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Artwork of some standard RuneScape weapons.

Weapons are wieldable items that a player can use to inflict damage in combat. Main-hand weapons are wielded in the right hand, while off-hand weapons and shields are held in the left hand. Two-handed weapons are held in both hands, thus preventing the use of an off-hand weapon or shield. In the case of stackable thrown weapons, multiples of the same thrown weapon may be equipped in the weapon slot at once.

Players have the option of sheathing or keeping their weapons unsheathed at all times. This only affects the character's appearance, while out of combat. Sheathed weapons will appear either at the character's waist or back. While the character is in the sheathed stance, the player will display their total skill level. The player will display their combat level while the weapons are unsheathed.

Sword - Issue 19

Artwork of Silverlight from Issue 19 of the God Letters.

Main weapon speedEdit

Main article: Attack speed

Weapon damageEdit

Weapons of the same tier or level (requirement) should offer more or less identical weapon damage output, unless it is a special weapon used in special situations. For example: Fragment bolts when used against the NPCs within the Monastery of Ascension; or the Crimson Balmung when used against i.e.: Dagannoths and Wallasalkis.

Dual wielded and Two-handed weapons should deal 50% more damage than their one-hand counterparts. This is not always more advantageous as one-handed combat with a shield enables better protection for the player.

Melee weaponsEdit

These weapons are more commonly used than the other weapons available, because they do not require ammunition to use, unlike most Magic or Ranged weapons. Most types of basic weapons come in eight different kinds of metal.

TypesEdit

Melee weapons fit into many general categories. No type is superior to others, as they vary in attack style, and speed/damage. In general, weapons of the same tier (eg steel) have the same damage per second ratio, with two handed weapons dealing approximately 50% more damage per second.

Weapon Speed Type Availability Handedness Notes
Dagger Fastest Stab weakness icon Stab
F2P icon Main/Off Hand The fastest and generally the cheapest of all melee weapons, making it a good choice for those on a budget. However, it comes at a tradeoff of being the weakest. It is the first weapon that players can smith upon gaining access to a new metal.
Hatchet Fast Slash weakness icon Slash
F2P icon Main Hand Intended for Woodcutting. It is not recommended to use either Hatchets or Pickaxes as weapons, as their damage-per-second is halved relative to other weapons of their level.
Pickaxe Average Crush weakness icon Crush
F2P icon Main Hand Intended for Mining. It is not recommended to use either Hatchets or Pickaxes as weapons, as their damage-per-second is halved relative to other weapons of their level.
Sword Fast Stab weakness icon Stab
F2P icon Main/Off Hand An uncommonly seen weapon. It is slower than the dagger, but hits harder to compensate, making it roughly as useful.
Mace Fastest Crush weakness icon Crush
F2P icon Main/Off Hand Equally as fast as a dagger. However, maces are unique among other weapons of a given metal in that they carry a prayer bonus which makes them useful for those who make heavy use of Prayer, especially in player killing scenarios.
Scimitar Fastest Slash weakness icon Slash
F2P icon Main/Off Hand A very popular weapon that can hit just as fast as a mace or dagger, but is also equally weak. Scimitars are, however, generally more expensive than daggers and maces and do not carry the latter's prayer bonus.
Longsword Fast Slash weakness icon Slash
F2P icon Main/Off Hand Slower than scimitars, maces, and daggers, but can deal the same damage per hit as a shortsword of the same metal type, except with slashing impact instead of stabbing. Although its speed is slightly slower than scimitars, its extra damage makes it as suitable as a scimitar.
Warhammer Average Crush weakness icon Crush
F2P icon Main/Off Hand A powerful weapon that sacrifices speed for damage per hit. It is not commonly used because of its low speed.
Battleaxe Average Slash weakness icon Slash
F2P icon Main/Off Hand Identical to a warhammer of the same metal type, except it causes slashing impact instead of crushing. Like the warhammer, the battleaxe's low speed makes it an uncommon sight.
Two-handed sword Average Slash weakness icon Slash
F2P icon Two-Handed One of the most powerful basic weapons, but it sacrifices both speed and the ability to be used with the offhand slot, as its name suggests. However, it can be used with two-handed abilities, many of which can cause large amounts of damage.
Halberd Average Slash weakness icon Slash
P2P icon Two-Handed This two-handed members-only weapon is equally strong (and slow) as a two-handed sword. It has the unique ability to reach over small obstacles (such as tables, fences etc.)
Spear Average Stab weakness icon Stab
F2P icon (inside Daemonheim)P2P icon(outside Daemonheim) Two-Handed This two-handed members-only weapon serves as the stabbing equivalent of a two-handed sword.
Hasta Fast Stab weakness icon Stab
P2P icon Main Hand This weapon is identical to the shortsword in every way, except that it does not have offhand equivalents.
Claws Fastest Slash weakness icon Slash
P2P icon Main/Off Hand A members-only slashing weapon that is functionally identical to the scimitar, with the only differences being cosmetic.
Maul Average/Slow Crush weakness icon Crush
F2P icon (inside Daemonheim)
P2P icon (outside Daemonheim)
Two-Handed These powerful two-handed weapons mainly appear in Daemonheim and follow a standard scale. Outside of Daemonheim, however, they do not follow the standard metal scale (Bronze-Dragon). You usually get them either in granite or obsidian. Also available is the Chaotic Maul, a reward from Dungeoneering, and the Kyzaj variants and their upgraded counterparts, which are rewards from The Mighty Fall.
Whip Fastest Slash weakness icon Slash
P2P icon Main Hand The whip is an uncommon weapon type that is functionally similar to a scimitar, in that it hits low for its level, but quickly to compensate for the relatively low hits. The most notable whip is the Abyssal whip, a level 70 weapon.
Rapier Fast Stab weakness icon Stab
F2P icon Main/Off Hand Rapiers are primarily found in Daemonheim, though players can access other rapiers such as the Chaotic rapier and the Drygore Rapier outside of Daemonheim. They are identical to shortswords in every aspect.

RequirementsEdit

Melee weapons are generally based on the attack stat, with some exceptions. Many weapons require multiple stats.

Attack Level Type
1 Bronze weapons
TzHaar whip 1
10 Iron weapons
TzHaar whip 2
20 Steel weapons
TzHaar whip 3
25 Black weapons
White weapons (after Wanted! and with sufficient White Knight rank)
30 Mithril weapons
TzHaar whip 4
40 Adamant weapons
TzHaar whip 5
50 Rune weapons
TzHaar whip 6
55 Gravite equipment (with 45 Dungeoneering)
Granite maul and Granite mace (with 55 Strength)
Keris (after Contact!)
60 Dragon weapons
TzHaar whip 7
Barrelchest anchor (with 40 Strength, after The Great Brain Robbery)
70 Abyssal whip
Guthan's warspear and Verac's flail
Torag's hammer and Dharok's greataxe (with 70 Strength)
Akrisae's war mace (with 70 Magic and Prayer, after Ritual of the Mahjarrat)
75 Zamorakian Spear
Saradomin sword
Godswords
Abyssal Vine Whip (with 80 Slayer)
Korasi's sword (After The Void Stares Back)
78 Ancient Warriors' Equipment
80 Chaotic equipment (with 80 Dungeoneering)
90 Drygore weaponry
Noxious scythe
Dominion sword(can only be used in the Dominion Tower)

