Beginners Guide

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Melvor Idle is an idle game inspired by Runescape and as such, much of the time spent playing can be done without making any inputs.

This guide will give you some useful information to get started.

If you're interested in a particular aspect, please refer to its dedicated page for details.
You can also check out the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Before we get started, it is recommended that you set up an account with Melvor Cloud. You can register for an account by selecting Login/Register from the drop-down box in the top right of your Melvor Idle game. Logging-in will automatically backup your save file to the cloud every 5 minutes.

If you run Melvor Idle in an inactive tab, the browser may slow the game down, which is not good. To avoid this, you can run the game in an active browser tab, or open Melvor Idle in its own window, or use some specific browser commands to prevent it.

Video Guides

In addition to the information on this page, there are also some video guides for new players:

Video Title Author Version
Melvor Idle Tutorial Part 1 Procyon Lotor v0.19.2

The Interface

The interface is split into three sections:

The Left Menu

The bar on the left side of the screen is a menu filled with a list of buttons. There are buttons for every skill, a couple of information pages, your Bank, and a Settings page. Clicking the eye icon next to Combat or Skills will hide/show the list. Please take note of the fact that you can scroll in this window.

The Top Bar

In the top bar, you can see what page you are currently on. The potion and helmet icon on the right side can be selected to view your currently selected potions or equipment. You can also click on your name and check if you are currently logged into Melvor Cloud. You can find a login button in the Settings window or by clicking on your user name in the top right.

The Main Section

The main section of the screen can be filled with a plethora of content. It can be filled with the Bank, Settings, a Skill, or one of the information pages.

The Bank

- Main article: Bank

The Bank is where your items are stored. You can upgrade, sell, or equip your items by selecting them from the Bank screen. Weapons and armour have stats that can be viewed by first selecting them in the Bank, then selecting View Item Stats in the menu that appears. The item stats screen will show information about the item and a comparison of its stats to whatever item is currently equipped in the same slot. For example, if you had a pair of Bronze Gloves (item).svg Bronze Gloves equipped and you Viewed Item Stats for Iron Gloves (item).svg Iron Gloves in your Bank, there would be a green (+1) next to the Iron Gloves attack stats, showing that the Iron Gloves offer a higher attack when compared to the Bronze Gloves. Bank slots can be bought in the shop. You can sell your items with the menu opened by clicking on the item in your inventory.

The Shop

- Main article: Shop

The shop is where you can spend your hard-earned GP. Here you can buy things like better pickaxes and axes, more bank slots, some ingredients for various skills, and more.

Settings

- Main article: Settings

The settings page is where players can change various options for the game, including notifications, auto restart dungeons, dark mode, and save management. These options can be accessed from the left menu, towards the bottom. You can hover over the settings for a more detailed description of their effects.

Basic Skill Usage

One of the main aspects of the game is gathering resources with the various gathering skills and then processing those resources into more refined products with various other skills.

The fishing window.

One of the most simple production lines is with Fishing (skill).svg Fishing and Cooking (skill).svg Cooking.

  1. Select Fishing from the left menu to open the fishing skill page.
  2. To start fishing, select the fish you want to catch, then select 'Start Fishing'.
  3. At fishing Fishing Level 1 you only have access to Raw Shrimp (item).svg Raw Shrimp, so start with catching them.
Actively fishing.

Now that you have started fishing, the fishing window has changed slightly. Near the top of the window you will notice that the experience bar is slowly making its way across the window indicating that you are gaining Fishing (skill).svg Fishing experience. The selected fish will have information about it displayed within the Shallow Shores tile. The tile displays the name of the fish selected, the experience you earn for successfully catching the fish, the Mastery level of the fish, and the progress towards the next Mastery level.

Successfully completing a skill action will award you experience towards the skill used in addition to Mastery experience awarded towards the specific skill action used. When fishing for Raw Shrimp (item).svg Raw Shrimp you will earn +5 XP towards your Fishing skill level and +1 XP towards your Raw Shrimp Mastery level. In the left menu, you will also notice that Fishing is now shown in green indicating that this skill is active.

The cooking window.
Actively cooking.

Now that you have caught some fish, it's time to cook it with the Cooking (skill).svg Cooking skill! After opening the cooking window, you will notice the cooking page has three parts: cooking fire, a furnace, and a pot. The furnace and the pot can be unlocked later through the Shop. The fire will be named "Basic" because it's the starting version of the fire. Click on the "Select Recipe to Cook" button, and select the Shrimp. Once a fish has been selected, you can select "Active Cook" from the middle tile to begin cooking. The "Passive Cook" is an option that you will use in the late game.

