Combat and Bandits, what could be a better match?

posted by on 30th March 2009, at 7:13pm

“Congratulations! You have achieved 99 Defence!” Now, what could be better then to know how this happened? Well, in the desert, south of the Bedabin camp, are the bandits that trust one god, and only one god, no other and if you wear some piece of armour of a god then their will freak out and try to remove you, any way possible. Now, while some bandits won’t attack you, all the other will, and the only way out is to kill them or RUN AWAY! So, as you read along you will learn the way of the Bandit camp bandits and find the true, extremely fast way to get to a 99 combat skill.

“Prepare to Suffer, Zamorakian scum!”

desert zamorak saying

and “Time to die, Saradomin filth”

desert saradomin saying

are what the Bandits are going to yell as they start to attack you. They don’t want you there would most likely be your first impression. Even if they scare you that is no reason to leave. They are very simple to kill if you have the right equipment. All you basically need is either one Saradomin item or one Zamorak item.

Desert armour

Now, in my outfit I have two Saradomin items but you only need one item. You can set your look up however you want it. When I got 99 Defence I only had a Saradomin Plateskirt and since it has the same stats as the platelegs and is cheaper, it is worth it. I have seen a lot of people use a kiteshield and that is also up to you. Just keep this in mind. Only bring what you want to lose if you were to die. It is a multi-combat area and as long as you have a god item equipped, they will always attack you, and will only stop once you take your god item off. I highly recommend a Ring of Life when you go because when you get down to low health then you will be teleported away without dieing and losing a lot of money. Now, your inventory will tend to look something like this if you plan on staying there for a day or two (or three to four weeks) and you’re using food there.

Desert inventory

The point of the noted fish is that you sell it to the General store and buy it back. It is one of the easiest ways to stay there (other than using Guthans to get your hp back). It doesn’t matter what kind of food you use. However, sharks are very expensive and should only be used if you have A LOT of money, same goes with Monkfish. Salmon and Tuna are going to be your best choices because they both heal around 10 per bite and aren’t that expensive in the G.E. or at the general store in the Bandit Camp. Now, enough about the set-up, how do you get there? Well, there are 3 good routes to get there.

Desert map

The Red route is probably the easiest route. All you need is 205 gp (105 gp if you have a ring of charos (a)) and a free spot in your inventory to get to the Bandit Camp. This is a good way if you only bring one god item and you don’t want to be attacked you can put the god armour in your inventory and switch world, not being attacked by the Bandits as you switch worlds. Now the Blue route is the route that I always take to get there. All you need is a Camulet and that’s all. Rub your Camulet and you will be teleported into the Enakra’s Lament quest temple. Run through the temple to the bottom floor and go out side. Unless you want to lose some health, run to the spot northeast of where you come out of the desert, the spot with the mirrors, and wait there for a while, that is a spot where you won’t feel the deserts heat. After you are rested, run northwest and you are at the Bandit camp. This is one of the fastest ways there but you can’t get take off some armour when you’re switching so switch in the general store because the Bandits can only get in there if you are lined up with the entrance of the store. The Green route is not one that is suggested. You need to have a pharaoh’s sceptre for that route. You get to where you start on the map by teleporting to the Desert treasure pyramid. You then run to the mirrors and then up to the Bandits. There are five spots you can kill at. One is a house east of the General store that has a ladder in it.

Desert ladder house

This house has two level 57 Bandits in it. This is for most people who don’t really now how to kill Desert Bandits efficiently. The best spot to sit and attack is where I am in the picture. The Bandits will be able to attack you so you don’t need to move around. If you want to talk to friends in the tent south of the house, sit right beside the circular table, same deal there, they can get to you so you don’t need to move around. Well, seeing that I just talked about the Tent, now I will talk about it.

Desert tent

This tent has two level 57 Bandits. It is basically the same thing as the house. You can stand right outside of the tent, one step in from the entrance or anywhere inside the tent. This is a good spot for people who want to be alone because most people either try to get into the ladder house or in the “L” shaped house to the west of the tent. The tent is the easiest to get to the General store to exchange food because there is nothing that can close on you. This is normally my second choice when I get to the bandits if I can’t get the spot I want, the “L” shaped house.

Desert "L" house

This is my favourite place to train. It has three level 57 Bandits. There is always a bandit attacking you. Unless you have a high Attack and Strength then there will always a bandit attacking you. Where I am standing is the best spot you can be in. You may have to move around a little because there will be the odd chance that one of the bandits will get stuck behind the table. The bandit getting stuck isn’t that common so look in every so often and see if they are stuck. To me, I got the most xp in that house.  Now the are two more spots but I won’t go too in-depth in the next one I’m about to tell you, which is directly north of the “L” shaped house.

