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The weapon slot.
Artwork of some standard RuneScape weapons.

Weapons are wieldable items that a player can use to inflict damage in Combat.

All players wield weapons in their right hand. If a player is using a two-handed weapon, such as a bow or a two-handed sword, they may not have any items equipped in the Shield slot at the same time, thus two-handed weapons are held in both hands preventing the use of a shield. In the case of thrown weapons, which are stackable, multiples of the same thrown weapon may be equipped in the Weapon slot at once. A player may also equip a pickaxe or a Woodcutting axe in the weapon slot so that they may hold more ore or logs, respectively.

Basic melee weapons[edit | edit source]

These weapons are more commonly used than the other weapons available because they don't have to be replaced unless upon death, and they do not require ammunition to use unlike most Magic or Ranged weapons. Most types of basic melee weapons come in eight different kinds of metal.

Most weapons have a primary attack mode in all three attack styles and a secondary mode in the Aggressive or Controlled style. The secondary mode is normally weaker, but it may be more appropriate to your target.

Chainmail armour is weaker against stabbing; platemail is weaker against crushing, while the slash attack is highly effective against cloth, leather or unarmoured targets. Against monster hide, the most effective style varies. The only absolute Defence against a particular attack is the Protect from Melee prayer, or the occasional NPC that requires something special to kill them, so you will still hit with the "wrong" attack and weapon, just not as often and with less damage (or not even at all, in the case of monsters like vampyres).

Weapon groups[edit | edit source]

Overall, there are four attack styles: accurate, aggressive, defensive, and controlled. The first three add a hidden bonus of +3 to attack, strength, and defence, respectively. Controlled adds a hidden bonus of +1 to each of the three melee combat stats. Stab, Slash, and Crush are the three possible damage types. Different damage types are more effective against different types of armour or monster.

Weapon Stab Slash Crush
Dagger Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png
Sword Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png
Longsword Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png
Scimitar Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png
Mace Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png
Battleaxe X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png
Warhammer X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png
Two-handed sword X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png
Spear/Hasta Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png
Halberd Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png
Claws Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png
Axe X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png
Pickaxe Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png
Maul X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png
Whip X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png

Weapon characteristics[edit | edit source]

There are also a variety of 'novelty weapons' available. They deal out very little, if any, damage.

The various groups of weapons are summarised below. The level of Strength in each class is not definitive.