Offline Progression

- Main article: Offline Progression

Offline progression allows your game to progress while closed for up to 18 hours. If the game is closed while performing an action, for instance mining Copper Ore (item).svg Copper Ore, when you return it will calculate how long you were gone for and provide you with the XP, Items, Mastery XP, and other various things that you would have received if the game was left running. A popup menu will provide a summary of what you earned while being away. The used skill will then continue progressing as normal.

Basic Combat

- Main article: Combat

To fight monsters navigate to the combat page by selecting any combat skill from the left menu. The combat page contains three tabs containing the locations where monsters can be fought, above a section for equipment and combat stats. Select browse combat areas, slayer areas, or dungeons to reveal a menu containing all the relevant locations. Selecting a location will display the enemies which can be found there, along with their Hitpoints, Combat Level, and Attack Type. The "Drops" option will display the possible loot drops a monster can give and selecting "Fight" will begin combat. Combat will continue until you run, die, or defeat the dungeon.

Slain enemies drop items sometimes. You can either loot the items manually by pressing the Loot All button or it will be done automatically if you run from the fight.

Combat skills are leveled by damaging enemies with weapons and magic. Mainly, usual weapons train Combat.svg Melee, bows train Ranged (skill).svg Ranged, and magic Magic Wand (Basic) (item).svg wands train Magic (skill).svg Magic. The available Attack Styles will change depending on the type of weapon you have equipped. Most combat skills have a passive effect even when the relevant style is not selected. Weapons, armour, and food can be equipped for use by selecting them in the Bank. Weapons and armour provide various bonuses and penalties to your combat stats, while food can be used for healing in combat. Upon death a random piece of Equipment worn will be lost forever, however Skillcapes lost this way can be repurchased from the Shop.

Combat Skills

Attack

Attack (skill).svg Attack increases your accuracy rating with melee weapons, which affects your chance to hit. Higher tiers of melee require higher Attack to be equipped.

Strength

Strength (skill).svg Strength increases your Max Hit with melee weapons. Max Hit determines your maximum potential damage on a successful hit.

Defence

Defence (skill).svg Defence increases your Melee, Ranged, and Magic Evasion Rating, which decreases the likelihood you will be hit by enemy attacks. Higher tiers of some armours require higher Defence to be equipped.

Hitpoints

Hitpoints (skill).svg Hitpoints affect your maximum life total and your passive regeneration rate. After receiving damage you will heal slowly over time, the speed at which you heal is based on your Hitpoints level. In addition to passive regeneration, your hitpoints can be replenished by consuming any food you have equipped. Hitpoints experience is earned by damaging enemies.

Ranged

Ranged (skill).svg Ranged increases your Accuracy Rating and Max Hit with ranged weapons, which affects your chance to hit and damage respectively. Higher tiers of ranged weapons, arrows, and some armours require higher Ranged to be equipped.

Magic

Magic (skill).svg Magic allows you to cast Spells from your Spellbook if you have the required Runes in your Bank and a magic weapon equipped. Magic increases your Accuracy Rating with Spells, which increases your chance to hit while using them.

Your Magic skill level increases your damage with Spells. Magic also increases your Magic Evasion Rating, which decreases the likelihood you will be hit by magic. Higher tiers of magic weapons and some armours require higher Magic to be equipped.

Prayer

Prayer (skill).svg Prayers are passive bonuses that expend Prayer Points to remain in effect. You gain Prayer Points by burying Bones, which are dropped by Monsters upon death. Prayer experience is earned by damaging enemies when any prayer is active.

Slayer

Slayer (skill).svg Slayer experience is earned by killing enemies in slayer areas or by completing Slayer Tasks. Slayer Tasks also earn you Slayer Coins.svg Slayer Coins that are used to purchase Slayer Equipment from the Shop. Slayer areas are unlocked by raising your Slayer level.

Skills

This section introduces the non-combat skills. For details, please visit their pages.

Woodcutting

Woodcutting (skill).svg Woodcutting is the best way to obtain Wood for Firemaking (skill).svg Firemaking and Fletching (skill).svg Fletching. You can cut two trees simultaneously by purchasing the Multi-Tree (upgrade).svg Multi-Tree upgrade from the Shop for Coins.svg 1,000,000.

At Woodcutting Level 99 Woodcutting you can purchase a Woodcutting Skillcape (item).svg Woodcutting Skillcape from the Shop to increase your woodcutting speed significantly.

