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    Prayer Guide by theakman2

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                                         *  PRAYER GUIDE *
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    > Version: 1.2
    > Last updated: 26 April 2003
    > Author: Alan Johnson
    
    This guide is aimed at people who are dedicated to levelling up their prayer
    and want to know the best way to do it. Below is a list of what I recommend you
    do at various levels.
    
    Note that this guide is aimed for people who don't like doing quests such as
    myself. At the bottom of the guide is a little list of quests that give prayer
    experience.
    
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    Levels 1 - 10
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    This is the easiest stage of prayer levelling. It will not take very long to
    level up your prayer from 1 - 10. All you have to do really is kill chickens
    and bury their bones. In the process, you will also get combat experience as
    well.
    
    The best places to do this is at lumbridge on an empty server. There are many
    chickens around here which are just waiting to be slaughtered. Some people kill
    the chickens just for the combat experience and not for prayer experience so
    they often leave the bones. Take this opportunity to collect and bury all the
    bones you can find.
    
    If you are a member, you will find that leveling your prayer from 1 - 10
    couldnt be easier. Since the vast majority of runescape's members are over
    level 30 combat, they will leave the chickens alone and train on higher leveled
    opponents. Take this opportunity to kill all the chickens and bury their bones.
    
    Another excellent place (which is members only) can be found just south of the
    Khazard battlefield. There are literally dozens of gnomes (level 3) who always
    drop bones. Not too many people kill them and those that do do not bury the
    bones. Sometimes I find several dozen bones on the floor when I first arrive!
    
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    Levels 11 - 20
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    This stage is much harder than the last but is still fairly easy. I would
    recommend you continue killing chickens.
    
    If you are feeling brave and your combat level is above 40, go into the
    wilderness and bury the bones from the big bone respawn. You have to watch out
    for the skeletons though. They are aggressive (like all monsters in the
    wilderness) and often get in your way.
    
    If you decide to go into the wilderness to get your bones, I recommend you
    bring the following:
    
    - Rune 2 hander
    - Rune plate mail
    - Rune legs
    - Steel large helmet
    - Food which heals at least 120 health altogether (170+ recommended)
    
    Explanations of why to bring them:
    
    ** Rune 2 hander **
    Bring this so you can kill the skeletons quickly and have less of them to
    bother you for a short time.
    
    ** Rune plate mail **
    Bring this to increase your defence. If you didn't bring this, your defence
    would be very poor and the skeletons would be hitting you very often. This
    would make your food supply run out faster.
    
    ** Rune legs **
    Bring this to increase your defence. If you didn't bring this, your defence
    would be very poor and the skeletons would be hitting you very often. This
    would make your food supply run out faster.
    
    ** Steel large helmet **
    Bring this to increase your defence. It does not provide much defence points
    but it can be easily replaced unlike helmets which are stronger and cost
    more...
    
    ** Food **
    This is pretty self explanatory. You need to bring food because it will allow
    you to stay at the respawn area for longer.
    
    If you can not afford or bring those items for whatever reason, adamantite
    armor will do. Mithril will also suffice but nothing below that as you would be
    killed fairly quickly.
    
    I would suggest you bring 20 cooked lobsters with you.
    
    Obviously, the more food you bring, the longer you will be able to stay
    there...
    
    NOTE: Do not waste your food by healing less than it can heal. For example, if
    you have 45hp and you are down to 37hp, do not eat a lobster as it would waste
    some of it (you would be healing only 8hp instead of the 12hp it can heal).
    Wait until you drop down to 32 or 33hp before eating it.
    
    We would not bring all our armour since if you got killed, you would lose some
    of it and since you are not 25 prayer yet, you wouldnt be able to protect an
    extra item. If you really want to, you can bring more armor but do so at your
    own risk. You would be a greater target to pker's...
    
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    Levels 21 - 30
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    This area is even harder. It will take hours before actually getting to level
    30 from level 20. I would recommend you bury bones from the respawn area as it
    is still the fastest way to go.
    
    When you reach level 25 prayer, you can bring an extra item with you to the
    wilderness but remember to protect it if you are getting pk'ed or dying...
    
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    Levels 31 - 40
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    This area is harder still and is very boring. You should continue burying bones
    from the respawn areas in the wilderness. If that takes too long and/or is too
    boring, you could always buy your bones.
    
    Make money using your favourite money making scheme and buy big bones every
    once in a while.
    
    The money method is recommended only if you earn 100k or higher per hour since
    only then will it be faster than collecting bones from the wilderness. If you
    earn 150k+ per hour, this method is definitely recommended.
    
    At level 31 prayer, you can also access the prayer guild which is located in
    the Monestary east of the Dwarven mines and north east of Falador.
    
    Inside the guild, there is a Monks robe respawn (together they give 12 prayer).
    This increases how long your prayers last by about 25 - 30%. There is also
    brother Jared who can bless Symbols of Saradomin. These give 8 prayer points.
    
