Ancient Magicks

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The ancient magicks spellbook icon.
The Ancient Magicks spellbook.

Ancient Magicks (also known as Ancients) are a series of Magic spells unlocked upon completion of the quest Desert Treasure. Unlike the Lunar spellbook, which primarily focuses on utility spells, and the standard spellbook, which is a mixture of combat and utility spells, the Ancient Magicks is significantly combat-oriented, including some of the most powerful combat spells in the game.

Having far fewer spells than the other spellbooks, the Ancient Magicks only contains 16 combat spells and nine teleports. Many of the Ancient Magick spells are very rune-intensive and require expensive runes such as death and blood runes. Owing to their power (a minimum of 50 Magic is needed to even access the spellbook), Ancient Magick spells are popular in player-versus-player activities.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Ancient Magicks are a long forgotten and destructive set of spells. In the Second Age, they were very commonly used, mostly by the followers of Zaros, who ruled a very large empire at that time.

The destructive and powerful spells of the Ancient Magicks proved to be useful during the wars in the era. The Spellbook also contained various teleport spells, which made it easier for the Zarosians to travel across their empire, which stretched from the northern Wilderness, to northern Misthalin and north-western Morytania.

Unfortunately, knowledge of Runecraft was lost before the Second Age and the remaining supplies Guthix provided humans in the First Age slowly disappeared through the use of Magic. Back then, many wizards held battles with the few remaining runes as a prize.

After Zaros' banishment following the Betrayal of Zaros, Zamorak and other gods like Saradomin, destroyed the empire. The destruction of the empire and the slow disappearance of runes caused the Ancient Magicks to become a rarely used form of Magic. During this time, only the Mahjarrat used Ancient Magicks, mostly because they didn't need runes to use Magic.

The God Wars held after Zaros' banishment saw the slow fade of the Ancient Magicks from common knowledge. Many of the remaining followers of Zaros, who comprised the majority of spell-casters, were killed or imprisoned. The powerful spells caused much destruction during the enormous battles, although the number of people who knew about the spells was extremely limited.

Long after the end of the God Wars, at the beginning of the Fifth Age, the art of Runecraft was rediscovered, giving humans a new supply of runes. New spells were invented by modern wizards of the Wizards' Tower, driving the Ancient Magicks even further into obscurity. Today, Ancient Magicks are used almost exclusively by the Mahjarrat, who have been driven close to extinction in Gielinor. A handful of people, such as Solus Dellagar, still possess the knowledge of Ancient Magicks. But furthermore, most mages of Gielinor choose to practice the modern magic created at the Wizards' Tower. Players will learn about the Ancient Magicks during the Desert Treasure quest, where they release the imprisoned Zarosian Mahjarrat Azzanadra.

Skill and quest requirements[edit | edit source]

Because unlocking the Ancient Magicks spellbook requires completion of the Desert Treasure quest, the following quests are also required:

Total level: 332
Attack 33 Hitpoints ---- Mining ----
Strength 30 Agility 15 Smithing 20
Defence ---- Herblore 10 Fishing ----
Ranged 40 Thieving 53 Cooking ----
Prayer 11 Crafting ---- Firemaking 50
Magic 50 Fletching 10 Woodcutting ----
Runecraft ---- Slayer 10 Farming ----
Construction ---- Hunter ----
Combat level 28 Quest point icon.png ---- Music.png ----

Because of these quests, the skills required to obtain the Ancient Magicks can be seen in the table to the right.

Switching spellbooks[edit | edit source]

Once Desert Treasure is completed, the easiest way to switch spellbooks for normal accounts is to use another player's POH. To find a house to use, use the Grouping interface and select "player owned houses" from the drop-down and use the Clan Chat to find a house with either an Ancient altar or an Occult altar. Most players who have houses publicly open will use the portals in Yanille & Rimmington. Keep in mind that this method will not work for Ironman Mode.

Players can switch to Ancient Magicks at the altar inside the Jaldraocht Pyramid (simply "Pyramid" on the World Map) in the Kharidian Desert, south-west of Pollnivneach and north of Menaphos. There is a rear entrance (tunnel) to the south of the pyramid that allows players who have completed Desert Treasure to enter the throne room directly, where the altar resides, without having to navigate the four floors of the pyramid. At the altar, players can pray to switch to or from the Ancient Magicks spellbook, though this drains all Prayer points to zero (players can still switch spellbooks even with 0 Prayer points).

