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This weapon has an off-hand variant.
Old School RuneScape icon
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
High Alch 15,360 coins
Low Alch 10,240 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 14,670 coins (info)
Buy limit 100
Examine A vicious, curved sword.
Weight 1.8 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 Stats
Skill requirements
50 Attack-icon
Class Slot
Attack Melee Weapon slot
Weapons Main Off
Damage 480 -
Accuracy 850 -
Style Slashing
Defence-icon Armour rating0
Constitution-icon Life bonus0
Prayer-icon Prayer bonus0
Style bonuses
Strength-icon0 Ranged-icon0 Magic-icon0
Attack speed
Interval: 2.4 seconds
Attack speed fastest
Rune scimitar equipped
A player wielding a Rune scimitar

Dropping monsters Edit

Levels 1 to 99Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Mummy 100; 106; 110 1 Uncommon
Zamorak warrior 88; 94 1 Uncommon
Cockroach soldier 36 1 Uncommon
Fire giant 122 1 Rare
Ninja impling N/A (Hunter) 1 Rare
Monkey Knife fighter N/A (Thieving) 1 Rare
Locust rider 68; 98; 106 1 Very rare

Levels 100 and aboveEdit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
K'ril Tsutsaroth 210 1 Common
Mummy 100; 106; 110 1 Uncommon
Skeleton brute 126 1 Uncommon
Angry barbarian spirit 152 1 Uncommon
Berserk barbarian spirit 152 1 Uncommon
Enraged barbarian spirit 152 1 Uncommon
Ferocious barbarian spirit 152 1 Uncommon
Mutated bloodveld 112; 116 1 Rare
Skeleton hero 149 1 Rare
Skeleton heavy 128 1 Rare
Skeleton thug 122 1 Rare
Skeleton warlord 130 1 Rare
Mature grotworm 120 1 Rare
Locust rider 68; 98; 106 1 Very rare


  • 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 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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