Special attacks

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A full special attack bar.
Special attack orb.png

Some weapons in Old School RuneScape have special attacks available for them. There are many types of special attacks, from temporary boosts in stats, to strikes dealing extra damage. They are activated by the player by clicking on the special attack bar under the Combat Options interface, or on the minimap orb (excluding PvP areas). Hovering over the special attack bar will show a tooltip with the weapon's special attack's name and description.

Special attacks have an energy bar that is drained when you use the attack; this is drained of varying amounts according to which weapon is used. The special energy bar regenerates at a rate of 10% every 30 seconds, or five (5) minutes to regenerate from empty to full. The bar will not regenerate while a player is logged out, nor will it regenerate if a player has their bank window open. The special attack bar also does not regenerate on death or upon exiting the Clan Wars portal. However, the Elidinis Statuette at Nardah, a restoration pool or higher in player-owned houses, and exiting a Nightmare Zone dream fully restore special attack energy.

The energy bar is related to the player, not to the weapon - in other words, changing weapons does not change the special energy bar.

On PvP worlds or in the Wilderness, players are prevented from teleporting for a few seconds after using an offensive special attack in PvP combat. This is done to prevent players from using their special attack on a player and immediately teleporting away without consequence.

A player fighting the stranger who uses the dragon dagger's special attack.

While players are the most common users of special attacks, NPCs are known to use them too. The stranger that may be encountered during Desert Treasure is capable of using his dragon dagger's special attack. He does not seem to be limited by a special attack bar and can even unleash consecutive special attacks per game tick.

Melee weapons[edit | edit source]

Dragon weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapon Name Special attack energy used Description Animation
Dragon dagger.png: Inventory image of Dragon daggerDragon dagger Puncture 25% Two quick slashes with 25% increased accuracy and 15% increased damage. Puncture.gif
Dragon scimitar.png: Inventory image of Dragon scimitarDragon scimitar Sever 55% A slash with increased accuracy that, if successful, prevents the target from using protection prayers for five seconds. Sever.gif
Dragon longsword.png: Inventory image of Dragon longswordDragon longsword Cleave 25% A powerful attack that deals 15% more damage. Cleave.gif
Dragon mace.png: Inventory image of Dragon maceDragon mace Shatter 25% Increases damage by 50% and accuracy by 25% for one hit. Shatter.gif
Dragon battleaxe.png: Inventory image of Dragon battleaxeDragon battleaxe Rampage 100% Lowers the user's Attack, Defence, Ranged, and Magic levels by 10% each, but increases their Strength by 10 + (levels drained / 4). Rampage.gif
Dragon warhammer.png: Inventory image of Dragon warhammerDragon warhammer Smash 50% An attack that deals 50% additional damage and will lower the target's current Defence level by 30% on a hit other than 0 (stackable; relative to current level). Smash.gif
Dragon halberd.png: Inventory image of Dragon halberdDragon halberd Sweep 30% Swipe all targets in front of you for 10% extra damage. For large monsters that occupy two or more spaces, like giants, the halberd will hit twice, although the second hit will have 25% decreased accuracy. Sweep.gif
Dragon spear.png: Inventory image of Dragon spearDragon spear Shove 25% Push your opponent back and stun them for three seconds. This attack deals no damage and doesn't work on creatures that occupy two or more spaces. Shove (dragon spear).gif
Dragon 2h sword.png: Inventory image of Dragon 2h swordDragon 2h sword Powerstab 60% Hit up to 14 enemies surrounding you. Powerstab.gif
Dragon pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Dragon pickaxeDragon pickaxe Rock Knocker 100% Increases the player's Mining level by 3. Rock Knocker.gif
Infernal pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Infernal pickaxeInfernal pickaxe
3rd age pickaxe.png: Inventory image of 3rd age pickaxe3rd age pickaxe
Crystal pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Crystal pickaxeCrystal pickaxe
Dragon axe.png: Inventory image of Dragon axeDragon axe Lumber Up 100% Increases the player's Woodcutting level by 3. Lumber Up.gif
Infernal axe.png: Inventory image of Infernal axeInfernal axe
3rd age axe.png: Inventory image of 3rd age axe3rd age axe
Crystal axe.png: Inventory image of Crystal axeCrystal axe
Dragon harpoon.png: Inventory image of Dragon harpoonDragon harpoon Fishstabber 100% Increases the player's Fishing level by 3. Fishstabber.gif
Infernal harpoon.png: Inventory image of Infernal harpoonInfernal harpoon
Crystal harpoon.png: Inventory image of Crystal harpoonCrystal harpoon
Dragon claws.png: Inventory image of Dragon clawsDragon claws Slice and Dice 50% Hits 4 times in quick succession with great accuracy. Slice and Dice.gif
Dragon sword.png: Inventory image of Dragon swordDragon sword Wild Stab 40% Hits the target with 25% increased accuracy and damage. If the target is using Protect from Melee, the special attack will ignore the prayer for one attack. Wild Stab.gif
Dragon hasta.png: Inventory image of Dragon hastaDragon hasta Unleash 5-100% The next attack used after activation will have a 5% boost in accuracy and a 2.5% boost in damage for every 5% of special attack energy used. For example, a player with 100% special attack energy who performs the special attack will cause their next attack to have 100% increased accuracy and a damage boost of 50%. Unleash.gif

