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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 mask1Rare6,954
Ancient ceremonial topAncient ceremonial top1Rare67,000
Ancient ceremonial legsAncient ceremonial legs1Rare43,943
Ancient ceremonial glovesAncient ceremonial gloves1Rare5,322
Ancient ceremonial bootsAncient ceremonial boots1Rare4,294
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol(noted)Common7,181
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Uncommon376
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Uncommon101
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Uncommon3,052
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Uncommon174
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon2,210
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon4,455
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,345
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon13,422
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon3,074
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon10,129
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon10,250
Pure essencePure essence46 (noted)Common920
Air runeAir rune150; 250Common6,750–11,250
Mud runeMud rune15Common13,875
Astral runeAstral rune15Uncommon7,380
Chaos runeChaos rune30Uncommon3,420
Soul runeSoul rune25Uncommon11,850
Blood runeBlood rune25Uncommon16,500
Super magic potion (3)Super magic potion (3)1Common13,754
Super restore (3)Super restore (3)1Common2,966
Super defence (3)Super defence (3)1Uncommon10,466
Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire1Rare408
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Rare825
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Rare1,236
CoalCoal1–10 (noted)Common117–1,170
Adamant barAdamant bar1–4 (noted)Common1,395–5,580
Coins 1000Coins500; 1,000; 1,337Common500–1,337
Coins 1000Coins91–4,958Uncommon91–4,958
SharkShark1Uncommon634
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 sapphire1Common408
Uncut emeraldUncut emerald1Common825
Uncut rubyUncut ruby1Common1,236
Uncut diamondUncut diamond1Common2,810
Uncut diamondUncut diamond45–55 (noted)Rare126,450–154,550
Loop half of a keyLoop half of a key1Common12,066
Tooth half of a keyTooth half of a key1Common15,671
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone1Uncommon12,553
Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone45–55 (noted)Rare564,885–690,415
Dragon longswordDragon longsword1Common58,061
Dragon spearDragon spear1Rare34,731
BattlestaffBattlestaff180–220 (noted)Rare657,360–803,440
Rune javelinRune javelin5Rare910
Rune platebodyRune platebody1Uncommon37,480
Rune platebodyRune platebody15–25 (noted)Rare562,200–937,000
Shield left halfShield left half1Rare65,210
Dragon helmDragon helm1Uncommon59,077
Rune arrowheads 5Rune arrowheads113–137Common14,690–17,810
Onyx bolts 5Onyx bolts135–165Very rare1,064,340–1,300,860
Chaos talismanChaos talisman1Rare1,405
Nature talismanNature talisman1Rare1,190
Water talismanWater talisman65–82 (noted)Rare250,055–315,454
Earth talismanEarth talisman65–82 (noted)Rare11,635–14,678
Fire talismanFire talisman25–35 (noted)Rare7,650–10,710
Raw lobsterRaw lobster135–165 (noted)Common63,450–77,550
Raw sharkRaw shark225–275 (noted)Uncommon199,125–243,375
Big bonesBig bones68–82 (noted)Uncommon10,880–13,120
Dragon bonesDragon bones180–220 (noted)Rare336,240–410,960
CoalCoal200–1,100 (noted)Uncommon23,400–128,700
Gold oreGold ore90–110 (noted)Common32,490–39,710
Adamantite oreAdamantite ore180–220 (noted)Uncommon44,640–54,560
Adamant barAdamant bar14–16 (noted)Common19,530–22,320
Adamant barAdamant bar135–165 (noted)Rare188,325–230,175
Runite oreRunite ore90–110 (noted)Rare92,070–112,530
Rune barRune bar(noted)Common6,450
Rune barRune bar45–55 (noted)Rare96,750–118,250
Grimy torstolGrimy torstol90–110 (noted)Uncommon646,290–789,910
Grimy snapdragonGrimy snapdragon90–110 (noted)Uncommon174,420–213,180
Super restore (4)Super restore (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon177,795–217,305
Prayer potion (4)Prayer potion (4)45–55 (noted)Uncommon178,920–218,680
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed14–16Uncommon14,826–16,944
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed14–16Uncommon12,222–13,968
Magic seed 5Magic seed4Uncommon209,668
Palm tree seed 5Palm tree seed10Rare530,300
FlaxFlax450–550 (noted)Common40,500–49,500
Molten glassMolten glass45–55 (noted)Common11,790–14,410
Soft claySoft clay450–550 (noted)Uncommon260,550–318,450
Yew logsYew logs68–82 (noted)Uncommon12,104–14,596
Yew logsYew logs675–825 (noted)Rare120,150–146,850
Teak plankTeak plank45–55 (noted)Uncommon15,840–19,360
Mahogany plankMahogany plank270–330 (noted)Rare238,950–292,050
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Uncommon16,746
Vecna skullVecna skull1Very rare*71,223
Hazelmere's signet ringHazelmere's signet ring1Very rare*1,590,640,621
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 rare9,054

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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