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The attack speed of a weapon or monster determines the rate of attack of a player wielding that weapon. This is a factor which is often considered by players when forming strategies for activities such as player-killing.

Attack speeds are represented by a bar on which there are several possible values ranging from 9 (fastest) to 1 (slowest). The bar is separated into ten squares of lightening shades of blue. The value represents the number of squares shown, with 10 displaying a full bar and 0 displaying an empty bar. The delay time in seconds between each attack is equal to 6 - 0.6S. The 0.6 second tick is the basic unit of time that RuneScape runs on. All attack speeds are an integer multiple of this tick time.

WeaponsEdit

The speed of each weapon is represented by a bar by which are categorized as either an average, fast or fastest speed weapon.

Image Types of weapons
Fastest
Interval: 2.4 seconds
Attack speed fastest

Melee weakness icon Claws, daggers, defenders, maces, scimitars, whips
Ranged-icon Crossbows, darts, hexhunter bow, throwing knives, seercull
Magic-icon Wands, Orbs

Fast
Interval: 3.0 seconds
Attack speed fast

Melee weakness icon Hastae, hatchets, longswords, rapiers, swords
Ranged-icon Most shortbows, Zaryte bow, Crystal bow, chinchompas
Magic-icon None

Average
Interval: 3.6 seconds
Attack speed average

Melee weakness icon Battleaxes, halberds, most mauls, pickaxes, warhammers, spears, two-handed swords
Ranged-icon Javelins, most shieldbows, salamanders, thrown axes, two-handed crossbows
Magic-icon Staves

Slow
Interval: 4.2 seconds
Attack speed slow

Melee weakness icon None
Ranged-icon None
Magic-icon None

Slowest
Interval: 7.2 seconds
Attack speed slowest

Melee weakness icon None
Ranged-icon Dark bow
Magic-icon None

Random
Interval: random
Attack speed random
Dwarf multicannon

MonstersEdit

Free to play MonstersEdit

Attack Speeds of Various Monsters
Image Monsters Notes
Speed 8 (Interval: 1.2 seconds)Monster attack speed 8 Bal'lak the Pummeller Extremely fast, but generally low hits.
Speed 7 (Interval: 1.8 seconds)Monster attack speed 7 Shadow-forger Ihlakhizan Low hits but rapidly.
Speed 6 (Interval: 2.4 seconds)Monster attack speed 6 Most bare-handed monsters, including bare-handed humans; Wizards and Dark wizards; Elvarg; Melzar the mad; Monks of Zamorak; Barbarians; Most bosses in Daemonheim; Flesh Crawlers; Cockroach soldiers; Ice warriors; Ice elementals; Dungeoneering dragons; Mysterious shades; Skeletons in Daemonheim; Hobgoblin Geomancer Most common attack speed. The majority of these monsters, if not all, use melee and/or ranged attacks.
Speed 5 (Interval: 3.0 seconds)Monster attack speed 5 Forgotten warriors; Forgotten rangers; Forgotten mages; most zombies holding weapons; Zombies in Daemonheim; dwarfs; Moss giants; Ice giants; all Revenants; Mercenary leaders; Gluttonous behemoth; level 68 Chaos dwarves Generally hits harder and more often than monsters with faster attack speeds.
Speed 4 (Interval: 3.6 seconds)Monster attack speed 4 Hill giants; humans wielding crossbows; Forgotten warriors with 2h sword or maul; Brutes; Ramokees Hits are slow, but can be quite damaging, particularly from brutes and forgotten warriors.
Speed 3 (Interval: 4.2 seconds)Monster attack speed 3 White knights They hit with two-handed swords.
Speed 2 (Interval: 4.8 seconds)Monster attack speed 2 Bovimastyx Bovimastyx are only encountered in Daemonheim.
Speed 1 (Interval: 5.4 seconds)Monster attack speed 1 None No monster hits with this speed.
Speed random (Interval: random)Monster attack speed random Astea Frostweb, To'Kash the Bloodchiller, Unholy cursebearer The monster either has an irregular attack rate, or its speed is indeterminate.

