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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 mask1Rare6,510
Ancient ceremonial topAncient ceremonial top1Rare66,551
Ancient ceremonial legsAncient ceremonial legs1Rare43,117
Ancient ceremonial glovesAncient ceremonial gloves1Rare4,509
Ancient ceremonial bootsAncient ceremonial boots1Rare4,197
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol(noted)Common7,769
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Uncommon632
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Uncommon84
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Uncommon3,147
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Uncommon445
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon1,855
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon5,727
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon993
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon12,100
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon3,906
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon9,640
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon9,759
Pure essencePure essence46 (noted)Common1,334
Air runeAir rune150; 250Common6,000–10,000
Mud runeMud rune15Common14,715
Astral runeAstral rune15Uncommon6,795
Chaos runeChaos rune30Uncommon3,930
Soul runeSoul rune25Uncommon35,050
Blood runeBlood rune25Uncommon17,450
Super magic potion (3)Super magic potion (3)1Common16,123
Super restore (3)Super restore (3)1Common2,209
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Uncommon10,490
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Rare544
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Rare986
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Rare1,458
CoalCoal1–10 (noted)Common108–1,080
Adamant barAdamant bar1–4 (noted)Common1,431–5,724
Coins 1000Coins500; 1,000; 1,337Common500–1,337
Coins 1000Coins91–4,958Uncommon91–4,958
SharkShark1Uncommon1,026
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 sapphire1Common544
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common986
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,458
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common3,196
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare143,820–175,780
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,088
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,042
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon14,427
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare649,215–793,485
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,220
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,561
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare556,020–679,580
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare900
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare63,701
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,931
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,125–17,125
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,004,670–1,227,930
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,394
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,349
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare222,235–280,358
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare13,260–16,728
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare10,100–14,140
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common63,450–77,550
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon289,800–354,200
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,940–16,810
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare374,580–457,820
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon21,600–118,800
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common30,510–37,290
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon41,760–51,040
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common20,034–22,896
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare193,185–236,115
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare75,960–92,840
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,369
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare95,535–116,765
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon699,210–854,590
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon151,830–185,570
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon138,060–168,740
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon209,880–256,520
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon41,566–47,504
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon21,784–24,896
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon353,864
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare889,610
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common43,650–53,350
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common18,675–22,825
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon211,050–257,950
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,240–14,760
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare121,500–148,500
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon15,840–19,360
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare289,710–354,090
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon14,380
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*108,881
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,686,657,284
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 rare4,966

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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