Abyssal whip

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The abyssal whip is a one-handed melee weapon. It requires level 70 Attack to wield and may be obtained as a drop from abyssal demons, which require 85 Slayer to harm. The abyssal whip has a special attack that drains the target's run energy.

Abyssal whips were introduced with the Slayer skill. Given the high Slayer level required to obtain abyssal whips and the slow speed of the skill, abyssal whips were fairly uncommon shortly after the skill's release.

An abyssal vine whip may be crafted by combining an abyssal whip with a whip vine, an item dropped by mutated jadinko guards and mutated jadinko males. The abyssal vine whip is a tier 75 weapon with a different special attack.

A wyrm spike can be added to an abyssal whip to turn it into a lava whip. The lava whip is a tier 85 weapon with a different special attack. Abyssal whips are also used to charge the lava whip to keep it from degrading.

Unlike most one-handed weapons, the abyssal whip lacks a direct off-hand counterpart due to animation difficulties.[1] Instead, the enhanced excalibur is the closest equivalent to an off-hand abyssal whip. With the release of Prifddinas, several new crystal weapons were introduced, including the off-hand crystal dagger, which can be used as a substitute for whip's off-hand. However, crystal equipment requires level 50 Agility and the completion of the quest Roving Elves to equip.

The spiritual successor to the abyssal whip is the tier-92 abyssal scourge, that drops from abyssal lords at the Senntisten Asylum.

Combat stats[edit | edit source]

Special attack[edit | edit source]

The abyssal whip's special attack, Energy Drain

The abyssal whip's special attack is Energy Drain, which requires 50% adrenaline. This deals 20–100% weapon damage and steals all of the opponent's run energy.

History[edit | edit source]

Since the whip's introduction into the game in 26 January 2005, it has undergone several graphical and functional changes. When PvP worlds were introduced, an abyssal whip was a possible drop from killing another player in PvP combat. However, on 16 June 2009, abyssal whips, along with other unique boss drops, were removed from the drop table. Jagex cited complaints on the forums as the reason for this move.

Since its release, the whip's price has been greatly influenced by several updates, including those which changed PvP drop tables, added the ability to colour whips, changed the 100% drop of abyssal demons to infernal ashes, introduced the whip vine, and removed most macros from the game.

Re-colouring [edit | edit source]

With the Barbarian Assault improvements update on 19 January 2010, players were given the option of purchasing abyssal whip paint in any of four different colours for a price of 50 honour points each. The whips may be coloured blue, white, green, or yellow, and colouring a whip renders it untradeable and non-lendable. However, the paint may be removed using a cleaning cloth, returning the whip back to normal. On 29 March 2010, the rewards interface was updated so that players could recolour whips indefinitely once the specific colour had been purchased. Prior to this, each time a whip was coloured, 50 honour points were required.

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Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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  1. ^ a b There is further information on this drop; see the associated page for details.

Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Graphical updates[edit | edit source]

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Detailed[edit | edit source]

Equipped[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included—see here for how to help out!
  • patch 17 January 2022 (Update):
    • Updated the Abyssal Whip's special attack description, as it was inconsistent with how the special attack actually works.
  • patch 7 April 2014 (Update):
    • Players will now be able to hear a lashing sound when using the fury ability with an abyssal whip.
  • patch 4 October 2011 (Update):
    • The abyssal whip ready animation no longer stutters.
  • patch 24 June 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed a stretching issue with the abyssal whip and penance skirt.
  • patch 25 May 2010 (Update):
    • Correctly animated the coloured whip's special attack.
  • patch 3 March 2010 (Update):
    • Using a cloth to clean dye off of abyssal whips is now consistent no matter which way around they are used.
  • patch 17 November 2009 (Update):
    • Resolved a problem when wearing Barrows armour and an abyssal whip.
  • hidden 17 September 2009 (Update):
    • The attacking animation of the Abyssal whip has been updated.
  • hidden 28 July 2009 (Update):
    • The sound for the abyssal whip was changed.
  • update 28 July 2009 (Update):
    • Appearance and attack animations of the abyssal whip are updated.
  • patch 12 May 2009 (Update):
    • Slightly modified the abyssal whip inventory icon to better resemble its actual appearance.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The abyssal whip is featured in the emote for the max cape when the player latches the whip around the monster's waist and pulls it to the ground for the killing blow.
  • A fake abyssal whip may be obtained from an abyssal minion. When equipped, it will merely crumble to dust.
  • When the abyssal whip first came out, the special attack would have a 50% chance of you hitting your max hit, or a zero. This was later updated and changed to a special attack that drained run energy.
  • When sheathed, the abyssal whip is located on the right side of the player - the side in which off-handed weapons are sheathed - while other main handed weapons are located on the left side when sheathed.
  • It previously had a drop rate of 1/512 from Abyssal demons, but was changed to 1/1024 on 4 February 2014.[2]
  • Prior to the Evolution of Combat, the abyssal whip was arguably the most commonly used weapons in RuneScape 2 by high level players for its then supreme accuracy and damage output per tick. This translated into its market price, which reached over 25 million coins.
  • Using a feather or any variation of abyssal whip on Sarsaparilla while she is tied up during Carnillean Rising will yield the message "RuneScape isn't that sort of fantasy game."
  • The whip is allegedly made from the spine of an abyssal demon.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. RuneScape BTS 6: Fingers, fighting, and a special reveal!. YouTube. 22 June 2012. (Archived from the original on 29 May 2021.)
  2. ^ Mod Slayer. "Treasure Hunter & Demon FAQ." 6 February 2014. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  3. ^ Jagex. Official RuneScape's Twitter account. 23 May 2018. (Archived from the original on 16 April 2022.) Official RuneScape: "Did you know, the Abyssal Whip is crafted from the spine of an abyssal demon 👿 Question: How do you recognize a real abyssal whip from a fake one? (© _Manks / Reddit) #WednesdayWisdom"