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Prayer is a skill which works best alongside your primary combat style (be it Magic, Melee or Ranged). Through the use of prayers you can temporarily increase stats, reduce damage, and protect against various attacks.
To view what prayers are available to you in game, load the prayers interface. If not visible on the game screen, you can access the prayer list interface by clicking on the powers icon in the ribbon and going to the Prayers tab.
For a list of all standard prayers, see Prayers.
Main article: Curses
Upon completing The Temple at Senntisten quest, you will gain access to the ancient hymnal, which, once read, will allow you to use curses. Unlike normal prayers, which you gain access to as your Prayer level increases, the curses require you to change your entire prayer list by travelling to The Senntisten Temple (under the Digsite) and praying at the altar there. To change back to the normal prayer list, pray at any other altar.
If not visible on the game screen, you can access the curse list interface by clicking on the powers icon in the ribbon and going to the Prayers tab.
Finally, not only does the altar at The Senntisten Temple allow you to switch to curses, it also provides a handy 15% boost over your maximum Prayer level.
For a list of all curses (available after completing The Temple at Senntisten), see Curses.
Prayer points determine how long you can have your prayers active for. As you gain levels in the Prayer skill, the number of prayer points you have access to increases. The number of prayer points is equal to skill level * 10. If your skill level is reduced for any reason, your prayer points will also be reduced.
If you run out of prayer points, any curse or prayer that you have activated will deactivate and must be turned back on again once your prayer points have been renewed.
Draining Prayer points
Each prayer and curse has a drain rate which determines how fast it can deplete your prayer points. This is calculated as (drain rate * 10)/60 points drained per second.
Having multiple prayers/curses active will drain your points at a much faster rate.
Reducing Prayer point drain
Some equipment has prayer bonuses which can slow your prayer point drain by reducing the amount of prayer points a curse or prayer costs per second. This is calculated as (drain rate / 100) * (100 - prayer bonus).
|With the reverence, greater reverence, master reverence, supreme reverence, corruption, greater corruption, master corruption, supreme corruption, harmony, greater harmony, master harmony and supreme harmony auras, you can reduce prayer drain by 3%, 5%, 7%, 10% and 15% respectively. These auras also increases the amount of prayer restored by any potions you use by the same amounts. The auras are available through the Members Loyalty Programme.|
Restoring Prayer points
The main way to restore prayer points is to pray at an altar but there are various items that can restore your prayer points if you are far away from one.
|It is possible for Members to drink prayer mix, prayer, super restore, super prayer or prayer renewal potions to restore any lost Prayer points. Please see Herblore for more details.|
|Biscuits can be gained from any level of treasure trail, and will restore 10 prayer points (and 10-30 life points) with each bite. These are stackable (200 can be held at one time) but are also untradeable.|
|When eaten, jangerberries restore 10 prayer points|
|When a full set of Citharede robes (available after completing One Piercing Note) is worn your prayer points will restore while listening to a musician.|
|A reward from Rum Deal, the Holy wrench offers bonus prayer points when a prayer, prayer renewal or super prayer potion is drunk.|
|The penance aura restores prayer points for a percentage of any damage you deal. It is available through the Members Loyalty Programme.|
Boosting Prayer points
Inside there is an altar, which gives a temporary boost to your Prayer level, and monks who will heal you for free. You will also be able to ask Brother Jered to enchant any Holy symbols you make, as well as pick up a set of spare Monk's robes that are laying around.
Once you have completed The Temple at Senntisten, you will be able to use the altar at Senntisten, which provides a 15% boost above your maximum prayer points.
Main article: Quick Prayers
You may find it handy to know that you can set up the Prayer icon next to your minimap to automatically switch a set of prayers on and off with a single click.
To use this feature, right-click on the prayer status globe next to your minimap and choose 'Select quick prayers', this will change your side interface to something like that shown to the right. Here, you can choose which prayers will be turned on or off when you click the status globe. All of the usual rules about which prayers can be used simultaneously still apply.
Note that using this feature will turn off any other prayers you are using.
Getting Prayer Experience
Unlike other skills, you do not gain Prayer experience through the act of praying (i.e. using prayers or praying at an altar). Instead, you gain experience by burying the bones of creatures you (or another) have killed or by scattering the ashes of any demons you have banished.
Once you have obtained your bones/ashes, you can bury/scatter them by left-clicking on them in your inventory. This will automatically bury the bones/scatter the ashes on the spot where you are standing. Alternatively, you can right-click on the bones/ashes within your inventory and select the 'Bury'/'Scatter' option.
