Splashing is a method of training magic in which you continuously cast magic attack spells on enemies through auto-retaliate without damaging them, allowing you to be AFK for very long periods while still gaining magic XP. This is accomplished by wearing equipment that provides a negative magic attack bonus, making you miss every attack.
Using this method, you won't need to click on anything for up to 20 minutes, which is when you'll stop auto-retaliating against the animal. This method is only effective when killing low-level animals, so you won't need food.
Previously, players could splash for hours on end without being interrupted. However, several updates have limited how far you can stay away from the screen while splashing, but splashing is still the most AFK way to train magic, and you can even watch movies or play other games while this is running in the background.
When selecting splashing gear, make sure it provides a total of -64 magic attack bonus; anything above this (-63 or higher) will result in a chance of being able to damage and eventually kill the low-level animal you are splashing on, requiring you to click on different enemies every few minutes, which defeats the purpose of this method.
It can obtained from killing terror dogs or from Gambles at the Barbarian Assault. It offers a -9 magic attack bonus.
This requires 40 ranged to wear and can be obtained as a reward from the difficult Treasure Trails. It is ideal for splashing due to its -10 magic attack bonus.
This requires 75 defense to equip and is obtained as a rare drop from the blood theatre. It provides a -40 magic attack bonus.
This is a reward from the Babarian assault minigame, it requires 40 defence to wear and gives a 40 magic attack bonus.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, you should go for the dragon or the rune platebody, they both offer a -15 magic defence bonus but the dragon chainbody requires 60 defence to equip and rune chainbody requires 40 defence to wear
These can be obtained at a drop rate of 1/512 by killing Skeletal Wyverns. They require 50 defense and 50 strength to put on and provide a -31 magic attack bonus.
This is a rare drop from the Theare of blood. It requires 75 defence to wear and offers a -31 magic attack bonus.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, you should go for the dragon or the rune platebody, they both offer a -21 magic defence bonus but the dragon platelegs requires 60 defence to equip, and rune platelegs require 40 defence to wear
This can be obtained by completing the elite Treasure Trails. It requires 40 ranged to wear and offers a -10 magic attack bonus.
This item is also available for F2P; it provides a -10 magic attack bonus, requires 40 ranged to wear, and can be purchased from Grand Exchange.
Wearing them requires 30 ranged and 30 defense. They are made using snakeskin and thread and require a -10 magic attack bonus.
These can be obtained as a rare reward from the completion of medium Treasure Trails. They require 40 ranged and offer a -10 magic attack bonus.
It requires 50 defence and 50 strength. the granite shield can gotten from ice trolls at a drop rate of 1/128 and offers a -12 magic attack bonus.
This shield requires 60 defence to wield. This offers the same negative magic attack bonus ike the granite shield, a -12.
Also note that, for the hand slot, you need to carry an elemental staff to be able to auto-cast magic attack spells and save the cost of runes, note that these have a +10 magic attack bonus so you need to wear enough gear to offset that extra magic bonus.
Elemental staves provide an infinite supply of a specific basic elemental rune and can also be used to automatically cast some magic spells. There are three kinds of elemental staves.
When equipped, these are very useful for basic magic training methods like splashing because they significantly reduce the cost.
This staff is popular amongst players who splash because it does not provide the magic attack bonus that elemental staves do. It can be purchased from Diango in Draynor Village, which sells toys and other commemorative items. If you wear this staff, your total cost will rise because you won't be able to use the elemental staff to save runes.
When splashing, it is recommended to use the first tier of spells, the strike spells, which are wind strike, water strike, earth strike, and fire strike, because they are cost-effective, but if you want better rates, you must spend more gp to use spells like fire blast and fire wave. Here is a list of popular magic attack spells used for splashing.
Note: The cost above is calculated when using elemental staves and would be higher without it.
You can splash with any attack spell from both standard and ancient spellbooks, but the ones listed above show the quickest and most cost-effective method to follow; if you splash to 99 using the method above, you should expect to spend about 60M gp, and get to 99 in around 252 hours.
However, if you are F2P, you must use the fire blast from 59 magic until 99, which will cost around 52M gp and take 319 hours to complete.
If you choose to spend less and stick to low-level magic attacks, here is how long 99 will take to use different attacks and appropriate elemental staves.
Using Air Strike will take about 1975 hours and cost about 7.2 million GP.
Using a Water strike will take about 1446.9 hours and cost 5.2 million GP
Using Earth strike will take about 1142.3 hours and cost about 4.2 million GP
Using a Fire strike will take about 943.6 hours and cost 3.4 million GP
Using FIre bolt will take about 482.8 hours and cost about 28.9 million GP
Rats are one of the most common animals found throughout Gielior. They are also popular among players who splash due to their low combat level and inability to hit; they have a combat level of one and a maximum hit of zero
Seagulls are just as weak as rats and also have zero max hit and a negative defence bonus, they are quite popular for splashing and for beginners.
Corsair Cove: There are 9 spawns available in this region but it requires the competition of the Corsair curse to gain access.
Port Sarim: there are 10 spawns in this location; this is the most popular location to find as it is easily accessible.
P2P locations include Port Piscarilius, Runes of Unkah, Uzer Oasis, and The Node.
Spiders are also very low-level animals that are ideal for splashing. you should splash the level 1 variant, as the level 24 variant can hit up 6 damage. The Level 1 spiders have a significantly slower attack speed and are less aggressive.