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For this item's off-hand variant, see off-hand rune scimitar.
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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
RequirementsRune scimitar equipped
50 Attack-icon
Attack MeleeWeapon slot
AttributesDamage reduction
Defence-iconArmour0PvM: 0%PvP: 0%
Constitution-iconLife points0Style bonuses
Attack speed
Interval: 2.4 seconds
Attack speed fastest

Dropping monstersEdit

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Adamant dragon1161Common
Angry barbarian spirit1061Rare
Berserk barbarian spirit1061Uncommon
Chaos Giant1261Uncommon
Cockroach soldier361Rare
Cockroach worker301Very rare
Customs evidence filesN/A1Rare
Dagon'hai Monk771Uncommon
Enraged barbarian spirit1061Rare
Ferocious barbarian spirit1061Rare
Fire giant851Rare
Giant skeleton (Tarn's Lair)841Unknown
K'ril Tsutsaroth 98; 6501Common
Locust rider75; 1081Rare
Monkey knife fighterN/A1Very rare
Mummy (Jaldraocht Pyramid)771Rare
Mutated bloodveld91; 951Rare
Ninja implingN/A1Uncommon
Shade Catacombs/RewardsN/A1Rare
Silver key blackN/A1Rare
Silver key brownN/A1Very rare
Silver key crimsonN/A1Rare
Silver key purpleN/A1Rare
Silver key redN/A1Very rare
Skeleton brute881Rare
Skeleton heavy891Very rare
Skeleton hero741Rare
Skeleton thug851Rare
Skeleton warlord911Uncommon
Zamorak warrior61; 651Rare


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  • 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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