Fishing

Fishing (skill).svg Fishing is a good skill to level before others. It allows you to catch raw fish that can be Cooking (skill).svg Cooked for food. When fishing, you can randomly get Treasure Chests that can contain Amulet of Fishing (item).svg Amulet of Fishing - an item that will help you to fish much faster.

Fishing is also the only way to obtain two rings that are very useful in the long run - Ancient Ring of Skills (item).svg Ancient Ring of Skills and Ancient Ring of Mastery (item).svg Ancient Ring of Mastery. Fishing for Raw Magic Fish (item).svg Raw Magic Fish is a decent way to earn a lot of Coins.svg Money. For other money-making methods, please check out the Money Making page.

Firemaking

Firemaking (skill).svg Firemaking is leveled to unlock higher tier Cooking Fires and create Coal Ore (item).svg Coal Ore.

Cooking Fires are Skill Upgrades purchased from the Shop and are used in Cooking (skill).svg Cooking to obtain a Cooking Experience Bonus. You will only receive Coal Ore 40% of the time from burning Logs and other methods - such as Mining (skill).svg Mining - are more efficient for gathering coal. The Firemaking Skillcape (item).svg Firemaking Skillcape provides a +5% global XP bonus, which is unlocked for purchase at Firemaking Level 99 Firemaking.

Lighting Bonfires will only give an Experience Bonus to Firemaking while active.

Cooking

Cooking (skill).svg Cooking is used to turn your raw fish into edible food. Cooking Fires can be purchased from the Shop and are unlocked by raising your Firemaking skill. Cooking Fires let you cook without manually lighting a fire and grant an Experience Bonus to Cooking.

The chance to successfully cook is not 100% from the start. Increasing the mastery of a particular food item increases its chances to be cooked. Cooking Gloves (item).svg Cooking Gloves can be purchased from the Shop to increase the chance of successfully cooking food.

Mining

Mining (skill).svg Mining is another good skill to level first. It is used for mining ore, rune essence, and gems. The Mastery Level of each ore affects how many times you can mine it before it's depleted and needs to respawn. The more valuable the ore is the longer the respawn time will be, with durations ranging from 1 to 120 seconds. Every time you mine there is a 1% chance you will find a random Gem in addition to your ore.

Mining with Gem Gloves (item).svg Gem Gloves is one of the good Money Making strategies of the early game. Note that Gem Gloves don't work when mining Rune Essence (item).svg Rune Essence. Purchasing multiple Gem Gloves will stack the charges.

Smithing

Smithing (skill).svg Smithing is used to turn ore into weapons and armour.

The gear made with it will allow you to fight fearsome enemies that would otherwise kill you instantly.

Thieving

Thieving (skill).svg Thieving lets you pickpocket for money and items. The Thieving Gloves (item).svg Thieving Gloves sold at the Shop increase you success rate when equipped. Thieving can give many useful items and is arguably the best way to obtain Seeds. You only earn experience from successful Pickpocket attempts.

Farming

You can Farming (skill).svg Farm and complete other tasks simultaneously, Fertilizing, Planting, and Harvesting do not interrupt other skills. Farming is one of the most time-efficient ways to obtain food, which is used for healing in Combat.svg Combat. Farming is the main way to obtain the Herbs that are used in potion brewing with Herblore (skill).svg Herblore.

Seeds planted without fertilizer have a 50% chance to yield crops after growing. To increase the chance of their survival, you need to fertilize the them with Compost (item).svg Compost. Each Compost used on a Seed will increase its survival chance by 10%, raising your Compost Level to 5 will guarantee your crops survive. Compost must be used every time a seed is planted to have an effect. Any crop that reaches Mastery Level 50 will always survive without Compost, and any crop of Mastery 70 or herb of Mastery 50 will yield enough seeds on average to be replanted endlessly.

To start Farming, you will need Seeds. Three seeds are needed for a single crop, two for herbs, and one for trees. The most efficient way to gather sedds early on is to fight Junior Farmer (monster).svg Junior, Adult Farmer (monster).svg Adult, or Master Farmer (monster).svg Master Farmer, in the Farmlands. You can also get seeds from the Bird Nest (item).svg Bird Nests found during Woodcutting (skill).svg Woodcutting. It is recommended to start leveling Farming early because it's quite lengthy.

Fletching

Fletching (skill).svg Fletching is used to make bows, bolts and arrows.

Fletching Magic Longbow (item).svg Magic Longbows is one of the decent Money Making strategies, although this method requires Fletching Level 99 to realize its true potential.

