|Release date||4 January 2001 (Update)|
|Minimum level to be ranked||15 (as of 1 Jun 2020)|
|Players with 99||201,873 (as of 1 Jun 2020)|
|Players with 120||6,908 (as of 1 Jun 2020)|
|Players with 200M XP||1,846 (as of 1 Jun 2020)|
|Infobox • Talk page|
Prayer is a combat skill that grants the player specialised buffs in combat and skilling by evoking the power of the dead. All players start with limited access to the Prayer skill. As a player's Prayer level increases, they gain access to new prayers. As players traverse the land and complete many adventures, they find themselves presented with the opportunity to gain the prayers and blessings from various schools of thought represented by different gods. Some of the strongest prayers are only available after doing certain members' quests or activities. Prayer is currently one of the quickest skills to achieve skill mastery in, as it is possible to reach level 99 in just a few days using the appropriate bones and methods; however, quickly training prayer tends to be expensive compared to other skills.
Prayer is classified as a combat skill and is factored into the combat level formula. Therefore, leveling up in Prayer will contribute towards increasing a player's combat level.
The main free-to-play ways to train prayer are to bury bones and scatter demonic ashes. However, for RuneScape members, using bones or ashes on a gilded altar in a player-owned house's Chapel is more efficient. For wealthier members, reinforced dragon bones are a quick and easy way to reach level 99 Prayer, while semi-prosperous players can still level up with dragon bones. Bones can be obtained by killing various creatures, by taking bone drops that other players leave behind, or by collecting the bones that spawn in various places, such as in parts of the Edgeville Dungeon or at the Chaos Temple in the southern Wilderness. Demon ashes can be obtained by killing demons or by taking demon ash drops that other players leave behind. Prayer is difficult to train in free-to-play because the greatest renewable source of prayer experience is big bones, which give only 15 experience when buried.
Initially, it was believed that prayers are aligned specifically with Saradomin, and there are those on Gielinor who believed that prayers are a response from Saradomin. As Zamorak claimed in a God Letter, the God of Order deals with prayers, "so when you give dead creatures / people an honourable burial in his name it makes him pay closer attention to you, and help you out in little ways that Guthix won't notice."
However, Necrovarus' notes states that this is factually incorrect, although it is nevertheless believed by many on Gielinor. The notes state that prayer is actually energy harnessed from the dead by giving them a proper burial. Indeed, Yauchomi, the former Lumbridge Prayer Tutor, also stated that burying bones raised the player's Prayer level by increasing their "holy energies". The actual connection between Prayer and the gods of Gielinor, including Saradomin as well as others such as Zaros and Seren, is that the unique energy obtained by giving the dead a proper burial could be channelled into receiving certain boons or curses, which may be aligned with a particular god.
Prayer, unlike most skills that are directly related to their name, cannot be trained just through the act of "praying". In fact, Prayer almost completely relies on destroying remains, such as by scattering demonic ashes or burying bones to gain experience.
- 1 History and origins
- 2 Overview of how Prayer works
- 3 Training
- 4 Recharging
- 5 Other uses
- 6 Prayer bonus
- 7 Prayers
- 8 Ancient Curses
- 9 Burying bones and scattering ashes
- 10 Prayer-restoring potions
- 11 Equipment
- 12 Gravestones
- 13 Prayer flicking
- 14 Where prayer could be very helpful
- 15 Monsters that use prayer
- 16 Level-up table
- 17 Temporary boosts
- 18 Cape of Accomplishment
- 19 Skilling pet (Ghostly)
- 20 Quests with a Prayer requirement
- 21 Achievements
- 22 Update history
- 23 Trivia
- 24 References
- 25 See also
History and origins[edit | edit source]
Prayer is one of the oldest skills in the game, dating back to early RuneScape Classic. As with (good and evil) Magic, it had two facets: PrayGood and PrayEvil. Earlier than this, Prayer was known as Necromancy - the name change was probably because Necromancy was the moniker given to the Magic Class (back when the game had classes).
