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Prayer is a skill in RuneScape Classic where the player turns on "prayers" to be aided in combat. In the very early days of RSC, Prayer was divided into 2 parts: PrayGood and PrayEvil, both lacking prayers. The two skills were merged into "prayer" in 10 May 2001 and the experience from the type of prayer with the highest experience was kept. The skill with the lower amount of experience was discarded. Former spells on the GoodMagic and EvilMagic spellbooks which had constant use on the player or the target, such as Burst of strength, were placed under "prayer" and new ones incorporated on 24 May 2001.

Prayer is a part of combat, by increasing Attack, Defense, and Strength temporarily. It is also factored into your combat level.

To train Prayer, you must bury bones. Simply pick up the bones dropped by a monster and click on the bones in your inventory to bury them. They will disappear from your inventory and you will gain prayer experience depending on the type of bone that you buried. Prayer is one of the slowest skills to train because of the small experience that bones give.


Image Bone Experience Fatigue SU (%) Bones / 100%
Bones.png Bones 3.75 60 (0.08%) 1,250
Bat bones.png Bat bones 4.5 72 (0.096%) 1,042
Big Bones.png Big bones 12.5 200 (0.266%) 376
Dragon Bones.png Dragon bones 60 960 (1.28%) 79


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Activating a prayer
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Deactivating a prayer
Prayer Level Effect Drain Rate
Thick skin 1 Increases Defense by 5% 15
Burst of strength 4 Increases Strength by 5% 15
Clarity of thought 7 Increases Attack by 5% 15
Rock skin 10 Increases Defense by 10% 30
Superhuman strength 13 Increases Strength by 10% 30
Improved reflexes 16 Increases Attack by 10% 30
Rapid restore 19 Restore all stats 2x as fast as normal, except Hitpoints & Prayer 5
Rapid heal 22 Hits restore 2x as fast as normal 10
Protect item 25 Allows one more item to be kept on death (34 by default; 01 if skulled) 10
Steel skin 28 Increases Defense by 15% 60
Ultimate strength 31 Increases Strength by 15% 60
Incredible Reflexes 34 Increases Attack by 15% 60
Paralyze Monster* 37 Stops the monster you are fighting from attacking you; doesn't work on players 60
Protect from missiles** 40 Protects from all ranged attacks; works on players 60

* Monsters will not deal damage to the player, although you can still get poisoned if the monster is poisonous.
** No monsters use Ranged-based attacks in RSC, so this prayer is only useful in PvP combat, particularly in the Wilderness.


Prayer Level Effect Drain Rate
Invisibility 40 Allows the player to hide from monsters and other players 10

Recharging Prayer Points

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Recharging prayer points at an altar

A chaos altar.

There are three main ways to recharge prayer points: by praying at an altar, drinking a Restore prayer potion, or by dying. Players will also receive one prayer point upon leveling up the skill.

Praying at an altar or dying will recharge all prayer points and praying at the Monastery altar will even give +2 bonus.

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Restore prayer potions recharge prayer by () points. To get the maximum Restore prayer potion effect of 31, the player would need level 96 Prayer.

Prayer equipment

Main article: Maximum Prayer Bonus

Some equipment helps in conserving the player's prayer points by reducing the prayer drain rate. These items increase the player's Prayer bonus:


Image Name Prayer bonus Where to obtain
Holy Symbol of saradomin.png Holy Symbol of saradomin 8 Crafted from Silver bar
Unholy Symbol of Zamorak.png Unholy Symbol of Zamorak 6 Crafted from Silver bar
Dragonstone Amulet.png (Charged) Dragonstone Amulet 3 Crafting (see Jewellery)


Image Name Prayer bonus Where to obtain
Monks robe (top).png Monks robe 6 Monastery
Druids robe (top).png Druids robe 4 Druids
Priest robe.png Priest robe 3 Thessalia's Fine Clothes
Robe of Zamorak (top).png Robe of Zamorak 3 Iban Disciples, Necromancers


Image Name Prayer bonus Where to obtain
Monks robe (bottom).png Monks robe 5 Monastery
Druids robe (bottom).png Druids robe 4 Druids
Priest gown.png Priest gown 3 Thessalia's Fine Clothes
Robe of Zamorak (bottom).png Robe of Zamorak 3 Iban Disciples, Necromancers

Quest equipment

Image Name Prayer bonus Where to obtain
Doctors gown.png Doctors gown 4 Nurse sarah's house
Amulet of Doomion.png Amulet of Doomion 3 Killing Doomion
Amulet of Holthion.png Amulet of Holthion 3 Killing Holthion
Amulet of Othainian.png Amulet of Othainian 3 Killing Othainian
Beads of the dead.png Beads of the dead 1 Player made, see article



A good way to train prayer is to kill monsters, pick up their bones and bury them.

Good monsters for regular bones

It is advised that you kill monsters you can easily one-hit for fast bones.

Good monsters for big bones

Good monsters for dragon bones

Bat bones are not recommended for training Prayer. They only give 4.5 experience per bone instead of 3.75 from regular bones, but are lvl 32 with 32 Hitpoints, compared to the weak monsters which can be one-hit. If the player wanted to fight a monster that strong, they would be better off fighting giants for 12.5 experience per big bone.

Sidney Smith


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Another popular alternative is to buy dragon bone certificates from other people, uncert them and then bury them. Sidney Smith, the Herblaw and miscellaneous items certer, is located in Yanille, northwest of the bank.



The following quests give Prayer experience rewards:


  • Paralyze Monster was not added from the move to RuneScape 2. Instead, it was renamed "Protect from Melee" which still prevents some damage, but the monster can still attack. Exceptions are if the attack is "Magical melee" and if the player is fighting another player, then the Prayer merely increases Defense.
  • Before the magic update that gave the prayer book, the prayer stat had no use.
  • No player was able to achieve level 99 Prayer before the introduction of RS2, which then officially became the main version of the game. Therefore, it is not known who was the first player to achieve 99 Prayer on RSC is.
    • However, getting past 10M experience in the skill, "Lilyuffie88" was the highest ranked player whilst RSC was the main game.