Melee weapons tableEdit

Weapon type Weapon type available in following metal?
Bronze Iron Steel Black White P2P icon Mithril Adamant Rune Dragon P2P icon
Dagger Bronze dagger Iron dagger Steel dagger Black dagger White dagger Mithril dagger Adamant dagger Rune dagger Dragon dagger
Sword Bronze sword Iron sword Steel sword Black sword White sword Mithril sword Adamant sword Rune sword X mark
Scimitar Bronze scimitar Iron scimitar Steel scimitar Black scimitar White scimitar Mithril scimitar Adamant scimitar Rune scimitar Dragon scimitar
Mace Bronze mace Iron mace Steel mace Black mace White mace Mithril mace Adamant mace Rune mace Dragon mace
Longsword Bronze longsword Iron longsword Steel longsword Black longsword White longsword Mithril longsword Adamant longsword Rune longsword Dragon longsword
Hatchet Bronze hatchet Iron hatchet Steel hatchet Black hatchet X mark Mithril hatchet Adamant hatchet Rune hatchet Dragon hatchet
Battleaxe Bronze battleaxe Iron battleaxe Steel battleaxe Black battleaxe White battleaxe Mithril battleaxe Adamant battleaxe Rune battleaxe Dragon battleaxe
Warhammer Bronze warhammer Iron warhammer Steel warhammer Black warhammer White warhammer Mithril warhammer Adamant warhammer Rune warhammer Dragon warhammer
Two-handed sword Bronze 2h sword Iron 2h sword Steel 2h sword Black 2h sword White 2h sword Mithril 2h sword Adamant 2h sword Rune 2h sword Dragon 2h sword
Pickaxe Bronze pickaxe Iron pickaxe Steel pickaxe X mark X mark Mithril pickaxe Adamant pickaxe Rune pickaxe Dragon pickaxe
Spear P2P icon Bronze spear Iron spear Steel spear Black spear X mark Mithril spear Adamant spear Rune spear Dragon spear
Hasta P2P icon Bronze hasta Iron hasta Steel hasta X mark X mark Mithril hasta Adamant hasta Rune hasta Dragon hasta
Claws P2P icon Bronze claw Iron claw Steel claw Black claw White claw Mithril claw Adamant claw Rune claw Dragon claw
Halberd P2P icon Bronze halberd Iron halberd Steel halberd Black halberd White halberd Mithril halberd Adamant halberd Rune halberd Dragon halberd

Other melee weapon typesEdit

TzHaarEdit

Infestation

A player fighting with Guthan's warspear.

Barrows equipmentEdit

BlackjacksEdit

Kitchen weaponryEdit

Kitchen weaponry are members only weapons that can be bought from the Culinaromancer's chest. To buy and wield more advanced kitchen weapons the player must complete the Recipe for Disaster subquests.

MiscellaneousEdit

Quest weaponsEdit

Darklightspecial

A player fighting with the Darklight.

Fun weaponsEdit

Fun weapons are special low-damage weapons. In non-PvP areas, they can sometimes be used to hit other players for no damage.

Magic weaponsEdit

Magic weapons come in two primary types, staves and wands. Staves are two handed, slower weapons, while wands are main-hand weapons and typically have higher attack speed. Wands cannot be duel wielded, but most come with a book or orb of the same level which functions as an off-hand magic weapon.

Weapon requirements Edit

Magic weapons require levels in Magic to be used, although many also have attack requirements.

Level Type
1 Staff, Magic staff, Elemental staves
Wizard wand and book
Talisman staff (with 50 Runecrafting)
10 Imp horn wand and Imphide book
20 Spider wand and orb
30 Battlestaves (with 30 Attack)
Mystic wand and orb
40 Mystic staves (with 40 Attack)
Splitbark wand and orb
45 Gravite Staff (with 45 Dungeoneering)
50 Ancient staff (with 50 Attack)
Bat wand and book
60 Dragon battlestaff (after Birthright of the Dwarves)
God staves (Zamorak staff, Guthix staff, Saradomin staff)
Grifolic wand and orb
65 Lunar staff
70 Ahrim's staff, wand and book of magic
Wand of treachery
75 Staff of Light
Polypore staff
Abyssal wand and orb
77 Armadyl battlestaff
78 Zuriel's staff (with 78 Attack)
80 Virtus wand and book
Chaotic staff (with 80 Dungeoneering)
90 Seismic wand and singularity
Noxious staff

StavesEdit

Elemental stavesEdit

BattlestavesEdit

Mystic stavesEdit

God stavesEdit

Claws of guthix

A player using a Magic weapon to fight.

Talisman stavesEdit

WandsEdit

Off-handsEdit

Mage Training Arena wandsEdit

Ranged weapons Edit

Ranged weapons are weapons players use to attack from a distance, these include bows, crossbows, and even throwing knives.

Bows Edit

Bows use arrows as ammunition. Shieldbows have a lower damage bonus, but they allow the use of shield abilities and have a slightly longer attack range. Composite bows are identical to shieldbows, but they have an even longer attack range. Bows that do not use ammunition generally have a higher damage bonus to compensate.
Italics indicate Members only weapons.

 
Image Bow Level Damage bonus Accuracy bonus Notes
Chargebow Chargebow 1 91 150 Does not require ammo. It can be obtained as a drop from various low-level monsters or purchased from Corporal Boothe's Armoury in Burthorpe.
Training bow Training bow 1 Discontinued; Previously, it could be purchased from Beefy Bill in Lumbridge.
Shortbow Shortbow 1 43 150 Can be bought or claimed as a sample from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock.
Shieldbow Shieldbow 1 26 150 Can be bought or claimed as a sample from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock.
Oak shortbow Oak shortbow 10 87 202 Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington.
Oak shieldbow Oak shieldbow 10 53 202 Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington.
Willow shortbow Willow shortbow 20 175 316 Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington.
Willow shieldbow Willow shieldbow 20 106 316 Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington.
Willow composite bow Willow composite bow 20 106 316 Possible reward from level 1 clue scrolls.
Maple shortbow Maple shortbow 30 263 454 Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington.
Maple shieldbow Maple shieldbow 30 159 454 Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington.
Ogre bow Ogre bow 30 382 454 Obtained during the Big Chompy Bird Hunting Quest. Can only fire Ogre arrows.
Comp ogre bow Ogre composite bow 30 382 454 Obtained from the Zogre Flesh Eaters Quest. Uses brutal arrows.
Yew shortbow Yew shortbow 40 351 628 Can be bought from other players or made with the Fletching skill.
Yew shieldbow Yew shieldbow 40 212 628 Can be bought from other players or made with the Fletching skill.
Yew composite bow Yew composite bow 40 212 628 Possible reward from level 2 clue scrolls.
Maple shieldbow (sighted) Maple shieldbow (sighted) 45 238 732 Can be made by adding a shieldbow sight from Daemonheim to a Maple shieldbow. Also requires 45 Dungeoneering.
Magic shortbow Magic shortbow 50 438 850 Can be bought from other players or made with the Fletching skill.
Magic shieldbow Magic shieldbow 50 265 850 Can be bought from other players or made with the Fletching skill.
Magic composite bow Magic composite bow 50 265 850 Possible reward from level 3 clue scrolls.
Seercull Seercull 50 249 901 Can be bought from players or obtained as a drop from Dagannoth Supreme.
Gravite shortbow Gravite shortbow 55 482 983 Can be obtained as a reward from Daemonheim. Also requires 45 Dungeoneering. This is the strongest shortbow non-members can use.
Magic shieldbow (sighted) Magic shieldbow (sighted) 55 291 983

Can be made by adding a shieldbow sight from Daemonheim to a Magic shieldbow. Also requires 45 Dungeoneering. This is the most accurate shieldbow available for free players.

Guthix bow God bow 55 291 983 Possible reward from level 4 clue scrolls. There are three versions: Saradomin, Guthix and Zamorak.
Elder shortbow Elder shortbow 60 526 1132 Can be bought from other players or made with the Fletching skill.
Elder shieldbow Elder shieldbow 60 318 1132 Can be bought from other players or made with the Fletching skill.
Elder shieldbow (sighted) Elder shieldbow (sighted) 65 344 1299 Can be made by adding a shieldbow sight from Daemonheim to an elder shieldbow. Also requires 45 Dungeoneering
Dark bow Dark bow 70 892 1486 Can be bought from players or dropped by dark beasts. Fires two arrows at once. Counts as a shieldbow.
Crystal bow Crystal bow 70 1286 1486 Does not use arrows. Requires completion of the Roving Elves Quest and 50 Agility.
Zaryte bow Zaryte bow 80 1470 1924 Does not use arrows, can be purchased from other players when fully charged. Dropped exclusively by Nex and the four other Nihils.
Noxious longbow Noxious longbow 90 1147 2458 Can only fire araxyte arrows. This is the only longbow outside of Daemonheim since the EoC.

MiscellaneousEdit

ArrowsEdit

Arrows are used for ammunition with bows. The better the arrow, the higher damage a player can deal. However, players require certain bows to use certain arrows. Non-members can only use bronze to rune arrows. All arrows can be fletched by members, except for Training arrows, Ice arrows and God arrows.

Italics indicate Members only

Image Arrow Bow required Location Damage bonus
Training arrows 5 Training arrows Training Discontinued; could previously be purchased from Beefy Bill in Lumbridge.
Bronze arrow 5 Bronze arrows Any Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock. 48
Iron arrow 5 Iron arrows Oak Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock. 96
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrows Willow Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington. 192
Mithril arrow 5 Mithril arrows Maple Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington. 288
Ogre arrow 5 Ogre arrows Ogre Can be fletched by players or bought from Frawd in Oo'glog after the As a First Resort... quest. Only works with ogre bows and ogre composite bows. 288
Adamant arrow 5 Adamant arrows Maple (focused), Yew Can be bought from Lowe's Archery Store in Varrock or from Brian's Archery Supplies in Rimmington. 384
Ice arrows 5 Ice arrows Yew Obtained during the Temple of Ikov quest. 384
Rune arrow 5 Rune arrows Magic Can be bought from the Ranging Guild, can be bought from other players or can be fletched. 480
Broad arrow 5 Broad arrows Magic Can be bought from any Slayer Master, used to kill turoths and kurask, and can't be traded. 528
Guthix arrows 5 God arrows Magic Can be obtained from treasure trails. There are three versions: Saradomin, Guthix and Zamorak. 528
Dragon arrow 5 Dragon arrows Elder Can be fletched by materials dropped by dragon implings, and kingly implings. 576
Dark arrow 5 Dark arrows Dark Can be fletched using arrowheads dropped by dark beasts. 672

CrossbowsEdit

Regular and off-hand crossbows do not have a damage bonus. All of their damage comes from the ammunition used. Italics indicates Members only.

Image Name Level Accuracy bonus Bolts
Crossbow Crossbow 1 150 Bronze bolts
Phoenix crossbow Phoenix crossbow 1 150 Bronze bolts
Bronze crossbow Bronze crossbow 1 150 Bronze bolts
Coral crossbow Coral crossbow 1 160 Coral bolts only
Iron crossbow Iron crossbow 10 202 Up to iron bolts
Blurite crossbow Blurite crossbow 16 268 Up to blurite bolts
Steel crossbow Steel crossbow 20 316 Up to steel bolts
Dorgeshuun c'bow Dorgeshuun crossbow 28 424 Up to iron bolts/bone bolts. This crossbow cannot use enchanted or gem-tipped bolts.
Mith crossbow Mithril crossbow 30 454 Up to mithril bolts/mithril grapples
Adamant crossbow Adamant crossbow 40 628 Up to adamant bolts
Zanik's crossbow Zanik's crossbow 40 801 Up to adamant bolts (including bone bolts, but excluding enchanted bolts and Broad-tipped bolts)
Hunters' crossbow Hunter's crossbow 50 850 Kebbit bolts only
Rune crossbow Rune crossbow 50 850 Up to rune bolts
Dragon crossbow Dragon crossbow 60 1132 Up to rune bolts
Demon slayer crossbow Demon slayer crossbow 60 1040 Up to rune bolts
Armadyl crossbow Armadyl crossbow 70 1486 Up to rune bolts
Karil's pistol crossbow Karil's pistol crossbow 70 1486 Bolt racks only
Chaotic crossbow Chaotic crossbow 80 1924 Up to royal bolts
Ascension crossbow Ascension crossbow 90 2458 Up to ascension bolts

Off-hand crossbowsEdit

All off-hand crossbows are members only. Their accuracy bonus is identical to their main-hand counterparts.

