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Introduction

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Prayer interface

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.

For a List of Altars/Shrines by God, See Prayer Altars By God

Curses

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Curse interface

Main article: Curses

Upon completing The Temple at Senntistenmember badge tiny.png quest, you will gain access to the ancient hymnal, which, once read, will allow you to use Cursesmember badge tiny.png. 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 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 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

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.

For example, if you activated Augury, this would drain your prayer points at roughly 3.3 per second whereas Steel Skin would drain 1.7 per second.

Having multiple prayers/curses active will drain your points at a much faster rate.

Reducing Prayer Point Drain

Some items of armour have prayer bonuses which can reduce 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).

For example, if you have a Amulet of glory, with a prayer bonus of 3, equipped and you cast Thick Skin your new prayer drain rate will be 0.97 instead of 1.

You can find a list of the drain rates of each prayer on the Prayers page, and for each curse on the Curses page.

Restoring Prayer Points

Altar 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.

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It is possible for Members to drink prayer restore mix, prayer restore, prayer renew or super prayer potions to restore any lost Prayer points. Please see the Herblore section of the Manual for more details.
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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) and are untradeable.
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When eaten, jangerberries restore 10 prayer points
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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.
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With the salvation, greater salvation, master salvation and supreme salvation auras, you gain a prayer point recovery for every 500 Prayer XP gained (3%, 5%, 7% and 10% respectively). You also can boost Prayer XP gain by 1%, 1.5%, 2% and 2.5% respectively.
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The auras Penance, Salvation, Corruption, and Harmony restore prayer points for a percentage of any damage you deal. These are available through the Members Loyalty Programme.

Quick Prayers

Main article: Quick Prayers

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Selecting 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 Prayer 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.

View bones and ashes list

Ghasts

If you have completed the Nature Spirit member badge tiny.png quest you will be able to train on Ghasts as a way of increasing your Prayer level.

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Fighting the Ghasts

You will need to ensure that you have a Silver sickle (b) and a Druid pouch full of flowers, gathered using 'cast bloom' from the sickle.

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 from Burgh de Rott in Temple Trekking.

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.

The Ectofuntus

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Use Ectofuntus to increase your Prayer level

If you have completed the Priest in Peril member badge tiny.png quest, then you are able to use the Ectofuntus to increase your Prayer level.

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 will be used up and one lot of bonemeal/ashes will be destroyed 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.

The Skeletal Horror

If you have completed Rag and Bone Man member badge tiny.png, Fur 'n' Seek member badge tiny.png, 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), and would 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, he'll 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.

The Nexus

For lower leveled players, The Nexus member badge tiny.png is a great training area. You will find the nexus corrupting the Lumbridge Swamp, south of Lumbridge castle and west of Al Kharid palace.

You must fill your charmed sacks with corruption and cleanse it using the nearby relics to send the evil creature back to whence it came. Speak to Ysondria for more details.

Boosting Experience Gain

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The small, medium member badge tiny.png, large member badge tiny.png and huge member badge tiny.png 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.
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Each individual item in the first age set (tiara, amulet, bracelet, cape and ring) member badge tiny.png grant 1% extra XP each. A complete set will grant an additional 1% XP bringing the total to 6% for the whole set.
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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%.

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.
  • If you have a tendency to leave bones on the ground and not bury them, then the Bonecrusher might be to your taste. This item can be bought with Dungeoneering tokens from the reward trader of Daemonheim, and will automatically bury any bones that you would have received from a monster drop. The item needs only to be kept in your inventory for it to take effect.
  • 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.

Prayer Boosts

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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).
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A reward from Rum Dealmember badge tiny.png, the Holy wrenchmember badge tiny.png offers bonus prayer points when a Prayer potion, Prayer renewal or Super Prayer is drunk.

The Monastery

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Location of the Monastery

Once you have a Prayer level of 31, Abbot Langley will allow you to enter the Monastery, located west of Edgeville.

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 symbolsmember badge tiny.png you make, as well as some Monk's robes laying around that you can take.

Senntisten Temple

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Location of Senntisten Temple

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.

Useful Items

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If you have a bonecrusher in your inventory, and you are wearing a split dragontooth necklace or a demon horn necklace, dropped bones from monster kills will automatically be converted into Prayer experience. The bonecrusher requires a Prayer level of 21 and a Dungeoneering level of 21. It can be bought for 34000 Dungeoneering tokens.
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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. This aura also increases the amount of prayer restored by any potions you use by the same amounts.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is it that my protection prayers do not always work against another player?

2. My Protect Item prayer didn't work. Why is this?

3. Why can't I use any prayers in the Abyss?

4. Is it possible to regain prayer points within the Abyss?

5. How can I get extra prayer points?

6. What's the best way to increase my Prayer level?

7. How does the prayer points statistic work?

See Also

Prayer Related Skills

The following skills help with the Prayer skill:

  • Firemaking - Barbarian Firemakingmember badge tiny.png 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:

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:

Prayer Related Distractions & Diversions

The following D&Ds help with the Prayer skill:

  • Tears of Guthixmember badge tiny.png - If Prayer is your weakest skill, try the Tears of Guthix D&D.

Prayer Related Equipment

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