Defence

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Defence

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

A higher Defence level increases the player's evasion ratings in combat, which lowers a monster's chance to hit. Defence does not affect the damage dealt by a successful attack, which is mostly a factor of Damage Reduction. As it results in fewer hits against the player, however, a higher Defence level can help reduce food usage in combat. Defence has no effect in Thieving.

Most Melee-focused armour requires a certain Defence level to be equipped.

Mechanics

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

Gaining Defence XP

Defence XP can be earned in combat with any of the three combat styles by selecting the appropriate attack style:

  • While using Melee, choose the "Block" attack style
  • While using Ranged, choose the "Longrange" attack style
  • While using Magic, choose the "Defensive" attack style

Defence XP gained is based on damage dealt to an enemy, not damage taken by the player. When using the Block attack style, 0.4 Defence XP is awarded per point of damage done. When using the Longrange or Defensive attack styles, 0.2 Defence XP is awarded per point of damage done, with another 0.2 XP per point of damage going to Ranged or Magic, respectively.

Skill Level Unlocks

Increasing the Defence skill allows the player to equip more powerful Melee-focused armour. The player's accuracy rating when using the Block attack style scales with Defence level, as does the player's evasion rating against all attack styles.

Defence Level Unlocks
1 Wear Bronze BootsBronze GlovesBronze HelmetBronze PlatebodyBronze PlatelegsBronze Shield Bronze Armour
Wear Iron BootsIron GlovesIron HelmetIron PlatebodyIron PlatelegsIron Shield Iron Armour
Wear Mirror Shield
Wear (B) Bronze Helmet
Wear (B) Bronze Platebody
Wear (B) Bronze Platelegs
Wear (B) Iron Helmet
Wear (B) Iron Platebody
Wear (B) Iron Platelegs
5 Wear Steel BootsSteel GlovesSteel HelmetSteel PlatebodySteel PlatelegsSteel Shield Steel Armour
Wear Barrier Touch Shield
Heavy Boots
Wear (B) Steel Helmet
Wear (B) Steel Platebody
Wear (B) Steel Platelegs
10 Wear Black BootsBlack HelmetBlack PlatebodyBlack PlatelegsBlack Shield Black Armour
Wear (B) Black Helmet
Wear (B) Black Platebody
Wear (B) Black Platelegs
Build Pipe Climb in Obstacle 3 (requires Strength 10)
20 Wear (G) Crystal Boots
Wear (G) Crystal Helmet
Wear (G) Crystal Platebody
Wear (G) Crystal Platelegs
Wear (G) Crystal Shield
Wear (S) Crystal Boots
Wear (S) Crystal Helmet
Wear (S) Crystal Platebody
Wear (S) Crystal Platelegs
Wear (S) Crystal Shield
Wear Mithril BootsMithril GlovesMithril HelmetMithril PlatebodyMithril PlatelegsMithril Shield Mithril Armour
Wear Crystal Boots
Wear Crystal Defender
Wear Crystal Gloves
Wear Crystal Helmet
Wear Crystal Platebody
Wear Crystal Platelegs
Wear Crystal Shield
Aranite Platebody
Aranite Shield
Wear (B) Mithril Helmet
Wear (B) Mithril Platebody
Wear (B) Mithril Platelegs
Wear (C) Mithril Helmet
Wear (C) Mithril Platebody
Wear (C) Mithril Platelegs
30 Wear Adamant BootsAdamant GlovesAdamant HelmetAdamant PlatebodyAdamant PlatelegsAdamant Shield Adamant Armour
Wear Slayer Helmet (Strong)Slayer Platebody (Strong) Melee Slayer Gear (Strong) (requires Slayer 30)
Wear (B) Adamant Helmet
Wear (B) Adamant Platebody
Wear (B) Adamant Platelegs
Wear (C) Adamant Helmet
Wear (C) Adamant Platebody
Wear (C) Adamant Platelegs
35 Wear Earth Wall Shield
40 Wear Rune BootsRune GlovesRune HelmetRune PlatebodyRune PlatelegsRune Shield Rune Armour
Wear Barrier Sapping Shield
Wear Ice BootsIce HelmetIce PlatebodyIce PlatelegsIce Shield Ice Armor (requires Ranged 40)
Wear Miolite BootsMiolite HelmetMiolite PlatebodyMiolite PlatelegsMiolite Shield Miolite Armour (requires Magic 40)
Wear Unholy Platebody (requires Prayer 40)
Wear (B) Rune Helmet
Wear (B) Rune Platebody
Wear (B) Rune Platelegs
Wear (C) Rune Helmet
Wear (C) Rune Platebody
Wear (C) Rune Platelegs
45 Elusive Boots (requires Ranged 45)
60 Wear (G) Pure Crystal Helmet
Wear (G) Pure Crystal Shield
Wear (G) Pure_Crystal Boots
Wear (G) Pure_Crystal Platebody
Wear (G) Pure_Crystal Platelegs
Wear Dragon BootsDragon GlovesDragon HelmetDragon PlatebodyDragon PlatelegsDragon Shield Dragon Armour
Wear (S) Pure Crystal Boots
Wear (S) Pure Crystal Helmet
Wear (S) Pure Crystal Platebody
Wear (S) Pure Crystal Platelegs
Wear (S) Pure Crystal Shield
Wear Pure Crystal Boots
Wear Pure Crystal Defender
Wear Pure Crystal Gloves
