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For this item's augmented variant, see augmented bandos godsword.
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The Bandos godsword is one of the four godswords that were fought over during the God Wars. Requiring 75 Attack to wield, it is created by attaching a Bandos hilt to a completed godsword blade, which has no requirements and can be done by any player.

Both prior to and following the release of EoC, General Graardor was the most popular boss to kill in the God Wars Dungeon. Due to his relatively low lifepoints, the comparative weakness of his three sergeants, and the presence of a prayer altar in the boss room itself, he remains the most frequently-hunted boss in the main part of the dungeon. As a direct result, the amount of Bandos hilts in the game is quite high, and thus the completed sword is (and historically has been) the cheapest of the four Godswords.

Combat StatsBandos godsword equipped
Skill requirements
75 Attack-icon
Attack Melee2h slot
Constitution-iconLife points0
Style bonuses
Attack speed
Interval: 3.6 seconds
Attack speed average

Special AttackEdit

The Bandos godsword has a special attack called Warstrike which deals 200% damage and uses 100% adrenaline as well as draining the enemy's stats. However the description has not been updated since early beta and the damage as well as effect has been tweaked several times since. Testing suggests the maximum hit is around 313% ability damage and the special applies a non-visible Defence debuff to the target (like the one turmoil provides) that directly decreases armour rating, and potentially provides debuffs to other skills upon successive use. This is arguably more useful than its pre-EoC special as a non-visible Defence drain cannot be countered by simply using potions such as overloads or regular restore potions. The special also applies to a visible drain to Defence, somewhat like it did pre-EoC, that appears to range from 0.5%-1% of the damage dealt (or 5%-10% of the damage dealt in Legacy), with lower damage draining closer to 1% (or 10% in Legacy). Successive use of the special attack will result in drains of diminishing returns to any stats already drained but also drains to other combat skills such as attack, range and magic and even prayer points (about 400-500 prayer points from tests).


The bandos godsword (passive) is made by using the godsword on the altar in General Graardor's room in the God Wars Dungeon. This makes the godsword untradeable, loses its special attack, but gives it a passive effect that has a 25% chance of activating upon a successful hit: it decreases the target's level in Defence by 1 if they are above 90% of their Defence level.


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BTS vid 16 Bandos godsword hint

A close up of the updated Bandos godsword, as shown in the 16th BtS video.

  • Like all Godswords (and the God Wars Dungeon itself), the Bandos godsword received a graphical update in September 2012.
  • Previously, if a player wielding a Bandos godsword goes to a free-to-play world and attacks a target, they would do a unique animation in which they smash the target with the pommel, dealing the same damage as unarmed combat. After an update, members weapons now prevent players from attacking at all on free worlds.

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