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This article is about the Prayer skill. For information on training Prayer, see Prayer training (F2P) (P2P).
For a list of all requirements and unlockables within the Prayer skill, see Prayer/Level up table.

Prayer is a non-members combat skill. Prayer is trained by burying bones, using them on an altar in a player-owned house, by using them on the altar in the Chaos Temple (hut), by praying at the Ectofuntus with bonemeal and buckets of slime, or by killing reanimated monsters summoned via the Arceuus spellbook. Different bones give different amounts of experience.

Prayers are unlocked as the level in the skill goes up, which are used to aid the player in combat. The prayers can help with Attack, Defence, Strength, Ranged, Magic, and Hitpoints, among other uses. When prayers are activated, they drain the player's prayer points until the prayer is turned off or all prayer points are used.

Most prayers can be activated immediately before the attack hits and promptly deactivated in order to gain buffs and/or protection with minimal to no expenditure of prayer points. This is called prayer flicking.

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Prayer level up - normal
The music that plays when levelling up.
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Prayer level up - with unlocks
The music that plays when levelling up and unlocking new content.

Recharging points[edit | edit source]

The Prayer interface.

The player can recharge all of their prayer points to full by praying at an altar, which are most often found in churches.

Praying at these altars will recharge the player's prayer points above the maximum:

In addition, consuming prayer potions, super restores, sanfew serums and Zamorak brews will recharge prayer points proportional to the player's Prayer level, and consuming jangerberries restores 1 prayer point each. The Falador shield will also recharge a certain percentage of prayer points once or twice daily depending upon the tier of the shield.

The Catacombs of Kourend also have a special effect, where burying bones will restore a few prayer points based on the type of bone.

Quick prayers[edit | edit source]

Activating quick prayers
The quick-prayers interface

On 6 February 2014, data orbs were added and has given the Prayer icon the ability to select your quick prayers. It can be left-clicked to activate, or deactivate, a group of prayers preselected by the player simultaneously. You can select which prayers are activated by right-clicking the button and choosing the "Setup quick-prayers" option. Before the addition of this function, players had to, sometimes frantically, locate the prayer tab and activate them one by one. This function allows players to place many of the most useful prayers on immediate standby. It is very useful for prayer flicking. Quick prayers can also be used as an easy way to turn off all prayers by double left-clicking it (to turn quick prayers on, then off).

Prayers[edit | edit source]

The prayer tab contains all of the available prayers. To activate a prayer, simply click it. This will show a whitish circle around each active prayer, and will start to drain prayer points.

All prayers up to Mystic Might are available for free-to-play players, but prayers from Retribution onward require the player to be on a members' server. Additionally, Chivalry and Piety require completion of Camelot Training Room, and Preserve, Rigour, and Augury must be unlocked through prayer scrolls from Chambers of Xeric.

