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DefenceEdit

Defense symbol


Defence is a skill that gives a player protection. As a player raises their defence level, opponents will deal damage less often. Defence does NOT influence the amount of damage that will be taken. Defence levels also affect what kind of armour a player can equip.



A few selection of players choose to focus exclusively on Defence and not train any other combat skills. These players are known as defence pures. It is suspected that the number is low due to the cost dying as a defence pure and the limited appeal of long combat round between a defence pure and their opponent.


Fighting defensivelyEdit

Block

the block button


To increase a player's Defence level, they must choose the "defensive" attack style. To do this, a player has to click on the image with the two swords beside the menu that shows their skills. This menu is called the "attack style menu". The player can then click on the attack style that says "defensive".

While fighting defensively, players will not be hit as often as they would when fighting aggressively or accurately.












StrategyEdit

Having a high Defence level is key to any fighter's success. If one wants to land strikes, one has to also be able to take them. The Defence skill lowers the frequency of opponents' attacks landing and causing damage, countering the opponent's attack skill and by extension their strength.

Numerous players, especially melee-pure player killers, neglect their Defence in favour of training Attack and Strength or Strength alone. Often, Defence is left at level 10, so as to enable the wearing of black armour. Though this strategy gives a person high power in their attacks, it is not recommended. Even if a person in the wilderness boasts very high Attack and Strength levels, if they do not have the ability to wear (or do not possess) decent armour, a person of a comparable level with high Defence may kill them with little or no trouble.

Defence BonusesEdit

Some weapons and armour give players "defence bonuses" against certain attack types. These bonuses can be seen in the equipment menu, to the right of the inventory menu. Defence bonuses give players advantages as well as disadvantages in combat.

Stab: Wearing melee armour lowers the chance of players stabbing with a weapon from dealing high damage. The higher this bonus is, the less often an opponent will deal damage by using the stab attack style.

Slash: Wearing melee armour lowers the chance of players slashing with a weapon from dealing high damage. The higher this bonus is, the less often an opponent will deal damage by using the slash attack style.

Crush: Wearing melee armour lowers the chance of players crushing with a weapon from dealing high damage. The higher this bonus is, the less often an opponent will deal damage by using the crush attack style.

Magic: Wearing ranged armour lowers the chance of magic attacks dealing high damage. The higher this bonus is, the less often an opponent will deal damage by using Magic.

Ranged: Wearing melee armour lowers the chance of players using ranged weapons from dealing high damage. The higher this bonus is, the less often an opponent will deal damage by using Ranged attacks.

Defence RequirementsEdit

Defence levels required to equip different types of armour are as follows:

Armour

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