Image Name Level Bolts
Off-hand bronze crossbow Off-hand bronze crossbow 1 Bronze bolts
Off-hand iron crossbow Off-hand iron crossbow 10 Up to iron bolts
Off-hand steel crossbow Off-hand steel crossbow 20 Up to steel bolts
Off-hand mithril crossbow Off-hand mithril crossbow 30 Up to mithril bolts
Off-hand adamant crossbow Off-hand adamant crossbow 40 Up to adamant bolts
Off-hand rune crossbow Off-hand rune crossbow 50 Up to rune bolts
Off-hand dragon crossbow Off-hand dragon crossbow 60 Up to rune bolts
Off-hand demon slayer crossbow Off-hand demon slayer crossbow 60 Up to rune bolts
Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow Karil's off-hand pistol crossbow 70 Bolt racks only
Off-hand chaotic crossbow Off-hand chaotic crossbow 80 Up to Royal bolts
Off-hand Ascension crossbow Off-hand ascension crossbow 90 Up to Ascension bolts

Two-handed crossbowsEdit

Two-handed crossbows have a damage bonus, but they are slower than regular crossbows. All two-handed crossbows are members only. The Hand cannon requires completion of the Forgiveness of a Chaos Dwarf quest to be wielded.

Image Name Level Damage bonus Accuracy bonus Bolts
Bronze 2h crossbow Bronze 2h crossbow 1 63 150 Bronze bolts
Iron 2h crossbow Iron 2h crossbow 10 127 202 Up to iron bolts
Steel 2h crossbow Steel 2h crossbow 20 255 316 Up to steel bolts
Mithril 2h crossbow Mithril 2h crossbow 30 382 454 Up to mithril bolts
Adamant 2h crossbow Adamant 2h crossbow 40 510 628 Up to adamant bolts
Rune 2h crossbow Rune 2h crossbow 50 637 850 Up to rune bolts
Dragon 2h crossbow Dragon 2h crossbow 60 765 1132 Up to rune bolts
Karil's crossbow Karil's crossbow 70 892 1486 Bolt racks only
Hand cannon Hand cannon 75 956 1694 Hand cannon shots only
Royal crossbow Royal crossbow 80 1020 1924 Up to Royal bolts

SalamandersEdit

Can be used as Ranged weapons. They work as two-handed crossbows and use tar as ammunition. They are Members only and are obtained using the Hunter skill.

Soulshot

A player fighting with a Seercull.

Thrown weaponsEdit

All throwing weapons are members only, with the exception of javelins.

DartsEdit

Darts can be forged from bronze, iron, steel, mithril, adamantite, rune and dragon. Each metal bar can make ten dart tips. Darts are stackable. Black and dragon darts are available but cannot be smithed by players. Darts can only be made after completing the Tourist Trap quest. Blisterwood stakes are made during and after The Branches of Darkmeyer quest, and are highly effective against vampyres.

Throwing knivesEdit

Throwing knives can be forged by players from bronze, iron, steel, mithril, adamantite, and rune. Each metal bar yields five throwing knives. Black throwing knives are only dropped by shadow warriors, Imperial Guard members, ankous, and cyclopes in the Warriors' Guild.

Throwing axesEdit

Throwing axes come in bronze, iron, steel, mithril, adamantite, and rune. They can be smithed by players or bought from a shop in the Ranging Guild. Morrigan's throwing axe is obtained as a drop from revenants. Dragon throwing axes are obtained as drops from chaos giants, and require the completion of Birthright of the Dwarves to wield.

JavelinsEdit

Javelins are stackable and made out of bronze, iron, steel, mithril, adamantite, and rune. Javelins can be found as drops from defeated monsters and can also be purchased inside the Ranging Guild. Morrigan's javelin can be obtained as a drop from revenants, while sagaie can be fletched. Javelins are slower, but deal more damage than other thrown weapons. They do not have off-hand variants. All javelins are F2P, with the exception of sagaie and Morrigan's javelin.

ChinchompasEdit

Chinchompas are explosive creatures obtained from the Hunter skill that can be used as weapons. They can hit multiple targets at once within a small blast radius.

Dwarf cannon

A Dwarf multicannon.

MiscellaneousEdit

  • Toktz-xil-ul - Obsidian throwing rings.
  • Bolas - A non-damaging weapon that can bind the target in place.
  • Holy Water - A weapon that is particularly effective against demons. Can be used to take down a Tormented Demon's fire shield.

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