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This article is about the skill. For information on how to best ask the gods to help you, see Prayer training.
(more information for free-to-play noobs)
(more information for people who pay to be noobs at this game)
The icon representing this skill. It's blue, like Saradomin the wimp.
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This jingle plays when you can ask the gods for help you puny human

Prayer is a proofreader that allows puny humans to ask the godsgodsgodsgodsgodsgodsgodsgodsgods for help during combat because they don't know how to defend themselves properly. The ability to do so is achieved through evoking the power of certain gods of RuneScape. All players start with limited access to the gods. As one's Prayer level increases, they gain access to new expressions of their worthlessness. As players traverse the land and complete many adventures, they find themselves presented with the opportunity to ask the help of various gods such as Zorro, who is related to RuneScape's deep past, and Saradomin, the god of irredeemable wimps. Some of the prayers that save your ass the most are only available after doing certain member quests or by banging them on the Shriek of Solomon.

The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 1,375,109) on the hiscores for Prayer is level 15. As of 11 April 2021, there are 220,144 current members that have achieved level 99 in Prayer.

A puny human asking for the help of a god during combat.

There are two main ways to train Prayer.

According to Satan, the God of Order is a wimp, because "everyone knows that offence is the best defence. ALL HAIL ZAMORAK!" Yauchomi, the Lumbridge Prayer tutor (removed from the game) stated that burying bones raise your Prayer level by increasing your 'holy energies'.

Prayer, ublike most skills that are directly related to their name, cannot be trained just through the act of "asking gods for their help." In fact, Prayer almost completely relies on the act of burying bones to gain experiebce (there are certain ways to gaib Prayer experience without burying bones, but the gods frown upon cheapskates, so don't do that).

Prayer is currently the slowest skill (according to noobs) to raise as a free player. However, its benefits in combat can be exceedingly useful, especially amongst rich snobs. They can ask the gods for help for more time, because the gods love people with money.

The prayer icon used to be Saradomin's symbol (), but this was changed to be Saradomin's wimpy blue colour on another logo instead, with the release of Pokémon Blue.

Quick Prayers[edit | edit source]

On 25 March 2009, the Prayer icon next to the minimap (Prayer icon.png) had a function added which expanded on its function as a simple indicator of when you would become unable to ask the gods for help. This new function was recognised as "quick pleas". With quick pleas, puny humans could now make a small recording of their most commob pleas for help and play them back at any time for the gods to hear. They can all be activated and deactivated at once. A player can record their pleas by right-clicking the Prayer icon and selecting "Record common pleas" before clicking the pleas he or she often uses. And then, in a moment of weakness, he or she simply presses the Prayer icon and somehow breaks the tape recorder anyway, making all of that useless. HA!

Zaros allows you to record pleas too, but they're in the form of curses, which are bad words, so the wiki can't show you puny humans how to ask Zaros for help. (Or can we? *insert evil laugh*) However, what the wiki can tell you is that Zaros provides you with a second tape recorder to record your curses on. And that tape recorder breaks as much as Saradomin's. The gods really need to learn to make good technology.

Before the addition of this function, players had to, sometimes frantically, locate the Prayer icon and yell their pleas one by obe. This new function has been allowing players to place many of the most useful pleas on immediate standby. However, many players use the button simply to turn off all of their current pleas when accessing them through their tab, by double left-clicking it to signify to the gods that they're strong enough to defend themselves right now (but they didn't see the monkey guard behind them, so they'll just replay their pleas again, because puny humans never learn). This was the official release of the "quick pleas" function, as provided by Jagex:

"The update 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 call for help, or group of calls for help, before you attempt to kill a goblin, and ask the gods for help quickly with one click. The button will also become a meter, indicating when you're about to be unable to ask the gods for help, by gradually fading out – similar to the behaviour of the life points button, except without the beating heart and flatlining when it goes low, 'cause that's really annoying. This should help prevent you accidentally running out of Prayer points and finding yourself suddenly becoming a puny human again. Okay, have fun killing goblins now!" - Jagex.

