Crystal halberd

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For the version used in The Gauntlet, see Crystal halberd (The Gauntlet).
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The crystal halberd is a degradable two-handed weapon made from elven crystal. It requires completion of the Hard Western Provinces Diary to wield, as well as 70 Attack, 35 Strength and 50 Agility.

In order to obtain a crystal halberd, one must talk to Islwyn who will offer to sell a crystal halberd for 750,000 coins. Alternatively, one can take a crystal weapon seed to Ilfeen to be recharged at a discounted price into a crystal halberd.

The crystal halberd is significantly more powerful than a dragon halberd, making it a good choice as a melee safespot weapon.

While it works on the Corporeal Beast, being unaffected by the non-spear weapon damage penalty, it is still worse DPS than hitting it with a Zamorakian spear.

The crystal halberd is used for its special attack, which can deal high damage against large enemies or groups of enemies. However, its special attack is bested in DPS by the special attacks of both the dragon dagger and dragon claws against every monster, making its only use last-hitting.

Attack icon.png Attack bonusesCrystal halberd equipped.png
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Defence icon.png Defence bonuses
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Melee.png Other bonusesSlot
Strength icon.pngRanged Strength icon.pngMagic Damage icon.pngPrayer icon.png2h slot.png
Attack speed
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Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Combat options Combat style Type Experience
CombatStyles polearm.png Jab Stab Shared
Swipe Slash Strength and Hitpoints
Fend Stab Defence and Hitpoints

Special attack[edit | edit source]

A player performing the crystal halberd's special attack, Sweep.

The crystal halberd shares the same special attack as the dragon halberd, consuming 30% of the player's special attack energy. In addition to a 10% damage boost, if used against "large" monsters (anything that is larger than 1x1, such as General Graardor), the special attack will deal an additional second hit onto them, although with 25% reduced accuracy. It can also hit 10 NPCs in a multi-combat area in a 3x1 area centred on the main target. In PVP, it can only hit three players.

The crystal halberd's special attack's accuracy rolls against the opponent's slash defence.[1] When using gear with the highest strength bonus and a Slayer helmet or black mask on task, the highest possible hit with the special attack is 72–72 (total of 144) on large monsters. While this is higher than what dragon claws and dragon dagger can achieve, the much slower attack speed of the halberd is a major downside, so the claws and dagger generally lead to faster damage output in combat.

The crystal halberd's special attack can still be particularly useful in certain situations. Anywhere that you use the crystal halberd with a forced amount of downtime (time where it is impossible for you to continue attacking), a crystal halberd special attack can be substituted for extra damage without incurring the 7-tick penalty. This is a common tactic in against the Pestilent Bloat; due to his long period of time where you have to run away, players typically use a crystal halberd special attack as their last damaging attacking before running away to increase their potential damage cap.

The special attack's ability to hit up to 10 enemies can prove useful as well; when on a Slayer task where stacking enemies up in one pile to cast multi-combat spells is efficient, such as Smoke devils, the crystal halberd can deal a large amount of additional damage, often twice that of an Ice Barrage.

Recharging[edit | edit source]

Ilfeen will recharge crystal weapon seeds into crystal bows, crystal shields or crystal halberds. She can be found teleporting back and forth between two clearings in Isafdar.

Initially, Ilfeen charges 750,000 coins to re-enchant a crystal seed into a crystal halberd. However, the price is decreased by 150,000 coins each time Ilfeen re-enchants a seed for a player, in the following manner, until reaching the minimum recharge cost of 150,000 coins:

Enchantment Cost for re-enchantment
First 750,000
Second 600,000
Third 450,000
Fourth 300,000
Fifth and thereafter 150,000

The amount that Ilfeen charges is dependent on the number of crystal seeds she has re-enchanted, not the number of crystal halberds she has recharged. For example, a player who pays Ilfeen 900,000 coins to re-enchant a crystal seed into a crystal bow will only have to pay her 600,000 coins to recharge a seed into a crystal halberd.

For players who have completed Song of the Elves, an alternative way of making crystal weapons is using a crystal weapon seed and 40 crystal shards along with 78 Smithing and 78 Crafting on a singing bowl in Prifddinas. Players who do not meet the skill requirements can pay a nearby elf to create the weapon for an additional 20 shards. Crystal shards can be used to recharge the weapon to a maximum of 20,000 charges, with each shard providing 100 charges.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
25 July 2019
(update | poll)
Crystal equipment stats no longer become gradually lower as the weapon degrades, converting all imbued crystal halberds into crystal weapon seeds and removing the ability to imbue them through Nightmare Zone. The crystal halberd can now alternatively be made through crystal shards instead of paying Ilfeen.
23 May 2019
The offensive and defensive stats of the unimbued crystal halberd now correctly lower as the weapon degrades.
26 April 2019
Hotfix The crystal halberd special attack was limited to three targets in PVP, to prevent unintentionally high experience rates.[2]
7 June 2018
The crystal halberd's special attack used to only hit the main target on the central tile, but hit an unlimited amount of monsters on the two adjacent tiles. Now, it caps the maximum number of monsters to 10, but allows monsters standing on the same tile as the primary target to also be affected by the attack.
25 June 2015
The crystal halberd now becomes cheaper when re-enchanted.
23 April 2015
(update | poll)
A special attack was added.
19 May 2016
The "uncharge" option on the crystal halberd now properly removes the weapon's imbue. Previously, it would result in the message "Nothing interesting happens".
12 March 2015
The combat interface no longer shows unarmed option for the crystal halberd, and attacking an opponent no longer shows the message "Unrecognised ranged weapon".

Trivia[edit | edit source]

A rack of crystal halberds found in Old School RuneScape's first birthday party.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 22 January 2016.
  2. Jagex. Old School RuneScape's Twitter account. 26 April 2019. Old School RuneScape: "A hotfix has been deployed to cap the Crystal halberd, Crystal halberd (i), Dragon halberd, and Dragon two handed sword special attacks to hit a maximum of 3 players in PvP. This is to prevent players achieving unintentionally high xp rates while a long term fix is discussed."