A safe spot, sometimes contracted to safespot, is a position from which a monster may be attacked using Ranged or Magic combat or using a halberd over an obstacle without retaliation. Sometimes, it is possible to safe-spot by attacking a monster one square out of its wander radius. Making attacks in this manner is often termed "safe spotting".
This works because NPCs, and some automatic player movements, always move directly toward their target and do not detour around obstacles if that would mean moving away. Larger monsters, such as dragons, may also end up snagged on a corner, even if it looks like they do have an almost direct path.
How "safe" a spot really is often depends on circumstances:
- It is not possible to reliably use safe-spot tactics against other players, though a temporary advantage can be gained.
- It is typically not possible against opponents who use a ranged or magic attack. Standing outside their patrol area will force them to retreat, luring the player from the safe spot. Some opponents can be safe-spotted when the player's weapon has longer range than the opponent's attack.
- It can be difficult to reach a safe position against aggressive monsters. Some safe spots are only effective once the monsters have become tolerant, such as skeletal wyverns.
- Monsters that retreat cannot be reliably safe-spotted; however, longbows and spells sometimes have a range long enough to hit the enemy at the farthest retreating location.
- Common examples of safe spots include fences, rocks, elevated areas and even rivers.
Notable safe spots
These are widely known safe spots that can significantly impact the longevity of killing monsters in a trip or activity. These safe spots are almost always used in their scenario to maximise conservation of supplies.
Magic users who target Dagannoth Rex will lure him to the southern side of the lair and then move west or east so he is stuck on either edge, where the mager can kill him without worrying about Rex attacking back. If done correctly, Prime and Supreme will not wander near the mager; the mager will usually only be attacked by Spinolyps.
There are numerous obstacles that can be used to block a monster's attacking range (Ket-Zek/Tok-Xil) or make them stuck (Yt-MejKot/Tz-Kek). This is imperative in waves where the player is facing multiple attack styles at once, since they cannot pray from all of them.
These three Wilderness bosses can be lured in such a way that they will become stuck and able to be attacked by the player without them retaliating back. This is taking advantage of wander radius mechanics, and players who make use of it can manage multiple kills per trip.
Safe-spotting in a PKing scenario
Because the concept of safe-spotting is a physical action and not a quirk of the game's programming, it is possible to safe-spot against other players. However, because there is a human, not a computer, behind the screen of another player, safe-spotting is nearly always a temporary tactic against humans. A computer lacks the awareness to react to safe-spotting whereas humans will be able to recognise that they are being safe-spotted and run away or move around the obstacle.
Safe-spotting against other players is also limited by the practicality of it. Most monsters, again, due to their computer control, lack the ability to stop a player from doing it. A human would see what the other player is doing and stop them, all the while forcing the safe-spotter to waste time and food. Also, safe-spotting, in some cases, could be dangerous as counter-safe spotting is possible (once again the adaptability of humans comes to the forefront). This reverse engineering, along with adequate protection against the original safe-spotter's form of damage (Protect from Magic versus a Magic-using safe spotter) can be extremely effective.
But in some cases, safe spotting has serious advantages. The few free hits a ranger can get on a player using Melee before they can close in to attack can make the difference between victory and defeat. Indeed, when a fight comes down to a battle of attrition (when whoever has more food wins), those two or three hits can be instrumental. This process can also be called "far casting".
This tactic's implications are, of course, somewhat obvious, and as such, there is a small, programmed in, defence against a safe spotter in the Wilderness or anywhere. When a warrior is retaliating against (not attacking), a distanced attack, he/she will, during their headlong charge, apparently make their first hit on their enemy 3-4 squares before they are in melee range. This is because of the way the game is programmed—a running character is treated by the server as a few squares ahead of where they appear to be.
Edge of range
Another form of safe-spotting is the edge of a monster's patrol range, as most monsters will not pursue beyond a certain area. This is generally unreliable though, because they will often wander off, causing the player to move closer in order to continue attacking the monster, after which it will simply come back to attack them.
Obstruction by another monster or player
Most monsters will not be able to pass through another monster or player. This can be exploited in order to prevent melee-using monsters from attacking a player. A common example of this is getting the attention of (but not kill) a bat or giant rat found near Damis during Desert Treasure. Unlike the other monsters in the dungeon, the bat and giant rat do not allow other monsters to pass through them, allowing the player to stand behind the bat or giant rat with the aggressive monsters stuck behind them, being able to attack Damis with Ranged or Magic safely. However, most high level bosses that only use Melee can walk through players and other monsters, such as in God Wars Dungeon, making this method effective generally only for lower leveled monsters.
Training Ranged and Magic from safe spots (or Melee with Halberd)
- Asgarnia Ice Dungeon, in the white snow spot between the ice warriors and the hobgoblins
- Barbarian Village
- Behind sulphur vents in Mor Ul Rek and TzHaar-Ket and TzHaar-Xil
- Black demons, at Taverley Dungeon or Edgeville Dungeon behind the stalagmites
- Bloodveld, at the Slayer Tower
- Blue dragons in any of their locations
- Duck ponds in Lumbridge
- Fire giants in the Waterfall Dungeon
- Goblins and giant spiders across the Lumbridge bridge wall
- Greater demons, inside the ruins in the Demonic Ruins
- Green dragons between the Graveyard of Shadows and Bone Yard
- Lava dragons, north of chaos dwarfs, circa 35-40 Wilderness, over the peninsula
- Lesser demons in the Karamja Volcano Dungeon, and behind the stalagmites in Taverley Dungeon
- Moss giants on the island of Crandor
- Red dragons in Brimhaven Dungeon from a spot in the middle of rocks on the northern wall
- Scorpions in the Al Kharid Mine
- Skeletal Wyverns in the Asgarnia Ice Caves north of Mudskipper Point behind the cave entrance, which requires the monsters to be tolerant and requires 72 Slayer to kill
- Skeletons near the Wilderness ditch and Guards from the other side of the ditch.
- Tortoises in the Tree Gnome Stronghold
- White Knights' Castle in Falador
- Behind certain fences such as level 27 minotaurs in Stronghold of Security, first level — Mages or archers can also go behind fences without being retaliated. It is popular for lower levels to train in Combat Training Camp and behind the fences in Lumbridge cow fence.
- The hill giants in the Edgeville Dungeon — There is an estimated 106 safe spots in this area, along with about 16-18 double-kill safe spots (killing two giants at a time, usually with Ranged).
- A player can trap a monster behind another to range or mage it.
Safe spot can also mean an area or spot in an otherwise dangerous area where other monsters cannot attack you (not meaning you can attack them safely). This meaning of safe spots are often used to complete certain quests. For example, in the Temple of Light, safe spots are considered areas where there are no Shadows nearby.