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Defence is one of the seven Combat.svg Combat skills in Melvor Idle. It is one of three skills (along with Hitpoints (skill).svg Hitpoints and Prayer (skill).svg Prayer) that is always used when determining a player or monster's Combat Level regardless of what combat style they are strongest with.

Training Defence increases the player's evasion ratings, which in turn lowers monsters' chance to hit when in combat. However, a higher player Defence level does not reduce the maximum damage dealt by a successful monster attack, instead see: Damage Reduction.


The Defence skill increases the player's melee, ranged, and magic evasion rating. For details on how Evasion Rating is calculated, refer to the Evasion Rating section on the Combat.svg Combat page.

Gaining Defence XP

Defence experience can be earned while using any Combat Style by selecting the appropriate Attack Style:

  • While using Attack (skill).svg Melee, select the Block Attack Style
  • While using Ranged (skill).svg Ranged, select the Longrange Attack Style
  • While using Magic (skill).svg Magic, select the Defensive Attack Style

XP gained is based on damage dealt. When using the Block Attack Style, 0.4 Defence XP will be received per point of damage done. When using the Longrange or Defensive Attack Styles, 0.2 Defence XP will be received per point of damage done, with another 0.2 XP going to Ranged or Magic respectively.

The Gold Emerald Ring (item).svg Gold Emerald Ring increases all combat XP gained by 4%.

Armour Materials

Each armour material requires a certain Defence level to be equipped. Below is a table detailing which Defence level is required for which armour material.

Defence (skill).svg Level Material
1 Bronze Helmet (item).svg Bronze
Iron Helmet (item).svg Iron
Slayer Helmet (Basic) (item).svg Slayer (Basic)
5 Steel Helmet (item).svg Steel
10 Black Helmet (item).svg Black
20 Mithril Helmet (item).svg Mithril
30 Adamant Helmet (item).svg Adamant
Slayer Helmet (Strong) (item).svg Slayer (Strong)
40 Rune Helmet (item).svg Rune
Ice Helmet (item).svg Ice
Miolite Helmet (item).svg Miolite
60 Dragon Helmet (item).svg Dragon
Slayer Helmet (Elite) (item).svg Slayer (Elite)
Sand Treaders (item).svg Sand Treaders
Recoil Shield (item).svg Recoil Shield
70 Ancient Helmet (item).svg Ancient
Dragonfire Shield (item).svg Dragonfire Shield
80 Slayer Helmet (Master) (item).svg Slayer (Master)
85 Terran God Helmet (item).svg Terran
Ragnar God Helmet (item).svg Ragnar


The skillcape can be purchased from the store for Coins.svg 1,000,000 after the player reaches Defence Level 99.

Skillcape Name Effect
Defence Skillcape (item).svg Defence Skillcape +80 All Defence Bonuses


The pet can be unlocked by doing any action that provides Defence XP.

Pet Name Effect
Leonardo (pet).svg Leonardo +1% Damage Reduction