Prayer Level Prayer Effect Drain Rate Drain Effect[1] Members
1 Thick Skin.png Thick Skin +5% Defence 1 point per 12 seconds 3 0
Free-to-play icon.png
4 Burst of Strength.png Burst of Strength +5% Strength 1 point per 12 seconds 3 0
Free-to-play icon.png
7 Clarity of Thought.png Clarity of Thought +5% Attack 1 point per 12 seconds 3 0
Free-to-play icon.png
8 Sharp Eye.png Sharp Eye +5% Ranged 1 point per 12 seconds 3 0
Free-to-play icon.png
9 Mystic Will.png Mystic Will +5% Magical attack and defence 1 point per 12 seconds 3 0
Free-to-play icon.png
10 Rock Skin.png Rock Skin +10% Defence 1 point per 6 seconds 6 0
Free-to-play icon.png
13 Superhuman Strength.png Superhuman Strength +10% Strength 1 point per 6 seconds 6 0
Free-to-play icon.png
16 Improved Reflexes.png Improved Reflexes +10% Attack 1 point per 6 seconds 6 0
Free-to-play icon.png
19 Rapid Restore.png Rapid Restore 2 x Restore rate for all skills except Hitpoints and Prayer 1 point per 36 seconds 1 0
Free-to-play icon.png
22 Rapid Heal.png Rapid Heal 2 x Restore rate for Hitpoints 1 point per 18 seconds 2 0
Free-to-play icon.png
25 Protect Item.png Protect Item Player keeps 1 extra item when they die (must be activated before death to occur) 1 point per 18 seconds 2 0
Free-to-play icon.png
26 Hawk Eye.png Hawk Eye +10% Ranged 1 point per 6 seconds 6 0
Free-to-play icon.png
27 Mystic Lore.png Mystic Lore +10% Magical attack and defence 1 point per 6 seconds 6 0
Free-to-play icon.png
28 Steel Skin.png Steel Skin +15% Defence 1 point per 3 seconds 12 0
Free-to-play icon.png
31 Ultimate Strength.png Ultimate Strength +15% Strength 1 point per 3 seconds 12 0
Free-to-play icon.png
34 Incredible Reflexes.png Incredible Reflexes +15% Attack 1 point per 3 seconds 12 0
Free-to-play icon.png
37 Protect from Magic.png Protect from Magic Protects against magic attacks 1 point per 3 seconds 12 0
Free-to-play icon.png
40 Protect from Missiles.png Protect from Missiles Protects against ranged attacks 1 point per 3 seconds 12 0
Free-to-play icon.png
43 Protect from Melee.png Protect from Melee Protects against melee attacks 1 point per 3 seconds 12 0
Free-to-play icon.png
44 Eagle Eye.png Eagle Eye +15% Ranged 1 point per 3 seconds 12 0
Free-to-play icon.png
45 Mystic Might.png Mystic Might +15% Magical attack and defence 1 point per 3 seconds 12 0
Free-to-play icon.png
46 Retribution.png Retribution Deals damage up to 25% of your Prayer level to nearby targets upon the user's death 1 point per 12 seconds 3 1
Member icon.png
49 Redemption.png Redemption Heals the player if they fall below 10% health 1 point per 6 seconds 6 1
Member icon.png
52 Smite.png Smite Removes 1 prayer point from an enemy for every 4 damage inflicted on the enemy 1 point per 2 seconds 18 1
Member icon.png
55 Preserve.png Preserve Boosted stats last 50% longer 1 point per 18 seconds 2 1
Member icon.png
60 Chivalry.png Chivalry +15% Attack, +18% Strength, +20% Defence 1 point per 1.5 seconds 24 1
Member icon.png
70 Piety.png Piety +20% Attack, +23% Strength, +25% Defence 1 point per 1.5 Seconds 24 1
Member icon.png
74 Rigour.png Rigour +20% Ranged attack, +23% Ranged strength, +25% Defence 1 point per 1.5 Seconds 24 1
Member icon.png
77 Augury.png Augury +25% Magical attack and defence, +25% Defence 1 point per 1.5 Seconds 24 1
Member icon.png

Prayer drain[edit | edit source]

While active, each prayer slowly depletes a player's prayer points. Different prayers drain prayer points at different rates. For example, a low-level prayer such as Thick Skin drains prayer significantly slower than its higher level counterpart, Steel Skin.

Prayer bonus, determined by worn equipment allows a player to slow the rate at which prayer points are drained. Players can view their prayer bonus in the Equipment Stats window. Only certain types of armour, clothing, weapons, and jewellery grant a prayer bonus.

In practice, each point of prayer bonus effectively increases the duration prayer points will last by 3.33%. For example, if a player uses the "Protect from Melee" prayer with a prayer bonus of 0, their prayer points would drain at a rate of 1 point every 3 seconds. If that player then equips armour giving a prayer bonus of +15, the player can expect this duration to increase by 50%, draining 1 point per 4.5 seconds instead of 1 point every 3 seconds.

Prayer bonus does not help to stave off the side-effects of locations and monsters that drain Prayer.

