Spears are two-handed weapons, whereas hastae are one-handed. They are obtained from either monster drops, purchasing from players, or smithing on the special anvil south of the Barbarian Outpost or Barbarian Village. Spears can be poisoned with normal weapon poisons or a Karambwan Paste (except the Zamorakian spear, Bone spear, and Guthan's warspear), which is more potent and can only be used on spears.
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 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.
The Zamorakian spear has an attack speed of 6, compared to an attack speed of 5 on other spears.