Crafting

Crafting (skill).svg Crafting is used to make Leather/Hide Armour, Rings, and Necklaces. Leather and Hide Armour is used to boost the power of Ranged (skill).svg Ranged attacks. Using Crafting (skill).svg Crafting to turn Bars and Gems into Rings and Amulets is less profitable than just selling the raw materials.

Runecrafting

Runecrafting (skill).svg Runecrafting uses Rune Essence (item).svg Rune Essence to create Runes that are used to cast Magic Spells with Magic (skill).svg Magic or make Elemental Potions with Herblore (skill).svg Herblore. It is also used to make Staves and Magic Armour.

Herblore

Herblore (skill).svg Herblore is used to Brew Potions. A single Potion has many Charges and can be equipped to the Potion slot available for each Skill, which is accessed from the top right of your screen. Once the Charges from a single Potion have been consumed, a new one can be used automatically if "Auto re-use potion" has been enabled in the Settings Menu. Bird Nest Potions are a good example of how useful potions can be in the early game when leveling Woodcutting (skill).svg Woodcutting for extra Seeds or GP.

Agility

Agility (skill).svg Agility is a support skill that allows players to build an agility course from a choice of obstacles, each providing their own bonuses and penalties to improve various aspects of other skills. While the initial cost of creating obstacles is high, there is no ongoing cost, and each completion of an obstacle grants money.

At the start, it could seem that the bonuses are not significant, but they begin to be really useful closer to the mid-game.
It is advised to keep level this skill whenever the next obstacle can be bought in a reasonable time.

Summoning

Summoning (skill).svg Summoning is a support skill that involves the creation of Summoning tablets for various familiars, with each familiar providing bonuses to various tasks while equipped. Two tablets may be equipped at a time, some combinations of which provide bonuses that are added bonus on top of the already-provided effects by each equipped tablet.

Like with Agility (skill).svg Agility, it is advised to keep this skill a priority because its synergies can save you days of effort later on.

Alt. Magic

Magic (skill).svg Alt. Magic is an alternative method to train Magic (skill).svg Magic using non-combat spells. It is still the same skill as Magic - all XP is shared. Each action takes 2 seconds and can be trained offline.

Some of the Alt.Magic spells are the cornerstones of the best methods to gather resources or money. For instance, Blessed Offering (spell).svg Blessed Offering is the best source of Prayer (skill).svg Prayer points through the most part of the game. Superheat IV (spell).svg Superheat IV is the spell that is used in one of the best Money Making methods of the game - creating Dragon Javelin (item).svg Dragon Javelins.

In addition, the Nature's Call Staff (item).png Nature's Call Staff can help you to reduce the cost of the Alt Magic spells.

Astrology

Astrology (skill).svg Astrology is a support skill that provides passive buffs to other skills in the game similar to the Agility (skill).svg Agility. Modifiers will be unlocked as you level up your mastery in each constellation and can be rerolled by spending Stardust (item).png Stardust or Golden Stardust (item).png Golden Stardust.

It is recommended to level it a bit for a respective skill that you were going to use and then to level it fully when you get the majority of XP and Mastery buffs.

Mastery

- Main article: Mastery

When you perform a Skill Action, you earn two types of experience:

  • 'Skill Experience' that increases your Skill Level,
  • 'Mastery Experience' that increases the Mastery.svg Mastery level of the specific Skill Action being used.

Mastery Levels will only give bonuses to the specific action they were earned on and can be viewed by selecting Completion > Mastery in the left menu. Each successful Skill Action earns 1 experience point towards that action's Mastery Level, but it massively changes with progress. For example, making an Iron Dagger (item).svg Iron Dagger with Smithing (skill).svg Smithing would earn 1 experience point towards Iron Dagger Mastery Level.

Early Game Items and Equipment

Mastery Tokens

Mastery Tokens randomly drop while earning experience for non-combat skills other than Magic (skill).svg Alt. Magic and can be used by claiming them in the Bank. By using a Mastery Token you fill the Mastery Pool by 0.1% of the max pool XP.

Skill Upgrades

Shop Skill Upgrades increase the speed at which you can Cut Wood, Fish, and Mine Ore. Higher tier Skill Upgrades are unlocked by raising the associated skill and purchasing any lower tier upgrades already available.

Skillcapes

When any skill reaches the maximum level of 99, a Skillcape will become available for purchase from the Shop. Skillcapes often have very powerful effects, like Mining Skillcape (item).svg giving you a bonus Coal Ore for every mining action or Herblore Skillcape (item).svg doubling your potion production.

