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Weapon Special attack
Weapon Special attack.png
Release date 14 July 2014 (Update)
Members Yes
Skill Constitution
Level 10
Type Special
Adrenaline Varies%
Equipment Special attacks
Cooldown 0 seconds
Some of the most powerful weapons grant you unique special attacks.

Weapon Special attack is a Constitution ability that can only be used when specific weapons that have a special attack are equipped. The effect and adrenaline cost vary from weapon to weapon.

Normal combat mode

To activate Weapon Special attack, a weapon that possesses a special attack must be equipped. The ability is found in the Powers interface in the Constitution abilities tab. When wielding a weapon that has a special attack, the name of the ability changes to the name of the special attack for that weapon; however, the icon will always be the same. Alternatively, one may click on the Adrenaline bar on the Action bar to use a special attack. It is also possible to designate a keybind for Weapon Special attack in the options menu, which does not occupy any slot on any action bar. Special Attacks cannot be automatically activated by Revolution.

The Ring of vigour can reduce the adrenaline needed to perform a special attack and the Asylum surgeon's ring has a chance to reduce a special attack's adrenaline cost.

Each special attack requires a certain amount of adrenaline to use, which is also consumed on use. For example, the Korasi's sword's special attack, Disrupt, may only be used at 60% adrenaline, and once it is used, 60% adrenaline is drained. There are no cooldowns for using special attacks, although there are two exceptions: the Zaros godsword's and the Seren godbow's.

All special attacks (that can miss) receive an accuracy boost. When using a special attack, your weapon's accuracy stat (note this is not your overall accuracy) is multiplied by (Your current stat level)/(spec weapon level), which also takes into account boosted levels. For example, Guthix staff normally has an accuracy bonus of 1132. With a magic level of 118, upon using the special attack, Guthix Staff's accuracy is elevated to 1132*118/60=2226, which is around the accuracy of a T86 weapon.

Legacy combat mode

To use the special attack in Legacy combat mode, you can either click the adrenaline bar (Note that this refers to the bar itself as the swords icon toggles Auto-retaliate) or enable the Legacy interface mode; from there, the special attack bar can be found at the bottom of the Combat Settings menu.

Each special attack requires a certain amount of special attack energy to use, which is also consumed on use. For example, the Korasi's sword special attack, Disrupt, requires 60% special attack energy, and once it is used, 60% energy is drained.

Ability damage in Legacy combat mode

Because ability damage does not exist in Legacy combat, such a number is calculated and used with special attacks. This value is calculated as follows:


  • is the result, worth 100% ability damage when using special attacks in Legacy
  • is the player's auto-attack damage with their main-hand or off-hand, as seen in the Loadout screen
  • is a multiplier that localises damage from weapons of different speeds:

If dual-wielding, the results from main-hand and off-hand are added together. Hence off-hands will increase the damage of main-hand special attacks, as they do in the modern combat system.