Desert open space

This spot isn’t my personal choice of attacking bandits. Now there are three bandits that go around the area, but the level 74 bandits in the bar can come out and attack you. It is the easiest to get to the General store out of all the spots, so, now that I’m done talking about that, now time to talk about the Bar.

There are three spots in the Bar.

Desert north bar

The north,

Desert middle bar

the middle,

Desert south bar

and the south. In the bar the bandits are level 74. There are around fifteen to twenty of them so watch out. They can stack on each other so make sure you watch your health or if you are using prayer (which is one of the most popular strategy in the bar) you prayer level. Now, because they are level 74, they give you more xp but they have higher hp so they will take longer to kill. If you have a high Defence then you are able to kill the Bandits wearing runite but any lower than ninety-two you should use Guthans, Prayer or wearing the best armour you can get your hands on. These give you a lot of xp per hour, between 50 000 and 70 000 depending on your combat stats. I found out that if you have the summoning level to a high level combat familiar, then summon it. They will help you kill the bandits and hopefully give you the xp that you wanted. Something else I forgot to mention. If you have 68 Summoning then you can use Bunyips as food instead of food itself. They heal you 2 hp every 10 seconds so if your armour is good and you don’t lose a lot of xp every 10 seconds, then summon one up and use it. They will really help you out by not having yourself leaving the area that you are in and possible having your spot stolen.

Well, this is all I can say about the Desert bandits. I hope you use this information correctly and I hope you can get a 99 skill fast. Good luck and don’t die in the desert.

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  • Kirby Says:
    1st April 2009, at 6:15pm

    Eureka! This is one excellent guide to bandit fighting. When I get the time from everythign, I should totally try this. I never thought of the general store. Thanks, Tim.

  • Tim Says:
    1st April 2009, at 8:00pm

    Your very welcome Kirby, I was thinking of doing this for my first article but then I changed it to farming seeing I was farming a lot at the time, so I chose now to do it, anyway, thanks for the feed back, I always like to read replies that give feedback.

  • Owen Says:
    1st April 2009, at 8:37pm

    Looks very good, Tim. You described pretty much everything that is there. I remember those days, training at bandits, waiting for levels, talking to others, etc. Hope we can go back there some time later, and hopefully get a few more 99 combat skills!

  • Killerz Says:
    8th April 2009, at 4:36pm

    1) Why’d you suggest wearing rune plate, a rune kiteshield (why sara when you already have the skirt) skillcape? Better off wearing torso, defender/granite shield, dragon legs/skirt, god cape, more defense bonus and str bonus.

    2) Instead of suggesting use of bunyips and Guthans in a lump of text most will overlook, why didn’t you take pictures of them in use instead? I was about to say “No mention of bunyip/guthans?” until I did a quick CTRL+F.

    3) No mention of Bones 2 Peaches.

    4) “Salmon and Tuna are going to be your best choices because they both heal around 10 per bite”
    They heal 8 and 10 respectively. That statement clearly shows the amount of research you put in to this.

    5) “These give you a lot of xp per hour, between 50 000 and 70 000 depending on your combat stats.”
    Inaccurate. My best exp was 65k/hr. Average is 53k. This is at above lvl 90 with whip.

    6) As said above, 53k/hr is actually pretty slow. You can get similar exp rate at PC or SW. There are at least two “afk camp training” spots whatever you like to call it which gives from 65k to 100k exp/hr. Of course if I were to tell you I’d have to make a whole guide about it.

    7) Bandits are actually pretty well known for more than 3 years. None of the guide actually told me something new. I guess that’s because of the many bandit camp guides circulating around fansites…

  • Anonymous Says:
    15th April 2009, at 9:44am

    I follow your posts for a long time and must tell you that your articles are always valuable to readers.

  • davis Says:
    11th May 2009, at 7:25pm

    lol at killers salmon heal 9… next time ur gonna dis someone’s guide for not doin the research, do it urself

  • Dabo118 Says:
    21st January 2010, at 1:06pm

    Really nice guide Tim but i have one question,

    Do you have to take waterskins with you as it is in the desert?

    Thanks for the help 🙂

  • ......... Says:
    24th April 2010, at 9:52pm

    no, you do not need watrskins at bandits

  • rs2 Says:
    24th June 2010, at 10:59am

    killer your criticism is unneeded as i havent seen you put work and time into something. You need to appreciate this work . infidel………