    With the monks robes and the Holy Symbol of Saradomin on, your prayer will be
    at 20 which makes prayers last about 60% longer than if you had no special
    prayer enhancing items on.
    
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    Levels 41+
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    At this stage, you should be feeling very proud of yourself. You can now do
    every one of the prayers in the game! If you still wish to raise your prayer,
    you can do so in the following ways:
    
    (Ratings are out of 5 stars (*****))
    
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    ** Respawn areas **
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    --> Skeleton area in the wilderness - 2 big bones (****)
    
    --> Pros
    Not usually crowded
    Easy combat training as well as prayer training
    Bone respawns are fairly close to each other
    Fairly fast respawn times (15 seconds)
    
    --> Cons
    Its in fairly high level wilderness
    Skeletons are aggressive, dont retreat and spawn fairly quickly
    
    --> Khazard battlefield north of Gnome Tree Villiage (members only) - 16 normal
    bones (****)
    
    --> Pros
    Rarely anybody picking up these bones
    Not in the wilderness
    Theres a lot of bones
    They respawn fairly quickly
    The bones are fairly close to each other
    
    --> Cons
    It is very boring since all you do is click
    These bones dont give much experience compared with the big bone respawn in the
    wildy
    
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    ** Places of interest **
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    --> Edgeville dungeon - 5 giants spawn at the end (**)
    
    --> Pros
    Not in the wildy
    
    --> Cons
    Crowded almost all day long
    Only 5 giants respawn there at a slow rate
    
    --> Fire giant cavern in level 49 wilderness (members only) - About 6 giants
    respawn here at a fairly fast rate. Very few pker's come here but it is still
    dangerous. A lot of level 50's - 80's train here at peak times... But at times
    when the players on RS are less than 7500, there is rarely anybody there (****)
    
    --> Pros
    Provides excellent combat training as well as prayer training
    Giants respawn fairly quickly
    Not usually crowded
    
    --> Cons
    Its in level 49 wilderness
    Level 90+ pker's sometimes go by there
    
    --> Gnome area south of the Khazard Battlefield - There are dozens of level 3
    gnomes here who can be killed to drop regular bones. This place is very useful
    if you can 1 hit them. (***)
    
    --> Pros
    Fast combat training as well as prayer training
    Sometimes, bones are scattered all over the place since some people dont pick
    them up
    Not in the wilderness
    Very small chance of you getting killed (they are level 3 afterall)
    
    --> Cons
    Can get quite crowded during peak times
    Not the best place for prayer training as it is fairly slow
    
    --> Altar in Monestary north east of Falador - You need level 31 prayer to get
    into this 'guild'. Inside, there is a monks robe respawn which increases how
    long each prayer lasts, as well as an altar which not only recharges your
    prayer points, but adds an extra 2 on top of that (so if I had 3/50 prayer and
    I recharged at that altar, I would have 52/50). (*****)
    
    Note that this extra prayer is temporary. If you try to recharge at a regular
    altar, you would get 50/50 not 52/50.
    
    This location doesnt need a pro/con list.
    
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    Quests that give prayer experience
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    > Holy Grail Quest (members only) - Gives 10k prayer xp
    > The Restless Ghost (freeplay) - Gives approximately 2k - 2.5k xp
    
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    Other useful information
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    ** Experience **
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    > Regular bones give 3.75xp each
    > Big bones give 12.5xp each
    > Dragon bones give 60xp each
    
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    ** Bone drops **
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    Every type of giant drops big bones. The best type of giant to fight is a
    regular giant (level 37) because it is the lowest leveled giant in the game.
    Enemies that drop big bones are:
    
    Giants - Level 37
    Moss giants - Level 62
    Ice giants - Level 68
    Fire giants - Level 109
    
    Every type of dragon apart from the baby blue dragon drops dragon bones.
    Fighting dragons for prayer experience is not recommended for people with
    hitpoints below 75 as it will be too slow to kill them and bury the bones. It
    would also take up too much food if you are below 75 hitpoints.
    
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    The Use of Prayer
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    > Training
    Prayer at high levels can be very helpful in battles and training. I have level
    43 prayer and rarely use all my armor to train. I just take my monks robes and
    holy symbol of Saradomin and train on the Druids in Taverly. I use paralyze
    monster all the time and because there is an altar right next to you, there is
    no need to bring food.
    
    > Dying
    Prayer can also be very helpful when you die. At level 25 prayer, you can
    protect an extra item if you die which means you lose less. This is invalueable
    for prayer beasts as it is what they rely on to kill other players successfully
    
    > Duelling
    When dueling, you can give yourself an advantage by turning on as many combat
    related prayers as possible. If you increase your strength by 15% (level 31
    prayer) it gives you a great advantage.
    
    For example, if your stats are 80 80 80 80 and you turn on increase strength,
    attack and defence by 15%, your stats would effectively be 92 92 92 80.
    
