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For this item's off-hand variant, see off-hand rune scimitar.

Rune scimitar detail.png

The rune scimitar is the strongest non-degradable scimitar available to free players (only the degradable corrupt dragon scimitar is stronger). Like all rune weapons, it requires 50 Attack to wield.

Combat Stats
RequirementsRune scimitar equipped.png
50 Attack
Attack.png MeleeMain hand slot.png
Fastest (2.4s)
AttributesDamage reduction
DefenceArmour0PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
ConstitutionLife points0Style bonuses


Rune scimitar.png Rune scimitar
Smithing-Make-X GE icon.png
150 XP-14,957
Smithing Smithing level90
P2P icon.png Members onlyNo
Rune bar.pngRune bar22,9855,970

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Adamant dragon1161Common
K'ril Tsutsaroth98; 6501Common
Angry barbarian spirit1061Rare
Berserk barbarian spirit1061Rare
Cockroach soldier361Rare
Customs evidence filesN/A1Rare
Enraged barbarian spirit1061Rare
Ferocious barbarian spirit1061Rare
Fire giant851Rare
Locust rider751Rare
Mummy (Jaldraocht Pyramid)771Rare
Mummy (Ullek)741Rare
Mutated bloodveld91; 951Rare
Salawa akh1061Rare
Shade Catacombs/RewardsN/A1Rare
Silver key blackN/A1Rare
Silver key crimsonN/A1Rare
Silver key purpleN/A1Rare
Skeleton brute881Rare
Skeleton hero741Rare
Skeleton thug851Rare
Zamorak warrior61; 651Rare
Chaos Giant1261Uncommon
Dagon'hai Monk771Uncommon
Ninja implingN/A1Uncommon
Skeleton warlord911Uncommon
Giant skeleton (Tarn's Lair)841Unknown
Cockroach worker301Very rare
Monkey knife fighterN/A1Very rare
Silver key brownN/A1Very rare
Silver key redN/A1Very rare
Skeleton heavy891Very rare

Store locations

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  • On 28 July 2009, the Animation Pack 1 update changed the appearance and attack animations of the Rune Scimitar in order to make combat look more realistic. This was done with the godswords, the dragon scimitar, the rune and dragon longswords, and the abyssal whip.
  • On 23 July 2009, five days before the scheduled update, the Rune scimitar image in the Grand Exchange database was replaced by the new model. Players found the image and posted about it in the RuneScape Forums, making it widely known before Jagex removed the image a few hours later. Five days later, the image was once again put up along with the official release.
  • Before the Evolution of Combat, the rune scimitar was one of the most common, if not the most common, weapons in the F2P game due to its popularity in the F2P PKing community. After the launch of the EoC, however, many F2P PKers began switching to either the rune 2h sword (with its better damage per second) or the rune mace (due to its +4 Prayer bonus, cheaper cost, and identical stats and attack speed to the scimitar). The lack of monsters with a slash weakness in the non-members game is also contributing to its sudden drop in popularity. Nevertheless, due to the reputation it has gained before the EoC, it is still a fairly common sight among free players.