Godswords[edit | edit source]

Weapon Name Special attack energy used Description Animation
Armadyl godsword.png: Inventory image of Armadyl godswordArmadyl godsword The Judgment 50% Inflicts 37.5% more damage and doubles the accuracy. The Judgment.gif
Bandos godsword.png: Inventory image of Bandos godswordBandos godsword Warstrike 50% Attack does 21% more damage, doubles the accuracy, and drains one of the target's Combat stats by the amount of damage dealt, until it reaches 0. If the stat drained reaches 0 before all of the damage could be accounted for, another stat will be drained by the amount remaining. Stats are drained in the following order: Defence, Strength, Prayer, Attack, Magic, Ranged. Warstrike.gif
Saradomin godsword.png: Inventory image of Saradomin godswordSaradomin godsword Healing Blade 50% Increases damage dealt by 10% and doubles the accuracy. Attack restores the user's Hitpoints by 50% of the damage dealt (with a minimum of 10 Hitpoints) and Prayer by 25% of damage dealt (with a minimum of 5 Prayer points). The attack has no effect if it misses completely but will always take effect if the attack hits anything. Healing Blade.gif
Zamorak godsword.png: Inventory image of Zamorak godswordZamorak godsword Ice Cleave 50% Increases damage dealt by 10% and doubles the accuracy. If the special attack hits successfully, it freezes the target for 20 seconds. Ice Cleave.gif

Other[edit | edit source]

Weapon Name Special attack energy used Description Animation
Abyssal bludgeon.png: Inventory image of Abyssal bludgeonAbyssal bludgeon Penance 50% An attack that deals 0.5% extra damage for every prayer point the attacker is missing. Penance.gif
Abyssal dagger.png: Inventory image of Abyssal daggerAbyssal dagger Abyssal Puncture 50% A double attack that deals 15% less damage with 25% more accuracy. If the first attack hits, so will the second attack. Otherwise, both attacks will miss. Abyssal Puncture.gif
Abyssal tentacle.png: Inventory image of Abyssal tentacleAbyssal tentacle Binding Tentacle 50% Binds an opponent for 5 seconds and increases opponent's chance of being poisoned. Binding Tentacle.gif
Abyssal whip.png: Inventory image of Abyssal whipAbyssal whip Energy Drain 50% An attack that has 25% additional accuracy and, when used against another player, transfers 10% of the target's run energy to the user. Energy Drain.gif
Ancient mace.png: Inventory image of Ancient maceAncient mace Favor of the War God 100% An attack that hits through Protect from Melee and drains the Prayer points of the opponent by 100% of the amount hit and recharges the user's prayer points by the same amount. This can raise your current Prayer points to above your maximum Prayer level, up to the amount of damage inflicted by the attack. The special attack will restore prayer even if used against a target that has immunity to conventional weaponry such as Turoths and Kurasks.