Prayer was the last of the original skills in which players were able to reach the maximum skill level of 99. Before any of the "prayers" were made available (the current motive for training this skill), players could still gain Prayer levels through burying bones and completing The Restless Ghost. While Prayer did not have any uses, it existed in the Good Magic and Evil Magic skills simply as a "moral compass" of sorts. Although superficially burying bones may not seem to have much to do with Prayer, it has been said in Postbag from the Hedge that although Saradomin condemns violence, he does like the player to bury the body honourably. In the God Letters, Guthix himself commented:
|“||Saradomin has a great pride upon himself, and his time is mostly spent with listening to the songs of his glories from the religious and the offerings of bones made to him by those seeking to gain his favour through prayers.||”|
|— God Letters Issue 13: Guthix Maintains|
These, and Zamorak's statement above, would appear to align with the widespread belief that prayer is associated specifically with Saradomin, and many on Gielinor actually believed that prayer is a response from Saradomin in return for offering of bones. However, as stated in Necrovarus' notes, prayer actually draws its power on the souls of the dead. By giving them a proper burial, they emit a unique energy that can be channelled by skilled individuals to gain boons or curses, which are taught within a school of thought represented by a god.
On 6 September 2011 Prayer points were updated to work in the same way as life points, i.e. the maximum number of Prayer points a player normally has is 10x their Prayer level. The drain rate of Prayer points has been updated to match the change.
On 20 November 2012, the Evolution of Combat update reduced the effect of many prayers. For example, the damage reduction of protection prayers was changed from 100% to 50%. It also nerfed stat-boosting prayers severely. But it did introduce some new prayers for mages and rangers, to make the combat triangle balanced prayer-wise. Melee still appears to be a little better in the original prayers as melee prayers require lower Prayer levels than Magic prayers.
On 25 March 2009, the Prayer icon next to the minimap () (now next to the prayer bar on the action bar) had a function added which expanded on its function as a simple meter. This new function was recognised as "quick prayers". It can now be left-clicked to activate, or deactivate, a group of Prayers preselected by the player simultaneously. You can select which prayers are activated by right-clicking the button and choosing the "Select quick prayers" option. (You can do the same with curses; the option changes to "Select quick curses". Quick curses and quick prayers are saved separately.) Before the addition of this function, players had to, sometimes frantically, locate the Prayer icon and activate them one by one. This new function allows players to place many of the most useful prayers on immediate standby. However, many players use the button simply to turn off Prayers when accessing prayers through its tab, by double left-clicking it to turn off all prayers.
This was the official release of the "quick prayers" function, as provided by Jagex:
|“||The fourth upgrade for this week will save you valuable seconds in times of need. The Prayer button near the minimap has undergone an overhaul so you can now set a Prayer, or group of Prayers, before you go into action, and activate or de-activate it with one click. The button will also indicate the loss of Prayer points by gradually fading out – similar to the behaviour of the life points button. This should help prevent you accidentally running out of Prayer points, and finding yourself suddenly vulnerable to your opponent's attacks.||”|
On 10 July 2017, an update allowed players to add up to 10 presets for quick prayers or curses. Any of the presets can be dragged to the action bar for fast switching. This update also added the ability to name the presets using the names from the bank presets.
Overview of how Prayer works[edit | edit source]
Increasing a player's Prayer level is generally done through various uses of bones or demonic ashes, with non-members limited to burying them (except in Daemonheim, where they can be used on altars). Members have other options that are faster; such as offering bones to the gods at a gilded altar; worshipping at the Ectofuntus; or taking part in activities that award prayer experience such as Soul Wars, Conquest and Pest Control.
To use a prayer, players must click on any prayer available. Prayers that are highlighted with colour can be used by the player, while Prayers unavailable are darkened. When a player clicks on a prayer, a lighted circle will appear around it, indicating that they are using it.
Using a prayer drains the player's Prayer energy at varying speeds, and once this energy is depleted, prayers can no longer be used; therefore, use of any and all prayers are temporary. To slow the rate of drain, players may equip items that add Prayer bonuses, such as a blessed holy symbol or a priest gown, which reduces the drain rate by increasing Prayer bonuses. Increasing Prayer level does not reduce the drain rate of prayers.
Once the player's Prayer points reaches zero, all prayers will deactivate and no prayers will be able to be in use until the player recharges their Prayer points.
Prayer level determines the player's maximum Prayer points: if it's drained due to factors such as a trap in a Clan Battlefield, the maximum amount of Prayer points is reduced accordingly. This can be remedied with the use of a restore potion or super restore.
Training[edit | edit source]
The most common method of training is to bury bones, or play minigames and miniquests.