History and origins[edit | edit source]

Asking the gods for help is one of the older skills in the game, dating back to early RuneScape Classic. As with (good and evil) use of runes to do things, it was then made up of two skills in RuneScape Classic: PrayGood – to ask the wimpy Saradomin to make you a tank – and PrayEvil – to ask the almighty Zamorak[more hailing of Zamorak needed] to take over and whoop asses. Earlier than this, Prayer was known as Necromancy - the reason this was changed is probably because the term Necromancy was the moniker given to the Magic Class (which was odd because players used rocks with symbols drawn on them to perform magic, not dead people).

Although 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 is tasked with handling these bones. A quote from issue 13 of the 'Postbag From the Hedge':

"Saradomin has a great pride upon himself, and does not like to be given the spoils of puny humans' battles, but he still passes the bones along to Zamorak, because Zamorak just loves that shit. He eats bones every day... AAA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING, ZAMORAK?!? THESE ARE MY BONES YOU [Abrupt end of message ~Postie Pete]"

Wimpy Saradomin pleas.

These, and Saradomin's statement above, would indicate that Prayer is more closely related to Zamorak than to any other godsnubz.

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, but he or she can't ask the gods for help for more or less time, because the drain rate of prayer points has been updated to match the change.

Overview of how Prayer works[edit | edit source]

Increasing a player's Prayer level is generally done through various uses of stuff or demonic ashes, with cheapskates limited to burying them (except in Daemonheim, where they can be used on altars – and it works to get more favour quickly; this is generally considered to be a loophole in the gods' policy against cheapskates). Rich snobs have other options that are faster, such as offering stuff to the gods at an expensive altar while burning marrentill that smells like crap; woooo wooo woooooo wooo wooo; or being a computer or SW prod.

To ask the gods for help, players must click on any plea available. Pleas that are highlighted with colour can be used by the player, while unavailable pleas are darkened. When a player clicks on a plea, a lighted circle will appear around it, indicating that they are being helped by a god and that they are not puny humans anymore.

Using a plea drains the player's godly energy at varying speeds, and obce this energy is depleted, pleas cab no lobger be used; therefore, players can't godmode all the time. To slow the rate of drain, players may equip items that add Prayer bonuses, such as a blessed wimpy Saradomin symbol or its more powerful counterpart the holy Zamorakian symbol of awesomeness[ALL HAIL ZAMORAK!], as well as priest robes, which somehow reduces the drain rate by increasing Prayer bonuses even though you're not a priest and you stole his or her robes, YOU MEANIE.

Once your Prayer points reach zero, the gods will refuse to help you, and you will suddenly become a puny defenceless human until you recharge your Prayer points.

Recharging[edit | edit source]

A player realising they're defenceless and need to relearn how to ask the gods for help.

It happens sometimes that a player forgets completely how to ask the gods for help. To relearn how to, a player must read the book at an altar or drink a potion that restores your communication with the gods - if a Holy wrench is in the player's inventory while drinking a Prayer-restoring potion, the inscriptions on it will help you learn a bit faster. Other options include dying or entering one of the many minigames that are PvP related.

There are some altars that will teach the player how to communicate with the gods, as well as make him or her remember it for a bit longer. These locations are:

The Falador shield, an odd shield that communicates directly with the gods instead of providing defence for your puny little body, is obtainable from the Falador Tasks. The shield may only be activated once per day. The Ancient Mace and the Saradomin godsword also have Prayer-restoration properties associated with their special attacks.

Eating a cat-and-a-half restores 10 prayer points, while insulting Saradomin in chat restores another ten points.

While wearing full Citharede robes, if a player listens to a musiciab, a hallucinatiob originating within the robes will transform any music you hear into a holy chant, restoring 30 prayer points every game tick, or 4,320,000 Prayer points every day.

Other uses[edit | edit source]

Players with level 70 or greater Prayer may also bless the gravestones of puny humans who got pwned, to increase a gravestone's lifespan up to an hour.

Players ubder level 70 are noobs and should be ignored at all costs

Prayer bonus[edit | edit source]

This persons prayer points are not a multiple of 100, it should make OCDs freak out

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 slows the drain rate by 3⅓% 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: modified drain interval = Prayer drain interval × (1 + (Prayer bonus / 30))

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 Melee-Be-Gone plea with a Prayer bonus of 0, their Prayer points would drain at a rate of 1 point every 0.3 seconds. If that player then equips armour giving a Prayer bonus of +15, the drain rate of this Prayer is slowed by 15 / 30 = 0.5, so the drain interval becomes 0.3 × (1 + 0.5) = 0.45, or 1 point per 0.45 seconds instead of 1 point every 0.3 seconds.

