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.
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
|Bronze 2h sword||1||Slash||111||150||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||2,274|
|Iron 2h sword||10||Slash||223||202||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||4,110|
|Steel 2h sword||20||Slash||447||316||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||1,825|
|Black 2h sword||25||Slash||558||381||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||6,061|
|White 2h sword||25||Slash||558||381||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||4,048|
|Mithril 2h sword||30||Slash||670||454||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||3,569|
|Adamant 2h sword||40||Slash||894||628||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||8,231|
|Rune 2h sword||50||Slash||1117||850||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||36,735|
|Gravite 2h sword||55||Slash||1229||983||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||40,000|
|Dragon 2h sword||60||Slash||1341||1132||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||132,962|
Special two-handed swords
All of these are members only, with the exception of the Keenblade.
- Shadow sword
- Golden Katana
- Ornate Katana
- Auspicious Katana
- Dominion sword
- Lost sword of King Raddalin
Dungeoneering two-handed swords
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|