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1.0 - Introduction

There are many types of special attacks (a.k.a spatk or spec.); from temporary boosts in stats, to strikes dealing higher damage than normal.

In the combat interface of these weapons, you will notice a special attack bar. If you click on this bar, your character will initiate the weapons special attack. The special attack bar will drain by a certain percentage (depends on the weapon used). If you use all of your special attack bar, it will take five minutes to replenish.

Along with many other things, special attacks in dueling have an option to be turned off. If you do not wish to duel using special attacks, click on "No Sp. Attacks" on the interface.



2.0 - The Special Attacks

Below is a list of the weapons that have a special attack assigned to them. Animated images are included to give you an idea of what each special attack looks like. Each weapon drains a different percentage of the special attack bar. This means that if you use too much of the special bar, you won't be able to cast the special attack again, until it's replenished.

Puncture
Zybez RuneScape Help's Puncture Animation Weapon Used: Dragon dagger
Power Usage: 25%
Effect: Puncture deals two swift strikes at your opponent, with slightly raised attack and damage.
Wield Requirement: 60 Attack, completion of the Lost City quest.
Tactics: Puncture is great when combined with a dragon dagger (p/p+/p++), as you could poison, hit higher, and faster, all at the same time. Good for combat training, and great for Pking and duelling since it can KO opponents.

Weaken
Zybez RuneScape Help's Weaken Animation Weapon Used: Darklight
Power Usage: 50%
Effect: A whirling jump, followed by a vicious stab on the Enemy. Reduces your opponent's attack, strength and defence, and is twice as effective against Demons.
Wield Requirement: None; Reward from Shadow of the Storm quest.
Tactics: Useless for training, and a very low strength bonus.

Rampage
Zybez RuneScape Help's Rampage Animation Weapon Used: Dragon battleaxe
Power Usage: 100%
Effect: Increases Strength, while reducing Attack, Ranged, Defense and Magic. The player yells "Raaaarrrggghhhhhh!"
Wield Requirement: 60 attack, completion of the Heroes Quest.
Tactics: Useful for combat training. Use the special attack, then drink a stat restore potion to replenish the stats that were lowered.

Cleave
Zybez RuneScape Help's Cleave Animation Weapon Used: Dragon longsword
Power Usage: 25%
Effect: Cleave is much more powerful and therefore, inflicts greater damage to your opponent.
Wield Requirement: 60 Attack, completion of the Lost City quest.
Tactics: The Dragon longsword special attack can be used while doing anything. It would be good for PKing, dueling, and training on higher level NPC's.

Sever
Zybez RuneScape Help's Sever Animation Weapon Used: Dragon scimitar
Power Usage: 55%
Effect: Hits with increased accuracy, and if successful, prevents the opponent from using protect prayers for 5 seconds.
Wield Requirement: 60 Attack, completion of the Monkey Madness quest.
Tactics: An ideal weapon while PKing due to its speed and accuracy. Using the special attack eliminates the protect from melee/magic/ranged prayer that your enemy is using; allowing for a faster kill.

Sanctuary
Zybez RuneScape Help's Sanctuary Animation Weapon Used: Excalibur
Power Usage: 100%
Effect: Increases your defence, allowing you to last longer while fighting a monster.
Wield Requirement: None; reward from Merlin's Crystal quest.
Tactics: Excellent for getting extra defence levels when fighting high level monsters like Dagannoths or fire giants. Use the special attack then switch to another weapon to continue training.

Sweep
Zybez RuneScape Help's Sweep Animation Weapon Used: Dragon halberd
Power Usage: 30%
Effect: A devastating slash through your opponent. The dragon halberd is a very powerful weapon. It's special attack hits with increased speed and strength. For larger monsters (who take more than two spaces), the halberd sweeps back and forth to do additional damage. This is multi-combat as well, so it will inflict damage to many opponents on one square.
Wield Requirement: 60 Attack, completion of the Regicide quest.
Tactics: This is an excellent weapon, as it can not only hit well, but it can also hit over things such as tables, boulders etc. It also has a chance of hitting twice in one turn.

Power Shot
Zybez RuneScape Help's Power Shot Animation Weapon Used: Magic longbow and Magic composite bow
Power Usage: 40%
Effect: Powershot uses the full power of the longbow, which greatly increases the shot's accuracy.
Wield Requirement: 50 Ranged
Tactics: Not very useful, however you can use it well while PKing.

Snap-Shot
Zybez RuneScape Help's Snap-Shot Animation Weapon Used: Magic shortbow
Power Usage: 55%
Effect: Two rapidly fired shots with increased power, but reduced accuracy.
Wield Requirement: 50 Ranged
Tactics: A good training and PKing weapon. The special attack can do great amounts of damage on your opponent.

