The rune 2h sword is the strongest conventional 2-handed weapon available to Free players. Like all rune weapons, it requires 50 Attack to wield.
The rune 2h sword serves as a "knockout weapon" for many players in PvP activities, in which a player will (usually) lower the opponent's life points with a fast weapon and then proceed to switch to the Rune 2h for a killing blow.
Players can forge a rune two-handed sword using the Smithing skill at level 99, requiring three rune bars, a hammer, and an anvil, granting the player 225 Smithing experience. It has been succeeded by the Gravite 2h sword with regard to power and accuracy.
Being the strongest non-degradable melee weapon usable by players on non-members' servers, it is the most stable and expensive melee weapon in non-members server and the second most popular weapon in terms of trades per day. At one point, it was the single most powerful weapon in the game, and even today is commonly cited as the one of the most important weapons in history. It is currently the best and strongest non-degrading free-to-play weapon and is commonly used on free-to-play worlds because of its high damage per second and high stats.
The Rune two-handed sword existed in very early versions of RuneScape and was given to some testers. After it was deemed "too powerful", it was removed.
In the early days the Rune two-handed sword was sometimes sold for 1 million coins each.
When the Rune two-handed sword was put back into the game, this weapon was used by nearly all Player Killers capable of wielding it, since in Runescape Classic there are no weapon speeds. This also made it by far the most popular weapon for non-members in Runescape Classic. Nearly all non-members who could afford it wielded one.
There was no necessary attack level to wield any weapon before an update in 2002 which contributed to the Rune two-handed sword's popularity.
On 17 September 2009, an update changed the appearance of it, making it look like a large rune long sword being held in both hands, and similar to the Saradomin sword. However, with the Evolution of Combat update, the model was changed again, giving it a design similar to that of the rest of the weapons in the prominent Rune weapon set.
In RuneScape Classic, players cannot get the rune 2h as a drop, therefore it is only obtained through players with 98+ Smithing.
Smithing the rune 2h sword is one of the best ways to earn Smithing XP in the game in terms of speed and minimal loss, but requires 99 Smithing to achieve and thus isn't very useful for people seeking to train Smithing.