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Stats Quests
Skills Fletching
Attack Fishing
Defense Firemaking
Strength Crafting
Hits Smithing
Ranged Mining
Prayer Herblaw
Magic Agility
Cooking Thieving
Woodcut Quest Points
Equipment Status
Armour Magic
WeaponAim Prayer
Overall levels
Skill total
Combat level

For the pre-release planning manual, see Prerelease Skills plan

Skills are levels of abilities for a player to perform a given task. Skills can increase a player's ability in combat, gathering resources, processing materials, or performing other tasks.

List of skills[edit | edit source]

There are 18 skills in RuneScape Classic:

Skill Ability
Attack The ability to inflict damage more often in combat. As you level attack higher, you are able to use better weapons.
Defense The ability to block attacks and be hit with less damage more often in combat. As you level defense higher, you are able to use better armour.
Strength The ability to inflict higher amounts of damage in combat as you level strength higher.
Hits The amount of damage you can be inflicted with before you die.
Ranged The ability to hit an enemy with projectile weapons (such as a bow and arrow) from long range.
Prayer The ability to use prayers that enhance other skills or provide additional protection during combat.
Magic The ability to cast spells, using runes, to inflict damage, impair an enemy, enchant items, transmute items, or teleport.
Cooking The ability to cook meat, fish, pies, and other foods that will provide healing of Hits when eaten.
Woodcutting The ability to use an axe to cut a tree and obtain logs.
Fletching The ability to make bow, arrows, and other projectile weapons.
Fishing The ability to obtain raw fish from fishing spots along the shore.
Firemaking The ability to light logs on fire with a tinderbox.
Crafting The ability to produce pottery, jewellery, glassware, and other processed goods.
Smithing The ability to smelt ores into metal bars and to smith those bars into weapons and armour.
Mining The ability to mine ores from rocks using a pickaxe.
Herblaw The ability to identify herbs and to mix them with other ingredients to create potions that will give boosts in various skills.
Agility The ability to navigate through various shortcuts.
Thieving The ability to pickpocket from NPCs and to steal from stalls.

Each skill has a maximum of 536,870,911 experience points which may be gained before experience goes negative. Each skill requires 13,034,431 experience points to achieve level 99. The maximum level you can reach in a skill is 99. Attack, Strength, Defense, Hits, Prayer, Ranged and Magic also count towards your Combat level.

Removed skills[edit | edit source]

Skill Ability Removal Date
EvilMagic The ability to use runes cast spells that inflict damage, impair an enemy, or increase the player's defense. 10 May 2001
GoodMagic The ability to use runes cast spells that inflict damage or increase the player's defense, strength, or hiding bonus. 10 May 2001
Influence The ability more cheaply buy silk from the silk trader in Al Kharid. The skill was intended to be a way to barter with and persuade non-player characters. 10 May 2001
PrayEvil This skill lacked any prayers, but it was meant to be the antithesis of PrayGood. 10 May 2001
PrayGood This skill lacked any prayers, but it was meant to be the antithesis of PrayEvil. 10 May 2001
Tailoring The skill was intended as a way for players to tan and craft leather items, but there was no way to train it. 10 May 2001
Carpentry The intended function of Carpentry is unknown, though some speculate it would have been related to the proposed idea of player-owned houses. 12 December 2002

Skill total[edit | edit source]

Your total level is based on the sum of all of your skill levels. The maximum skill total in Runescape Classic is 1782.

Skill total Average skill level Total experience, minimum
720 40 670,032
900 50 1,823,994
1080 60 4,927,356
1260 70 13,277,286
1440 80 35,749,224
1620 90 96,233,976
1782 99 234,619,758

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Tailoring
    The Skills screen during the first weeks of RSC.
    was never fully implemented into the game, and it was later merged into Crafting.
  • Influence is thought to have followed an experience curve and was displayed as a former skill. It was abandoned in favour of Quest points, which were more consistent.
  • Carpentry was never fully implemented in the game. It was later released in RuneScape 2 as the Construction skill.
  • Summoning spells were a planned expansion to the Magic skill which would have allowed players to summon monsters. Summoning wouldn't have been a skill, but just would have been a set of spells utilizing the Life-Rune. Later, the idea was reworked and released in RuneScape 2 as a full skill.
  • Along with the other equipment status, there used to be a hiding stat, though no equipable item gave a 'hiding' bonus.
  • Prayer is the only skill in which no player ever maxed while RuneScape Classic was the main game. However, Lilyuffie88 was the first to pass 10M experience in the skill.