Those who simply wish to switch from Ancient Magicks to the regular spellbook may find it easier to pray twice at the Astral Altar on Lunar Isle, provided Lunar Diplomacy has been completed. Alternatively, players may also switch spellbooks twice with Tyss at the Dark Altar (easily reached with fairy ring code CIS if the player has activated it), provided they have 100% Arceuus favour.

Players who have level 80 in Construction can build an ancient altar within their Achievement Gallery, allowing them to freely switch between the standard and ancient spellbooks without the prayer drain.

Additionally, players who have level 99 in Magic can switch their spellbook up to five times per day with the Magic cape.

Reaching the pyramid[edit | edit source]

Various methods of teleportation exist for reaching the Jaldraocht Pyramid:

Spell summary[edit | edit source]

Autocasting[edit | edit source]

Unlike the standard spells, Ancient Magicks combat spells can only be autocast with particular Magic weapons. The weapons are:

Ancient staff.png Ancient staff
Ahrim's staff.png Ahrim's staff[n 1]
Master wand.png Master wand
Kodai wand.png Kodai wand
Nightmare staff.png Nightmare staff
Eldritch nightmare staff.png Eldritch nightmare staff
Volatile nightmare staff.png Volatile nightmare staff

Combat spells[edit | edit source]

The Ancient Magicks combat spells are, as mentioned, the most dangerous combat spells in the game. Not only can they deal a substantial amount of damage, but each of the four classes of combat spells has a different additional effect:

A mage casts Ice Barrage on several foes.

The specific duration/effectiveness of each of the standard effects (aside from the blood spells, which always heal a flat 25%) depends on the level of the spell cast; for example, Smoke Burst will deal more poison damage than Smoke Rush. In addition, the Burst and Barrage spells are area-of-effect spells, which will hit the target and any other player or NPC standing in a 3x3 zone around the target in a multicombat area. The Rush and Blitz spells only hit a single target.

Some monsters are large, meaning that they take up more than one square of space. When a Burst or Barrage spell is cast on one of these monsters, it will hit the monster plus any surrounding monsters with any square of space standing within a 3x3 zone of the targeted monster's south-western-most corner square, which is treated as its "origin" square.

While less popular for general training, Ancient Magicks is often used in various player-versus-player activities, such as the TzHaar Fight Pit and Castle Wars. Ice spells, specifically Ice Burst and Ice Barrage, are especially popular, due to their freezing effects and lower cost when compared to other combat spells.

Ancient Magicks are not allowed in Barbarian Assault.

