By: Dragonclaw
Special Thanks to: Ali, Ambo100, Conspicuous, Darker Falz, Entrility, Jacky, Kyo, Luke1, Lunar, Paladin Pker, Salmoneus, Sleepy, Snow Lion, The Gogl, Toonmado, WolfieMario
Original Guide by: Damaged500, ImMorTaL

Constitution, formerly known as "Hitpoints", is the cradle of all Combat skills. Without Constitution, fighting an enemy or even having a quick spar with your friends at the Duel Arena would be impossible. This skill is responsible for the amount of Life Points you have. The higher your Life Points, the longer you can last in a fight against any kind of trouble you may face. By reading this guide, you will further understand the concept of Constitution, and learn how to sustain yourself and your health in the realm of Gielinor.

The Basics

Unlike the majority of skills in RuneScape, Constitution is not leveled by performing tasks which pertain to the skill you are raising, rather, it is simultaneously trained by using any form of Combat. These skills include AttackDefenceMagicRanged and Strength. It must be noted that Constitution is a skill that takes a little longer than other skills to level. To check the current level of your Constitution, click on your skills interface and hover over the box that has an image of a heart as shown below. Your skill level will be shown to the left of the heart.

 Level 70 Constitution

The unique thing about this skill is that there is a separate ratio between your skill level and your actual Life Points. Your Life Points are your skill level, times ten. An example is if you have level 70 Constitution, your Life Points will be 700. To find your Life Points, observe your mini-map at the top right corner of your game screen. To the left, you should find your life-points.

700 Life Points

Training Constitution

Leveling your Constitution may be tedious at times. However, if trained to a considerable level, maintaining your health should be easy. Also, if you're looking to increase your combat, Constitution serves as 0.25 of a combat level. A successful attack on an opponent will result in an increase of Constitution experience. The experience is nearly equivalent to the amount of damage dealt from your attack. The ratio is 1.3 experience points for every 10 points of damage you accurately strike.

Even though combat is the traditional way to rack up experience, there are other, more diverse ways to accumulate it. By completing several questsminigames, miniquests, distractions & diversions, and random events, you may be awarded a nice chunk of experience. View the charts below to see which activities earn you the experience you desire.


Quests Rewarding Constitution XP
Mourning's Ends Part I 25,000
Salt in the Wound 17,500
Dream Mentor 15,000
Missing My Mummy 7,000
Witch's House 6,325
Grim Tales 5,000
Royal Trouble 5,000
Recipe for Disaster 4,000
Heroes' Quest 3,075
Fremennik Trails 2,813
Fur 'n' Seek 2,500
Nature Spirit 2,000
In Search of the Myreque 600
Soul's Bane, A 500


Minigames Rewarding Constitution XP
Pest Control Varies by level
Soul Wars Varies by level


Minigames Rewarding Constitution XP
Varrock Museum 3x Antique Lamps giving 1,000 XP; 1x Antique Lamp giving 10,000 XP to a skill above 50.

Distractions and Diversions

D&Ds Rewarding Constitution XP
Tears of Guthix1 Varies by level. See the Tears of Guthix Calculator.
Penguin Hide and Seek Varies by level.

1 Tears of Guthix will reward Constitution XP only if Constitution is your lowest-level skill.

Random Event Rewards

Random Events Rewarding Constitution XP
Lamp 10 * Skill Level
Book of Knowledge 15 * Skill Level

Death and How to Prevent It

Dying in RuneScape

Picture yourself taking a stroll through the Wilderness when all of a sudden you find yourself amongst the nasty green dragons. Unfortunately, you've misplaced your anti-fire shield and forgot to compensate yourself with a new one, but decide to bear out the fight with the vicious dragon heading towards you. You take some Life Points away from it, but it decides to retaliate with it's fire breath. Consequently, you burn to death and find yourself at your respective respawn point several seconds later. Death is a natural part of roaming throughout Runescape. However, once you fall, you learn to strengthen up, and the amount of deaths that occur as you experience the game will grow less and less.

