Weapon Special attack

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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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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:

Where:

  • is the result, worth 100% ability damage when using special attacks in Legacy
  • is the player's auto-attack damage with their main-hand or off-hand, as seen in the Loadout screen
  • is a multiplier that localises damage from weapons of different speeds:

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[edit | edit source]

Melee weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Abyssal whip.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal whipAbyssal whip
Lucky abyssal whip.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lucky abyssal whipLucky abyssal whip
Energy Drain 50% Deals 100% weapon damage and steals all your opponent's run energy.
Energy Drain.gif
Abyssal vine whip.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal vine whipAbyssal 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.
Vine call.gif
Ancient mace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ancient maceAncient mace
Superior ancient mace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior ancient maceSuperior 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.
Favour of the War God.gif
Annihilation.png: RS3 Inventory image of AnnihilationAnnihilation 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%).
Gravitate.gif
Barrelchest anchor.png: RS3 Inventory image of Barrelchest anchorBarrelchest 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.
Sunder.gif
Bone dagger.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bone daggerBone 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.
Backstab.gif
Brackish blade.png: RS3 Inventory image of Brackish bladeBrackish blade Rum'ify 75% Doubles the chance of hitting and increases your Attack, Strength and Defence proportional to the damage dealt.
'Rum'ify.gif
Brine sabre.png: RS3 Inventory image of Brine sabreBrine 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.
Liquefy.gif
Darklight.png: RS3 Inventory image of DarklightDarklight Weaken 50% Strike your target reducing their Attack, Strength and Defence by 5%. Against demons, this is twice as effective.
Weaken (Darklight).gif
Granite maul.png: RS3 Inventory image of Granite maulGranite maul Quick Smash 50% Perform an instant attack, dealing up to 150% weapon damage and ignoring any cooldowns.
Quick Smash (Granite maul).gif
Keenblade.png: RS3 Inventory image of KeenbladeKeenblade Critical Strike 75% Strike the enemy with 25% increased accuracy for 100-150% weapon damage.
Critical strike.gif
Korasi's sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Korasi's swordKorasi's sword Disrupt 60% Perform a reliable magic attack on all enemies around you.
Disrupt.gif
Lava whip.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lava whipLava 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.
Get over Here!.gif
Noxious scythe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious scytheNoxious scythe Mirrorback 100% Summon a mirrorback spider to lower and reflect damage for 10 seconds.
Mirrorback.gif
Rune claws.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune clawsRune claws & Rune off hand claws.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune off hand clawsRune off hand claws Impale 25% Impale your target for 25-135% weapon damage.
Impale.gif
Saradomin sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin swordSaradomin sword
Lucky Saradomin sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lucky Saradomin swordLucky Saradomin sword
Saradomin's Lightning 100% Call upon Saradomin's power to inflict extra magic damage upon your opponent.
Saradomins Lightning.gif
Statius's warhammer.png: RS3 Inventory image of Statius's warhammerStatius's warhammer
Superior Statius's warhammer.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Statius's warhammerSuperior Statius's warhammer
Smash 35% Deal up to 50% more damage and lower your opponents defence by 30%
Smash.gif
Vesta's longsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vesta's longswordVesta's longsword
Superior Vesta's longsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Vesta's longswordSuperior Vesta's longsword
Feint 25% Deal 100-250% damage with a greater chance to hit.
Feint.gif
Vesta's spear.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vesta's spearVesta's spear
Superior Vesta's spear.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Vesta's spearSuperior 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.
Spear Wall.gif