To generate a Prayer bonus, players must equip certain types of armour, clothing, weapons, and jewellery.

Prayer bonuses, however, do not help to stave off the side-effects of locations and NPC's which drain Prayer.

Buddhism[edit | edit source]

{{Main|uncyclopedia:Buddhism}} Prayer is often compared to the real world religion of Buddhism due to the nature of training the skill. Because players usually have to pay out their ass to gain adequate experience, many players compare the costs[whom?] to that of giving up material possessions (akin to reaching Nirvana in the Buddhist religion). Most players, however, compare the skill to Islam. The main reasons being:

  1. They think that comparing it to Christianity would cause their Pope to excommunicate their asses
  2. They've never heard of Judaism
  3. The idea of comparing the polytheistic scenario in RuneScape to a non-monotheistic, real-world religion is too farfetched
  4. Atheists are currently viewed as assholes (see also: /r/atheism)

However, Siddhartha Gautama himself has stated that any comparison between his ideology and the Prayer skill are completely coincidental and "considers any [evidence] moot."[1] Despite this, many players still consider the connection valid and many await an official response from Jesus of Nazareth.

Prayers[edit | edit source]

This is the list of all pleas that players begin the game with access to. As a player's Prayer level increases, more of these Prayers will become available for usage.

While rich snobs have the ability to be granted access to all 30 pleas (depending upon their alignment with Saradomin or Zaros), cheapskates can access 21 out of 30 pleas but cannot use the last eight (including Evil Wizards In A Tank, Throw Stuff From A Tank and I Will Survive) or Nyan-Cat-Be-Gone, due to members quests being required. Pleas can be activated in the Prayer List interface (Prayer-icon.png) Players can also use some pleas at the same time with others, though doing so will compound the drain rate of these pleas. Some pleas cannot be used simultaneously and are marked in the table with the same background colour. For example, activating the Smite plea while the Melee-Be-Gone plea is active will automatically deactivate Melee-Be-Gone as they are incompatible pleas.