Different monsters may sometimes drop different types of bones/ashes, which will give you higher experience.
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You can simply walk about until a ghast attacks you, or you can use the druid pouch on a ghast to make it attackable. If you defeat it, you will receive 30 Prayer experience as well as any normal experience you would receive for engaging in combat.
More powerful ghasts exist in the deep swamps of Mort Myre, although these routes are usually only taken by experienced guides aiding villagers to and from Burgh de Rott in Temple Trekking / Burgh de Rott Ramble.
Note: If you go to the grotto and pray at the altar, you will temporarily gain 20 extra prayer points.
For more information about surviving Mort Myre, please read the Terrain Survival Guide.
You can use either bones or demon ashes at the Ectofuntus. Bones will first need to be put through the bone grinder up the stairs from the Ectofuntus, then for the resulting bonemeal to be collected in an empty pot and providing 1 Prayer XP per bone ground; ashes require no such preparation. The next step is to fill up a bucket with slime from the very bottom level of the temple and return to the main floor (the one with the Ectofuntus in).
With a bucket of slime and bonemeal/some demon ashes on you, click on the Ectofuntus and choose the 'Worship' option. One bucket of slime and one lot of bonemeal/ashes will be consumed in the process, but you will received four times the normal amount of XP you would have done from burying that bone or scattering those ashes.
It is possible to use this function up to fifty-three times before having to speak with a disciple to receive your Ecto-tokens (a form of currency used in Port Phasmatys). It is also possible to get more than one batch of ectoplasm and bonemeal with each trip, so make sure you use your time wisely.
The amount of experience you gain depends on the type of bones or ashes you use.
If you have completed Rag and Bone Man , Fur 'n' Seek , and both of the Odd Old Man's wish lists, you will be able to face a creature known as the Skeletal Horror. The first time you defeat it, you will receive 10,000 Slayer XP and 7,000 Prayer XP.
Once you've laid the Skeletal Horror to rest, the Odd Old Man will lay out all of its bones and set about rebuilding it (for 'research purposes', apparently). He would also be thankful for your help in defeating it again, one week later, so it doesn't get out and destroy the world or something. (Bad Skeletal Horror, bad!)
Every time you defeat it after the first will award you with 1,250 Slayer XP and 1,000 Prayer XP. To make it easier on your legs, after completing Fur 'n' Seek, the Odd Old Man will even enchant your Bonesack(e) or Ram skull helm(e), giving it slightly better stats and the ability to teleport you to his shack, once per rebuild.
Available initially as a reward from the 2014 Hallowe'en event - and later available as a drop from ghosts - the cremation ability allows you to burn bones on a fire or on a bonfire.
To burn a bone, you must use it on a fire, at which point you will begin putting any bones of that type into the fire and gaining xp at the same speed as offering items on an altar. The Firemaking XP gained is 200% of the item's base Prayer XP for burial, and the Prayer XP is 250% of this value.
The health boost provided by burning logs on a bonfire is also applied for burning bones, scaling with level of bone.
This does not work via the 'use' option on the fire, nor on locations that are used specifically for cooking.
Boosting Experience Gain
|The small, medium , large and huge fallen stars can boost your XP gain depending on your level. To activate your bonus XP, you must click the star. Once the bonus XP has been added to your bonus XP pool, the star is removed from your inventory.|
|Each individual item in the first age set (tiara, amulet, bracelet, cape and ring) grant 1% extra XP each. A complete set will grant an additional 1% XP bringing the total to 6% for the whole set.|
|The Dragon Rider amulet - a quest reward from One of a Kind - will increase the XP gained from burying dragon and frost dragon bones by 50%.|
|With the salvation, greater salvation, master salvation and supreme salvation auras, you can boost Prayer XP gain by 1%, 1.5%, 2% and 2.5% respectively. You also gain a prayer point recovery for every 500 Prayer XP gained (3%, 5%, 7% and 10% respectively). These auras are available through the Members Loyalty Programme.|
Training Hints and Tips
- Using the Summoning skill, you'll find that there are a few familiars that might be useful for training your Prayer. Of particular note is the Abyssal parasite, who slows the Prayer drain you get while in the Abyss.
- Chapels built in your house can be used to train Prayer.
- If you have completed Legacy of Seergaze , you will also be able to burn Vyrewatch remains in the Paterdomus Columbarium using pyre logs. Vyre corpses can only be burnt using teak pyre logs or better.
