The abyssal whip is a one-handed Melee weapon which requires an Attack level of 70 to wield. The whip is among the most powerful and popular non-degradable melee weapons and is capable of attacking at the same speed of daggers and scimitars at 2.4 seconds per hit.
A major downside of the abyssal whip is that it is not effective for training Strength; the only attack option available which will provide Strength experience is the "lash" attack option, which is a controlled attack style and provides shared experience. As a result, several slightly weaker weapons are instead ideal for training Strength directly.
A player performing the abyssal whip's special attack, Energy drain.
The abyssal whip has a special attack, Energy Drain, which consumes 50% of the player's special attack energy, increases accuracy by 25%, and in PVP, transfers 10% of the target's run energy to the wielder. The target player will receive the message, "You feel drained!" in their chat window.
Players can attach a kraken tentacle to the abyssal whip to create an abyssal tentacle, which requires an Attack level of 75 and has +8 higher slash attack and +4 higher Strength bonus, equating to about 1 higher damage. This process, however, will cause the whip to be consumed, and cannot be undone. Once the abyssal tentacle consumes all of its 10,000 charges, the player will retain the kraken tentacle.
Players can also use either a volcanic or frozen whip mix, obtained from Justine's stuff for the Last Shopper Standing to cosmetically enhance the abyssal whip, creating a volcanic abyssal whip or a frozen abyssal whip, respectively. This only alters its appearance, and causes the whip to become untradeable. It can be reverted by using a cleaning cloth on the whip, but the mix will not be returned.
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- An abyssal whip can be used in lieu of a knife when slicing bananas despite having no apparent blade. It can also be used to slice through webs.
- The whip has an odd value of 120,001 so that it is always kept on death ahead of a Mystic robe top. Previously, players would scam whip owners by luring them to the Wilderness, giving them three robe tops and then killing them. The victim would keep the robe tops on death as opposed to the much more valuable whip.