Holy Cithara

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"Cithara" redirects here. For the item used during Back to the Freezer on Brazilian worlds, see Cithara (Back to the Freezer).
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The Holy Cithara is an object that can be found within the reliquary in the basement of the Abbey of St. Elspeth Citharede after completing One Piercing Note. Attempting to take the Cithara without meeting certain requirements detailed in the section below will result in the player having their life points reduced to 1. Receiving the Holy Cithara for the first time rewards the player with 50,000 Prayer experience.

This does not provide protection from Saradominist followers in the God Wars Dungeon. The Holy Cithara has a right-click play option which will make the player play it energetically for a few seconds. Other players are able to hear the Cithara as the player plays it. The Cithara's emote can only be used when it is not sheathed.


The Holy Cithara is required for the elite Desert Achievement "A, B, Cithara." It is also required for a master clue scroll emote clue in the Edgeville Monastery, requiring a jig with Saradomin's murmur and the Ring of devotion.

Combat stats[edit | edit source]

Obtaining the Holy Cithara[edit | edit source]

To obtain the Holy Cithara, a player must meet the following "holy" requirements:

  • Be on the standard spellbook or Lunar spellbook
  • Be on Standard prayers and have full prayer points
  • Have 100% run energy
  • Do not have a follower summoned
  • Have an empty inventory
  • Have all of the following equipped:
    • A ring of visibility (unless the player has been granted the gift of looking into the Shadow Realm by Sliske), and
    • A ghostspeak amulet or cramulet (unless the reward from the Morytania Hard Tasks have been claimed), and
    • Six pieces of acceptable Saradomin equipment that the player owns, listed below. No items aligned with another god may be either equipped or in the player's inventory. The ring of visibility and ghostspeak amulet do not count as one of these items.

It can take several tries to successfully grab the cithara. If you don't obtain it on the first try, the ghost appears but you won't receive any damage, keep trying until you get it. If you get a message reading "An invisible force gently but firmly moves your hand away from the cithara," you are not wearing the correct ring.

Saradomin-aligned items[edit | edit source]

Pieces of equipment aligned with Saradomin include the following:

Slot Acceptable items
Head slot.png Citharede hood.png: RS3 Inventory image of Citharede hoodCitharede hood Rune full helm (Saradomin).png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune full helm (Saradomin)Saradomin full helm Warpriest of Saradomin helm.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Saradomin helmWarpriest of Saradomin helm Relic helm of Saradomin.png: RS3 Inventory image of Relic helm of SaradominRelic helm of Saradomin Blessed dragonhide coif (Saradomin).png: RS3 Inventory image of Blessed dragonhide coif (Saradomin)Saradomin d'hide coif  Saradomin mitre.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin mitreSaradomin mitre
Neck slot.png A ghostspeak amulet or cramulet is required; if the player already owns Morytania legs 3 or Morytania legs 4, then they may wear the Citharede symbol, holy symbol, Saradomin stole or Saradomin's murmur
Back slot.png Saradomin cloak.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin cloakSaradomin cloak Saradomin cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin capeSaradomin cape Warpriest of Saradomin cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Saradomin capeWarpriest of Saradomin cape Golden warpriest of Saradomin cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Golden warpriest of Saradomin capeGolden warpriest of Saradomin cape
Torso slot.png Citharede robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Citharede robe topCitharede robe top Monk's robe (top).png: RS3 Inventory image of Monk's robe (top)Monk's robe Rune platebody (Saradomin).png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune platebody (Saradomin)Saradomin platebody Warpriest of Saradomin cuirass.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Saradomin cuirassWarpriest of Saradomin cuirass (and golden version) Blessed dragonhide body (Saradomin).png: RS3 Inventory image of Blessed dragonhide body (Saradomin)Saradomin d'hide body Saradomin robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin robe topSaradomin robe top
Legs slot.png Citharede robe bottom.png: RS3 Inventory image of Citharede robe bottomCitharede robe bottom Monk's robe (bottom).png: RS3 Inventory image of Monk's robe (bottom)Monk's robe Rune plateskirt (Saradomin).png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune plateskirt (Saradomin)Saradomin plateskirt and platelegs Warpriest of Saradomin greaves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Saradomin greavesWarpriest of Saradomin greaves (and golden version) Blessed dragonhide chaps (Saradomin).png: RS3 Inventory image of Blessed dragonhide chaps (Saradomin)Saradomin d'hide chaps Saradomin robe legs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin robe legsSaradomin robe legs
2h slot.png Saradomin staff.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin staffSaradomin staff Saradomin mjolnir.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin mjolnirSaradomin mjolnir Saradomin godsword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin godswordSaradomin godsword (and lucky version) Saradomin sword.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin swordSaradomin sword (and lucky version) Banner of Saradomin.png: RS3 Inventory image of Banner of SaradominBanner of Saradomin Sculpting chisel (Saradomin).png: RS3 Inventory image of Sculpting chisel (Saradomin)Saradomin chisel
Ammo slot.png Saradomin arrows.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin arrowsSaradomin arrows (only one is needed)
Gloves slot.png Blessed dragonhide vambraces (Saradomin).png: RS3 Inventory image of Blessed dragonhide vambraces (Saradomin)Saradomin vambraces Warpriest of Saradomin gauntlets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Saradomin gauntletsWarpriest of Saradomin gauntlets Golden warpriest of Saradomin gauntlets.png: RS3 Inventory image of Golden warpriest of Saradomin gauntletsGolden warpriest of Saradomin gauntlets
Ring slot.png A ring of visibility is required; if the player has the ability to see into the Shadow Realm, then they may wear a ring of devotion
Feet slot.png Warpriest of Saradomin boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Warpriest of Saradomin bootsWarpriest of Saradomin boots Golden warpriest of Saradomin boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Golden warpriest of Saradomin bootsGolden warpriest of Saradomin boots
Pocket slot.png Gold Saradominist token.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gold Saradominist tokenSaradominist token (any tier) Saradomin's Book of Wisdom.png: RS3 Inventory image of Saradomin's Book of WisdomSaradomin's Book of Wisdom Illuminated Book of Wisdom.png: RS3 Inventory image of Illuminated Book of WisdomIlluminated Book of Wisdom Damaged book (Saradomin).png: RS3 Inventory image of Damaged book (Saradomin)Damaged book (Saradomin)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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!
  • ninja 23 April 2019 (Update):
    • The following equipment can now be saved as keepsake copies;
      • Beads of the dead, Awusah's shoes, holy cithara (as a magic offhand), Trollweiss flowers and lily of the valley (as melee main-hands).
  • patch 14 April 2014 (Update):
    • Players no longer need a ring of visibility to get a holy cithara after completing Fate of the Gods.
  • patch 2 April 2012 (Update):
    • Claiming a holy cithara with boosted lifepoints will no longer kill the player if their lifepoints decrease as they try to take it.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The cithara is an Ancient Greek version of the lyre.