Free-to-play[edit | edit source]
Gathering bones[edit | edit source]
There are a number of bone respawn locations:
- Wilderness Graveyard of Shadows/Forgotten Cemetery (level 16–21): ~10 normal bones respawn
- Edgeville Dungeon: 7 normal bones respawn
- Lower level Lumbridge Catacombs in the room full of corpse mages. There is almost always a swarm of botters killing them, with lots of bones lying on the ground.
- Wilderness Chaos Temple (level 13) 11–15 normal bones respawn
- Taverley Dungeon blue dragon lair, 5 normal bones respawn
- Boneyard (previous Clan Wars location) has big bones and normal bones. Extremely good for free-to-play players.
Players may also frequent popular training areas and gather the unwanted bones left behind by players that kill the monsters.
A highly recommended way for free players to train Prayer is to bury big bones, as they give 15 experience, while normal bones give about 4.5 experience. If players have enough coins, they could buy big bones at the Grand Exchange. When burying large numbers of bones, you can cut the time spent in half with some timing. To do this, click any bone. About halfway through the animation, click another. You will have buried two bones while viewing the animation a single time. Players have also reported that it is possible to bury three sets of bones during a single animation using a similar technique. When simply burying bones after monster killing, Big bones are useful only if you can kill the monster faster than the time it takes to kill four chickens. Alternatively, you can also bind a particular type of bone to a keybind so that you only have to repetitively press on a single button to bury the bones.
If a player has access to Cremation, they can use a bone on a bonfire to gain experience equivalent to 2.5 times that of the same bone when it is simply buried. Players can also use bones on altars in Daemonheim to gain four times the amount.
Lamps[edit | edit source]
Methods to obtain experience lamps, even as a non-member, include completing all of the Lumbridge and Draynor Tasks, where for each of the four parts you have completed you will be rewarded with lamps granting you increasingly higher amounts of experience for any chosen skill(s); and venturing north to the Barbarian Village, reaching the Stronghold of Player Safety, which will contain two antique lamps.
Daily Challenges[edit | edit source]
Free players may want to consider doing daily challenges assigned by Challenge Mistress Fara, as the challenges require small quantities of bones or ashes to be gathered and dealt with while gaining decent amounts of experience.
Members[edit | edit source]
Bones cost analysis[edit | edit source]
- See the bone burial calculator for coins-per-experience-point analysis of bones using live data from the Grand Exchange Market Watch.
Experience boosting equipment[edit | edit source]
Recharging[edit | edit source]
To recharge Prayer points, a player must pray at an altar or drink a potion that restores Prayer points. If a holy wrench is in the player's inventory or pocket slot, or if a Reverence aura is activated while drinking a Prayer-restoring potion, additional Prayer points will be restored. Other options include dying or entering one of the many minigames that are PvP related.
There are some altar locations that will charge the player's Prayer points and offer a small boost to Prayer. These locations are:
- Edgeville Monastery – the altar on the ground floor[UK]1st floor[US].
- Nature Grotto – deep within the Mort Myre Swamp
- Seers' Village Altar – after completion of Seers' Village hard tasks
- The Elidinis Statuette – located within Nardah
- The Altar of Zaros – located within the Senntisten Temple
- The Amascut statue – located within the Uzer Mastaba (drains several life points)
- The sulphur spring – located in Oo'glog
- The four altars within the four God Wars Dungeon boss rooms boost an additional 10 Prayer points for every equipped item affiliated with that god.
Note: Praying at these altars will not raise the player's base level; it will only provide a small boost – similar to other stat-boosting potions.
The prayer cape's special ability will raise it from 990 to 1000.
The Dungeoneering reward items split dragontooth necklace, twisted bird skull necklace, and demon horn necklace recharge Prayer points while burying various types of bones, which can be very useful in combination with the bonecrusher, another Dungeoneering reward item.
The Falador shields, obtainable from the Falador Tasks, can also restore the player's Prayer points, but may only be activated once per day. The ancient mace and superior ancient mace can restore Prayer points using their special attacks. The Saradomin godsword can restore both life and Prayer points using its special attack, while its passive counterpart has a chance to restore life and Prayer points with each hit.
