Bronze 2h sword.pngIron 2h sword.pngSteel 2h sword.pngBlack 2h sword.pngWhite 2h sword.pngMithril 2h sword.pngAdamant 2h sword.pngRune 2h sword.pngDragon 2h sword.pngGravite 2h sword.pngSaradomin godsword.pngZaros godsword.png
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

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 36,735 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

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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 - - - 2,073
Iron 2h sword.png Iron 2h sword 10 Slash 223 202 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 4,100
Steel 2h sword.png Steel 2h sword 20 Slash 447 316 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,825
Black 2h sword.png Black 2h sword 25 Slash 558 381 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 5,896
White 2h sword.png White 2h sword 25 Slash 558 381 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 4,484
Mithril 2h sword.png Mithril 2h sword 30 Slash 670 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 3,569
Adamant 2h sword.png Adamant 2h sword 40 Slash 894 628 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 8,231
Rune 2h sword.png Rune 2h sword 50 Slash 1117 850 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 36,735
Gravite 2h sword.png Gravite 2h sword 55 Slash 1229 983 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 40,000 Dungeoneering token.png
Dragon 2h sword.png Dragon 2h sword 60 Slash 1341 1132 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 134,445
Saradomin sword.png Saradomin sword 75 Crush 1378 1694 - - - 0 0 2 - - - 320,220
Saradomin godsword.png Godsword 75 Slash 1676 1694 - - - 0 0 4 - - - See Godsword
Zaros godsword.png Zaros godsword 92 Slash 2056 2577 - - - 0 0 0 - - - 1,014,827,801

Special two-handed swords

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

Dungeoneering two-handed swords

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
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