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The Best OSRS Gloves

What are the best gloves in OSRS?

Your glove slot can be used to provide your character with a huge range of benefits, and you should never leave it empty.

Not only can gloves and bracelets provide great bonuses, but many come with unique effects that can make your character stronger and the game just a little more interesting.

When it comes to deciding which gloves are the absolute best in Old School Runescape, the competition can be tight. It also doesn’t help that there are so many gloves and bracelets to choose from.

While the sheer amount may seem intimidating, especially to new players, sorting out the best doesn’t have to be difficult.

We’ve managed to narrow down our favorites to make finding your next ideal pair a whole lot easier!

 

OSRS: The 10 Best Gloves In OSRS

Our ranked lists are created by researching and rounding up information from the most reputable web sources.

Here’s our list of the 10 best gloves in OSRS:

 

10. Karamja Gloves (4)

Best Gloves - Karamja Gloves (4)

The gloves can be a bit of a grind to get to, but the rewards can be well worth it, especially if you’re planning to stick around the Brimhaven Arena area or fight in the Tzhaar Fight Caves. 

Stats

These gloves provide some unique benefits that many players enjoy.

They offer a 10% chance to receive double tickets in the Brimehaven Arena, one fight cave resurrection per day, double tokkul from the Tzhaar Fight Caves, and free access to Hardwood Grove and the Shilo Village furnace, is enough for many players to pursue them.

However, along with this, they also allow for unlimited teleports directly to the highest-level Slayer Master, Duradel, so long as you have discovered him. 

Even if you don’t keep these gloves equipped as a main set, these benefits make them very helpful in specific situations and are good to keep on hand just in case. 

How To Get It

The karamja gloves (4) are locked behind the Karamja Diary tasks, and you will need to complete the easy, medium, hard, and elite tasks to receive them.

Once these are completed, speak to Pirate Jackie the Fruit — who can be found in Brimhaven near the Arena –, and she will provide them.

She can also replace them if you ever happen to lose them.

 

9. Cooking Gauntlets

Best Gloves - Cooking Gauntlets.

These gloves are for anyone tired of burning their fish while cooking. Which, let’s face it, is all of us at this point. 

Stats

Wearing these gauntlets significantly decreases the likelihood of burning monkfish, swordfish, anglerfish, lobsters, and sharks while cooking.

This makes them very useful until you’re able to get your cooking skill to 99 and obtain the cooking cape.

However, while the cape works on all food types, these gauntlets only lessen the chance of burning these five fish in particular.

While it won’t completely remove the risk, it can still make cooking a lot easier for most of us and save a lot of time — and frustration — overall. 

How To Get It

These gauntlets become available after completing the Family Crest quest, although they won’t be enchanted yet and will only appear as steel gauntlets.

To get the enchantment on them, you will need to take them to Caleb in Catherby, who can enchant them for you. 

Keep in mind that if you take the gauntlets to him and have already been enchanted, you will need to pay 25,000 coins to remove the enchantment and this enchantment placed on them. 

Additionally, if they are ever lost, they can be obtained again from Dimintheis in southeast Varrock.

 

8. Combat Bracelet

Best Gloves - Combat Bracelet

Comparable to the mithril gloves that can be obtained from the Culinaromancer’s chest, the combat bracelet is useful for a couple of reasons, namely its ability to teleport the wearer to any of the combat guilds.

It will also helpfully inform you of how many monsters you have to kill for your current Slayer assignment, though this only works while it is charged. 

Stats

Along with these benefits, the combat bracelet also has fairly decent stats, providing +5 defense to everything but magic, which only gets a +3.

It can also boost melee and ranged attack stats by +7, magic by +3, and strength by +6. 

When wearing a combat bracelet, you can recharge it using the totem pole inside the Legends’ Guild, at the Fountain of Uhld, or by casting recharge dragonstone on it.

This will give it four charges that you can use before needing to recharge again.

However, if you complete the Legends’ quest, you also unlock the ability to charge it at the Fountain of Rune, which provides an additional two charges. 

How To Get It

The combat bracelet is fairly easy to get, unlike a few others on this list. All you need to do is enchant a dragonstone bracelet with a magic skill of 78.

