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This article is about the longsword. For shortsword, see rune sword.
For this item's off-hand variant, see off-hand rune longsword.
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Rune longsword detail

The rune longsword is a level 50 longsword. Like all rune weapons, it requires 50 Attack to wield. It is the third strongest longsword available to free players after the corrupt dragon longsword and gravite longsword, although it is the strongest non-degradable longsword available in F2P.

Players can make a rune longsword with the Smithing skill at level 91 using two rune bars, giving the player 150 Smithing experience.

Before the rune scimitar made a popularity breakthrough (late 2006 - early 2007), the rune longsword was the most popular weapon used by free-to-play players. Players may purchase a rune longsword at the Grand Exchange in Varrock. It can also be bought from Scavvo in the Champions' Guild, the weapon shop in Keldagrim, obtained as a reward from Level 3 Treasure Trails, or rarely from Shades of Mort'ton silver key chests.

Combat Stats
RequirementsRune longsword equipped
50 Attack
Attack MeleeWeapon slot
AttributesDamage reduction
DefenceArmour0PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
ConstitutionLife points0Style bonuses
Attack speed
Interval: 3.0 seconds
Attack speed fast

Drop sourcesEdit

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Ancient ranger1031Rare
Black dragon1001Rare
Blissful shadow1121Uncommon
Bronze dragon861Rare
Casket (CS Week)N/A1Common
Crystal Shapeshifter1121Uncommon
Exiled kalphite guardian981Uncommon
Exiled kalphite marauder98; 1071Uncommon
Frost dragon1121Uncommon
General Graardor 210; 6241Common
Gold keyN/A1Uncommon
Iron dragon981Rare
Ivory Bre'egth (cursed)821Uncommon
Ivory Gromblod (cursed)821Uncommon
Ivory Shredflesh (cursed)821Uncommon
King Black Dragon2761Uncommon
Kree'arra 210; 5801Uncommon
Manifest shadow1261Uncommon
Mature grotworm981Uncommon
Nechryael961Very rare
Nechryael (elite)1061Very rare
Red dragon841Uncommon
Revenant demon841Rare
Security Casket (CS Week)N/A1Common
Shade Catacombs/RewardsN/A1Rare
Shade Catacombs/RewardsN/A1Uncommon
Silver key blackN/A1Rare
Silver key brownN/A1Rare
Silver key crimsonN/A1Rare
Silver key purpleN/A1Rare
Silver key redN/A1Rare
Spiritual mage 49; 981Uncommon
Spiritual warrior 49; 981Uncommon
Truthful shadow981Uncommon
Undead troll77; 81; 86; 951Rare
Wyvern (elite)1331Uncommon

Store locationsEdit

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Seller Cost Currency Base stock Members?
Quality Weapons Shop32,000Coins 100Coins 10Yes
Scavvo's Rune Store32,000Coins 100Coins 10No

Choice of weaponEdit

With the Evolution of Combat, the rune scimitar and rune longsword now have the same damage per second and slashing style, with slight differences only in attack speed, damage and weight.

The rune longsword was widely considered to be the second-best non-degrading non-members weapon, surpassed only by the rune scimitar. However, this belief was controversial because many players considered the rune sword (rune shortsword), which has the same attack speed as the scimitar, to be superior.

Some players considered the benefits of the rune longsword versus the Rune scimitar to be dependent upon the ratio of the player's attack and strength levels, with a higher ratio of attack level to strength level making use of the rune longsword more advantageous than the scimitar, and vice-versa. This depended on the monsters that were fought, but the difference was largely insignificant. In PvP situations, one could wish to use a longsword in favour of a scimitar in order to land consistent, slightly higher blows, instead of rapid, yet lower blows of rune scimitars. This effect only applied to armoured fights.

Rune longswords could also be more effective against foes weak to stab (i.e. chainbodies or dragons). The rune longsword provided more flexible fighting options than the scimitar, so players could vary their training amongst certain monsters to more effectively wield the longsword.

However, with specific enemy weaknesses and weapon attack styles, it can still be concluded that each weapon has its place.


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  • On 28 July 2009, the Animation Pack 1 update changed the appearance and attack animations of the rune longsword to what it currently is today, along with the godswords, rune and dragon scimitars, the dragon longsword and the abyssal whip.
    • On 23 July 2009, five days before the scheduled update, the rune longsword image in the Grand Exchange database was replaced by the new model. Players found the image and posted about it in the RuneScape Forums, making it widely known before Jagex removed the image a few hours later. Five days later the image was once again put up along with the official release.
  • Like most other swords, on 12 April 2011, the rune longsword received an update changing its grip when held by a player.

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