Deflect Magic

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Deflect Magic protects against damage from magic attacks and can deflect some of the damage back onto the attacker. This is potentially an extremely potent curse against users of ancient magicks. This curse can reduce the time of binds from Binding spells and Ice spells and the time from Teleport Block by half. This curse has no effect against Vengeance.

The deflection curses are another reason for players to switch from the normal prayer set to the curses, as they have the same drain rate as the protection prayers from the regular book and can deal additional damage back.

Deflect curses will grant you 50% damage reduction against most attacks from players and monsters. Deflect curses have a 67% chance to reflect damage back at your attacker, and the damage reflected is 10% of the damage the attack would have done if not blocked by the deflect curse.

In order to use this curse, you must have the Ancient Curses activated, which requires completion of The Temple at Senntisten quest.

Exceptions to prayers and curses blocking 50% damage[edit source]

Protection prayers and curses give 50% damage reduction in most scenarios. However, there are a number of exceptions that are outlined in the charts below.

Abilities, items and perks
Modifier Type Damage reduction % Notes
Devotion.png: RS3 Inventory image of DevotionDevotion Ability 100% (75% in pvp) Lasts for 10 seconds when activated and can be extended by an additional 10 seconds.
Amulet of souls.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of soulsAmulet of souls Item +10% Adds an additional +10% damage reduction to any scenario. In most cases this makes Protect/Deflect prayers block 60% damage.
Essence of Finality amulet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Essence of Finality amuletEssence of Finality Item +10% Adds an additional +10% damage reduction to any scenario. In most cases this makes Protect/Deflect prayers block 60% damage.
Pontifex shadow ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pontifex shadow ringPontifex shadow ring Item +10% Adds an additional +10% damage reduction against Arch-Glacor's basic attacks. Stacks additively with amulet of souls or Essence of Finality.
Powder of protection.png: RS3 Inventory image of Powder of protectionPowder of protection Item +10% Adds an additional +10% damage reduction to any scenario. In most cases this makes protection prayers/curses block 60% damage. Does not stack with amulet of souls or Essence of Finality.
Devoted.png: RS3 Inventory image of DevotedDevoted Perk 100% (75% in PvP) Has a chance to activate for 3 seconds every time you get hit.
Enhanced Devoted.png: RS3 Inventory image of Enhanced DevotedEnhanced Devoted Perk 100% (75% in PvP) Has a chance to activate for 3 seconds every time you get hit. Greater chance than Devoted.
NPCS
NPC name Damage reduction % Notes
Arch-Glacor.png: RS3 Inventory image of Arch-GlacorArch-Glacor 65% Protect/Deflect prayers are 65% effective against the Flurry special attack instead of the normal 50%.
Balance Elemental.png: RS3 Inventory image of Balance ElementalBalance Elemental 100%
Balfrug Kreeyath.png: RS3 Inventory image of Balfrug KreeyathBalfrug Kreeyath 100% He is K'ril Tsutsaroth's minion that attacks with Magic.
Brutish dinosaur.png: RS3 Inventory image of Brutish dinosaurBrutish dinosaur ~72% Special attack deals melee damage and Protect/Deflect Melee reduces damage by ~72%.
Corporeal Beast.png: RS3 Inventory image of Corporeal BeastCorporeal Beast 25% Unconfirmed/needs testing
Demon boss.png: RS3 Inventory image of Demon bossDemon boss 0% Protect/Deflect prayers do not reduce any damage. Additionally, using any prayer increases the damage they deal by 200%.
Giant mole.png: RS3 Inventory image of Giant moleGiant mole 0% On hard mode, if she attacks a player that is trapped in mud deals around 3,000 melee damage that is not reduced by Protect/Deflect Melee.
Kalphite King.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kalphite KingKalphite King Varies Reduces normal Melee and Ranged attacks by 70%. Reduces double-mage ball Magic attack by 0%. The reduction from the melee "green" attack is much less than 50%, probably 0%.
Kerapac, the bound.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kerapac, the boundKerapac Varies The more enrage Kerapac gains during the 4th phase of the fight, the less effective your Protect/Deflect prayers are.
Legiones.png: RS3 Inventory image of LegionesLegiones 0% Their lightning area-of-denial attacks deal Magic damage but are not reduced by Protect/Deflect Magic.
Memory of Nomad.png: RS3 Inventory image of Memory of NomadMemory of Nomad 0% Gielinor's red bomb attacks deal Magic damage but are not reduced by Protect/Deflect Magic.
Nex.png: RS3 Inventory image of NexNex Unconfirmed/needs testing
Nightmare.png: RS3 Inventory image of NightmareNightmare 75% Special attack deals Ranged damage and Protect/Deflect Missiles reduces damage by 75%.
Nodon artificer.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nodon artificerNodon artificer 0% Their "Feel the flames..." special attack deals Magic damage but is not reduced by Protect/Deflect Magic.
Nodon engineer.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nodon engineerNodon engineer
Nodon enforcer.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nodon enforcerNodon enforcer
Siege engine.png: RS3 Inventory image of Siege engineSiege engine 50% Despite dealing cannonball damage, Protect/Deflect Missiles reduces damage by 50%.
Ogre shaman.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ogre shamanOgre shaman 0% Interacting with them before completing the Watchtower quest without the magic ogre potion deals Magic damage but is not reduced by Protect/Deflect Magic.
Raksha, the Shadow Colossus.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raksha, the Shadow ColossusRaksha 60%
Scopulus.png: RS3 Inventory image of ScopulusScopulus >50% One of the minions spawned at Vorago. Unconfirmed/needs testing
TzTok-Jad.png: RS3 Inventory image of TzTok-JadTzTok-Jad 100%
TokHaar-Jad.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-JadTokHaar-Jad
TzekHaar-Jad.png: RS3 Inventory image of TzekHaar-JadTzekHaar-Jad
Tormented demon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tormented demonTormented demon 100%
Vorago.png: RS3 Inventory image of VoragoVorago 30% Testing has confirmed that protection prayers are ~30% effective against blue bombs. Vorago's melee hits might also have abnormal values. Needs testing.

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 22 July 2019 (Update):
    • Magic protection prayers and other damage reduction/negation abilities will now work against Muspah's magic attacks.
  • patch 4 February 2014 (Update):
    • An issue where using a hotkey would not activate Deflect Magic and Deflect Melee from the action bar has been resolved.
  • patch 6 December 2011 (Update):
    • Deflect Magic no longer hits incredibly high when wearing Veracs equipment.
  • patch 24 June 2010 (Update):
    • Adjusted the curse deflect animations to be faster. This was an animation issue only; running/walking is still the same with or without curses active.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to the ancient hymnal, Deflect Magic's verbal incantation is "Arceto impetum magorum."[sic] (I hinder the attack of magical things.)

See also[edit | edit source]