Shatter
Zybez RuneScape Help's Shatter Animation Weapon Used: Dragon mace
Power Usage: 25%
Effect: Shatter can only be used whilst attacking a NPC or character. It has much more power, but is less accurate.
Wield Requirement: 60 Attack, completion of the Heroes Quest.
Tactics: Shatter is sometimes used while dueling, training, and PKing, as maces give a prayer bonus.

Quick Smash
Zybez RuneScape Help's Quick Smash Animation Weapon Used: Granite maul
Power Usage: 50%
Effect: An extra Attack taken with no other Effect.
Wield Requirement: 50 Attack & Strength
Tactics: A decent PKing weapon for lower levels.

Impale
Zybez RuneScape Help's Impale Animation Weapon Used: Rune claws
Power Usage: 30%
Effect: Impale is much more powerful and accurate than normal, though it has reduced speed.
Wield Requirement: 40 Attack
Tactics: Though this special effect boosts the power of the rune claws, it's not recommended for training or PKing as the overall attack stats of rune claws aren't very good.

Soul Shot
Zybez RuneScape Help's Soul Shot Animation Weapon Used: Seercull bow
Power Usage: 100%
Effect: Hits fairly decently, and reduces the opponent's magic level equivalent to that of the damage inflicted.
Wield Requirement: 50 Ranged
Tactics: Useful while PKing; if you want to reduce the magic level of a Mage who could use Teleblock or cast higher-level spells.

Shove
Zybez RuneScape Help's Shove Animation Weapon Used: Dragon spear
Power Usage: 30%
Effect: Shove does not deal any damage at all to your opponent. It pushes them away from you, and temporarily stuns them.
Wield Requirement: 60 Attack
Tactics: No good for training or PKing due to its cost. It's mostly just used for show.

Chain-Shot
Zybez RuneScape Help's Chain-Shot Animation Weapon Used: Rune thrownaxe
Power Usage: 10%
Effect: Chain-Hit bounces the throwing axe between several targets in a multi-combat zone, giving damage to each of them.
Wield Requirement: 40 Ranged
Tactics: Hits fairly decently, but is of no good use in training or PKing.

Energy Drain
Zybez RuneScape Help's Energy Drain Animation Weapon Used: Abyssal whip
Power Usage: 50%
Effect: A very accurate attack, and if successful, will transfer 10% of your opponent's energy to you.
Wield Requirement: 70 Attack
Tactics: Great for dueling, PKing, and training on controlled. It's speed and power makes it a very deadly weapon.

Clobber
Zybez RuneScape Help's Clobber Animation Weapon Used: Dragon hatchet
Power Usage: 100%
Effect: This attack lowers your opponent's defence and magic levels.
Wield Requirement: 60 Attack
Tactics: A moderate training weapon, although not really used for combat training.

Powerstab
Zybez RuneScape Help's Powerstab Animation Weapon Used: Dragon 2-Handed Sword
Power Usage: 55%
Effect: This weapon produces an area attack which does damage to nearby enemies.
Wield Requirement: 60 Attack
Tactics: Will provide a great boost in experience when performed amongst multiple enemies.

Retainer
Rash's Retainer Animation Weapon Used: Rod of Ivandis
Power Usage: 5%
Effect: Allows you to apply a dose of Guthix Balance to Vampyre's when at half health by suspending them in mid-air.
Wield Requirement: Complete In Aid of the Myreque
Tactics: Useful for training on Vampyres

Backstab
Gakguy's Bone Dagger Animation Weapon Used: Bone Dagger
Power Usage: 90%
Effect: Lowers your opponent's defence level by the amount of damage you inflict.
Wield Requirement: 28 Range, 23 Agility
Tactics: Useful for PKing and dueling. Note that you must have completed the Death to the Dorgeshuun quest to use this.

Snipe
Rash's Dorgeshuun Crossbow Animation Weapon Used: Dorgeshuun Crossbow
Power Usage: 90%
Effect: Lowers your opponent's defence level by the amount of damage you inflict.
Wield Requirement: 28 Ranged
Tactics: Useful for PKing and dueling. Note that you must have completed the Death to the Dorgeshuun quest to use this.

Sunder
Tzu_Men's Barrelchest Anchor Special Attack Animation Weapon Used: Barrelchest Anchor
Power Usage: 50%
Effect: Doubles your chance to hit and will lower either your enemy's defence, attack, ranged or magic level by 10% of the damage inflicted.
Wield Requirement: 60 Attack, 40 Strength
Tactics: Can be used as a finishing move as it will increase your chance to hit.

Liquefy
Tzu_Men's Animation of the Brine Saber Special Attack Weapon Used: Brine Sabre
Power Usage: 80%
Effect: Twice as likely to hit and a quarter of damage dealt is added to attack, strength and defence.
Wield Requirement: Must have completed Olaf's Quest and up to Pirate Pete sub-quest of Recipe for Disaster.
Tactics: This special attack can only be used underwater.

