Spears are two-handed, members-only stabbing weapons (except the Clan vexillum, Daemonheim spears up to fractite, the corrupt dragon spear, and the Skull sceptre ), whereas hastae are one-handed. They deal the same amount of damage as two-handed swords, except stabbing 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.
With the weapon animation update of 28 July2009 the zamorakian spear's attack animation has been improved making it appear far more credible. The same attacking sprite has been applied to the regular spears (bronze-dragon) so that they are, concerning animations, on one line with the newly improved zamorakian spear.
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.