The steam battlestaff was released on 28 August2007 as part of the God Wars Dungeon update and is the latest of the hybrid elemental staves. After its release, some players complained about the steam battlestaff's similar appearance to the air staff. However, it received a graphical update on 5 September2012 with the God Wars Remastered update, giving it a unique look. It received a third update, two months later, at the release of the Evolution of Combat update.
Assuming the Seers' Village Hard tasks have been completed, each steam battlestaff upgraded into a mystic steam staff would yield a profit of 25331 coins.
Since the release of Dungeoneering, the tome of frost provides a cheaper alternative than a steam battlestaff. However, it requires at least 48 Dungeoneering and 43,000 tokens and after the Evolution of Combat, cannot provide the endless supply of fire runes that the battlestaff does as staves are now two-handed, removing the possibility of equipping both a staff and the book.
The following spells require both water and fire runes: