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This weapon has an off-hand variant.
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Classic Runestone
Rune scimitar
Rune scimitar
Release date 26 July 2001 (Update)
Members No
Quest item No
Tradeable Yes
Lendable Yes
Equipable Yes
Stackable No
Noteable Yes
Value 25,600 coins
High alch 15,360 coins
Low alch 10,240 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 23,355 coins (info)
Buy limit 100
Examine A vicious, curved sword.
Weight 1.814 kg
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Rune scimitar detail

The rune scimitar is the strongest non-degradable scimitar available to free players (only the degradable corrupt dragon scimitar is stronger). Like all rune weapons, it requires 50 Attack to wield. Players can smith a rune scimitar with a Smithing level of 90 using 2 rune bars, giving the player 150 Smithing experience.

Before the Evolution of Combat, the Rune scimitar was viewed as the superior weapon compared to the Rune longsword. The scimitar had more damage over time as a result of the increased attack speed, making it a more efficient training weapon than the longsword. This made it one of the most popular and most used non-members weapons in the game. Though its popularity has dropped considerably since the release of the Evolution of Combat, it is still a fairly commonly seen non-members weapon.

The rune scimitar was commonly used in PvP Combat in free-to-play. With the Evolution of Combat release, however, the rune scimitar's popularity in player killing situations (and combat in general) is dwindling because all other one-handed rune weapons offer the same damage per second. Furthermore, the Rune mace also offers a Prayer bonus along with the same damage and attack speed of the scimitar, only differing with its crushing attack style (which does not matter in PvP). The rune 2h sword also offers far superior damage per second to the scimitar and use of two-handed abilities that the scimitar cannot use, at the cost of the inability to use a shield.

Combat StatsRune scimitar equipped

A player wielding a Rune scimitar.

Skill requirements
50 Attack-icon
Attack MeleeWeapon slot
Constitution-iconLife points0
Strength bonuses
Attack speed
Interval: 2.4 seconds
Attack speed fastest

Dropping monsters Edit

Levels 1 to 99Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Mummy100; 106; 1101Uncommon
Zamorak warrior88; 941Uncommon
Cockroach soldier361Uncommon
Fire giant851Rare
Ninja implingN/A (Hunter)1Rare
Monkey Knife fighterN/A (Thieving)1Rare
Locust rider68; 98; 1061Very rare

Levels 100 and aboveEdit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
K'ril Tsutsaroth2101Common
Mummy100; 106; 1101Uncommon
Skeleton brute1261Uncommon
Angry barbarian spirit1521Uncommon
Berserk barbarian spirit1521Uncommon
Enraged barbarian spirit1521Uncommon
Ferocious barbarian spirit1521Uncommon
Mutated bloodveld112; 1161Rare
Skeleton hero1491Rare
Skeleton heavy1281Rare
Skeleton thug1221Rare
Skeleton warlord1301Rare
Mature grotworm1201Rare
Locust rider68; 98; 1061Very rare


This item can be disassembled with the Invention skill.
Disassembly XP ?15
Item quantity required ?1
Base junk chance ?45.0%
Total materials received ?8
Possible materials
Base parts Base parts
Blade parts Blade parts
Metallic parts Metallic parts
Sharp components Sharp components
Subtle components Subtle components


  • On 28 July 2009, the Animation Pack 1 update changed the appearance and attack animations of the Rune Scimitar in order to make combat look more realistic, This was done with the godswords, the dragon scimitar, the rune and dragon longswords, and the abyssal whip.
  • On 23 July 2009, five days before the scheduled update, the Rune scimitar 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.
  • Before the Evolution of Combat, the rune scimitar was one of the most common, if not the most common, weapons in the F2P game due to its popularity in the F2P PKing community. After the launch of the EoC, however, many F2P PKers began switching to either the rune 2h sword (with its better damage per second) or the rune mace (due to its +4 Prayer bonus, cheaper cost, and identical stats and attack speed to the scimitar). The lack of monsters with a slash weakness in the non-members game is also contributing to its sudden drop in popularity. Nevertheless, due to the reputation it has gained before the EoC, it is still a fairly common sight among free players.

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