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Special attack

A full special attack bar.

Some weapons in 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. 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. Some exceptions to this are the following: the Barrows set effects require neither special attack energy nor do they deplete any special energy upon activation; moreover, a charged Dragonfire Shield dislodges dragonfire upon operating it, which also does not expend special energy since it doesn't rely on any.

The special energy bar regenerates at a rate of 10% every 30 seconds, and requires 5 minutes to regenerate from empty to full. The bar will not regenerate while a player is logged out, nor would it regenerate if a player had their bank window open.

The energy bar is related to the player, not to the weapon - in other words, changing weapons does not change the special energy bar. Interestingly, special attacks' names are not shown anywhere in-game; instead, they are revealed on the RuneScape website.

Melee weaponsEdit

Dragon weaponsEdit

Weapon Name Special attack energy used Description Animation
Dragon dagger Dragon dagger Puncture 25% Two quick slashes with 25% increased accuracy and 15% increased damage. Dragon dagger special attack
Dragon scimitar Dragon scimitar Sever 55% A slash with increased accuracy that, if successful, prevents the target from using protection prayers for five seconds. Dragon scimitar special attack
Dragon longsword Dragon longsword Cleave 25% A powerful attack that deals 15% more damage. Dragon longsword special attack
Dragon mace Dragon mace Shatter 25% Increases damage by 50% and increases accuracy by 25% for one hit. Dragon mace special attack
Dragon battleaxe Dragon 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). Dragon battleaxe special attack
Dragon warhammer Dragon warhammer 50% An attack that deals 50% additional damage and will lower the target's current defence level by 30% on a successful hit (stackable; relative to current level). Dragon warhammer special attack
Dragon halberd Dragon 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. Dragon halberd special attack
Dragon spear Dragon 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. Dragon spear special attack
Dragon 2h sword Dragon 2h sword Powerstab 60% Hit up to 14 enemies surrounding you. Dragon 2h sword special attack
Dragon pickaxe Dragon pickaxe Shock 100% Increases the player's Mining level by 3. Dragon pickaxe special attack
Infernal pickaxe Infernal pickaxe
3rd age pickaxe 3rd age pickaxe
Dragon axe Dragon axe Clobber 100% Increases the player's Woodcutting level by 3. Dragon axe special attack
Infernal axe Infernal axe
3rd age axe 3rd age axe
Dragon claws Dragon claws Slice and Dice 50% Hits 4 times in quick succession with great accuracy. Dragon claws special attack

GodswordsEdit

Weapon Name Special attack energy used Description Animation
Armadyl godsword Armadyl godsword The Judgment 50% Inflicts 37.5% more damage and doubles the accuracy. Armadyl godsword special attack
Bandos godsword Bandos godsword Warstrike 65% 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. Bandos godsword special attack
Saradomin godsword Saradomin 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. Saradomin godsword special attack
Zamorak godsword Zamorak 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. Zamorak godsword special attack

OtherEdit

Weapon Name Special attack energy used Description Animation
Abyssal whip Abyssal 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. Abyssal whip special attack
Abyssal tentacle Abyssal tentacle Binding Tentacle 50% Binds an opponent for 5 seconds and increases opponent's chance of being poisoned. Abyssal tentacle special attack
Abyssal dagger Abyssal 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 dagger special attack
Abyssal bludgeon Abyssal bludgeon Penance 50% An attack that deals 0.5% extra damage for every prayer point missing. Abyssal bludgeon special attack
Barrelchest anchor Barrelchest anchor Sunder 50% Doubles the chance of hitting, increases max hit by 10%, and will lower the opponent's Attack, Defence, Ranged, or Magic level by 10% of the damage inflicted. Barrelchest anchor special attack
Granite maul Granite maul Quick Smash 50% An extra attack done instantly with no other effects. Granite maul special attack
Rune claws Rune claws Impale 25% Attack with 10% more Attack and Strength, but with a slower speed. Rune claws special attack
Excalibur Excalibur Sanctuary 100% Temporarily increases Defence by 8 levels. Excalibur special attack
Darklight Darklight Weaken 50% Temporarily reduces the target's Attack, Strength, and Defence by 5%. Twice as effective on demons (reduces each stat by 10%). Darklight special attack
Arclight Arclight
Bone dagger Bone dagger Backstab 75% Lowers the Defence of the target equal to the amount of damage dealt. Greatly increases accuracy on an unsuspecting target. Bone dagger special attack
Brine sabre Brine 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. Brine sabre special attack
Ancient mace Ancient mace Favour of the War God 100% Hits through Protect from Melee and drains Prayer points of the opponent by 100% of the amount hit while recovering the user 100% of the amount hit. (A hit of 10 drains 10 Prayer and grants 10 Prayer points to the user).
  • Can also restore Prayer above base level.
Ancient mace special attack
Saradomin sword Saradomin 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 armor. Saradomin sword special attack
Saradomin's blessed sword Saradomin's blessed sword Saradomin's Lightning 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 armor. Saradomin's blessed sword special attack
Zamorakian spear Zamorakian spear Shove 25% Push your opponent back and stun them for three seconds. This attack deals no damage. Zamorakian spear special attack
Zamorakian hasta Zamorakian hasta
Crystal halberd Crystal 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. Crystal halberd special attack