If you don’t have the magic skills, it can also be found on the Grand Exchange for roughly 12,000 coins, which is decently affordable for the benefits they can provide.

 

7. Goldsmith Gauntlets

Best Gloves - Goldsmith Gauntlets

The goldsmith gauntlets are another possible reward for finishing the Family Crest quest.

The benefit they provide puts them one step ahead of the cooking gauntlets, which is why they land at number 7 on our list. 

Stats

These gauntlets, when enchanted, increase the amount of experience from smelting gold ore from 22.5 to 56.2.

In some situations, such as in the Blast Furnace, this can mean achieving rates of nearly 300k experience every hour.

Now, that isn’t anything to turn your nose up at if your character focuses on mining and crafting and you are looking to level quickly. 

How To Get It

To get these gauntlets, take the steel gauntlets you got at the end of the Family Crest quest, and instead of taking them to Caleb, take them to Avan at the Al Kharid Mine.

So long as they aren’t already enchanted, the process will be free. However, like with the cooking gauntlets, the change will cost 25,000 coins if they are previously enchanted. 

It is worth mentioning that after the Family Crest quest, these gauntlets can also be claimed from Avan at any time for no additional charge, and you can own multiple forms of the Family Crest gauntlets at the same time, with no penalty.

 

6. 3rd Age Vambraces

Best Gloves - 3rd Age Vambraces

Like most other 3rd age equipment, the 3rd age vambraces are some of the most expensive, currently going for 8 million on the Grand Exchange and sometimes spiking to over 9 million depending on demand. However, this is for good reason. 

Stats

These vambraces offer the second-highest range bonus for vambraces in the entire game, +11.

This makes them a great alternative for players who aren’t going after the barrows gloves.

Their magic defense bonus of +9 also makes them very good for players who need to tank a lot of damage during certain fights. 

As a part of the 3rd age range set, these vambraces require the player to level 65 ranged and 45 defense. 

How To Get It

These vambraces cannot be crafted and instead can be found as a possible reward for completing the hard, elite, and master-tier Treasure Trail quests.

Completing these quests can take time since the scrolls needed for them are rarely dropped, but the grind can be well worth it for these vambraces.

However, since both the scrolls and these vambraces are relatively a rare drop, if luck isn’t on your side, you can also buy them on the Grand Exchange for 8 million.

 

5. Regen Bracelet

Best Gloves - Regen Bracelet

The regen bracelet is an interesting item, and it doesn’t require players to have any particular requirement to equip it. It even sports better combat stats than the combat bracelet. 

Stats

As a special effect, this bracelet doubles the healing rate per minute from +1 to +2.

When stacked with the hitpoints skill cape and the rapid heal prayer, you can use this bracelet to quadruple your natural healing rate effectively.  

This can have many great uses, especially for activities that deal low but continuous amounts of damage, such as pickpocketing with trade-off loot, subduing the Wintertodt, fighting weaker, more accurate enemies, and doing pyramid plunder.

Because of its healing bonus, it can drastically reduce player dependence on outside healing sources during challenges like these. 

When coupled with this bracelet’s decent combat and defense stats, the regen bracelet can be the best in slot for players with only 1 defense.  

How To Get It

Despite how useful this bracelet can be for players, it is surprisingly easy to make. So long as you have 87 magic and an onyx bracelet, you can create it for yourself.

However, if you don’t want to craft it and have coins burning a hole in your coin purse, it can also be purchased on the Exchange for 1.4 million.

 

4. Dragon Gloves

Best Gloves - Dragon Gloves

Purchased from the Culinaromancer’s Chest after completing all eight parts of the Recipe for Disaster quest, these gloves are often picked up by players working their way up to the barrows gloves.

While costing the same, the dragon gloves don’t require you to complete the entirety of the quest to receive them. 

Stats

In terms of stats, the dragon gloves provide +9 to all offensive and defensive stats, excluding magic, which is at +5. 

If you’re planning on investing in the barrows gloves in the future, these can provide a great middle-ground in the meantime, and they can end up making it easier to complete the quest in full. 

Aesthetically, they are also some of the best-designed gloves in the game and look great with a full dragon set.

