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This article is about the strength skill. For information on training strength, see combat training.
Strength
A detailed image of the strength icon

Strength (often abbreviated as Str) is a melee combat skill that determines how much damage is done in melee combat. The higher the Strength level, the higher the maximum hit and the higher the average damage. This is the most common level 99 skill, having 120,467 players at 99 Strength (As of Jan. 28, 2010). The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at rank 2,000,000) on the hiscores for Strength is level 64.

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Experience

A player using kick to attack a dummy found in Varrock.
Using the aggressive attack style in the attack style menu.

A formula is used that decides how much experience a player obtains when fighting aggressively. If a player hits an opponent, whatever damage they deal is multiplied by 4 and given to the player's experience in their strength skill. For example, if a player hits a 1, then they will receive 4 Strength experience.

Some experience is also given to a player's Hitpoints level when they deal damage. If a player hits an opponent, whatever damage they deal is multiplied by 1.33 and given to their Hitpoints. For example, if a player hits a 1, then they will receive 1.33 Hitpoints experience, in addition to the 4 experience in Strength.

If a player fights with the "controlled" attack style, then whatever damage they deal will be multiplied by 1.33 and given to the player's Strength, Attack, Defence, and Hitpoints experience.

Many prefer the Saradomin sword to train Strength, as it has the same stats as an Abyssal whip, but is a two-handed weapon. Although the Abyssal whip is cheaper, the only way to train strength using it is by selecting the controlled attack style, rendering it inefficient for training strength. Most players that cannot afford a Saradomin sword use a Dragon scimitar instead. Characters who are pure strength with a low attack often use a Red topaz machete or an Obsidian maul, due to their low Attack level requirements.

Strength bonus

Most weapons have a strength bonus which can be seen in the equipment menu, beside the inventory menu. This bonus, along with the Strength level, is used to calculate maximum melee hit.

The more powerful weapons such as the two handed swords or battleaxes have higher strength bonuses, while the weaker weapons such as daggers and swords have lower strength bonuses. Also, the stronger the metal, the better strength bonus. For example, a rune two-handed sword has a higher strength bonus than an adamant two-handed sword.

Strength is also now required to wield halberds and granite shields, as well as a few of the Barrows weapons. It is also a necessary stat in several Agility shortcuts along with other skills and quests.

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Highest strength bonus possible

The following armour gives the highest possible strength bonus for strength:

Best Strength Bonuses

The following armour gives the highest possible strength bonus for members.

Best strength bonus
Image Item Bonus Requirements
Berserker helm

[1]

+3 45 Defence, completed Fremennik Trials
Vesta's chainbody

[2]

+6 78 Defence (20 Defence for Corrupt version)
Vesta's plateskirt

[2]

+3 78 Defence (20 Defence for Corrupt version)
Godsword

[3]

+132 75 Attack
Barrows gloves +12 Completed Recipe for Disaster
Dragon boots +4 60 Defence
Fire cape +4 Completed the TzHaar Fight Cave
Amulet of strength +10 None
Berserker ring (i) +8 Mobilising Armies Rank of 300
Total
+182 75 Attack, 78/60 Defence, completed of Recipe for Disaster, Fremennik Trials, and TzHaar Fight Cave, and a Mobilising Armies Rank of 300
  1. ^ The Helm of neitiznot (requiring 55 Defence and Fremennik Isles) and Statius's full helm (requiring 78/20 Defence) both give the same strength bonus.
  2. ^ a b All Ancient Warriors' Equipment comes in corrupt versions. Normal versions require level 78 in relevant skills and last for 1 hour. Corrupt versions require level 20 and last 15 minutes.
  3. ^ All Godswords give the same Strength bonus.
Best strength bonus without PvP armour
A player wearing items giving the best strength bonus without Dragon boots.
Image Item Bonus Requirements
Berserker helm

[1]

+3 45 Defence, completed Fremennik Trials
Bandos chestplate

[2]

+4 65 Defence
Bandos tassets +2 65 Defence
Godsword

[3]

+132 75 Attack
Barrows gloves +12 Completed Recipe for Disaster
Dragon boots +4 60 Defence
Fire cape +4 Completed the TzHaar Fight Cave
Amulet of strength +10 None
Berserker ring (i) +8 Mobilising Armies Rank of 300
Total
+179 75 Attack, 65 Defence, completed of Recipe for Disaster, Fremennik Trials, and TzHaar Fight Cave, and a Mobilising Armies Rank of 300
  1. ^ The Helm of neitiznot (requiring 55 Defence and Fremennik Isles) gives the same strength bonus.
  2. ^ Fighter torsos give the same bonus and require 40 Defence
  3. ^ All Godswords give the same Strength bonus.