The ancient elven ritual shard can be activated to restore 37.5% of the player's total Prayer points over 30 seconds with a 5-minute cooldown. At level 99 Prayer, it restores 75 Prayer points every 6 seconds for a total of 5 times, giving 375 prayer points per activation.
Jangerberries restore 10 Prayer points. Holy biscuits are stackable and restore 10 Prayer points each. Spicy stew with yellow spice can increase Prayer points by 10–60 points, but it may also drain them by the same amount.
Cheesecake is available in free-to-play and restores a variable amount of Prayer points depending on the player's Prayer level, up to 49 Prayer points per bite (147 Prayer points for the whole cheesecake) at level 99. There are also vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, and bacon cheesecakes that restore more Prayer points (up to 99 points per bite with bacon cheesecake and 99 Prayer), but are members-only.
While wearing full Citharede robes, a player can listen to a musician, restoring 30 Prayer points every game tick, or 150 points every 3 seconds.
Wearing a full set of Penance armour will allow prayer to slowly replenish at a rate of 30 Prayer points every minute.
Other uses[edit | edit source]
Players with level 70 or greater Prayer may also bless the gravestones of others to increase a gravestone's lifespan, up to 5 minutes.
Players under level 70 Prayer can repair the gravestones of others to return the gravestone's timer back to its original time. For example, a gravestone that lasts for four minutes, when repaired, will return to its time of four minutes.
Prayer bonus[edit | edit source]
Prayer bonuses can be viewed in the Equipment and Stats window. Here, players can see all their bonuses, including Prayer. Prayer points will drain slower or quicker, depending upon the amount of Prayer bonuses a player has. Players who have a positive Prayer bonus will drain slower Prayer points than usual. The higher the Prayer bonus is, the slower the player's Prayer points will drain when using Prayer.
Each point of Prayer bonus reduces the drain rate by 1% of the regular drain rate of the Prayer(s). A general formula for the time (interval) between dropping Prayer points with a given Prayer bonus is:
Where the drain interval is the number of seconds per point (i.e. 1 point per x seconds).
For example, if a player uses the Protect from Melee prayer with a Prayer bonus of 0, their Prayer points would drain at a rate of 1 point every 0.4 seconds. If that player then equips armour giving a Prayer bonus of +20, the drain rate of this Prayer is slowed to 100 – 20 = 80%, so the drain interval becomes , or 1 point per 0.5 seconds instead of 1 point every 0.4 seconds.
You can also use the Prayer Drain Calculator to see your prayer drain rate based on which prayer(s) you have active and what your prayer bonus is.
Prayer bonuses, however, do not help to stave off the side-effects of locations (such as the Barrows crypts and tunnels) and NPCs which drain Prayer.
Prayers[edit | edit source]
This is the list of all prayers in the game. As a player's Prayer level increases, more of these Prayers will become available for usage.
While members have the ability to be granted access to all 30 prayers, free players are only able to access 21 out of 30 prayers, restricted from the last eight along with Protect from Summoning. Prayers can be activated in the Prayer List interface () Players can also use some prayers at the same time with others, though doing so will compound the drain rate of these prayers. Some prayers cannot be used simultaneously and are marked in the table with the same background colour. For example, activating the Smite prayer while the Protect from Melee prayer is active will automatically deactivate Protect from Melee as they are incompatible Prayers.
Some prayers have additional requirements in order to be activated. Chivalry, Piety, Augury and Rigour cannot be used until completing the Knight Waves training ground after the King's Ransom quest. Rapid Renewal cannot be used until the scroll of renewal has been read, which can be purchased from the Marmaros or Wythien for 38,000 Dungeoneering tokens by players with 65 Prayer and 65 Dungeoneering.
|Ability||Members||Level||Drain rate (points per minute)||Drain rate (seconds per point)||Effect|
|Burst of Strength||No||4||10||6|
|Clarity of Thought||No||7||10||6|
Keep 1 extra item if you die.
|Protect from Summoning||Yes||35||150||0.4|
|Protect from Magic||No||37||150||0.4|
|Protect from Missiles||No||40||150||0.4||
Protection from attacks - 50%. Halves the duration of immobility as a result of Bolas.
|Protect from Melee||No||43||150||0.4|
Damage to nearby targets when dying.
Drains enemy's prayer by 1 for every 40 (26 legacy) damage dealt. Cap of 100 prayer drained per hit.
