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.
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 24,479 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]
|Bronze 2h sword||1||Slash||111||150||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||2,388|
|Iron 2h sword||10||Slash||223||202||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||3,501|
|Steel 2h sword||20||Slash||447||316||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||5,404|
|Black 2h sword||25||Slash||558||381||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||4,108|
|White 2h sword||25||Slash||558||381||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||4,828|
|Mithril 2h sword||30||Slash||670||454||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||10,149|
|Adamant 2h sword||40||Slash||894||628||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||26,244|
|Rune 2h sword||50||Slash||1117||850||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||24,479|
|Gravite 2h sword||55||Slash||1229||983||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||40,000|
|Dragon 2h sword||60||Slash||1341||1132||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||142,181|
|Bane 2h sword||80||Slash||1676.3||1694||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||51,065|
|Elder rune 2h sword||90||Slash||1788||1924||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||122,258|
Special two-handed swords[edit | edit source]
All of these are members only, with the exception of the Keenblade.
Lost sword of King Raddallin has tier 65 and 70 variants.
|Lost sword of King Raddallin||75||Slash||1676.3||1694||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-|
Dungeoneering two-handed swords[edit | edit source]
These two-handed swords can only be obtained and used during Dungeoneering.
|Tier||Item||Levels to use|
|1||Novite 2h sword||1 Attack|
|2||Bathus 2h sword||10 Attack|
|3||Marmaros 2h sword||20 Attack|
|4||Kratonite 2h sword||30 Attack|
|5||Fractite 2h sword||40 Attack|
|6||Zephyrium 2h sword||50 Attack|
|7||Argonite 2h sword||60 Attack|
|8||Katagon 2h sword||70 Attack|
|9||Gorgonite 2h sword||80 Attack|
|10||Promethium 2h sword||90 Attack|
|11||Primal 2h sword||99 Attack|
Update history[edit | edit source]
- patch 1 November 2014 (Update):
- Two-handed weapons will now receive the correct strength bonus compared to one-handed weapons.
- Some errors in calculating damage values have been fixed with two-handed weapons.
- patch 7 December 2010 (Update):
- The animation for two-handed swords has been updated to stop players' hips from contorting.