Dragon weapons

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Dragon claw.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon clawDragon claw & Off-hand dragon claw.png: RS3 Inventory image of Off-hand dragon clawOff-hand dragon claw Slice & Dice 50% Unleash four brutal claw slashes upon your opponent.
Slice and Dice.gif
Dragon dagger.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon daggerDragon dagger Puncture 25% Two quick slashes with increased accuracy and damage.
Puncture.gif
Dragon battleaxe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon battleaxeDragon battleaxe Rampage 100% Do 20% more melee damage but reduce your hit chance and defence by 10% for a minute.
Rampage.gif
Dragon halberd.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon halberdDragon halberd Sweep 30% Swipe all targets in front of you twice.
Sweep.gif
Dragon hatchet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon hatchetDragon hatchet Clobber 100% Attack that lowers your opponents defence and magic by 10%
Clobber.gif
Dragon longsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon longswordDragon longsword Cleave 25% A powerful attack dealing 100-250% weapon damage
Cleave.gif
Dragon mace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon maceDragon mace Shatter 25% Deals a massive blow of 100-300% weapon damage with 25% increased accuracy.
Shatter.gif
Dragon spear.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon spearDragon spear
Zamorakian spear.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zamorakian spearZamorakian spear
Lucky Zamorakian spear.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lucky Zamorakian spearLucky Zamorakian spear
Shove 25% Push your opponent back and stun them for 3s. This attack deals no damage.
Shove.gif
Dragon 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon 2h swordDragon 2h sword Powerstab 60% Hit enemies surrounding you.
Powerstab.gif
Dragon scimitar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon scimitarDragon scimitar Sever 55% A slash with increased accuracy that, if successful, prevents the target from using protection prayers for five seconds.
Sever.gif

Godswords

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Armadyl godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl godswordArmadyl godsword
Lucky Armadyl godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lucky Armadyl godswordLucky Armadyl godsword
Golden Armadyl godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Golden Armadyl godswordGolden Armadyl godsword
The Judgement 50% Unleash the power of Armadyl with up to 375% ability damage.
Judgment.gif
Bandos godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandos godswordBandos godsword
Lucky Bandos godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lucky Bandos godswordLucky Bandos godsword
Golden Bandos godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Golden Bandos godswordGolden Bandos godsword
Superior honourable kyzaj.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior honourable kyzajSuperior honourable kyzaj
Superior bloodied kyzaj.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior bloodied kyzajSuperior bloodied kyzaj
Warstrike 100% Deals up to 350% ability damage and drains one of your targets combat stats by 10% of the damage dealt.
Warstrike.gif
Saradomin godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin godswordSaradomin godsword
Lucky Saradomin godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lucky Saradomin godswordLucky Saradomin godsword
Golden Saradomin godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Golden Saradomin godswordGolden 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.
Healing Blade.gif
Zamorak godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zamorak godswordZamorak godsword
Lucky Zamorak godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lucky Zamorak godswordLucky Zamorak godsword
Golden Zamorak godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Golden Zamorak godswordGolden Zamorak godsword
Ice Cleave 60% Deals up to 275% ability damage and freezes the target for 10 seconds.
Ice Cleave.gif
Zaros godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zaros godswordZaros 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.
Blackhole.gif