Prayer drain mechanics[edit | edit source]

Each prayer has an associated drain effect, and the total across all activated prayers is added to an internal prayer drain counter each game tick. Whenever this counter value exceeds a certain theshold, known as the player's prayer drain resistance, one prayer point is depleted, and that player's current prayer drain counter value decreases by their prayer drain resistance. As this can occur more than once per game tick, it is possible to lose more than one prayer point within a single game tick.[1]

Players have a base prayer drain resistance of 60, increased by 2 for every point of prayer bonus. In the example above, a player with a prayer bonus of +15 would have a prayer drain resistance of 90, instead of 60. This would result in prayer points taking an average of 50% longer to deplete. Prayer drain resistance can be calculated with the following formula:

Prayer flicking[edit | edit source]

A player demonstrating what happens when prayer flicking between Protect from Ranged and Melee against Dessous, causing him to not attack.

Flicking lets a player use prayers in combat without having their prayer points drain continuously. A skilled player will turn prayers on right before their effects are required, and turn them off immediately after. This will stop prayer from continuously draining between attacks. For prayer flicking involving protection prayers, the player will activate the prayer just before being hit, and turn it off immediately after the hit lands. This uses up very few prayer points, and negates prayer point usage completely if done quickly enough.

Although flicking requires timing and skill, doing it successfully can save prayer points and allow a player to fight monsters for much longer, or increase damage rates with offensive prayers. In some cases, flicking can take advantage of mechanics, such as rendering Dessous unable to attack the player. If done perfectly, no prayer will be consumed regardless of how long the fight lasts.

Most players will not have totally perfect timing. Wearing gear with a high prayer bonus will help you prayer flick much longer. Flicking is considerably easier when fighting a monster that matches your weapon's speed, and/or when playing with sounds on. A metronome set to 100 beats per minute (or once every 0.6 seconds) can be used for practicing.

The disadvantages to prayer flicking are the high click intensity associated with constantly turning prayers on and off, and the time needed to get good and consistent at it. If used in a high risk situation, incorrectly flicking may backfire as it can cause players to not have prayers on at the right time.

How to prayer flick[edit | edit source]

Flicking Protect from Melee against monsters with a very slow attack speed.

To prayer flick, one must activate and deactivate a prayer so it is active on the needed game tick. If flicking a combat prayer, this is the tick you attack. If flicking a protection prayer, this is the tick your enemy attacks (which is when their attack animation begins, not necessarily the tick in which you take damage). If flicking against monsters, it will help immensely to know the monster's attack speed.

Flicking offensively with a crossbow on the Rapid setting. Note that the XP drop and overhead prayer appear at the same time.

While it is possible to prayer flick against monsters that use Magic or Ranged attacks, it is best to practice against monsters that use melee at a 2.4 second (4 tick) interval while using a 4-tick weapon if you are learning how to flick for the first time. Practicing during Slayer tasks is a relatively safe and yet rewarding way to learn. Mutated Bloodvelds are an example of a good monster to practice at: they are not aggressive, their hits are accurate (meaning you will see easily when you make a mistake), and they are easy to reach.

In essence, when using protection prayers, activate the prayer just before the opponent's attack animation begins (for example, a ranger raising his bow and shooting the arrow, or a meleer swinging his sword). When using offensive prayers, activate the prayer just before your attack animation begins (and the experience drop shows up, if your hit is successful). To consume no prayer points, turn the prayer off within the next tick.

Note: Latency to the server is unavoidable, usually the ping at 20 to 150 milliseconds to the closest server. Keep this in mind when prayer flicking.

There are some exceptions to the rule of protection prayer having to be active on the first tick of the attack: for example, many of TzTok-Jad, The Nightmare and Verzik Vitur's attacks are calculated shortly after the start of their attack animation to allow the player to react to them switching between their attacks.

1-tick prayer flicking[edit | edit source]

Demonstration of 1-tick prayer, including activation and deactivation.

