OSRS: A Beginner’s Guide to Slaying in 2020

Starting Old School RuneScape in 2020 can be a daunting prospect. Compared to other games where you have polished interfaces, detailed menus, and high-resolution graphics, it feels like Old School RuneScape is a step behind most online games that were released after its debut; but don’t let that fool you. There’s a reason Old School RuneScape is still alive and very much thriving to this day and why it is considered to be a classic that pioneered the MMORPG genre. Released in January 2005, Slayer or Slaying is one of the most popular skills that you can learn in OSRS. One of the reasons is that Slayer is a great skill for farming OSRS gold. So, if you’re looking for the best skill to take in order to take the plunge in OSRS gold selling, then this is one of the best options that you can take. With an abundance of slayer masters, special equipment that you need to wear exclusively for Slaying, and difficult monsters that you have to take down, we can understand why Slayer can look intimidating for first-time players of OSRS. But fear not as we’ll be telling you all you need to know about the popular skill in this beginner’s guide that you can use to prop you up for the later level in the game.

Taking Your First Steps as a Slayer

It’s time to take the first baby steps of becoming a full-fledged Slayer! First things first: go to a Slayer Master. The Slayer Master is an NPC that serves as guides or mentors for all Slayers out there. They’re basically the head honchos that get to assign you and others tasks such as killing a specific set of monsters. By killing these monsters, you’ll be able to get a decent amount of OSRS gold. Each Slayer Master varies from level to level, so keep that in mind when accepting a task from them. If a Slayer Master has a higher combat level compared to others, then expect the task given to you to be longer than what you’re generally used to. Duradel has the highest combat level in all of the Slayer Masters, having a requirement of 100 Combat and 50 Slayer for players before they can be assigned a task. As a Slayer that’s just looking to test the waters, we recommend going to Turael who gives the easiest Slayer tasks. Each of the OSRS Slayer Masters can be found in specific parts of the map.

Bring Out Your Best Equipment

Congratulations! You finally accepted your first Slayer task in Old School Runescape. So what’s next? Well, you need to gear up as best as you can. It’s extremely important to use your best equipment in Slayer tasks because it can heavily affect your accumulation of experience points. Always aim to use your best in-slot equipment so you can maximize and take advantage of getting a lot of experience. There are three types of equipment that you can bring: Melee, Magic, and Ranged. If you’re a Melee user, it’s highly recommended that you opt for a max DPS setup. Using an Abyssal Dagger paired with the Dragon Fire Shield is the optimal choice, but if you don’t have those, you can use other weapons that specialize in DPS as well. If you’re a Magic user, then it’s best to opt for the Ancient Staff since it’s one of the best weapons for those who like to dabble with Magic in general. If you’re a Ranged user, then a Toxic Blowpipe will get the job done. Altogether, bringing your best foot forward or in this case, best equipment, is key to leveling up fast as an OSRS Slayer.

And those are our tips when stepping into the world of Slayer in Old School RuneScape! Hopefully, this helps you not only farm more OSRS gold than usual, but also help you level up more efficiently.

What do you think of the OSRS Slayer skill? Do you consider it as an essential skill that should be learned by everyone? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment or two down below!

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