The toxic staff of the dead is a bladed staff made by using a magic fang on a staff of the dead, requiring 59 Crafting to do so. It also requires 75 Attack and 75 Magic to wield. The staff is charged with Zulrah's scales, requiring 11,000 scales to fully charge it, costing 2,728,000. It is tradeable only when uncharged. The fang can be removed from the staff only when it is uncharged. When charged, the fang increases the magic attack of the staff by +8.
Players using combat spells when wielding the staff have a 25% chance of inflicting venom on their opponent. However, if the opponent is an NPC and the serpentine helm is worn in conjunction with the staff, there is a 100% chance of envenoming them. The player cannot envenom opponents using the staff's melee attack. However, scales will still be consumed.
Like the regular staff of the dead, when a combat spell is cast with this staff, there is a 1/8 (12.5%) chance that the staff will negate the rune cost for that spell. In addition, the weapon retains the staff of the dead's special attack.
If a player dies with the staff in PvP scenarios and it is not protected, any scales that were used to charge it will appear on the floor along with the uncharged staff.
The toxic 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.
In addition to the standard elemental spells, the spells Magic Dart and Flames of Zamorak can be autocast by this staff.
- Prior to an update on 16 November 2017, the toxic staff of the dead envenomed NPCs at the same rate as envenoming players at a rate of 1 in 4 (25%), regardless of whether a serpentine helm was worn.