Staff of the dead

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The staff of the dead is a bladed staff that requires 75 Magic and 75 Attack to wield. It is dropped by K'ril Tsutsaroth, and counts as a Zamorakian item while in the God Wars Dungeon and in the desert Bandit camp. It is one of the few items that boosts the player's magic damage, boosting it by 15%.

When a combat spell is cast with the staff, there is a 12.5% (1/8) chance that the staff will negate the rune cost for that spell. The staff can be substituted for a slayer's staff for casting Magic Dart (and is more accurate than a Slayer's staff), and can autocast Flames of Zamorak and Crumble Undead.

The staff is notable for its offensive melee stats, which are unusually high for a Magic weapon. Its stats are comparable to the dragon longsword; the longsword has 3+ better stab bonuses, but the staff has +1 better slash and strength bonus in addition to the magic damage boost, accuracy, and a faster attack speed.

The staff of the dead offers an attack speed of 4 when using melee, which is the same as weapons such as the abyssal whip. However, when using magic spells, it offers an attack speed of 5, which is the same as all spells, except for spells cast by powered staves.

Attack icon.png Attack bonusesStaff of the dead equipped.png
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
+55+70+0+17+0
Defence icon.png Defence bonuses
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
+0+3+3+17+0
Melee.png Other bonusesSlot
Strength icon.pngRanged Strength icon.pngMagic Damage icon.pngPrayer icon.pngWeapon slot.png
+72+0+15%+0List
Attack speed
Monster attack speed 4.png

Combat styles[edit | edit source]

Combat Options Combat Style Type Experience
CombatStyles staff bladed.png Jab Stab Attack and Hitpoints
Swipe Slash Strength and Hitpoints
Fend Crush Defence and Hitpoints
Spell Defensive Autocast Magic, Hitpoints and Defence
Spell Autocast Magic and Hitpoints

Special attack[edit | edit source]

A player using the staff of the dead's special attack, Power of Death.

The staff has a special attack, Power of Death, that halves all of the opponent's melee damage, consuming 100% of the player's special attack energy. Upon activating the special attack, a message will appear in the player's chatbox: "Spirits of deceased evildoers offer you their protection."

The effect lasts for one minute after using the special attack, but is immediately lost if players unequip the staff. In addition, the effect stacks with the PvP damage reduction effect of the Protect from Melee prayer.

The special attack cannot be used in the Duel Arena if magic is disabled.

Upgrading[edit | edit source]

Players with level 59 Crafting can attach a magic fang to the staff using a chisel, creating a toxic staff of the dead. This enhances its magic attack bonus by +8, and has the ability to infect a target with venom. However, taking advantage of these benefits requires using Zulrah's scales to charge the staff. Targets can only be infected with venom while using a magic attack, but using both melee and magic attacks will consume Zulrah's scales.

Alternatively, players can use Saradomin's light on the staff of the dead to create the staff of light, which inherits the effects of the staff of the dead. This process is irreversible. The only differences between the two staves is that the staff of light is able to autocast Saradomin Strike instead of Flames of Zamorak, and it counts as both a Zamorakian and a Saradominist item while in the God Wars Dungeon and in the Desert Bandit Camp.

Players can bring a Staff of the dead and Guthixian icon to Juna to upgrade it to the staff of balance. This process is irreversible. The only differences between the two staves is that the staff of balance is able to autocast Claws of Guthix instead of Flames of Zamorak, and it counts as both a Zamorakian and a Guthixian item while in the God Wars Dungeon and in the Desert Bandit Camp.

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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SourceLevelQuantityRarity
K'ril Tsutsaroth650 Multicombat.png11/508

Comparison between other magic weapons[edit source]

Name Levels to equip Magic Attack bonus Notes
Kodai wand.png Kodai wand 75 MagicMagic icon.png +28
  • Can autocast Ancient Magicks.
  • Provides unlimited water runes while equipped.
  • Boosts magic damage by 15%.
  • When a combat spell is cast with the wand, there is a 15% chance that the wand will negate the rune cost for that spell.
  • Currently offers the highest stat of any magic weapon in both magic attack and defence.
Sanguinesti staff.png Sanguinesti staff 75 MagicMagic icon.png +25
  • Slightly stronger than the Trident of the swamp, with the same stats but able to hit one damage higher.
  • Requires 3Blood per charge of the built-in spell.
  • Built-in spell damage scales with the player's Magic level and can hit up to 32 at 99 MagicMagic icon.png.
  • Has a 1 in 6 chance to heal the wielder by half the damage dealt.
  • Tied with the Toxic staff of the dead and Trident of the swamp for second-highest magic attack bonus.
Trident of the swamp.png Trident of the swamp 75 MagicMagic icon.png +25
  • Has the same benefits as the Trident of the seas, but with +10 more magic attack bonus.
  • Requires 1Death1Chaos5Fire and 1 Zulrah scale (instead of coins) per charge of the built-in spell, and can hold up to 2500 charges.
  • Built-in spell damage scales with the player's Magic level and can hit up to 31 at 99 MagicMagic icon.png.
  • Has 25% chance to inflict venom on the target.
  • Tied with the Sanguinesti staff and Toxic staff of the dead for second-highest magic attack bonus.
Toxic staff of the dead.png Toxic staff of the dead 75 MagicMagic icon.png

