Staff (weapon type)

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Staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff Magic staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic staff White magic staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of White magic staff Staff of air.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of air Staff of water.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of water Staff of earth.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of earth Staff of fire.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of fire Air battlestaff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Air battlestaff Water battlestaff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Water battlestaff Earth battlestaff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earth battlestaff Fire battlestaff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire battlestaff Mystic air staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic air staff Mystic water staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic water staff Mystic earth staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic earth staff Mystic fire staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mystic fire staff Crystal staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal staff Staff of light.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of light Polypore staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Polypore staff Vanquish (magic).png: RS3 Inventory image of Vanquish (magic) Armadyl battlestaff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl battlestaff Zuriel's staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zuriel's staff Sunspear (magic).png: RS3 Inventory image of Sunspear (magic) Chaotic staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaotic staff Attuned crystal staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Attuned crystal staff Staff of darkness.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of darkness Camel staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Camel staff Obliteration.png: RS3 Inventory image of Obliteration Superior Zuriel's staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior Zuriel's staff Noxious staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Noxious staffStaff of Sliske.png: RS3 Inventory image of Staff of Sliske
Slot 2-handed
Style Magic
Speed
Average (3.6s)
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Staves are magical weapons. Elemental staves are unlimited sources of certain runes when casting magic spells, depending on the element of the staff, and are popular because they save money spent on runes.

All staves give Magic accuracy bonuses. Battlestaves are upgraded versions of normal staves, and mystic staves are enchanted battlestaves. Some battlestaves and mystic staves supply two kinds of runes instead of one: water and fire runes for steam staves, earth and fire runes for lava staves and water and earth runes for mud staves.

Some staves are required to cast certain spells. Examples of this are the slayer's staff or the staff of light, either of which is used to cast the Slayer Dart spell, and the Polypore staff which is required to cast polypore strike spell. There are also three staves called the God staves obtained from the Mage Arena minigame. There are also several miscellaneous staves in RuneScape. All existing staves are listed and linked in the table below.

With the exception of white staves, basic staves have no requirements to wield. White staves require the completion of the Wanted! quest as well as level 25 Magic in order to wield them.

Rune-saving value[edit | edit source]

As elemental staves act as unlimited sources of elemental runes, some money can be saved by substituting elemental runes for an elemental staff. The following table displays the number of runes that must be saved by an elemental staff in order to break even.

The mystical staff (up to tier 75) is not listed. As of the Build-A-Fayre event in April 2017, the mystical staff provides an infinite amount of fire, water, and earth runes and the staff originally costs nothing, unless lost where it costs 75,000-500,000 coins to reclaim from Diango.

Staff Cost Rune cost Break-even point
Staff of air.png Staff of air 2,084 75 28
Staff of water.png Staff of water 1,953 20 98
Staff of earth.png Staff of earth 1,671 18 93
Staff of fire.png Staff of fire 1,939 141 14
Air battlestaff.png Air battlestaff 8,186 75 109
Water battlestaff.png Water battlestaff 8,135 20 407
Earth battlestaff.png Earth battlestaff 8,136 18 452
Fire battlestaff.png Fire battlestaff 8,166 141 58
Mystic air staff.png Mystic air staff 24,170 75 322
Mystic water staff.png Mystic water staff 24,056 20 1203
Mystic earth staff.png Mystic earth staff 24,113 18 1340
Mystic fire staff.png Mystic fire staff 24,343 141 173
Armadyl battlestaff.png Armadyl battlestaff 19,038,880 75 253852
Staff of limitless air.png Staff of limitless air 6,310,454 75 84139
Staff of limitless water.png Staff of limitless water 6,313,823 20 315691
Staff of limitless earth.png Staff of limitless earth 6,309,988 18 350555
Staff of limitless fire.png Staff of limitless fire 6,310,395 141 44755
Staff of limitless lava.png Staff of limitless lava 6,339,981 159 352221[1]
Staff of limitless mud.png Staff of limitless mud 6,368,649 38 353814[1]
Staff of limitless steam.png Staff of limitless steam 6,374,634 161 318732[1]
Camel staff.png Camel staff 44,083,580 141 312650