While this method is very click-intensive, it is possible to have your quick-prayers active at all times while not draining any prayer points. 1-tick prayer involves activating and deactivating your quick-prayers on every single game tick, and requires precise timing along with strict adherence to the click pattern. Notably, this is the only way to reliably protect yourself in a multi-combat zone filled with aggressive enemies without expending prayer points, and works against enemies that cannot be reliably prayer-flicked against due to varying attack speeds (such as cave horrors). In addition, it can reliably be used for both protection and offensive prayers, to nullify and deal more damage at the same time. When done correctly, your overhead prayer should be visible at all times, but you will not lose any prayer points.

The Preserve and Rapid Heal prayers provide no benefit when using this technique.

Equipment that affects Prayer[edit | edit source]

Some equipment can bypass or disable overhead other players' protection prayers, as well as drain, restore or depend on Prayer.

Most of this equipment cannot bypass monster protection prayers, with the exception of Verac's set against the Kalphite Queen.

Special attacks[edit | edit source]

Weapon Notes
Ancient mace.png Ancient mace The ancient mace's special attack ignores Protect from Melee when used against players and drains their Prayer by the amount of damage inflicted, while restoring the user's Prayer by the same amount. It can restore the user's Prayer above their base level.
Dragon scimitar.png Dragon scimitar The dragon scimitar's special attack is more accurate and will disable as well as prevent a player from using their overhead protection prayers if it is a successful hit, for 5 seconds.
Dragon sword.png Dragon sword The dragon sword's special attack hits the target with 25% increased accuracy and damage, and ignores Protect from Melee when used against players.
Abyssal bludgeon.png Abyssal bludgeon The abyssal bludgeon's special attack deals a hit with 0.5% extra damage for every prayer point the attacker is missing.
Bandos godsword.png Bandos godsword The Bandos godsword's special attack increases damage dealt by 21% and doubles the accuracy, draining one of the target's Combat stats by the amount of damage dealt, until it reaches 0. If the stat drained reaches 0 before all of the damage could be accounted for, another stat will be drained by the amount remaining. Stats are drained in the following order: Defence, Strength, Prayer, Attack, Magic, Ranged.
Saradomin godsword.png Saradomin godsword The Saradomin godsword's special attack increases damage dealt by 10% and doubles the accuracy. If it is a successful hit, it restores the user's Hitpoints by 50% of the damage dealt (with a minimum of 10 Hitpoints) and Prayer by 25% of damage dealt (with a minimum of 5 prayer points).
Eldritch nightmare staff.png Eldritch nightmare staff The Eldritch nightmare staff's special attack increases damage dealt and restores the caster's prayer points by 50% of the damage dealt. It can boost the caster's prayer points above their base level.

Passive/set effects[edit | edit source]

Equipment Notes
Necklace of faith.png Necklace of faith When the user is hit down to less than 20% of their maximum hitpoints (including being hit for 0), they will have their Prayer restored for 10% of their Prayer level, destroying the necklace in the process.
Dragonbone necklace.png Dragonbone necklace After it is equipped for more than nine seconds, burying bones (either manually or through the Bonecrusher) will restore a certain number of Prayer points.
Sapphire bolts (e).png Sapphire bolts (e) The passive effect of enchanted sapphire bolts causes the target to lose prayer points calculated as 1/20th of the attacker's current Ranged stat, and the attacker gains about half of them.[2]
Sapphire dragon bolts (e).png Sapphire dragon bolts (e)
Spectral spirit shield.png Spectral spirit shield The passive effect of the spectral spirit shield reduces the effectiveness of all Prayer draining attacks by 50%. This effect does not work against other players.
Verac the Defiled's equipment.png Verac's set The set effect of Verac's has a 25% chance to ignore the target's Defence, armour and protection prayers.

