Two-handed sword

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Bronze 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bronze 2h swordIron 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron 2h swordSteel 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel 2h swordBlack 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black 2h swordWhite 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of White 2h swordMithril 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril 2h swordAdamant 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant 2h swordRune 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune 2h swordDragon 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon 2h swordGravite 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gravite 2h swordSaradomin godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin godswordBane 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bane 2h swordElder rune 2h sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elder rune 2h swordZaros godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zaros godsword
Slot 2-handed
Style Slash
Average (3.6s)
A player wielding a rune two-handed sword.

The Two-handed sword is one of the slowest but most powerful melee weapons in any metal set. It is a two-handed slashing weapon, so it cannot be wielded with a shield or off-hand weapons, although to compensate, it gives players access to abilities that cannot be used with one-handed weapons, and have damage equivalent to dual wielding. Two-handed swords are the only Free-to-play melee weapons with this characteristic (outside of Daemonheim where they can use mauls), other than fun weapons like golden hammer, the Easter carrot, and the scythe, from special events or holidays.

All players can buy two-handed swords in Gaius' Two Handed Shop in Burthorpe.

History and usage[edit | edit source]

Two-handed swords were the first choice of weapons in RuneScape Classic because there was no difference in speed between weapons, meaning someone could quickly and easily kill a player with this. After the transition to RuneScape 2, its popularity dropped because of the implementation of the aforementioned speed differences, making a two-handed sword only capable of one strike in the time a scimitar could make two.

It is relatively common in the Wilderness on free-to-play worlds, where it is used to make finishing blows. Before the Evolution of Combat, Free to play rangers would most often bring a two-handed sword to finish fights as they did not have a ranged weapon efficient in finishing blows. As a "surprise" weapon, it was similar to using the Obsidian maul, Granite maul, or Dragon dagger.

In a game update a while ago[source needed], the two-handed sword was given new, realistic, and more fluid animations. Before the major update, the two-handed swords were wielded in one hand leaning on the player's shoulder. About two years before that update they were held in one hand like a normal, right-handed weapon, and the hilts of the two-handed swords looked slightly different. Because of this, the price had increased, especially in the case of the Rune 2h sword, which some players were selling for as much as 90,000 to 100,000 (although the Grand Exchange price is now about 25,850 coins). With this update, the two-handed sword was the only weapon with different animations for every attack option. Wielding any two-handed sword used to make the player's cape (if any) billow in the breeze. NPCs that use two-handed swords in this stance often do not have the cape animation.

Since the Evolution of Combat, two-handed swords are held over the shoulder in a similar stance to how they were at the start of RuneScape 2.

Types of two-handed swords[edit | edit source]

Main-handOff-handAttributeStyle bonusPrice
Bronze 2h sword.pngBronze 2h sword1Slash111.8150---------3,656
Iron 2h sword.pngIron 2h sword10Slash223.5202---------4,619
Steel 2h sword.pngSteel 2h sword20Slash447316---------6,444
Black 2h sword.pngBlack 2h sword25Slash558.8381---------3,260
White 2h sword.pngWhite 2h sword25Slash558.8381---------5,549
Mithril 2h sword.pngMithril 2h sword30Slash670.5454---------10,991
Adamant 2h sword.pngAdamant 2h sword40Slash894628---------32,078
Rune 2h sword.pngRune 2h sword50Slash1117.5850---------25,850
Gravite 2h sword.pngGravite 2h sword55Slash1229.3983---------40,000 Dungeoneering token.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dungeoneering token
Dragon 2h sword.pngDragon 2h sword60Slash13411132---------135,746
Saradomin sword.pngSaradomin sword75Crush1378.11694-----2---359,756
Saradomin godsword.pngGodsword75Slash1676.31694-----4---See Godsword
Bane 2h sword.pngBane 2h sword80Slash1676.31694---------52,005
Elder rune 2h sword.pngElder rune 2h sword90Slash17881924---------133,139
Zaros godsword.pngZaros godsword92Slash2056.22577---------579,013,335

Special two-handed swords[edit | edit source]

All of these are members only, with the exception of the Keenblade.

Main-handOff-handAttributeStyle bonus
Shadow sword.pngShadow sword1Slash22.4110---------
Golden katana.pngGolden katana1Slash111.8150---------
Ornate katana.pngOrnate katana1Slash111.8110---------
Lost sword of King Raddallin.pngLost sword of King Raddallin (65)65Slash1452.81299---------
Lost sword of King Raddallin.pngLost sword of King Raddallin (70)70Slash1564.51486---------
Auspicious Katana.pngAuspicious Katana75Slash1676.31694---------
Lost sword of King Raddallin.pngLost sword of King Raddallin (75)75Slash1676.31694---------
Dominion sword.pngDominion sword90Slash2011.52458---------

Dungeoneering two-handed swords[edit | edit source]

These two-handed swords can only be obtained and used during Dungeoneering.

Table of 2h swords
TierItemLevels to use
1Novite 2h sword.png Novite 2h sword1 Attack-icon.png Attack
2Bathus 2h sword.png Bathus 2h sword10 Attack-icon.png Attack
3Marmaros 2h sword.png Marmaros 2h sword20 Attack-icon.png Attack
4Kratonite 2h sword.png Kratonite 2h sword30 Attack-icon.png Attack
5Fractite 2h sword.png Fractite 2h sword40 Attack-icon.png Attack
6Zephyrium 2h sword.png Zephyrium 2h sword50 Attack-icon.png Attack
7Argonite 2h sword.png Argonite 2h sword60 Attack-icon.png Attack
8Katagon 2h sword.png Katagon 2h sword70 Attack-icon.png Attack
9Gorgonite 2h sword.png Gorgonite 2h sword80 Attack-icon.png Attack
10Promethium 2h sword.png Promethium 2h sword90 Attack-icon.png Attack
11Primal 2h sword.png Primal 2h sword99 Attack-icon.png Attack

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 1 November 2014 (Update):
    • Two-handed weapons will now receive the correct strength bonus compared to one-handed weapons.

patch 22 September 2014 (Update):

    • Some errors in calculating damage values have been fixed with two-handed weapons.
  • patch 14 December 2010 (Update):
    • The animation for two-handed swords has been updated.
  • patch 7 December 2010 (Update):
    • The animation for two-handed swords has been updated to stop players' hips from contorting.
  • patch 11 January 2010 (Update):
    • Some issues when running and standing still with two-handed swords have been corrected.
  • 17 September 2009 (Update):
    • Animations and model of 2h swords have been updated.