Ancient Curses

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The Ancient Curses
"Curses" redirects here. For the spells that affect an opponent's stats, see Curse spells.

The Ancient Curses are a set of prayers obtained as a reward after completing The Temple at Senntisten. They consist of prayers ranging between levels 50 - 99 Prayer. Prayers of this set include combat skill boosts, stat drainers, and damage recoilers.

After completion of The Light Within, seven additional prayers are unlocked. These Seren prayers are focused on players performing supportive and skilling roles, rather than direct combat.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

Total level: 961
Attack ---- Constitution ---- Mining 64
Strength 64 Agility 61 Smithing 65
Defence 29 Herblore 10 Fishing ----
Ranged 64 Thieving 66 Cooking 35
Prayer 50 Crafting 45 Firemaking 50
Magic 59 Fletching 50 Woodcutting 10
Runecrafting 50 Slayer 37 Farming 25
Construction 35 Hunter 51 Summoning 41
Dungeoneering ---- Divination ---- Invention ----
Archaeology ---- Attack style icon fixed.png ---- Quest.png ----
Music icon.png ---- Task icon.png ---- RuneScore.png ----

Despite not being a requirement in any of the quests, 29 Defence is required to activate any curse from the prayer book.


Quest.png Quests:

Switching to the Ancient Curses[edit | edit source]

The main altar that activates the Ancient Curses is the Altar of Zaros in the temple beneath the Varrock Dig Site. After completing the elite Falador Tasks players can use an Ancient Hymnal on the altar in the White Knights' Castle to convert it to Zaros, allowing for activation of the Curses from that altar as well. Players who have completed Plague's End can use the Elven grimoire found within the Cadarn Clan district of Prifddinas.

Players can switch to the standard prayerbook again at any altar by default. One may choose to remove the option to switch to the standard prayerbook at normal altars. This will prevent the option menu from appearing, but to use the standard prayerbook again, the player will have to travel to the Altar of Zaros (or the Elven grimoire or the Falador one). When the player has removed the option to revert to the standard prayerbook from normal altars, they may restore it at the Altar of Zaros.

Ancient Curses[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b c d This curse can be used with any others.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Can not be used with leech curses, Turmoil, Anguish, Torment, Fortitude, Malevolence, Desolation or Affliction.
  3. ^ Can be used with other deflect curses.
  4. ^ a b c d e Can not be used with other overhead curses.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Can not be used with sap curses, Turmoil, Anguish, Torment, Fortitude, Malevolence, Desolation or Affliction.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g This prayer requires The Light Within to be completed.
  7. ^ a b Can not be used with other curses which double the spell effect occurrence rate.
  8. ^ a b Can not be used with other curses which in any way reduce the damage taken for nearby players.
  9. ^ Will not damage other players outside PvP areas.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Cannot be used with any sap or leech curses.
  11. ^ a b c This prayer is unlocked by using the Praesul codex.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

  • Curses! (RuneScore.png 10) – Unlock the ancient curses.

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 18 March 2020 (Update):
    • The achievement Curses! no longer appears as blank in the Activity Tracker if selected from the Achievement Path window.
  • patch 16 September 2019 (Update):
    • An issue where some of the curse prayers would stall the player and fail to initiate a Telos encounter has been fixed.
  • patch 1 September 2015 (Update):
    • Corrected various typos in The Light Within, the Seren spells and Seren prayers.
    • All Seren curses will now activate correctly when used as quick curses.
    • Healing via Soul Link will now stop channelling Surging Onslaught.
    • Soul Link and Teamwork Protection are now identified as curses when switching off in the Wilderness.
  • patch 4 August 2014 (Update):
    • Animations when casting ancient spells will now play properly.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • The Prayer abilities window will no longer switch between "Curses" and "Prayers" constantly.
    • NPCs that use overhead Prayer / Curse icons have now been reworked.
  • patch 7 June 2011 (Update):
    • Turmoil and Berserker curses no longer take precedence over other emotes.
  • patch 1 February 2010 (Update):
    • Quick Chat has been updated to include the curses unlocked from the Temple of Senntisten[sic] quest.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Turmoil/Anguish/Torment animation will be played if the player tries to activate any of the Seren prayers without completing The Light Within.