RuneScape is a massive game, and combat is a key part of it. Read our guide to learn more about how combat works, and how you should progress through the game to fight more difficult monsters.
To begin bossing, the King Black Dragon is a great place to start. It’s an extremely simple boss that can be fought by much lower levels than other bosses and is also one of the few bosses free-to-play have access to. All that’s necessary is the proper antifire protection and gear tiered above level 60. Any style can be used effectively and therefore you should use the best style you have available.
Once small gear upgrades have been obtained and decent action bars have been set up, you can move on from the King Black Dragon. God Wars Dungeon 1 is a great place to visit next. The original four bosses there have the ability to hit hard at lower levels, however it will teach you to get used to your abilities all whilst making money. These bosses don’t have proper mechanics as they are very introductory. However, if attempting the hardmode versions of said bosses, they will increase their health, damage and introduce basic mechanics.
If you’re wanting to expand your horizons, you can try out God Wars Dungeon 2. This dungeon follows a similar idea to the first, but with higher levelled bosses that have actual mechanics. They’re a great way to start learning basic mechanics such as using a shield to use Resonance to heal a hit from Helwyr, dodging the Twin Furies charge attack, proper player positioning at Gregorovic and swapping prayers mid-fight at Vindicta. These mechanics are very easily mastered, but make a great introduction into the wider world of PvM. These bosses should be done preferably with tier 80 stats. Tier 70 weapons and armour will still do a decent job here.
Moving past God Wars Dungeon 2, there are many paths a player can go. There are bosses that are done solo such as Araxxor and Telos and group bossing which can include anything from the three Elite Dungeons to killing, arguably, the hardest boss in the game, Solak.
As previously mentioned, Elite Dungeons are a great place to go from here. Elite Dungeons are a raid-like experience which can be completed with up to 3 players. There are three different Elite Dungeons and each follow a similar layout. They each have three floors which must be run through in order to get to a boss. Once the last boss has been defeated, the dungeon ends and can be restarted. Elite Dungeons are a great way to find similar minded people who you might want to continue PvMing with in the future.
Before getting into the real nitty gritty bosses such as Telos and Solak, you could give Araxxor a try. Araxxor is technically a duo boss, however it is much easier and quicker to learn solo. Mastering Araxxor will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to really start endgame bossing. The fight features many different mechanics while also keeping the player on their toes in terms of abilities used. Araxxor can still be done with tier 70 armour and tier 80 weapons, however grabbing a tier 80 armour set would be a great help.
In order to tackle the final stage of bosses, it’s important to have a good understanding of a few things: Defensive abilities are just as important as offensive ones. A large majority of defensive abilities are used at endgame bosses and therefore should be learnt properly. By this point you should also have a very good understanding of how your offensive abilities work and you might even have purchased extra ones. Different types of gear and all their unique abilities are also very important. Knowing what armour to bring and which weapons to use will make life at bosses easier. Switching equipment is also very common-place as not all equipment is necessary throughout an entire fight. An example of this is using the ring of vigour only when casting an ultimate ability. Lastly, having Invention unlocked is important as it allows for a lot of extra and utility to be added to your augmented equipment.
In bossing, there’s a lot of items that fulfil a niche role, however there are also items that are useful almost anywhere. For example:
- Enhanced excalibur - An upgraded reward from completing the elite Seers’ Village task set. When activated, it will slowly heal the player for a couple of seconds. It has a five minute cooldown, however it can be very useful when running low on food or just attempting to sustain for a long time.
- Ancient elven ritual shard - A crystal that restores your prayer points overtime, with a five minute cooldown. It is a rather expensive item but it has a plethora of uses from pvm to skilling.
- Cinderbane gloves - These gloves are expensive but they can be used practically everywhere, having t85 stats. They also apply poison effects on your attacks, to monsters that are vulnerable to such.
- Overloads - A potion that grants the user boosted stats for the next five minutes. Overloads make a huge difference to your damage outfit and should be aimed at early on.
- Curses - The curse prayer book boasts a wide variety of prayers such as soulsplit that are useful everywhere. Curses are great for a higher damage output or simply sustainability. Unlocking these may be the start of your endgame unlocks. You can do so by completing the “Temple at Senntisten” quest.
- Shields - Shields are used during combat to allow some defensive ability usage. A shield is necessary for a lot of defensive abilities that can only be cast while wearing said shield.
Many bosses in RuneScape can be completed in a group, however finding people to go with might not be the easiest idea. The best way to go about finding like-minded people is to join a clan chat that is focused around PvMing. A lot of clan chats will happily take learners to slightly more experienced bosses. In order to find appropriate clans, the official RuneScape forums host a wide variety of clan threads where you can apply to. An in-game feature also exists for finding groups however it can take a long time to queue up and find enough people.