Gold Topaz Ring

The Gold Topaz Ring (item).svg Gold Topaz Ring gives +15% gold when defeating monsters. However, this ring has another special effect: every monster you defeat and every skilling action you do has a very small chance of giving you one half of Aorpheats Signet Ring (item).svg Aorpheats Signet Ring.

Gold Emerald Ring

Gold Emerald Ring (item).svg Gold Emerald Ring gives you +4% Combat.svg Combat Experience. You can craft one with Crafting Level 50 Crafting or find one by killing Mummy (monster).svg Mummys - Combat Level 29 - in the Penumbra (combatArea).svg Penumbra.

Amulet of Looting

Amulet of Looting (item).svg Amulet of Looting has a 4.55% drop rate from Spider Chest (item).svg Spider Chests, which are earned from completing the Spider Forest (dungeon).svg Spider Forest dungeon. This amulet allows you to Autoloot, although the Spider King (monster).svg boss will require some preparation to idle.

Gem Gloves

Gem Gloves (item).svg Gem Gloves are a Money Making staple, costing Coins.svg 500,000 from the Shop and coming with 2000 charges. Once all the charges have been used by Mining Ore and the Gems found are sold you are expected to receive around Coins.svg 762,000, which is a Coins.svg 262,000 profit on your Coins.svg 500,000 purchase.

Upgrading Armour

- Main article: Upgrading Items

Certain types of armour can be upgraded, in other words trimmed, using Silver Bar (item).svg Silver Bars, Gold Bar (item).svg Gold Bars, and GP. An armour piece must first be upgraded to (S) using Silver Bars and GP, before it can be upgraded to (G) using Gold Bars and GP. Once armour has the (G) prefix it has been fully upgraded and cannot be upgraded again.

It's usually reasonable to start trimming Mithril Helmet (item).svg Mithril armor and above if you're going to use it.

Early Game Goal

Skills in Melvor Idle often follow a natural progression order, you need Mining (skill).svg Mining to get ore for Smithing (skill).svg Smithing, which allows you to make armour and weapons for Combat.svg Combat. Deciding which skill to level first becomes a more intuitive choice once you understand which items are needed for your chosen goal. Typically players will choose to level Woodcutting (skill).svg Woodcutting, Mining (skill).svg Mining, or Fishing (skill).svg Fishing first, because they are a great starting point for several progression routes and also have some Money Making strategies associated with them.

If your goal is to prepare yourself for Combat.svg Combat, you'll probably want some Equipment and food. You can find equipment while fighting monsters, however it will be hard to start fighting without any weapons or armour.

Without food, you will only be able to fight for a bit before having to wait for your health to regenerate. Food allows you to heal during Combat, so you can keep fighting without the need to take breaks. You can get food with Cooking (skill).svg Cooking that requires fish from Fishing (skill).svg Fishing.
After you cooked the food, you can equip it from the Bank along with your other weapons and armor.

You'll need to mine some ores Mining (skill).svg Mining to create weapons and armour in Smithing (skill).svg Smithing. Now that you have some basic armour and weapons, you can equip them from the Bank and start fighting Monsters.

One of the efficient routes of leveling up is described on the page What to level first.


Melvor Idle version v1.0.1 (Released: 23rd December 2021)
Combat.svgCombat:
Attack (skill).svg Attack
Strength (skill).svg Strength
Defence (skill).svg Defence
Hitpoints (skill).svg Hitpoints
Ranged (skill).svg Ranged
Magic (skill).svg Magic
Prayer (skill).svg Prayer
Slayer (skill).svg Slayer
Skills:
Woodcutting (skill).svg Woodcutting
Fishing (skill).svg Fishing
Firemaking (skill).svg Firemaking
Cooking (skill).svg Cooking
Mining (skill).svg Mining
Smithing (skill).svg Smithing
Thieving (skill).svg Thieving
Farming (skill).svg Farming
Fletching (skill).svg Fletching
Crafting (skill).svg Crafting
Runecrafting (skill).svg Runecrafting
Herblore (skill).svg Herblore
Agility (skill).svg Agility
Summoning (skill).svg Summoning
Astrology (skill).svg Astrology
Alternative Magic (skill).svg Alternative Magic
Other:Man (thieving).svg Beginners Guide Guides.svg Guides Bank Slot (upgrade).svg Bank Combat.svg Combat Mastery.svg Mastery Coins.svg Money Making Shop.svg Shop Easter.svg Easter Eggs Finn, the Cat (pet).png Pets Golden Golbin (pet).svg Golbin Raid
Reference Tables: Items, Equipment, Experience Table, Upgrading Items, Dungeons, Chest Loot Tables, Monsters, Monster Loot Tables