Attack speed

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Attack speed is determined by the interval between hits. Hit intervals are measured in game ticks (0.6 seconds). The lower the interval, the faster the attack speed.

The attack speed can not be altered by any consumables, rather it is determined by the type of weapon being used. The tables below show the attack speeds for the respective types.

The speed of all combat spells is 5 (3.0 seconds). For trident-class weapons, their attack speed is 4 (2.4 seconds).

Weapon attack speeds[edit | edit source]

Melee weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapon Speed Interval
Event rpg 3 1.8 seconds
Dagger 4 2.4 seconds
Shortsword 4 2.4 seconds
Scimitar 4 2.4 seconds
Claws 4 2.4 seconds
Axe 5 3.0 seconds
Pickaxe 5 3.0 seconds
Staff 5 3.0 seconds
Mace 5 3.0 seconds
Spear 5 3.0 seconds
Longsword 5 3.0 seconds
Warhammer 6 3.6 seconds
Battleaxe 6 3.6 seconds
Halberd 7 4.2 seconds
Two-handed sword 7 4.2 seconds

Special melee weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapon Speed Interval
Unarmed 4 2.4 seconds
Abyssal whip 4 2.4 seconds
Abyssal bludgeon 4 2.4 seconds
Red topaz machete 4 2.4 seconds
Ancient staff 4 2.4 seconds
Blackjack 4 2.4 seconds
Saradomin sword 4 2.4 seconds
Staff of the dead 4 2.4 seconds
Scythe of vitur 5 3.0 seconds
Salamander 5 3.0 seconds
Silverlight/Darklight 5 3.0 seconds
Leaf-bladed battleaxe 5 3.0 seconds
Excalibur 5 3.0 seconds
Barrelchest anchor 6 3.6 seconds
Godswords 6 3.6 seconds
Granite maul 7 4.2 seconds
Tzhaar-ket-om (Obsidian maul) 7 4.2 seconds
Dharok's greataxe 7 4.2 seconds

Ranged weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapon Regular Speed Regular Interval Rapid Speed Rapid Interval
Dart 3 1.8 seconds 2 1.2 seconds
Throwing knife 3 1.8 seconds 2 1.2 seconds
Shortbow 4 2.4 seconds 3 1.8 seconds
Composite bow 5 3.0 seconds 4 2.4 seconds
Throwing axe 5 3.0 seconds 4 2.4 seconds
Longbow 6 3.6 seconds 5 3.0 seconds
Crossbow 6 3.6 seconds 5 3.0 seconds

Special ranged weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapon Regular Speed Regular Interval Rapid Speed Rapid Interval
Toxic blowpipe 3
(4 in PVP)
1.8 seconds
(2.4 in PVP)
2
(3 in PVP)
1.2 seconds
(1.8 in PVP)
Craw's Bow 4 2.4 seconds 3 1.8 seconds
Hunters' crossbow 4 2.4 seconds 3 1.8 seconds
Toktz-xil-ul (Obsidian throwing ring) 4 2.4 seconds 3 1.8 seconds
Karil's crossbow 4 2.4 seconds 3 1.8 seconds
Salamander 5 3.0 seconds N/A N/A
Crystal bow 5 3.0 seconds 4 2.4 seconds
Ogre bow 7 4.2 seconds 6 3.6 seconds
Dark bow 8 4.8 seconds 7 4.2 seconds

Monster attack speeds[edit | edit source]

The attack speed of a monster determines the rate of attack of a monster in certain situations. This is a factor which balances the attacking power of a monster.

The speeds of monsters are represented by a bar on which there are several possible values ranging from 1 (fastest) to 15 (slowest), with each value added having an extra tick before they attack.

Speed Interval Examples Notes
1
Monster attack speed 1.png Scarab swarm, Pestilent Bloat Hits low, but often. Scarab swarms can poison.
2
Monster attack speed 2.png Killerwatt, thermonuclear smoke devil, Rock lobster, Commander Zilyana Attacks every other tick, and generally tends to have high accuracy
3
Monster attack speed 3.png Flesh Crawler, Kree'arra Tends to hit lower than most monsters, but with more accuracy.
4
Monster attack speed 4.png Most bare-handed monsters, including bare-handed humans, Dark wizards, Goblins, Hobgoblins The most common monster attack speed. Many use melee attacks.
5
Monster attack speed 5.png Humans holding weapons with attack speed 5, zombies holding weapons, dwarves, Revenants, Guthan the Infested, Torag the Corrupted, Verac the Defiled Tends to hit harder and more accurately than monsters of similar level.
6
Monster attack speed 6.png Giants, humans wielding crossbows, General Graardor, Ahrim the Blighted, K'ril Tsutsaroth Hits are fairly slow, but tend to be quite accurate and damaging.
7
Monster attack speed 7.png White Knight, Dharok the Wretched, Black knight titan Very slow attack rate, but hits tend to be very accurate and hard.
8
Monster attack speed 8.png Dad, TzTok-Jad, Nail beasts Extremely slow, but heavily damaging attacks. Nail beasts cause three separate hits in a single attack.
9
Monster attack speed 9.png JalTok-Jad
10
Monster attack speed 10.png Head, H.A.M. Archer
12
Monster attack speed 12.png Giant mosquito
15
Monster attack speed 15.png Scarab mage
Varies
Monster attack speed random.gif Cave horror, Elvarg, Melzar the Mad, Monk of Zamorak, Tolna, Stranger These monsters hit with varied speed - some depending on their attack style.