Pernix equipment is a set of degradable high-level Ranged power armour that requires 80 Defence and 80 Constitution to wear. It was first mentioned on 3 January 2011 and released into the game on 10 January 2011. Pernix armour pieces may only be obtained as rare drops from Nex, the boss of the Zarosian stronghold of the God Wars Dungeon, the Ancient Prison. It is the Ranged counterpart to Virtus armour and Torva armour, which are respectively Magic and Melee sets.
A similar set of armour is the Anima Core of Zamorak set, which is somewhat cheaper than Pernix and has similar stats.
As tier 80 equipment, Pernix armour is currently the fifth highest-level Ranged armour in the game (behind Death Lotus, Refined Anima Core of Zamorak, sirenic, and Tempest), and the third-best Ranged power armour.
Wearing any piece of Pernix, Torva, or Virtus armours, or wielding a Zaryte bow, Virtus wand, Virtus book, will cause all factions of monsters in the God Wars Dungeon (aside from bosses or the Ancient Prison) to be unaggressive.
The armour may be broken down at the Dragon Forge, located in the Ancient Cavern, to praesulic essence (ranged), which is a component in the creation of elite sirenic armour. This requires completion of While Guthix Sleeps.
Ancient armour degrades as it is used. Equipment received from Nex or Treasure Hunter is fully repaired and can be used for 60,000 charges of combat (though it degrades by 2 charges per hit, making the minimum time 5 hours) until it degrades completely and requires repair before it can be used again; it does not suffer in performance as it degrades from fully repaired to fully degraded. The remaining charges of Ancient armour can be checked by right-clicking it and selecting 'check-charge'. Additionally, Ancient armour may only be traded if fully repaired or fully degraded, excluding Shadow Gem variants. Items lose 20% charge if reclaimed from a gravestone after dying.
There are two ways to repair Ancient armour. Players can talk to any of the NPCs listed below and they will repair the items for a price, or repair the pieces themselves using an armour stand in any player-owned house for a reduced cost based on their Smithing level. The equipment can be repaired at any stage, and the cost will be adjusted according to how much it has degraded. The repair costs below are as if the equipment has fully degraded.
The following NPCs can repair the armour:
|Costs to repair
||POH Armour Stand
|Level 1 Smithing
||Level 99 Smithing
|The price is exactly 50% when boosted to 100 Smithing
template = Barrows repair/calc
form = repairForm
result = repairResult
param = level|Smithing level (1-105)|1|int|1-105||
param = price|price|3800000|hidden|||
|The result will appear here when you submit the form.|
Item shards are obtained from certain monsters while having CoinShare on. When a rare drop is given by the monster, 120 item shards are divided up among the involved players and sent to their banks. 120 shards can then be combined to give the original item.
||Pernix cowl shard
||Pernix body shard
||Pernix chaps shard
||Pernix gloves shard
||Pernix boots shard
Fragments of Pernix's quiver are obtained by opening tier 3 Elder Troves after upgrading the pontifex shadow ring to its maximum tier. At level 99 Fletching, 100 fragments can be combined to create Pernix's quiver.
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- patch 8 June 2015 (Update):
- Torva, Pernix and Virtus armour no longer show offensive combat stats as a requirement in the skill guide.
- patch 17 August 2011 (Update):
- Godwars degradable items no longer degrade on free worlds.
Concept art of Pernix armour