Skull iconDeath is the state in which your player's Life Points reach zero. Under "normal" circumstances, a gravestone will appear where you died, and your character will respawn. When a player dies, the respawn interface screen will appear, allowing the player to choose the items they wish to keep. Players may normally keep up to three items, and by default, these items will be the items with the highest Grand Exchange value. However, when a player is 'Skulled' -- which occurs when entering the Abyss, or after attacking another player in the Wilderness -- no items will be kept. The Protect Items Prayer (requires level 25 Prayer), when activated, allows players to keep an extra item on death, for a total of four items when not Skulled, and one item when Skulled.

Get Ready to Respawn...

As you can see in the above picture, this player will keep a Rune Longsword, a Rune Med Helmet, and an Adamant Platebody. If you would prefer to keep a different item from the list, you may drag it over one of the currently 'kept' items to replace it.

You may also select a location to respawn to. When you first begin playing RuneScape, you'll only have the choice to respawn in Lumbridge. However, there are many other respawn points throughout RuneScape. Some cities, known as "hubs," can be selected as your respawn point if they were the last hub you visited. The following hubs currently exist in RuneScape:

  • Canifis
  • Daemonheim
  • Dorgesh-kaan
  • East Ardougne
  • Edgeville
  • Etceteria
  • Falador
  • Keldagrim
  • Lletya
  • Lumbridge
  • Seers' Village
  • TzHaar
  • Varrock
  • Yanille

Some respawn points may also be unlocked by completing quests:

Once you confirm your kept items and your respawn point, a gravestone will appear over your dropped items (the items that were not kept on death), and you will appear at your selected respawn location. You'll also notice a countdown timer below your minimap. Your dropped items will be protected until this timer runs out, after which time they will become visible to other players for one minute before disappearing forever. Other players can bless your gravestone and give you additional time to make it back and claim your items.

If a player logs out, the gravestone will remain and the timer will continue to count down, but the gravestone cannot be blessed. In this case, you must log into the world you died on to reclaim your items. Your gravestone will not be found on any other world.

Items Kept on Death buttonYou can find out some useful information about the items you will keep on death by clicking on the 'Show Items Kept on Death' button in your equipment interface. You'll see the default items kept on death, as well as any items that will be lost or destroyed upon death (such as Runecrafting Pouches). Some items, such as runes, quest items, untradeable items, and low value items will always be kept. Other stats, such as your carried and risked wealth, as well as your gravestone type and duration, also appear on the right side of the screen.


The exception to this is when a player dies in the Wilderness. In this case, the player will have no choice in which items are kept, and a gravestone will not appear. The player will respawn near the Edgeville bank with their three most valuable items (unless Skulled).

Of course, there are "safe" areas in the game where players will not lose any items upon death. Any minigames that are safe, such as Castle Wars, Pest Control, Clan Wars or Soul Wars, will allow players to keep all of their items on death. Other safe areas in the game, such as inside a Player Owned House, also allow players to keep all of the items they are carrying should they happen to die.

Preventing Death

Now that you understand the concept of dying in the game, you can learn how to deter or prevent yourself from being killed. Spells, jewelry, prayers, and potions are all methods to decimate the chances of dying.


Restorative Magic Spells
IconSpellMagic LevelEffects
 Cure Other spell Cure Other 68 Cures another player of poison.
 Cure Me Spell Cure Me 71 Cures yourself of poison.
 Cure Other Spell Cure Group 74 Cures a group of people of poison.
 Heal Other Spell Heal Other 92 Lets you heal another player.
 Heal Group Spell Heal Group 95 Lets you heal a group of people.
 Dream Spell Dream Spell  79 Speeds up your recovery by five times the default rate. Must be cast when not in combat. If you are disturbed when casting, you will stop dreaming and will have to recast the spell. Requires level 79 Magic. May only be cast by finishing the Dream Mentor quest.