Bonuses table[edit | edit source]

Magic.png
Item
Magic
Level
Main-hand Off-hand Attributes Style bonus Price
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence Constitution Prayer Attack-icon.png Ranged-icon.png Magic-icon.png
Staff.png Staff 1 None - 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,162
Staff of air.png Staff of air 1 None - 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 2,084
Staff of water.png Staff of water 1 None - 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,953
Staff of earth.png Staff of earth 1 None - 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,671
Staff of fire.png Staff of fire 1 None - 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,939
Tower mindspike Tower mindspike 1 None - 160 - - - 0 0 0 - - - Rune Mysteries Quest
Mindspike Mindspike 5 None - 202 - - - 0 0 0 - - - Reward from Gudrik
Third age druidic staff.png Third age druidic staff 1 [2] None - 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 42,982,480
White magic staff.png White magic staff 25 None - 381 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 7,735
Battlestaff.png Battlestaff 30 None - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 3,069
Steam battlestaff.png Steam battlestaff 30 None - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 25,435
Air battlestaff.png Air battlestaff 30 None - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 8,186
Water battlestaff.png Water battlestaff 30 None - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 8,135
Earth battlestaff.png Earth battlestaff 30 None - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 8,136
Fire battlestaff.png Fire battlestaff 30 None - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 8,166
Lava battlestaff.png Lava battlestaff 30 None - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 8,896
Mud battlestaff.png Mud battlestaff 30 None - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 27,006
Elemental battlestaff.png Elemental battlestaff 30 None - 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 2,759,130
Mystic air staff.png Mystic air staff 40 None - 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 24,170
Mystic water staff.png Mystic water staff 40 None - 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 24,056
Mystic earth staff.png Mystic earth staff 40 None - 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 24,113
Mystic fire staff.png Mystic fire staff 40 None - 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 24,343
Mystic lava staff.png Mystic lava staff 40 None - 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 53,800
Mystic mud staff.png Mystic mud staff 40 None - 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 78,753
Mystic steam staff.png Mystic steam staff 40 None - 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 84,561
Law staff Law staff 45[3] None - 734 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Sacred clay staff Sacred clay staff 50 None - 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 26 Stealing creation points
Ancient staff.png Ancient staff 50 None - 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 198,772
Nature staff Nature staff 53[4] None - 928 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 12,500 Dungeoneering tokens
Gravite staff Gravite staff 55[3] None - 983 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 40,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Guthix staff Guthix staff 60 None - 1132 - - - 0 0 0 - - - Mage Arena Minigame
Saradomin staff Saradomin staff 60 None - 1132 - - - 0 0 0 - - - Mage Arena Minigame
Zamorak staff Zamorak staff 60 None - 1132 - - - 0 0 0 - - - Mage Arena Minigame
Dragon battlestaff.png Dragon battlestaff 60 None - 1132 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 324,386
Toktz-mej-tal.png Toktz-mej-tal 60 None - 1132 - - - 0 0 2 - - - 222,982
Lunar staff Lunar staff 65 None - 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 30,000gp from Oneiromancer
Ahrim's staff.png Ahrim's staff 70 None - 1486 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 5,377,758
Crystal staff.png Crystal staff 70[5] None - 1486 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 276,180
Blisterwood staff Blisterwood staff 70 None - 1486 - - - 0 0 0 - - - The Branches of Darkmeyer
Enhanced ancient staff Enhanced ancient staff 75[6] None - 1694 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 198,772 + Elite Desert Tasks
Staff of light.png Staff of light 75 None - 1694 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 2,227,748
Polypore staff.png Polypore staff 75 None - 1694 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 2,417,459
Vanquish (magic).png Vanquish 75 None - 1694 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 150 Quest points
Armadyl battlestaff.png Armadyl battlestaff 77 None - 1783 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 19,038,880
Sunspear (magic).png Sunspear 78[7] None - 1829 - - - 0 0 0 - - - River of Blood
Zuriel's staff.png Zuriel's staff 78 None - 1829 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 13,452,540
Chaotic staff Chaotic staff 80[8] None - 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 200,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Attuned crystal staff Attuned crystal staff 80[9] None - 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - - Coins 10000.png 200,000 - 1,000,000
Second-Age staff.png Second-Age staff 80 None - 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 174,481,830
Inquisitor staff.png Inquisitor staff 80 None - 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 340,118,607
Staff of limitless air.png Staff of limitless air 82 None - 2023 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 6,310,454
Staff of limitless water.png Staff of limitless water 82 None - 2023 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 6,313,823
Staff of limitless earth.png Staff of limitless earth 82 None - 2023 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 6,309,988
Staff of limitless fire.png Staff of limitless fire 82 None - 2023 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 6,310,395
Staff of limitless lava.png Staff of limitless lava 82 None - 2023 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 6,339,981
Staff of limitless mud.png Staff of limitless mud 82 None - 2023 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 6,368,649
Staff of limitless steam.png Staff of limitless steam 82 None - 2023 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 6,374,634
Staff of darkness.png Staff of darkness 85 None - 2178 - - - 0 0 0 - - - Staff of light + Wyrm heart
Camel staff.png Camel staff 85 None - 2178 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 44,083,580
Obliteration.png Obliteration 87 None - 2287 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 49,659,219
Superior Zuriel's staff.png Superior Zuriel's staff 88[10] None - 2343 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 20,740,142
Noxious staff.png Noxious staff 90 None - 2458 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 139,266,581
Staff of Sliske.png Staff of Sliske 92 None - 2577 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 693,927,360
  1. ^ a b c Based on cheapest of the two runes
  2. ^ Also requires 65 Prayer
  3. ^ a b Also requires 45 Dungeoneering
  4. ^ Also requires 53 Dungeoneering and 40 Attack
  5. ^ Also requires completion of Plague's End
  6. ^ Requires Elite Desert Tasks
  7. ^ Requires completion of River of Blood
  8. ^ Also requires 80 Dungeoneering
  9. ^ Also requires completion of Roving Elves
  10. ^ Created by combining a Zuriel's staff and an Ancient warriors' equipment patch

