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
Speed
Average (3.6s)
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A player wielding a rune two-handed sword.

The Two-handed sword is one of the slowest but most powerful weapons in any metal set. It is a two-handed slashing weapon, so it cannot be wielded with a shield, although to compensate it gives players access to abilities that cannot be used with one-handed weapons. It is the one of the only Free-to-play melee weapon with this characteristic with the exception of the golden hammer obtained from a golden cracker, the Easter carrot, and the scythe all of which are 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 F2P (Free To Play) player killing, 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 90-100k (although the Grand Exchange price is now about 17,769 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, a unique animation. 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]

Attack.png
Item
Attack
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
Bronze 2h sword.png Bronze 2h sword 1 Slash 111 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 2,364
Iron 2h sword.png Iron 2h sword 10 Slash 223 202 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 4,110
Steel 2h sword.png Steel 2h sword 20 Slash 447 316 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 7,097
Black 2h sword.png Black 2h sword 25 Slash 558 381 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 6,321
White 2h sword.png White 2h sword 25 Slash 558 381 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 4,048
Mithril 2h sword.png Mithril 2h sword 30 Slash 670 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 15,248
Adamant 2h sword.png Adamant 2h sword 40 Slash 894 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 23,684
Rune 2h sword.png Rune 2h sword 50 Slash 1117 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 17,769
Gravite 2h sword.png Gravite 2h sword 55 Slash 1229 983 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 40,000 Dungeoneering token.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dungeoneering token
Dragon 2h sword.png Dragon 2h sword 60 Slash 1341 1132 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 135,754
Saradomin sword.png Saradomin sword 75 Crush 1378 1694 - - - 0 0 2 - - - 116,850
Saradomin godsword.png Godsword 75 Slash 1676 1694 - - - 0 0 4 - - - See Godsword
Bane 2h sword.png Bane 2h sword 80 Slash 1676.3 1694 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 58,626
Elder rune 2h sword.png Elder rune 2h sword 90 Slash 1788 1924 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 78,353
Zaros godsword.png Zaros godsword 92 Slash 2056 2577 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 990,749,155

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.

Attack.png
Item
Attack
Level
Main-hand Off-hand Attributes Style bonus
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence Constitution Prayer Attack-icon.png Ranged-icon.png Magic-icon.png
Shadow sword.png Shadow sword 1 Slash 22.4 110 - - - 0 0 0 - - -
Golden katana.png Golden katana 1 Slash 111.8 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - -
Ornate katana.png Ornate katana 1 Slash 111.8 110 - - - 0 0 0 - - -
Keenblade.png Keenblade 5 Slash 223 202 - - - 0 0 0 - - -
Auspicious Katana.png Auspicious Katana 75 Slash 1676.3 1694 - - - 0 0 0 - - -
Lost sword of King Raddallin.png Lost sword of King Raddallin 75 Slash 1676.3 1694 - - - 0 0 0 - - -
Dominion sword.png Dominion sword 90 Slash 2011.5 2458 - - - 0 0 0 - - -

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]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. 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 14 December 2010 (Update):
    • The animation for two-handed swords has been updated.
  • patch 11 January 2010 (Update):
    • Some issues when running and standing still with two-handed swords have been corrected.