# Weapon Special attack

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"Spec" redirects here. For the shield, see Spectral spirit shield.
This article is about special attacks as they are today. For the historical attacks, see Special attacks (historical).

Weapon Special attack is a Constitution ability that can only be used when specific weapons that have a special attack are equipped. The effect and adrenaline cost vary from weapon to weapon.

## Normal combat mode

To activate Weapon Special attack, a weapon that possesses a special attack must be equipped. The ability is found in the Powers interface in the Constitution abilities tab. When wielding a weapon that has a special attack, the name of the ability changes to the name of the special attack for that weapon; however, the icon will always be the same. The player can also click on the adrenaline bar on the Action bar to activate a special attack. It is also possible to designate a keybind for Weapon Special attack in the options menu, which does not occupy any slot on any action bar. Special Attacks cannot be automatically activated by Revolution.

Each special attack requires a certain amount of adrenaline to use, which is also consumed on use. For example, the Korasi's sword's special attack, Disrupt, may only be used at 60% adrenaline, and once it is used, 60% adrenaline is drained. There are no cooldowns for using most special attacks, although there are three exceptions: the Zaros godsword's, the Seren godbow's, and the staff of darkness'.

The Ring of vigour reduces both the adrenaline needed to perform a special attack and the final amount of adrenaline that is drained by 10%, and the Asylum surgeon's ring has a chance to reduce a special attack's adrenaline cost by 25%.

All special attacks that directly damage the opponent receive an accuracy boost. When using a special attack, the weapon's accuracy rating (note this is not overall accuracy) is multiplied by (current attack/magic/ranged level)/(spec weapon level), which also takes into account boosted levels. For example, the Guthix staff normally has an accuracy rating of 1132. With a magic level of 118, for calculating the special attack's accuracy, the Guthix Staff's accuracy is elevated to 1132*118/60=2226, which is around the accuracy of a T86 weapon.

## Legacy combat mode

To use the special attack in Legacy combat mode, you can either click the adrenaline bar (Note that this refers to the bar itself as the swords icon toggles Auto-retaliate) or enable the Legacy interface mode; from there, the special attack bar can be found at the bottom of the Combat Settings menu.

Each special attack requires a certain amount of special attack energy to use, which is also consumed on use. For example, the Korasi's sword special attack, Disrupt, requires 60% special attack energy, and once it is used, 60% energy is drained.

### Ability damage in Legacy combat mode

Because ability damage does not exist in Legacy combat, such a number is calculated and used with special attacks. This value is calculated as follows:

${\displaystyle D=1.2ad\times sm}$

Where:

• ${\displaystyle D}$ is the result, worth 100% ability damage when using special attacks in Legacy
• ${\displaystyle ad}$ is the player's auto-attack damage with their main-hand or off-hand, as seen in the Loadout screen
• ${\displaystyle sm}$ is a multiplier that localises damage from weapons of different speeds:
${\displaystyle s={\begin{cases}{\frac {96}{149}}\approx 0.644295&{\text{Average}}\\{\frac {960}{1225}}\approx 0.783673&{\text{Fast}}\\1&{\text{Fastest}}\\\end{cases}}}$

If dual-wielding, the results from main-hand and off-hand are added together. Hence off-hands will increase the damage of main-hand special attacks, as they do in the modern combat system.

