From Melvor Idle


This guide is my overall entry point recommendations for Summoning (skill).svg Summoning synergies to support skilling (not doing combat here, yet). These recommendations will help to make Summoning (skill).svg Summoning less daunting and overall cover most aspects of the skill. There are one or two niche situations that the remainder of the synergies pertain to, but you can research those at your own pace when you feel more comfortable with the skill. The goal of this guide is to act as an entry point aimed at making the skill seem much less confusing and make it more approachable. Once you have your foot in the door, the skill will start to make more sense.

I have seen several people now say that they avoid Summoning (skill).svg Summoning completely, probably because it seems convoluted to them. This was especially evident with the recent April Fools mode with a wave of people asking how to max Summoning (skill).svg Summoning as their last skill. This is quite unfortunate, as Summoning (skill).svg Summoning is designed to be trained alongside most other skills in the game, and dedicating training of the skill is very slow. You get the vast majority of your experience from *using* the tablets, not from making them. In addition, all of the Summoning (skill).svg Summoning effects pay dividends on the time and resources invested into them. When starting out you will just barely break even (the yield from summoning roughly equals the investment), but as compounding effects from the mastery checkpoints, 95% pool and Summoning Skillcape (item).svg Summoning Skillcape come into play, you will start heavily profiting, as you have to spend less time and resources making tablets.

My recommendation for starting out is always Ent (item).svg Ent with Woodcutting (skill).svg Woodcutting until you unlock Octopus (item).svg Octopus at level 15. Then fish with Octopus (item).svg Octopus active until level 25, at which point you can start utilising the Octopus (item).svg Octopus + Pig (item).svg Pig synergy. This is one of the best synergies and is unlocked at a very low level. You can do this to bolster your profit from Fishing (skill).svg Fishing. The extra cooked fish from the synergy can be directly recycled into making more tablets, and with some preservation and mastery levels you will soon start earning more from bonus fish than you spend on Summoning Shard (Green) (item).png Summoning Shard (Green) and Summoning Shard (Silver) (item).png Summoning Shard (Silver).

The next recommendation is the Leprechaun (item).svg Leprechaun + Monkey (item).svg Monkey synergy while thieving the Fisherman (thieving).svg Fisherman. This is one of the best money making methods from Thieving (skill).svg Thieving, only outclassed by high level methods with the Knight (thieving).svg Knight and Princess (thieving).svg Princess, both of which require Thieving Skillcape (item).svg Thieving Skillcape and passive slot from Into the Mist (dungeon).svg Into the Mist and so they have much, much higher requirements.

As a general rule, you always want to be running summoning tablets for any skills that allow them. There are situations where there aren't really any useful synergies (e.g. Herblore (skill).svg Herblore) but even in this case you still want to be running the base tablet for the raw bonuses (non-synergy effects). Remember, tablets are consumed at a 2:1 ratio, where the skill's base tablet is consumed twice (once for the base effect and once for the synergy) while the secondary tablet is consumed once per synergy activation. You should get Summoning (skill).svg Summoning to 99 relatively early into your account progression, and it will soon become your second highest skill behind Farming (skill).svg Farming as you will be utilising the synergies constantly.

Here are my general recommendations for the main synergies to focus on for each skill:


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Ent (item).svg Ent Bear (item).svg Bear
Ent (item).svg Ent Summon


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Octopus (item).svg Octopus Pig (item).svg Pig
Octopus (item).svg Octopus Summon

Pig (item).svg Pig synergy doesn't work for special fish like Raw Magic Fish (item).svg Raw Magic Fish, so use Octopus (item).svg Octopus on its own in this case.


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Pig (item).svg Pig Ent (item).svg Ent
Pig (item).svg Pig Salamander (item).svg Salamander
Pig (item).svg Pig Mole (item).svg Mole

Ent (item).svg Ent synergy for the most part, but Salamander (item).svg Salamander can be used if the cooking interval is quite short. The Mole (item).svg Mole synergy coupled with short duration foods (Raw Sardine (item).svg Raw Sardine are optimal) is the best source of Coal Ore (item).svg Coal Ore in the game, for those who still need it.


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Mole (item).svg Mole Crow (item).svg Crow
Mole (item).svg Mole Monkey (item).svg Monkey
Mole (item).svg Mole Bear (item).svg Bear

Crow (item).svg Crow for mining Rune Essence (item).svg Rune Essence, Monkey (item).svg Monkey for mining Silver Ore (item).svg Silver Ore or Gold Ore (item).svg Gold Ore, and Bear (item).svg Bear otherwise.


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Salamander (item).svg Salamander Bear (item).svg Bear
Salamander (item).svg Salamander Devil (item).svg Devil
Salamander (item).svg Salamander Crow (item).svg Crow

Bear (item).svg Bear for smelting Silver Bar (item).svg Silver Bar or Gold Bar (item).svg Gold Bar, Devil (item).svg Devil for anything requiring Coal Ore (item).svg Coal Ore and Crow (item).svg Crow otherwise. The Crow (item).svg Crow synergy can be dropped in favour of solo Salamander (item).svg Salamander if the one has excess preservation (e.g. at 99 mastery).