Weapon Speed/Strength Primary/Secondary Notes
Dagger Fast/Weakest Stab/Slash A dagger is the first item that can be smithed in any metal. Generally (but not always), it has higher stats than a sword of the weaker metal. A dagger is tied in speed with the scimitar and shortsword. Daggers are primarily stabbing weapons although they have a decent slash attack. Members can poison daggers to great effect. Dragon daggers are discoloured upon poisoning, making the tip of the dagger a bright green colour. A Dragon dagger (p++) is a very popular special attack weapon in general fighting and PvP combat; the store is located in south Varrock.
Axe Medium/Weak Slash/Crush [1] Intended for Woodcutting, but it can be used as a weapon. Bob's Brilliant Axes sells low-tier axes up to steel.
Pickaxe Medium/Weak Stab/Crush [1] Intended for Mining, but it can be used as a weapon. Nurmof's Pickaxe Shop sells pickaxes up to rune.
Shortsword Fast/Medium Stab/Slash A Shortsword is able to hit higher than a dagger at the same attack speed although it cannot be poisoned. This makes it unpopular. However, players can find it useful as a sword is a cheap alternative to scimitars for rune and lower metals; the store is located in south Varrock.
Mace Medium/Medium Crush/Stab The crush attack is better against platemail, and the Prayer bonus can be useful. Maces are slightly slower than the Shortsword and slightly weaker. It also features a Controlled stabbing attack. The Dragon mace is mainly used in player killing due to its special attack; the store is located in Falador.
Scimitar Fast/Medium Slash/Stab A scimitar is an excellent slashing weapon against cloth or leather and average against chainmail, but it is weak against platemail. It can hit just as fast as a shortsword or dagger, and it deals slightly more damage than shortswords but less than longswords. The secondary stabbing attack is rather inefficient against some armour, but better against chainmail. It is in the controlled style and yields equal experience to Attack, Strength, and Defence. The Dragon scimitar is one of the most popular weapons for PKing along with the Abyssal whip and Dragon dagger (p++), and it's considered one of the most versatile combat weapons in the game although it doesn't have a very good Strength bonus. Nonetheless, the Rune scimitar is considered to be one of the best training weapons for melee in a free world, and the Dragon scimitar is one of the best training weapons for members whereas the whip lacks a way to train Strength; the store is located in Al Kharid.
Longsword Medium/Strong Slash/Stab [1] A longsword is slower than a scimitar, shortsword, and dagger, but it has higher Strength and Attack bonuses, especially in terms of its controlled stab attack. Considered to be worse than the scimitar due to its lower speed, it has a considerably higher Strength bonus and higher slash and stab bonuses. It is described as the "warrior's best friend" on the RuneScape website. It was once considered the best weapon type before the scimitar's popularity outbreak although many high-levelled players still use the Dragon longsword due to its better stats than the Dragon scimitar and its substantially better special attack; the store is located in south Varrock.
Warhammer Slow/Strong Crush It is an uncommon crushing-only weapon with no specialist store open to non-members. It's right in the middle of the Smithing scale for any metal. This weapon is good to dent other warriors' platemail. Warhammers are not commonly used because of their low speed and mediocre Strength bonuses. They offer the same damage as their slashing cousins, the battleaxes; the store is located in Rellekka.
Battleaxe Slow/Stronger Slash/Crush [1] It provides a better Strength bonus than the warhammer but not as effective in the secondary crush attack. Battleaxes are stronger than longswords yet slower. A battleaxe is considered to be a rather effective PKing weapon, but a quicker weapon, such as a Dragon scimitar or Abyssal whip, fares better; the store is located in Port Sarim.
Two-handed sword Slowest/Second Strongest Slash/Crush A 2h sword is the most powerful of the basic weapons, but it is also the slowest. Furthermore, as its name suggests, the two-handed sword cannot be used with a shield. It may be a good secondary weapon for the Ranged fighter as his/her bow cannot be used with a shield anyway. This weapon has no specialist store open to non-members; the store is located in Taverley.
Halberd Slowest/Third Strongest Stab/Slash A halberd is equally about as slow as the two-handed sword and slightly less powerful, and a shield cannot be equipped with it. However, it can reach over small obstacles (such as tables, fences, other safespots, etc.), which is known as "hallying".
Spear Medium/Medium Stab/Slash/Crush [1] The stabbing equivalent of a two-handed sword, this two-handed members-only weapon is one of only two classes in the game that can use all three attack styles. The spear has an average attack speed, features controlled style for each attack style, and all spears, excluding the Zamorakian spear, can be poisoned. Its bonuses are not as high as other weapons', and the only way to train Attack or Strength with it is to use one of the controlled styles; the store is located in Tai Bwo Wannai.
Hasta Medium/Medium Stab/Slash/Crush [1] This weapon is identical to the spear in every way except that it is a one-handed weapon compared to the two-handed spear and that it has negative Defence bonuses although this can be countered by wearing a shield. This weapon may also be poisoned except the Zamorakian hasta.
Claws Fast/Medium Slash/Stab A members-only weapon that is similar to the shortsword, except that it is two-handed and is primarily a slashing weapon. It cannot be poisoned.
Maul Slow(est)/Strongest Crush Does not follow the standard metal scale (Bronze-Dragon). It is also is two-handed. You usually get them either in granite or obsidian.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Italics indicate decent effectiveness in a weapon's secondary style compared to its primary style. (Less than 20% difference in bonuses)

Weapon requirements[edit | edit source]