Weapons that have a special attack

Melee weapons

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Abyssal whip.png Abyssal whip
Lucky abyssal whip.png Lucky abyssal whip
Energy Drain 50% Deals 100% weapon damage and steals all your opponent's run energy. Energy Drain.gif
Abyssal vine whip.png Abyssal vine whip Vine Call 60% Summons a vine near your opponent that will hit them 10 times for 125% of your accuracy, and 1/3rd of your strength. The attacks will only hit as long as your opponent is in range. Vine call.gif
Ancient mace.png Ancient mace
Superior ancient mace.png Superior ancient mace
Favour of the War God 100% Attack ignores protection prayers and will recharge Prayer points by 10% of the weapon damage while draining your opponent's Prayer points the same amount. Favour of the War God.gif
Annihilation.png Annihilation Gravitate 60% For 30 seconds all successful attacks on your opponent(s) adds a stack (one stack per ability, or two stacks per Legacy Mode auto-attack), which increases your damage by 1% per stack (capping at 20%). Gravitate.gif
Barrelchest anchor.png Barrelchest anchor Sunder 50% Swing the anchor with increased accuracy to deal 75-150% weapon damage and randomly reduce your target's Defence, Attack, Ranged or Magic level. Sunder.gif
Bone dagger.png Bone dagger Backstab 75% Deals 50-200% weapon damage and lowers your target defence proportional to the damage dealt. Accuracy is increased by 100% when hitting unsuspecting targets. Backstab.gif
Brackish blade.png Brackish blade Rum'ify 75% Doubles the chance of hitting and increases your Attack, Strength and Defence proportional to the damage dealt. 'Rum'ify.gif
Brine sabre.png Brine sabre Liquefy 75% Doubles the chance of hitting and increases your Attack, Strength and Defence proportional to the damage dealt. Can only be used underwater. Liquefy.gif
Darklight.png Darklight Weaken 50% Strike your target reducing their Attack, Strength and Defence by 5%. Against demons, this is twice as effective. Weaken (Darklight).gif
Granite maul.png Granite maul Quick Smash 50% Perform an instant attack, dealing up to 150% weapon damage and ignoring any cooldowns. Quick Smash (Granite maul).gif
Keenblade.png Keenblade Critical Strike 75% Strike the enemy with 25% increased accuracy for 100-150% weapon damage. Critical strike.gif
Korasi's sword.png Korasi's sword Disrupt 60% Perform a reliable magic attack on all enemies around you. Disrupt.gif
Lava whip.png Lava whip Get over Here! 75% Stuns and binds an NPC for 6 seconds. When used on a player, it will drag them to an adjacent tile near the user. This attack will work over blocked terrain (e.g a pool of water), but will not work if the user cannot see the target (e.g a wall). If a player is pulled from single way zone into a multiway zone in the wilderness then the multiway effect will be delayed by 10 seconds. Get over Here!.gif
Noxious scythe.png Noxious scythe Mirrorback 100% Summon a mirrorback spider to lower and reflect damage for 10 seconds. Mirrorback.gif
Rune claw.png Rune claw & Off-hand rune claw.png Off-hand rune claw Impale 25% Impale your target for 25-135% weapon damage. Impale.gif
Saradomin sword.png Saradomin sword
Lucky Saradomin sword.png Lucky Saradomin sword
Saradomin's Lightning 100% Call upon Saradomin's power to inflict extra magic damage upon your opponent. Saradomins Lightning.gif
Statius's warhammer.png Statius's warhammer
Superior Statius's warhammer.png Superior Statius's warhammer
Smash 25% Deal up to 50% more damage and lower your opponents defence by 30% Smash.gif
Vesta's longsword.png Vesta's longsword
Superior Vesta's longsword.png Superior Vesta's longsword
Feint 25% Deal 100-250% damage with a greater chance to hit. Feint.gif
Vesta's spear.png Vesta's spear
Superior Vesta's spear.png Superior Vesta's spear
Spear Wall 50% Damages all targets adjacent to you for 50% weapon damage and reflects 50% of any damage you receive back at attackers for 5 seconds. Spear Wall.gif

Dragon weapons

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Dragon claw.png Dragon claw & Off-hand dragon claw.png Off-hand dragon claw Slice & Dice 50% Unleash four brutal claw slashes upon your opponent. Slice and Dice.gif
Dragon dagger.png Dragon dagger Puncture 25% Two quick slashes with increased accuracy and damage. Puncture.gif
Dragon battleaxe.png Dragon battleaxe Rampage 100% Do 20% more melee damage but reduce your hit chance and defence by 10% for a minute. Rampage.gif
Dragon halberd.png Dragon halberd Sweep 30% Swipe all targets in front of you twice. Sweep.gif
Dragon hatchet.png Dragon hatchet Clobber 100% Attack that lowers your opponents defence and magic by 10% Clobber.gif
Dragon longsword.png Dragon longsword Cleave 25% A powerful attack dealing 100-250% weapon damage Cleave.gif
Dragon mace.png Dragon mace Shatter 25% Deals a massive blow of 100-300% weapon damage with 25% increased accuracy. Shatter.gif
Dragon spear.png Dragon spear
Zamorakian spear.png Zamorakian spear
Lucky Zamorakian spear.png Lucky Zamorakian spear
Shove 25% Push your opponent back and stun them for 3s. This attack deals no damage. Shove.gif
Dragon 2h sword.png Dragon 2h sword Powerstab 60% Hit enemies surrounding you. Powerstab.gif
Dragon pickaxe.png Dragon pickaxe
Gilded dragon pickaxe.png Gilded dragon pickaxe
Crystal pickaxe.png Crystal pickaxe
Shock 100% Powerful attack that drains your opponents Attack, Ranged and Magic by 5%. Shock (pickaxe).gif
Dragon scimitar.png Dragon scimitar Sever 55% A slash with increased accuracy that, if successful, prevents the target from using protection prayers for five seconds. Sever.gif


Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Armadyl godsword.png Armadyl godsword
Lucky Armadyl godsword.png Lucky Armadyl godsword
Golden Armadyl godsword.png Golden Armadyl godsword
The Judgement 50% Unleash the power of Armadyl with up to 250% weapon damage. Judgment.gif
Bandos godsword.png Bandos godsword
Lucky Bandos godsword.png Lucky Bandos godsword
Golden Bandos godsword.png Golden Bandos godsword
Superior honourable kyzaj.png Superior honourable kyzaj
Superior bloodied kyzaj.png Superior bloodied kyzaj
Warstrike 100% Deals up to 200% weapon damage and drains one of your targets combat stats by 10% of the damage dealt. Warstrike.gif
Saradomin godsword.png Saradomin godsword
Lucky Saradomin godsword.png Lucky Saradomin godsword
Golden Saradomin godsword.png Golden Saradomin godsword
Healing Blade 50% Deals up to 175% weapon damage, heal 50% of your damage you deal and restores your prayer points by 2.5% of the damage you deal. Healing Blade.gif
Zamorak godsword.png Zamorak godsword
Lucky Zamorak godsword.png Lucky Zamorak godsword
Golden Zamorak godsword.png Golden Zamorak godsword
Ice Cleave 60% Deals up to 175% weapon damage and freezes the target for 10 seconds. Ice Cleave.gif
Zaros godsword.png Zaros godsword Blackhole 50% Summons a black hole over the immediate vicinity for 20 seconds. While this black hole is active, melee damage is increased by 25%, and if your target enters the black hole, it takes 25-50% ability damage every 1.8 seconds. Blackhole.gif

Ranged weapons

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Dark bow.png Dark bow Descent of Darkness 65% A powerful double attack that hits for 200% weapon damage, or 300% when using dragon or dark arrows. Descent of Darkness.gif
Decimation.png Decimation Locate 50% All of your attacks hit all available targets within 3 tiles of your main target (i.e. all of your attacks become area-of-effect attacks) for 10 seconds. Locate.gif
Hand cannon.png Hand cannon Aimed Shot 50% Fire a shot which deals 30-200% weapon damage and has 75% greater accuracy, but takes longer to aim. There is a chance that the hand cannon will explode and be destroyed. Aimed Shot.gif
Magic composite bow.png Magic composite bow
Magic shieldbow.png Magic shieldbow
Powershot 35% A powerful attack with 20% increased weapon damage and accuracy. Powershot.gif
Magic shortbow.png Magic shortbow Snap-Shot 55% A quick double attack that reduces your accuracy by 30% but deals 20-200% weapon damage each shot. Snap-Shot.gif
Morrigan's javelin.png Morrigan's javelin
Superior Morrigan's javelin.png Superior Morrigan's javelin
Phantom strike 50% Inflicts a bleed on the opposing player that will deal 100% of the damage dealt. Against non-player opponents this will deal 20% extra damage. Phantom strike.gif
Morrigan's throwing axe.png Morrigan's throwing axe
Superior Morrigan's throwing axe.png Superior Morrigan's throwing axe
Hamstring 50% Deal 20% extra damage[sic] and increase the enemies run energy drain rate for a minute. Hamstring.gif
Noxious longbow.png Noxious longbow Mirrorback 100% Summon a mirrorback spider to lower and reflect damage for 10 seconds. Mirrorback.gif
Quickbow.png Quickbow Twin Shot 75% Fire two arrows with 25% increased accuracy for 100-150% weapon damage. Twin Shot (Quickbow).gif
Rune throwing axe.png Rune throwing axe Chain-hit 10% Throw an axe which hits its target then bounces up to 3 nearby targets for up to 100% weapon damage each. Chain Hit.gif
Seercull.png Seercull Soulshot 60% Lowers your target's magic level based on damage dealt. Soulshot.gif
Strykebow.png Strykebow Deep Burn 25% 12.5% of stored damage will be released in the form of a rapid damage over time attack that will last for 4.8 seconds. Deep Burn.gif
Zanik's crossbow.png Zanik's crossbow Defiance 50% An attack that deals more damage to those with an affinity to the gods. Defiance.gif


Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Guthix bow.png Guthix bow Balanced Shot 55% Deals 150% weapon damage to your opponent and heals the same amount of damage you would have dealt over time. When Guthix arrows are equipped, a random chance of dealing 100% in earth damage. Balanced Shot.gif
Saradomin bow.png Saradomin bow Restorative Shot 55% Deal 100% weapon damage to your opponent and heals twice the amount of damage over time. When Saradomin arrows are equipped, a random chance of dealing 100% in water damage. Restorative Shot.gif
Seren godbow.png Seren godbow Crystal Rain 30% Five arrows are launched into the air in a 5x5 area centered randomly on any tile occupied by the player's target, with one arrow always in the center. Each arrow does 50-200% ability damage if it hits, but if the target is hit multiple times, the maximum damage is reduced by 25% per arrow. Crystal Rain.gif
Zamorak bow.png Zamorak bow Twin Shot 55% Fire your bow, dealing 200% weapon damage against your opponent. When Zamorak arrows are equipped, a random chance of dealing 100% in fire damage. Twin Shot.gif

Magic weapons

Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Iban's staff.png Iban's staff Iban Blast 25% A powerful attack dealing 100-250% spell damage. Iban Blast.gif
Mindspike (air).png Mindspike Rune Flame 75% Blast your target with 25% increased accuracy for 100-150% weapon damage. Rune Flame (Fire).gif
Noxious staff.png Noxious staff Mirrorback 100% Summon a mirrorback spider to lower and reflect damage for 10 seconds. Mirrorback.gif
Obliteration.png Obliteration Devour 100% For 10 seconds, when your opponent heals themselves, it will only heal for 50% of the amount it normally would. Devour.gif
Penance trident.png Penance trident
Penance master trident.png Penance master trident
Reap 50% Strike your target for 25-200% active spell damage with a 5% increase in your critical chance rate. Reap.gif
Staff of darkness.png Staff of darkness Power of Darkness 100% Absorbs and reflects 25% of all incoming damage for the next 20 seconds. Power of Darkness.gif
Staff of light.png Staff of light Power of Light 100% Reduce all melee damage by 50% for the next minute. Power of Light.gif
Staff of Sliske.png Staff of Sliske From the Shadows 50% A shadow clone is summoned from the Shadow Realm that attacks your target five times, dealing 20-100% ability damage each attack. From the Shadows.gif
Zuriel's staff.png Zuriel's staff
Superior Zuriel's staff.png Superior Zuriel's staff
Miasmic Barrage 100% Deal up to 200% weapon damage and slow your opponents attack speed down. Miasmic Barrage.gif


Weapon Name Adrenaline Description Animation
Armadyl battlestaff.png Armadyl battlestaff Tempest of Armadyl 50% Perform a barrage of magical attacks at your opponent. Tempest of Armadyl.gif
Guthix staff.png Guthix staff Claws of Guthix 25% Call upon the divine energy of Guthix to perform a powerful magical attack that lowers your opponents defence by 5%. Claws of Guthix.gif
Saradomin staff.png Saradomin staff Saradomin strike 25% Call upon the power of Saradomin to perform a powerful magical attack that lowers your opponents prayer points. Saradomin strike.gif
Zamorak staff.png Zamorak staff Flames of Zamorak 25% Call upon the power of Zamorak to perform a powerful magical attack that lowers your opponents magic by 5%. Flames of Zamorak.gif