This article is about longswords. For the article about short swords, see Shortsword.
Longswords are medium speed slashing weapons, with a higher damage bonus than the scimitar. Longswords, like all slashing weapons, are good against cloth and leather armour, many consider them better than two-handed swords because you can equip a shield with it and it attacks faster.
While Longswords offer higher damage bonuses, they are one tick slower than scimitars. There is a 3 second delay between blows with a Longsword, whereas with a Scimitar, the delay is only 2.4 seconds. This equates to 20 attacks per minute with a Longsword as compared to 25 attacks per minute with a Scimitar. The extra 5 blows per minute usually outweigh any damage or accuracy boost a longsword will give. However, the extra five hits, due to the lower damage bonus of a scimitar, may be 0s or low hits, as opposed to more accurate or stronger hits with a longsword. Conducting accurate tests to compare the two weapon types, although attempted, have never brought about conclusive evidence of superiority due to the many factors that must be accounted for, such as enemy defence and Attack level. For the most part, it's merely personal preference as to which is a better weapon. However, there are factors to consider in choosing which weapon to use. Those who want attack speed over power should choose a scimitar. Those who want power over speed should choose a longsword.