Attack icon.png level Weapon Degrades? Other skills/
1 Red topaz machete.pngMachetes No None
1 Bronze scimitar.pngBronze weapons No None
1 Iron scimitar.pngIron weapons No None
5 Steel scimitar.pngSteel weapons No None
10 Black scimitar.pngBlack weapons No None
10 White scimitar.pngWhite weapons No Wanted!
15 Ancient mace.pngAncient mace No 25 Prayer icon.png and partial completion of Another Slice of H.A.M.
20 Mithril scimitar.pngMithril weapons No None
30 Adamant scimitar.pngAdamant weapons No None
40 Rune scimitar.pngRune weapons No None
40 Brine sabre.pngBrine sabre No None
42 Void knight mace.pngVoid knight mace No 250 Pest Control points plus the following:
42 Attack icon.png, Strength icon.png, Defence icon.png, Hitpoints icon.png, Ranged icon.png, Magic icon.png, and 22 Prayer icon.png
50 Granite maul.pngGranite weapons No 50 Strength icon.png
60 Dragon scimitar.pngDragon weapons No Various quests [1][2][3][4]
60 Toktz-xil-ak.pngObsidian weapons No 60 Strength icon.png for Tzhaar-ket-om [5]
60 Barrelchest anchor.pngBarrelchest anchor No 40 Strength icon.png and The Great Brain Robbery
60 Viggora's chainmace.pngViggora's chainmace Yes; 1,000 attacks None
65 3rd age longsword.png3rd age longsword No Often prohibitively expensive (759,567,915).
70 Abyssal whip.pngAbyssal whip No None
70 Abyssal dagger.pngAbyssal dagger No None
70 Abyssal bludgeon.pngAbyssal bludgeon No 70 Strength icon.png
70 Saradomin sword.pngSaradomin sword No None
70 Zamorakian spear.pngZamorakian spear/Zamorakian hasta.pngZamorakian hasta No None
70 Verac's flail.pngBarrows weapons Yes; 15 hours in Combat 70 Strength icon.png for Torag's hammers and Dharok's greataxe
75 Armadyl godsword.pngGodswords No None
75 Abyssal tentacle.pngAbyssal tentacle Yes; 10,000 hits None
75 Arclight.pngArclight Yes; 10,000 hits Shadow of the Storm
75 Saradomin's blessed sword.pngSaradomin's blessed sword Yes; 10,000 hits None
75 Elder maul.pngElder maul No 75 Strength icon.png
75 Ghrazi rapier.pngGhrazi rapier No None
75 Scythe of vitur.pngScythe of vitur No 75 Strength icon.png

The table above shows what level is needed to wield a certain metal and some specific weapons. The foot notes indicate additional skills and/or requirements as followed:

Weapons are made of different metals, some stronger and more expensive than others. Higher Attack levels allow wielding weapons of better metals. For example, a player needs an Attack level of 10 to wield a black weapon, whereas the player would need level 20 to wield a mithril weapon. Almost all metal weapons can be smithed, except for halberds, and any black, White, Dragon, or Barrows weapons.

Weapons table[edit | edit source]

Bronze Iron Steel Black White Mithril Adamant Rune Dragon
Dagger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sword Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scimitar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mace Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Longsword Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Axe Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battleaxe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warhammer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Two-handed sword Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pickaxe Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spear Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hasta Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Claws Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Halberd Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Other melee weapon types[edit | edit source]

TzHaar[edit | edit source]

Barrows[edit | edit source]

A player fighting using Guthan's warspear.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Quest weapons, fun weapons, and blackjacks[edit | edit source]

Quest weapons[edit | edit source]

A player fighting with the Darklight.

Blackjacks[edit | edit source]

Fun weapons[edit | edit source]

Kitchen weaponry[edit | edit source]

Kitchen weaponry are members only weapons that can be bought from the Culinaromancer's chest. To buy and wield more advanced kitchen weapons the player must complete the Recipe for Disaster subquests.

The weapons:

Magic weapons[edit | edit source]

The weapons listed below are magic weapons. While most of them can be used in melee, they are more powerful when used to cast spells in combat.

