Ancient staff

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Ancient staff
Ancient staff.png
Released18 April 2005 (Update)
MembersYes
Quest itemNo
Properties
TradeableYes
EquipableYes
StackableNo
NoteableYes
OptionsWield
DestroyDrop
ExamineA magical staff of ancient origin...
Values
Value100,000 coins
High alch60,000 coins
Low alch40,000 coins
Weight2.267 kg
Grand Exchange
Exchange60,008 coins (info)
Buy limit70
Daily volume3,397
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Advanced data
Item ID4675
Ancient staff detail.png

The ancient staff is a one-handed magical weapon that can be used to autocast spells from the Ancient spellbook and standard spellbook. It requires 50 Attack and 50 Magic to wield, along with completion of Desert Treasure. The staff is decorated with the symbol of Zaros.

It is frequently used in high-level player-killing due to its high magical accuracy. It is unique in the fact that it is the only item that has a negative Prayer bonus.

Similar to bladed staves, this staff has an attack speed of 4, making it a suitable weapon for melee combat, displaying similar stats as those of the rune scimitar with slightly higher strength bonus and lower attack bonus. It is outclassed in melee combat by the granite hammer, which also requires 50 Attack to wield, with an additional requirement of 50 Strength.

The staff may be bought once from Eblis for 80,000 coins after completing Desert Treasure. For this reason, Ironmen are not recommended to alch or drop it because it is used in a master clue step.

Attack icon.png Attack bonusesAncient staff equipped female.png
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
+10-1+40+15+0
Defence icon.png Defence bonuses
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
+2+3+1+15+0
Melee.png Other bonusesSlot
Strength icon.pngRanged Strength icon.pngMagic Damage icon.pngPrayer icon.pngWeapon slot.png
+50+0+0%-1List
Attack speedRange
Monster attack speed 4.png1
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Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Category: StaffCombat StyleStyle typeWeapon StyleExperienceInvisible Boost
CombatStyles Staff.pngBashCrushAccurateAttack and Hitpoints+3 Attack
PoundCrushAggressiveStrength and Hitpoints+3 Strength
FocusCrushDefensiveDefence and Hitpoints+3 Defence
SpellMagicDefensive AutocastMagic, Defence, and HitpointsNone
SpellMagicAutocastMagic and HitpointsNone

Comparison between other magic weapons[edit source]

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Name Levels to equip Price Magic Attack bonus Magic damage Notes
Tumeken's shadow inventory image Tumeken's shadow

Magic 85

1,795,634,912 +35 N/A
  • Requires 5Chaos 2Soul per charge of the built-in spell.
  • Built-in spell damage scales with the player's Magic level and can hit up to 34 at Magic 99 without any magic damage bonus.
  • Has a passive effect which triples magic attack bonus and magic damage from the player's worn equipment. The magic damage increase is capped at a total of 100%.
  • Because the spell is built-in, the player does not need to carry its runes in their inventory and can use Arceuus spellbook, Lunar spells, or Ancient Magicks while wielding this staff.
  • Currently offers the highest magic attack bonus, and is tied with the Kodai wand for highest magic defence.
Harmonised nightmare staff inventory image Harmonised nightmare staff

Magic 82
Hitpoints 50

310,421,691 +16 +15%
Volatile nightmare staff inventory image Volatile nightmare staff

Magic 82
Hitpoints 50

151,767,998 +16 +15%
  • Can autocast both Ancient Magicks and standard spells.
  • Has a special attack which consumes 55% of the player's special attack energy and deals a high amount of damage with 50% increased accuracy. This attack does not consume runes.
  • Otherwise possesses identical bonuses and benefits to the Nightmare staff.
Eldritch nightmare staff inventory image Eldritch nightmare staff

Magic 82
Hitpoints 50

118,869,854 +16 +15%
Sanguinesti staff inventory image Sanguinesti staff Magic 82 87,382,017 +25 N/A
  • Slightly stronger than the Trident of the swamp, with the same stats but able to hit one damage higher.
  • Requires 3Blood per charge of the built-in spell.
  • Built-in spell damage scales with the player's Magic level and can hit up to 32 at Magic 99 .
  • Has a 1 in 6 chance to heal the wielder by half the damage dealt.
  • Tied with the Toxic staff of the dead and Trident of the swamp for third-highest magic attack bonus.
  • Because the spell is built-in, the player does not need to carry its runes in their inventory and can use Arceuus spellbook, Lunar spells, or Ancient Magicks while wielding this staff.
Kodai wand inventory image Kodai wand Magic 80 71,226,252 +28 +15%
  • Can autocast Ancient Magicks, Arceuus spells, and standard spells.
  • Provides unlimited water runes while equipped.
  • When a combat spell is cast with the wand, there is a 15% chance that the wand will negate the rune cost for that spell.
  • Currently offers the second-highest magic attack bonus, and is tied with Tumeken's Shadow for highest magic defence.
Trident of the swamp inventory image Trident of the swamp Magic 78 3,825,620 +25 N/A
  • Has the same benefits as the Trident of the seas, but with +10 more magic attack bonus.
  • Requires 5Fire 1Chaos 1Death and 1 Zulrah scale (instead of coins) per charge of the built-in spell, and can hold up to 2500 charges.
  • Built-in spell damage scales with the player's Magic level and can hit up to 31 at Magic 99 .
  • Has 25% chance to inflict venom on the target.
  • Tied with the Sanguinesti staff and Toxic staff of the dead for third-highest magic attack bonus.
  • Because the spell is built-in, the player does not need to carry its runes in their inventory and can use Arceuus spellbook, Lunar spells, or Ancient Magicks while wielding this staff.
Toxic staff of the dead inventory image Toxic staff of the dead Magic 75 Attack 8,132,670 +25 +15%
Master wand inventory image Master wand Magic 60 2,684,974 +20 N/A
Staff of light inventory image Staff of light Magic 75 Attack 3,619,740 +17 +15%
Staff of balance inventory image Staff of balance Magic 75 Attack 26,038,446 +17 +15%
Staff of the dead inventory image Staff of the dead Magic 75 Attack 4,165,505 +17 +15%
Nightmare staff inventory image Nightmare staff