Although not every player is after a best-dressed prize, if fashionscape is your thing, you’ll need to pick these up. 

How To Get It

Dragon gloves cannot be crafted and can only be acquired by finishing 8 Recipe for Disaster subquests and using 107 quest points to purchase them from the chest in Lumbridge Basement.

 

3. Tormented Bracelet

Best Gloves - Tormented Bracelet

If you’re playing as a mage, this bracelet is something that you’ll definitely want to get your hands on.

Not only does the tormented bracelet provide great benefits, but it can make getting through the Chambers of Xeric a lot easier. 

Stats

Offering the best in slot for magic in all of OSRS, players can receive a magic attack bonus of +10 from this bracelet, along with a 5% bonus to magic damage.

Best of all, these bonuses stack with others provided by additional equipped items. 

While it does require 75 hitpoints and 75 magic to wear, if you meet these conditions, this bracelet can quickly become your go-to as a mage.  

Keep in mind that this bracelet is targeted towards endgame players, and as such, it requires some decently high requirements to craft. 

How To Get It

To make this bracelet for yourself, you’ll need a zenyte bracelet, 20 soul runes, 20 blood runes, one cosmetic rune, and a magic skill of 93.

However, if you don’t yet meet these requirements but have a lot of coin to spend, this bracelet can be bought from the Exchange for around 7 million currently, although the price can fluctuate, so keep your eye on the market prices.

 

2. Ferocious Gloves

Best Gloves - Ferocious Gloves.

If magic isn’t your go-to, the ferocious gloves are something you’ll want to consider.

Providing the best in slot for melee, these gloves require players to have an extremely high attack and defense level of 80 in order to equip them.

Stats

However, if you meet these requirements, you’re in for a treat. The ferocious gloves have a +16 to all offensive melee stats and a glorious +14 strength bonus, higher than even the barrows gloves. 

Keep in mind that they have a -16 to both magic and ranged, making them less effective when multiple attack styles are used. 

That said, they can be almost invaluable for high-level Slayer and PvM combat. 

How To Get It

These gloves are obtained as a rare drop from the Alchemical Hydra in the form of hydra leather.

Once this is acquired, you can take it to the Lithkren Vault — which requires the completion of Dragon Slayer II — and make the hydra leather into these gloves. 

If you ever wish to sell the gloves, you can take them back to the machinery in the Lithkren Vault and revert them to a piece of leather. This allows them to be traded or sold.

 

1. Barrows Gloves

Best Gloves - Barrows Gloves

Veteran players know that when it comes to the OSRS best gloves, barrows top the list.

These gloves are easily the best in the game, and obtaining them is usually the first step towards entering the endgame.

Stats

The barrows gloves are great all around for almost any playstyle, and they boast a +12 in every offensive and defensive stat, except magic at +6.

While they may not have the highest stats on this list, they are one of the best for multiple attack styles, making them some of the most versatile. 

Getting these gloves is often a long-term goal of many players, and the road to getting them is one of the longest in the game. 

How To Get It

The only way to get the barrows gloves is by completing the quest Recipe for Disaster in its entirety.

This quest is composed of 10 total subquests that range from easy to very hard.

It’s designed so that any player can begin it, but only accomplished and dedicated players can finish it. It will take a lot of time, but the payoff is well worth it if you’re a serious player. 

When the quest is complete, barrows gloves can be purchased from the chest, the same as the dragon gloves. 

Keep in mind that when these gloves are most upon death, they will turn into 60,000 coins.

 

Summary

Gloves in OSRS can be invaluable pieces of equipment that can help players improve their stats, increase their effectiveness, and crush any boss battle they come across. 

While some of these gloves can be difficult to get to, once you succeed in finding them, you’ll realize just how valuable they can be, especially when going into the endgame. 

If you currently don’t have any gloves equipped or are struggling with sub-par gloves, you’re definitely going to want to add a pair of these gloves to your inventory before heading off on your next quest!

 

What are your favorite gloves in OSRS? Leave a comment below. 

Shawna Schofield is a professional freelance writer and part-time YouTuber. When not writing or recording she spends her time playing Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and Dragon Age.

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