## Weapons that have a special attack

### Melee weapons

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Abyssal whip
Lucky abyssal whip
Energy Drain 50% Deals 100% weapon damage and steals all your opponent's run energy.
Abyssal vine whip Vine Call 60% Summons a vine near your opponent that will hit them 10 times for 125% of your accuracy, and 1/3rd of your strength. The attacks will only hit as long as your opponent is in range.
Ancient mace
Superior ancient mace
Favour of the War God 100% Attack ignores protection prayers and will recharge Prayer points by 10% of the weapon damage while draining your opponent's Prayer points the same amount.
Annihilation Gravitate 60% For 30 seconds all successful attacks on your opponent(s) adds a stack (one stack per ability, or two stacks per Legacy Mode auto-attack), which increases your damage by 1% per stack (capping at 20%).
Barrelchest anchor Sunder 50% Swing the anchor with increased accuracy to deal 75-150% weapon damage and randomly reduce your target's Defence, Attack, Ranged or Magic level.
Bone dagger Backstab 75% Deals 50-200% weapon damage and lowers your target defence proportional to the damage dealt. Accuracy is increased by 100% when hitting unsuspecting targets.
Brackish blade Rum'ify 75% Doubles the chance of hitting and increases your Attack, Strength and Defence proportional to the damage dealt.
Brine sabre Liquefy 75% Doubles the chance of hitting and increases your Attack, Strength and Defence proportional to the damage dealt. Can only be used underwater.
Darklight Weaken 50% Strike your target reducing their Attack, Strength and Defence by 5%. Against demons, this is twice as effective.
Granite maul Quick Smash 50% Perform an instant attack, dealing up to 150% weapon damage and ignoring any cooldowns.
Keenblade Critical Strike 75% Strike the enemy with 25% increased accuracy for 100-150% weapon damage.
Korasi's sword Disrupt 60% Perform a reliable magic attack on all enemies around you.
Lava whip Get over Here! 75% Stuns and binds an NPC for 6 seconds. When used on a player, it will drag them to an adjacent tile near the user. This attack will work over blocked terrain (e.g a pool of water), but will not work if the user cannot see the target (e.g a wall). If a player is pulled from single way zone into a multiway zone in the wilderness then the multiway effect will be delayed by 10 seconds.
Noxious scythe Mirrorback 100% Summon a mirrorback spider to lower and reflect damage for 10 seconds.
Rune claws & Rune off hand claws Impale 25% Impale your target for 25-135% weapon damage.
Saradomin sword
Lucky Saradomin sword
Saradomin's Lightning 100% Call upon Saradomin's power to inflict extra magic damage upon your opponent.
Statius's warhammer
Superior Statius's warhammer
Smash 35% Deal up to 50% more damage and lower your opponents defence by 30%
Vesta's longsword
Superior Vesta's longsword
Feint 25% Deal 100-250% damage with a greater chance to hit.
Vesta's spear
Superior Vesta's spear
Spear Wall 50% Damages all targets adjacent to you for 50% weapon damage and reflects 50% of any damage you receive back at attackers for 5 seconds.

Dragon weapons

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Dragon claw & Off-hand dragon claw Slice & Dice 50% Unleash four brutal claw slashes upon your opponent.
Dragon dagger Puncture 25% Two quick slashes with increased accuracy and damage.
Dragon battleaxe Rampage 100% Do 20% more melee damage but reduce your hit chance and defence by 10% for a minute.
Dragon halberd Sweep 30% Swipe all targets in front of you twice.
Dragon hatchet Clobber 100% Attack that lowers your opponents defence and magic by 10%
Dragon longsword Cleave 25% A powerful attack dealing 100-250% weapon damage
Dragon mace Shatter 25% Deals a massive blow of 100-300% weapon damage with 25% increased accuracy.
Dragon spear
Zamorakian spear
Lucky Zamorakian spear
Shove 25% Push your opponent back and stun them for 3s. This attack deals no damage.
Dragon 2h sword Powerstab 60% Hit enemies surrounding you.
Dragon scimitar Sever 55% A slash with increased accuracy that, if successful, prevents the target from using protection prayers for five seconds.

Godswords

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Armadyl godsword
Lucky Armadyl godsword
Golden Armadyl godsword
The Judgement 50% Unleash the power of Armadyl with up to 375% ability damage.
Bandos godsword
Lucky Bandos godsword
Golden Bandos godsword
Superior honourable kyzaj
Superior bloodied kyzaj
Warstrike 100% Deals up to 350% ability damage and drains one of your targets combat stats by 10% of the damage dealt.
Saradomin godsword
Lucky Saradomin godsword
Golden Saradomin godsword
Healing Blade 50% Deals up to 275% ability damage, heal 50% of the damage you deal and restores your prayer points by 2.5% of the damage you deal.
Zamorak godsword
Lucky Zamorak godsword
Golden Zamorak godsword
Ice Cleave 60% Deals up to 275% ability damage and freezes the target for 10 seconds.
Zaros godsword Blackhole 50% Summons a black hole over the immediate vicinity for 20 seconds. While this black hole is active, melee damage is increased by 25%, and if your target enters the black hole, it takes 25-50% ability damage every 1.8 seconds.

