Runescape Ancient Magicks Guide
There are several different types of magic in the world of Runescape. Which branch of powerful spells a player uses depends on several things. Ancient Magicks can only be used by players who pay the monthly membership fee, and even then, they must complete the Desert Treasure quest. Players may only use one type of magick at a time.
Players gain access to the Ancient Magicks by praying inside the pyramid. Once they do so, they can use Ancient Magicks but not normal spells—they have to pray again to switch back. Praying drains away all of a player's prayer points. Note that the first time a player travels through the pyramid; they must go through the entire area. However, once they reach the altar, they'll gain the ability to use the shortcut to get directly to the altar from outside, saving a lot of time.
Types of Ancient Magicks
Ancient Magicks come in two types: teleport spells and damage spells. Spells can also be broken down by element. A few spells have restrictions on them. For example, Miasmic spells can only be cast by players who have Zuriel's Staff equipped.
» Blood spells heal the player and damage the enemy.
» Ice spells freeze and hurt the target.
» Shadow spells damage the target and lower their attack power.
» Smoke spells damage and poison the target.
» Miasmic spells damage the target and lowers its melee and ranged attack power.
There are also four different classes of spells:
Rush spells do high damage to a single target.
Blitz spells do very high damage to a single target.
Burst spells do high damage to enemies in a 3 x 3 area.
Barrage spells do very high damage to all enemies in a 3 x 3 area.
Ancient Magick Spells
Players can open their spell books to view all of the Ancient Magick spells that they know. These spells use more runes than normal spells, so players should be careful about using Ancient Magick over and over. These magicks do give experience like normal spells, plus players receive two magic experience for each point of damage they do with Ancient Magick spells.
Some of the Ancient Magick spells are listed below.
Home Teleport – teleports the player to Edgeville. No runes are required for this teleport spell, but players can only cast it once every 30 minutes.
Shadow Rush – lowers an enemy's attack by 10% plus does damage.
Ice Rush – Damages the enemy and freezes it for five seconds.
Smoke Burst – Poisons the enemy.
Blood Burst – Heals the player for 25% of the damage done to the enemy.
Miasmic Burst – Slows all ranged and melee attacks by half for 24 seconds.
The Ancient Staff
Players don't have to equip the ancient staff to use Ancient Magicks, but it certainly helps. It is the only item in the game that can auto cast Ancient Magicks, plus it provides a very nice +15 bonus to magic attacks. Players must first buy the ancient staff from Eblis for 80,000 gold pieces. Once they have purchased one, they can get another ancient staff by killing mummies in the ancients pyramid.
Ancient Magick Uses
One nice thing about all Burst and Barrage spells is that they can hit more than one enemy. This works very well in certain areas or while Player Killing on a team. They can also be a great way of training since you'll get experience for each target hit.
Ancient Magicks are perhaps the most useful when used while killing other players in Bounty Hunter and the mini-games. Ice spells freeze and damage the target, allowing players to stay far away from their targets while casting spells at them. In fact, if a player's opponent doesn't use any ranged or magic attacks, freezing them in place effectively makes them trapped without any way of inflicting damage or escaping. Likewise, the Miasmic spells can greatly weaken an enemy by cutting their attack power in half. When combined, there is little a melee attack character can do against a master of the Ancient Magicks.
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