Ancient Curses[edit | edit source]
Ancient Curses are the prayers of the god Zaros and the goddess Seren. They are high-level prayers that are accessed after The Temple at Senntisten, however the Seren prayers require the additional completion of The Light Within to use. They are only available to members. Similar rules from the regular prayer list apply: sap curses cannot be used with leech curses. Deflect curses cannot be used together, except Deflect Summoning can be used with another deflect curse.
Malevolence, Desolation and Affliction cannot be used until they have been accessed by using a Praesul codex, which is dropped exclusively by Nex: Angel of Death. Each codex will unlock only one of these three curses, and thus, 3 Praesul codices are required to unlock all three curses. However, players are able to choose which ones they wish to unlock.
|Ability||Members||Level||Drain rate (points per minute)||Drain rate (seconds per point)||Effect|
Keep 1 extra item if you die.
-2 to -6 enemy levels when determining hit chance
|Sap Range Strength||Yes||53||100||0.6|
-2 to -6 enemy levels when determining hit chance
|Sap Magic Strength||Yes||55||100||0.6|
Drain enemy adrenaline (10% at a time, every couple hits).
Boosted stats last 15% longer.
Protect against damage from attacks and Summoning scrolls and can deflect some damage back.
|Leech Range Strength||Yes||77||200||0.3|
|Leech Magic Strength||Yes||79||200||0.3|
Doubles the chance of ancient spell effects activating when using abilities.
Doubles the chance of Seren spell effects activating when using abilities.
Steals an enemy's Run Energy and restores it to the player. (10% every couple hits)
Steals an enemy's Adrenaline and restores it to the player.
Absorb chronicles while training Divination for Hunter and Divination experience.
While active you will share half of all healing and damage with another player using this prayer within 5 squares.
Inflicts damage to nearby targets if you die.
Gives a 5% damage reduction and 1% damage reflection from all combat styles for every player around you using this prayer (max 5).
While active logs are burned for experience, smelting is 0.6 seconds faster and smithing a low or medium heat item acts as a medium or high heat item.
Heals the player by 10% of the damage dealt and lowers the enemy's prayer by 1 point for every 66 (45 legacy) damage.
+10 levels (for accuracy)
+10 levels (for accuracy)
+12 levels (for accuracy)
+12 levels (for accuracy)
Burying bones and scattering ashes[edit | edit source]
Many types of bones and demon ashes exist that players can bury or scatter for Prayer experience. However, most of them are available only to members. To bury bones or scatter ashes, simply left-click on the bone or ashes in your inventory.
Many players with a high Construction level choose to build a gilded altar with incense burners in their house as this is a much faster way to gain Prayer experience than any other. Although less experience is granted per bone than the Ectofuntus, more bones may be processed in a shorter time span. Often the RuneScape Forums are a good place to find other players who are happy to allow 'loan' of their altars for a short amount of time. Alternatively, one can go to a house party world, and at peak times many players advertise gilded altars. World 31 is a themed world dedicated to this.
Prayer-restoring potions[edit | edit source]
|Potion||Herblore level||Points restored per dose||... at 99 Prayer||Restored over time||... at 99 Prayer||Overall points per item at 99 Prayer||Price per dose||Price per instant prayer point||Price per prayer point|
|Prayer potion||38||level × 2.5 + 70||317||-||-||1268||762.75||2.4||2.4|
|Prayer flask||38||level × 2.5 + 70||317||-||-||1902||1,816.17||5.7||5.7|
|Super restore||63||level × 2.5 + 80||327||-||-||1308||665.25||2||2|
|Super restore flask||63||level × 2.5 + 80||327||-||-||1962||2,039.5||6.2||6.2|
|Sanfew serum||65||level × 2.5 + 80||327||-||-||1308||1,582.5||4.8||4.8|
|Sanfew serum flask||65||level × 2.5 + 80||327||-||-||1962||3,160.67||9.6||9.6|
|Super prayer||94||level × 3.5 + 70||416||-||-||1664||6,178.67||14.8||14.8|
|Super prayer flask||94||level × 3.5 + 70||416||-||-||2496||7,236.17||17.3||17.3|
|Prayer renewal||94||-||-||level × 4.3 + 120||545||2180||2,777.25||-||5|
|Prayer renewal flask||94||-||-||level × 4.3 + 120||545||3270||2,975||-||5.4|
