One-defence pure (2023)

This article is about the member build. For the free-to-play variant, see One-defence pure (free-to-play).


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Also calledPure
Build type1-vs-1
Combat level30 — 55
Primary attack styleOne-defence pure (1)
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A one-defence pure is a combat pure that sacrifices training Defence to focus on maximising damage output at a lower combat level. One-defence pures are usually created for player-killing as high offensive combat stats typically provide greater leverage against low- to medium-tier armour. The levels of these accounts vary, although many are within the 50 to 90 combat level range.

One-defence pures are formidable in short fights as they rely on killing their opponent quickly but are disadvantaged in sustained fights due to taking damage more consistently. This also makes training combat skills slightly more dangerous as monsters will do more damage over time.

A strong advantage for one-defence pures is that they have access to high-level weapons or spells that similarly levelled players with higher defence do not have.

One-defence pures vary in combat level as players choose to obtain certain Attack, Strength, Hitpoints, Ranged, Magic, or Prayer levels. As long as the character's defence remains at level one they are considered a one-defence pure.


  • 1 Starting out
  • 2 Training combat stats
    • 2.1 Magic
    • 2.2 Melee
      • 2.2.1 Training Melee with Quests
      • 2.2.2 Safe Melee training areas
    • 2.3 Ranged
    • 2.4 Prayer
      • 2.4.1 Training Prayer with Quests
  • 3 Useful quests
  • 4 See also

Starting out[edit | edit source]

When creating a one-defence pure it is important to plan from the beginning which variation will be trained. For many, the primary goal will be to create a powerful character in a certain combat bracket which may mean limiting other combat skills as well. Variations include focusing entirely on either Magic or Ranged or focusing on obtaining 50 Attack for a granite maul, 60 Attack for dragon weapons, or 75 Attack for godswords. Players can also decide if they will obtain at least 25 Prayer for Protect Item. Players should note that if they do not train combat stats with Quests initially, they might reach a higher level in for example Attack or Prayer than they intended if certain Quests are completed at a later time.

It is recommended to consult the wiki's combat level calculator and review quest experience rewards to ensure that you will meet your goal without compromising additional combat levels. For example, if you choose to level prayer it is best to do it through quests that also allow access to other items, spells, or areas.

Training combat stats[edit | edit source]

Magic[edit | edit source]

Magic is necessary for completing several of the quests you need, and also lets you get around quicker with teleports. 94 Magic is needed to cast Ice Barrage and 95 Magic for Fire Surge. Magic can be trained via Hitpoints (HP) methods, such as bursting, or non-HP methods, such as splashing, teleporting and alching.

Melee[edit | edit source]

Training Melee with Quests[edit | edit source]

Completing low-requirement quests will award attack and strength experience and significantly hasten early levelling. View all quest experience rewards for additional resources.

  1. Vampyre Slayer – 4,825 Attack experience (free-to-play)
  2. Tree Gnome Village – 11,450 Attack experience
  3. The Grand Tree – 18,400 Attack, 7,900 Agility, 2,150 Magic experience
  4. Waterfall Quest – 13,750 Attack and 13,750 Strength experience
  5. Death Plateau – 3,000 Attack experience (also grants access to climbing boots)
  6. Fight Arena – 12,175 Attack experience

These quests amount to 63,600 Attack and 13,750 Strength experience, or level 45 attack and level 30 strength directly from level 1. More quests awarding attack and strength experience are possible to complete on a 1 Defence pure, refer to the quest experience rewards page.

Safe Melee training areas[edit | edit source]

Because of the lack of effective armour for one-defence players, training areas available are limited. Hill giants and moss giants, for example, are a common melee training target with close access to a bank. However, training in these areas and many other common melee training areas is made more difficult for one-defence pures due to the constant need for food and inability to survive more than a few kills before needing to bank.

Members can AFK train at the rock crabs at Rellekka due to their low max hit and high hitpoints. Also available for AFK training are sand crabs along the southern coast in Hosidius and ammonite crabs after quest completion of Bone Voyage for access to Fossil Island.

Ranged[edit | edit source]

Ranged should be trained while safespotting to reduce damage taken. Training with the dwarf multicannon will allow for fast Ranged experience and minimum Hitpoints experience. There are many places to train Ranged so, in general, you may reference pay-to-play Ranged training. For chinning range make sure to not accept Daero's training from Monkey Madness I when going back to Ape Atoll. Use the right-click "Travel" option instead, to avoid engaging in a dialogue with him.

Prayer[edit | edit source]

One-defence pures sometimes opt for level 1 Prayer to remain low combat, and more often 44 Prayer to use overheads as well as Eagle Eye, 45 Prayer for Mystic Might, 52 Prayer for Smite or 55 Prayer for Preserve.

Training Prayer with Quests[edit | edit source]

The following are all quests that give Prayer experience and are possible to complete on a 1 defence pure:

  1. Rag and Bone Man I – 500 Prayer experience
  2. Making History – 1,000 Prayer experience
  3. Recruitment Drive – 1,000 Prayer experience
  4. The Restless Ghost – 1,125 Prayer experience
  5. Priest in Peril – 1,406 Prayer experience
  6. Mountain Daughter – 2,000 Prayer experience
  7. Ghosts Ahoy – 2,400 Prayer experience
  8. Another Slice of H.A.M. – 3,000 Prayer experience (One-defence pure (12) 25 required)
  9. The Great Brain Robbery – 6,000 Prayer experience (One-defence pure (13) 50 required)
  10. Rum Deal – 7,000 Prayer experience (One-defence pure (14) 47 required)
  11. Spirits of the Elid – 8,000 Prayer experience
  12. Swan Song – 10,000 Prayer experience

Useful quests[edit | edit source]

The following quests offer useful rewards for 1 defence pures:

One-defence pure (15) QuestReward
Horror from the DeepOne-defence pure (16)God books
Mage Arena IOne-defence pure (17)God capes
Desert Treasure IOne-defence pure (18)Ancient Magicks
Curse of the Empty Lord miniquestOne-defence pure (19)Ghostly robes
Recipe for Disaster (5 subquests)One-defence pure (20)Mithril gloves
Animal MagnetismOne-defence pure (21)Ava's accumulator
Death PlateauOne-defence pure (22)Climbing boots
Lost CityOne-defence pure (23)Dragon dagger
Monkey Madness IOne-defence pure (24)Dragon scimitar

See also[edit | edit source]


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