God book

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God books are Prayer items held in the pocket slot. Players first receive a damaged book after completion of Horror from the Deep and must add four torn pages to make a complete god book, which requires level 30 Prayer to equip. Once added, pages cannot be removed from the book.

Following an update on 22 February 2016, god books and illuminated god books now have an effect that activates in combat, unique to each god.

The Saradomin, Zamorak, Armadyl, and Bandos god books provide protection in the God Wars Dungeon from their respective gods. The Guthix and Ancient god books do not provide this protection, as they would devalue the Shard of Zaros.

Obtaining the books[edit | edit source]

During Horror from the Deep, players speak to Jossik about a rusty casket, and he asks the player to read what the chest says. The player can choose from six gods: Saradomin, Guthix, Zamorak, Armadyl, Bandos, or Zaros (access to the Ancient god book requires completion of The Dig Site quest). The rest of the books can also be purchased straight after for 5,000 each.

For whichever god is chosen, the player will get a "damaged book" of that god. When wielded, this book provides a +2 boost to Prayer. However, this is not the book's true potential; torn pages that are missing from the damaged book can be found and put back in to complete the book. Torn pages are a reward from completing treasure trails, cremating vyre corpses in the Columbarium, completing Tetracompasses, or by buying them from other players, either directly or via the Grand Exchange.

If a player loses their god book, they can get it back in their player owned house for 100,000. If you lose your damaged book you can obtain it from Jossik for free. He will return only one book each time he is spoken to, always in this order: Saradomin, Guthix, Zamorak, Bandos, Armadyl, and Zaros. All books must be reclaimed from him before a new book can be bought. Completed or illuminated books can also be reclaimed from a bookcase in a player-owned house.

Illuminated god books[edit | edit source]

Main article: Illuminated god books

After One Piercing Note, all completed books can be illuminated, creating a copy with increased bonuses and an additional +2 Prayer boost (to a total of +4). Illuminating a book requires level 60 Prayer and Crafting and gives 10,000 Prayer and Crafting experience the first time a book is illuminated (for a total of 60,000 experience to each skill for all six books). The illuminated books require level 40 Prayer to wield and cost 120,000 coins to reclaim if lost.

Cosmetic overrides[edit | edit source]

Main article: God book (override)

Since 21 August 2017, completing the god books unlock cosmetic overrides for them. Each completed god book unlocks the respective recolour option, and once all have been unlocked, ten further recolours become available along with the optional use of prismatic dyes.

There are two override variants for god books: God Book (Magic Off-hand) and God Book (Shield).

Special effects[edit | edit source]

God books and illuminated god books have a passive effect that can be activated or deactivated in combat, similar to scrimshaw, which is unique to each god. This effect needs to be charged and is done by using the corresponding god page on a complete god book, each page adding a 45 minute (25%) charge. The maximum charge (time) you can have is 3 hours. The page number does not matter, so long as the page is for the same god. The effects are unchanged for illuminated books.

If the player loses the book, it will lose all its remaining charges, requiring the player to add additional pages in order to activate the passive effect.

All effects have a 15% chance to occur with each hit (50% in legacy) and have a 15-second (25-tick) cooldown after activating before it can activate again. They deal 60% fixed plus 40% randomly (20% fixed and 40% randomly in PvP combat) of the maximum damage numbers (this is incorporated into the ranges given). The damage dealt is a percentage of ability damage in EOC and legacy mode. Damage boosts that are applied during damage calculation (for example, ultimate abilities, prayers, Void knight equipment, and the Slayer helmet) do not affect the god book's special effect. Damage boosts applied after damage calculation (such as auras, Keris, Darklight, and Balmung) will affect the god book's special effect.


A tornado spins at the target's location dealing 4 hits of damage in 4 ticks, dealing 30-50%, 30-50%, 60-100%, and 60-100% damage for a total of 180-300% damage and an average of 240% damage (PvP: 10-30%, 10-30%, 20-60%, 20-60%; total 60-180%, with an average of 120%). If the target moves from the tornado, the damage is halted. Based on Kree'arra's hard mode special attack.


A shockwave hits the target, dealing 90-150% damage (PvP: 30-90%), reducing the target's Defence level by 5% + 5 and increasing its affinity values by 3 for 12 seconds. Based on General Graardor's ranged attack.


