Battlestaves are improved versions of regular staves designed to offer an increased accuracy rating to mages looking for more advanced magical weaponry. In the same way that their regular staff counterparts do, battlestaves provide an unlimited supply of runes according to their name (e.g. a fire battlestaff replaces the need for fire runes when it is equipped). There are no mist, dust or smoke battlestaves, likely because if staves which provided unlimited runes of air and one other element existed, a majority of combat spells would be able to be cast for free.
With the exception of the dragon battlestaff and the Armadyl battlestaff, battlestaves require level 30 Magic to wield. Basic battlestaves have no requirements to wield; the Armadyl battlestaff, being a more advanced and unique weapon, requires 77 Magic to wield. The Armadyl battlestaff can also be used as an unlimited supply of air runes, whilst also speeding up the Storm of Armadyl cast rate, making it the only staff which can affect the speed at which spells are cast. A dragon battlestaff requires 60 Magic and completion of Birthright of the Dwarves, and is the only battlestaff that does not provide unlimited runes for an element.
The basic version used to be sold by Zaff in Varrock. His apprentice, Naff now sells them in his store, Naff's Knockoff Staves. The supply is increased as players achieve higher levels of Varrock armour. Also, after completing Lunar Diplomacy, a player can buy 20 battlestaves per day from Baba Yaga on Lunar Isle. This is a good way to make money daily, as Naff sells them at 7,000 each, and they can be sold on the Grand Exchange for more. Since 11 April 2012 it is possible to get a strange rock by creating battlestaves.
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- Prior to the Evolution of Combat update, all varieties of battlestaves provided melee attack bonuses (specialising in crush) along with some defence bonuses. For this reason they required 30 Attack to wield alongside the current Magic level.