Spells[edit | edit source]

Spell Notes
Saradomin Strike.png Saradomin Strike On a successful hit in PvP, lowers opponent's prayer points by 1.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Item Notes
Prayer book.png Prayer book Right clicking the prayer book while wearing a Holy symbol allows the player to use prayer to heal poison at the cost of some prayer points.
Prayer cape.png Prayer cape Restores 1 prayer point when equipped or operated. Can be done once every 60 seconds.

Monsters that use Prayer[edit | edit source]

Several monsters are able to make use of protection prayers.

Monster Prayers Notes
Kalphite Queen Protect from magic and missiles overhead.pngProtect from melee.png Her first form will use Protect from Magic and Missiles simultaneously, while her second form will use Protect from Melee. Her prayers are purely visual, and only indicate a higher defence bonus against a particular attack style.
Mother Protect from magic.pngProtect from missiles.png Protect from melee.png Mother protects against the last attack style that was used against him until the player extinguishes the Fire of Domination, at which point Mother only protects against Magic.
Demonic gorilla Protect from magic.pngProtect from missiles.png Protect from melee.png The gorilla will spawn protecting from a random style. After 50 or more damage has been taken, the gorilla will switch its protection prayer according to the style of the last damage it took.
Sigmund Protect from magic.pngProtect from missiles.png Protect from melee.png Only when fought during Another Slice of H.A.M.. He will first protect against whatever style the player attacks him with, then Missiles to counter Zanik; once the player uses the ancient mace special attack against him at this point, his Prayer will be drained and he can no longer use it
Crystalline Hunllef / Corrupted Hunllef Protect from magic.pngProtect from missiles.png Protect from melee.png The Hunllef will spawn protecting from a random style. Will change its protection prayer to protect against the sixth attack it receives that it is not protecting from.

Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Main article: Temporary skill boost
Boost Level
Visibility Other info
Prayer cape.png Prayer cape +1 [d 1] Visible Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.
Spicy stew.png Spicy stew
(yellow spice)
±0-5 [d 1] Visible Depending on type of stew, any skill can be boosted or reduced by 0 to 5 levels randomly.
Altar.png Edgeville Monastery altar,
Nature Grotto,
God Wars Dungeon altars
+2 [d 1] Visible Monastery requires 31 Prayer, and is available to free players.
Altar of nature requires completion of Nature Spirit.
God Wars Dungeon altars require a god item in correspondence to the aligned god, restoring +1 for every item worn
(e.g. 2 Armadyl items worn restores +2 extra prayer if praying at the Armadyl altar).
Ancient mace.png Ancient mace +1-36 [d 1] Visible Requires completion of Another Slice of H.A.M.
Uses 100% of Special attack bar and restores Prayer equal to the damage dealt.
This can fill your Prayer up to your Prayer level + the damage dealt. For maximum effect, it's advised to use the special attack on an Undead combat dummy in conjunction with a high strength bonus and Slayer helmet prior to entering combat.
Eldritch nightmare staff.png Eldritch nightmare staff +1-33 [d 1] Visible Uses 55% of Special attack bar and restores Prayer equal to 50% of the damage dealt. Similar to the Ancient mace, this can boost Prayer above the base level.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Extra prayer points do not enable use of a higher level prayer and do not decay.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Quests requiring Prayer[edit | edit source]

Quest Prayer
Other skill requirements
Another Slice of H.A.M. Prayer 25 Attack 15
Scorpion Catcher Prayer 31 -
Legends' Quest Prayer 42 Strength 50 , Agility 50 , Crafting 50 , Herblore 45 , Magic 56 , Mining 52 , Smithing 50 , Thieving 50 , Woodcutting 50
Rum Deal Prayer 47 Fishing 50 , Crafting 42 , Farming 40 , Slayer 42
The Great Brain Robbery Prayer 50 Crafting 16 , Construction 30