Favour of the War God.gif

Barrelchest anchor.png: Inventory image of Barrelchest anchorBarrelchest anchor Sunder 50% An attack that doubles accuracy, increases max hit by 10%, and lowers the opponent's Attack, Defence, Ranged, or Magic level by 10% of the damage inflicted. Sunder.gif
Bone dagger.png: Inventory image of Bone daggerBone dagger Backstab 75% Lowers the Defence of the target equal to the amount of damage dealt. Has a guaranteed hit if you weren't the last one to attack the target. Backstab.gif
Brine sabre.png: Inventory image of Brine sabreBrine sabre Liquefy 75% Doubles the chance of hitting, and adds 25% of the damage dealt to the user's Strength, Attack and Defence levels. Can only be used underwater. Liquefy.gif
Crystal halberd.png: Inventory image of Crystal halberdCrystal halberd Sweep 30% Swipe all targets in front of you for 10% extra damage. For large monsters that occupy two or more spaces, like giants, the halberd will hit twice, although the second hit will have 25% decreased accuracy. Sweep (crystal halberd).gif
Darklight.png: Inventory image of DarklightDarklight Weaken 50% Temporarily reduces the target's Attack, Strength, and Defence by 5%. Twice as effective on demons (reduces each stat by 10%). Weaken (special attack).gif
Arclight.png: Inventory image of ArclightArclight
Dinh's bulwark.png: Inventory image of Dinh's bulwarkDinh's bulwark Shield Bash 50% Attacks surrounding targets in a 5x5 area with 20% increased accuracy. Shield Bash.gif
Excalibur.png: Inventory image of ExcaliburExcalibur Sanctuary 100% Temporarily increases Defence by 8 levels. Sanctuary.gif
Granite hammer.png: Inventory image of Granite hammerGranite hammer Hammer Blow 60% An attack with 50% increased accuracy. Adds 5 damage to the attack; this extra 5 damage applies even if the player was supposed to deal zero damage. Hammer Blow.gif
Granite maul.png: Inventory image of Granite maulGranite maul Quick Smash 60% An extra attack done instantly with no other effects. Quick Smash.gif
Rune claws.png: Inventory image of Rune clawsRune claws Impale 25% Attack with 10% more Attack and Strength, but with a slower speed. Impale.gif
Saradomin sword.png: Inventory image of Saradomin swordSaradomin sword Saradomin's Lightning 100% Call upon Saradomin's power to inflict 1-16 extra Magic damage upon your opponent. Increases the melee hit by 10%. The special attack rolls against the opponent's magic defence bonus using your slash attack bonus making this special attack extremely accurate on melee armour. Saradomin's Lightning.gif
Saradomin's blessed sword.png: Inventory image of Saradomin's blessed swordSaradomin's blessed sword 65% Magic-based attack that increases the user's max hit by 25%. The special attack rolls against the opponent's magic defence bonus using your slash attack bonus making this special attack extremely accurate on melee armour. Saradomin's Blessed Lightning.gif
Statius's warhammer.png: Inventory image of Statius's warhammerStatius's warhammer Smash 35% An attack that deals anywhere between 25% and 125% of the user's standard max hit and lowers the target's current Defence level by 30% on a hit other than 0 (stackable; relative to current level). Smash (Statius's warhammer).gif
Vesta's longsword.png: Inventory image of Vesta's longswordVesta's longsword Feint 25% An attack that deals anywhere between 20% and 120% of the user's standard max hit; the accuracy of this special attack is rolled against 25% of the opponent's defence. Feint.gif
Vesta's spear.png: Inventory image of Vesta's spearVesta's spear Spear Wall 50% An attack that damages up to 16 targets within 8 tiles surrounding the player. Outside of multicombat zones, only one target is damaged. In addition, the user becomes immune to melee attacks for 8 ticks (4.8 seconds). Spear Wall.gif
Zamorakian spear.png: Inventory image of Zamorakian spearZamorakian spear Shove 25% Push your opponent back and stun them for three seconds. This attack deals no damage. Shove (Zamorakian spear).gif
Zamorakian hasta.png: Inventory image of Zamorakian hastaZamorakian hasta

Ranged weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapon Name Special attack energy used Description Animation
Armadyl crossbow.png: Inventory image of Armadyl crossbowArmadyl crossbow Armadyl Eye 40% Doubles the player's accuracy for that shot. Armadyl Eye.gif
Dark bow.png: Inventory image of Dark bowDark bow Descent of Darkness 55% A powerful double attack with increased damage inflicting up to 30% more damage with a minimum of 5 damage per arrow and a capped maximum of 48. Descent of Dragons.gif
Descent of Dragons Inflicts up to 50% more damage for a minimum of 8 damage per arrow and a maximum of 48. Only activates if dragon arrows are used.
Dorgeshuun crossbow.png: Inventory image of Dorgeshuun crossbowDorgeshuun crossbow Snipe 75% Has a higher chance to hit if you weren't the last one to attack the target and also lowers the opponent's Defence level equal to the amount of damage inflicted. Snipe.gif
Dragon crossbow.png: Inventory image of Dragon crossbowDragon crossbow Annihilate 60% Hits all enemies in a 3x3 area. The primary target of the attack will take 20% extra damage, while all other targets will take 20% less damage. Annihilate.gif
Dragon thrownaxe.png: Inventory image of Dragon thrownaxeDragon thrownaxe Momentum Throw 25% Improves accuracy by 25% along with guaranteeing that the player will attack on the next game tick. Momentum Throw.gif
Dragon knife.png: Inventory image of Dragon knifeDragon knife Duality 25% Throw two dragon knives at once, with each knife having their own accuracy and damage rolls. Duality.gif
Light ballista.png: Inventory image of Light ballistaLight ballista Concentrated Shot 65% Increases accuracy and damage by 25% each for one shot. Concentrated Shot (light ballista).gif
Heavy ballista.png: Inventory image of Heavy ballistaHeavy ballista Concentrated Shot (heavy ballista).gif
Magic shortbow.png: Inventory image of Magic shortbowMagic shortbow Snapshot 55% Fires two arrows very rapidly but with reduced accuracy. For some reason, it ignores Void's and prayer effects. Snapshot.gif
Magic shortbow (i).png: Inventory image of Magic shortbow (i)Magic shortbow (i) 50%
Magic longbow.png: Inventory image of Magic longbowMagic longbow Powershot 35% A shot that is guaranteed to hit your opponent. For some reason, it ignores Void's and prayer effects. Powershot.gif
Magic comp bow.png: Inventory image of Magic comp bowMagic comp bow
Morrigan's javelin.png: Inventory image of Morrigan's javelinMorrigan's javelin Phantom Strike 50% Applies a damage over time effect to the opponent after the special attack is performed. Every 3 ticks (1.8 seconds), the opponent will take an additional 5 hitpoints of damage until the same damage dealt by the special attack has been delivered. Has no effect on NPCs. Phantom Strike.gif
Morrigan's throwing axe.png: Inventory image of Morrigan's throwing axeMorrigan's throwing axe Hamstring 50% An attack that deals anywhere between 20% and 120% of the user's standard max hit. In PvP, the opponent's run energy will be drained six times faster than usual for one minute. Hamstring.gif
Rune thrownaxe.png: Inventory image of Rune thrownaxeRune thrownaxe Chainhit 10% Throw an axe, which hits its target then bounces randomly at nearby targets. Costs 10% additional special attack for each target hit beyond the first. Chainhit.gif
Seercull.png: Inventory image of SeercullSeercull Soulshot 100% Is guaranteed to hit and decreases the Magic level by the amount of damage dealt. Soulshot.gif
Toxic blowpipe.png: Inventory image of Toxic blowpipeToxic blowpipe Toxic Siphon 50% Increases damage by 50% and heals the wielder for half of the damage dealt. Toxic Siphon.gif