- It is possible to train all of your skills while Dungeoneering, and Prayer is no exception. Plenty of creatures drop bones in Daemonheim, and you can receive four times the amount of Prayer XP if you take your monster bones to an altar within Daemonheim. For more information, see Dungeoneering/Prayer.
|The Prayer cape, Prayer cape (t) or Prayer master cape can be used to temporarily increase your skill level by 1. To do this, equip one of the capes, right-click it and choose Boost. Note that you will only be able to use this boost once per minute.|
|If you have a bonecrusher in your inventory, and you are wearing a twisted bird skull necklace, split dragontooth necklace or a demon horn necklace, dropped bones from monster kills will automatically be converted into both Prayer experience and Prayer Points. The bonecrusher requires a Prayer level of 21 and a Dungeoneering level of 21. It can be bought for 34000 Dungeoneering tokens from the rewards trader at Daemonheim.|
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is it that my protection prayers do not always work against another player?
The protection prayers will always work to reduce the damage you receive. They will not reduce damage by 100%.
2. My Protect Item prayer didn't work. Why is this?
Remember that Protect Item relies on your prayer points. There are instances where a player's prayer points will run out before they die, rendering the prayer useless. Also, the Protect Item prayer will not work in the Wilderness on high-risk Wilderness worlds.
3. Why can't I use any prayers in the Abyss?
Upon entering the Abyss, it will drain your prayer points to zero.
4. Is it possible to regain prayer points within the Abyss?
Yes, you can regain prayer points as normal. Simply drink a Prayer potion and you will be able to use your prayers again.
5. How can I get extra prayer points?
Your maximum base prayer points (before other bonuses) is your Prayer level multiplied by 10.
Here are a few places where you can increase this:
- The monks' altar upstairs in the Monastery (talk to Abbot Langley).
- The Nature grotto in Mort Myre (after the Nature Spirit quest).
- Oo'glog sulphur spring (after As a First Resort).
- The Senntisten Temple altar beneath the Digsite (after The Temple at Senntisten).
The first two will give you two extra Prayer levels. Oo'glog's sulphur spring boosts your prayer points by 10%. Senntisten's Altar boosts your prayer points by 15%. Also, don't forget that a Prayer cape can boost your Prayer level to 100 and therefore your prayer points to 1000.
6. What's the best way to increase my Prayer level?
Get in the habit of burying every bone and scattering all the Demon ashes you see. Regardless of how little experience you may seem to be getting, it all adds up! Train your Construction skill high enough and you can build an altar in your POH, which multiplies how much XP you get from each bone buried. Finally, worshipping the Ectofuntus in Port Phasmatys is another fast way to gain Prayer XP.
7. How does the prayer points statistic work?
Next to your minimap, you will see the prayer points stat. If you are using prayers to fight monsters or players, then it will drain through use. Some items of armour or other equipment can slow this drain (look at your equipment bonuses by clicking the 'Show Equipment Stats' button in your worn inventory). The higher the Prayer boost is, the longer your prayers will last. For more information on Prayer-boosting equipment, see Prayer Equipment.
Prayer Related Skills
The following skills help with the Prayer skill:
- Firemaking - Barbarian Firemaking allows you to burn a pyre ship which will grant you a bonus to your Prayer experience depending upon which type of logs you use to construct the ship. You will receive a 300% bonus to Prayer experience the next few times that you bury bones.
Prayer Related Quests
The following quests help with the Prayer skill:
- The Temple at Senntisten - Provides access to Curses and a Prayer boosting altar.
- Priest in Peril - Provides access to the Ectofunctus.
- Nature Spirit - Provides access to train on ghasts.
- Rag and Bone Man, Fur 'n' Seek and both of the Odd Old Man's wish lists - Allows access to the Skeletal Horror.
For all quests that give Prayer experience as a reward, please refer to the Quest Experience Rewards page.
Prayer Related Minigames
The following minigames help with the Prayer skill:
- Shades of Mort'ton minigame - Once you have completed the Shades of Mort'ton quest, then you will be able to cremate shades as a way of increasing your Prayer level and receiving various rewards.
Prayer Related Distractions & Diversions
The following D&Ds help with the Prayer skill:
- Tears of Guthix - If Prayer is your weakest skill, try the Tears of Guthix D&D.
Prayer Related Equipment
- Prayer Armour
- Prayer Armour/Mid Level
- Prayer Armour/High Level
- Prayer Equipment
- Off-hand Prayer Equipment
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