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This article is about the summoning skill. For information on training summoning, see summoning training.
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Summoning level up (1-49)
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Summoning level up (50-99)

Summoning is a members-only combat skill that focuses on calling familiars from the Spirit Plane by creating and using summoning pouches. Each familiar has a unique ability that requires a Summoning scroll, made from a corresponding pouch, to use. Familiars have a wide variety of uses, from fighting in combat to carrying items to providing invisible boosts to other skills. The Quest, Wolf Whistle acts as an introduction to the skill, though it is not required to begin training the skill.

The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 699,800) on the hiscores for Summoning is level 15. As of 18 February 2019, there are 156,416 current members that have achieved level 99 in Summoning. There are 9,299 current members that have achieved level 120 in Summoning.

Similar to Prayer, Summoning requires points to summon familiars and utilise their abilities. Summoning points are drained when Familiars are Summoned. Summoning points are typically recharged by interacting with Large or Small Obelisks. Alternatively, Summoning points may be restored through the use of Summoning Potions or Super Restore Potions.

Getting started[edit | edit source]

A Spirit Wolf

As noted in the introduction, the Wolf Whistle quest can be a good way to begin training the Summoning skill. The quest is essentially a Summoning tutorial, and introduces the player to Pikkupstix, who is the Summoning skill master. Additionally, the quest rewards the player with a 276 xp lamp, which, if the player is new to the skill, is enough to reach Summoning level 4 when used.

The Basics[edit | edit source]

The crux of Summoning lies within two areas:

For many centuries now, the druids of Taverley and some of the ogre shamans of Gu'Tanoth have been bringing various familiars from other realms to help them with a variety of their tasks. Of course, the druids being peaceful and the ogres being more 'business-like', they traditionally summon entirely different familiars - what would a druid want with a rune minotaur, for example? What would an ogre do with a unicorn stallion?

Having realised how useful this skill is to the adventurers of RuneScape, they have released the secret of their powers, and now you can enjoy the curious advantages that come with learning the art of Summoning.

Summoning works by 'infusing' the essence of a creature from a strange realm into a type of pouch. When the Summoning pouch is opened, a portal is briefly activated to pull the familiar through to the world of RuneScape, where it is bound to serve its master for a period of time before the portal closes and it is pulled back.

— Summoning: The Basics Game Guide

Required Items[edit | edit source]

Image Item Description
Pouch.png Pouch An empty pouch is one of the required base items for each Summoning pouch; all other required ingredients are placed inside the pouch. Pouches may be purchased from Summoning shops, and may also be obtaining by catching Spirit Implings (54 Hunter).
Spirit shards.png Spirit Shards* Spirit shards (shards) are required ingredients in each pouch*. Depending on the pouch being created, anywhere from 1 to 222 shards may be required per pouch. Thus, spirit shards are an integral item to keep on-hand when training the skill.
Blue charm.png Charm Charms are required ingredients in each Summoning pouch. The type of charm required varies depending on the type of pouch being created, but one (1) charm is always required. Charms are not tradeable items, and can only be obtained from NPC's as monster drops or otherwise.
Water talisman.png Tertiary Ingredient Tertiary Summoning ingredients are very important, in that they are the deciding ingredient as to which pouch will be made, therefore, there are many possible tertiary Summoning ingredients. Many of these tertiary ingredients are dangerous to obtain, rare drops, and/or non-tradeable with other players. Furthermore, some pouches require two tertiary ingredients.

* Elder energy.png: Inventory image of Elder energyElder energy replaces the use of spirit shards in the creation of any of the five (5) Summoning pouches that use elder charms: nightmare muspah, blood nihil, ice nihil, shadow nihil, and smoke nihil.

Shaman's Outfit[edit | edit source]

The experience-boosting outfit for Summoning is the Shaman's outfit. The Shaman's outfit is acquired via Treasure Hunter, and began with a promotion on the Squeal of Fortune from 16 to 26 August 2013. When worn, each piece grants a 1% bonus to Summoning experience when training the skill. When all pieces of the set are worn, a 1% set bonus is added, providing a total set bonus of 6%.

Item XP boost
Shaman's headdress.png Shaman's headdress 1%
Shaman's poncho.png Shaman's poncho 1%
Shaman's leggings.png Shaman's leggings 1%
Shaman's hand wraps.png Shaman's hand wraps 1%
Shaman's moccasins.png Shaman's moccasins 1%
Sub-total 5%
Set Bonus 1%
Full Set 6%

Fang of Mohegan[edit | edit source]

Fang of Mohegan.png The Fang of Mohegan is an item that, when worn, has a chance of doubling the monster drop rate of charms. It also allows the player to teleport to large Summoning obelisks. This item does not provide bonus experience.