Ranged weaponsEdit

Weapon Name Special attack energy used Description Animation
Armadyl crossbow Armadyl crossbow Armadyl Eye 40% Doubles the player's accuracy for that shot. Armadyl crossbow special attack
Dark bow Dark 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 maximum of 48. Dark bow special attack
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.
Magic shortbow Magic shortbow Snapshot 55% Fires two arrows very rapidly but with reduced accuracy. For some reason it ignores void's and prayer effects. Magic shortbow special attack
Magic shortbow Magic shortbow (i) 50%
Magic longbow Magic longbow Powershot 35% A shot that is guaranteed to hit your opponent. For some reason it ignores void's and prayer effects. Magic longbow special attack
Magic comp bow Magic comp bow
Rune thrownaxe Rune 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. Rune thrownaxe special attack
Dorgeshuun crossbow Dorgeshuun crossbow Snipe 75% Increases accuracy on an unsuspecting opponent and also lowers the opponent's Defence level equal to the amount of damage inflicted. Dorgeshuun crossbow special attack
Seercull Seercull Soulshot 100% Is guaranteed to hit and decreases the Magic level by the amount of damage dealt. Seercull special attack
Toxic blowpipe Toxic blowpipe 50% Increases damage by 50% and heals the wielder for half of the damage dealt. Toxic blowpipe special attack
Light ballista Light ballista Concentrated Shot 65% Increases accuracy and damage by 25% each for one shot, but takes an additional 2.4 seconds to fire. Light ballista special attack
Heavy ballista Heavy ballista Heavy ballista special attack

Magic weaponsEdit

Weapon Name Special attack energy used Description Animation
Staff of the dead Staff 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. Staff of the dead special attack
Toxic staff of the dead Toxic staff of the dead
Rod of ivandis Rod of ivandis Retainer 10% Captures a vampire juvinate that has 50% or less health so the player can apply a dose of Guthix balance potion on the vampire. Rod of ivandis special attack

Dragonfire ShieldEdit

The Dragonfire Shield 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 Name Description Animation
Dragonfire shield Dragonfire shield Dragonfire 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

Barrows set effectsEdit

When a player wears ALL of the items of a Barrows set (e.g. Verac's helm, brassard, plateskirt and flail), it has a set effect. The effect has a 25% chance of occurring and neither consumes special attack energy nor depends on any special energy whatsoever.

Weapon Name Description Animation
Dharok's greataxe Dharok's greataxe Wretched Strength Attacks do more damage as the player's Hitpoints decrease. To be exact, +1% damage for every 1% HP lost. Wretched Strength
Torag's hammers Torag's hammers Corruption Successful Melee attacks have a 25% chance of lowering the victim's run energy by 20%. Corruption
Guthan's warspear Guthan's warspear Infestation Successful Melee attacks have a 25% chance of replenishing the player's health equal to the amount of damage dealt. Infestation
Verac's flail Verac's flail Defiler Successful Melee attacks have a 25% chance of ignoring any armour, Defence, and protection prayers. Defiler
Karil's crossbow Karil's crossbow Tainted Shot Successful Ranged attacks have a 25% chance of lowering the enemy's Agility level by 20%. Tainted Shot
Ahrim's staff Ahrim's staff Blighted Aura Successful Magic attacks have a 25% chance of lowering the enemy's Strength by 5 levels. Blighted Aura

TriviaEdit

  • The Dragon axe's special attack, Clobber, formerly lowered the target's Magic and Defence stats by 10% when it hit, but it was changed on 24 March 2014 to a skill-boosting special that mirrors the Dragon pickaxe's special.
  • Of all the Barrows set effects, Dharok's Wretched Strength is the only one that doesn't consist of a purple aura animation.

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