Weapon requirements[edit | edit source]

Level Type
1 Staff.pngStaff, Magic staff.pngMagic staff, Staff of air.pngElemental staves (air, fire, earth, water), Skull sceptre.pngSkull sceptre, Rod of ivandis.pngRod of ivandis (15 Magic required due to quest requirement, boostable), Dramen staff.pngDramen staff
30 Smoke battlestaff.pngBattlestaves (with 30 Attack), Pharaoh's sceptre.pngPharaoh's sceptre (with 30 Attack)
40 Mystic mud staff.pngMystic staves (with 40 Attack)
42 Void knight mace.pngVoid knight mace (with 42 Attack, Strength, Defence, Hitpoints, Ranged, and 22 Prayer)
45 Beginner wand.pngBeginner wand
50 Slayer's staff.pngSlayer's staff (with 55 Slayer), Apprentice wand.pngApprentice wand, Ancient staff.pngAncient staff (after Desert Treasure with 50 Attack), Iban's staff.pngIban's staff (after Underground Pass)
55 Teacher wand.pngTeacher wand
60 Toktz-mej-tal.pngToktz-mej-tal (Obsidian staff), Master wand.pngMaster wand, Saradomin staff.pngGod staves, Thammaron's sceptre.pngThammaron's sceptre
65 Lunar staff.pngLunar staff, 3rd age wand.png3rd age wand
70 Ahrim's staff.pngAhrim's staff (with 70 Attack)
75 Staff of the dead.pngStaff of the dead (with 75 Attack), Trident of the seas.pngTrident of the seas, Sanguinesti staff.pngSanguinesti staff, Kodai wand.pngKodai wand, Slayer's staff (e).pngSlayer's staff (e) (with 55 Slayer)

Weapon groups[edit | edit source]

Battlestaves[edit | edit source]

Mystic staves[edit | edit source]

God staves[edit | edit source]

Wands[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons are used for Ranged attacks.

Weapon requirements[edit | edit source]

Level Type
1 Training bow.pngTraining bow, Cursed goblin bow.pngCursed goblin bow, Shortbow.pngShortbow, Longbow.pngLongbow, Crossbow.pngCrossbow, Phoenix crossbow.pngPhoenix crossbow, Bronze crossbow.pngBronze crossbow, Bronze dart.pngBronze dart, Bronze knife.pngBronze knife, Bronze thrownaxe.pngBronze thrownaxe, Iron dart.pngIron dart, Iron knife.pngIron knife, Iron thrownaxe.pngIron thrownaxe
5 Oak shortbow.pngOak shortbow, Oak longbow.pngOak longbow, Steel dart.pngSteel dart, Steel knife.pngSteel knife, Steel thrownaxe.pngSteel thrownaxe
10 Black dart.pngBlack dart, Black knife.pngBlack knife
16 Blurite crossbow.pngBlurite crossbow
20 Willow longbow.pngWillow longbow, Willow comp bow.pngWillow comp bow, Willow shortbow.pngWillow shortbow, Mithril dart.pngMithril dart, Mithril knife.pngMithril knife, Mithril thrownaxe.pngMithril thrownaxe
26 Iron crossbow.pngIron crossbow
28 Dorgeshuun crossbow.pngDorgeshuun crossbow
30 Maple shortbow.pngMaple shortbow, Maple longbow.pngMaple longbow, Comp ogre bow.pngComp ogre bow, Adamant dart.pngAdamant dart, Adamant knife.pngAdamant knife, Adamant thrownaxe.pngAdamant thrownaxe
31 Steel crossbow.pngSteel crossbow
36 Mith crossbow.pngMithril crossbow
40 Yew comp bow.pngYew comp bow, Yew shortbow.pngYew shortbow, [Yew longbow.pngYew longbow, Rune dart.pngRune dart, Rune knife.pngRune knife, Rune thrownaxe.pngRune thrownaxe
45 Chinchompa.pngChinchompa
46 Adamant crossbow.pngAdamant crossbow
50 Magic comp bow.pngMagic comp bow, Magic shortbow.pngMagic shortbow, Magic longbow.pngMagic longbow, Seercull.pngSeercull, Hunters' crossbow.pngHunters' crossbow
55 Red chinchompa.pngRed chinchompa
60 Dark bow.pngDark bow, Dragon dart.pngDragon dart, Craw's bow.pngCraw's bow
61 Rune crossbow.pngRune crossbow
64 Dragon crossbow.pngDragon crossbow
65 3rd age bow.png3rd age bow, Black chinchompa.pngBlack chinchompa, Dragon hunter crossbow.pngDragon hunter crossbow, Light ballista.pngLight ballista
70 Crystal bow.pngCrystal bow, Karil's crossbow.pngKaril's crossbow, Armadyl crossbow.pngArmadyl crossbow
75 Toxic blowpipe.pngToxic blowpipe, Twisted bow.pngTwisted bow, Heavy ballista.pngHeavy ballista