Favour of the War God
Tzu_Men's Animation of the Ancient Mace Special Attack Weapon Used: Ancient Mace
Power Usage: 100%
Effect: Steals points from your opponent's Prayer when you hit, and adds the number hit to your Prayer. Also this attack can hit through Protect from Melee.
Wield Requirement: Must have completed Another Slice of H.A.M.
Tactics: Can be useful for stopping people using Prayer.

Descent of Darkness
Zybez Runescape Help's Animation of the Dark Bow's Descent of Darkness Special Attack Weapon Used: Dark Bow
Power Usage: 65%
Effect: Arrows fired hit with 30% more power, never missing, whilst firing two arrows at the same time.
Wield Requirement: Level 60 Ranged
Tactics: The attack is good for doing heavy damage on opponents and will never miss.

Descent of Dragons
Zybez Runescape Help's Animation of the Dark Bow Descent of Dragons Special Attack Weapon Used: Dark Bow
Power Usage: 65%
Effect: Dragon arrows fired with the bow hit with 50% more power, never missing, whilst firing two arrows at the same time.
Wield Requirement: Requires Dragon Arrows with level 60 Ranged
Tactics: The attack is great for doing heavy damage on other players and more difficult monsters, the damage dealt can be high enough to KO players and it will never miss.

Dragonfire Special1
Miiiiaaaaoooowwww's Animation of the Dragonfire Shield Special Attack Weapon Used: Dragonfire Shield
Power Usage: 100%
Effect: Absorbs the flame of Dragons while fighting them, and when operated, it unleashes a massive fire blast at your opponent, dealing a large amount of damage. After using the attack, the shield must "cool down" for a while before being re-used.
Wield Requirement: Level 75 Defence
Tactics: Also provides protection against dragon breath attacks, so it is a useful item for fighting dragons with.

Saradomin's Lightning
????'s Animation of the Saradomin Sword Special Attack Weapon Used: Saradomin Sword
Power Usage: ??%
Effect: The Sword uses a magic based attack capable of 5-15 damage.
Wield Requirement: Level 70 Attack
Tactics: The attack is very useful when fighting other players, as it allows you to stike them with a magic attack without any negative effects of your armour.

Shove
????'s Animation of the Zamorakian Spear Special Attack Weapon Used: Zamorakian Spear
Power Usage: 30%
Effect: Shove does not deal any damage at all to your opponent. It pushes them away from you, and temporarily stuns them.
Wield Requirement: 70 Attack
Tactics: The special attack is identical to the Dragon Spear special, althougth not good for training or PKing, the spear is a very fast weapon in return.

Ice Cleave
????'s Animation of the Zamorak Godsword Special Attack Weapon Used: Zamorak Godsword
Power Usage: ??%
Effect: The attack freezes opponents for 20 seconds as well as doing normal damage.
Wield Requirement: Level 75 Attack
Tactics: The attack can be useful for PKing, as it can hold opponents whilst you attack them.

Healing Blade
????'s Animation of the Saradomin Godsword Special Attack Weapon Used: Saradomin Godsword
Power Usage: ??%
Effect: The move restores half of your hit damage to your hitpoints and a quarter to your prayer, receiving a minimum of 10 Hitpoints and 5 Prayer points.
Wield Requirement: Level 75 Attack
Tactics: This special attack is a move that is universally useful, since it can heal you considerably and restore prayer it is good for training, - but for the same reasons it is very useful for duelling as it can save you from death and give you the advantage.

The Judgment
????s Animation of the Armadyl Godsword Special Attack Weapon Used: Armadyl Godsword
Power Usage: ??%
Effect: When used, the attack does 25% more damage than normal against an enemy.
Wield Requirement: Level 75 Attack
Tactics: Since the special attack can be used a long with all strength boosting equipment, it is ideal for one-hitting opponents, or at least doing considerable damage with only one hit.

Warstrike
????'s Animation of the Bandos Godsword Special Attack Weapon Used: Bandos Godsword
Power Usage: ??%
Effect: The attack does 10% more damage and drains the opponent's combat stats to 0 in this order: Defence, Strength, Prayer, Attack, Magic, Ranged. Each time the special is used, it will drain the skill lower, when one reaches 0, it will begin lowering the next in line when operated.
Wield Requirement: Level 75 Attack
Tactics: The weapon is well suited to player vs player combat of all kinds. Since it lowers defence first, the special attack is dangerous to most pures - as it will start lowering their strength levels quickly. Not only is the weapon good for duelling, or PKing - but it can be helpful to take out high level players at minigames such as Castle Wars and the Fight Pits.


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