Spears are medium-speed two-handed stabbing weapons used in melee combat. They are obtained from either monster drops, purchasing from players, or smithing on the special anvil south of the Barbarian Outpost or Barbarian Village. Most spears can be poisoned with normal weapon poisons or karambwan paste.
Although they can only be used to train controlled and defensive attacks, spears are still arguably the most flexible weapons in the game, as they are the only weapon besides the Hasta to use Stab, Crush, and Slash attack styles. However, spears are rarely used as they do not excel in any particular style and other two-handed weapons, such as the two-handed sword and the halberd have higher attack bonuses. Its flexibility can be useful for saving inventory space during the Spirits of the Elid quest which requires that all three melee attack types be used.
Each attack style of the spear, except for Defensive, is Controlled and gives shared melee experience (Attack, Strength, and Defence). All styles also give Hitpoints experience.
The Zamorakian spear has an attack speed of 4 game ticks, compared to an attack speed of 5 on other spears.