Runescape Strength Guide

What Does Strength Do?

Strength is a very valuable skill used in Melee combat. The higher your Strength, the higher you will hit during combat. It’s for this reason that most PKers have a very high Strength compared to their other stats. There are also some pieces of equipment that require you to have a certain amount of Strength to wield.

Training Strength

By clicking on the Attack Styles icon (the one with the crossing swords), you’ll be able to choose between the different kinds of attacks you can use with your currently equipped weapon. To train your Strength, you’ll want to choose the “Aggressive” style from the menu.
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Each time you inflict one damage point on your opponent, you’ll earn 4 Strength experience. You can also use the “Controlled” method of some weapons to train all of your melee skills (attack, defense and strength) and earn 1.3 experience to each.

In the picture below, the box is accessible by clicking the Equipment icon (right of the inventory icon), which allows you to equip and unequip items. The “Show Equipment Stats” will pop-up the box you see is in the picture. It will contain what you’re wearing, an enlarged picture of yourself, and your stats. Strength bonus is located under “Other bonuses”. The higher that number is, the more damage you will deal in combat.

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Boosting Your Strength

There are a number of ways to temporarily boost your Strength.

Potions - There are a few potions in RuneScape that will give you a generous strength boost
Drinks - Several alcoholic beverages will increase your strength level for a short time.
Prayers - 3 Prayers exist that will allow you to inflict extra damage in battle.
Special Attacks - Some special attacks will increase your strength greatly when used.
All of these methods will be described later on in this guide.

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Bronze to Dragon Weapons

Bronze

Bronze Dagger: +3
Bronze Axe: +5
Bronze Mace: +5
Bronze Claws: +5
Bronze Sword: +5
Bronze Longsword: +7
Bronze Scimitar: +6
Bronze Spear: +6
Bronze Warhammer: +8
Bronze Battle Axe: +9
Bronze Two-Handed Sword: +10
Bronze Halberd: +8
Bronze Pickaxe: +5

Iron

Iron Dagger: +4
Iron Axe: +7
Iron Mace: +7
Iron Claws: +7
Iron Sword: +7
Iron Longsword: +10
Iron Scimitar: +9
Iron Spear: +10
Iron Warhammer: +9
Iron Battle Axe: +13
Iron Two-Handed Sword: +14
Iron Halberd: +12
Iron Pickaxe: +7

Steel

Steel Dagger: +7
Steel Axe: +9
Steel Mace: +11
Steel Claws: +12
Steel Sword: +12
Steel Longsword: +16
Steel Scimitar: +14
Steel Spear: +12
Steel Warhammer: +16
Steel Battle Axe: +20
Steel Two-Handed Sword: +22
Steel Halberd: +20
Steel Pickaxe: +9

Black

Black Dagger: +7
Black Axe: +12
Black Claws: +14
Black Sword: +12
Black Longsword: +16
Black Scimitar: +14
Black Spear: +16
Black Warhammer: +19
Black Battle Axe: +24
Black Two-Handed Sword: +26
Black Halberd: +20

White (Members Only)

To use any white weapons, you must have completed the Wanted! quest.

White Dagger: +7
White Claws: +14
White Sword: +12
White Longsword: +16
White Scimitar: +14
White Warhammer: +19
White Battle Axe: +24
White Two-Handed Sword: +26
White Halberd: +20

Mithril

Mithril Dagger: +10
Mithril Axe: +13
Mithril Mace: +16
Mithril Claws: +17
Mithril Sword: +17
Mithril Longsword: +22
Mithril Scimitar: +20
Mithril Spear: +18
Mithril Warhammer: +20
Mithril Battle Axe: +29
Mithril Two-Handed Sword: +31
Mithril Halberd: +29
Mithril Pickaxe: +13

Adamantite

Adamantite Dagger: +14
Adamantite Axe: +19
Adamantite Mace: +23
Adamantite Claws: +24
Adamantite Sword: +24
Adamantite Long Sword: +31
Adamantite Scimitar: +31
Adamantite Spear: +28
Adamantite Warhammer: +31
Adamantite Battle Axe: +41
Adamantite Two-Handed Sword: +44
Adamantite Halberd: +42
Adamantite Pickaxe: +19

Rune

Rune Dagger: +24
Rune Axe: +29
Rune Mace: +36
Rune Claws: +39
Rune Sword: +49
Rune Longsword: +49
Rune Scimitar: +44
Rune Spear: +42
Rune Warhammer: +48
Rune Battle Axe: +64
Rune Two-Handed Sword: +70
Rune Halberd: +68
Rune Pickaxe: +29

Dragon (Members Only)

Dragon Dagger: +40
Dragon Axe: +42
Dragon Mace: +55
Dragon Longsword: +71
Dragon Scimitar: +66
Dragon Spear: +60
Dragon Battle Axe: +85
Dragon Two-Handed Sword: +93
Dragon Halberd: +89

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Staffs

Elemental

Staff: +3
Battlestaff: +32
Magic Staff: +7
Staff Of Air: +3
Staff Of Earth: +5
Staff Of Fire: +6
Staff Of Water: +3