|Replenishment potion||87||level × 2.5 + 80||327||-||-||1962||3,338.56||10.2||10.2|
|Brightfire potion||94||-||-||level × 4.3 + 120||545||3270||4,105.89||-||7.5|
|Super prayer renewal potion||96||level × 2.5 + 70||317||level × 4.7 + 130.5||595||5472||2,758.5||8.7||3|
|Holy overload potion||97||-||-||level × 4.3 + 120||545||3270||22,371.22||-||41|
|Overload salve||97||level × 2.5 + 70||317||level × 4.7 + 130.5||595||5472||28,153.28||88.8||30.8|
|Supreme overload salve||99||level × 2.5 + 70||317||level × 4.7 + 130.5||595||5472||42,770.78||134.9||46.8|
|Elder overload salve||107||level × 2.5 + 70||317||level × 4.7 + 130.5||595||5472||NAN||-||NAN|
|Spiritual prayer potion||110||level × 2.5 + 70||317||-||-||1902||5,396.67||17||17|
|Extreme prayer||117||level × 5.0 + 70||565||-||-||2260||6,726.67||11.9||11.9|
|Extreme prayer flask||117||level × 5.0 + 70||565||-||-||3390||7,784.17||13.7||13.7|
If a potion is untradeable the price of the ingredients is used instead. Prayer points needs to be rounded down after using the formulas.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Auras[edit | edit source]
The reverence aura increases the Prayer point restoration from using potions by up to 10% and decreases Prayer point drain by up to 10%.
The potency of those effects depend on the tier of the aura used.
Gravestones[edit | edit source]
Players with a Prayer level of 70 or higher may bless decaying gravestones, increasing its timer up to a maximum of five minutes. This can only be done once per gravestone.
Prayer flicking[edit | edit source]
The act of prayer flicking is where a player activates a prayer when its effect are needed and turns it off immediately after. If done correctly, this can result in less prayer drain. This can be done with combat prayers, protection prayers, and Soul Split.
To prayer flick, one must activate and deactivate a prayer so it is active on the needed game tick. If flicking a combat prayer or Soul Split, this is the tick the player attacks; if flicking a protection prayer, this is the tick the opponent's attack reaches the player and deals damage.
Players can access prayers via the prayer book, their action bar, or their Quick Prayers (which can be placed on your action bar). Quick prayers can be used to flick multiple prayers such as Soul Split alongside a combat prayer, as can action bar keybinds.
If flicking protection prayers for monster attacks, the player needs to memorise the monster's attack speed.
Where prayer could be very helpful[edit | edit source]
- Doing the TzHaar Fight Cave and Fight Kiln.
- The following quests: Desert Treasure, While Guthix Sleeps, Nomad's Requiem, Contact!, Mourning's End Part II, Ritual of the Mahjarrat, The Brink of Extinction, Birthright of the Dwarves.
- The following monsters/bosses: Corporeal Beast, Dagannoth Kings, Kalphite Queen, tormented demons, Araxxor, Nex, Rise of the Six, Vorago, Beastmaster Durzag, Yakamaru.
- Finding a good Corporeal Beast team is near impossible without 70+ Prayer. Additionally, finding a skilled Corporeal Beast team or soloing the Corporeal beast is very difficult without the ability of the Turmoil curse.
- All God Wars Dungeon bosses
- The Queen Black Dragon
- PvP minigames (Castle Wars, Soul Wars, Stealing Creation, etc.)
- Chaos Dwarf Battlefield
Monsters that use prayer[edit | edit source]
Overhead[edit | edit source]
Some monsters are able to utilise prayers, mainly overhead prayers. Nex is exceptional to the rest in that she uses Curses, not prayers.
Nex is able to use all deflect overhead curses (including Soul Split and Wrath) while fighting her. She randomly switches between the three deflect overhead curses and during her final phase she visibly activates Turmoil and can also switch to Soul Split. When she dies, she uses Wrath which has a slightly larger area of effect radius than that of a player's.
Sigmund will counter any attack by using a protection prayer before it is able to do any damage unless the player uses the backhand ability with the ancient mace while he doesn't have Protect from Melee active; causing his prayer to deactivate.
Tormented demons initially use Protect from Melee when they spawn and counter attacks by switching their protection prayer after 3100 or more damage has been inflicted with that particular style.