Magic weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapon Name Special attack energy used Description Animation
Staff of the dead.png: Inventory image of Staff of the deadStaff of the dead Power of Death 100% Reduce all Melee damage by 50% for the next minute also stacking with the PvP damage-reduction effect of Protect from Melee. The damage reduction from this special attack only works while the staff is equipped. Unequipping the staff while the effect is still active will immediately end the effect. Power of Death.gif
Toxic staff of the dead.png: Inventory image of Toxic staff of the deadToxic staff of the dead
Staff of light.png: Inventory image of Staff of lightStaff of light Power of Light.gif
Staff of balance.png: Inventory image of Staff of balanceStaff of balance Power of Balance.gif
Rod of ivandis.png: Inventory image of Rod of ivandisRod of ivandis Retainer 10% Captures a vampyre juvenile or juvinate that has 50% or less health so the player can apply a dose of Guthix balance potion on the vampyre. Retainer (rod).gif
Ivandis flail.png: Inventory image of Ivandis flailIvandis flail Retainer (flail).gif
Dawnbringer.png: Inventory image of DawnbringerDawnbringer Pulsate 35% Fires a powerful blast towards Verzik Vitur, inflicting 80-150 hitpoints of damage. Pulsate.gif

Shields[edit | edit source]

Dragonfire[edit | edit source]

The dragonfire shield and dragonfire ward can discharge a fireball hitting around 25 damage at an opponent. It doesn't use any special attack energy, but the attack can only be used once the shield has cooled down every two minutes.

Weapon Description Animation
Dragonfire shield.png: Inventory image of Dragonfire shieldDragonfire shield Use one charge to unleash a blast of dragonfire at a target once every two minutes, which can hit approximately 25 damage, up to 13 spaces away. Operating dragonfire shield.gif
Dragonfire ward.png: Inventory image of Dragonfire wardDragonfire ward Operating dragonfire ward.gif

Ancient wyvern[edit | edit source]

The ancient wyvern shield can discharge an icy breath attack at an opponent. It doesn't use any special attack energy, but once the shield has been activated, there is a cooldown before the player can use it again.

Weapon Description Animation
Ancient wyvern shield.png: Inventory image of Ancient wyvern shieldAncient wyvern shield When activated, the shield lets out a Wyvern-like attack and the target's stats are lowered accordingly. This attack also has a chance of freezing the target. Operating ancient wyvern shield.gif

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
29 May 2014
(update)
The special attack button now shows the percentage of energy you've got and indicates whether you have enough to perform the special attack with your current weapon.
10 April 2014
(update)
Special attack energy now restores while interfaces such as the bank are open.
3 April 2014
(update)
Melee weapon special attacks now correctly utilise Slayer helm, Black mask & Salve amulet bonuses.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Previously, within the game itself, weapons did not have names for their special attacks, nor were their effects documented in game; they were only found in the discontinued Knowledge Base on the RuneScape website. It was not until an update on 24 August 2017 that they were officially added in game after passing the poll question in Old School Content Poll 56: Quality of Life.
    • For weapons released after the release of Old School RuneScape, Jagex created their own special attack names, while adopting some that were already on this article.