Deflect Curses

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"Deflect" redirects here. For the threshold Defence ability, see Reflect.
A player deflecting Melee damage

Deflect Curses are Prayers from the Ancient Curses prayer book. They are popularly used due to having the same drain rate as their respective protection prayers and the chance to deflect damage back at the enemy, commonly known as "pray melee, range, and mage". Players need to have completed The Temple at Senntisten quest to access these prayers. Once players have completed the quest, they can switch to the Ancient Curses prayer book by praying at the Altar of Zaros in the Zarosian temple beneath the Varrock Dig Site or the Elven grimoire in the Cadarn district in Prifddinas.

Some high levelled monsters and bosses (eg. Nomad, Bork, Jade vine) cannot be harmed by deflect curses and the player will get a message You are unable to reflect damage back to this creature.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

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A curse activating

Deflect curses stop 50% of damage in PvM and 40% of damage caused by other players (in PvP). In addition, they also have a chance of deflecting some of the damage they would have caused back onto the attacker. As with 'Protect from' prayers, players can only deflect one style of combat at a time (Melee, Ranged, or Magic). Creatures that can only be damaged in a specific way (ex. Vyrewatch can only be damaged by the Ivandis flail or Blisterwood weapons) cannot be hurt using a deflect curse.

While activated, the Curses have a deflect rate of approximately 60%. This means that on slightly more than half of the hits, the player will wave their arm in a blocking gesture, accompanied by a light (Red-Melee, Blue-Magic, Green-Ranged), showing that the deflect occurred. When this happens, 10% of the blocked damage will be deflected back, and if it would have hit a zero or under ten, there will be no recoil. However, recoils become helpful when fighting a boss because they deal higher damage than normal monsters.

List of Deflect Curses[edit | edit source]

Icon Curse Level needed Effect
Deflect Summoning.png Deflect Summoning 62 Reduces damage dealt from Summoning scrolls, prevents the use of a familiars special attack, and can deflect some of the damage back to the attacker.
Deflect Magic.png Deflect Magic 65 Provides 50% damage reduction against magical attacks and can deflect some of the damage back to the attacker.
Deflect Missiles.png Deflect Missiles 68 Provides 50% damage reduction against ranged attacks and can deflect some of the damage back to the attacker.
Deflect Melee.png Deflect Melee 71 Provides 50% damage reduction against melee attacks and can deflect some of the damage back to the attacker.

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 chart below.

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 protection prayers/curses 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 protection prayers/curses block 60% damage.
Pontifex Shadow Ring.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pontifex Shadow RingPontifex Shadow Ring Item +10% Adds an additional +10% damage reduction all of Arch-Glacor's attacks. This only requires the ring to be upgraded, it does not require the ring to be worn. Stacks additively with essence of finality/amulet of souls.
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.
Arch-Glacor.png: RS3 Inventory image of Arch-GlacorArch-Glacor NPC 65% Prayers are 65% effective against the flurry special attack instead of the normal 50%.
Balfrug_Kreeyath.png: RS3 Inventory image of Balfrug_KreeyathBalfrug_Kreeyath NPC 100% He is K'ril_Tsutsaroth's minion that attacks with magic.
Kalphite King.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kalphite KingKalphite King NPC 0% His double-mage ball magic attack.
Kerapac, the bound.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kerapac, the boundKerapac NPC Varies The more enrage Kerapac gains during the 4th phase of the fight, the less effective your protection prayers are.
Legiones.png: RS3 Inventory image of LegionesLegiones NPC 0% Their lightning area-of-denial attacks are not blocked at all by protect/deflect magic.
Raksha, the Shadow Colossus.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raksha, the Shadow ColossusRaksha NPC 60%
Scopulus.png: RS3 Inventory image of ScopulusScopulus NPC >50% One of the minions spawned at Vorago. Unconfirmed/needs testing
TokHaar-Jad.png: RS3 Inventory image of TokHaar-JadTokHaar-Jad NPC 100%
Tormented_demon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tormented_demonTormented_demon NPC 100% Prayers are 100% effective against their melee attacks.
TzTok-Jad.png: RS3 Inventory image of TzTok-JadTzTok-Jad NPC 100%
Vorago.png: RS3 Inventory image of VoragoVorago NPC 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 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.
  • patch 15 December 2009 (Update):
    • Deflect curses should now work correctly against skeletal wyverns.