Training Combat in Runescape F2p
Are you new to Runescape? Not sure how to train combat effectively? Read this guide and find out how and where to train combat.
Combat can be a pain, especially if you don’t know where to train. Hopefully, this guide should help you with that.
Alright, at level 3 combat you have two options.
First, you can kill chickens, which are located near the cows in Lumbridge. To reach there, cross the bridge, keep following the road and just next to the cows there’s a small shack beside which you can find chickens to kill. They drop feathers, raw chicken and bones.
Second, you can kill cows which, in my opinion are best for training at low levels. Cows are found across the bridge outside the Lumbridge castle, and outside Falador south entrance, near the Yew trees. They drop bones and cowhide. Cowhides can be good money for new players. They can be sold for 150gp each or more in the Grand Exchange or to other players.
At this level, fight Al Kharid Warriors in Al Kharid, or you can keep killing cows for money as well as combat levels.
For these levels you can train with Hill Giants in Edgeville Dungeon.
You can reach there from two places, from the trapdoor in the building near Edgeville bank (near the Yew trees), and from the small house west of Cooks’ Guild.
Hill Giants are level 28. They drop useful items like big bones, law runes, nature runes, cosmic runes, etc. The only drawback is that the Hill Giants’ area is usually crowded.
Now you are strong enough to kill Elvarg the Dragon (level 83) and complete Dragon Slayer without any chance of failing. You could do it at lower levels if you feel adventurous enough, but level 50 combat is usually optimum level for this quest. After you are done with the Dragon Slayer quest, I suggest you buy a full rune armor set.
Now you can train in Crandor or Karamja Dungeon. Don’t get too excited and train with Lesser Demons because they are very strong for you now. Train with Moss Giants instead, as they are level 42 and easy enough to train with as they have a low defence. They drop big bones, and items like runes (law, nature, death, cosmic), gems, black kiteshields, etc. You might want to bring along a fire staff and some nature runes to high alch some of the non-stackable items.
You might be thinking that I’m a fool to tell you to stay away from the Lesser Demons. The reasoning behind it is that training with Moss Giants gives you combat as well as prayer experience. Bones aren’t cheap you know!
Levels 70 and onwards
Your options now are: Lesser Demons, Ice Giants, Moss Giants, Giant Spiders (Stronghold of Security).
Lesser Demons are good training since they are usually not crowded, and are close to a food source (hint: karamja docks). Their drops include rune med helms (high alchs for 11k), coins, and runes. Lessers are typically high on attack but low on defense. Bring along some fishing gear, a hatchet, some coins, and a tinderbox and you should be set. They’re found on Crandor Island (surface as well as the dungeon). You can reach them from the Karamja volcano.
Ice Giants are located in Ice Cave, south of Port Sarim. They are similar to Moss Giants, in that they have terribly low defence and attack (which is good news for you). These giants drop items similar to the rest of the giants family, with additional items like black kiteshield. Ice Warriors usually accompany the giants and tend to gang up on you, so stay alert!
Moss Giants should still be good training, so feel free to continue killing these until you reach level 90+ combat.
Giant Spiders can be found in the Stronghold of Security (SoS), right near the entrance room of the third floor. You will be disappointed if you expect good drops, because they don’t have any. The catch is that these have amazing experience rates per hour (for F2P at least). The average is around 30k xp/hour in attack/defence/strength, and 10k xp/hour in Hitpoints. Bring along some good food, leaving 2 inventory spaces for random events and the like.