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Prayer is a useful skill to train, and one of the basic combat skills that benefits all classes of players: Melee warriors, Archers, and Mages. It can save your life in and outside of the Wilderness. Prayer can be very expensive to train in Soulsplit, but it is very rewarding for those who do choose to invest their time and / or money into it.

There are two types of Prayer books: the "regular," default Prayer book, and the Curses Prayer book. Generally, the normal Prayer book is more useful to those with less than 70 Prayer, where all protection Prayers can be used at level 43 Prayer, while the Curse Prayer book requires a minimum level of 71 to use all protection Prayers.

In spite of the high level requirement, the curse Prayer book has many powerful Prayers that can greatly benefit a character, such as Turmoil, Soulsplit, etc., and have many uses in Player versus Player (PvP) combat as well as Player versus Monster (PvM) combat.

Prayer mechanics

Prayer is a depletable skill, meaning that as you keep Prayers turned on, your Prayer points will steadily decrease. That is not to say your level goes down, but your Prayer points will decrease until it reaches zero, at which time all active Prayers will be disabled and unavailable for use until you either, a) recharge your Prayer points at an Altar, or b) drink a Prayer potion, Super Restore potion, or Prayer Renewal potion.

Generally, the higher the Prayer level a Prayer requires, the faster it will deplete your Prayer points.

Prayer books

Regular Prayers

The regular Prayer book is unlocked at level 1 Prayer; meaning it is available to new players as well as players whose Prayer is level 99.

Prayer

Prayer cape emote

Icon Level Description
Thick-skin
1 Increases Defence by 5%.
Burst of strength
2 Increases Strength by 5%.
Clarity of thought (1)
7 Increases Attack by 5%.
Sharp eye
8 Increases Ranged by 5%.
Mystic Will Prayer
9 Increases Magic by 5%.
Rock skin
10 Increases Defence by 10%.
Superhuman strengths
13 Increases Strength by 10%.
16 Increases Attack by 10%.
Rapid heal
19 Restores all skills except Hitpoints, Summoning, and Prayer by 2x their normal rate.
Rapid restore
22 Restores Hitpoints twice as fast as its normal rate.
Protect item
25 Protects 1 extra item.
Hawk eye
26 Increases Ranged by 10%.
Mystic lore
27 Increases Magic by 10%.
Steel skin
28 Increases Defence by 15%.
Ultimate strengths
31 Increases Strength by 15%.
34 Increases Attack by 15%.
Protect from summoning
35 Protects 40% against Summoning familiars.
Protect from magic (2)
37 Protects 100% of the mage attacks from NPCs.
Protects 40% of the mage attacks from players.
Protect from missiles
40 Protects 100% of the range attacks from NPCs.
Protects 40% of the range attacks from players.
Protect from melee
43 Protects 100% of the melee attacks from NPCs.
Protects 40% of the melee attacks from players.
Eagle eye
44 Increases Ranged by 15%.
Mystic might
45 Increases Magic by 15%.
Retribution
46 Damages the person that killed you if they were right next to you.
Redemption
49 Restores some health if your Hitpoints go under 10%.
This will drain your prayer to 0.
Smite
52 1/4 of the damage you do gets drained from your opponent's Prayer.
Chivalry
60 Increases Defence by 20%, Strength by 18%, and Attack by 15%.
Prayer rapid renewal
65 Restores Hitpoints by 5x their normal rate.
Piety
70 Increases Defence by 25%, Strength by 23%, and Attack by 20%.
Rigour
74 Increases Ranged by 20% and Defence by 25%
Costs 190k dungeoneering tokens
Prayer augury
77 Increases Magic by 20% and Defence by 25%
Costs 200k dungeoneering tokens

Curse Prayers

Icon Level Description
Curse protect item
50 Allows you to keep an additional item upon death.
Curse sap warrior
50 Drains 10% of attack, strength and defence from your opponent, increasing to 20% over time.
Curse sap ranger
52 Drains 10% of opponent's Ranged, increasing to 20% over time.
Curse sap mage
54 Drains 10% of opponent's Ranged, increasing to 20% over time.
Curse sap spirit
56 Drains enemy special attack energy.
Curse berserker
59 Boosted combat stats 15% longer, (Except Overload bonuses).
Curse deflect summoning
62 Protects against Summoning familiars.
Deflect magic
65 Protects 100% of Magic damage from NPCs, 40% from PvP situations, and reflects some damage back to the Player that has dealt Magic to you. (Lord mode+ only benefits from reflection)
Curse deflect missiles
68 Protects 100% of Ranged damage from NPCs, 40% from PvP situations, and reflects some damage back to the Player that has dealt Ranged damage to you. (Lord mode+ only benefits from reflection)
Curse deflect melee
71 Protects 100% of Melee damage from NPCs, 40% from PvP situations, and reflects some damage back to the Player that has dealt Melee damage to you. (Lord mode+ only benefits from reflection)
Curse leech attack
74 Boosts Attack by 5%, increasing to 10% over time, while draining enemy Attack by 10%, increasing to 25% over time.
Curse leech ranged
76 Boosts Ranged by 5%, increasing to 10% over time, while draining enemy Ranged by 10%, increasing to 25% over time.
Curse leech magic
78 Boosts Magic by 5%, increasing to 10% over time, while draining enemy Magic by 10%, increasing to 25% over time.
Curse leech defence
80 Boosts Defence by 5%, increasing to 10% over time, while draining enemy Defence by 10%, increasing to 25% over time.
Leech strength
82 Boosts Strength by 5%, increasing to 10% over time, while draining enemy Strength by 10%, increasing to 25% over time.
Curse leech energy
84 Drains enemy run energy, increasing your own.
Curse leech special attack
86 Drains enemy special attack, while increasing your own.
Curse wrath
89 If active, damage of up to 250% of your max Prayer will be dealt to all nearby enemies upon your death. Will not hurt other players in non-PvP areas. Will not hit multiple enemies in single-combat areas.
Curse soul split
92 Of the damage you deal, 1/4 of that will be removed from your opponent's Prayer and added to your Hitpoints.
Turmoil
95 Increases Attack/Defence by 15%, in addition to 15% of your opponent's Attack/Defence. Also increases Strength by 23%, in addition to 10% of your opponent's Strength.

