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Released 24 May 2001 (Update)
Members No
Level Magic 19
Spellbook Standard
Type Combat
Experience 29
Runes 3Earth 2Water 1Body
Casting speed 5 ticks
Description Reduces your opponent's defence by 5%
Sound Effect
Curse icon (mobile).png

Curse is a level 19 Magic spell. When cast on an opponent, their defence is reduced by 5%. The spell gives 29 experience whether it hits or misses, making it a popular way to gain experience cheaply. The spell can only be cast if the target's stats haven't already been lowered, meaning you can not stack stat reduction with multiple spells in a row.

Cost[edit | edit source]

Spell cost
2Water rune.png3Earth rune.png1Body rune.png27
Combo runes
2Water rune.png1Body rune.png3Dust rune.png33
1Body rune.png3Mud rune.png491
2Water rune.png1Body rune.png3Lava rune.png33
3Earth rune.png1Body rune.png2Steam rune.png267
3Earth rune.png1Body rune.png2Mist rune.png263
3Earth rune.png1Body rune.pngStaff of water.pngAlt17
2Water rune.png1Body rune.pngStaff of earth.pngAlt15
1Body rune.pngMud battlestaff.png5
Main and off-hands
3Earth rune.png1Body rune.png0.05Soaked page.pngTome of water.png88
1Body rune.png0.05Soaked page.pngStaff of earth.pngAltTome of water.png76

Failed Cursing[edit | edit source]

Casting Curse while wearing full metal armour (including an elemental staff with no more than +10 magic points) and d'hide vambraces can give a magic attack as low as -65, which guarantees a "splash," or a missed hit. This provides very cheap Magic experience, as players can instantly recast the spell on the same target. Additionally, casting Curse grants players no experience in the Hitpoints skill and, thus, is useful to pures. The usual method is to buy the Body runes needed for the cast, as well as an appropriate amount of one of the other two runes, and using the respective staff of the third rune. An expensive alternative is to buy a Mud battlestaff, which provides an unlimited supply of both Water and Earth runes. Snakeskin boots are also a recommended item to bring when splashing as they give an additional -10 magic attack.

When doing this method, it is helpful to position a monster so that it is just on the edge of your screen, so that there is minimal distance between it and your spellbook.