### Ranged weapons

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Dark bow Descent of Darkness 65% A powerful double attack that hits twice for 148-338% ability damage each, or 296-676% total.
Decimation Locate 50% All of your attacks hit all available targets within 3 tiles of your main target (i.e. all of your attacks become area-of-effect attacks) for 10 seconds.
Eldritch crossbow Split Soul 25% Causes the Soul Split curse to, instead of healing the player, damage the player's target for 4 times the amount of life points it would have healed.
Hand cannon Aimed Shot 50% Fire a shot which deals 30-200% weapon damage and has 75% greater accuracy, but takes longer to aim. There is a chance that the hand cannon will explode and be destroyed.
Magic composite bow
Magic shieldbow
Powershot 35% A powerful attack with 20% increased weapon damage and accuracy.
Magic shortbow Snap-Shot 55% A quick double attack that reduces your accuracy by 30% but deals 20-200% weapon damage each shot.
Morrigan's javelin
Superior Morrigan's javelin
Phantom strike 50% Inflicts a bleed on the opposing player that will deal 100% of the damage dealt. Against non-player opponents this will deal 20% extra damage.
Morrigan's throwing axe
Superior Morrigan's throwing axe
Hamstring 50% Deal 20% extra damage[sic] and increase the enemies run energy drain rate for a minute.
Noxious longbow Mirrorback 100% Summon a mirrorback spider to lower and reflect damage for 10 seconds.
Quickbow Twin Shot 75% Fire two arrows with 25% increased accuracy for 100-150% weapon damage.
Rune throwing axe Chain-hit 10% Throw an axe which hits its target then bounces up to 3 nearby targets for up to 100% weapon damage each.
Seercull Soulshot 60% Lowers your target's magic level based on damage dealt.
Strykebow Deep Burn Shield 25% 12.5% of stored damage will be released in the form of a rapid damage over time attack that will last for 4.8 seconds.
Zanik's crossbow Defiance 50% An attack that deals more damage to those with an affinity to the gods.

Godbows

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Guthix bow Balanced Shot 55% Deals 150% weapon damage to your opponent and heals the same amount of damage you would have dealt over time. When Guthix arrows are equipped, a random chance of dealing 100% in earth damage.
Saradomin bow Restorative Shot 55% Deal 100% weapon damage to your opponent and heals twice the amount of damage over time. When Saradomin arrows are equipped, a random chance of dealing 100% in water damage.
Seren godbow Crystal Rain 30% Five arrows are launched into the air in a 5x5 area centered randomly on any tile occupied by the player's target, with one arrow always in the center. Each arrow does 50-200% ability damage if it hits, but if the target is hit multiple times, the maximum damage is reduced by 25% per arrow.
Zamorak bow Twin Shot 55% Fire your bow, dealing 200% weapon damage against your opponent. When Zamorak arrows are equipped, a random chance of dealing 100% in fire damage.

### Magic weapons

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Iban's staff Iban Blast 25% A powerful attack dealing 100-250% spell damage.
Mindspike Rune Flame 75% Blast your target with 25% increased accuracy for 100-150% weapon damage.
Noxious staff Mirrorback 100% Summon a mirrorback spider to lower and reflect damage for 10 seconds.
Obliteration Devour 100% For 10 seconds, when your opponent heals themselves, it will only heal for 50% of the amount it normally would.
Penance trident
Penance master trident
Reap 50% Strike your target for 25-200% active spell damage with a 5% increase in your critical chance rate.
Staff of darkness Power of Darkness 100% Absorbs and reflects 25% of all incoming damage for the next 20 seconds.
Staff of light Power of Light 100% Reduce all melee damage by 50% for the next minute.
Staff of Sliske From the Shadows 50% A shadow clone is summoned from the Shadow Realm that attacks your target five times, dealing 20-100% ability damage each attack.
Zuriel's staff
Superior Zuriel's staff
Miasmic Barrage 100% Deal a powerful 200% 3x3 area of effect attack and slow your opponents attack speed down.

Godstaves

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Armadyl battlestaff Tempest of Armadyl 50% Perform a barrage of magical attacks at your opponent.
Guthix staff Claws of Guthix 25% Call upon the divine energy of Guthix to perform a powerful magical attack that lowers your opponents defence by 5%.
Saradomin staff Saradomin strike 25% Call upon the power of Saradomin to perform a powerful magical attack that lowers your opponents prayer points.
Zamorak staff Flames of Zamorak 25% Call upon the power of Zamorak to perform a powerful magical attack that lowers your opponents magic by 5%.

## Update history

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• patch 3 April 2018 (Update):
• The special attacks refund will no longer be affected by adrenaline boosts.
• hotfix 10 April 2017 (Update):
• Fixed an issue with performing melee weapon special attacks for no adrenaline cost.
• patch 7 April 2015 (Update):
• Players are no longer able to perform higher-cost special attacks at a lower cost by switching weapons in PvP combat.
• patch 16 March 2015 (Update):
• Resolved an issue in which borrowed dragon daggers would only deal one hit - rather than two - when using the Puncture special attack.
• patch 5 January 2015 (Update):
• The magic shortbow special attack is no longer accessible on free-to-play worlds.
• patch 11 April 2012 (Update):
• The "Special attack" button no longer appears to switch off when selected and the bar recharges.
• patch 12 October 2011 (Update):
• The special attack tool tip now disappears correctly when switching weapons.
• patch 2 November 2010 (Update):
• The dwarf handcannon now has a sound effect for its special attack.