Training methods

There are three methods of training the Prayer skill: burying bones, using bones on Altars for increased EXP, or using a Bonecrusher.

Burying bones

This method is the most basic, requiring only bones to carry out. Simply acquire bones, place them in your inventory, and left-click them to bury them into the ground. You can bury them as you collect them from monsters, or store them up in your bank, withdrawing 28 at a time, burying, and repeating the cycle.

Using Altars

A more efficient way is using the bones on an Altar. This will increase your EXP gained per bone, but often at the cost of longer trips. If you find the trips to not be an issue, you will find the saved bones and faster EXP worthwhile.

An excellent Altar to used can be found at the Duel Arena. Teleport or walk to the Duel Arena, and the Altar can be found inside the building with many beds inside and two bank chests outside.

Another great tip for using this method is wearing a halo (Saradomin, Zamorak, or Guthix) wile you are doing this. Why a halo? Halos (when equipped) gives you the ability of infinite run and a 42% chance to save bones. For the money you spend on a halo you can easily make up in the bones it saves and you can always sell it when you're done.

Using a Bonecrusher

Bonecrusher
The Bonecrusher is a Dungeoneering shop item that can be purchased that automatically buries bones for you whenever you kill a monster when you have the Bonecrusher in your inventory. The best method is by using the spell 'Ice Barrage' on skeletons at Ape Atoll as the number of bone drops is very high, they are aggressive, and they are easy to kill.

Here is a picture of a player using Ice Barrage on Monkey skeletons in the Ape Atoll dungeon:

Bonecrusher1

However, Skeleton Monkeys are not the only option. It is advisable to take a Bonecrusher with you whenever you plan on fighting monsters, as it will save you banking trips to stash the bones, and will save you the effort of picking up the bones and taking the time to bury them.

EXP Rates

Tips for more EXP:

  • Training in the PvP world (world 2) will net you double EXP. (NOTE: The PvP world is DANGEROUS. You can be attacked at any time while training Prayer. You have been warned!)
  • Using Brawling Gloves (Prayer), which you can get from Reward Tokens. Halos are also very useful. They can be expensive, so using them in World 2 isnt always the best option unless you do not care about the risk of losing your Halo.
  • Double up with Brawling Gloves in the PvP World for 4x EXP!
Bone type Sir Lord Legend Extreme
Bones
Bones
2,000 200 20 4
Big bones     Big bones 7,500 750 75 15
Dragon bones    Dragon bones 36,000 3,600 360 72
Wyvern bones
Wyvern bones
75,000 7,500 750 150
Frost dragon bones  Frost Dragon bones 100,000 10,000 1,000 200

Experience recieved when using bones on an Altar:

Bone type Sir Lord Legend Extreme
Bones
  Bones
7,000 700 70 14
Big bones       Big bones 26,000 2,600 260 52
Dragon bones     Dragon bones 126,000 12,600 1,260 252
Wyvern bones
 Wyvern bones
262,500 26,250 2,650 525
Frost dragon bones  Frost Dragon bones 350,000 35,000 3,500 700

Drain Rates

Steaming from the March 11th 2014 update no one (not even members) have infinate prayer, below are the new prayer drain rates.

In PvP:
  • Members receive a 25% reduced draining rate.
In PvM:
  • Members receive a 50% reduced draining rate.

Game modes also effect prayer drain rates and DO stack with membership (if applicable)

Modes:
  • Extreme: Extremes receive a 35% reduced draining rate
  • Legends: Legends receive a 25% reduced draining rate


Trivia

  • All Game Modes except Sir's benefit from the reflected damage in PvP situations from the Deflect Magic, Deflect Ranged, and Deflect Melee Curses.
  • To switch to Curses you can either:

1.) Use the altar found in the starting room of all small floors of Dungeoneering

2.) Go to the Sailor, the man in blue robes, found in: South Neitiznot, behind Edgeville bank, or Varrock square (not ::market), and then use the teleportation option "Chaos Altar" to be teleported beside the Curses altar.

3) There is also a chaos alter located behind the EAST Falador bank.