Ultimate Ironman Guide/Ranged

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Ranged is one of the core combat styles used throughout the game, being the best option in a variety of combat situations due to its high damage output, distance from the target, and ability to safespot many enemies.

For more information about Ranged equipment, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Equipment.

Levels 1–55/70/99: Crabs[edit | edit source]

Killing crabs is one of the easiest and most popular ways of training Ranged. They have relatively high Hitpoints, low offensive and defensive stats which makes them ideal for low-level training with little to no food required. They are also aggressive for 10 minutes when walked by, making it easy enough to stand near crabs and stay in combat for long periods of time without any player input, allowing for long, consistent training sessions with minimal attention needed.

Ammonite Crabs on Fossil Island (after completion of Bone Voyage) are the best option for Ranged training, as they have the highest Hitpoints, and their occasional fossil drops can be stored for use in Prayer training or for accessing items in the Volcanic Mine Item Retrieval Service. Sand Crabs in Hosidius have no requirements, but they have lower Hitpoints and are usually much more crowded. Alternatively, Swamp Crabs have uniquely low Ranged defensive stats, making them a viable alternative to Ammonite or Sand Crabs for Ranged training.

Recommended weapons that are likely available, in order of damage output:

  • Any darts: Darts offer the best damage output due to their rapid attack speed. However, using darts is only recommended if the player has already made them beforehand, as it is not worth the time to make them strictly for Ranged training.
  • Rune crossbow with broad bolts: Using a rune crossbow with broad bolts offers relatively high damage output, but it can be somewhat expensive for lower-levelled players. Broad bolts can be made in bulk by buying unfinished broad bolts from any Slayer master, and attaching feathers to them. This requires having unlocked Broader Fletching perk with 300 Slayer points.
  • Magic shortbow with broad arrows: Broad arrows are typically made to train Fletching efficiently. They can be fired with a magic shortbow, which is a common reward from hard clue scrolls, or one can be made at level 80 Fletching.
  • Dorgeshuun crossbow with bone bolts: The Dorgeshuun crossbow and its ammo can be bought from Nardok, and due their low price, availability and expendable nature it is the most convenient option for any levels. However, the Dorgeshuun crossbow offers slightly lower damage output than the above options.

Players who wish to actively train Ranged are advised to chin maniacal monkeys from level 55 onwards, as it offers much faster experience.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Prayer and Ultimate Ironman Guide/Item Management.

Levels 55–99: Chinning maniacal monkeys[edit | edit source]

A player "chinning" in Kruk's Dungeon.
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Throwing red chinchompas at maniacal monkeys (commonly known as "chinning") in Kruk's Dungeon is by far the fastest way to train Ranged. This requires having started chapter II of the quest Monkey Madness II. Chinning is a good training method for players who want quickly boost their Ranged up for high-level raids or bossing, without having to wait on more passive training methods. In addition to Ranged experience, using a bonecrusher also grants the player a solid amount of passive Prayer experience by automatically burying the bones the monkeys drop.

It is best to use equipment that maximises the player's Ranged damage and Prayer bonuses, such as the Elite Void Knight equipment along with prayer-boosting items like Ardougne cloak and god books. Having high Ranged accuracy is not important, as the maniacal monkeys have very low Defence. Maniacal monkeys frequently drop 1-dose prayer potions which negates the cost of using Protect from Melee and damage-boosting prayers.

Experience rates scale depending on the player's equipment and Ranged level. Players can gain up to 300,000–400,000 experience per hour at level 55, increasing to 450,000–550,000 experience per hour at level 75, and 600,000–700,000 experience per hour at level 99.

Note: Any chinchompas are lost upon death, including deaths at Item Retrieval Services, so it is important to keep that in mind when hunting or using chinchompas. Chinchompas must be put on a table if the player plans to suicide in order to manage their inventory, or otherwise they will be lost.

For more information, see Maniacal monkey/Strategies, Ultimate Ironman Guide/Item Management and Ultimate Ironman Guide/Hunter.

Passive training: Slayer[edit | edit source]

Using Ranged for Slayer is generally not recommended due to the lower damage output of available weapons compared to abyssal whip and dragon scimitar. However, some tasks may be difficult or tedious to do without using protection prayers and/or prayer potions, so safespotting can be a justified option at lower levels.

Ranged is commonly used against certain bosses and demi-bosses on task, such as lizardman shamans, demonic gorillas and the Alchemical Hydra.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Slayer.