Spears are two-handed, mostly members-only stabbing weapons, whereas hastae are one-handed. They deal the same amount of damage as two-handed swords, except they use the stabbing style instead of slashing. They are obtained from either monster drops, purchasing from a shop or players, or by smithing on the special barbarian anvils after learning in Barbarian Training.
In Runescape Classic, spears are ranged weapons and only bronze to rune spears are available. Javelins have replaced their old function.
When Runescape 2 was first released, spears originally had an attack delay of 3.6 seconds, equivalent to battleaxes. With the Barrows update on 9 May2005, their attack speed was increased by one tick, to 3.0 seconds, or equivalent to longswords. It was decreased again to 3.6 seconds (now known as "average" speed) with the release of the Evolution of Combat.