The ignored but useful ones
While adventuring through Gielinor, you’ll find many things. One category of those things is weapons with Special Attacks. Those are sort of alternate uses of the weapon. It needs the Special Attack Gauge to be filled to a certain level to activate. While it doesn’t raise a weapon’s value drastically, it adds utility to the otherwise boring weapon. For comparison, the Twisted Bow doesn’t have a Special attack, but it’s priced at 1B OSRS GP. Then again, it is quite a rare drop, and the difficulty of the raid factors in that price.
Anyway, here are some unusual ignored but useful special attacks.
Ancient Mace – Favor of the War God
While the Ancient Mace is quite a weak weapon, its Special Attack shines. It can drain the target’s Prayer by 100% of the attack, meaning you get the same amount. This attack also lets your Prayer go over the limit, so you don’t have to worry about the extra points. As an added bonus, the attack goes ignores Protect from Melee Prayers. It’s great for regaining Prayer Points. Uses up 100% of the Special Attack bar.
Abyssal Bludgeon – Penance
Though having low Prayer Points is generally not recommended, the Abyssal Bludgeon can turn it into a boon. With its Special Attack, every lost point means a 0.5% increase in attack. Costs 50% of the bar to activate.
Seercull – Soulshot
For all PvP fanatics, the Seercull could be the biggest boon (if the user) or bane (if the target) on the battlefield. At the cost of 100% of the gauge, Soulshot will guarantee a hit that also lowers the target’s Magic level by the damage dealt. Enemy casting Ice Barrage? Soulshot shoots the attempt down. It only works once per target, so it loses effectiveness when fighting bosses. The damage can’t be increased by Ranged Prayers nor the Slayer Helmet.
Barrelchest Anchor – Sunder
This weapon is already amply accurate and strong, but its Special Attack makes it even more so. In exchange for 50% of the Special Attack gauge, Sunder increases accuracy and max damage by 10%. Then it also lowers the target’s Attack, Defense, Ranged, or Magic by 10% of the damage dealt. Only one will be lowered, decided randomly as long as the levels are higher than 1. Unlike Soulshot, the effects can stack.
Arclight/Darklight – Weaken
Continuing the trend of Special Attacks that weaken enemies, using these swords’ attack uses up 50% of the bar. It then lowers the Strength, Attack, and Defense of the target by 5% of their max level. The attack lowers it by 10% when facing demons. The effects proc when the weapon hits accurately, and it stacks as well.
Zamorak Godsword – Ice Cleave
Having the Zamorak Godsword is like knowing a single-target version of the Ice Barrage spell. While not as useful as other Godsword Special Attacks, being able to freeze enemies for 20 seconds can be useful in certain situations. That includes PvP and PvM situations. It costs half of the bar, and the attack must hit for the freezing effect to take hold. Good thing the attack also increases accuracy and max hit.
That’s Only a Taste
There are even more useful but ignored Special Attacks in OSRS. There’s the purely defensive Power of Death from the (Toxic) Staff of the Dead or Staff of Light. Then there’s the Crystal Halberd’s Sweep. Weapons with these kinds of attacks aren’t rare at all, so if you take the time to research, there’s bound to be one that’s quite useful but only for niche situations.
So go out and discover more Special Attacks! Weapons are everywhere, from quest rewards and monster drops to endless listings in the GE. For sure, you’ll need OSRS GP to hunt or buy it, so be sure to always stock up on it. Gielinor is filled with interesting stories and mysteries. All you have to do is to find them. Have fun exploring and adventuring in OSRS!