Ironman Guide/Prayer

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Prayer is a slow skill for Ironmen, due to having to obtain every bone. Ideally, Ironmen should try to get as much experience out of each drop as possible, utilizing things like the chaos altar, the Ectofuntus, or, later, a gilded altar in their player-owned home.

Prayer 43 Prayer is a common early-game objective for both Hardcore and normal Ironmen for access to Protect from Magic.pngProtect from Magic, Protect from Missiles.pngProtect from Missiles and Protect from Melee.pngProtect from Melee.

Early training: Quests[edit | edit source]

Early levels can be skipped by completing quests that give Prayer Prayer experience. Notably, Holy Grail has minimal requirements and grants 11,000xp, enough to get to level 28 on its own. Completing all of the following quests is enough to get to level 36.

Fastest Experience[edit | edit source]

Method Experience Notes
Chaos altar 700%[1] Available immediately, but risky, since the altar is in the wilderness.
Gilded altar 250-350% Requires 75 Construction. 3.5x is achievable with both incense burners lit.
Ectofuntus 400% Available quite early, after Priest in Peril, but can be quite slow.
  1. Offers 350% experience, plus a 50% chance not to consume the bone. See the Chaos Altar section for the math.

Levels 1-99: Chaos altar[edit | edit source]

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This is a dangerous activity.
On death, all unprotected items will be moved to a grave. Hardcore Ironmen will lose their status, and any items stored in any Item Retrieval Service will be deleted.

Offering bones at the chaos altar located in level 38 Wilderness is the most efficient, and should be used whenever possible. The altar grants 3.5x experience per bone, and there is a 50% chance that the bone offered at the altar will not be consumed. This makes this method riskier but notably faster overall than offering bones at the gilded altar considering the time it takes to gather the bones.

The altar can be reached by Ghorrock Teleport ideally, or Cemetery teleport or a burning amulet.

Wear cheap defensive gear while 3 or 4-iteming armour pieces with high defensive stats and bring high-healing food in case of being attacked by player killers. Bringing a stack of noted bones and unnoting them at the nearby Elder Chaos druid (NPC) is a riskier, but faster option. Players can resupply by running south and teleporting to a bank, such as Edgeville or Lumbridge/Camelot on a PvP world.

Alternatively, bring one inventory of bones at a time and suicide on the nearby Wine of Zamorak spawn or Chaos Fanatic. This can be expedited by using items that cause player damage, such as an enchanted symbol, locator orb or rock cakes. At least 500k xp/hr should be possible even during peak times, but the number of people attacking will vary. Players can change their respawn point for more effective runs.

Levels 1-99: Gilded Altar[edit | edit source]

Offer the bones at the gilded altar (requires level 75 Construction) in a player-owned house yields 2.5-3.5x experience, depending on how many incense burners are lit. Doing this on a PvP world and use the bank chest near Camelot Castle makes for fast banking.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 1-99: Ectofuntus[edit | edit source]

Main article: Ectofuntus

The Ectofuntus outside of Port Phasmatys allows players to receive 4x prayer experience per bone. Each bone must be ground into a pot and offered alongside a bucket of slime, and will also reward Ecto-tokens. It's a very slow, but safe way to get more experience per bone prior to access to a gilded altar, and is often used by Hardcore ironman chat badge.png Hardcore Ironmen.

With Agility 58 Agility, players can take advantage of the shortcuts while filling buckets of slime, and an Ectophial provides unlimited teleports back to the Ectofuntus, shortening trips dramatically. Buckets of slime can also be purchased from the Trader Crewmembers inside Port Phasmatys for 2gp each, eliminating the need for gathering slime.

After the completion of the medium and higher Morytania Diary, players can claim daily pots of bonemeal and buckets of slime from Robin.

Levels 1-99: Ensouled heads[edit | edit source]

Main article: Ensouled head

Monsters periodically drop ensouled heads, which can be reanimated and killed for Prayer Prayer experience. This method is slow and unpredictable, but should be taken advantage of when possible for extra experience.

Obtaining bones[edit | edit source]

Blue dragons[edit | edit source]

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The best way to get dragon bones early on is to kill blue dragons in the Taverley Dungeon with Iban's Blast. Iban's Blast has very high damage output at lower levels compared to other weapons and spells, and players can complete Underground Pass quite easily without Protect from Melee. However, players will need to pay the Dark Mage 200,000 coins to upgrade the Iban's staff. Offer the bones at the Ectofuntus or at the chaos altar in the Wilderness.

Green dragons[edit | edit source]

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The fastest method of banking Prayer experience is to kill green dragons in the Wilderness. Players should use the looting bag for extra space for the loot. The spot north of the Graveyard of Shadows and the spot east of black salamanders are easily accessible via a games necklace's teleport to Corporeal Beast's Cave, however both areas are well-known hotspots for player-killers. The spot west of the Dark Warriors' Fortress is safer but can be crowded. It is advised to kill green dragons for level 70 Prayer once the player has decent enough stats and access to total level worlds. At higher levels, completing the elite tasks in the Wilderness Diary is strongly recommended, as the bones will be noted which greatly increases the trip length. With the diary completed, players can kill up to 300–330 dragons per hour when using the dragon hunter lance.

The fastest method of banking Prayer experience for Hardcore Ironmen is to kill green dragons in the Myths' Guild basement after completion of Dragon Slayer II. Kill the 2 green dragons that spawn there and kill blue dragons while waiting for the green dragons to respawn. It is worth to loot the hides for the money, even though this greatly decreases trip length.

Slayer[edit | edit source]

Players can also get a lot of Prayer experience through Slayer. Many monsters drop ensouled heads, which can be reanimated and killed for Prayer experience. Players who have a dragon hunter lance are advised to do blue dragon tasks whenever possible, and they should consider unlocking red dragons. Killing Vorkath on task becomes very efficient with the dragon hunter lance and high stats, as it is very profitable and Vorkath also drops a lot of useful supplies. Dagannoth Kings may also be killed on task for noted dagannoth bones after completion of the elite tasks in the Fremennik Diary.

Should the player not be able to complete Dragon Slayer II at lower levels, getting all experience for level 70 Prayer through Slayer is a viable option. Players are likely going to have around level 80–83 Slayer when they have gathered enough bones and ensouled heads for level 70 Prayer. It is not worthwhile to rush this by killing blue dragons in the Taverley Dungeon however, as they are significantly slower to kill than green dragons.

Bossing[edit | edit source]

In the mid to lategame, ironmen can passively obtain significant amounts of dragon bones through bossing. Zulrah, Cerberus and Vorkath all drop significant amounts of noted dragon bones commonly, and Alchemical Hydra drops two hydra bones per kill. Players can bank prayer experience from these bosses while bossing for uniques, decreasing the amount of time they would otherwise have to spend killing dragons for 99 prayer.