The sword of edicts falls on the target, burns, and explodes. It deals an initial hit of 90-150%, three hits of 7.5-12.5%, and finally 37.5-62.5% (with the final hit being split in a 3x3 area if there are multiple targets nearby), for a total of 150-250%. (PvP: initially 30-90%, three hits of 2.5-7.5%, and 12.5-37.5 AoE; total 50-150%).


A lightning strike hits the target for 165-275% damage (PvP: 55-165%). Based on Commander Zilyana's attack.


A dark explosion hits the target and the surrounding targets in a 3x3 area for 150-250% damage (split over all targets) (PvP: 50-150%). Based on K'ril Tsutsaroth's 'YARRR' attack.


Icicles hit and surround the target, dealing 120-200% damage (PvP: 40-120%) and binding the target for 4 seconds. Based on Nex's ice prison attack.

Prices[edit | edit source]

God book Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Total price
Saradomin's Book of Wisdom.png Saradomin's Book of Wisdom 249,821 229,157 225,474 223,798 928,250
Guthix's Book of Balance.png Guthix's Book of Balance 137,892 125,399 125,914 121,838 511,043
Zamorak's Book of Chaos.png Zamorak's Book of Chaos 82,218 76,641 73,522 74,828 307,209
Bandos's Book of War.png Bandos's Book of War 68,395 61,755 62,301 63,221 255,672
Armadyl's Book of Law.png Armadyl's Book of Law 783,523 771,509 769,930 768,610 3,093,572
Ancient Book.png Ancient Book 28,785 24,559 23,534 24,056 100,934
Total for all god books 5,196,680

Bonuses[edit | edit source]

 Item Type Main-hand Off-hand Attributes Style bonus
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence Constitution Prayer Attack-icon.png Ranged-icon.png Magic-icon.png
Damaged book (Saradomin).pngDamaged book (Zamorak).pngDamaged book (Guthix).pngDamaged book (Armadyl).pngDamaged book (Bandos).pngDamaged book (Ancient).png Damaged book Zero weakness icon.png Nothing - - - - - - 0 0 2 - - -
Saradomin's Book of Wisdom.pngZamorak's Book of Chaos.pngGuthix's Book of Balance.pngArmadyl's Book of Law.pngBandos's Book of War.pngAncient Book.png God book Zero weakness icon.png Nothing - - - - - - 0 0 2 5 5 5
Illuminated Book of Wisdom.pngIlluminated Book of Chaos.pngIlluminated Book of Balance.pngIlluminated Book of Law.pngIlluminated Book of War.pngIlluminated Ancient Book.png Illuminated god book Zero weakness icon.png Nothing - - - - - - 0 0 4 7 7 7

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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patch 4 June 2018 (Update):
    • Godbook special attacks will no longer carry over damage at the end of a player duel.
  • ninja 12 February 2018 (Update):
    • Scrimshaws and God books can now be deactivated immediately.
  • patch 22 January 2018 (Update):
    • Players can now buy each of the damaged god books from Jossik before completing prior books.
  • ninja 15 January 2018 (Update):
    • The God Book reclamation interface has been updated following Horror from the Deep.
  • ninja 11 April 2016 (Update):
    • Reduced the cooldown between potential active effects of the god books triggering, excluding Bandos' Book of War, which was increased.
    • Increased the chance of all six god books' active effects triggering, when off cooldown.
    • Improved the chance of the god book specials activating in legacy mode.
    • God books now convert to 60,000 coins when dying in a PvP situation.
  • patch 23 March 2015 (Update):
    • Players will no longer appear to be using a special attack from a distance while using a God book.
  • patch 26 September 2012 (Update):
    • Players should no longer get an additional God book when you trying to claim one.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Preaching from a god book used to cost the player 25% of the special attack bar. Since the Evolution of Combat brought about the end of special attacks, players instead lose 10 prayer points when preaching from a god book. This includes not just the "preach" option, but the last rites, blessings and wedding ceremonies as well.
  • After an unknown update, all but one preach has been removed from god books. All preach options have returned in another unknown update.
  • The god books are written by the followers of the gods, and are not official dictates by the gods themselves.[1]
  • On 17 December 2013, the god books were updated with new text relating to the Sixth Age.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Osborne's Twitter account. 9 October 2013. (Archived from the original on 14 October 2013.) Mod Osborne: "They were transcribed by followers based on the gods as they were ages ago. I'd say that makes them inaccurate with some truth."