Astea Frostweb uses protection prayers randomly and switches to another random protection prayer at regular intervals. Her prayers offer 100% protection and do not run out.
Sagittare uses Protect from Ranged indefinitely and does not switch.
The runebound behemoth is able to use overhead protection prayers simultaneously and they can be deactivated temporarily by activating particular crystals in the room to expose him to a particular style.
The skeletal trio use protection prayers randomly and switch to another random protection prayer at regular intervals. They may use different protection prayers at any one time.
Akrisae the Doomed can use any protection prayer and counter attacks by switching or activating a protection prayer after 1500 or more damage has been inflicted with that particular style.
Other[edit | edit source]
Other behaviour by monsters can be induced by the player's prayer.
The Black Knight Guardian can regenerate his health if the player has any Prayer points left and is within melee range, while draining the player's Prayer points.
These monsters are more likely to use their special attack that deals heavy, unblockable damage if the player is using overhead prayers/Curses.
The Hobgoblin Geomancer is more likely to use his prayer-draining special attack if players are using any prayer against him (including non-overhead).
The Warmonger will use a deadly special attack that reduces your health to 1 if you block his attacks with a prayer/deflect curse 10 times consecutively.
- Balance Elemental
- Tormented demon
- Flesh-spoiler Haasghenahk
- Dagannoth mother
- Chaos Dwarf Hand Cannoneer
- Guthix wizard
These monsters are able to recognise overhead prayer and will use alternate styles to counter them when battling.
Level-up table[edit | edit source]
Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]
Level[edit | edit source]
A player's Prayer level can be boosted by stepping on a properly configured powerup tile in a Clan Citadel battlefield. This boost simply boosts a player's temporary level. It does not boost the player's Prayer points above normal while in the battlefield. Like most other temporary boosts, this boost will wear off at the standard rate. This Prayer boost does not allow a player to use prayers that are above their base level. Prayer level can also be boosted by a pulse core.
Points[edit | edit source]
Prayer points can be boosted above the normal maximum (Prayer level x 10). Boosting Prayer points does Not enable a player to use prayers above his or her original Prayer level.
The following allow a boost to maximum Prayer points:
- The altars at God Wars Dungeon (providing you are wearing a relevant god item).
- Praying at the statue of the Devourer in the Uzer Mastaba (this will drain several life points).
- The altar in Seers' Village boosts Prayer points by 20, if the player has completed the hard Seers' Village Tasks.
- The altar in the nature grotto (requires completion of Nature Spirit), boosts 20 Prayer points above maximum.
- A spicy stew with yellow spice can increase it by 10-60 points (however it can also decrease it by 10-60 points).
- A Prayer cape's special ability will raise it from 990 to 1,000.
- The Sulphur spring in Oo'glog will raise Prayer points above maximum depending on prayer level (at 50 Prayer it would be 570/500, at 70 it would be 780/700).
- The Edgeville Monastery's altar recharges 20 Prayer points above normal maximum, making it the best free-to-play altar.
- Praying at the Altar of Zaros in the Senntisten Temple will boost Prayer points by 15%.
- Each statue built during the In Memory of the Myreque miniquest will boost points by 5 (up to a maximum of 50) when paying respects at one of the statues.
- Falador shield allows you to recharge a certain percantage of your maximum Prayer points. It does not boost above maximum, however. The amount of points recharged depend on the level of the shield:
- 1: 25 % once daily
- 2: 50 % once daily
- 3: 100 % once daily
- 4: 100 % twice daily
- Jangerberries restore 10 Prayer points each as well as restore 20 life points, and raise your attack + strength by 2, however it lowers your Defence by 1 point.
Cape of Accomplishment[edit | edit source]
For players with level 99 Prayer, a Prayer cape can be bought from Brother Jered at the Edgeville Monastery. The cape will cost 99,000 coins, like all other Capes of Achievement. If Prayer is a player's only mastered skill, they will have an untrimmed cape. If the player has 99 in any other skill, it will sport a white trim. The Prayer cape's perk provides the effect of having two lit incense burners without having to light them, when offering bones on an altar in a player-owned house, and also acts like a first age cape if the player owns one.
Skilling pet (Ghostly)[edit | edit source]
Like all skills, there is a skilling pet obtainable from training this skill. For Prayer, the pet is called Ghostly.