File:111 hit.png Max Hit - Melee

The highest recorded maximum hit with melee is 138, excluding quests, and to hit it, a player must meet the following requirements:

Image Item Bonus Requirements
File:Black mask.PNG Black mask

(1) (2)

+0 None
File:Keris.png Keris

(3)

+30 Completion of Contact!, 50 attack
File:Dragonfire_shield.gif Dragonfire shield +7 75 defence
File:Ruby amulet.png Amulet of Strength +10 None
File:Vesta's chainbody.png‎ Vesta's chainbody +6 78/20 defence
File:Vesta's-plateskirt-inv.png Vesta's plateskirt +3 78/20 defence
File:Dragon boots inv.png Dragon Boots +4 60 defence
File:Fire_cape.PNG Fire Cape +4 Completed TzHaar Fight Cave
File:Barrows gloves.png Barrows Gloves +12 Completed Recipe for Disaster
File:Berserker ring.png Berserker ring (i) +8 Rank of 300 or higher in Mobilising Armies minigame.
Total +84 78/75 defence, completion of Contact!, Recipe for Disaster, and TzHaar Fight Cave

1. A Player could also use a Slayer helmet, but it is harder to get.

2. The Black mask or Slayer helmet gives an invisible +15% boost to Strength and Attack on Slayer tasks.

3. Keris gives an invisible +60% boost to Strength when attacking Kalphite Guardians or the Kalphite Queen.

During A Soul's Bane, the player can hit up to 200 regardless of armour. During the While Guthix Sleeps quest, players may hit over 100 after touching the Stone of Jas. In the 2009 Thanksgiving Event, players can hit up to 199. Outside of the quests, the maximum hit is yielded as above. Using the Turmoil prayer may further increase this max hit.

  • Note: The hit of 126 was recorded by Sosolid2k who only used a Super Strength potion and was posted on a video on YouTube:Sosolid2kk's Runescape High/Max Hits With Melee 3 . Now, players can use Extreme strength potions, which increases the maximum hit to more than 126.

Best Free-to-Play Strength Bonus

The following armour gives the highest possible strength bonus for non-members.

Item Image Strength
bonus
Requirements to wear/use
Corrupt dragon battleaxe(1) (2) File:CorruptBaxe.png +85 60 attack
Rune berserker shield(2) File:Rune berserker shield 100.png +4 45 defence
Rune gauntlets File:Rune_Gauntlets.png +2 40 defence
Amulet of strength File:Ruby_amulet.png +10 None
Total +101 45 defence, 60 attack

1. The Corrupt dragon battleaxe will disintegrate after 30 minutes.

2. The best time-limitless bonus is +82, achieved by wielding a rune two-handed sword. The best time-limitless one-handed-weapon bonus is +80, by wielding a rune battleaxe and a rune berserker shield 100.

File:111_hit.png Max Free-to-Play hit - Melee

The maximum melee damage recorded on a free world is 36. In order to hit it, a player should wield:

Also, they should have a strength level of 99, drink a strength potion, have the prayer Ultimate Strength on (prayer level 31) and be on the aggressive mode.

The maximum time-limitless max melee hit recorded in a free world is 32. In order to hit it, a player should wield:

Also, they should have a strength level of 99, be fighting a Lesser demon or a Greater demon, drink a strength potion, have the prayer Ultimate Strength on (prayer level 31) and be on the aggressive mode.

Other strength bonuses

Slot Item Image Bonus
Neckwear Amulet of Fury
File:Amulet of fury.PNG
+8
Berserker necklace
File:Onyx necklace.gif
+7
Amulet of glory
File:Dragonstone amulet.png
+6
Amulet of power
File:Diamond amulet.png
+6
Body Bandos chestplate
File:Bandoschestplate.gif
+4
Bandos tassets
File:Armourtassets.gif
+2
Hand Metal gloves
File:Basic gloves.pngFile:Bronze gloves.pngFile:Iron gloves.pngFile:Steel gloves.pngFile:Black gloves.png
File:Mithril gloves.pngFile:Adamant gloves.pngFile:Rune gloves.pngFile:Dragon gloves.pngFile:barrows gloves.png
+1 - +12 (depending on what type)
Combat bracelet
File:Dragonstone bracelet.png
+6
Regen bracelet
File:Onyx bracelet.png
+7
Footwear Climbing boots
File:Climbing Boots.PNG
+2
Rune boots
File:Rune_boots.png
+2
Adamant boots
File:Adamant_boots_sprite.png
+1
Dragon boots
File:Dragon boots inv.png
+4
Shield Defenders
File:Steel defender.pngFile:Black defender.pngFile:Mithril defender.pngFile:Adamant defender.pngFile:Rune defender.png
+1 to +5 (depending on what metal)
Dragonfire shield
File:Dragonfire shield.gif
+7
Toktz-ket-xil (obsidian shield)
File:TokTz-Ket-Xil.png
+5