75 AttackAttack icon.png

+25
Master wand.png Master wand 60 MagicMagic icon.png +20
  • Can autocast Ancient Magicks.
  • Requires 240 Telekinetic, 240 Alchemist, 2400 Enchantment and 240 Graveyard points, and a teacher wand equipped or in the player's inventory, to purchase from the Mage Training Arena. Thus it does not cost much besides the time and runes spent in the Mage Training Arena.
Staff of light.png Staff of light 75 MagicMagic icon.png

75 AttackAttack icon.png

+17
Staff of the dead.png Staff of the dead 75 MagicMagic icon.png

75 AttackAttack icon.png

+17
  • Can autocast Flames of Zamorak and Magic Dart.
  • Boosts magic damage by 15%.
  • Has a special attack that halves all melee damage the player takes for one minute, which stacks with the PvP damage reduction effect of the Protect from Melee prayer. This consumes 100% of the player's special attack.
  • When a combat spell is cast with the staff, there is a 1/8 (12.5%) chance that the staff will negate the rune cost for that spell.
  • Currently the strongest staff when used as a melee weapon, surpassing the Ancient staff and Iban's staff, and provides +17 magic defence.
  • Counts as a Zamorakian item in God Wars.
Trident of the seas.png Trident of the seas 75 MagicMagic icon.png +15
  • Has its own built-in spell, requiring charges which cost 1Death1Chaos5Fire runes and 10 coins per cast. Can hold up to 2,500 charges.
  • Built-in spell damage scales with the player's Magic level and can hit up to 28 at 99 MagicMagic icon.png.
  • Has a weapon speed of 6 (same as scimitars/whip), while all other forms of combat magic only have 5 (same as longswords).
  • Because the spell is built-in, the player does not need to carry its runes in their inventory and can use Lunar spells or Ancient Magicks while wielding this staff.
Slayer's staff (e).png Slayer's staff (e) 75 MagicMagic icon.png

55 SlayerSlayer icon.png

+12
Smoke battlestaff animated.gif Smoke battlestaff 30 MagicMagic icon.png AttackAttack icon.png (Battlestaff)

40 MagicMagic icon.png AttackAttack icon.png (Mystic)

+10
Iban's staff.png Iban's staff 50 MagicMagic icon.png

50 AttackAttack icon.png

+10
  • Only staff able to cast (and autocast) Iban Blast.
  • Has 120 charges (2,500 if upgraded). One charge is used when casting Iban Blast on an NPC and two are used when casting it on another player.
  • Iban Blast has a max hit of 25.
  • Currently the third strongest staff when used as a melee weapon, behind the Ancient staff and the (Toxic) Staff of the dead.
Guthix staff.png

Saradomin staff.png Zamorak staff.png

God staves 60 MagicMagic icon.png +6
  • Required to cast God spells.
  • Those who have 80 MagicMagic icon.png and the respective God cape can use the Charge spell, which increases the God spell's damage by 50%.
Ancient staff.png Ancient staff 50 MagicMagic icon.png

50 AttackAttack icon.png

+15
Slayer's staff.png Slayer's staff 50 MagicMagic icon.png

55 SlayerSlayer icon.png

+12
  • Can autocast Magic Dart and Crumble Undead, in addition to the four Wave spells.
  • Runes required to cast Magic Dart are very cheap compared to spells of a similar level.
  • Maximum hit of Magic Dart is 10 + (player's magic level / 10), rounded down.
Staff of air.png Staff of water.png

Staff of earth.png Staff of fire.png

Elemental staves 1 MagicMagic icon.png (Basic)

30 MagicMagic icon.png AttackAttack icon.png (Battlestaff)

40 MagicMagic icon.png AttackAttack icon.png (Mystic)

+10
  • Provide unlimited runes of their respective elements.
  • However, they have a slower attack speed than better staves (3 seconds per cast instead of 2.4)


Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
21 November 2013
(update)
The Staff of the Dead's special attack code was occasionally reading a bit of memory that hadn't been initialised; this could potentially have caused the special attack to malfunction. This is now fixed.
7 November 2013
(update | poll)

Trivia[edit | edit source]