Ranged weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Dark bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dark bowDark bow Descent of Darkness 65% A powerful double attack that hits twice for 148-338% ability damage each, or 296-676% total.
Descent of Darkness.gif
Decimation.png: RS3 Inventory image of DecimationDecimation 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.
Locate.gif
Eldritch crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Eldritch crossbowEldritch 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.
Split Soul.gif
Hand cannon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Hand cannonHand 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.
Aimed Shot.gif
Magic composite bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic composite bowMagic composite bow
Magic shieldbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic shieldbowMagic shieldbow
Powershot 35% A powerful attack with 20% increased weapon damage and accuracy.
Powershot.gif
Magic shortbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic shortbowMagic shortbow Snap-Shot 55% A quick double attack that reduces your accuracy by 30% but deals 20-200% weapon damage each shot.
Snap-Shot.gif
Morrigan's javelin.png: RS3 Inventory image of Morrigan's javelinMorrigan's javelin
Superior Morrigan's javelin.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Morrigan's javelinSuperior 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.
Phantom strike.gif
Morrigan's throwing axe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Morrigan's throwing axeMorrigan's throwing axe
Superior Morrigan's throwing axe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Morrigan's throwing axeSuperior Morrigan's throwing axe
Hamstring 50% Deal 20% extra damage[sic] and increase the enemies run energy drain rate for a minute.
Hamstring.gif
Noxious longbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious longbowNoxious longbow Mirrorback 100% Summon a mirrorback spider to lower and reflect damage for 10 seconds.
Mirrorback.gif
Quickbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of QuickbowQuickbow Twin Shot 75% Fire two arrows with 25% increased accuracy for 100-150% weapon damage.
Twin Shot (Quickbow).gif
Rune throwing axe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune throwing axeRune 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.
Chain Hit.gif
Seercull.png: RS3 Inventory image of SeercullSeercull Soulshot 60% Lowers your target's magic level based on damage dealt.
Soulshot.gif
Strykebow.png: RS3 Inventory image of StrykebowStrykebow 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.
Deep Burn.gif
Zanik's crossbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zanik's crossbowZanik's crossbow Defiance 50% An attack that deals more damage to those with an affinity to the gods.
Defiance.gif

Godbows

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Guthix bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Guthix bowGuthix 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.
Balanced Shot.gif
Saradomin bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin bowSaradomin 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.
Restorative Shot.gif
Seren godbow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seren godbowSeren 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.
Crystal Rain.gif
Zamorak bow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zamorak bowZamorak 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.
Twin Shot.gif

Magic weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Iban's staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iban's staffIban's staff Iban Blast 25% A powerful attack dealing 100-250% spell damage.
Iban Blast.gif
Mindspike.png: RS3 Inventory image of MindspikeMindspike Rune Flame 75% Blast your target with 25% increased accuracy for 100-150% weapon damage.
Rune Flame (Fire).gif
Noxious staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious staffNoxious staff Mirrorback 100% Summon a mirrorback spider to lower and reflect damage for 10 seconds.
Mirrorback.gif
Obliteration.png: RS3 Inventory image of ObliterationObliteration Devour 100% For 10 seconds, when your opponent heals themselves, it will only heal for 50% of the amount it normally would.
Devour.gif
Penance trident.png: RS3 Inventory image of Penance tridentPenance trident
Penance master trident.png: RS3 Inventory image of Penance master tridentPenance master trident
Reap 50% Strike your target for 25-200% active spell damage with a 5% increase in your critical chance rate.
Reap.gif
Staff of darkness.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of darknessStaff of darkness Power of Darkness 100% Absorbs and reflects 25% of all incoming damage for the next 20 seconds.
Power of Darkness.gif
Staff of light.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of lightStaff of light Power of Light 100% Reduce all melee damage by 50% for the next minute.
Power of Light.gif
Staff of Sliske.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of SliskeStaff 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.
From the Shadows.gif
Zuriel's staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zuriel's staffZuriel's staff
Superior Zuriel's staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Zuriel's staffSuperior Zuriel's staff
Miasmic Barrage 100% Deal a powerful 200% 3x3 area of effect attack and slow your opponents attack speed down.
Miasmic Barrage.gif

Godstaves

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Armadyl battlestaff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl battlestaffArmadyl battlestaff Tempest of Armadyl 50% Perform a barrage of magical attacks at your opponent.
Tempest of Armadyl.gif
Guthix staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Guthix staffGuthix 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%.
Claws of Guthix.gif
Saradomin staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin staffSaradomin staff Saradomin strike 25% Call upon the power of Saradomin to perform a powerful magical attack that lowers your opponents prayer points.
Saradomin strike.gif
Zamorak staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zamorak staffZamorak staff Flames of Zamorak 25% Call upon the power of Zamorak to perform a powerful magical attack that lowers your opponents magic by 5%.
Flames of Zamorak.gif

Update history[edit | edit source]

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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.