Strength is a player's power in melee combat. As a player raises their Strength level, they can deal more damage against opponents. A high Strength level is often favoured by player-killers over their Attack level because it raises max hit, helping to generate the burst damage necessary to kill other players faster than they can heal themselves.
Players may receive Strength experience during combat, and the amount of experience gained is dependent on the attack style being used. Of the four melee attack styles available, Strength experience is only awarded when fighting in the aggressive or controlled stances.
The difference between these two stances is that the aggressive stance solely provides experience for the Strength and Hitpoints skills, whereas the controlled stance distributes experience equally among Strength, Attack, Defence, and Hitpoints. A player who hits a 1 would receive 1.33 experience in each one of these skills.
Fighting aggressively Edit
In order to gain experience in the Strength stat, players must choose the aggressive attack style. While fighting aggressively, players will hit for higher levels of damage than they would if they were fighting attack style|accurately or attack style|defensively.
Strength bonus Edit
Some weapons give players a Strength bonus. This bonus, represented as a single numerical value, represents the value of Strength gain. A +1 increase in Strength bonus is not the equivalent of +1 Strength skill, but is rather intended to be an indicator of what weapons and[armour will allow the player to deal higher amounts of damage.
Generally speaking, more powerful weapons like Two-handed swords will have a significantly higher Strength bonus than weaker weapons like Daggers, assuming they are made of the same metal. Similarly, the more rare a metal (and therefore the higher Attack level required to wield weapons of that given metal), the higher the Strength bonus. In that effect, Rune weapons will have higher Strength bonus than Mithril weapons, which will have a higher Strength bonus than Iron weapons.