1 These spells may only be performed if Members have finished the Lunar Diplomacy quest.


Helpful Jewelry
 Ring of Life Ring of Life If you are wearing this and your Life Points drop below 10%, it will teleport you to your spawn point. Note that it is still possible to die while using this, if you reach 0 Life Points without dropping below 10% first. It will turn into dust once the charge has been used up.
 Phoenix Necklace Phoenix Necklace When the wearer's Life Points drop below 20% of their max Constitution, their Life Points will be restored to 30% of their max. It has a priority over the Ring of Life and will turn into dust after one use.
 Bracelet of Inoculation Bracelet of Inoculation Protects against disease up to 250 damage.
 Bracelet of Regeneration Bracelet of Regeneration Doubles your Life Points recovery rate and has no limit.


Helpful Prayers
IconPrayerPrayer LevelEffects
Rapid Heal Prayer  Rapid Heal 22 Doubles the restore rate for Life Points.
 Protect from Magic Prayer Protect From Magic 37 This will protect you from magical attacks.
 Protect from Missiles Prayer Protect From Missiles 40 This will protect you from ranged attacks.
 Protect from Melee Prayer Protect From Melee 43 This will protect you from close melee attacks.
 Redemption Prayer Redemption1 49 If your Life Points drop below 10%, you'll be healed 250% of your maximum Prayer. Also, this drains all of your Prayer Points when used. 
 Rapid Renewal Prayer Rapid Renewal 65 Restores your Life Points at 5x the default rate. Can only be obtained by purchasing it with Dungeoneering tokens. Once you have 107,000 tokens, you may purchase the Scroll of Renewal. Once the scroll is used, you permanently learn the prayer.

1 It is still possible to die while wearing this, if you reach 0 Life Points before dropping below 10% of your maximum Life Points.


Restorative Potions
IconPotionHerblore LevelEffects
Guthix's Rest Tea  Guthix's Rest Tea 18 Cures some poison, restores Run Energy & boosts health by 50 if you have full health. Must have talked to Sanfew during the One Small Favour quest to be able to make this.
 Saradomin Brew Saradomin Brew 81 Increases your Defence by 20% and Constitution by 15%, but lowers your Strength, Magic, and Ranged by 10%.
 Sanfew Serum Sanfew Serum 65 Gives the effects of a Super Restore and an Anti-poison potion and will also cure disease. Can be used as a weapon against Nail Beasts.
 Relicym's Balm Potion Relicym's Balm 8 Cures disease and can be used as a weapon against orange Broodo Victims.

Hit Splats

Hit splats are the measurement of damage your character receives or produces. When you attack someone in regular forms of combat, three types of hit splats may occur. Damage in combat is shown through your Life Points bar. It is a green bar that hovers over you and your opponent to show how much more damage each of you can take. The red shows sustained damage, the green shows the remaining life points.

Life Point Damage Bar

Usually accompanying a hit splat will be a small icon to the left. This resembles the type of hit in which the attack dealt damage with. 

Types of Hits
IconHit TypeDescription
Melee hit Melee Hit This sword icon will accompany any type of successful melee attack.
Ranged Hit Ranged Hit This bow and arrow icon will accompany any type of successful ranged attack.
Magic Hit Magic Hit This mage hat icon will accompany any type of successful magic attack.
Dwarven Multicannon Hit Dwarf Multi-Cannon Hit This Dwarf Cannon head icon will accompany any type of successful Dwarf Multi-Cannon hit.
Deflected Damage Deflected Damage This blue arrow icon will accompany any type of successful damage deflected whilst using the deflect prayers from the Ancient Curses spell book.
Damage/Armour Soaking Armour Soaking This shield icon presents a number alongside it to show how much damage your armor absorbed for you. This is a process called soaking.

Now that we have discussed the types of hits, it's time to see the types of hit splats you may experience while playing the game.

