RuneScape's skills represent your character's capabilities.

Performing actions associated with a skill earns you experience points (XP) in that skill, and as you earn XP your level in that skill will increase.

Higher skill levels unlock new activities: equipment to make, locations to explore, quests to complete, and much more.

Skills marked with a Yellow membership icon are members' skills, although most can be trained up to level 5 by non-members as a preview of what they offer.

The exception to this is Invention, which is an Elite Skill accessible to high-level members only.

Skill list

Agility Agility Improves run energy regeneration rate, as well as allowing access to shortcuts around the world. Gold membership icon
Archaeology Archaeology Uncover lost knowledge that grants access to ancient summoning, ancient invention and relics that offer passive benefits whenever you play. Gold membership icon
Attack Attack Improves your accuracy in Melee combat. Also allows the use of more powerful weapons.
Cooking Cooking Allows fish and other food to be cooked on a fire or range. Higher levels allow better foods (that heal more life points) to be prepared.
Constitution Constitution Increases your maximum amount of life points. Also unlocks several important combat abilities.
Construction Construction Allows the creation and improvement of a Player-Owned House. Higher levels allow the creation of more decorative furnishings and rooms. Gold membership icon
Crafting Crafting Allows the creation of a wide range of items such as jewellery, leather armour and battlestaves. Higher levels allow more items to be crafted.
Defence Defence Reduces the accuracy of opponents' attacks from all styles and allows stronger armour to be equipped.
Divination Divination Gather the scattered divine energy of Guthix and weave it into powerful portents, signs, and temporary skilling locations. Gold membership icon
Dungeoneering Dungeoneering Allows exploration of the randomly generated dungeons of Daemonheim. Higher levels allow deeper floors to be accessed.
Farming Farming Allows crops to be grown for use in other skills, notably herbs for Herblore. Higher levels allow more crop types to be grown. Gold membership icon
Fishing Fishing Allows fish - one of the main sources of food - to be retrieved from bodies of water. Higher levels allow more types of fish to be caught.
Firemaking Firemaking Allows fires to be built from logs. Higher levels allow more types of logs to be burnt.
Fletching Fletching Allows the creation of bows, arrows, bolts and crossbows from logs. Higher levels allow more advanced items to be made.
Herblore Herblore Allows the creation of potions from herbs, used to temporarily bestow a variety of different effects. Higher levels create more potent potions. Gold membership icon
Hunter Hunter Allows the trapping of various wild creatures using different methods. Higher levels allow more types of creature to be caught. Gold membership icon
Invention Invention Customise your gear with cutting-edge augmentations. Invention is an Elite Skill, and requires 80 in Smithing, Crafting and Divination to begin training. Gold membership icon
Magic Magic Increases accuracy - but not damage - of magic attacks. Allows more spells and better magical weapons and armour to be used. Also increases defence against magic attacks.
Mining Mining Allows ore to be obtained from rocks, for use in skills such as Smithing, Crafting and Invention, or to be sold. Higher levels allow rarer, more valuable types of ore to be mined.
Necromancy Necromancy Channel the power of necrotic energy and conjure powerful spirits to fight alongside you in combat. Gold membership icon
Prayer Prayer Grants access to modal buffs, which are useful in many areas of the game. Levelling unlocks new prayers, and allows prayers to stay active for longer.
Ranged Ranged Increases the accuracy and damage of ranged attacks such as bows, throwing knives and crossbows. and allows the usage of better ranged weapons and armour.
Runecrafting Runecrafting Allows the creation of runes for use in magic spells. Higher levels allow more rune types to be made, as well as multiple runes per essence.
Slayer Slayer Allows otherwise-resilient creatures to be damaged, often using specialist equipment. Higher levels allow more powerful creatures to be slain. Gold membership icon
Smithing Smithing Allows metallic bars and items to be made from ore. Higher levels allow better items to be made from higher-level materials.
Strength Strength Improves your maximum hit in melee combat, increasing the amount of damage caused. Higher Strength is also a requirement to wield some weapons.
Summoning Summoning Allows familiars to be summoned, which help in combat and other activities. Higher levels allow more powerful familiars to be summoned. Gold membership icon
Thieving Thieving Allows the player to steal from NPCs, disarm traps and open certain locked chests. Higher levels reduce failure rate and open up more lucrative targets. Gold membership icon
Woodcutting Woodcutting Allows trees to be cut down, producing logs for Fletching, Firemaking and Construction. Higher levels allow more types of trees to be cut down, yielding better logs.
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