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Scimitars (pronounced "SIM-mit-tar")are great slashing weapons, although they could be less effective stabbing weapons. They deal slightly more damage than swords, but less than longswords. Scimitars are a much favoured training weapon against unarmoured opponents, as what it lacks in absolute power, it makes up for in speed. The balance favours a player's Strength being higher than their Attack. This quality, when combined with the great popularity of training Attack and Strength alone and neglecting Defense, results in the scimitar's popularity. They have exactly the same speed as the considerably weaker daggers and two-handed claws, so they are widely used. However, they have less of a defensive bonus than longswords.
|Chop||Slash||Attack and Hitpoints|
|Slash||Slash||Strength and Hitpoints|
|Block||Slash||Defence and Hitpoints|
- Bronze scimitar
- Iron scimitar
- Steel scimitar
- Black scimitar
- White scimitar
- Mithril scimitar
- Adamant scimitar
- Rune scimitar
- Dragon scimitar
|Item||Attack Bonuses||Defence Bonuses||Other|
|Dragon scimitar||+8||+67||-2||0||0||0||+1||0||0||0||+ 66||0||0||0|
Scimitar vs. LongswordEdit
While Scimitars offer higher attack speed, they are slightly weaker than than longswords. There is a 3 second delay between blows with a Longsword, where as with a Scimitar, the delay is only 2.4 seconds. This equates to 20 attacks per minute with a Longsword as compared to 25 attacks per minute with a Scimitar. The extra 5 blows per minute usually outweigh any damage or accuracy boost a longsword will give. However, the extra five hits, due to the lower accuracy and strength of a scimitar, may be 0s or low hits, as opposed to more accurate or stronger hits with a longsword. Conducting accurate tests to compare the two weapon types, although attempted, have never brought about conclusive evidence of superiority due to the many factors that must be accounted for, such as enemy defense and Attack level, along with weaknesses to certain attack types. For example: dragons have high resistance to slashing, but weak against stabs; since longswords have significantly higher stab than scimitars, they are much more effective when fighting dragons. For the most part, it's merely personal preference as to which is a better weapon. However, there are factors to consider in choosing which weapon to use. Those who want attack speed over power should choose a scimitar. Those who want power over speed and an effective stabbing attack should choose a longsword.