|Released||18 April 2005 (Update)|
|Examine||A magical staff of ancient origin...|
|High alch||60,000 coins|
|Low alch||40,000 coins|
|Exchange||60,008 coins (info)|
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.
Combat styles[edit | edit source]
|Category: Staff||Combat Style||Style type||Weapon Style||Experience||Invisible Boost|
|Bash||Crush||Accurate||Attack and Hitpoints||+3 Attack|
|Pound||Crush||Aggressive||Strength and Hitpoints||+3 Strength|
|Focus||Crush||Defensive||Defence and Hitpoints||+3 Defence|
|Spell||Magic||Defensive Autocast||Magic, Defence, and Hitpoints||None|
|Spell||Magic||Autocast||Magic and Hitpoints||None|
Comparison between other magic weapons[edit source]
|Name||Levels to equip||Price||Magic Attack bonus||Magic damage||Notes|
|Harmonised nightmare staff||310,421,691||+16||+15%|
|Volatile nightmare staff||151,767,998||+16||+15%||
|Eldritch nightmare staff||118,869,854||+16||+15%||
|Trident of the swamp||78||3,825,620||+25||N/A||
|Toxic staff of the dead||75||8,132,670||+25||+15%||
|Staff of light||75||3,619,740||+17||+15%|
|Staff of balance||75||26,038,446||+17||+15%|
|Staff of the dead||75||4,165,505||+17||+15%||
|Trident of the seas||75||41,917||+15||N/A||
|Smoke battlestaff|| 30
|Slayer's staff (e)||23,873[n 2]||+12||N/A||
|Iban's staff||50||200,000[n 3]||+10||N/A|
|Void knight mace|| 42
|Elemental staves|| 1
- Is not shown on Equipment Stats, and applies only to the standard spellbook.
- Reverts to standard Slayer's staff when it runs out of charges, and needs to have a Slayer's enchantment reapplied.
- 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.
- 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]
|Mummy Jaldraocht||96; 103||1||1/513|
|Thermonuclear smoke devil||301||1||1/107|
Shop locations[edit | edit source]
|Eblis||South-east of Bandit Camp||1||N/A||80,000||N/A|