Battle Staffs

Air Battlestaff: +35
Earth Battlestaff: +35
Fire Battlestaff: +35
Water Battlestaff: +35
Lava Battlestaff: +35
Mud Battlestaff: +35

Mystic Staffs

Mystic Air Staff: +50
Mystic Earth Staff: +50
Mystic Fire Staff: +50
Mystic Water Staff: +50
Mystic Lava Staff: +50
Mystic Mud Staff: +50

Other Staffs

Iban’s Staff: +50
Ancient Staff: +50
Dramen Staff: +10
Guthix Staff: +2
Zamorak Staff: +2
Saradomin Staff: +2
Slayer Staff: +35
TzHarr Staff (Toktz-mej-tal): +55

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Jewelry, Capes & Armor

Amulets

Amulet Of Strength: +10
Amulet Of Fury: +8
Amulet Of Glory: +6
Amulet Of Power: +6

Rings

Berserker Ring: +4

Capes

Fire Cape: +4

Gloves

Note: Klank’s gauntlets are obtained in the Underground Pass Quest, and cooking, chaos, and goldsmith gauntlets are obtainable by having your steel gauntlets enchanted by one of the Family Crest brothers after you complete the Family Crest Quest. Armored gloves are available for purchase in The Culinaromancers’ Chest. Depending on how many sub-quests you have completed in the Recipe For Disaster quest, only some gloves may be available for purchase.

Gauntlets (Klank’s gauntlets, Family Crest Gauntlets): +2
Bronze Gloves: +2
Iron Gloves: +3
Steel Gloves: +4
Black Gloves: +5
Mithril Gloves: +6
Adamant Gloves: +7
Rune Gloves: +8
Dragon Gloves: +9
Barrows Gloves: +12

Boots

Adamant Boots: +1

Climbing Boots: +2

Rune Boots: +2

Shields

Obsidian Shield (Toktz-Ket-Xil): +5

Helmets

Berserker Helmet: +3

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Quest Weapons

Silverlight: +12
Darklight: +13
Wolfbane Dagger: +10
Bone Spear: +13
Bone Club: +15
Excalibur: +25
Gadderhammer: +35
Blurite Sword: +10
Magic Secateurs: +1
Note: Your fighting ability with Magic Secateurs depends on your Farming skill rather than your Strength skill.
Rat Pole: +3
Silver Sickle (b): +1
Rod Of Ivandis: +3

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Other Weapons

Whips

Abyssal Whip: +82

Mauls

Granite Maul: +79 (requires 50 strength)

Blades

Fremennik Blade: +28

Barrows

Dharok’s Greataxe: +105 (requires 70 strength)
Guthan’s Warspear: +75
Torag’s Hammers: +72 (requires 70 strength)
Verac’s Flail: +72
Ahrim’s Staff: +68

TzHaar

TokTz-Xil-Ak: +49
TokTz-Ket-Em: +56
TokTz-Ket-Om: +85
TokTz-Xil-Ek: +39

Mjolnirs

Zamorak Mjolinir: +14
Saradomin Mjolinir: +14
Guthix Mjolinir: +14

Castle Wars

Red Decorative Sword: +16
White Decorative Sword: +22
Gold Decorative Sword: +31

Culinaromancer’s Chest

All of the below items are bought from the Culinaromancer’s Chest, which is located in the Lumbridge Castle Basement. Depending on how many sub-quests you have completed in the Recipe For Disaster quest, only some items may be available for purchase.

Wooden Spoon: +7
Egg Whisk: +4
Spork: +12
Spatula: +22
Frying Pan: +20
Skewer: +31
Rolling Pin: +36
Kitchen Knife: +24
Meat Tenderizer: +48
Cleaver: +44

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Quests

These quests all give experience to Strength when you complete them.

In Search of the Myreque - 600 strength xp
In Aid of the Myreque - 2,000 strength xp
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio - 2,500 strength xp
The Fremennik Trials - 2,812 strength xp
Heroes Quest - 3,075 strength xp
Troll Romance - 4,000 strength xp
Scorpion Catcher - 6,625 strength xp
Roving Elves - 10,000 strength xp
Waterfall Quest - 13,750 strength xp
*Dragon Slayer - 18,650 strength xp
Monkey Madness - 20,000 or 35,000 strength xp
Haunted Mine - 22,000 strength xp

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Temporary Bonuses

Prayers

Burst Of Strength - increases your strength by 5%.
Superhuman Strength - Increases your strength by 10%.
Ultimate Strength - Increases your strength by 15%.

Special Attacks

Dragon Battle Axe Special Attack - Raises your strength by 15 levels. But other combat stats, including range, attack, defense, and magic are lowered.

Beverages

Beer - Increases your Strength level by 4, but reduces Attack by 8. Heals 4.
Keg Of Beer - Greatly decreases Attack, but increases Strength by 7.

Potions

Zamorak Potion: +2 - 11 Strength Level Boost
Strength Potion - 3 - 12 Level Strength Boost
Super Strength Potion: 5 - 19 Level Strength Boost