Quests rewarding Prayer experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
Other requirements
Rag and Bone Man I 500 - -
Making History 1,000 - -
Recruitment Drive 1,000 - Quest points 12
The Restless Ghost 1,125 - -
Priest in Peril 1,406 - -
Mountain Daughter 2,000 - Agility 20
Ghosts Ahoy 2,400 - Agility 25 , Cooking 20
Another Slice of H.A.M. 3,000 Prayer 25 Attack 15
Rag and Bone Man II 5,000 - Slayer 40 , Defence 20
The Great Brain Robbery 6,000 Prayer 50 Crafting 16 , Construction 30
Rum Deal 7,000 Prayer 47 Crafting 42 , Fishing 50 , Farming 40 , Slayer 42
Spirits of the Elid 8,000 - Thieving 37 , Magic 33 , Ranged 37 , Mining 37
Swan Song 10,000 - Quest points 100 , Magic 66 , Cooking 62 , Fishing 62 , Smithing 45 , Firemaking 42 , Crafting 40
Holy Grail 11,000 - Attack 20
Total 59,431

Skill choice[edit | edit source]

Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Prayer. These rewards usually come in the form of items, such as lamps or books, and are independent of any experience rewards directly received for completing the quest.

Quest Experience
Skills available Skill requirements
X Marks the Spot 300 Any -
Client of Kourend 500 twice Any -
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen 2,500 Any skill above 30 Farming 49 , Herblore 57
A Tail of Two Cats 2,500 twice Any skill above 30 -
The Great Brain Robbery 5,000 Any skill above 30 Crafting 16 , Construction 30 , Prayer 50
King's Ransom 5,000 Any skill above 50 Defence 65
Darkness of Hallowvale 2,000 three times Any skill above 30 Construction 5 , Mining 20 , Thieving 22 , Crafting 32 , Magic 33 , Strength 40
A Taste of Hope 2,500 Any skill above 35 Crafting 48 , Agility 45 , Attack 40 , Herblore 40 , Slayer 38
Sins Of The Father 15,000 three times Any skill above 60 Woodcutting 62 ,Fletching 60 ,Crafting 56 ,Agility 52 ,Attack 50 ,Slayer 50 ,Magic 49
Architectural Alliance
10,000 Any skill above 40 -
Curse of the Empty Lord
10,000 Any skill above 50 Some players will need Prayer 31
One Small Favour 10,000 twice Any skill above 30 Agility 36 , Crafting 25 , Herblore 18 , Smithing 30
Recipe for Disaster
(The final battle)
20,000 Any skill above 50 Quest points 175 , Agility 48 , Mining 50 , Fishing 53 , Thieving 53 , Herblore 25 , Magic 59 , Smithing 40 , Firemaking 50 , Ranged 40 , Crafting 40 , Fletching 10 , Slayer 10 , Woodcutting 36
Legends' Quest 7,650 four times Attack Strength Defence Magic Hitpoints Prayer Woodcutting Crafting Smithing Herblore Agility Thieving Quest points 107 , Agility 50 , Crafting 50 , Herblore 45 , Magic 56 , Mining 52 , Prayer 42 , Smithing 50 , Strength 50 , Thieving 50 , Woodcutting 50
Total 115,400

Other Prayer experience rewards[edit | edit source]

Source Experience
Information clerk 4000 151+ Kudos
Total 4,000

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A Prayer bonus of +30 is required to halve the drain rate of prayers.
  • In RuneScape 2, the Prayer icon colour was originally yellow, but Jagex changed the colour on 21 November 2006 when Hunter was released.
  • Within the game cache, there is an unused icon for Protect from Summoning (Protect from Summoning.png). This is left over from the original Old School RuneScape backup from August 2007 when the Summoning skill was still being developed[3].

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 29 December 2016. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "The drain effect of the new Raids prayers is still subject to change. [1]"
  2. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 13 May 2016. (Archived from the original on 13 February 2021.) Mod Ash: "The target loses points calculated as 1/20 of the attacker's current Ranged stat, and the attacker gains about half of them."
  3. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 6 January 2017. (Archived from the original on 29 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "[Summoning] was in development in August 2007, and the icon was already in our repository. We've not deleted it."