Icon Mobile
Spell Level Runes Coins[1] XP Base Max hit[2] Effect
Smoke Rush.png Smoke Rush icon (mobile).png Smoke Rush 50 1Air 1Fire 2Chaos 2Death 528 30 13 Poisons target starting at 2 damage.
Shadow Rush.png Shadow Rush icon (mobile).png Shadow Rush 52 1Air 2Chaos 2Death 1Soul 699 31 14 Reduces target's Attack level by 10%.
Blood Rush.png Blood Rush icon (mobile).png Blood Rush 56 1Blood 2Chaos 2Death 874 33 15 Heals the caster for 25% of the damage inflicted on the target.
Ice Rush.png Ice Rush icon (mobile).png Ice Rush 58 2Water 2Chaos 2Death 528 34 16 Freezes the target for 5 seconds.
Smoke Burst.png Smoke Burst icon (mobile).png Smoke Burst 62 2Air 2Fire 4Chaos 2Death 684 36 17 Hits a 3x3 area around a target. Poisons targets starting at 2 damage.
Shadow Burst.png Shadow Burst icon (mobile).png Shadow Burst 64 1Air 4Chaos 2Death 2Soul 1,016 37 18 Hits a 3x3 area around a target. Reduces targets' Attack levels by 10% each.
Blood Burst.png Blood Burst icon (mobile).png Blood Burst 68 2Blood 4Chaos 2Death 1,376 39 21 Hits a 3x3 area around a target. Heals the caster for 25% of the damage inflicted on the targets.
Ice Burst.png Ice Burst icon (mobile).png Ice Burst 70 4Water 4Chaos 2Death 684 40 22 Hits a 3x3 area around a target. Freezes targets for 10 seconds.
Smoke Blitz.png Smoke Blitz icon (mobile).png Smoke Blitz 74 2Air 2Fire 2Blood 2Death 1,104 42 23 Poisons target starting at 4 damage.
Shadow Blitz.png Shadow Blitz icon (mobile).png Shadow Blitz 76 2Air 2Blood 2Death 2Soul 1,446 43 24 Reduces target's Attack level by 15%.
Blood Blitz.png Blood Blitz icon (mobile).png Blood Blitz 80 4Blood 2Death 1,796 45 25 Heals the caster for 25% of the damage inflicted on the target.
Ice Blitz.png Ice Blitz icon (mobile).png Ice Blitz 82 3Water 2Blood 2Death 1,099 46 26 Freezes target for 15 seconds.
Smoke Barrage.png Smoke Barrage icon (mobile).png Smoke Barrage 86 4Air 4Fire 2Blood 4Death 1,496 48 27 Hits a 3x3 area around a target. Poisons targets starting at 4 damage.
Shadow Barrage.png Shadow Barrage icon (mobile).png Shadow Barrage 88 4Air 2Blood 4Death 3Soul 2,004 49 28 Hits a 3x3 area around a target. Reduces targets' Attack levels by 15%.
Blood Barrage.png Blood Barrage icon (mobile).png Blood Barrage 92 4Blood 4Death 1Soul 2,344 51 29 Hits a 3x3 area around a target. Heals the caster for 25% of the damage inflicted on the targets.
Ice Barrage.png Ice Barrage icon (mobile).png Ice Barrage 94 6Water 2Blood 4Death 1,486 52 30 Hits a 3x3 area around a target. Freezes targets for 20 seconds.
  1. ^ Price will vary when using Combination runes.
  2. ^ Max hit may be increased by using equipment which increases magic damage.

Teleportation spells[edit | edit source]

A player teleporting with Ancient Magicks.

Teleport spells from the Ancient Magicks teleport players to former strongholds and settlements of the Zarosian Empire, some of which are located in the Wilderness.

Icon Mobile
Spell Level Runes XP Notes
Edgeville Home Teleport.png Edgeville Home Teleport icon (mobile).png Edgeville Home Teleport 0 None 0 Teleports the player to Edgeville, near the well. Using this spell takes around 10 seconds to cast, gives no experience, and is interruptible by combat. Players can only cast this spell once every 30 minutes.
Paddewwa Teleport.png Paddewwa Teleport icon (mobile).png Paddewwa Teleport 54 1Air 1Fire 2Law 64 Teleports the player inside the entrance of Edgeville Dungeon.
Senntisten Teleport.png Senntisten Teleport icon (mobile).png Senntisten Teleport 60 2Law 1Soul 70 Teleports the player to the Digsite, between the south gate and the Exam Centre.
Kharyrll Teleport.png Kharyrll Teleport icon (mobile).png Kharyrll Teleport 66 1Blood 2Law 76 Teleports the player to Canifis, inside the Hair of the Dog tavern.
Lassar Teleport.png Lassar Teleport icon (mobile).png Lassar Teleport 72 4Water 2Law 82 Teleports the player to the top of Ice Mountain, towards the south side of the snowy area.
Dareeyak Teleport.png Dareeyak Teleport icon (mobile).png Dareeyak Teleport 78 2Air 3Fire 2Law 88 Teleports the player to the western ruins in the Wilderness.
Carrallangar Teleport.png Carrallangar Teleport icon (mobile).png Carrallangar Teleport 84 2Law 2Soul 94 Teleports the player to the Graveyard of Shadows in the Wilderness.
Teleport to Target.png Teleport to Target icon (mobile).png Teleport to Target 85 1Chaos 1Death 1Law 45 Teleports the player to an assigned target in the Wilderness. Can only be cast on target worlds.
Annakarl Teleport.png Annakarl Teleport icon (mobile).png Annakarl Teleport 90 2Blood 2Law 100 Teleports the player to the Demonic Ruins in the Wilderness.
Ghorrock Teleport.png Ghorrock Teleport icon (mobile).png Ghorrock Teleport 96 8Water 2Law 106 Teleports the player to the Frozen Waste Plateau in the Wilderness.

Trivia[edit | edit source]