Weapon groups[edit | edit source]

Shortbow[edit | edit source]

Longbows[edit | edit source]

Crossbows[edit | edit source]

Composite bows[edit | edit source]

All composite bows (excluding the composite ogre bow) have a speed in-between a longbow and a shortbow, an attack range equal to a longbow, and slightly higher accuracy compared to a shortbow or longbow of the same materials.

Thrown weapons[edit | edit source]

Darts[edit | edit source]

Darts can be forged from Bronze, Iron, Steel, Mithril, Adamantite, Rune and Dragon. Each metal bar can make ten dart tips. Darts can be poisoned and are stackable. Black and Dragon darts are available but cannot be smithed by players. Darts can only be made after completing the Tourist Trap quest.

Throwing knives[edit | edit source]

Throwing knives are poisonable, and can be forged by players from Bronze, Iron, Steel, Mithril, Adamantite, and Rune. Each metal bar yields five throwing knives. Black knives are only dropped by Shadow warriors, Imperial Guard members, ankous, and cyclopes in the Warriors' Guild.

Thrownaxes[edit | edit source]

Thrownaxes come in Bronze, Iron, Steel, Black, Mithril, Adamantite, Rune and Dragon. They can only be bought from a shop in the Ranging Guild. The rune thrownaxe has a special attack ("Chain Hit") that, when activated in a multicombat zone with multiple enemies nearby, will bounce from enemy to enemy up to 10 times (10% special bar used per enemy hit).

Chinchompas[edit | edit source]
Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Ammunition[edit | edit source]

Arrows are used as ammunition for bows, bolts are used as ammunition for crossbows, and javelins are used as ammunition for ballistae. The better the ammunition, the higher damage a player can deal. However, players require certain bows to use certain arrows. All ammunition except for Training arrows can be made using the Fletching skill.

Arrows[edit | edit source]

Arrow Bow required Location
Training arrows 5.pngTraining arrows Training bow Given for free by the Ranged tutor in Lumbridge.
Bronze arrow 5.pngBronze arrows Any Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock.
Iron arrow 5.pngIron arrows Any Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock.
Steel arrow 5.pngSteel arrows Oak Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington.
Mithril arrow 5.pngMithril arrows Willow Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington.
Adamant arrow 5.pngAdamant arrows Maple Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington.
Ice arrows 5.pngIce arrows Yew Can be obtained in various amounts in the chests of the ice part of the Temple of Ikov. They are used to defeat the Fire Warrior of Lesarkus.
Rune arrow 5.pngRune arrows Yew Can be bought from the Ranging Guild, can be bought from other players or can be fletched.
Broad arrow 5.pngBroad arrows Magic Can be bought from any Slayer Master, used to kill Turoths and Kurask, and cannot be traded.
Dragon arrow 5.pngDragon arrows Dark bow Can be fletched by materials dropped by Dragon implings.
A player fighting with a Seercull.

Bolts[edit | edit source]

Bolts can be poisoned or tipped with gems which can be enchanted with the magic skill, providing metal bolts with passive effects.

Metal bolts
Gem-tipped bolts
Dragon gem-tipped bolts
Other bolts

Javelins[edit | edit source]

Javelins can only be used as ammunition for light and heavy ballistae. They offer very high ranged strength at the cost of a very slow weapon.

Salamanders[edit | edit source]

Can be used as ranged, magic or melee weapons*. They are obtained using the Hunter skill.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]