A Mace is a one-handed (with the exception of the barrows maces) melee weapon, and it is one of the few weapons that provide a Prayer bonus, a trait shared by only a few other weapon-class items. Maces are identical in attack speed and damage to scimitars and daggers. Prior to the Evolution of Combat, these weapons were not often used, as they had a relatively slow attack speed and less damage than the more popular scimitars and shortswords. After the release, however, they began rapidly gaining popularity in Player killing scenarios, due to their Prayer bonus, as prayers are frequently utilised in PvP scenarios.
In Legacy Mode (and prior to the Evolution of Combat), the player uses both hands to swing a main-hand mace when attacking, despite it being a one-handed weapon. However, they use one hand to swing the off-hand.
Maces appear smaller when sheathed than they do in the hand.