Skill Boosts[edit | edit source]

Main article: Temporary skill boost

Temporary boosts for Summoning work differently than for most other skills. Creating and summoning familiars is tied to the absolute skill level, rather than the current skill level, so a boost will not enable a player to create a pouch or summon a familiar at a higher level. Instead, these boosts can be used to increase or restore Summoning points. They can also be used to meet effigy requirements. A Summoning boost will remain until excess Summoning points have been drained.

Item Level boost Description
Pigswill.png: Inventory image of PigswillPigswill +3 Boosts Summoning by up to three levels, boosts Farming by up to three levels, and reduces Strength by up to three levels.
Mature pigswill.png: Inventory image of Mature pigswillMature pigswill +3 Boosts Summoning and Farming by three levels. Reduces Strength by up to three levels.
Pork pie.png: Inventory image of Pork piePork pie +5 Boosts Summoning and Farming by five levels.
 Advanced pulse core.png: Inventory image of  Advanced pulse core Advanced pulse core +7 May boost the player's Summoning level by 7.
 Summoning cape.png: Inventory image of  Summoning cape Summoning cape +1 Boosts the player's Summoning level by one (1) point.
 Musaberry.png: Inventory image of  Musaberry Musaberry +2 Boost the plaer's Summoning level by two (2) levels
Clan Citadel ±10 (±10%) In the clan citadel it is possible to use the powerup skill tile to boost Summoning by a maximum of 10 levels, though it also has a chance to lower it by 10 levels. Can be very useful for using ancient effigies. This boost ceases when the player leaves the Clan Battlefield.
  • It is also possible to obtain a Summoning boost during Ritual of the Mahjarrat when touching the Stone of Jas. Since Summoning points, like Prayer points, do not regenerate or wear off with time, this boost lasts even after finishing the quest until a familiar is summoned and points drain below one's Summoning level or until one's character dies.

Pouches[edit | edit source]

Main article: Summoning pouches
A player infusing pouches at a Summoning Obelisk

Summoning pouches are used to summon familiars. The creation of a pouch is relatively simple: it is created by infusing the appropriate items in your backpack at a Summoning Obelisk which can then be summoned using the pouch. A pouch is used up when a familiar is summoned, and it is not restored when the familiar is dismissed.

Acquiring charms[edit | edit source]

Scrolls[edit | edit source]

Main article: Summoning scrolls

Summoning scrolls are required to perform a familiar's special move. The special moves the scrolls can perform vary widely and are tied to the familiar. You must have the familiar summoned that the scrolls are tied to in order to use them. Using a scroll does not use any summoning points. Instead, it uses Summoning spell points. Players must have enough points on the spell point bar to perform the action.

Scrolls are created by converting charged familiar pouches into scrolls at a Summoning obelisk. One pouch can be converted into 10 scrolls that are tied to the familiar the pouch was fused with.

Familiars[edit | edit source]

A moss titan
Main article: Summoning familiars
The spiritual magic circle that appear when you summon a familiar of the Spirit Plane
A player summoning a beaver familiar

Familiars are creatures that players may summon in order to help them with various tasks. The familiars have many different abilities, from boosting skills to aiding you in combat. All familiars have a special move which can be activated with Summoning scrolls. Only one familiar can be summoned at a time, and must be dismissed before another can be summoned.

In order to summon a familiar, players must use the "Summon" option on a Summoning pouch. Summoning familiars costs summoning points (similar again to Prayer points). While a familiar is out, summoning points will be slowly drained until they reach 0, again similar to prayer. The familiar does not disappear when the points reach 0, but any right-click abilities will be unavailable until the summoning points are recharged. Summoning points must be recharged at a Summoning Obelisk or by using Summoning potions or Super restore potions.

Players can talk to their familiars if they have at least 10 or more summoning levels above the required level to summon that familiar, (e.g. a spirit wolf can be understood at level 11) with some exceptions, such as minotaurs. Because the level cap at 99 and various other reasons, some familiars cannot be understood. (all summoning familiars requiring level 90+ summoning)

The Chocatrice that could be commanded during the 2008 Easter event is one of the only three creatures that could be controlled by non-member players.

