The current skills screen.

Skills are a player's attributes that can be advanced throughout the game. Skills are trained by various repetitive actions that give experience in the skill, until enough experience is earned for the next level. Some skills allow players to cook, chop down trees, make fires, use magic, make runes and more. Some skills are "interlaced", meaning that they can be used together. For example, logs obtained from Woodcutting can be used for Firemaking, and fires from Firemaking can be used for Cooking.

There are currently 24 skills in RuneScape, of which 15 are for free players.

All skills start out at level 1 except for hitpoints which starts with level 10. Players can advance a skill to level 99; after that they can increase their experience up to 200,000,000 but get no more levels for doing so. A player's combat level begins at 3. The maximum combat level a player can reach is 138. Non-members can reach level 126. See highscores for the relative rankings of the different skills.

Skills can be temporarily boosted or lowered using certain items or equipment, such as beer, potions, and pies.

If players are in the top 2,000,000 and above level 30 in any skill they get into the hiscores.


Icon Name Description
Attack Attack Allows players to wield stronger melee weapons and fight more accurately in melee.
Strength Strength Allows players to deal more melee damage and equip certain weapons. It also gives access to several agility shortcuts.
Defence Defence Allows players to wear stronger armour and decrease chance of being hit.
Ranged Ranged Allows players to fight with missiles and projectiles from a distance and reduce the chance for range attack to hit you.
Prayer Prayer Allows players to pray for assistance, such as ability boosts.
Magic Magic Allows players to cast spells and teleportation. Reduce chance for mage attack to hit you.
Runecrafting Runecrafting Allows players to make runes for Magic.
Hitpoints Hitpoints Allows players to sustain more damage.
Crafting Crafting Allows players to create arts & craft-like items, from pottery to ranged armour.
Mining Mining Allows players to obtain ores and gems from rocks.
Smithing Smithing Allows players to smelt ores into bars and smith bars into armour and weapons.
Fishing Fishing Allows players to catch fish.
Cooking Cooking Allows players to cook food. The food can then be consumed to heal players' hitpoints.
Firemaking Firemaking Allows players to light fires on logs, lanterns, etc.
Woodcutting Woodcutting Allows players to cut down trees to obtain logs.

Skill typesEdit

There are four types of skills in RuneScape: Extraction, Processing, Combat, and Independent.

Name Description Skills
Extraction skills These skills involve obtaining resources or items from the environment. Mining, Fishing, and Woodcutting.
Processing skills These skills involve processing items obtained through extraction skills into finished products. Magic, Cooking, Smithing, Firemaking, Crafting, and Runecrafting.
Combat skills These skills involve fighting in combat. Attack, Strength, Defence, Hitpoints, Magic, Ranged, and Prayer.
Independent skills These skills have no classification. Magic


Next levelEdit

The equation below gives the experience needed for the next level:

$ Experience = \sum_{n = 1} ^ {k - 1} \left \lfloor \frac {n} {4} + 75 \times 2 ^ \frac {n} {7} \right \rfloor $
where k = current level

Combat skillsEdit

To calculate the experience gain for combat skills, a simple equation can be used:

Experience earned = 4 x d
where d = damage dealt to an opponent


To calculate the experience gain for Hitpoints, another simple equation can be used:

Experience earned = 1.33 x d
where d = damage dealt to an opponent