Skull sceptre

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Skull sceptre
Skull sceptre.png
Released4 July 2006 (Update)
Quest itemNo
OptionsWield, Invoke, Divine
Worn optionsInvoke, Divine
DestroyYou can obtain another Sceptre by collecting all four pieces from the Stronghold of Security.
ExamineA fragile magical Sceptre.
Value1 coin
High alch0 coins
Low alch0 coins
Weight1.814 kg
Advanced data
Item ID9013
Skull sceptre detail.png

The skull sceptre is obtained by combining monsters drops from within the Stronghold of Security, as explained below. It can be used to teleport to the entrance of the Stronghold in Barbarian Village, and members can use it to autocast Arceuus combat spells. Note: Swapping weapons will turn off auto-cast settings.

The sceptre is one of the few teleport items available to free-to-play players. This makes it highly desired among these players, though they are advised to imbue it, as explained below.

It may be used up to level 20 Wilderness.

Attack icon.png Attack bonusesSkull sceptre equipped.pngSkull sceptre equipped female.png
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Defence icon.png Defence bonuses
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Melee.png Other bonusesSlot
Strength icon.pngRanged Strength icon.pngMagic Damage icon.pngPrayer icon.pngWeapon slot.png
Attack speedRange
Monster attack speed 5.png1

Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Category: StaffCombat StyleStyle typeWeapon StyleExperienceInvisible Boost
CombatStyles Staff.pngBashCrushAccurateAttack and Hitpoints+3 Attack
PoundCrushAggressiveStrength and Hitpoints+3 Strength
FocusCrushDefensiveDefence and Hitpoints+3 Defence
SpellMagicDefensive AutocastMagic, Defence, and HitpointsNone
SpellMagicAutocastMagic and HitpointsNone

The sceptre can only be used to autocast combat spells from the Arceuus spellbook. Unlike the imbued version, this version cannot autocast crumble undead.

Creating the Sceptre[edit | edit source]

Where to find the pieces[edit | edit source]

Each piece has a roughly 3% chance of being dropped by the following monsters:[1]

Assembly[edit | edit source]

  1. Use the left skull half on the right skull half to create the strange skull.
  2. Use the top of sceptre on the bottom of sceptre to create a runed sceptre.
  3. Use the strange skull on the runed sceptre to create the skull sceptre.

Upon creation, the sceptre will gain the maximum number of charges unlocked by the player's level of completion of the Varrock Diary. Note that players are required to create a skull sceptre as part of the Varrock Hard Diary.

Free-to-play icon.png
Ticks1 (0.6s)
Strange skull.pngStrange skull1N/A
Runed sceptre.pngRuned sceptre1N/A
Total Cost0
Skull sceptre.pngSkull sceptre1N/A

Using the Sceptre[edit | edit source]

The sceptre has 2 right-click options:

  • Invoke: Teleports the player to Stronghold of Security entrance, consumes one charge.
  • Divine: Shows the amount of charges the player has left.

When all charges have been consumed, a non-imbued sceptre will self-destruct. To prevent this, the sceptre can be imbued as explained below.

The sceptre initially holds 10 charges, but when a player completes different tiers of the Varrock Diary it can contain 14, 18, 22, and 26 charges respectively after each tier. The maximum number of charges carries over to free-to-play worlds, even if the player loses membership.

Imbuing and recharging[edit | edit source]

Players with the RuneScape Authenticator enabled on their account can imbue the sceptre by taking it to Solztun near the Cradle of Life together with either fancy or fighting boots (equipped or in your inventory), he will then turn it into a skull sceptre (i). While imbued, it will not break upon depleting all its charges.

Warning: Should players disable the Authenticator, the sceptre will revert to a regular skull sceptre.

The imbued skull sceptre can be recharged with sceptre pieces or bone fragments. Each bone fragment gives one charge. The amount of charges that a sceptre piece gives can be seen in the table below. It is the same as the amount of bone fragments that would be obtained by using a chisel on the sceptre piece.

Item Default Varrock Diary Completed
Easy Medium Hard Elite
Left skull half.png Left skull half 5 6 7 8 9
Bottom of sceptre.png Bottom of sceptre 3 4 5 6 7
Top of sceptre.png Top of sceptre 3 4 5 6 7
Right skull half.png Right skull half 3 4 5 6 7

Products[edit | edit source]

Bone fragments 5.pngBone fragments × 14
Free-to-play icon.png
  • None
  • None
Skull sceptre (i).pngSkull sceptre (i)
Free-to-play icon.png
  • None
  • None

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
16 June 2021
(update | poll)

The skull sceptre can now autocast spells from the Arceuus spellbook.

28 April 2021
(update | poll)

The sceptre's magic attack bonus has been increased from +4 to +10. It was changed from a polestaff to a staff, but no spells could be autocast with it yet.

18 November 2020
(update | poll)
  • Bone fragments can now be used to charge the sceptre.
  • The base number of charges you can hold on a completed Sceptre has been raised from 5 to 10.
  • Each completed tier of the Varrock Achievement Diary increases the number of max charges to 14, 18, 22, and 26 respectively.
  • Skull Sceptres are no longer destroyed when they are dropped or when you are killed with an unprotected one in your Inventory.
  • Multiple can be owned.
  • Unimbued Skull Sceptres all share the same charges, and when one shatters, the next is magically back at full charge.
  • Imbuing one skull sceptre now imbues them all, same rule for unimbue.
  • The "Destroy" option was replaced with a "Drop" option.
15 March 2018

The "Teleport" option while equipped was replaced with "Divine" and "Invoke" options.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 3 December 2016. (Archived from the original on 7 October 2018.) Mod Ash: "[What are the drop rates for skull sceptres pieces dropped by the monsters in the Stronghold of Security?] About 3%."