Pay to play MonstersEdit

Attack Speeds of Various Monsters
Image Monsters Notes
Speed 9 (Interval: 0.6 seconds)Monster attack speed 9 Cave Insects (Lumbridge Swamp without a Light Source); Scarab swarms; Koschei the Deathless (final form); Zimberfizz (during Soul Wars tutorial), Har'Aken, Vanstrom Klause (during the Branches of Darkmeyer, final form), Scopulus (while enraged) The monster attacks once every game tick. Hits are usually low, but extremely fast.
Speed 8 (Interval: 1.2 seconds)Monster attack speed 8 Rock lobsters; Abyssal leeches; Killerwatts; Commander Zilyana; Nomad (after going berserk); Bouncer (during Ritual of the Mahjarrat); Jellyfish variants; Vitalis The monster attacks every other game tick. Hits are fast, but usually low/inaccurate.
Speed 7 (Interval: 1.8 seconds)Monster attack speed 7 Kree'arra; Dessous; Dessourt; Karamel; Damis (second form); Bush snakes; snakes on Mos Le'Harmless; all members of the Dwarven Black Guard; Yk'Lagor the Thunderous; Blink; Kal'Ger the Warmonger (in final phase with Primal maul); Ripper Demons; Wyverns; Twin Furies; Araxxi; Vorago Hits are quite fast, but generally lower than those with slower attack speeds.
Speed 6 (Interval: 2.4 seconds)Monster attack speed 6 All normal chromatic and metal Dragons, including the King Black Dragon; Skeletal wyverns; Earth warriors; Waterfiends; Aquanites; the Phoenix; Strykewyrms; Nex; Araxxor; Corporeal Beast; Yakamaru; Kal'Ger the Warmonger; Tormented demons; Giant Mole; Kalphite Queen; Karil the Tainted; Mutated jadinkos; Koschei the Deathless (first three forms); TzTok-Jad and TokHaar-Jad (melee only); Vyrewatch (Temple Trekking and Darkmeyer); Vyrelords and vyreladies; TokHaar-Hok; Glacytes; Glacors (after Glacytes are defeated); Swamp monster head; Gregorovic; Helwyr; Telos The standard attack speed, and the most common speed for monsters.
Speed 5 (Interval: 3.0 seconds)Monster attack speed 5 Nomad (before going berserk); Fire giants; All Revenants; TzHaar-Mej and TokHaar-Mej; Celestial dragons; Swamp snakes; Nezikchened; Barrelchest; Pest Queen; Werewolves; Abyssal walkers; Gluttonous behemoth; Vyrewatch (ouside of Darkmeyer only); Necromancers; Vanstrom Klause (during The Branches of Darkmeyer); Glacors; Warped Gulega; Tribesman; Vindicta Generally hits harder and more often than monsters with faster attack speeds.
Speed 4 (Interval: 3.6 seconds)Monster attack speed 4 Queen Black Dragon; TokTz-Ket-Dill; K'ril Tsutsaroth; General Graardor; Jungle demon; Ahrim the Blighted; Warriors and Market guards in Rellekka; Dreadnaut; Rammernaut; Skeletal horror; Runebound behemoth; Balance Elemental; Decaying avatar; Beastmaster Durzag Attacks are slow, but generally hit high.
Speed 3 (Interval: 4.2 seconds)Monster attack speed 3 Chaos dwarf hand cannoneers; Dharok the Wretched; Black Knight Titan; all Grotworms Slow attacks, but usually with high accuracy and/or maximum damage.
Speed 2 (Interval: 4.8 seconds)Monster attack speed 2 TzTok-Jad and TokHaar-Jad (ranged and magic); Dad; Vanstrom Klause (during Darkness of Hallowvale); most familiars Very slow attacks, but high maximum damage and/or accuracy.
Speed 1 (Interval: 5.4 seconds)Monster attack speed 1 None No monster attacks with this speed.
Speed 0 (Interval: 6.0 seconds)Monster attack speed 0 Dreadnip Attacks are extremely slow, but compensated by high damage and accuracy
Speed random (Interval: random)Monster attack speed random Cave horrors; Necrolord; GravecreeperChar The monster's speed is indeterminate, or the monster has an irregular attack rate.

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