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 This is the ironman / hardcore ironman Attack guide, the guide for regular players can be found here.

Attack is a very important skill to those who are a keen to fight. The higher a players Attack level is, the more accurate their attacks will be in melee combat. Another advantage to this skill is that it allows you to wield weapons of stronger materials which often have higher stats and deal greater damage to your enemies. Attack is a fast skill to train here on Etherum as it has high experience rates.

Attack Training Styles

Melee weapons vary in their attack styles. Some weapons have four options, with a controlled option, while others have only three options. Players intending to remain a pure with no Defence need to take care when changing attack styles as you may gain unwanted Defence levels.

Numbers in brackets represent Hardcore Ironman experience


The Accurate combat style is usually the top left option. When using the accurate style for every point of damage a player deals, you gain 200(85) experience in Attack and 50(21) experience in Hitpoints. Using the accurate style provides an invisible +3 boost to your Attack level.

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The Controlled combat style is usually the bottom left option in the combat interface if there are 4 options, or the top right option if there are 3. When using the controlled style for every point of damage a player deals, they gain 66(28) experience in Attack, Strength, and Defence and 50(21) experience in Hitpoints. Using the controlled style provides an invisible +1 boost to your Attack, Strength and Defence levels. This attack style is only available in some melee weapons

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Getting Weapons

As Ironmen have limited access to stores, obtaining weapons is far more difficult than a normal account. However, there are a lot of ways to obtain decent weapons.


Most weapons will have to be made by yourself in the beginning of your accounts life. These can be made using the Smithing Skill.

Dragon Weapons

If you have 65 Slayer, you can kill Dust Devils. These NPC's drop both Dragon Daggers and Dragon Scimitars.

Where to Train

Rock Crab

The best place to start training any combat skill at a low level is Rock crabs.

To get here click on the world map icon, beside the minimap. p5WpixQ.png

Then select "Combat Training" for the category, and then "Rock Crabs Area"


Here you will find the Rock crabs that can be killed in order to start leveling up your combat stats. Start killing these until you feel you have a high enough Attack level to move on to killing other monsters such as Hill Giants, in Edgeville Dungeon or Yaks on Neitiznot (South).


For players with higher levels, the best place train would be at the Bandits Camp, located in the desert.

To get here click on the world map icon, beside the minimap. p5WpixQ.png

Then select "Combat Training" for the category, and then "Bandits Camp"


Here you will find a large amount of Bandits that will automatically attack anyone who is wearing Saradomin or Zamorak equipment, allowing for easy AFK experience.
An easy god item to obtain are the god capes from the mage bank. To get these simply teleport to the mage bank, in the 'Player Killing' category, when you arive, enter the pool and then follow the path north. Pray at one of the three statues, if you got the Guthix cape, choose another statue.
Once you have a Zamorak/Saradomin item, simply wear it and the bandits will attack you.

It is recommended to bring a bunyip summoning, as they heal you between 1-10 hp every 15 seconds.


If you are planning on training all your skills, it might help to do slayer at the same time as training combat. You can find a Slayer guide Here.

Attack Boosts

Items that you may use to increase the Attack skill:

Picture Item Benefits
Sa7g2qp.gif Attack potion Increase your Attack level by 1-13
dUEKM1y.gif Super Attack Increase your Attack level by 1-19
kTvzRN3.gif Extreme Attack Increase your Attack level by 1-25
Ayj5DVs.gif Zamorak brew Increase your Attack level by 1-19
3K8UeNo.png Overload Increase your Attack level 5 + 15% of your Attack level (Deals 50 damage over time)

Useful Items and Boosts

Picture Item/Boost Effect How to Obtain
xVXdMcX.png Knowledge Effect All experience gained will be increased by:
  • 75% for 10 minutes for normal donators
  • 100% for 20 minutes for super donators
  • 110% for 40 minutes for extreme donators
Go to the Donator Zone, in the building to the west of the bank and click on the Defence Totem (Knowledge effect).
lfuNflP.gif Bonus Experience All experience gained will be multiplied by 3 until the bonus experience runs out.
  • Logging in every day grants 200k Bonus Exp.
  • Every 10th vote streak rewards you with 500k Bonus Exp.
N/A Monthly Bonus

All experience gained is multiplied by 1.1 Voting during this time adds an additional 1.25 multiplier.

Play during the 1st to the 5th of every month.
N/A Double Exp Weekend All combat experience is doubled. Play during the weekend (Saturday/Sunday).
HUA2xjR.png Combat ring All combat experience is doubled when fighting. Bought from the agility ticket shop.

The Skill Cape

If you reach level 99 in Attack, you can talk to the Wise Old Man at home to obtain the Skill cape. He is located at home, in the building north of the bank.



The 99 cape costs 30M Gp and comes with a matching hood. Both the Attack cape and hood give +9 bonus to all defense stats.


If you reach 200m experience in the Attack skill you will also unlock the ability to buy the Master Attack Cape. It is exactly the same as the normal Skill cape. However, you can adjust the trim colour to whatever you like. This cape costs 15m Gp.


For HCIM, this cape will cost only 300 gp.


For HCIM, the 200m cape will cost only 50k gp.



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