Desert Bandits are generally not considered difficult to combat. They are usually armed with a scimitar or two and are usually wearing a desert cloak. They are good farming, since they carry over 300 gold and are easy to kill.
Desert Bandits have poor defense against damage in general; If battling one equipped with dual Scimitars and a Desert Cloak, a Bludgeoning or Piercing style weapon is the most effective for dispatching the Bandit efficiently.
Desert Bandits often attack a passersby with Scimitars; Equipment high in Slashing defense is best suited to blocking their attacks.