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A Comprehensive Prayer Guide for Old School RuneScape Players

Note: This comprehensive guide will provide you with in-depth information on training the Prayer skill in Old School RuneScape (OSRS). Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, this guide will help you understand the mechanics of Prayer and offer valuable strategies to level it up efficiently.

Introduction to Prayer Skill in OSRS

Prayer is a crucial skill in OSRS that allows players to gain various benefits, such as increased combat abilities, protection prayers, and access to powerful prayers. By offering bones and ashes at altars or using prayer-restoring potions, players can accumulate Prayer experience points (XP) to level up their Prayer skill.

Getting Started: Basic Prayer Training

To begin your Prayer training journey, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain Bones or Ashes: Bones and ashes are essential items for gaining Prayer XP. You can obtain them by killing monsters or buying them from other players or NPC shops.

  2. Find an Altar: Look for an altar where you can offer your bones or ashes to gain Prayer XP. The most common altars include the Chaos Temple in the Wilderness, the Ectofuntus in Port Phasmatys, or the Gilded Altar located in a player-owned house chapel.

  3. Offer Bones or Ashes: Use the bones or ashes on the chosen altar to gain Prayer XP. Note that different types of bones grant different XP amounts. For example, burying regular bones grants 4.5 XP, while burying dragon bones grants 72 XP.

Efficient Prayer Training Methods

Now that you've grasped the basics, let's explore some efficient methods to level up your Prayer skill:

  1. Altar Training: The most common and efficient method is using an altar in a player-owned house chapel. This method requires a Gilded Altar, two marble incense burners, and lit candles. By offering bones on the altar with these additional items, you can gain increased Prayer XP rates. With dragon bones, expect around 252 XP per bone.

  2. Ensouled Heads: Another effective training method involves using ensouled heads, which are dropped by various monsters throughout the game. These heads can be reanimated at the Arceuus spellbook's Dark Altar. Reanimating ensouled heads grants Prayer XP and Magic XP simultaneously.

  3. Burying Big Bones: Burying big bones is recommended for lower-level players due to their availability and cost-effectiveness. Each big bone grants 15 XP when buried or 52.5 XP when offered at an altar.

  4. Quests: Completing certain quests can provide significant Prayer XP rewards early in the game. Notable quests include "The Restless Ghost" (1125 XP), "Priest in Peril" (1406 XP), and "Ghost Ahoy" (2400 XP).

Advanced Prayer Training

Once you've reached higher Prayer levels, consider exploring these advanced training methods:

  1. Gilded Altar (World Hopping): Apart from player-owned houses, some players host open Gilded Altars in specific worlds. World hopping allows you to access these altars, reducing the need to construct your own. Note that world-hopping may require additional time due to competition for altar usage.

  2. Prayer Flicking: For more experienced players, prayer flicking provides a way to conserve prayer points during combat. This technique involves activating protection prayers briefly before an enemy attack and then deactivating them immediately after. Mastering this skill can significantly extend your prayer points during boss fights or difficult encounters.

  3. Wilderness Chaos Altar: If you're willing to take risks, the Wilderness Chaos Altar can offer high XP rates. Located in level 38 Wilderness, this altar grants 300% normal experience compared to regular altars. However, be cautious of player killers (PKers) who may attack you in this dangerous area.


Congratulations! You now possess a comprehensive understanding of training the Prayer skill in Old School RuneScape. Remember to choose appropriate methods based on your current level and resources available. Whether you prefer the efficiency of altar training or the adventure of wilderness altars, consistent practice will help you achieve higher Prayer levels. Good luck on your prayer-training journey!

Note: Experience rates mentioned are subject to change based on game updates and personal factors. Always check the official Old School RuneScape sources for the most up-to-date information.