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Leprechaun (item).svg Leprechaun Monkey (item).svg Monkey
Leprechaun (item).svg Leprechaun Devil (item).svg Devil


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Monkey (item).svg Monkey Pig (item).svg Pig
Monkey (item).svg Monkey Salamander (item).svg Salamander
Monkey (item).svg Monkey Summon


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Crow (item).svg Crow Devil (item).svg Devil
Crow (item).svg Crow Octopus (item).svg Octopus
Crow (item).svg Crow Bear (item).svg Bear


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Bear (item).svg Bear Summon


There are several choices of recipe to use for each tablet. Overall, my recommendation for each tablet is

Tablet Secondary
Ent (item).svg Ent Magic Logs (item).svg Magic Logs
Mole (item).svg Mole Mithril Ore (item).svg Mithril Ore / Adamantite Ore (item).svg Adamantite Ore / Runite Ore (item).svg Runite Ore / Dragonite Ore (item).svg Dragonite Ore
Octopus (item).svg Octopus Raw Whale (item).svg Raw Whale / Raw Manta Ray (item).svg Raw Manta Ray / Raw Shark (item).svg Raw Shark
Pig (item).svg Pig Whale (item).svg Whale / Manta Ray (item).svg Manta Ray / Shark (item).svg Shark / Crab (item).svg Crab
Crow (item).svg Crow Steam Rune (item).svg Steam Rune
Monkey (item).svg Monkey Silver Ruby Necklace (item).svg Silver Ruby Necklace / Silver Sapphire Necklace (item).svg Silver Sapphire Necklace
Salamander (item).svg Salamander Gold Bar (item).svg Gold Bar / Mithril Bar (item).svg Mithril Bar
Bear (item).svg Bear Barrentoe Herb (item).svg Barrentoe Herb
Devil (item).svg Devil Ruby (item).svg Ruby / Sapphire (item).svg Sapphire

These recommendations are based on three considerations. First, the quantity needed is based on the GP sale value of an item, so higher valued items are prioritised to reduce the raw quantity needed. Secondly, whether the base item has other uses elsewhere in the game. Lastly, whether the item is easy or not to obtain.

  • For Ent (item).svg Ent, there is only really one choice, as all of the other logs sell for dirt cheap and hence have far too high of a quantity cost to make them worthwhile.
  • For Mole (item).svg Mole, you can choose whichever ore you have an abundance of from training Mining (skill).svg Mining. I trained mining on Mithril Ore (item).svg Mithril Ore, so I had more than enough of this ore to sustain 99 Mole (item).svg Mole mastery.
  • The main use of the Octopus (item).svg Octopus tablet will be for early game money making through catching Raw Whale (item).svg Raw Whale, so this is likely to be the best choice, but some earlier options are available. Even options such as Raw Carp (item).svg Raw Carp have a relatively low quantity requirement, but the player will likely not have the base income to support tablet making at this early stage.
  • Pig (item).svg Pig secondaries have two sources. Early on, the cooked fish produced from utilising the Octopus (item).svg Octopus + Pig (item).svg Pig synergy alone will cover the cost. Later on, Crab (item).svg Standard Resupply and Shark (item).svg Generous Resupply can be used to easily fund this tablet.
  • For Crow (item).svg Crow we choose Steam Rune (item).svg Steam Rune as this is the fastest rune to produce due to the Crow (item).svg Crow + Octopus (item).svg Octopus synergy. This rune also gives the highest experience out of any Water Rune (item).svg Water Rune-based combination rune.
  • We use Ruby (item).svg Ruby jewellery for Monkey (item).svg Monkey as Emerald (item).svg Emerald and Diamond (item).svg Diamond have other uses. When the cost drops with mastery levels eventually you can swap to Silver Sapphire Necklace (item).svg Silver Sapphire Necklace. We choose to use silver over gold as Gold Bar (item).svg Gold Bar are more useful overall than Silver Bar (item).svg Silver Bar when compared 1:1. The choice of necklace over ring is because necklaces have slightly higher sell value, so they have a few breakpoints (e.g. Gold Emerald Necklace (item).svg Gold Emerald Necklace vs Gold Emerald Ring (item).svg Gold Emerald Ring between 10-19 Monkey (item).svg Monkey mastery) where there are fewer necklaces required than the corresponding ring. Sticking to one specific one is also better to utilise Crafting (skill).svg Crafting mastery better when producing the jewellery.
  • For Salamander (item).svg Salamander the Gold Bar (item).svg Gold Bar is preferable to the Mithril Bar (item).svg Mithril Bar as it has fewer uses and a lower cost, but both are options if the player has an abundance of one bar over the others.
  • For Devil (item).svg Devil simply swap whenever the price of Sapphire (item).svg Sapphire floors out at 1.