Plea Level Effect Drain rate Notes
Resist Stuff 1 +5% Defence OBJECTION! 1 point per 1.2 seconds +
Punch Stuff 4 +5% Strength Punching things 1 point per 1.2 seconds +
Fix Dem Links 7 +5% Attack Clearing red links 1 point per 1.2 seconds +
Throw Stuff 8 +5% Ranged Throwing things at things 1 point per 1.2 seconds +
Wizardry 9 +5% Magic Evil Wizards 1 point per 1.2 seconds +
Resist More Stuff 10 +10% Defence OBJECTION! 1 point per 0.6 seconds +
Punch More Stuff 13 +10% Strength Punching things 1 point per 0.6 seconds +
Fix More Links 16 +10% Attack Clearing red links 1 point per 0.6 seconds +
Rapid Restore 19 2x restore rate for all skills except Constitution How long can you survive?, Prayer Asking the gods for help and Summoning Nyan cat 1 point per 3.6 seconds &
Survive Longer 22 2x restore rate for Constitution How long can you survive? 1 point per 1.8 seconds &
Protect Earthly Possessions 25 Players keep 1 extra item when they die. Also provided by Zaros. 1 point per 1.8 seconds &
Throw More Stuff 26 +10% Ranged Throwing things at things 1 point per 0.6 seconds +
] More Evil Wizards 27 +10% Magic Evil Wizards 1 point per 0.6 seconds +
Resist ALL The Stuff! 28 +15% Defence OBJECTION! 1 point per 0.3 seconds +
Punch ALL The Stuff! 31 +15% Strength Punching things 1 point per 0.3 seconds +
Fix ALL The Links! 34 +15% Attack Clearing red links 1 point per 0.3 seconds +
Nyan-Cat-Be-Gone 35 Member's only.
Protect against damage from Summoning Nyan cat
1 point per 0.3 seconds =
Wizards-Be-Gone 37 Protection from Magic Evil Wizards - 100% from monsters, 40% from other noobs.
Halves the duration of holding spells (Hold in Place, Hold in Place for Longer, and Hold in Place for What Feels Like an Eternity) as well as Share I TBed. (Note: Ancient Magicks ice spells will not be reduced.) Some monsters can hit through this plea, highlighting how weak you still are.
1 point per 0.3 seconds %
Thrown-Stuff-Be-Gone 40 Protection from Ranged Throwing things at things - 100% from monsters, 40% from other noobs. Halves the duration of immobility as a result of Bolas. Some monsters can hit through this plea, highlighting how weak you still are. 1 point per 0.3 seconds %
Melee-Be-Gone 43 Protection from Attack Clearing red links - 100% from monsters, 40% from other noobs. Some red links can hit through this plea, highlighting how strong red links really are. 1 point per 0.3 seconds. %
Throw ALL The Things! 44 +15% Ranged Throwing things at things 1 point per 0.3 seconds +
ALL The Evil Wizards! (Now Put Your Hands Up) 45 +15% Magic Evil Wizards 1 point per 0.3 seconds +
I'm About To Die, Kick Some Ass For Me 46 Rich snobs only.
Deals damage of up to 250% of your Prayer level to all nearby enemies in a 3x3 radius upon death, LIKE A BOSS. Note that the god who answers your plea (most likely THE ALMIGHTY ZAMORAK, GOD OF WAR[more hailing of Zamorak needed] because he is the god of war) will not hurt other players outside of PvP areas, and he or she won't hit multiple targets in non-multicombat zones.
1 point per 1.2 seconds %
I'm About To Die, Heal Me Plox 49 Rich snobs only.
Heals a player by 250% of their prayer level if their Constitution How long can you survive? falls below 10%, like a wimp. Note that the god who answers your plea (most likely the wimpy, no-good Saradomin[more insulting of Saradomin needed], because he's a wimp) will drain all of your remaining prayer points at once after healing you, because you're a wimp.
1 point per 0.6 seconds %
Bl00fire 52 Makes you look like this. 1 point per 0.18 seconds %
My Voice Gives Me Super Strength 60 Rich snobs only.
+15% Attack Clearing red links
+18% Strength Punching things
+20% Defence OBJECTION!
Requires completing King's Ransom and killing the Knights of the Round Table.[FUCK YEAH ZAMORAK]
1 point per 0.18 seconds +
I Will Survive 65 Rich snobs only.
5x restore rate for Constitution How long can you survive?
Requires level 65 Dungeoneering Jumping into a pit and needs to be purchased with 107,000 tokens. Man, it's expensive to be a wimp.
1 point per 0.24 seconds &
My Voice Gives Me Epic Strength 70 Rich snobs only.
+20% Attack Clearing red links
+23% Strength Punching things
+25% Defence OBJECTION!
Requires completing King's Ransom and killing the Knights of the Round Table.[FUCK YEAH ZAMORAK]
1 point per 0.15 seconds (0.225 seconds with castle wars halo equipped) +
Throw Stuff From A Tank 74 Rich snobs only.
+20% Ranged Throwing things at things
+25% Defence OBJECTION!
Requires level 74 Dungeoneering Jumping into a pit and purchased with 140,000 tokens.
1 point per 0.2 seconds +
Evil Wizards In A Tank 77 Rich snobs only.
+20% Magic Evil Wizards
+25% Defence OBJECTION!
Requires level 77 Dungeoneering Jumping into a pit and purchased with 140,000 tokens.
1 point per 0.18 seconds +

Notes:

  • + These pleas will not stack with other versions of themselves (e.g. Resist More Stuff can't be used at the same time as Resist ALL The Stuff!)
  •  % These pleas cannot be used at the same time
  • & These pleas have no restrictions, can be used with any others.
  • = Nyan-Cat-Be-Gone can't be used at same time as Smite; I'm About To Die, Kick Ass For Me; or I'm About To Die, Heal Me Plox; but stacks with any other Protect Prayer.

Ancient curses[edit | edit source]

Ancient Curses are the prayers of the god Zaros. They are bad words and can't be written on this wiki.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Approximately 12,250 combat levels can be achieved from level 1 to level 100,000 Prayer.
  • A Prayer bonus of +30 is required to allow a prayer to last twice as long, thereby reducing its drain rate by half and allowing it to last longer.

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See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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