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The rune scimitar is the second strongest scimitar available, behind only the Dragon scimitar. Like all rune weapons, it requires 40 Attack to wield.

Players can make a rune scimitar with the Smithing skill at level 90 using 2 rune bars, giving the player 150 smithing experience. It also can be dropped by various monsters such as fire giants or mummies.

The rune scimitar is widely considered to be the most powerful melee weapon in free-to-play servers; its attack speed results in arguably the highest damage-per-second among rune weaponry.

A members-only alternative to the rune scimitar is the rapier for those who are able to complete the Cabin Fever quest; the rapier has identical stats, with the slash and stab bonuses inverted. This makes the rapier better against NPCs weak to stab and a feasible option on Ironman Mode. Another alternative that is considerably more expensive, but slightly better for training, is the brine sabre, giving +2 for both strength and slash. Players who have completed Desert Treasure may also use the ancient staff, which has a higher strength bonus than the rune scimitar and attacks at the same speed, however primarily attacks with crush or magic, rather than slash.

Combat styles

CombatStyles scimitar.png Combat style Type Experience
Chop Slash Attack and Hitpoints
Slash Slash Strength and Hitpoints
Lunge Stab Shared
Block Slash Defence and Hitpoints

Dropping monsters

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Thermonuclear smoke devil 301 1 2; Common
Rune dragon 380 1 2; Common
Zamorak warrior 84; 85 1 3; Uncommon (1/50)
Gangster 45 1 3; Uncommon (1/80)
Gang boss 75 1 3; Uncommon (1/80)
K'ril Tsutsaroth 650 1 3; Uncommon
Ninja impling N/A 1 3; Uncommon
Scorpia 225 1 3; Uncommon
Mummy 96; 103 1 4; Rare
Enraged barbarian spirit 166 1 4; Rare
Angry barbarian spirit 166 1 4; Rare
Berserk barbarian spirit 166 1 4; Rare
Ferocious barbarian spirit 166 1 4; Rare
Locust rider 98; 106 1 4; Rare
Scarab mage 93 1 4; Rare
Skeleton warlord 132 1 4; Rare
Skeleton brute 132 1 4; Rare
Skeleton thug 132 1 4; Rare
Skeleton hero 149 1 4; Rare
Fire giant 86 1 4; Rare (1/128)
Kourend head guard 84 1 4; Rare (1/512)


  • The rune scimitar matches the Adamant 2h sword's strength bonus, and is much faster, whilst having a marginally higher slash bonus.