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
Average (3.6s)

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 1,982 78 25
Staff of water.png Staff of water 1,716 20 86
Staff of earth.png Staff of earth 1,653 18 92
Staff of fire.png Staff of fire 1,610 154 10
Air battlestaff.png Air battlestaff 7,967 78 102
Water battlestaff.png Water battlestaff 8,041 20 402
Earth battlestaff.png Earth battlestaff 8,142 18 452
Fire battlestaff.png Fire battlestaff 8,314 154 54
Mystic air staff.png Mystic air staff 24,202 78 310
Mystic water staff.png Mystic water staff 24,104 20 1205
Mystic earth staff.png Mystic earth staff 24,195 18 1344
Mystic fire staff.png Mystic fire staff 23,863 154 155
Armadyl battlestaff.png Armadyl battlestaff 21,171,382 78 271428
Staff of limitless air.png Staff of limitless air 6,814,914 78 87371
Staff of limitless water.png Staff of limitless water 6,817,671 20 340884
Staff of limitless earth.png Staff of limitless earth 6,814,411 18 378578
Staff of limitless fire.png Staff of limitless fire 6,814,235 154 44248
Staff of limitless lava.png Staff of limitless lava 6,847,177 172 380399[1]
Staff of limitless mud.png Staff of limitless mud 6,871,552 38 381753[1]
Staff of limitless steam.png Staff of limitless steam 6,887,695 174 344385[1]
Camel staff.png Camel staff 43,587,840 154 283038
  1. ^ a b c Based on cheapest of the two runes

Bonuses table[edit | edit source]

Main-handOff-handAttributeStyle bonusPrice
Staff of air.pngStaff of air1-Spell-
Staff of water.pngStaff of water1-Spell-
Staff of earth.pngStaff of earth1-Spell-
Staff of fire.pngStaff of fire1-Spell-
Tower mindspike (air).pngTower mindspike1-Spell-
-160---------Rune Mysteries Quest
Mindspike (air).pngMindspike5-Spell-
-202---------Reward from Gudrik
Third age druidic staff.pngThird age druidic staff1[1]-Spell-
White magic staff.pngWhite magic staff25-Spell-
Steam battlestaff.pngSteam battlestaff30-Spell-
Air battlestaff.pngAir battlestaff30-Spell-
Water battlestaff.pngWater battlestaff30-Spell-
Earth battlestaff.pngEarth battlestaff30-Spell-
Fire battlestaff.pngFire battlestaff30-Spell-
Lava battlestaff.pngLava battlestaff30-Spell-
Mud battlestaff.pngMud battlestaff30-Spell-
Elemental battlestaff.pngElemental battlestaff30-Spell-
Mystic air staff.pngMystic air staff40-Spell-
Mystic water staff.pngMystic water staff40-Spell-
Mystic earth staff.pngMystic earth staff40-Spell-
Mystic fire staff.pngMystic fire staff40-Spell-
Mystic lava staff.pngMystic lava staff40-Spell-
Mystic mud staff.pngMystic mud staff40-Spell-
Mystic steam staff.pngMystic steam staff40-Spell-
Law staff.pngLaw staff4545Spell-
-732---------10,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Sacred clay staff.pngSacred clay staff50-Spell-
-850---------26 Stealing creation points
Ancient staff.pngAncient staff50-Spell-
Nature staff.pngNature staff53[2]53Spell-
-928---------12,500 Dungeoneering tokens
Gravite staff.pngGravite staff5545Spell-
-983---------40,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Guthix staff.pngGuthix staff60-Spell-
-1132---------Mage Arena Minigame
Saradomin staff.pngSaradomin staff60-Spell-
-1132---------Mage Arena Minigame
Zamorak staff.pngZamorak staff60-Spell-
-1132---------Mage Arena Minigame
Dragon battlestaff.pngDragon battlestaff60-Spell-
Lunar staff.pngLunar staff65-Spell-
-850---------30,000 from Oneiromancer
Ahrim's staff.pngAhrim's staff70-Spell-
Crystal staff.pngCrystal staff70[3]-Spell-
Blisterwood staff.pngBlisterwood staff70-Spell-
-1486---------The Branches of Darkmeyer
Enhanced ancient staff.pngEnhanced ancient staff75[4]-Spell-
-1694-----2---227,344 + elite Desert achievements
Staff of light.pngStaff of light75-Spell-
Polypore staff.pngPolypore staff75-Spell-
Vanquish (magic).pngVanquish75-Spell-
-1694---------150 Quest points
Armadyl battlestaff.pngArmadyl battlestaff77-Spell-
Sunspear (magic).pngSunspear78[5]-Spell-
-1829---------River of Blood
Zuriel's staff.pngZuriel's staff78-Spell-
Chaotic staff.pngChaotic staff8080Spell-
-1924---------200,000 Dungeoneering tokens
Attuned crystal staff.pngAttuned crystal staff80[6]-Spell-
-1924---------Coins 10000.png 200,000 - 1,000,000
Second-Age staff.pngSecond-Age staff80-Spell-
Inquisitor staff.pngInquisitor staff80-Spell-
Staff of limitless air.pngStaff of limitless air82-Spell-
Staff of limitless water.pngStaff of limitless water82-Spell-
Staff of limitless earth.pngStaff of limitless earth82-Spell-
Staff of limitless fire.pngStaff of limitless fire82-Spell-
Staff of limitless lava.pngStaff of limitless lava82-Spell-
Staff of limitless mud.pngStaff of limitless mud82-Spell-
Staff of limitless steam.pngStaff of limitless steam82-Spell-
Staff of darkness.pngStaff of darkness85-Spell-
-2178---------Staff of light + Wyrm heart
Camel staff.pngCamel staff85-Spell-
Superior Zuriel's staff.pngSuperior Zuriel's staff88[7]-Spell-
Noxious staff.pngNoxious staff90-Spell-
Staff of Sliske.pngStaff of Sliske92-Spell-
  1. ^ Also requires level 65 Prayer
  2. ^ Also requires level 40 Attack
  3. ^ Also requires completion of Plague's End
  4. ^ Requires elite Desert achievements
  5. ^ Requires completion of River of Blood
  6. ^ Also requires completion of Roving Elves
  7. ^ 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.

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]