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Ancient mages are monsters found in the Ancient Prison. There is no Slayer requirement to kill them.

They attack with blood, ice, shadow and smoke spells like those in the Ancient Magicks, effectively being able to freeze you, heal themselves, lower your stats and poison you. Using Protect from Magic is highly recommended, although it won't stop any of the secondary effects, such as freezing or poison. The poison starts at 88 damage. Their magic attacks are area-of-effect magic attacks, similar to the burst/barrage spells in the Ancient Magicks.

They can drain a small amount of prayer points with their attacks, as well.

It should be noted that there are only three ancient mages in the Ancient Prison. Ancient rangers, Blood reavers, and Ancient warriors far outnumber the ancient mages.

Unlike the other inhabitants of the Ancient Prison, ancient mages will remain stationary on their spawn location unless attacking a player. They have some of the lowest wander radiuses for an NPC.

Ancient mages will be unaggressive towards players if the player is wearing the Shard of Zaros.

Drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Ancient ceremonial maskAncient ceremonial mask1Rare7,037
Ancient ceremonial topAncient ceremonial top1Rare68,610
Ancient ceremonial legsAncient ceremonial legs1Rare45,699
Ancient ceremonial glovesAncient ceremonial gloves1Rare5,557
Ancient ceremonial bootsAncient ceremonial boots1Rare4,738
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol(noted)Common3,935
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Uncommon344
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Uncommon54
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Uncommon4,698
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Uncommon179
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon1,402
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,016
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon685
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon6,037
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon1,731
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon4,871
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon3,977
Pure essencePure essence46 (noted)Common1,012
Air runeAir rune150; 250Common5,700–9,500
Mud runeMud rune15Common11,820
Astral runeAstral rune15Uncommon7,545
Chaos runeChaos rune30Uncommon3,420
Soul runeSoul rune25Uncommon11,500
Blood runeBlood rune25Uncommon17,725
Super magic potion (3)Super magic potion (3)1Common5,277
Super restore (3)Super restore (3)1Common2,803
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Uncommon5,375
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Rare434
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Rare735
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Rare1,213
CoalCoal1–10 (noted)Common106–1,060
Adamant barAdamant bar1–4 (noted)Common1,580–6,320
Coins 1000Coins500; 1,000; 1,337Common500–1,337
Coins 1000Coins91–4,958Uncommon91–4,958
SharkShark1Uncommon572
Sealed clue scroll (hard)Sealed clue scroll (hard)1UncommonNot sold
Rare drop tableRare drop table1RareNot sold

Rare drop table drops

This monster has access to the rare drop table.
Luck-enhancing items such as a ring of wealth or luck of the dwarves are not required to access the table.
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Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Coins 250Coins250–500Common250–500
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Common434
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common735
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,213
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,562
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare115,290–140,910
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common10,990
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,168
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,334
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare555,030–678,370
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,168
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare36,294
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare702,900–859,100
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare895
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,872
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,022
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,029–18,221
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,060,290–1,295,910
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,299
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,000
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare260,715–328,902
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare15,600–19,680
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare10,025–14,035
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common32,265–39,435
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon180,000–220,000
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,812–13,038
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare322,380–394,020
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon21,200–116,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common34,560–42,240
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon42,660–52,140
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common22,120–25,280
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare213,300–260,700
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare93,150–113,850
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common7,041
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare105,615–129,085
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon354,150–432,850
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon125,730–153,670
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon182,700–223,300
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon128,340–156,860
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon5,012–5,728
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,480–5,120
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon130,544
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare337,250
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common38,250–46,750
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common10,980–13,420
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon268,650–328,350
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,424–13,776
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare113,400–138,600
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon13,905–16,995
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare226,800–277,200
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon9,095
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*120,785
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,671,277,144
Brawling gloves (Melee)Brawling gloves (Melee)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Magic)Brawling gloves (Magic)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Ranged)Brawling gloves (Ranged)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Agility)Brawling gloves (Agility)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Cooking)Brawling gloves (Cooking)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (FM)Brawling gloves (FM)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Fishing)Brawling gloves (Fishing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Hunter)Brawling gloves (Hunter)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Mining)Brawling gloves (Mining)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Prayer)Brawling gloves (Prayer)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Smithing)Brawling gloves (Smithing)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (Thieving)Brawling gloves (Thieving)1Very rareNot sold
Brawling gloves (WC)Brawling gloves (WC)1Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 1Crystal triskelion fragment 11Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 2Crystal triskelion fragment 21Very rareNot sold
Crystal triskelion fragment 3Crystal triskelion fragment 31Very rareNot sold

Universal drops

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare11,540

Trivia

  • Their most common drop used to be 25 astral runes. However, they use ancient magics which don't require astral runes. This drop has now been made much rarer and its quantity is reduced to 15.
  • Ancient mages can drop coins in quantities of 1337, which means "leet".
  • They have an irregular attack speed, much like Cave horrors. Sometimes they attack with a delay of 5 game ticks (3.0 seconds), sometimes with a delay of 4 ticks (2.4 seconds).
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