    > Player Killing
    As well as being useful for duelling, prayer is extremely useful to kill other
    players. Use the same prayers as mentioned in the duelling section.
    
    > General
    Prayer can also be extremely helpful in general circumstances. For example, if
    you decide to explore the wilderness or get some items from the wilderness, you
    would obviously want protection. The level 40 prayer which protects you from
    all ranged attacks would be very helpful here. No longer will rangers be a
    threat (at least for a little while)
    
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    Prayer explanations
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    Level - Name - Explanation
    
    1 - Thick Skin - Increases your defence level by 5%. If you had level 80
    defence, with this prayer on, it would become level 84 defence effectively.
    
    4 - Burst of Strength - Increases your strength level by 5%. If you had 80
    strength, with this prayer on, it would become 84 strength effectively.
    
    7 - Clarity of Thought - Increases you attack level by 5%. If you had 80
    attack, with this prayer on, it would become 84 attack.
    
    10 - Rock Skin - Increases your defence level by 10%. If you had level 80
    defence, with this prayer on, it would become level 88 defence effectively.
    
    13 - Superhuman strength - Increases your strength level by 10%. If you had
    level 80 strength, with this prayer on, it would become level 88 strength
    effectively.
    
    16 - Improved reflexes - Increases your attack level by 10%. If you had level
    80 defence, with this prayer on, it would become level 88 attack effectively.
    
    19 - Rapid Restore - This prayer restores your stats at double the normal rate.
    Instead of your stats recharging at 1 per minute, they would recharge at 1 per
    30 seconds. So for example, if your attack was reduced from level 60 to 55, it
    would take 5 minutes to restore back to level 60 again. However, with this
    prayer it would take only 2 and a half minutes. This does not work on hitpoints
    however. Everything else apart from hitpoints.
    
    22 - Rapid Heal - Same as above but this prayer works only on hitpoints and
    nothing else.
    
    25 - Protect items - Allows you to keep an extra item if you die. If you have
    no skull, it means that you will keep 4 items with this prayer instead of the
    normal 3. If you had a skull, you would keep 1 item instead of the usual 0.
    
    28 - Steel skin - Increases your defence level by 15%. If you had level 80
    defence, with this prayer on, it would become level 92 defence effectively.
    
    31 - Ultimate strength - Increases your strength level by 15%. If you had level
    80 strength, with this prayer on, it would become level 92 strength
    effectively.
    
    34 - Incredible reflexes - Increases your attack level by 15%. If you had level
    80 attack, with this prayer on, it would become level 92 attack effectively.
    
    37 - Paralyze monster - Quite self explanatory. This prayer stops any monster
    from hurting you. The monster appears not to be hitting you at all. Note that
    this prayer does NOT work on human players.
    40 - Protect from Missiles - This prayer protects you from all ranged attacks
    temporarily. It only works on ranged, not magic. Mages will still be able to
    hit you with this prayer on...
    
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    Bone prices
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    Normal bones: 25gp - 80gp each
    Big bones: 300gp - 500gp each
    Dragon bones: 2500gp - 3500gp each
    
    Note that these prices are rough. Some people may sell for the upper boundary
    while others may aim for the lower boundary. I recommend you aim for the higher
    side of the boundary but not the highest. About 75% of the way there if you see
    what I mean.
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    COPYRIGHT NOTICE
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    If you want to post this guide somewhere, it must be exactly the same as it is
    here (including this copyright notice). You must give FULL credit to Alan
    Johnson. I do not mind if this guide is used for profit making purposes but you
    must give FULL credit to me (Alan Johnson).
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    Revision history
    
    NOTE: All names here are refering to people on the Zybez community
    (www.runescapecommunity.com)
    
    EDIT 1: Added the following sentence: 'If you can not afford or bring those
    items for whatever reason, adamantite armor will do. Mithril will also suffice
    but nothing below that as you would be killed fairly quickly.'
    
    EDIT 2: Added another place of interest and added more detail to the 'levels 1
    - 10 prayer' area.
    
    EDIT 3: Added statement saying this guide was aimed at people who don't like
    quests. I also added a list of quests which give prayer experience at the
    bottom of the guide. (Thanks to Krazy_Tracer for this revision)
    
    EDIT 4: Added some information about the prayer guild in the 'levels 31 - 40
    prayer' section.
    
    EDIT 5: Added some information about bone drops
    
    EDIT 6: Added the pros and cons of training in certain areas
    
    EDIT 7: Made a few corrections concerning bone drops and fixed a few mistakes
    (thanks to Tapman for pointing them out)
    
    EDIT 8: Made the section - 'Uses for prayer'
    
    EDIT 9: Made 2 new sections - 'Prayer explanations' and 'Helpful places'
    (thanks to Shadowdancer)
    
    EDIT 10: Fixed a few presentation errors
    
    EDIT 11: Added the prices of various bones (thanks to Seether)
    
    EDIT 12: Fixed a few spelling and grammar errors