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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 mask1Rare6,810
Ancient ceremonial topAncient ceremonial top1Rare65,561
Ancient ceremonial legsAncient ceremonial legs1Rare43,058
Ancient ceremonial glovesAncient ceremonial gloves1Rare4,727
Ancient ceremonial bootsAncient ceremonial boots1Rare4,587
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol(noted)Common5,402
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Uncommon731
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Uncommon101
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Uncommon2,360
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Uncommon701
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon1,922
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon5,070
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,028
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon11,222
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon4,528
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon7,747
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon8,317
Pure essencePure essence46 (noted)Common1,426
Air runeAir rune150; 250Common12,900–21,500
Mud runeMud rune15Common13,080
Astral runeAstral rune15Uncommon6,780
Chaos runeChaos rune30Uncommon4,170
Soul runeSoul rune25Uncommon30,950
Blood runeBlood rune25Uncommon17,050
Super magic potion (3)Super magic potion (3)1Common11,946
Super restore (3)Super restore (3)1Common2,056
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Uncommon8,084
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Rare764
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Rare2,721
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Rare1,762
CoalCoal1–10 (noted)Common111–1,110
Adamant barAdamant bar1–4 (noted)Common1,907–7,628
Coins 1000Coins500; 1,000; 1,337Common500–1,337
Coins 1000Coins91–4,958Uncommon91–4,958
SharkShark1Uncommon1,902
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 sapphire1Common764
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common2,721
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,762
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common4,604
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare207,180–253,220
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common11,200
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common11,576
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,173
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare547,785–669,515
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common57,071
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare35,984
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare558,000–682,000
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare915
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare64,896
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon58,628
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,803–17,947
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,003,320–1,226,280
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,834
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,495
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare166,400–209,920
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare13,260–16,728
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare5,050–7,070
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common46,305–56,595
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon336,825–411,675
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon13,124–15,826
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare404,640–494,560
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon22,200–122,100
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common52,470–64,130
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon40,860–49,940
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common26,698–30,512
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare257,445–314,655
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare145,080–177,320
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common8,994
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare134,910–164,890
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon486,180–594,220
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon162,990–199,210
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon124,110–151,690
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon130,500–159,500
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon10,780–12,320
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon12,054–13,776
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon226,736
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare412,350
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common42,750–52,250
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common23,400–28,600
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon184,050–224,950
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon11,424–13,776
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare113,400–138,600
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon15,525–18,975
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare343,710–420,090
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon12,008
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*120,343
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,432,268,388
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 rare5,406

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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