Magic 72
Hitpoints 50

29,419,339 +16 +15%
Trident of the seas inventory image Trident of the seas Magic 75 41,917 +15 N/A
  • Has its own built-in spell, requiring charges which cost 5Fire 1Chaos 1Death runes and 10 coins per cast. Can hold up to 2,500 charges.
  • Built-in spell damage scales with the player's Magic level and can hit up to 28 at Magic 99 .
  • Has a weapon speed of 4 (same as scimitars/whip), while all other forms of combat magic only have 5 (same as longswords).
  • Because the spell is built-in, the player does not need to carry its runes in their inventory and can use Arceuus spellbook, Lunar spells, or Ancient Magicks while wielding this staff.
Ahrim's staff inventory image Ahrim's staff Magic 70 Attack 112,977 +15 +5%
Smoke battlestaff Smoke battlestaff Magic 30 Attack
(Battlestaff)
1,380,550 +12 +10%[n 1]
Magic 40 Attack
(Mystic staff)
1,419,133 +14
Slayer's staff (e) inventory image Slayer's staff (e)

Magic 75
Slayer 55

23,873[n 2] +12 N/A
Iban's staff inventory image Iban's staff Magic 50 Attack 200,000[n 3] +10 N/A
  • Only staff able to cast Iban Blast.
  • Can autocast Iban Blast and standard spells.
  • Has 120 charges (2,500 if upgraded). One charge is used when casting Iban Blast on an NPC and two are used when casting it on another player.
  • Iban Blast has a max hit of 25.
Guthix staff Saradomin staff Zamorak staff God staves Magic 60 80,000 +6 N/A
  • Required to cast god spells, but cannot be used to autocast them.
  • Those who have Magic 80 and the respective God cape can use the Charge spell, which increases the God spell's damage by 50%.
Ancient staff inventory image Ancient staff Magic 50 Attack 60,008 +15 N/A
Slayer's staff inventory image Slayer's staff

Magic 50
Slayer 55

22,244 +12 N/A
Void knight mace inventory image Void knight mace Attack Strength Defence Hitpoints Ranged Magic 42
Prayer 22
Untradeable[n 4] +8 N/A
Skull sceptre inventory image Skull sceptre Magic 1 Untradeable +10 N/A
Staff of air Staff of water Staff of earth Staff of fire Elemental staves Magic 1
(Basic)
1,551 +10 N/A
  • Can autocast standard spells.
  • Provide unlimited runes of their respective elements.
  • However, they have a slower attack speed than better staves (3 seconds per cast instead of 2.4) and lack any Magic damage boost.
Magic 30 Attack
(Battlestaff)
9,007 +12
Magic 40 Attack
(Mystic staff)
25,240 +14
  1. ^ Is not shown on Equipment Stats, and applies only to the standard spellbook.
  2. ^ Reverts to standard Slayer's staff when it runs out of charges, and needs to have a Slayer's enchantment reapplied.
  3. ^ Cost to repair the broken staff. Another 200,000 are needed to upgrade it to Iban's staff (u), which holds 2,500 charges instead of 120.
  4. ^ Costs 250 Void Knight commendation points.

Treasure Trails[edit | edit source]

The Ancient Staff is required for a master clue step requiring the player to have a negative prayer bonus. It's currently the only item in game with a negative prayer bonus.

Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here (include RDT).
SourceLevelQuantityRarity
Chaos Fanatic202 Multicombat.png11/128
Mummy Jaldraocht96; 103 Multicombat.png11/513
Thermonuclear smoke devil301 Multicombat.png11/107
Vet'ion454 Multicombat.png13/128

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EblisBandit Camp1N/ACoins 10000.png 80,000N/A
EblisSouth-east of Bandit Camp1N/ACoins 10000.png 80,000N/A