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 28 September 2015 (Update):
    • The icons for noted staves now display correctly.
  • patch 11 June 2013 (Update):.
    • The Skill Advance Guides have been updated to remove magical staves from the attack sections.
  • patch 24 April 2013 (Update):.
    • Shops now distinguish between staves that are off-, main- or two-handed.
  • patch 17 October 2012 (Update):
    • Fixed a graphical glitch with orbs on top of staves not displaying correctly.
  • patch 7 October 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed the inventory icon for various magic staves. #Graphical

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Many staves suffered from a graphics glitch in 2012, when the orbs on top of them disappeared. This was fixed on 17 October 2012.
  • Many staves have a bug where if you attack an enemy with Lunar spells enabled, you will see a message saying you need certain runes to cast this spell.
  • Staves became two-handed weapons following the Evolution of Combat update.
  • The God staves allowed the casting of the three God spells before their removal with the Evolution of Combat. However, You can still use the special attack which requires 25% of your adrenaline.
  • At the release of the Evolution of Combat, staffs could still cast spells. However, unlike most weapons, when casting an ability, it did not restart the timer of the cooldown, meaning players could attack a target with the basic attack, then two abilities, and then the player could use the basic spell attack on the enemy without the basic attack cooldown being restarted. Staves also had the same damage rate as a wand. This was fixed in a hidden update which resulted in the basic attack cooldown restarting every time the player did an ability, and also an increased damage boost.

See also[edit | edit source]