Eek! the spider, which could be obtained by doing the 2009 Halloween event, can also be controlled by a non-member.

Non-members can also summon a squirrel using the squirrel ears obtained during the 2010 Easter event.

The Spirit Wolf is considered the signature familiar as it is the icon for the Summoning skill. 

Special abilities[edit | edit source]

Each familiar has a different special ability that they are able to use. Some are accessed by talking, using the familiar's special button, right clicking a familiar for another option, or simply summoning them.

Abilities Description
Fighter These familiars will fight alongside a player, and have combat levels similar to regular creatures. Until a recent update, a player had to be actively fighting and taking damage for his or her familiar to fight; but now it is possible to safespot with Ranged or Magic, and still have your familiar fight.
Light enhancer Some familiars can see well in the dark and will make any light source a player carries brighter.
Skill Booster These familiars can either temporarily raise your level in a given skill, or provide an 'invisible' boost that is always active. If that stat has already been raised by a potion the skill boost will not work. Invisible skills boosts do not allow the player to perform an activity above their level; they simply help the player in increasing the efficiency of their activity at their current level.
Remote view These familiars can fly into the air and allow the player to see through their eyes, giving the player the ability to see things much further away.
Beast of Burden A beast of burden or BoB can carry a varying number of items. Certain familiars can only carry specific items, and only abyssal familiars can carry rune essence and pure essence.
Healer These familiars can heal a player's life points at a given rate. For example, the Bunyip heals a player 2% of their Life Point every 15 seconds.
Forager A forager will find certain items from time to time, and can carry up to 30 of a specific type of item. Players are only able to withdraw items from these familiars, not deposit items in them.
Teleporter These enable the summoner to teleport to a specific place when talked to. Examples are Spirit Kyatt and Arctic Bear.

Forbidden areas for familiars[edit | edit source]

There are certain places where you cannot summon familiars or bring them into:

Some areas are not actually forbidden, but the familiar 'returns to the spirit plane' while the player is there. When the player leaves the area, the familiar returns. These areas include:

Pets[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pet

Pets are animals that follow you all around RuneScape and are purely for decorative/entertainment purposes - with the exception of the broav, which plays a part in While Guthix Sleeps, the Saradomin owl and the Zamorak hawk, which both provide protection from respective factions in the God Wars Dungeon, and the platypus, which can be used to obtain caskets. They are very similar to pet cats, which can be obtained from the Gertrude's Cat quest. The differences are that you have to continue feeding your summoning pets after 100% growth, and pet cats require stroking to keep them from running away, whereas summoning pets do not.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Summoning shops[edit | edit source]

There are Summoning shops in Taverley, Gu'Tanoth, the Amlodd district of Prifddinas, and the Nature Grotto wishing well.

Pet shops[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pet shop

Pet shops exist in Yanille and Taverley. Players can buy pets and pet food at these stores, but only certain pets (as you get a cat from Gertrude in Varrock after completing Gertrude's Cat).

Summoning obelisk[edit | edit source]

  • Summoning obelisks (as opposed to mini obelisks) are fully charged with summoning energy and can be used to recharge Summoning points. They can also be used to infuse pouches and scrolls. See Summoning points and infuse pouches and scrolls the main article for a list of their locations.
  • Mini obelisks are partially-charged with summoning energy and may be used to recharge summoning points, but not to infuse pouches or scrolls. They have many locations, such as Edgeville or even, if the player has the required Construction level and materials, in a player's POH. For a complete list, please go to the main article.

Travelling[edit | edit source]

A player wearing a Summoning cape and performing the Skillcape emote.

See Summoning obelisk trips for a guide on fast trips to and from Summoning Obelisks.

Cape of Accomplishment[edit | edit source]

Once a player has mastered the skill and reached level 99, Pikkupstix (in Taverley) will sell them a Summoning cape. Refer to the Capes guide for more details. Because Summoning takes many other combat skills to raise, untrimmed capes are very rare. Before the Bonus Experience Weekend, very few players had obtained an untrimmed Summoning cape, however several players managed to obtain the untrimmed cape during the event.

Distractions and Diversions[edit | edit source]

This section refers to the Distraction and Diversion, Familiarisation. Visit the full article here. Upon skill mastery (level 99), Pikkupstix reveals that Familiars hail not from Gielinor, but the Spirit Plane. The Distraction and Diversion, Familiarisation allows you to access this realm for a limited amount of time each week, where you will be "Familiarised" and hunt for raw shards.

