Pharaoh's sceptre

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This article is about the Pyramid Plunder minigame reward. For the Stronghold of Security reward, see Skull sceptre.
Pharaoh's sceptre detail.png

The Pharaoh's sceptre is a staff found during the Pyramid Plunder minigame in Sophanem. It requires 30 Attack and 30 Magic to wield.

Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Combat Options Combat Style Type Experience
CombatStyles polestaff.png Bash Crush Attack and Hitpoints
Pound Crush Strength and Hitpoints
Block Crush Defence and Hitpoints

Teleports[edit | edit source]

The Pharaoh's sceptre has three charges that can be used to teleport to the desert pyramids. Each teleport uses one charge from the sceptre.

The teleport function of the sceptre works up to level 30 in the Wilderness.

Recharging[edit | edit source]

To recharge the sceptre to its maximum number of charges, the player must talk to the guardian mummy inside the Pyramid Plunder pyramid, and give it either 6 gold artefacts, 12 stone artefacts, or 24 pottery/ivory artefacts. It is possible to do this with the items noted. It is also possible to use a mixture of different shaped artefacts, provided they are all the same material. The mummy will complain about the player owning the sceptre but will recharge it anyway. It is recommended that when a player has used all but one of the sceptre's charges, the last charge should be used to teleport to Pyramid Plunder for this reason.

Players who complete the Desert Diary can have the sceptre hold more charges, up to eight with full completion.

The following table shows recharge costs according to Grand Exchange prices.

Type Ivory/Pottery Stone Gold
Comb/Seal 24 x Ivory comb.png = 3,000 12 x Stone seal.png = 1,800 6 x Gold seal.png = 4,554
Scarab 24 x Pottery scarab.png = 1,896 12 x Stone scarab.png = 1,944 6 x Golden scarab.png = 6,024
Statuette 24 x Pottery statuette.png = 2,400 12 x Stone statuette.png = 2,400 6 x Golden statuette.png = 7,524

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Pharaoh's sceptres are rarely received from the golden chests and sarcophagi during the Pyramid Plunder minigame. The chance of receiving a Pharaoh's sceptre is 1/1,000, regardless of room, upon a successful theft from a grand gold chest or sarcophagus (meaning no scarabs or mummies appear). After a player finds a sceptre, they will immediately be kicked from the pyramid by the guardian mummy. If the player had no free inventory space when they found the sceptre, it will appear on the ground under them when they are outside the pyramid.

The following table breaks down the probability of receiving a sceptre after playing Pyramid Plunder for a certain amount of hours while looting between 1 and 16 chests/sarcophagi per run. Each run is assumed to take exactly 5 minutes. The expected amount of playtime before receiving a sceptre coincides with a probability of 63.2% e.g. about 5 hours when looting 16 chests/sarcophagi or about 16 hours when looting only 5.

Chance of receiving a pharaoh sceptre after Y hours of looting X chests/sarcophagi per run
Chests/Sarcophagi looted per run
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Hours
1 1% 2% 4% 5% 6% 7% 8% 9% 10% 11% 12% 13% 14% 15% 16% 17%
2 2% 5% 7% 9% 11% 13% 15% 17% 19% 21% 23% 25% 27% 29% 30% 32%
3 4% 7% 10% 13% 16% 19% 22% 25% 28% 30% 33% 35% 37% 40% 42% 44%
4 5% 9% 13% 17% 21% 25% 29% 32% 35% 38% 41% 44% 46% 49% 51% 54%
5 6% 11% 16% 21% 26% 30% 34% 38% 42% 45% 48% 51% 54% 57% 59% 62%
6 7% 13% 19% 25% 30% 35% 40% 44% 48% 51% 55% 58% 61% 64% 66% 68%
7 8% 15% 22% 29% 34% 40% 44% 49% 53% 57% 60% 64% 66% 69% 72% 74%
8 9% 17% 25% 32% 38% 44% 49% 54% 58% 62% 65% 68% 71% 74% 76% 78%
9 10% 19% 28% 35% 42% 48% 53% 58% 62% 66% 70% 73% 75% 78% 80% 82%
10 11% 21% 30% 38% 45% 51% 57% 62% 66% 70% 73% 76% 79% 81% 83% 85%
11 12% 23% 33% 41% 48% 55% 60% 65% 70% 73% 77% 80% 82% 84% 86% 88%
12 13% 25% 35% 44% 51% 58% 64% 68% 73% 76% 80% 82% 85% 87% 88% 90%
13 14% 27% 37% 46% 54% 61% 66% 71% 75% 79% 82% 85% 87% 89% 90% 92%
14 15% 29% 40% 49% 57% 64% 69% 74% 78% 81% 84% 87% 89% 90% 92% 93%
15 16% 30% 42% 51% 59% 66% 72% 76% 80% 83% 86% 88% 90% 92% 93% 94%
16 17% 32% 44% 54% 62% 68% 74% 78% 82% 85% 88% 90% 92% 93% 94% 95%

Note: At 91 thieving, each run assuming you are opening all 16 chests/sarcophagi only can be cleared in 3 and a half to 4 minutes. This sacrifices overall thieving XP but increases the probability of receiving a sceptre per hours played. You should still receive around 70k xp/hr with this method.

Other uses[edit | edit source]

The sceptre is required to make an occult altar in a player-owned house. This caused the sceptre to be in high demand when the update was released, giving it a significant price boost.

Treasure Trails[edit | edit source]

Tier Emotes STASH Location Items Cost
Master Yawn 7th room in Pyramid Plunder Pharaoh's sceptre.png Menaphite clothing.png 4,069,214

Products[edit | edit source]

ItemSkillsXPMaterials
Ancient altar icon.pngAncient altar
  • 80 Construction
  • 1,490 Construction
Occult altar icon.pngOccult altar
  • 90 Construction
  • 3,445 Construction

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
23 September 2020
(update)
The first option on the sceptre has been changed from "Teleport" to "Wield".
16 April 2015
(update)
Murky Matt will only decant Pharoah's sceptres with the amount of charges you have unlocked from the desert diary.
5 March 2015
(update | poll)
The Pharaoh's sceptre now holds more charges for the completion of Desert Diaries:
26 June 2014
(update | poll)
The Pharaoh's sceptre now has an alch value of 50,000 coins.
6 March 2014
(update | poll)
Pharaoh sceptres now show their remaining charges.
25 April 2013
(update)
The jewelled sceptre no longer teleports players into the Desert Treasure pyramid before they have completed enough of the quest to unlock it.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If the player talks to Simon Templeton while holding a sceptre, he will try to convince them that it is worthless and will offer 100 coins for it, which the player refuses.
  • When someone else in the pyramid finds a sceptre, an annoyed guardian mummy appears in some rooms next to the golden chest noting that someone has stolen it.
  • It was commonly used by lurers due to the sceptre having a teleport as its left click option. Scammers get the player to go on a pvp world and "wield" the scepter, knowing this which teleports the player into a player vs player zone, leading to the player losing their items.