Weapons

  • Granite maul - Requires level 50 Strength and level 50 Attack to wield.
  • Granite mace - Requires level 50 Strength and level 50 Attack to wield.
  • Obsidian maul - Requires level 60 Strength to wield.
  • Dharok's greataxe - requires level 70 strength and level 70 attack to wield.
  • Torag's hammers - requires level 70 strength and level 70 attack to wield
  • All Halberds - All halberds require a Strength level half of the Attack level required to wield, except for the steel halberd, which requires no strength.
    • For example the Rune halberd requires level 40 Attack and 20 Strength

Every weapon, other than a fun weapon, any bow, a law talisman staff or the Dark dagger from Legends' Quest has a strength bonus.

Temporary boosts

A player wearing a Strength cape (t) and performing the Skillcape emote.
  • Strength potion - Boosts Strength level by 3 to 12; amount depends on player's Strength level, (12.5% of Strength level).
  • Combat potion - Boosts Strength level by 3 to 12; amount depends on player's Strength level. Also boosts Attack at the same time. (12.5% for both).
  • Super strength potion - Boosts Strength level by 5 to 19; amount depends on player's Strength level (20%).
  • Zamorak potion - Boosts Strength level by 2 to 13; amount depends on player's Strength level.
  • When "Dharoking" with a full Dharok set, players can lower their Hitpoints to where they are nearly dead, such as having less than 10 hp left. Doing so greatly increases their Strength, allowing them to deal massive damage, upwards of 80 if they are lucky. Dharok's armours special effect hits double normal damage at 10% hp or lower.
  • Prayer - Burst of Strength, Superhuman Strength, Ultimate Strength, Chivalry and Piety boost Strength level by 5%, 10%, 15%, 18% and 23% respectively.
  • Ancient Curses - Leech Strength and Turmoil boosts a player's strength level by 5%, then up to 10% after time, and 23% + 10% of the opponent's level respectively.
  • Black mask - When equipped, boosts strength level by 15%; amount depends on player's Strength level. Also boosts Attack at the same time. Only works while fighting monsters that have been assigned to you by a Slayer Master.note: not stackable with salve amulet of either charge.
  • Dragon Battleaxe special attack - Boosts your Strength level by 20%. However it also lowers your Magic, Attack, Ranged, and Defence level by 10%. Drains 100 percent of your special attack bar. This is not stackable with a Strength potion, Super Strength potion, or .
  • Salve Amulet - Provides a boost of 15% attack and strength while fighting the undead. This effect is stackable with any one strength-boosting prayer and any one of the following: a Strength potion, Super Strength potion, Zamorak brew, or Dragon Battleaxe special attack. Note: not stackable with black mask of any charge.
  • Salve Amulet (e) - Provides a boost of 20% attack and strength while fighting the undead. This effect is stackable with the same combinations of prayers and potions as the unenchanted version.
  • Beer - Raises your strength by 2, but lowers your Attack by 4, while most other alcoholic drinks will raise your strength while lowering Attack on varying amounts.
  • Braindeath 'rum' - Raises your Strength by 3 and Mining by one, but decreases Attack, Defence, Prayer, Magic, Agility and Herblore by five.
  • The special move of the Obsidian golem familiar raises strength by 9.

The maximum boost can be achieved using the weapons with the highest strength bonus, Overload or Extreme strength (+26%), Leech Strength (up to 25%), then switching to the Turmoil prayer (+32% at maximum), with an additional boost from the Salve Amulet(e) (+20%) when fighting undead monsters.

Training

Fun Weapons

Fun weapons are weapons that give a large negative strength bonus and are usually used by skillers not wanting to gain any strength xp or just for showing off.

Other Features

  • You can go into the God Wars Dungeon with a Strength of level 60 by pushing the boulder out of the way.
  • A door in the God Wars Dungeon, leading to Bandos' enclosure and General Graardor, requires each player to have level 70 Strength and a hammer to open.
  • In the Warriors Guild, you can do the Strength minigame to earn tokens.
  • You can push through the magical wheat in Puro-Puro easier.
  • Strength is also a requirement for many agility shortcuts involving grapples.

See also

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This article uses material from the "Strength" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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