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The Rune battleaxe is the second strongest Battleaxe in Runescape, just before the Dragon Battleaxe. It is more powerful than the Adamant battleaxe. Like all Rune weapons, it requires 40 attack to wield, and can only be used in combat. It is the 2nd strongest battleaxe available to free players, the strongest being the corrupt dragon battleaxe.

Players can make a rune battleaxe with the Smithing skill at level 95 using three rune bars, giving the player 250 Smithing experience. The rune battleaxe is one of the most heavily-damaging weapons in free-to-play. It provides a higher strength bonus than the blunt rune warhammer, but is more easily blocked with armour usage. It uses primarily slashing attacks, but can also use a crush attack with the aggressive attack style, though it has a lower crush attack bonus. In free-to-play the rune battleaxe is the second most used weapon for a KO effect (behind the Rune 2h sword) because the weapon does not take up the shield slot, and does almost as much damage as the Rune 2h sword. This battleaxe is commonly used in free-to-play PKing due to its high strength bonus and the ability to be used in conjunction with a shield. Players can purchase this item from the Grand Exchange in Varrock.

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A player wielding a Rune battleaxe.
A player wielding a Rune battleaxe.
  Attack bonus  
Stab Slash Crush Magic Ranged
-2 +48 +43 0 0
  Defence bonus  
Stab Slash Crush Magic Ranged Summoning
0 0 0 0 -1 0
Other bonuses
Strength Ranged Strength Prayer Magic Damage (%)
+64 0 0 0
Speed: File:speed6.gif


Scimitar or Battleaxe?

There is often a heated debate as to whether the rune scimitar or the battleaxe is the better weapon. Scimitar supporters claim that the scimitar has much higher damage per second, and is an excellent training weapon as well as an all-around weapon. Battleaxe supporters claim that the scimitar is ineffective in combat against many monsters who are armoured, and also say that the battleaxe costs less, yet does more damage and has better stats. The choice is overall down to the player. Players in need of accuracy, high hits and versatility would do well to use a battleaxe. Those would prefer a quick method of attack should use a scimitar.



  1. Higher Strength bonus
  2. Versatility
  3. Possess both an effective slash and reasonable crush attack
  4. Lower cost, specifically Rune
  5. Effective against armoured foes


  1. Slower attack speed
  2. Gives opponent more time to heal with missed strikes
  3. Only a small amount more accurate than the Scimitar in terms of Slash attack bonus

Combat styles

Image:CombatStyles_Battleaxes.png Name Combat style Type Melee experience
Chop Accurate Slash Attack
Hack Aggressive Slash Strength
Smash Aggressive Crush Strength
Block Defensive Slash Defence

This article uses material from the "Rune battleaxe" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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