Extra attacks for extra effects
No matter if you’re fighting in-game or in real life, you’ll need weapons. From something as simple as your own body to the complexities of psychological warfare, weapons come in all shapes and sizes. Among all the weapons in OSRS, some have ‘Special Attacks’. These special attacks have various effects, and they can cause the weapon’s OSRS gold value to spike.
So what are Special Attacks?
A Quick Intro on OSRS Special Attacks
All players have a Special Attack bar. It fills over time, at a rate of about 10% every half minute. For a full charge from 0%, it will take 5 minutes. Switching out your weapons won’t affect it at all, meaning that you will always have one Special Attack bar that you can use. That means you can’t switch out an empty bar for a full one when you change equipment.
If your equipped weapon doesn’t have a Special Attack, you simply won’t see the gauge. Hovering over it will show a description and effects of the unique move. Each attack differs in effects and how much of the charge it will use up to activate.
As for effects, it varies from weapon to weapon. Among those effects, you’ll see Special Attacks that:
• Raise your stats or levels
• Lower the target’s stats or levels
• Stun the target
• Increase damage dealt
• Make additional attacks
• Steal life from the target
• Sacrifice your stats or levels for increased strength
Of course, there could be some that have additional requirements. Examples of that are being only effective underwater or only when you’re using specific ammunition. However, that doesn’t diminish their usefulness in certain situations.
In that case, here are some examples of the most popular weapons with Special Attacks.
- Toxic Blowpipe
Aside from the chance to poison its target, the Toxic Blowpipe’s Special Attack makes this weapon more attractive. For a cost of half of the Special Attack Bar, the next attack deals 50% more damage and heals you by half of the damage you’ll deal (rounded down). It won’t count the damage reduction, at least for certain enemies. It also doesn’t matter if the target has less health than the supposed damage.
For example, if your supposed damage is 30 when the target’s health is less than 20, you’ll still get healed for 15 points. That makes it a valuable weapon to bring so you can increase your chances of survival. With this kind of effectiveness, it’s worth it to spend your OSRS gold buying it. It costs about 4m gold at the time of writing. If you have a Tanzanite Fang, you can use a chisel on it to make one.
- Granite Maul
While the Granite Maul’s Special Attack isn’t very flashy, with the correct strategies and timing, it can pump out two to three hits in quick succession. The move uses up half of your charge to deal an instant attack. That makes it popular for PvP and even in the Nightmare Zone. For the latter, taking the Power Surge boost lets you spam it, letting you complete the minigame easily.
This weapon proves that simplicity truly is the best weapon. It’s not as expensive as the Toxic Blowpipe at a modest 41k gold. You don’t have to work hard earning OSRS gold selling whatever, and you get the best weapon for clearing the Nightmare Zone. Otherwise, you can hunt gargoyles in the Slayer Tower for one.
- Saradomin Godsword
This hard to find sword has the most effects of any Special Attack. Spending about half of your Special Attack bar gives the following effects. First, it increases your max hit by 10%. Then it doubles your accuracy. After that, you heal and restore Prayer Points! You heal for about 50% of damage dealt and restore Prayer for about 25% of the same.
Like the Toxic Blowpipe, it doesn’t matter if the target has less health than the supposed damage. As long as it hits, the effects will trigger. That means that even if the enemy is immune to certain weapon types like the Kurask, you still get the healing and restoration effects. However, to increase the healing effects, you should deal more than 22 points of damage. The sword can heal a minimum of 10 health and 5 Prayer, so dealing less than that will only restore that much.
With a name like Godsword, you can expect this weapon to be quite pricey. With a cost of 35m gold on the Grand Exchange, you’ll have to sell an arm and a leg or buy OSRS gold to afford it. You can try to assemble it by buying or hunting for the shards and a hilt. However, the shards cost about 150-160k gold, while hilts cost millions of gold. The cheapest one costs about 3m, while the most expensive one, the Saradomin Hilt, costs 34m. If you're aiming for a Saradomin Godsword, you'll end up spending more this way.
- Parting Words
Of course, that’s not all of the weapons with special attacks there are in-game. These are just the most popular or effective ones. Any kind of weapon with a Special Attack can turn a bad situation into a good one, and it can be a good way to earn OSRS gold selling them.
At any rate, enjoy OSRS with these unique weapons and attacks!