Types of Hit Splats
IconHit TypeDescription
Defensive Hit Splat Defensive Hit This blue shield splat means that you or another personality successfully blocked the incoming attack.
Damage  Hit Splat Damaging Hit This red splat appears once your player has successful dealt or has been given damage.
Maximum Hit Splat Max Hit A max hit splat appears once you or an enemy applies their maximum amount of damage for their current level.
Poison Hit Splat Poison Hit The green splat means you have been poisoned. This is a condition in which Life Points will continually be taken from you until you either run out of Life Points, or heal yourself.
Disease Hit Splat Disease Hit The disease hit splat does not target your Life Points, it drains away levels from other skills instead.
Healing Hit Splat Healing Hit This purple hit splat indicates healing. It is shown in two quests, A Fairy Tale Part III: Battle at Orks Rift, and The Void Stares Back. It also is shown when healing during Dungeoneering.

Healing Yourself

While in the midst of combat, or even whilst you are poisoned, there are several ways in which you can heal yourself to prolong or prevent death. The common method of healing in the realm of Gielinor is by eating food. View the list below to see the types of food you can eat, and how much they heal you. Some even boost other stats for you as well!

Life Point Healing Food
IconFoodLife PointsOther Effects & Notes
 Trout Trout 70 -
 Salmon Salmon 90 -
Tuna  Tuna 100 -
Cake  Cake 120 Three bites.
 Lobster Lobster 120 -
 Swordfish Swordfish 140 -
Monkfish  Monkfish 160 -
Cooked Karambwan (thorough)  Karambwan 180 You must have completed the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest to be able to cook this. Cook it for a long time.
 Mushroom and Onion Mushroom and Onion Potato 200 -
 Shark Shark 200 -
Sea Turtle  Sea Turtle 210 -
 Pineapple Pizza Pineapple Pizza 220 Two bites.
 Tuna and Corn Tuna and Corn Potato 220 -
 Wild Pie Wild Pie 220 +5 Slayer and +4 Range. Two bites.
Manta Ray  Manta Ray 220 -
 Summer Pie Summer Pie 220 +5 Agility and +10% energy. Two bites.
 Strawberry Strawberries 60 A basket can hold up to 5 Strawberries, and each one heals 60 Life Points when eaten making this the highest healing item(s) in RuneScape. Up to 5 bites (one per berry).
 Rocktail Rocktail 230 It may give up to 100 Life Points to your total Life Points as a boost.

These are just a few of the many foods that RuneScape is filled with. By becoming more acquainted to the game, you will discover even more foods that will stabilize your Life Points at a decent amount . Unfortunately, for every good thing, there must be an opposite. There are "bad" foods in RuneScape in which you should avoid. See the list below to see which foods you should avoid and why.

Life Point Reducing Food
IconFoodLife PointsOther Effects & Notes
 Cooked Karambwan Karambwan 0 You must have completed the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest to be able to cook this. If you cook this for a short time it will be poisonous.
 Rock Cake Rock Cake Random -
 Nightshade Nightshade 150 You must be wearing gloves when you pick it or you will be poisoned.
 Poison Chalice Poison Chalice -490-320 May deal up to 490 damage, but may also heal up to 320 Life Points. It can also raise a random skill by one level.

Cape of Accomplishment

For anyone who completes the long and challenging road to level 99 Constitution, there is a reward; and bragging rights. Once you have achieved 99 Constitution, head on over to the Duel Arena.

Constitution Cape of Accomplishment and Hood

Skill Cape emote iconOnce there, visit the hostpital and find Surgeon General Tafini to claim your Cape of Accomplishment for a fee of 99,000gp. With it comes a special emote! The description reads: "Your character is struck by an arrow as your clothes disappear. You are then struck by another arrow as your skin disappears, and then struck with a third arrow as your muscles disappear and your bones show. Your character then returns to normal, pulls all three arrows out of his body, and throws them away."

Constitution Cape of Accomplishment/Achievement

If this is your first level 99 skill, you will receive a cape with no special trim. If you are a skill master in multiple skills, you will receive a cape with a red trim.

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Published on: January 04, 2012 02:14 AM UTC by Salmoneus
Updated on: January 05, 2012 04:11 AM UTC by Salmoneus