weak to slash weapons
Hellhounds are found in the depths of the Taverley Dungeon and have a resource dungeon for better spots. They have no drops but are a very good source of gold charms, which are useful for summoning. They also drop a lot of spirit gems and are a source of hard clue scrolls. They are aggressive for ten minutes and with the use of Soulsplit or Guthan's Armour Set, they are quite AFKable, despite their good EXP rates.
Levels 70–90: Frost Dragons
Levels 70–90 should take around 15 hours per skill if using Frost Dragons. They require 85 Dungeoneering to reach but are well worth it. Here are their stats:
- Level 160
- 8,500 Hitpoints
- 1,085 EXP per kill (358 Constitution EXP included)
- Weak to stab weapons
Frost Dragons are found in the Asgardian Ice Dungeon Resource Dungeon and are incredible for EXP as well as profit. Their bones sell for around 16,000 each, meaning that each inventory can sell for around 450,000. The downside is that you'll require super-antifire potions for the best EXP per hour. However, normal antifire potions and protect-from-magic negate nearly all damage from Dragonfire.
Using a Demon Horn Necklace and a Bone Crusher can sustain your player for as long as you need, provided you are using Soulsplit for healing. If you don't have Soulsplit, a Guthan's Armour Set is a reasonable replacement. If you don't have 85 Dungeoneering then you should continue training on Hellhounds. Hsowever, even considering the time taken to achieve 85 Dungeoneering, Frost Dragons are still faster to achieve level 90.
Levels 90–99: Fight Cauldron Minigame or Waterfiends
Levels 90–99 will take a few days. There are several good ways to achieve 99 but the fastest is to complete the Fight Cauldron Minigame. I'm not going to go into the entire lengthy strategy here, but it requires the Brink Of Extinction to be completed so may not be available for everybody. Aside from that, Waterfiends are probably the best EXP at this level if using Drygore weapons. If not, continue to kill Frost Dragons. Here are the Waterfiends' stats:
- Level 154
- 8,000 Hitpoints
- 934 EXP per kill (308 Constitution EXP included)
- Weak to bolts
Despite being weak to bolts, Waterfiends are easily killed with Drygore weapons and are the best droppers of crimson charms in the game.
Most Profitable Methods
For those who want to make money through combat, there are two ways to do so:
Method 1: Slayer
This method is quite simple. From level 1 in all combat stats and Slayer, training the Slayer skill from 1 to 99 will max out all of your combat stats as well as your Range and Mage stats if you choose to play to a monster's weakness. It will also give more than enough charms for 99 Summoning so is highly recommended for efficiency purposes. Getting 99 Slayer can pay off anywhere between 60m to 200m depending on luck, but it is fairly normal to assume a profit of over 100m.
Method 2: Frost Dragon Bones
This method is much quicker than the first and results in more money, around 500m to be precise. Unfortunately it requires 85 Dungeoneering and can be extremely repetitive, considering that you must kill around 30,000 Frost Dragons from 80 to 99 in all skills. The method and equipment for killing Frost Dragons is above.
The AFK (Away From Keyboard) Method is quite simple. The Bandit Camp in the east side of the Kharidian Desert is home to aggressive bandits. They are always aggressive if you wear a Saradomin or Zamorak arrow, unlike other monsters who lose their aggression after ten minutes. This means that if you can find a way of healing faster than the damage, you can stay there completely away from the game for hours provided you click every five minutes to stop it from logging you out.
The two ways of healing are as follows:
- Using a full Guthan's Set to heal you periodically.
- Using Soulsplit along with a Bonecrusher and Split Dragontooth necklace to restore prayer points (this is more high levelled, and 92 Prayer can be very expensive)
Since the Revolution Update, this method now gains around 10,000 EXP per hour more due to the use of abilities. The video below shows this method in more detail.
Thank you for taking the time to read my guide. I hope it helps you reach 99 in all combat skills as much as it helped me and I also hope that it can help towards gaining that Max Cape. At the time of writing this guide all information was up to date and all of my information is regularly updated to fit in with new RuneScape updates. Any comments are greatly appreciated and feel free to add any below.
© 2014 Paul Laselle
Buther Pluggens on March 29, 2018:
Add more F2P methods.
Buther Pluggens on March 29, 2018:
F2P section is too small. Overall good guide.