|Release date||11 June 2001 (Update)|
|High alch||204 coins|
|Low alch||136 coins|
|Store price||Not sold|
|Exchange price||425 coins (info)|
|Examine||I should try cooking this.|
A Raw swordfish is a type of fish that players can catch at level 50 fishing. Lucky members may also receive a Big swordfish while fishing. These are hung up in a Skill Hall in player-owned houses for those with level 56 Construction or above.
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Players can catch swordfish with a minimum of level 50 in fishing, granting 100 Fishing experience per catch. Fishing for swordfish takes a longer amount of time than lobsters because tuna is caught along with it. Free players fishing on Karamja generally drop their tuna or put them in notes (often cooking it first for the experience) but the members-only fishing spots in Catherby and the Fishing Guild are close enough to banks that it is actually faster for players to bank the raw tuna than to drop it. Players who have completed the Swan Song quest also have access to the Piscatoris Fishing Colony, where they can access their bank a short distance from the fishing spots. Lastly, tuna can be placed on the action bar for players to easily drop them. Some members keep - and actively scavenge - dropped tuna to make tuna potatoes, which heal up to 1700 Life Points in one bite.
A full inventory of swordfish grants 2,800 experience (with normal harpoon fishing using a harpoon stored in the toolbelt), and also 11,900 coins worth of wealth.
It is even more profitable for a higher level fisherman to have a low level friend. Instead of discarding the tuna, the higher level fisherman will give it to his lower level friend who in-turn sells it for themselves. This strategy benefits not only the high level but the lower level as well.
Raw swordfish can be fished from the sea with a harpoon. Of 4500 fish caught at 99 fishing, 2172 were swordfish, giving an average swordfish catch rate of 48.27%. With a Jan. 2010 update, a high agility may allow two swordfish to be caught at once, although experience is only gained for a single one.
Cooking a Raw swordfish (requires a minimum of level 45 cooking) grants 140 Cooking experience on a range and 154 over a bonfire. You stop burning swordfish at level 86 cooking, or at level 81 cooking with Cooking gauntlets.
Barbarian fishing is another possible option when fishing for swordfish. Hand fishing gives an extra 10 Strength experience for each swordfish, and requires level 70 Fishing and level 50 Strength. Note that barbarian fishing is a members-only feature.
Noted raw swordfish can sometimes be found inside barrels.
Sacred clay harpoon and swordfish glovesEdit
Swordfish gloves and a sacred clay harpoon both increase the amount of experience gained to 200. Swordfish gloves are obtainable through the Fist of Guthix minigame, and the sacred clay harpoon is obtained through the Stealing Creation minigame. Combining the use of a sacred clay harpoon and swordfish gloves will grant a player 400 experience per swordfish caught, but this does not mean faster catches.
When using the swordfish gloves alone a player can make 3 fishing attempts in the time that they could make only 2 with the sacred clay harpoon. When the 200 experience gained is multiplied with just swordfish gloves 600 experience is gained, which is the same as the 300 experience gained with both multiplied by the 2 attempts. Therefore, by using both players would not gain experience any faster and it would be a waste. Swordfish gloves will last 7-8 times longer than a sacred clay harpoon, but extra experience is gained for swordfish, and not for tuna, they also can take about 2–4 hours to obtain depending on how well the players perform at Fist of Guthix.
A sacred clay harpoon will last about 4-5 loads and will also grant additional experience for each tuna caught. They are also very easy to acquire after just one Stealing Creation game. Although games usually last 20 minutes, players can easily find clans in the RuneScape Forums who play very fast "no combat" games which often last 10 minutes or less.
At level 63 cooking a player would have successfully cooked 14 raw swordfish out of a full inventory of 28 raw swordfish. Due to this it is recommended that a player waits until they have reached level 70, or drink a chef's delight or the mature version. A player may prefer to use a cooking urn since the chance of cooking it successfully is about 50/50 so they don't waste their money as much.