Quests with a Prayer requirement[edit | edit source]
- 10 - Nature Spirit
- 25 - Another Slice of H.A.M.
- 30 - Land of the Goblins
- 31 - Scorpion Catcher
- 35 - Missing My Mummy
- 35 - Spirit of Summer
- 42 - Legends' Quest
- 43 - Enakhra's Lament
- 47 - Rum Deal
- 50 - The Great Brain Robbery
- 50 - The Temple at Senntisten
- 55 - Summer's End
- 70 - Nomad's Requiem
- 75 - Plague's End
- 80 - The Light Within
Achievements[edit | edit source]
- Bury All ( 20) – Manually bury or scatter each of the listed bones and ashes.
- Curses! ( 10) – Unlock the ancient curses.
Update history[edit | edit source]
- patch 9 December 2019 (Update):
- Fixed an issue that was causing certain prayer abilities to display the incorrect prayer when added to the action bar on mobile.
- patch 23 September 2019 (Update):
- The Prayer Filter now stays activated when logging out then back into the game.
- Information about activating quick prayers in EoC mode has been updated.
- patch 28 August 2018 (Update):
- Fixed a typo 'prayer prayer' when activating curses quick prayer when on standard prayer book.
- ninja 6 August 2018 (Update):
- We've made code optimisations to the Prayer skill, including the way they work.
- patch 23 April 2018 (Update):
- The animation which plays whilst praying will now be cancelled if the player moves.
- ninja 17 July 2017 (Update):
- Specific quick prayer presets can now be assigned to a direct left-click option or a last used left-click option through the Preset Settings cog in the Quick Interface menu.
- It is now possible to rename quick prayer presets after they have been created.
- ninja 10 July 2017 (Update):
- Players can now have multiple Quick Prayer presets, up to a maximum of 10, and they can all be drag and dropped onto the action bar.
- ninja 16 January 2017 (Update):
- Clicking prayers while in the Quick Prayers selection window will no longer activate them.
- hotfix 14 November 2016 (Update):
- patch 9 May 2016 (Update):
- Switching from a members’ world to a F2P world will now change players to the standard prayer book. When switching back to members’ worlds, the previous settings will be restored.
- patch 18 April 2016 (Update):
- patch 5 January 2015 (Update):
- Gaining level 75 in the relevant skills for Plagues' End is now mentioned in the skill advance messages.
- patch 3 March 2014 (Update):
- patch 11 January 2010 (Update):
- Added a sound to accompany the "You already have full Prayer Points" message and the Idea emote.
- Ensured that Prayer is fully restored in safe Clan Wars after curses have been used against you.
- Fixed a problem where you couldn't use quick prayers to turn on the Protect Item curse and a Leech curse at the same time.
- patch 9 June 2009 (Update):
- Ensured the select/deselect text options are correct for the quick prayer interface.
- patch 1 April 2009 (Update):
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Before the Evolution of Combat, each prayer bonus point slowed the drain rate of prayers by 3.33%.
- The Prayer icon colour was originally yellow, but Jagex changed the colour on 21 November 2006 when Hunter was released.
- Most attackable monsters (such as the Kalphite Queen) do not use the power of prayer, but are instead naturally immune to certain types of attacks.
- The FAQ for The Mighty Fall has implied the existence of Bandosian prayers, which players cannot access.
- Before the Evolution of Combat, players were capable of using prayers that had become obsolete due to unlocking superior versions of the prayer (such as using Mystic Lore instead of Mystic Might). This is no longer possible, as lower-levelled versions of prayers now automatically become replaced in the Prayer book by their more powerful variants.
- The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 1,331,263) on the hiscores for Prayer is level 15. As of 01 June 2020, there are 201,873 current members that have achieved level 99 in Prayer. There are 6,908 current members that have achieved level 120 in Prayer.
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ Jagex. "God Letter 15 - Zamorak speaks his mind once more, letter 1" (Archived from the original.) RuneScape God Letters.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Altar for locations of altars across RuneScape
- Prayer items
- Quest experience rewards - Prayer
- Free-to-play Prayer training, a guide to training Prayer for free-to-play players
- Pay-to-play Prayer training, a guide to training Prayer for pay-to-play players
- Grand Exchange Market Watch/Prayer
- Prayer Calculators