History[edit | edit source]

Main article: Summoning history
Date Update Description
15 January 2008 Summoning! Summoning was released.
17 January 2008 Summoning Changes Spirit shards halved in price from 50 coins to 25 coins; anyone who bought shards for 50 coins were given the same number of shards that they bought by talking to Pikkupstix in Taverley.
31 March 2008 Summoning 2 Second batch of Summoning familiars released, timer was changed to a set amount of time per pouch, familiar abilities were boosted, combat familiars now gave combat experience, charm drops added to more monsters, headdresses released.
7 May 2008 Perils of Ice Mountain Bogrog will swap Summoning pouches for 70% of the spirit shards needed to make them.
15 October 2008 PvP Worlds Summoning is separated from overall combat level.
6 January 2009 In Pyre Need Phoenix familiars and Phoenix egglings released.
28 April 2009 Summoning Upgrade and Hairstyles Doubled the amount of pets players can have, added familiar timer renewal feature.
8 July 2009 Mobilising Armies All functions of the Summoning interface moved to the Summoning icon near the mini-map.
18 August 2009 Familiar controls A new screen was implemented (the one shown above). A player reaches it by right clicking on the Summoning icon and choosing Follower Details. The only difference is that now a player can choose for their follower to attack a selected target, as well as being able to configure what happens when the icon is clicked.
25 May 2011 Pouch Screen We've added a toggle option to the Summoning pouch/scroll creation interface, so you can view either all possible pouches/scrolls that can be made or only those you're currently carrying the tertiary component for. This should make things easier for those who already know what pouches/scrolls they are planning to make. The option you choose will persist between logins.
3 December 2013 Pouch & Familiar Update "We've made a significant change to the way Summoning pouches are made. Now, pouches, shards, charms and tertiary ingredients can be combined anywhere to make uncharged pouches. You can then take these to an obelisk to render them usable, and to earn your Summoning XP. This will ease up much of the inventory wrangling once necessary to train and use this important skill. You'll also start to see spirit gems appearing in the game as drops. These can be used to store uncharged pouches (5, 10 or 20, depending on whether it's a spirit sapphire, emerald or ruby), making runs to the obelisk even more efficient. The stats of several Summoning familiars have been overhauled."
17 December 2013 Up to Snow Good - Christmas 2013 Changes from the 3 December update were reverted and the gems now offer a chance to save charms.

Skilling pet (Shamini)[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Shamini

Like all skills, there is a skilling pet obtainable from training this skill. The pet for the Summoning skill is called Shamini.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

  • patch 18 December 2017 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to save more charms than are used when crafting Summoning pouches.
  • patch 11 January 2010 (Update):
    • Clarified the messages when using the Abyss to get to Entrana with Summoning items.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In 2007, a player exploited a bug that made it ​​possible to walk out of the templates map and get to the summoning cage area.
  • The Run energy update on 9 June 2009 changed the summoning icon located near the mini-map to OldSummoning.gif, but the next day it was changed to Summon icon.png.
  • Along with Mobilising Armies, the update on 8 July 2009 moved all the functions of the Summoning tab to the Summoning icon near the mini-map. Jagex cited the fact that it was only accessible some of the time as the reason for the change.
  • During A Void Dance, if you talk to Jessika about what she studies, she will reveal that there are two types of summoning; Arcane and Druidic summoning. Druidic summoning is the skill players can learn, while arcane summoning is likely the branch of magic that Wizard Grayzag and Evil Dave study.
  • Before the Troll Warzone update on 31 January 2012, the Wolf Whistle quest had to be completed before Summoning could be trained.
  • Before the graphical updates, there was a Summoning icon and what level you are even if you are F2P. This is no longer valid.
  • Until 7 February 2012, Beasts of Burden were unable to carry any untradeable item, but this was changed on that date to allow them to carry untradeable potions and potion flasks.
  • The Summoning skill was significantly revamped on 3 December 2013, with the addition of Uncharged Summoning pouches, which must first be created before imbuing a pouch, and a buff to the stats of all combat familiars. 2 weeks later, the change was reverted in response to player feedback.
  • When a familiar is sent away temporarily (such as in highly populated locations like the Grand Exchange), they are transported to a cage near the candlelight random event.
  • Other races than druids, ogres, and humans appear to possess some knowledge of Summoning; for instance, the Elf Warrior drops charms, hinting that the art is known to the Elven race as well.

See also[edit | edit source]