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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 mask1Rare7,673
Ancient ceremonial topAncient ceremonial top1Rare68,024
Ancient ceremonial legsAncient ceremonial legs1Rare44,368
Ancient ceremonial glovesAncient ceremonial gloves1Rare6,908
Ancient ceremonial bootsAncient ceremonial boots1Rare5,987
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol(noted)Common4,541
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Uncommon320
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Uncommon54
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Uncommon1,351
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Uncommon89
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon1,459
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,604
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon737
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon6,637
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon2,007
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon5,294
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon4,325
Pure essencePure essence46 (noted)Common1,012
Air runeAir rune150; 250Common5,550–9,250
Mud runeMud rune15Common12,750
Astral runeAstral rune15Uncommon6,930
Chaos runeChaos rune30Uncommon3,390
Soul runeSoul rune25Uncommon10,225
Blood runeBlood rune25Uncommon16,425
Super magic potion (3)Super magic potion (3)1Common6,980
Super restore (3)Super restore (3)1Common2,585
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Uncommon6,775
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Rare400
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Rare789
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Rare1,259
CoalCoal1–10 (noted)Common86–860
Adamant barAdamant bar1–4 (noted)Common1,843–7,372
Coins 1000Coins500; 1,000; 1,337Common500–1,337
Coins 1000Coins91–4,958Uncommon91–4,958
SharkShark1Uncommon663
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 sapphire1Common400
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common789
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,259
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,822
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare126,990–155,210
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,416
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common14,301
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon13,588
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare611,460–747,340
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,192
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,792
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare854,280–1,044,120
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare905
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,982
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,888
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common15,029–18,221
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,070,010–1,307,790
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare972
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare693
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare343,785–433,698
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare31,460–39,688
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare16,400–22,960
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common27,945–34,155
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon210,375–257,125
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,560–13,940
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare362,700–443,300
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon17,200–94,600
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common25,470–31,130
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon39,780–48,620
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common25,802–29,488
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare248,805–304,095
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare116,910–142,890
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common9,159
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare137,385–167,915
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon408,690–499,510
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon143,640–175,560
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon168,210–205,590
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon115,920–141,680
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon6,146–7,024
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon4,564–5,216
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon64,124
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare206,860
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common40,950–50,050
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common9,405–11,495
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon306,900–375,100
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,492–13,858
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare114,075–139,425
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon15,165–18,535
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare238,140–291,060
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon8,381
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*208,981
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,758,438,364
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 rare7,661

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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