Crystal halberd

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Crystal halberd
Crystal halberd.png
Released25 July 2019 (Update)
Also calledChally
Quest itemNo
OptionsWield, Check, Revert
Worn optionsCheck
ExamineA nice sturdy pike.
Value300,000 coins
AlchemyNot alchemisable
Weight1.814 kg
Advanced data
Item ID23987
Crystal halberd detail.png

The crystal halberd is a degradable two-handed weapon made from a crystal weapon seed. It requires completion of the Hard Western Provinces Diary to wield, as well as 70 Attack, 35 Strength and 50 Agility. A new crystal halberd starts with 2,500 charges.

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 into a crystal halberd with 2500 charges starting at a price of 750,000 coins, lowering by 150,000 each time afterwards eventually reaching a recharge price of 150,000 coins.

With access to Prifddinas and completion of the Hard Western Provinces Diary, the singing bowl can be used with 78 Crafting and Smithing and 40 crystal shards to turn a crystal weapon seed into a crystal halberd. Players without the stat requirements can speak to Conwenna or Reese and have them create the crystal halberd for you for 20 additional crystal shards.

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

The crystal halberd can deal full damage to the Corporeal Beast, despite not being a spear, but it must be on the stab attack style.

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 most monsters, making its only use last-hitting and AoE damage.

Attack icon.png Attack bonusesCrystal halberd equipped male.pngCrystal halberd equipped female.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 speedRange
Monster attack speed 7.png2

Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Category: PolearmCombat StyleStyle typeWeapon StyleExperienceInvisible Boost
CombatStyles Polearm.pngJabStabControlledAttack, Strength, Defence, and Hitpoints+1 Attack, Strength, and Defence
SwipeSlashAggressiveStrength and Hitpoints+3 Strength
FendStabDefensiveDefence and Hitpoints+3 Defence

Creation[edit | edit source]

Smithing Smithing78 (b)2,000
Crafting Crafting78 (b)2,000
Quest points Completion of Song of the Elves
Achievement Diary Completion of Hard Western Provinces Diary
Member icon.png
Ticks3 (1.8s) [r 1]
ToolsNoneFacilitiesSinging bowl icon.png Singing bowl
Crystal weapon seed.pngCrystal weapon seed1191,401
Crystal shard.pngCrystal shard[r 2]40566,140
Total Cost757,541
Crystal halberd.pngCrystal halberd1N/A
  1. ^ Takes 3 ticks to create an entire inventory
  2. ^ Value based on the cost of obtaining by exchanging enhanced crystal teleport seeds with Amrod

Quest points Completion of Roving Elves
Achievement Diary Completion of Hard Western Provinces Diary
Member icon.png
Ticks0 (0s)
Crystal weapon seed.pngCrystal weapon seed1191,401
Coins.pngCoins150,000[r 1]150,000
Total Cost341,401
Crystal halberd.pngCrystal halberd1N/A
  1. ^ Cost from fifth re-enchantment onwards. Initial enchantment is 750,000 coins, decreasing with each re-enchantment.

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 (unless it used on an NPC larger than 1x1, in which case it will hit the target twice and ignore the rest of the NPCs). 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 73–73 (total of 146) 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 players have a forced amount of downtime (time where it is impossible 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 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 attack before running away to increase their potential damage cap. In a similar manner, it is often used when the opponent is on low health and the special attack is likely to finish them faster than using standard weapons (a strategy known as "last-hitting").

Although halberds are the only weapon category alongside spears to ignore the damage reduction on the Corporeal Beast, the crystal halberd has limited use on it; as the special attack rolls against the opponent's slash defence, which is particularly high on the Corporeal Beast, it is very inaccurate against it (typically to the point where dragon claws are more effective despite the damage reduction) unless its Defence level is severely reduced.

The special attack's ability to hit up to ten 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. It is often used for this purpose in efficient Barbarian Assault teams by the attacker.

Degradation[edit | edit source]

The crystal halberd degrades over time, in which it reverts into a crystal weapon seed and must be recharged before it can be used again.

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, or after completion of the Song of the Elves quest, she can be found south of the Prifddinas house portal.

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 Cost per charge
First 750,000 300
Second 600,000 240
Third 450,000 180
Fourth 300,000 120
Fifth and thereafter 150,000 60

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.

However, it is far more cost efficient in the long term to instead use the crystal shards on potions and use the money from selling them to re-enchant your crystal equipment.

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 and charged 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

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.

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".

25 June 2015

The crystal halberd now becomes cheaper when re-enchanted.

23 April 2015
(update | poll)

A special attack was added.

26 March 2015

The New crystal halberd full (i) now functions as a halberd.

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. (Archived from the original on 28 May 2020.)
  2. ^ Jagex. Old School RuneScape's Twitter account. 26 April 2019. (Archived from the original on 28 May 2020.) 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."