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Skills tab

The skills tab.

Stats icon Skills are a player's attributes that can be advanced throughout the game. Skills are trained by repetitive actions that give experience in the skill, until enough experience is earned for the next level. Some skills allow players to cook food, chop down trees, make fires, use magic and more. Some skills are "interlaced", meaning that they can be used together. For example, logs obtained from Woodcutting can be used for Firemaking, and fires from Firemaking can be used for Cooking.

Skills level-up

A player levels up a skill.

There are 23 skills in Old School RuneScape.

All skills start out at level 1 except for Hitpoints, which starts with level 10. Players can advance a skill to level 99. After that, they can increase their experience up to 200,000,000 but get no more levels for doing so. See Hiscores for the relative rankings of the different skills.

A player could bring a level of a skill to 100 while wearing a Cape of Accomplishment of that skill, with no great significant bonus; it is just for the feeling of having a skill boosted over the level 99 mark. Skills can also be temporarily boosted through special equipment, items, Prayer, or potions.

All players are currently displayed on the Hiscores regardless of level attained.

Skills

Free-to-play skills

Attack icon AttackAllows players to wield stronger melee weapons and fight more accurately in Melee.
Strength iconStrengthAllows players to deal more melee damage and equip certain weapons. It also gives access to several agility shortcuts.
Defence iconDefenceAllows players to wear stronger armour and decrease chance of being hit (does not reduce damage dealt, as is a common misconception).
Ranged iconRangedAllows players to fight with missiles and projectiles from a distance.
Prayer iconPrayerAllows players to pray for assistance, such as ability boosts.
Magic iconMagicAllows players to cast spells and teleportation.
Runecrafting iconRunecraftingAllows players to make runes for Magic.
Hitpoints iconHitpointsAllows players to sustain more damage.
Crafting iconCraftingAllows players to create items, from pottery to ranged armour.
Mining iconMiningAllows players to obtain ores from rocks.
Smithing iconSmithingAllows players to smelt ores into bars and smith bars into armour and weapons.
Fishing iconFishingAllows players to catch fish.
Cooking iconCookingAllows players to cook food. The food can then be eaten to heal players' Hitpoints.
Firemaking iconFiremakingAllows players to make fires.
Woodcutting iconWoodcuttingAllows players to cut down trees to obtain logs.

Members-only skills

Agility iconAgilityAllows players to use shortcuts and increases the rate at which energy recharges.
Herblore iconHerbloreAllows players to make potions.
Thieving iconThievingAllows players to steal from market stalls and chests and pickpocket non-player characters.
Fletching iconFletchingAllows players to create projectiles (arrows, bolts) and bows which can be used for Ranged.
Slayer iconSlayerAllows players to kill certain monsters that can't normally be defeated.
Farming iconFarmingAllows players to grow plants (fruits, vegetables, herbs, trees, etc.).
Construction iconConstructionAllows players to build a house.
Hunter iconHunterAllows players to hunt and catch animals through various methods.

Skill types

There are four types of skills in RuneScape: Support, Gathering, Combat, and Artisan.

Support skills - These skills have no classification.

  Agility icon Agility, Thieving icon Thieving, and,Slayer icon Slayer.

Gathering skills - These skills involve obtaining resources or items from the environment..

Mining icon Mining, Fishing icon Fishing, Woodcutting icon Woodcutting, Hunter icon Hunter, and Farming icon Farming.

Combat skills - These skills involve fighting in Combat.

Attack icon Attack, Strength icon Strength, Defence icon Defence, Magic icon Magic, Ranged icon Ranged, Prayer icon Prayer, and Hitpoints icon Hitpoints.

Artisan skills - These skills involve processing items obtained through extraction skills into finished products.

Cooking icon Cooking, Smithing icon Smithing, Fletching icon Fletching, Firemaking icon Firemaking, Herblore icon Herblore, Crafting icon Crafting, Runecrafting icon Runecrafting and Construction icon Construction.

Experience increase

The amount of experience needed for every level-up increases approximately by 10% for every level. This is shown in the way that it is 83 experience between levels 1 and 2, but 91 experience between levels 2 and 3. (10% of 83 is roughly 8, therefore the next level-up would require 91 experience.) Therefore the required experience for each level-up grows exponentially; the growth of experience gaps between levels gets faster and faster at higher levels. The experience table clearly indicates this.

In addition, the experience required doubles approximately every seven levels. For example, the experience needed for level 92 in a skill is almost exactly half of that needed to reach level 99.

The below equation directly gives the number of experience per level:

$ total \ experience = \left \lfloor \frac {\sum_{x = 1} ^ {L - 1} \left \lfloor x + 300 \times 2 ^ \frac {x} {7} \right \rfloor} {4} \right \rfloor $

This can be further derived into a closed-form function with a positive real variable L (standing for level), although this requires ignoring one floor function of the exact formula and thus contains an exceedingly minor error margin. The approximation rapidly approaches the original sum asymptotically. The function is as follows:

$ total \ experience \approx \left \lfloor \frac{1}{8} \cdot \left( {L}^{2} - L \right) + 75 \cdot \frac{{2}^{\frac{L-1}{7}}-1} {1 - \sqrt[7]{0.5}} \right \rfloor $