Wear Pure Crystal Helmet
Wear Pure Crystal Platebody
Wear Pure Crystal Platelegs
Wear Pure Crystal Shield
Wear Recoil Shield
Wear Sand Treaders
Wear Slayer Helmet (Elite)Slayer Platebody (Elite) Melee Slayer Gear (Elite) (requires Slayer 60)
Consuming Shield (requires Prayer 48)
Wear (B) Dragon Helmet
Wear (B) Dragon Platebody
Wear (B) Dragon Platelegs
Wear (C) Dragon Helmet
Wear (C) Dragon Platebody
Wear (C) Dragon Platelegs
65 Wear Cursed Platebody (requires Prayer 65)
70 Wear Ancient HelmetAncient PlatebodyAncient PlatelegsAncient Shield Ancient Armour
Wear Barrier Burn Shield
Wear Dragonfire Shield
Wear (B) Ancient Helmet
Wear (B) Ancient Platebody
Wear (B) Ancient Platelegs
Wear (C) Ancient Helmet
Wear (C) Ancient Platebody
Wear (C) Ancient Platelegs
Build Spike Jump in Obstacle 8 (requires Prayer 70)
80 Wear Slayer Helmet (Master)Slayer Platebody (Master) Melee Slayer Gear (Master) (requires Slayer 80)
Darksteel Shield
85 Wear Devouring Barrier Shield
Wear Earth Layered Shield
Wear Ragnar God BootsRagnar God GlovesRagnar God HelmetRagnar God PlatebodyRagnar God Platelegs Ragnar God Armour
Wear Relentless Fury Gloves
Wear Spiked Shell Gloves
Wear Terran God BootsTerran God GlovesTerran God HelmetTerran God PlatebodyTerran God Platelegs Terran God Armour
90 Golden Trowel (requires Archaeology 118)
95 Relic Shield
Build Dragon Fight in Obstacle 10 (requires Attack 95, Strength 95, Prayer 95)
99 Wear Defence Skillcape
Wear Maximum Skillcape (requires level 99 in all skills)
Wear Shield of Melee Power
100 Wear Corundum BootsCorundum GlovesCorundum HelmetCorundum PlatebodyCorundum PlatelegsCorundum Shield Corundum Armour (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wear Slayer Helmet (Legendary)Slayer Platebody (Legendary) Melee Slayer Gear (Legendary) (requires Slayer 100, Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wield Dark Blade Defender (requires Attack 100, Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wield Heated Fury 2H Hammer (requires Attack 100, Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Build Pipe Maze in Obstacle 11 (requires Attack 100, Prayer 100)
105 Wear Augite BootsAugite GlovesAugite HelmetAugite PlatebodyAugite PlatelegsAugite Shield Augite Armour (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
108 Wear Meteorite HelmetMeteorite PlatebodyMeteorite Platelegs Meteorite Armour (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
110 Wear Divine BootsDivine GlovesDivine HelmetDivine PlatebodyDivine PlatelegsDivine Shield Divine Armour (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wear Burning Protection Platelegs (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wear Freezing Touch Body (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wear Frostspark Boots (requires Magic 110, Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wear Leviathan Shield (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wear Lightning Boots (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wear Slayer Helmet (Mythical)Slayer Platebody (Mythical) Melee Slayer Gear (Mythical) (requires Slayer 110, Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wear Ward of Flame Platebody (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Build Freezing Climb in Obstacle 14 (requires Ranged 110, Magic 110)
112 Wear Blazing Helmet (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
Wear Mask of Madness (requires Impending Darkness Event cleared)
115 Wield Ethereal Greataxe (requires Attack 115, Impending Darkness Event cleared)
120 Wear Superior Defence Skillcape
Wear Superior Max Skillcape (requires level 120 in all skills)
Wear Vorloran Protector BootsVorloran Protector GauntletsVorloran Protector HelmetVorloran Protector PlatebodyVorloran Protector Platelegs Vorloran Protector Armour (requires Attack 120, Strength 120, Impending Darkness Event cleared)

Skillcapes

The standard and superior skillcapes for this skill can be purchased from the store for Coins.svg 1,000,000 and Coins.svg 10,000,000 after the player reaches Defence Level 99 and Defence Level 120, respectively. Reaching Defence Level 120 requires the Throne of the Herald Expansion.

Skillcape Name Requirements Effect
Defence Skillcape Defence Skillcape Defence Level 99 +80 All Defence Bonuses
Superior Defence Skillcape Superior Defence Skillcape Defence Level 120 +5% Reflect Damage

Pet

This skill's pet can be unlocked by performing any action that provides Defence XP.

Pet Name Effect
Leonardo Leonardo +1% Damage Reduction