(for those who want to skip the intro and just get the link: voila!)
Since the Evolution of Combat changes, it's been a bit difficult to adjust and learn what is now the "best" equipment available to a player given their levels and cash to spend. I personally have struggled a fair bit in adjusting to the new system, though I do very much like how it was standardized and more consistently structured. Players who left sometime before EoC and later returned often are faced with the challenge of processing an immense amount of new material with little other than raw data to guide them.
So, to advance my own knowledge on the matter and to help others in a similar position (especially returning players), I made this: my equipment guide. Its use is simple - it ranks equipment in each slot for each attack style. It is not a comprehensive list of all equipment in the game; rather, it's aimed at players with level 60+ combat stats who just don't know what stuff they "should" be using.
I attempted to cover the best equipment for levels 60 and up, and tried to include something in each slot priced below 1mil (since not everyone has max cash stacks to spend), and went up from there all the way to the best equipment in the game.
Some folks will disagree with my rankings - that's fine! The rankings are just for those who don't want to delve into the data. But for those who do want to delve into the data, there still aren't any lists or spreadsheets with a comprehensive approach - the wikia has some lists for, say, all the two-handed swords, or all the magic staves, but those lists can be hard to find (I struggled with that while making these spreadsheets) and not every slot has them. They also don't account for comparing different weapon types.
That's why, in addition to giving a ranked list of this equipment, I also included all the relevant stats for each item, all in one place. So you can easily look at the data and form your own opinions and rankings.
The first page of the document is quick-use info - it's some basic information that explains what the document is for and how to use it. A lot of it is common sense, so if you want, you can probably skip that and get right to the meat of the document, but the Quick-Use Info and In-depth Info tabs are good to refer back to if you're confused about anything. Melee, ranged, and magic each have separate tabs/spreadsheets, accessed at the bottom of the page. There's also my personal equipment planner on the last page, which is mostly for my personal use, but it can also serve as an example of how you might make use of this information.
I plan to keep this updated as new equipment comes out, though I may only sporadically update the GE prices of stuff. Knowing me, though, I may or may not actually follow through with that plan - so do check the "Last updated" listing on the first page, and double-check the GE prices on your own before making any purchase plans!
Feel free to post any comments or suggestions here. Cookies may be added to the pile on the left.
(and in case you missed it: here's that link again)
Edit: Title should be 70+, not 60+, my baaaaad. Also, I'm aware that isn't necessarily "high level"; it includes everything from there and up, though, so regardless of where you draw that line, it's covered. As I said above, I had to keep going down in order to find stuff in each slot affordable for not-so-rich folks, which is how I wound up including a lot of tier 60 items.
Also: Reddit link on r/runescape - upvotes would be nice to help others find and make use of it, as that's one place where returning players often ask equipment questions.
11/4/13 - Initial version completed!
11/7/13 - Initial flurry of edits completed!
11/14/13 - Added the new super barrows equipment! Also updated the arcane/etc. spirit shield stats to account for the patch notes (all 75 def and prayer, instead of some being 75 def and 70 prayer).
3/17/14 - Added new equipment since the last update (WE2, Ports 2.0, Dragon Rider stuff) and updated all the prices.
5/28/14 - Added chaotic spear, top tier of dg necklaces, and crystal amulet.
6/2/14 - Added normal and superior kyzaj, from The Mighty Fall.
8/19/14 - Updated to account for Legacy changes, added the noxious weapons, t90 gloves, special attack descriptions to those weapons that have them, and other misc. changes.
9/8/14 - Updated Hydrix jewelry prices and description (can now be recharged with cut onyxes).
1/9/15 - Added/updated crystal equipment and Tirannwn quivers, as well as death lotus darts and blisterwood stakes.
2/20/15 - Added T85 wildywyrm weapons and ports weapons, minor error-fixing and formatting updates
3/17/15 - Added blood necklaces.
Edited by Sorator, 18 March 2015 - 12:20 AM.