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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