Swordfish

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This article is about the cooked version. For the raw version, see Raw swordfish.
For the item used in the quest Hunt for Red Raktuber, see Swordfish (Hunt for Red Raktuber).
For the item named Swordy, see Swordy McSwordFace.
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A swordfish is a type of fish that players can catch, cook, and use as food. They are considered the best healing food in free-to-play because they can heal up to 1400 life points in one bite. Bottle of wine and undercooked mystery meat can heal more but swordfish is cheaper and more accessible. They are also a possible reward from level 2 clue scrolls. Swordfish are the best fish that can be cooked in a free to play (F2P) world.

At level 55 Divination members can weave 40 gleaming energy with one swordfish to create a portent of restoration VI or an attuned portent of restoration VI at 57 Divination, which heal 1050 or 1400 life points respectively. Members with level 55 Herblore can also add a swordfish to a harralander potion (unf) to create a cooking potion, which boosts a player's Cooking level by three.

Fishing[edit | edit source]

Players can catch swordfish with a minimum level of 50 in Fishing, granting 100 Fishing experience per catch. Fishing for swordfish takes a longer amount of time than lobsters because tuna is caught along with them.

Raw swordfish can be fished from the sea with a harpoon (in your tool belt or inventory, wielding a barb-tailed harpoon is another possibility) in various locations, such as Catherby, Musa point, and the Fishing Guild. When harpoon fishing, it is very likely that more tuna will be caught than swordfish. With a 19 January 2010 update, a high Agility level may allow two swordfish to be caught at once, although experience is only gained for a single one. However, when doing a task to catch swordfish, catching two counts towards two.

Barbarian Fishing is another possible option when fishing for swordfish. Hand fishing gives an extra 10 Strength experience for each swordfish, and requires level 70 Fishing and level 50 Strength. Contrary to popular belief, barehanded fishing is not slower than fishing with a harpoon. The only difference resides in the awarded Strength experience when fishing barehanded.

Cooking[edit | edit source]

Swordfish.png Swordfish
Cooking LevelCooking XPHourglass.pngMake-X GE icon.png
45140 (154)?324
Servings1Life points LP1400
Requirements
Burn level86Cooking gauntlets Gauntlets80
F2P icon.png Free-to-play
Requires a range Range or a fire Bonfire
Ingredients
ItemQuantityPriceTotal
Raw swordfish.pngRaw swordfish1327327
Profit-3

Swordfish can also be cooked with a minimum level 45 in Cooking, granting 140 Cooking experience, or with the bonfire cooking bonus 154 cooking experience. Players can accidentally burn swordfish while cooking until they reach level 86 in Cooking, or until level 80 when using cooking gauntlets.

At Cooking level 45, cooking swordfish yields an 80% burn rate; therefore, it is not recommended that players cook swordfish until their level is 60 or above. If you do not mind burning a moderate number of swordfish, level 50 Cooking yields a burn rate of approximately 30%. At 67 Cooking using a range, you will burn about 20% (98/500) of the swordfish. At 80 Cooking using a range, you will burn about 5.7% (28/493) of the swordfish (0 to 4 burnt in each inventory). Using cooking gauntlets at Cooking level 80, you will burn approximately 0.2% of the swordfish. At 80 Cooking using logs, you will burn about 8.7% (45/516) of the swordfish (0 to 7 burnt in each inventory).

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Economic impact[edit | edit source]

Swordfish has generally been a popular trading item among merchants in the Grand Exchange. Demand for swordfish has been consistently high as it is the highest-healing free-to-play fish. With the introduction of Stiles on 21 April 2010, free-to-play players can fish and bank Swordfish between 3 and 4 times faster than before. This has led to a substantial increase in the supply of swordfish and therefore a dramatic decrease in their price, from 500 coins to around 300 coins. Swordfish is now in high supply, and is much more affordable than it was prior to the update. In addition, the price of swordfish fell to record lows after the Return of Free Trade, to about 150 gold.

However, following Bot-Nuking Day/ClusterFlutterer, the supply of swordfish from botting severely decreased which resulted in swordfish prices rising to over 350 gold. After the Evolution of Combat update, prices have suffered variations, that gradually lowered its market value, set to 170-180 gp at the GE. Since legacy mode was introduced, there has been an increase in the price of swordfish because many players started PKing again and, as it is the highest healing food in f2p, people started buying more of them, set to around 340 gp at the GE. After a brief spike at the end of 2016, the price of swordfish began to slowly decline to its current value.

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Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When barbarian fishing swordfish, the fish used to appear to come out fully cooked, rather than the pink raw colour.
  • A bug still exists with the tool belt mechanism such that players with 55-69 Fishing would automatically hand-fish for tuna, which thereby made it impossible for them to catch swordfish until level 70 unless they equipped a sacred clay harpoon, barb-tail harpoon or kept an extra harpoon in their inventory. 
  • Noted swordfish can sometimes be found inside barrels.

See also[edit | edit source]